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Pompeo Interview With Hugh Hewitt of the Hugh Hewitt Show
QUESTION: Let me conclude, Mr. Secretary, and thank you for your time. Is the People’s Republic of China the greatest threat to the West now, greater than Russia, greater than Iran? Is it our hundred-year or two hundred-year threat, and do we have to think about it in those terms?

SECRETARY POMPEO: I don’t think there’s any doubt about that. Over the five, 10, 25-year time horizon, just by simple demographics and wealth, as well as by the internal system in that country, China presents the greatest challenge that the United States will face in the medium to long-term.
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Five Things to Know About China’s Bid to Land on the Far Side of the Moon - Caixin Global
The first two Chang’e missions in the first phase aimed to orbit the moon; the second two missions are for landing on the moon. The third and final phase, which will use the Chang’e-5 and Chang’e-6 crafts, will collect and return lunar samples. The Chang’e-5 mission is planned for late 2019.
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PLA Navy to have at least 5 carriers: experts - China Military
Song Zhongping, a military expert and TV commentator, said that China needs at least five aircraft carriers to fulfill the strategic shifts. Wang Yunfei, a naval expert and retired PLA Navy officer, told the Global Times on Wednesday that China needs six aircraft carriers to ensure enough carriers are on active duty while the others are undergoing maintenance.
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China to improve work on handling veterans' petitions - China Military
China's Ministry of Veterans Affairs has ordered relative organs at all levels to safeguard veterans' legitimate rights and interests and handle their petitions properly.

According to a notification issued by the ministry on Sunday, relevant departments should fully implement the policies on improving veterans' welfare, including helping them to find jobs.

The notification urged efforts to provide public service jobs, organize job fairs, and implement preferential policies for companies that hires veterans.
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Expert: If US warship illegally violates Chinese territorial waters again, bump against it - China Military
n a discussion on the topic of What Lies ahead for the South China Sea Issue and the Taiwan Question on December 8, Dai Xu, president of China's Institute of Marine Safety and Cooperation, suggested that if a US warship illegally enters into Chinese territorial waters again, two Chinese warships should be sent, one to stop it and the other to bump against and sink it, adding, "In China's territorial waters, we won't allow US warships to run amok."
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10 accused of inciting clashes with police in Pingdu; 34 hurt - China Daily
The suspects, all unemployed from the city of Pingdu, were detained, according to the report, which said they face charges of obstructing police, intentional injury, inciting crowds to disrupt public order and provoking trouble. The move comes after violence in Pingdu on Oct 5 and 6, when hundreds of people gathered under the banner of "military veterans", Xinhua said. It added that the main suspects have complex backgrounds, and some have criminal records for "robbery, fraud, drug abuse and picking a quarrel".
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China's real endgame in the trade war runs through Europe - CNBC
European Union officials concede that China already has exercised veto power it has over policies that require unanimity, and because some officials are pushing privately for a change to majority voting. Concerns are growing as Beijing's influence has grown more rapidly than anyone anticipated. Chinese foreign direct investment in the EU has risen to $30 billion in 2017 from 700 million before 2008.
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Where India quietly watches China at sea | Asia Times
But there is a bigger hidden story in the Andamans, one with a modern geo-strategic twist. On that same chain of remote islands, situated between Southeast Asia and the Indian Subcontinent, India quietly maintains one of its newest and best-equipped military bases.
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Disgraced former Hong Kong minister Patrick Ho wanted to use Chinese oil money to buy influence of Republican Party politicians, court documents from trial reveal | South China Morning Post
In a proposal to the CEFC chairman, Ho wrote that two years of “dollar relations” could help lay the foundation for good US-China partnership in the future...

Ho also suggested funding Republican-friendly think tanks in Washington to study US-China relations, so they could “speak for China”.

