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  • U.S. gov't urged to act on rumors of NK-China missile ties

    04/18/2012 7:28:33 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    Yonhap News ^ | 04/19/12 | Lee Chi-dong
    2012/04/19 04:41 KST U.S. gov't urged to act on rumors of NK-China missile ties By Lee Chi-dong WASHINGTON, April 18 (Yonhap) -- A U.S. lawmaker has formally requested the Obama administration examine reports of possible missile cooperation between North Korea and China, a congressional source said Wednesday. In a letter to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Rep. Mike Turner (R-OH) said the U.S. should do something if the allegations are found true, added the source. He cited some experts' analysis of a transporter-erector-launcher that carried what is believed to be the North's new...
  • Rotting From Within: Investigating the massive corruption of the Chinese military

    04/18/2012 10:47:39 AM PDT · by mojito · 5 replies
    Foreign Policy ^ | 4/16/2012 | John Garnaut
    In many fields of international competition, China is less sanguine about its abilities than outsiders. Chinese leaders often remind Westerners that China is a developing country, with hundreds of millions of people living in poverty, an unbalanced economy, and high social tensions. What should most worry Beijing, and provide some comfort to those who fear Chinese military expansionism, is the state of corruption in the People's Liberation Army (PLA). True, the world underestimated how quickly a four-fold jump in Chinese military spending in the past decade would deliver an array of new weaponry to prevent the United States from interfering...
  • The Chinese Navy Is Betting Big On Its New Submarine Hunting Drones

    04/18/2012 5:59:57 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 1 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Apr. 12, 2012 | Eloise Lee & Robert Johnson
    The Chinese Navy Is Betting Big On Its New Submarine Hunting Drones Tackling the long-time nuisance of American submarines off its coastal waters China is deploying drones to its Navy ships. While not a new development on its own, there are reports of increased drone deployment to the PLA's ships, and a heightened attack against U.S. drone contractors. UPI reports Chinese hackers have ramped up their barrage of infected emails to glean as much information about the Pentagon's UAV strategy and development as they can. It's no secret that the Chinese military is in the habit of copying foreign hardware,...
  • Marco Polo was not a swindler -- he really did go to China

    04/17/2012 6:38:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    AlphaGalileo ^ | Monday, April 16, 2012 | Universitaet Tübingen
    It has been said that Marco Polo did not really go to China; that he merely cobbled together his information about it from journeys to the Black Sea, Constantinople and Persia and from talking to merchants and reading now-lost Persian books. But in Marco Polo was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues, (Brill Verlag) Hans Ulrich Vogel, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Tübingen, puts paid to such rumors. He begins with a comprehensive review of the arguments for and against, and follows it up with evidence from relevant Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, German and...
  • Russia-China Su-35 Fighter Talks Frozen

    04/17/2012 5:48:28 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    Ria Novosti ^ | 17/04/2012
    Russia-China Su-35 Fighter Talks Frozen Negotiations on the sale of Russian advanced Su-35 Flanker-E fighters to China have been put on hold over Beijing’s refusal to buy a large consignment, Russian state-controlled arms exporter Rosoboronexport said on Tuesday. “We have been promoting the Su-35 fighter on the Chinese market,” Rosoboronexport deputy chief Viktor Komardin said. “However, China only wants to buy a limited number [of aircraft] whereas we want [to sell] a large consignment to make [the deal] economically viable.” He offered no indication of the numbers involved The negotiations have been ongoing for more than one and a half...
  • Exclusive: Briton killed after threat to expose Chinese leader's wife

    04/17/2012 4:12:03 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 13 replies
    The British businessman whose murder has sparked political upheaval in China was poisoned after he threatened to expose a plan by a Chinese leader's wife to move money abroad, two sources with knowledge of the police investigation said. It was the first time a specific motive has been revealed for Neil Heywood's murder last November, a death which ended Chinese leader Bo Xilai's hopes of emerging as a top central figure and threw off balance the Communist Party's looming leadership succession.
  • BREAKING NEWS: North Korea launches rocket, South Korean news agency Yonhap reports

    04/12/2012 4:04:16 PM PDT · by Perdogg · 96 replies
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  • Chinese Student And His Parents Are Charged In Iowa With Rape And Attempting To Bribe The Victim

