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Craig Hill

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China claims territories of 23 countries, even though it only has borders with 14


The total area of China’s claims on other countries exceeds the size of modern China itself, but Beijing refuses to budge on its claims. Many are based on unsubstantiated (outside China) and unprecedented “historical precedents” dating back centuries. And while China only has land borders with 14 countries, it is claiming territory from at least … Continue reading

US military in Asia ‘beneficial’, Ambassador Locke tells China


US envoy to Beijing Gary Locke on Saturday  tried to ease China‘s fears that Washington wants to hem it in by emphasising  American military presence in Asia was not targeted at a single country. “We strongly believe — and I believe most in the region would agree —  that our security presence here is beneficial … Continue reading

More US firms may shift some business from China to ASEAN


A growing number of U.S. companies plan to shift some operations from China to Southeast Asia in the next two years as confidence in countries such as the Philippines improves, a survey by the American Chamber of Commerce in Singapore showed. AmCham Singapore said on Thursday its survey of 356 senior executives working for U.S. … Continue reading

Hong Kong teachers vow to fight against brainwashing imposed by Beijing


Hong Kong is preparing for a new march against the school reform imposed by the communist government, which obliges classes of “national education”. Civil society joins the battle first launched 10 years ago by the Catholic Church and say they are ready to resist this new abuse. After the Catholic Church, the Christian denominations, parents … Continue reading

China hopes to dominate at Paralympics


A new generation of Chinese athletes arrived in London this week with hopes of dominating the Paralympics, but officials are downplaying chances the streamlined team can match its mammoth 2008 medal haul. China’s Paralympic team swept all aside in Beijing four years ago, with 89 golds and 211 medals in total, more than double its … Continue reading

Collapse of new bridge underscores worries about China infrastructure


One of the longest bridges in northern China collapsed on Friday, just nine months after it opened, setting off a storm of criticism from Chinese Internet users and underscoring questions about the quality of construction in the country’s rapid expansion of its infrastructure. A nearly 330-foot-long section of a ramp of the eight-lane Yangmingtan Bridge … Continue reading

China needs to put its house in order


There has been much talk about America’s decline in recent years, with the corollary that China will take its place. But, while the United States does indeed face problems that urgently need to be addressed, if China is to rise further, to say nothing of supplanting the US internationally, it must first put its own … Continue reading

China is developing a ‘super-missile’ with multiple nuclear warheads


Mainland state media have acknowledged for the first time that China is developing a state-of-the-art intercontinental ballistic missile (ICBM) equipped with multiple nuclear warheads that could defeat America’s anti-missile defences. On Wednesday, the Global Times, a newspaper under the party mouthpiece People’s Daily, denied a report by the consultancy IHS Jane’s last week that a … Continue reading

China’s Xinhua denies asking Canadian journalist to spy on Dalai Lama


A Canadian journalist says he quit working for China’s news agency because it wanted him to spy on the Dalai Lama in Ottawa. But the Ottawa bureau chief of China’s Xinhua news agency dismissed that claim as “Cold War” ideology. Ottawa-based freelance journalist and author Mark Bourrie makes the allegation against the Xinhua news service … Continue reading

“Body double” blocked in online searches; Gu Kailai imposter at trial?


To the long list of things that have become taboo in the case of Gu Kailai, the recently convicted murderer and wife of ousted Communist Party official Bo Xilai, you can now add the Chinese term for “body double.” Sina Weibo, China’s most active microblogging service, and Baidu, its largest Internet search engine, have both … Continue reading

China raises rare earth export quota


China has increased its 2012 rare-earth export quota for the first time since 2005, amid growing international pressure on Beijing to loosen its hold on the key minerals. The country’s rare-earth export policies are closely watched as it controls 95% of the world’s production of the metals, which are crucial in a wide range of … Continue reading

The South China Sea’s gathering storm


All of East Asia is waiting to see how the U.S. will respond to China’s aggression. Since World War II, despite the costly flare-ups in Korea and Vietnam, the United States has proved to be the essential guarantor of stability in the Asian-Pacific region, even as the power cycle shifted from Japan to the Soviet … Continue reading

