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PLA Major General: The More We Prepare for a War, the Farther Away the War Will Be from Us

One September 19, 2016, Huanqiu (the Chinese version of Global Times), Communist China’s official mouthpiece, published an article on the intention and motivation of the United States regarding the South China Sea dispute and the THAAD system in South Korea. The author of the article is Qiao Liang, a Chinese People’s Liberation Army Major General who is also a professor at the PLA National Defense University in China.

Viewing the United States as a major enemy of the People’s Republic of China, Qiao Liang criticized the U.S. for continually making trouble using geopolitical means. The United States will build the THAAD system in South Korea in order to damage the China and South Korea free trade agreement. To drive capital out of China and get it to the US, the United States navy sent two aircraft carriers into the South China Sea. However, if China and the United States really get into a war, capital will leave both China and the USA, which is not consistent with the Americans’ interests and aspirations. Therefore, Americans will not fight a battle with China. China does not have to worry about a war. For the United States, the purpose of a war is to strive to maximize its national interests rather than occupy a territory.

If China wants to be a superpower, China should learn from the United States. We will take the Diaoyu or Huangyan Island back tomorrow if not today. But the historical opportunity for China to become the world’s largest economy and ultimately revive the Chinese nation could be gone any time. China cannot act “tough” as Putin does, because China relies on both imports and exports. However, we can also make trouble for the United States, Japan, and the Philippines, aiming at the soft underbelly of our opponents. China’s large foreign exchange reserves are a powerful geopolitical weapon. “As long as we think carefully, we should know how to manipulate it.”

Now China and Russia need to rely on each other to resist the United States. They will use a united front as that has helped the Chinese Communist Party grow from a small and weak to a big and strong Party.

The article concluded that, though China’s neighborhood situation is grim, there will be no war. However, Chinese military troops must be ready for a war at any time. The more we prepare for a war, the farther away the war will be from us.

Source: Huanqiu, September 19, 2016

People’s Daily: The U.S. Is Not an Outsider, nor a Magistrate on the North Korean Nuclear Issue

China’s state media People’s Daily published an article commenting on the U.S.’s attitude and position on North Korea’s nuclear test.

The article said, “The United States has created too much trouble with its shortsightedness and recklessness. When it creates an issue, it is difficult to deal with it and the U.S. is increasingly inclined to address itself as an outsider and complain and blame others. America’s approach not only violates international morality; it also adds a huge obstacle to solving the problem.”

The article continued, “A few days ago, North Korea conducted its fifth nuclear test in spite of the widespread opposition of the international community. This act undermines the nuclear non-proliferation system and threatens regional peace and stability. It requires all of the concerned parties to deal effectively with each other while avoiding further mutual stimulation. However, regarding the relevant news, Washington has ignored the complexity and grimness of the problem, once again throwing out the unfounded ‘Chinese responsibility theory.’

“On the North Korea nuclear issue, what qualifies the United States to be an outsider and what qualifications does it have to shift the responsibility for this aggravated situation to other countries arbitrarily? The history of the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue is clearly displayed. Is it not the United States that is the origin and crux of the problem? Otherwise, why has North Korea consistently been pursuing a nuclear strike capability directed at the United States?

“The United States has a sufficient understanding of the truth of the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula. It is hard to imagine that Washington really believes in the ‘Chinese responsibility theory’ that it has presented. There is reason to doubt whether Washington really has the will to push the North Korean nuclear issue in the direction of solution. At the beginning of this year, after North Korea’s fourth nuclear test, the U.S. strongly promoted the deployment of the THAAD anti-missile system in South Korea at the expense of the national strategic security interests of others in the region. The United States certainly does not really believe that the deployment of THAAD can solve the nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula once and for all.

“In recent years, the United States’ ability to provide effective public goods has been declining in many international affairs, but its effort to make trouble has not diminished. The nuclear issue on the Korean Peninsula is just one example.

“In East Asia, since the launch of the “Asia-Pacific rebalancing” strategy, the United States has always regarded the South China Sea issue as an important safeguard for its regional hegemony and its strategic containment of China, blatantly provoking dissension among the countries concerned. At the same time, it also appears as the “guardian of the rules” constantly blaming China.

“Being the manufacturer of the problem but acting as the ‘outsider’ to blame other countries, the United States is not only violating international morals but it is also adding a huge obstacle to solving practical problems. On the Korean Peninsula nuclear issue, we need to advise Washington that it is very risky to have the mentality of trying one’s luck, having a wait-and-see attitude, or being opportunistic in this protracted problem. It will make the peninsula situation even more tense and make the problem more difficult to solve if it continues any selfish agenda while ignoring the overall situation.”

Source: People’s Daily, September 14, 2016

People’s Daily: Liaoning Election Bribery Case Resulted in Large Scale Terminations

People’s Daily recently reported that the National People’s Congress (NPC) Standing Committee held a full member meeting on September 13. The meeting concluded that 45 national Congressmen elected in the 2013 election were illegal due to the bribery activities that had taken place. A total of 523 involved provincial Congressmen from Liaoning Province were terminated or resigned. There are 38 Liaoning provincial Congressmen in the 62-member provincial Congress Standing Committee who were removed from the Committee. The result was that the Liaoning Provincial Congress ceased to function due to a lack of members who met the minimum that the law required. This is the first time in the history of the current Republic that a provincial legislative branch could not serve. The National Congress decided to establish a Preparatory Group of the Liaoning Congress to play a temporary role. Zhang Dejiang, the Chairman of the NPC Standing Committee, held the meeting.

Source: People’s Daily, September 13, 2016

Xinhua: North Korea Called for International Help on Post-Flood Rebuild Effort

Xinhua recently reported that the North Korean Foreign Ministry held a meeting with diplomatic delegations to North Korea to brief them on the severe damage that the flood in North Hamgyong Province had caused. North Korea asked the countries with whom it had “long-term friendly and cooperative relations” to help rebuild the flooded region. Nine delegations from Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, and others attended the meeting and agreed to report back and recommend providing help. The recent flood caused hundreds of deaths (or those reported missing). <Editor’s note: The Xinhua report did not list all nine countries that North Korea considered “friendly and cooperative.” According to the North Korean Central News Agency, the other six countries are: Indonesia, India, Cambodia, Malaysia, Iran, and Pakistan. The devastating flood occurred a few days after North Korea’s latest nuclear bomb experiment.>

Source: Xinhua, September 15, 2016                                                                                                                                 

Global Times: The U.S. Filed WTO Complaint against China on Agricultural Subsidies

Global Times recently reported that the United State filed a new complaint against China with the World Trade Organization (WTO), claiming China violated WTO rules and subsidized domestic wheat, corn, and rice prices. The U.S. government released an announcement accusing the Chinese government of paying the farmers by setting the lowest government purchase prices for wheat, corn and rice. These subsidies broke the promises made in 2001 when China joined the WTO and directly resulted in overproduction, which weakened the competitiveness of the American farmers in the global market. The U.S. has intensified its trade attacks against China in recent months. The actions include taxing Chinese steel for anti-dumping, filing against China in WTO, and calling for the EU’s veto on China’s market economy status. The United States is the largest agricultural exporter in the world. This is the fourteenth WTO filing against China under the Obama Administration and its first WTO filing in support of U.S. food exporters.

Source: Global Times, September 14, 2016