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‘Dictators’: Europe is waking up to threats from China, defence experts say


China’s attempt to gain economic influence in Europe poses major strategic threats to American allies, according to defense officials, including one on the front lines of NATO. “We really need to be careful that, as well, China would not be dictators [of] us economically,” Lithuanian Defense Minister Raimundas Karoblis told the Washington Examiner. Lithuania, a … Continue reading

China says aircraft carrier on way to South China Sea after Taiwan passage


China’s first domestically-built aircraft carrier is on its way to the South China Sea for tests and to take part in exercises, the Chinese navy said on Monday, after sailing through the Taiwan Strait in a mission denounced by Taipei as intimidation. Taiwan’s defense ministry said on Sunday a Chinese carrier group led by the … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, November 18, 2019


America and China are getting fed up with China and America being fed up with each other. Americans tried patience and negotiations; that didn’t work. China hid its agenda for global domination, denouncing so-called “interference” except when China did the interfering. Now, China’s true colors are showing and it looks like a lot of debt. … Continue reading

In solidarity to the brave Hong Kong people


I am writing as a humanist and member of the international community in order to bring to the attention of the global family of nations the cause and the struggle behind the said noble cause of the courageous people of Hong Kong. The world must come together and stand as one in rallying and embracing … Continue reading

Leaked documents reveal China’s mass incarceration of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang


Hundreds of internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times reveals striking new details about the execution of the country’s mass detention of ethnic minorities over the past three years in the Xinjiang region. The rare leak of documents, described in the newspaper’s bombshell report as “one of the most significant leaks of … Continue reading

Chinese troops enter Hong Kong streets to “clean up” after protests


Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday —  not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a move seen by many to try to normalise Chinese troops being on Hong Kong’s streets. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of … Continue reading

China’s new energy agenda: coal power will be top priority


China has signalled that coal power will be a top priority within national energy policy as the government prepares its next Five Year Plan (2021-25). On 11 October, Premier Li Keqiang chaired a meeting of the National Energy Commission in Beijing that emphasised China’s energy security and coal utilisation and downplayed the importance of a rapid transition … Continue reading

From Singapore to Sweden, China’s overbearing campaign for influence is forcing countries to resist and recalibrate relations with Beijing


Russia’s efforts to influence elections in the United States and Europe were a wake-up call about the threat of foreign influence in domestic public opinion and politics, blatantly violating norms of non-interference. China is not guilty of Russia’s excesses, but Beijing’s information and influence campaign has affected countries from Singapore to Sweden, causing many to … Continue reading

Beijing’s plan to tighten its grip on Hong Kong could spell the end of China’s economic dream


Although the rapid escalation of violence in Hong Kong seems terrifying enough, things may be about to get much worse. The communique of the recently concluded fourth plenum of the 19th Central Committee of the Communist Party indicates that Chinese President Xi Jinping plans to tighten his grip on the former British colony at any … Continue reading

China’s Holocaust of Children


Using the aggressively bland term “one-child policy” is a bit like saying that 1942 Germany had restrictions on Jews. You may never have thought much about how a huge nation enforces a limit of one baby per family, but the horrifying details of China’s Holocaust of children emerge in a powerful documentary told by a … Continue reading

Pneumonic Plague is diagnosed in China


Two cases of the fatal and highly infectious illness, which is related to bubonic plague, were found in Beijing, prompting fears of an outbreak. Two people in China were diagnosed with plague, setting off a panic on Tuesday about the potential spread of the highly infectious and fatal disease and prompting China’s government to warn … Continue reading

Engage China, or confront it? What’s the right approach now?


Stephen K. Bannon, the former White House adviser, calls the United States’ relationship with China’s Communist Party an economic and information “war,” while Eric Schmidt, a Google founder, says American interests are entangled with China, our biggest competitor in the race for global technological dominance. The next phase of the relationship between the two countries … Continue reading

A timeline of Hong Kong’s anti-government protests


Hong Kong police shot and wounded one protester on Monday as chaos erupted across the city a day after officers fired tear gas to break up demonstrations that are entering their sixth month. Following is a timeline of the key dates around a now-abandoned extradition bill and the protests it triggered: February 2019 – Hong … Continue reading

