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South Korea Stopped Issuing Visas to Chinese Lecturers at the Confucius Institute

According to information from the Justice Ministry of Korea, as of December of last year, the Seoul immigration Bureau suspended all E-2 visa extensions and the issuance of any new visas for Chinese lecturers at the Confucius Institute.

The Confucius Institute in South Korea started in 2004. For the past 13 years, it has never been a cause of controversy. The original E-2 visa issuance process is simple, and the E-2 visas are easy to obtain. Some observers pointed out that this is the South Korean government’s response to the clash involving China’s restriction on South Korea.

The Confucius Institute operates through a cooperation agreement between Korean and Chinese universities. The Chinese Ministry of Education selects the Chinese lecturers. The Chinese government pays their salaries.

The Chinese government funds the Confucius Institute. In terms of geographical distribution, there are 169 Confucius Institutes in Europe, 157 in the Americas, 110 in Asia, 46 in Africa and 18 in Oceania. After the United States (109) and Britain (29), South Korea (22) has the third largest number of Confucius Institutes.

Source: Korean Daily republished by Wenxuecity, February 7, 2017

Global Times: Why Is the U.S. More Arrogant toward China than toward Russia? China Has Too Few Nuclear Weapons!

Following Trump’s tweet and Putin’s statement about the expanding nuclear capabilities in the U.S. and Russia, China’s state media Global Times published a commentary claiming that China needs to advance its nuclear program to stay relevant as a world power.

The article said, “Russia’s conventional military capabilities have been far less than those of NATO, but the Russian-U.S. equal nuclear balance of power continues to ensure that Russia’s status as a military superpower is almost equal to the United States. Russia dared to confront the United States in Ukraine, in Syria and in other conflicts. The number one reason is the support of its nuclear forces.

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Chinese Ministry of Public Security Warns of Color Revolution in the Video, “Who Wants to Overthrow China the Most?”

In mid-December, the Chinese Ministry of Public Security, on its official site, published a short video film of a microblog to remind the public to remain vigilant against a color revolution.

The video, titled, Who Wants to Overthrow China the Most?, lasts 7 minutes, 24 seconds with a brief caption on the narratives and background music. The video opens with the accusation that the ‘color revolution’ has successfully driven many countries into war and led to divisions; it warned that the devil’s claws have also stretched to China.

The video displayed footage of a series of demonstrations that rights activists from the Mainland held and showed multiple human rights lawyers being arrested and pleading guilty. The video criticized that some people try to stir up group events as a way to trigger a color revolution and they “use overseas NGOs to nurture ‘agents’ so as to create the social basis for a color revolution.”

A significant section in the video displays Hong Kong’s demonstrations over the past two years and claims that Hong Kong is a base for a “color revolution.”

At the ending, the video displays the captions that [China] should drive “color revolution out of China.” It also represents that this is a long-lasting war and that it is “everyone’s responsibility to resist the color revolution.”

The video was reposted on the official microblog sites of the Central Committee of the Communist Youth League, Qiushi magazine and other sites as well.

Source: Duowei, December 20, 2016

Global Times: U.S. Demands the Return of the UUV; Major General Says We Will Collect What Should Be Collected

Following the incident in which the Chinese Navy captured the U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle in the South China Sea on December 15, China’s state media Global Times reported on an interview of some Chinese military officers about the incident. Below is an excerpt from their report:

Wu Shicun, President of the China South Sea Research Institute, said that the issue of the foreign media’s so-called international waters [where the incident happened] represents only one side of the opinion from the United States. There is no (such explanation) in the Convention on the Law of the Sea.

Wu believes that the calm in the South China Sea is only temporary. Because the core problem has not been resolved (including Sino-U.S. competition in the South China Sea, geopolitical competition, and a power struggle over sea rights), the United States is back. Therefore, this may represent a trend in the South China Sea — the conflict is heating up as the U.S. returns again with deep intervention.

In answering the question “whether China is getting stronger and stronger in the ability to control the South China Sea issue, and will not let the United States do whatever it wants,” Wu answered that “it is very obvious” and added that the Chinese military will be very confident in dealing with the issue. The strategic situation of the South China Sea will gradually change with China’s Nansha reef-related facilities being in place.

He said that China’s capturing the U.S. unmanned underwater vehicle sends the following signal: The United States performs close reconnaissance, threatening our country’s security. China has counter-measures. In the 2001 the plane crash incident and the 2009 “USNS Impeccable” event, China had “no choice but to suffer in silence” in many regards. That era may be gone forever.

Yang Yi, Major General and former director of the Strategic Research Institute of the National Defense University, claimed that China should “capture whatever should be captured,” and now they (the United States) “can stop us.”

Yang Yi also believes that, when Trump comes to power, the Sino-US conflict around the South China Sea may become more intense.

Yang said that [since] Americans “sent this thing to our door,” it could not be more natural for us to take it home and study it. If the United States becomes even noisier, it only indicates that it is that much more guilty.

Source: Global Times (Huanqiu), December 17, 2016

Sing Pao Daily News: Hong Kong Liaison Office Director Created Civil Associations in Order to Accumulate Wealth Illegally

On December 16, [Hong Kong] Sing Pao Daily News published an article revealing that Zhang Xiaoming, the Director of the Liaison Office, had established a large number of associations in order to perform “united front work” and used them for the illegal accumulation of wealth.

The article said that the Hong Kong people were very happy when they learned that Leung Chun-ying will no longer be running for the office of Chief Executive and were particularly happy when they realized that Zhang Xiaoming had been absent from at least four public events. They hope that Beijing will not let Zhang come back to Hong Kong any more, which would be their best Christmas gift.

The article revealed that, during Zhang’s tenure, the number of Hong Kong-based associations has soared, with at least 10 newly established associations last year, compared to just four in 2013.The article explained that Zhang established these associations for the purpose of doing united front work and to control elections, using the votes and support activities [that Beijing desired]. However, these associations also became the source he used for corruption and to collect money.

Source: Sing Pao Daily News, December 16, 2016

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