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Terrorist acts by ‘East Turkistan’ forces in Xinjiang from 1990 to 2016
22 March, 2019 by stalinsmoustache
The following is a partial list of terrorist acts perpetrated in Xinjiang by various elements of the ‘East Turkistan’ movement, from 1990 to 2016. The first date marks the beginning of an upsurge in such attacks and the last date – 2016 – indicates that last time a terrorist act occurred in Xinjiang.
After you have read through the list, which remains partial, you will realise why the Chinese government had to act, focusing on short-term security measures and long-term measures determined by the basic human right to socio-economic wellbeing.
The following is quoted from the white paper, published in March 2019 by the Chinese State Council:
[Xinjiang] [Jihadist] [Terrorism]
Chinese State Council White Paper: The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang
19 March, 2019 by stalinsmoustache
The much-awaited white paper on Xinjiang from the Chinese State Council was published today (18 March 2019). It is called ‘The Fight Against Terrorism and Extremism and Human Rights Protection in Xinjiang’ (download in English here). Various newspaper articles have highlighted parts of the document, although the best is this article from the Global Times, which also mentions one of the visits by representatives from Muslim majority countries that are singulalry unimpressed by the efforts of a few former colonisers to slander China over Xinjiang.
As for the white paper itself, please note section 3, which lists many – but not all – of the terrorist acts that have taken place in Xinjiang, especially during the escallation of such acts in the 1990s. Sections 4 and 5 explain how anti-terrorism and de-extremism measures have been developed, through careful study of practices in other parts of the world.
[Xinjiang] [Jihadist] [China confrontation]
The New Zealand shooter finds support in Islamophobic corners of China’s internet
By Isabella Steger & Echo HuangMarch 18, 2019
Brenton Tarrant, the 28-year-old Australian gunman who carried out the deadly mosque shooting in New Zealand on Friday (March 15), said in his screed that “the nation with the closest political and social values” to his own is China, and that he admired “non-diverse” nations.
While Tarrant, who now faces one charge of murder, didn’t elaborate on his views of China—which was one of many global references (paywall) he dropped that investigators are now examining—his hatred of Islam certainly has support from corners of China’s internet.
One anonymous post (link in Chinese) on social network WeChat titled “The words on the New Zealand shooter’s guns reflect the deep anxiety of European white men”—a reference to the white supremacy markings on Tarrant’s rifles, and his grievances over Muslim immigration to western countries—has garnered at least 100,000 views at the time of writing, the maximum number of views on a post displayed by the platform. The piece lays blame on Christchurch officials for allowing the construction of mosques, and claimed this resulted in more Muslims coming to the city. It even alleged that the shooting was staged by left-wing politicians.
Some of the comments under the post suggest that followers of the “green religion“—a sometimes derogatory term often used on the Chinese internet to refer to Islam because of the significance of the color to the faith—brought the attack upon themselves. “The green religion launches terrorist attacks everywhere, and now the attack finally comes to them… Green religion is backwards, stupid, barbaric, and violent,” said one such comment.
[Tarrant] [China bashing] [Islamophobia]
Trump's China scandal: An entire new wave of sleaze and corruption surfaces in Florida
Behind the Robert Kraft arrest lies a tangled web of sex, money and corruption, with Trump once again at the cente
March 11, 2019 12:15PM (UTC)
It has seemed odd from the very beginning that New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, a billionaire several times over, would patronize a massage parlor called the Orchids of Asia for a little quickie on his way to the AFC championship game. After all, men like Kraft can easily hire high end escorts and they often have mistresses on the side. Why go to a cheap strip mall?
But Kraft wasn't the only vastly wealthy john who got caught in the sting that has put him in the headlines. Private equity mogul John Childs and former Citigroup president John Havens were also arrested. There is obviously more to this sordid story of Chinese sex trafficking to come out in the days to come. With the recent re-evaluation of the extremely disturbing Jeffrey Epstein case from the previous decade, it seems that an illegal sex trade has been thriving in the ultra-rich enclaves of South Florida.
[China bashing] [Anti-Trump]
Kia Also Mulls Shutting China Plant
By Kim Kang-han
March 11, 2019 12:37
Kia is also mulling downsizing in China, which includes closing a plant in Yancheng, Jiangsu Province.
Plummeting sales in China has already forced its sister company Hyundai to stop operation of its oldest plant in Beijing.
"Something has to be done because the plant in Yancheng is operating at only 40 percent of capacity," an industry insider here said. "They are talking about restructuring including selling off equipment and a temporary shutdown."
The reason is a sharp decline in sales in China and failure to adapt to rapidly changing trends in the market there. Hyundai and Kia failed to launch a new lineup of SUVs that are popular in China.
Kia's sales there fell from 480,000 cars in 2012 to 350,000 in 2018, which is about 40 percent of what the Yancheng plant is capable of producing.
In 2002, Kia built the Yancheng plant for a capacity of 890,000 cars per year. It now has three plants in China, and the Yangcheng plant employs 6,500 people, who now face redundancy.
[China SK] [THAAD]
Eye on China, Singapore splurges on top-line arms
Big-ticket procurements will enable the island state to operate with the US in any South China Sea conflict
ByNile Bowie, Singapore
For global arms companies looking to ply their wares in Southeast Asia, Singapore is a sought-after client. And American and German hardware suppliers are poised for windfall profits as the island nation moves to shore up its defenses.
Last month, the wealthy city-state passed its biggest ever defense budget worth US$16.7 billion, or around 30% of the government’s total planned expenditure for 2019, with rich earmarks for defense, security and related diplomacy.
Singapore allocates between 3% and 5% of its gross domestic product on defense, well above the global average, while most regional states spend closer to 1-2% or lower, according to Stockholm International Peace Research Institute data.
[Singapore] [Arms sales] [Militarisation]
Hyundai to Close Oldest China Factory
By Ryu Jung
March 07, 2019 13:41
Hyundai will close its oldest plant in China as early as next month due to plummeting sales in the world's biggest market. The automaker has suffered from declining performance since China's unofficial boycott of Korean products two years ago, which led to its factory operation being cut to half of capacity.
Beijing Hyundai, a joint venture of BAIC and Hyundai, recently took voluntary redundancies of over 2,000 workers at its three plants in Beijing, and the workforce left at the doomed plant will be moved to the other two.
"We don't have an exact timeline yet, but we are in the process of closing the outdated plant to adjust our capacity," a Hyundai spokesman said. "We haven't made a firm decision on whether to shut it down completely or not and will review what we're going to do with it."
Built in 2002, the factory has a production capacity of 300,000 cars a year. Beijing Hyundai increased production capacity to 1.65 million cars by building two additional plants in Beijing, and more in Changzhou and Chongqing.
Its prime were the years between 2013 and 2016, when it sold over 1 million cars for four years in a row. But then the boycott hit, and sales plunged to 785,000 in 2017 and remained at 790,000 last year, less than half its production capacity, even though the boycott was gradually lifted.