Welcome to China. You probably can’t buy anything, though


On her first trip to China, 30-year-old Courtney Newnham from Portland, Ore., eagerly lined up at a street pushcart to buy a skewer of candied hawthorn berries, a traditional snack. Then she realized nobody was giving the pushcart guy money. “Everyone was just scanning and walking away, and I was like, ‘Wait, what?’ ” she … Continue reading

Former Chinese finance minister warns China and US are on brink of ‘financial war’


The growing rivalry between China and the United States is at risk of becoming a “financial war”, a former Chinese finance minister said on Saturday. Speaking at an industry forum in Beijing, Lou Jiwei, chairman of the foreign affairs committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) National Committee, said that despite the compromises … Continue reading

Trump says U.S. hasn’t yet agreed to roll back tariffs, despite China’s insistence that he has


President Donald Trump dealt a blow Friday to investors who were hoping the United States and China were inching closer toward a partial trade deal that would roll back billions in tariffs. Speaking to reporters, Trump said the US has yet to agree to wiping tariffs, undercutting a statement from China’s Commerce Ministry indicating openness … Continue reading

China’s tobacco monopoly means big risks for e-cigarette startups


In a glass-walled laboratory, chemists puff on vaping devices as they test liquid nicotine flavors. Nearby, staffers with cartons of instant noodles on their desks tap away at laptops, messaging suppliers and customers. Here at the Shenzhen offices of e-cigarette start-up RELX Technology, workers scramble to keep pace with the rush of firms vying for … Continue reading

China is sabotaging itself in Taiwan


China has a lot at stake in getting its favored candidate across the line in Taiwan’s presidential election in January, so it’s strange that Beijing is doing so much to sabotage Han Kuo-yu’s chances. Without a change in its approach, the Communist Party risks making the already difficult task of winning over the self-governing island next … Continue reading

Pro-Beijing lawmaker stabbed while campaigning in Hong Kong


An anti-government assailant stabbed and wounded a pro-Beijing Hong Kong lawmaker who was election campaigning Wednesday, police said, in another escalation of violence surrounding the protests demanding political reforms in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Junius Ho has become a hated figure by the protesters over his alleged links to violence against them. After receiving initial … Continue reading

China to resume Canada meat purchases as swine fever spreads


Terms of Trade is a daily newsletter that untangles a world embroiled in trade wars. Sign up here. Canada will resume shipments of pork and beef to China, ending a ban imposed in June, as the Asian nation strives to fill a protein gap left by the spread of African swine fever. Lifting the ban … Continue reading

Chinese bank on verge of collapse after sudden bank run


First it was Baoshang Bank , then it was Bank of Jinzhou, then, two months ago, China’s Heng Feng Bank with 1.4 trillion yuan in assets, quietly failed and was just as quietly nationalized. Today, a fourth prominent Chinese bank was on the verge of collapse under the weight of its bad loans, only this … Continue reading

Fire the missiles! The U.S. navy is ready to sink China’s new aircraft carriers


Ah, yes, the “carrier-killer.” China is forever touting the array of guided missiles its weaponeers have devised to pummel U.S. Navy nuclear-powered aircraft carriers (CVNs). Most prominent among them are its DF-21D and DF-26 antiship ballistic missiles (ASBMs), which the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) has made a mainstay of China’s anti-access/area-denial (A2/AD) defenses. Beijing has … Continue reading

Draft rules issued to allow foreign companies to list in China


China’s justice ministry on Friday published draft rules to allow foreign companies to list on the country’s stock exchanges, with the intention of implementing the changes on Jan. 1. China has long been criticized for barring foreign firms from its capital markets, while Chinese companies debut across the world. The planned reform has been unveiled … Continue reading

China casts doubt on reaching long-term trade deal with U.S. under Trump


Chinese officials are casting doubts about reaching a comprehensive long-term trade deal with the U.S. even as the two sides get close to signing a “phase one” agreement. In private conversations with visitors to Beijing and other interlocutors in recent weeks, Chinese officials have warned they won’t budge on the thorniest issues, according to people … Continue reading

China’s factory activity shrinks for 6th month as trade war clouds outlook


Factory activity in China shrank for the sixth straight month in October and by more than expected, while service sector growth eased as firms grapple with the weakest economic growth in nearly 30 years. The world’s second-largest economy is facing heightened risks from slowing global demand and the Sino-U.S. trade war, adding pressure on policymakers … Continue reading

