Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

South China Sea: Chinese jets intercept US spy plane

May 19, 2016
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NBC News NBC News    

"Two Chinese military aircraft intercepted a U.S. military reconnaissance plane over the South China Sea Tuesday. Defense Department spokeswoman Lt. Col. Michelle Baldanza said that the U.S. maritime patrol reconnaissance aircraft was flying in a 'routine patrol' in international airspace on May 17 when 'two tactical aircraft from the People's Republic of China' intercepted the U.S. plane. ... The incident is under investigation by U.S. Pacific Command. The U.S. has photos but they are classified." [editor's note: There are rules about what kind of information can be classified and for what reasons; photos of Chinese aircraft that are openly known to have been taken in an acknowledged incident would not seem to meet the criteria. Not that the US government ever bothers to follow its own laws when inconvenient, of course - TLK]

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/china/chinese-intercept-u-s-military-spy-plane-over-south-china-n576351  

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Monopoly and empire: Ancient China’s Debate on Salt and Iron

May 2, 2016
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Libertarianism.org Libertarianism.org
by Anthony Comegna  

"Responding to popular calls for lower taxes, Han rulers gradually lowered duties and in their place erected a series of state commodities monopolies. The architects of the new monopoly system erected dozens of iron foundries and salt mines outfitted with the latest technological wonders. Emperors later expanded the system to monopolize copper, bronze, all money production, and elements of the liquor trade. Prices soared alongside government revenues, prompting popular outrage and reformist desires to abolish the monopolies. In 81BC, sixty Confucian 'learned men' convened to debate the Court faction over the wisdom of standing policy. The subsequently-published Debate on Salt and Iron contains valuable ancient commentaries on the hidden costs of Empire, including the health of popular ethics ..." (05/02/16)

http://www.libertarianism.org/columns/monopoly-empire-ancient-chinas-debate-salt-iron  

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China: Regime cracks down on foreign NGOs

April 28, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"A Chinese government offensive against civil society that campaigners describe as the worst in nearly three decades has intensified with Beijing's approval on Thursday of a controversial new law that gives security forces control over foreign NGOs operating in the country. Campaigners attacked the move as the latest phase of President Xi Jinping's bid to rein in opposition to the Communist party. They said it represented a severe blow to non-profit groups involved in issues such as the environment, public health and education, as well as human rights." (04/28/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/apr/28/china-passes-law-imposing-security-controls-on-foreign-ngos  

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China: Regime rejects US query on military flight to disputed island

April 19, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"China's Defence Ministry on Tuesday rejected queries by the U.S. military as to why China had used a military aircraft to evacuate sick workers from a new airport on an island China has built in the disputed South China Sea. CNN quoted Pentagon spokesman Captain Jeff Davis as saying it was unclear why China had used a military aircraft rather than a civilian one in the landing on Fiery Cross Reef. China's Defence Ministry said in a statement its military's tradition was to help those in need as part of its commitment to 'wholeheartedly serve the people.' 'In sharp contrast, the U.S. side is expressing doubts about whether it's a military or civilian aircraft at a time when somebody's life is in danger,' it said." (04/19/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/southchinasea-china-usa-idINKCN0XG106  

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US ramps up military presence in Philippines, starts joint patrols in South China Sea

April 14, 2016
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"The United States announced Thursday it has started joint patrols with the Philippines in the disputed waters of the South China Sea and is ramping up its military presence in the area, a move that China immediately denounced as 'Cold War thinking.' ... The deployment comes amid growing concerns about Chinese reach in the strategically and economically important waters of the South China Sea, which borders the Philippines, Vietnam and several other nations." (04/14/16)

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/us-ramps-up-military-in-philippines-starts-joint-patrols-in-south-china-sea/2016/04/14/5f312bc9-4cf8-4c44-902c-9a2861cc5386_story.html  

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Time magazine’s oblivious critique of China’s rulers

April 14, 2016
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Ludwig von Mises Institute Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Christopher Westley  