    04/16/2012 3:17:16 PM PDT · by blam · 37 replies
    TBI ^ | 4-16-2012 | Michael Kelley
    Chinese Student And His Parents Are Charged In Iowa With Rape And Attempting To Bribe The Victim Michael Kelley April 16, 2012, 3:49 PM Peng Tang, a 21-year-old student in the University of Iowa, has been charged with the first-degree kidnapping and attempting to bribe the alleged victim in a case that has become a big story in China, according to chinaSMACK. Tang has pleaded not guilty to first-degree kidnapping and was charged on April 13 with solicitation to commit an aggravated misdemeanor and tampering with a witness or juror, according to The Daily Iowan. Tang's parents, who arrived in...
  • Bo downfall a test for China political system: analysts

    04/16/2012 9:51:44 AM PDT · by robowombat · 3 replies
    Space Wars ^ | April 11, 2012
    Bo downfall a test for China political system: analysts by Staff Writers Beijing April 11, 2012 Timeline of Chinese leader Bo Xilai's downfall Beijing April 11, 2012 - Key dates in the downfall of Bo Xilai, the former rising star in China's ruling Communist Party who has been suspended from the powerful Politburo on suspicion of "serious discipline violations". FEBRUARY, 2012 - 2: Bo's right-hand man and Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun is demoted - 6: Wang visits US embassy in Chengdu reportedly seeking political asylum - 7: Wang leaves US embassy of his own volition - 8: Wang is...
  • China gripped by Bo saga worthy of Hollywood

    04/16/2012 9:44:52 AM PDT · by robowombat · 1 replies
    Space Wars ^ | April 13, 2012
    China gripped by Bo saga worthy of Hollywood by Staff Writers Beijing April 13, 2012 The spectacular fall from grace of Chinese Communist Party leader Bo Xilai has triggered a riveting political scandal seeped in twists and turns worthy of a Hollywood thriller or detective novel. Bo's sacking as head of the Chongqing megacity, his purge from the powerful Politburo and the revelation that his wife is a suspect in the alleged murder of a Briton feed into what has become China's biggest political scandal in decades. "Bo will be the first member of the Political bureau (Politburo) since the...
  • Banned pesticides found in teas sold in Fujian, Sichuan & Hainan

    04/14/2012 3:00:05 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    What's on Xiamen ^ | 15 Apr 2012
    TEA produced by some of China's top companies contained residue of banned pesticides, Greenpeace said in a report. The environmental organization tested nine brands of 18 types of tea sold in Beijing, Sichuan and Hainan, including green tea, oolong tea and jasmine tea. Prices ranged from 120 yuan (US$19) to 2,000 yuan per kilogram. Some brands tested, such as Wuyutai and Zhangyiyuan, are among the most popular in China. The tests showed that all the samples contained at least three types of pesticide residue from a total of 29 pesticides identified. One type of oolong tea, bearing the Richun brand,...
  • China: Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind(purge escalates)

    04/15/2012 5:08:28 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 22 replies
    NDTV ^ | 04/13/12
    Gu Kailai Said to Have Named Zhou Yongkang as Coup Mastermind Gu Kailai, the wife of an ousted Chinese politician, may have given evidence against her husband's ally in order to save herself from the death penalty. Gu was arrested on April 10—the same day her husband Bo Xilai was sacked as Chongqing's Communist Party Secretary. Gu is likely to be convicted for the murder of British citizen and family friend Neil Heywood. According to online news service Boxun, an anonymous source on Thursday said that Gu Kailai exposed a plot between Zhou Yongkang and Bo Xilai to stage a...
  • Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims....

    04/15/2012 4:53:05 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 04/14/12 | Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre
    Briton in China murder riddle 'poisoned by cyanide drops': Sensational new claims about expat's mystery death in hotel Neil Heywood was 'poisoned to cover up adultery and £800m wire transfers' Websites claim Chinese official has confessed that he prepared the poison By Hazel Knowles and Jonathan Petre A British businessman found dead in a Chinese hotel was murdered on the orders of a fallen Communist Party chief, according to new reports. The extraordinary accounts – published on respected Mandarin-language websites yesterday – claimed to expose a sex-and-money scandal behind China's biggest political crisis in a generation. The websites described how...
  • Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal

