Thursday, January 8, 2009

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Time: "Failed Government Policies Sparked Tibet Riots: Report"

A new report from a group of Chinese scholars has for the first time challenged China's official explanation that the deadly riots that broke out across Tibet in March, 2008, were inspired by "overseas forces" - namely the Dalai Lama and the Tibetan government-in-exile. (Read "One Year After Protests, an Enforced Silence on Tibet.") The report, which was recently published on a Chinese website, blames the riots not on outsiders but onBeijing's policy toward Tibet, claiming the central government has backed incompetent local officials, created an economy that provides few options for young people, and deprived Tibetans of access to equal justice under the law. (See pictures of last year's uprising in Tibet.) While international human rights groups have said the rioting, in which at least 19 died, was a predictable response to the repression many Tibetans experience under Chinese rule, domestic criticism of the government on the politically charged subject of Tibet is rare in China. (...) >>>

- Caption: by The People's Cube -

May 27, 2009
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FEATURE - packed with noteworthy details: read it all >>>

AIM: "Red Chinese Celebrate at New York Stock Exchange"

Henry Kissinger made headlines on January 5 by proclaiming Barack Obama to be the architect of a “New World Order.” He told CNBC that “His task will be to develop an overall strategy for America in this period when, really, a new world order can be created. It’s a great opportunity, it isn’t just a crisis.” But even more important than this eye-opening statement was where Kissinger made it―the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE). Kissinger, a former Secretary of State, was alongside Stephen Orlins, president of the U.S. National Committee on U.S.-China Relations, and two Chinese officials, as Orlins rang the market bell and declared that the 45 Chinese companies with a market capitalization of $802 billion that are listed on the NYSE were “emblematic of the economic integration of the two countries.” (...)

The opening bell event, which is seen by 100 million viewers on CNBC and other media outlets around the world, illustrates a point in Bill Gertz’s new book, The Failure Factory, which declares that “Beijing’s influence on the U.S. Government is so pervasive that most Americans remain entirely ignorant of the danger.” Gertz, a defense and national security reporter for the Washington Times, describes Kissinger as a lobbyist who exerts “enormous influence on U.S. leaders” and a source of multiple “misguided policies” that benefit China and other U.S. adversaries. (...) >>>

Jan 8, 2009
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PJM: "China’s Bank of Terrorism", by Gordon G. Chang

Is Beijing the world’s banking capital for terrorists? (...) On August 21, they filed suit in Superior Court in Los Angeles, alleging that, beginning in July 2003, Bank of China transferred millions of dollars to help Hamas and Palestine Islamic Jihad. The moneys, originating in Iran and Syria as well as other places in the Middle East, were funneled through Bank of China branches located in the United States to a branch in Guangzhou, the capital of China’s Guangdong province. From there the funds were wired to Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, where they were used “for the purpose of planning, preparing for and executing terrorist attacks” between May 2004 to January of last year. (...) Bank of China has long been suspected of involvement in unseemly activities outside Chinese borders. Before the recent terrorism allegations, the bank was caught up in several North Korean scandals. (...) any bank can be the unwitting depository and transmitter of dirty funds, but this particular institution has had a long involvement in illicit North Korean activities. In a wide ranging probe this decade of Pyongyang’s counterfeiting of American currency, its manufacture of methamphetamines, and its trade in fake cigarettes, Bank of China’s name came up at almost every turn. (...) >>>

Updated: 31st Aug. 2008
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Politeia: "Pragmatist Olympics in the Terror Hive"

While isolating sports from the political context is one thing, and respecting the internal affairs of a sovereign nation another, the tacit acceptance of state terror and brutal oppression - let alone legitimizing it by appointing the perpetrator as an Olympic host - is far more serious. Experts assure us that the Chinese leaders interpret the selection of Beijing as the world's acknowledgement that it accepts the Communist Party (CCP) as the legitimate ruler of China. It's what you get with the Pragmatist approach to evil ideologies. (...) The Epoch Times has published a series of nine columns, called the Nine Commentaries on the Chinese Communist Party, which represent the most detailed account yet of communist misrule in China (...) take note of the gruesome history on which the Chinese ideal of Rousseau's Agrarianism is built, a legacy legitimized by Western Postmodern Pragmatism. Here's a excerpt from Kathy Shaidle's"Beijing: Munich or Berlin" from Front Page Magazine(...) >>>

