Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

China building airstrip in disputed sea?

November 24, 2014
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Times of India [India]    

"China may be building a military base in the disputed Spratly Islands in South China Sea, believe Asian military experts. The belief is buttressed by leading defence publication IHS Jane's showing satellite images that reveal China is building an island on a reef in the Spratly Islands with the possible aim of turning it into an airstrip. The new island is large and the first of its kind in the South China Sea, said IHS Jane's. The move suggests Beijing may be converting the mineral rich archipelago, claimed by Vietnam and other countries, into military installations, the journal said." (11/24/14)

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Hong Kong in context

November 20, 2014
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Liberty Unbound Liberty Unbound
by Lin Lifu  

"The recent protests in Hong Kong have adhered to the choreography of Chinese politics in at least one important respect: the Communist regime has accused its political opponents of being unpatriotic. Xinhua, the state news agency, recently published a commentary denouncing celebrities who supported the protests for the putative crime of challenging the authority of the Party, and — by a heroic leap of logic — of betraying a lack of love for the motherland. CY Leung, the Chief Executive, has accused foreign actors of orchestrating the demonstrations. He did not specify who these foreign actors were, but we all know that he means the United States, as if we weren’t content with the existing friction in bilateral relations and decided on a whim to make life more difficult for the Chinese government." (11/19/14)

http://libertyunbound.com/node/1334  

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China unveils sophisticated stealth fighter aircraft

November 11, 2014
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Reuters Reuters    

"China unveiled a sophisticated new stealth fighter jet at an air show on Tuesday, a show of muscle during a visit by U.S. President Barack Obama for an Asia-Pacific summit. China hopes the much-anticipated J-31 stealth aircraft, developed by the Aviation Industry Corp of China (Avic), the country's top aircraft maker, will compete with U.S.-made hardware in export markets." (11/11/14)

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Hong Kong: Protesters clash with police

November 6, 2014
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Detroit News    

"Pro-democracy protesters clashed with police in Hong Kong early Thursday for the first time in more than two weeks as pressure grows on demonstrators to abandon more than a month and a half of street occupations. The skirmishes lasted for about four hours in the bustling Mong Kok neighborhood, the most turbulent of three protest sites that have snarled swaths of the city. Police said they attempted to arrest a man who was shining his cellphone light into officers’ eyes, and demonstrators responded by surging at police lines." (11/06/14)

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China: Regime unveils laser defense cannon

November 3, 2014
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United Press International United Press International    

"China announced the successful development of a laser-firing cannon to shoot down drones with a 1.2 mile radius. The state-run news agency Xinhua reported Monday the 'homemade laser defense system' can target low-altitude airborne targets and shoot them down within five seconds of notice of the target. The cannon is meant to be placed on the ground or mounted on a vehicle, and strike drones flying up to 112 mph and below 1,600 feet." (11/03/14)

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China completes first moon-and-back mission

November 2, 2014
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Sydney Morning Herald [Australia]    

"China has completed its first return mission to the moon with the successful re-entry and landing of an unmanned probe. In the latest step forward for Beijing's ambitious space program, the probe landed safely in northern China's Inner Mongolia region, state news agency Xinhua said. ... The military-run space project has plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually to send a human to the moon." (11/01/14)

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Apple addresses iCloud hacks; Chinese regime denies hacking allegations

October 21, 2014
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Mashable    

"On Monday, a group that monitors online censorship in China accused the People's Republic of intercepting traffic between local users and iCloud.com in an attempt to steal their passwords. In a so-called 'man-in-the-middle' attack, the Chinese government allegedly hijacked virtually all connections to iCloud.com from inside the country using a fake certificate. A day later, Apple appears to have thwarted the operation with a technical fix, though the company has not confirmed whether the change was a direct response to the attacks. ... The Chinese government has categorically denied being involved in the 'man-in-the-middle' attack." (10/21/14)

http://mashable.com/2014/10/21/apple-icloud-attacks-china/  

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Hong Kong: Tension rises with police beating of protester

October 15, 2014
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Reuters    

"Hong Kong authorities said on Wednesday police involved in the beating of a pro-democracy protester would be removed from their positions after footage of the overnight incident went viral, sparking outrage from some lawmakers and the public. Police said they arrested 45 protesters in the early hours, using pepper spray on those who resisted, as they cleared a main road in the Chinese-controlled city that had been barricaded by pro-democracy demonstrators with concrete slabs. Several officers appeared to beat and kick a handcuffed protester for several minutes after dragging him to a dark corner next to the protest site in footage aired by television broadcaster TVB." (10/15/14)

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China declares war on US intellectual property, gets into the patent trolling business

October 13, 2014
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Independent Institute Independent Institute
by William J. Watkins, Jr.  

