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  • Trump Signals New US Approach to China With Tough Actions

    05/29/2017 12:14:22 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 7 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | May 26, 2017 | Dean Cheng
    Two developments in the past few weeks suggest that America’s China policy is on a cusp.The more publicly discussed event involves the Arleigh Burke-class destroyer USS Dewey, which conducted a freedom of navigation operation near Mischief Reef in the Spratlys island group.This is the first freedom of navigation action conducted by the Trump administration. It is the first true freedom of navigation conducted since at least 2012.By contrast, the Obama administration had undertaken a handful of “innocent passage” activities in the South China Sea, which failed to demonstrate the critical issues at stake.The actions carried out in the previous administration...
  • The curious rise of "white left" as a Chinese insult

    05/29/2017 8:53:29 AM PDT · by ek_hornbeck · 18 replies
    Open Democracy ^ | 5/11/17 | Chenchen Zhang
    If you look at any thread about Trump, Islam or immigration on a Chinese social media platform these days, it’s impossible to avoid encountering the term baizuo (白左), or literally, the ‘white left’. It first emerged about two years ago, and yet has quickly become one of the most popular derogatory descriptions for Chinese netizens to discredit their opponents in online debates. So what does ‘white left’ mean in the Chinese context, and what’s behind the rise of its (negative) popularity? It might not be an easy task to define the term, for as a social media buzzword and very...
  • Vatican-Approved Bishop Seized for a Fourth Time in China

    05/26/2017 6:34:44 PM PDT · by marshmallow · 1 replies
    La Croix ^ | 5/25/17 | ucanews.com reporter
    Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou was summoned to the religious bureau and has not returned.A Vatican-approved bishop has been detained by Chinese officials for the fourth time since he was confirmed Bishop of Wenzhou last September. Bishop Peter Shao Zhumin of Wenzhou in Zhejiang province was detained May 18, a month after he was briefly locked up during Holy Week. Bishop Shao has been placed under detention or removed from the diocese four times since he automatically succeeded Bishop Vincent Zhu Weifang, his predecessor, who died in September 2016. On this occasion, Bishop Shao, who is not recognized by...
  • In First Under Trump, U.S. Warship Challenges Beijing’s Claims in South China Sea

    05/26/2017 2:07:04 PM PDT · by Oatka · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | Idrees Ali and Phil Stewart
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  • China Accuses US Warship Of “Trespassing” In Disputed Waters, Warns It To “Leave Immediately”

    05/25/2017 6:40:45 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies
    Newz Sentinel ^ | 5-25-2017
    In the first unofficial challenge to Beijing over China’s domination of disputed waters in the South China Sea since President Trump took office, a US navy warship sailed within 12 nautical miles of an artificial island built up by China in the South China Sea according to the WSJ. The navy vessel, the USS Dewey, traveled close to the Mischief Reef in the Spratly Islands, among a string of islets, reefs and shoals over which China has territorial disputes with its neighbors. The “freedom of navigation” operation which in the past has infuriated Beijing, comes as Trump is seeking Beijing’s...
  • Moody's downgrades China, warns of fading financial strength as debt mounts

    05/24/2017 8:45:37 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    Beijing's need to deliver on official growth targets is likely to make the economy increasingly reliant on stimulus, Moody's said. "While ongoing progress on reforms is likely to transform the economy and financial system over time, it is not likely to prevent a further material rise in economy-wide debt, and the consequent increase in contingent liabilities for the government," it said. While the downgrade is likely to modestly increase the cost of borrowing for the Chinese government and its state-owned enterprises (SOEs), it remains comfortably within the investment grade rating range. World stocks inched lower after the move, though Shanghai's...
  • Why Pakistan may end up as a Chinese colony with CPEC by 2030

    05/24/2017 7:27:53 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 14 replies
    Financial Express ^ | May 16, 2017 | Rajeev Kumar
    Colonialists come with a veil of pretence. They show their true colours only after settling down on the territory they want to conquer. For a country (Pakistan), which is the product of 100s of years of struggle against colonialism, it shouldn’t be too hard to diagnose the colonial ambitions of a rising power, in this case China, which has now made its ambitions open to the world in the form of “One Belt, One Road (OBOR)” initiative that includes China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) as a “flagship” project. Chinese official daily Global Times says, “The global economy needs new driving forces,...
  • Trump may mull naval blockade, no-fly zone against N. Korea: expert

