Tag Archives: China

China: Regime launches first home-built aircraft carrier amid South China Sea tension

Source: Yahoo! News

"China launched its first domestically built aircraft carrier on Wednesday amid rising tension over North Korea and worries about Beijing's assertiveness in the South China Sea. State media has quoted military experts as saying the carrier, China's second and built in the northeastern port of Dalian, is not expected to enter service until 2020, once it has been kitted out and armed. … China's navy has been taking an increasingly prominent role in recent months, with a rising star admiral taking command, its first aircraft carrier sailing around self-ruled Taiwan and new Chinese warships popping up in far-flung places." [editor's note: And yet when the US launches a new warship, as it does much more often than China, it's not considered alarming or a function of the crisis of the moment … – TLK] (04/26/17)


China's Korea policy "in tatters" as both North and South defy sanctions

Source: Washington Post

"More than half a century ago, hundreds of thousands of Chinese soldiers died in the Korean War, fighting on the side of their Communist allies against the American-backed South. Yet today, China finds itself in the uncomfortable position of falling out with both the Communist North and capitalist South of this troublesome peninsula, imposing sanctions on both countries but getting no satisfaction from either. On Monday, South Korea announced it would press ahead with the 'swift deployment' of an American missile defense system despite relentless and vociferous Chinese opposition. … On Sunday, North Korea ignored China’s pleadings not to raise regional tensions by conducting another missile test, albeit one that failed." (04/17/17)


India: Dalai Lama consecrates monastery as Chinese regime bellyaches

Source: Washington Post

"The Dalai Lama consecrated a Buddhist monastery on Thursday in India’s remote northeast, amid Chinese warnings that the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader’s visit to a disputed border region would damage bilateral relations with India. Nearly 10,000 people, some of them from neighboring Bhutan, greeted the Dalai Lama at the Thubchok Gatsel Ling Monastery in Tawang district in the state of Arunachal Pradesh, Indian official Jemba Tshering said. The visit to Arunachal Pradesh, which China also claims as its territory, has raised tensions between the nuclear-armed Asian neighbors. China’s Foreign Ministry has said the visit 'severely harms China’s interests and the China-India relationship,' while India has cautioned Beijing to stay out of its internal affairs." (04/06/17)


Drug war lessons from communists

Source: Future of Freedom Foundation
by Jacob G Hornberger

"Like the Trump administration, the communist regime in China has announced its intention to crack down in the war on drugs. The fact that the crackdown is coming from one of the most brutal totalitarian regimes in the world should serve as a lesson to the American people about the real nature and purpose of drug laws. According to an article posted at talkingdrugs.org, Guo Shengkun, China’s minister of public safety and head of the National Narcotics Control Commission, said that the communist regime is intensifying its drug-war crackdown to reduce drug use by targeting both consumers and suppliers. Sound familiar? That, of course, is precisely what the U.S. government has been doing for decades, without any success in reducing drug usage." (04/05/17)


Rijiju to Chinese regime: Knock off the temper tantrum, please

Source: Firstpost [India]

"Amid a row over the Dalai Lama's visit to Arunachal Pradesh, the government on Tuesday asked China not to interfere in its internal affairs, saying it respects the 'One China' policy and expects Beijing to reciprocate. Making a statement on the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju said here that the Tibetan spiritual leader's visit to the border state is completely religious and no political motive should be ascribed to it. … The Dalai Lama is scheduled to visit Arunachal Pradesh on 6 April during which he will hold religious discourse with devotees in Tawang, Bomdial and other areas. Earlier, the Chinese Foreign Ministry had warned India that the visit of the Dalai Lama to Arunachal Pradesh, which Beijing claims as part of Tibet, will cause 'serious damage' to bilateral ties." (04/04/17)


South China Sea: Aircraft hangars, radar installed on artificial islands

Source: CNN

"Dozens of aircraft hangars and high-end radar capabilities on China's man-made islands in the South China Sea are almost operational, according to new satellite imagery released by a US-based think tank. … Images released by the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative, AMTI, taken in early March, show nearly completed defense infrastructure on three of China's largest artificial islands in the disputed Spratly chain: Fiery Cross, Mischief and Subi reefs. … A Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokeswoman said Tuesday she wasn't aware of the report's details but reiterated the Spratly Islands were Chinese territory. 'Whether we decide to deploy or not deploy relevant military equipment, it is within our scope of sovereignty. It's our right to self-defense and self-preservation as recognized by international law,' Hua Chunying said." (03/28/17)


Hong Kong: Committee chooses Beijing regime's candidate as next chief executive

Source: MarketWatch

"Hong Kong's electoral committee picked a staunchly pro-China candidate to lead the city in voting that underscored Beijing's growing political influence on the former British colony. The 1,194-member committee stacked with pro-Beijing business leaders and politicians chose Carrie Lam, a longtime city official, who was widely viewed as Beijing's favorite in the three-person race. During the campaign, electors acknowledged receiving phone calls from Beijing representatives instructing them to pick Lam. … President Xi Jinping is tightening political control ahead of a Communist Party congress this fall that is expected to further cement his leadership." (03/26/17)


Chinese officials warned US bomber aircraft over East China Sea

Source: Business Standard [India]

"Chinese officials warned a US military aircraft flying near South Korea on Sunday … CNN reported citing a US defense official as saying that the Chinese side told the pilots that they were illegally operating in Chinese airspace and ordered the American plane to leave. The pilots of the US Air Force B-1B Lancer bomber responded to the Chinese air traffic controllers, saying that they were conducting routine operations in international airspace and did not deviate from their flight path, according to US Pacific Air Forces spokesman Major Phil Ventura. The bombers had entered a controversial Chinese Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ) in the East China Sea, which covers a disputed island chain and overlaps with airspace claimed by Japan and South Korea." (03/23/17)


It's time to fight fire with fire — is the Chinese government pushing Bitcoin Unlimited?

Source: Liberty Blitzkrieg
by Michael Krieger

"Irrespective of the scaling debate, we seem to have an uncomfortably centralized Bitcoin ecosystem in some important and meaningful ways. It is this backdrop which makes the current situation so concerning, and it is this backdrop that has made Bitcoin as vulnerable as it is right now. Now here's where it gets even more concerning. Many observers are warning that Bitcoin Unlimited (BU), if it happens, could make the centralization issue even worse. … If this is right (people I respect disagree on whether BU will make the miner centralization problem worse), this is a gigantic elephant in the room for Bitcoin Unlimited. It also makes it increasingly likely that behind the scenes the Chinese government is supporting BU as a way to either take over Bitcoin or destroy it from within." (03/20/17)


Li to Trump: We don't want a trade war — but if there is one, you'd lose

Source: Washington Post

"China's premier told the United States on Wednesday: We don't want a trade war with you, but if one breaks out, your companies would bear the brunt. Yet despite tensions over jobs, currency rates and 'security matters,' Li Keqiang told a news conference in Beijing ahead of the first visit by the new U.S. secretary of state that he remained optimistic about the future of China's relationship with the United States." (03/15/17)