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Xi Jinping gegen Liu Yunshan? | Qi Benyu | Wirtschaftskrieg | Chang Ping
Apr 24th, 2016 by Gao

雷斯:千人之诺诺,不如一士之谔谔(《中国纪检监察报》 – immer noch on-line!)| Übersetzung von Eleanor Goodman: A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor (ChinaFile)

一些领导干部因违纪违法受到处罚,几乎都谈到班子内部监督不够,说没人提醒我,如果当年有人咬咬耳朵,也不至于犯这么大的罪。小问题没人提醒,大问题无人批评,以致酿成大错,正所谓“千人之诺诺,不如一士之谔谔”啊!
——习近平总书记在参加河北省委常委班子专题民主生活会时的讲话

  “千人之诺诺,不如一士之谔谔”,见于《史记·商君列传》,是战国策士赵良对秦相商鞅的谏言。赵良要投入商鞅帐下,提出了一个前提条件:“终日正言而无诛”,换句话说,就是整天说真话但不被打击报复。赵良还举了前代的两个典型例子,周武王身边不乏谔谔之士,最后能够成就大业;殷纣王周围都是趋炎附势之徒,最后亡国亡身。商鞅欣然接受了这个条件,并且进一步引申出“貌言华也,至言实也,苦言药也,甘言疾也”的道理。不过,后世对此理解最透彻的,就是唐太宗李世民和魏徵了。

忠诚党员促习近平辞职的公开信 | Loyal Party Members Urge Xi’s Resignation(无界新闻~China Digital Times)
Peter Lee: Battle between Xi Jinping and propaganda chief plays out in Chinese media (Asia Times)

If my understanding of the current censorship crackdown in PRC is correct, western commentators focused on the deepening of Xi Jinping’s control over the media may have missed the point somewhat. It appears likely that Xi Jinping is primarily concerned with neutralizing control of a rival, Liu Yunshan, over the PRC propaganda apparatus, and Xi’s heightened control over media messaging is a consequence, rather than cause, of the current uproar.
To recap, there have been three relatively high-profile censorship kerfuffles involving PRC media in the last few weeks: the “resignation letter” posted on an obscure Xinjiang website; the higher profile Caixin report/spiking/report of spiking concerning an NPC delegate’s complaints concerning heavy-handed government messaging; and the big one, the so called “Yes Man” commentary posted on the website of the anti-corruption “Central Commission for Discipline Inspection.” …
The resignation letter is probably a piece of psyops, possibly abetted by the US. Nobody believes that the website’s managers knowingly put this thing up, it doesn’t read write like a genuine cadre whinge, and a focus of the investigation has been interrogation of the site’s technical personnel…
The most interesting item on the current agenda is the “Yes Man” piece. It is one of those densely argued historical analogy pieces that is trotted out in CCP-land when politics is about to get very, very serious. The essay was posted on March 1 and is clearly a response to the campaign against billionaire gadfly Ren Zhiqiang, whose Weibo account got axed after he made some pointed criticisms of restrictions on free speech…
The fact that this piece has been posted on the CCDI website has elicited a lot of excited commentary, since the head of the CCDI, Wang Qishan, is the standard bearer of Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption drive and is seen as one of Xi’s key assets and supporters…
Observers should find even more puzzling that, over three weeks after this apparently incendiary piece was posted on the CCDC website, it is still there.
Let me repeat. It. Is. Still. There.
Rather odd treatment for a piece that is supposedly a stinging rebuke to Xi Jinping…

Emily Rauhala, Xu Yangjingjing: Chinese website publishes, then pulls, explosive letter calling for President Xi’s resignation (Washington Post)

Andrew J. Nathan, Rana Mitter, Dominic Meagher, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Daniel Leese, Kristin Shi-Kupfer: Cracks in Xi Jinping’s Fortress? (ChinaFile)

Two remarkable documents emerged from China last week: the first is the essay “A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor”—available here in Chinese and translated here into English—which appeared on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection. The second is an open letter calling for Xi Jinping’s resignation, penned by a group describing themselves as “loyal Party members.” What, if anything, do these documents suggest about the stability of Xi’s regime?