    04/15/2012 3:14:27 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 2 replies
    NYT ^ | 04/13/12 | MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE
    Party May Be Long-Term Loser in Chinese Scandal By MICHAEL WINES and SHARON LaFRANIERE BEIJING — The scandal that climaxed here on Tuesday when Communist Party leaders suspended the Politburo member Bo Xilai and accused his wife of murder seems poised to destroy a charismatic party leader who challenged President Hu Jintao and Prime Minister Wen Jiabao’s vision for China. But for the Chinese leaders who purged Mr. Bo, there are threats as well. In the view of some analysts and party insiders, that same scandal has raised the notion of high-level misconduct among China’s elite to a level that...
  • Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua

    04/15/2012 3:06:38 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/14/12 | Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden
    Neil Heywood mystery: Gilded lifestyle of murder suspect's son Bo Guagua New pictures have cast a fascinating light on the privileged lifestyle and influential circle of friends surrounding the son of ousted Chinese Communist party leader Bo Xilai. By Patrick Sawer, Josie Ensor and Richard Eden 9:00PM BST 14 Apr 2012 A prime seat at the Beijing Olympics, nights out with Oxford friends, and a mentor at the heart of the British establishment – this is the gilded lifestyle of the son of the ousted Chinese Communist party leader linked to the death of a British businessman. These pictures shine...
  • Bo Xilai’s wife arrested in murder probe

    04/14/2012 2:37:38 PM PDT · by mgist · 6 replies
    financial Times ^ | 4/10/2012 | Alderlini
    High quality global journalism requires investment. Please share this article with others using the link below, do not cut & paste the article. See our Ts&Cs and Copyright Policy for more detail. Email ftsales.support@ft.com to buy additional rights. http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cdf94296-8321-11e1-ab78-00144feab49a.html#ixzz1s3K9pKfY China’s Communist party has formally dismissed Bo Xilai, one of its most powerful leaders, from his positions at the top of the ruling hierarchy and arrested his wife on suspicion of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood. In a one-line statement, state media announced on Tuesday night that Mr Bo had been suspended from the 25-member politburo, the second-highest decision-making body in...
  • China’s mysterious Internet outage; speculation over a ‘kill switch’

    04/14/2012 9:41:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 6 replies
    ZDNet ^ | 04/13/12 | Hana Stewart-Smith
    China’s mysterious Internet outage; speculation over a ‘kill switch’ By Hana Stewart-Smith | April 13, 2012, 5:33am PDT At approximately 11am local time yesterday, Internet users around China reported significant Internet blackouts. Not only were they unable to access some Chinese sites, but also many foreign Web sites that had not previously been blocked. The issue was not isolated to China. Web users in Hong Kong and Japan also reported issues with accessing Chinese sites. A number of explanations immediately came to light, with the most viable cause being the 8.7 magnitude earthquake in Indonesia on Wednesday, that might have...
  • Spies from China, Russia and Iran infect American universities to steal gov’t, corporate secrets

    04/13/2012 11:04:14 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | PUBLISHED: 15:48 EST, 9 April 2012 | UPDATED: 17:14 EST, 9 April 2012 | (Daily Mail Reporter)
    American universities have become infected with foreign spies posing as humble students and researchers, who are working to steal government secrets and new technologies to take back to their own countries. Untold numbers of foreign agents are hidden among the thousands of legitimate international students who are studying science, technology and engineering in the US. China, Russia and Iran are among the nations who are attempting to exploit the culture of openness and transparency in American higher education. … Several recent arrests and discoveries illustrate the point. Even the high-profile network of Russian sleeper agents that was dismantled in 2010...
  • Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai's son 'escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials'

    04/13/2012 4:32:27 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 04/13/12 | Raf Sanchez, Boston, Jon Swaine in Washington and Matthew Holehouse
    Neil Heywood death: Bo Xilai's son 'escorted from his home near Harvard university by US officials' The son of the Chinese power couple embroiled in the scandal over British businessman Neil Heywood's death was escorted from his home by US officials, as experts said he could obtain asylum in America. By Raf Sanchez, Boston, Jon Swaine in Washington and Matthew Holehouse 10:00PM BST 13 Apr 2012 Bo Guagua, the Harrow- and Oxford-educated son of Bo Xilai, was slipped out of his luxury flat near Harvard University late on Thursday night, in a pre-arranged pick-up by law-enforcement officers. Wearing a dark...
  • Fans of Bo Xilai rally to ousted chief in China