Even if Beijing Hyundai achieves this year's goal of selling 900,000 units, the operation rate is still on half.
Lee Hang-gu at the Korea Institute for Industrial Economics and Trade, said, "To avoid making losses, plants should operate at more than 70 percent of capacity, so Hyundai has no choice but to close one or two plants in China."
[THAAD] [China SK] [Hyundai]
Vietnam’s new view of an old war
Posted on 1 March 2019
Hanoi marked the 40th anniversary of its bloody 1979 border war with China with unprecedented candor, a revisionist reflection of declining contemporary ties
By late 1979, Vietnam’s fighting forces could be forgiven for hubris.
In a matter of decades, they had thrown off French colonialism, defeated American troops, unified the country’s north and south, overthrew the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime in Cambodia, foiled an anti-communist insurgency in Laos and, finally, defeated a Chinese border incursion in just three weeks.
This February 7 marked the 40th anniversary of the 1979 Vietnam-China border war, a short but fierce struggle that took the lives of tens of thousands of Vietnamese and Chinese soldiers, although the exact number of casualties is contested by both sides.
Armed border spats recurred throughout the 1980s, including a naval battle over a contested reef in the South China Sea, until the two sides formally ended tensions and restored full diplomatic relations in 1991.
The 1979 border war has since been a taboo subject in Vietnam. While commemorative statues and monuments dot the countryside, state media and ruling Communist Party officials have traditionally played down the conflict’s anniversary, paying only lip service to those who perished in the fighting.
The reasons behind the silence are as political as they are economic. China, while still a bête noire for much of the Vietnamese public, is Hanoi’s second-largest trading partner, trailing only the US.
The two sides’ common communist links have also militated against jingoistic flag-waving on the anniversary, as has a mutual desire not to re-open a historical debate over who was the aggressor and who the victor.
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The US cannot crush us, says Huawei founder
9 hours ago
The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.
Ren Zhengfei described the arrest of his daughter Meng Wanzhou, the company's chief financial officer, as politically motivated.
The US is pursuing criminal charges against Huawei and Ms Meng, including money laundering, bank fraud and stealing trade secrets.
Huawei denies any wrongdoing.
Mr Ren spoke to the BBC's Karishma Vaswani in his first international broadcast interview since Ms Meng was arrested - and dismissed the pressure from the US.
"There's no way the US can crush us," he said. "The world cannot leave us because we are more advanced. Even if they persuade more countries not to use us temporarily, we can always scale things down a bit."
However, he acknowledged that the potential loss of custom could have a significant impact.
[Huawei] [Ren Zhengfei]
MOFA thanks ASDC for resolution supporting Taiwan
Publication Date: February 15, 2019 |
A resolution in support of Taiwan passed by the Executive Committee of the Association of State Democratic Committees was welcomed Feb. 14 by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The statement—coinciding with the 40th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act—underscores the firm support for Taiwan from the U.S. Democratic Party, the MOFA said, adding that it is sincerely appreciated by the people and government.
[China confrontation] [Democratic Party] [Taiwan]
Better City, Better Life? Urban Modernity at the Shanghai Expo
February 15, 2019
Volume 17 | Issue 4 | Number 3
This paper examines exhibits at the Shanghai Expo and the urban improvement schemes undertaken for the Shanghai Expo for what they reveal about the ideals for and experiences of urban modernity in contemporary China. Rather than focus on the experiences and perceptions of a global audience, this paper examines how the Expo sought to speak to a domestic audience about state legitimacy through its messaging about urban citizenship and urban modernity. It argues that the manner in which the Expo promoted certain forms of sustainability and the domestic audience’s experiences with Shanghai urban improvements revealed tensions in the nation’s development model and excluded sectors of the population from participation.
China 'greatest long-term strategic threat,' to US, top Pacific commander warns
By Ellen Mitchell - 02/12/19
The top U.S. commander in the Indo-Pacific warned lawmakers on Tuesday about the threat China poses to the United States.
U.S. Indo-Pacific Command head Adm. Philip Davidson said China represents the “greatest long-term strategic threat to a free and open Indo-Pacific and to the United States.”
“Those who believe this is reflective of an intensifying competition between an established power in the United States and a rising power in China are not seeing the whole picture,” Davidson said in his opening statement during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing.
“Rather, I believe we are facing something even more serious: a fundamental divergence in values that leads to two incompatible visions of the future."
Davidson added that Beijing uses “fear and coercion” in an attempt to “expand its form of ideology in order to bend, break and replace the existing rules-based international order.”
[China confrontation] [Hypocrisy] [Rules-based international order] [Chutzpah]
US, Southeast Asian Nations Mull American Bases Near South China Sea - Adm. Davidson
Kainat Bashir 1 day ago
Chinese militarization of the South China Sea has prompted the United States to begin discussing the possibility of relocating US forces and opening bases in the region, US Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson said in a congressional testimony on Tuesday
WASHINGTON (Pakistan Point News / Sputnik - 13th February, 2019) Chinese militarization of the South China Sea has prompted the United States to begin discussing the possibility of relocating US forces and opening bases in the region, US Indo-Pacific Command chief Adm. Philip Davidson said in a congressional testimony on Tuesday.
"We have to accept the fact that the environment is changing so drastically in the South China Sea that it's going to require new approaches," Davidson told the US Senate Armed Services Committee. "It's going to require us to think about some places, if not bases... We are in conversations with partners and allies about what some of the opportunities might be there."
[China confrontation] [Bases] [Imperialism] [Alliance]
China Overtakes Korea in LCD TV Sales
By Kang Dong-cheol
February 11, 2019 13:41
China overtook Korea for the first time in terms of global LCD TV sales last year. LCD models account for more than 80 percent of global TV sales.
According to U.K. market researcher HIS Markit on Sunday, global LCD TV sales totaled 152.2 million units last year. Chinese manufacturers accounted for 31.9 percent of sales (48.6 million sets), while Korean makers accounted for 30.6 percent (46.6 million sets).
Coming in third were Japanese players (22.2 million), European makers (4.21 million) and American manufacturers (3.6 million).
TV industry watchers attributed Chinese makers' rise to a decline in large LCD panel prices after China's largest display maker BOE began full-fledged production of 10.5-generation panels.
As a result, TCL, Skyworks and other Chinese players slashed their prices as well. China led Korea by a small margin until the first half of last year but then surged ahead by more than 3 million sets in the third quarter after selling almost 19 million.
Korean TV makers are willy-nilly focusing on high-end products to thwart the onslaught, selling QLED and OLED TVs. An industry insider said, "Korean companies remain unrivaled in the high-end TV market. They have to focus on premium TVs using their technological lead."
New fire on the water in the South China Sea
China’s construction of a rescue center on contested Fiery Cross reef is making big political waves in the Philippines
Richard Javad Heydarian, Manila
Reports of Chinese construction of a maritime rescue center on the Fiery Cross reef, a contested land feature in the Spratly chain of islands in the South China Sea, are making political waves and widening fault lines in the Philippines.
