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Is America fighting China without understanding history?


At the basement floor of the Chinese National museum in Beijing, there’s a curated collection of China’s imperial history from antiquity to the fall of the Qing Dynasty. The basement is where a multitude of visitors from around the country gather, entry is free for foreigners. At the end of the collection, is a British … Continue reading

Huawei employees admit links to China’s military and intelligence, British report claims


Throughout the conflict between Washington and Huawei, a central theme has been the alleged connections between the company and state defense and intelligence agencies in China. The theory goes that the company has links and is obliged, under Chinese national security legislation, to collaborate with the state when asked to do so—and, where the company … Continue reading

Switzerland’s acceptance of Huawei’s 5G is a step toward ‘International Society’


“Swiss mobile network operator, Sunrise, has confirmed that it will launch commercial 5G services in Switzerland this month (March 2019),” according to the UK-based Total Telecom’s news on March 1. “ At MWC 2019, Sunrise’s CEO, Olaf Swantee said that preparations for the launch were progressing well. Huawei is a key 5G supplier to Sunrise … Continue reading

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

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, Germany step up as U.S. retires from world leadership


The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches to the big global issues of the day at G-20 summits. Not this time. When world leaders meet in Hamburg on Friday, China and Germany will move in to usurp the U.S.’s role. The U.S. traditionally takes point in the search for common approaches … 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

Could Hong Kong, after a merger with Shenzhen, help China’s One Belt One Road thrive?


According to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) June 2016 research report “Neoliberalism: Oversold?” which was described as “a political bombshell … that caused a near-panic among advocates of free market policies” by the Foreign Policy analyst Rick Rowden [Note 1] , what ‘capital account liberalisation’ brings to developing countries is “the pervasiveness of booms and … Continue reading

Chinese spy posing as interpreter tried to board carriage carrying Queen Elizabeth II


A Chinese ‘spy’ tried to get into the Queen’s carriage with her during last year’s state visit. Lucy D’Orsi, who was in charge of security for President Xi Jinping’s visit in October, was filmed by the Monarch’s official cameraman saying: ‘Well they also wanted to come in your carriage with the interpreter…’ The Queen appeared … Continue reading

What could really disrupt China’s economy?


In an earlier post, I explained why I’m still bullish on China’s economy. But as the events of the past few months have shown, the risks of economic disruption are real. Here are several potential risks that could throw China’s economy off track. While the likelihood of all of them occurring is low, they are … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 19, 2015


China may have been pushed to the breaking point. America may have called the Communist bluff. With all of the “yesmen” required for a totalitarian regime to continue, Michael Cole points out that the majority members of the Communist party probably don’t support an invasion of Taiwan (the largest Chinese contention in the Pacific.) Reportedly, … Continue reading

China warns Britain not to bring up human rights during Xi Jinping’s visit because he would be offended


China provided instructions to the British government ahead of President Xi Jinping‘s state visit to London Oct. 20-23, advising leaders to refrain from raising the issue of human rights. China’s ambassador to Britain, Liu Xiaoming, pointed out that good relations hang in the balance, and that Xi’s visit is expected to “herald a golden era … Continue reading

China to invest $78 bn to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030, will overtake US


China plans to build 110 nuclear power plants by 2030 with an investment of over $78 billion overtaking the US which has 100 such plants amid criticism that Beijing is yet to implement enough measures to develop safety controls in existing projects. China will build six to eight nuclear power plants annually for the next … Continue reading

Germany shames U.S. with its policies toward refugees, China, and Russia


Maher Zain, a 1981-born singer who was just eight when his Lebanese family was admitted by Sweden, is the latest showcase that Muslim immigrants can make contributions to world peace rather than causing troubles to their receiving countries. With millions of fans in Europe, England, Malaysia, Indonesia, Palestine, Pakistan and China, Zain’s anti-war songs [Note … Continue reading

