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  • US, China vow to manage rifts ahead of Obama visit

    10/18/2014 8:58:52 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 10 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 18, 2014 10:44 AM EDT | Matthew Lee
    The U.S. and China pledged Saturday to overcome mistrust, manage their differences and cooperate on key issues like combating terrorism and the spread of the Ebola virus as President Barack Obama prepares to travel to the Chinese capital next month. Meeting in Boston, Secretary of State John Kerry and Chinese State Councillor Yang Jiechi said the relationship between the two countries is mature enough to discuss disagreements while building on areas of shared interest. …
  • 400 Million Lives ‘Prevented’ Through One-Child Policy, Chinese Official Says

    10/12/2014 10:04:11 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 21 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 10, 2014 - 4:12 PM | Penny Starr
    At an event on Thursday at the Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., Reggie Littlejohn, founder and president of Women’s Rights Without Frontiers, used a Chinese Communist Party official’s statistic to point out how many babies have been aborted in the 34 years since the one-child per couple policy was put in place. “Forced abortion is not a choice,” Littlejohn said. “The Chinese Communist Party has become the enemy of the people, and has boasted that it has prevented 400 million lives through the one child policy.” “That is a greater number than the entire population of the United States and...
  • Rep. Smith: Obama Gave $227M to UNFPA Implementing Forced Abortion in China

    10/10/2014 7:40:38 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | October 10, 2014 - 2:33 PM | Penny Starr
    Representative Chris Smith (R-N.J.) said at the Heritage Foundation on Thursday that despite his and other congressmens’ efforts to hold Communist China accountable for its one-child, forced abortion policy, President Barack Obama and his administration are not only ignoring the policy but are advancing the “brutal program.” “I respectfully submit that not only is the Obama administration turning a blind eye to the atrocities being committed under the one-child policy, but it is even contributing financial support—contrary to U.S. law—to the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA),” Smith said in a keynote address at the event. …
  • US report: China’s human rights record worsening

    10/09/2014 6:03:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 9, 2014 8:19 PM EDT
    A U.S. report released Thursday says China’s human rights record has worsened in key areas over the past year and that limits on free speech and assembly are growing. The annual report by the Congressional-Executive Commission on China said the country has tightened restrictions on civil society, rights advocates, journalists and religious organizations. It added that President Xi Jinping has adhered “to the authoritarian model of his predecessors” since taking power last year. That model “poses a serious challenge to U.S.-China relations and China’s own development,” the report said. It recommended that the U.S. press for more freedoms in China,...
  • China Overtakes US As World’s Largest Economy

    10/08/2014 2:01:33 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 73 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 10/08/2014
    The Chinese economy just surpassed the U.S. economy to become the world’s largest in terms of purchasing power, according to the International Monetary Fund.The IMF measures economic strength by Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in both market exchange rates and average purchasing power, the latter being where China has overtaken the U.S. with a GDP of $17.6 trillion by the end of 2014 — 16.4 percent of the world’s purchasing power. The U.S. will close out the year with a purchasing-power adjusted GDP of $17.4 trillion, or 16.2 percent of the world’s total.Financial Times predicted the change in April and illustrated...
  • China Catches Hong Kong Freedom Flu

    10/05/2014 7:19:32 AM PDT · by Abakumov · 12 replies
    Radix News ^ | October 5, 2014 | Patrick J. Buchanan
    Americans are caught up with the Ebola crisis and the Secret Service lapses in protecting the White House and the president’s family. But what is transpiring in Hong Kong may be of far greater consequence. Last weekend, Hong Kong authorities used pepper spray and tear gas to scatter the remnants of a student protest of the decision to give Beijing veto power over candidates in future elections. The gassing was a blunder. Citizens poured into the streets in solidarity with the protesters. Hong Kong police lacked the nerve or numbers to remove them. The People’s Liberation Army stayed in its...
  • Expert: China Could Put US Orbiting Assets at Risk

