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China: What Saudi Arabia, Russia, Iran, Israel, and the U.S. have in common


The opinions expressed are those of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. If there is a nation (not “state”) that can successfully convince the Arabs, the Jews and the Iranians to sit down simultaneously for a talk, it could be the Chinese. With the historical cultural links and for immense economic … Continue reading

China bolsters East China Sea claim, warns of ‘defensive measures’


China on Saturday bolstered its claim to islands that Japan says it owns, warning that it would take “defensive emergency measures” against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly in airspace over them. Ties between the Asian powers have been strained for months by the dispute over the islands in the East China Sea, called … Continue reading

China prohibits the expenditure of public funds for New Year’s gifts


The Chinese Communist Party, in its campaign of waste and corruption, forbade its members to use public funds for expenses related to New Year: do not use the public funds for alcohol or fireworks. The new ban applies to both the Western New Year, as well as the traditional Chinese Lunar New Year, starting in … Continue reading

Bloomberg kills article exposing Chinese regime, suspends reporter


First, the controversial “media” outlet Bloomberg News, widely regarded by critics as a propaganda megaphone for the radical views of billionaire New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, reportedly censored one of its reporters by blocking the publication of an article exposing cronyism and corruption among Communist China’s ruling class. Insider sources quoted in news reports … Continue reading

China: Labour camp system abolished forever


In its prime time news, China’s official mouthpiece CCTV gave an authoritative interpretation of the reform decisions of the Third Plenum of the Eighteenth CCP Central Committee (the Decisions), stressing that not all families are allowed to have two children and family planning will continue to be imposed. The land reform to give peasants property … Continue reading

Iran, North Korea and nuke negotiations


China’s closest ally, North Korea is in bed with Iran over nuclear weapons. Although different in many ways, both are rogue nations. Neither can be trusted. In the case of North Korea, negotiations that resulted in “humanitarian” aid and relief from sanctions led to continued development and testing of nuclear weapons and delivery systems. Iranian … Continue reading

Paranoia from Soviet Union collapse haunts China’s Communist Party


Party cadres made to watch documentaries on failure of Russian communism, by new leader determined not to see history repeat Cary Huang In the heyday of Sino-Soviet socialist brotherhood in the 1950s, Chinese liked to say that “today’s Soviet Union is tomorrow’s China”, as Beijing faithfully followed Moscow’s every footstep in development. But since the … Continue reading

Gary Locke to step down as China ambassador, return to Seattle


The American ambassador to China said Wednesday he will step down from his post early next year to rejoin his family in Seattle. Gary Locke said he informed President Barack Obama of his decision when they met earlier this month. Locke, who is married with three children, took up the post in August 2011 and … Continue reading

China says medical team ready to rush to Philippines


China said on Monday it was ready to rush an emergency medical team to the Philippines to help survivors of the November 8 typhoon, and was just waiting for approval from Manila. China’s response to the disaster has been slow and, some would say, less than generous. The world’s second-largest economy initially announced it was … Continue reading

China’s reform blueprint broken down by keyword


China’s new reform plan is a beast of a document that would run to more than 46 pages if you counted each of its 21,000-plus characters as an English word. Analysts are still picking through it, and probably will be for weeks and months to come. In the meantime, one quick and dirty way to get a … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping outlines significant reform pledges


Party General Secretary Xi Jingping has outlined plans for significant economic and social reforms in a communiqué following the third plenum (a four-day meeting of the Communist Party), which ended on November 12th. The plans, included in a 60-point document, outline a variety of pledges designed to assist the country in its on-going transition to ‘Developed’ status, … Continue reading

Beijing sets sights on a new China


China has pledged to make the most sweeping changes to the economy and the country’s social fabric in nearly three decades with a 60-point reform plan that may start showing results within weeks. Some financial and fiscal reforms are likely to be the first out of the blocks, analysts said, but more wrenching changes such … Continue reading

How U.S. and China may administer the “Six Wars”


The Indian Defence Review recently published the English translation of a hawkish article “Six Wars China is Sure to Fight in the Next 50 Years” [Note 1] which was first presented by Chinanews.com in Beijing on July 5, 2013 [Note 2].  This article states that China will fight in 2020-60 to regain the territories lost … Continue reading

