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Assuming Versace, Coach and Givenchy are simply careless, it still matters to China


“…This weekend, all three companies (Givenchy, Coach, and Versace) apologized to Chinese customers after backlash over inaccurate T-shirt designs… “Between Sunday night and early Monday morning, both Givenchy and Coach issued apologies after social media users called for a boycott of the brands due to separate T-shirts from both fashion houses that suggested Hong Kong … Continue reading

Why Myanmar prefers China to the West


In early August 2019, Myanmar proudly celebrated their first domestically produced car. The manufacturer, which is a China-Myanmar joint venture, can produce 5,000 local brand vehicles a year. On Sep 18, 2012, when Hillary Clinton, the then US Secretary of State, hugged with Aung San Suu Kyi (1991 Nobel Peace Prize laureate) passionately and joyfully, … Continue reading

UK-China relations depends on tactics Boris Johnson will adopt


The prospect of the UK-China relation, according to the analysis of the ‘UK in a Changing Europe’, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council and based at King’s College London, is that: “ … the UK will be left out if the EU is able to negotiate more favourable access for European companies to … Continue reading

US’ Bible shortage (caused by Trump’s tariff) reminds the world of CCP’s Marxist doctrine


‘USA Today’ reported on July 8: “… Religious publishers say President Donald Trump’s most recent proposed tariffs on Chinese imports could result in a Bible shortage. That’s because millions of Bibles – some estimates put it at 150 million or more – are printed in China each year …” While the Chinese factories print Bibles … 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

The ultimate betrayal by Rodrigo Duterte to the Republic of the Philippines and the international community


It is a basic and elementary knowledge that in international law, “sovereignty means that a government possesses full control over affairs within a territorial or geographical area or limit.” While in our local jurisdiction, the fundamental law in Article I of the 1987 Philippine Constitution expressly provided that the national territory of the country is … Continue reading

The ultimate betrayal of Rodrigo Duterte to the Filipino people and his utter love for China and Xi Jinping


I refer to “Duterte Stands by China, Doubts Own Fishermen in Sea Collision” by Andreo Calonzo published by Bloomberg on June 18th with regard to the indescribable betrayal of the hoodlum from Davao to the Filipino people and his unquestionable bias and love of China and its leader, specificallyXi Jin Ping. According to the said … Continue reading

Science journal ‘Nature’ says Chinese investments fuel growth in African science


“… US hegemony is the result of objective material conditions … the perpetuation of US primacy is a matter of policy …” (Layne 2006, p.12) It is one of the most academically known conceptions about ‘Hegemony’ stipulated by Christopher Layne (1949- ), a neo-realist and the Chair in Intelligence and National Security at the George … Continue reading

The Regan-Liu (Fox-CGTN) Debate did have winners


The essay title “A debate with no winner” was used to describe the “first time in history” TV live debate between Fox Business Network’s Trish Regan and China Global TV Network (CGTN)’s Liu Xin by The Star Online on June 3. Was there really no winner? The background to this debate, briefly speaking, is that: … Continue reading

US using Iran to punish China for supporting Venezuela


The Trump administration announced on April 22 that “buyers of Iranian oil must stop purchases by May 1 or face sanctions …” reported by CNBC on April 23. “The move, which took many market participants by surprise, ends six months of waivers which had allowed Iran’s eight biggest buyers of crude to continue to import … Continue reading

RAND: “Russia can be contained, but China cannot.” Really?


A recent research conducted by RAND Army Research Division says that “Russia is not a peer or near-peer competitor but rather a well-armed rogue state that seeks to subvert an international order it can never hope to dominate. In contrast, China is a peer competitor that wants to shape an international order that it can … Continue reading

A map ‘error’ solidifies China’s resoluteness to support Russia to confront US over Venezuela


Surprise?! Ten weeks after the US-backed Juan Guaidó declared himself the ‘interim president’ of Venezuela on Jan 23, Nicolás Maduro’s government is still alive. What is diplomatically significant is that on March 26, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang dared to say at the daily press briefing that “… Latin American affairs are not a … Continue reading

U.S. warns Italy against joining China’s ‘One Belt One Road’


