Category Archives: China

China’s New Greater East Asia Co-Prosperity Sphere

A few weeks ago, Chinese President Xi Jinping offered a Soviet-style five-year plan for China’s progress at the Communist Party Congress in Beijing. Despite his talk of global cooperation, the themes were familiar socialist boilerplate about Chinese economic and military superiority to come.

Implicit in the 205-minute harangue were echoes of the themes of the 1930s: A rising new Asian power would protect the region and replace declining Western influence.


Why no one is talking about Trump’s game-changing deal

Last weekend in Beijing, as part of his 12-day trip to Asia, President Trump announced that the US and China had signed an $83.7 billion memorandum of understanding to create a number of petrochemical projects in West Virginia over the next 20 years.

If the agreement holds tight, it is an economic game changer for the state.

And yet, speaking to the locals here, you wouldn’t even know it had happened.


Xi Replaces Pictures of Christ With Himself

Xi does not find this inspiring for some reason.


Chinese officials and residents in a rural area of Jiangxi province have revealed a government plan to “melt the hard ice” in the hearts of Christians towards communism by denying them pivotal poverty relief packages if they do not replace images of Jesus in their households with photos of President Xi Jinping.

One official stated that the move was necessary because Christians are “ignorant” and need to be taught to worship the state, not God.

The move is the latest in a string of crackdowns against Christianity in the Xi era. Xi’s regime views Christianity, which has experienced a popularity boom in the past decade, as a challenge to the supremacy of the Communist Party’s growing cult of personality around Xi himself.

Why doesn’t Xi have posters of this guy?



“Canada pushed for Airbus deal as Bombardier courted China”

Anything for Bombardier:

The Canadian government encouraged Bombardier to make a deal with Airbus SE for its CSeries planes to thwart a potential venture with Chinese investors, according to five sources familiar with the matter.

It signaled its preference for Airbus after Bombardier failed to reach an agreement with Boeing Co earlier this year that would have given the U.S. company a stake in the CSeries jetliners, according to the sources. The Canadian government’s role has not been previously reported.


Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s administration took a calculated risk in steering Bombardier toward Airbus, according to the sources. It helped save a key product for Bombardier and likely resolved a brewing trade dispute with the United States, but potentially set back efforts to improve trade and economic ties with China.

The deal with Airbus came at a critical time for Bombardier. Its $6 billion CSeries program, already losing money, had become the subject of a trade dispute in which Boeing charged in a complaint to U.S. authorities that the jetliners benefited from Canadian government subsidies and unfair pricing.

Bombardier had considered a Chinese partnership as early as 2015, after talks about a possible merger with Airbus became public and fell apart. This year, as negotiations with Boeing over a CSeries partnership faltered and concerns about the future of the program mounted, Bombardier’s interest in a deal with China intensified, two sources said.

The prospect of such a deal raised concern within the Canadian government, two of the sources said, where officials believed jobs or technology could be “siphoned away” to China. They also expressed uneasiness about what some saw as inadequate Chinese safeguards against intellectual property theft.


China congress: How authorities censor your thoughts

If you control public communication you can control the way people think and how they behave. That’s what Xi Jinping’s government is counting on.

And it is never more true than at the time of major political gatherings.

The Communist Party Congress, held every five years, is set to begin next week: an event which will culminate in the revelation of the new leadership team behind General Secretary Xi.

So the censors here are poised to restrict with one hand and disseminate with the other.

How is this different from the LPC/CBC?


Chinese museum accused of racism over photos pairing Africans with animals

A museum in China has removed an exhibit this week that juxtaposed photographs of animals with portraits of black Africans, sparking complaints of racism.

The exhibit titled This Is Africa at the Hubei Provincial Museum in the city of Wuhan displayed a series of diptychs, each one containing a photo of an African person paired with the face of an animal. In a particularly striking example, a child with his mouth wide open was paired with a gorilla and other works included baboons and cheetahs.


What Happens When America First Collides with the Chinese Dream?

China’s State Oceanic Administration recently published a document titled A Scientific Guide to Realising China’s Dream as a Maritime Great Power—Learning In-Depth from Secretary-General Xi Jinping’s Important Remarks on the Strategy to becoming a Maritime Great Power.