    09/30/2014 11:08:03 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Newsmax ^ | Tuesday, 30 Sep 2014 03:59 PM | Sean Piccoli
    A growing Chinese military space program could put America’s orbiting assets at risk, especially now that China has demonstrated the ability to knock out satellites, says a professor of international affairs. China's anti-satellite weaponry is a concern because the United States is “much more reliant on satellite technology than any other nation,” for everything from telecommunications to guided missiles, Mariel Borowitz of Georgia Tech told “MidPoint” host Ed Berliner on Newsmax TV Tuesday. …
  • China: Restaurant ‘sold opium-laced noodles’

    09/25/2014 7:35:07 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 15 replies
    BBC News ^ | 23 September 2014 | Last updated at 07:21 ET
    A Chinese noodle shop owner has admitted to lacing his wares with opium poppy seeds in an apparent effort to keep customers coming back, it’s reported. The use of the unusual ingredient—used to make opium—at the restaurant in Yan’an, in Shaanxi province, came to light after one of its clients tested positive in a routine urine test by traffic police, despite insisting he’d never touched drugs, the Xi’an Evening News reports. Suspecting the noodle shop he’d eaten at a few hours before the test might be to blame, the customer, Liu Juyou, persuaded relatives to frequent the shop as well...
  • China Says It Will Never Support Sanctions Against Russia

    09/24/2014 3:39:59 PM PDT · by Enlightened1 · 6 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/24/14 | Tyler Durden
    Russia is already more isolated than at any time since the Cold War" - President Obama, August 2014 "China will never support or join recently imposed sanctions against Russia" - China President Xi Jinping, September 2014
  • China increasingly producing ‘tools of torture’ for export: Amnesty

    09/22/2014 7:18:19 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Reuters ^ | Mon Sep 22, 2014 9:31pm EDT | Megha Rajagopalan
    Dozens of Chinese firms are producing and exporting “tools of torture”, from electric stun guns to metal spiked batons, to countries with bad human rights records, rights group Amnesty International said on Tuesday. More than 130 companies are involved in producing or trading the equipment, typically marketed to law enforcement agencies, up from about 28 companies a decade ago, Amnesty said. […] One company, China Xining Import/Export Corporation, which advertises thumb cuffs, restraint chairs and electric stun guns, said in 2012 it had ties to more than 40 African countries, according to Amnesty. The firm could not be reached for...
  • Why Modi’s India is warming to China

    09/22/2014 2:34:58 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Wednesday, 17 September, 2014, 9:40pm | Debasish Roy Chowdhury
    President Xi Jinping should find the “handshake across the Himalayas” a lot warmer than usual when he starts his India trip today. As India prepares to overcome the reflexive suspicion of its giant neighbor and open the floodgates to Chinese capital, and Xi responds by opening the checkbook, relations between the two Asian giants are set for, as India’s National Security Adviser Ajit Doval puts it, an “orbital jump”. […] China, which (Modi) sees as his economic role model and has visited four times, in particular rolled out the red carpet. […] “There are two factors pushing India towards China....
  • Ukraine crisis pushing Russia to form rare earths alliance with China

    09/22/2014 2:25:20 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Investor Intel ^ | September 16, 2014 | Alessandro Bruno
    In 1986, Deng Xiaoping launched the “863 program”, aimed to gain control of the rare earths market … saying: “The Arab countries have oil; China has rare earths.” […] The Ukraine crisis—and China’s rare earths industrial consolidation and reform—has given Russia an unprecedented incentive to develop a rare earths mining industry, which, in addition to its hydrocarbons, would give it further huge bargaining power on the world economy. It does not have the know-how, technology or refining plants yet, but China can offer these. …
  • Last king of Nepal suffers heart attack

