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Chinese Central Propaganda Department says "make America target of criticism"

June 27, 2011
China Digital Times

 

CDT is run by an adjunct professor out of UCal Berkeley, but it has generally seemed reliable on propaganda administration issues . . . This is a window into how the Central Propaganda Department manages political debate in internet chatrooms and listservs . . . and how the CCP/CPD manages search engine censorship . . . The most illuminating bit, of course, is how the CCP/CPD has instructed its commentators to “make America the target” of criticism about the dangers of democratization.

 

 



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Is the U.S. letting its nuclear arsenal collapse?

June 27, 2011
Financial Times

 To repeat, as the Financial Times does, that “world’s nine nuclear-armed powers” will spend $1 trillion over ten years on the “procurement and modernization” of nuclear weapons only befogs the nuclear disarmament debate (Nuclear-armed countries to spend $1,000bn this decade, June 19).

More helpful would have been some FT reference to the fact that, while the U.S. is dismantling its own nuclear arsenal, China is the world’s busiest builder of nuclear weapons.

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Chinese People's Volunteers in the Korean War: Lessons Learned

June 6, 2011
(October 2003)
 
FROM SURPRISE TO STALEMATE:
WHAT THE PEOPLE’S LIBERATION ARMY LEARNED

FROM THE KOREAN WAR — A HALF-CENTURY LATER
John J. Tkacik, Jr.
INTRODUCTION
 
It is a paradox that the Korean War — the People’s Liberation
Army’s (PLA) first real taste of “positional warfare” — is held out
by the PLA’s historians and tactical instructors as proof of Mao

Where’s Venezuela’s Oil Going?

March 30, 2011
WSJ & NYT

The Wall Street  Journal says Venezuela will find it hard to sell 1 million barrels a day of crude oil to China – half its production – in exchange for $20 billion in Chinese development financing. Venezuelan crude is heavy and difficult to refine, and a Wikileaks cable from last year suggests China could be getting it for as little as $5 a barrel. Last year, the NYTimes (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/04/19/world/americas/19venez.html) reported that China was buying 460,000 bbd from Venezuela, but only 132,000 bbd were actually refined in China.



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Chinese G-20 host wants to replace dollar as reserve currency

March 30, 2011
WSJ

Clearly the Chinese want to have their non-convertable RMB cake and eat it too.  But how can they reap the riches of seigniorage for the yuan without opening it to international trading and - ahem - speculation? A Chinese state-run think tank (which is now hosting a G-20 seminar in Nanjing to study international exchange rates) published a paper Thursday blaming the global financial crisis mostly on the U.S.



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Australian writer disappears in China

March 30, 2011
Sydney Morning Herald

As China’s unprecedented crackdown on dissent continues unabated, an Australian-Chinese, Yang Hengjun, considered to be “the most influential blogger in Chinese,” has disappeared in Guangzhou after telling friends by phone that he was “having tea with old friends” – a prearranged signal that he had been arrested by Chinese secret police. The Australian Embassy is seeking information, but a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman only says “I have not heard of that person.”



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Zimbabwe to nationalize all foreign miners – except Chinese

March 30, 2011
WSJ

Further evidence of Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe’s special relationship with China came Monday as he announced that all foreign miners must sell out to Zimbabwe owners – except China. China, it is said, is carrying out special “national projects.”  Do we all recall the mysterious Chinese container ship that tried to deliver several tons of heavy weapons and small arms to Mugabe's secret police via South Africa - and, then that didn't work, via Angola - in 2008 just as Mugabe needed them to suppress his political opposition.



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China Spies in Taiwan undermine Island’s relations with U.S.

March 30, 2011
Jane's Intelligence Review

 http://jir.janes.com/public/jir/chinawatch.shtml

 



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Tsunami speeds up key Japan lithium battery plant’s move to China

March 30, 2011
WSJ

A Japanese factory that produces polyvinylidene fluoride substrate for 70% of the lithium-ion batteries on earth – and all the batteries for Apple’s iPad – was destroyed in the March 11 Sendai Earthquake and Tsunami. Kureha Corp. says it was “already thinking about shifting some of our production to the States and China. We will now accelerate these plans."  A move will be a loss to Japan -- and ideally, the plant should remain there -- but if it must move, let's hope most of the operations come to the U.S. -- not to China.



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