More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll

NATIONAL SEP. 11, 2014 – 06:50AM JST ( 25 )


A Japanese F-15 jet approaches a Chinese plane (out of frame) in a spot where the two countries’ air defense zones overlap, in June.AFP
TOKYO —

More than half of Chinese people think their country could go to war with Japan in the future, a new poll revealed Wednesday, after two years of intense diplomatic squabbles.

A survey conducted in both nations found that 53.4% of Chinese envisage a future conflict, with more than a fifth of those saying it would happen “within a few years”, while 29% of Japanese view military confrontation as a possibility.

The findings come ahead of the second anniversary Thursday of Japan’s nationalisation of disputed islands in the East China Sea that have formed the focus of tensions between the Asian giants.

Underlining the lingering row over the Tokyo-controlled Senkaku Islands, four Chinese coast guard vessels sailed into their territorial waters on Wednesday morning.

China regards them as its territory and calls them the Diaoyu Islands.

The survey was conducted by Japanese non-governmental organisation the Genron NPO and the China Daily, a Chinese state-run newspaper, in July and August.

It questioned 1,000 Japanese aged 18 or older and 1,539 Chinese of the same age range in five cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Shenyang and Xian. Continue reading “More than half of Chinese see war with Japan: poll”

China can weigh reconnaissance on US

(Global Times) 08:16, August 28, 2014

China and the US started a two-day meeting at the Pentagon on Wednesday to negotiate a code of conduct on the high seas, in the wake of a Chinese fighter jet intercepting a US spy plane near the Hainan Island. Although the meeting was set up before this incident, it is believed the near-miss will make a difference during the negotiations.
Given the fact that Washington’s determination to continue its short-range surveillance of China is as strong as China’s commitment to drive US planes away, whether the 2001 mid-air collision could recur has become a Sword of Damocles above their heads.
The new strategic trajectory of Asia-Pacific, namely China is growing stronger and a containment circle drawn by the US and its allies is taking shape, is changing the mindsets of both sides to define specific conflicts. If the 2001 incident happened again, the possibility of an all-out crisis between both sides will increase.

Continue reading “China can weigh reconnaissance on US”

Chinese ships sail in disputed waters after Japan warning ” fears grow over a potential military clash “

→National Aug. 07, 2014 – 06:30AM JST ( 25 )

TOKYO —

Chinese coast guard ships sailed into waters off Japanese-controlled islands in the East China Sea on Wednesday, officials said, after Tokyo’s annual defense paper warned over China’s “dangerous acts” near the disputed archipelago.

The report, published Tuesday, said frequent appearances by Chinese ships in the area could lead to “unintended consequences”, as fears grow over a potential military clash between the Asian powers.

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English: Aerial Photo of Kitakojima and Minamikojima of Senkaku Islands, Ishigaki City, Okinawa, Japan, 1978. 日本語: 北小島・南小島(尖閣諸島):沖縄県石垣市、東シナ海 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Three Chinese vessels sailed into territorial waters that extend 12 nautical miles around one of the Senkaku islands, which China also claims and calls the Diaoyus, the Japanese coast guard said.

The ships entered the area around 10 a.m. and left about two hours later, it said.

Continue reading “Chinese ships sail in disputed waters after Japan warning ” fears grow over a potential military clash “”

‘China has eclipsed Britain as superpower’, party mouthpiece declares amid Li Keqiang visit

Global Times rails against the British media and highlights dependence on China’s billion-dollar investments

 

.PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 June, 2014, 12:30pm

 
Agence France-Presse in Beijing

 

English: Li Keqiang, Chinese politician

 

 

 

China has overtaken Britain as a world power, a state-run newspaper argued scornfully today, after Premier Li Keqiang oversaw the signing of trade deals that will see Chinese invest in British high-speed trains and nuclear power.

 

“Britain’s national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons who want to stress their nobility,” the state-run Global Times wrote in an editorial.

 

Britain’s national strength cannot be placed in the same rank as China now, a truth difficult to accept for some Britons

 

Global Times commentary Continue reading “‘China has eclipsed Britain as superpower’, party mouthpiece declares amid Li Keqiang visit”

Will the IMF headquarters move to Beijing?

(People’s Daily Online)    09:19, June 17, 2014

The International Monetary Fund’s headquarters may one day move from Washington to Beijing, aligning with China’s growing influence in the world economy, the fund’s managing director Christine Lagarde said early this month.

Attaching importance to China

Christine Lagarde made the statement at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), saying that the IMF rules require that the institution should be headquartered in the country that is the biggest shareholder. This has always been the U.S. since the fund was formed.

IMF Headquarters, Washington, DC.

Continue reading “Will the IMF headquarters move to Beijing?”

Japan, China trade claims over latest aerial provocation

 

by Reiji Yoshida and Mizuho Aoki

Jun 12, 2014

Tokyo and Beijing traded blame Thursday over the second close and potentially dangerous encounter in just over two weeks between Chinese SU-27 fighter jets and Japanese reconnaissance planes over the East China Sea.

 

The close encounter took place Wednesday where the air defense identification zones of China and Japan overlap due to their claims to the Senkaku Islands, a defense official told The Japan Times.

Senkaku Islands(Diaoyu Islands) Left:Uotsuri J...