Pro-democracy activist barred from running in Hong Kong election


Hong Kong authorities barred pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong from an election as the city’s leader warned Tuesday that months of violent protests have pushed the city to the brink of recession. In comments likely to further anger protesters, Chief Executive Carrie Lam said there would be no political solution until the violent protests gripping the semi-autonomous Chinese … Continue reading

Prague refuses Beijing’s demand to recognise Taiwan as part of China


On a typical day, Prague’s City Hall is buzzing with discussions about contracts to upgrade the centuries-old city’s network of cobblestone streets or sewers. But this month, assembly members have been debating a bigger topic — China, and what to do about it. “This is clearly a topic for our Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and … Continue reading

Hong Kong falls into recession as protests deal ‘comprehensive blow‘ to economy


Hong Kong has fallen into recession, hit by five months of anti-government protests that erupted in flames at the weekend, and is unlikely to achieve any growth this year, the city’s Financial Secretary said. Black-clad and masked demonstrators set fire to shops and hurled petrol bombs at police on Sunday following a now-familiar pattern, with … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 28, 2019


China is playing a dark game with Taiwan over the murder suspect in the case that sparked the spark of the Hong Kong liberation protests. A young man from Hong Kong traveled to Taiwan with his girlfriend where he murdered her, then returned to Hong Kong. Because China plays politics with Taiwan, Beijing refused every … Continue reading

Beijing’s new 63 billion dollar mega-airport begins international flights


Beijing’s new $63 billion Daxing airport began its first scheduled international flights on Sunday as it ramped up operations to help relieve pressure on the city’s existing Capital airport. Shaped like a phoenix – though to some observers it is more reminiscent of a starfish – the airport was designed by famed Iraqi-born architect Zaha … Continue reading

State-sanctioned organ harvesting in China


Having hepatitis C may very well have saved Jennifer Zeng’s life. In February 2000, she was arrested for being a Falun Gong practitioner and interrogated intensely about her medical history at a Labor Camp in China’s Da Xing County, she said. Zeng’s blood was drawn and she told them she had hepatitis C before she took … Continue reading

China and India are fighting over Nepal’s railways


China’s ambitious Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has stirred worldwide controversy. The seizure of Hambantota Port in Sri Lanka, a land grab in Africa, debt traps in the Maldives, and the angry response in India and the tumultuous Pakistani region of Balochistan to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor are just some of the developments drawing international … Continue reading

UK police say 39 people discovered dead in cargo truck in England were Chinese


Police were given more time on Thursday to question a driver arrested on suspicion of murder after 39 people, believed to be Chinese nationals, were found dead in a refrigerated truck near London, with the investigation focusing on human trafficking. Officers searched three properties in the County Armagh area of Northern Ireland. The driver has … Continue reading

Suspect in murder case that led to Hong Kong’s protests leaves prison


A murder suspect whose case indirectly led to Hong Kong’s ongoing protests was freed from prison on Wednesday and told reporters he was willing to surrender to authorities in Taiwan, where he is wanted for the killing of his girlfriend. Chan Tong-kai was released after serving a separate sentence for money laundering offences. He could … Continue reading

Hesitant hitmen jailed over botched assassination in China


A group of hitmen have been jailed after repeatedly trying to subcontract a job to each other in Guangxi, China. Businessman Tan Youhui hired a hitman to “take out” his competitor for $282,000 (£218,000), a court heard. But the hitman hired another man to do the job, offering $141,000. That man hired another hitman, who … Continue reading

China cancels release of ‘Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood’


Though Quentin Tarantino‘s ninth movie Once Upon a Time… in Hollywood has dominated the North American box office since July, it’s still yet to be released in one of the world’s biggest markets: China. The two-hour, 41-minute flick was scheduled to come out in the Communist country on Friday, Oct. 25. According to the Hollywood Reporter, … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 21, 2019


“Careless” Carrie Lam’s effectiveness in Hong Kong is in the red. After banning masks at public gatherings, more people are wearing masks at gatherings than in the past. She bans an assembly, but people assemble anyway. Protests are so bad, police hit some people guarding a mosque with a water cannon and had to apologize … Continue reading

