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  • Trump and the Taiwan Call

    12/03/2016 5:10:54 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 25 replies
    Scott Adams' Blog ^ | December 3, 2016 | Scott Adams
    By now you know that President Elect Trump took a call from the President of Taiwan and simultaneously lit on fire the underpants of the mainstream media and maybe the leadership of China too. Apparently taking a phone call from the president of Taiwan is a major diplomatic change from the so-called “One China Policy” that imagines Taiwan as a rogue province of China, not its own country. Reports are saying this call was planned, not a mistake on the Trump team’s side. Was this a mistake by Trump? If you look at this call through the filter of normal...
  • Why Trump's call to Taiwan may get a pass — this time — from China as a rookie mistake

    12/03/2016 5:00:49 PM PST · by mdittmar · 67 replies
    CNBC ^ | 12/3/2016 | Christine Wang
    President-elect Donald Trump on Friday broke with decades of U.S. diplomatic tradition in speaking with Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen, a seemingly innocuous call that started the relationship between two of the world's greatest powers on the wrong foot. Trump's call, and the ensuing debate over its meaning, created an initial furor on both sides of the Pacific. Tsai's Democratic Progressive Party makes Beijing uncomfortable because of its official stance that Taiwan is independent and sovereign, rather than an extension of mainland China—the government's position that underpins the "One China" policy. Yet foreign policy experts think the fallout on U.S.-Sino relations...
  • Henry Kissinger visits China to ease concerns amid Trump transition

    12/03/2016 11:22:36 AM PST · by ColdOne · 79 replies
    upi.com ^ | 12/2/16 | Elizabeth Shim
    HONG KONG, Dec. 2 (UPI) -- Former U.S. Secretary of State Henry Kissinger met with China's Xi Jinping on Friday, a visit Kissinger described as timely in a moment of political transition in the United States. The meeting was held as President-elect Donald Trump took a phone call from Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen, an unprecedented move that could cause friction in U.S.-China relations. On Friday, Xi told Kissinger, "The presidential election has taken place in the United States and we are now in the key moment. We, on the Chinese side, are watching the situation very closely. Now it is...
  • Trump speaks with "president" of Taiwan, harasses her sexually

    12/03/2016 9:53:13 AM PST · by DanMiller · 20 replies
    Dan Miller's Blog ^ | December 3, 2016 | Dan Miller
    This is a guest post by a well-known political commentator, the father of Pajama Boy. He is a true "Obama patriot," whose views should matter little after mid-day on January 20th. Here are the thoughts of President Reject Obama:President Elect Donald Trump violated all known rules of common decency by accepting a telephone call from Taiwanese "President" Tsai Ing-wen without My permission. Indeed, Ms. Tsai did as well by placing the call without My permission. Obviously, I would not have granted permission because it was just a trick, intended to embarrass Me and My fundamentally transformed country. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday the...
  • China lodges diplomatic protest following Trump's phone call with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan

    12/03/2016 7:12:30 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 87 replies
    China lodged a diplomatic protest on Saturday after President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the "petty" move. The 10-minute telephone call with Taiwan's leadership was the first by a U.S. president-elect or president since President Jimmy Carter switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to China in 1979, acknowledging Taiwan as part of "one China". China's Foreign Ministry said it had lodged "stern representations" with what it called the "relevant U.S. side", urging the careful handling of the Taiwan issue to avoid any unnecessary disturbances...
  • Donald Trump's phone call with Taiwan president risks China's wrath

    12/02/2016 11:45:15 PM PST · by tcrlaf · 50 replies
    UK Gaurdian ^ | 12-3-2016 | Tom Phillips
    Donald Trump looked to have sparked a potentially damaging diplomatic row with China on Friday after speaking to Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen on the telephone in a move experts said would anger Beijing. The call, first reported by the Taipei Times and confirmed by the Financial Times, is thought to be the first between the leader of the island and a US president or president-elect since ties between America and Taiwan were severed in 1979, at Beijing’s behest. The US closed its embassy in Taiwan – a democratically ruled island which Beijing considers a breakaway province – in the late...
  • Wow: Trump becomes first president-elect to speak to leader of Taiwan since 1979