Continue reading “Japan, China trade claims over latest aerial provocation”

Beijing’s dangerous arrogance in the South China Sea

Philip Bowring says Beijing’s superiority complex and selective reading of Southeast Asian history have become the toxic brew fuelling tensions in the South China Sea

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China’s current behaviour vis-à-vis its South China Sea neighbours is aggressive, arrogant and smacks of Han chauvinism and ethnocentrism. Far from being an expression of national pride, it is giving patriotism a bad name. Patriotic Hongkongers should recognise it for what it is: a dangerous ploy.

Not only has Beijing bared expansionist teeth to Vietnam and the Philippines, it has now succeeded in shifting Indonesia from a position of trying to act as a moderator between China and the other South China Sea states to opponent. Twice in recent months, Indonesia has accused China of claiming part of its Natuna island archipelago. So much for a “peaceful rise” when you rile neighbours with populations of more than 400 million, who you assume to be weak. Continue reading “Beijing’s dangerous arrogance in the South China Sea”

Hong Kong issues Vietnam travel warning after mobs torch Chinese factories

Beijing and Hong Kong authorities warn against travel to Vietnam after protesters, angry over oil drilling in disputed waters, run amok

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 14 May, 2014, 12:23pm

Denise Tsang and Agencies in Hanoi

The Hong Kong government issued an amber travel warning for Vietnam after protesters there vandalised hundreds of foreign-owned factories and torched at least 15 of them.

The riots followed a large protest by workers on Tuesday against China’s recent placement of an oil rig in disputed waters around the Paracel Islands in the South China Sea. Continue reading “Hong Kong issues Vietnam travel warning after mobs torch Chinese factories”

War of words erupts as John Kerry calls Beijing ‘provocative’ in South China Sea disputes

Foreign minister hits back after John Kerry calls Chinese actions in South China Sea ‘provocative’

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 13 May, 2014, 5:09pm

Teddy Ng and Agencies in Hanoi and Washington

Several thousand Vietnamese workers protested at Chinese-owned factories yesterday, vandalising some of them, as anger flared at Beijing’s deployment of an oil rig in the Paracel Islands. Photo: SCMP Pictures

China and the United States exchanged heated words yesterday over the recent tensions between Beijing and its neighbours about disputed territory in the South China Sea. Continue reading “War of words erupts as John Kerry calls Beijing ‘provocative’ in South China Sea disputes”

China warns Vietnam to leave South China Sea drilling area – Situation is Escalating Rapidly

Beijing accuses Vietnamese vessels of ramming Chinese ships, and tells Washington to mind its own business as tensions rise in South China Sea

 

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Teddy Ng in Beijing
teddy.ng@scmp.com

China has demanded that Vietnam withdraw its ships from a part of the disputed South China Sea where a Chinese firm is establishing an oil rig, and accused Vietnamese vessels of ramming Chinese ships in the area.

After the latest confrontation between vessels from the two countries, a senior Foreign Ministry official in Beijing said China was “shocked” at the “provocations of Vietnam” and vowed the drilling in the disputed Paracel Islands would continue. Continue reading “China warns Vietnam to leave South China Sea drilling area – Situation is Escalating Rapidly”

Ships collide as Vietnam tries to stop China oil rig deployment in disputed waters

Beijing hits out after Philippines seizes fishing vessel and collision with Vietnamese boats

 

Just Added from the diplomat.com – A low-quality version of that video has been posted on Youtube. It appears to have been taped by one of the media outlets that attended the press conference. English language subtitles of Thu’s remarks also appear on the video:

 

 

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 07 May, 2014, 4:42pm

Teddy Ng in Beijing and Agencies in Hanoi and Manila

 

Tensions in the South China Sea flared up yesterday as China exchanged harsh rhetoric with the Philippines and Vietnam after confrontations in the waters. Continue reading “Ships collide as Vietnam tries to stop China oil rig deployment in disputed waters”

Chinese media threatens Vietnam with a ‘lesson it deserves’ over oil rig row

 

 

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 06 May, 2014, 10:47am

 

Map of the South China Sea

 

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

 

Vietnam reacted furiously to a decision by Beijing to move a deep-water drilling rig into disputed waters for the first time. Photo: Xinhua

 

China should give Vietnam a “lesson it deserves to get” if Hanoi ratchets up tension in the South China Sea, an aggressive editorial in state-run media said on Tuesday.

 

The editorial in the Global Times newspaper comes after Vietnam reacted furiously to a decision by Beijing to move a deep-water drilling rig into disputed waters for the first time. Continue reading “Chinese media threatens Vietnam with a ‘lesson it deserves’ over oil rig row”

Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences

PUBLISHED : Monday, 21 April, 2014, 5:12pm

 Agence France-Presse in Tokyo

Tokyo warned on Monday that the seizure of a Japanese ship in Shanghai over pre-war debts threatened ties with China and could undermine the very basis of their diplomatic relationship.

