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Prelude to Conflict: Asia, March 16, 2015


A thorough and thoughtful article catches wind, documenting China’s threats against Great Britain over Hong Kong. Based on records declassified in 2013, the Crown wanted independence for Hong Kong long ago, but Beijing threatened invasion. The Hong Kong we know has been a store front so China can access the world and so Taiwan would … Continue reading

Claiming to have equalled the west, China says its weapons design is now harder


The following is a translation from Chinese media: During the current annual National People’s Congress (NPC) and Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) sessions, a China Aviation News reporter had a special interview with Wu Guanghui, Tang Changhong and Yang Wei. Respectively, they are the chief designers of the C919 large airliner, a large transport aircraft … Continue reading

China to tighten control of Hong Kong?


In monitoring developments in China, one has to be very careful about any minor change in wording, as it may have quite serious meaning. We Hong Kong citizens are quite worried by the omission of the two key phrases “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and “high degree of autonomy” in the Chinese People’s Political … Continue reading

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy


Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in … Continue reading

Japan says puzzled by new China WWII national days


Tokyo on Friday said it was puzzled over why Beijing approved national remembrance days to commemorate the Nanjing Massacre and its defeat in World War II, after decades of Japanese pacifism. The move is the latest in a vitriolic diplomatic spat between Asia’s two largest economies, who are at loggerheads over disputed territory and differing … 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

China wants fewer curbs in free trade zones to lure foreign investment


China hopes to suspend its laws governing foreign investment in proposed free trade zones, the cabinet said, in a sign the world’s second-biggest economy could open further to foreign competition. The State Council, China’s cabinet, will ask senior members of the National People’s Congress, or parliament, for the power to suspend laws and regulations governing … Continue reading

China facing widening inequities and corruption


In spite of its spectacular rise as a global economic power, China is now grappling with concerns such as peasant income declining, widening inequity, worker unrest and corruption, farm productivity dwindling, according to Manoranjan Mohanty, political scientist and faculty member at the Council for Social Development, Delhi. Delivering the Founder’s Day lecture organised by the Madras Institute of Development Studies … Continue reading

Restructuring China’s maritime law enforcement


China has restructured its unwieldy maritime law enforcement apparatus. It is a development that signals Beijing’s intention to push ahead with its heavy-handed approach to territorial disputes and maritime contentions with some of its neighboring countries. Its impact on regional security China deployed a naval task force that included four warships at James Shoal, near Brunei and East Malaysia, … Continue reading

China’s internet bigwigs turn to politics


China’s Internet bigwigs have taken to politics, becoming the deputies of the main legislative body dominated by the ruling Communist Party. Ma Huateng, Chairman and the CEO of Internet conglomerate Tencent Holdings Ltd, has become deputy of the National People’s Congress, and Robin Li, the Chairman and CEO of search engine giant Baidu Inc, has … Continue reading

Party cadre pins hopes of China’s food security on overseas farms


Leery of product safety in China, Zhu Zhangjin is urging farmers to invest abroad like he has. Zhu Zhangjin calls himself a farmer, but he has little time or love for mainland farm goods. Nor is he afraid to speak his mind on the matter. Zhu also happens to be party secretary of Huafeng village … Continue reading

China parliament delegates speak out against corruption, red tape


Amid praise for China’s Communist Party and the government’s work report is an increasingly common complaint from delegates to annual parliamentary meetings – too much red tape and corruption. The parallel convening of China’s parliament and its main advisory body is usually a tightly scripted series of meetings meant to show unity and how China … Continue reading

China says western-style democracy impossible for CCP Dynasty


In his work report to the current session of the National People’s Congress (NPC, China’s parliament, retiring NPC Chairman Wu Bangguo stressed that China was a socialist country with people’s democratic dictatorship. Note: Wu stressed that China is a dictatorship not a democracy though the dictatorship has an adjective “democratic” before it. Will there be … Continue reading

China: Lighting three fires or the dead hand of Deng?


As the months have progressed since Xi Jinping became General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party, there has been intense public scrutiny into his current and potential actions. One day you can read an article saying he is not a reformer and all hope is lost, the next an article saying he will finally be … Continue reading

Chinese anti-corruption drive nets Politburo member


A senior Chinese official is under investigation, a Hong Kong newspaper reported at the weekend, in a case that could represent the first time a national political figure has been netted in China’s anti-corruption drive. Li Jianguo, a member of the country’s elite Politburo and the vice chairman of the national rubber-stamp legislature, has not … Continue reading

China to reform controversial forced labour camps


China will reform its controversial system of forced labour camps this year, state media reported on Monday, which would mark a first step toward legal reform promised by new Communist Party chief Xi Jinping. China’s “re-education through labour” system, in place since 1957, empowers police to sentence petty criminals to up to four years’ confinement … Continue reading

China’s anti-corruption drive triggers frantic property dump among officials


Real estate agents in provinces such as Guangdong and Jiangsu have been frantically trying to push deals for a torrent of second-hand flats suddenly released on the market – many of which belong to government officials, the Oriental Morning Post reported on Monday. With an imminent state-led corruption crackdown looming, nervous Chinese officials – some … Continue reading

Are the Chinese happy?


The right to be unhappy  A survey called “are you happy” conducted by the China Central Television (CCTV) earlier in October showed that more than 70% of the Chinese being interviewed said they were happy. I have no doubt about the figure; of course Chinese are happy. Do we have another option? Earlier this year … Continue reading

China: Zhou Qiang set for Politburo despite Li Wangyang scandal


The party secretary of a troubled province is regarded as a reformist and a strong bet for the Politburo but he may be too low-key for some. Despite a recent series of scandals in Hunan , provincial party secretary Zhou Qiang is still seen as a contender for promotion to the powerful Politburo at the … Continue reading

China’s reserve of talented leaders: Wang Qishan


In my post yesterday, I quoted Deng Yuwen’s article on the serious problems China faces including “stagnant economic restructuring, pollution, income disparity, the notoriously outdated family planning and household registration polices, a looming energy crisis, moral degradation and the country’s battered international image.” China is unfortunately not a strong democracy like the US with fine-quality … Continue reading

Conflicting news in China on Bo Xilai’s destiny


According to SCMP‘s report by Shi Jiangtao from Beijing today, entitled Next step this week in Bo’s fall from grace, “NPC Standing Committee may vote to remove fallen Chongqing party chief from legislature, a precursor to his expulsion from the party. “Disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai is expected to be stripped of his membership … Continue reading

The mystery of China’s security tsar Zhou Yongkang


SCMP reports on China’s security tsar Zhou Yongkang’s speech, carried yesterday in Qiushi Journal, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s political theory magazine. SCMP says that Zhou condemns “the use of torture and the suspicious deaths of suspects” in a speech to law enforcement cadres. It is “a move seen as an attempt to distance himself … Continue reading

No news on Bo Xilai being deprived of immunity


According to Xinhua report, “The National People’s Congress formally removed Wang Lijun, the former police chief of Chongqing, as a deputy to the country’s top legislature, paving the way for formal prosecution.” However, SCMP reported on June 28 that according to a “Chongqing-based source”, “both Bo and Wang, the municipality’s former police chief, had earlier … Continue reading

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