Tuesday September 25, 2018

News from 2015

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December 15, 2015 CHINA’S LIKELY ROLE IN THE FIGHT AGAINST ISIS Entering the fight against ISIS would help China realize its aspirations of becoming a global leader, of which a requirement is extra-economic involvement in world affairs. As much as China aspires to this peer recognition, however, the country will probably not begin assuming this responsibility by taking on ISIS. Read more…

 

October 23, 2015 FRIDAY NEWS ROUNDUP – LAST WEEK IN CHINA An analysis of interesting news stories from the past week. Read more…

 

October 16, 2015 FRIDAY NEWS ROUNDUP – LAST WEEK IN CHINA An analysis of interesting news stories from the past week. Read more…

 

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September 28, 2015 CHINESE PRESIDENT XI JINPING IN US From September 22-28, Chinese President Xi Jinping was in the United States. This trip marked Xi’s first official state visit to the U.S. Before visiting DC, Xi Jinping met with businesses in Seattle, Washington and attended a banquet dinner. After meeting with President Obama and attending a state dinner in DC, Xi went to New York to speak in front of the UN General Assembly. Read more… 

 

 

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September 3, 2015 BEIJING COMMEMORATES WWII VICTORY WITH MILITARY PARADE To honor the 70th anniversary of their victory in the World War II, or “The Chinese People’s Resistance Against Japanese Aggression and World Anti-fascist War” as the communist authorities call it, China impressed the world with a grand military parade and an announcement of reducing military personnel by 300,000. Read more…

 

 

 

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August 27, 2015 CHINA’S STOCKS CONTINUE TO DECLINE DESPITE STIMULUS We now have a good reason to believe China’s economy is facing a big problem. On Tuesday, August 25, China cut its interest rates by 0.25 percent to address slumping stocks and concerns over economic downturn. Like all previous bailout attempts, this move again failed to reverse the declining trend in stock markets. Read more…

 

 

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August 20, 2015 MASSIVE EXPLOSIONS CAUSED HUGE DAMAGE TO TIANJIN Officials said the massive explosions in Chinese city Tianjin had killed 114 people by August 18 and caused huge damage to the businesses in the port district. While the cause of the explosions is still under investigations, the incident reflects serious loopholes in China’s hazmat regulation.  Read more…

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August 13, 2015 CHINA DEVALUES YUAN TO TACKLE ECONOMIC SLOWDOWN China (again) surprised the world with a surprise currency devaluation. Although seen by many as an acceptable move to save flagging exports, the devaluation has raised concerns over China’s already weakened economy. Read more…

 

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August 6, 2015 OBAMA ADMINISTRATION TO RETALIATE AGAINST CHINA FOR OPM HACK The Obama administration is planning to retaliate against China for a cyberattack on the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) that occurred earlier this year. Read more…

 

 

 

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July 30, 2015 IS ONE-CHILD POLICY COMING TO AN END? China is planning to overhaul its one-child policy after 35 years of implementation, according to various news sources. Although not confirmed by the government, a new regulation, under which all couples are legally permitted to have two children, may be soon put into practice to address the country’s urgent demographic problem. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

July 23, 2015 FORMER CHINESE PRESIDENT’S TOP AIDE ARRESTED FOR CORRUPTION Ling Jihua, formerly served as the secretary of the Central Secretariat of the Communist Party of China (CPC), was expelled from the Party and will face prosecution after an investigation found  him involved in “serious violation of Party discipline,” according to China state media Xinhua. Ling is the latest senior party official “netted” by the unprecedented anti-corruption campaign waged by Chinese President Xi Jinping. Read more…

 

 

 

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July 16, 2015 PROTESTS WARN CHINA OF ETHNIC MINORITY TENSIONS Recently, several incidents and protests related to China’s minority policies have broken out, bringing the troubled relationship between China and its Uighur minority back in to the public attention. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

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July 9, 2015 CHINA STRIVES TO STABILIZE STOCK MARKET AFTER PLUNGE The past few weeks have been a painful nightmare for millions of investors in China, as the country’s stock market has experienced a dramatic downfall. In just three weeks, the Shanghai Composite Index has dropped nearly 30 percent from its peak at 5,166 points on June 12 to 3,686 points on July 3. While the Chinese government expresses confidence in restoring market stability, economists worry that the stock turmoil could undercut the credibility of Chinese government. Read more…

 

 

 

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July 2015 OBAMA’S CHALLENGE TO CHINA U.S.-China Policy Foundation president, Professor Chi Wang, recently published a new book on President Obama’s China policy. This book explores U.S.-China relations under the leadership of President Barack Obama and discusses how his decisions set the stage for a new era in U.S.-China relations. Read more…

 

 

 

 

 

 

