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China Investigates North Korea Kwangson Banking and China Dandong Hongxiang Group for Supporting North Korea’s Nuclear Program

On September 26, 2016, Hong Kong Economic Journal and Radio Taiwan International published a news report based on South Korean Central Daily (JoongAng Daily) saying that China is investigating both North Korea Kwangson Banking Corp (KKBC) and Dandong Hongxiang Industrial Development Co. (DHID) for supporting North Korea’s nuclear program.

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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

Chinese Riot Police Stormed into Wukan Village to Suppress Protests; They Injured and Arrested Many

In the early morning (at around 4:00 am) on September 13, 2016, a large number of Chinese riot police forcibly stormed into Wukan Village in Lufeng, Guangdong Province. They broke into homes and arrested the leaders of the ongoing protests over Lin Zuluan, their elected village chief who was jailed for “accepting bribes,” which the villagers did not believe. The police fired rubber bullets and tear gas at villagers while villagers threw rocks at the police. Many villagers were injured; the villagers said that one elderly woman was shot to death. The Lufeng Police announced that they had arrested 13 villagers. However, the villagers revealed that at least 70 people were arrested.

[Editor Note: In 2011, Wukan villagers won their protests over land seizures. They successfully expelled government officials and the police from their village. Eventually, the Communist authorities had to allow them to hold a true village election. They elected the protest leader, Lin Zuluan, as the village chief. Recently, because Lin was going to lead a new protest over land seizures, the Chinese authorities arrested and jailed him for taking bribes. The Wukan villagers have protested for more than 80 days since Lin was detained because they believe their chief is innocent.]


Source: Hong Kong Oriental Online, September 13, 2016

Xinhua News Agency: Police Arrested 13 Wukan Villagers for Disturbing the Public Order

Xinhua News Agency reported on September 13, 2016, that the Lufeng City Police in Guangdong Province arrested 13 Wukan Villagers as criminal suspects for gathering and disturbing the public and the traffic order.

The Lufeng City Public Security Bureau announced in the early morning of September 13, 2016, that those 13 Wukan villagers had been making and spreading rumors. They incited, planned, blackmailed and coerced some other villagers to gather illegally in order to disturb the public, traffic, and the school and business order. “To safeguard the interests of the masses, restore normal production and life, the local police took action according to the law and arrested them for a trial.”

Souce: Xinhua News Agency, September 13, 2016

Huanqiu Editorial: “The Chinese People Are the Most Enthusiastic Fans of the G20 Summit”

On September 3, 2016, one day before the 2016 G20 Summit in Hangzhou China, Huanqiu (Global Times Chinese, a major official mouthpiece of the Communist Party) published an editorial asserting that “The Chinese people are the most enthusiastic fans of the G20 Summit.”

The Huanqiu editorial listed four “outstanding” “additional factors” about China’s hosting of the G20 Summit:

  1. The Chinese government regards hosting the G20 summit in China as a “Big Thing.” For the G20, China created a favorable environment as well as an efficient and comprehensive organization. Although there has been criticism of the extensive and intensive preparations for the meeting, “the positive effects are certainly greater than the negative ones.”
  2. As the world’s second largest economy and also the largest developing country, it is easier for China to communicate with both the developed countries and the emerging markets of the developing countries in a common language.
  3. China really wants to promote global governance for everyone’s mutual benefit. The editorial asserted that, “The Chinese people are the most enthusiastic fans of the G20 summit.”
  4. International public opinion has been bad-mouthing the G20. The developed countries are having difficulties extricating themselves from their crises, while the emerging markets of the developing countries face increasing challenges. The G20 needs a passionate summit. “Chinese society’s enthusiasm will help the G20.”
  5. China has been developing rapidly for several decades. It has shared the problems of globalization. It will be very productive for the world’s political and business leaders to gather in Hangzhou China to analyze China as the mirror of the world’s development.

Finally, the editorial criticized some Western media for politicizing the G20 summit. China, as the host country, however, proposed the summit themes and the discussion topics, which all centered on the economy.

Source: Huanqiu, September 3, 2016

Huanqiu Editorial: Why did the Philippine President Dare to Curse Obama with “the Dirtiest Words”?

According to a Huanqiu editorial on September 7, 2016, Philippine President Duterte recently called Obama a “son of a whore.” Although Duterte’s spokesman later expressed regret, Duterte’s words, like water poured on the ground, have been spread around the world. When Duterte cursed Obama, he also said that the Philippines is no longer a colony and that, except for the Filipino people, he has no other master.

Huanqiu commented that, “All of Duterte’s truthful words were from his heart,” and that it will be very hard for the US and Philippines to get over the resulting hostility.

The Western world criticizes the Philippines’ internal affairs for “human rights violations,” and the killing of over one thousand drug dealers, but what Duterte has done is widely welcomed in the Philippines. Of course Duterte cares more about the amount of support inside his country. Huanqiu concluded that the incident represents the emotion of repulsion and of “enough is enough” that the developing countries have when facing the impact of Western values.

Source: Huanqiu, September 7, 2016

Boxun: To Prevent a Coup before He Left Beijing for the G20, Xi Jinping Did a Lot of Thinking

Boxun published an article titled “Zhongnanhai Insider: To Prevent a Coup Before He Left Beijing for the G20; Xi Jinping Did a Lot of Thinking.” It stated, “According to the article, Xi Jinping, China’s current top leader, visited strategic resources in the army yesterday in high profile and posed for a photo with all representatives and military officers above the division level.” Boxun claimed that an insider from Beijing said Xi had arranged this army visit to prevent “a backyard fire” or “a palace coup.” Xi has repeatedly pressured the high level officials to be loyal, but are they absolutely reliable? Boxun cited an insider’s words: “At the last moment who will really be laughing?” “Everything is changing!”

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RFA and VOA: Prevent a Coup? Beijing Faces the Danger of Coup

According to Radio of Free Asia (RFA) on August 16, 2016 and Voice of America on August 18, 2016, an unofficial Chinese website called Huanqiuzhiyin (Global Sound) based in Mainland China, published a long article saying that opposing a coup is the important political work that will need to receive special attention now and into the future. The original Huanqiuzhiyin article is no long available online. The article once again confirmed that the internal fighting within the top-level leadership of the Chinese Communist Party is far more intense than outsiders can imagine.

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