Michael Schoenhals: Qi Benyu, last surviving member of Central Cultural Revolution Group goes to see Karl Marx (H-NET)

Qi Benyu (戚本禹), the last surviving member of the Central Cultural Revolution Group, passed away this morning, 20 April 2016. Qi hailed from Weihai in Shandong province, but had been born in Shanghai in 1931. He joined the CCP in 1949. … To historians, what has to count as one of the most interesting pieces penned by Qi is a report《关于“调查研究”的调查》dating from 12 May 1961. It amounted to a highly critical description of how intermediate and lower-level officials were supposedly perverting the Maoist policy of ”investigation and research.”

Alastair Crooke: The ‘Hybrid War’ of Economic Sanctions (Consortium News)

U.S. politicians love the “silver bullet” of economic sanctions to punish foreign adversaries, but the weapon’s overuse is driving China and Russia to develop countermeasures.

Edward Wong: Chinese Writer in Germany Says 3 Siblings Are Detained Over Xi Letter | 旅德作家长平称家人因公开信事件被扣押 (New York Times)

A liberal Chinese writer living in Germany has said security officers in China detained three members of his family in connection with a mysterious online letter that denounced the iron-fisted rule of President Xi Jinping.

Chang Ping: Targeting Beyond China | 我为什么拒绝与中国政府交易 (New York Times)

On March 27, Chinese police crashed my father’s 70th birthday party in China’s southwestern Sichuan Province. They accused my family of causing a forest fire the day before by lighting incense and burning paper as part of the annual tomb- sweeping festival to honor deceased relatives. Three of my siblings were summoned to the police station and found out quickly that they were not being detained over an arson charge.
As an exiled Chinese journalist living in Germany, I had written an article in mid-March for Deutsche Welle criticizing the Chinese government for “secretly kidnapping” a journalist, Jia Jia, in connection with a widely distributed open letter calling for the resignation of President Xi Jinping.

Recycling-Arbeiter | Börsen
Aug 28th, 2015 by Gao

Tom Phillips: China’s workers abandon the city as Beijing faces an economic storm (Guardian)

Labour disputes are rising and some workers are leaving for the country amid fears a crashing economy could cause political and social unrest.

Peter Lee: Making Sense of China’s Stock Market Meltdown (CounterPunch)

I suppose much of the journo commentariat was born since 2008 and therefore has no memory of TARP, Too Big To Fail, or Jamie Dimon rolling around naked inside a gigantic vat of taxpayer money, so there has been a considerable amount of handwring about how the CCP defiled the purity of the stock market by flinging a trillion or so RMB at the markets in a faltering attempt to moderate the collapse of share prices on the Shanghai exchange.
“Purity of the stock market”. Chew on that a while.

Việt Nam
Mai 18th, 2014 by Gao

Jonathan Kaiman, Kate Hodal: Chinese nationals in Vietnam flee to Cambodia as anti-China riots turn fatal (Guardian)

Violent reaction in Vietnam to China’s expansionist stance in disputed seas has turned deadly, with multiple reports of people being killed during rioting that began with attacks on foreign-owned factories.

Kate Hodal, Jonathan Kaiman: At least 21 dead in Vietnam anti-China protests over oil rig (Guardian)

At least 21 people were killed and nearly 100 injured in Vietnam on Thursday during violent protests against China in one of the deadliest confrontations between the two neighbours since 1979.
Crowds set fire to industrial parks and factories, hunted down Chinese workers and attacked police during the riots, which have spread from the south to the central part of the country following the start of the protests on Tuesday.
The violence has been sparked by the dispute concerning China stationing an oil rig in an area of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam.

Peter Lee: Big Bullies and Local Nationalism (CounterPunch)

There has been some bewilderment expressed as to why Vietnamese demonstrating–against the PRC’s provocative positioning of its HYSY 981 oil rig in waters claimed by Vietnam as part of its Exclusive Economic Zone–attacked Taiwanese factories.
The answer is depressingly simple.
Anti-Chinese prejudice—including prejudice against all Chinese, including Taiwanese Chinese, PRC Chinese, and Vietnam’s own ethnic Chinese citizens—is baked into Vietnam’s current political and social narrative.