A spokesman for the White House’s group of national security advisors warned Rome that “Italy is a major global economy and great investment destination. No need for Italian government to lend legitimacy to China’s infrastructure vanity project…” Euronews reported on March 9. Reuters further reported on March 15 that Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte “… … Continue reading

Beijing is staring at Bernie Sanders’ and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ ‘socialist’ agenda


U.S. Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said, “Workers are often paid far less than the value they create.” What a shock! The Business Insider immediately pointed out on March 10 that this is “essentially a restatement of Karl Marx’s Labour Theory of Value, which suggests that economies run into trouble when workers can’t afford to buy the … Continue reading

Kim Jong-un’s through-China self-armored train trip to Vietnam is a breakthrough


The California-based ‘The Drive – War Zone’ has this description of Kim Jong-un’s armored train: “…These trains also pack critical communications gear, spaces for a small army of heavily armed guards, as well plenty of room for support staff and the VVIP’s aids. Cargo cars can carry armored vehicles and other outsized loads … “… … Continue reading

Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, China, and Russia: potentially a new strategic and economic bloc


Saudi Arabia has been one of the closest US ally for years but some recent tiffs have seemingly impaired the bilateral relations – particularly after US excessive regulations on nuclear technology transfer, apparently to protect the interests of its peerless partner, Israel. Riyadh does not have nuclear bombs and it is also a signatory to … Continue reading

China in deeper trouble if Trump not granted Nobel Peace Prize


U.S. President Donald Trump wants the Nobel Peace Prize. The Norwegian committee would owe him this honor if the Trump administration could really complete a denuclearization deal with North Korea. According to a Feb 19 Reuters news, Trump does not need Prime Minister Abe’s nomination, he “has already been nominated by two Norwegian lawmakers. ‘We … 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

US-India hybrid war against China-Pakistan


When it comes to economic breadth and technology innovation, the Unites States is clearly the winner. The incredible US historical credentials across all disciplines have allowed it to dominate the world. It is instilled in the Americans’ DNA that they are a nation, which is hard to match and impossible to beat. If there is … 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

As Venezuela crisis splits the world into three blocs, it is a great lesson of multi-polarity for China


Take a look at this interesting map. Both BBC News and Big Think present a world map respectively showing different countries’ diplomatic responses to the current Venezuela crisis in which Washington “has urged the world to pick sides — Maduro or Guaidó (it is another worldwide take-side game alongside the Huawei 5G network issue). As … Continue reading

The Afghan-China relationship can dismantle the Indo-Pacific containment of China


TOLO News reported on Jan 10 that Afghanistan’s National Security Advisor Hamdullah Mohib “hold talks with senior Chinese officials on Afghanistan-China relations, an Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process and strategic cooperation between the two countries … His visit comes as President Ghani’s special envoy Umer Daudzai is on a four-day visit in Pakistan to discuss … Continue reading

We shall never ever take sides: on the question of choosing between two monsters, China and United States


My attention was caught by that very provocative and utterly accurate political cartoon posted by the New York Times Opinion Section (Nov 27th) wherein it depicted there that the people of Southeast Asia in an apparent dilemma on who are they going to choose to throw their lot and support. It categorically pointed there, should … Continue reading

China may replace Britain as the 2nd greatest global power soon: UK report


“China poses the single biggest threat to Britain’s position as one of the great super-powers …” reported by The Telegraph on 4 Jan 2019 which quoted a report published by the Henry Jackson Society (HJS). Founded by a US Senator who “strongly supported civil rights and protecting the environment — while also maintaining a strong … Continue reading

As the 5G race matters, arresting Huawei’s Meng Wanzhou is just a pawn move


The CNN provides a background report on the arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the CFO of Huawei. A web link there brings you back to a Reuters report dated Jan 31, 2013: “London (Reuter) — A Hong Kong-based firm that attempted to sell embargoed HP computer equipment to Iran … has much closer ties to China’s … Continue reading

In South China Sea, US is said to be in the ‘Lippmann gap’


By summoning the 1943 concept ‘Lippmann Gap’, which was used by Samuel Huntington in 1988 to assess the post-WWII American foreign policy. Lindsey Ford, a former senior advisor on Asia-Pacific affairs in the Department of Defense 2009-15, argues that this gap is happening in East Asia. The Lippmann Gap argument suggests that, according to Huntington, … Continue reading

