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China corruption crackdown nabs Communist Party VIPs in “mafia ...

China corruption crackdown nabs Communist Party VIPs in “mafia ... | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Tiananmen Gate in Beijing. AP file photo Associated Press BEIJING — Authorities on Thursday accused a Chinese mining tycoon of running a vast mafia that blackmailed, beat and gunned down rivals in daytime attacks, ...
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Beijing’s Fight Against Democracy Activism in Hong Kong

Beijing’s Fight Against Democracy Activism in Hong Kong | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Nearly seventeen years after handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese control, tensions with Be...
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China’s military worries that its only-child recruits are “wimps”

China’s military worries that its only-child recruits are “wimps” | China Commentary | Scoop.it
China's millions of only children—known as "little emperors" for how they are doted upon by parents and grandparents—may turn out to be terrible soldiers. As much as 70% of the Chinese military (paywall) is made up of men and women who are the only children in their family, according to a professor at the People's Liberation...
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Almost nobody believes China’s new batch of suspiciously awesome trade data

Almost nobody believes China’s new batch of suspiciously awesome trade data | China Commentary | Scoop.it
The good news: Last month's Chinese trade data is defying signs of a slowdown in the world's second largest economy. The bad news: the improvement might be completely fraudulent. According to official figures, Chinese exports grew 10.6% and imports rose 10% in January from a year earlier; analysts were expecting either zero growth or a decline,...
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Five charts to explain China’s shadow banking system, and how it could make a slowdown even uglier

Five charts to explain China’s shadow banking system, and how it could make a slowdown even uglier | China Commentary | Scoop.it
"China's shadow banking system"—it just sounds scary, doesn't it? And the explosion of risky, undisclosed loans in China's financial system since 2009 is certainly cause for alarm. As Quartz reported recently, unless China can bring its credit bubble under control with a mixture of deleveraging and market reforms, it could pose a significant threat to global growth. Even...
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China's Jade Rabbit rover comes 'back to life' - SpaceDaily

China's Jade Rabbit rover comes 'back to life' - SpaceDaily | China Commentary | Scoop.it
The problem was a setback for Beijing's ambitious military-run space programme, which includes plans for a permanent orbiting station by 2020 and eventually sending a human to the moon. "The rover stands a chance of ...
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in South China Sea WARNING of Possible WW3 in 2014 as CHINA & JAPAN Tensions Grow YouTube

NEW WORLD ORDER WARNING of Possible WW3 in 2014 ....
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'Wendi Deng was a Chinese spy'- Eccentric Australian mogul makes bizarre claim

'Wendi Deng was a Chinese spy'- Eccentric Australian mogul makes bizarre claim | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, 59, who is contesting this weekend’s general election claimed today that Rupert Murdoch 'got rid of her' because she was a spy.
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An eccentric Australian businessman who is contesting this weekend’s general election claimed today that Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng is a Chinese spy ‘and that’s why Rupert got rid of her.’ 

Multi-millionaire Clive Palmer, 59, renowned for his plans to construct a replica of the Titanic in conjunction with a Chinese company and for his dreams of creating an animated Jurassic Park in Queensland, also said today that he was planning to sue Mr Murdoch.

He was furious about an article in a Murdoch newspaper, The Australian, which questioned his wealth and whether he was a university professor and a mining magnate, as he claims.


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China may soon peddle discount drones to the developing world

China may soon peddle discount drones to the developing world | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Want to buy a military-grade drone? That won't be easy, unless you've got a good relationship with Beijing.
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China’s drone technology is, according to some, about two decades behind that of the US. But China’s technology could be alluring enough to strengthen its ties to other emerging markets. China has already used its satellite technology for this purpose: Nigeria, Brazil, Venezuela and Pakistan have all bought or received Chinese satellites in exchange for Chinese access to their natural resources. In this way, drones become a kind of soft power currency for China, especially if no one else is willing to sell them.