Theresa C. Carino: Vietnam’s Chinese minority and the politics of Sino-Vietnamese relations (Praxis 1980)
Vietnam riots: China accuses US as military chiefs meet in Washington (Guardian)
Josh Kinh: Class, Nationalism and the Vietnam Riots (joshkinh)

To begin with, there are two kinds of anti-Chinese sentiments in Vietnam today. The first is a general animosity toward the more powerful northern neighbour and economically dominant force, the People’s Republic of China; the second is the blatant racism against the local Chinese Hoa people, predominantly located in the south of Vietnam – Saigon in particular – including accusations of being a “fifth column” of Vietnamese society. At times of diplomatic emergency or military confrontation with China, ethnic Chinese Vietnamese become targets of violence, whether organised (state sponsored) or disorganised.

Till Fähnders: Patriotismus mit Todesfolge (FAZ)

Vietnams Regierung schürt seit Jahren Hass auf Peking, um ihren Führungsanspruch zu sichern. Doch nun scheint sie die Kontrolle über den Mob verloren zu haben. Dabei ist das Land immer noch von China abhängig.

Andreas Lorenz: China gegen Vietnam: Kampf um das Rohstoffparadies im Meer (Spiegel)
Foxconn stoppt Produktion in Vietnam (Spiegel)
China holt über 3.000 Staatsangehörige aus Vietnam zurück (Standard)
USA kritisieren China im Seegebietsstreit mit Vietnam (ORF)

Jennifer Rankin: GlaxoSmithKline executive could face prison in China over bribery claims (Guardian)

A British GlaxoSmithKline executive has been accused by Chinese police of running „a massive bribery network“, as the corruption scandal at the pharmaceutical group deepens.
Mark Reilly ran GSK’s operations in China but now risks a jail sentence in the country after he was accused of offences that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison.

Inflation | Protest in Taibei | Lebensstandard | Krim | Südchinesisches Meer | Huawei
Mrz 24th, 2014 by Gao

China’s economy: An alternative view (Economist)

Is China’s economy underheating? Not long ago, many people would have scoffed at the suggestion. The country is known for searing property prices, hot-money inflows and the steam escaping from its financial furnaces. The stock of outstanding credit, broadly defined, climbed to over 180% of GDP at the end of 2013, according to the central bank, and over 215%, according to an even broader measure by Fitch, a ratings agency.
But house prices are slowing, exports are weak and shadow banking is losing ground to traditional lending. Forecasters expected industrial output to grow by 9.5% in the first two months of 2014, compared with a year earlier; it grew by only 8.6% … Emi Nakamura, Jón Steinsson and Miao Liu of Columbia University … believe true inflation may have been as high as 20% in 2007 and 18% in 2008, compared with official figures of 4.8% and 5.9%.

Taiwan youth protests against China trade deal (Guardian)

Thousands of young Taiwanese waved banners and shouted slogans to mark the third day of their occupation of parliament to protest against a trade pact with China which they fear could further swell Beijing’s economic influence.
Parliamentary approval of the pact would pave the way for greater economic integration between the two former geopolitical foes by opening 80 of China’s service sectors to Taiwan and 64 Taiwanese sectors to China.

AP: Dozens arrested as Taiwan riot police clear protesters from cabinet offices (Guardian)

Authorities said they arrested 58 protesters and that 137 were injured, including 24 hospitalised. The crackdown came five days after mainly student demonstrators occupied the nearby legislature to protest the ruling party’s decision to renege on a promised line-by-line review of the trade agreement.

