lørdag 25. februar 2017

Xi Jinping’s News Alert: Chinese Media Must Serve the Party

The Chinese news media covered President Xi Jinping’s most recent public appearances with adulation befitting a demigod. Front-page headlines across the nation trumpeted Mr. Xi’s visits to the headquarters of the three main Communist Party and state news organizations on Friday. Photographs showed fawning journalists crowding around Mr. Xi, who sat at an anchor’s desk at the state television network. One media official wrote the president an adoring poemRead more

North Korea Accuses China of ‘Mean Behavior’ After It Tightens Sanctions

North Korea on Thursday criticized China in unusually bitter language for tightening sanctions, accusing its powerful Communist neighbor of “mean behavior” and “dancing to the tune of the U.S.” The anti-Beijing commentary carried by the North’s state-run Korean Central News Agency, did not name China and was written by a writer named Jong Phil. While it was not a formal government statement, commentators in North Korea do not depart from the government’s official position. Mr. Jong left no doubt about his target, referring to “a neighboring country, which often claims itself to be a ‘friendly neighbor.’” Read more

Torbjørn Færøvik: Ta en dispril mot Kina-feberen!

Skal si Kina-feberen raser i Norge for tiden. "Alle" skal til Kina nå, selv statsminister Erna Solberg, som i april reiser til det forjettede land i øst i spissen for en stor norsk delegasjon. Kanskje det er på tide å ta en dispril, etterfulgt av en dose sunn fornuft.

E 24 Podcast: "Norge bør ikke eksponere seg for sterkt mot Kina"

Denne ukens podcast fra E24 handler om forholdet mellom Norge og Kina etter den såkalte "normaliseringen" i desember i fjor. Om to måneder reiser statsminister Erna Solberg til Kina i spissen for en stor norsk delegasjon. Hvordan bør Norge forholde seg til stormakten i øst i tiden som kommer? Professor emiritus Arne Jon Isachsen og forfatter Torbjørn Færøvik forsøker å svare. Hør podcasten

China and North Korea Reveal Sudden, and Deep, Cracks in Their Friendship

For decades, North Korea could count on China as a loyal ally despite the erratic behavior of the ruling Kim dynasty. Beijing held its tongue, even as its neighbor engaged in saber rattling, nuclear testing and bombastic threats. But by this week, things may have gone too far, with North Korea unleashing a tirade in which it deployed some of the most damning insults in its playbook, accusing China of “dancing to the tune of the U.S.” and “styling itself as a big power.” Chinese observers of relations between the countries were left in disbelief about how rapidly those ties have deteriorated, particularly after Beijing decided to cut off coal imports that provide badly needed currency for the North’s economy. Read more

What One Photo Tells Us About North Korea’s Nuclear Program

Experts who want to pierce North Korea’s extreme secrecy have to be creative. One surprisingly rich resource: the country’s own propaganda. Read more

onsdag 22. februar 2017

The Sinocism China Newsletter 02.22.17

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Which Asian Country Will Replace China as the 'World's Factory'?

China, the United States, and Germany are currently among the most 15 globally competitive manufacturing countries in the world. But in the next five years, according to a survey of industry CEOs carried out by Deloitte, the MITI-V of Malaysia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, and Vietnam are set to enter the top 15 most competitive manufacturing countries. They are the “new China,” the top economies for low-cost manufacturing (i.e., labor intensive commodity type products like apparel, toys, textiles and basic consumer electronics). Read more

Nybyggere i det østlige Russland frykter kineserne mer enn ville bjørner

Siden 1991 har folketallet i de vakre, ressursrike og livsviktige østlige delene av Russland falt med minst 30 prosent. Nå forsøker nybyggerne å finne nye måter å overleve på. Intet mindre enn Russlands fremtid står på spill. Putin selv har advart om at hvis russerne ikke lykkes i øst, vil deres barn og barnebarn snakke kinesiskLes mer

China close to finishing buildings on South China Sea islands that could house missiles, US says

China, in an early test of US President Donald Trump, is nearly finished building almost two dozen structures on artificial islands in the South China Sea that appear designed to house long-range surface-to-air missiles, two US officials told Reuters. The development is likely to raise questions about whether and how the United States will respond, given its vows to take a tough line on China in the South China SeaRead more

tirsdag 21. februar 2017

Revealed: Kim Jong-nam was gripped by paranoia and fear, says friend

Kim Jong-nam spent his last few years highly paranoid, hiding from the regime run by his dictator half-brother while struggling with a sense of powerlessness over the fate of his homeland, according to people who knew him. In an exclusive interview with the Guardian, a close friend and confidant of the man once heir to the North Korean dynasty talked about Kim’s open-minded views and personality that led to his exile – and possibly his death. Read more