    05/22/2017 11:11:21 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 11 replies
    The Korea Herald ^ | May 23, 2017 | Yonhap News Agency
    The Donald Trump administration may push for naval blockades or the imposition of a "no-fly" zone against North Korea should it succeed in developing an intercontinental ballistic missile, an expert here said Tuesday. Trump would view it as a red line for the nuclear-armed communist nation, according to Shin Beom-chul, a professor at the Korea National Diplomatic Academy in Seoul. In case of the North's successful development of ICBMs, "Taking military actions against Pyongyang will be the most appealing option on the table from Trump's perspective," he said in a paper released to media ahead of a security forum to...
  • Why China still can’t beat US to become the world’s most powerful navy

    05/22/2017 8:31:02 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 22 May, 2017 | Minnie Chan
    China will eventually become the world’s No 2 aircraft carrier power, trailing only the United States, but its carrier strike group air crews are still far below international standard, military experts say. “An aircraft carrier needs regular large-scale maintenance. China should have more than four carrier groups if it wants to fulfil escort missions on the high seas and safeguard its overseas national interests,” Beijing-based naval expert Li Jie said. “A sole aircraft carrier cannot become a fighting force because it needs the presence of other warships to form a strike group, as well as the protection given by other...
  • Senate confirms Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China

    05/22/2017 3:02:34 PM PDT · by iowamark · 10 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | May 22, 2017 | Joel Gehrke
    A broad majority of senators voted Monday to install President Trump's choice to be the U.S. ambassador to China in his first term. Gov. Terry Branstad, R-Iowa, was supported by several Democrats in the final vote, but that didn't spare him completely from the partisan gamesmanship that has dominated Trump's nominees' path through the Senate. Republicans faulted Democrats for slow-walking his nomination, despite their approval of the pick. "It's been disappointing to see so much pointless obstruction by our friends across the aisle," Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on the Senate floor. "And they've done so not to...
  • China’s Global Times Applauds ‘Victory’ After CIA Sources Reportedly Killed

    05/22/2017 9:37:30 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    NBC News ^ | May 22 2017, 6:42 AM ET
    An influential state-run newspaper applauded China’s anti-espionage efforts on Monday after the New York Times reported Beijing had killed or imprisoned up to 20 CIA sources, hobbling U.S. spying operations. The Chinese killed at least a dozen people providing information to the Central Intelligence Agency between 2010 and 2012, dismantling a network that was years in the making, the New York Times reported. The paper cited two senior former U.S. officials. NBC News was not immediately able to independently verify the report. China’s Global Times, which is published by the official People’s Daily, said in an editorial in its Chinese...
  • New Chinese attack helicopter makes maiden flight

    05/21/2017 8:37:09 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 37 replies
    hindustan times ^ | May 19, 2017
    Chinese-developed attack helicopter Z-19E is pictured during its maiden flight in Harbin, Heilongjiang province in China on May 18.(Reuters) China unveiled an indigenously developed attack helicopter on Thursday as it eyes a lucrative export market and ramps up an ambitious modernisation programme. The Z-19E, developed by the state-owned AVIC Harbin Aircraft Industry, took to the skies over the city of Harbin for its maiden flight, with images carried on state television. Based on the Z-19’s design, the Z-19E, also called the “Black Whirlwind” can be used in quick-response, low-impact and frequent attack missions, the China National Radio reported. “The helicopter...
  • Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

    05/21/2017 1:05:32 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 14 replies
    New York Times ^ | 20 May 2017 | MARK MAZZETTI, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used...
  • Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

    05/21/2017 11:50:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 32 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | May 21, 2017
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Chinese government "systematically dismantled" CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S. officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity. The report said U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies scrambled to stem the damage, but were bitterly divided over the cause of the breach. Some investigators were convinced there was a mole within the CIA,...
  • Beijing’s new weapon in economic war: Chinese tourists