Hsiao-Hung Pai: Students occupy Taiwan’s parliament against trade deal (revolutionary socialism in the 21st century)
J. Michael Cole: Taiwanese Occupy Legislature Over China Pact (Diplomat)
Ray Sanchez, Zoe Li: Taiwan Legislature occupiers‘ ultimatum passes without response from government (CNN)
J. Michael Cole: Riot Police Crack Down on Taiwanese Protesters (Diplomat)

The standoff over a controversial trade agreement between Taiwan and China that began on March 19 with the occupation of the legislature took a turn for the worse on March 23 after riot police turned on protesters who had occupied the nearby Executive Yuan, injuring several dozens.
Sunday night’s dramatic events occurred a day after an unsuccessful meeting between Premier Jiang Yi-huah and Lin Fei-fan, one of the leaders of the “sunflower revolution,” and following an international press conference by President Ma Ying-jeou, who refused to meet the group’s demands. Since March 19, tens of thousands of Taiwanese have protested outside the legislature, while about 300 — mostly students — remain shacked up inside the building.
The alliance against the services trade pact, an amalgam of student organizations, lawyers, and civic organizations, had initially demanded that the Cross-Strait Services Trade Agreement (CSSTA), signed in China in June 2013, be reviewed clause-by-clause by the legislature, that a mechanism be set to monitor future agreements with China, and that President Ma apologize for the crisis. It later changed its demands by requesting that the pact be annulled altogether and calling for a national conference on the matter.

委员:9成农民生活和40年前一样 改革成果哪去了(北青网)

全国政协委员舒红兵在政协无党派界别小组会上,称许多农村人跟40年前一样,9成农民因为医疗负担重死在家中,孩子们的上学条件没有改善,反而更加困难。类似于雾霾等两会话题,对底层百姓而言“太奢侈”。

CPPCC Member: The Lives of 90% of Peasants [Rural Residents] Are the Same as 40 Years Ago, Where Are The Fruits of the Reform? (ChinaSmack)

National Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) member Shu Hongbing said during a CPPCC group meeting of the independent/non-party affiliated that many peasants [rural residents] are as they were 40 years ago, with 90% of peasants dying in their homes because of heavy medical expenses, their children’s access to education have not improved but have instead become even more difficult. Similar to the topic of smog [air pollution] during the Two Meetings, it is “too luxurious/extravagant” [irrelevant, only of significance to the upper classes] for the ordinary common people at the lowest levels of society.

Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Qin Gang’s Remarks on the Current Situation in Ukraine (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China)

We respect the independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

王义桅:乌克兰危机的四点启示(《人民日报海外版》)

乌克兰政局并没有随着苏联解体、乌克兰独立并交出世界第三大核武库而消停,恰恰相反,这些年来,乌克兰成为冷战最后的战场,甚至可能引发第二次冷战。乌克兰又倒向了西方,克里米亚地区则公投要重回俄罗斯。俄罗斯和西方地缘政治拉锯战进入最后阶段,带给我们诸多启示。

AFP: Russia isolated as China abstains in UN Security Council vote on Crimea (South China Morning Post)

Russia vetoed a Western-backed resolution condemning today’s referendum in Crimea at an emergency UN Security Council meeting yesterday but China abstained, isolating Moscow further on the Ukraine crisis.

Russia vetoes US-sponsored UN resolution declaring Crimea vote invalid (RT)
Wang Yiwei: Four lessons to be learned from the Ukraine crisis (People’s Daily)

Ukraine has become the final battlefield in the „cold war“, and it is becoming a possibility that the crisis will trigger a second „cold war“. The Crimean parliament’s declaration of independence from Ukraine ahead of the March 16 referendum indicates that Crimea may go ahead and join Russia.

Peter Lee: From Kiev to Beijing … and Taipei (Asia Times)

A certain amount of attention, and rightly so, has been paid to the discomfiture of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) with Crimea unilaterally declaring independence from Ukraine. The PRC abstained on the UN Security Council condemnation of the vote, instead of supporting Russia with a „nay“. The PRC possesses or covets several significant territories whose inhabitants, if given the opportunity, might eagerly defy the One China policy to announce, organize, and pass a referendum of independence: Tibet, Xinjiang, Hong Kong, Inner Mongolia, Macau, and Taiwan.

