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China’s manufacturing slumps for fourth consecutive month as trade war hits hard


As the trade war with the United States continues to gather pace, manufacturers in China remain gloomy about their prospects, with the sector activity contracting for the fourth successive month in August. The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Saturday, stood at 49.5 in August, down from … Continue reading

The people of Hong Kong will not be cowed by China


“If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance movement here is … Continue reading

Pakistan refuses Chinese engines in China’s JF-17 fighters


As the JF-17 is one of China’s “clean slate” designs, this bodes well for the reliability characteristics of the current generation of Chinese aircraft. However, the JF-17 still uses a Russian engine, and the Pakistan Air Force rejected offers to use Chinese engines in their JF-17s in 2015. Engines remain a critical weakness in the Chinese … Continue reading

The inevitable dismantlement of the Chinese Communist empire has begun


The geopolitical tectonic plates are moving, and the inevitable dismantlement of the Chinese Communist empire has begun. History teaches that the lifespan of a major communist power is about seven decades, even under the best of circumstances — that is, when the dictatorship is given every strategic advantage through sporadic Western naivete, timidity and other … Continue reading

China’s claims it’s lunar rover has found something weird on the far side of the moon


China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover has discovered an unusually colored, ‘gel-like’ substance during its exploration activities on the far side of the moon. The mission’s rover, Yutu-2, stumbled on that surprise during lunar day 8. The discovery prompted scientists on the mission to postpone other driving plans for the rover, and instead focus its instruments on … Continue reading

Could China’s navy be armed with six aircraft carriers and stealth fighters?


The Chinese military has decided to develop the air force’s J-20 stealth fighter into a sea-based variant to fly from the navy’s growing fleet of aircraft carriers. The Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, favors the J-20 over the smaller FC-31 stealth fighter design, according to the Hong Kong South China … Continue reading

Here are the advanced weapons we might see at China’s military parade


China will showcase some domestically produced, advanced military equipment at an upcoming parade, authorities announced Thursday. The parade, to be held Oct. 1 in the capital Beijing, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China following the communist victory of nationalist forces in 1949. According to Chinese state news … Continue reading

Aides admit Trump was lying about those “phone calls” with China


At last week’s G7 summit in Biarritz, Donald Trump gave an entire network of world leaders whiplash when he declared, contrary to weeks of threats, that not only did the Chinese seem amenable to a trade deal, but that he’d actually heard from Beijing’s top officials that very week. “China called last night our top … Continue reading

China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong


China‘s military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub. Chinese state media described the troop movement in the early hours as routine, while Asian and Western diplomats watching PLA movements in … Continue reading

Hong Kong officials met with U.S. lawmakers about punishing China


Officials from Hong Kong flew to Montana last week for an under-the-radar meeting with U.S. lawmakers about ongoing pro-democracy protests and congressional legislation to protect freedom in Hong Kong, according to sources familiar with the meeting. The Hong Kong delegation included officials who approve of the government’s controversial extradition bill that originally kickstarted the mass … Continue reading

China’s navy to pick J-20 stealth fighter jets for its next generation aircraft carriers


China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now favoured adapting … Continue reading

American General says China ‘clearly our No. 1 threat out there’


General Jack Keane claimed China is the U.S.’s top geopolitical threat, and he praised new Defense Secretary Mark Esper for echoing that sentiment. Esper was correct Wednesday when he expressed concern over both the Chinese government and the regime of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, Keane said on “The Daily Briefing.” “I’m delighted that … Continue reading

US Republicans look to punish Chinese leaders over Hong Kong crackdown


Trump hasn’t rushed to condemn China, but behind the scenes, senior administration officials and lawmakers are brainstorming ways to punish China for the clampdown in Hong Kong. President Donald Trump hasn’t exactly gone after China’s chiefs for cracking down on protesters in Hong Kong. Trump said earlier this month that he wanted to see the … Continue reading