Authorities in Shanghai seized the large freight vessel in a dispute over what the Chinese side says are unpaid bills relating to the 1930s, when Japan occupied large swathes of China. Continue reading “Japan warns China that seizure of ship could have consequences”

Manila’s provocations reflect weakness

“The Philippines could do nothing but provoke China like a clown under the indulgence of some Western forces”
BRP Artemio Ricarte (PS-37), a Jacinto class c...
(Global Times)    07:36, March 31, 2014

The Philippines on Sunday filed a case against China’s “territorial invasion” with the UN arbitral tribunal. This comes a day after a nearly two-hour standoff between Chinese coastguard ships and Philippine supply vessels ferrying food and soldiers to Ren’ai Reef. Witnessed by more than a dozen Philippine and Western journalists invited onboard a Philippine ship, the Philippine boats “eventually maneuvered away from the Chinese blockade” and arrived at the reef, winning applause from domestic public opinion and support from the Western media. Continue reading “Manila’s provocations reflect weakness”

Professor: Breaking up big bank monopoly highlight of China’s financial reform

(People’s Daily Online) 20:31, March 22, 2014

Chinese Bank of China

Beijing, March 22 (People’s Daily Online) — To break up big bank monopoly will be the highlight of China’s financial reform in 2014, professor Li Daokui told People’s Daily Online in Beijing, March 22, 2014.

Li Daokui, a professor with School of Economics and Management of Tsinghua University, has attended the “China Development Forum 2014” at the Diaoyutai State Guesthouse in Beijing. Continue reading “Professor: Breaking up big bank monopoly highlight of China’s financial reform”

Malaysian Airline passengers’ phones still ringing?

MH 777
MH 777 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The ‘unprecedented mystery’ behind the disappearance of Malaysian Airlines flight MH 370 deepened on Monday when relatives claimed they were able to call the cellphones of their missing loved ones.

According to the Washington Post, family of some of the 239 people on board the vanished Boeing 777 said that they were getting ring tones and could see them as online through a Chinese social networking service called QQ.

One man said that the QQ account of his brother-in-law showed him as active, but frustratingly for those waiting desperately for any news, messages sent have gone unanswered and the calls have not been picked up.

Indeed, the phantom phone calls and online presence set off a whole new level of hysteria for relatives who have spent the past three-days cooped-up in a Beijing hotel waiting for some concrete information on the missing plane. Continue reading “Malaysian Airline passengers’ phones still ringing?”

Men with stolen IDs on missing Malaysian jet used stolen Austrian and Italian passports

Men with stolen IDs on missing Malaysian jet not of Asian appearance

Photo: EPA

The two unidentified men who used stolen passports to board the Malaysian airliner that went missing on Saturday were not of Asian appearance, the chief Malaysian investigator said today. Flight MH370 disappeared early on Saturday about an hour into its flight from Kuala Lumpur after climbing to a cruising altitude of 35,000 feet.

Interpol confirmed on Sunday at least two passengers had used stolen passports and said it was checking whether others aboard had also used false identity documents.

Debris not from missing Malaysian plane – Vietnam

A floating object previously reported to resemble an overturned liferaft was not part of the Malaysia Airlines plane that went missing over the South China Sea, Vietnamese authorities said Monday. Continue reading “Men with stolen IDs on missing Malaysian jet used stolen Austrian and Italian passports”

No automated messages from missing Boeing jet -sources

Source: Reuters – Mon, 10 Mar 2014 06:28 PM

Author: Reuters

KUALA LUMPUR, March 10 (Reuters) – The Malaysian passenger jet that disappeared on Saturday did not make automatic contact with a flight data-monitoring system after vanishing from radar screens, two people familiar with the matter said.

The Boeing 777-200ER is equipped with a maintenance computer capable of talking to the ground automatically through short messages known as ACARS.

These help technicians prepare any necessary repairs and shorten turnaround times at the destination.

Automated ACARS error messages from an Airbus A330 that vanished in the Atlantic in 2009 focused attention initially on inconsistent speed readings as a possible cause of that crash. Continue reading “No automated messages from missing Boeing jet -sources”

Stolen passports were used to buy two tickets for Malaysia Airlines missing flight

Passenger list at centre of missing Malaysia Airlines probe as radar shows flight ‘may have turned back’

UPDATED : Sunday, 09 March, 2014, 2:34pm

Keith Zhai, Patrick Boehler, Danny Lee and agencies

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Malaysian authorities announced on Sunday that the identities of a further two passengers supposedly on board missing flight MH370 flight were being probed, after a pair of tickets were earlier found to have been booked using stolen passports.

The entire passenger list was today under scrutiny as Malaysian officials worked with counter terrorism units and the FBI to verify the identities of all 239 people on board the flight.

Investigations into exactly who was on board continued as Malaysian military officials said radar records indicated that the flight had turned back towards Kuala Lumpur before it vanished.

Rodzali Daud, the Royal Malaysian Air Force chief, said: “What we have done is actually look into the recording on the radar that we have and we realised there is a possibility the aircraft did make a turnback.” Continue reading “Stolen passports were used to buy two tickets for Malaysia Airlines missing flight”

Chinese could be ready to invade in 2020: MND Taiwan

– China is boosting its combat capabilities to the point at which it could mount a full cross-strait attack in 2020

English: ROC Military Police special forces di...

ANALYSIS::Defense minister Yen Ming is to present the report to a legislative committee today. It says China poses the biggest threat of armed conflict to Taiwan

By Rich Chang and Jason Pan  /  Staff reporter with staff writer

Thu, Mar 06, 2014

China is boosting its combat capabilities to the point at which it could mount a full cross-strait attack in 2020, according to a new report from the Ministry of National Defense (MND).

