Tag Archives: China

China: Political prisoner Liu Xiaobo dies

Source: USA Today

"The imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo has died of multiple organ failure, Chinese officials announced Thursday. He was 61. Friends of Liu had risked detention earlier Thursday by visiting the First Hospital of China Medical University where he was being treated under guard for advanced liver cancer in northeast China. … Liu was convicted in 2009 of inciting subversion for his role in the 'Charter 08' movement calling for political reform and was sentenced to 11 years in prison. He was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize a year later while serving his sentence. Liu, a former professor, had helped negotiate with the military for the safe passage of students during the 1989 Tiananmen Square protest." (07/13/17)


China: Regime ships troops to Djibouti to set up first overseas base

Source: Deutsche Welle [Germany]

"Personnel have departed to begin setting up China's first overseas military base, in Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa. China has officially designated the Red Sea base as a logistics facility. … Several countries have set up shop in Djibouti – which borders Eritrea, Ethiopia and Somalia — a vital port and a model of stability in an otherwise volatile region. The United States, France, Japan, Italy and Spain already have bases in the country, and Saudi Arabia has begun construction on one. … In a front-page commentary, the People's Liberation Army Daily claimed that the base would increase the military's ability to ensure global order. China already has many UN peacekeepers in Africa and has become quite involved in patrolling for pirates. The People's Liberation Army Daily assured its readers that China would not seek military expansionism or get into arms races, no matter what." (07/12/17)


Priebus: North Korean, Chinese regimes interfered in US election

Source: New York Daily News

"Russia wasn’t alone — North Korea and China have also breached recent U.S. elections, White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus said Sunday. It was the first time someone in the Trump administration formally accused the two nations of interfering with the election, backing up vague claims from President Trump that 'other countries' joined Russia in its digital interference. … Priebus did not cite any evidence to back up his apparent bombshell." (07/09/17)


Sikkim border stand-off: China's regime warns India's

Source: Taiwan News [Taiwan]

"Amid an ongoing standoff, China has warned India to withdraw its troops before any dialogue can be initiated. According to reports, the political councilor of the Chinese embassy in India, Li Ya, has suggested India withdraw its troops back to its side of the boundary before any sort of peace talks between the two nations can start. … While India claims the Sikkim border, China is insisting that the area falls on its side as per the 1890 treaty signed between Britain and China. As a consequence of this dispute, China has suspended the annual Kailash Manasarovar Yatra, a pilgrimage tour considered holy for Indians and Tibetans of the region." (07/06/17)


China: Launch fails for heavy lift carrier rocket

Source: Bloomberg

"A Chinese rocket launch failed on Sunday evening due to abnormality during the flight following what appeared to be a successful liftoff, the official Xinhua News Agency said. Experts will investigate the cause of the glitch for the launch of the Long March-5 Y2, China's second heavy-lift carrier rocket, from the Wenchang Space Launch Center in the southern province of Hainan, Xinhua said." (07/02/17)


Hong Kong: Hong Kong: Pro-democracy march takes over streets on anniversary of city’s handover

Source: South China Morning Post [Hong Kong]

"Thousands of pro-democracy protesters set off from Victoria Park on Saturday afternoon for a march marking the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover from British rule to Chinese. The Civil Human Rights Front, which organises the annual march, had said it expected 100,000 people to join the protest, whose two key themes were 'reclaim Hong Kong' and 'release of Liu Xiaobo,' the jailed Chinese dissident recently released on medical parole. … A coalition of pro-Beijing groups also held events in the park, while other opponents of the pan-democrats swamped the alleys nearby, condemning the bloc and 'anti-China elements.'" (07/01/17)


So you want a Cultural Revolution?

Source: The American Conservative
by Philip Jenkins

"Horrified by images of American students shouting down and physically attacking speakers on their campuses, some commentators have reasonably invoked memories of the Chinese Cultural Revolution. The problem with that analogy is that it is simply lost on most readers, including most younger than middle age. So what exactly was this 'Cultural Revolution' thing anyway? The U.S. media does a wonderful job of recalling atrocities that they can associate with the Right, while far worse horrors stemming from the Left vanish into oblivion. In reality, not only does the Cultural Revolution demand to be remembered and commemorated, it also offers precious lessons about the nature of violence, and the perils of mob rule." (06/28/17)


Officials: Trump growing frustrated with China, weighs trade steps

Source: Reuters

"President Donald Trump is growing increasingly frustrated with China over its inaction on North Korea and bilateral trade issues and is now considering possible trade actions against Beijing, three senior administration officials told Reuters. The officials said Trump was looking at options including tariffs on steel imports, which Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross already has said he is considering as part of a national security study of the U.S. steel industry. Whether Trump would take any steps against China remains unclear." (06/28/17)


China: Regime court sentences 16 from Australia's Crown Resorts to prison

Source: San Francisco Chronicle

"A Chinese court sentenced 16 Australian and Chinese employees of a casino company to nine to 10 months in prison on Monday after they pleaded guilty to gambling-related charges, the company and an Australian official said. Nineteen defendants, including three Australians from the sales and marketing team of Australia's Crown Resorts Ltd., were convicted by the court in Shanghai. Three defendants, who had been released on bail last Nov. 11, were not fined or sentenced to prison, Crown Resorts said. Casino gambling, the marketing of casinos and organizing overseas gambling trips involving 10 or more people are illegal in mainland China." [editor's note: Sounds like China is getting almost as bad as the US. Almost. They don't seem to be abducting overseas casino execs for running overseas gambling web sites yet – TLK] (06/25/17)


Chinese, US regimes agree on aim of "complete, irreversible" Korean denuclearization

Source: Yahoo! News

"China and the United States agreed that efforts to denuclearize the Korean Peninsula should be 'complete, verifiable and irreversible,' Chinese state media said on Saturday, reporting the results of high level talks in Washington this week. 'Both sides reaffirm that they will strive for the complete, verifiable and irreversible denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula,' a consensus document released by the official Xinhua news agency said. U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said on Thursday that the United States pressed China to ramp up economic and political pressure on North Korea, during his meeting with top Chinese diplomats and defense chiefs." [hat dip — David Klaus] (06/24/17)