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  • China completes second round of US$29 billion Big Fund aimed at investing in domestic chip industry

    10/28/2019 11:37:51 AM PDT · by AdmSmith · 81 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 26JUL2019 | Sarah Dai
    China is making swift progress on its 200 billion yuan (US$29.08 billion) fund aimed at investing in home-grown semiconductor development, as the world’s second-largest economy looks to reduce dependence on foreign chips amid a tech war with the US. New investment is likely to lean towards applications in the downstream supply chain, such as chip design, advanced materials and equipment areas, according to the report. The fundraising progress comes amid an escalating tech war with the US, which has seen China tone down statements on its wider “Made in China 2025” policy ambitions, after President Xi Jinping first called for...
  • Germany should stop aiding Chinese military, Amnesty warns

    11/17/2019 3:19:57 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Deutsche Welle ^ | 11.17.2019 | kp/mm (dpa, KNA)
    Human rights watchdog Amnesty International has called for Germany to cease its practice of training Chinese soldiers. The organization’s arms and human rights expert Mathias John made the plea in a conversation with German newspaper Bild am Sonntag, published Sunday. “In light of the human rights situation in China and the general role of the military there, there is no justifiable reason for Germany to help train the Chinese military,” said John. Referring to the current situation in Hong Kong, he added that “the German government should send a clear sign and immediately cease any military cooperation.” […] Bild said...
  • 230,000 Died in a Dam Collapse That China Kept Secret for Years

    02/18/2019 9:23:42 AM PST · by EveningStar · 41 replies
    MSN ^ | February 17, 2019 | Justin Higginbottom
    ... According to an account of the Banqiao Dam by a Chinese journalist writing under the pseudonym Yi Si, on Aug. 8, as workers stared curiously at the retreating water level of the reservoir, a voice in the dark called out: “The River Dragon has come!” And suddenly the dam ruptured, unleashing 600 billion liters of water and destroying an entire village. By Aug. 17, reports Si, 1.1 million people remained trapped by flooding with 50 to 60 percent of food air-dropped into the area floating in the murky waters. It would take weeks for the waters to drain, revealing...
  • Turkey drops block on defence plan for Baltics - NATO chief

    12/04/2019 10:33:47 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Yahoo ^ | December 4, 2019 | Reuters
    NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Wednesday that Turkey had dropped its block on a plan to bolster the defences of Baltic states and Poland against Russia. He told a news conference after an alliance summit outside London that NATO leaders did not discuss the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia, which Turkey views as a terrorist organisation. Ahead of the summit, Ankara had refused to back the NATO defence plan for the Baltics and Poland until it received more support for its battle with the YPG, including other alliance members recognising it as a terrorist group. In a final press conference...
  • Trump's Canny Diplomatic and Psychological Feints on the International Stage

    12/04/2019 5:40:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 9 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 4, 2019 | Austin Bay
    Three years ago, Donald Trump began a rhetorical offensive targeting the governments of NATO nations that chronically failed to meet their allied defense financial commitments. With bombastic huff, Trump intimated that allies pay their share or America might walk. It's 2019. Few NATO members currently meet the 2% GDP defense commitment. However, several once-laggard NATO nations have increased military spending, and the alliance is stronger for it. The era of blithe freeloading has ended. Cheapskates like Germany pay a price in lost prestige. America not only hasn't walked; it is modernizing its forces. Earlier this year, President Trump began grousing...
  • How the market sell-off could get much worse: ‘Better put on your helmet’

    12/03/2019 7:12:22 PM PST · by cba123 · 35 replies
    CNBC ^ | December 3, 2019 | Bob Pisani
    President Trump’s comment that he had no deadline on a China deal has predictably thrown markets into a tizzy, as the self-imposed deadline of Dec. 15 for additional tariffs is now less than two weeks away. The market is now grappling with the likelihood of no trade deal, but the critical issue is tariffs. I asked UBS Art Cashin if traders would be satisfied with 1) no new tariffs on Dec. 15, 2) keeping additional tariffs, and 3) no deal going into the new year. (Please see link for full article)
  • US Navy ‘invited’ to go to Taiwan and ‘have fun’ after Beijing bans port visits to Hong Kong

    12/03/2019 8:10:17 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 12/03/2019 | Sarah Zheng
    Beijing’s decision to suspend US military port calls in Hong Kong has been greeted with a degree of derision in Taiwan, with many suggesting that the Americans would be welcome to come to the island instead. Although the United States is unlikely to risk angering Beijing further by sending warships on a port call to the self-ruled island, many Taiwanese internet users said the southern port city of Kaoshiung would “win big” if the Americans did decide to visit. One comment on the PTT terminal bulletin board system joked those visits would happen only when “US-China [trade] talks fall apart...
  • American pastors tear-gassed in Hong Kong as they supported pro-democracy protesters

