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U.S. Warship Breaking into the Xisha Islands Will Only Accelerate Decline of the United States

People’s Daily published a commentary on “the U.S. Navy Decatur destroyer’s unauthorized access to China’s Xisha territorial waters,” [the Paracel Islands] on October 21. The commentary said, “The U.S.’s frivolous action, which is driven by a hegemonic mentality, will not make its presence known in the Asia-Pacific region. Making trouble and creating conflict will only accelerate the decline of U.S. international influence.”

The article continued, “In violation of the coastal states’ sovereignty, security, and maritime rights and interests and saying it was done in the name of ‘freedom of navigation,’ the U.S.’s provocation has once again exposed the negative energy of the United States return to its Asia-Pacific strategy and highlighted the role it has played as ‘troublemaker’ on the South China Sea issue.”
“The so-called cruise operation of the United States coincided with Philippine President Duterte’s visit to China. Sino-Philippine relations had been fully restored and the two sides signed a series of cooperation agreements. As China’s relations with relevant countries improved and the new momentum of resolving the South China Sea issue steadily emerged, the United States sent warships to China’s territorial waters to stir up conflicts. This has exactly demonstrated how the United States has deliberately created and induced tension in the South China Sea for some time. The move clearly shows the United States does not want to see the South China Sea in peace and cannot tolerate stability in the region. If no one will help it make trouble, Washington will be anxious to jump out to make trouble by itself.”

Duterte’s speech in China will help people understand the United States and the complicated mentality behind its actions, “China has a very good relationship with us; the United States a little anxious.” In provoking conflict as a means to show its ruthlessness, it is only venting the depression it has in its heart and also the manifestation of its hegemonic habits. It is not known whether the United States itself has realized that it is this hegemonic inertia that is accelerating the decline of U.S. international influence and that it is getting more and more difficult for the United States to provide positive energy with public goods? Whether or not Washington has the courage to admit it, the era in which it could sit comfortably as the leader of its own camp has passed.”

“It’s not just a day or two since the United States dealt with China regarding the South China Sea. Washington, [please] don’t have any unrealistic fantasy. China’s will to safeguard state sovereignty and territorial integrity is rock-solid. … On the issue of peace and stability in the South China Sea, China will not let the United States behave wantonly.”

Source: People’s Daily, October 23, 2016

Guangming Daily: By Mid-August, the Sky Net Campaign Rounded up 409 Fugitives from 61 Countries

Guangming Daily published a report and quoted statistics which indicated that the Sky Net campaign, which was launched to combat corrupt officials, has been working effectively this year. According to the statistics, by mid-August 409 fugitives from 61 countries had been brought in. Among those 272 were arrested and 137 were persuaded to return, while 15 of them are on the top 100 fugitive list. The article stated that, in 2016, the public security bureau dispatched 33 teams overseas to carry out the mission.

Source: Guangming Daily, October 24, 2016

People’s Daily: CCDI Completed Inspection of 80 Percent of State Owned Enterprises and Financial Institutions

On October 24, People’s Daily, published an article discussing a notice that the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI) issued. The CCDI reported that, in 2016, it had sped up the pace of inspections in a number of regions. The number inspected grew from 20 locations in 2013, 40 locations in 2014, 83 locations in 2015, and 64 locations in 2016. It has completed its inspection of 80 percent of the state owned enterprises and financial institutions. The inspection results revealed that, overall, Party leadership is weak, Party development is lacking, and Party management is loose. The article noted that over 80 percent of the units were found to have violations of Party discipline and of clean government regulations. The article also observed that the inspections have created an intimidating and warning effect. In addition, the inspection team drafted reports and provided recommendations on how to fix certain issues.

Source: People’s Daily, October 24, 2016                                                                               


A New Bribery Record for Chinese Communist Official: over 300 million Yuan (~US$45 Million)

On October 21, in the Heilongjiang Province Intermediate People’s Court, Yu Tieyi, former Deputy General Manager for the Material Supply Subsidiary of Heilongjiang Long Coal Mining Holding Group Co., Ltd. (referred to as Long Coal Group) was sentenced to death with a two-year suspension and life-term imprisonment for accepting bribes in the amount of 300 million yuan (~US$45 million).

This is by far the largest amount that the courts have ever found in any bribery case. Yu Tieyi, the recipient of 300 million yuan in bribes, has become the third government official to be imprisoned for a lifetime term, followed by Bai Enpei, former Vice Chairman of the National People’s Congress Environmental and Resources Protection Committee, (246.8 million yuan in bribes), and Wei Pengyuan, former Deputy Director of Coal Division of the National Energy Board (211.7 million yuan).

Yu Tieyi is a deputy department level official.

Source: Beijing News, October 22, 2016

Central Inspection Team: Ministry of Public Safety Is Weak on Anti-Corruption

Singapore’s primary Chinese newspaper Lianhe Zaobao recently reported that, according to the Central Discipline Inspection Commission (CDIC) of the Chinese Communist Party, the Party’s Central Inspection Team concluded that the Ministry of Public Safety demonstrated weaknesses in the anti-corruption movement. The Ministry is required to adjust and to fix the issues. The Ministry is in charge of all of China’s police departments and was a key branch under the control of Zhou Yongkang, who was a former Party Politburo Standing Committee member and was imprisoned for bribery, abuse of power, and the intentional disclosure of state secrets. The CDIC Inspection Team also found the Ministry did not “strictly enforce the law in a fair and civilized manner.” In addition, the Team also discovered irregularities in human resource management and a “lack of political sensitivity” that led to further investigations. The Minister of Public Safety, Guo Shengkun, said he’ll take this opportunity to reform the Ministry.

Source: Lianhe Zaobao, October 18, 2016

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