    12/02/2016 11:44:19 PM PST · by Trump20162020 · 24 replies
    HotAir ^ | 12/02/2016 | Allahpundit
    Two questions. One: Who initiated the call? And two: Did he understand the significance of what he was doing when it happened? Not sure about the answer to the first question. I’ve got a guess about the second. Donald Trump risks opening up a major diplomatic dispute with China before he has even been inaugurated after speaking on the phone on Friday with Tsai Ying-wen, the president of Taiwan. Trump’s spokesman also confirmed that the call happened. The U.S. maintains unofficial relations with Taiwan but hasn’t conducted official diplomacy since the end of Carter’s administration, as a concession to maintaining...
  • Leverage Maneuver - Trump Talks Openly With Taiwan President

    12/02/2016 8:13:19 PM PST · by HarleyLady27 · 88 replies
    CNN via The Conservative Treehouse ^ | December 2, 2016 | CNN posted by Sundance
    Ok, this one strategic maneuver has just pegged my too-much-winning needle on max overdrive. Donald Trump took a congratulatory phone call from the President of Taiwan, and now the Chinese will be apoplectic. Those of you who have been with us for a while, will note our arguments against China’s MFN (Most Favored Nation) trade status have continually fallen on deaf ears within DC. Why? Because they are political ears paid to remain necessarily deaf, while various Chinese national interests have taken influence over our legislative priorities on trade and commerce.
  • Obama blocks proposed takeover of Germany's Aixtron

    12/02/2016 5:52:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 7 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 2, 2016 6:06 PM EST
    Citing a national security risk, President Barack Obama on Friday blocked a Chinese investor’s proposed takeover of Aixtron SE, a German maker of semiconductor manufacturing equipment, a rare move that drew objections from Beijing and complaints that the U.S. was injecting politics into the deal. Obama ordered Fujan Grand Chip to “fully and permanently abandon” its proposed acquisition of Aixtron SE’s California-based subsidiary, Aixtron, Inc. The decision upheld a recommendation from the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S., which reviews foreign purchases of U.S. companies. The decision threatens to jeopardize the larger deal, which is under scrutiny [by] Berlin...
  • Trump likely just infuriated China with the US’s first call to Taiwan since 1979

    12/02/2016 3:14:03 PM PST · by mandaladon · 86 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 1 Dec 2016 | Alex Lockie and Natasha Bertrand
    President-elect Donald Trump spoke with the president of Taiwan by phone on Friday, in a move likely to infuriate Beijing and hinder US-China relations. "President-elect Trump spoke with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, who offered her congratulations," according to a readout of the call released by Trump's transition team. "During the discussion, they noted the close economic, political, and security ties" between Taiwan and the United States, the statement continued. "President-elect Trump also congratulated President Tsai on becoming President of Taiwan earlier this year." The call, first reported by the Financial Times, is the first time a US president has...
  • Trump speaks with Taiwanese president, a major break with decades of U.S. policy on China

    12/02/2016 2:44:16 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 33 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/02/2016 | Anne Gearan
    President-elect Donald Trump spoke Friday with Taiwan’s president, a major departure from decades of U.S. policy in Asia and a breach of diplomatic protocol with ramifications for the incoming president’s relations with China. Trump spoke by phone with Taiwanese President Tsai Ying-wen, Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks said. The conversation was first reported by the Financial Times and the Taipei Times. The call is the first known contact between a U.S. president or president-elect with a Taiwanese leader since the United States broke diplomatic relations with the island in 1979. China considers Taiwan a province, and news of the official outreach...
  • Did Pope Francis Just Validate China’s Godless Communist Regime?

    12/02/2016 6:38:21 AM PST · by detective · 12 replies
    The Federalist ^ | December 1, 2016 | Helen Raleigh
    According to reports, the Vatican and Communist China have reached an agreement that would end six decades of diplomatic gridlock. While details of the agreement haven’t been officially announced, from what has been leaked to the public, Catholics in China and around the world have reason to be concerned. Catholicism has had a long and convoluted history in China. Catholic missionaries traveled to China to spread the words of the gospels as early as the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). But Italian missionary Matteo Ricci’s arrival in 1582 is often regarded as the official introduction of the Catholic Church to China.
  • China's Global Warming Hoax Exposed