Fiery Cross, part of the so-called “big three” along with Mischief and Subi reefs, is widely seen as the commander-and-control center and a key intelligence hub for Chinese naval activities in the southern portion of the hotly contested maritime region. China has reportedly spent over US$11 billion to build Fiery Cross into the largest island in the Spratlys.
According to the Washington-based think tank Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, China first placed sensors and communications facilities on the contested land feature in 2017. Now, China seems to be forging ahead with building a myriad of dual-purpose civilian and military facilities on the reclaimed island.
Concerns are rising among rival claimants and others that China may soon use the burgeoning facilities in the area to impose an Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the South China Sea, a move that would restrict the aerial and maritime access to the sea region.
[South China Sea] [China confrontation] [ADIZ] [Media]
Why Asia isn't hanging up on Huawei
Karishma Vaswani Asia business correspondent @BBCKarishma on Twitter
Chinese telecoms giant Huawei is facing a global backlash but for many telecom operators in South East Asia, it is still among the preferred 5G partners.
Several Asian telecom firms have told me it is "business as usual" for Huawei in their countries.
That's despite the US pressuring its allies to hang up on Huawei, over concerns that the firm is spying for the Chinese government.
Huawei has consistently denied that it is a security threat, and says it would never hurt its customers.
o Timeline: What's going on with Huawei?
o The Huawei exec trapped in a gilded cage
The firm has also been accused by the US Justice Department of stealing trade secrets and breaking US sanctions on Iran.
But that hasn't dented its appeal for Asian customers.
Huawei is among the main providers of telecoms equipment for operators conducting 5G trials in the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia and Thailand.
Industry sources say competitors can't match Huawei on cost and technological capability.
[China competition] [Huawei]
Chinese Military Planes Keep Buzzing Korean Identification Zone
By Yang Seung-sik
February 01, 2019 13:22
Chinese military planes flew into Korea's air defense identification zone 140 times without notifying Seoul last year, often near Heuksan and Ulleung islands, where there is no overlap with any other zones.
It was the first time that Chinese military aircraft entered the zone at a point without overlap, and the repeated disregard for international aviation protocol is raising concerns that China is deliberately flexing its military muscle in the region.
Until 2017, China's aerial incursions were mainly focused in the skies over the submerged rocks of Ieo, where the zones of Korea, China and Japan overlap.
Air defense identification zones are not territorial airspace but require incoming planes to identify themselves to the county that claims them. International practice is for foreign military and civilian aircraft to seek permission from military authorities of the other country 24 hours in advance.
According to Liberty Korea Party lawmaker Baek Seung-joo, who was briefed by the Defense Intelligence Agency, Chinese military aircraft flew into Korea's zone in the West Sea 65 times last year. In some instances they flew as far north as Heuksan and Jindo islands.
They also intruded into airspace over the East Sea in addition to the southeastern zone over the Dokdo islets. The number of violations rose from around 50 in 2016 to 80 in 2017.
Where the Korean and Japanese zones overlap, both countries scrambled fighter jets, resulting in 10 to 20 Korean, Chinese and Japanese fighter planes converging over Ieo, Jeju and Daema islands for hours at a time.
One intelligence source the coat-trailing appears to be aimed at gauging Korea's military readiness and response. "China is trying to expand its military clout in the West Sea as well as the East Sea, so it’s only going to get worse," Baek said.
One military source said, "China's incursions into KADIZ in the East Sea happen almost every month. It looks like China is holding regular training exercises along that route."
China also placed buoys near Korea's exclusive economic zone in the West Sea. "The incursions are in effect a violation of our territorial rights," Baek said. "We should take a calm approach, but firm steps need to be taken if they continue."
North Korean media highlight friendship in art troupe's Beijing performance
Posted : 2019-01-31 16:04
Updated : 2019-01-31 17:07
North Korea's leader Kim Jong-un and Chinese President Xi Jinping feature on a big screen during the North Korean art troupe's performance at the Chinese National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing. The troupe performed from Jan. 26-28. KCNA-Yonhap
North Korea's state media reported in detail on a North Korean art troupe's recent performance in Beijing on Thursday, highlighting the two countries' friendship before Pyongyang's planned summit with the United States late next month.
The artists performed in Beijing from Saturday to Monday and Chinese President Xi Jinping attended Sunday's show. The delegation led by Ri Su-yong, vice chairman of the ruling party's Central Committee, headed home Wednesday after a week-long stay.
"The art delegation achieved a rich success under the special care of the supreme leaders of the two parties and the two countries of the DPRK and China," the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said.
[China NK] [Culture]
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Xi and his wife meet senior DPRK official, watch art performance
Source:Xinhua Published: 2019/1/28 8:08:54
Xi Jinping (C), general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, and his wife Peng Liyuan meet with Ri Su Yong, a member of the Political Bureau of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee and director of the party's International Department, who led an art troupe from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2019. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, and his wife Peng Liyuan pose for a group photo with artists of an art troupe from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) after watching their performance in Beijing, capital of China, Jan. 27, 2019. Xi and Peng met with the art troupe led by Ri Su Yong, a member of the Political Bureau of the Workers' Party of Korea (WPK) Central Committee, vice-chairman of the WPK Central Committee and director of the party's International Department, before its performance. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)
Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president, and his wife Peng Liyuan on Sunday met with Ri Su Yong, a senior official from the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK), and watched a performance by DPRK artists.
[China NK] [Culture]
Huawei denies committing violations cited by US
Posted : 2019-01-29 15:29
Updated : 2019-01-29 15:29
This Dec. 18, 2018, file photo shows company signage on display near the Huawei office building at its research and development center in Dongguan in south China's Guangdong province. A U.S. federal indictment accuses Huawei of stealing trade secrets from T-Mobile, in the form of a robot designed to automatically test phones for problems. AP
Chinese tech giant Huawei on Tuesday denied committing any of the violations cited in a U.S. indictment accusing the company of stealing technology, violating trade sanctions and lying to banks.
The Justice Department unsealed criminal charges Monday that allege the company used extreme efforts to steal trade secrets from American businesses _ including trying to take a piece of a robot from a T-Mobile lab that was used to test smartphones.
''The company denies that it or its subsidiary or affiliate have committed any of the asserted violations of U.S. law set forth in each of the indictments,'' Huawei Technologies Ltd. said in a statement. It said Huawei is ''not aware of any wrongdoing by Ms. Meng, and believes the U.S. courts will ultimately reach the same conclusion.''
The company said U.S. prosecutors had rejected a request it made to discuss the investigation following the arrest of its chief financial officer, Meng Wanzhou, in Canada in December. It also noted that the allegations in the trade secrets charge were the subject of a U.S. civil lawsuit that already has been settled.
The U.S. is seeking to extradite Meng, alleging that Huawei did business in Iran through a Hong Kong company called Skycom and that she misled U.S. banks into believing the two companies were separate.