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June 19, 2015 HK LEGISLATURE REJECTS ELECTION REFORM PACKAGE A bill proposed by the Chinese government that would have allowed Hong Kong residents to vote for their next leader – with candidates pre-approved by Beijing – has been rejected by Hong Kong’s legislature. In a vote Thursday, 28 out of Hong Kong’s 70 lawmakers rejected the proposal. Eight voted in favor. Read more…

 

 

 

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June 4, 2015 BEIJING RELEASES NEW DEFENSE WHITE PAPER  Last week, the Chinese Ministry of Defense issued its first policy document in two years, a white paper titled, “Chinese Military Strategy.” Defense white papers, which are China’s most authoritative statements on national security, are released by the State Council Information Office after approval by the Central Military Commission, Ministry of National Defense, and State Council. Read more…

 

 

 

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May 29, 2015 HARRIS ASSUMES PACOM COMMAND This week, four-star Admiral Harry Harris, the highest-ranking Asian-American in the U.S. Navy, took command of the United States’ oldest and largest geographic combatant command. Adm Harris assumed command of the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM) from Adm Samuel Locklear in a ceremony at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam in Hawaii on Wednesday. Read more…

 

 

 

 

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May 22, 2015  CAN CHINA AND US BOTH BE PACIFIC POWERS? Secretary of State John Kerry visited Beijing on Saturday to prepare for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming state visit to the United States and other U.S. – China exchanges. Despite the initial purpose of the visit, international and domestic demands that the U.S. express its concerns over China’s assertive land reclamation projects in the disputed South China Sea was the primary media focus during his visit. In response, Chinese military leaders underscored China’s determination to safeguard territorial integrity and urged the United States to honor its promises of neutrality in the South China Sea issue. Read More…

 

 

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May 14, 2015 PENTAGON REPORT ON CHINA’S PLA  The Pentagon released its annual report to Congress on China’s military and security developments, with an emphasis on China’s navy, its maritime capability, and modernization. The Chinese government expressed strong opposition to the Pentagon’s report, claiming that “the US report makes willful speculations and comments on China’s military growth in defiance of the facts.” Read More…

 

 

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May 8, 2015 CHINA’S AVIATION DEVELOPMENT The Center for Asia Pacific Aviation has announced that for the first time ever, more  Chinese airlines will be flying to the United States than American carriers  heading to China. Last summer, Air China flew its first flight from Beijing to Washington DC,  sharing the route with United Airlines. Given the simplification of the visa process, both the United States and China are trying to gain business opportunities from the boosted  bilateral business and tourist  markets. Read More…

 

 

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May 1, 2015 PRESIDENT OBAMA PLAYS CHINA CARD TO ADVOCATE TPP IN CONGRESS President Obama has highlighted China’s rising authority in Asia in the hopes of persuading Congress to give him fast-track authority (FTA) for trade agreements related to the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would put a deal to a vote without allowing amendments. At this time,  the United States already has free trade agreements with half the countries in the TPP, but a deal with Japan is still under hard negotiation.  Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe discussed the pact in Washington and addressed a joint meeting of Congress earlier this week. Read More…

 

 

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April 17, 2015 HILLARY CLINTON AND CHINA Hillary Clinton has finally announced her long-anticipated campaign for the U.S. presidency. Not all parties are equally excited by this, however. Clinton has a largely unpopular public image in China due to her hawkish stance on China, criticism of China’s human rights, and efforts to promote the rebalance to Asia. There is also the  traditional Chinese dislike of a career-minded “iron lady” at play. Accordingly, Hillary Clinton’s announcement last Sunday has generated a strong reaction among the Chinese public. Read More…

 

 

 

 

 

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April 10, 2015 CHINA’S LAND RECLAMATION IN THE SOUTH CHINA SEA PROVOKES TENSIONS Recent events – including the Vietnamese protest against China’s construction activities in the Nansha/Spratly Islands, U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s stern warning against the militarization of territorial disputes, the U.S.-Filipino joint military exercise , U.S.  concern about China’s “great wall of sand,” and U.S. Ambassador to ASEAN Nina Hachigian’s environmental concerns about China’s land reclamation – have kept the South China Sea issue in the spotlight. Read More…

 

 

 

April 2, 2015 CHINA LOBBIES TO GLOBALIZE RENMINBI China is positioning the renminbi (RMB), its national currency, to become the world’s next reserve currency. While speaking with the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Managing Director Christine Lagarde, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang asked to include Chinese yuan in the IMF’s Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket to become the fifth key international currency after the U.S. dollar, euro, British pound, and Japanese yen. Reuters reported Christine Lagarde confirmed that China’s yuan would be incorporated in the SDR currency basket at some point. Soon after, while meeting with the visiting U.S. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew in Beijing, Premier Li expressed China’s hope that the United States can approve reform to the IMF to give more sway to China. Read More…

 

 

