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Wu Chi-wai: China Is Changing the “One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong

July 1 will be the twentieth anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China. The Democratic Party in Hong Kong held a forum on June 11 to discuss the “One Country, Two Systems” situation in Hong Kong.

Wu Chi-wai, the Chairman of the Democratic Party said, “From the 2014 (Beijing’s) People’s Congress’ whitepaper on implementing the ‘One Country, Two Systems” in Hong Kong to the speech that Zhang Dejiang (Chairman of the People’s Congress) gave recently, you can see that the central government has a general goal: to use a series of approaches to effect the gradual conversion of the hidden powers (of the central government), as defined in the Basic Law, into truly effective, clear, standardized, and enforceable powers (for the central government). This is having a big impact on (the principles of) ‘One Country, Two Systems,’ that ‘Hongkongese rely on to manage Hong Kong,’ and its ‘High-degree of self-determination.’”

Wu expressed that C.Y. Leung has long been claiming a severe “Hong Kong Independence” issue. This has given the Communist Regime in China an excuse to interfere in Hong Kong’s internal affairs.

Sources:

1. YouTube, June 11, 2017
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z-Ng-QQXCdg, June 11, 2017
2. New Tang Dynasty TV, June 14, 2017
http://www.ntdtv.com/xtr/gb/2017/06/14/a1329003_p.html

Xi Jinping Authorized New Medals for the PLA

On June 12, Xi Jinping, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, authorized the issuance of the “August 1 Medal” to the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA’s) staff. August 1 is the PLA’s Army Day.

This is the third time that the PLA will be awarded medals. The previous two times were in 1955 and 1988, by Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping, respectively.

Source: Xinhua, June 12, 2017
http://news.xinhuanet.com/politics/2017-06/12/c_1121128933.htm

Ten Officials from the Financial Oversight Offices Were Taken Down

Xi Jinping and Wang Qishan expanded the anti-corruption campaign into the financial sector this year.  The Communist Party’s Central Commission on Discipline Inspection (CCDI) listed 53 officials in the financial sector who have been taken down since 2012. Among them, ten were from the four top financial oversight offices: the Central Bank (People’s Bank of China), China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC), China Securities Regulatory Commission (CSRC), and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC).

Among those ten, five were from the CSRC, four from CBRC, and one from CIRC. However, the CIRC official held the highest rank: Xiang Junbo (项俊波), Chairman of the CIRC. No one from the Central Bank was taken down.

Source: Phoenix New Media, May 7, 2017
http://news.ifeng.com/a/20170507/51055004_0.shtml?wratingModule=1_9_1

China Intensified Internet Blockade during June 4 Period

On April 15, 1989, former Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Hu Yaobang died. Hu had worked to move China toward a more open political system and had become a symbol of democratic reform. By April 18, thousands of students had come to Tiananmen Square to mourn his passing. As more arrived, protests against corruption and for greater democracy ensued. The numbers grew; it is estimated that as many as one million Chinese, mostly students, came to Tiananmen. On June 4, 1989, the CCP used tanks and guns to crack down on the democracy demonstration. This event became known as the Tiananmen Massacre. Since then, every year during the June 4 anniversary, the CCP has been on alert and has taken extreme measures to prevent any form of protest.

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), this year the CCP intensified its Internet blockade. Many Wechat accounts and even Facebook accounts were blocked. (Wechat is the most popular social media network phone application among Chinese). VPN software that people used to bypass the Internet blockade couldn’t connect to the Internet overseas either.

A netizen Zhu Xueqin said that she posted a video of pigs with a comment on Facebook:  “It is a grief to be a pig in China, but it is a greater grief to be a Chinese.” She was referring to a report that many pork producers fed pigs with chemicals to shorten the pig’s growth period from a year to only a few months. Her Facebook account was blocked.

Source: RFA, May 31, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/meiti/ql1-05312017102521.html

 

Business Magnate and Media Editor-in-Chief Both Sued Guo Wengui

The story of Guo Wengui (郭文贵), a Chinese business tycoon who has been hiding in the U.S., now has a new episode. Guo fled from China because he feared being arrested for bribing officials. Once he came to the U.S., on multiple occasions, including in a VOA interview, Guo revealed the corruption of top level officials.

Guo accused Pan Shiyi (潘石屹), founder and Chairman of SOHO China, the largest prime office real estate developer in China, of bribing officials. Guo also accused Hu Shuli (胡舒立), Editor-in-Chief of Caixin media, which has published several articles exposing Guo’s bad deeds, of bribery and of having indecent relationships with high-ranking officials.

In New York in April, Hu Shuli filed a lawsuit against Guo for defaming her. In May, Pan Shiyi also filed a case against Guo in New York.

Guo claimed that he has a good relationship with an “old cadre.” Many people believe that “old cadre” refers to Zeng Qinghong, a former top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official and the right-hand man of Jiang Zemin (the CCP’s former top leader).

Source: Sing Tao Daily, June 4, 2017
http://toronto.singtao.ca/1794955/2017-06-04/post-潘石屹胡舒立告郭文貴誹謗/?variant=zh-cn

RFA: Russia Fears China May Demand Its Territory

According to Radio Free Asia (RFA), Moscow based EurAsia Daily (EA Daily) reported that people in Russia and Tajikistan are worried that China may demand that the two countries return to China those territories it believes belong to China.

China raised the territory issue with Tajikistan in 2013 and then raised the issue again in 2016. Tajikistan’s archaeologists, historians, and scholars are afraid that China may someday take its land back.

The “China Threat” theory has been spread in Russia. One of the points is that “China will, sooner or later, request that Russia return its territory that Russia took by force.”

At the same time, some Chinese media exposed the fact that Jiang Zemin, the former Chinese Communist Party leader, voluntarily signed treaties to give up China’s territory to other countries, when there was no external pressure to do so.

{Editor’s note: There have been reports that Jiang Zemin gave up over 1 million square km (247 million acres) of China’s land to Russia, but he has silenced any reporting on this in China.}

Source: RFA, May 22, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/junshiwaijiao/lxy2-05222017153158.html

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