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Craig Hill

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China ‘stockpiling rare earths for strategic reserves’


China has already started the purchase – using state funds – and storage of rare earths for strategic reserves, the China Securities Journal said, but did not say exactly when the initiative was launched. The country produces more than 90pc of the world’s rare earths, which are used in hi-tech equipment ranging from iPods to … Continue reading

China Needs to Ease One-Child Policy, State Researchers Say


Chinese government researchers called on the nation to ease its one-child policy as soon as possible to cope with an aging population and labour shortage. One option is allowing all people to have a second child, three researchers including Yu Dong from the State Council’s Development Research Centre wrote in an article in yesterday’s China … Continue reading

China, Vatican spar over ordination of bishop; no papal approval


China and the Vatican are again sparring over the ordination of a new bishop, underscoring the glaring lack of progress toward resolving the most contentious issue dividing the sides. A statement issued Wednesday by China’s State Bureau of Religious Affairs accused the Holy See of obstructing the development of Catholicism in China by wielding the … Continue reading

China, Vietnam: Hardened lines in the South China Sea


Tit-for-tat moves by China and Vietnam represent the latest indication that tensions could break into conflict over contested and potentially resource rich maritime areas in the South China Sea. Hanoi’s National Assembly late last month overwhelmingly passed a law that effectively declared sovereignty over areas of the Spratly and Paracel Islands, including territories claimed by … Continue reading

Apple pays $60M to settle iPad case; Foxconn plans Brazil iPad factories


Apple has paid $60 million to settle a dispute in China over ownership of the iPad name, a court announced Monday, removing a potential obstacle to sales of the popular tablet computer in the key Chinese market. Apple’s dispute with Shenzhen Proview Technology highlighted the possible pitfalls for global companies in China’s infant trademark system. … Continue reading

Big protest against China as new Hong Kong leader sworn in


A pro-democracy heckler interrupted a speech by Chinese President Hu Jintao at the swearing-in of Hong Kong’s new leader on Sunday and tens of thousands of residents marched to protest Chinese rule on the 15th anniversary of the Asian financial hub’s return to Beijing’s control. The outpouring of discontent underscored rising tensions between the Communist … Continue reading

July 1 1997 Hong Kong returned to China


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
Tung Chee Hwa and Jiang Zemin at the 1997 handover On July 1st 1997, at midnight, Hong Kong reverted back to Chinese rule in a ceremony attended by British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Prince Charles of Wales, Chinese President Jiang Zemin, and U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright.…

Machine guns for China’s police forces


While the world bites its nails over China’s military growth, China itself has more internal concerns. 2012 marks the second year since national spending on “public security” has surpassed that of the military. This year’s budget for jails, courts, police and various security and para-military forces is 701.8 billion yuan (US$110 bn), an 11.5% increase … Continue reading

Mongolia’s Coal Riches Causing Diplomatic Nightmare with Russia, China


Mongolia boasts huge deposits of coal, copper, gold, uranium and many other rare minerals, and is opening up its vast resources to the world; this has however led to many diplomatic problems for the Asian nation. Mongolia is unfortunately situated between Russia and China, and with no coast it relies on passing through these two … Continue reading

China blocks Bloomberg site after report on leader


China blocked access to Bloomberg‘s website on the mainland after the business and financial news agency published a report Friday detailing the multimillion-dollar assets of relatives of the man set to become the country’s next president. The report says that the extended family of Vice President Xi Jinping holds interests that include investments in companies … Continue reading

Philippines: Chinese boats leave disputed lagoon


China has withdrawn its boats from the lagoon of a tiny South China Sea shoal following an agreement with the Philippines that at least temporarily eases the countries’ territorial dispute, officials in Manila said Monday. The Philippine government pulled out its two vessels from Scarborough Shoal on June 15, and President Benigno Aquino III last … Continue reading

US exempts China, Singapore from Iran sanctions


The United States on Thursday exempted China and Singapore from sanctions over purchases of oil from Iran hours before a deadline, saying that major economies were united in pressuring Tehran. The United States, however, did not grant exemptions to smaller-scale importers such as Pakistan and Afghanistan, meaning that banks from those countries could face punishment … Continue reading

Vietnam says China offshore oil auction ‘illegal’


Vietnam has denounced China‘s opening of offshore oil blocks to foreign companies in contested areas of the South China Sea as “illegal”, as territorial tensions grow between the communist neighbours. On Saturday, the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) announced that nine offshore blocks were available for exploration, and said it was seeking bids from … Continue reading

