Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

China: Regime abducts artist who posted humorous photo of Xi

May 28, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"Authorities have detained an obscure Chinese artist after he posted online a humorous portrait of President Xi Jinping, his wife said Thursday. Judy Zhu said police accused her husband, Dai Jianyong, of 'creating a disturbance' after detaining him Tuesday near their Shanghai home. Dai is known for posting eclectic photos on social media, including some showing himself and others scrunching up their lips and eyes. Dai posted images of Xi with the same expression while wearing a mustache." (05/28/15)

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The new China-Pakistan economic corridor

May 26, 2015
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Students For Liberty Students For Liberty
by Jack Enright  

"China and Pakistan signed a $46 billion deal last month that would improve trade between the two countries and make China an increasingly important player in the Middle East. Following discussions between the two countries last November, China opted to invest in several projects in Pakistan to improve its currently intermittent power grid with new power plants. It will also build highways, an airport, and oil pipelines to better connect the two countries." (05/25/15)

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China, US head toward faceoff in South China Sea

May 13, 2015
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USA Today USA Today    

"The Chinese government gave a stern warning Wednesday that it will protect its sovereignty in the South China Sea after a cat-and-mouse pursuit of a U.S. warship by a Chinese frigate. 'The Chinese side will take resolute measures to safeguard national sovereignty and safety. We will keep an eye on the situation in relevant waters and airspace and respond to any violation of China's sovereignty and threat to China's national security,' said Hua Chunying, a spokeswoman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry. Her warning came after an advanced Navy warship -- the USS Fort Worth -- sailed through the South China Sea on Monday near islands China is building in an effort to extend its territorial claims. The United States considers the area to be international waters, and the Philippine and Japanese navies have conducted exercises in the area in an attempt to counter the Chinese claims." (05/13/15)

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China: Regime’s central bank cuts interest rates for third time in six months as economy sputters

May 10, 2015
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"China cut interest rates for the third time in six months on Sunday in a bid to lower companies' borrowing costs and stoke a sputtering economy that is headed for its worst year in a quarter of a century. The People's Bank of China (PBOC) said on its website it was lowering its benchmark, one-year lending rate by 25 basis points to 5.1 percent from May 11. It cut the benchmark deposit rate by the same amount to 2.25 percent." (05/10/15)

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New defense guidelines with Japan threaten US confrontation with China

May 7, 2015
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Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"[T]he new rules build on the Obama administration's explicit promise to defend Tokyo's contested territorial claims, most importantly the Senkakus/Diaoyus. For instance, Obama declared that, 'our treaty commitment to Japan's security is absolute, and that Article 5 covers all territories under Japan's administration, including Senkaku Islands.' U.S. forces will be drawn into the islands' defense. According to the document, 'If the need arises, the Self-Defense Forces will conduct operations to retake an island.' The SDF would, of course, expect American support. Japanese and U.S. authorities also are discussing mounting joint air patrols to the edge of the East China Sea and into the South China Sea." (05/06/15)

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Chinese, Russian navies to hold first Mediterranean joint drills

April 30, 2015
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Times of India [India]    

"The navies of China and Russia plan to hold joint drills in the Mediterranean Sea for the first time in mid-May, China's defense ministry announced on Thursday, in the latest expansion of the growing informal partnership between the two militaries. The exercises also illustrate China's continued engagement with Russia at a time when Moscow has been shunned by much of the international community over its support for [states recently seceded from] Ukraine." (04/30/15)

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China: Regime jails journalist for seven years for “leaking state secrets”

April 17, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"A Chinese court jailed a journalist accused of leaking an internal Communist Party document to a foreign website for seven years on Friday, her lawyer said, a ruling that reflects the sensitivity surrounding the party's inner workings. Gao Yu, 71, who was tried behind closed doors in Beijing last November, was convicted on a charge of providing state secrets to foreign contacts, her lawyer, Mo Shaoping, said. Rights activists have condemned Gao's detention and trial, saying it indicates a widening crackdown on dissent. The United States called on China to release Gao at the United Nations Human Rights Council session in Geneva last month." (04/17/15)

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China: Regime releases three detained feminist activists