"I took notice of a recent story (gated) critical of the leader Time calls 'the most powerful ruler on the planet.' You can be sure his initials are not B.O. Rather, the story examines a supposed personality cult rising in China around its president, Xi Jinping who (Time warns us) has been 'using some of Mao's strategies to unite the masses and burnish his personal rule.' ... If Time's editors were honest, they would admit they aren't against personality cults per se, but just those that have the potential to threaten a particular one based in Washington. So cults surrounding Salman in Saudi Arabia, Erdogan in Turkey, or Modi in India do not require the attention of its editors. Cults in China, well, those are an entirely different bowl of rice." (04/14/16)

https://mises.org/blog/time-magazine%E2%80%99s-oblivious-critique-china%E2%80%99s-rulers  

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China: Judge rules in favor of marriage apartheid

April 13, 2016
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Los Angeles Times Los Angeles Times    

"A judge in central China ruled against a gay couple in China's first-ever same-sex marriage case Wednesday, effectively hobbling a case that has electrified the country’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender activists. The plaintiff, Sun Wenlin, a 27-year-old Hunan native, sued a civil affairs bureau in Changsha, the capital of central China's Hunan province, for refusing him the right to marry his 37-year-old boyfriend, Hu Mingliang, last June. ... Several hundred people gathered outside the court to voice support for the couple, according to the Associated Press. The judge issued a ruling after only a few hours. Sun has said that he plans to appeal." (04/13/16)

http://www.latimes.com/world/asia/la-fg-china-gay-marriage-20160413-story.html  

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US, Australian and Philippine forces begin annual show of force in South China Sea

April 4, 2016
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Akron Beacon Journal    

"Thousands of U.S. and Philippine troops, along with Australian defense forces, began annual drills Monday to prepare to quickly respond to a range of potential crises, including in the disputed South China Sea. The exercises have been opposed in recent years by China, which has territorial disputes in the South China Sea with several countries, including the Philippines, and suspects the drills are part of efforts to contain Beijing. Washington and Manila say the drills are not directed against China, and that they also focus on responding to natural disasters and humanitarian crises." (04/04/16)

http://www.ohio.com/news/world/u-s-australian-and-philippine-forces-start-combat-drills-1.673705  

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Why do the candidates want war with China?

March 31, 2016
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Barry Brownstein Foundation for Economic Education
by Barry Brownstein  

"Who is the peacemaking candidate this year? It is neither outsider. Sanders and Trump are both economic illiterates whose policies, if implemented, will result in a trade war with China. And, as we will see, trade wars can lead to shooting wars. Some may chafe at the idea of lumping kindhearted Bernie with vulgar Trump. Surely Sanders's intentions are peaceful. But good intentions are never enough." (03/30/16)

http://fee.org/articles/why-do-the-candidates-want-war-with-china/  

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Japan: Intelligence gathering post activated in South China Sea

March 30, 2016
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Hawaii Telegraph    

"In a move set to anger China, Japan has activated a radar station in the East China Sea, close to a group of islands disputed by Beijing that will act like a permanent intelligence-gathering post. The new Japanese Self Defence Force (JSDF) base on the island of Yonaguni is at the western extreme of a string of Japanese islands in the East China Sea, 150 km south of the disputed islands known as the Senkaku in Japan and the Diaoyu in China." (03/29/16)

http://www.hawaiitelegraph.com/index.php/sid/242641175  

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Overseas Chinese activists say families are being targeted over letter to Xi Jinping

March 28, 2016
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"The publication of an incendiary open letter calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping has triggered widening reprisals from China's security apparatus in an apparent attempt to find those responsible. In a demonstration of the increasing lengths Mr Xi is taking to crush dissent, the mainland-based relatives of two prominent overseas Communist Party critics have been detained in connection to the broadening investigation this past week. ... It remains unclear who authored the open letter, which surfaced first in early March on overseas-Chinese website Canyu on the eve of China's annual National People's Congress. The letter, signed 'Loyal Communist Party Members,' also briefly appeared on the website of state-controlled Wujie News, before being swiftly taken down."

http://www.smh.com.au/world/overseas-activists-say-families-are-being-targeted-over-letter-to-xi-jinping-20160328-gnshm8.html  

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Guilty plea in Boeing hacking case with claimed Chinese regime involvement

March 24, 2016
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Chicago Tribune Chicago Tribune    

"A Chinese businessman pleaded guilty Wednesday in federal court in Los Angeles to helping two Chinese military hackers carry out a damaging series of thefts of sensitive military secrets from U.S. contractors. The plea by Su Bin, a Chinese citizen who ran a company in Canada, marks the first time the U.S. government has won a guilty plea from someone [allegedly] involved with a Chinese government campaign of economic cyberespionage." (03/24/16)

http://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-chinese-cyberhacking-boeing-20160324-story.html  

