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Kenya Presidential Candidates Criticize Chinese Communist Party

The Kenya Presidential election will be held on August 9. The two leading candidates took positions to oppose Beijing’s expansion in Africa. China has invested in some major infrastructure projects in Kenya, including the high-speed rail, a highway, and others. The current Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta) adopted a pro-China policy, which trapped Kenya into owing China several billion dollars.

Source: VOA, July 29, 2022
https://www.voachinese.com/a/china-spotlighted-in-kenya-s-presidential-race-20220728/6678588.html

Chinese Government Organized Boycotts against Western Companies

Research by the Swedish National China Center found that, in the 13 years between 2008 and 2021, Chinese consumers initiated 90 boycott actions against foreign companies. Actually, the communist party is behind or is even directly organizing these boycotts. The foreign companies thus have become the victims of the communist party’s political game.

The “organized” consumer boycotts mainly target companies in North America, Europe, and Northeast Asia. American companies have been boycotted 27 times, Japanese and French companies each 11 times, German companies 8 times, and Korean companies 6 times.

For example, Beijing directly organized a boycott of Korean companies to punish South Korea for its plan to install the THAAD missile defense system. The communist regime also started the first shot, which Chinese consumers followed, on Marriott since Marriott did a survey listing Tibet, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Macao as parallel options to China. Beijing also directly started a campaign against “foreign companies attempting to split China.” It first asked foreign airlines to mark Taiwan as belonging to China and later spread the boycott wave to international fashion brands such as Coach, Versace, and Givenchy. Chinese consumers were stirred up and stopped buying these companies’ products.

Source: Epoch Times, July 24, 2022
https://www.epochtimes.com/gb/22/7/24/n13787942.htm

Communist China Created a Party School to Train African Leaders

In Early June,at the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre in Tanzania. Beijing hosted a training of 120 officials who are the backbone of the ruling parties of six Southern African countries. The six countries include Tanzania Ny, South Africa, Mozambique, Angola, Zimbabwe, and Namibia.

These six countries founded the Julius Nyerere Leadership Centre, with the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP’s) Foreign Liaison Department providing a grant of US $40 million.

Source: Epoch Times, July 3, 2022
https://www.epochtimes.com/gb/22/7/3/n13772412.htm

HKET: Hong Kong Ranked Second Worst among World’s Best Cities

Hong Kong Economic Times (HKET), the leading financial daily in Hong Kong, recently reported that the British magazine Time Out just released its annual survey showing the results of ranking the 53 best cities in the world. This year the survey results show that the UK’s Edinburgh was selected as the best city in the world. Mumbai, India, was ranked 14th and became the top city in Asia. Hong Kong was second to the bottom, only ahead of Doha, Qatar. With the easing of the Covid pandemic, the Time Out magazine surveyed about 20,000 residents around the world. Then it integrated Internet editorial evaluations to deliver the annual Time Out Index results. This year’s survey focuses on assessing urban tourism and living advantages. It also includes the consideration of traffic and personal safety factors. Hong Kong now ranks at 52nd, far below Taipei’s 16th and Tokyo’s 24th. It lost to Bangkok by one. Hong Kong’s new ranking is a free fall from its previous spot of 20th.

Sources:
(1) HKET, July 12, 2022
https://bit.ly/3S9PZzN

(2) Time Out (HK), July 12, 2022
https://bit.ly/3aZqSyS

Global Times: German Foreign Minister Called Erdogan’s Appearance a Challenge to NATO

Global Times recently reported that the German Minister of Foreign Affairs, Annalena Baerbock, attacked a three-person photo taken earlier this week of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan with Russian President Vladimir Putin and Iranian President Raisi, describing Erdogan’s appearance in this photo as a “challenge” to NATO. The photo was taken on the 19th, when Raisi, Putin and Erdogan held three-way talks in Tehran, the capital of Iran. In the photo, Raisi stood in the middle between Putin and Erdogan smiling, and the three held hands and gestured to the camera. Baerbock claimed that Ankara’s membership in the alliance makes the picture of the Turkish and Russian leaders “incomprehensible.” Although Turkey is a NATO member, unlike other NATO members, Turkey has chosen neutrality in the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, while NATO as a whole regards Russia as a threat. According to the Kremlin, Putin thanked the Turkish side for mediating and providing a platform for negotiating the grain exports and transportation issues. In Baerbock’s view, this group photo proves the importance of standing with partners that share the same values because “there are other members who don’t support our values, and they also unite when they have doubts.” Some netizens did not agree with Baerbock, saying that Turkey is not a puppet of the United States.