    04/13/2012 4:28:00 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WP ^ | 04/14/12 | Andrew Higgins
    Fans of Bo Xilai rally to ousted chief in China By Andrew Higgins, Saturday, April 14, 4:28 AM HONG KONG — With China’s propaganda apparatus in overdrive as the Communist Party demolishes the reputation of one of its former stars, a few defiant and angry fans are sticking to their guns. “We support the Chongqing Model and Bo Xilai,” declared a call to arms posted on the Web site of the Progress Society, a pugnacious “new left” fraternity that trumpets the ousted Chongqing Party boss as a hero. Its logo features a panda wearing a Mao cap and clutching a...
  • China braces for next act in leadership drama

    04/13/2012 4:22:19 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 9 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China braces for next act in leadership drama By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING | Wed Apr 11, 2012 6:02pm EDT (Reuters) - "We can't keep a lid on this," China's disgraced leader Bo Xilai was reportedly told by his police chief when the murder scandal now engulfing Bo's family first began to unravel. With a once-in-a-decade leadership handover months away, the Communist Party's elite must be thinking the same thing as they confront the first very public turmoil at the centre of power in more than 20 years. Revelations about the former Chongqing party chief issued by...
  • China puts on show of might over Bo Xilai’s military allies

    04/13/2012 8:31:58 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 3 replies
    WP ^ | 04/13/12 | Kathrin Hille
    China puts on show of might over Bo Xilai’s military allies By Kathrin Hille, Published: April 13 BEIJING — Half of last week was a public holiday in China, but it was a busy week in the barracks. In many military bases and academies, political education sessions were scheduled at short notice to hammer home the message of the Communist Party’s absolute leadership over the armed forces. “Everyone knows it’s about Bo Xilai, but we’re not supposed to talk about it,” said a young officer. As the party leadership scrambled this month to decide whether to strip the former Chongqing...
  • LCS Couldn't Survive War With China, But It Could Help Prevent It: CNO

    04/12/2012 9:19:24 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 5 replies
    AOL Defense ^ | April 12, 2012 | Sydney J. Freedberg Jr.
    LCS Couldn't Survive War With China, But It Could Help Prevent It: CNO WASHINGTON: As Chinese and Filipino ships continue to face off in the disputed waters of the South China Sea, the Chief of Naval Operations acknowledged that the Navy's prized new Littoral Combat Ship might not survive a shooting war against a well-armed adversary like China. But, Adm. Jonathan Greenert said this morning at a National Press Club breakfast organized by Government Executive magazine, the small, versatile vessel could free up larger warships from the day-to-day policing, presence, and partnership-building missions that are the best way to prevent...
  • Is a Water War between India and Pakistan Imminent?

    04/12/2012 2:18:13 PM PDT · by bananaman22 · 20 replies
    Oilprice.com ^ | 08/04/2012 | Dr. John C.K. Daly
    A peaceful and stable Pakistan is integral to western efforts to pacify Afghanistan, but Islamabad’s obsessions with its giant eastern neighbor may render such issues moot. Since partition in 1947, Pakistan and India have fought four armed conflicts, in 1947, 1965, 1971 (which led to the establishment of Bangladesh, formerly East Pakistan) and the 1999 Kargil clash. With the exception of the 1971 conflict, which involved rising tensions in East Pakistan, the others have all involved issues arising from control of Kashmir. But now a rising new element of discord threatens to precipitate a new armed clash between southern Asia’s...
  • Communist paper urges unity after China scandal

    04/12/2012 8:38:44 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 7 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    Communist paper urges unity after China scandal AFP – 9 hrs ago. China's top Communist Party newspaper on Thursday urged the country to unite behind the ruling party, as it seeks to minimise the fallout from the high-profile purge of top leader Bo Xilai. A front-page commentary in the People's Daily -- mouthpiece of the party -- urged Chinese people to "fully understand the great significance" of rising star Bo's suspension from the party, which had provoked "strong reactions". "Chinese people should firmly support the correct decision, and unite around the (party leadership) to push forward the cause of socialism...
  • China leadership succession back to old disorderly self