Angering China can now get you fired, even outside China


Not too long ago, China “taking your job” meant its wages were far lower than Western alternatives, thus allowing it to “steal” blue-jean and iPhone factories. But what if it meant getting you fired for what you believe? That’s apparently what happened last week to Rebecca Sy, a long-serving flight attendant at a subsidiary of … Continue reading

How China uses LinkedIn to recruit spies abroad


Western intelligence officials say Chinese agents are contacting thousands of foreign citizens using LinkedIn, including former government officials. One former senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration received messages from someone on LinkedIn offering to fly him to China and connect him with “well paid” opportunities. A former Danish Foreign Ministry official got LinkedIn … Continue reading

Everything that happened over the weekend with the US-China trade war


On Friday, before the U.S. stock markets opened, China’s Ministry of Finance announced on its website that it will apply new tariffs of between 5% and 10% on $75 billion worth of imported goods from the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump responded by raising rates on nearly all Chinese imports. Tensions stemming from the … Continue reading

Trump and Europe must make up and work together to confront China


The clear imperative for the Western world to come together and confront China’s rising internal repression and external economic aggression should have been enough to overshadow any differences between strained allies at this weekend’s Group of 7 meetings. But no such luck. The members of the G-7 — which includes the United States, France, Britain, … Continue reading

White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in China


White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow asserted President Trump’s threat to block trade between private Americans businesses and China, saying he has “emergency economic power authority” to do so. “Do you believe that the president does have the authority to block private businesses from investing in China?” CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Kudlow on “Face the … Continue reading

China’s version of the B-2 stealth bomber, the H-20 stealth bomber


In October 2018, Chinese media announced that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) would publicly unveil its new H-20 stealth bomber during a parade celebrating the air arm’s seventieth anniversary in 2019. Prior news of the H-20’s development had been teased using techniques pioneered by viral marketing campaigns for Hollywood movies. For example, the … Continue reading

Hong Kong firms face a choice: Good relations with China, or a dent to their international reputation


The crisis in Hong Kong continues unabated and some of the world’s largest businesses need to make an important decision: maintain a positive relationship with mainland China or uphold their reputation in the territories and in other parts of the world. In Hong Kong, business is the territory’s lifeblood. Hong Kong came third in the … Continue reading

Australia’s biggest state ends Confucius Institute programme over fears of foreign interference by China


Australia’s most populous state said it will axe a Chinese-funded education programme that teaches Mandarin in schools, amid fears over potential foreign influence. The Confucius Institute programme – administered by the Chinese government agency Hanban – teaches China’s official language in 13 public schools across New South Wales (NSW). However, the NSW government said in … Continue reading

Chinese censorship laws could prompt foreign book publishers to look elsewhere for printers


Publishers from Australia and New Zealand are looking for printers outside China after falling foul of censorship laws that require maps to be vetted. A number of businesses have been hit by delays or cancellations – even if the books in question are not intended for local distribution or do not contain China-related content. Awa … Continue reading

Hong Kong residents to form 20-mile human chain to protest China’s authoritarian rule


Protesters in Hong Kong are looking to pay homage to a symbolic act of resistance from three decades ago that helped bring down the Soviet Union. With protests now in their 11th week, users of a prominent online forum in the Chinese territory have called for the staging of a local version of the human … Continue reading

US will send warships to to stop China blocking smaller nations drilling for oil in South China Sea


The United States has accused China of preventing Southeast Asian countries from accessing trillions of dollars worth of untapped oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea as the Pentagon planned to hold its first exercise with regional powers near the strategic region. In a press statement, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Thursday … Continue reading

South China Sea showdown: China vs Vietnam


Chinese incursions into Vietnam’s EEZ are by no means a new phenomenon. The most serious recent incident occurred in 2014, when China deployed an oil rig into Vietnam’s EEZ, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two neighbors. The current situation near Vanguard Bank, however, represents a more serious challenge on several levels. The Haiyang Dizhi … Continue reading