China orders GPS tracking of every car in troubled region

Security officials in China’s violence-stricken north-west have ordered residents to install GPS tracking devices in their vehicles so authorities are able to keep permanent tabs on their movements. The compulsory measure, which came into force this week and could eventually affect hundreds of thousands of vehicles, is being rolled out in the Bayingolin Mongol Autonomous Prefecture of Xinjiang, a sprawling region that borders Central Asia and sees regular eruptions of deadly violence. The move comes amid an apparent spike in killing that authorities blame on Islamist extremists and separatists but experts say is also fuelled by ethnic friction between Han Chinese migrants and members of the predominantly Muslim Uighur minority to whom Xinjiang is home. Read more

Chinese troops stage show of force in Xinjiang and vow to 'relentlessly beat' separatists

Thousands of heavily armed troops have paraded through cities in China’s troubled far west with officials there vowing a “thunderous” anti-terror crackdown after an apparent upsurge in deadly ethnic violence. Hundreds of black clad, rifle-toting soldiers took to the streets of Urumqi, the capital of Xinjiang, on Saturday, according to local media reports. Zhu Hailun, the region’s deputy Communist party chief, told the assembly authorities would wage a unflinching campaign against the Islamic terrorists and separatists they blame for the bloodshed. Read more

mandag 20. februar 2017

China Suspends All Coal Imports From North Korea

China said on Saturday that it was suspending all imports of coal from North Korea as part of its effort to enact United Nations Security Council sanctions aimed at stopping the country’s nuclear weapons and ballistic-missile program. The ban takes effect on Sunday and will last until the end of the year, the Chinese Commerce Ministry said in a brief statement posted on its website on Saturday. Chinese trade and aid have long been a vital economic crutch for North Korea, and the decision strips North Korea of one of its most important sources of foreign currency. Read more

How climate activist Ma Jun went from China's enemy to ally

Ma Jun, perhaps China's best-known environmentalist, thinks US President Donald Trump needs to visit China.Trump is promising to reduce energy regulations, eliminate the carbon reducing Climate Action Plan, and has called climate change a hoax. The Trump White House has also removed mentions of Climate Change on its website and issued a gag order to federal agencies -- prompting some national parks twitter accounts to "go rogue." Read more

US carrier starts 'routine' patrols in South China Sea

The United States deployed the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson to the disputed waters of the South China Sea on Saturday as part of maritime "routine operations. "Sailing with the 97,000-ton Vinson is the guided-missile destroyer USS Wayne E. Meyer, the Navy said in a statement. The Vinson carries a flight group of more than 60 aircraft, including F/A-18 jet fighters. The operation comes amid growing tensions between the United States and China over territory and trade, and as the Trump administration looks set to take a more confrontational stance toward China than its predecessor. Read more

fredag 17. februar 2017

'Forest cities': the radical plan to save China from air pollution

When Stefano Boeri imagines the future of urban China he sees green, and lots of it. Office blocks, homes and hotels decked from top to toe in a verdant blaze of shrubbery and plant life; a breath of fresh air for metropolises that are choking on a toxic diet of fumes and dust.

Last week, the Italian architect, famed for his tree-clad Bosco Verticale (Vertical Forest) skyscraper complex in Milan, unveiled plans for a similar project in the eastern Chinese city of Nanjing. The Chinese equivalent – Boeri’s first in Asia – will be composed of two neighbouring towers coated with 23 species of tree and more than 2,500 cascading shrubs. The structures will reportedly house offices, a 247-room luxury hotel, a museum and even a green architecture school, and are currently under construction, set for completion next year. Read more

China 'eliminating civil society' by targeting human rights activists – report

China’s human rights situation further deteriorated last year as police systematically tortured activists and forcibly disappeared government critics while state TV continued to broadcast forced confessions, a new report shows.

A creeping security state also attempted to codify much of its existing behaviour on paper, giving the police legal authority to criminalise a host of NGOs deemed politically sensitive by the authorities, according to the report by the Network of Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD). “The Chinese government seems intent on eliminating civil society through a combination of new legislation restricting the funding and operations of NGOs, and the criminalisation of human rights activities as a so-called threat to national security,” Frances Eve, a researcher at CHRD, told the Guardian. Read more