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Craig Hill has written 1493 posts for China News Stories

We need to worry about China’s control of world’s pharmaceutical supply


Antibiotics, which turn life-threatening infections into minor nuisances, are considered the single biggest advance in modern medicine. But imagine if the supply of antibiotics to the United States was suddenly cut off. American national security officials are worrying about that scenario as they come to grips with this little understood fact: The vast majority of … Continue reading

Beijing’s hostility started the trade war


I first traveled to mainland China as a high school student in 2008. Like many observers at the time, I was enthralled by the apparent success of China’s development model, manifested in the urban landscapes of Beijing and Shanghai. I was influenced by the then-prominent idea of Chinese exceptionalism, which one could encounter in both … Continue reading

China’s car market is heading from recession to depression


The Chinese auto market is crashing.  Data from the Chinese Association of Auto Manufacturers show the passenger car market there contracted 6.9% in August and has fallen 11.0% for the year-to-date period. August 2019 marked the 14th consecutive decline for the Chinese auto market, an important landmark for analysts, as Chinese car sales could be … Continue reading

US companies leave China at a faster pace because of trade war


The American Chamber of Commerce in Shanghai said Wednesday U.S. companies are steering business away from China at an increasing rate amid the escalating trade war between Washington and Beijing. More than a quarter (26.5 percent) of the 333 respondents to AmCham’s annual survey said they have redirected investment away from China over the past year, … Continue reading

China has opened its market doors because they are desperate for overseas cash – be wary


China’s latest welcome to foreigners smells of desperation. Global funds no longer need quotas to buy Chinese stocks and bonds, the State Administration of Foreign Exchange said in a statement Tuesday. That removes a hurdle to foreign investment that’s been in place for almost two decades, since the nation first allowed access to its capital markets. Scrapping the … Continue reading

How China built its own J-20 stealth fighter from secret F-35 information


Although the two electro-optical systems pictured above are not identical, they share quite a few similarities in shape and placement: compared to the Eurofighter or Su-57’s electro-optical systems and Infrared Tracking Systems (IRTS), respectively, which are also mounted on top of the fuselage, the differences between the Lockheed Martin and J-20’s Systems are relatively minor. … Continue reading

China’s pork prices surge 47% in August amid swine fever outbreak


Pork prices in China soared 46.7% year-on-year in August, as the country faced rising shortage of the meat amid a swine fever outbreak which has killed millions of hogs. That was a far bigger increase than July’s pork prices which jumped 27% from a year ago. The surge in pork prices contributed to a 10% … Continue reading

China’s Belt and Road global infrastructure plans are dooming the planet


Despite repeated claims of “green development,” President Xi tacitly admitted BRI’s first phase has been an environment failure. After the second Belt and Road Forum, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs released a list of deliverables that include many efforts to make BRI greener. The United States can independently verify and communicate widely whether China … Continue reading

A big mistake China’s political elite makes in fighting the trade war with U.S.


In fighting the US-China trade war, China’s political elite makes a big mistake: it assumes that China has achieved “power parity” with the US. That’s according to a recent article published in the September issue of Current History. It argues that the growing economic interdependence between the world’s two largest economies has given China the … Continue reading

Growing backlash in China against A.I. and facial recognition


China’s seemingly unfettered push into facial recognition is getting some high-level pushback. Face-swapping app Zao went viral last weekend, but it subsequently triggered a backlash from media — both state-run and private — over the apparent lack of data privacy protections. The app also stirred controversy as it allows users to upload photos of themselves … Continue reading

Trade war causing companies to flee China


The more than yearlong trade war between the United States and China is shaking up supply chains all over the world. An analysis by the Tokyo-based investment bank Nomura looked at a sample of more than 50 manufacturers that have already left China in order to avoid President Trump’s tariffs and found the departures will … Continue reading

Carriers, missiles, submarines and stealth: China’s military has arrived


China is believed to possess as many as 1,200 short-range missiles and up to 300 intermediate range missiles, according to a Pentagon report. Aircraft carriers, stealth fighters, anti-satellite weapons, drones, cyber attack technology and a growing arsenal of ballistic missiles are all among a series of Chinese weapons said to present serious concerns for Pentagon … Continue reading

