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People’s Daily: China Needs More Higher Level “Opening Up”

People’s Daily recently reported that Ning Jizhe, Deputy Director of China’s National Development and Reform Commission, mentioned in a speech that China must raise its level for its “Opening Up” long-term policy. Ning pointed out that the Chinese economic growth is now switching its focus from speed to quality, which calls for more exchange on the technology, capital, talent, management, and information level. Chinese competitiveness must improve to break out of the medium or lower level in the international value chain. China’s sustained growth depends on efficient development of the international market and the strength of innovation. Ning recommended that “Opening Up” on a higher level should include a balance between imports and exports, should encourage and help capable domestic companies to expand their international reach, should connect domestic regional development and international marketing, and should look inland and push more towards the west side of China.

Source: People’s Daily, November 12, 2017
http://finance.people.com.cn/n1/2017/1112/c1004-29640729.html

RFA: Committee for Inspection of State Affairs Is a Political Body That Sits above the Executive and Judicial Body

Radio Free Asia (RFA) carried an article that stated that an article Xinhua published on November 5 clearly specified that the “Committee for the Inspection of State Affairs” is a political body, not an executive or judicial body. It stated that it is an organization that sits above the ordinary executive or judicial body and has the power that both the party and administration have. However, the RFA article stated that whether it can make a breakthrough in fighting corruption remains to be seen. The Xinhua article emphasized that, “It is necessary to have an accurate understanding that the ‘Committee for the Inspection of State Affairs’ is an anti-corruption governing body. It works with the Commission for Discipline Inspection and represents the Party and the nation to exercise supervisory powers. It is a political entity and not an executive or judiciary body. It should always make politics the top priority.”

Source: Radio Free Asia, November 6, 2017
http://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/zhengzhi/yf2-11062017094754.html

Deutsche Welle: Trump Could Tweet in China but Chinese Citizens Were Not Allowed to Comment

Deutsche Welle published an article titled, “Trump Can Tweet in China but Chinese Citizen Were Not Allowed to Comment.” The article stated that, during President Trump’s first visit to China, he tweeted several times giving thanks for the warm hospitality he received from China and from Xi Jinping and his wife. He also changed the background photo of his twitter account to a photo taken after he watched the Beijing Opera in the Forbidden City. China’s official news media and websites covered Trump’s tweets. For example, one article was titled, “Trump Ended His China Visit. He Sent 8 Twitter Messages and Changed the Background Photo Twice.” Meanwhile, Trump related postings on Weibo, together with the feature to comment at the bottom of the posted article, were blocked. An article that China Digital Times published stated, “It is not surprising to see that Weibo postings on Trump related topics were subject to Sina‘s inspection, but the inspection was purely targeting key words not the contents. For example, a posting sharing an article titled “US$9 billion in Trade” was deleted. Disabling the comment feature is part of the inspection. If a Weibo account contains a key word, the system will automatically shut off the capability to post comments.

One of the Weibo postings that was blocked was titled, “Latest Comments about Trump.” It read, “An American asked a Russian, “We can comment on our president in the U.S., but can you do the same in Russia? The Russian replied, “We can comment your President in the U.S. as well.” The American said … lesson learned.” Then the American asked a Chinese, “We can comment on our president in the U.S., but can you do the same in China?” The Chinese said, “We can also comment on your President in our country.” The American laughed and suggested, “How about you try it again.”

Source: Deutsche Welle, October 11, 2017
http://www.dw.com/zh/川普可以发推中国网民不许评论/a-41325378?&zhongwen=simp

Global Times Asks Why China Cannot Openly Support Enemies of the U.S.

Last December, then U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Fox News Sunday, “I don’t know why we have to be bound by a ‘one China’ policy unless we make a deal with China having to do with other things, including trade.”

In response to Trump’s remarks, Global Times, a subsidiary of the Chinese Communist Party’s flagship newspaper People’s Daily, published an editorial the following day, December 12, 2016, questioning why China cannot openly support enemies of the United States.

The editorial acknowledged that Western media could have got it right, that Trump’s taking a congratulatory phone call from Taiwan’s president on December 2 could indicate that he was willing to trade the ‘one China’ policy for his short term gains.