China court hands Gu Kailai death sentence with reprieve


A Chinese court today sentenced Gu Kailai to a death sentence with a two-year reprieve after finding her guilty of murdering British businessman Neil Heywood, in a crime that triggered the divisive downfall of Gu’s ambitious politician husband, Bo Xilai, a witness to the hearing told Reuters. The sentence means Gu is likely to face … Continue reading

August 19 1931 Yangtze River at it’s peak in China; over 3 million die


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On August 19th 1931, the Yangtze River in China was causing chaos, having peaked the previous day, during a horrible flood that killed 3.7 million people directly and indirectly over the next several months. This was perhaps the worst natural disaster of the 20th century. The Yangtze River…

Asbestos in cars exported to Australia: China’s notorious ‘quality fade’


Some mistakes are understandable. Others seem to defy explanation. Earlier this week, two leading Chinese car companies, Great Wall Motor and Chery Automobile, confirmed they are recalling 23,000 cars and trucks they’ve sold in Australia because asbestos was discovered in their engine and exhaust gaskets. This is a genuine setback for the companies and yet … Continue reading

August 18 1227 Genghis Khan dies


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
Genghis Khan Genghis Khan, the Mongol leader who forged an empire stretching from the east coast of China west to the Aral Sea, died in camp during a campaign against the Chinese kingdom of Xi Xia. The great Khan, who was over 60 and in failing health, may…

China seeking to dominate African news media, complete with censorship and propaganda


China’s investment prowess and construction know-how is widely on display in the long-congested Kenyan capital of Nairobi. A ring road and the nation’s first superhighway are being built and partly financed by Beijing. The international airport is undergoing a $208 million expansion supported by the Chinese, whose loans also paid for a working-class housing complex that … Continue reading

Japan to deport Chinese activists after island landing


Japan has decided to deport Chinese activists who landed on a disputed isle at the heart of a territorial row, Kyodo news agency reported on Thursday, a move that could ease tension between Asia’s two biggest economies. The feud over the islands in the East China Sea has frayed relations between the two Asian neighbours, … Continue reading

Asbestos forces China car recall; blow to Chery, Great Wall


Australia’s consumer protection agency said asbestos was found inside vehicles made by China’s Great Wall Motor Co. and Chery Automobile Co., prompting a safety investigation and the recall of about 23,000 units. Customs and border officers found the banned fibre in imported spare parts, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission said in an e-mailed statement … Continue reading

Chinese companies pull out of US stock markets


Just a few years after Chinese companies lined up to sell shares on Wall Street, a growing number are reversing course and pulling out of U.S. exchanges. This week, Focus Media Holding Ltd., announced its chairman and private equity firms want to buy back its U.S.-traded shares and take the Shanghai-based advertising company private. The … Continue reading

China’s most wanted man shot dead


After an eight-year manhunt across four provinces, involving tens of thousands of police officers, China’s most-wanted criminal died just nine miles from his mother’s home. Zhou Kehua, 42, was cornered in an alley behind a shoe shop in the central city of Chongqing and opened fire on police, according to China Central Television (CCTV). The … Continue reading

China’s politics and oil needs lead to risk of conflict in South China Sea


In asserting its claims to the tiny islands, rocks and reefs in the South China Sea, China points to records of its ancient mariners. Today, those waters are far more important to China than in the age of the sail. That’s because the area may hold oil riches that rival Saudi Arabia’s, a prospect that … Continue reading

Chinese authorities outsourced law enforcement to triad gangs


Shenzhen ‘officer’ killed on duty initially portrayed as a hero – yet he was part of a triad extortion gang to which local cadres had outsourced ‘urban management.’ Zhao Xiaoqiang used to sell kebabs on Shenzhen’s streets at night, one of 30 million street hawkers on the mainland who deal daily with the urban management … Continue reading

China cries foul over judging at Olympics


Deputy Sports Minister Cai Zhenhua has accused judges at the London Olympics of discriminating against Chinese athletes. A number of decisions have gone against Chinese athletes in cycling and gymnastics, and there was more anger yesterday when hammer thrower Zhang Wenxiu was denied a bronze medal. “We need to solve the problem now or risk … Continue reading

China ends silence on Gu Kailai murder case


A remarkable 3,400-word article on the trial of Gu Kailai for the murder of the British businessman Neil Heywood has been published by China’s official news agency, Xinhua. It breaks the near-total silence that state-run media had maintained on the case, is of unprecedented length – such statements are normally a few hundred words at … Continue reading

