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Huanqiu Commentary: China Will Never Play a Role as One of “the U.S. Allies”

On June 21, 2017, Global Times, also known as Huanqiu, China’s official newspaper, published a commentary on the United States’ policy changes toward North Korea after the death of Otto Warmbier, an American college graduate, recently released from a North Korean prison.

Below are some of the key points made in the commentary:

  • The fall of a young life is sad, but making important policies emotionally will result in immediate or potential costs.
  • Currently, the overall mood of the United States is a little bit over agitated, though the United States has not yet issued any medical explanation of Otto Warmbier’s death.
  • Beijing must be wary of the fact that Washington DC may exert greater pressure on Beijing to “work effectively” on the North Korean nuclear issues due to the death of Warmbier, “forcing China to make more commitments.”
  • China has done what needed to be done in terms of trying to break through the deadlock on the North Korean nuclear issues. However, China will never play a role as one of “the U.S. allies.” If Washington DC enacts sanctions against some of China’s enterprises as a third party, China and the United States will be in disagreement.
  • The North Korean nuclear issues are widely affected and very complicated. It is unrealistic for the United States to solve the problem quickly or even rely on China to solve the problem for the United States. If the American system is only capable of doing simple things, unable to handle complicated situations, then it is very likely that the Korean Peninsula will eventually explode, which will be sad.
  • The Asia-Pacific region simply cannot now afford to face any major conflicts between the United States and China. The United States looks cool and confident on the surface; it is also very difficult for the US to handle disagreements between China and the U.S.

Source: Huanqiu, June 21, 2017

China’s Foreign Ministry on Chinese and Russian Opposition to US Deployment of “THAAD” in South Korea

On June 8, 2017, at a regular press conference, a spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry asserted China’s firm stand opposing the U.S. deployment of “THAAD” in South Korea. The spokesperson, Hua Chunying, told reporters that China and Russia “share a high degree of consensus and common interests” in their opposition to the U.S. deployment of  “THAAD” in South Korea and “will continue to have close communication and coordination” on the matter.

When answering a question on North Korea’s recent firing of surface-to-ship missiles off its east coast, Hua Chunying said, “Under the current circumstances, the relevant parties should exercise restraint, refrain from provocative actions that may escalate regional tensions, and play a positive role in de-escalating and stabilizing the situation.”

Source: Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China Website

Hong Kong Sing Pao Daily: Huanqiu’s Notorious Actions

On October 13, 2016, one day after Huanqiu (Global Times) published its editorial against Hong Kong Sing Pao Daily, Sing Pao published an article listing its records of Huanqiu’s notorious actions. According to Sing Pao, Huanqiu is a newspaper of a Chinese Communist Party Central Committee organ. It seems that Huanqiu is an official media, but it is actually a political tool of Jiang Zemin’s faction.

“Zhang Dejiang (Chairman of China’s National People’s Congress), Liu Yunshan (China’s propaganda chief) and their faction always ‘politically discredit’ others and subject them to ‘personality murder.’” It is laughable that Huanqiu asserted that the boss and staff members of Sing Pao are close to Falun Gong (against whom Jiang Zemin initiated a brutal persecution in July 1999) just because Falun Gong applauded Sing Pao’s commentaries.

Huanqiu has a notorious record of publishing extreme left-wing articles, such as releasing the poll on “Using Military Force to Unite Taiwan” and “The Best Time to Occupy Taiwan with Military Force.” “The Internet Security and Information Leading Group Office of the CCP Central Committee announced that the Huanqiu Website (under Huanqiu) has seriously violated reporting discipline by repeatedly heightening sensitive incidents in the United States, North Korea, the South China Sea, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

Source: Hong Kong Sing Pao Daily, October 13, 2016

Huanqiu Editorial Attacks Hong Kong Sing Pao Daily for Its Sudden Change in Political Stance

On October 12, 2016, following Hong Kong Sing Pao Daily‘s publication of a series of articles criticizing Chinese politburo member Zhang Dejiang, Huanqiu (Global Times), a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) mouthpiece under the control of Liu Yunshan [both Zhang and Liu are close allies of former Communist Party head Jiang Zemin], published an editorial attacking Sing Pao Daily News for its sudden change in political stance. Sing Pao had previously been pro-China [favorable to Jiang’s faction] but published articles critical of two members of Jiang’s faction: Zhang Dejiang, who is the top official responsible for Hong Kong and Macau affairs, and Liung Chun-ying, who is Hong Kong’s Chief Executive.

Huanqiu asserted that Sing Pao Daily News is now more like the Falun Gong media Epoch Times, [in attacking the CCP]. [Editor’s note: The Epoch Times is a private independent American media group founded in 2000. The CCP regards Epoch Times as an overseas anti-China (CCP) media.] The Huanqiu editorial claimed that for Sing Pao to dare to do so [attack prominent Chinese leaders on its front page] is very unusual and it cannot be out of ordinary political reasons. The article zoomed its focus to the newspaper’s President of the Board, Gu Zuoheng, a mainland businessman. The article stated that Gu was involved in a “Crime of illegally absorbing deposits from the public” and is now wanted by the police. The article speculated that because Gu cannot convince the justice department to let him go, he used the paper to vent his anger and attacked the leaders in charge of Hong Kong affairs, or maybe Gu is trying to accumulate chips for seeking asylum in the U.S. or another Western country.

Source: Huanqiu (Global Times Chinese), October 12, 2016

Sing Pao Daily News Continues Its Attacks on Former CCP Leader Jiang Zemin’s Faction

Since September 28, 2016, a pro-Beijing Hong Kong newspaper Sing Pao Daily News, has published a series of critical commentaries on its cover-page on the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials in charge of the city. Interestingly, it noted that all the criticized officials, Zhang Dejiang, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress and the top official responsible for Hong Kong and Macau affairs; Leung Chun-ying, Hong Kong’s Chief Executive; and Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in Hong Kong are members of Jiang Zemin’s faction. The commentaries openly named Jiang Zemin, the former General Secretary of the CCP, as managing Zhang Dejiang “behind the scenes.” The article is an indication of the waning influence of Jiang’s faction and the increasing power of present leader Xi Jinping, and also presents a glimpse of the factional strife within the top CCP leadership.

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RFA: Communist China Started to Give North Korea Nuclear Materials When Jiang Zemin Became the CCP General Secretary in 1989 after the “June 4th Tiananmen Square Massacre”

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.

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