The report added that Chinese leaders have not given up the option of mounting a military invasion of Taiwan to unify it with “the Chinese motherland.” Continue reading “Chinese could be ready to invade in 2020: MND Taiwan”

Commentary: It’s U.S., Japan that need to clarify military intentionsBy

EEV: A commentary from the Peoples Daily Online are views of the Chinese Government. Language is very symbolic in this region. This is a pretty serious escalation. It was just a week a ago they publicly mocked Ambassador Locke.

The South China Sea, showing surrounding count...
The South China Sea, showing surrounding countries and neighbouring seas and oceans (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

-Japan, for its part, has already become a recidivous troublemaker in the region and set the world’s nerves on edge as increasingly rampant rightist elements attempt to deny history, sabotage the postwar world order and scuttle the pacifist constitution.

Deng Yushan (Xinhua) 11:23, March 06, 2014

BEIJING, March 5 — The newly revealed 12.2-percent increase of Chinese military spending to 132 billion U.S. dollars in 2014 has unsurprisingly met with an immediate outcry of “concerns” and “worries” from certain countries. Continue reading “Commentary: It’s U.S., Japan that need to clarify military intentionsBy”

China boosts defence budget by 12.2 pc after warning military will respond if provoked

UPDATED : Wednesday, 05 March, 2014, 10:42am

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

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Delegates from the People’s Liberation Army arrive for parliamentary talks in Beijing. Photo: AP

China will raise its official defence budget by 12.2 per cent this year, the finance ministry announced Wednesday, a day after warning that its military would respond if ‘provoked’ by neighbours.

The Asian giant has for years boosted spending on its People’s Liberation Army, reflecting its military ambitions as it asserts its global standing and claims in a series of territorial disputes with Japan and other countries in the region. Continue reading “China boosts defence budget by 12.2 pc after warning military will respond if provoked”

This is the Racist Editorial on Ambassador Locke / Goodbye, Luo Shi Fei!

EEV: Bing Translator  / Original Below

February 27, 2014, at 20:37 source: China News Network

Locke is a United States-born third-generation Chinese-American, his “yellow skin and white heart” banana person property into President Obama’s diplomatic advantage. United States Pacific revealed a new strategy, selecting during his tenure. Because, a person to be letting you down, always left to the people, “I’m doing this for your sake” impression. Dang United States in the Asia-Pacific and constantly stirring up the eddies, creating contradictions when a traveler on the surface of living abroad for a long time, with black hair and yellow skin, vessel for the United States applauded. Really played a good soft-shoe routine.

Official portrait of United States Secretary o...
Official portrait of United States Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Banana, however long, “yellow skin” is always to be rotting, not only “white heart” out, becomes sick of “black”. Luo Shi may think yellow-skinned appearance alone is not enough. Experienced United States political campaigns-show Luo Shi understands use of the media. As a result, a variety of “light truck line tours, backpack, coach Jane” drama took turns to take the stage. At first, indeed made plain good Chinese eyes. But then I think, puts the business class, splendor, and “accidentally” in front of the camera to sit in economy class, eat fast food, and rich people and the occasional farmhouse and photo upload “for show” what’s the difference? Luo Shi for show, I can’t say, at least American media said long Jing Junjun, running for Governor of the State of the State of Washington during his term for territorial corporate bribery has always been “we have”. Continue reading “This is the Racist Editorial on Ambassador Locke / Goodbye, Luo Shi Fei!”

Senior Navy intelligence officer ” China was training its forces to be capable of carrying out a “short, sharp” war with Japan in the East China Sea “

Pentagon plays down intelligence officer’s provocative China assessment

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Source: Reuters – Fri, 21 Feb 2014 01:31 AM

Author: Reuters

WASHINGTON, Feb 20 (Reuters) – The Pentagon on Thursday played down remarks by a senior Navy intelligence officer who told a public forum that he believed China was training its forces to be capable of carrying out a “short, sharp” war with Japan in the East China Sea.

The comments by Captain James Fanell, director of intelligence and information operations at the U.S. Pacific Fleet, were little noticed when he made them last week at a conference on maritime strategy called “West 2014” in San Diego. They can be seen here: http://link.reuters.com/qyq96v Continue reading “Senior Navy intelligence officer ” China was training its forces to be capable of carrying out a “short, sharp” war with Japan in the East China Sea “”

Filipinos back Manila’s move to confront China over South China Sea

Move to challenge China’s territorial claims in UN-backed court popular: poll

UPDATED : Tuesday, 11 February, 2014, 1:27am

Raissa Robles in Manila

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Philippine Foreign Affairs Department spokesman, Raul Hernandez. Photo: AFP

A majority of Filipinos back the Philippine government’s move to challenge China’s territorial claims over the South China Sea before an international arbitration court, according to the results of a poll released yesterday.

The poll also showed that Filipinos did not trust China much.

Philippine pollster Social Weather Stations  said 81 per cent of Filipinos it surveyed backed last January’s decision to challenge Beijing’s claims in the South China Sea in the UN-backed tribunal. Continue reading “Filipinos back Manila’s move to confront China over South China Sea”

Beijing denounces ‘groundless’ US remarks on South China Sea

– Beijing claims the South China Sea almost in its entirety, even areas a long way from its shoreline, but portions are also claimed by the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan.

Friday, Feb 07, 2014

BEIJING – Beijing on Friday dismissed a US official’s warning against possible Chinese expansion in the skies over the South China Sea, calling the remarks “irresponsible”.

The United States had urged Beijing to clarify or adjust its claims in the South China Sea, calling for a peaceful solution to one of Asia’s growing flashpoints.