Eric Li: Nothing awkward about China’s position with regard to Ukraine (South China Morning Post)

Donald K. Emmerson: Eyes on Crimea, China makes its move (Asia Times)

At Second Thomas Shoal, a handful of Philippine marines have long been stationed and re-provisioned on the rusting deck of the BRP Sierra Madre, a Philippine naval ship half-sunk into the reef in 1999. Ever since, the vessel and the marines have served to embody Manila’s claim of sovereignty over the shoal. More recently, China has tried to raise the salience of its own claim by intensively patrolling the area.
On March 9, 2014, China made a move to end the status quo at the shoal. For the first time in 15 years, Beijing stopped Manila from delivering supplies to the Sierra Madre.

Zachary Keck: Second Thomas Shoal Tensions Intensify (Diplomat)

The U.S. has criticized China for provoking the Philippines in the Second Thomas Shoal even as Manila air-lifted supplies to its marines stationed on the disputed reef.

Jeff Himmelman: A Game of Shark and Minnow (New York Times)

David E. Sanger, Nicole Perlroth: N.S.A. Breached Chinese Servers Seen as Security Threat (New York Times)

American officials have long considered Huawei, the Chinese telecommunications giant, a security threat, blocking it from business deals in the United States for fear that the company would create “back doors” in its equipment that could allow the Chinese military or Beijing-backed hackers to steal corporate and government secrets.
But even as the United States made a public case about the dangers of buying from Huawei, classified documents show that the National Security Agency was creating its own back doors — directly into Huawei’s networks.

Snowden-Enthüllung: NSA spionierte Chinas Staatsführung und Konzerne aus (Spiegel)

Die amerikanische Regierung hat eine digitale Großoffensive gegen China gestartet und dabei auch die chinesische Staatsführung und den Huawei-Konzern ins Visier genommen. Das geht aus Unterlagen des ehemaligen NSA-Mitarbeiters Edward Snowden hervor, die der SPIEGEL einsehen konnte. Zu den Zielen, die der amerikanische Geheimdienst attackierte, zählen der ehemalige Staatspräsident Hu Jintao, das chinesische Handelsministerium, das Außenministerium, Banken sowie Telekommunikationsunternehmen.

Bernhard Zand: Chinesischer Tech-Konzern Huawei verurteilt NSA-Spionage (Spiegel)
Matthias Kremp: Warum die USA Chinas Netzwerk-Giganten ausspähte (Spiegel)

Luftabwehridentifizierungszone
Dez 7th, 2013 by Gao

Knut Mellenthin: Vorteil China (junge Welt)

Die erste Runde ging an China: Die US-Regierung hat den Fluggesellschaften ihres Landes dringend empfohlen, die »Luftverteidigungsidentifizierungszone« der Volksrepublik über dem Ostchinesischen Meer zu respektieren. Diese Entscheidung wurde am Freitag offiziell bekanntgegeben, war den Unternehmen aber angeblich schon am Mittwoch mitgeteilt worden. Damit halten gegenwärtig nur noch Japan und Südkorea daran fest, ihre Fluggesellschaften zur Mißachtung der Zone zu nötigen und damit die Passagiere erheblichen Risiken auszusetzen. Die meisten ausländischen Gesellschaften, dem Vernehmen nach auch die australische Quantas, hatten sich den neuen chinesischen Anweisungen von vornherein gefügt. Auch die beiden größten japanischen Luftfahrtunternehmen hatten sich mehrere Tage lang daran gehalten, bis ihnen das von ihrer Regierung untersagt wurde.

Peter Lee: Has Abe overreached on China’s ADIZ? (Asia Times)

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has cleverly exploited the China’s unilateral announcement of its air defense identification zone (ADIZ) in order to assert Japanese impunity in military flights equal to that of the United States, a key element of Japan’s ambitions to act as the local hegemon in oceanic East Asia.