India buys a third aircraft carrier amid rivalry with China


India has heightened its rivalry with China by taking possession of its third aircraft carrier, a refurbished Soviet-era vessel. The £1.4bn ($2.3bn) aircraft carrier, handed over at a north Russian shipyard, will help India to counterbalance the expansion of the Chinese navy. The 45,000-tonne ship, built in the final years of the Soviet Union and named … Continue reading

China to ease one-child policy


China will ease family planning restrictions nationwide, the government said on Friday, allowing millions of families to have two children in the country’s most significant liberalisation of its strict one-child policy in about three decades. Couples in which one parent is an only child will now be able to have a second child, one of … Continue reading

China: Post-plenum blues?


The third plenum of the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) central committee, which concluded on November 12th, has left many observers disappointed. After months of efforts by the senior leadership to promote the meeting as a major reform landmark, its final report came as something of a let-down. However, it was broadly in line with … Continue reading

How China develops its counterterrorism capability


The effects of the Tiananmen Square incident continue to ripple through China, but surprisingly little has been said about what China has done in the field of counterterrorism. A vehicle ran through crowds of tourists and was lit on fire in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City under the gaze of Chairman Mao … Continue reading

China claims H-18 stealth bomber is able to reach Guam with nuclear weapons


An US military photo website carries a report on China’s plan to build the H-18 stealth bomber, which is a stealth fighter–bomber instead of a strategic bomber. The bomber is 28 to 30 metres long, much smaller than the US B-1B’s 44 meters length. According to foreign military fans’ speculation, the H-18 has a range … Continue reading

New Chinese agency to ‘manage’ social unrest


The ruling Chinese Communist Party said it would establish an agency to “manage” growing social unrest, as part of a set of reforms largely focusing on the economy. The new “state security committee” will tackle social instability and unify other agencies in charge of increasing security challenges, both foreign and domestic, the Central Committee said … Continue reading

China insults Philippines with $100,000 in aid


As the USS George Washington aircraft carrier sailed out of Hong Kong on Tuesday for the Philippines to help the devastated nation recover from typhoon Haiyan, China was unveiling its own relief effort: a donation of $100,000 in cash. The US response to the catastrophe – sending nine navy ships to help the relief operations … Continue reading

China to unveil 10-year reform plan, expectations toned down


China‘s leaders will unveil a reform agenda for the next decade on Tuesday, seeking to balance the need to overhaul the world’s second-largest economy as it loses steam with preserving stability and to reinforce the Communist Party’s power. The blueprint, which past experience suggests will be first published by the official news agency Xinhua, will … Continue reading

China to be elected to UN Human Rights Council


China is almost certain to be elected to the United Nations Human Rights Council despite evidence of a worsening human rights record across the country. On Tuesday, the UN General Assembly will elect 17 new member states to the 47-member council, whose role is to “promote universal respect for the protection of all human rights … Continue reading

Supporters of China’s disgraced Bo Xilai set up new political party


Reuters says in its exclusive news today: Supporters of China’s disgraced senior politician Bo Xilai, who has been jailed for corruption, have set up a political party, two separate sources said, in a direct challenge to the ruling Communist Party’s de facto ban on new political groups. The Zhi Xian Party, literally “the constitution is … Continue reading

China’s coming terrorism wave


Prediction time: China will experience unprecedented terrorism over the next few years. On October 28, a carload of Xinjiang residents made headlines by crashing into a Tiananmen Square crowd, killing two people while injuring 38. Then, on October 30, a series of explosions rocked the provincial Communist Party headquarters in Shanxi province, killing one person … Continue reading

China’s anti-corruption storm sweeps Chinese military


Mao’s saying “Political power comes out of gun barrels” is regarded by some as a talented invention due to ignorance of Chinese history. I explained in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements: “For over two thousand years, since the fall of the Qin Dynasty (221 BC – 206 BC), ‘fighting to catch the deer on the … Continue reading

A China model with a British accent


“No friends, no enemies, just interest.” Ideologically speaking, there is almost no common ground between the socialist and open-yet-authoritarian China and most other capitalist and democratic states such as Brazil, India, Russia and South Africa, not to mention Germany. Beijing is determined to gain recognition and friendship from them through all types of commercial deals so … Continue reading

