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Is China’s new H-20 stealth bomber America’s worst nightmare?


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

Pro-China protestors clash with democracy protestors in Hong Kong mall


Skirmishes broke out Saturday at a shopping mall in Hong Kong between supporters of the ongoing protests for democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory and people backing the central government in Beijing. Hundreds of pro-Beijing demonstrators sang the Chinese national anthem, waved red flags and chanted slogans at Amoy Plaza in the densely packed … Continue reading

How long can China’s workers tolerate China’s dictator?


Many observers have warned that the Chinese could dominate the field of artificial intelligence. Maybe it will dominate them. The potential impact of technology on the Chinese workforce could be driving Beijing to try again for a U.S. trade deal. Lingling Wei and Chao Deng report in the Journal: China is looking to narrow the … Continue reading

China excludes soybeans and pork from additional tariffs in a huge win for US in trade war


China just announced that it would not be adding additional tariffs to US agricultural goods such as soybeans and pork, marking a huge win for American farmers. The superpower said via the state-owned Xinhua news agency that it would be encouraging Chinese companies to purchase more American agricultural goods after Trump delayed tariffs by two … Continue reading

Russia is angry that China stole and copied its jet fighter designs, but the Chinese jets are crashing


Remember that Russian carrier-based jet that China copied without permission? Those airplanes are crashing, and Russia doesn’t seem too broken up about it. Though Russia and China are now friends, even holding joint exercises, Russia’s Sputnik News recently trotted out an article titled “Chinese Navy Short on Carrier-Based Fighters, Only Has Problem-Ridden J-15.” The J-15 … Continue reading

Photographer behind the iconic Tiananmen Square image had to wrap the film up and stash it in the toilet in order to hide it from Chinese security


Photographer Charlie Cole, who won the World Press Photo of the Year in 1999 for his iconic capture of the Chinese “tank man” who confronted military vehicles in Tiananmen Square in 1989, has died at the age of 64. Cole was one of four photographers who captured the scene, which became a defining image of … Continue reading

Hong Kong Open tennis tournament postponed indefinitely as pro-democracy protests continue


A tennis tournament and a London musical are the latest events postponed in Hong Kong out of concerns over safety and disruptions from pro-democracy protests. K-pop concerts, Chanel fashion shows and international conferences have been cancelled, postponed or moved out of the semi-autonomous Chinese territory during more than three months of demonstrations. More rallies are expected this … Continue reading

Chinese and Indian soldiers face-off in Ladakh


Soldiers of India and China were engaged in a face-off near Pangong Tso lake in eastern Ladakh on Wednesday, which ended after a local delegation-level meeting, Army sources said. “An Indian Army team that was on patrol near Pangong Tso was objected to by the Chinese side. Our soldiers held ground as they were on … Continue reading

Did Israel help build China’s deadly J-10 fighter?


The J-10 “Vigorous Dragon” is a mainstay of China’s effort to modernize its large fleet of single-engine jet fighters, with 350 already in service. An agile tactical fighter similar to the ubiquitous F-16 Fighting Falcon, the Vigorous Dragon was the first domestic Chinese design roughly on par with Western and Russian fourth-generation fighters. However, there … Continue reading

The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a China trade deal that would lift some tariffs


The Trump administration has reportedly discussed a plan to offer China a deal that would include a rollback of some tariffs, potentially defusing tensions in a more than yearlong trade war that has rattled the world’s largest economies. Bloomberg reported Thursday that under the agreement, the US would remove some of its punishing tariffs on … Continue reading

We need to worry about China’s control of world’s pharmaceutical supply


Antibiotics, which turn life-threatening infections into minor nuisances, are considered the single biggest advance in modern medicine. But imagine if the supply of antibiotics to the United States was suddenly cut off. American national security officials are worrying about that scenario as they come to grips with this little understood fact: The vast majority of … Continue reading

Beijing’s hostility started the trade war


I first traveled to mainland China as a high school student in 2008. Like many observers at the time, I was enthralled by the apparent success of China’s development model, manifested in the urban landscapes of Beijing and Shanghai. I was influenced by the then-prominent idea of Chinese exceptionalism, which one could encounter in both … Continue reading