    04/12/2012 8:30:42 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 1 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/12/12 | Brian Rhoads
    China leadership succession back to old disorderly self By Brian Rhoads HONG KONG (Reuters) - A rising star is ejected from China's Politburo and faces trial for violations of Communist Party discipline. His wife is in custody, suspected of murdering a British national. So much for an orderly transition of power. Just weeks ago, the pending retirement of Chinese president and Communist Party Chief Hu Jintao to the younger generation headed by anointed leader to be Xi Jinping had appeared headed for a quiet repeat of 2002. That year, Hu took the reins from Jiang Zemin in what was hailed...
  • China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours'(& shut down 42 sites)

    04/12/2012 8:23:12 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 15 replies
    AFP ^ | 04/12/12
    China deletes 210,000 online posts 'to halt rumours' China has closed 42 websites and deleted more than 210,000 posts since mid-March in a crackdown on online "rumours", state media said Thursday, as a major political scandal rocked the country. The three-line announcement on the official Xinhua news agency came as Chinese authorities ramped up efforts to control online speculation about the purge of a top leader whose wife is suspected in the murder of a British businessman. It did not refer to this week's dramatic developments surrounding the high-profile and populist former leader Bo Xilai, who was sacked as Chongqing...
  • Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent (Bo has widespread support)

    04/11/2012 7:25:25 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies
    LAT ^ | 04/11/12 | Jonathan Kaiman
    Fall of China official roils Chongqing, with some public dissent Residents who benefited from local chief Bo Xilai's initiatives openly defend him. But the crackdown, with sensational allegations against his wife, continues. By Jonathan Kaiman, Los Angeles Times April 11, 2012 CHONGQING, China — Change has come quickly to this sprawling city of 30 million people since the charismatic local party chief, Bo Xilai, was fired last month by the national Communist Party leadership in China's most high-profile political shake-up in 20 years. Signs in public squares now ban gatherings to sing "red songs," a prominent element of Bo's effort...
  • China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder

    04/10/2012 11:55:14 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 8 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/12 | Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim
    China ejects Bo from elite ranks, wife suspected of murder By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim | Reuters – 9 hrs ago BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party has suspended former high-flying politician Bo Xilai from its top ranks and named his wife a suspect in the murder of a British businessman, a dramatic turn in a scandal shaking leadership succession plans. The decision to banish Bo from the Central Committee and its Politburo effectively ends the career of China's brashest and most controversial politician, widely seen as pressing for a top post in China's next leadership to be...
  • Philippine warship in standoff with China vessels

    04/10/2012 10:31:25 PM PDT · by Nachum · 23 replies
    Associated Press ^ | 4/10/12 | Staff
    Manila, Philippines - The Philippines said its largest warship was engaged in a tense standoff with Chinese surveillance vessels Wednesday at a disputed South China Sea shoal, after the ship attempted to arrest Chinese fishermen but was blocked by the surveillance craft. Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario summoned Chinese Ambassador Ma Keqing to resolve the dangerous impasse diplomatically. Del Rosario's office said in a statement that the Scarborough Shoal "is an integral part of Philippine territory" and Filipino authorities would assert sovereignty over the offshore area.
  • Philippine warship 'in stand-off with Chinese vessels'

    04/10/2012 7:25:28 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 26 replies
    Bbc ^ | 4:10:12
    The Philippines says its main naval vessel is engaged in a stand-off with Chinese surveillance ships at a disputed South China Sea shoal. The Philippines said its warship tried to arrest Chinese fishermen anchored at the Scarborough Shoal, but was blocked by the two surveillance boats. Both countries dispute the ownership of the shoal, which lies off the Philippines' northwestern coast. The Philippine government said it would "assert sovereignty" over the area. A statement from the county's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the naval vessel, the Gregorio Del Pilar, found eight Chinese fishing vessels at the shoal when it was...
  • “Made in China” counterfeit war plane parts put our troops in danger- why?

