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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

China to ban foreign companies from online media business


The ruling Chinese Communist Party has announced new regulations that will ban foreign companies from publishing online media, games and other “creative” content within China’s borders from next month. The “Regulations for the management of online publishing services” also ban foreign-invested joint ventures from engaging in online content provision, according to a copy of the … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, September 28, 2015


The unstated reason Chinese Pres. Xi snubbed Zuckerberg is probably for his age. Chinese think a man can’t do business until he’s at least in his 40’s and “is old enough to grow a mustache”. Whatever the reason, China having a Facebook page that Chinese can’t see, arriving in America with CEO’s fawning over him, … Continue reading

Taiwan warns officials not to attend Chinese WWII parade


Taiwan warned officials and veterans Friday not to attend a military parade organised by China to mark Japan’s defeat in the Second World War, as the former bitter rivals vie over the history of the conflict. Beijing claims Communist troops sealed victory against the Japanese in 1945 while Taiwan argues the nationalist Kuomintang (KMT) army … Continue reading

China to grant rare prisoner amnesties for war anniversary


China plans to grant prisoner amnesties to mark this year’s commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, only the eighth time this has happened since the Communists took power in 1949, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. Four categories of prisoners – mostly elderly – who do not pose … Continue reading

While Beijing repeatedly rejects Japan’s apologies, China has its own horrors to atone for


Japan’s less-than-wholehearted remorse for its World War II-era atrocities has long been an unhealed wound in its relations with neighbours. The bruise is throbbing anew with the approach of August 15, the 70th anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender. China’s ambassador to Tokyo revived the topic July 23, when he pointedly advised Japanese Prime … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s China is the greatest political experiment on Earth


Can Xi do it? This is the biggest political question in the world today. “Yes, Xi can,” some tell me in Beijing. “No, he can’t,” say others. The wise know that nobody knows. There is a great debate going on in Washington about whether the US should change its China policy in response to Beijing’s … Continue reading

June 4, 1989 is not just the date of the Tiananmen massacre but of many other bloody crackdowns across China


In 1989, pro-democracy protests took place not just in Beijing but in cities across China, and they too were savagely suppressed On June 4, 1989, China’s Communist Party unleashed the People’s Liberation Army on protesters camped in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to quell a seven-week-long pro-democracy movement. In one of the nation’s bloodiest crackdowns, hundreds, … Continue reading

What it means to be Chinese – nationalism and identity in Xi’s China


What does it mean to be Chinese? A strong tradition in premodern China held that it meant thinking, behaving, and living in a society in accord with heaven-sanctioned principles exemplifying the best way to be human. Other peoples could learn this Chineseness, and they could also become civilised, but they could never rival China in … Continue reading

Well-known Chinese TV host forced to apologise for ‘insulting’ Mao


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily reports that China’s official TV media CCTV’s anchor Bi Fujian, well-known for his humour, has been denounced by Maoists across the Chinese nation for mentioning the misery Mao brought to Chinese people when he sang a tune from the Peking Opera … Continue reading

China, the economy and Xi Jinping’s strategy


Few economies in the world are more closely watched than China’s. It is the second largest and fastest growing economy, so there’s a lot of attention being paid to who’s running things. Chinese President Xi Jinping is the most authoritarian leader the country has seen since since Mao Zedong. Jinping is making a clear effort … Continue reading

China’s coming war with Asia


China recently announced its military budget this year would increase by 10 per cent, to about $US141 billion ($180bn), marking the 21st consecutive year in which its military spending has grown by a double-digit increment. It is now the second biggest military spender in the world, after the US. The difference is the US has … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, May 30, 2015


China continues to takeover the Pacific with ships and reclaimed reefs. Taiwan’s DPP continues to knock down statues of KMT-Nationalist leader Chiang Kai-shek, which further indicates that Taiwan’s popularity favors national sovereignty. The same sympathy continues to slant in Hong Kong. China inaugurates its controversial flight M503, seven kilometers from Taiwan’s airspace, the Taiwanese aren’t … Continue reading