China praises UK chancellor for ignoring China’s human rights abuses


British Chancellor George Osborne has been praised by Chinese state media for not mentioning allegations of human rights abuses during his visit to the country. An editorial published in the Global Times English-language daily on Friday said Osborne had shown “pragmatism” during the visit, adding it hoped other diplomats would follow his example. “He is … Continue reading

Britain, Germany, France, Italy and others considering joining China-led investment bank, against US advice


The United States urged countries on Tuesday to think twice about signing up to a new China-led Asian development bank that Washington sees as a rival to the World Bank, after Germany, France and Italy followed Britain in saying they would join. The concerted move by U.S. allies to participate in Beijing’s flagship economic outreach … Continue reading

China used threats of invasion to stop United Kingdom giving Hong Kong independence and democracy since 1950s


By September 29 2014, peaceful protesters had been clogging Hong Kong’s downtown for less than a day, but to the Chinese Communist Party this already smacked of ingratitude. Here’s an excerpt from an editorial that ran that day (link in Chinese) in the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, entitled “No one cares more about … 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

Taiwan declares itself an independent country, despite threats of war from China if it did so


Taiwan’s premier, Jiang Yi-huah, said Friday the government will not hold a referendum on independence similar to the one held Thursday in Scotland. Unlike Scotland, the Republic of China (Taiwan) is an independent and sovereign state, and there is no reason to announce independence or decide to separate from another nation, he said. There is … Continue reading

China wants respect, but doesn’t know how to get it


As China becomes, again, the world’s largest economy, it wants the respect it enjoyed in centuries past, but it does not know how to achieve or deserve it. Matthew Boulton, James Watt’s partner in the development of the steam engine and one of the 18th century’s greatest industrialists, was in no doubt about the importance … Continue reading

China’s propaganda cartoon tells how leaders are made


According to a wildly popular online cartoon in China, the answer (to What’s the Secret to China’s Success?) lies in the careful way the country grooms its leaders – a process that supposedly puts the American and British political career ladder to shame. The “How Leaders Are Made” video, which has been viewed more than … 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

Chinese developer ‘rescues’ London docks with $1.5 billion deal


London Mayor Boris Johnson sealed a 1.5 billion USD deal with a Chinese property developer to turn a historic London dock into a 21st-century “Asian business port”: the Royal Albert Dock is set to become London’s third business district. The deal is believed to be worth $9bn to the UK economy, generating $35 million in business … Continue reading

Online essay mills target Chinese students


Kexin Lee is a 36-year-old man from Southern China,. He has never had college education and can hardly speak any English, but when it comes to essay writing, hundreds of Chinese students in the UK turn to Lee with their essay tasks, paying him from £100 to £300 per thousand words. Lee then assigns the … Continue reading

China’s unique opportunity with foreign banks; must liberalise quickly to become top global financial hub


Economic growth in China for this year is projected to be 7.7% and while this figure is one most countries around the world are highly envious of, it’s low by Chinese standards. But that does not mean that every sector is doing worse than usual, when it comes to banking (both high-street and investments) the … Continue reading

China: Murder victim Neil Heywood ‘was MI6 informant’


Neil Heywood, the British businessman murdered in China, regularly provided information on Bo Xilai, the powerful politician, to MI6 before he was killed, a new report has claimed. The revelation in the Wall Street Journal raises new questions about the motives for Mr Heywood’s killing, and about the reaction to his death by the British … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s identity needs broader look at colonial era


The Hong Kong Autonomous Movement claims that the displays of the Hong Kong British flag are not a call for a return to colonialism. Instead, they claim it is, “the defence of the lion and dragon and the blending of the East and West.” Opponents of the movement argue that the flag belongs in a … Continue reading

April 5 1955 Winston Churchill Resigns As British Prime Minister


On April 5th 1955, Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill retired as prime minister of Great Britain. The British leader, who guided Great Britain and the Allies through the crisis of World War II, is widely regarded as one of the greatest war time leaders of the 20th century. Remembered as a statesman and orator, Churchill … Continue reading

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