Japan targets China as islands dispute threatens to boil over


The simmering conflict between Japan and China over three islands in the East China Sea has just gotten significantly closer to an open conflict. Japan’s nationalist Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has just given orders to shoot down any aircraft, including Chinese surveillance drones, flying over “Japanese airspace” that refuses to leave. As Abe’s Liberal Democratic Party was … Continue reading

China needs 10 million new jobs a year to survive


The Chinese economy needs to create 10 million jobs per year and must sustain growth of at least 7.2% to achieve that, Premier Li Keqiang has warned ahead of a key meeting of the Communist Party. Li’s comments, in a speech published Monday on the website of the All China Federation of Trade Unions, indicate … Continue reading

China to build huge super nuclear bomber carrying over 200 nuclear bombs


According to Russian media, China is developing a new generation of strategic bomber due to a breakthrough in technology to reduce the size of a high-temperature, air-cooled nuclear reactor. The new type bomber will be nuclear powered with shocking advanced shape and weapons. The bomber will be called H-11 bomber much superior to the existing … Continue reading

China strips army official of position after attack


A senior military commander in China’s restive far west has been stripped of his position on a powerful Communist Party governing body after an attack in the nation’s capital last week that claimed five lives and deeply unnerved the Chinese leadership. The official, Gen. Peng Yong, chief of the People’s Liberation Army in Xinjiang, was … Continue reading

The mess in China’s rule of law


China’s anti-corruption typhoon goes on with the latest casualty being Tian Xueren, former Jilin vice governor. According to Beijing Wanbao (Beijing Evening News), on 85 occasions, Tian took bribes worth 19.19 million yuan ($3 million) but on November 1, he got a lenient punishment of life imprisonment as he satisfactorily confessed and repented and has … Continue reading

Chinese nuclear submarines capable of widespread attack on U.S.


Chinese state-run media revealed for the first time that Beijing’s nuclear submarines can attack American cities to counterbalance U.S. nuclear deterrence in the Pacific. Leading media outlets including China Central TV, the People’s Daily, the Global Times, the PLA Daily, the China Youth Daily and the Guangmin Daily ran identical, top-headlined reports about the “awesomeness” of … Continue reading

Chinese officials apologise for gross Photoshop ineptitude


Shamed by a chorus of outrage and ridicule on social media, local officials in central China have apologized for a very shoddy piece of Photoshop work. A picture posted online by the government of Ningguo, a small city in Anhui province, showed the deputy mayor and his colleagues towering above the city’s oldest resident while … Continue reading

China detained five in connection with Tiananmen terror attack


China said on Wednesday it had caught five suspected Islamist militants after a vehicle burst into flames on Beijing’s Tiananmen Square in what police called a terrorist attack. Authorities also moved to tighten security in the restive far western, energy-rich region of Xinjiang, where the suspects are from. The Xinjiang-registered SUV involved in Monday’s incident … Continue reading

China’s anti-pollution drive risks running out of gas


A chronic shortage of natural gas is hurting China’s plan to move away from burning coal to heat homes and offices, raising the prospect of more choking air pollution this winter and beyond. The problem is worst in northern China, where air pollution mainly caused by decades of reliance on coal has lowered life expectancy … Continue reading

China’s land grab in Australia hidden by “corporate veil”


Chinese investors may own less than 1 per cent of Australian farmland, but the true level is not known because it is hidden behind a corporate veil, according to a new report that offers support to the establishment of a formal register of foreign land ownership in Australia. A joint report by accountants KPMG and … Continue reading

“The Web Behind The Wall” explains China’s complicated startup industry


“The Web Behind The Wall” is an e-book published by TechNode (TechCrunch‘s partner for next month’s Shanghai event) that wants to be “the #1 resource for foreign tech companies to understand China.” The book is a quick but highly informative read about China’s startup ecosystem, which has proven impenetrable for tech giants like Google, Yahoo, Facebook and Amazon. But … Continue reading

China’s State Council think tank sets out roadmap for reform


A top government think tank has unveiled a detailed road map for a series of far-reaching economic policy changes, in one of the strongest indications yet that the Communist Party intends to stay on the path of reform. The recommendations by the State Council’s Development Research Centre came ahead of the much-anticipated third plenum of … Continue reading

Australia abandons Asian Century from foreign policy


The centrepiece of the Gillard government’s foreign affairs strategy – the Australia in the Asian Century white paper – has been largely jettisoned by the Abbott government. Craig Emerson, who as a senior Labor minister was responsible for the white paper’s implementation, said yesterday that he was surprised and disappointed the document and all its … Continue reading

Chen’s confession: who to trust in China now?


