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  • How Mao Radicalized Peasants to Kill Landlords

    03/22/2017 9:27:46 AM PDT · by Epoch Times · 40 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | March 15, 2017 | Jack Phillips
    The word for today is ďclassicide,Ē which means ďextermination of a classĒ rather than ethnicity, race, or religion. The term is aptly applied to an unknown, under-reported period in Chinese history that started in the late 1940s and ended in the early 1950s. Right before Chinese Communist Party leader Mao Zedong took power, a Mao associate in 1948 proclaimed the Communist Partyís intent: ď30,000,000 landlords and rich peasants will have to be destroyed.Ē Mao, unlike the Sovietsówho used NKVB/KGB forces to carry out political persecutionsómobilized the Chinese peasantry itself to kill landlords and other perceived privileged classes. It came in...
  • Germany and China to 'fight together' for free trade, says Merkel

    03/16/2017 3:33:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 16 March 2017 16:59 CET+01:00 | AFP
    Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese President Xi Jinping Thursday stressed their commitment to free trade ahead of a G20 finance ministersí meeting set to be dominated by debate on protectionism. The two leaders spoke by telephone and said in a statement issued in Berlin that they would ďtogether fight for free trade and open marketsĒ. Finance ministers from the worldís top economies are gathering in Germany from Friday as fears grow that US President Donald Trump could upend the global economic order with his ďAmerica FirstĒ policy challenging open markets. Meanwhile, Merkel is set to hold her first meeting with...
  • Karl Marx's German birthplace accepts Marx statue from China

    03/14/2017 1:59:10 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 14, 2017 4:18 AM EDT
    The German city of Trier has decided to accept a statue of Karl Marx from China, marking the 200th anniversary of the father of communismís birth. The city council voted 42-7 with four abstentions Monday night to accept the gift, according to news agency DPA. The statueís precise location and size are to be decided following further negotiations with China. [Ö] Statues and streets named after Marx were common in communist East Germany. Many survived the collapse of communism, unlike tributes to more contemporary socialists. Ö
  • China overtakes US as Germanyís main trade partner

    02/24/2017 9:13:18 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 24 February 2017 11:38 CET+01:00 | DPA/The Local
    Last year, China became Germanyís most important trading partner, knocking the US off the top spot. Goods with a value of Ä170 billion were traded between Germany and China in 2016, according to data from the Federal Statistics Office (destatis) released on Friday. France was the second most important trade partner. Total trade with the Gallic nation was valued at Ä167 billion, while the US was relegated to third place, with total transatlantic trade accounting for Ä165 billion. Nevertheless, the US remained the most important export destination for German goods, with Ä107 billion ďMade in GermanyĒ products making the journey....
  • China Eyes Latin America In Ashes Of Monroe Doctrine

    02/23/2017 9:33:30 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    America Economia via WorldCrunch ^ | 2017-02-17 | RodrŪgo Ńlvarez
    Donald Trumpís arrival at the White House will have real effects on the international system as a whole, and will inevitably impact the Latin American region. The key question is, will we continue alone under the U.S doctrine, or make a strategic adjustment? Chileís Foreign Minister Heraldo MuŮoz has declared that with Trumpís pulling out of the Trans-Pacific Partnership free trade pact, Chile must look elsewhere ó to China and South Korea. Asking epochal questions is absolutely valid right now for all of Latin America and the Caribbean. In essence, since the Monroe Doctrine in 1823, the United States has...
  • Trump is now losing his offensive momentum

    02/20/2017 9:06:05 PM PST · by granada · 54 replies
    The Globe Times, China ^ | 2017/2/20 23:48:39 | The Globe Times
    Monday marks the end of US President Donald Trump's first month in office. US mainstream media spared no efforts in satirizing and criticizing him. The latest Gallup poll released Saturday local time shows that Trump only had a 40 percent approval rating, 21 percentage points below the average rating for presidents in their first month in office. Trump said that "any negative poll is fake news," but analysts believe he does care about the results. Trump's first month in the Oval Office can only be described as bumpy. He is now losing his offensive momentum and is entering the stalemate...
  • Prefecture in China's Xinjiang to track cars by satellite