China’s Great Game in Iran


Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s visit to the G-7 summit in France late last month was a surprise to many in the West. Some even viewed it as a good omen. But for the Iranian leadership, Zarif’s quick trip to Biarritz was always a long shot and with little chance to turn the tide … Continue reading

Japan cannot stop China from owning Africa


Japan cannot stop China from owning Africa. When it comes to votes of African nations in international agencies, that is. It’s too late. China already owns the votes of most Africa nations. Japan has a new mission in Africa: to save it from China’s “debt trap,” the prospect that some African nations become so indebted … Continue reading

Canada’s Justin Trudeau sharpens criticism of China in Huawei spat


Canadian PM Justin Trudeau has accused Beijing of using “pressure tactics” to try to secure the release of a senior Huawei executive being held in Canada. Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were detained in China days after Meng Wanzhou was arrested at the request of US authorities. Mr Trudeau says that China is “using … Continue reading

China says Taiwan was always part of it, but an old stamp shows a telling propaganda snafu


If you were to rely on the official Chinese version of events, the island off the southern coast of Fujian province, Taiwan, has “always been part of China.” The website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, for example, proclaims: “Taiwan has belonged to China since ancient times,” and then … Continue reading

Is China’s upcoming ‘super’ stealth fighter the end of the U.S. F-35?


Chinese scientists claim they have developed a new kind of material for making aircraft less detectable by radar. But the development probably is not the breakthrough that some observers claim it is. Prof. Luo Xiangang and colleagues at the Institute of Optics and Electronics, part of the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Chengdu, said they … Continue reading

India, The Philippines and Indonesia will overtake China as top drivers of global economy


India and the Philippines will be the top drivers of global economic growth over the next decade, beating China. That’s according to an Oxford Economics study published earlier this year, which ranks the top ten emerging market economies to dominate the global economy over the next ten years. In terms of economic growth, that is. … Continue reading

China’s manufacturing slumps for fourth consecutive month as trade war hits hard


As the trade war with the United States continues to gather pace, manufacturers in China remain gloomy about their prospects, with the sector activity contracting for the fourth successive month in August. The manufacturing purchasing managers’ index (PMI), released by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) on Saturday, stood at 49.5 in August, down from … Continue reading

The people of Hong Kong will not be cowed by China


“If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance movement here is … Continue reading

Pakistan refuses Chinese engines in China’s JF-17 fighters


As the JF-17 is one of China’s “clean slate” designs, this bodes well for the reliability characteristics of the current generation of Chinese aircraft. However, the JF-17 still uses a Russian engine, and the Pakistan Air Force rejected offers to use Chinese engines in their JF-17s in 2015. Engines remain a critical weakness in the Chinese … Continue reading

The inevitable dismantlement of the Chinese Communist empire has begun


The geopolitical tectonic plates are moving, and the inevitable dismantlement of the Chinese Communist empire has begun. History teaches that the lifespan of a major communist power is about seven decades, even under the best of circumstances — that is, when the dictatorship is given every strategic advantage through sporadic Western naivete, timidity and other … Continue reading

China’s claims it’s lunar rover has found something weird on the far side of the moon


China’s Chang’e-4 lunar rover has discovered an unusually colored, ‘gel-like’ substance during its exploration activities on the far side of the moon. The mission’s rover, Yutu-2, stumbled on that surprise during lunar day 8. The discovery prompted scientists on the mission to postpone other driving plans for the rover, and instead focus its instruments on … Continue reading

Could China’s navy be armed with six aircraft carriers and stealth fighters?


The Chinese military has decided to develop the air force’s J-20 stealth fighter into a sea-based variant to fly from the navy’s growing fleet of aircraft carriers. The Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, favors the J-20 over the smaller FC-31 stealth fighter design, according to the Hong Kong South China … Continue reading

Here are the advanced weapons we might see at China’s military parade


China will showcase some domestically produced, advanced military equipment at an upcoming parade, authorities announced Thursday. The parade, to be held Oct. 1 in the capital Beijing, will commemorate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China following the communist victory of nationalist forces in 1949. According to Chinese state news … Continue reading

Aides admit Trump was lying about those “phone calls” with China


At last week’s G7 summit in Biarritz, Donald Trump gave an entire network of world leaders whiplash when he declared, contrary to weeks of threats, that not only did the Chinese seem amenable to a trade deal, but that he’d actually heard from Beijing’s top officials that very week. “China called last night our top … Continue reading