China is deploying drones to spy on the South China Sea like never before


China is fielding a far-reaching reconnaissance system reliant on drones to strengthen its ability to conduct surveillance operations in hard-to-reach areas of the South China Sea, the Ministry of Natural Resources said in a report Tuesday. The system, which relies on drones connected to mobile and fixed command-and-control centres by way of a maritime information … Continue reading

China’s car market is heading from recession to depression


The Chinese auto market is crashing.  Data from the Chinese Association of Auto Manufacturers show the passenger car market there contracted 6.9% in August and has fallen 11.0% for the year-to-date period. August 2019 marked the 14th consecutive decline for the Chinese auto market, an important landmark for analysts, as Chinese car sales could be … Continue reading

Hong Kong Stock Exchange just proposed a $37 billion deal to buy the London Stock Exchange


Hong Kong Stock Exchange says it’s proposing to buy the London Stock Exchange Group for $36.6 billion. The Hong Kong exchange, or HKEX, announced the plan on its website Wednesday morning, the result of what it said was “early engagement” with the London Stock Exchange. A tie-up would create an exchange giant with a combined … Continue reading

US companies leave China at a faster pace because of trade war


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said Wednesday U.S. companies are steering business away from China at an increasing rate amid the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing. More than a quarter (26.5 percent) of the 333 respondents to AmCham’s annual survey said they have redirected investment away from China over the past year, … Continue reading

Mooncake and China’s ascending culture


Like turkey for Thanksgiving Day, mooncake for the full-moon Mid-Autumn Festival in China is a must. It is dated on the 15th day of August in Lunar Calendar (Sep 13 Friday, this year 2019). Its meaning is more than family gathering since its history includes politics, literature, music , and of course myths. The mooncake … Continue reading

China has opened its market doors because they are desperate for overseas cash – be wary


China’s latest welcome to foreigners smells of desperation. Global funds no longer need quotas to buy Chinese stocks and bonds, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said in a statement Tuesday. That removes a hurdle to foreign investment that’s been in place for almost two decades, since the nation first allowed access to its capital markets. Scrapping the … Continue reading

Chinese combat drones are cheap but effective, and they are headed to Europe


Chinese combat drones are reportedly headed to Europe for the first time, highlighting China’s growing presence in an important part of the international arms market as countries around the world look more closely at unmanned systems for warfighting. Serbia is expected to take delivery of nine Chengdu Pterodactyl-1 (Wing Loong) drones within the next six … Continue reading

How China built its own J-20 stealth fighter from secret F-35 information


Although the two electro-optical systems pictured above are not identical, they share quite a few similarities in shape and placement: compared to the Eurofighter or Su-57’s electro-optical systems and Infrared Tracking Systems (IRTS), respectively, which are also mounted on top of the fuselage, the differences between the Lockheed Martin and J-20’s Systems are relatively minor. … Continue reading

China faces another electric vehicle subsidy scandal


Generous government subsidies have been behind China taking the lion’s share of global electric vehicle sales in recent years — but now they’re being called to question and face another scandal. A panel of experts raised the flag over this scandal during a roundtable at the Fortune Global Sustainability Forum on Sept. 5, 2019 in … Continue reading

China’s pork prices surge 47% in August amid swine fever outbreak


Pork prices in China soared 46.7% year-on-year in August, as the country faced rising shortage of the meat amid a swine fever outbreak which has killed millions of hogs. That was a far bigger increase than July’s pork prices which jumped 27% from a year ago. The surge in pork prices contributed to a 10% … Continue reading

Apple and Foxconn confirmed they broke a Chinese labor law by hiring too many temporary workers at the world’s biggest iPhone factory


On the eve of Apple announcing the iPhone 11, a report from China Labour Watch has accused the company – along with its manufacturing partner Foxconn – of profiting from worker exploitation to build the new phone. Investigators from China Labour Watch went undercover at Foxconn’s Zhengzhou factory, the largest iPhone factory in the world … Continue reading

China has piled up nearly 100 tons of gold reserves to help buffer against the blows of Trump’s trade war