This document highlights China’s intent to more actively participate in global maritime governance, including in maritime safety and environmental protection. It alludes to China’s vision of reshaping the international maritime order to one that is “fairer, more just and reasonable.” The document also puts forward a “maritime security concept” that is aligned with Xi Jinping’s broader “Asian security concept.” Such a vision is explicitly linked with China’s responsibility as a great power and its desire to increase its “maritime soft power.”


Chinese police order Muslims to hand in all copies of the Koran and prayer mats or face ‘harsh punishment’

According to sources in the region, officials have been warning neighbourhoods and mosques that ethnic minority Muslim families are being forced to hand in religious items including the Koran and prayer mats.

They face severe punishment if they are discovered.


On the Korean Peninsula


A shallow 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit North Korea near the country’s nuclear test site Saturday, US seismologists said, in what China’s seismic service said was a “suspected explosion”, but Seoul deemed a “natural earthquake”.

For some reason, I doubt that.


An infographic on military might in Asia.



Roh Moo-Hyun’s “shadow” insists that even more talking will fix things with North Korea:

President Moon Jae-in in a speech to the UN General Assembly on Thursday said pressure through sanctions and diplomatic efforts are the only ways to deal with the North Korean nuclear crisis.

Like it did before?



In Canada, they may be given multi-million dollar awards:

A local court sentenced an underage girl to 20 years in prison and her teenage accomplice to life imprisonment on Friday for murdering an 8-year-old girl and dismembering her body, in a murder case that shocked the nation earlier this year for its brutality.


And, with Chuseok just around the corner (aren’t you excited?), Korean Air pilots threaten a strike:

Pilots at flag carrier Korean Air on Thursday threatened to go on a weeklong strike just as millions of Koreans forward to holiday abroad over the long Chuseok break.

The Korean Air pilots’ union said it notified its employer that 390 pilots will take part in the strike.

But the airline is designated as an essential public service, so only a certain portion of its 2,300 pilots can strike at once without risking jail. And the airline must maintain 80 percent of international flights, 70 percent of flights to Jeju Island and 50 percent of domestic flights.

That still leaves a wide margin for chaos and ruined breaks in a country with notoriously short holidays and excessive working hours.

Chuseok is like Korean Thanksgiving. To put this strike in context, imagine Air Canada pilots going on a strike a week before Christmas. But, because this is South Korea and not Canada, people won’t grumble; they’ll do something about it and it won’t be nice.



Beijing circulates anti-Muslim posters

Anti-Muslim posters have emerged in China, warning citizens to be aware of ‘people with beard, black clothes or black robes’.

Beijing, Sep 8 (IBNS): Anti-Muslim posters have emerged in China, warning citizens to be aware of ‘people with beard, black clothes or black robes’.
Among other things, the poster contains: “No smoking/drinking: Be vigilant to underground weekly preaching.”

The caricatures following the instructions are that of stereotypical image of a Muslim man and a woman.

The poster also described the Uyghur flag as ‘suspicious’.

Putting up a Uyghur flag, the poster said: “Blue flag with the moon and the star, these markings are suspicious.”

This comes post the crack down on Islamic names, long beards and burqa by the Chinese government.

Over the years, Beijing has riled many human rights watchdogs for its behaviour towards the ethnic Uyghur, who it treats as dissidents.

h/t Marvin


A retreat has no ‘Chinese values’ – Dunkirk movie comes under fire in China

Calls have been made in China to boycott the British war film Dunkirk after it was subjected to a heavy bombardment from critics who said a “disastrous retreat” does not conform with “Chinese values”.

The film came under fire not only for its portrayal of an un-Chinese evacuation, but also for glorifying General Sir Harold Alexander.

Gen Alexander, who helped oversee the 1940 ‘miracle of Dunkirk’, is considered a war hero in the UK, but is despised by some in China due to a belief that he caused the death of thousands of Chinese soldiers.


Chinese Authorities Order Ban on Children in Church Services… Justin awestruck!

While China’s notorious one-child policy is in the process of being reversed and the economy is increasingly run by free market-ish principles, China is still known for its civil rights and religious liberty abuses. Last year, the wife of a Chinese pastor was suffocated to death after a bulldozer buried her alive. She was attempting to stop the destruction of their church building. The case highlighted the lack of legal protection afforded Christians in China. Over the last few years, the Chinese government has systematically removed crosses from church buildings. China’s latest sign of religious intolerance is found in the atheistic government’s efforts to begin banning children from religious services.