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江苏城管打死女贩惹民愤遭千人围攻砸车

江苏城管打死女贩惹民愤遭千人围攻砸车 | China Commentary | Scoop.it
江苏省常熟市发生城管暴力执法事件。

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Do you recollect the vendor of Tunisia ?? The one responsible for the Arab Spirng ......

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Thousands in Jiangsu Protest Fatal Beating of Street Vendor by Officer

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XI JINPING ON SINO-INDIAN RELATIONS

XI JINPING ON SINO-INDIAN RELATIONS | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Global Geopolitics & Political Economy B.RAMAN In his first visit abroad as the President of China since assuming office on March 14,2013, Mr.Xi Jinping is scheduled to visit Russia, Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo...

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Why China Is Finally Abandoning Its One Child Policy

Why China Is Finally Abandoning Its One Child Policy | China Commentary | Scoop.it
One of the first announcements by the new administration taking charge in China this month may lead to the phasing out of the one child policy, which has been in effect since 1979.

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Update: This article was modified to reflect that China’s one child policy has not been officially ended, although some say a phase out may be imminent.

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One of the first announcements by the new administration taking charge in China this month may lead to the phasing out of the one child policy, which has been in effect since 1979. The end of this most repulsive of social policies would be good news for human rights in China, but the proposal seems to be motivated not on humanitarian grounds, but rather, because the policy has saddled China with unintended consequences that will weigh heavily on that nation for decades.

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China’s future is still bright, but the newly installed government faces some huge problems that will not be remedied with a centralized, command and control form of government. The main question will be, how tumultuous will things have to get before the leadership decentralizes the decision making process and liberates the political process.

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Is China Pivoting to the Middle East?

Is China Pivoting to the Middle East? | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Chinese people have begun casting their gaze westward. But will the government follow suit?

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"While the U.S. pivots east, and Europe, India and Russia also eye the East, China should have a strategic plan of 'Marching West,'" wrote Beijing University professor Wang Jisi last October in the state-runGlobal Times.


The United States is winding down its war in Afghanistan and President Obama has called for a "pivot to Asia," which will refocus American attention on the Pacific. With that backdrop, Wang's strategy might appear to be an attempt to fill the gap left by the United States in Central Asia and the Middle East and eventually replace it as the dominant power. In January, the Brookings Institutionpublished an article comparing the proposal to Mao Zedong's war strategy: "Where the enemy advances, we retreat. Where the enemy retreats, we pursue."

 

"The underlying 'retreat-pursuit' philosophy of 'March West' still anchors on a zero-sum perception of the U.S.-China relations," wrote author Yun Sun. "As the U.S. pivots away from the region and becomes deeply immersed in Asia Pacific, it needs to seriously consider the implications of and prepare for China's 'March West'."

 

But Wang, who once taught at the elite Central Party School, a finishing school for China's ruling class, rejected that view. Speaking over the phone, he argued instead that China must "adopt an active attitude" towards the countries to its west because of its own internal needs.

 

"Look back to China's history, most of the capitals in Chinese dynasties were in central China, not on China's coast," he said. "So the 'March West' is primarily to re-balance China's domestic economic development. The U.S. is a two-ocean country, while China is a one-ocean state, so why should we not make use of the land connections we have on our western border?"


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"The U.S. is a two-ocean country, while China is a one-ocean state, so why should we not make use of the land connections we have on our western border?"

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China Prepares For War To Quickly Crush Japan in East China Sea ...

China Prepares For War To Quickly Crush Japan in East China Sea ... | China Commentary | Scoop.it
“[We] concluded that the PLA has been given the new task to be able to conduct a short, sharp war to destroy Japanese forces in the East China Sea following with what can only be expected a seizure of the Senkakus or even ...
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Democracy – A Means Or An End? Lessons From China

Democracy – A Means Or An End? Lessons From China | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Hilary Clinton, as Secretary of State, recently claimed the Chinese government was ‘trying to stop history by opposing the advance of democracy’.
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"Hilarious" Clinton on Chinese Democracy. 