April 13, 2015
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The Daily Mail [UK]    

"Chinese police on Monday released at least three of the five feminist activists detained for over a month in a case which prompted an international diplomatic outcry, one of their lawyers said. Wei Tingting, Wang Man and Zheng Churan were freed by police, said lawyer Liang Xiaojun, with the status of the other two not yet clear. The release indicates that the trio are unlikely to face charges. ... Police detained the activists -- all aged 32 or under -- shortly before International Women's Day last month as they were preparing to hand out leaflets about sexual harassment on public transport." (04/13/15)

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China gaining ground with island-building in South China Sea

April 9, 2015
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The Irish Times [Ireland]    

"China has long asserted ownership of the archipelago in the South China Sea known as the Spratly Islands, also claimed by at least three other countries, including the Philippines, an US ally. But the series of detailed photographs taken of Mischief Reef shows the remarkable speed, scale and ambition of China's effort to literally gain ground in the dispute. They show that since January, China has been dredging enormous amounts of sand from around the reef and using it to build up land mass -- what military analysts in the Pentagon are calling 'facts on the water' -- hundreds of miles from the Chinese mainland." (04/09/15)

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Blast from the past: When hawks wanted to bomb a “suicidal” China

April 2, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"[E]ven Israeli intelligence officials have concluded that Iran's leaders are not irrational, much less suicidal. And suicidal they would have to be to start such a conflict against Israel -- a country that has 150 to 300 nuclear weapons. The mullahs would have to be even more suicidal to initiate a nuclear war with the United States and its arsenal of several thousand nuclear weapons. The Cold War–era predecessors of today's advocates of preemptive air strikes used strikingly similar logic regarding China's embryonic nuclear-weapons program. ... Walt W. Rostow, who served as Johnson's national-security adviser, later told me that the administration seriously considered conducting preemptive air strikes, either alone or in conjunction with an equally worried USSR, to thwart China's nuclear ambitions. Proponents of that course actually had more evidence than the current crop of Iranophobes to justify their fears." (04/01/15)

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How ZEDEs can make Honduras prosperous

March 22, 2015
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The Canal The Canal
by Michael Strong  

"Why isn't Honduras prosperous? Why do more than 100,000 Hondurans leave each year and risk their lives to get to the United States, where most of them will become illegal immigrants with no rights? Conversely, why is China becoming prosperous so rapidly? In the past 20 years hundreds of millions of Chinese have escaped poverty. Averages urban wages in China today are more than five times what they were 20 years ago. What can be done to ensure that working-class Hondurans earn five times as much 20 years from now? The Chinese Special Economic Zones (SEZs) were key to this burst in prosperity." (03/20/15)

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Twilight of the Chinese Communist Party?

March 18, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Peter Lee  

"If the CCP regime collapses, I believe the regime will degrade relatively gracefully -- and the longer Xi is in power and can effectively advance his agenda, the more graceful that decline will be. In particular, I believe a failure of governance at the Center will be answered by the devolution of actual power to the coastal provinces: Guangdong, Shanghai etc. Without a strong Center to restrain them and by shedding the incubus of the poorer provinces, provincial heavyweights will pursue their own paths to political power and economic advantage -- that may or may not involve appeasing the urban well-to-do with political liberalization or even the hollowing-out or sidelining of the CCP, locally and eventually at the national level. But my prediction is that in the near, medium, and long term, China will be run by jerks in suits ... just like the rest of the world." (03/17/15)

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China: Regime accuses Dalai Lama of “profaning” Buddhism by signalling end to reincarnation

March 10, 2015
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ABC Online [Australia]    

"A bizarre dispute involving the Dalai Lama and the Chinese Communist Party has broken out at China's annual meeting of parliament. Tibetan Buddhists believe the soul of a senior lama is reincarnated in the body of a child on his death. But the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader has suggested he will not be reincarnated when he dies, prompting officially atheist senior Communist party officials to demand the tradition must continue." (03/10/15)

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China: Suspect shot dead after knife attack wounds nine

March 6, 2015
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The News International [Pakistan]    