Gold has risen 18% since the start of the year, in part because China has been adding vast amounts of the metal to its reserves. Bloomberg, citing the People’s Bank of China, reported that the Asian superpower added over 94 tons of gold to its reserves since December, consistent with gold’s rise since the end … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 9, 2019


The missile issues in North Korea have too much unknown about them to formulate a clear opinion. From reports, Kim has indeed kept his promise, though he has violated seemingly less significant UN sanctions. Japan is on alert. Trump doesn’t seem to care. If we made a stack of American clothes made in China, then … Continue reading

China’s Belt and Road global infrastructure plans are dooming the planet


Despite repeated claims of “green development,” President Xi tacitly admitted BRI’s first phase has been an environment failure. After the second Belt and Road Forum, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a list of deliverables that include many efforts to make BRI greener. The United States can independently verify and communicate widely whether China … Continue reading

Chinese exports to the US tanked by 16% in August as Trump’s trade-war tariffs hit demand


China’s exports to America tanked 16% to $44.4 billion in August — a sharp acceleration from their 6.5% drop in July, Reuters said — as Donald Trump’s tariffs sapped demand for Chinese goods in their biggest foreign market. However, Chinese imports of US goods dropped by about 22% to $10.3 billion, official customs data showed. … Continue reading

Protesters call on Trump to ‘liberate’ Hong Kong as violent clashes continue


Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. Demonstrators flooded … Continue reading

China’s future in Africa


China has great goodwill in Zimbabwe, South Africa and other African countries. However, a spokesperson for the Chinese Foreign Minister may have jeopardised that by offering praise for the recently deceased Robert Mugabe. Mugabe had become as hated in Zimbabwe as Castro was in Cuba. Chinese investors in Zimbabwe or South Africa rely heavily on … Continue reading

A lot is at stake for China’s economy as Hong Kong protests drag on


Concerns over Hong Kong’s political and economic future are growing as pro-democracy protests drag on and turn increasingly violent, and China makes clear that forceful intervention is possible. An intervention by Chinese troops could seriously damage Hong Kong’s standing as a stable international financial centre and a gateway for global capital flowing into the world’s … Continue reading

A big mistake China’s political elite makes in fighting the trade war with U.S.


In fighting the US-China trade war, China’s political elite makes a big mistake: it assumes that China has achieved “power parity” with the US. That’s according to a recent article published in the September issue of Current History. It argues that the growing economic interdependence between the world’s two largest economies has given China the … Continue reading

China calls Justin Trudeau’s accusations of arbitrary detentions ‘purely unfounded’


China accused Canada of not abiding by international norms Friday in response to comments from Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who accused Beijing of arbitrarily detaining two Canadians. Trudeau’s remarks are “purely unfounded countercharges that confound black and white,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said. Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou – Chinese telecom giant Huawei’s … Continue reading

Canada’s Justin Trudeau accuses China of using arbitrary detentions to achieve ‘political goals’


Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says China uses arbitrary detentions as a tool to achieve its international and domestic political goals. He brands that as a pressure tactic that is worrying not only to Canada, but to its Western allies. Trudeau offered that assessment during a meeting today with the editorial board of the Toronto … Continue reading

Growing backlash in China against A.I. and facial recognition


China’s seemingly unfettered push into facial recognition is getting some high-level pushback. Face-swapping app Zao went viral last weekend, but it subsequently triggered a backlash from media — both state-run and private — over the apparent lack of data privacy protections. The app also stirred controversy as it allows users to upload photos of themselves … Continue reading

Trade war causing companies to flee China


The more than yearlong trade war between the United States and China is shaking up supply chains all over the world. An analysis by the Tokyo-based investment bank Nomura looked at a sample of more than 50 manufacturers that have already left China in order to avoid President Trump’s tariffs and found the departures will … Continue reading

Carriers, missiles, submarines and stealth: China’s military has arrived


China is believed to possess as many as 1,200 short-range missiles and up to 300 intermediate range missiles, according to a Pentagon report. Aircraft carriers, stealth fighters, anti-satellite weapons, drones, cyber attack technology and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles are all among a series of Chinese weapons said to present serious concerns for Pentagon … Continue reading

