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Chinese Scholars on South China Sea Strategies

{Editor’s Note: The International Herald Leader recently published an exclusive report covering the "South China Sea Situation and the Media’s Responsibility Forum," a July 13 event jointly hosted by Yunnan Provincial Television and the Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences. [1] The Chinese scholars invited to speak at the forum suggested strategies for multiple ways that China could use to deal with its South China Sea disputes with other countries: taking a hard diplomatic position with military backup, guiding international public opinion to favor China, and using "marauding pirates" as grounds to enter the disputed waters and assert China’s leadership. The following are excerpts from the article.]

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Red Flag Manuscript: Taking Advantage of Two Strategic Opportunities

[Editor’s Notes: An article in Red Flag Manuscript argued that two strategic opportunities in the world have been favorable to China’s rise in power. One is that the U.S. and other Western countries are still suffering from the global financial crisis. The other is the challenge of the Middle East, which is delaying the U.S. from directing its attention ever-eastward, where it will focus on deterring China. The article suggests that China should take full advantage of these two opportunities to grow its power. In particular, Communist theory is undergoing a revival and Capitalism is being questioned due to the ongoing crisis. Thus, China should actively cooperate with and provide help to left wing and socialist ideologies.] [1]

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China’s Global Arrangement and Diplomatic Focus for Its Strategic Resources

[Editor’s Note: Chinese Cadres Tribune, which is published by the Party School of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), published an article on China’s strategy and diplomatic focus on its strategic use of natural resources. It argues that China relies heavily on the world for oil and mineral resources. To sustain China’s growth, it is critical that China follow its “going abroad” strategy and apply “natural resource diplomacy” to secure resources from other countries. It recommends encouraging Chinese natural resource companies to expand overseas, develop secure supply channels, increase China’s power to set prices in the global market, and create natural resource reserves. The following are excerpts from the article.] [1]

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Communist Party Members in Foreign Invested Companies

Xinhua published an article featuring stories of how Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members and branches inside foreign invested companies in Shanghai helped the companies pull through difficult times during the global financial crisis. A few large corporations including the U.K.’s Hamworthy, the U.S.’s Medtronic, Walmart, and Hamilton Sundstrand, Korea’s Samsung, and Finland’s Nokia Siemens Networks, have CCP branches in place in their China subsidiaries.

According to the article, “In 2004, Shanghai Foreign Service Co., Ltd, (abbreviated SFSC, a subsidiary company of Shanghai World Expo Group, which specializes in human resource management for foreign investment companies in Shanghai) assumed the function of manageing its 3,900 Chinese Communist Party members. Among the 550,000 employees of foreign invested companies, almost 10,000 are CCP members. As of end of March this year, under SFSC, there awere 407 stand-alone CCP branches in individual foreign invested companies and 88 CCP branches jointly across foreign invested companies.”

“There are more than 6,000 foreign invested companies in Suzhou City, with over 1,000 CCP organizations in place. Statistics indicate that, at the end of 2010, there were 7,300 CCP organizations in ‘two new’ types of organizations, managing 110,292 CCP members, accounting for one third of the city’s total membership.”

[Ed. note: The “two new” types of organizations refer to new economic and social organizations. Before the economic reform, CCP organizations existed in virtually all units of Chinese society. Since the reform, many new economic and social organizations, such as foreign invested companies, appeared and there were originally no CCP organization in place.]

Source: Xinhua, July 15, 2011.

Chinese American Organizations Denounce Obama-Dalai Lama Meeting

Some overseas Chinese organizations in the United States have echoed Beijng’s outcry and lashed out at the Obama-Dalai Lama meeting, saying it hurts the overseas Chinese people’s feelings.

He Xiaohui, the executive deputy president of the Washington D.C. branch of the China Council for the Promotion of Peaceful National Unification, said, “Overseas Chinese in the United States insist on maintaining national reunification, and oppose any separatist act. The Tibetan issue is China’s internal affair; no country or no person is allowed to interfere.”

Ye Yubin, deputy chair of the Union of Chinese American Professional Organizations, said, “The Tibetan issue is China’s internal affair and should be decided by the Chinese people themselves. Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama is interfering with China’s internal affairs. Overseas Chinese firmly oppose any separatist act and support peace and the reunification of the motherland.”

Source: Xinhua, July 17, 2011.

People’s Daily Condemns Obama’s Meeting with the Dalai Lama

A July 16, 2011, a People’s Daily commentary criticized U.S. President Obama, because, against the objections of the Chinese government, he met with the Dalai Lama in the White House map room. “The development of events shows that the U.S. insists on interfering with China’s internal affairs and has harmed the Sino-U.S. relationship.”

The article said, “While begging for a meeting with U.S. government officials and profiting from U.S. tax payers money, Dalai has repeatedly neglected the historic facts, intensified attacks on the Chinese government, and claimed ‘to cause trouble for China.’”

The commentary further added, “a (U.S. State Department) official announced that by the end of July this year, the U.S. government will allocate funding of $2 million for a two-year project to support the Tibetans settling down in India, Nepal, Bhutan and other South Asia countries, with the goal of ‘increased economic opportunities which will encourage youth to remain in the settlements, strengthen community ties, and preserve cultural and linguistic traditions.’ This type of monetary ‘support’ will undoubtedly encourage and intensify the Dalai clique’s separatist activities.”

Source: People’s Daily Online, July 16, 2011.

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