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Why China just built this lantern-shaped research base in Antarctica

Why China just built this lantern-shaped research base in Antarctica | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Antarctica is the world's last unexploited continent, and the latest site of a global race over resources and status. Over the weekend, China unveiled its fourth research station in Antarctica, where sovereignty is unclear and countries try to stake their claims on the area by building large research bases. The 1,000 square-meter (10,763 sq. feet) Taishan...
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China just sold almost $50 billion in US Treasurys… But don’t panic just yet

China just sold almost $50 billion in US Treasurys… But don’t panic just yet | China Commentary | Scoop.it
China's holdings of US Treasurys dropped to the lowest levels in two years after China dumped $47.8 billion in paper—equal to about 3.6% of its Treasury holdings as of November—bringing its total holdings to $1.27 trillion. Not that this should come as a shock. Yi Gang, a deputy governor of China's central bank, hinted at the...
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Why panic Face Book bought WhatsApp for a mere $ 19 Billion ! 

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Tensions Set To Rise In The South China Sea

Tensions Set To Rise In The South China Sea | China Commentary | Scoop.it
A series of recent events points to a declining state of stability and security in the South China Sea.
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The great tunnel of China? Beijing’s plan to build world’s longest underwater passage will cost more than $40B

The great tunnel of China? Beijing’s plan to build world’s longest underwater passage will cost more than $40B | China Commentary | Scoop.it
China is planning another engineering marvel: the world’s longest tunnel – built under the sea. Planned to be more than twice the length of the Channel Tunnel that connects the U.K. and France, China’s latest mega project is not short of ambition.
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China Commentary is Back in Action.

Busy setting up DOSID and PNN

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I was a little tied up, in the last few months getting the Beta versions of DOSID [Daily Open Source Intelligence Digest] and  PNN [ Provincial News Network] up and running.

 

 

DOSID can be found here: (Partly China Specific)

http://www.dosid.org/

 

PNN can be found here: (China Specific)

http://www.pnn.org.in/

 

DOSID and PNN for now are a one man show. As such these site are still in beta. 

 

Looking forward for any feedback and comments.

Cheers

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Decoding Xi Jinping's 'China Dream'

Decoding Xi Jinping's 'China Dream' | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Xi Jinping's reformist agenda goes hand in hand with his crackdown on social activists – but that may not be as contradictory as it sounds.
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Rather, Xi believes in the Communist Party and in its unchallenged rule. But the party he has inherited – bloated, bureaucratic, and corrupt – has largely lost the trust of ordinary Chinese citizens. To rectify that problem, Xi has girded his reformist loins.

“Winning or losing public support is an issue that concerns the Communist Party’s survival or extinction,” he said last month, launching what he called a year-long “thorough clean up” of the party.

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Susan Kelly's curator insight, August 26, 2013 6:54 AM

Interesting political piece.

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CJ-20 missile is PLA's new threat to US bases in Asia-Pacific

CJ-20 missile is PLA's new threat to US bases in Asia-Pacific | China Commentary | Scoop.it

After the People's Liberation Army introduced the CJ-10 cruise missile into service, China is planning to design the more advanced CJ-20 cruise missile which could be launched by H-6 strategic bombers against all US military bases in the Asia-Pacific, according to Duowei News, an outlet operated by overseas Chinese.

Hans Christensen from the Federation of American Scientists stated that CJ-10, which can be launched from land or from a ship with a range of 1,500 kilometers, is already a formidable weapon against US carrier battle groups. About 200 CJ-10 missiles have now been deployed with the Second Artillery Corps, China's strategic missile force. Russian analyst Vasiliy Kashin says the CJ-10 was developed based on pieces of US Tomahawk missiles recovered in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

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To plan for a contingency in which Japan must retake the disputed Diaoyutai (Diaoyu or Senkaku) islands from a Chinese occupation force, the Japan Self-Defense Force is learning amphibious warfare from the US Marine Corps at Camp Pendleton.

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Full Text: The Diversified Employment of China's Armed Forces

Full Text: The Diversified Employment of China's Armed Forces | China Commentary | Scoop.it

The Information Office of the State Council, China'scabinet, on Tuesday published a white paper on China's armed forces.