March 27, 2015 BOAO FORUM 2015 FOR ASIA IS ON Under the theme of “Asia’s New Future: Towards a Community of Common Destiny”, the 2015 Boao Forum of Asia (BFA) was held in a coastal town in China’s southernmost island province, with topics spanning issues from the China-proposed “One Belt and One Road” initiatives to Asia’s economic integration. The four-day event attracted a record number of 15 heads of government and state and business leaders, in addition to more than 1,000 media staff. Read More…

 

 

 

March 20, 2015 MORE U.S. ALLIES JOINED CHINA-LED AIIB The United States was irritated when its major European allies the United Kingdom, France, Germany and Italy announced to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) earlier last week. Does it signal a coming Asia, or China, century that will replace the American century? Read More…

 

 

 

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March 16, 2015 NEW REPORT RANKS CHINA THIRD IN WEAPONS EXPORTS China has overtaken Germany to become the world’s number three arms exporter, a new study says. Although its five percent share is rather small compared to the combined 58 percent of exports from the United States and Russia, China’s share of the global arms market rose 143 percent between 2010 and 2014, a period during which the total volume of global arms transfers rose by 16 percent over the previous five years, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in a report released Monday. Read more…

 

 

 

March 13, 2015 THE PREMIER’S GOVERNMENT WORK REPORT FEATURES INNOVATION Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is going to enter a challenging year for China, with economic growth slowing to 7%, public dissatisfaction with the Communist Party on the rise due to the rampant corruption, and increasing discontent over severe air pollution.  Aiming to spur further growth and innovation, the Premier’s first government work report during the opening meeting of the Third Session of China’s 12th National People’s Congress (NPC) introduced new concepts such as the “Made in China 2025″ strategy and “chuangke—creator or entrepreneur. Read More…

 

 

March 6, 2015 DOCUMENTARY FIRES THE FIRST BULLET AT AIR POLLUTION IN CHINA Released last weekend, the 104-minute documentary Under the Dome was watched by more than 200 million people within a week, triggered heated discussion on China’s air pollution, and raised questions about pollution’s relationship to poor governance. Earlier today, the celebrity journalist-made documentary that was initially backed by Beijing was erased from all Chinese websites. Read More…

 

 

 

 

February 27, 2015 A HUGE WAVE OF CHINESE STUDENTS IS APPROACHINGAccording to Director León Rodríguez from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, the Department of Homeland is extending eligibility for employment authorization to certain H-4 dependent spouses of H-1B non-immigrants who are seeking employment-based lawful permanent resident status.  This means these H-4 dependent visa holders are allowed to accept employment in the United States. Considering the continuously increasing numbers of Chinese overseas students studying and working in the United States, this more accommodating employment policy for new immigrants is likely to encourage another huge wave of Chinese students. Read More…

 

 


February 20, 2015 NBA BOOSTS US-CHINA SPORTS DIPLOMACY The NBA announced a US$500 million, five-year deal with Chinese Internet giant Tencent Holdings Limited to carry games, highlights and other league content on its digital platforms.  Basketball, following in the footsteps of  ping pong, became an important vehicle for U.S.-China sports diplomacy in recent years. Read More…

 

 

 

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February 12, 2015 CHINA CNR EXPORTS TO OVERSEAS MARKET China CNR Corporation Limited (CNR), China’s biggest train maker and the world’s largest subway train supplier, shipped its first “Olympic Metro” train to Rio de Janeiro earlier this week, right after CNR signed a contract to sell 284 subway trains with the transportation regulator in Massachusetts. CNR’s big deals in overseas markets echo China’s efforts to, as Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said, “lift sluggish exports by promoting big ticket items such as railways and nuclear power in overseas market after the country’s trade growth fell well short of its target in 2014.” Read More…

 

 

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February 11, 2015 PRESIDENT XI CONFIRMS STATE VISIT TO U.S. Both Beijing and Washington have confirmed that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s state visit will take place in September, after both countries’ leaders laid out possible topics of discussion in a telephone call. This will be President Xi’s first state visit to the United States since taking office; his last formal trip was in his capacity as vice president. Xi last met with President Obama in November after an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) meeting in Beijing. The two also met at the Sunnylands retreat in California during a more informal visit in June 2013. Read more…

 

 

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February 6, 2015 CHINA BLOCKS VPN TO INCREASE DIGITAL CONTROL China has blocked access to several of the most popular virtual private networks (VPN), which allow users to access websites that are currently unavailable on the Chinese mainland, after disabling the use of Google services, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, Flickr, Microsoft, Line, etc. China is protecting its “Internet Sovereignty” Lu Wei, China’s top Internet regulator,claimed last November. Read More…

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February 4, 2015 CHINA MINSHENG PRESIDENT RESIGNS AMID CORRUPTION SCANDAL The president of China Minsheng Banking Corp has resigned amid media reports that he is under investigation by anti-corruption authorities, making him the most senior bank official to be ensnared in Chinese president Xi Jinping’s sweeping anti-corruption campaign. The bank announced Saturday that its president and director Mao Xiaofeng had submitted his resignation “for personal reasons.” Read more…