In doing research for his new book, Consideration of (Post-Communist) China’s Constitution, Chinese lawyer Gao Zhisheng reported a conversation that enlightened him about how government cadres are not subject to the law. A retired vice president from the Xinjiang High Court told him, “In our country, once the leader reaches a position at a certain level, he no longer needs the law. His power can solve all problems. Only those who are helpless would take the route of a lawsuit.” Continue reading
Chinese military expert Yin Zhuo said, in an interview with CCTV, that the United States is trying to use the South China Sea and the Diaoyu Islands issues as a means to crush China. New U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis’s visit to South Korea and his scheduled talks with Korea Foreign Minister Yoon Boon-sik and Defense Minister Han Min-chou are to discuss such issues as the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system, the deployment of U.S. strategic weapons to the Korean Peninsula, and strengthening the deployment of the Asia-Pacific strategic weapons. The intention is to target China. Yin expressed the belief that the United States is forcing China to meet the United States’ requirements in such areas as the economy, the world order, and on other issues.
Military expert Du Wenlong pointed out that the new U.S. Defense Secretary’s choice of South Korea as his first destination in visiting a foreign country is an indication of the two countries’ intention to strengthen their military alliance.
Du said that, for China, there is no room for negotiations on territorial and sovereignty issues, not to mention using them as a bargaining chip. China should let the world see its determination and also its ability <to safeguard its territory>. At the same time, China should display its own advantages and its expertise in the modernization of its national defense and the development of its weaponry to deal well with threats and to contain opponents.
Source: People’s Daily, February 4, 2017
BBC Chinese recently reported that, according to South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs officials, China expelled 32 South Korean missionaries in January and arrested another South Korean citizen in February. It is not yet clear whether this had anything to do with the deployment of the THAAD (Terminal High Altitude Area Defense) missile defense system. The South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs reminded its Christian organizations that their activities must follow foreign local laws. In February, China also detained a pastor who is an American citizen. China so far has no explanation of these activities. According to South Korean media, there are over one thousand South Korean missionaries in China and many of them have lent a helping hand to North Koreans to escape to China. In the meantime, Chinese authorities have banned or punished South Korean commercial activities in China (such as events in the entertainment business) as well as South Korean companies.
Source: BBC Chinese, February 11, 2017
Xinhua recently reported that the Beijing Leadership Group for the Full Cessation of the Military’s Commercial Services held its initial kick-off meeting on February 8. This marked the official beginning of the complete halt of the military providing commercial services in the Beijing area. Cai Qi, Deputy Secretary of the Beijing Party Committee, who is also the Mayor of Beijing, heads the Leadership Group. At the meeting, Cai delivered a speech that clarified the scope of the Cessation, which includes both the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) and the Military Police. Cai emphasized that the order was based on the strategic decision that Chinese President Xi Jinping made so as to strengthen the Military’s discipline. The current policies allowed for-profit military services in the areas of communication, training, entertainment, sports, storage, science, health care, construction, real estate, and mechanical repairs. However, commercial military services have been identified as a key funding source for corruption.
Source: Xinhua, February 8, 2017
Given the background of the U.S. and Korea working on the deployment of THAAD, relations between China and North Korea seem to be warming up.
During the 2017 <Chinese> New Year, on the 7th of <February>, the North Korea Foreign Ministry held a reception party for the Chinese Embassy officers in North Korea. Chinese Ambassador Li Jinjun and Embassy officials were invited to the reception.
At the party, representatives from both countries gave speeches. They stressed the friendship between China and North Korea that the leaders of past generations from both countries had cultivated and expressed the inclination to make concerted and continuous efforts to strengthen and develop friendly relations in the current complicated international situation.
On January 24, 2017, at the Chinese Embassy in North Korea, Chinese Ambassador Li Jinjun also held a reception party for the Chinese New Year. The North Korea Supreme People’s Assembly Standing Committee Vice Chairman Kim Yong-dae and more than 70 Korean leaders from different government departments of the Party, the administration, and the military attended the party. In their speeches, the two sides emphasized the value of China-North Korea friendship and the importance of strengthening cooperation.
At the event, the two sides stressed the importance and normalization of Sino-North Korea relations. Li Jinjun said that Sino-North Korea relations in 2017 still face challenges, but will usher in opportunities. Kim Yong-dae lauded the long history of the blood-born alliance and friendship between both countries.
Source: Duowei News, February 8, 2017