    09/21/2014 8:43:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 21, 2014 11:22 AM EDT
    The last king of Nepal is in stable condition in a hospital after suffering a heart attack, doctors said Sunday. Gyanendra Shah was brought to the hospital Saturday night, and was recovering in the intensive care unit and was out of danger, said Dr. Bharat Rawat at the Norvic Hospital in Katmandu. […] Gyanendra was the last king to rule Nepal before the Constituent Assembly abolished the centuries-old monarchy and turned the country into a republic. …
  • Canada-China investment treaty to come into force Oct. 1 (China controls Canadian resources)

    09/20/2014 8:10:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 17 replies
    CBC News ^ | Sep 12, 2014 3:12 PM ET | Susan Lunn
    Ottawa confirms it has ratified a foreign investment treaty with China, more than two years after the controversial agreement was signed, as CBC News first reported Friday. The controversial Canada-China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA) will come into force on Oct. 1, said International Trade Minister Ed Fast in a news release Friday afternoon. […] China ratified the deal quickly, but the Harper government did not. The deal has also faced opposition from the NDP, as well as a First Nations group who challenged the agreement in court. The NDP issued a statement saying “the agreement will give...
  • Japan’s Shinzo Abe appoints pro-China MPs in bid to mend fences with Beijing

    09/06/2014 4:42:54 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    Manchester Guardian ^ | Wednesday 3 September 2014 08.26 EDT | Justin McCurry
    Japan’s prime minister, Shinzo Abe, has signalled a rare attempt to mend fences with China when he appointed two MPs considered friendly towards Beijing to two senior posts in his governing Liberal Democratic party (LDP). […] In his first cabinet reshuffle on Wednesday, Abe also increased the number of female ministers to five—equaling a record set by his LDP predecessor, Junichiro Koizumi, in 2001—as part of his program to increase the number of women in the workforce, a key part of his long-term growth strategy. His decision to appoint Sadakazu Tanigaki as LDP’s secretary general, and veteran MP Toshihiro Nikai...
  • India’s Modi Visits Japan to Deepen Defense and Commercial Ties

    08/29/2014 10:48:47 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | Aug. 28, 2014 12:40 p.m. ET | Niharika Mandhana
    India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi starts a five-day visit to Japan on Saturday, looking to deepen defense and commercial ties between the two Asian countries as they grapple with an increasingly assertive China. Mr. Modi is to meet Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and other officials for what are expected to be wide-ranging discussions about regional security as well as a possible deal on civil nuclear cooperation. […] “It is a watershed meeting,” said Brahma Chellaney, a strategic affairs analyst at the Center for Policy Research in New Delhi. “It is crucial to preventing the rise of a Sino-centric Asia.”...
  • China courts documentaries as it limits expression

    08/26/2014 2:11:53 AM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 26, 2014 2:31 AM EDT | Louise Watt
    China is wooing filmmakers at the same time as it’s cracking down on them. Authorities are handing more slots to documentaries, giving even independent filmmakers a chance to be shown on state television. But while China is avidly pursuing what it considers serious content to replace popular dating, reality and game shows, it is also stifling material with any whiff of challenging the Communist Party line. A weekend crackdown by authorities on an independent film festival in Beijing was the worst in its eight-year history, with police confiscating hundreds of films and briefly detaining two organizers. China’s broadcasting authority has...
  • China targets ordinary Uighurs with beards, burkas (“religion of peace”)

    08/24/2014 10:53:11 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 14 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 24, 2014 11:53 AM EDT | Gillian Wong
    Outside a mosque in China’s restive west, a government-appointed Muslim cleric was dodging a foreign reporter’s question about why young men of the Uighur ethnic minority don’t have beards when one such youth interrupted. “Why don’t you just tell them the truth?” he shouted to the cleric…. “It’s because the government doesn’t allow beards.” A plainclothes Uighur policeman swiftly rebuked the young man. “Be careful what you say,” he warned. […] … Such a mood pervades Xinjiang’s south, a vast, mainly rural region that’s become a key battleground in the ruling Communist Party’s struggle to contain escalating ethnic violence that...
  • China Secretly Conducts Second Flight Test Of New Ultra High-Speed Missile