“Some US officials make groundless accusations against China,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters at a regular briefing. He added that “right-wing forces in Japan” were responsible for stirring up “rumours” on the issue. Continue reading “Beijing denounces ‘groundless’ US remarks on South China Sea”

China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone

By CHRISTOPHER BODEEN

Jan. 25, 2014 – 06:46AM JST ( 14 )

BEIJING —

China said Friday it has begun issuing warnings to foreign military planes entering its self-declared air defense zone over the East China Sea amid heightened tensions with its neighbors, especially Japan.

Bitter rhetoric between the neighbors has spiked since Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe made a late-December visit to a war shrine in Tokyo that outraged Beijing. Abe this week compared the tense relationship to the pre-World War I rivalry between Britain and Germany. Japanese officials say the comment was meant as a warning to avoid war. Continue reading “China warns foreign military planes entering defense zone”

China blocks foreign news sites that revealed elite’s offshore holdings

• Guardian among sites blocked over reports • China Digital Times publishes details of directive

Chinese President Xi Jinping
The Chinese government has recently concentrated on improving the image of President Xi Jinping. Photograph: Goh Chai Hin/AFP/Getty Images

The blocking of foreign news sites that revealed details of offshore holdings by the relatives of senior leaders has continued in China as reports emerged of a propaganda directive ordering websites and services to target users posting on the subject.

Details of the order were published by China Digital Times, a website that monitors censorship instructions.

“Immediately find and remove the foreign media report “China’s Secret Offshore Tax Havens” and related content. Interactive platforms must strictly check [users]. Related images and accusatory comments about leaders and the system [of government] must be deleted without exception,” said the instructions, according to CDT. Continue reading “China blocks foreign news sites that revealed elite’s offshore holdings”

Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences

 Jan. 23, 2014 – 06:55AM

Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers his special address at the opening session of the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.AFP

DAVOS, Switzerland  —

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on Wednesday told the world it must stand up to an increasingly assertive China or risk a regional conflict with catastrophic economic consequences.

In a landmark speech to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Abe issued what amounted to an appeal for international support in a potentially explosive dispute with its superpower neighbor over islands in the East China Sea.

“We must restrain military expansion in Asia … which otherwise could go unchecked,” Abe told the annual meeting of global business and political leaders, which Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is due to attend on Friday. Continue reading “Abe tells world to stand up to China or face consequences”

China surpasses US as world’s largest trading nation

Beijing describes 2013 figures as ‘a landmark milestone’ as annual trade in goods passes the $4tn mark for the first time

 

The Guardian,     Friday 10 January 2014 06.17 EST

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China has overtaken the US in annual trade in goods, according to official figures. Photograph: Mark Lennihan/AP

China became the world’s largest trading nation in 2013, overtaking the US in what Beijing described as “a landmark milestone” for the country. Continue reading “China surpasses US as world’s largest trading nation”

Is World War Three about to start… by accident? Max Hastings asks whether rising tensions between China and Japan could boil over

  • Chinese diplomat argued that Japan risks ‘serious threat to global peace’
  • He even compared Japan today to Lord Voldemort, from Harry Potter
  • It comes just weeks after China declared its own Air Defence Zone
  • Japan’s prime minister has threatened to shoot down any Chinese drones

By Max Hastings

UPDATED:          03:16 EST, 3 January 2014

Perhaps it is possible — and how nice it would be to believe this — that war between the greatest nations on earth has been abolished.

The cost and the threat of nuclear escalation is so horrendous that reason argues that nothing remotely resembling the 20th century’s vast global clashes can ever happen again.

Assuredly, there can be no more Dunkirks or D-Days, because no Western nation — even the United States — can deploy a mass army.

Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao says he is in talks to buy New York Times

UPDATED : Wednesday, 01 January, 2014, 1:15pm

Agence France Press in Beijing

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Chen Gunagbiao. Photo: Simon Song

First he handed out cash to victims of China’s 2008 earthquake. Then he sold “canned fresh air” to residents of smog-ridden Beijing.

Now Chen Guangbiao, listed as one of China’s 400 richest people and a man known as much for his publicity stunts as his wealth, claims he is in talks to buy the New York Times. Continue reading “Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao says he is in talks to buy New York Times”

US corn trade rocked by fresh mainland China GM scrutiny

US grain sales plunge as Chinese screening of yet-unapproved variety is stepped up

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 December, 2013, 5:04am

Reuters

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Mainland quarantine authorities refused to accept 545,000 tonnes of US corn in November and December. Photo: Xinhua

Corn exporters in the US are in turmoil after mainland authorities tightened screening procedures to check for an unapproved strain of genetically modified grain that led to an 85 per cent plunge in sales to Chinese customers last week.

Shippers have been forced to divert cargoes destined for China, the world’s biggest consumer of feed grain and the market for about 40 per cent of US corn exports in the 2012/2013 season. Continue reading “US corn trade rocked by fresh mainland China GM scrutiny”

Space trips open to Chinese travelers

(Xinhua) 09:47, December 28, 2013

– Travelers will pay a minimum of 580,000 yuan (about 95,000 U.S.dollars) to board the Lynx Mark I spacecraft produced by the U.S. private aerospace company XCOR

– The Lynx Mark I spacecraft, which is expected to begin flights in the fourth quarter of 2014

–  The engines are designed for more than 5,000 flights, instead of just one

 

BEIJING, Dec. 27 — Chinese travelers will be able to take space trips by the end of 2014 thanks to an agreement signed on Friday in Beijing between a Chinese travel agency and Netherlands-based space tourism firm Space Expedition Corporation (SXC). Continue reading “Space trips open to Chinese travelers”

Mao Zedong remembered: China’s multi-faceted deep-thinking leader

EEV: What is significant,  this enlightening article was reported by the BBC.