    12/02/2016 5:57:22 AM PST · by IBD editorial writer · 18 replies
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | 12/1/2016 | Staff
    Climate Change: Even as China is busy blasting Donald Trump for not taking global warming seriously it's ramping up coal production and throwing its promised CO2 reductions out the window. Hopefully, Trump won't be as easily fooled by China's duplicity as President Obama. At a meeting of environmental officials earlier this month in Marrakech, Morocco, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin lectured Trump about the importance of climate change. Just a few days later, the New York Times reported that "China is scrambling to mine and burn more coal," and Fortune reported that the country is currently building $500 billion...
  • Foreign Media: China May Guard Gwadar Port with Submarines

    12/02/2016 5:30:07 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 3 replies
    China Military ^ | Dec 1, 2016
    BEIJING --- The website of Taiwan's China Times reported on November 29 that with the increase of national strength, protecting overseas interests has become the strategic core of the Chinese mainland. According to a Pakistan naval personnel, the PLA Navy will deploy submarines in south Pakistan’s Gwadar Port so as to protect the ports and trade shipping lines in this region. China may also build a military base in Gwadar Port to provide maintenance support for the PLA naval fleet operating in the Indian Ocean and provide support for the PLA Navy to conduct missions and tasks in the future....
  • The Surest Measure of How China's Economy Is Losing

    12/01/2016 7:42:31 PM PST · by MtnClimber · 8 replies
    Real Clear World ^ | 29 Nov, 2016 | Derek Scissors
    American presidential elections are a patchy time for the use of facts. It turns out presidential transitions are, too. Donald Trump as president-elect has triggered a slew of comments and articles about China’s pending leadership of the world economy. Journalists and pundits may value words over money; economists should not. There are data, grounded in real-world calculations, that show China’s economic importance falling -- not rising slowly, nor staying stable, but falling. The most important indicator is net private wealth, which is the single best measure of a country’s economic size and of the pool of resources available to its...
  • China's One Child Policy: Researchers may have ‘found’ many of China’s 30 million missing girls

    12/01/2016 12:53:58 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 12/01/2016 | Simon Denyer
    Academics often talk about between 30 and 60 million “missing girls” in China, apparently killed in the womb or just after birth, thanks to a combination of preference for sons and the country’s decades under a repressive one-child policy. Now researchers in the United States and China think they might have found many — or even most — of them, and argue they might not have been killed after all. John Kennedy of the University of Kansas and Shi Yaojiang of Shaanxi Normal University have released a study claiming that the births of many of the girls may, in fact,...
  • Professionals in These Two Asian Cities Say Donald Trump Will Be Good for Business

    11/30/2016 7:06:12 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 3 replies
    Fortune ^ | November 30, 2016
    More than half of all business professionals in two financial hubs in Asia are viewing the results of the U.S. election in a positive light, according to a survey conducted two weeks after Donald Trump emerged as the victor. The survey, conducted in the financial districts of Hong Kong and Shanghai by deVere Group, an international financial consultancy, found that 55% of the over 650 people interviewed for the study think that a Trump presidency will be positive for the global economy. Even so, over two thirds of those interviewed were surprised by the result of the election, with 32%...
  • India and China in a Trexit world

    11/30/2016 12:52:24 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 5 replies
    Live Mint ^ | November 30, 2016 | Rohit Prasad
    India’s foreign policy has been forged in the crucible of its geopolitical challenges. It is surrounded by failing states, including Pakistan and Bangladesh, and hemmed by an emergent superpower, China, with whom it shares a troubled history. One has referred in this column of China’s growing proximity to Pakistan, best exemplified by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Even though the threats posed to India include the passage of the CPEC through Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), the location of the corridor, and the internal conflicts in Pakistan between hardliners on Kashmir and votaries of economic development, suggest that the danger may be...
  • SPEAK LIFE ![Charismatic Caucus]

    11/30/2016 7:18:04 AM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    Bible, The Joshua Chronicles ^ | 11-30-16 | Holy Spirit, Bible
    A word for the prophets of doom and gloom, Your day is coming soon, You see my spirit does "NOT" deliver fear, For I AM Salvation the Cross makes this clear! So instead speak life to these bones, For My eternal army is coming home, Continue to spread my love and Word, For there is no death in My Kingdom it is never heard, But a Life of Freedom and Hope ! My perpetual fire is what you stoke, So take up the coals of My testimony, Spread them wide for all to taste and see, I AM The True...
  • A Rare Look at the Chinese Navy's Submarines

