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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

India, The Philippines and Indonesia will overtake China as top drivers of global economy


India and the Philippines will be the top drivers of global economic growth over the next decade, beating China. That’s according to an Oxford Economics study published earlier this year, which ranks the top ten emerging market economies to dominate the global economy over the next ten years. In terms of economic growth, that is. … Continue reading

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

Donald Trump scolds General Motors for moving plants to China after bailout


President Donald Trump scolded General Motors on Friday for shifting car production to China, despite getting a taxpayer bailout. “They moved major plants to China, BEFORE I CAME INTO OFFICE,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “This was done despite the saving help given them by the USA. Now they should start moving back to America again?” … 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

China has reportedly told Hong Kong it isn’t allowed to scrap the incendiary extradition bill which sparked its impassioned protest movement


China reportedly blocked Hong Kong from axing the controversial extradition bill which triggered months of protests in the region as a tactic to end the tension. Reuters, citing testimony from Chinese and Hong Kong government officials, reported that Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told Beijing that giving into one of the protesters’ key demands … 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

China’s ambitious greenhouse gas emissions at risk amid trade war with U.S.


China‘s greenhouse gas emission targets are at risk as a result of the trade war with the United States, which has put Beijing’s coal-reliant economy under heavy pressure, a senior climate official said on Friday. “External elements, such as the Sino-U.S. trade war, have brought negative impacts and increasing uncertainties to the global economy, which … 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

Huawei’s new phone could be the first major hardware casualty of the US-China trade war


On a normal year, millions of Huawei fans anticipate the announcement of the company’s new smartphones. But 2019 is not a normal year. In May 2019, Huawei was placed on a US trade blacklist, preventing US companies from doing business with Huawei without permission from the US government. As a result, Huawei cannot use Google’s … Continue reading

Hong Kong Protests: Tour guides see worst business in two decades (video)


Trump says China has blinked in trade war – talks on again


President Donald Trump said Monday that China called to say it wants to go back to the bargaining table and restart trade talks with the United States. Trump says Chinese officials called Washington to urge a return to negotiations after an impasse provoked stock market chaos last week, USA Today reported Monday. The president was … Continue reading

At least 8 died after tornado hit south China


Beijing hits out as US sends warship past two disputed reefs in South China Sea for the first time


China condemned a US naval patrol near disputed reefs in the South China Sea and called on Washington to stop infringing upon its sovereignty. On Wednesday, the guided missile destroyer USS Wayne E Meyer sailed within 12 nautical miles of Fiery Cross and Mischief reefs, China’s two biggest artificial islands in the disputed Spratlys. Other … Continue reading

China provided $1 billion of so-called ‘green’ finance to coal projects in first half of the year


Chinese financial institutions provided at least $1 billion in “green” financing to coal-related projects in the first half of this year, a review of financial data showed, with fossil fuels still playing a major role in Beijing’s energy strategy. According to Shanghai-based financial data provider Wind, 7.4 billion yuan ($1.1 billion) in green corporate and … 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

Google is reportedly going to make its Pixel phones in an old Nokia factory in Vietnam to escape Trump’s China tariffs


Google is planning a big production shift from China to Vietnam,Nikkei Asian Review reports. Two sources familiar with the matter told Nikkei the company has already started work converting an old Nokia factory in northern Vietnam so that it can make its Pixel smartphones. Google is not abandoning China completely, one of the sources said. … Continue reading

Chinese attack on Hong Kong would pose grave danger to America’s Asian allies


Hong Kong is a very big deal. The images of protesters tearing down towers equipped with Chinese face recognition technology tell the world some of what’s at stake in their clash with China’s dictatorship. But there’s much more. More than anything else, the Chinese Communist government seeks control of its own people, Hong Kong, and … Continue reading

Australia snubbed China’s Huawei and completed its undersea cable project to bring high-speed internet to Pacific Islands


Australia has completed the laying of undersea cables for its high-speed internet project in the Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea, a snub to Chinese tech giant Huawei, which had previously competed for the deal. Australia on Wednesday laid the final piece of cable as part of its $A137 million ($US92.5 million) infrastructure effort, known … 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

Hong Kong police closely following “violent incidents”


Woman in Hong Kong calls on others to speak up against radical protesters (video)


China’s Lanzhou University held a group wedding for hundreds of alumni


Core of China’s largest natural gas transfer bridge completed


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

John Pilger warns a West-China ‘war situation’ is developing


“World War 3: The West is already at war with Russia and China”, warns John Pilger (1939- ), two times ‘Journalist of the Year’ 1967 and 1979 (British Press Awards), ‘International Reporter of the Year 1970’ (Society of Editors), and producer of over 50 documentaries (one got BAFTA award 1991). His such a polemical view, … 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

Climate Emergency and the Chinese


Below is a letter I have sent to my local paper. I sent a similar one to the Daily Mail. I don’t know if either will be published. Please feel free to use if you wish. Belief in a “climate emergency” is not the problem (just as believing the Earth is flat is no problem) … 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

Cadence Column: Asia, August 26, 2019


The Hong Kong police have lost public trust. They’ve cried, “Victim!” after their injuries were proven to be from self defense when they were the assailants. They illegally shot tear gas canisters as harmful projectiles in violation of international law and from windows high enough to kill someone if a canister landed on someone’s head. … 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

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