Huang Wei: China’s Perspective on the ADIZ: Backfire or Signal Flare? (China Policy Institute)
Richard Javad Heydarian: ADIZ stirs fears for South China Sea (Asia Times)

China’s Defense Ministry’s announcement said that it will „establish other air defense identification zones at an appropriate time after completing preparations“. To Manila and Hanoi, these statements signal that China intends to eventually adopt an ADIZ over the contested Paracel and Spratly islands and other features in the South China Sea. …
„There’s this threat that China will control the air space [in the South China Sea] … It transforms an entire air zone into China’s domestic air space,“ Philippine Foreign Secretary Albert Del Rosario said in response to China’s ADIZ announcement. „That is an infringement and compromises the safety of civil aviation … it also compromises the national security of affected states.“

Peter Lee: More Fun With China’s ADIZ (China Matters)
Peter Lee: Del Rosario Not Afraid to Be Stupid About ADIZ (China Matters)
Peter Lee: China makes a splash with coastguard rules (China Matters)

Reuters for some reason continued to beat the Hainan coast guard regulations dead horse with an analysis posted on December 9 that begins:
Imagine if the U.S. state of Hawaii passed a law allowing harbor police to board and seize foreign boats operating up to 1,000 km (600 miles) from Honolulu.

The jurisdiction of the state of Hawaii extends 1380 miles from Honolulu to the outermost Northwestern Hawaiian Island, the Kure Atoll.
For the mathematically challenged Reuters scribe, that’s more than twice as far as 600 miles that supposedly symbolizes the irresponsible overreach of the Hainan provincial government.

Südkorea spitzt Inselstreit zu (junge Welt)

Im Streit um Gebietsansprüche im Ostchinesischen Meer sorgt nun Südkorea für eine weitere Zuspitzung. Die Regierung in Seoul kündigte an, ihre eigene Zone zur Luftraumüberwachung in südlicher Richtung zu erweitern. Das neue Areal schließt künftig auch eine unter Wasser gelegene Felsformation ein, die von Südkorea kontrolliert, aber auch von China beansprucht wird. Die Regelungen für die neue Zone würden Mitte Dezember in Kraft treten, teilte das Verteidigungsministerium in Seoul am Sonntag mit. Es gebe durch den Schritt künftig weder Beschränkungen für die Zivilluftfahrt, noch werde der Luftraum anderer Länder verletzt. Die Luftverteidigungszone war ursprünglich 1951 während des Koreakriegs von den USA eingerichtet worden.

Luftraumüberwachungszone
Nov 27th, 2013 by Gao

Beat U. Wieser: China zeichnet seine Hoheitsansprüche an den Himmel (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

Chinas neue Luftraumüberwachungszone begründet keinen Hoheitsanspruch. Trotzdem hegt Peking solche Ideen, strebt es doch nach einer erweiterten Einflusssphäre in Ostasien.

Johnny Erling: Angst vor der Katastrophe im Ostchinesischen Meer (Welt)

Völlig unerwartet ruft China eine neue Luftverteidigungszone aus. Zwar betont Peking, dass diese sich nicht gegen ein bestimmtes Land richtet – aber Experten fürchten einen Konflikt mit Japan.

Tim Kelly, Phil Stewart: Defying China, U.S. bombers and Japanese planes fly through new air zone (Reuters)

Two unarmed U.S. B-52 bombers flew over disputed islands on a training mission in the East China Sea without informing Beijing while Japan’s main airlines ignored Chinese authorities when their planes passed through a new airspace defense zone on Wednesday.
The defiance from Japan and its ally the United States over China’s new identification rules raises the stakes in a territorial standoff between Beijing and Tokyo over the islands and challenges China to make the next move.
China published coordinates for an East China Sea Air Defense Identification Zone over the weekend and warned it would take „defensive emergency measures“ against aircraft that failed to identify themselves properly.