Meng is out on bail in Vancouver and her case is due back in court Tuesday as she awaits extradition proceedings to begin. Her case has set off diplomatic spats between the United States, China and Canada.
The latest charges could dim prospects for progress in a two-day round of trade talks between the United States and China scheduled to begin in Washington on Wednesday.
[China confrontation] [Huawei] [Extraterritoriality]
Xiaomi Beats Samsung Smartphones in India
By Park Soon-chan
January 28, 2019 12:16
Chinese tech giant Xiaomi's cheap and cheerful smartphones topped the Indian market last year, beating Samsung into second place.
Xiaomi grabbed a 28 percent share of the world's third largest market last year compared to Samsung's 24 percent, according to market researcher Counterpoint Research last Friday.
Xiaomi had overtaken Samsung in some quarters in the past, but it was the first time it finished first for an entire year.
Samsung's market share was the same as in 2017, but Xiaomi overtook it by gaining nine percentage points.
Overall, Chinese firms took nearly half of the burgeoning market in India, where everyone always seems to be glued to their phone, with Vivo taking a 10 percent share and OPPO eight percent.
India is nearly the only big country in the world whose mobile phone market is still growing. Some 145 million smartphones were sold there in 2018, up 10 percent on-year, and another 185 million feature phones were sold, up 11 percent.
Last year Samsung reopened a plant in Noida that is now the country's biggest mobile phone factory, and the ribbon was cut by President Moon Jae-in and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
But Xiaomi has six mobile phone plants in India and increased the number of customer service centers to about 100.
[China competition] [Mobiles] [India]
North Korea's friendship art delegation arrives in Beijing
Posted : 2019-01-24 14:58
Updated : 2019-01-24 14:58
North Korea's friendship art delegation to China, led by Ri Su-yong, a member of the Political Bureau and vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, is seen off by senior committee officials including Kim Ki-nam, Kim Yo-jong, Kwon Hyok-bong, Ri Chang-gun and others on Wednesday in Pyongyang, in this photo released by the country's state-run Korean Central News Agency. KCNA-Yonhap
By Jung Da-min
North Korea's top art delegation arrived in Beijing on Thursday.
The state-run Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) Thursday morning reported that the delegation, led by Ri Su-yong, a member of the Political Bureau and vice chairman of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea, left Pyongyang Wednesday afternoon.
The delegation includes the State Merited Chorus and leading artistes in Pyongyang.
The official performance schedule is yet to be announced.
The art troupe's visit is the first in three years after the cancellation of the Moranbong Band's performance in December 2015.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is expected to watch the performance.
[China NK] [Art]
Local elections strike a heavy blow for Taiwan’s DPP
16 January 2019
Author: Jean Yu-Chen Tseng, Fo-Guang University
Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) suffered a significant defeat in the country’s November 2018 ‘nine-in-one’ local elections. The opposition Kuomintang (KMT) party won 15 of the 22 local chief elections, including in three of Taiwan’s six special municipalities — New Taipei, Taichung and Kaohsiung.
Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen announces her resignation as chairwoman of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) after local elections in Taipei, Taiwan, 24 November 2018 (Photo: Reuters/Ann Wang).
The results of the 2018 local elections reflect growing public dissatisfaction with the DPP administration’s performance over the past two years. They foretell a challenging future for Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, whose approval rating has remained low at around 30 per cent for years, as she readies for her 2020 re-election campaign.
There are three major reasons that explain the DPP’s local election debacle.
First, although Tsai Ing-wen claims that she has made significant reforms — to labour laws, to the implementation of transitional justice and to pension systems for civil servants, teachers and military personnel — voters are yet to recognise these reforms as a success. Those affected by the pension cuts have become one of the strongest protest groups against the Tsai administration.
Second, the KMT’s Kaohsiung mayoral candidate Han Kuo-yu, ran a very successful campaign. Kaohsiung is a port city in southern Taiwan that has been ruled by the DPP for more than two decades. In this election, Han not only turned Kaohsiung from a green (DPP) to a blue (KMT) column, but also exerted a strong coattail effect on other races. His nationwide popularity, the so-called ‘Han tide’, mobilised KMT supporters while his ‘economy first’ platform persuaded non-partisan voters to vote for the KMT.
Relatedly, while the KMT focussed on economic growth and livelihood issues such as energy security and pollution to attract non-partisan voters, the DPP appealed to voters to preserve democratic values and fight against a possible ‘China threat’. The KMT tended to attract ‘practical’ or economic voters while the DPP launched a value-based, ideological campaign to consolidate its base. The final verdict was that the majority of voters sought a strong economy and quality of life.
[Taiwan] [DDP] [Tsai Ing-wen] [1992 Consensus]
The Avoidable War: Reflections on U.S.-China Relations and the End of Strategic Engagement
Collection of Speeches by the Hon. Kevin Rudd
Donald Trump with Xi Jinping at Welcoming Ceremony in China
The year 2018 represented a fundamental turning point in U.S.-China relations. While the trade war between the world’s two largest economies drew much of the headlines, a deeper rift was brewing. After 40 years of strategic engagement, during which the United States welcomed China into the international order and supported its economic development, the Trump administration called for a new era of “strategic competition.” Simultaneously, much of the Chinese political establishment was adopting the view that the United States sought to contain China’s rise.
Expert: Wildly successful Mao Era is airbrushed out of Western media and history books.
Pictured above: the phenomenal success of China’s progress and development during the Mao Era, 1949-1978 has to be censored and denied in the West, and the leader behind it all, Mao Zedong must be demonized and dehumanized. Why? The West’s capitalist elites cannot allow any communist-socialist country to be seen in a positive light, past, present or future. Otherwise, their citizens may start demanding beneficial change for the 99%, at the expense of the 1%. They are thus inundated with a relentless tsunami of mainstream lies, distortions, fake news, propaganda and false flags to hide the truth.
I was sent a good mainstream article about China’s development (https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/looking-back-last-40-years-reforms-china-ray-dalio/). Ray Dalio, a billionaire hedge fund manager talks about all of China’s successes since 1978, which is the end of the Mao Era. As usual, you would never know that China’s many developmental successes started in 1949, when the Communist Party of China (CPC) and People’s Liberation Army (PLA), defeated and kicked out Japanese and Chinese fascists, along with their partners in crime, Western capitalists and drug cartel dealers, mainly Americans, British and French.
In books #2 (China Rising, https://www.amazon.com/China-Rising-Capitalist-Socialist-Destinations/dp/0996487042/) and #3 (China Is Communist Dammit, https://www.amazon.com/China-Communist-Dammit-Dawn-Dynasty/dp/6027354380/) of The China Trilogy (http://chinarising.puntopress.com/2017/05/19/the-china-trilogy/), I wrote extensively about the amazing success story of Mao Zedong and his government’s leadership, in freeing their people from foreign exploitation, while transforming the nation into an industrial, agricultural, military and technological powerhouse. This, in spite of Uncle Sam’s illegal and cruel blockade of the country, just like what it is still doing to other communist-socialist countries such as Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Eritrea and Venezuela today.