    08/20/2014 6:21:45 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 64 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 19, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    China recently conducted the second flight test of a new, ultra-high-speed missile that is part of what analysts say is Beijing’s global system of attack weapons capable of striking the United States with nuclear warheads. (please see article for full text)
  • China promises to rein in executive pay

    08/18/2014 9:08:58 PM PDT · by Olog-hai
    Associated Press ^ | Aug 18, 2014 10:19 PM EDT
    China’s president has promised to rein in “unreasonably high” pay for executives at government-owned companies in an apparent effort to mollify public frustration at the wealth of state industry. President Xi Jinping’s announcement, carried by the official Xinhua News Agency, comes as the ruling Communist Party is pressing government officials to cut spending on limousines, banquets and other trappings of office. …
  • Anger flares as mainland Chinese muscle in on Taiwan property

    08/13/2014 12:03:35 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Reuters ^ | Tue Aug 12, 2014 8:52pm EDT | Yimou Lee and Faith Hung
    Mainland Chinese are skirting rules aimed at limiting their purchases of property in Taiwan, stirring anger among local home buyers and fueling worries over Beijing’s creeping influence over an island that it views as a renegade province. While Chinese money has boosted property markets across the world—from Sydney and London to Vancouver—mainland capital flows into the self-ruled island are an especially emotive issue for many Taiwanese. The government in Taipei has been criticized by some for not being more restrictive on mainland ownership of Taiwanese real estate. Fueling fears of further encroachment by Beijing is a review of a cross-strait...
  • WTO Upholds ‘Rare Earth’ Ruling Against China

    08/12/2014 7:33:16 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 26 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Aug. 8, 2014 12:50 AM EDT
    The World Trade Organization has upheld a ruling that China violated trade rules with restrictions on the export of “rare earths,” the minerals used in mobile phones, hybrid cars and other high-tech products. […] China has about one-third of global deposits of rare earths but accounts for more than 90 percent of production. In 2009, it alarmed foreign companies by limiting rare earth exports in an attempt to boost its domestic manufacturing base. …
  • Undermining China, One Knockout at a Time

    08/03/2014 12:40:07 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 9 replies
    Tensions between the United States and China over cybersecurity have risen as the two countries continue to trade barbs over hacking. But according to an essay on the website of a state newspaper that was widely republished this week, there is, in fact, a longer-running cyberwar underway between the United States and China. And the weapons employed, the essay argues, are far more sophisticated than hacking. Photo Lei Feng, the Chinese soldier revered as a model of selflessness. Lei Feng, the Chinese soldier revered as a model of selflessness.Credit Adam Dean for The New York Times “America has long used...
  • Five Ways Russia Could Help China's Military Become Even Deadlier

    08/01/2014 11:30:45 PM PDT · by wetphoenix · 44 replies
    The National Interest ^ | August 2, 2014 | Robert Farley
    The continued deterioration of relations between Russia and NATO may not yet have resulted in a new Cold War, but it’s undoubtedly produce an environment in which Russia has independent reasons to try to hurt the United States. While the arms trade between China and Russia exploded after the fall of the Soviet Union, shipments of major systems slowed in the early part of last decade. Part of the reason was demand; China felt that it no longer needed to pay top dollar for Russian systems that it could build itself. Another reason, however, involved Russian intellectual property concerns stemming...
  • In Chinese shadow, Hong Kong fights for its future

    07/26/2014 5:44:32 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 26, 2014 2:00 AM EDT | Kelvin Chan and Jack Chang
    As skyscrapers around Hong Kong harbor erupted into a reverie of laser beams and giant digital displays during their synchronized nightly light show, one innocuous 28-story building near the water’s edge had stayed dark for months, clad in bamboo scaffolding for a face-lift. Then, in June, the renovated tower came to life, flashing giant Chinese characters that some in Hong Kong saw as a warning. “People’s Liberation Army,” it said.Many in this prosperous city had already feared that Hong Kong’s future as an open society as well as a semi-autonomous part of China was in jeopardy in the face of...
  • China’s Mega Warship Plans Become Clearer With New Photos