The astounding rise of China’s currency


I sometimes wonder how the Communist revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, who warned against taking “the capitalist road,” would feel about his face on all those Chinese bills being traded around the world these days. As of this week, the renminbi is being traded in a major way in Canada as well, after Finance Minister Joe Oliver opened North America’s first Chinese … Continue reading

China aims at long term elimination of corruption by legislation


The recent development of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption storm is the investigation of fourteen People’s Liberation Army (PLA) generals including Major General Guo Zhenggang, the son of Guo Boxiong, who retired as vice chairman of the powerful Central Military Commission (CMC) in 2013. In China, the CMC chairman, as the president of the state, has many affairs … Continue reading

After long struggle for freedom, Tibetans still seeking justice for Tibet


Over 1.2 million Tibetans died between 1949 and 1979. China still claims that what occurred during this period was the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet. But the whole world must know that there are so many unanswered questions about how these mass murders occurred and who is really responsible. Tibet known as the ‘roof of the … Continue reading

The twilight of China’s Communist Party


“I can’t give you a date when it will fall, but China’s Communist Party has entered its endgame.” So says one of America’s most experienced China watchers to a small table of foreign diplomats at a private dinner in Washington, D.C. The pessimism from someone with deep connections to the Chinese government is notable. Washington … Continue reading

China doubles its amphibious infantry for potential Taiwan invasion


China’s military has doubled the size of its Amphibious Mechanised Infantry Division (AMID) from about 30,000 to 60,000 men for a potential conflict in the East and South China seas as well as with Taiwan, according to Taiwan-based news site Want China Times. The AMIDs are fit for a large-scale amphibious invasion, but China still … Continue reading

China’s Maoist revival seeks to eliminate all western thought


They pounce on bloggers who dare mock their beloved Chairman Mao. They scour the nation’s classrooms and newspapers for strains of Western-inspired liberal heresies. And they have taken down professors, journalists and others deemed disloyal to Communist Party orthodoxy. China’s Maoist ideologues are resurgent after languishing in the political desert, buoyed by President Xi Jinping’s … Continue reading

2014 revealed the insecurity behind China’s economic might


Hong Kong protests, terrorist attacks and a crackdown on corruption by Xi Jinping characterised the year for China. On Sunday 28 September, Hong Kong exploded. Pro-democracy protesters barricaded major roads, as riot police tried in vain to disperse them with teargas. The former British colony had been tightly wound for months over Beijing’s rising influence. … Continue reading

China ‘voids’ Hong Kong rights


Before Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world, a popular way to glimpse the sealed-off mainland was by peering across the border from Hong Kong. Decades later, that remains a great vantage point. The 75 days of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protest, broken up last week, showed how far Beijing officials go to suppress demands … Continue reading

Xi Jinping’s rise in China threatens human rights and worries neighbours


The Chinese president Xi Jinping’s swift ascent to power raises human rights concerns and has caused anxiety among China’s neighbours, President Barack Obama warned on Wednesday. Obama told members of the Business Roundtable that Xi “taps into nationalism that worries his neighbours” and that his consolidation of power carries inherent dangers “on issues of human … Continue reading

New China urges increased hostility towards the west


Even as his government was making red-carpet plans to host President Obama this week, the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, praised a young blogger whose writing is best known here for its anti-American vitriol. In one widely circulated essay published by state news outlets titled “Nine Knockout Blows in America’s Cold War Against China,” the blogger, … Continue reading

Mao: A Chinese madman’s legacy of enmity


India and China are both peace-loving nations. They do not like the use of force and have never had the ambition to conquer the world. According to well-known scholars, that is the reason why, unlike Egypt, Babylon and others, their old civilisations have been able to survive for thousands of years. Now, there is constant … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping unable to rule if unaware of conservative faction’s strength


Some analysts are nervous when they hear Chinese President Xi Jinping upholding Mao Zedong Thought. Will Xi resume Mao’s policies of class struggle and constant revolution, they wonder. Xi’s predecessor Hu Jintao tried to omit Mao Zedong Thought, but enabled Bo Xilai to rally a vast number of conservatives around to fight against the reformists … Continue reading

Ghosts of China’s Maoist past haunt the present


The Chinese film “Red Amnesia” shown in Venice is partly a ghost story that may or may not have a ghost, but its portrayal of how the Cultural Revolution left a trail of twisted lives that haunts China today is unambiguous and devastating. The film by “Beijing Bicycle” director Wang Xiaoshuai is in competition for … Continue reading

How to buy Chan Kai Yee’s new book ‘Space Era Strategy – The Way China Beats The U.S.’