    04/10/2012 1:52:38 PM PDT · by IbJensen · 7 replies
    Coach Is Right ^ | 4/7/2012 | Jim Emerson
    Last November, researchers for the Senate Armed Forces Services Committee, reported our military had purchased and installed counterfeit electronic components into Warplanes and other weapons systems. During their research the committee claimed that it found more than a million fake parts in a random sample with approximately 70% of the electronic parts originating from China. The components would find their way into the Defense Supply Chain through approved commercial distributors who purchase the parts directly from China. The Chinese would purposely pack counterfeit parts with in genuine military grade components and sell the batch to the Defense Logistics Agency at...
  • CHINA TO DROP SOLAR ENERGY TO FOCUS ON NUCLEAR POWER

    04/09/2012 2:31:38 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 43 replies
    elp.com ^ | March 12, 2012
    China will accelerate the use of new-energy sources such as nuclear energy and put an end to blind expansion in industries such as solar energy and wind power in 2012, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao says in a government report published on March 5.China will instead develop nuclear power in 2012, actively develop hydroelectric power, tackle key problems more quickly in the exploration and development of shale gas, and increase the share of new energy and renewable energy in total energy consumption.The guidance indicates a new trend for new-energy and renewable energy development in China from 2012. Analysts believe that the...
  • Fang Lizhi and Freedom (China's Andrei Sakharov dies - inspired Tiananmen Square demonstrations)

    04/09/2012 10:02:16 AM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 11 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 8, 2012 | WSJ
    In retrospect, Fang may seem naive in his call for democracy. Over three decades Mao Zedong had crushed independent thought through political campaigns that claimed millions of lives. Fang himself only avoided prison because of the force of his personality, his scientific accomplishments and the political ferment in 1980s China. Yet he was right to see an opening for self-government. During that remarkable time, the Communist Party was so desperate to modernize that Fang was given a platform to undertake educational reform at the University of Science and Technology, where he became vice president. The dream of socialism was dead,...
  • 'Jackie Kennedy of China' at Center of Political Drama (Mr&Mrs Bo, Mr Wang,and Dead Brit)

    04/09/2012 8:06:14 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 13 replies
    WSJ ^ | 04/09/12 | JEREMY PAGE, BRIAN SPEGELE and STEVE EDER
    'Jackie Kennedy of China' at Center of Political Drama By JEREMY PAGE, BRIAN SPEGELE and STEVE EDER The wife of sacked Communist Party official Bo Xilai made quite an impression when she showed up in Mobile, Ala., 15 years ago with her young son in tow. Denver lawyer Ed Byrne, whom she had hired to represent Chinese companies embroiled in a legal mess in U.S. federal court, was struck by her brains, charm and beauty. Gu Kailai, he says, seemed like the "Jackie Kennedy of China." Gu Kailai was close to a British businessman who died mysteriously. . The business...
  • Chinese government tells military to ignore internet in wake of coup talk

    04/09/2012 7:59:32 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 10 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/06/12
    Chinese government tells military to ignore internet in wake of coup talk Regime's jitters evident in thinly veiled reference by army newspaper to rumours that prompted crackdown on chat sites Reuters guardian.co.uk, Friday 6 April 2012 06.51 BST Article history The Chinese army has been ordered to ignore internet rumours and stick to Communist party ideology as the leadership under Hu Jintao (above) prepares to anoint its successors. Photograph: Prin Samrang/EPA China's top military newspaper has told troops to ignore rumours on the internet and steel themselves for "ideological struggle" – an apparent reference to talk of a coup as...
  • Chinese Navy Employs UAV Assets

    04/08/2012 9:27:46 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 6 replies
    SIGNAL Magazine ^ | April 2012 | James C. Bussert
    Chinese Navy Employs UAV Assets By James C. Bussert, SIGNAL Magazine April 2012 The Middle Kingdom learns from the example—and the hardware—of other nations. China’s navy has begun using unmanned aerial vehicles as part of its blue-water operations. At least one type has been photographed by foreign reconnaissance aircraft, and other variants have been reported. Not only has China been displaying an assortment of models at air shows, it also is incorporating advanced U.S. unmanned vehicle technology into current and future systems. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has been developing unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) since it built copies of U.S....
  • China shuts Maoist sites amid political crisis

    04/07/2012 7:36:34 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 5 replies
    Indian Express ^ | 04/08/12
    China shuts Maoist sites amid political crisis Beijing, Sun Apr 08 2012, 00:54 hrs Chinese authorities have ordered a leading pro-Maoist website shut down for one month because of critical essays posted on it, the website’s founder said, amid the country’s worst high-level political crisis in years. The move comes after the firing of a once high-flying official, who promoted Mao Zedong-era songs and stories. Han Deqiang, founder of the leftist website Utopia, said police ordered that it be shut down because of content that criticized the Communist Party, its leaders and an upcoming party congress. The shutdown took effect...
  • “Made in China” counterfeit war plane parts put our troops in danger- why?