China paid Facebook and Twitter to help spread anti-Muslim propaganda


In China’s internment camps, Muslims are reportedly subjected to forced indoctrination, torture, and even death. Yet some paid ads on Facebook and Twitter would have you believe they’re wonderful places. The US-based social media giants have been enabling Chinese state-owned media to spread misinformation about the camps, investigations by the Intercept and BuzzFeed News revealed … Continue reading

Scientists hurry to develop vaccine for China’s pig disease


Scientists are working to stop a deadly virus that infects pigs. The virus is causing huge losses for farmers in China and other Asian countries. Many farmers have tried to contain African swine flu by quarantining pigs and destroying infected animals. But the spread of the disease into East Asia has intensified the search for … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s protests are rattling China’s leadership and the world


Audrey Wu, a video editor at a Hong Kong TV station, was not even born in June of 1989, but her father has told her about what happened back then in Beijing. He told her of the demonstrations that began to honor the late Chinese leader, Hu Yaobang, a liberal reformer who had just died. … Continue reading

China reaffirms plans to phase out fossil fuels


China on Tuesday pledged to speed up its move towards battery-powered transportation, replacing the country’s gas-powered taxis, buses, and trucks with new energy models, as a national ban on fossil fuel cars is still on the agenda. Why it matters: This comes two years after China’s central government laid out its plans to become a  zero … Continue reading

China’s soft-power failure: condemning Hong Kong’s protests


Beijing wants greater sway over global public opinion. Instead, its propaganda outlets make Chinese leaders look like bullies. As protests continue to roil Hong Kong’s streets, China’s state-led propaganda machine has gone into overdrive to persuade the world that radical Hong Kong protesters have put the city in peril. Through social media and other digital … Continue reading

Manufacturing is moving out of China to avoid tariffs


Home Depot’s suppliers are trying to head off some of the increased costs from rising tariffs by moving at least some of their production out of China, executives told investors Tuesday. “I’m not aware of a single supplier who was not moving some form of manufacturing outside of China,” said Ted Decker, executive vice president … Continue reading

Arrests of foreign teachers in China have increased dramatically


Reports from China say arrests of foreign teachers across the country are up sharply this year. That information comes from lawyers, schools and teachers. They also report a jump in foreign teachers forced to leave the country. Chinese deportations of foreign teachers have increased this year. The lawyers, schools and teachers say the arrests and … Continue reading

China could overwhelm US military in Asia in hours, Australian report says


A new study by a think tank warns the U.S. has lost its military supremacy in the Indo-Pacific region, with China being able to launch and win a military conflict even before American forces are able to respond. The University of Sydney’s United States Study Center released a study on Friday detailing the profound changes it … Continue reading

Facebook, Twitter accuse China of running disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters


Twitter and Facebook have suspended numerous accounts that they say are tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter said Monday it suspended 936 accounts likely related to the activity. The company said the disinformation campaign was designed to “sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and … Continue reading

China incites mainland Chinese to violence against Hong Kong protesters


The Chinese Government has a powerful tool for taking Hong Kong’s protests into its own hands — and the scariest part is how well it’s working. Over the past few months, your news feed has no doubt been flooded with footage from Hong Kong’s massive pro-democracy protests. Hundreds of thousands of people are continuing to … Continue reading

China is close to a financial crisis


China haters have been waiting for a financial crisis out of China since at least the early 2000s. Each and every time, the People’s Bank of China’s plunge protection team or the central planners in Beijing would throw buckets of ice water on their heads. This time might be different. This time they are dealing … Continue reading

China threatens to send troops to stop Hong Kong protests


In a move reminiscent of the Tienanmen Square Massacre 30 years ago, China is threatening to use troops against unarmed Hong Kong protestors. The latest protests in Hong Kong appear to have touched a nerve in Beijing, where officials and state media have escalated rhetoric against the pro-democracy movement, accusing the United States of interference … Continue reading

China signs secret deal to station troops in Cambodia


China has signed a secret deal to allow its military troops to be stationed at a naval base in Cambodia, according to reports. The Wall Street Journal, citing US officials who had seen a pact drawn up between the two countries, reported that the Cambodian prime minister, Hun Sen, has agreed to give China access … Continue reading