– More, because Mao is the George Washington figure, the founder of the People’s Republic of China, the great unifier of his ancient, far-flung and multifarious people.

Sidney Rittenberg meets Mao Zedong (C 1970)
Sidney Rittenberg met Mao Zedong in the early 1970s

US citizen Sidney Rittenberg spent 35 years in China at a time of momentous upheaval, personally befriending Mao Zedong and other veteran Chinese revolutionary leaders as they seized power from the Kuomintang from 1945 onwards. Here he reveals his unique perspective on the civil war, the early days of Communism and Mao’s philosophy.

Like everything else in China, Mao’s role today is a study in paradox. He is both more and less than the ginormous portrait that dominates the centre of Beijing’s Tiananmen Square – and which will not be coming down anytime soon. Continue reading “Mao Zedong remembered: China’s multi-faceted deep-thinking leader”

Liquid nitrogen may help to clean up Beijing smog, Chinese scientists say

Scientists say pumping the super-cold gas into the atmosphere had the best results in tests

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 18 December, 2013, 11:43pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 19 December, 2013, 9:14am

Stephen Chen binglin.chen@scmp.com

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Residents cover their faces they ride their bicycles along a street on a smoggy day in Zhengzhou, Henan province. Photo: Reuters

Scientists are researching whether pumping super-cold gas into Beijing’s atmosphere can help reduce air pollution in the capital. Continue reading “Liquid nitrogen may help to clean up Beijing smog, Chinese scientists say”

Britain faces backlash for splashing millions in aid on wealthy China

MPs and public demand David Cameron’s government to explain £27 million worth of funding to a country that can afford sending rover to the moon

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 10:08am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 17 December, 2013, 10:19am

Peter Simpson in London

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British Prime Minister David Cameron (left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shake hands during Cameron’s early-December visit to the country. Photo: AP

The British government is facing a public backlash after it emerged that China, the world’s second-largest economy, received millions of pounds in aid – despite the fact it had just funded a lavish space mission.

Figures leaked to a national newspaper within hours of the Chang’e-3 lunar landing showed that London gave £27.4 million (HK$346 million) to Beijing last year. Continue reading “Britain faces backlash for splashing millions in aid on wealthy China”

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks / “The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid”

China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks

Shinzo Abe’s comments that Beijing is violating freedom of aviation are condemned as ‘malicious slander’

Shinzo Abe, Japan's prime minister

Staff and agencies in Beijing

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Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister

Shinzo Abe, Japan’s prime minister, at an Asean meeting in Tokyo where he criticised China’s air zone over islands claimed by both countries. Photograph: Toru Hanai/Reuters

China has condemned Shinzo Abe, the Japanese prime minister, for “maliciously slandering” its self-proclaimed air defence zone, ratcheting up the war of words between the neighbours over Beijing’s annexation of the skies over a group of disputed islands.

Abe told a news conference that China’s recent announcement of the air defence identification zone over disputed islands in the East China Sea was “unjustly violating the freedom of aviation over the high seas” and demanded Beijing rescind it.

In the most bitter remarks so far in the dispute, the Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Hong Lei defended the zone, which has triggered protests from Japan, the United States and South Korea.

“We express strong dissatisfaction with Japan’s leader using an international occasion to maliciously slander China,” Hong said in a statement seen on the ministry website on Sunday.

The islands are claimed by Beijing as the Diaoyus and by Tokyo as the Senkakus.

“The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid,” Hong said, arguing that the air zone was in line with international laws and practices, and did not affect aviation freedom. Continue reading “China bitterly attacks Japanese prime minister over air zone remarks / “The Diaoyus are an inherent territory of China. Japan’s seizure and occupation of the islands are illegal and invalid””

US and Chinese warships nearly collide amid tensions over airspace

USS Cowpens was near Liaoning aircraft carrier in South China Sea when another Chinese ship closed in, officials say

Reuters in Washington

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China’s Liaoning aircraft carrier on an East China Sea exercise in November. Photograph: AP

A US guided missile cruiser operating in international waters in the South China Sea was forced to take evasive action last week to avoid a collision with a Chinese warship, the US Pacific Fleet has revealed.


The USS Cowpens had been operating in the vicinity of China’s only aircraft carrier, the Liaoning, at a time of heightened tensions in the region following Beijing’s declaration of an air defence zone farther north in the East China Sea, a US defence official said.


Another Chinese warship came near the Cowpens in the incident on 5 December. The US ship was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision, the Pacific Fleet said in its statement.


“Eventually, effective bridge-to-bridge communications occurred between the US and Chinese crews, and both vessels manoeuvred to ensure safe passage,” said a defence official, speaking on condition of anonymity.

The Cowpens had been in the Philippines helping with disaster relief in the aftermath of typhoon Haiyan, which hit the region in November. The US navy said it was in the South China Sea conducting routine “freedom-of-navigation” operations – which are intended to assert the right of passage through a disputed area – when the incident occurred.