Following is the full text:

The Diversified Employment of China's Armed ForcesInformation Office of the State Council
The People's Republic of China
April 2013, Beijing
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China's exploitation of Latin American natural resources raises concern

China's exploitation of Latin American natural resources raises concern | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Economic benefits countered by environmental damage and fears over lopsided nature of trade relations with Beijing

 

"Amazonian forest cleared in Ecuador, a mountain levelled in Peru, the Cerrado savannah converted to soy fields in Brazil and oil fields under development in Venezuela's Orinoco belt."

 

"These recent reports of environmental degradation in Latin America may be thousands of miles apart in different countries and for different products, but they have a common cause: growing Chinese demand for regional commodities."

 

"The world's most populous nation has joined the ranks of wealthy countries in Europe, North America and east Asia that have long consumed and polluted unsustainably. This has led to what author Michael T Klare calls "a race for what's left" and its impact is particularly evident in the continent with much of the untapped, unspoiled natural resources."

 

"Even more than Africa, Latin America has become a major focus of Beijing's drive for commodities. A study last year by Enrique Dussel Peters, a professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico, found that the region has been the leading destination for Chinese foreign direct investment – mostly for raw materials and by big government-run companies such as Chinalco and CNOOC."

 

"Since the 2008 financial crisis, China has also become the main lender to the region. In 2010, it provided $37bn (£24bn) in loans – more than the World Bank, Inter-American Bank and the US Import-Export Bank combined. Most of this has gone to four primary exporters – Venezuela, Brazil, Argentina and Ecuador – for mining or transport infrastructure."


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Fantastic Guardian piece on the rise of China in Latin America; this is superb, not least because the photo shows China "levelling" the Peruvian mountain, Toromocho, in search of copper.

 

China is now the major player in the region, with particular focus on commodity production.

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Chinese Justification for North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions

Chinese Justification for North Korea’s Nuclear Ambitions | China Commentary | Scoop.it
Mycal Ford parses an op-ed indicating reservoirs of support in the PRC establishment for North Korea's formula of economic development via nuclear weapons.

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As discussed in a previous post on SinoNK, North Korea’s third nuclear test spawned an international kerfuffle among pundits worldwide regarding North Korea’s intentions. From Shen Dingli’s punishing essay “Lips and Teeth” published in Foreign Policy to Scott Snyder’s “incalculable” North Korea for the Council for Foreign Relations, to the many questions the rogue state generated by its international deviant behavior via Jennifer Lind in Foreign Affairs, what emerged as a comprehensive conclusion is the very simple fact: North Korea, for its bombastic and grandiloquent bluster, is still shrouded by the same-old opaque and abstruse fog as ever.

 

Or is it? One particular Chinese author (perhaps thinking of his own job security?) would have China-DPRK watchers believe otherwise.

 

Mei Xinyu, “Are Nuclear Weapons North Korea’s amulet?”, [核武器是朝鲜的护身符吗] Huanqiu Shibao, February 17, 2013. 


If Chinese-North Korean relations are indeed at a freezing point, we might expect Chinese economic officials and researchers to be lining up with justifications for a clampdown on the DPRK. At the very least, we might expect to see them downplaying the importance of nuclear weapons for the DPRK and raising instead the banner of economic reform.  Mei Xinyu  (梅新育), a researcher at the Institute of International Trade and Economic Cooperation of the Ministry of Commerce, takes neither of these approaches. Rather, in an op-ed published by Huanqiu Shibao (环球时报), he opines as follows:

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The fundamental purpose of a nuclear-equipped North Korea possessing a nuclear deterrent is not ‘North Korea possessing weapons of mass destruction’ per se. It is not even attempt to conquer the world; rather, it is an attempt to stabilize the external environment hostile to North Korea so it can develop its domestic economy (其实我们应该看到,朝鲜“拥核”的根本目的不是“拥核”本身,更不是企图借此征服世界,而是“谋和”,是希望借此赢得集中精力发展经济所必需的外部安全环境).”

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