“We should start cultivating relations with young Republican leaders, support them to come to China before the election, and get a genuine feel about China’s development,” Ho wrote.
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USAF Confirms: The Chinese J-20 Spotted In Georgia Is a Mock-Up Used For Training by the U.S. Marine Corps – The Aviationist
The U.S. Air Force has officially confirmed to TheAviationist.com that the Chengdu J-20 Mighty Dragon photographed at a military facility inside Savannah-Hilton Head Airport, Georgia, US, on Wednesday, Dec. 5, is a training mock-up for use by the United States Marine Corps.
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Portugal’s support for China’s belt and road plan sets alarm bells ringing in Brussels | South China Morning Post
Getting a signature from Portugal – the first Western European country to endorse Xi’s transcontinental infrastructure development and investment strategy – is likely to be regarded as a coup for Beijing, as Lisbon had been under pressure from other EU countries, including France, not to do so, according to Wang Yiwei, a professor of European studies at Renmin University in Beijing. “The precedent set by Greece inspired Portugal,” he said, adding that the latter was in dire need of investment and that the EU had done little to help.
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International China-watchers express alarm over Brady affair - NZ Herald
A robust open letter published this morning called on New Zealand authorities to "grant professor Brady the necessary protection to allow her to continue her research, sending a clear signal to fellow researchers that independent inquiry can be protected in democratic societies and conducted without fear of retribution."
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Portugal wavers as southern EU signs agreement with China on Belt and Road Initiative | South China Morning Post
President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa set to agree to include the port of Sines in Chinese investment plans But Lisbon so far follows Spain in stopping short of a broader formal endorsement, amid European concerns about such investments
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U.N. seeking access to China's re-education camps in Xinjiang: Bachelet
The top United Nations human rights official Michelle Bachelet said on Wednesday that her office is seeking access to China’s Xinjiang region to verify “worrying reports” of re-education camps holding Uighurs and other Muslim minorities.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping in Lisbon on two-day state visit - CGTN
“Portugal has a strategic maritime position for the Belt and Road Initiative, and there’s an opportunity to have common positions for growth together in several areas and also with third countries,” said the Chinese leader. The first day for President Xi in Portugal had a lot of pomp and ceremony in locations that are national symbols for the Portuguese people. But the real business of the trip was scheduled for Wednesday. He will meet Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa for talks. Numerous bilateral and business accords are expected to be signed.
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10 new Confucius Institutes lift global total to 548, boosting ties - China Daily
The delivery of plaques to 10 new Confucius Institutes at the opening ceremony of the 13th Confucius Institute Conference in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, on Tuesday, means that 30 new Confucius Institutes have been built this year.

The 10 new Confucius Institutes are in Dominican Republic, Mauritania, Comoros, Sao Tome and Principe, Antigua and Barbuda, Papua New Guinea, Palestine, El Salvador, and Burkina Faso, the Confucius Institute Headquarters (Hanban) said.
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Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 - Wikipedia
Prior to the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 (CSPA), President George H.W Bush issued Executive Order 12711 in 1990. This policy implementation was solidified by the actual Act in 1992. The Act's main sponsors were Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) for the House of Representatives and Senator Slade Gorton (R-WA) for the Senate. The Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992 was passed on May 21, 1992 by the Senate, and passed by the House of Representatives on August 10, 1992. President George H. W. Bush signed it into law on October 9, 1992. The Chinese Student Protection Act became Public Law 102-404, 106 Stat. 1969. The Chinese Student Protection Act established permanent residence for Chinese nationals that came to the United States from June 5, 1989 to April 11, 1990. The Act was targeted towards students. The CSPA was prompted by the political repression the Chinese faced after the Tiananmen Square protests of 1989. Chinese students who were in the United States during the time of the protests participated in TV interviews, demonstration rallies, and were featured in newspaper articles. Chinese nationals were eligible to apply for permanent residency, even with expired passports. Over the years, the Act granted green cards to an estimated number of 54,000 Chinese nationals.
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Chinese Grand Strategy – A Net Assessment: Cooperation, Competition and/or Conflict | Center for Strategic and International Studies
China's emergence as a global superpower involves a wide range of different trends in its economy and military forces, many of which are still in a state of uncertain transition. The Burke Chair at CSIS has prepared a book-length report that compares different indicators of these trends drawn from a range of official Chinese, U.S., Japanese, South Korea, Taiwanese, IMF, UN, and other sources, along with work by various think tanks and the media.
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Yang controversy deepens as Nahan, Barnett linked to pro-Beijing group - Sydney Morning Under
Opposition Leader Mike Nahan and former Premier Colin Barnett have been linked to an association dumped by Labor MP Pierre Yang yesterday over its support for Beijing's aggressive military posture in the South China Sea.

The website of the Association for Great China Inc. published a message of support from Dr Nahan when he was the multicultural interests minister, congratulating the organisation – which was then called the Association of Australian Chinese Mainlanders And Friends Inc. – on its seventh anniversary.
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WA Labor MP resigns membership of Chinese organisations - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Mr Yang, a member of WA's Upper House, said he "overlooked" declaring his memberships of the Northeast China Federation Inc and the Association of Great China on his parliamentary register of interests.

"As of this morning, I resigned as a member of both the Northeast China Federation and the Association of Great China," he said in a statement after a story about the memberships was published by News Corp on Tuesday morning.