Flaws in China’s economy mean tough times ahead


Shujie Yao says serious structural flaws in the Chinese economy mean the days of near-double-digit growth are over. The nation must now prepare for three years of hardship, which will be felt by the rest of the world. The world’s investors sift through the semantics of China‘s economic policy pronouncements with increasingly desperate optimism. As … Continue reading

Chinese censors can’t hide deleted Weibo posts


A program developed at Hong Kong University recovers the politically sensitive blog posts that are removed from the Chinese version of Twitter by mainland officials. Mainland censors monitor the Chinese version of Twitter for politically sensitive posts and delete them but a university pilot project, WeiboScope, allows researchers to recover and analyse the deleted postings. … Continue reading

Forced-abortion case husband disappears in China


The husband of a woman who earlier this month was forced to abort a seven-month-old foetus in Zhenping county, Shaanxi, has been missing since Sunday night after the family suffered days of harassment by local officials. Deng Jiyuan, the 29-year-old father of the aborted foetus, had been constantly followed by local officials and thugs, his … Continue reading

Fatality after Philippine boat rammed by Chinese vessel near shoal


The Philippines said yesterday a Chinese vessel accidentally rammed a fishing boat north of a disputed South China Sea shoal, killing one and leaving four others missing. The fishing boat set out from the northern coastal town of Bolinao, in Pangasinan province, last Monday and was reported to have sunk two days later, Office of … Continue reading

Brazil, China to Sign $30 Billion Currency Swap Agreement Soon


Brazil and China will sign an agreement in the coming weeks to swap as much as $30 billion in their two currencies, Brazil Finance Minister Guido Mantega said. The currency swap, worth 60 billion reais or 190 billion yuan, will be the first step in a broader agreement with Russia, India and South Africa to … Continue reading

North Korea Tests the Patience of Its Closest Ally, China


As Kim Jong-un, the young leader of North Korea, consolidates his grip on power, China is showing signs of increasing frustration at the bellicose behaviour of its longtime ally. Since succeeding his father, Kim Jong-il, six months ago, Mr. Kim has quickly alienated the Obama administration and put North Korea on track to develop a … Continue reading

Chinese cities built on toxic time bombs


Across the mainland, many once grimy industrial cities have enjoyed a makeover. Where countless factories once stood, now there are towering office blocks, luxury apartments and underground shopping malls. The air, usually, is cleaner and there are parks and tree-lined roads. But out of sight – in the soil, and in the water table – … Continue reading

Chinese Data Mask Depth of Slowdown, Executives Say


As the Chinese economy continues to sputter, prominent corporate executives in China and Western economists say there is evidence that local and provincial officials are falsifying economic statistics to disguise the true depth of the troubles. Record-setting mountains of excess coal have accumulated at the country’s biggest storage areas because power plants are burning less … Continue reading

Cambodia says Frenchman linked to Bo Xilai scandal won’t be extradited to China


The French architect linked to China’s biggest political scandal in two decades and detained in Cambodia will not be extradited to any country, a minister said, adding another twist to a high-profile case already shrouded in mystery. Cambodian Foreign Minister Hor Namhong gave no details on what grounds China had requested the arrest of Patrick … Continue reading

China declares Vietnam’s claim over islands “illegal and invalid”


China said it summoned Vietnam‘s ambassador Thursday and strongly protested a law adopted by the Vietnamese parliament that places the disputed Spratly and Paracel islands under Hanoi‘s sovereignty. China and Vietnam, as well as other neighbouring nations, are locked in long-standing territorial disputes over the South China Sea, including the mineral-rich Spratly and Paracel islands. … Continue reading

Citron accuses Chinese developer Evergrande of “fraudulent information”


Shares in Chinese property developer Evergrande Real Estate Group Ltd slumped by as much as a fifth on Thursday – wiping around $1.7 billion off its market value – after the company was targeted by a report from short-sale specialist Citron Research, traders said. Evergrande, the second-largest mainland China developer by sales, has grown aggressively … Continue reading

Ai Weiwei barred from Chinese court in tax case


The Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was denied his day in court on Wednesday after dozens of police officers barricaded first his home in Beijing and then the court house itself. Mr Ai, 54, claims that Beijing’s tax bureau breached Chinese law when it fined him 15 million yuan (£1.5 million) in unpaid back taxes and … Continue reading