    02/20/2017 10:00:29 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Feb 21, 2017 12:52 AM EST | Gerry Shih
    A prefecture in Chinaís far western Xinjiang region is requiring all vehicles to install satellite tracking systems as part of stepped-up measures against violent attacks. Traffic police in Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture announced the regulation on Sunday, shortly after thousands of heavily armed police paraded in the Xinjiang capital and ruling Communist Party officials vowed to ramp up their campaign against separatists and Islamic militants. The vehicle-tracking program in Bayingolin will utilize Chinaís homegrown Beidou satellite system, launched in recent years to reduce Chinaís reliance on U.S.-based GPS providers for sensitive applications. Authorities said they will also track cars using...
  • Trump Foreign Policy Quickly Loses Its Sharp Edge

    02/10/2017 10:05:26 PM PST · by Pinkbell · 36 replies
    The New York Times ^ | February 10, 2017 | MARK LANDLER
    WASHINGTON ó When President Trump took a phone call from the leader of Taiwan in December and asserted that the United States might no longer be bound by the ďOne ChinaĒ policy, his defenders hailed it as a show of strength ó the latest delicate issue on which Mr. Trump was willing to challenge decades of diplomatic orthodoxy. On Thursday evening, Mr. Trump fell back into line. In a call with President Xi Jinping of China, he pledged fealty to One China, a 44-year-old policy under which the United States recognized a single Chinese government in Beijing and severed its...
  • Tillerson Played Key Role In Trump's "One China" Shift

    02/10/2017 10:15:07 PM PST · by zeestephen · 26 replies
    MSN.com ^ | 10 February 2017
    President Donald Trump's acceptance of Beijing's demand that he re-commit to a "one China" policy was heavily influenced by his new top diplomat, who argued behind the scenes that relations would remain on hold until Trump cleared up doubts about a longtime bedrock of U.S.-China ties, officials said.
  • Hong Kong to return Singapore's seized troop carriers, easing tensions

    01/25/2017 3:08:15 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | January 24, 2017 | Anshuman Daga
    Hong Kong said on Tuesday it would release the nine Singaporean armored vehicles it seized in November on their way home from military exercises in Taiwan, easing tensions between China and Singapore. After the troop carriers had been seized, Beijing, which regained sovereignty over the former British colony of Hong Kong in 1997, warned countries against maintaining military ties with Taiwan, which it views as a wayward province. Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong wrote to Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying requesting the return of the carriers, and Hong Kong said it would handle the matter in accordance with...
  • Davos: Xi Jinping warns against Trump's protectionism

    01/17/2017 8:31:57 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    AFP via TheLocal.ch ^ | 17 January 2017 18:20 CET+01:00
    Chinaís President Xi Jinping warned on Tuesday against scapegoating globalization for the worldís ills or retreating behind protectionist walls, staking out an alternative vision for the international economy days before Donald Trump takes office. The global economic order has been led for decades by the United States, but the president-elect is threatening to tear up the rule book, and Xi used his debut appearance at the World Economic Forum in Davos to insist that globalization was irreversible. ďPursuing protectionism is like locking oneself in a dark room. Wind and rain may be kept outside, but so is light and air,Ē...
  • Survey: US companies in China feel 'less welcome'

    01/17/2017 5:49:54 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan. 17, 2017 8:32 PM EST | Joe McDonald
    U.S. companies feel less welcome in China and some are shifting operations to other countries, a business group reported Wednesday, amid rising tension between President-elect Donald Trump and Beijing over trade. The report by the American Chamber of Commerce in China reflects frustration among companies that see China as a key market but face growing efforts to block access to technology and other promising industries. [Ö] Communist leaders have promised to make Chinaís state-dominated economy more productive by opening more industries to private and foreign competitors. Business groups say such initiatives have had little impact. The American chamber said 81...
  • Chinese professor sacked after criticizing Mao online