Western analysts got lost in the Abe-Xi maze, and failed to notice a coming synergy in East Asia


For unknown reasons, many Western political analysts made mistakes in understanding the Washington-Pyongyang relation (e.g. forecasting bloody nose strike, but being shockingly embarrassed by the Trump-Kim Singapore summit), and then the Pyongyang-Beijing relation (portraying a tension, but being surprisingly slapped by Kim’s three visits to Beijing before and after the Singapore summit). Their latest error … Continue reading

US Vice President Pence’s ‘remarks’ on China hollow out US-China relation – except the Taiwan issue


Vice President Pence’s speech on Oct 4 has delivered a clear cut-off line of the policy orientation towards China between Trump’s ‘America First’ doctrine and those of past administrations since Nixon. Perhaps, one of the decisive factors impacting a young elite’s future success, worldwide speaking, in the coming 20 years is whether he/she is able … Continue reading

‘Invented and Made in America 2028’ vs ‘Made in China 2025’


In response to the ‘Made in China 2025’ strategic plan, an ‘Invented and Made in America 2028’ scheme is jointly proposed by retired Navy Admiral (Commander-in-Chief of the US Pacific Command) Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence (Jan 2009 – May 2010) and currently the chairman of Sasakawa Peace Foundation USA, and Robert D. Atkinson, … Continue reading

The emerging illiberal Eurasia with which China is growing


By using the ‘Hofstede dimensions’ (index scale 0-100), a group of Sri Lankan scholars conducted a cultural comparative study on 20 Asian communities. Here is a quick look about China: [A] From strong Collectivism = 0 to strong Individualism = 100 China = 20 Singapore = 20 Taiwan = 17 Israel = 54 (highest in … Continue reading

A hazardous signal to China as US recalled top diplomats from Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama over Taiwan


AP news on Sept 7: “The United States has recalled its envoys to the Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama after decisions by those nations to cut ties with Taiwan in favor of diplomatic relations with China. “The State Department says it has called back Ambassador … ‘to discuss ways in which the United States … Continue reading

El Salvador is the latest US-China battlefield ahead of Taiwan warfare


This White House Press Secretary Aug 23 statement criticises in the first paragraph that “the Government of El Salvador announced it would discontinue its decades-long diplomatic relations with Taipei in favor of establishing diplomatic relations with Beijing. “The leaders of El Salvador’s governing party have made this decision, which will have implications for decades to … Continue reading

Bolton says China meddling in US elections


National Security Adviser John Bolton told ABC News at an interview on Aug 19 Sunday that he had “sufficient national security concern about Chinese meddling” into the 2018 U.S. midterm elections. When Martha Raddatz, ABC News’ Chief Global Affairs Correspondent, pressed him by asking “have you seen anything in the past specifically to China?”, it … Continue reading

Is China powerful enough to change the world order?


As the US president Donald Trump got his trade deal lately with the European Union president Jean-Claude Juncker, it seems that all those recent tensions between the world’s largest economy and the EU has come to an end. To China, the tactic of establishing commercial and economic ties to hedge the risks of waging a … Continue reading

Beijing joins the ‘Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit is Yalta 2.0’ Debate


An AFP article published on July 1 is probably the first one comparing the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit to the 1945 Yalta Conference where President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Premier Joseph Stalin agreed on certain post-WWII arrangements among themselves personally. Since then, a series of comments went on to argue that the … Continue reading

China to move troops to Syria?


The US-based Stratfor reported on August 3, 2018 that “Chinese Ambassador Qi Qianjin reportedly stated that the Chinese ‘military is willing to participate in some way alongside the Syrian army that is fighting the terrorists in Idlib and in any other part of Syria,’ while military attaché Wong Roy Chang reportedly said the Chinese military … Continue reading

Cracks appear in ‘invincible’ Xi Jinping’s authority over China


Rumours have swirled in Beijing in recent weeks that China’s seemingly invincible leader, Xi Jinping, is in trouble, dogged by a protracted trade war with the US, a slowing economy and a public health scandal involving thousands of defective vaccines given to children. Xi’s name seemed to have disappeared for a while from the cover … Continue reading

Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is a big deal to China, too


The 2-hour talk in private between Trump and Putin without any American official except Trump’s interpreter is the major reason why the Trump-Putin Helsinki summit is exceptionally important. Further provoked by what Trump said at the press conference after the summit, the American critics bombarded their president on all kinds of media, and the harshest … Continue reading

Why the China-Israel relation matters in the Middle East


The mainstream explanations for the European powers’ attempt to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive despite the US’ withdrawal, including the worry of pushing Iran to Russia and China, economic consideration, hope for moderating the theological regime, prevention of nuclear weapon production, wish for Washington’s comeback with a non-Trump presidency and etc, all make sense. … Continue reading

Trump insists on $200 bn, after his easy US-China trade war victory


On May 19, the White House, after a 2-day US-China meeting on trade, issued a statement saying that there “was a consensus on taking effective measures to substantially reduce the United States trade deficit in goods with China … China will significantly increase purchases of United States goods and service. This will help support growth … Continue reading

Identity Politics pushing CEE nations to co-map out a new Eurasia with China and SCO


Using xenophobia or even Islamophobia to label the ethno-nationalistic movements in Central-Eastern Europe (CEE) is misleading. f they are anti-foreign, how come the CEE governments and peoples are so passionate with the 16+1 commitment with China as well as some co-development programs with certain Asian countries such as Japan and Vietnam? True, the CEE nations … Continue reading

Is it curious that Ronnie O’Sullivan has applied for Chinese citizenship?


“The snooker legend, Ronnie O’Sullivan, 42, has applied for citizenship in China because he’s had enough of living in Britain,” the Daily Star reported on 17 June 2018 Sunday. “ … he said: ‘Have you noticed China like to make friends with other countries? Maybe the UK and America could take a leaf out of … Continue reading

What next to China after the Trump-Kim Summit may be a war


The Singapore-based Channel NewsAsia reported this on June 11: “When North Korean leader Kim Jong Un hitched a ride on an Air China plane to his summit with Donald Trump in Singapore, the signal was clear: Beijing remains Pyongyang’s diplomatic wingman” (while the Trump-Kim summit result carries a heavy-weight message to East Asia and the … Continue reading

The Chinese influence in New Zealand … for four votes


“… failure to respond to interference attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) should endanger New Zealand’s membership (of the ‘Five Eyes’, an intelligence-sharing alliance among the US, UK, Canada, Australia and New Zealand since 1955), Peter Mattis, a former CIA China expert testified to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission” in April. With … Continue reading

Is Modi joining the Indo-Pacific containment of China, or not?


An informal India-China summit between the two leaders was held on April 27-28, 2018. Although it did not capture much attention of the Western mainstream media, it has signified a decisive, if not yet a U-turn, change to the India-China relationship. Let us have a quick look at the background. Firstly, a 73-day military standoff … Continue reading

How China may benefit from Trump’s pullout from the Iran deal


Almost all the leading mainstream media across the Atlantic Ocean express worries about the U.S.-Europe ties after President Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal on May 8. The influential der Spiegel of Germany says “Trump strikes a deep blow to Trans-Atlantic ties”. The Observer editorial at the Guardian talks about “Europe’s duty … Continue reading

‘China Threat’ helps make Trump a great president


Further to the Pew Research’s 2014 finding that “…The ‘China threat’ in particular looms large in many American minds”, a new study finds that “trade and China”, alongside “immigration”, carried heavy weight in having Donald Trump elected as the President in 2016. The research paper approved on March 26, 2018 by the Proceedings of the … Continue reading

US-China trade deal obstructed by dispute over Taiwan


The US-China negotiation atmosphere was not bad 2 days before the American team, which was headed by Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, went to China. When the delegation team landed on Beijing on May 3 Thursday, “Trump tweeted: ‘Our great financial team is in China trying to negotiate a level playing field on trade! I look … Continue reading

Businesses don’t like it, but the Australian government is dead right about China


Business and China Lobbyists can jump up and down, but the government has handled the aggressive and brutal Chinese dictatorship well. The China Lobby has various groupings, and a strictly accurate China Lobby Watch should note which wing is behind which statements. Today, it’s the business wing pushing the pro-Beijing line. The Financial Review‘s Jennifer Hewett … Continue reading

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