    11/29/2016 11:47:29 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Nov 29, 2018 | Kyle Mizokami
    A news report on Chinese state television provided a rare look inside one of the submarines of the Chinese Navy. The Kilo-class submarine was purchased from Russia during the 1990s and is the tip of Beijing's spear in its disputes with neighbors. The People's Republic of China bought twelve 636-class submarines in the 1990s and early 2000s. The submarines, known as the "Kilo" class to NATO, were originally designed by the Soviet Union to operate in Cold War European coastal waters. After the fall of the USSR and the end of the Warsaw Pact, the 636 class became a useful...
  • [Flashback] The Real Elaine Chao (Fire Walk Enter Demon)

    11/29/2016 10:13:02 AM PST · by ifinnegan · 34 replies
    WND ^ | 7/16/2001 | Timothy Gallaher
    In early July of 2000, the Chinese language newspaper Sing Tao published a five-part feature on Elaine Chao, who has since become secretary of labor. The articles covered a number of issues including Chao’s views on China and U.S.-China relations. Among her comments were that she “in no way” agrees with the Cox Report, that the U.S. media and Hollywood demonize China, that it is unfortunate the Republican Party has Christian and religious critics of China and that China should understand it is in a public relations war and should improve its PR by cultivating contacts with Congress and journalists....
  • China wants Muslims to know boundaries between legal and illegal religious activities: Official

    11/29/2016 10:01:10 AM PST · by Jyotishi · 6 replies
    Daily News & Analysis ^ | Monday, November 28, 2016 | Reuters
    Beijing - Religious extremism has begun to spread to inland China from its western Xinjiang region, long considered by the government to be at the forefront of its efforts to battle Islamist separatists, the country's top religious affairs official said. China says it faces a serious threat from Islamist militants in Xinjiang, which borders central Asia, Afghanistan and Pakistan, and is home to the largely Muslim Uighur minority group. Hundreds have died there in recent years in violence that Beijing blames on religious extremists, and the government has put in place tight controls on religion in the name of combating...
  • Tons of felines are butchered and sold to restaurants by Chinese 'animal lover'

    11/29/2016 8:45:59 AM PST · by DFG · 46 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | 11/29/2016 | Tracy You
    An animal lover who claims to look after stray cats at home has been caught butchering the felines before selling them to restaurants, according to Chinese media. Sickening images have emerged showing dozens of cats killed, frozen and even decapitated at the man's tiny warehouse in Chengdu, south-west China. An undercover investigation carried out by the local Chengdu Business Daily revealed that the man, named Huang Fuping, sold the dead cats as rabbits to meat vendors in rural China for 20 yuan per kilogram (£2.3).
  • Hong Kong's rebellious lawmaker Yau Wai-ching

    11/29/2016 6:25:23 AM PST · by csvset · 2 replies
    BBC ^ | 29 november 2016 | Helier Cheung
    Yau Wai-ching is the youngest woman to be elected to Hong Kong's parliament - and she has been called many things, including: "radical", "goddess", "spy", "pretty" and "cancer cell". In the space of two months, the 25-year-old has become one of the most controversial politicians in Hong Kong - and is now pitted in a court battle against the Hong Kong and Chinese governments - even though she has admitted it could bankrupt her. Ms Yau and fellow party member Sixtus Leung won elections in September, gaining more than 55,000 votes between them. Ms Yau, a daughter of two civil...
  • To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China

    11/28/2016 11:01:56 PM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 11 replies
    Forbes ^ | Nov 27, 2016 | Gordon G. Chang
    To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China Nov 27, 2016 @ 12:01 AM Gordon G. Chang To Disarm North Korea, Wage Trade War On China /snip Virtually every American analyst agrees on what Trump should do to meet the No. 1 threat: drop his plans of confronting China on trade to obtain its assistance on “denuclearizing” the Kim regime. This line of thinking is not new and ignores 13 years of American foreign policy failure. In fact, it’s possible the opposite is true, that waging a trade war on China may be the only way to obtain Beijing’s...
  • Surging homeowner loans in China raise alarms over debt