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New Yellow Sea naval drills seen as warning message

 

 
PUBLISHED : Friday, 06 December, 2013, 1:24pm
UPDATED : Saturday, 07 December, 2013, 3:33am
 

Minnie Chan minnie.chan@scmp.com

 

 

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The PLA Navy launched eight days of naval drills in the Yellow Sea and Bohai Strait yesterday – a day after US Vice-President Joseph Biden departed China for South Korea.

The drills were confirmed by a navigation warning issued by the Liaoning Maritime Safety Administration, which oversees the area. The notice banned all civilian vessels from northern portions of the Yellow Sea and Bohai Strait from 4pm yesterday to the same time next Friday.

The administration said the area would be used for a military mission, suggesting that the People’s Liberation Army would be conducting naval drills similar to those conducted in the area last month.

The previous drills ended a day before the Ministry of National Defence announced the creation of an air defence identification zone (ADIZ) over mos of the adjacent East China Sea, drawing protests from Seoul, Taipei, Tokyo and Washington. The zone includes the disputed Diaoyu, or Senkaku, islands, which are claimed by Japan, as well as Taiwan.

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China pulls out of UN process over territorial dispute with Philippines

• Move underscores China’s tough geopolitical stance in region • Territorial claims continue to dominate visit by Joe Biden

 

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Joe Biden in China
Fallout over China’s territorial claims has become the dominant issue for Joe Biden. Photograph: HAP/Quirky China News/Rex

China is taking the highly unusual step of refusing to participate in a United Nations arbitration process over a territorial conflict with the Philippines, one of five countries challenging Beijing’s claims of ownership over the oil-rich South China Sea.

The legal dispute underscores the tough geopolitical approach China is adopting in the Pacific region. It has adopted an aggressive approach toward neighbours over a 2,000-mile stretch that also includes the East China Sea, over which it recently declared the air defence identification zone that has inflamed tensions with Japan and South Korea.

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State media calls for ‘timely countermeasures’ against Japan over air zone “We are willing to engage in a protracted confrontation with Japan.”

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 4:02am
UPDATED : Saturday, 30 November, 2013, 5:56am

Agence France-Presse in Beijing

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Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area. Photo: EPA

State media yesterday called for “timely countermeasures” to be taken “without hesitation” if Japan violates the country’s newly declared air zone, after Beijing sent fighter jets to patrol the area following defiant military overflights by Tokyo.

Japan and South Korea both said on Thursday that they had disregarded the air defence identification zone (ADIZ) that Beijing declared last weekend, showing a united front after unarmed US B-52 bombers also entered the area.

The Global Times newspaper, which often takes a nationalistic tone, said in an editorial: “We should carry out timely countermeasures without hesitation against Japan when it challenges China’s newly declared ADIZ.

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U.S. advises airlines to comply with China air zone demands

 

By IAN MADER

National Nov. 30, 2013 – 04:40PM JST ( 16 )

BEIJING —

The United States on Saturday advised U.S. carriers to comply with China’s demand that it be told of any flights passing through its new maritime air defense zone over the East China Sea, an area where Beijing said it launched two fighter planes to investigate a dozen American and Japanese reconnaissance and military flights.

It was the first time since proclaiming the zone on Nov 23 that China said it sent planes there on the same day as foreign military flights, although it said it merely identified the foreign planes and took no further action.

China announced last week that all aircraft entering the zone — a maritime area between China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan — must notify Chinese authorities beforehand and that it would take unspecified defensive measures against those that don’t comply. Neighboring countries and the U.S. have said they will not honor the new zone — believed aimed at claiming disputed territory — and have said it unnecessarily raises tensions.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement that the U.S. remained deeply concerned about China’s declared air identification zone. But she said that it is advising U.S. air carriers abroad to comply with notification requirements issued by China.

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China scrambles military planes after US and Japan fly sorties into new zone

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Tensions rise as US and Japan fly sorties and South Korea puts contested island in its own zone

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PUBLISHED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 10:26am
UPDATED : Friday, 29 November, 2013, 11:49pm

Chinese military aircraft were scrambled yesterday after US and Japanese planes flew into the mainland’s new air defence identification zone.

Earlier, South Korea announced plans to include a tiny island contested with China under its own air defence zone, potentially raising the diplomatic temperature further.

PLA Air Force spokesman Shen Jianke said the air force ordered Su-30 and Qian-11 planes to verify the identity of the aircraft inside the zone yesterday morning.

The PLA identified two US aircraft and 10 Japanese aircraft. The US planes made two sorties across the zone, while the Japanese made seven.

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No more elite training classes for ‘smart’ kids? Chinese tiger parents are not impressed

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Pupils of Zhongguancun No. 1 Primary School watch performances during an art festival in Beijing on May 30, 2013.  Photo: Xinhua

Tang Wanyuan, the father of a sixth grader in Beijing, said he has not paid much attention to the Communist Party’s decision to ban the practice of putting the elite pupils in special classes. Like most young parents, he has little faith in such initiatives.

The resolution of the Central Committee’s third plenum earlier this month said that educational authorities should no longer designate elite classes or elite schools for pupils who outperform their peers, or come from privileged families. The move was part of an effort to address inequality in the access to quality teaching.