Some Muslim countries shamefully joined China in defending its cultural genocide of Uighurs


At a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council this month, 22 mostly Western ambassadors joined in a letter expressing concern about China’s mass detentions in the Xinjiang region and calling for “meaningful access” for “independent international observers.” It was another tepid gesture in what has been a weak international effort to respond to Beijing’s … Continue reading

Huawei employees admit links to China’s military and intelligence, British report claims


Throughout the conflict between Washington and Huawei, a central theme has been the alleged connections between the company and state defense and intelligence agencies in China. The theory goes that the company has links and is obliged, under Chinese national security legislation, to collaborate with the state when asked to do so—and, where the company … Continue reading

Why China can’t sell Its ‘One Country, Two Systems’ narrative to the people of Hong Kong


About two million residents took to the streets to protest subversion of their civil liberties. As a result, Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam shelved a reviled extradition bill and apologized profusely for misreading the public’s mood and promised to do better. And she very well may be able to do better—if she manages to … Continue reading

U.S. blacklists more Chinese tech companies over national security concerns


The Trump administration added five Chinese entities to a United States blacklist on Friday, further restricting China’s access to American technology and stoking already high tensions before a planned meeting between President Trump and President Xi Jinping of China in Japan next week. The Commerce Department announced that it would add four Chinese companies and … Continue reading

Chinese president’s dream: world domination by mid century


Geopolitical events increasingly indicate that an “alliance of evil” would emerge between Russia and China as President Xi Jinping seeks world domination, retired Army Lt. Col. Bob Maginnis said on Saturday. “I identify 16 indicators in an alliance of evil that we’ve seen time and again over the last few years and they tend to be increasing,” he … Continue reading

Can China recover from its disastrous one-child policy?


Families are now being urged to have at least two children, but it may be too late to convince parents to embrace the change. For Xu Meiru, 38, the thought of having a second child is exhausting. Her days typically begin at 5am, don’t end until 11pm, and are filled with shuttling her nine-year-old son … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s global domination dreams hit a wall amid growing backlash against China


With the shock election of anti-globalist Donald Trump to the US presidency still fresh in their minds, international leaders watched with anticipation as Chinese President Xi Jinping stepped up to the podium at Davos in January 2017. Xi’s speech in favor of globalization and free trade was met with praise by governments and businesses across … Continue reading

Everyone finally agrees China can’t be allowed to take over the world


Oh my, how times have changed. Huawei executives doing the perp walk. American universities shuttering Confucius Centers. Voters in the Maldives, Sri Lanka and elsewhere rejecting leaders who have cozied up to China. Malaysia and others demanding better deals from Beijing or otherwise trying to dig their way out of the Chinese debt trap. The … Continue reading

‘Divide and conquer’: China puts the pressure on to isolate US from allies


As tensions between China and the US mount over trade and the extradition of a senior Huawei executive, Beijing has reserved its most colourful language for America’s allies. On Tuesday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs called on Canada to “stop pulling chestnuts out of the fire for the US” after the unsealing of a 13-count … Continue reading

Businesses struggle as cracks appear in China’s economy


Cracks are opening in China’s mighty economy: investors are backing away from deals, factories are moving abroad and companies are shedding jobs. The world’s second-largest economy is losing steam, hitting its slowest growth in almost three decades last year, and flagging further in recent months. While gross domestic product grew at 6.6 per cent in … Continue reading

China is losing the trade war in nearly every way


China is still the world’s No. 2 economy and is still the monster of emerging markets, but regardless of those bonafides, Xi Jinping’s country is losing the trade war in nearly every way imaginable. The arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou in Canada last month for breaking U.S. sanctions law, followed by the firing of … Continue reading

China uses ‘death threat diplomacy’ against expats to force other countries to submit


The cases are piling up. Canadian Robert Schellenberg faces execution on drug charges after an unusually abrupt, accelerated and public retrial this week in a Chinese court. Two Canadians, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, are being held by China for espionage — not yet charged, deprived of sleep and interrogated daily for more than a month … Continue reading

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