    11/28/2016 8:35:42 AM PST · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Japan Today ^ | Nov. 28, 2016
    Surging homeowner loans in China raise alarms over debt →Business Nov. 28, 2016 - 06:30AM JST BEIJING ? Chinese household debt has risen at an “alarming” pace as property values have soared, analysts say, raising the risk that a real estate downturn could send shockwaves through the world’s second largest economy. Loose credit and changing habits have rapidly transformed the country’s famously loan-averse consumers into enthusiastic borrowers. Skyrocketing real estate prices in major Chinese cities in recent years have seen families’ wealth surge. But at the same time they have fuelled a historic boom in mortgage lending, as buyers race...
  • 'I'm Smarter Than They Are': Underground Chemist Says Police Losing Fentanyl Battle

    11/27/2016 3:02:36 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 33 replies
    CBC ^ | Nov 26, 2016 | Jon Hernandez
    In new documentary, B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says fentanyl is just the beginningA B.C. drug producer known as Beeker says underground chemists are steps ahead of the police when it comes to the movement of illicit drugs on the streets. Beeker is the subject of a new documentary, Unstoppable: The Fentanyl Epidemic, in which he opens up about the big business behind the drug. He says police are far behind when it comes to tracking drugs throughout the province, and he says many local chemists are synthesizing drugs with materials ordered from China. "I'm smarter than they are...
  • Japan Looks To Leapfrog China With 130 Petaflop Supercomputer

    11/26/2016 3:28:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 35 replies
    hothardware.com ^ | Saturday, November 26, 2016 | Brittany Goetting —
    The supercomputer race has only just begun. Japan is currently planning to build the world’s fastest supercomputer. The machine, nicknamed AI Bridging Cloud Infrastructure (ABCI), would ideally be able to process 130 quadrillion calculations per second or 130 petaflops. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has called for scientists, companies, and bureaucrats to work together in order to dominate robotics, renewable energy, and other up and coming industries. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry will spend 19.5 billion yen ($173 million) on the supercomputer project and should commence in early 2017. Japan is particularly interested in artificial intelligence such as...
  • India’s Stealth Fighter will be Superior to China’s J-20 and Russia’s PAK FA T-5O

    11/26/2016 6:20:28 AM PST · by yinandyang · 9 replies
    China Topix ^ | Nov 20, 201 | Arthur Dominic Villasanta
    India's new fifth generation stealth fighter will be superior in key aspects to Russia's PAK FA T-50 from which it's derived, and will also have the added advantage of being able to fire the newest iteration of the fearsome BrahMos cruise missile, the BrahMos NG. And as the PAK FA is already superior to China's Chengdu J-20 low observable fighter, this means the Indian stealth jet will also be superior to the J-20. Indian media reports said India's as yet unnamed stealth fighter will include a total of 43 improvements over the PAK FA T-50, making it superior in many...
  • Chinese Province's Residents Forced to Give Passports to Police

    11/24/2016 10:18:07 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Chinese authorities have been confiscating passports of residents of northwest Xinjiang province, claiming the measure serves to combat terrorism. Their confiscated passports will be held by police. "Anyone who needs the passport must apply to the police station," a police official told the Global Times, a state-funded newspaper, on Thursday. But he assured residents that people without criminal backgrounds would not be affected and would be able to easily get their passports back should they need to travel. Anyone with criminal or "suspicious" records, however, may not be able to go abroad, the Global Times reported. Human Rights Watch condemned...
  • Towards a More Constructive Engagement with China under a Trump Administration

    11/24/2016 7:45:12 AM PST · by Sean_Anthony · 4 replies
    Canada Free Press ^ | 11/24/16 | Joseph Klein
    Engaging with China need not be a zero sum game: Obama Administration’s Pointless Confrontation with China over the South China Sea Amidst concerns over how a Trump administration will interact with China, especially with respect to trade, China’s President Xi Jinping told President-elect Trump during their recent telephone conversation that “The facts prove that cooperation is the only correct choice for China and the United States.” According to a statement from President-elect Trump’s presidential transition office, “the leaders established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another, and President-elect Trump stated that he believes the two leaders will have...
  • Facebook Said to Create Censorship Tool to Get Back Into China