    12/02/2019 7:55:33 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 4 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 12/02/2019 | Samuel Smith
    American pastors who traveled to Hong Kong to support the months-long pro-democracy demonstrations say they faced tear gas and water cannons as they stood in solidarity with student demonstrators during one of the most dynamic five-day stretches of the protests. Rev. Bill Devlin of the Infinity Bible Church in New York City and Rev. Patrick Mahoney of the Christian Defense Coalition were in Hong Kong from Nov. 13 until Nov. 18. They were present as police besieged Hong Kong Polytechnic University where students barricaded themselves in and clashed with riot police. Devlin and Mahoney say they spent time between PolyU...
  • North Korea's missile capability: how far it has come and its implications in denuclearization talks

    12/03/2019 1:59:39 AM PST · by AmericanInTokyo · 7 replies
    Korea Times (S. Korea) ^ | 3 December 2019 | Jung Da-min
    North Korea's recent test of its super-large multiple rocket launcher has not only proved the weapon system's improved "volley-firing" capabilities but also showed that North Korea's weapons development programs have proceeded steadily for the past two years, experts said Monday. On Nov. 28, North Korea conducted the test-firing of the super-large multiple launch rocket system for the fourth time this year following Aug. 24, Sept. 10 and Oct. 31 launches. All four tests involved two rockets fired from the weapon system, with the North succeeding to narrow down the firing interval from 17 minutes on Aug. 24 and 3 minutes...
  • Busts signal that Chicoms have quite a labor-trafficking racket in the states

    12/03/2019 7:21:23 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 6 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 12/03/2019 | Monica Showalter
    Breitbart News, citing an NBC investigative report, reported that Chinese students have some very easy ways of staying in the U.S. after they get their studies behind them.  Numerous U.S.-based companies that got Optional Practical Training (OPT) work permits for Chinese graduates have quietly closed their doors following an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) crackdown and media investigations, according to a report by NBC Bay Area. “NBC’s efforts to contact officers at 14 suspicious companies [who got many OPT work permits] were met with a series of dead-end business addresses and disconnected phone numbers, ” said the NBC Bay Area report....
  • With new gas pipeline, Russia's exports flow east

    12/03/2019 2:01:19 AM PST · by NorseViking · 6 replies
    Reuters by Yahoo ^ | December 2, 2019
    Smiles and waves between Russia's Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping on Monday (December 2). Though this isn't just a casual video chat between two of the world's most powerful men, but the launch of a landmark pipeline that will transport natural gas from Siberia to north east China - a boost to economic and political ties between Moscow and Beijing and part of Russia's attempt to pivot East, away from the pain of Western financial sanctions imposed over its 2014 annexation of Ukraine's Crimea. (SOUNDBITE) PRESIDENT, VLADIMIR PUTIN, SAYING: "This is a remarkable, genuinely historical event not only for...
  • Bloomberg Ripped Over Recent Interview on China, Saying ‘Xi Jinping Is Not a Dictator

    12/02/2019 6:22:14 PM PST · by MNJohnnie · 37 replies
    Mediaite ^ | 12-1-2019 | Josh Feldmen
    An interview Michael Bloomberg did with Firing Line in September is getting renewed attention this week, given his getting into the 2020 Democratic presidential primary race. Margaret Hoover said, “The United States currently accounts for about 15 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions. China accounts for roughly 30 percent… Even if we get to net zero, how do you get China, India, and the other countries to be good partners?” Bloomberg said that China “is doing a lot” now and said, “The communist party wants to stay in power in China, and they listen to the public. When the public...
  • China No Longer Needs US Parts in its Phones

    12/02/2019 2:15:29 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 31 replies
    Mish Talk, Global Economic Trend Analysis ^ | 12/02/2019 | Mike Shedlock
    China was once very dependent on US chips for its phones. The latest Chinese phones have no US parts. The Wall Street Journal reports Huawei Manages to Make Smartphones Without American Chips. American tech companies are getting the go-ahead to resume business with Chinese smartphone giant Huawei Technologies Co., but it may be too late: It is now building smartphones without U.S. chips. Huawei’s latest phone, which it unveiled in September—the Mate 30 with a curved display and wide-angle cameras that competes with Apple Inc.’s iPhone 11—contained no U.S. parts, according to an analysis by UBS and Fomalhaut Techno Solutions,...
  • Chinese netizens bash Lady Gaga for 'supporting HK separatist' on social media

    12/02/2019 3:09:43 AM PST · by HK_Kai_Chung · 19 replies
    Global Times ^ | 2019/12/2 | Global Times
    Chinese fans outraged at Lady Gaga addressed her "wrongdoings" that included her support of a Hong Kong separatist, associating with the Dalai Lama, and promoting "Taiwan independence". The singer's Chinese fans have vowed to boycott the controversial star, citing "national interest prevails all." Netizen's anger was sparked after it was revealed the singer was following a Hong Kong separatist on Instagram. A screenshot that went viral revealed Lady Gaga was following @EmilyWaiYi on the Facebook-owned photo-sharing platform. The account featured slogans echoing Hong Kong rioters, but only had 43 followers including Lady Gaga.
  • [China] Bo Xilai Alleged Financier: George Soros (???)