Blackmail cited as Gu Kailai’s motive in a killing that shook China


Gu Kailai, the wife of one of China’s most ambitious leaders, plotted with allies, including the local police chief, to protect her son from what she saw as the blackmail demands of the British business associate she confessed in court to killing, according to accounts of the trial that emerged on Friday, including one from … Continue reading

China: Woman jailed for fighting daughter’s rape case now free


Authorities on Friday released a woman sent to a labour camp for campaigning for harsher sentences for the seven men convicted of abducting, raping and prostituting her 11-year-old daughter, with officials apparently bowing to public pressure in the highly emotional case. Tang Hui was ordered by police in Hunan province’s Yongzhou city last Thursday to … Continue reading

China holds murder trial of ex-leader’s wife in secret


China‘s most politically sensitive trial in three decades was held behind closed doors on Thursday as police dragged two protesters away from the courthouse where the wife of ousted Politburo member Bo Xilai is expected to be convicted of murder. The two Bo supporters were dragged kicking and yelling into an unmarked car after they … Continue reading

China rebukes US diplomat for sending ‘wrong signal’ on South China Sea


China‘s foreign ministry has called in a senior US diplomat to express “strong dissatisfaction” at remarks by the US state department raising concerns over tensions in the disputed South China Sea, in the latest political spat between the two countries. In a statement released late on Saturday, China’s foreign ministry said assistant foreign minister Zhang … Continue reading

Gu Kailai murder trial to start on Thursday in China


Gu Kailai, wife of disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai, is expected to stand trial on Thursday accused of killing a British businessman, a lawyer for her family said yesterday. The case is at the centre of a scandal that has rocked the government and could bring the death penalty. Gu and a family … Continue reading

Olympics: China stands divided over its win-at-all-cost philosophy


Just 28 years after China won its first Olympic gold medal, the nation is coming to terms with life as the world’s leading athletic superpower and is apparently not sure what to do about it. Gold medals still bring rapturous applause from the world’s most populous nation, but the response to scenes of perceived failure … Continue reading

China’s newest city: Sansha to build 83 low-rent apartments


Authorities in Sansha City, which was established last week on Yongxing Island in China‘s southernmost province of Hainan, have decided to build 83 low-rent apartments for its residents, the People’s Daily reported on July 30, 2012. The island is currently home to 159 people and their wooden houses are vulnerable to harsh weather. The new … Continue reading

China’s use of economic stick is troubling


Countries must push back against Beijing’s troubling tendency to use China’s ports, natural resources and overall economic strength to force rivals to bring policies in line with its interests. When the 10 member nations of Asean failed to reach agreement on the wording of a joint communiqué for the first time in 45 years, most … Continue reading

China’s rising pay decreases production competiveness


Labour costs in China would match those of the United States within four years, catching up with eurozone countries in five years and with Japan in seven, the French bank Natixis forecast in a study last month. China “will soon no longer be a competitive place for production given the strong rise in the cost … Continue reading

July 28 1976 Worst modern earthquake hits Tangshan, China


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On July 28th 1976, at 3:42 a.m., an earthquake measuring between 7.8 and 8.2 magnitude on the Richter scale flattened Tangshan, a Chinese industrial city with a population of about one million people. As almost everyone was asleep in their beds, instead of outside in the relative safety…

China says Bo’s wife indicted for homicide


China has indicted Gu Kailai, the wife of deposed Communist Party politician Bo Xilai, for intentional homicide, in the latest development in a political scandal that has shaken the Party’s once-in-a-decade succession. Gu and family employee Zhang Xiaojun will be prosecuted for allegedly poisoning British businessman Neil Heywood over “conflict of economic interests” between the … Continue reading

Aquino urged to tackle South China Sea dispute


Philippine President Benigno Aquino will deliver his annual “state of the nation” speech to Congress on Monday, with legislators hoping he will tackle an escalating South China Sea dispute. Senator Francis Escudero, who does not belong to Aquino’s ruling Liberal Party, said the president needed to reassure the public his government was in control of … Continue reading

