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Papiertiger Trump
Feb 11th, 2017 by Gao

Tom Phillips: ‚Brutal, amoral, ruthless, cheating‘: how Trump’s new trade tsar sees China (Guardian, 22. Dezember)

The United States and China will fight a war within the next 10 years over islands in the South China Sea, and “there’s no doubt about that”. At the same time, the US will be in another “major” war in the Middle East.
Those are the views – nine months ago at least – of one of the most powerful men in Donald Trump’s administration, Steve Bannon, the former head of far-right news website Breitbart who is now chief strategist at the White House.

The Chinese government is a despicable, parasitic, brutal, brass-knuckled, crass, callous, amoral, ruthless and totally totalitarian imperialist power that reigns over the world’s leading cancer factory, its most prolific propaganda mill and the biggest police state and prison on the face of the earth.
That is the view of Peter Navarro, the man chosen by Donald Trump to lead a new presidential office for US trade and industrial policy, a move likely to add to Beijing’s anxieties over the billionaire’s plans for US-China relations.

Benjamin Haas: Steve Bannon: ‚We’re going to war in the South China Sea … no doubt‘ (Guardian, 2. Februar)
Tom Phillips: Donald Trump and China on dangerous collision course, say experts (Guardian, 7. Februar)

For the last 18 months a taskforce of prominent China experts, some of whom have dealt with Beijing for more than 50 years, has been formulating a series of recommendations on how the incoming White House should conduct relations with the world’s second largest economy.
The group’s report, which was handed to the White House on Sunday and will be published in Washington DC on Tuesday, says ties between the two nuclear-armed countries could rapidly deteriorate into an economic or even military confrontation if compromise on issues including trade, Taiwan and the South China Sea cannot be found.

AFP: South China Sea: US reports ‚unsafe encounter‘ with Chinese military aircraft (Guardian, 10. Februar)

A Chinese military aircraft had an “unsafe” encounter with a US navy surveillance aircraft near a contested reef in the South China Sea, according to the US Pacific command.
The two planes came within 1,000ft (300 meters) of each other during Wednesday’s incident near the Scarborough shoal, which is claimed by both the Philippines and China, according to Pentagon spokesman Jeff Davis.

Und dann löst sich alles in Wohlgefallen auf?

Tom Phillips: Trump agrees to support ‚One China‘ policy in Xi Jinping call (Guardian, 10. Februar)

Donald Trump has held his first telephone conversation with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, since entering the White House, telling the Communist party leader he will not challenge Beijing by upending longstanding US policy towards Taiwan.
In a brief statement the White House said the leaders of the world’s two largest economies had held a “lengthy” and “extremely cordial” telephone call on Thursday evening in which “numerous topics” were discussed…
The cordial encounter follows an “unsafe” one on Wednesday in the South China Sea between a Chinese aircraft and a US Navy patrol plane. US Pacific Command spokesman Robert Shuford said on Friday the “interaction” between a Chinese KJ-200 early warning aircraft and a US Navy P-3C plane happened in international airspace but did not say what was regarded as unsafe.

Simon Tisdall: China U-turn is latest sign Trump may turn out to be a paper tiger (Guardian)

Is Donald Trump turning out to be a paper tiger? China’s rulers might be forgiven for thinking so after the US president performed a U-turn on Taiwan, but the shift did not come out of the blue.
Trump’s approach to a range of key international issues has softened significantly since he took office, suggesting a lurch towards conformity and away from disruption. His acceptance of the One China policy, under which Washington does not challenge Beijing’s claim to what it deems a breakaway province, was a stunning reversal, contradicting previous suggestions he would pursue closer ties with Taiwan.

Theodor Bergmann
Mrz 7th, 2016 by Gao

Wolfram Klein: Theodor Bergmann wird 100! (Sozialismus.de)

Mario Keßler schrieb einmal, dass Bergmanns Biografie exem­plarisch für jene Linke steht, »die von der antidemokratischen Rechten verfolgt, von den pseudodemokratischen Spießern gemieden und von den Stalinisten in Acht und Bann getan worden ist«. Ein Grund besteht darin, dass Theo bereits frühzeitig die Entscheidung traf, sich einer der »linken Zwischengruppen« – damals der Jugendorganisation der KPD-Opposition – anzuschließen und seine politische Arbeit unabhängig von den beiden Hauptströmungen der Arbeiterbewegung zu organisieren – gleichwohl immer in kritischer Solidarität.

Zum 100. Geburtstag von Theodor Bergmann (Sozialismus.info)

Am 7. März 1916 wurde Theodor Bergmann als siebtes Kind eines Rabbiners in Berlin geboren. 1927 trat er dem Jungspartakusbund bei, 1929 dem Jugendverband der neu gegründeten KPD-Opposition. 1933 nach seinem Abitur emigrierte er (Palästina, Tschechoslowakei, Schweden). 1946 kehrte er nach Deutschland zurück. Hier wurde er schließlich Professor für Agrarwissenschaften.
Dabei blieb er in der Tradition der KPD-Opposition aktiv, gab 1948 bis 1952 ihre Zeitung „Arbeiterpolitik“ heraus und verfasste eine Reihe von Büchern. 1990 trat er der PDS bei und war 1990/91 ihr Landesvorsitzender in Baden-Württemberg. Er bezeichnet sich als „kritischen Kommunisten“ und ist auch heute noch in der Stuttgarter Linken aktiv, kommt zu Versammlungen und Veranstaltungen, schreibt Bücher, hält mit fester Stimme Vorträge, reist alleine neugierig in der Welt herum …

Inge Jacobs: Bald 100 und immer noch links (Stuttgarter Zeitung)

Der frühere Hohenheimer Uniprofessor hat noch viel vor: Bücher schreiben, reisen, Vorträge halten, die Welt verbessern. Turnen und Disziplin halten ihn fit. Bald feiert er seinen 100. Geburtstag.