    04/07/2012 7:57:44 AM PDT · by darkwing104 · 21 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | April 7th, 2012 | Jim Emerson
    Last November, researchers for the Senate Armed Forces Services Committee, reported our military had purchased and installed counterfeit electronic components into Warplanes and other weapons systems. During their research the committee claimed that it found more than a million fake parts in a random sample with approximately 70% of the electronic parts originating from China. The components would find their way into the Defense Supply Chain through approved commercial distributors who purchase the parts directly from China. The Chinese would purposely pack counterfeit parts with in genuine military grade components and sell the batch to the Defense Logistics Agency at...
  • Asia's balance of power: China’s military rise

    04/06/2012 3:33:01 PM PDT · by neverdem · 5 replies
    The Economist ^ | Apr 7th 2012 | Masthead Editorial
    There are ways to reduce the threat to stability that an emerging superpower poses NO MATTER how often China has emphasised the idea of a peaceful rise, the pace and nature of its military modernisation inevitably cause alarm. As America and the big European powers reduce their defence spending, China looks likely to maintain the past decade’s increases of about 12% a year. Even though its defence budget is less than a quarter the size of America’s today, China’s generals are ambitious. The country is on course to become the world’s largest military spender in just 20 years or so...
  • Our media won’t say it but Canada is really going to sell oil to China Obama wins and we lose

    04/06/2012 7:37:16 AM PDT · by jmaroneps37 · 12 replies
    coachisright.com ^ | April 6, 2012 | Kevin "Coach" Collins
    Pushed by Barack Obama’s naked attempts to destroy our economy Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper has made up his mind: he will look west to China when he is ready to sell his nation’s crude oil. Barack Obama has won this round to destroy America’s economy and we have lost. Anyone who thought this dangerous game of chicken would end in our closest neighbor and one of our strongest allies knuckling under and waiting until Obama was finished using our lives to squeeze more campaign funds from the far Left has been proved wrong. This is really going to happen....
  • U.S. Getting Closer to Funding China Enviro Clean-Ups, Brazil Airport and Ukraine '9-1-1' Upgrades

    04/06/2012 8:43:46 AM PDT · by Steve Peacock · 9 replies
    U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor ^ | April 6, 2012 | Steve Peacock
    The U.S. government yesterday took the next step towards partly financing environmental cleanup projects in China. As U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor previously reported, the U.S. Trade & Development Agency (USTDA) last month issued a Scope of Work related to a series of groundwater remediation initiatives in China—projects for which that nation intend to infuse (USD) $5.5 billion of its own money through 2020 (Monitor, March 16). Nonetheless, USTDA awarded a $44,000 contract to Ascendant Program Services, LLC, a Bethesda, Md.-based infrastructure consulting firm, to embark upon a "definitional mission," or DM, to China. (Contract award #USTDA-CO201261140). Despite the seemingly...
  • China tells military to ignore rumors, obey party

    04/05/2012 10:51:56 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 5 replies
    Reuters ^ | Fri Apr 6, 2012 1:21am EDT | Chris Buckley
    China's top military newspaper told troops on Friday to ignore rumors on the Internet and steel themselves for "ideological struggle" as the ruling Communist Party faces a leadership transition, in a sign of jitters in Beijing. The Liberation Army Daily did not mention outlandish rumors of a foiled coup in Beijing that spread on the Internet in past weeks, after the abrupt ousting of Bo Xilai, an ambitious contender for a spot in the new central leadership to be unveiled at a party congress later this year. A front-page commentary in the newspaper, however, left no doubt the party leadership...
  • Obama Administration Applauds Tax Cuts—In People’s Republic of China