Some readers of my posts have made enquiries about purchase of my new book “Space Era Strategy”. The book is interesting to them perhaps because of my special Chinese perspectives that make some of my readers believe that I take the risk of being denounced for my opinions. However, I would rather let time to … Continue reading

China’s young military leaders are destroying China


China is on the verge of destroying a geopolitical miracle. In 1980, its economy was less than one-tenth that of the United States. In 30 years, China rose to become No. 2 in the world, without disrupting the world order. Suddenly, with little warning, three decades of careful management of its external challenges have been … Continue reading

Shanghai women’s liberal views on sex during the Mao Era; beginnings of the illicit sex industry


The following stories are first-hand recollections of life in China during the years immediately after the Communists took power (1949-1951). They are written by Chan Kai Yee, author of Tiananmen‘s Tremendous Achievements (see link in right sidebar). We would recommend this book for those interested in more first-hand perspectives of life in China, particularly the … Continue reading

Hong Kong has nothing to learn from China, but China has much to learn from Hong Kong


Perhaps the 1995 rumours of the death of Hong Kong weren’t exaggerated after all. Nineteen years ago this month, Fortune ran its infamous “Death of Hong Kong” cover. By 2007, the magazine had changed its tune, deciding, in the Mark Twain sense, that it had been “wrong” and that “reports of Hong Kong’s death have … Continue reading

Chinas President seeking to overhaul military


In his bid to see China become a true superpower, President Xi Jinping has committed to a monumental task. In fact, it would not be an exaggeration to say he has staked his authority as president on it. Basically, he is seeking to overhaul the Chinese military, which is still largely organized as it was … Continue reading

China: Is the absence of an emperor proof of the existence of a republic?


On 12 February 1912, the Xinhai Revolution, or the Hsin-hai Revolution, also known as the Revolution of 1911 or the Chinese Revolution, culminated with the overthrow of the Empress Dowager Longyu and the infant Emperor Puyi that marked the end of over 2,000 years of imperial rule and the beginning of China’s so-called republican era. … Continue reading

China gets tougher on foreign companies; foreign companies leave


Life is getting tougher for foreign companies. Those that want to stay will have to adjust. According to the late Roberto Goizueta, a former boss of The Coca-Cola Company, April 15th 1981 was “one of the most important days…in the history of the world.” That date marked the opening of the first Coke bottling plant … Continue reading

How a PLA general built a web of corruption to amass a fortune


More than twenty policemen lined up at the gate of a massive mansion in a village in the central province of Henan at midnight on January 12, 2013, loading heavy crates onto two military trucks. Hours later—loaded with twenty crates of expensive liquor and a number of gold items, including a boat, wash basin, and … Continue reading

Mega default on January 31 could devastate China’s banking system


On Friday, Chinese state media reported that China Credit Trust Co. warned investors that they may not be repaid when one of its wealth management products matures on January 31, the first day of the Year of the Horse. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China sold the China Credit Trust product to its customers … Continue reading

China targets schools for major Marxist education campaign


Educational institutions – from primary schools to universities – will be a major target of a sweeping Marxist education campaign announced yesterday by the Communist Party. The unusually detailed action plan released by the ruling party’s General Office was seen as an attempt by party boss and President Xi Jinping to fight against public scepticism … Continue reading

China celebrates Mao’s 120th birthday, but events scaled back


China celebrates the 120th birthday of Mao Zedong, the founder of modern China, on Thursday, but will be scaling back festivities as President Xi Jinping embarks on broad economic reforms which have unsettled leftists. Mao has become a potent symbol for leftists within the ruling Communist Party who feel that three decades of market-based reform … Continue reading