Siegfried Prokop: Wladiskaw Hedeler/Mario Keßler (Hrsg.): Reformen und Reformer im Kommunismus. Für Theodor Bergmann. Eine Würdigung. VSA: Verlag Hamburg (2015), 428 S. (Rezension, PDF; )

Theodor Bergmann spannt den Bogen von Liu Shaoqui [sic] bis Deng Xiaoping. Deng benannte 1980 Maos Fehler und die „Plagen unseres Systems“: lebenslange Funktionen, mangelnde Parteidemokratie, keine Trennung von Partei und Regierung. Er schlug vor, dass führende Funktionäre nur noch zehn Jahre im Amt bleiben dürfen. Jeder der „Unsterblichen“, der Veteranen des Langen Marsches, müsse unterschreiben, dass seine Leiche verbrannt wird – es dürfe keine Mausoleen mehr geben. Die KPCh übte Selbstkritik und rehabilitierte die Opfer der „Kulturrevolution“ öffentlich, was von der inneren Stärke einer revolutionären Partei zeuge.
Dengs Kurs auf Schaffung einer „sozialistischen Marktwirtschaft“ orientiere sich an einem langen zeitlichen Rahmen für den Übergang zum Sozialismus. Die sozialistische Gesellschaft werde kein Paradies sein, sondern eine Gesellschaft mit Widersprüchen.

Wanderarbeiter in Israel
Jun 21st, 2015 by Gao

Das israelische Regime versucht, seine Wirtschaft von palästinensischer Arbeitskraft unabhängig zu machen, indem es Arbeitsmigranten aus Osteuropa und Asien importiert.
Meirav Arlosoroff: China demands workers sent to Israel not be placed in West Bank settlements.
The Chinese and Israeli governments have negotiated over the employment of Chinese workers in Israel for a number of years. The agreement would replace the current arrangement, in which private companies contract directly with Chinese firms that supply the labor, an arrangement that has resulted in allegations of serious violations of labor laws.
(Haaretz)

Soziale Ungleichheit | Lohnfindung | Myanmar | Korruption | Palästina
Jul 27th, 2014 by Gao

AFP: Top 1% control 3rd of China’s wealth (Bangkok Post)

The top one percent of households in Communist-ruled China control more than one third of the country’s wealth, while the bottom 25 percent control just one percent, official media said, citing an academic report.
The 2012 figures contained in a Peking University report released late Friday reveal the massive breadth of China’s social inequality, a widespread source of anger in the country.

Carsten A. Holz: Wage determination in China during the reform period (Suomen Pankki)

Returned Myanmar tell of ‚atrocious‘ working conditions in China (Burma [sic] News International)
Mo Hong’e: Ambassador denies China-Myanmar rail project cancelled (China News Service)

Russell Leigh Moses: Power Struggles: Seeing China’s Anti-Graft Drive in a Different Light (Wall Street Journal)

Recent moves against senior Chinese officials with ties to the energy sector present a challenge to one of the dominant story lines surrounding President Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption crusade.
An increasing number of observers are arguing that Xi’s sweeping corruption crackdown is about settling political scores and consolidating power – an old-school purge reminiscent of the Mao era.
But the formal indictment earlier this week of a former planning official on corruption charges and the firing last month of a top official with the National Energy Administration suggest the crackdown is motivated at least as much by a desire to remove people standing in the way of much-needed economic reforms.

Michael Martina, Clarence Fernandez: China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year (Reuters)

Friends of Palestine Hong Kong, Left 21, Socialist Action, Globalization Monitor, LSD, HKFS: Hong Kong People in Solidarity with Gaza: Stop the massacre! Get out of the Settlements! (Europe solidaire sans frontières)
Mo Hong’e: Ambassador denies China-Myanmar rail project cancelled (China News Service)

Russell Leigh Moses: Power Struggles: Seeing China’s Anti-Graft Drive in a Different Light (Wall Street Journal)

Michael Martina, Clarence Fernandez: China probes more than 25,000 people for graft in first half of year (Reuters)

Marlies Kastenhofer: Kampf der Giganten im Hinterhof Chinas (Presse)

Anlässlich der weltgrößten Marineübung im Pazifik entsandte Peking ein Spionageschiff vor die Küste Hawaiis. Seit Monaten kämpfen China und die USA um die Vorherrschaft im Südchinesischen Meer.

Mu Chunshan: Why China Must Pay Attention to the Israel-Palestine Conflict (Diplomat)

Under Mao Zedong, China sided with Palestine. Former Chinese leaders such as Mao Zedong and Deng Xiaoping had almost unconditional support for the revolutionary cause led by Yasser Arafat, who was called “an old friend of the Chinese people.” The Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) obtained both funds and weapons from China …
During the 1980s, China began to abandon ideologically-driven diplomacy as part of its reform and opening process. China gradually began to draw closer to Israel. The reason is quite simple: Israel’s defense technology was attractive to China … At the same time, China’s stance on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict has changed from unilateral condemnation of Israel to a neutral stance.

Nigel Wilson: Where the Brics Stand on Israel’s Gaza Offensive (International Business Times)

Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa agree on a two-state solution for the long-running Israel-Palestine but their differing responses to the Gaza crisis reveal they are far from united.

Friends of Palestine Hong Kong, Left 21, Socialist Action, Globalization Monitor, LSD, HKFS: Hong Kong People in Solidarity with Gaza: Stop the massacre! Get out of the Settlements! (Europe solidaire sans frontières)

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