    07/24/2014 3:13:36 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 27 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 07.23.2014 | Jeffrey Lin and P.W. Singer
    Five months after the first pictures surfaced in February 2014, the Type 055 cruiser testing rig at Wuhan has taken significant steps towards completion. The advantages of a land based test rig allow Chinese naval engineers to make cheaper adjustments and modifications to the electronics, compared to rebuilding an expensive cruiser on sea trials. Once launched, the Type 055 cruiser will be among the world's most powerful surface combatant warships, giving the People's Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) a multipurpose warship useful for both blue water expeditionary warfare and anti-access/area denial missions. While much scaffolding remains, the photos show recent additions...
  • China cracks down on online rumors, porn

    07/22/2014 8:11:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 22, 2014 9:46 PM EDT
    Chinese authorities have tightened already rigorous Internet controls by cracking down on online pornography and what state media called “rumormongers” and “slanderous content.” […] Xinhua said the government would also increase punishments for spreading rumors online, although it didn’t specify how it would do that. Already, Chinese courts can sentence people for up to three years in prison for writing online comments deemed defamatory. As part of the new campaign, the government has shut down websites and punished nearly 40 people it called rumormongers. …
  • Ancient Chinese town’s Ming dynasty buildings under water

    07/16/2014 8:01:23 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 10:06AM BST 16 Jul 2014 | (AFP)
    One of ChinaÂ’s renowned ancient towns was under water on Wednesday as heavy rain hit the centre of the country, with tens of thousands of people evacuated from the area. The old town district of Fenghuang nestles on the banks of a winding river in a picturesque, mountainous part of Hunan province, and boasts stunning Qing and Ming dynasty architecture dating back hundreds of years. [Â…] According to ChinaÂ’s official Xinhua news agency, the Tuojiang river in the town had reached 1.1 meters above its previous highest recorded level, and several bridges had been damaged or destroyed. Â…
  • John Kerry Plays Guitar in China; Experts Critique His Chops — Video

    07/13/2014 5:11:32 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies
    Guitar World ^ | July 11, 2014 | Damian Fanelli
    Yesterday, Secretary of State John Kerry showcased his guitar-playing skills when he hosted a lunchtime jam session during talks with officials in Beijing, China. In the Wall Street Journal news item about the performance, which was posted last night, reporter Sarah Larimer reached out to two guitar "experts," asking them to comment on Kerry's skills.
  • A ‘new Cold War’: China’s top paper warns of ‘slippery slope’ towards conflict with U.S.

    07/12/2014 9:29:10 AM PDT · by Cringing Negativism Network · 9 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | July 12 2014 | Kellan Howell
    As diplomatic talks in China come to a close, one of the country’s biggest newspapers is warning citizens against a “new Cold War” with the United States. Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/12/new-cold-war-chinas-top-paper-warns-slippery-slope/#ixzz37Gx5rNiO Follow us: @washtimes on Twitter
  • Apple loses China patent case, separate suit against Apple continues

    07/09/2014 11:09:56 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 18 replies
    Reuters ^ | July 9 Wed Jul 9, 2014 1:27am EDT
    (Reuters) - A Beijing court has ruled against Apple Inc by upholding the validity of a patent held by a Chinese company, clearing the way for the Chinese company to continue its own case against Apple for infringing intellectual property rights. Apple had taken Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology and China's State Intellectual Property Office to court to seek a ruling that Zhizhen's patent rights to a speech recognition technology were invalid. But the Beijing First Intermediate Court on Tuesday decided in Zhizhen's favour, the People's Daily state newspaper reported on Wednesday.
  • Fmr. Top CIA Analyst: Chinese ‘Believe Obama Is Fundamentally Weak and Disinterested’

