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  • Why China won't reform

    05/30/2020 5:33:31 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Peter Skurkiss
    Could reform be the answer to the dilemma that China faces? That's certainly the option the foreign policy gurus at Foggy Bottom would suggest. It sounds ever so logical to them. But not to the Chinese communist leadership. They may be evil to the core, but they're not fools. By attempting to reform and loosening up control, the CCP rightly fears what is known as the Tocqueville Paradox. Minxin Pei states: The Chinese leadership, especially Vice President Wang Qishan, piqued interest in Tocqueville because he read L'Ancien Regime, and warned fellow cadres that reform could speed up the demise of...
  • By Forcing Control On Hong Kong, Beijing Killed The Golden Goose

    05/30/2020 8:00:27 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 8 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 30, 2020 | Helen Raleigh President Donald Trump announced Friday that he has directed his administration to “begin the process of eliminating policy exemptions that give Hong Kong different and special treatment.” His announcement came a day after China’s People’s Congress passed Beijing’s controversial new national security law related to Hong Kong. Trump’s announcement will profoundly affect the future of Hong Kong and the U.S.-China relationship.The president’s decision was based on Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s certification to Congress Wednesday that “Hong Kong is no longer autonomous from China,” a decision he said gave him no pleasure but that “sound policy-making requires a recognition...
  • China's Economy Is In Deep Trouble

    05/30/2020 8:15:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 35 replies
    The National Interest ^ | 05/30/2020 | Gordon Chang
    Xi Jinping, during his appearance at the Chinese Peoples Political Consultative Conference in Beijing on Saturday, talked about analyzing the Chinese economy from a dialectical and long-term perspective. Should we be surprised that the Chinese leader is resorting to ideological circumlocutions when his economy is contracting and he knows he cant rescue it soon? The official National Bureau of Statistics reported that gross domestic product contracted 6.8 percent year-on-year during the first quarter of this year, the first announced decline since Beijing began issuing quarterly GDP statistics in 1992. Many assessments, including the widely followed China Beige Book, pegged the...
  • China is setting the stage for the next major war

    05/29/2020 6:02:09 AM PDT · by RoosterRedux · 71 replies
    American Thinker ^ | Robert Arvay
    Before the ink was dry on the treaty that ended World War 1, planning began for the Second World War. That is not far from the truth. The 1920s and '30s saw Japan, Germany, and Italy seeking to expand their military forces, including in the case of Japan and Germany, in violation of treaties. Japan transitioned from a nascent democracy to a brutal military dictatorship, while Hitler began laying the groundwork for his rise to power. Mussolini of Italy had plans to establish a sort of second Roman Empire and sent his army to Ethiopia to begin it. The history...
  • Taiwan pledges help for fleeing Hong Kongers, riles China

    05/28/2020 9:05:10 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 20 replies
    Channel News Asia ^ | 05/28/2020
    TAIPEI: Taiwan promised on Thursday (May 28) to settle Hong Kongers who flee the city for political reasons, offering help from employment to counselling, and prompting angry condemnation from Beijing as it pushes security legislation for Hong Kong. Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen this week became the first world leader to pledge specific measures to help people from Hong Kong who may leave the former British colony because of the new legislation. Chen Ming-tong, head of Taiwan's top China-policy maker, the Mainland Affairs Council, told parliament the government will establish an organisation to deliver "humanitarian relief" that includes settlement and employment...
  • This Election Is Republicans v. China Oops, I Mean Democrats

    05/28/2020 4:05:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 24 replies ^ | May 28, 2020 | Kurt Schlichter
    Its pretty clear who the commie bastards known for their shoddy lab practices and their weird fetish for gnawing on pangolins badly want to win in November, and is not Trump and the Republicans. The Chinese communists want their moneys worth, and they will go all-in for the Democrats who find the chance to hurt Trump at the same time they hurt America too delicious to pass up. Plus, the Dems heartily approve of what Maos Pals are doing to freedom-loving Hong Kongers, seeing it as a template for what they would love to do to freedom-loving us. We need...
  • How A New Asian Alliance Will Press The Wests Advantages Against Communist China

    05/26/2020 8:01:15 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/26/2020 | Sumantra Maitra
    When working as a political journalist in New Zealand, I interviewed Winston Peters, who is now the deputy prime minister. Peters is an enormously smart but politically volatile man who was a conservative in his early life, then broke off to start a new party called New Zealand First (sound familiar?), and is now in a coalition with the Labour government.His politics was a mixed bag way ahead of his time in 2011, when he was promoting a mix of social conservatism and economic redistribution. But the most controversial of his policies was a virulent stream of anti-China rhetoricnot...
  • The China Syndrome Ghosts of Pandemics Past & Affinity for Despotism