Global Times went on to ridicule Trump’s business orientation as well as his lack of diplomatic savviness, observing that Trump figured that he could place a price on everything. Global Times posed the question, “How much would the U.S. constitution be worth if we ask Americans to trade it for an alternate political system of U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia or Singapore.

The editorial went on, “It appears that China has to engage in a round of resolute fighting and, through some setbacks, Trump may realize that he cannot easily take advantage of China or other forces in the world.”

The Global Times‘ editorial made it clear that, in case Trump gives up on the “one China” policy, publicly supports “Taiwan independence,” and sells weapons to Taiwan without restraint, there would be no need for Beijing to resist or cut ties with those forces that are against the U.S. The Global Times asked, “Why can we not publicly support them or provide them with weapons in private?”

The editorial asked, “When Trump publicly renounces the ‘one China’ policy, is there any more need for Beijing to attach more priority to peaceful unification than to claiming Taiwan by force?”

It concluded that the days were long gone when the U.S. dominated the Taiwan strait; in the end, the forces of Taiwan independence will grow so scared, its administration will regret having acted as a pawn of Trump, and their leader may refuse to take phone calls that Trump has initiated.

Source:
Global Times, December 12, 2016
http://opinion.huanqiu.com/editorial/2016-12/9797239.html

British Think Tank: Hong Kong Has Gone Backward Since It Was Handed over to China

On October 31, the British think tank, the Henry Jackson Society, published a report, “20 Years after Hong Kong’s Handover.” It stated that, since the handover, Hong Kong has gone backward on citizen rights, human rights, and legal rights and that Beijing has interfered in Hong’s system and autonomy, which has impacted Hong Kong’s economy, political world, and legal system.

Over the past 10 years, Hong Kong’s democracy and legal rights have deteriorated significantly. China used some direct and indirect methods to force Hong’s legislative process and judicial system to follow Beijing’s orders. China’s law enforcement personnel have used illegal abductions against those who challenged China’s top leadership group and Hong Kong’s rank in the World Press Freedom Index dropped from 18th in 2002 to 73rd in 2017.

Source: VOA, November 2, 2017
https://www.voachinese.com/a/british-reports-hongkong-20171102/4096631.html

Epoch Times: Chinese Authorities Draw Blood from Uyghurs in Xinjiang to Build Secret Organ Matching Database

Epoch Times published an article on a seminar that Dr. Enver Tohti, former surgeon from Xinjiang and head of the Uyghur Association in England, held in Taiwan on using the Uyghurs in Xinjiang for Organ Harvesting. Dr. Tohti disclosed that starting in June of 2016 the Chinese authorities launched a so called “physical exam” project to conduct large scale blood testing of 15-20 million Uyghurs living in Xinjiang. The real purpose, however, was to build a database for the purpose of matching organs {of donors to recipients}. The authorities also sent 25 percent of the Uyghurs to “reeducation sessions” in order to “crack down on extremists.” It seems that many of them never returned home. A photo that Dr. Tohti displayed on his cell phone showed an express tunnel inside an airport in Xinjiang with “human organ transport access” marked on the floor. Dr. Tohti said that after he exposed this evidence in Japan in April of 2017, the Chinese authorities changed the name of the project from “Physical Exam” to “DNA test,” but continued to collect blood samples during the test. According to Dr. Tohti, Transplanting Organs has become a mature and extremely profitable industry in China. Some hospitals widely promote the transplant business with guarantees that they will have a matching organ within a four hour wait time, an indication that there are a large number of organ {donors} readily available behind the scenes. The Chinese authorities started to conduct live harvesting of human organs in 1990 mostly on minority residents in Xinjiang. In 1999, they then started to target Falun Gong adherents. He said that, in 1995, he was personally involved in a surgical operation on a prisoner and has felt guilty about it even through today. He asked the people who plan to receive organ transplants in China to think about it twice because they could become a killer who indirectly killed an innocent life.

Source: Epoch Times, October 17, 2017
http://www.epochtimes.com/gb/17/10/27/n9777310.htm

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