Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

Reading war with China

June 22, 2015
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Kelley B Vlahos The American Conservative
by Kelley Vlahos  

Review of Ghost Fleet, by Peter W. Singer and August Cole: "Imagine a near-future scenario in which China and Russia sneak-attack America's assets in the Pacific, sink its fleet, and occupy Hawaii in order to stage a multi-front war of land, sky, space, and cyber. Meanwhile, U.S. Marines turn into mujahedeen, NATO crumbles like a cookie, and Wall Street plunges into a black shroud of despair." (06/22/15)

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Philippines, US, Japan hold military drills near South China Sea

June 22, 2015
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Voice of America [US state media]    

"Military exercises between the United States and the Philippines opened Monday, at the same time that the Japanese and Philippine navies started joint training. Both operations are being held on the island province of Palawan, located near the hotly contested South China Sea." (06/22/15)

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Hong Kong: Legislature vetoes Beijing-backed “electoral reform” proposal

June 18, 2015
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Reuters Reuters    

"Hong Kong's legislature on Thursday vetoed a China-vetted electoral reform package criticized by opposition pro-democracy lawmakers and activists as undemocratic, easing for now the prospect of fresh mass protests in the financial hub. The rejection had been expected and will likely appease some activists who had demanded a veto of what they call a 'fake' democratic model for how the Chinese-controlled territory chooses its next leader in 2017. It will, however, be a blow to Beijing's Communist leaders, who had pressured and cajoled the city's pro-democracy lawmakers to back the blueprint that would have allowed a direct vote for the city's chief executive, but with only pre-screened, pro-Beijing candidates on the ballot." (06/18/15)

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IMF turnaround on the yuan

June 16, 2015
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James A Dorn Cato Institute
by James A Dorn  

"For years, China has been accused of being a 'currency manipulator' by deliberately undervaluing its currency to spur exports. Official bodies like the International Monetary Fund softened the language by using the term 'misaligned currency' and used sophisticated techniques to gauge how far the yuan was from its fundamental equilibrium value. ... Those arguments still persist as some members of Congress, such as Republican Senator Lindsey Graham and Democratic Senator Charles Schumer, seek to include provisions in U.S. trade bills that would penalize currency manipulators. Yet, in a turnaround from past statements, the IMF has declared that the yuan is close to its equilibrium value." (06/15/15)

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A Chinese pivot to Latin America?

June 9, 2015
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"Washington's attempts to meddle in the South China Sea territorial disputes and discourage its allies from joining the new, Chinese-promoted Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank likewise suggest mounting U.S. involvement in China's neighborhood. Moreover, that expanded involvement has the implicit objective of curbing Chinese influence in the political, economic, and military arenas. There are now subtle signs that China may be countering the U.S. strategic pivot by becoming more deeply involved in Washington's long-standing geopolitical backyard: Latin America." (06/09/15)

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Hackers breach US government personnel office

June 5, 2015
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The Washington Post Washington Post    

"Chinese hackers breached the computer system of the Office of Personnel Management in December, officials said Thursday, and the agency will notify some 4 million current and former federal employees that their personal data may have been compromised. ... OPM, using new tools, discovered the breach in April, said officials at the agency who declined to comment on who was behind the hack. Other U.S. officials, who spoke on conditions of anonymity because it is an ongoing investigation, identified the hackers as being from China. The data potentially exposed included employees' job assignments, performance ratings and training, the officials said. The breach did not involve background or clearance investigations, they said." (06/04/15)

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Hong Kong: Tens of thousands gather to remember 1989 Tiananmen massacre

June 4, 2015
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Time Magazine    

"As it does on every June 4, Hong Kong's Victoria Park turned into a sea of humanity Thursday night local time as people gathered for a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing, when hundreds if not thousands of youngsters demanding democracy were killed by the Chinese army. People began pouring in to the large public park in Hong Kong’s downtown Causeway Bay district by 6 p.m., two hours before the sweltering vigil officially began, and continued to arrive well after it started. Volunteers from various political parties and civil society groups lined the approach, addressing the crowd through loudhailers, attempting to raise funds and -- this being pragmatic, capitalist Hong Kong -- selling fans and small folding chairs." (06/04/15)

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China: Hundreds missing as cruise ship capsizes in Yangtze

June 2, 2015
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ABC News ABC News    

"Six people were rescued from inside a cruise ship that capsized in a storm on China's Yangtze River with hundreds more aboard, state broadcaster CCTV reported. At least 12 others survived, including the captain and chief engineer, while five were killed during a cruise late Monday from Nanjing to Chongqing, reported CCTV. At least 458 people were aboard the ship, most of them elderly." (06/02/15)

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Chinese democracy isn’t inevitable

May 31, 2015
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The Atlantic The Atlantic
by Daniel A Bell  

"The flaws in China's political system are obvious. The government doesn't even make a pretense of holding national elections and punishes those who openly call for multiparty rule. The press is heavily censored and the Internet is blocked. Top leaders are unconstrained by the rule of law. Even more worrisome, repression has been ramped up since Xi Jinping took power in 2012, suggesting that the regime is increasingly worried about its legitimacy. Some China experts -- most recently David Shambaugh of George Washington University -- interpret these ominous signs as evidence that the Chinese political system is on the verge of collapse. But such an outcome is highly unlikely in the near future." (05/29/15)

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The ultimate irony: Is China the “America” of Asia?

May 29, 2015
posted by

Doug Bandow Cato Institute
by Doug Bandow  

"The rising nation was full of self-confidence and determined to expand. Its neighbor refused to negotiate in a bitter territorial dispute, convinced there was no legitimate issue to discuss. The new entrant to the international order also challenged the world's greatest global power, which was forced to decide whether war could be justified against a country thousands of miles from home. The upstart's territorial claims were excessive, but no one desired a rerun of past conflicts. The year was 1845. The United States had absorbed Texas after the latter's violent secession from Mexico; Washington demanded its neighbor's acquiescence not only to the errant territory's annexation but also to a new national boundary set well beyond Anglo settlements." (05/28/15)

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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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Reuters Reuters    

"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
posted by

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
posted by

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)

http://www.counterpunch.org/2015/02/24/inside-chinas-new-normal/  

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