I thought it would be interesting to take the statistics table from Mr. Dalio’s article and add a column for 1949 (see below). The results from the beginning to the end of the Mao Era are remarkable. After 110 years of Western rape, plunder and unlimited importation of illegal opium, per capita income in China was only $23/year when its people gained their freedom from imperialism. Virtually the entire population was living in poverty, except the elites. Life expectancy was an unbelievable 35 years of age. One-fifth of infants were dying, due to Western/Japanese colonialism. Only one in five citizens could read and the country had no spoken lingua franca, with thousands of regional and local dialects keeping citizens separated. Few people went to school and not for very long.
[China rise] [Mao Zedong]
Huawei fires executive charged with espionage in Poland
Posted : 2019-01-13 13:09
Updated : 2019-01-13 13:09
A security guard stands near the Huawei company logo during a product launch in Beijing this month. The Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Jan. 11 that it was closely following the detention of Wang Weijing for allegedly spying for China. AP
By Jung Min-ho
Huawei has sacked the Chinese executive arrested on espionage charges in Poland last week, as the Chinese tech giant tries hard to distance itself from the incident.
The move came after Polish authorities arrested Huawei sales director Wang Weijing, also known as Stanislaw Wang, in Warsaw on charges of spying on Poland for Beijing along with a former Polish security official.
The news has deepened international concerns about Huawei, the world's largest telecom equipment manufacturer, which is facing problems amid growing suspicion over its ties to the Chinese government.
Huawei claimed Wang acted alone, saying his actions had no relation to the company.
"Huawei has decided to terminate the employment of Mr. Wang Weijing, who was arrested on suspicion of breaking Polish law," Huawei said in a statement on Saturday.
"In accordance with the terms and conditions of Huawei's labor contract, we have made this decision because the incident in question has brought Huawei into disrepute."
The Chinese government also denied its involvement. A spokesman for China's embassy in Warsaw told Chinese state media that Beijing "attached great importance" to the case and was following it up with the Polish foreign ministry.
Meanwhile, Poland's internal affairs minister, Joachim Brudzinski, said the European Union and NATO should work on whether to exclude Huawei from their markets.
"There are concerns about Huawei within NATO as well. It would make most sense to have a joint stance, among EU member states and NATO members," the minister reportedly said.
Wang, who had worked for Huawei's Polish division since 2011, was an attache to the Chinese General Consul in Gdansk from 2006-2011.
Huawei, founded in 1987 by Ren Zhengfei, a former engineer at the People's Liberation Army, denies that the company has close ties to the Chinese Communist Party or has any intention to design equipment to facilitate eavesdropping.
But many experts say no Chinese company is fully independent of its government, which can legally require companies to assist with gathering intelligence.
[Huawei] [China confrontation] [Poland]
'Xi Jinping may visit North Korea in April, South in May'
Posted : 2019-01-11 17:11
Updated : 2019-01-12 14:08
Lee Hae-chan, head of ruling Democratic Party of Korea, center, holds hands with new presidential chief of staff Noh Young-min, right, and Kang Gi-jung, presidential secretary for political affairs, during their meeting at the National Assembly, Friday. / Yonhap
By Lee Min-hyung
Chinese President Xi Jinping is likely to visit North Korea in April in an apparent move to play a part in the peace overtures on the Korean Peninsula, South Korea's ruling party head said Friday.
"It is likely that Xi will visit the North in April and come to the South in May," Lee Hae-chan, head of the ruling Democratic Party of Korea, said in a meeting with new presidential secretaries.
"Leaders in Northeast Asia are looking to meet frequently in the first half of this year," he added without citing any sources. The peace momentum in the region will further improve after the second Washington-Pyongyang summit and inter-Korean summit, possibly scheduled in the near future, he said.
It is very important for South Korea to take advantage of the rare momentum for peace in a way to vitalize the local economy, Lee said. The remark came at a time when the two Koreas are on track to resume their economic engagements and a series of economic partnerships.
The remark was made Friday when new presidential secretaries paid a courtesy visit to leaders of the ruling and opposition parties, asking for cooperation from the National Assembly on state management.
Presidential chief of staff Noh Young-min and Kang Gi-jung, presidential secretary for political affairs, met with Lee, minor opposition Bareunmirae Party Chairman Sohn Hak-kyu and a group of ranking officials from opposition parties.
This came three days after Noh and Kang were named as the new ranking Cheong Wa Dae secretaries on Tuesday.
At the Assembly visit, they particularly focused on ways to partner with lawmakers on revving up the local economy.
"President Moon Jae-in urged me to meet as many businesspeople as possible in his first order," Noh said in a meeting with Sohn. Even if the President is widely known as a former human rights lawyer, he also understands how important the economy and business is for state management, Noh said.
"The President also underlined the need for me to play a more active role in building an ecosystem where businesspeople can enjoy their corporate management and continue to invest, as this will allow the local economy to grow," the new presidential chief of staff said.
China Races Ahead of Korea in AI Technology
By Ahn Joon-ho
January 11, 2019 13:19
China has seven times more artificial intelligence experts than Korea and 40 times more companies specializing in the promising high-tech field, according to a study by the Korea International Trade Association on Thursday.
China has 18,232 AI experts, second only to the U.S.' 28,536, but Korea has only 2,664. China is also home to 1,040 businesses that work in the field of machine learning, accounting for 21 percent of global AI companies. But there are only 26 in Korea.
China accounted for a whopping 37 percent of the 100,000 AI-related patents that were registered around the world between 1999 and 2017, outpacing the U.S.' 24.8 percent and Japan's 13.1 percent, while Korea accounted for 8.9 percent.
China published 370,000 AI-related research papers during that period, the U.S. 327,000, the U.K. 97.000, Japan 94,000 and Korea 52,000.
[China competition] [AI] [Patents] [Hysteria]
Kim Jong-un confirms commitment to denuclearization during summit with Xi Jinping
Posted on : Jan.11,2019 16:13 KST Modified on : Jan.11,2019 16:13 KST
N. Korean leader mentions improving relations with US
The Rodong Sinmun, North Korea’s state newspaper, offered extensive coverage of leader Kim Jong-un’s fourth visit to China in its Jan. 10 edition. The photo shows Kim and Chinese President Xi Jinping at a luncheon on Jan. 8, which happened to be Kim’s birthday. (Yonhap News)
During his summit with Chinese President Xi Jinping, North Korean leader Kim Jong-un once again confirmed his commitment to denuclearization. Kim also appears to have shared his plan for the denuclearization negotiations with Xi leading up to the second North Korea-US summit and to have put the final touches on that plan. Another notable point was the emphasis on China’s role.
In its coverage of the outcome of Kim’s visit to China on the morning of Jan. 10, the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) reported that Kim said during his summit with Xi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Jan. 8 that North Korea continues to support “the goal of the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, the faithful implementation of the joint statement produced in its summit with the US in Singapore, and the pursuit of a peaceful resolution through dialogue.”