    01/09/2017 11:22:15 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Jan 10, 2017 | 12:29am EST | Christian Shepherd
    A Chinese professor has been sacked after he criticized Chairman Mao Zedong on his 123rd birthday in an commentary he posted online that enraged leftists. Mao, who died on Dec. 9, 1976, is still officially venerated by the ruling Communist Party as the founder of modern China, and his face appears on every yuan banknote. But he is particularly respected by leftists who believe the country has become too capitalist and unequal over three decades of market-based reforms, and attitudes towards Mao and his legacy mirror differences between reformers and traditionalists. Deng Xiaochao, 62, an art professor at Shandong Jianzhu...
  • Trump Responds to Kim Jong-unís ICBM Threat: ĎIt Wonít Happen!í

    01/02/2017 8:27:13 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | January 2, 2017 | 9:51 PM EST | Patrick Goodenough
    A pledge by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un to advance efforts this year to test-fire an intercontinental ballistic missile received a blunt Twitter slap down Monday from President-elect Donald Trump: ďIt wonít happen!Ē ďNorth Korea just stated that it is in the final stages of developing a nuclear weapon capable of reaching parts of the U.S.,Ē Trump tweeted. ďIt wonít happen!Ē In a subsequent post, the president-elect criticized China ó North Koreaís closest ally and biggest trading partner ó for not doing enough to rein in its unstable neighbor. ďChina has been taking out massive amounts of money & wealth...
  • China resumes ties with Sao Tome in triumph over Taiwan

    12/26/2016 6:56:10 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 9 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 26, 2016 2:42 AM EST | Louise Watt
    China and S„o Tomť and Principe officially resumed diplomatic relations on Monday, in a triumph for Beijing over rival Taiwan after the African island nation abruptly broke away from the self-ruled island last week. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his counterpart from S„o Tomť, Urbino Botelho, signed books at a ceremony in front of their flags at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Wang said the re-establishment of relations would bring benefits to both countries and that they would hold exchanges in tourism, the media and other areas. The move is a victory for Beijing, which considers the self-governing...
  • 2017 seen as turning point for liberal democracies

    12/25/2016 7:10:37 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    EurActiv ^ | Dec 23, 2016 | Jorge Valero
    When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama famously proclaimed the ďend of historyĒ, seeing the triumph of the United States as the only remaining superpower and the leader of Western democracies. ďThe end point of mankindís ideological evolution and the universalization of Western liberal democracy (is) the final form of human government,Ē he wrote in his best-selling 1992 book, The End of History and the Last Man.Twenty-five years later, Fukuyamaís certainties have all but vanished. Liberal democracy in Europe and the United States is in crisis, while China and Russia demonstrate that authoritarian regimes are...
  • Trump Appoints "Death By China" Author To Head Trade Office, Hints At Trade War With Beijing

    12/22/2016 7:56:31 PM PST · by Helicondelta · 17 replies
    zerohedge.com ^ | Dec. 21, 2016
    Another day, another shot across the bow from Donald Trump aimed squarely at China. Having already participated (and in the case of one, precipitated) two mini diplomatic snafus with Beijing in just the past two weeks, Trump is sending a clear message to Beijing that US-China trade under his administration will be anything but business as usual, by creating a National Trade Council inside the White House to oversee industrial policy and has decided to appoint a hard core China hawk to run it. According to the FT, which broke the news, Trump has chosen Peter Navarro, a Harvard-trained economist...
  • Island nation of Sao Tome breaks ties with Taiwan

    12/20/2016 7:44:55 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 20, 2016 9:49 PM EST
    Taiwan says the African island nation of S„o Tomť and Principe has broken their diplomatic ties. Just 21 countries and governments now have diplomatic ties with Taiwan. Most of the world and the United Nations do not formally recognize Taiwan as a condition of maintaining relations with Beijing, which considers Taiwan a part of its territory. Ö
  • Muted U.S. Response to Chinaís Seizure of Drone Worries Asian Allies