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China: Four abducted Hong Kong booksellers appear on regime TV as political prisoners

February 29, 2016
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The Guardian The Guardian [UK]    

"Four of the five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing in October have appeared on Chinese television, saying they were detained for 'illegal book trading' in mainland China. The five booksellers -- including a British and a Swedish national -- had been linked to a Hong Kong publisher and bookstore that specialised in scandalous books on the private lives and power struggles of China's Communist party leaders. The disappearances have prompted fears that mainland Chinese authorities may be using shadowy tactics that erode the 'one country, two systems' formula under which Hong Kong has been governed since its return to China from British rule in 1997." (02/29/16)

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/feb/29/four-detained-hong-kong-booksellers-chinese-tv  

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China: Regime sends fighter jets to Woody Island

February 25, 2016
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Military.com    

"In a move likely to further increase already volatile tensions in the region, China has deployed fighter jets to a contested island in the South China Sea, the same island where China deployed surface-to-air missiles last week, two U.S. officials tell Fox News. ... Woody Island is the largest island in the Paracel chain of islands in the South China Sea, and has had a runway since the early 1990s. It lies 250 miles southeast of a major Chinese submarine base on Hainan Island. China has claimed Woody Island since the 1950s, but it is contested by Taiwan and Vietnam." (02/24/16)

http://www.military.com/daily-news/2016/02/24/china-sends-fighter-jets-to-contested-island-in-south-china-sea.html  

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China: Regime says missiles have been on South China Sea island for years

February 17, 2016
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CNN CNN    

"Chinese sea and air defenses on a disputed South China Sea island have been in place for years, Beijing says, but reports of their existence Wednesday alarmed the country's Asian neighbors. ... China's Defense Ministry said Wednesday that sea air and sea defense systems had existed on the islands for years, according to a statement online by the Chinese government-run Global Times. The statement asserted that the Paracel Islands were Chinese territory and that China had the legal right to deploy defensive measures to protect its territorial sovereignty and integrity. It blamed Western media for attempting to 'hype up the so-called China threat.'" (02/17/16)

http://www.cnn.com/2016/02/16/asia/china-missiles-south-china-sea/  

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China: Regime sends surface-to-air missiles to contested island

February 17, 2016
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Fox News Fox News    

"The Chinese military has deployed an advanced surface-to-air missile system to one of its contested islands in the South China Sea according to civilian satellite imagery exclusively obtained by Fox News, more evidence that China is increasingly 'militarizing' its islands in the South China Sea and ramping up tensions in the region. The imagery from ImageSat International (ISI) shows two batteries of eight surface-to-air missile launchers as well as a radar system on Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea. It is the same island chain where a U.S. Navy destroyer sailed close to another contested island a few weeks ago. China at the time vowed 'consequences' for the action." (02/16/16)

http://www.foxnews.com/world/2016/02/16/exclusive-china-sends-suface-to-air-missiles-to-contested-island-in-provocative-move.html  

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China: Regime releases jailed Swedish human rights activist

January 26, 2016
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Deutsche Welle [Germany]    

"China has deported Peter Dahlin, a human rights activist who was seen giving a confession on Chinese state television last week. President Xi Jinping has recently made moves to crack down on foreign NGOs. The Swedish Foreign Ministry confirmed on Monday that [Peter] Dahlin had been released." (01/25/16)

http://www.dw.com/en/china-releases-jailed-swedish-human-rights-activist/a-19004052  

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McCain blasts lack of US military adventurism in South China Sea

January 4, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"The chairman of the influential U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee on Monday criticized the Obama administration for delaying further 'freedom of navigation' patrols within 12 nautical miles of islands built by China in the South China Sea. Senator John McCain said in a statement that the lack of U.S. action was allowing China to continue to 'pursue its territorial ambitions' in the region, most recently by landing a plane on a man-made island in the Spratly Islands archipelago on Saturday." [editor's note: Because after losing ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and getting dragged into yet another unwinnable quagmire in Syria, what the US REALLY needs is to take on China. Would someone get this bozo his Thorazine, please? - TLK] (01/04/16)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-southchinasea-usa-mccain-idUSKBN0UI1Z320160104  

