Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

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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“Freedom of the seas” means American global hegemony

October 28, 2015
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"According to the Obama administration, China's jurisdiction extends only to 12 nautical miles from its shores: this is in line with the 1958 UN Convention on the Territorial Sea and Contiguous Zone. However, what's good for the rest of the world doesn't apply to the United States, which, in 1999, declared that its jurisdiction extends outward to 24 nautical miles. Oh, the advantages of being a global hegemon! The competing claims to the South China Sea and the Spratly island chain are hopelessly mired in the mists of history, and sending a destroyer to the region isn't going to resolve this longstanding dispute." (10/28/15)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2015/10/27/freedom-of-the-seas-means-american-global-hegemony/  

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“Shameless”: Hillary Clinton, human rights and China

October 7, 2015
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CounterPunch CounterPunch
by Adam Bartley  

"Democratic presidential candidate Hilary Clinton has shown that she can be no less hypocritical than the republican candidate field on foreign policy matters when it comes to China. In a tweet meant to arouse popular feelings of solidarity with women's rights, former Secretary of State Clinton criticised the leader of the world's second largest economy as 'shameless' for promoting women's rights. In case you missed it, yes that was 'shameless' for promoting women's rights." (10/07/15)

http://bit.ly/1OlwU7A  

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China: Series of bombs kills at least seven

September 30, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"A series of package bombs exploded on Wednesday in the southwest China city of Liuzhou, killing at least seven people and injuring 51, state media said. The official Xinhua news agency said police had determined the blasts were a 'criminal' act and identified the suspect as a 33-year-old local man surnamed Wei, but added the investigation was continuing. Media images showed a collapsed building, smoke and streets strewn with rubble in Liuzhou in Guangxi region. Two people were missing, state radio said on its microblog." (09/30/15)

http://reut.rs/1FEdABk  

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China: Regime holds two Japanese citizens on spying allegations

September 30, 2015
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Denver Post    

"China has arrested two Japanese citizens on spying allegations, officials said Wednesday. Japanese Chief Cabinet Spokesman Yoshihide Suga told reporters that the two were detained in May, one in Zhejiang province and the other in Liaoning. China said the two are suspected of spying. Suga said that the Japanese government knew about the arrests soon after the two were detained, but withheld the information due to safety reasons. He said the two are not government employees, but refused to give other details on the arrests, including the specific allegations they face." (09/30/15)

http://dpo.st/1MG8YtZ  

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Global sports drug thugs ally with China regime for abductions, restraint of trade

September 23, 2015
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The Age [Australia]    

"The World Anti-Doping Agency says a new intelligence alliance with China -- declared as 'a significant breakthrough' -- will destroy drug supply chains to elite athletes and trigger international arrests. A well-known hotbed for the manufacture and export of substances that are illegal in sport, China was said to be the source of drugs used in the ill-fated supplements program of AFL club Essendon. ... The alliance will see WADA and Interpol feed intelligence to Chinese law enforcement bodies that, in theory, will then target and dismantle illegal manufacturers and suppliers of performance-enhancing drugs in China. WADA is certain information from the Chinese agencies will lead to investigations and arrests of buyers from abroad." (09/23/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ndb5kje  

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Fiorina’s bad proposal for US-China relations

September 23, 2015
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Daniel Larison The American Conservative
by Daniel Larison  

"Now that Walker is out of the running, someone has to take up his mantle of endorsing simplistic foreign policy proposals. Fiorina has accepted the role ..." (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/njpanra  

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The fading Chinese dream

September 22, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Steven Zhou  

"Chinese President Xi Jinping's state visit to the United States this week is the sort of public relations opportunity that normally bolsters the Communist Party's stature back home. Yet given a nearly 40 percent drop in China's stock markets in the last few months, there's hardly been a time in recent years when the country's international reputation has been so widely doubted and questioned. Moreover, this poor economic performance means that the Communist party's vice-like grip on power may soon be shaken -- or at least confronted by an unhappy and much poorer Chinese middle class." (09/22/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pz53ako  

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The quiet grand strategy of Barack Obama

September 15, 2015
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The American Conservative The American Conservative
by Alfred W McCoy  

"In ways that have eluded Washington pundits and policymakers, President Barack Obama is deploying a subtle geopolitical strategy that, if successful, might give Washington a fighting chance to extend its global hegemony deep into the 21st century. After six years of silent, sometimes secret preparations, the Obama White House has recently unveiled some bold diplomatic initiatives whose sum is nothing less than a tri-continental strategy to check Beijing's rise. As these moves unfold, Obama is revealing himself as one of those rare grandmasters who appear every generation or two with an ability to go beyond mere foreign policy and play that ruthless global game called geopolitics." (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pnsyzc6  

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China apparently building third airstrip in disputed territory

September 15, 2015
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CNN China    