    12/18/2016 7:24:08 AM PST · by traumer · 50 replies
    BEIJING ó Only a day before a small Chinese boat sidled up to a United States Navy research vessel in waters off the Philippines and audaciously seized an underwater drone from American sailors, the commander of United States military operations in the region told an audience in Australia that America had a winning military formula. ďCapability times resolve times signaling equals deterrence,Ē Adm. Harry B. Harris Jr. told a blue-chip crowd of diplomats and analysts at the prestigious Lowy Institute in Sydney, Australia, the leading city in Americaís closest ally in the region. In the eyes of Americaís friends in...
  • China says Trump's Taiwan comments cause 'serious concern'

    12/12/2016 6:45:26 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 22 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 12, 2016 4:44 AM EST | Nomaan Merchant
    China said Monday that it had ďserious concernĒ about President-elect Donald Trumpís most recent comments about Taiwan, and warned that any changes to how America deals with the self-governing island could damage diplomatic ties between Washington and Beijing. Chinaís comments came a day after Trump said in a television interview that he didnít feel ďbound by a one-China policy.Ē Geng Shuang, a spokesman for Chinaís foreign ministry, said that established policy is the ďpolitical foundationĒ of any diplomatic relationship between China and the U.S., and that any damage to it could render cooperation ďout of the question.Ē Ö
  • China says opposed to unilateral sanctions on North Korea

    12/10/2016 6:51:55 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 10, 2016 5:13 AM EST
    China remains opposed to unilateral sanctions against North Korea taken without the approval of the U.N. Security Council, the countryís chief negotiator on the Northís nuclear program was quoted Saturday as saying. Wu Dawei also told his South Korean counterpart in talks Friday that China is ďadamantly opposedĒ to the Southís deployment of an advanced U.S. missile defense system that China says poses a threat to its own security, Chinaís foreign ministry said in a statement. [Ö] China demands that South Korea ďgive weight to Chinaís concernsĒ about the Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense, or THAAD, missile system, which is intended...
  • China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan before Trump call with Taiwanese president

    12/05/2016 2:02:22 PM PST · by jennychase · 23 replies
    foxnews ^ | 12/5/2016 | Jennifer Griffin
    Officials: China flew nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan Less than a week before President-elect Donald Trump spoke with Taiwanís president over the phone, China flew a pair of long-range nuclear-capable bombers around Taiwan for the first time, two U.S. officials revealed to Fox News.
  • Trump renews defense of his call with Taiwan leader

    12/05/2016 5:47:11 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 5, 2016 3:18 AM EST | Jonathan Lemire and Gillian Wong
    President-elect Donald Trump is using Twitter to renew his defense of his engagement with the leader of Taiwan, a breach of diplomatic protocol as the U.S. shifted recognition from Taiwan to China nearly 40 years ago. In a series of Sunday evening tweets, Trump groused about criticism that he didnít work with China ahead of the contact. China considers Taiwan a rogue province. ďDid China ask us if it was OK to carry out a number of actions such as build up disputed islands in the South China Sea or take economic measures hurtful to the United States,Ē Trump tweeted....
  • In signal to Trump, China, Iran say nuclear deal must stand

    12/05/2016 5:41:40 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 30 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 5, 2016 5:03 AM EST
    The foreign ministers of China and Iran on Monday urged governments not to violate the deal that limits Iranís nuclear activity in exchange for the lifting of sanctions, in remarks apparently directed at President-elect Donald Trumpís incoming administration. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said during a visit to Beijing that the seven nations who agreed to the deal in July 2015 ďhave the obligation to fully implementĒ it. ďIran will not allow any country to take unilateral action to violate the agreement and Iran has the right to take action against that,Ē Zarif said at a news conference after...
  • Obama blocks proposed takeover of Germany's Aixtron