"China is not known for its respect of intellectual property rights. According to the U.S.-China Business Council, counterfeit products make up approximately 15-20 percent of total Chinese GDP. That is staggering, making China in some ways a scofflaw nation. Thousands of shipping containers arrive in the U.S. daily from China and contain a variety of knockoffs headed for American cities. The sale of these products, both at here and in other countries, takes money out of the pockets of American companies and workers. As if counterfeit products weren’t bad enough, China just recently ramped up its assault on American innovation." (10/10/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=5148  

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China: Regime abducts dozens in effort to stop Hong Kong protests from spreading

October 9, 2014
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New York Times    

"The Chinese authorities, determined to prevent pro-democracy rallies in Hong Kong from spilling across the border into the mainland, have detained at least 10 people in recent days, including a group of artists who attended a poetry reading inspired by the protests in Hong Kong. In all, human rights advocates say that more than three dozen people across the country have been taken into police custody since a campaign of civil disobedience over the pace of democratization in Hong Kong began nearly two weeks ago. Some of those arrested have already been charged with 'picking quarrels and provoking trouble,' a charge that carries up to three years in jail." (10/09/14)

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Dalai Lama in talks to return to Tibet

October 3, 2014
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Hamilton Spectator    

"The Dalai Lama, the Tibetan spiritual leader, indicated Thursday that he has had discussions with Beijing about making a pilgrimage to Wutai Shan mountain in the Tibetan Autonomous Region, in what would be his first visit since he went into exile in 1959. ... No official dialogue has taken place between China and the Tibetan exiles since 2010, though leaders in Dharamsala say they receive visits from businessmen and academics who may serve as interlocutors for the Chinese government. The Dalai Lama, who will turn 80 next year, has expressed hope for progress under the new Chinese president, Xi Jinping, whose father was a close friend." (10/02/14)

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China is a paper tiger

October 1, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"The rise of China as America’s chief rival on the international stage has long been a staple of our foreign policy pundits’ alleged wisdom. The Chinese, simply by virtue of their enormous population, have been deemed the inheritors of the earth. China, we are told, has been in the process of overtaking us in terms of virtually every metric imaginable: demographic, economic, and, most important of all, military. There’s just one problem with this Sinocentric view of the future: it’s based on nonsensical assumptions. And the central wrongheaded assumption -- that China is a stable unitary country and will always remain so -- is being disproved (once again) by the events now unfolding in Hong Kong." (10/01/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/09/30/china-is-a-paper-tiger/  

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China: Uighur scholar denies separatism at trial

September 17, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"A high-profile Muslim Uighur scholar and government critic denied that he had encouraged separatism as he stood trial Wednesday in China's far western region of Xinjiang, where authorities say terrorists are seeking an independent state. Ilham Tohti, a former economics professor in Beijing, is accused of fanning ethnic hatred and advocating the overthrow of Chinese rule in Xinjiang. Ilham Tohti's supporters say he is a moderate who has sought a middle road in resolving the region's ethnic tensions and that his critiques of Chinese policy have always stayed within the law." (09/17/14)

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South Africa bars Dalai Lama after pressure from China

September 4, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"South Africa has bowed to Chinese pressure and declined to grant the Dalai Lama a visa, forcing him to cancel his attendance at a gathering of Nobel Laureates in Cape Town. This was the third time that South Africa has denied a visa to the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people since 2009. China considers the Dalai Lama to be a violent subversive, plotting to break up the country. Any country which allows him a visa does so over China's furious objections. Under President Jacob Zuma's leadership, South Africa has become a close ally of Beijing." (09/04/14)

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Government debt: US’s leading export?

September 4, 2014
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Campaign For Liberty Campaign For Liberty
by Norm Singleton  

"According to new figures from the Treasury Department, foreign holdings of US debt now exceed $6 trillion dollars. China is the leading holder of US debt, holding $1,268,400,000,000 at the end of June. ... The large amount of US debt held by China raises the question of what will happen if (when?) China -- and other foreign investors -- decide that US Treasuries are not such good investments after all." (09/02/14)

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China: Apple loses patent case over Siri functions

July 10, 2014
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CNet News    

"Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology won its patent-infringement case against Apple on Monday when Beijing's First Intermediate Court ruled that Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri was infringing a speech-recognition patent Zhizhen holds. ... The Zhizhen patent case doesn't take issue with how Siri works necessarily, but rather the way in which a person's speech is recognized and analyzed." (07/09/14)