Source: Global Times, July 23, 2022
https://world.huanqiu.com/article/48wgejrd1Nb

In a Move Seen as a Warning to China, Britain Plans to Deploy Nuclear Submarines in Australia

Well-known Chinese news site Sina (NASDAQ: SINA) recently reported that, as part of the US-UK-Australia Trilateral Security Partnership (AUKUS), the British military plans to send a fleet of nuclear submarines to the Port of Perth in Australia. Some, however, said that the usefulness of the deployment is questionable, considering that China has the largest navy in the world. The Commander-in-Chief of the British Armed Forces, Admiral Tony Radakin, is expected to make a decision at a naval meeting in Sydney that will see British submarines deployed in Australia  “within China’s striking range,” until 2040. The operation is part of the AUKUS alliance and Australian submarines will be integrated with British submarines to work together to improve Australian personnel’s operational skills on nuclear submarines. The British military declined to disclose the number of nuclear submarines to be deployed in Australia. and the UK Ministry of Defense declined to comment on the matter. Sending nuclear submarines to patrol the South China Sea will be the toughest move the UK has ever taken against China to date. The spokesperson for China’s Embassy to the UK said the move further exposed the deep-rooted Cold War mentality of the US, the  UK and Australia, as well as the sinister intention of provoking group confrontation and creating conflict and division. It will also damage the peace and stability of the Asia-Pacific region. China firmly opposes this new development.

Source: Sina, July 23, 2022
https://mil.news.sina.com.cn/china/2022-07-23/doc-imizmscv3129681.shtml

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U.S. Congressional Leader Plans to Visit Taiwan

The European Parliament Vice President, Nicola Beer, led a delegation to visit Taiwan from July 19 to July 21. This is the first time that a European Parliament Vice President officially visited Taiwan. Beer told reporters that, “Now is the moment to stand firm on the side of Taiwan,” calling Europe and the island part of a “family of democracies.” She said,“We won’t turn a blind eye to China’s threats to Taiwan.”  “Europe was late for Hong Kong, we won’t be late for Taiwan.”

In the U.S. the Speaker of the House,  Nancy Pelosi, has also been reported as planning to visit Taiwan in August. However, Biden said that the military believes it is not a good idea at the moment. China strongly opposed the Speaker’s trip both publicly and privately.

An article ridiculing Pelosi was widely published among Chinese media. It said that Pelosi’s trip was the Democrats’ plan to show that they are not too “soft” on Beijing. It also said that Pelosi’s plan was to gain some political points and get herself out of pressures from scandal. The article said many factors can still impact whether there will indeed be a trip. Maybe one day Pelosi will become “tactically COVID positive again.”  That statement referred back to April when Pelosi announced a planned trip to Taiwan but later cancelled it by claiming that she caught COVID.

Sources:
1. Radio France International, July 19, 2022
https://www.rfi.fr/cn/国际/20220719-欧洲议会副议长到访台湾-强调支持台湾民主
2. SINA, July 21, 2022
https://news.sina.com.cn/c/2022-07-21/doNc-imizmscv2950539.shtml

Australian PM Will Ignore China’s Four-Point Demand to Restore China-Australia Relations

Taiwanese news site NewTalk recently reported that the Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi,  met with Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bali, Indonesia. Wang Yi urged Australia to comply with a list of four actions to bring bilateral relations back on track. Australia’s new prime minister Anthony Albanese said he will “ignore” China’s demands. China asked for these four changes on the Australian side: One is to adhere to seeing China as a partner rather than an adversary. Two is to adhere to seeking common ground while reserving differences. Three is insisting on not targeting or being subject to third parties (without naming the U.S.), and four is to adhere to building a positive and pragmatic social foundation of public opinion. Albanese said in an interview that, although the meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries was a “constructive step,” Australia has not changed its position on any issue and will not respond to China’s demands. He emphasized that, “We only follow our own national interest.” Australian Trade Minister Dan Tehan said he was concerned about the four claims made by Beijing and called for not accepting any Chinese demands to repair bilateral relations. Tehan said bluntly, “Australia has not changed. The Chinese government has changed.”

Source: NewTalk, July 11, 2022
https://newtalk.tw/news/view/2022-07-11/783803