    07/09/2014 4:08:26 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 33 replies
    Cybercast News Service ^ | July 8, 2014 - 10:48 AM | Tyler McNally
    Chinese officials believe that Pres. Obama is “fundamentally weak and disinterested” regarding Chinese aggression, says Christopher Johnson, a former top CIA analyst and current senior advisor to the Center For Strategic & International Studies on China Studies. “They believe Obama is fundamentally weak and disinterested,” Johnson says, warning, “We need a lot more weight on the economic side, because that’s what keeps your relationship from tipping into a Cold War relationship.” The Philippines, Vietnam, Japan, Malaysia, Brunei, Taiwan and India all face illegal maritime or territorial claims by China, Forbes reports, citing China’s interest in taking over the natural resources...
  • US to press China on liberalizing high-tech trade

    07/07/2014 12:48:15 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jul 7, 2014 2:50 PM EDT
    The U.S. is looking for concessions from China to kick start international negotiations on liberalizing trade in high-technology products. […] Negotiations to update the 1996 agreement have been snared by China’s desire to protect dozens of new product categories. Some 70 countries participate in the agreement, accounting for much of global trade in that sector. …
  • China to receive Merkel with military honors

    07/05/2014 2:38:01 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 1 replies
    TheLocal.de ^ | 04 Jul 2014 08:03 GMT+02:00 | (AFP)
    German Chancellor Angela Merkel heads to China this weekend for her seventh visit, eager to deepen trade and investment ties between the export powerhouses of Europe and Asia. For the EU’s biggest economy, China is a crucial mass market, where companies want its technology and millions of newly prosperous crave German goods from Audi sedans to luxury home appliances. […] China is Germany’s number-two export market outside Europe after the United States. It sold goods worth €67 billion to China last year, while imports from the Asian giant topped €73 billion. …
  • China Now Claims Japan’s Okinawa

    06/27/2014 11:57:16 AM PDT · by robowombat · 20 replies
    World Affairs Journal ^ | 25 July 2012 | Gordon Chang
    China Now Claims Japan’s Okinawa 25 July 2012 The Global Times, the newspaper run by China’s Communist Party, ran an editorial this month suggesting that Beijing challenge Japan’s control of Okinawa, part of the Ryukyu island chain. Why would China want to start a fight over Okinawa? At the moment, China, Taiwan, and Japan are engaged in a particularly nasty sovereignty dispute in the East China Sea over five islands and three barren rocks called the Senkakus by the Japanese and the Diaoyus by the other claimants. The disputed chain is north of the southern end of the Ryukyus and...
  • Media urge China to 'not interfere' in Iraq

    06/21/2014 6:12:08 AM PDT · by mgist · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | 6/19/14 | NA
    Media urge China to 'not interfere' in Iraq Many families have fled the ongoing violence in the Iraqi city of Mosul Media advise China to not interfere in Iraq, while criticising the US for "creating a mess" in the Middle East. President Barack Obama says the US will send 300 military advisers to Iraq to help fight Islamist-led insurgents. Sunni radical group Isis has taken control of several Iraqi cities and towns in the past few days, report say. Mr Obama said the US was prepared for "targeted and precise military action, if and when" required, but added that US...
  • HK in unofficial democracy vote, alarming Beijing

    06/20/2014 6:37:21 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 20, 2014 7:08 AM EDT | Kelvin Chan
    Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers voted Friday in an unofficial referendum on democratic reform that has alarmed Beijing and sets the stage for a possible showdown with the government, with mass protests aimed at shutting down the Chinese capitalist enclave’s financial district. Tensions are boiling over in Hong Kong, which came back under Chinese control in 1997, over how to choose the city’s next leader. Since the end of British colonial rule, Hong Kong’s leaders have been picked by an elite pro-Beijing committee. Beijing has pledged to allow Hong Kongers to choose their own chief executive starting in 2017....
  • Is the Chinese Regime Changing its Policy Toward Christianity?

