Tag Archives: China

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)


Report: Japanese warship to tour South China Sea; what could possibly go wrong?

Source: Yahoo! News

“Japan plans to dispatch its largest warship on a three-month tour through the South China Sea beginning in May, three sources said, in its biggest show of naval force in the region since World War Two. China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fueled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation. The Izumo helicopter carrier, commissioned only two years ago, will make stops in Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Sri Lanka before joining the Malabar joint naval exercise with Indian and US naval vessels in the Indian Ocean in July.” (03/13/17)


Chinese regime threatens South Korean regime over deployment of US regime’s missile defense system

Source: Korea JoonAng Daily [South Korea]

“As Korea speeds along with the deployment of the U.S.-led Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) system by sealing a land deal with Lotte Group to acquire a golf course in Seongju County, North Gyeongsang, Beijing is threatening diplomatic, economic and possibly military retaliation. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said through a press briefing Tuesday that Beijing is ‘firmly opposed to and strongly dissatisfied with the fact that’ Seoul is working with Washington to accelerate the deployment process of a Thaad battery and ‘ignoring China’s interests and concerns.’ He added Beijing will ‘resolutely take necessary actions to safeguard its own security interests,’ without specifying what measures it will take.” (03/01/17)


China: Regime forces abduct 800 in crackdown on underground banking

Source: Washington Post

“More than 800 people have been arrested in a crackdown on unlicensed banking operations as Beijing tries to stem outflows of money from the country, the police ministry says. More than 380 underground banks that handled transactions totaling more than 900 billion yuan ($130 billion) were broken up in the crackdown launched last year, according to the ministry. Communist leaders allow unlicensed financing activity to support entrepreneurs but try to stop activity they say threatens the state-run banking system, supports crime or helps people violate foreign exchange controls or other regulations.” (02/27/17)


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)