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On September 27, 2016, Radio Free Asia published a special commentator’s article which exposed Communist China’s role in North Korea’s development of nuclear weapons. China started to support North Korea with nuclear materials after the “June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre” in 1989 when Jiang Zemin became the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party.
The first foreign country that Jiang Zemin visited as CCP General Secretary was North Korea. Kim Il Sung, the top head of Communist North Korea and his son Kim Jong Il warmly welcomed him. At that time, the CCP regime faced serious isolation all over the world because of the “June 4th Massacre.” Except for North Korea, almost no country was willing to accept Jiang Zemin’s visit. Thus, Jiang was very friendly to North Korea and basically satisfied many of North Korea’s requests.
Back in the early 1980s, Kim Il Sung asked the Chinese Communist Party for aid in the form of enriched uranium and nuclear facility development experts. Hu Yaobang, the Chinese Communist Party Chairman from 1981 to 1982 and the General Secretary from 1982 to 1987, politely declined Kim Il Sung’s request. Hu Yaobang offered North Korea China’s soybeans from the Northeast and frozen pork as substitutes for the enriched atomic uranium.
After the “June 4th Massacre” in 1989, Kim Il Sung wrote in person to the Chinese Communist Regime, promising that the establishment of nuclear facilities would be for a completely “peaceful use.” The Chinese Communist regime then decided to aid North Korea with a certain amount of enriched uranium. It is not clear whether China sent North Korea the nuclear development experts that Kim Il Sung requested.
The CCP leaders must know that Kim Il Sung’s promise counts for nothing. Probably out of a mentality of retaliation toward the United States and other Western countries, Communist China finally agreed to help North Korea to establish nuclear facilities and initiated the nuclear crisis in Korean peninsula.
Source: Radio Free Asia, September 27, 2016 http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/zhuanlan/yehuazhongnanhai/gx-09272016141402.html?searchterm:utf8:ustring=%E6%97%A0%E4%BA%BA%E4%B8%8D%E7%9F%A5%E4%B8%AD%E8%81%94%E9%83%A8%E5%9C%A8%E8%BE%BD%E5%AE%81%E7%9C%81%E4%BC%9A%E5%92%8C%E4%B8%B9%E4%B8%9C%E5%B8%82%E5%9D%87%E8%AE%BE%E6%9C%89%E7%A7%98%E5%AF%86%E5%B7%A5%E4%BD%9C%E7%AB%99
On September 26, 2016, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Radio Taiwan International published a news report based on South Korean Central Daily (JoongAng Daily) saying that China is investigating both North Korea Kwangson Banking Corp (KKBC) and Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co. (DHID) for supporting North Korea’s nuclear program.
In March 2016, because of the sanctions of the United Nations in response to North Korea’s nuclear tests, North Korea Kwangson Banking closed its office in China. However, it continued operating underground in Dandong China, a border city close to North Korea. Kwangson Banking’s Dandong branch office is located on the 13th floor in the building of Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Company. The Dandong Hongxiang Group has secretly traded with Kwangson Banking, exporting materials related to nuclear development to North Korea.
After the U.S. and South Korea exposed the fact that the Hongxiang Group has exported nuclear materials to North Korea, China’s Foreign Ministry and the Liaoning Province Police announced that the Hongxiang Group has been involved in a number of serious economic crimes. In August 2016, the Chinese authorities arrested Ma Xiaohong, the owner of the Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Company and several other executives. Ma Xiaohong’s family members and over 20 officials who have helped Ma Xiaohong are all being investigated.
Sources: Hong Kong Economic Journal, September 26, 2016 http://www2.hkej.com/instantnews/current/article/1398808/%E4%B8%AD%E5%9C%8B%E5%82%B3%E8%AA% BF%E6%9F%A5%E6%B6%89%E6%A0%B8%E8%A8%88%E5%8A%83%E5%8C%97%E9%9F%93%E9%8A%80%E8%A1%8C Radio Taiwan International, September 26, 2016 http://news.rti.org.tw/news/detail/?recordId=297833
Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently published an in-depth analysis on the strategy against the newly announced Japanese plan to join the U.S. South China Sea naval patrol. The Chinese central command had long expressed the position that China wouldn’t just not take any action on the U.S led “joint patrol.” The article suggested four immediate actions that China can take. First, China can quickly militarize the islands in the region. Second, if the “joint patrol” becomes intensified, China can announce the establishment of the South China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone. The third approach is to focus on Japanese vessels by flying aircraft over them at low altitude. The last mechanism is to mount higher pressure on Japan by increasing the frequency of law enforcement patrols near the Diaoyu Islands. The article called the strategy the new “protracted war,” which was the strategy China applied to win against Japan in the Second World War.
Source: Sina, September 19, 2016
People’s Daily recently published a commentary suggesting that the U.S. is suffering the “dead loop” of having shooting tragedies followed by violent protests every month and it seems there is no way out. The article started with a discussion of “yet another shooting” which occurred recently in Charlotte, North Carolina. An unarmed black man was just one of the tens of thousands of innocent lives lost under police guns. Just in 2015, 986 innocent people died due to “over law enforcement.” That covered all 50 U.S. states except Rhode Island. Of those who died, 40 percent were African American. The U.S. always labels itself as the leader of democracy and human rights. However, even the democratically elected black President Obama regretted that there have been too many tragedies caused by a “disease” in the justice system – racial discrimination. The violent and over-done law enforcement process in the U.S. has made the nation’s human rights record “rustic,” and brought the total number of current prisoners to 2.2 million, which makes the U.S. number one in the world. Minorities can do nothing but protest. The author concluded that racial discrimination and injustice in the justice system bought the U.S. a one-way ticket to go deeper and deeper into the “shooting-protest dead loop.”
Source: People’s Daily, September 22, 2016
Well-known Chinese news site Sina recently reported that, according to data provided by Chinese Customs, in August, Russia replaced Angola to become China’s largest oil supplier. China increased oil imports mainly due to the stocking needs of China’s independent oil refiners. In August, the volume that Russia supplied increased by 50.2 percent, month-over-month. Angola was the largest supplier in July and Saudi Arabia used to hold the top seat. Statistics also showed that, in the first eight months, China’s total import volume from Russia increased by 30 percent, year-over-year. So far, Saudi Arabia is still China’s largest overall oil supplier, However, as of now, China’s imports from Saudi Arabia this year only saw a one percent increase, year-over-year. Currently Saudi Arabia’s supply level to China is 997,520 barrels per day, and Russia’s daily level is 977,330 barrels.
Source: Sina, September 22, 2016