China’s Great Game in Iran


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to the G-7 summit in France late last month was a surprise to many in the West. Some even viewed it as a good omen. But for the Iranian leadership, Zarif’s quick trip to Biarritz was always a long shot and with little chance to turn the tide … Continue reading

Japan cannot stop China from owning Africa


Japan cannot stop China from owning Africa. When it comes to votes of African nations in international agencies, that is. It’s too late. China already owns the votes of most Africa nations. Japan has a new mission in Africa: to save it from China’s “debt trap,” the prospect that some African nations become so indebted … Continue reading

Canada’s Justin Trudeau sharpens criticism of China in Huawei spat


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has accused Beijing of using “pressure tactics” to try to secure the release of a senior Huawei executive being held in Canada. Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China days after Meng Wanzhou was arrested at the request of US authorities. Mr Trudeau says that China is “using … Continue reading

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdraws extradition bill that sparked mass protests


Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a “highly vulnerable and dangerous” place and find solutions. The announcement, live on television, came after Reuters reports on Friday and Monday revealed that Beijing had thwarted an earlier … Continue reading

Pentagon looks to Australia to cut China out of its stranglehold on rare earth supply


In an effort to secure the national security supply chain against China, the Pentagon is planning to stand up rare earth production sites in Australia. The Australian government released a report Tuesday listing nearly $4 billion in projects proposed by more than a dozen mining and metals firms. Rare earths are a group of 17 … Continue reading

China refutes Trump’s claim it’s the source of fentanyl in the U.S.


China said Tuesday that it’s not the source of the fentanyl that’s killing Americans, contrary to U.S. President Donald Trump’s recent tweets blaming China for the drug deaths. At a briefing for the National Narcotics Control Commission, China reiterated that it is making extensive efforts toward controlling the synthetic opioid and should not be labeled … Continue reading

Trump’s trade war has led to a historically weak Chinese currency


Global currencies have been pushed front-and-center as trade tensions between the US and China have escalated. Of particular interest to many watchers is the relative strength of the dollar versus the Chinese yuan, which sits at multiyear lows. On Friday, the yuan posted its largest monthly loss in 25 years after sliding 3.8% versus the … Continue reading

Rodrigo Duterte is a gift to The Philippines by playing China against USA


Rodrigo Duterte is at the halfway point of his presidency of the Philippines and since coming to power in 2016, he has made huge waves domestically and internationally for his tough talk and policies. The one policy that has defined his presidency is his signature war on drugs that has killed thousands and prompted fierce … Continue reading

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam reportedly said she would quit if she could and had ‘very limited’ ability to contain protests


Hong Kong’s leader, Carrie Lam, told a group of business leaders in the city that she would quit if she had a choice, according to leaked audio of her remarks obtained by Reuters, amid increasing calls from protesters for her to resign. Protests in Hong Kong have entered their 13th week and show no sign … Continue reading

Obama’s ‘first film’ is too late to soften US-China antagonism


This film documents what happened to an Ohio General Motors plant that closed after the 2008 financial crisis and was later bought by a Chinese company. Its name is ‘American Factory’. CBS News reported that it is the “first documentary produced by (former President) Barack and Michelle Obama for Netflix. Directed by veteran independent filmmakers … Continue reading

China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu


If you were to rely on the official Chinese version of events, the island off the southern coast of Fujian province, Taiwan, has “always been part of China.” The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, for example, proclaims: “Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times,” and then … Continue reading

Is China’s upcoming ‘super’ stealth fighter the end of the U.S. F-35?


Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar. But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is. Prof. Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu, said they … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, September 2, 2019


Reuters broke the story. According to unnamed sources, Beijing refused to let Hong Kong’s government grant free elections, withdraw the extradition bill, and crackdown on police brutality. If this report can be proven in court, a case could be made that Hong Kong is no longer under China’s governance, already. Of course, China would never … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters plan to disrupt travel routes to airport


Pro-democracy demonstrators planned on Sunday to choke travel routes to Hong Kong’s international airport after a chaotic night of running battles between police and masked protesters, the latest wave of unrest to hit the Chinese-ruled city. Protest organizers have urged the public to overwhelm road and rail links to the airport on Sunday and Monday, potentially disrupting … Continue reading

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