"China appears to be building a third airstrip in disputed waters in the South China Sea, according to new satellite images analyzed by the Washington-based Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). The images, taken September 8, come after China pledged to bring land reclamation in those waters to a halt, and will make for uncomfortable discussions when Chinese President Xi Jinping visits Washington next week. ... The South China Sea is the subject of numerous rival -- often messy -- territorial claims, with China, Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam disputing sovereignty of several island chains and nearby waters." (09/15/15)

http://tinyurl.com/pph2psn  

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Rolling boulders uphill

September 3, 2015
posted by

The Cobden Centre
by Tim Price  

"Today's Sisyphus is China. More particularly, the Chinese authorities. They are determined to roll that boulder uphill. The path of least resistance for the boulder, however, is downward. Gravity, after all, is a bitch. The Chinese stock market is still comparatively young, and as stable as any toddler overwhelmed by parental expectations. With their boulder beset by the giant suck of gravity, China's Sisyphus first cut rates, and trimmed banks' reserve ratios. The boulder continued to roll downhill. So Sisyphus announced plans to slash brokerage costs. But the boulder was not in a mood to listen." (09/03/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/09/rolling-boulders-uphill/  

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China: Regime to cut 300,000 soldiers, shift resources to sea and air

September 3, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"At a military parade Thursday to mark the end of World War II, President Xi Jinping announced that China will cut some 300,000 soldiers from the country's 2-million-strong armed forces, a move that would accelerate his campaign to modernize the military, shifting resources from land to sea and air. Xi pitched the cuts, and indeed, the entire event, as a peace offering -- a tough sell given growing concerns in Asia and around the world about China’s maritime claims and military might." (09/03/15)

http://tinyurl.com/ncajefk  

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China: Regime says netizens who spread rumors about Tianjin blasts, stock slide among 197 punished

August 31, 2015
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Greenfield Daily Reporter    

"People recently punished in China's campaign against online rumors include those who circulated an inflated death toll in the Tianjin blasts and who alleged a man committed suicide because of the country's stock market woes, state media reported Monday. The official Xinhua News Agency said 197 people have been punished in a special campaign, citing the Public Security Ministry, but did not say over what period." (08/30/15)

http://tinyurl.com/o3kqtet  

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Why devaluing the yuan won’t help China’s economy

August 27, 2015
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Frank Shostak Ludwig von Mises Institute
by Frank Shostak  

"Earlier this month, the Chinese government decided to depreciate its currency on three consecutive occasions. On August 13, the price of the US dollar was trading at 6.413 -- an increase of 3.3 percent against July. The key factor behind the central bank's lowering of the yuan is a sharp decline in the growth momentum of exports with the yearly rate of growth falling to minus 8.3 percent in July from 2.8 percent in June. It is held that by means of currency depreciation that it is possible to strengthen the export of goods and services, thereby strengthening the gross domestic product (GDP), which currently displays a visible weakening." (08/27/15)

https://mises.org/library/why-devaluing-yuan-wont-help-chinas-economy  

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China: Central bank cuts rates, reserve ratio to aid economy

August 25, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"China's central bank cut interest rates and lowered the amount of reserves banks must hold for the second time in two months on Tuesday, ratcheting up support for a stumbling economy and a plunging stock market that has sent shockwaves around the globe. Global shares, bond yields and oil prices all rallied on the news as investors looked to the policy easing to stabilise for now China's battered stock market, which has nosedived more than 15 percent this week." (08/25/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5j74ky  

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Japan: Abe to skip China visit during World War Two commemoration

August 24, 2015
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NDTV [India]    

"Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will not visit China next week, the government said today, as Beijing prepares for a huge military parade to mark the 70th anniversary of Tokyo's defeat in World War II. Abe had decided to put off a visit 'given the situation in parliament,' said top government spokesman Yoshihide Suga. The prime minister faces a parliamentary backlash over his efforts to expand the role of the country's military. But local media said Japan's government was concerned about the anti-Japanese nature of the planned massive parade through central Beijing and other events to commemorate Tokyo's World War II surrender." (08/24/15)

http://tinyurl.com/p5n6tru  

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Reserve judgment

August 24, 2015
posted by

The Cobden Centre
by Sean Corrigan  

"Long hours of trying to reconcile the conflicting and partial Chinese data on gold have yielded little result other than to say that reserves appear to be held at some sort of yuan historic cost measure on the PBoC's books while being declared in mark-to-market dollars in the reserve total. What we might note, however, is that the authorities themselves have intimated that they might be absorbing domestic mine output (together with scrap resales). This would both help bail-out the diggers and stabilize the money supply itself in the face of ongoing FX purchases, as discussed above. As such, the injection is likely to be more 'high-powered' than that attained by giving over-burdened banks new assets. It might also forestall distress selling of collateralized gold in the manner of that which has afflicted, e.g., copper." (08/21/15)

http://www.cobdencentre.org/2015/08/reserve-judgement/  

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