    04/05/2012 3:45:09 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 6 replies
    Obama Administration Applauds Tax Cuts—In People’s Republic of China By Terence P. Jeffrey April 5, 2012 (CNSNews.com) - While making positive comments about the most recent five-year-plan developed by the Communist government of the People’s Republic of China, Undersecretary of State Robert Hormats specifically applauded China’s decision to lower taxes because it would spur economic growth. “What’s really encouraging to me is that there are a lot of groups in China that are reform-minded,” Hormats said while addressing a group of foreign reporters in New York City last week. “And if you look at the 12th Five-Year Plan, a lot...
  • US miscalculates China military growth: study

    04/05/2012 10:38:46 AM PDT · by george76 · 9 replies
    afp ^ | April 6, 2012
    The United States has underestimated the growth of China's military as policymakers have taken public statements at face value or failed to understand Beijing's thinking, a study said Thursday. The report prepared for the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission said the United States had a mixed record on predicting the rising power's new weaponry, including largely missing the emergence of more advanced submarines. As for the speed of military modernization, the study found "identifiable cases of miscalculation" with China developing anti-ship ballistic missiles and stealth fighter-jets earlier than the United States expected.
  • China Daily: Coming weeks are 'crucial'

    04/05/2012 7:17:37 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 3 replies
    China Daily ^ | April 5, 2012 | By Chen Jia
    The coming few weeks will be the most crucial time for the country's economy in all of 2012, say Chinese economists. Many observers say the country's economy is decelerating too quickly. The biggest question facing government officials now is whether they will be able to bring that slowdown to a gradual halt, said Wang Jun, senior economist with the China Center for International Economic Exchanges, a government think tank. State-owned companies faced the stronger headwinds. Their 179.1-billion-yuan profit for the two months was down by as much as 19.7 percent year-on-year. Companies owned by overseas investors, meanwhile, earned 141.9 billion...
  • China Plans Tourist Visits to Disputed Islands(Paracel Islands)

    04/05/2012 5:56:03 AM PDT · by derfel · 6 replies
    Voice of America ^ | April 5th, 2012 | Voice of America
    China says it will allow tourists to visit disputed islands in the South China Sea, a move likely to further inflame tensions over the vast maritime region. Beijing's plans for the Paracel islands are likely to irritate Vietnam, which also claims the islands as part of its territory. Hanoi issued a statement last week denouncing a sailing race around the Parcels staged by authorities in China's Hainan province.
  • N. Korean defectors holed up in China arrive in Seoul

    04/05/2012 5:25:04 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 4 replies
    Yahoo/AFP ^ | Apr 3, 2012
    China has allowed five North Korean defectors to leave for South Korea after they spent months or years holed up in Seoul's Beijing embassy to avoid arrest, media reports said Wednesday. Chosun Ilbo newspaper, citing a Seoul diplomatic source, said they arrived in the South Sunday after China changed its policy of refusing to let them depart. Yonhap news agency and other media carried similar reports, and said China was also considering allowing the departure of seven others trapped for at least two years in South Korea's consulates in Shenyang and Shanghai.
  • Photo of baby aborted in China at 9 months in forced abortion circulates on Internet, sparks outrage

    04/03/2012 4:21:07 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 22 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/3/12 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WARNING: VERY GRAPHIC LINYI CITY, Shandong Province, China, April 3, 2012 (LifeSiteNews.com) - A chilling photograph circulating in China shows the body of a 9-months-gestation baby submerged in a bucket of water, apparently a victim of the country’s one-child policy. Digital Journal reports that the photograph, in which the head and arm of a child can be seen underwater in a large red bucket on the floor, was posted to the Chinese web services company Baidu before it was circulated on Weibo, the country’s version of Twitter, last week. The abortion appears to have taken place on March 26...
  • China's High-Tech Military Threat

    04/03/2012 6:57:48 PM PDT · by U-238 · 16 replies
    Commentary Magazine ^ | 4/1/2012 | Bill Gertz
    President Barack Obama said during the visit of Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping in February that “we welcome China’s peaceful rise [and] we believe that a strong and prosperous China is one that can help bring stability and prosperity to the region and the world.” Few presidents have made statements so stunningly disingenuous as this. For as he was speaking, Obama was presiding over a shift in military doctrine whose central tenet is that China is, and will be, the main military threat to the United States for at least the next generation. Weeks earlier, in November 2011, the Pentagon...