"Knife-wielding attackers slashed and stabbed people at a railway station in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, wounding at least nine before police shot dead one of the suspected assailants and arrested another. It was the latest in a string of knife attacks that have unnerved the country, and was launched during the morning rush hour, at 8:18 AM, the city's public security authorities said via an official microblog account." (03/06/15)

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Inside China’s “new normal”

February 24, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Pepe Escobar  

"Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media, with its falling industrial figures, its real estate bubble, and its looming environmental disasters. Prophecies of doom notwithstanding, as the dogs of austerity and war bark madly in the distance, the Chinese caravan passes by in what President Xi Jinping calls 'new normal' mode." (02/24/15)

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Are the ruling elites in China now more pro-market than the ruling elites in the USA?

February 24, 2015
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Robert Higgs Independent Institute
by Robert Higgs  

"Once upon a time, the Chinese were the enemies of private property rights and free markets, and the Americans were the enemies of the Chinese and purported to cherish the institutions that the Chinese hated. Today no such clear-cut difference exists. If anything, today's Chinese in high places seem to be more inclined to say kind words about private property rights and the free market than are comparably placed Americans." (02/22/15)

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China: Xi Jinping plans to make first state visit to US

February 9, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"A top Chinese diplomat has said President Xi Jinping plans to make his first state visit to the U.S. later this year, Chinese state media reported Monday. The official China Daily newspaper quoted China's ambassador to the U.S. Ciu Tiankai as saying Chinese and U.S. officials are discussing the visit. Ciu told Chinese reporters Sunday that no date had been determined yet." (02/08/15)

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China: Regime clamps down still harder on Internet access

January 29, 2015
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New York Times    

"China has long had some of the world’s most onerous Internet restrictions. But until now, the authorities had effectively tolerated the proliferation of V.P.N.’s as a lifeline for millions of people, from archaeologists to foreign investors, who rely heavily on less-fettered access to the Internet. But earlier this week, after a number of V.P.N. companies, including StrongVPN and Golden Frog, complained that the Chinese government had disrupted their services with unprecedented sophistication, a senior official for the first time acknowledged its hand in the attacks and implicitly promised more of the same." (01/29/15)

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Tibet: Chicom officials punished for helping Dalai Lama

January 28, 2015
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Charlotte Observer    

"Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided intelligence to the Dalai Lama and his supporters or participated in activities deemed harmful to China's security, a party agency said Wednesday. The publicizing of party officials supporting Tibetan separatism was highly unusual and suggested continuing unrest in the Himalayan region, which has had a heavy security presence since a wave of riots and protests against Chinese rule in 2008." (01/28/15)

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Chinese spacecraft enters orbit around moon in major milestone

January 14, 2015
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Science Recorder    

"A Chinese spacecraft service module just entered orbit around the moon, just months after it was successfully tested. The service module, which came from China’s circumlunar test flight, arrived in orbit this week, according to Chinese state media .... The spacecraft will operate on an eight-our orbit within 125 miles of the surface of the moon at its closest points, and at a range of up to 3,293 miles at its highest point." (01/13/15)

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The importance of property rights for China’s future

January 12, 2015
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Cato Institute Cato Institute
by James A Dorn  

"President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang have called for rebalancing the economy and structural reforms, with the recognition that slower, more sustainable high-quality growth is consistent with the 'China Dream' of all-round development. But that dream could turn into a nightmare if political factors prevent fundamental reform, especially a just rule of law that protects and expands private property rights, including freedom of expression." (01/12/15)

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China: Regime sentences former energy chief to life for bribery

December 10, 2014
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Bloomberg    

"The former head of China’s energy agency was sentenced to life imprisonment for taking 36 million yuan ($5.8 million) in bribes to approve projects, a Chinese court said. Liu Tienan, 60, who ran the National Energy Administration, admitted to taking a lesser sum of 19 million yuan, according to postings on Langfang City Intermediate People's Court's microblog. Liu and his son Liu Decheng took the money from 2002 to 2012, receiving it in stocks, cars, cash, and a phantom job for his son drew a salary, it said. The court ordered the confiscation of all Liu's personal assets." (12/10/14)

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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)

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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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