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China sends warplanes to new air defence zone amid tensions

China has reacted to US and Japanese breaches by reportedly announcing it will   now carry out regular patrols

Japanese officials say the country's air force and coastguard have flown through China's air defence identification zone without meeting any resistance

A Japanese Maritime Self-Defence Force surveillance plane flies over the disputed islands in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China Photo: AP
Alex Spillius

By , Diplomatic Correspondent

5:20PM GMT 28 Nov 2013

China has dispatched war planes to a newly declared air defence zone over the   East China Sea, according to reports.

Xinhua, the state news agency, quoted an air force colonel as saying the   aircraft had carried out “routine patrols” of the zone, which covers nearly   one million square miles of airspace.

If confirmed, the move would dramatically escalate tensions already running high after the United States, Japan and South Korea all ignored the declaration, which was made at the weekend.

China had insisted that any planes traversing the area should submit flight   plans or face “emergency defensive measures”.

Washington responded by sending in two unarmed B52 bombers into the zone on   Tuesday, while Japan and South Korea yesterday flew military aircraft into   the area in defiance of Beijing.

Criticism of China’s ADIZ increases; Japanese airlines do a policy U-turn / All Nippon Airways now refuse to comply with China

An All Nippon Airways Co. jet taxis at Tokyo’s Haneda airport on Oct. 27. Japanese airlines reversed their earlier announcements that they would follow rules set by China over its air defense identification zone. | BLOOMBERG

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Several governments joined Japan Tuesday in criticizing China’s latest bid to carve out a zone of control in the East China Sea, including Australia summoning Beijing’s ambassador to voice opposition over the move.As administrations around the world began lining up against Beijing over its unilaterally declared Air Defence Identification Zone (ADIZ), dismissing it as invalid, Japan called on its airlines to refuse China’s demands that they obey new rules when entering the zone.

China’s declaration of an air defence zone has sharply escalated tensions in the region.

The rules Beijing announced at the weekend mean China has effectively demanded control over the airspace above a swathe of the East China Sea criss-crossed by vital transport lanes.

All Nippon Airways (ANA) initially said that since Sunday it has been submitting flight plans to Chinese authorities for any plane that was due to pass through the area, which includes islands at the centre of a bitter territorial row between Tokyo and Beijing.

Its affiliate Peach Aviation said it was doing the same “for now” and Japan Airlines said it was also complying with the rules.

But late Tuesday the Kyodo and Jiji news agencies reported that both All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines had reversed that decision, giving no further explanations.

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South Korea caught in crossfire amid air defence zone row / China’s air defence zone overlaps with some 3,000 square kilometres of South Korea’s

UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 November, 2013, 3:13pm Audrey Yoo audrey.yoo@scmp.com
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China’s air defence zone aimed at Tokyo puts South Korea in an awkward position

 

South Korea is finding itself caught in the crossfire amid growing Sino-Japanese tensions after Beijing’s declaration of a new air defence zone (ADIZ) that overlaps with those of Japan and Korea.

Local media reported that although China’s air defence zone was aimed at Japan, it turned Korea into a “piggy in the middle” as Beijing tries to expand its defence zone to the east and Tokyo to the west.

“Korea has become sandwiched [between Beijing and Tokyo] as China and Japan flex their muscles,” said a report in the conservative Seoul-based newspaper JoongAng Ilbo.

On Thursday, South Korea’s foreign minister Yun Byung-se said the issue of China and Japan’s ADIZ had emerged as a situation that further intensified tensions in Northeast Asia.

China’s air defence zone overlaps with some 3,000 square kilometres of South Korea’s and Seoul has told Beijing that it cannot accept what it sees as Beijing’s unilateral decision.

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US military aircraft defies China’s new defence zone to fly over disputed East China Sea

Two US B-52 bombers have flown over the disputed Senkaku/Daiyou islands, ‘in a   direct challenge’ to China’s new air defence zone

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island , Minamikojima and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea

A group of disputed islands, Uotsuri island , Minamikojima and Kitakojima, known as Senkaku in Japan and Diaoyu in China is seen in the East China Sea Photo: REUTERS

By Peter Foster, Washington

5:46PM GMT 26 Nov 2013

THE United States sent a clear message to China yesterday not to over-step its   territorial ambitions in the East China Sea by flying a pair of B-52 nuclear   bombers through air-space disputed by Japan and China.

The flights by the two unarmed aircraft came three days after Beijing   unilaterally declared an aerial identification zone over a large area that   includes the Senkaku islands – known as Diayou in China – that are the   subject of a bitter territorial feud with Japan.

The two US aircraft did not identify themselves as they entered China’s   self-declared Air Defence Identification Zone, a Pentagon spokesman said on   Tuesday, who pointedly referred to the disputed islands by their Japanese   name.

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U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone

 

Nov. 24, 2013 – 03:00PM JST ( 18 )

U.S. vows to defend Japan after China announces new air zone The disputed islands in the East China Sea known as the Senkakus in Japan and the Diaoyus in ChinaAFP

GENEVA —

The United States said Sunday it was “deeply concerned” and committed to defending Japan after China announced an air zone in the East China Sea that includes disputed islands.

In a move that U.S. ally Japan branded as “very dangerous,” China said it was setting up the “air defense identification zone” over the islands administered by Tokyo to “guard against potential air threats.”

In similar statements, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking from Geneva, and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel said Sunday that the United States was “deeply concerned” about the moves by China, which also scrambled air force jets to carry out a patrol mission in the newly declared zone.

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