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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

Cadence Column: Asia, October 29, 2018


The Pacific Ocean has become a chess board of moving pawns, castling kings, bluffs, and propaganda. China offers the moon to small countries, the US warns that no “free” gift comes without strings attached. When Trump pulled out of the INF treaty for supposed Russian violations, Russia went on high alert at home and called … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, April 16, 2018


The war with China is becoming the war with Russia and China, it’s economic, it’s culminating, and Britain is double-involved. Since the strike on Syria, Russia is angry and thumping the drums. They promised retaliation before. After, they really promised really retaliation next time. It almost seems that Trump is testing Russian and Chinese leadership—and … Continue reading

Britain will send warship to challenge China in the South China Sea


Britain plans to send a warship to the disputed South China Sea next year to conduct freedom of navigation exercises, Defence Minister Michael Fallon said on Thursday, a move likely to anger Beijing. Other major countries that have performed freedom of navigation patrols in defiance of China include USA, Japan, Australia, Canada, Russia and India, … Continue reading

China says Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong no longer has meaning


China said on Friday the joint declaration with Britain over Hong Kong, which laid the blueprint over how the city would be ruled after its return to China in 1997, was a historical document that no longer had any practical significance. In response, Britain said the declaration remained in force and was a legally valid … Continue reading

Russia may help China develop VTOL J-31 stealth fighter jet


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Russia’s sputniknews.cn website reported that China tried to develop vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) fighters in the 1960s and 1970s, but failed. Now China is again considering building such fighters. There are only two countries in the world that have the technology to build VTOL … Continue reading

How China is ripping off iconic designs and flogging them for a fraction of the price


British brands such as Jaguar Range Rover and Mulberry are copied. Cheaper versions of the luxury products are sold en masse in China. Complex patent laws make it near impossible for companies to take action. At first glance, it looks like a Range Rover. At second glance, it still looks like a Range Rover. Even … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Betrayed by China and abandoned by the British


One of the most profoundly disappointing responses to the events in Hong Kong has been Britain’s silence – or its weak words that have sometimes been worse than silence. At the very least, Britain should act honourably: it has a moral and legal responsibility to Hong Kong. It did after all sign a treaty, back … Continue reading

Hong Kong college students take the lead in fighting for true democracy


In my post on March 31 titled “College students are China’s hope for democracy; Over 100,000 protest in Taiwan,” I said, “We Chinese are proud of our college students. “They are the driving force of Chinese history. “See how similar are Taiwan college students’ Sunflower Campaign to Chinese college students’ campaign for democracy at Tiananmen … Continue reading

Protests in Hong Kong caused by China failing to honour its promises


If China had honoured the political commitments it made before taking control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, it is likely there would be no protests in the city streets and no crackdown over the weekend by riot police using tear gas, pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy demonstrators. Instead, the government in Beijing, … Continue reading

China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash; tells Hong Kong it must obey


Just days before China was set to deliver its edict on electoral reform in Hong Kong, Beijing’s most senior official in the city held a rare meeting with several local lawmakers whose determined push for full democracy had incensed Beijing’s Communist leaders. The setting at the Aug. 19 meeting was calm: A room with plush … Continue reading

Britain says China calls off human rights talks at last minute


China has called off talks with Britain on Beijing’s human rights record, the British government said on Monday, four days after Britain published a list of concerns. Chinese and British officials had been due to hold a round of the bilateral Human Rights Dialogue in London on Wednesday after they agreed to restart the regular … Continue reading

Britain could miss out on crazy, pointless war with China, says important American


Cuts to Britain’s armed forces mean the country will be ‘left on the sidelines’ when America invades China. Robert Gates, former US defence secretary, stressed that Britain would no longer be America’s ‘full crazy partner in war’. He said: “Your military will be dropping food from its only helicopter while the US Marines are surging … Continue reading

China steps up appeal to West in Japan propaganda battle


Reuters says in its report today that China is stepping up its propaganda against Japan in the West. The following is the full text of its report: China took reporters on Thursday on an unusual trip to a camp which housed Western prisoners of the Japanese in World War Two, a further sign of Beijing … Continue reading

Dazed and Confucius: Nine common myths about China


Chinese Whispers was once a party game. A message would be relayed in hushed tones through a long line of people and emerge at the other end amusingly garbled. Most of us have found alternative amusements nowadays, but the name survives as a figure of speech; an idiom used to signify how facts or a … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Historical irony lost on Swire


Since the National People’s Congress decided in 2007 to allow Hong Kong’s chief executive to be elected via universal suffrage in 2017, pro-democracy camps in the SAR have been excitedly debating how the process will work. However, when the UK Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Hugo Swire, decided to enter the … Continue reading

Baby milk ‘traffickers’ supply China


Blamed for empty shop shelves from Europe to Australia, networks of baby formula traffickers are shipping milk powder to Chinese parents fearful of local products, and working ever harder to meet demand. Chinese parents haunted by scandals involving poisoned baby milk will pay premium prices – three or four times as much as domestic brands … Continue reading

China claims it leads the way with safe nuclear energy by using thorium


There are shortcomings in this process, but they seem to be significantly less than the conventional uranium process. It could hardly be otherwise, I suggest. Uranium reactors are devastatingly risky and have enormous and also dangerous waste disposal problems. The contemplated future use in some countries would appear a very poor environmental choice. Environmentally regarding … Continue reading

December 19 1984 Britain and China sign Hong Kong return agreement


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On December 19th 1984, in the Hall of the People in Beijing, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Chinese Premier Zhao Ziyang signed an accord committing Britain to give Hong Kong back to China in 1997. In return, China incorporated terms pledging a 50 year continuation of Britain’s…

Sydney vies to be latest offshore yuan market


SCMP’s George Chen says on June 28, “Australia‘s main financial centre is in talks to follow London and Singapore, and Beijing and Hong Kong are said to be receptive to the idea”. An unidentified source says, “Beijing has made clear to Australian officials that although London has launched the first offshore yuan market outside Hong … Continue reading

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