China rotates new batch of troops into Hong Kong


China‘s military has rotated a new batch of troops into Hong Kong describing the move as routine, state media said on Thursday, as protests against Beijing continue to rock the Asian financial hub. Chinese state media described the troop movement in the early hours as routine, while Asian and Western diplomats watching PLA movements in … Continue reading

Hong Kong officials met with U.S. lawmakers about punishing China


Officials from Hong Kong flew to Montana last week for an under-the-radar meeting with U.S. lawmakers about ongoing pro-democracy protests and congressional legislation to protect freedom in Hong Kong, according to sources familiar with the meeting. The Hong Kong delegation included officials who approve of the government’s controversial extradition bill that originally kickstarted the mass … Continue reading

China’s navy to pick J-20 stealth fighter jets for its next generation aircraft carriers


China’s military is likely to pick the country’s first active stealth fighter, the J-20, for its next generation aircraft carriers, according to military sources and a recent report on state media. A military insider told the South China Morning Post that the Central Military Commission, the People’s Liberation Army’s top decision-making body, now favoured adapting … Continue reading

American General says China ‘clearly our No. 1 threat out there’


General Jack Keane claimed China is the U.S.’s top geopolitical threat, and he praised new Defense Secretary Mark Esper for echoing that sentiment. Esper was correct Wednesday when he expressed concern over both the Chinese government and the regime of Kim Jong Un in North Korea, Keane said on “The Daily Briefing.” “I’m delighted that … Continue reading

US Republicans look to punish Chinese leaders over Hong Kong crackdown


Trump hasn’t rushed to condemn China, but behind the scenes, senior administration officials and lawmakers are brainstorming ways to punish China for the clampdown in Hong Kong. President Donald Trump hasn’t exactly gone after China’s chiefs for cracking down on protesters in Hong Kong. Trump said earlier this month that he wanted to see the … Continue reading

Angering China can now get you fired, even outside China


Not too long ago, China “taking your job” meant its wages were far lower than Western alternatives, thus allowing it to “steal” blue-jean and iPhone factories. But what if it meant getting you fired for what you believe? That’s apparently what happened last week to Rebecca Sy, a long-serving flight attendant at a subsidiary of … Continue reading

How China uses LinkedIn to recruit spies abroad


Western intelligence officials say Chinese agents are contacting thousands of foreign citizens using LinkedIn, including former government officials. One former senior foreign policy official in the Obama administration received messages from someone on LinkedIn offering to fly him to China and connect him with “well paid” opportunities. A former Danish Foreign Ministry official got LinkedIn … Continue reading

Everything that happened over the weekend with the US-China trade war


On Friday, before the U.S. stock markets opened, China’s Ministry of Finance announced on its website that it will apply new tariffs of between 5% and 10% on $75 billion worth of imported goods from the United States. U.S. President Donald Trump responded by raising rates on nearly all Chinese imports. Tensions stemming from the … Continue reading

Trump and Europe must make up and work together to confront China


The clear imperative for the Western world to come together and confront China’s rising internal repression and external economic aggression should have been enough to overshadow any differences between strained allies at this weekend’s Group of 7 meetings. But no such luck. The members of the G-7 — which includes the United States, France, Britain, … Continue reading

White House insists Trump has authority to block American companies from doing business in China


White House economic adviser Larry Kudlow asserted President Trump’s threat to block trade between private Americans businesses and China, saying he has “emergency economic power authority” to do so. “Do you believe that the president does have the authority to block private businesses from investing in China?” CBS News’ Margaret Brennan asked Kudlow on “Face the … Continue reading

China’s version of the B-2 stealth bomber, the H-20 stealth bomber


In October 2018, Chinese media announced that the People’s Liberation Army Air Force (PLAAF) would publicly unveil its new H-20 stealth bomber during a parade celebrating the air arm’s seventieth anniversary in 2019. Prior news of the H-20’s development had been teased using techniques pioneered by viral marketing campaigns for Hollywood movies. For example, the … Continue reading

Hong Kong firms face a choice: Good relations with China, or a dent to their international reputation


The crisis in Hong Kong continues unabated and some of the world’s largest businesses need to make an important decision: maintain a positive relationship with mainland China or uphold their reputation in the territories and in other parts of the world. In Hong Kong, business is the territory’s lifeblood. Hong Kong came third in the … Continue reading