    05/21/2017 9:35:10 AM PDT · by Bon mots · 6 replies
    Busines Inquirer ^ | May 21, 2017 | Agence France-Presse
    BEIJING, China — Slapping import bans on products like mangoes, coal and salmon has long been China’s way of punishing countries that refuse to toe its political line. But Beijing has shown that it can also hurt others by cutting a lucrative Chinese export: tourists who normally flock to South Korea or Taiwan. China’s recent boycott of South Korea over a US anti-missile shield on the Korean peninsula signals a growing aggression in the way it flexes its economic muscles, analysts say. Beijing has banned Chinese tour groups from going to the South, hammering its tourist market and the duty-free...
  • Report: China cripples CIA operations, kills informants

    05/21/2017 5:41:59 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 34 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 05/20/2017
    WASHINGTON — The Chinese government “systematically dismantled” CIA spying operations in China starting in late 2010 and killed or imprisoned at least a dozen CIA sources over the next two years, The New York Times reported Saturday. The newspaper cited 10 current and former U.S. officials, who described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. They spoke on condition of anonymity. The report said U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies scrambled to stem the damage, but were bitterly divided over the cause of the breach. Some investigators were convinced there was a mole within the CIA, while...
  • North Korea Test Fires Another Missile (Sunday)

    05/21/2017 5:18:15 AM PDT · by blam · 1 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 5-21-2017
    SEOUL, May 21 (Yonhap) -- North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile Sunday afternoon, which flew more than 500 kilometers, only a week after it launched another rocket, South Korea's military announced. President Moon Jae-in immediately convened a National Security Council meeting to discuss the communist neighbor's provocation. "North Korea fired an unidentified ballistic missile in the eastern direction at around 4:59 p.m. from the vicinity of Pukchang in Pyeongannam-do (South Pyeongan Province)," the Joint Chiefs of Staff (JCS) said in a statement. It said South Korea and the U.S. are analyzing details including the type of the missile and its...
  • Philippines' Duterte: China threatened 'war' over sea row

    05/20/2017 11:41:04 PM PDT · by BJ1 · 9 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 05/19/20174 | AFP
    Manila (AFP) - Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Friday China's leaders told him they were prepared to go to war over competing claims in the South China Sea. Duterte, who met with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang in Beijing this week, said he was making the threat public in response to domestic criticism he was being too weak with China over the dispute. "I really said it to their face. That is ours and we intend to drill oil there," Duterte said, revealing his previously unreported plans to explore for natural resources in disputed areas. "And they...
  • Killing C.I.A. Informants, China Crippled U.S. Spying Operations

    05/20/2017 12:50:41 PM PDT · by Theoria · 63 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 20 May 2017 | MARK MAZZETTI, ADAM GOLDMAN, MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT and MATT APUZZO
    The Chinese government systematically dismantled C.I.A. spying operations in the country starting in 2010, killing or imprisoning more than a dozen sources over two years and crippling intelligence gathering there for years afterward. Current and former American officials described the intelligence breach as one of the worst in decades. It set off a scramble in Washington’s intelligence and law enforcement agencies to contain the fallout, but investigators were bitterly divided over the cause. Some were convinced that a mole within the C.I.A. had betrayed the United States. Others believed that the Chinese had hacked the covert system the C.I.A. used...
  • Chinese military planes intercept US aircraft: reports

    05/19/2017 4:35:55 AM PDT · by monkapotamus · 1 replies
    Breitbart / (AFP) ^ | May 19, 2017 | AFP
    Washington (AFP) – Two Chinese fighter jets intercepted an American military plane over the East China Sea, media in the United States have reported, citing US officials. NBC News said the US aircraft, a WC-135 Constant Phoenix, was conducting a routine mission in international airspace Wednesday when it was intercepted over the East China Sea by two Chinese Sukhoi Su-30 fighter aircraft. The WC-135 is a so-called “sniffer plane” designed to scan the atmosphere for signs of nuclear activity. NBC said the crew of the US plane described the encounter as “unprofessional,” although not necessarily dangerous.