Tag Archives: China

Chinese military aircraft conduct exercises in East China Sea

Source: Japan Times [Japan]

“China on Sunday again sent bombers and intelligence-gathering aircraft through international airspace between the islands of Okinawa and Miyako in the East China Sea, part of what Beijing has called continued ‘regular’ exercises in the area. Japan scrambled fighters in response, though no violation of Japanese airspace was detected. Four H-6 bombers and two intelligence-gathering aircraft flew a route that took them through the Miyako Strait and back. The flight was believed to be the first through the passageway since August, when six Chinese bombers flew near Kansai’s Kii Peninsula for the first time.” (11/19/17)


China: Regime will send envoy to North Korea following Trump visit

Source: Politico

“Following President Donald Trump’s visit to Beijing, China said Wednesday that it would send a high-level special envoy to North Korea amid an extended chill in relations between the neighbors over Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons and missile programs. Song Tao, the head of China’s ruling Communist Party’s International Department, will travel to Pyongyang on Friday to report on outcomes of the party’s national congress held last month, the official Xinhua News Agency said. … Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang downplayed any connection between Song’s trip and Trump’s visit, saying it was ‘common practice’ for the Communist Party and North Korea’s ruling Workers’ Party to exchange views.” (11/15/17)


South China Sea: Duterte backs down after Beijing protest

Source: Philippine Star [Philippines]

“President Rodrigo Duterte stopped construction work on a newly formed sandbar in the disputed South China Sea after China protested, the defense chief said Wednesday, disclosing details of the territorial spat for the first time. The dispute over a string of sandbars called Sandy Cay emerged in August and prompted China and the Philippines to consider negotiating some sort of arrangement to prevent such incidents from spiraling out of control, [Philippines defense seceretary Delfin] Lorenzana said. The rift over the tiny sandbar, where Filipinos planned to erect fishermen’s shelters, in the group near Philippine-occupied Thitu island in the Spratlys archipelago remains unresolved but both sides pledged not to occupy any new territory, he said.” (11/08/17)


China: Regime considers three-year jail terms for disrespecting national anthem

Source: Business Insider

“China’s largely rubber-stamp parliament is considering tougher penalties for those who disrespect the national anthem, including up to three years in jail, state news agency Xinhua said on Tuesday. In September, China passed a new law mandating up to 15 days in police detention for those who mock the ‘March of the Volunteers,’ a law that also covers the Chinese territories of Hong Kong and Macau. Parliament is now looking at whether to amend the country’s Criminal Law to include criminal penalties for disrespect of the national anthem, Xinhua said.” (10/31/17)


Chinese, South Korean regimes pledge to ease tensions over US missile defense system

Source: Time

“South Korea and China will push to normalize their ties badly strained over the deployment of a contentious U.S. missile defense system in the South, both countries announced Tuesday, with Seoul saying their leaders are set to hold summit talks next week. South Korea allowed the United States to install the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system on its soil this year, triggering angry rhetoric and economic retaliation from China which views THAAD’s powerful radar as a threat to its own security. South Korea and the United States have repeatedly said the system is only aimed at defending against North Korea’s advancing nuclear threats, rather than peering into Chinese territory.” (10/31/17)


China: Communist Party writes “Xi Jinping Thought” into charter

Source: Straits Times [Singapore]

“It’s official. Chinese President Xi Jinping’s political thoughts have been written into the Constitution of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), sealing his status ahead of his two immediate predecessors and Deng Xiaoping and just behind Mao Zedong. The amendments to the party charter that were passed by the party’s week-long 19th national congress at its closing on Tuesday (Oct 24) morning included Mr Xi’s political thinking worded as: Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era. The amendments were passed unanimously by some 2,300 delegates present at the five-yearly meeting.” (10/24/17)


China: Xi sets out “new era” ambitions at Communist Party congress

Source: The Street

“China’s President, Xi Jinping, laid out the country’s main ambitions in a speech in Beijing Wednesday that marks the start of the 19th Communist Party Congress and could signal some of its biggest economic changes in decades. Xi vowed to launch a clean energy ‘revolution’ in China that he said would bring both prosperity and ‘blue skies’ to the world’s second-largest economy, which he said will be a leading global power by 2050, and outlined goals for the broader opening of the country’s markets to foreign investors, the strengthening of state-owed companies and a continued crackdown on graft and corruption.” (10/18/17)


China: Regime blocks WhatsApp ahead of Communist Party gathering

Source: ZDNet

“China has largely blocked Facebook-owned encrypted messaging app WhatsApp ahead of a Communist Party gathering in October, The New York Times has reported. WhatsApp has experienced some disruptions since mid July, with users unable to send audio and video chats, photos, and other files. Users could still send text communications at the time, and the restrictions were lifted after several weeks, according to the publication. However, the report said that WhatsApp users in China can no longer send texts now, though the app is partially accessible to some users in some parts of the country.” (09/26/17)


China: Regime orders Bitcoin exchanges in capital city to close

Source: BBC News [UK state media]

“China is moving forward with plans to shut down Bitcoin exchanges in the country, starting with trading platforms in key cities. All Bitcoin exchanges in Beijing and Shanghai have been ordered to submit plans for winding down their operations by 20 September. The move follows the Chinese central bank’s decision to ban initial coin offerings in early September. Top exchange BTCC said it would stop trading at the end of the month. Chinese authorities decided to ban digital currencies as part of a plan for reducing the country’s financial risks.” (09/19/17)


Is China’s export success built on slavery?

Source: Cafe Hayek
by Don Boudreaux

China’s workforce today is nearly 803 million — a number that, I’ll assume to make my argument here weaker than otherwise, does not include the 15.5 million slaves. Thus, even according to figures given by the ILO, percentage of Chinese workers who are slaves is ‘only’ 1.9. Again, if this number is correct, that’s 1.9 percent of workers too many. But this small percentage makes unbelievable the often-repeated assertion that China’s modern export success is built on slavery. Indeed, even if we make the overly ‘generous’ assumption that all 25 million slaves in Asia and the Pacific are Chinese workers, the percentage of the Chinese workforce who are slaves remains tiny; it’s 3.1 percent. Bottom line: Even on assumptions most generous to those who contend that modern China’s economic success generally, and its export success specifically, is the product of slavery in China, the numbers simply do not support the contention.” (09/19/17)