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China: Stocks rout on first market day of 2016 trips national trading halt

January 4, 2016
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Reuters Reuters    

"China's major stock exchanges tanked on the first trading day of the year, triggering a 'circuit-breaker' that suspended equities trade nation-wide for the first time and putting at risk months of regulatory work to restore market stability. The selloff saw the CSI300 index of the largest listed companies in Shanghai and Shenzhen lose 7.0 percent before trading was suspended, its worst single-day performance since late August 2015, the depth of a summer stock market rout. U.S.-listed shares of Chinese companies followed suit, with marquis names such as Alibaba Group Holdings Ltd and Baidu Inc. dropping by more than 4 percent each in premarket trading." (01/04/16)

http://in.reuters.com/article/china-stocks-trading-idINKBN0UI1E520160104  

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China: Regime says it is building second aircraft carrier

December 31, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"China on Thursday confirmed that it is building its second aircraft carrier. Col. Yang Yujun, a spokesman from the Ministry of Defense, told reporters that the 50,000 ton China-designed vessel is being constructed in the northern port of Dalian with domestic technology." (12/31/15)

http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2015/12/31/china-aircraft-carrier/78120964/  

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China: Lawyer gets suspended sentence in online speech case

December 23, 2015
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Altoona Mirror    

"After months behind bars, one of China's most prominent human rights lawyers left a detention center Tuesday after receiving a suspended prison sentence in a case involving online comments critical of the ruling Communist Party. The court convicted Pu Zhiqiang on charges of disturbing public order and inciting ethnic hatred, and sentenced him to three years in prison but said the sentence will be suspended for three years." (12/22/15)

http://altoonamirror.com/page/content.detail/id/1004927/Chinese-lawyer-gets-suspended-sentence-in-online-speech-case.html?isap=1&nav=760  

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US regime authorizes $1.83 billion arms sale to Taiwan

December 17, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"The Obama administration formally notified Congress on Wednesday of a $1.83 billion arms sale package for Taiwan, including two frigates, anti-tank missiles, amphibious assault vehicles and other equipment, drawing an angry response from China. The authorization, which Reuters on Monday reported was imminent, came a year after Congress passed legislation approving the sale. It is the first such major arms sale to Taiwan in more than four years. ... China summoned the U.S. charge d'affaires in Beijing, Kaye Lee, to protest and said it would impose sanctions on the companies involved, China's state news agency Xinhua reported." (12/16/15)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-arms-idUSKBN0TZ2C520151216  

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China: Pollution brings first-ever “red alert” in Beijing

December 8, 2015
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CBS News CBS News    

"Beijing has raised its pollution warning system to the very highest level for the first time ever. The smog that envelopes the capital city is all-too-familiar. But this time, it prompted the government to issue a 'red alert,' shutting down schools, construction sites, and keeping half of the city's vehicles off the roads." (12/08/15)

http://www.cbsnews.com/news/china-pollution-beijing-issues-first-ever-red-alert-for-smog/  

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China: “Clone factory” scientist eyes human replication

December 2, 2015
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Mint [India]    

"The Chinese scientist behind the world's biggest cloning factory has technology advanced enough to replicate humans, he told AFP, and is only holding off for fear of the public reaction. Boyalife Group and its partners are building the giant plant in the northern Chinese port of Tianjin, where it is due to go into production within the next seven months and aims for an output of one million cloned cows a year by 2020. But cattle are only the beginning of chief executive Xu Xiaochun's ambitions. In the factory pipeline are also thoroughbred racehorses, as well as pet and police dogs, specialised in searching and sniffing." (12/02/15)

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/EERwkGIgOPEf9g27RLhh2N/China-clone-factory-scientist-eyes-human-replication.html  

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China: Regime abandons one-child rule as population ages, men out number women

October 29, 2015
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Time    

"It was the world's most ambitious social-engineering project -- and one of the most controversial. But on Oct. 29, after more than three decades, China finally ended its one-child family planning policy, allowing all Chinese couples to have two children, according to the official Xinhua News Agency. ... in recent years, the one-child policy has come under criticism, even at home, both for the human-rights abuses that were inflicted in its name (such as forced abortions) and for the unnatural way in which it has shaped China's population." (10/29/15)

http://time.com/4092453/china-one-child-rule/  

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