Updated: 8th Aug. 2008
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Front Page: "China’s Secret War," by Stephen Brown

Cyber warfare officially arrived on Capitol Hill last week. Two Republican congressmen, Rep. Frank Wolf of Virginia and Rep. Christopher Smith of New Jersey, went public last Wednesday with the news that in 2006 and 2007 their office computer networks had been breached by Chinese hackers. The cyber raiders were not looking for sensitive military or economic data. Instead, they apparently tried to steal political information about Chinese dissidents. (...) >>>

Updated: 19th June 2008
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... on the day the BBC is reporting that the Dalai Lama has spotted a change in China (the best we could hope is 'a transparent attitude'), over at Chiesa Sandro Magister, from a Catholic perspective, registers the opposite:
Chiesa: "Olympics of the Faith: China Disqualifies the Virgin of Sheshan"

Pilgrimages banned to the most important Chinese Marian shrine – on the day of prayer established by the pope. A book by the sinologist Bernardo Cervellera lays bare the contradictions of the regime, on the eve of the Olympic Games in Beijing >>>

- Caption: "Our Lady of China" - Hat Tip: In Defense of the Cross -

Updated: 22nd May 2008
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Pajamas Media: "China’s Earthquake Gets Political," by Gordon G. Chang

The Communist Party, of course, did not cause China's recent devastating earthquake, but many angry citizens blame their government for post-quake deaths — and want their leaders held accountable. (...) >>>

Update: 18th May 2008
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Balkanalysis: "China’s Security Concerns Reach Europe, as Greece Prepares to Light Olympic Flame", by Ioannis Michaletos

The Chinese government recently announced that it has eliminated an Islamist terrorist cell composed of Uyghur Turks from Xinjiang Province in the west of the country. With security for the Olympics, which start in Beijing on August 8 at an all-time-high, China’s concerns have reverberated as far as southeastern Europe, where on March 24 the Greek government will conduct the traditional lighting of the Olympic flame. Greece’s security precautions for the event involve new techniques and technology in practice since Athens hosted the last Olympics, in 2004, and are being executed with an eye to possible threats from political opponents of the Chinese regime, including left-wing terrorist groups, the Uyghur Diaspora, Tibet activists and other potential troublemakers. (...)

Chinese Minister of Public Security Zhou Yongkang has stated that “we face the challenges of terrorism, separatism and extremism.” Attesting to this concern, Beijing recently announced that it had foiled a plot devised by terrorists seeking to take over a passenger plane and crash it in a major city. According to Wang Lequan, the top Communist Party official in the western region of Xinjiang, there were plans “to sabotage the staging of the Beijing Olympics.” CNN reported that “two people were killed and 15 captured in the raid, along with weapons and extremist religious literature.” (...) >>>

Updated: 18th Mar 2008
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NewsMax: "Chinese Navy Confronted USS Kitty Hawk"

A Chinese attack submarine and destroyer confronted the U.S. carrier Kitty Hawk and its battle group in the Taiwan Strait, sparking a tense 28-hour standoff that brought both sides to a battle-ready position. The American ships were heading to Japan following China’s sudden cancellation of a scheduled Thanksgiving port call in Hong Kong when they encountered the Chinese vessels, according to the Navy Times, which cited a report in a Chinese-language newspaper in Taiwan.

The Times reported that the encounter caused the carrier group “to halt and ready for battle, as the Chinese vessels also stopped amid the 28-hour confrontation.” The encounter ended without incident, however, and the U.S. ships continued on to Japan. The two Chinese vessels were also headed for a port call in Japan. (...)

Shortly before the Kitty Hawk battle group was denied entry to Hong Kong, China had refused safe harbor for two U.S. Navy minesweepers seeking refuge from a storm. As Newsmax has reported, some U.S. politicians have rung alarm bells about China's increased military spending and technological revamping of its armed forces.

China’s military budget had an average annual growth rate of nearly 16 percent from 1994 to 2004, and China's reported 2006 military budget is about $35 billion, according to Beijing. But Pentagon sources have said these numbers fail to demonstrate the true scope of the growth, and the real 2006 figure could be as much as $105 billion. (...)

In November, Japanese Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda warned that China’s continuing military buildup could eventually pose a “major threat” if the Chinese government decides to exercise its power. (...) >>>

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