China defends curbs on rare earths


China on Wednesday defended its export curbs on rare earths used in high-tech products as an environmental measure and rejected a World Trade Organisation challenge by the United States, Europe and Japan. A Cabinet official rejected complaints Beijing is using the environment as an excuse to support fledgling Chinese producers of lightweight magnets and other … Continue reading

June 20 1900 Boxer Rebellion begins in China


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On June 20th 1900, in response to widespread foreign encroachment upon China‘s national affairs, Chinese nationalists launched the so-called Boxer Rebellion in Peking. Calling themselves I Ho Ch’uan, or “the Righteous and Harmonious Fists,” the nationalists occupied Peking, killed several Westerners, including German ambassador Baron von Ketteler, and…

Cambodia arrests Frenchman linked to China’s Bo Xilai scandal


A French architect with ties to disgraced Chinese politician Bo Xilai has been arrested in Cambodia, the French embassy said Tuesday, in a new twist to China’s biggest political scandal in decades. Cambodian police said the arrest of Patrick Devillers was carried out with the cooperation of Beijing, which is seeking his extradition. “We’ve been … Continue reading

Rule of law at any price on mainland China


Last week, Hunan provincial police announced they would launch a fresh probe into the suspicious death in hospital of June 4 activist Li Wangyang. The decision has apparently been prompted by the public outcry in Hong Kong where tens of thousands of people including prominent politicians and lawmakers called for an open and thorough investigation … Continue reading

China May home prices fall, pace of declines picks up


Average home prices in China‘s 70 major cities fell 1.5 percent in May from a year earlier, Reuters calculations based on official data published on Monday showed, and the pace of decline picked up in major cities such as Shanghai. It was the third straight monthly decline on a year-on-year basis since the government imposed … Continue reading

China puts its first woman astronaut into orbit


China put its first woman astronaut, Liu Yang, into orbit on Saturday, one of three astronauts to attempt a critical space docking in the latest challenge for the country’s ambitious space programme. A Long March rocket blasted off in the early evening from the remote Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre in the northwestern Gobi Desert, carrying with … Continue reading

Burger King eyes China expansion


Burger King Worldwide Holdings Inc said on Friday it plans to open 1,000 of its namesake restaurants in China over the next five to seven years under a newly-formed joint venture. China is the world’s fastest growing major economy and U.S. restaurant companies such as Yum Brands Inc, McDonald’s Corp and Starbucks Corp each plan … Continue reading

Two million spy cameras in China’s Guangdong province by 2015


Guangdong plans to spend more than 12 billion yuan (HK$14.7 billion) to almost double the number of digital surveillance cameras to 2 million in an effort to curb crime and better manage the migrant population. The province has already installed 1 million, which officials say have solved 100,000 crimes, but activists say the surveillance will … Continue reading

Three officials suspended for forced abortion in China


THREE officials in northwest China‘s Shaanxi Province have been suspended pending further investigation after a seven-months pregnant woman, Feng Jianmei, was forced by local authorities to abort her second child. The three officials involved are Jiang Nenghai, Zhenping County‘s top family planning official; Chen Pengyin, head of Zhenping’s Zengjia Town; and Long Chunlai, Zengjia Town’s family … Continue reading

North Korean missile launchers came from China


Japan has evidence that a Chinese company exported to North Korea vehicles capable of transporting and launching missiles, in possible violation of U.N. sanctions, Japanese media reported Wednesday. China called the reports inaccurate, and denied violating any U.N. restriction. The U.S., which has previously said it took China at its word that it was complying … Continue reading

More people see China as the world’s top economy


Never mind that the U.S. economy is about twice the size of China’s. More people than ever perceive the Asian giant as the world’s dominant economic power, according to a Pew Research Centre global survey. The results are believed to reflect popular opinion that the U.S. and Chinese economies are heading in opposite directions. “The … Continue reading

Forced abortion in China on woman seven months pregnant


Graphic images posted online showing the bloody corpse of a baby whose mother was allegedly forced to terminate her pregnancy at seven months have caused an uproar in China. Rights groups say authorities in north China’s Shaanxi province forced Feng Jianmei to abort her pregnancy on June 2 because she was unable to pay a … Continue reading