    12/02/2016 5:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 6:06 PM EST
    Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investorís proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to ďfully and permanently abandonĒ its proposed acquisition of Aixtron SEís California-based subsidiary, Aixtron, Inc. The decision upheld a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies. The decision threatens to jeopardize the larger deal, which is under scrutiny [by] Berlin...
  • Microsoft Confirms Its Chinese-Language Chatbot Filters Certain Topics

    11/28/2016 4:00:33 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 3 replies
    fortune ^ | November 28, 2016, 5:04 AM EST | Kevin Lui
    Microsoftís MSFT 0.13% Chinese-language AI chat bot filters certain topics, the company confirmed Monday, although it did not clarify whether that included interactions deemed politically sensitive. Last week, CNNMoney and China Digital Times reported that Xiaoice would not directly respond to questions surrounding topics deemed sensitive by the Chinese state. References to the Tiananmen Square massacre of 1989 or ďSteamed Bun Xi,Ē a nickname of Chinese President Xi Jinping, would draw evasive answers or non sequiturs from the chat bot, according to the report. ďAm I stupid? Once I answer youíd take a screengrab,Ē read one answer to a question...
  • Chinese firms have 'big enthusiasm' to invest in Philippines

    11/15/2016 7:12:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 8:56 AM EST
    A Beijing trade official said Tuesday that Chinese companies have ďvery bigĒ enthusiasm about investing in railways and airports and other major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, and his government will encourage them to build an industrial park. Wu Zhengping of Chinaís Ministry of Commerce said the two countries have agreed to hold a meeting of a joint trade and economic commission early next year and sign a six-year plan to boost trade and investment. Ö
  • Gwadar Port to come into operation today

    11/12/2016 7:15:56 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    dailytimes.com.pk ^ | 11/13/2016
    This will be first major achievement for both the countries under the CPEC, as China is already working to make Gwadar a state-of-the-art port. Under the 'One Belt, One Road' policy, this port will increase the volume of trade between Pakistan and China, while the neighbouring countries will also benefit from it. Sources said that Russia and Iran have already showed their interest in joining the CPEC,
  • Xi shows one-China benefits in talks with Taiwan opposition

    11/01/2016 7:24:45 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 1, 2016 9:27 AM EDT | Christopher Bodden
    Chinese President Xi Jinping met Tuesday with Taiwanís opposition leader, underscoring Beijingís message to the islandís independence-leaning administration that it won't have access to the mainlandís highest levels of power if it doesnít accept that Taiwan is part of China. Xiís meeting with Nationalist Party Chairwoman Hung Hsiu-chu at the Great Hall of the People in the heart of Beijing comes months after China cut off communication and exchanges with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wenís administration. Diplomatically, China has also sought to isolate the island even more by having its representatives barred from international gatherings. [Ö] Xi said that China ďresolutely...
  • China least generous country in the world: poll

    10/28/2016 5:30:39 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    China is the least generous country in the world, according to a worldwide survey on generosity by the Charities Aid Foundation. The 2016 CAF World Giving Index is based on a poll of 1,000 respondents from 140 countries and regions, asking them if in the last month they helped a stranger, donated money to charity or volunteered their time. China ranked 140th place in the poll, behind Palestine, Yemen, Greece and the Democratic Republic of Congo, lifestyle website Shanghaiist reports. [Ö] Myanmar tops the index for the third year running with a score of 70 percent, followed by the United...
  • China's Communist Party raises Xi to symbolic 'core' status

    10/27/2016 6:35:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 27, 2016 9:07 AM EDT
    China¬ís Communist Party on Thursday elevated President X√≠ J√¨np√≠ng to the position of ¬ďcore¬Ē of the leadership, underscoring the clout he has amassed on the back of a sweeping anti-corruption campaign and crackdown on dissent. [¬Ö] While mainly symbolic, the move to bestow X√≠ with ¬ďcore¬Ē status reflects his assertion of himself as one of the country¬ís most powerful leaders in decades. It was an accolade bestowed on past leaders including famed reformist D√®ng Xi«éop√≠ng and ex-President JińĀng Z√©m√≠n, but which X√≠¬ís immediate predecessor never attained. ¬Ö
  • China to blast 2 astronauts into space on Monday