The new face of Chinese propaganda


An old schoolmate of mine is now a midlevel government official. This friend, Mr. Lin, is also a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He worships Mao Zedong and often quotes Mao’s saying, “Man must have some spirit.” He once told me that when he visited New York, he most liked the Statue of Liberty, … Continue reading

Envisioning the future of China – circa 1960s


During the 1960’s, China was at a crossroads when it came to envisioning the future. On the one hand, the country was recovering from the shock’s of Mao’s “Great Leap Forward” – a program of rapid industrialization and collectivization that led to widespread famine and millions of deaths. On the other, the country was still … Continue reading

How China develops its counterterrorism capability


The effects of the Tiananmen Square incident continue to ripple through China, but surprisingly little has been said about what China has done in the field of counterterrorism. A vehicle ran through crowds of tourists and was lit on fire in front of the entrance to the Forbidden City under the gaze of Chairman Mao … Continue reading

China strips army official of position after attack


A senior military commander in China’s restive far west has been stripped of his position on a powerful Communist Party governing body after an attack in the nation’s capital last week that claimed five lives and deeply unnerved the Chinese leadership. The official, Gen. Peng Yong, chief of the People’s Liberation Army in Xinjiang, was … Continue reading

Xi’s neo-Maoist mass line campaign casts a dark shadow over China


China’s mass line campaign is well in gear: self-criticisms are grabbing headlines, ideological warfare against all things foreign is underway and China’s online world continues its descent into digital hell. As it nears its fourth month, the government is trying its level best to make clear that this mass line is the future. Since its … Continue reading

Critics take advantage as China celebrates sensitive 64th birthday


A country’s 64th birthday is usually the sort of humdrum occasion that is briefly marked and quickly forgotten. Not so in China on Tuesday, where the sight of 64s splashed across TV screens and on billboards has been jarring for many. The number is highly charged in China due to its association with the post-Mao … Continue reading

China: Guangzhou to empty labour camps


Guangzhou plans to empty its hard-labour camps by year’s end, state media reported yesterday, the latest locality to phase out the notorious punishment. Rights advocates have long complained that the “re-education through labour“, or laojiao, system which lets police send suspects to work camps for up to four years without trial, is widely abused to … Continue reading

China: Response to “Women’s Rights at Risk” by Leta Hong Fincher


With response to the article “Women’s Rights at Risk” by Leta Hong Fincher: What we can say about Mao’s policies during the Cultural Revolution and Great Leap Forward is that they were equally destructive to both men and women. In terms of the Great Famine, starvation certainly did not distinguish one gender from the other: … Continue reading

I was framed, says China’s Bo as he mounts feisty defence


Fallen politician Bo Xilai put up a feisty defence on Thursday as he faced China’s most political trial in decades, saying he was framed in one of the bribery charges against him and had admitted to it against his will during interrogation. The 64-year-old former Communist Party chief of the southwestern city of Chongqing has been … Continue reading

China’s Xi Jinping disappoints world by promoting Maoist revival


In a move sure to dismay the people inside and outside China who hoped Xi Jinping would begin a new era of democratic reform, China’s president has “lurched” to the left, as the WSJ reports, promoting a revitalised version of nationalist Maoism across the country. ”Our red nation will never change colour,” Xi said during a ceremony … Continue reading

China’s Bo Xilai to stand trial Thursday


The trial of disgraced senior Chinese politician Bo Xilai will start on Thursday, when he will face charges of bribery, corruption and abuse of power in China’s most divisive and dramatic case in decades. The long-awaited trial of Bo, 64, a “princeling” son of a late vice premier who is still popular with conservatives and … Continue reading

Is China too big to fail?


My recent post about the financial problems of shipbuilder Rongsheng was renamed from it’s original title to become China believes shipbuilder is ‘too big to fail’ – does China share the same belief about itself?” This posed a very interesting question: Does China believe that it is too big to fail? In fact it consists of … Continue reading

What to make of Xi Jinping’s Maoist turn


With a number of Mao-like pronouncements emanating from Beijing in recent months, some observers of Chinese politics think Xi Jinping might be turning Maoist. The most recent example is an editorial published earlier this week in the authoritative People’s Daily (in Chinese), which argues that the “mass line is the ruling lifeline” for the Communist … Continue reading

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