    04/27/2012 6:38:41 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    i4u ^ | 04/25/12
    Bo Xilai Alleged Financier: George Soros BEIJING: Billionaire oil tycoon George Soros, an executive board member of the International Crisis Group, has played a major role in deposed Chinese Communist Chongqing Boss, Bo Xilai’s rise to fame and fortune in Dalian and Chongqing. ... http://www.dallasblog.com/201204241008984/dallas-blog/bo-xilai-alleged-financier-george-soros.html
  • Faithful Chinese Bishop on the Run From Communists Highlights Vatican/China Deal Disaster

    12/01/2019 6:50:54 AM PST · by marshmallow · 4 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 11/29/19 | Steven Mosher
    November 29, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – Bishop Vincent Guo was supposed to be the poster child of a successful rapprochement between the Vatican and China, as well as a sign that the longstanding rift between the Underground Catholic church and its state-run counterpart had been healed. Instead, he is on the run from the Communist authorities. How did this happen? Until last year, Bishop Guo was the ordinary of the Diocese of Mindong, located in the southern province of Fujian. He was recognized by the Holy See, but not by the Party-State, which had imposed an unpopular—and unrecognized--Patriotic “bishop” by the...
  • In Hong Kong, It's US vs. China Now

    12/03/2019 5:30:15 AM PST · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | December 3, 2019 | Pat Buchanan
    At first glance, it would appear that five months of pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong had produced a stunning triumph. By September, the proposal of city leader Carrie Lam that ignited the protests -- to allow criminal suspects to be extradited to China for trial -- had been withdrawn. And though the protesters' demands escalated along with their tactics, from marches to mass civil disobedience, Molotov cocktails, riots and attacks on police, Chinese troops remained confined to their barracks. Beijing wanted no reenactment of Tiananmen Square, the midnight massacre in the heart of Beijing that drowned in blood the 1989...
  • Unprecedented Leaks Underscore Deep Discontent Inside China

    12/02/2019 8:00:38 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 12/02/2019 | Helen Raleigh
    Beijing usually takes pride in its tight grip of the information that flows inside and outside of China. However, several recent incidents seem to reveal that Beijing’s iron fist may be losing its grip.Only a week ago, The New York Times reported on the Xinjiang Papers, a 403-page collection of reportedly classified Chinese documents—including speeches by Chinese leader Xi Jinping and other Communist Party officials—on plans to carry out the mass incarceration of the Uyghur Muslim minority population in Xinjiang, as well as government directives instructing local officials on how to coerce Uyghur students with lies and threats. We...
  • Washington Post: China Prefers Trump Over Democrats Because He Can Be Bribed

    11/29/2019 5:19:17 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 61 replies
    Newsbusters ^ | November 29, 2019 | P.J. Gladnick
    Which American president of the past fifty years has been toughest on the Chinese? The immediate answer to any rational person possessing the slightest bit of sentience would, of course, be President Donald Trump. However, according to Tuesday's Washington Post fantasy by their Beijing bureau chief, Anna Fifield, the Chinese government loves Trump because they are supposedly able to manipulate him by reading his tweets and easily bribe him. Yes, bribe him. Fifield bases her laughable report on the same type of anonymous sourcing, hostile opinions, and hearsay evidence that the Democrats are currently trying to use to impeach Trump. Fifield...
  • ‘This Is Not Over’: Hong Kong Protesters Rally to Thank U.S. for Support

    12/01/2019 2:20:30 PM PST · by KC_Lion · 12 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1 December 2019
    (Video Link) Hong Kong democracy supporters joined a March of Gratitude rally on Sunday to openly thank U.S. lawmakers for backing their fight against Beijing rule and their desire to live in freedom not tyranny. Some held banners reading “President Trump, please liberate Hong Kong” and “Let’s make Hong Kong great again” — a riff on his 2016 campaign pledge to make America great again. One showed the president standing atop a tank with “Trump” emblazoned on the front and side. Sunday’s show of defiance by thousands of marchers in the former British colony follows skirmishes overnight between police and...