China’s defence minister says ‘no force’ can stop China-Taiwan reunification


China’s defence minister said on Monday that resolving the “Taiwan question” was China’s greatest national interest, and that no force could prevent the country’s “reunification”. Separatist activities were doomed to failure, Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said at the opening in Beijing of the Xiangshan Forum, which Chinastyles as its answer to the annual Shangri-La Dialogue … Continue reading

The Chinese threat to American speech


China’s assertive campaign to police discourse about its policies, even outside of its borders, and the acquiescence of American companies eager to make money in China, pose a dangerous and growing threat to one of this nation’s core values: the freedom of expression. The Communist state is becoming more and more aggressive in pressuring foreign … Continue reading

China’s J-20 stealth fighter is built on stolen F-35 technology


Photos of the J-20 provide an up close and personal look at the fuselage of the new interceptor. But the photos also appear to show a sensor system that looks awfully similar to the Lockheed Martin Electro-Optical Targeting System (EOTS) on the front of the F-35 Lighting II. There’s a reason for this: In 2007, … Continue reading

China’s worldwide investment project is a push for more economic and political power


Inspired by the ancient Silk Road, China is investing in a massive set of international development projects that are raising concerns about how the country is expanding its power around the world. Initially announced in 2013 by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the so-called “Belt and Road Initiative” has China planning to invest in economic development … Continue reading

Chinese officials will soon be required by the U.S. to report American contacts


The Trump administration said Wednesday that it will soon require Chinese officials in the U.S. to notify the State Department ahead of any contacts they plan to have with American educators, researchers and local and state governments. The release of the new rules was accompanied by notices to American educational and research institutions and local … Continue reading

Hong Kong protests show no signs of slowing down


Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan a rally on Monday evening after another weekend of unrest that saw protesters hurl petrol bombs and police reply with tear gas and rubber bullets, as violence in the Chinese-ruled city shows no signs of letting up. Activists said they planned to gather at Chater Garden in Admiralty district near … Continue reading

Xi Jinping warns that attempts to divide China will end with ‘crushed bodies and shattered bones’


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said that any attempts to drive a wedge between China and its territories will “end in crushed bodies and shattered bones.” Xi made the remarks during a state visit to Nepal on Sunday. “Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies … Continue reading

Canada needs to plan ways to meet China’s military challenge


Forget for a moment Canada’s grave dispute with China over the extradition proceedings in Vancouver involving a Huawei executive. As the New York Times reminded readers last week, China has even gone after that most Canadian of bears, Winnie the Pooh. The orphaned bear cub from White River, Ont., a First World War vet of … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, October 14, 2019


You can’t bring a pot to boil forever. While the conventional narrative for Hong Kong warns, “Retribution is coming,” a better understanding would be, “The Chinese are coming if Hong Kong doesn’t level up.” The protests must either “level up” or otherwise change, or else the PLA will indeed march and smash. While the situation … Continue reading

Xi Jinping visits Nepal as first Chinese president to do so in over two decades


Xi Jinping has become the first Chinese president in more than two decades to visit Nepal, where he’s expected to sign agreements on major infrastructure projects. Xi arrived Saturday from New Delhi, where he met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. He was received by Nepalese President Bidhya Devi Bhandari and Prime Minister K.P. Sharma … Continue reading

Is China’s DF-26 missile a real threat to U.S. navy aircraft carriers?


Last year, Chinese state media reported that a new brigade of Beijing’s most advanced intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) has been “activated.” The newly commissioned brigade is armed with the Dong Feng-26 (DF-26) IRBM. According to the Diplomat, “Video footage carried in Chinese state media showed at least 22 integrated six-axle DF-26 transporter-erector-launchers along with their … Continue reading

Is geographical hindrance a key to stop China in Nepal?


Recently, in September, the Bay of Bengal Initiative for Multi-Sectoral Technical and Economic Cooperation (BIMSTEC) countries conducted a military exercise (MILEX) to raise the coordination between the armies of member nations. Threatened from the Nepal-China’s tryst, India designed and formed this exercise in an order to help both India and Nepal to increase their ties … Continue reading

China’s political correctness: one country, no arguments


The Communist Party has spent decades preparing the people to defend a united homeland. Hong Kong’s protests show it has paid off. Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the … Continue reading

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