    06/15/2014 4:57:25 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 14 replies
    The American Interest ^ | 06/15/2014 | Peter Berger
    On May 30, 2014, The New York Times published a story by Ian Johnson about what seems to be a concerted government effort to clamp down on Christian churches in Wenzhou, the city with the highest percentage of Christians in China. It has long been known that there are regional differences in official attitudes toward religion, not always reflecting the views of the central government. It is conceivable that the events in Wenzhou could be a relatively local matter. But at any rate one aspect of the story makes one wonder: The provincial head of the Communist party who initiated...
  • Hong Kong must accept Beijing’s control, China’s Communist Party warns

    06/14/2014 10:23:29 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 11 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3:24PM BST 10 Jun 2014 | Tom Phillips
    Hong Kong does not enjoy “full autonomy” and must accept Beijing’s control and oversight, China announced on Tuesday, less than a week after more than 100,000 protesters gathered in the former colony to berate the Communist Party and demand greater democratic rights. In a lengthy and controversial “white paper”, China's powerful State Council claimed “comprehensive jurisdiction” over the former British colony, which returned to Chinese hands in 1997. Hong Kong held no “residual power” and while it enjoyed considerable independence from Beijing, “the central government has the power of oversight over the high degree of autonomy,” it added. …
  • “This Is A Trend”: Increasingly More Russian Companies Set To Drop Dollar, Switch To Chinese Yuan

    06/10/2014 12:49:52 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 53 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 06/09/2014 07:52 -0400 | Tyler Durden
    As we have been reporting (and forecasting for the past several years), the Eurasian anti-US Dollar axis is rapidly taking shape, with recent events catalyzed and certainly accelerated by US foreign policy in Ukraine, which has merely succeeded in pushing Russia that much closer, and faster, to China. The latest proof of this came overnight when the FT reported that Russian companies are preparing to switch contracts to renminbi and other Asian currencies amid fears that western sanctions may freeze them out of the US dollar market, according to two top bankers. According to Pavel Teplukhin, head of Deutsche Bank...
  • ‘America Never Came’: Tiananmen Student Leaders on Massacre 25 Years Ago, Abuses Today

    06/01/2014 10:48:15 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    PJ Media ^ | May 30, 2014 - 6:17 pm | Bridget Johnson
    Leaders of the Tiananmen Square protest movement 25 years ago told members of Congress today they were crushed that America didn’t step in to help back then, but they’re more troubled about what the U.S. government isn’t doing as human rights abuses in China increase to a rate not seen since that era. No Democrats showed up on the dais for the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing, at which Chairman Chris Smith (R-N.J.) raised a range of concerns including persecution of anyone who tries to mark the massacre in China,...
  • Security matrix prevents another Tiananmen

    05/31/2014 9:00:06 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 31, 2014 10:00 AM EDT | Christopher Bodeen
    A quarter century after the (Tiananmen Square pro-democracy) movement’s suppression, China’s communist authorities oversee a raft of measures for muzzling dissent and preventing protests. They range from the sophisticated—extensive monitoring of online debate and control over media—to the relatively simple—routine harassment of government critics and maintenance of a massive domestic security force. The system has proven hugely successful: No major opposition movement has gotten even a hint of traction in the 25 years since Tiananmen. President and Communist Party leader Xi Jinping seems intent on ensuring things stay that way. […] Some degree of labor activism has been permitted, especially...
  • China cracks down on instant messaging services

    05/27/2014 7:31:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 2 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 27, 2014 10:22 PM EDT
    China is targeting popular smartphone-based instant messaging services in a month-long campaign to crack down on the spreading of rumors and what it calls “hostile forces at home and abroad,” the latest move to restrict online freedom of expression. The official Xinhua News Agency said the campaign started Tuesday and the services targeted included WeChat, a service run by TenCent Holdings Ltd, which incorporates social media functions that resemble microblog features and that has surged in popularity the last two years. Users can use such services to send messages to a select group of friends, or can follow public accounts,...
  • What China Knows That You Don't: U.S. Economists Are History's Biggest Patsies