What can you trust in China these days? An investigative journalist who says a well-known company has allegedly been manipulating its financial results? Or the company that denies that point-blank? How about a police force that crosses provincial lines to arrest the “offending” journalist on suspicion of damaging that company’s commercial reputation? Above all, can … Continue reading

Japan to be more assertive against China


Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, in an interview published on Saturday, said Japan was ready to be more assertive in guarding against what he said might be an attempt by China to use force to attain its diplomatic goals. But a top retired Chinese diplomat said any move by Tokyo to contain China could amount to … Continue reading

Boeing gets $20.7 billion worth of 737 Max commitments from China


Boeing has secured commitments for around 200 of its 737 Max aircraft, the upgraded variant of its best-selling short-haul planes, from multiple Chinese customers, said two sources familiar with the deals. The deals are worth a combined $20.7 billion at list prices and must be approved by the Chinese government, a usual practice for aircraft orders … Continue reading

Philippines expects early U.N. ruling on sea dispute with China


The Philippines expects an early ruling from the United Nations’ tribunal on its arbitration case questioning China’s claim on the South China Sea, Manila‘s foreign minister said on Thursday, in the first public announcement of hopes for a swift outcome. Friction over the key shipping route has surged as China uses its growing naval might … Continue reading

New report says 15% of corruption accusations against China’s officials are made by mistresses


In the early days of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s drive to clean up the Communist Party’s image, disciplinary authorities benefited from the work of a group of accusers with particularly intimate knowledge of corrupt bureaucrats’ nefarious activities: their extramarital lovers. A district party chief in the southwestern mega-city of Chongqing, a police chief in the … Continue reading

China has technology to build VTOL J-20 stealth fighter jet


According to Russian Military-Industry Courier weekly and US Aviation News Weekly speculation, China has obtained from Russia the technology for a VTOL fighter jet, and will probably develop a VTOL version of the J-20 stealth fighter jet. The technology was formerly used in Russia’s Yak-141 VTOL fighter. A prototype of the R-79-300 engine used in … Continue reading

Australia neglects militarisation of Antarctica by foreign powers, including China


Australian academics have pointed to dangers that Antarctic bases are for the first time being militarised, despite the continent officially being called a land of peace and science. Satellite systems at polar bases could be used to control offensive weapons, according to a report by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute and little could be done … Continue reading

NASA reverses conference’s ban on Chinese scientists


The US space agency has said it will allow Chinese scientists to attend an astronomy conference in California next month, reversing an earlier ban. NASA put the earlier ban down to a misinterpretation of its policy on foreign nationals. Chinese officials had called the rejection of Chinese scientists’ applications a form of discrimination. The event … Continue reading

Hong Kong signs up for Australian undergraduate study and internship plan


Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has signed up the fourth and final destination, Hong Kong, for next year’s trial of the government’s New Colombo Plan, which will send Australian undergraduates into the region for study, internships and long-term diplomacy. “Australian students will benefit from the opportunity to study at Hong Kong’s world-class institutions and the … Continue reading

China: Thick smog blocked road, train, air traffic for two days


Thick smog in Harbin urban areas has caused the closing of primary and secondary schools and expressways. The PM2.5 index has exceeded the maximum range of the metre. After the serious smog on October 20, and the early morning on October 21, air pollution was even worse. The visibility in urban areas was less than … Continue reading

Authors accept censors’ rules to sell in China


Chinese readers of Ezra F. Vogel’s sprawling biography of China’s reformist leader Deng Xiaoping may have missed a few details that appeared in the original English edition. The Chinese version did not mention that Chinese newspapers had been ordered to ignore the Communist implosion across Eastern Europe in the late 1980s. Nor that General Secretary Zhao Ziyang, … Continue reading

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