    10/15/2016 9:29:32 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 15, 2016 11:52 PM EDT
    Chinese officials unveiled plans for Mondayís launch of the countryís latest space mission in which two astronauts will be blasted into space and will dock with an orbiting space lab. The Shenzhou 11 spacecraft will be launched at 7:30 a.m., said Wu Ping, deputy director of Chinaís manned space engineering office, in a televised news conference. The Shenzhou mission will take off aboard a Long March-2F carrier rocket from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Center on the edge of the Gobi Desert in northern China. Ö
  • U.S. charges four Chinese, firm with aiding Pyongyangís nuclear program

    09/27/2016 8:51:48 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Washington Post ^ | September 26, 2016 at 5:18 PM | Ellen Nakashima
    The Treasury Department and Justice Department took actions Monday against four Chinese individuals and one Chinese company for conspiring to aid North Koreaís nuclear weapons program in violation of U.S. economic sanctions. The unsealing of criminal charges and the imposition of new sanctions are aimed at shutting down a major Chinese node supporting North Koreaís weapons proliferation, officials said. The Justice Department charged the individuals and the trading company with conspiring to launder money and with evading sanctions. The four individuals and the company are all located in China. Ö
  • THE VATICAN, CHINA, AND EVANGELICAL PRUDENCE

    09/21/2016 5:18:49 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    First Things | September 21, 2016 | George Wiegel
    Recent remarks by the Vaticanís Secretary of State, Cardinal Pietro Parolin, have fueled speculation about a possible exchange of diplomatic representation between the Holy See and the Peopleís Republic of China. Unfortunately, the cardinalís remarks did not address any of the serious questions that have been raised about the evangelical and prudential wisdom of such an agreement at this moment in history. Those questions involve the nature of the PRC regime; the doctrine and canon law of the Church; the impact of such an agreement on Vatican diplomacy in promoting human rights; and the Churchís twenty-first-century mission in China. 1....
  • [Philippine president] Duterte to Chinese envoy: Treat us as your brothers, not enemies

    09/17/2016 11:13:36 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Inquirer.net ^ | 11:34 AM August 29th, 2016 | Nestor Corrales
    Treat us as your brothers and not enemies. President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday personally pleaded to the Chinese ambassador to the Philippines to allow Filipino fishermen to fish over the disputed West Philippine Sea. ďI hope the Chinese may find a place in their hearts for the Filipinos. I hope you treat us [as] your brothers and not enemies and take note of our plight,Ē Duterte said in front of Chinese Ambassador Zhao Jianhua during his speech at the Libingan ng mga Bayani. Ö
  • Philippine leader rejects joint patrols, eyes China weapons

    09/13/2016 8:14:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 13, 2016 10:14 AM EDT | Jim Gomez
    Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said Tuesday he wonít allow government forces to conduct joint patrols of disputed waters near the South China Sea with foreign powers, apparently scrapping a deal his predecessor reached with the U.S. military earlier this year.Duterte also said he was considering acquiring defense equipment from Russia and China. The Philippines has traditionally leaned on the U.S., its longtime treaty ally, and other Western allies for its security needs. The remarks were the latest from a Philippine president who has had an uneasy relationship with the U.S. but also has tried to mend relations with China strained...
  • China says executes 'very small number' of criminals

    09/11/2016 11:10:54 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 12, 2016 1:49 AM EDT
    China says it intends for the death penalty to be used only on ďa very small number of extremely serious criminal offenders.Ē [Ö] China is believed to execute more people than the rest of the world put together, but no longer does so for most nonviolent crimes. Chinaís law allows for the death penalty for dozens of offenses, including treason, separatism, spying, arson, murder, rape, robbery and human trafficking. Ö
  • Germany to UK: don't enter trade talks before Brexit