Australia’s biggest state ends Confucius Institute programme over fears of foreign interference by China


Australia’s most populous state said it will axe a Chinese-funded education programme that teaches Mandarin in schools, amid fears over potential foreign influence. The Confucius Institute programme – administered by the Chinese government agency Hanban – teaches China’s official language in 13 public schools across New South Wales (NSW). However, the NSW government said in … Continue reading

Chinese censorship laws could prompt foreign book publishers to look elsewhere for printers


Publishers from Australia and New Zealand are looking for printers outside China after falling foul of censorship laws that require maps to be vetted. A number of businesses have been hit by delays or cancellations – even if the books in question are not intended for local distribution or do not contain China-related content. Awa … Continue reading

Hong Kong residents to form 20-mile human chain to protest China’s authoritarian rule


Protesters in Hong Kong are looking to pay homage to a symbolic act of resistance from three decades ago that helped bring down the Soviet Union. With protests now in their 11th week, users of a prominent online forum in the Chinese territory have called for the staging of a local version of the human … Continue reading

US will send warships to to stop China blocking smaller nations drilling for oil in South China Sea


The United States has accused China of preventing Southeast Asian countries from accessing trillions of dollars worth of untapped oil and gas reserves in the South China Sea as the Pentagon planned to hold its first exercise with regional powers near the strategic region. In a press statement, State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said Thursday … Continue reading

South China Sea showdown: China vs Vietnam


Chinese incursions into Vietnam’s EEZ are by no means a new phenomenon. The most serious recent incident occurred in 2014, when China deployed an oil rig into Vietnam’s EEZ, sparking a diplomatic crisis between the two neighbors. The current situation near Vanguard Bank, however, represents a more serious challenge on several levels. The Haiyang Dizhi … Continue reading

China paid Facebook and Twitter to help spread anti-Muslim propaganda


In China’s internment camps, Muslims are reportedly subjected to forced indoctrination, torture, and even death. Yet some paid ads on Facebook and Twitter would have you believe they’re wonderful places. The US-based social media giants have been enabling Chinese state-owned media to spread misinformation about the camps, investigations by the Intercept and BuzzFeed News revealed … Continue reading

Scientists hurry to develop vaccine for China’s pig disease


Scientists are working to stop a deadly virus that infects pigs. The virus is causing huge losses for farmers in China and other Asian countries. Many farmers have tried to contain African swine flu by quarantining pigs and destroying infected animals. But the spread of the disease into East Asia has intensified the search for … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s protests are rattling China’s leadership and the world


Audrey Wu, a video editor at a Hong Kong TV station, was not even born in June of 1989, but her father has told her about what happened back then in Beijing. He told her of the demonstrations that began to honor the late Chinese leader, Hu Yaobang, a liberal reformer who had just died. … Continue reading

China reaffirms plans to phase out fossil fuels


China on Tuesday pledged to speed up its move towards battery-powered transportation, replacing the country’s gas-powered taxis, buses, and trucks with new energy models, as a national ban on fossil fuel cars is still on the agenda. Why it matters: This comes two years after China’s central government laid out its plans to become a  zero … Continue reading

China’s soft-power failure: condemning Hong Kong’s protests


Beijing wants greater sway over global public opinion. Instead, its propaganda outlets make Chinese leaders look like bullies. As protests continue to roil Hong Kong’s streets, China’s state-led propaganda machine has gone into overdrive to persuade the world that radical Hong Kong protesters have put the city in peril. Through social media and other digital … Continue reading

Manufacturing is moving out of China to avoid tariffs


Home Depot’s suppliers are trying to head off some of the increased costs from rising tariffs by moving at least some of their production out of China, executives told investors Tuesday. “I’m not aware of a single supplier who was not moving some form of manufacturing outside of China,” said Ted Decker, executive vice president … Continue reading

Arrests of foreign teachers in China have increased dramatically


Reports from China say arrests of foreign teachers across the country are up sharply this year. That information comes from lawyers, schools and teachers. They also report a jump in foreign teachers forced to leave the country. Chinese deportations of foreign teachers have increased this year. The lawyers, schools and teachers say the arrests and … Continue reading

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