Julian E. Barnes, Jeremy Page: U.S. Sends B-52s on Mission to Challenge Chinese Claims (Wall Street Journal)

The U.S. moved forcefully to try to counter China’s bid for influence over increasingly jittery Asian neighbors by sending a pair of B-52 bombers over disputed islands in the East China Sea, U.S. officials said Tuesday.
The B-52s took off from Andersen Air Force Base in Guam and flew more than 1,500 miles northwest, crossing into what China has declared as its new air-defense identification zone, at about 7 p.m. ET Monday. The U.S. deliberately violated rules set by China by refusing to inform Beijing about the flight, officials said.

Peter Lee: China’s defense zone creates a flap (Asia Times)

Bonnie Glaser gets it about right regarding China’s newly announced Air Defense Identification Zone, or ADIZ: „I don’t know that this is specifically directed against Japan, so much as it is the Chinese feeling that every modern country should have an Air Defense Identification Zone.“
Just to make it clear. An ADIZ is not a „no fly zone“ or extension of sovereignty. It is defined by the speed of modern enemy jets and the amount of time needed to challenge, identify hostile intent, and prepare air defenses. …
I like that. In a tense area of the Pacific, potentially hostile planes are supposed to identify themselves when they are flying around. You don’t want somebody shooting at your plane, all you have to do is get on the radio. Good. Extend that ADIZ out to Midway. Maybe it’ll stop World War III.
The ADIZ looks like it’s stabilizing, not destabilizing the region.

Peter Lee: China ADIZ: You Furnish the Hysterics, We’ll Furnish the Heightened Tensions (China Matters)

I’m not going to engage in Fisking by bulk here, but Western outlets have unanimously spun the Chinese ADIZ as some reckless stunt to challenge Japan over the Senkaku airspace.
Bullshit.

Luftüberwachungszone Chinas nicht gegen ein bestimmtes Land gerichtet (China.org.cn)

Die Luftüberwachungszone, die China über dem Ostchinesischen Meer eingerichtet hat, deckt sich teilweise mit der Zone Japans. Dazu sagte der chinesische Militärexperte Chai Lidan, geographisch gesehen sei diese Situation unvermeidlich, beide Länder sollten die Kontakte intensivieren und die Flugsicherheit gemeinsam wahren.

Chinas Position zur Frage der Flugüberwachungszone (Radio China International)

Der Sprecher des chinesischen Außenministeriums Qin Gang teilte am Sonntag vor der Presse mit, China habe die Zone gemäß den international üblichen Gepflogenheiten festgelegt. Die Festsetzung der Flugüberwachungszone ziele darauf ab, die staatliche Souveränität und die Sicherheit des territorialen Luftraums zu verteidigen sowie den geordneten Flugverkehr zu wahren. Sie richte sich nicht gegen irgendein Land oder Ziel und werde die Freiheit des Flugverkehrs nicht beeinträchtigen.

Senkaku-Inseln: Chinas Luftwaffe verfolgte Flug von US-Bombern durch „Sperrzone“ (RIA Novosti)

„Die chinesische Luftwaffe hat den Flug auf der gesamten Strecke verfolgt und (die Flugzeuge) zeitgerecht als amerikanische Luftschiffe identifiziert. Die chinesische Seite verfügt über die Möglichkeit, den Flugverkehr in dem festgelegten Gebiet effektiv zu kontrollieren“, heißt es in der Mitteilung des chinesischen Verteidigungsamtes.

Bo Xilai | „Neue Linke“ | LGBTQ-Rechte
Aug 20th, 2013 by Gao

Tania Branigan: Neil Heywood case: forensic scientist who raised doubts over conviction quits (Guardian)

A leading Chinese forensic scientist who questioned Gu Kailai’s conviction for murdering the British businessman Neil Heywood has resigned days before Gu’s husband, Bo Xilai, goes on trial.