At the same time, Kim also mentioned “improving relations with the US, difficulties and concerns that have come up in the process of negotiations, and prospects for resolution.”
“The fundamental issues brought up by the North Koreans are appropriate requests. We fully agree with the need for the North Koreans’ reasonable interests to be appropriately resolved. Paying attention to this and dealing with these issues appropriately is the right choice for the related parties,” Xi said in response.
No details have been released about the “prospects for resolution” that Kim reportedly mentioned. But considering that Kim’s quoted remarks about denuclearization reaffirmed the points made in his New Year’s address, some think that Kim proposed a way to break out of North Korea’s deadlock with the US and to move forward to a second summit between the two sides.
This is consistent with remarks that Kim was quoted as making by China’s state-run Xinhua News on Jan. 10: “Efforts will be made so that the second North Korea-US summit will achieve results that will be welcomed by the international community.”
“[Kim] appears to have brought some kind of additional scheme to his discussion with President Xi. The reason that President Xi made clear his plan to visit North Korea is because the two sides reached an understanding about the nuclear issue,” said a former senior official in the South Korean government who is familiar with affairs on the Korean Peninsula.
Kim and Xi apparently discussed US corresponding measures
Kim and Xi also appear to have had a detailed discussion not only about Kim’s plan for denuclearization but also about the US’ corresponding measures. Xi’s remarks about an “appropriate request” and “reasonable interests” that should be “appropriately resolved” are connected with Xinhua News quoting Kim as saying he hopes that “related countries will pay attention to North Korea’s reasonable concerns and respond positively.”
Though these reports did not elaborate on North Korea’s concerns either, in light of the North’s basic stance, including what was expressed in the New Year’s address, this was presumably a reference to the steps the North wants the US to take in exchange for the North’s series of actions. These steps include the US easing sanctions on the North and guaranteeing security for its regime by setting up a peace system.
Kim and Xi were quoted by the KCNA as having “engaged in candid, in-depth communication about jointly guiding research on the process of negotiating denuclearization and on managing affairs on the Korean Peninsula,” which further clarifies the framework shared by the two leaders. The fact that North Korea used the expression “jointly guiding research [with China]” suggests the extent to which China’s role is being emphasized in the denuclearization negotiations.
“The brevity of the meeting means that the issues were worked out in advance by North Korea and China. China may also have gone over [Kim’s visit to China] quite a bit with the US,” said Lee Gwan-se, director of the Institute for Far Eastern Studies at Kyungnam University.
China also declared that it intends to be more involved in the North Korea-US denuclearization negotiations. “[China] wants to play an active and constructive role in realizing the peace and stability of the peninsula, its denuclearization and the long-term stability of the region,” Xi said. His remark was inspired by the multilateral negotiations for setting up a peace regime that Kim mentioned in his New Year’s address, some experts believe.
By Kim Ji-eun, staff reporter
[Kim_Xi_Jan19] [Denuclearisation] [Conditionality] [Reciprocity]
President Tsai names Su Tseng-chang as premier
Publication Date: January 11, 2019 |
President Tsai Ing-wen (center) is joined by outgoing Premier Lai Ching-te (left) and his replacement Su Tseng-chang during a news conference at the Office of the President Jan. 11 in Taipei City. (Courtesy of Office of the President)
President Tsai Ing-wen named Su Tseng-chang as replacement for outgoing Premier Lai Ching-te during a news conference at the Office of the President Jan. 11 in Taipei City.
At this critical juncture, Su, who previously served as premier from 2006 to 2007, is the right candidate to assume the position given his abundant executive experience, strong resolve and lifelong devotion to public service, Tsai said.
According to the president, Taiwan will face significant challenges in 2019 such as the fallout from the U.S.-China trade war and Beijing’s continued attempts to belittle the nation. Su has the leadership skills and determination to spearhead government efforts in boosting the local economy, defending democracy and safeguarding national sovereignty, she added.
The appointment of Su followed the resignation of Lai alongside the rest of the Cabinet ahead of a reshuffle.
[Taiwan] [Reshuffle] [Trade war] [Collateral]
S.Korea's Diplomacy Is a Shambles
January 10, 2019 13:30
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un met with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing on Tuesday and Wednesday in a show of brotherly harmony. Kim needs China's backing ahead of another summit with U.S. President Donald Trump and stands to gain crucial leverage in overcoming sanctions if China simply opens its backdoor to trade. At a time like this, South Korea, which suffers the greatest threat from North Korea's nuclear weapons program, should have concentrated all its diplomatic resources on keeping up with what Kim and Xi are up to. But the South Korean ambassador to China made an unceremonious exit on Tuesday just as Kim was arriving in Beijing because he has a new job as President Moon Jae-in's chief of staff, and now the post is vacant.
Noh Young-min (66) claimed he "wrapped things up" before vacating his post, but it remains a mystery what he is talking about. Noh also suffered a barrage of criticism in June last year when he went on holiday just as Kim was on his third visit to China. The communist Chinese government is a stickler for rank, and it is extremely difficult for diplomats of even major countries to meet high-ranking Chinese officials. They will certainly not want to talk to some acting chargé d'affaires, so the embassy will have to content itself with reading the tea leaves.
China does not exactly support a nuclear-armed North Korea, but it is more interested in increasing its dominance in Asia, weakening the Seoul-Washington alliance and decreasing or ending U.S. troop presence in the South. China has shown it is willing to pull out all the stops to tame South Korea, snubbing Moon by putting his special envoy in low-ranking seats twice, to say nothing of its devastating boycott of South Korean goods and services over the deployment of a Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense battery from the U.S. here. South Korea has never protested.
[Kim_Xi_Jan19] [Chagrin] [Sidelined] [Conservatives] [Anti-Moon]
What’s actually happening in Xinjiang
The escalating trade war against China, threats of sanctions over allegations of Uyghur detention camps in Xinjiang, threats of sanctions if China buys Russian defense equipment, all is aimed at disruption of the sole emerging threat to a Washington global order. How China’s authorities are trying to deal with this full assault is illustrated by events in Xinjiang.
Image distributed by ChinaAid—and organisation probably created and funded by the CIA—supposedly depicting a terrible Chinese concentration camp for dissenters.
America and its allies, under the guise of the War on Terror and humanitarian intervention, have droned, bombed and killed millions of Muslim children, women and civilians in a dozen of countries from Afghanistan to Yemen, and displaced millions more. In 2011 President Obama ordered the execution of Anwar al Awlaki, an American extremist preacher, for preaching the same kind of Wahabbist extremism [as that endorsed by the Saudis], and separately executed al Awlaki, his sixteen-year-old son and eight-year-old daughter, without trial. This is why Nahdlatul Ulama, the world’s largest Muslim mass organization, and the world’s Muslim governments have not condemned China’s actions: they know that the US stirs up trouble in every Muslim country. The West is engaged in full-scale irregular war to destabilize China. The US created the Uyghur problem in Xinjiang by sponsoring terrorists there–the same tactics it used in Cuba, Venezuela, Vietnam, Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Libya.