    05/25/2020 8:33:30 PM PDT · by Phillyred · 3 replies
    The Jewish Voice ^ | Howard Barbanel
    Theres an old joke about eating Chinese food that says after youve had a big meal, youre hungry again a half hour later. That may be true for us but probably also for them too because the foods they have an insatiable appetite for can literally kill you. Iguanas, koala bears, pelicans, dogs, cats and especially bats. Eating bats is literally batshit crazy and harvesting bat guano (excrement) to diddle around with the viruses in their feces is probably what has put us in the two-month Corona lockdown and corresponding economic meltdown weve been suffering from. Covid-19 is far from...
  • Beijing Effectively Ends Hong Kongs Historic Freedoms

    05/25/2020 7:55:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | May 25, 2020 | Helen Raleigh
    If the United States doesn’t follow through to revoke Hong Kong’s special treatment, Beijing may be emboldened to take aggressive actions against Taiwan. May 22, 2020 will go down in history as an important milestone. On this day, Beijing announced it will impose a new national security law on Hong Kong, which will effectively end the “One Country, Two Systems” era.Beijing made the move at this week’s “Two Sessions,” annual legislative meetings of two organizations: the National People’s Congress (NPC) and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC). In the past, more than 5,000 delegates, representing the elites in China,...
  • Biden Has Already Lost on China

    05/25/2020 12:08:46 AM PDT · by Drastic · 18 replies
    The American Spectator ^ | 5-25-2020 | JT Young
    Joe Biden will lose the election on China. America is a divided nation on seemingly every issue, but increasingly unified in opposition to China. However, because Biden cannot join this unity of opposition, he is ceding this lopsided issue to President Trump. For America, coronavirus has crystallized years of bad Chinese behavior. Almost one hundred thousand deaths, 1.7 million cases, 39 million lost jobs, and a locked down nation have brought back to mind all Chinas committed, but overlooked, sins.
  • Obama was Islam's Manchurian candidate, Biden is China's

    05/23/2020 8:53:27 AM PDT · by yoe · 14 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | May 22, 2020 | L. Todd Wood
    Weve written extensively here about the absolute corruption and dual loyalties of the Obama administration. Our main point has been that to analyze Barack Obamas record, you cannot listen to his eloquent words, but have to discern the malign consequences of his actions, an Islamic caliphate flourishing in the Middle East being in the forefront. When you combine these consequences with the criminal lawlessness being exposed as we write, enabled from the top, along with the intentional racial division that permeated the Obama presidency, the only conclusion possible is that Obamas agenda was to destroy the United States, not save...
  • Video: A Brief Look Of The Real Bot Farms In China That Troll In Behalf Of The CCP

    05/22/2020 2:18:50 PM PDT · by USA Conservative · 14 replies
    Red State Nation ^ | 05.22.2020 | Sarah Hall
    Nearly half of the Twitter accounts spreading messages on the social media platform about the coronavirus pandemic are likely bots, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University said Wednesday. Researchers culled through more than 200 million tweets discussing the virus since January and found that about 45% were sent by accounts that behave more like computerized robots than humans. It is too early to say conclusively which individuals or groups are behind the bot accounts, but researchers said the tweets appeared aimed at sowing division in America. We do know that it looks like its a propaganda machine, and it definitely matches...
  • Ancient DNA unveils important missing piece of human history

    05/21/2020 10:20:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | May 14, 2020 | Chinese Academy of Sciences HQ
    The researchers used advanced ancient DNA capture techniques to retrieve ancient DNA from 25 individuals dating back 9,500-4,200 years and one individual dating back 300 years from northern and southern East Asia... Prof. FU and her team found that these Neolithic humans share the closest genetic relationship to present-day East Asians who belong to this "second layer." This suggests that by 9,500 years ago, the primary ancestries composing the genetic makeup of East Asians today could already be found in mainland East Asia. While more divergent ancestries can be found in Southeast Asia and the Japanese archipelago, in the Chinese...
  • Battle for Hong Kongs future becomes more entrenched

    05/21/2020 2:40:05 PM PDT · by EBH · 13 replies
    Irish Times ^ | 5/21/2020 | Peter Goff in Chengdu
    Hong Kongs football fans make a loud habit of booing Chinas national anthem before matches kick off. As a special administrative region under the one country, two systems model, the city can compete in sporting events as Hong Kong, but Chinas March of the Volunteers is the anthem that comes out through the speakers before games. It hasnt tended to go down well in recent confrontational times and is usually greeted with a cacophonous and abusive response, but under proposed legislation anyone who doesnt stand and deport themselves respectfully while it is playing, or who distorts or insults it in...
  • China is using covid-19 to throttle Hong Kongs pro-democracy movement