    11/23/2016 5:50:50 AM PST · by C19fan · 14 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 23, 2016 | Mike Isaac
    Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has cultivated relationships with China’s leaders, including President Xi Jinping. He has paid multiple visits to the country to meet its top internet executives. He has made an effort to learn Mandarin. Inside Facebook, the work to enter China runs far deeper. The social network has quietly developed software to suppress posts from appearing in people’s news feeds in specific geographic areas, according to three current and former Facebook employees, who asked for anonymity because the tool is confidential. The feature was created to help Facebook get into China, a market where the social network...
  • Shadowy New Missile Appears Under the Wing of Chinese J-16 Fighter

    11/22/2016 3:14:44 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    The Drive ^ | NOVEMBER 21, 2016 | Tyler Rogoway
    China’s aim to develop aerial weaponry tailored to target American force-multiplying aerial assets, like tankers and sensor aircraft, may have just appeared in another tangible form—a relatively huge and previously unseen air-to-air missile. For years, I have posited that China would develop highly focused capabilities to counter specific but glaring weaknesses in America’s high-tech and increasingly networked expeditionary war fighting machine and battle doctrine. This pertains specifically to developing weapons and tactics used to attack low-density but high-value flying assets. China’s J-20 stealth fighter-interceptor is part of this strategy. It’s a simple premise really, one that we have discussed many...
  • A GREAT SHAKING but A Beautiful OUTCOME[charismatic caucus]

    11/21/2016 1:20:45 PM PST · by Jedediah · 1 replies
    The Joshua Chronicles ^ | Holy Spirit, bible
    Do you see my children I am shaking all that can be shaken in order to bring forth Holiness for as My Word "Be holy as I am holy" is an eternal Truth and this is what shall remain standing only those things that are eternal for all else will fail and is failing before your eyes even now ! Do not be caught up in the landslide for as we are one I shall lift you high above the turmoil and you shall not look back as you cast your eyes upon Me your Savior and King of kings...
  • A Deadly Accident Won’t Ground China’s Women Fighter Pilots

    11/21/2016 5:32:45 AM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 10 replies
    War is Boring ^ | November 19, 2016 | SÉBASTIEN ROBLIN
    Capt. Yu Xu, one of China’s first female fighter pilots. Xinhua photo On the morning of Nov. 12, J-10 fighters from China’s prestigious Ba Yi Air Demonstration Team practiced maneuvers over Yutian county, northeast of the city of Tianjin. Sitting in the instructor’s seat of one of the delta-wing J-10s was Capt. Yu Xu, a flight leader and one of four women pilots trained to operate the domestically-designed multi-role fighter. The 30-year-old native of Chongzhou, Sichuan province, had earned the nickname “Golden Peacock” after a traditional dance she had performed while a cadet. Around 9:45 a.m., observers on the ground...
  • What China’s ‘Highway Robbery’-Style Toll Roads Say About its Economy

    11/20/2016 11:02:14 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 19 replies
    Epoch Times ^ | October 30, 2016 | Cai Shenkun
    Why is China’s huge toll road system running massive losses despite billions of income from toll fees? It’s another strategy devised by the communist regime to siphon wealth from the public, says Cai Shenkun, a well-known Chinese economist and blogger.The Chinese state operates the largest toll road system in the world. Toll roads across the country collect more than 400 billion yuan (US$60 billion) each year. But strangely, this profitable monopoly industry reports huge losses year after year. According to recently released data by China’s Ministry of Transportation, revenue from toll roads was 409.78 billion yuan in 2015 while operating...
  • As Obama Preaches Patience, Mattis Prepares for War With Iran (Overrules Gen)

    05/21/2012 12:36:00 PM PDT · by TexasCajun · 17 replies
    The Daily Beast ^ | May 21, 2012 4:45 AM EDT | by Eli Lake
    Mattis wanted to send a third aircraft-carrier group to the Persian Gulf earlier this year, The Daily Beast has exclusively learned, in what would have been a massive show of force at a time when Iranian military commanders were publicly threatening to sink American ships in the Strait of Hormuz. The four-star Marine Corps general and CentCom commander believed the display could have deterred Iran from further escalating tensions, according to U.S. military officials familiar with his thinking. But the president wanted to focus military resources on new priorities like China, and Mattis was told a third carrier group was...
  • [Red] China Presses Tech Firms to Police the Internet