[China confrontation] [Xinjiang]
Xi Fetes Kim Jong-un with Lavish Birthday Banquet
By Yoon Hyung-jun
January 09, 2019 09:43
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un was given a lavish welcome in the Chinese capital on Tuesday, which was his birthday.
Kim emerged from his quarters around 4 p.m. to meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People, where Kim's wife Ri Sol-ju joined them later. Xi then threw a lavish banquet for Kim to celebrate his birthday, but state-run CCTV made no mention of Kim's visit.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and his sister Kim Yo-jong (red-dotted) wave aboard a train to Beijing on Monday.
The official Global Times newspaper said Kim's visit on his birthday demonstrates the "close relationship" between the two leaders.
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang only said, "It is very normal for the two parties and two states to maintain friendly exchanges."
Asked if China is seeking to use Kim's visit as leverage in trade negotiations with the U.S., he added, "China's diplomacy incorporates rich and diverse contents... I don't think we need to resort to any maneuvers to get our message across to the U.S. side."
A car carrying North Korean leader Kim Jong-un heads to the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing on Tuesday. /Yonhap
Meanwhile, Cheong Wa Dae said it hopes Kim's visit to China "lays the groundwork" for a second U.S.-North Korea summit and expressed hopes of further improvements in diplomatic ties and steps toward denuclearization of North Korea.
A Cheong Wa Dae spokesman declined to say whether Seoul was informed of Kim's visit by either North Korea or China. "We have maintained close communication and shared information," he added.
[Kim_Xi_Jan19] [China NK]
Why China Tiptoed onto the Far Side of the Moon
January 9, 2019
Xi Jinping’s state media was strangely quiet about its historic lunar landing, writes Patrick Lawrence in this look at the U.S. effort to maintain primacy over advanced technologies.
By Patrick Lawrence
Special to Consortium News
When China landed a space probe on the far side of the moon last week, it was a first for humanity. The Chang’e 4 spacecraft touched down on Thursday and then sent a rover to explore and photograph lunar terrain we Earthlings had never before seen. This feat is up there with the U.S. moon landing in 1969. But while the scientists who designed the Chang’e 4 probe were properly proud, China’s state-controlled media buried the story beneath the day’s more mundane news. As one space analyst put it, the silence was deafening.
Why would this be? Why would Xi Jinping’s hyper-ambitious China go quiet after demonstrating that its swiftly developing technological capabilities are making the nation the global leader its president thinks it is destined to be?
Colored topo image of the far side of the moon from a 2010 image provided by NASA's Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter
NASA’s lunar far side topo map from 2010, highest elevations above 20,000 feet in red and the lowest areas down below -20,000 feet in blue. (NASA/Goddard)
Mike Pompeo suggested an answer the same day the Chang’e 4 touched down on lunar soil. President Donald Trump’s secretary of state chose last Thursday to warn the Iranians to drop their plans to launch three satellites into space over the next several months. Pompeo dismissed these projects as nothing more than a cover to test intercontinental ballistic missiles capable of bearing warheads.
These events are not unrelated.
Yes, the Trump administration has started a trade war with China. But Washington’s quarrels with Beijing are about far more than trade. The U.S. proposes to sanction Iran to kingdom come so as to limit its leverage as an emerging power in the Middle East. But the U.S. administration’s dangerously aggressive policies toward Tehran are about more than the Islamic Republic’s regional influence.
There is a larger theme here that is not to be missed: Maintaining America’s lead in advanced technologies is now essential to preserving U.S. primacy. And China and Iran are among those middle-income nations whose scientific and technological advances will at some point challenge this lead.
[China confrontation] [Iran confrontation] [Primacy] [Technology] [China US policy]
North Korea's Kim Jong Un visits China, state media reports
Published 2 Hours Ago Updated 1 Hour Ago Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, as he paid an unofficial visit to China, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 28, 2018.
KCNA | Reuters
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing, as he paid an unofficial visit to China, in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) in Pyongyang March 28, 2018.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is visiting China at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, China's official Xinhua news agency reported on Tuesday.
Kim's visit, his fourth summit with Xi, comes amid reports of advanced negotiations for a second summit between the North Korean leader and U.S. President Donald Trump.
Kim travelled to China three times to meet with Xi last year before and after summits with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
South Korea's Hankyoreh newspaper first reported late on Monday that Kim will meet Xi in Beijing.
[Kim_Xi_Jan19] [China NK]
Kim Jong-un Visits China Again
By Lee Min-seok, Yoon Hyung-jun
January 08, 2019 10:21
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un arrived in Beijing on Tuesday morning for a four-day visit at the invitation of Chinese President Xi Jinping, the Chinese government has confirmed.
A train presumably carrying Kim was spotted late Monday night in the Chinese border city of Dandong, where security was suddenly tightened.
Kim is expected to meet with Xi just as North Korea and the U.S. try to pinpoint a location for their next summit.
North Korean leader Kim Jong-un (right) and his wife Ri Sol-ju leave Pyongyang on Monday to take a train for China. /Newsis
Kim also traveled by train to Beijing when he visited China for the first time last March. He has since met Xi in China two more times, in May and June before and after his historic summit with U.S. President Donald Trump.
There is speculation that he is seeking advice from Xi as he prepares for further denuclearization talks with Trump.
In his New Year's address, Kim Jong-un warned that North Korea may choose a "different path" if the U.S. continues with sanctions and pressure.
[Kim_Xi_Jan19] [China NK]
If China is Suffering So Much From Trump’s Trade War, Why is Its Surplus Up So Much?
by Dean Baker
January 7, 2019
Donald Trump has made his tariffs against China and other countries a big part of his agenda as president. He even went so far as to dub himself “Tariff Man” on Twitter.
The media have been quick to assume that Tariff Man is accomplishing his goals, especially with regard to China. It is standard for news articles, like this one, to assert that China’s economy is suffering in large part because of Trump’s tariffs.
In fact, through the first ten months of 2018 China’s trade surplus with the United States on trade in goods has been $344.5 billion. This is up 11.5 percent from its surplus in the same months last year.
The tariffs surely are having some effect, and China’s surplus would almost certainly be larger if they were not in place. But it is difficult to believe that China’s $13.5 trillion dollar economy (measured at exchange rate values) could be hurt all that all that much by somewhat slower growth in its trade surplus with the United States. (For arithmetic fans, the surplus is equal to 2.5 percent of China’s GDP. We are talking about slower growth in this surplus.)
