Tag Archives: China

Chinese warships sail near islands Mattis vowed to defend for Japan

Source: Fox News

"Three Chinese warships sailed near the contested Senkaku Islands Monday, apparently sending a message to the U.S. just two days after President Trump’s defense secretary visited Japan and vowed to defend the islands. On his first overseas trip as defense secretary, Jim Mattis, speaking in Tokyo, said China 'has shredded the trust' of countries in the region by building up man-made islands in the South China Sea. He also said the U.S. commitment to protect Japanese territory applied to its islands in the East China Sea." (02/06/17)


Blundering into a war with China

Source: CounterPunch
by Conn Hallinan

"Sometimes it is hard to sift the real from the magical in the Trump administration, and bombast appears to be the default strategy of the day. But people should be clear about what would happen if the U.S. actually tries to blockade China from supplying its forces constructing airfields and radar facilities on the Spratley and Paracel islands. It would be an act of war. While Beijing's Foreign Ministry China initially reacted cautiously to the comment, Chinese newspapers have been far less diplomatic." (02/02/17)


Hong Kong: Billionaire Xiao Jianhua missing, believed abducted by Chinese police

Source: United Press International

"Xiao Jianhua, a billionaire with ties to the Chinese government, was abducted from his Hong Kong residence by Chinese police, a person close to him said. Xiao, 45, was allegedly taken from his residence in a Hong Kong hotel and transported into mainland China. He has been missing since Friday, and if the Chinese police are involved in his absence, it would violate Hong Kong's constitution, which only permits Hong Kong police to operate in Hong Kong, a former British colony. The Chinese-born Xiao, a Canadian citizen, is chief of the Tomorrow Group, a conglomerate involved in Chinese real estate, banks, insurance and the coal industry." (02/01/17)


Trump regime rattles saber at Chinese regime on South China Sea territory

Source: Jamestown Sun

"The new U.S. administration of President Donald Trump vowed on Monday that the United States would prevent China from taking over territory in international waters in the South China Sea, something Chinese state media has said would require Washington to 'wage war.' … China's embassy in Washington did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the remarks from the White House." (01/23/17)


China to crack down on censor-busting services

Source: BBC [UK state media]

"China is cracking down on the hi-tech ways citizens avoid official scrutiny of what they do online. The nation's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology has announced plans to 'clean up' unauthorised internet connections. The 14-month campaign will target the virtual private networks (VPNs) and dedicated lines many use to go online. All these types of service must be officially vetted to keep operating, said the Ministry. In its notice, the Ministry said China's net connection market was 'disordered' and needed regulating." (01/23/17)


China: Regime cracks down on bids to bypass Internet censorship

Source: Yahoo! News

"China has announced a 14-month campaign to 'clean up' internet service providers and crack down on devices such as virtual private networks (VPNs) used to evade strict censorship. The ruling Communist party oversees a vast apparatus designed to censor online content deemed politically sensitive, while blocking some Western websites and the services of internet giants including Facebook, Twitter and Google. … Telecom and internet service providers will no longer be allowed to set up or rent special lines such as VPNs without official approval, the ministry of industry and information technology said Sunday." (01/23/17)


Trump's protectionism isolates US on global stage, emboldens China

Source: Cato Institute
by Christine Guluzian

"Chinese President Xi Jinping's address at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland Tuesday may have sent the strongest signal yet that China is more willing than the United States to champion free trade and globalization, thanks to President Donald Trump's protectionist and anti-trade leanings." (01/20/17)


China: Mainland regime will "take off the gloves" if Trump continues on Taiwan

Source: Reuters

"China will 'take off the gloves' and take strong action if U.S. President-elect Donald Trump continues to provoke Beijing over Taiwan once he assumes office, two leading state-run newspapers said on Monday. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal published on Friday, Trump said the 'One China' policy was up for negotiation. China's foreign ministry, in response, said 'One China' was the foundation of China-U.S. ties and was non-negotiable. Trump broke with decades of precedent last month by taking a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, angering Beijing, which sees Taiwan as part of China." (01/16/17)


Rex Tillerson's South China Sea proposal won't work

Source: Cato Institute
by John Glaser

"Secretary of State-to-be Rex Tillerson testified to Congress on Wednesday that America needs to take a harder line against China in the South China Sea. 'We're going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops,' Tillerson said. 'And second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed.' This tougher stance is necessary, he says, to deter China from further 'pushing the envelope.' … The current debate about America’s posture in the South China Sea reflects a very narrow conception of the strategic options at hand. It shouldn’t be relegated to either (1) drawing a red line against China over remote islands of negligible strategic importance to the United States, or (2) ceding regional hegemony to Beijing." (01/13/17)


Why Donald Trump wants you to ignore Russia and worry about China

Source: The New Republic
by Jeet Heer

"At Wednesday’s press conference at Trump Tower in New York, his first since winning the election, Donald Trump was grilled by reporters about allegations that Russia meddled in the election to help him defeat Hillary Clinton. The president-elect’s response? 'China.' Time and again, when the press asked him about Russia, Trump responded by deflecting attention to China. … It’s no surprise that Trump would employ this rhetorical move. While his friendliness toward President Vladimir Putin has raised hackles in his own party, particularly among Senate hawks like Lindsey Graham and John McCain, Trump is on more firm footing with China, since most Republicans are also wary of the country. A hardline stance on China is Trump’s way to keep the party united behind him on foreign policy, and moreover, it helps him advance his case for trade protectionism, as he cast China during his campaign as the biggest threat to the American economy." (01/12/17)