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China: Regime forbids civil servants, students from Ramadan fasting

July 2, 2014
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Fox News    

"Government workers, teachers and members of the ruling Communist Party in China's Muslim northwest have been prohibited from taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Statements posted Wednesday on the websites of government agencies and schools in the Xinjiang region warned employees not to participate in fasting or religious activities for Ramadan, which began Saturday." (07/02/14)

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Hong Kong: Crowds rally for democracy

July 1, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Tens of thousands of protesters are taking part in what organisers say could be Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy rally in more than a decade. The annual rally, marking the day Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, is to demand full electoral freedom. It comes after an unofficial referendum on how to choose Hong Kong's next chief executive drew close to 800,000 votes. China says it will introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 vote -- but wants the final say over who can run." (07/01/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28102644  

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US alliances encourage Asian allies to be more antagonistic toward China

May 29, 2014
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"President Barack Obama's 'pivot' to Asia is directed at strengthening U.S. Cold War era alliances to tacitly contain a rising China. However, that means that even minor disputes between American allies and China could drag the United States into a shooting war with a nuclear weapons state. Unfortunately, those minor quarrels are occurring now." (05/28/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4985  

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China’s ascent in world transport

May 22, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox  

"After years of closing the gap with the United States, China built enough freeways in 2013 to amass the greatest length of freeways in the world. Between 2003 and 2013, China expanded its national expressway system, with interstate (motorway in Europe) standard roadways from 30,000 to 105,000 kilometers (18,000 to 65,000 miles). This compares to the 101,000 kilometers (63,000 miles) in the United States in 2012. China’s freeway system is also longer than that of the European Union, which was 70,000 kilometers in 2010 (43,000 miles) and Japan (8,000 kilometers or 5,000 miles) as is indicated in Figure 1 (Note 1). The ascent of China is evident across the spectrum of transport data, both passenger and freight." (05/22/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/05/chinas-ascent-in-world-transport/  

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Russia, China sign historic $400 billion gas deal

May 22, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Russia's President Vladimir Putin has pulled off a major political coup by securing a landmark $400bn (£236bn) gas agreement with China, a move that will come as a blow to US efforts to isolate the Kremlin. ... The deal is a coup for Mr Putin as he seeks to open up new markets for Russian gas as the US prepares to begin exporting to Europe, currently Russia's main market. It also sees Russia move closer to Beijing at a time when the Kremlin is a loggerheads with the US over the political situation in Eastern Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea." (05/21/14)

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China: Marketplace bombing kills 31

May 22, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives on a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the local officials said, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90. The attack in the city of Urumqi was the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents that Chinese authorities have blamed on radical separatists from the country's Muslim Uighur minority." (05/22/14)

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Idiot US prosecutors charge Chinese regime officials in cyberspying case

May 20, 2014
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KRQE 13 News    

"In a landmark case alleging international economic spying, the United States announced on Monday unprecedented cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets. The hackers targeted big-name makers of nuclear and solar technology, stealing confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage, according to a grand jury indictment. ... The indictment says that five hackers -- members of the People’s Liberation Army -- worked from a building in Shanghai to steal proprietary information from the companies and the labor union, including communications that could have helped Chinese firms learn strategies and weaknesses of American companies involved in litigation with the Chinese government or Chinese firms." [editor's note: Like this isn't the kind of thing the US government's own hackers do on a daily basis? - TLK] (05/19/14)

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How one might climb over the Great Firewall

May 19, 2014
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"One minor irritation on my recent trip to China was discovering that Facebook and Google+, where I normally waste time arguing with people, were both blocked, as was blogspot and hence my own blog—the reason this post is only going up now, from Hong Kong. I gather that locals have ways of evading the restrictions but do not know the details. Which lets me try to figure out how I would do it." (05/18/14)

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North Korean nightmare

May 7, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"While the US still has troops stationed in South Korea -- some 30,000 -- and the Pyongyang elite use this as a pretext for their 'military first' policy -- which is bringing the country beyond the brink of starvation -- the idea that Washington and Seoul are about to restart the Korean war (which never officially ended) is beyond absurd. The real threat to the regime comes from within -- and from China’s influence in the WPK. That’s what Taek’s execution -- and the subsequent purge of his intimates -- was all about. And therein lies the opportunity: US policymakers have a chance to triangulate the impending crisis and instead use it as a means to bring the Korean conundrum to a long-delayed close." (05/07/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/05/06/north-korean-nightmare  

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