    09/07/2016 10:56:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 19 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 07 Sep 2016 15:28 GMT+02:00 | AFP
    Germany on Wednesday warned Britain against negotiating free trade deals with non-EU member states before it quits the bloc, after Prime Minister Theresa May sought to drum up commerce agreements during a G20 summit in China. ďAs spokesman of the German government, I am not going to judge who the British prime minister holds talks with,Ē Steffen Seibert told journalists in Berlin. But he stressed that ďit is clear that an EU member state cannot hold bilateral talks on free trade deals with non-EU states as long as it remains a member of the EUĒ. Ö
  • Is Naval Conflict With China Inevitable?

    09/05/2016 6:49:22 PM PDT · by traumer · 16 replies
    real clear politics ^ | Sept. 3 2016 | Seth Cropsey
    This week, President Obama is making his final trip to Asia. With the presidential election looming, it is the right time to reflect on Obamaís foreign policy, and to think about what is to come. A key component of the next presidentís foreign policy must be to compel China to respect international law. Otherwise, we may be faced by a conflict with a growing navy at a time when ours is decreasing in size. Obama has not made this imperative any easier. On July 12 an international tribunal at The Hague found that China possessed neither an historic claim over...
  • EU leaders call for action on Chinese steel

    09/03/2016 10:55:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 4, 2016 1:41 AM EDT
    European Union leaders have called for China to take action on its bloated steel industry and defended an order to Ireland to collect back taxes from Apple, highlighting the trade strains looming over a global economic summit. The president of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, said Sunday that the Group of 20 meeting ďmust urgently find a solutionĒ to excess steel production that Beijingís trading partners blame for job losses. Ö
  • Tarmac Altercation Upon Obama's Arrival In China Official Shouts "This Is Our Country, Our Airport"

    09/03/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | September 3, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Upon arrival on Saturday in China as part of his last visit to Asia as US Commander in Chief for the periodic photo-op that is the G-20 meeting, something unexpected happened: a very undiplomatic greeting when an unusual tarmac altercation involving Chinese and U.S. officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice, devolved into a shouting match by a member of the Chinese delegation.
  • China Heads West: Beijing's New Silk Road to Europe

    08/31/2016 4:11:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | August 31, 2016 Ė 06:40 PM | Erich Follath
    China is building new roads, railroads and pipelines from Central Asia to Europe in an effort to build new connections to the rest of the world. The results may be good for the Chinese ó but less so for the other countries involved. [Ö] Xi Jinping, 63, the president of China and general secretary of the Communist Party, wants to revive the myth and build a New Silk Road, in large parts along the old trade route. It would mark the return of a legend. For some time now, many of his speeches have included references to ďyi dai yi...
  • Communist Chinaís Legislative Body Mulls Paris Climate Accord, As Obama Takes the Executive Route

    08/30/2016 5:30:00 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | August 30, 2016 | 4:22 AM EDT | Patrick Goodenough
    The Standing Committee of Chinaís rubberstamp parliament is meeting to discuss formally acceding to a far-reaching climate change agreement negotiated in Paris last year, amid signs that President Obama is preparing to take the same step ó but without Senate ratification ó possibly within days. The White House maintains that the climate accord is an executive agreement, not a treaty, and therefore does not require the Senateís advice and consent. Obama travels to China this week for a G20 summit in Hangzhou, and climate change is high on the agenda both for the summit and for his bilateral meetings with...
  • New emails reportedly show Clinton Foundation exec, State Dept. aide discussed access to ChinaÖ[tr]

    08/28/2016 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2016
    Recently released emails appear to further show a direct connection between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including efforts to get foundation donors seats to an official lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao. In emails dated December 2010, Clinton State Department aide Huma Abedin and then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band discussed potential guests for the lunch with the Chinese president ó including three executives from groups that had donated millions to the foundation, according to an ABC News report late Saturday. Among the possible guests discussed were Bob McCann, then-president of...
  • China says seeks closer military ties with Syria