    05/21/2020 12:59:37 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    Washington Post opinion section ^ | May 21 at 11:18 AM | Marc A. Thiessen
    Hong Kong recently announced that it is extending the citys coronavirus emergency restrictions until June 5. Yet only four people have died of covid-19 in Hong Kong, and the city has seen just three locally transmitted cases in the past month. So why extend the restrictions? Because June 4 is the anniversary of Chinas brutal crackdown on peaceful democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square. Every year since 1990, Hong Kong residents have taken to the streets to commemorate the massacre. Now, Beijing is trying to prevent the annual march by declaring it a danger to public health. Its just the latest...
  • What U.S. National Strategy Should Look Like In The Wake Of Coronavirus: The threat Communist China represents is unlike anything America has faced

    05/19/2020 9:01:48 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies
    The Federalist ^ | 05/19/2020 | John Poindexter, Robert McFarlane, and Richard Levine
    “Come not between the dragon and his wrath,” King Lear enjoined, but this we must do to upend the wrath that has emanated from the most powerful foe America has faced. As terrible as the coronavirus crisis is, we must imagine a world ten or 20 years from now, in which the People’s Republic of China’s nominal gross domestic product is 50 percent larger than that of the United States.What power would an unconstrained China wield? What force of arms would they muster to intimidate and to control?If China’s actions in the coronavirus catastrophe offer any window into this...
  • American FedEx pilot imprisoned for breaking quarantine order in Singapore

    05/15/2020 7:11:29 PM PDT · by Theoria · 16 replies
    AP ^ | 15 May 2020 | AP
    Brian Dugan Yeargan sentenced to four weeks in prison after leaving hotel room for three hours to buy masks and thermometer An American cargo pilot who admitted to poor judgment in breaking a quarantine order to buy medical supplies has become the first foreigner imprisoned in Singapore for breaching its restrictions meant to curb the coronavirus. FedEx pilot Brian Dugan Yeargan, 44, from Eagle River in Alaska, was sentenced to four weeks on Wednesday after he pleaded guilty to leaving his hotel room for three hours to buy masks and a thermometer. Singapore has one of the largest outbreaks in...
  • $1.6T in century-old Chinese bonds offer Trump unique leverage against Beijing

    05/14/2020 10:51:36 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 29 replies
    Fox Business ^ | May 14 2020 | Jonathan Garber
    As the Trump administration seeks ways to penalize China for its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, it need look no further than Tennessee. The Lewisburg, Tennessee-based American Bondholder Foundation holds $1.6 trillion of century-old Chinese debt, including interest, dating to before the founding of the communist Peoples Republic of China, that it wants the administration's help in redeeming. There is an estimated $6 trillion or more of the debt outstanding worldwide. The bonds were issued by the Republic of China -- which ousted the imperial government in a coup -- as far back as 1912 and backed by gold; they...
  • Apple Is Reportedly Looking To Move 20% Of Its Production To India From China

    05/11/2020 8:51:52 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies
    Mashable ^ | 05/11/2020 | Prashan Parikh
    The COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted supply chains of companies around the world and has made some of them reconsider the chain as this reliance on Chinese manufacturers has revealed vulnerabilities during the current situation. Hence, looking to diversify its production, Apple is reportedly looking to move nearly 1/5th of its production from China to India. A report by ET reveals that Apple executives have been in touch with Indian government officials for the last few months and are now considering the possibility of moving a considerable chunk of their manufacturing operations to India through Apples contract manufacturers. "We expect Apple...
  • Unlikely TSMC (Computer Chip Giant)will soon build in US

    05/11/2020 10:56:02 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 22 replies
    Taipei Times ^ | Tue, May 12, 2020 | unattributed
    It is a risky bet for US President Donald Trump’s administration to push for building advanced semiconductor factories in the US due to growing fears about the US’ heavy reliance on Asia for chip supply and potential disruptions from uncontrollable factors such as the COVID-19 pandemic. The US government is in discussions with chipmakers, including Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co (TSMC), to build new fabs in the US to create a self-sufficiency in chips, the latest in a slew of Trump’s renewed “Make in the US” efforts, the Wall Street Journal reported on Sunday. Even before the pandemic, the US had...