China could impound European planes


China will take swift counter-measures that could include impounding European aircraft if the European Union punishes Chinese airlines for non-compliance with a scheme to curb carbon emissions, the China Air Transport Association (CATA) said on Tuesday. Chinese airlines, which have been told by Beijing not to comply with the EU’s Emissions Trading Scheme, refused to … Continue reading

Firepower bristles in South China Sea as rivalries harden


In the early years of China’s rise to economic and military prowess, the guiding principle for its government was Deng Xiaoping‘s maxim: “Hide Your Strength, Bide Your Time.” Now, more than three decades after paramount leader Deng launched his reforms, that policy has seemingly lapsed or simply become unworkable as China’s military muscle becomes too … Continue reading

Animal epidemics escalating in China, humans at risk


The weak and ill-managed quarantine network is to blame for a rise in animal epidemics, particularly those that can be transmitted to humans, veterinary experts warn. The State Council has issued a blueprint on how to prevent and treat animal epidemics for the next eight years, noting several outbreaks and the dramatic rise in recent … Continue reading

Vietnam speaks about Cam Ranh Bay, South China Sea


Vietnam‘s Cam Ranh Bay has played a central role in major regional conflicts of the past century and the US defence secretary’s visit last week put it centre stage again as the battle for influence in the South China Sea hots up. Vietnam’s priorities for the opening up of Cam Ranh Bay are intriguing. As … Continue reading

China censors Chinese villains from Men in Black 3


Censors in Beijing cut the latest Hollywood blockbuster, Men in Black 3, by 13 minutes to remove all Chinese baddies from the film. The makers of Men in Black 3 might not have realised that setting parts of the film in New York’s Chinatown would cause offence on the other side of the world. But … Continue reading

China invites Afghanistan to join Shanghai bloc as observer


The Shanghai Co-operation Organisation (SCO) – a bloc comprising China, Russia and four Central Asia countries – accepted Afghanistan as an observer yesterday as it ended two days of talks in Beijing. Member states also jointly criticised Nato for establishing a missile defence system, and opposed any use of force against Iran. However, China, host … Continue reading

Will Facebook be Trumped by Giant China IPO?


Facebook’s $16 billion initial public offering could pale in comparison to this upcoming one from China. As Dow Jones Newswires reports Wednesday, China National Nuclear Power Co. is planning to raise money in a Shanghai IPO to fund five projects worth 173.5 billion yuan (US$27 billion). The company didn’t disclose the amount it plans to … Continue reading

Chinese scientist convicted of stealing Merck drug formula


A Chinese scientist employed by one of the country’s primary pharmaceutical research firms was found guilty of stealing and selling patented medical compounds owned by Merck & Co., according to a court document. The Shanghai Pudong New Area People’s Court ruled that a researcher at WuXi PharmaTech (Cayman) Inc. stole and sold two Merck compounds … Continue reading

China Rebuts US Human Rights Report With Its Own Version


The annual human rights reports released by the United States have triggered strong opposition–in Iran, Syria, Pakistan and Belarus. That’s according to a news story from China’s state-run China Central Television. So the US released its annual human rights report last Thursday. And in response, China’s  Information Office of the State Council released its own … Continue reading

China tells US to stop reporting pollution


A senior Chinese official demanded on Tuesday that foreign embassies stop issuing air pollution readings, saying it was against the law and diplomatic conventions, in pointed criticism of a closely watched US embassy index. The level of air pollution in China’s heaving capital varies, depending on the wind, but a cocktail of smokestack emissions, vehicle … Continue reading

China struggles as illegal foreigners increase


The following article was translated and edited from an article that appeared on the China Huanqiu news website. It remarks on the first several days of the recently announced 100-day crackdown on illegal foreigners, specifically those falling under the much-publicised “three illegal” category, referring to illegal entry, illegal residence, and illegal employment. The article emphasises … Continue reading

June 4 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre takes place


Originally posted on Craig Hill Training Services:
On June 4th 1989, Chinese troops stormed through Tiananmen Square in the centre of Beijing, killing and arresting thousands of pro-democracy protesters. The brutal Chinese government assault on the protesters shocked the West and brought denunciations and sanctions from the United States. In May 1989, nearly a million…

Greentown China facing bankruptcy in property slump


Property, traditionally a major source of wealth in China, now seems like a lose-lose prospect for investors. Restrictions on mortgages and purchases for those who already own a home are weighing heavily on the industry, with home prices hitting a 14-month low in April. Many analysts and developers had previously expected the restrictions to be … Continue reading

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