Tang Xiaobing (Rezensent): Ban Wang, Jie Lu (Hg.): China and New Left Visions: Political and Cultural Interventions (MCLC)

Peter Lee: Diverging Strategies on Religious and Anti-Gay Bigotry in Russia and China (China Matters)

Edward Snowden
Jun 11th, 2013 by Gao

Daniel Ellsberg: Edward Snowden: saving us from the United Stasi of America (Guardian)

In my estimation, there has not been in American history a more important leak than Edward Snowden’s release of NSA material – and that definitely includes the Pentagon Papers 40 years ago. Snowden’s whistleblowing gives us the possibility to roll back a key part of what has amounted to an „executive coup“ against the US constitution. Since 9/11, there has been, at first secretly but increasingly openly, a revocation of the bill of rights for which this country fought over 200 years ago. In particular, the fourth and fifth amendments of the US constitution, which safeguard citizens from unwarranted intrusion by the government into their private lives, have been virtually suspended.

Mark Siemons: Die Tragik des Whistleblowers (FAZ)

Die Nachricht, dass der Whistleblower Edward Snowden, der das amerikanische Spitzelprogamm Prism aufdeckte, ausgerechnet in Hongkong Zuflucht sucht, hat China in größte Verwirrung gestürzt. „Was ist los mit der Welt?“, fasst ein Blogger die Stimmung zusammen: „Es ist auf einmal alles verkehrt herum“. … Tatsächlich hat Hongkong ein Auslieferungsabkommen mit den Vereinigten Staaten, doch wenn Snowden Asyl sucht und geltend machen kann, dass ihn in Amerika eine „grausame, unmenschliche oder herabwürdigende Behandlung oder Bestrafung“ erwartet, kann die Stadt seine Auslieferung ablehnen.

Spencer Ackerman: Snowden leak shines light on US intelligence agencies‘ use of contractors (Guardian)
Glenn Greenwald, Ewen MacAskill, Laura Poitras: Edward Snowden: the whistleblower behind the NSA surveillance revelations (Guardian)

Snowden will go down in history as one of America’s most consequential whistleblowers, alongside Daniel Ellsberg and Bradley Manning. He is responsible for handing over material from one of the world’s most secretive organisations – the NSA. … On May 20, he boarded a flight to Hong Kong, where he has remained ever since. He chose the city because „they have a spirited commitment to free speech and the right of political dissent“, and because he believed that it was one of the few places in the world that both could and would resist the dictates of the US government.

Peter Lee: Edward Snowden and China (CounterPunch)
Peter Lee: Snowden and the three wise NSA whistleblowers (Asia Times)

Whistleblowing is a risky business. I expect that, as they planned their course of action over the four months, Edward Snowden and his main media minder, Glenn Greenwald, paid very close attention to what happened to three past whistleblowers who crossed the NSA. And looking at these three men gives an idea of the interests, principles and powers that are being contested beneath the superficially simple tale of a young analyst who fled to Hong Kong to tell the world about runaway US government surveillance.

Nationaler Volkskongress | Mekong-Piraten
Mrz 12th, 2013 by Gao

James T. Areddy, James V. Grimaldi: Defying Mao, Rich Chinese Crash the Communist Party (Wall Street Journal)
留美经济学博士联名公开信反对撤销铁道部(看看新闻网)
Francesco Sisci: China seizes the day for market forces (Asia Times)
Evan Taylor: Major Shakeup in Chinese Rail (CounterPunch)
Didi Kirsten Tatlow: Swift Demise of Last Major Monopoly in China (New York Times)
Francesco Sisci: Devil in details of grand urban plan (Asia Times)
Ralf Hutter, Rolf Geffken: Die Macht der Zentrale reicht nicht weit (Neues Deutschland)
Rolf Geffken: Die Legende vom genügsamen chinesischen Arbeiter (Neues Deutschland)
Johannes Korge: Superreiche Politiker: In Chinas Volkskongress sitzen 31 Milliardäre (Spiegel)
Brendan P. O’Reilly: Xi’s egalitarian streak runs into reality (Asia Times)

Eine Reportage über ein Beispiel dafür, wie China-Berichterstattung im Westen (nicht) funktioniert:
Peter Lee: Did China execute the wrong pirate? (Asia Times)

Außenpolitik 2012 | Myanmar
Jan 9th, 2013 by Gao

Peter Lee: China checks the pivot line (Asia Times)
Peter Lee: China seeks copper firewall in Myanmar (Asia Times)

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