‘Miracle’ China train crash survivor refused entry to kindergarten


The “miracle girl” survivor of last year’s Wenzhou high-speed train crash, Xiang Weiyi , has been turned away by Shanghai kindergartens because of her injured leg. Nicknamed Yiyi, she was the last person to be pulled alive from the wreckage after the July 23 collision, which left 40 people dead and nearly 200 injured. Her … Continue reading

Clampdown in China on Corporate Sleuthing


Even as the latest doubts over accounting at a Chinese company sent investors fleeing from its shares, investors who specialise in ferreting out dodgy businesses say that a crackdown by Beijing is making their work more difficult and in some cases dangerous. Shares of New Oriental Education & Technology Group Inc. lost more than half … Continue reading

Frenchman goes to China as Bo Xilai witness


A Frenchman who was being held in Cambodia because of his alleged links to Beijing’s biggest political scandal in two decades has been flown to China, where he is wanted as a witness in the case, Cambodia’s information minister said on Wednesday. Patrick Henri Devillers, 52, was detained last month in Cambodia, where he had … Continue reading

WTO: China discriminates against foreign card companies


The World Trade Organisation has ruled that China discriminates against foreign credit-card and debit-card providers. A panel of the trade body said China maintains a monopoly on yuan-denominated payment cards which breaks WTO rules. Only one company, China UnionPay, is allowed to process domestic currency transactions. This limits foreign providers such as Visa and Mastercard. … Continue reading

China Weibo can’t handle the truth


On the Internet in China, the “truth” has vanished. The truth is not out there. The Chinese word for “truth” (真相) has been blocked from Sina Weibo, China‘s leading social media site. It might seem like a bad Orwellian joke, or a satirical headline from “The Onion,” but it’s true. This is what CNN saw … Continue reading

July 14 1963 Rupture between USSR and China grows worse


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On June 14th 1963, according to a public statement made by the Chinese government, a much more militant and aggressive policy was needed in order to spread the communist revolution worldwide. There could be no “peaceful coexistence” with the forces of capitalism, and the statement chided the Russians…

China gives family in forced abortion case US$11,000


The family of a Shaanxi woman forced to undergo an abortion because she ran afoul of the mainland’s one-child policy has accepted a cash settlement from the government. Feng Jianmei’s husband, Deng Jiyuan, said on Wednesday that the family accepted the settlement of 70,600 yuan (US$11,000) because they wanted to return to a normal life. … Continue reading

China warns ASEAN not to talk about South China Sea disputes


China warned ASEAN nations to avoid mentioning territorial disputes with the Philippines and Vietnam at a security meeting this week, rebuffing U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s call for talks on the issue. Clinton indicated yesterday the U.S. would raise concerns over the South China Sea during meetings in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, where envoys from … Continue reading

China opens door to foreign hedge funds


China has given foreign hedge funds permission to tap its wealthy citizens inside the country for funds to invest overseas, according to people in the industry. The move represents another important step by China to open its capital account – a process that involves dismantling regulations separating China from international markets. The pace of these … Continue reading

China number two on Fortune 500 list


Two years after eclipsing Japan as the world’s second-largest economy, China on Monday stole the number-two spot on the Fortune 500 list of the biggest global companies from its Asian rival. In its annual revenue rankings, Fortune magazine said that China overtook Japan for the first time, landing 73 companies on the list compared with … Continue reading

China to build £3bn theme park in Tibet


Authorities in China have begun work on a £3-billion development aimed at luring more tourists to Tibet. It will see the construction of a theme park, a commercial district and a residential area on the outskirts of Lhasa, the capital of the troubled region, according to Chinese state media. In an attempt to highlight the … Continue reading

Tremendous changes in North Korea in response to China’s success


Britain’s Daily Mail says in its report entitled “North Korea rebranded: Kim Jong Un attempts to give country new image by allowing residents to have mobiles and eat pizza”: “North Korea’s supreme leader Kim Jong Un is stepping up his attempt to rebrand his nation by relaxing a series of laws, it was claimed today. … Continue reading

China’s new entry-exit laws for foreigners


The first overhaul of Chinese immigration laws since 1986 promises to include some of the most severe punishments for unwelcome foreigners to date. Don’t panic just yet, though; these provisions won’t go into effect until July 2013, so there is plenty of time to think about getting legal and paying a visit to your local … Continue reading

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