    05/25/2014 1:55:13 PM PDT · by ckilmer · 28 replies
    forbes ^ | 5/25/2014 @ 12:15PM | Eamonn Fingleton
    Few economists have had a more distinguished career than Martin Feldstein. After graduating summa cum laude from Harvard in 1961, he became a fellow at Nuffield College, Oxford. In 1977, he won the John Bates Clark Medal, the most prestigious award in American economics. He went on to become chairman of the Council of Economic Advisors in the Reagan administration and is now a member of President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Advisory Board.
  • Obama to promote foreign tourism in upstate NY (tourists, or . . . ?)

    05/22/2014 10:40:29 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 6 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 22, 2014 12:40 PM EDT | Darlene Superville
    Promoting travel to the U.S. as a job creator, President Barack Obama wants to make it easier for people from other countries to visit the 50 states and spend money at their hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions and other businesses. Obama planned to discuss the economic benefits of tourism to the U.S. and the latest steps he is taking to boost it at the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum in Cooperstown, New York, on Thursday. Obama acted two years ago to speed the processing of tourist visas for visitors from China and Brazil, steps that have dramatically reduced the length...
  • The East is red again: Vladimir Putin turns to China for new alliance with Russia’s biggest…

    05/20/2014 5:54:22 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 4 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | 10:30 EST, 20 May 2014 | Jill Reilly
    Amid a bitter crisis in relations with the West over Ukraine, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin has turned to China to form a new alliance. Putin, who called Russia’s biggest neighbor his “reliable friend”, is in Shanghai to agree on a widely anticipated multibillion-dollar natural gas sale. A deal would give Moscow an economic and political boost at a time of Western sanctions, although China has been warned by the US to avoid taking steps that might offset the ban. …
  • 1,000 dog deaths linked to ‘toxic jerky treats’

    More than 1,000 dog deaths may now be linked to toxic jerky treats according to the Food and Drug Administration. And the agency says since 2007, there have been almost 5,000 complaints of pet illnesses related to the treats.
  • Police raid activist dinner party in China

    05/13/2014 11:44:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2014 2:18 AM EDT
    Chinese police broke up a dinner party attended by activists in the eastern city of Hangzhou Tuesday night and detained a dozen people, according to an activist who attended the dinner. Activist and blogger Wang Wusi said he and another 10 people were released after spending about two hours in police custody. He said police held Wen Kejian until Wednesday morning, when he was released although without his cell phone or computer. Wen is a signatory of Charter 08, a document calling for democracy and the end of one-party rule in China. …
  • China accused of anti-Christian campaign as church demolition begins

    04/29/2014 11:10:08 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 8 replies
    Daily Telegraph (UK) ^ | 9:47AM BST 28 Apr 2014 | Tom Phillips
    Demolition teams began destroying parts of a Chinese church that has become a symbol of resistance to the Communist Party’s draconian clutch on religion, activists and witnesses said on Monday. Sanjiang church in Wenzhou, a wealthy coastal city known as the “Jerusalem of the East”, made headlines earlier this month when thousands of Christians formed a human shield around its entrance after plans for its demolition were announced. Church members accused Communist leaders in Zhejiang province of ordering an anti-church crackdown and claimed there were plans to completely or partially demolish at least 10 places of worship. …
  • AP survey: China’s lending bubble a global threat

    04/28/2014 6:54:45 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 28, 2014 5:40 PM EDT | Christopher S. Rugaber
    Just as the global economy has all but recovered from debt-fueled crises in the United States and Europe, economists have a new worry: China. They see a lending bubble there that threatens global growth unless Beijing defuses it. That’s the view that emerges from an Associated Press survey this month of 30 economists. Still, the economists remain optimistic that Beijing’s high-stakes drive to reform its economy—the world’s second-largest—will bolster Chinese banks, ease the lending bubble and benefit U.S. exporters in the long run. […] The source of concern is a surge in lending by Chinese banks. The lending was initially...