It is worth noting that we will not be getting new trade data until the government shutdown is over since the Census Bureau is one of the government agencies without funding for fiscal year 2019.[Trade war] [Trade balance] [Trade War]
[Interview] Chinese foreign affairs expert says US-China relations are at all-time low
Posted on : Jan.5,2019 12:51 KST Modified on : Jan.5,2019 12:51 KST
Increased interdependence of both sides minimizes possibility of serious clashes
Su Hao, Professor of China Foreign Affairs University
Professor Su Hao of China Foreign Affairs University rated US-China relations at the moment as “the worst they’ve been since diplomatic relations were established.” An international relations expert at the university – which is affiliated with the Chinese Foreign Ministry and trains experts in the field of foreign affairs – Su predicted that Beijing is capable of making numerous concessions, but argued that Washington’s demands have been excessive. At the same time, he said the two sides’ increased interdependence means they will not rush into any serious clashes.
“Whereas China-US relations in the past followed an upward curve of gradual development, strengthening, and fusion, we’re now seeing the opposite downward curve,” Su said of the two sides’ relationship as it marks its 40th anniversary. According to Su, the past four decades saw the US helping China in an effort to expand its own economy, while the less-powerful China used the US to develop its own economy. Cooperation with China also played a part in the US curbing the Soviet Union during the Cold War and pursuing strategic goals such as a response to terrorism after the Cold War ended.
[US China] [Chinese IR]
North Korea's Kim to visit China for fourth summit: newspaper
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is on his way to China for his fourth summit with China’s Xi Jinping, South Korean media said on Monday.
FILE PHOTO: North Korean leader Kim Jong Un poses for photos in Pyongyang in this January 1, 2019 photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News Agency (KCNA). KCNA/via REUTERS.
South Korea’s Hankyoreh newspaper, citing an unidentified source with close knowledge of North Korea-China affairs, reported that Kim was traveling to Beijing late on Monday to meet with Xi.
South Korea’s Yonhap news agency, citing an unspecified source familiar with North Korea issues, said a North Korean train possibly carrying a “high-level” official had crossed the border into China.
The source told Yonhap it had not been confirmed whether a senior official was on board, but that dozens of security vehicles and officials had blocked the roads around a station in the Chinese border city of Dandong as the train passed.
Last year Kim traveled to China three times to meet with Xi, before and after Kim held other summits with U.S. President Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in.
Kim is expected to meet again with both the U.S. and South Korean presidents in the near future, and another visit to China has been seen as a possible move before those summits.
Earlier on Monday the South Korean newspaper Munhwa Ilbo reported that U.S. State Department officials recently met multiple times with North Korean counterparts in Hanoi and discussed planning a second summit between Trump and Kim, fuelling speculation that Vietnam could host the event.
At their landmark June summit in Singapore, Kim and Trump pledged to work toward denuclearization, but the pact was light on details and talks since have made little headway.
China is the North’s most important economic and diplomatic backer, despite anger over its neighbor’s nuclear and missile programs. Ties have warmed in the last year as Pyongyang’s relations with both Seoul and Washington have also improved.
China also played a role in Trump’s meeting with Kim, lending the North Korean leader an airliner for his trip to Singapore.
China slams 'provocative' U.S. navy move amid trade talks
Diplomatic sources say Xi will probably go to North Korea at some point soon, which would make him the first Chinese leader to do so since 2005.
In early December, Xi told North Korea’s foreign minister during a visit in Beijing that he “hoped North Korea and the United States meet each other halfway and address each other’s reasonable concerns, allowing positive progress on the peninsula’s nuclear talks.”
[Kim_Xi_Jan19] [China NK}
President Tsai affirms Taiwan will not accept ‘one country, two systems’
Publication Date: January 03, 2019 |
President Tsai Ing-wen details the government’s stance on cross-strait relations at the Office of the President Jan. 2 in Taipei City. (CNA)
President Tsai Ing-wen said Jan. 2 that Taiwan has never accepted the “1992 Consensus” because the definition of it used by the Beijing authorities is “one country, two systems” and this is resolutely opposed by the vast majority of the people.
The nation will absolutely not accept “one country, two systems” and public opposition to it forms a Taiwan consensus, Tsai said.
Taiwan is willing to engage in negotiations with China, but all political consultations must be authorized and monitored by the people, and no individual or group has the right to represent the public in such talks, she added.
The president made the remarks in response to a speech delivered by Chinese leader Xi Jinping earlier the same day in which he proposed further exploration of a “one country, two systems” scenario for Taiwan.
[Straits] [Tsai Ing-wen] [1992 Consensus]
Rewards and risks in Philippines' China gambit
By Lucio Blanco Pitlo III
Lucio Blanco Pitlo III (firstname.lastname@example.org) is a research fellow at the Asia-Pacific Pathways to Progress Foundation; lecturer at the School of Social Sciences, Ateneo de Manila University; and contributing editor for the Asian Politics & Policy Journal.
Renewed ties between the Philippines and China are bearing fruit, but questions about the sustainability of this policy, especially after 2022, linger. Notwithstanding delays in agreed infrastructure projects, the upswing in relations spurred trade, tourism, investments and other functional areas of cooperation, including law enforcement. China can have a transformative impact on the Philippine economy. The challenge is ensuring such engagement does not diminish the country’s foreign policy independence and harm its interests in the West Philippine Sea. Manila is not alone in this dilemma: it is also debated in other Southeast Asian capitals. While good-neighbor relations are critical, a diversified trade and security portfolio remain effective cushions against coercive economic statecraft.
[Philippines China] [Allegiance]
The Socialist Market Economy: Philosophical Foundations
2 January, 2019 by stalinsmoustache
This is the text of a paper, to be delivered at a conference in a month or so. It is the fullest expression of my thoughts on a socialist market economy, forming the framework for an eventual monograph.
A personal example, to begin with: in 2018, I purchased a Xiaomi laptop and a second Xiaomi phone. It soon became apparent that the laptop was far superior to my earlier Apple Macbook (that I had unfortunately come to use) and that the phone was simply a better device than any Apple or indeed other phone you can find. But who or what is Xiaomi? It is a Chinese hi-tech company that aims at producing the best quality products at reasonable prices. Most will probably have heard of Huawei, which now leads the world in its technological prowess. But Xiaomi is arguably better still. And both are increasingly better than anything you can find elsewhere. At a Marxist philosophical level, this development may be described not as mere ‘catching up’, but as one element of a dialectical leap into the future.
[Socialist market economy]
Unification Is the Goal and Force Is an Option, Xi Jinping Says of Taiwan
China’s president, Xi Jinping, in Beijing on Wednesday. “We make no promise to abandon the use of force,” he said in a speech about Taiwan.CreditCreditPool photo by Mark Schiefelbein
By Chris Buckley and Chris Horton
Jan. 1, 2019
BEIJING — China’s president, Xi Jinping, warned Taiwan that unification must be the ultimate goal of any talks over its future and that efforts to assert full independence could be met by armed force, laying out an unyielding position on Wednesday in his first major speech about the contested island democracy.
Mr. Xi outlined his stance one day after Taiwan’s president, Tsai Ing-wen, urged China to peacefully settle disputes over the island, whose 23 million people, she said, want to preserve their self-rule. But Beijing treats Taiwan as an illegitimate breakaway from Chinese rule, and Mr. Xi said unification was unstoppable as China rose.
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