    08/21/2016 10:59:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 16, 2016 6:51am EDT | Ben Blanchard
    China wants to have closer military ties with Syria, state media on Tuesday cited a senior Chinese officer as saying during a rare visit to the war-torn Middle Eastern country. While relying on the region for oil supplies, China tends to leave Middle Eastern diplomacy to the other permanent members of the U.N. Security Council, namely the United States, Britain, France and Russia. But China has been trying to get more involved, including sending envoys to help push for a diplomatic resolution to the violence there and hosting Syrian government and opposition figures. Ö
  • Tokyo protests as China Coast Guard passes Diaoyutais

    08/21/2016 10:29:54 AM PDT · by traumer · 5 replies
    TEMPERATURE RISING:Tokyo has lodged at least 32 protests since Aug. 5 over what it says have been 30 intrusions in its waters by Chinese vessels Tokyo yesterday protested to Beijing after Chinese Coast Guard vessels sailed into territorial waters surrounding disputed islands in the East China Sea, Japan said. Four Chinese vessels entered the waters around the Japanese-controlled Diaoyutai Islands (ťá£ť≠öŚŹį) ¬ó known as the Senkakus in Japan ¬ó at about 10am, the Japan Coast Guard said, adding that the vessels left the waters within one hour. The two countries are locked in a long-running dispute over the uninhabited islets,...
  • Clinton's 1995 Beijing speech: A 'transformative' moment (barf)

    08/20/2016 2:12:56 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 20, 2016 2:39 AM EDT | Jocelyn Noveck
    Flying across the Pacific on an Air Force jet bound for Beijing, first lady Hillary Clinton huddled deep into the night with a few aides and advisers, honing her speech for the U.N. Fourth World Conference on Women. It was 1995, and it had been a bruising first few years in the White House: Troopergate, Travelgate, Whitewater. Not to mention the failure of her own high-profile efforts ó unprecedented for a first lady ó to reform the nation's health care system. Even her trip to China provoked controversy. There were objections in some quarters to a first lady wading into...
  • In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 12:09:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/18/2016 | Zhao Nanxiong
    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) Ė Here at AsiaNews we have received and gladly publish this urgent appeal from a priest in South China. Frequent appeals for help are arriving from the underground Catholic Chinese clergy, this year. They find themselves in a very difficult and serious dilemma: they are being forced to register by accepting the Catholic Patriotic Association with its three autonomy principles. But, it seems that nobody cares for them. The public attention of all Catholics concerned with the Church in China is drawn elsewhere: it is focused upon the possible results of the ongoing negotiations between the Holy...
  • Cardinal Zenís Fears Come to Pass in China [Catholic Caucus]

    08/16/2016 1:23:15 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 11 replies
    One Peter Five ^ | August 16, 2016 | Steve Skojec
    Since the beginning of this year, I have been sharing with you the growing concerns of Cardinal Zen of Hong Kong as regards the Vaticanís increasingly conciliatory stance with the Chinese government, which controls the Chinese Patriotic Catholic Association, an ersatz replacement for the true Chinese Catholic Church, which has been forced underground, and is regularly persecuted. In January, Cardinal Zen warned about a new ďformulaĒ allegedly under discussion at the time for the appointment of new Chinese bishops: A recent article ďA winter of darkness for religions in ChinaĒ by Bernardo Cervellera on AsiaNews, says: ďFrom information that has...
  • Report: China Could Make a Big Move in the South China Starting Next Month

    08/14/2016 4:15:25 PM PDT · by Mariner · 39 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 14th, 2016 | Harry J. Kazianis
    It seems if the Peopleís Republic of China is going to make a push to radically alter the status-quo in the South China Seaóby reclaiming the hotly disputed Scarborough Shoal that is clearly within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Philippinesówe now have a good idea of when that might happen: sometime between early September, after the G-20 summit being hosted in China, and the U.S. presidential election on November 8th. The idea was laid out in a recent article in the South China Morning Post in an article dated August 13th. The report, quoting ďa source familiar with...