    11/19/2016 6:57:14 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 2 replies
    wsj.com ^ | eva dou
    U.S. tech companies have in many cases resisted cooperating with the government, saying free expression is guaranteed by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution and they should not be placed in the position of determining speech that crosses the line into posing a public threat. Such qualms are rare in China. During one session at the conference, former Hong Kong police officer Kam Chow Wong took the stage and flashed pictures across the big screen behind him of Hong Kong pro-democracy protesters in 2014. “These kind of people, once they are radicalized, they become the next generation of terrorists,”...
  • [Red] China state media warn Trump against renouncing free trade deals

    11/19/2016 7:03:27 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    reuters.com ^ | 11/19/2016
    "Turning his trade-bashing campaign talks into actual policies could bash any hope that the Asia-Pacific will finally have its much-wanted free trade deal," said a commentary in the official Xinhua news agency on Saturday. "Worse, it could drag his country and the wider world into deeper economic distress," added the agency, which is a barometer of government thinking. ... China's Xi is selling an alternate vision for regional trade by promoting the Beijing-backed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), which as it stands excludes the Americas. Chinese state media has warned Trump against isolationism and interventionism, calling instead for the United...
  • Robot Goes Rogue at Shenzhen Fair, Injures Bystander

    11/19/2016 7:22:01 AM PST · by DUMBGRUNT · 22 replies
    sixth tone ^ | 19 Nov 2016 | Zhang Liping and Li Xueqing
    A robot went out of control at a technology fair in southern China’s Guangdong province Thursday, smashing a glass window and injuring a visitor.... An employee at Shenzhen Spreadview Century told Sixth Tone by phone that the staffer tried to pick up the robot, but that Fabo’s weight — 25 kilograms — was too much to handle, and the operator accidentally pushed the wrong button. Fabo’s automatic mode was turned off, which meant it could not avoid collisions by itself, he said... . The company had visited the injured person in the hospital and had paid compensation, the statement added.
  • Donald Trump Scores Legal Win in China Trademark Dispute

    11/15/2016 6:08:19 PM PST · by markomalley · 4 replies
    WSJ ^ | 11/14/16
    Just days after Donald Trump secured the White House, the real-estate mogul scored a legal victory in a decadelong trademark dispute over the right to use his name in China for certain services. The businessman-turned-politician’s application to register his Trump trademark to provide real-estate-agent services in commercial and residential properties in China, was provisionally approved Sunday after a yearslong legal fight. It wasn’t clear why Mr. Trump prevailed, and more battles may come. Of the 53 registered trademarks under the Trump name in China—in categories ranging from clothing and beauty salons to pet care and golf courses—only 21 are owned...
  • ‘It will blow up’: fears Myanmar's deadly crackdown on Muslims will spiral out of control

    11/17/2016 11:11:50 PM PST · by Cronos · 24 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 17 Nov 2016 | Poppy McPherson
    ...Rohingya in the camps, where tens of thousands have been confined since communal violence in 2012, have stopped gathering in groups to avoid attracting suspicion. In at least one village they were ordered to demolish fences surrounding their homes. There is good reason to be afraid. A few dozen miles north, in northern Rakhine’s Maungdaw township, a conflict is raging between the military and the Rohingya population. A series of deadly attacks on security forces by a group apparently supported by members of the diaspora has raised the spectre of a new insurgency. It has also prompted a severe crackdown....
  • A Bird in China Looks Like Trump, and the Internet is Exploding

    11/17/2016 10:39:43 AM PST · by Red Badger · 22 replies
    www.usnews.com ^ | 11-17-2016 | By Rachel Dicker
    Ladies and gentlemen, presenting the 'pheasant-elect.' Stop what you're doing. This is important. Photos of a golden pheasant in Hangzhou Safari Park are going viral on Chinese social media for the bird's resemblance to President-elect Donald Trump: Meet the pheasant-elect: Bird sporting 'Donald Trump's hairstyle' soars to internet fame in China https://t.co/qYUbMcDYmV pic.twitter.com/VTPlDcaBcp — People's Daily,China (@PDChina) November 14, 2016 A journalist in Hangzhou noticed the similarity between Mr. Trump's mane and the pheasant's signature golden crest and took pictures of the bird, which then went viral, MailOnline reports. According to the pheasant's keeper, identified only as Mr. Gao, the...
  • Secret Back Door in Some U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

