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Huanqiu Opinion Article: Taiwan Name Change Referendum Cost Taichung the Right to host East Asian Youth Game

On Tuesday, July 24, the East Asian Olympic Committee voted to rescind an agreement for Taichung Taiwan to host the first-ever East Asian Youth Games in 2019, a decision that was made four years ago in 2014. Huanqiu published an opinion article claiming that the voting result aims at Taiwan’s intent to use politics to influence sports and no one can challenge “Chinese Taipei” as the name to be used at the Olympic Games. It referred to Taiwan’s intent to hold a name change referendum which proposed to change its name from “Chinese Taipei” to “Taiwan” during the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. The article stated that results of the vote of the eight East Asian Olympic Committee members broadcast the message that the decision “perfectly fit the spirit of Olympics” and the end result is a well-deserved lesson for “Taiwan Independence” forces.

Source: Huanqiu, July 24, 2018

Chosun: China Strengthened Economic Support to North Korea

South Korea’s largest newspaper Chosun recently published two reports in its Chinese Edition on significantly increased support from China to the North Korean economy. After Kim Jong-un’s third visit to China in June, China reopened its aid in the form of fertilizer, food, and cooking oil. It was part of China’s promise of “large scale” aid. The fertilizer volume could have set a record high already, surpassing the 200,000 tons peak volume in 2013. The crude oil supply from China to North Korea is now at the pace of 80,000 tons per month, which is the equivalent of an annual volume of 960,000 tons. The UN sanctions set the annual ceiling at 560,000 tons. Many people witnessed that a large number of iron ore trucks entered China in June. The United Nations currently bans North Korea from exporting iron ore. Also, starting July 10, North Korea established a free trade market in Rason City, which borders with China. Chinese citizens are allowed into the market without a visa. Aquatic products are currently the most popular item in that market. This is an important channel for North Korea to obtain foreign currencies.

Sources: Chosun
{1} July 20, 2018.
{2} July 19, 2018.

Oriental Daily: Chinese Drug Dealers Now Supply 90 Percent of Russia’s Drugs

Popular Hong Kong newspaper Oriental Daily recently reported via its online news site that, according to Russian anti-drug authorities, China is now Russia’s largest drug supplier. Around 90 percent of Russia’s chemical-based drugs are sourced from China. The primary channel for the Chinese drug dealers to ship drugs to Russia is the postal mail system. The drugs are mailed into Russia as “food.” For example, the Russian Rostov Court announced on July 10 that it is currently hearing a case against some senior Cossack officials illegally working with Chinese drug dealers in Jilin Province, China. According to recent Russian reports, most of the drugs from China are packaged in plant oil bottles or buried in half-baked food like dumplings. The Russian police are currently improving the process of inspecting packages of Chinese food that sent in the mail. Oriental Daily has been Hong Kong’s number one newspaper; it has been in circulation since 1976, with a record readership of over 3,100,000.

Source: Oriental Daily, July 20, 2018

Sputnik News: China to Find a Solution in Vietnam to Win the Trade War

The ongoing U.S. – China trade war could have dealt a heavy blow to China’s export-oriented enterprises. According to the Russian government-owned news agency Sputnik News, Xu Ningning, the executive director of the government backed China-ASEAN Business Council, advised that China and ASEAN should cooperate in manufacturing.

In fact, the joint production plan was implemented a long time ago. Against the current backdrop, the cooperation between China and Southeast Asian countries will gain new momentum. China’s Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region has a Science and Technology Park under construction in its neighboring country of Vietnam. The goods produced there, which can be labeled “Made in Vietnam” according to the Rules of Origin, are not subject to the U.S. tariffs. The question is then whether the U.S. will exert its influence against such cooperation.

Chen Fengying, a researcher at the China Institute of Contemporary International Relations, told Sputnik News that, “Every country focuses on its own national interests. Because of the pressure from the U.S., they are also looking for a new development model, such as the cooperation between Vietnam and China. As to whether the U.S. will obstruct the deal, I think that even if the U.S. has such an idea, it may not be realized. Not every country completely obeys the U.S.”

Chen added, “The changes in the external environment will prompt Asia to strengthen cooperation. On the one hand, we must unite the Asian countries; on the other hand, we cannot ignore cooperation with the outside world. Asia has a good regional cooperation mechanism. Examples are the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and ‘One Belt, One Road.’”

Trade statistics show that the mutual interests between China and ASEAN are growing. In the first five months of this year, the trade volume between China and ASEAN increased by 20 percent, while the overall growth rate of China’s foreign trade during the same period was 16.8 percent. Trade between China and the EU increased by 15.1 percent. At the same time, the trade between China and the U.S. was slightly behind with a growth of 13.1 percent.

Source: Sputnik News, July 13, 2018

BBC Chinese: Acquisition from Hong Kong Questioned in Australia

On July 2, BBC Chinese reported that Hong Kong Cheung Kong (Holdings) recently announced a plan to acquire Australia’s largest natural gas pipeline company, APA. However, this once again triggered considerable debate in Australia, based on the worry about losing control of critical national infrastructure to a foreign power. Hong Kong is currently under Chinese rule with the “One Nation Two Systems” policy. However, the system has no assurance that a Hong Kong company could be prevented from obeying an order from Beijing. The Cheung Kong acquisition attempt is to obtain a 100 percent stake in APA. The deal is valued at around US$9.5 billion. However, there is no signed agreement yet and multiple Australian officials have already stood up to express their concerns on antitrust and national security grounds. Cheung Kong has a large number of investments on a global level, especially in Britain and Canada. It already has control over many infrastructure companies covering most of the Australian states.

Source: BBC Chinese, July 2, 2018

People’s Daily: Opening Ceremony for 2018 Visiting of Young Sinologists Training Program Held in Beijing

On July 6, People’s Daily reported on the opening ceremony of the 2018 Visiting of Young Sinologists Training Program, which the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese and Foreign Cultural Exchange Center, and the Beijing Language and Culture University hosted jointly in Beijing. Thirty-eight participants from 34 countries participated in the program. In the first three days, the participants had classes and then were divided into groups to conduct two-weeks of research studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Peking University, the Beijing Language and Culture University, the Beijing Second Foreign Languages Institute and at other academic institutions based on their academic interests. After that, they are scheduled to travel to Guizhou Province to study the situation of the Chinese minority culture, the development of the ecological civilization and the development of contemporary science and technology. After the 21-day training program, these young sinologists will continue to stay in touch with their Chinese mentors and maintain communication on academic research and essay writing. The report stated that the Young Sinologist Training Program was launched in 2014. Twelve sessions have been held since then with 360 participants coming from 95 countries around the world. In 2018, for the first time, the Young Sinologist Training Program will have spring, summer, and fall sessions to be held in Chongqing, Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Xi’an. The number of total participants is expected to exceed 200.

1. People’s Daily, July 6, 2018
2. China Studies, July 5, 2018

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