    11/16/2016 7:42:09 PM PST · by null and void · 26 replies
    NY Slimes ^ | NOV 15, 2016 | MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Kryptowire, the security firm that discovered the vulnerability, said the Adups software transmitted the full contents of text messages, contact lists, call logs, location information and other data to a Chinese server. The code comes preinstalled on phones and the surveillance is not disclosed to users... Security experts frequently discover vulnerabilities in consumer electronics, but this case is exceptional. It was not...
  • You’ll have Donald Trump to thank if the iPhone 8 is even more expensive

    11/16/2016 10:58:00 AM PST · by mdittmar · 62 replies
    yahoo ^ | November 16, 2016 | [BGR News] Chris Smith
    The iPhone isn’t cheap. Not even close. Apple’s phones have been setting the bar for high-end smartphone pricing for years, though. Apple has also been improving the iPhone without changing the price, which is a good thing. The simplest example concerns memory. In 2014, Apple upgraded its storage tiers without changing the iPhone 6’s price. It did the same this year with the iPhone 7, though the iPhone 7 Plus did get a bit more expensive because of the new dual camera and the added RAM.Are you upset about the iPhone 7 Plus price hike despite the added benefits? If so,...
  • Secret Backdoor in Some (Android) U.S. Phones Sent Data to China, Analysts Say

    11/15/2016 3:51:31 PM PST · by Swordmaker · 10 replies
    New York Times ^ | November 15, 2016 | By MATT APUZZO and MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
    Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. WASHINGTON — For about $50, you can get a smartphone with a high-definition display, fast data service and, according to security contractors, a secret feature: a backdoor that sends all your text messages to China every 72 hours. Security contractors recently discovered preinstalled software in some Android phones that monitors where users go, whom they talk to and what they write in text messages. The American authorities say it is not clear whether this...
  • China Ridicules Obama's Last Foreign Tour: "Washington's Leadership In Global Affairs Has Decayed"

    11/15/2016 8:22:46 AM PST · by Leaning Right · 23 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | Nov 15, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Over the past several years it has become abundantly clear that China does not have a high opinion of President Barack Obama. As a reminder, at the start of September, during his final trip to China, China "welcomed" Obama with a very undiplomatic greeting when an unusual tarmac altercation involving Chinese and U.S. officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice, devolved into a shouting match by a member of the Chinese delegation. First, there was no staircase for Obama to exit the plane and descend on the red carpet, so he had to use an emergency exit.
  • Chinese firms have 'big enthusiasm' to invest in Philippines

    11/15/2016 7:12:23 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 3 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 8:56 AM EST
    A Beijing trade official said Tuesday that Chinese companies have “very big” enthusiasm about investing in railways and airports and other major infrastructure projects in the Philippines, and his government will encourage them to build an industrial park. Wu Zhengping of China’s Ministry of Commerce said the two countries have agreed to hold a meeting of a joint trade and economic commission early next year and sign a six-year plan to boost trade and investment. …
  • Chinese media praise Trump's 'experience and ideology'

    11/15/2016 7:11:17 AM PST · by GilGil · 22 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 11/15/2016 | Staff
    Beijing (AFP) - Chinese state-run media lauded Donald Trump Tuesday after a phone call between him and President Xi Jinping, saying that the president-elect's emergence could mark a "reshaping" of Sino-American relations. The pair spoke Monday, when Xi said that the two powers needed to co-operate and Trump's office said the leaders "established a clear sense of mutual respect for one another".
  • Donald Trump's granddaughter a viral sensation in China

    11/15/2016 6:21:46 AM PST · by mandaladon · 27 replies
    CNN ^ | 15 Nov 2016 | Serenitie Wang
    She's just five years old but might just be Donald Trump's biggest diplomatic win in China. A video of Trump's granddaughter Arabella Kushner reciting Chinese poetry is being shared across the country. During his bid for the US presidency, Trump had nothing but tough talk for Beijing. But the little girl's command of Mandarin is being interpreted by some as a hidden sign of Trump's affinity with the country. "Trump's craziness and unreliability are just being deceptive," said Weibo user @Ananqiumao in one top rated post. "Look at his children and family, each one is cuter and more adorable than...