"I overlooked including them on my returns, along with my membership of the William Langford Community House."
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The meager truth of China's aid to the Philippines | Asia Times
As a percentage of total ODA received by the Philippines as of June 2018, China accounted for a mere .8% of the estimated US$13 billion received, according to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) statistics.
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China ‘rejects German human rights delegation’s request’ to visit Xinjiang | South China Morning Post
German Human Rights Commissioner Bärbel Kofler said on Tuesday that the request was made as part of preparations for the annual German-Chinese Human Rights Dialogue in Lhasa on Thursday and Friday.
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Confucius Institutes: The Successful Stealth “Soft Power” Penetration of American Universities: The Journal of Higher Education - Luwei Rose Luqiu & John D. McCarthy
By 2016, Hanban, a propaganda arm of the Chinese government, had successfully established Confucius Institutes (CIs) at 15% of the largest institutions of higher education, including some of the most prestigious institutions, and in almost every state across the United States. The authors describe in detail the extent of penetration by Hanban and its strategies of cooptation and discuss the public reaction to these “soft power” beachheads. This study employs four sources of evidence to help demonstrate how and why the Chinese “soft power” initiative has been successful in the United States. First, the authors compare 655 of the largest 4-year colleges and universities to assess what kind of universities have been targeted by the Chinese government. Second, we conducted a survey of U.S. directors of CIs to explore their perceptions of their own CI’s public image and the relationship between their U.S. university and its Chinese partner university. Third, the authors analyze 2,733 news stories mentioning CIs gathered from U.S. newspapers during the period from 2004 to 2016 to learn how CIs projected their legitimacy as an integral part of universities across the United States. Finally, the authors analyze 107 CI websites at U.S. universities to help describe their general features and their activity in public outreach. With very positive local media coverage, CIs are active in curriculum and public outreach, and the majority of U.S. directors of CIs are confident about their public image and satisfied with their relationship with Chinese partner universities and Hanban. The authors conclude by speculating about why this Chinese “soft power” initiative has been so successful.
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How Australians set up communist China's official propaganda tool - Sydney Morning Herald
China Daily began publishing in 1981, with the assistance of Australian grants, after a deal between Beijing and the newspaper's owner David Syme & Co.  At the start, it struggled to get Chinese permission for even a company bicycle. Forty years ago, top Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping had started his market reforms, opening China to the world after the death of Mao Zedong. At the same time, the relationship with Australia, started under the Whitlam government, was developing. The Fraser government established the Australia China Council to bridge a big knowledge gap about China.
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Son pays tribute to father's role in promoting links with Beijing - China Daily
Neil Bush paid this tribute to his father, former U.S. president George H. W. Bush, on his Facebook account:

"Maria (his wife) and I are so grateful for the outpouring of love expressed by many friends regarding the passing of my amazing father. Dad was a kind, humble, caring, gentle, wonderful human being who showed us how to be points of light, living good lives through service to others."

He also mentioned his father's role in promoting relations between the United States and China: "His legacy will live on through the George H. W. Bush China U.S. Relations Foundation in promoting respectful, collaborative relations ... This bilateral relationship has brought great benefit to both sides."
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ASIO would vet Federal MPs as new allegations about Labor MPs aired - The Age
In an explosive adjournment speech to the Senate on Tuesday night, Senator Patrick fleshed out the backdrop to his proposal and took aim at prominent Labor identities Sam Dastyari and Joel Fitzgibbon over unanswered questions about their ties to Chinese political donors.
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Is China Reneging on Vatican Deal by Detaining Bishop? - The Atlantic
In September, the Holy See inked a provisional agreement with Beijing in an attempt to mend an almost 70-year-old schism. Vatican leaders argued that the deal would promote unity. They insisted that it would enable them to better minister to their Catholic flock in China. They dismissed concerns that it constituted “selling out” to a repressive government.

Then a Chinese bishop disappeared. The suspected arbitrary detention of a Vatican-appointed priest last month has reinforced worries that Beijing won’t ease its pressure on the Church but will instead use the deal to push for even more control.
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China and the Global Challenge to Democracy: A Conversation with Larry Diamond – Power 3.0: Understanding Modern Authoritarian Influence
In this inaugural episode of the Power 3.0 podcast, featured guest Larry Diamond discusses the Chinese Communist Party’s range of influence and interference activities that target the public, civic, and social institutions of democracies, including subnational governments, universities, think tanks, media, corporations, and ethnic Chinese communities. Larry Diamond is coeditor of the Journal of Democracy and a senior fellow at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. Christopher Walker, NED vice president for studies and analysis, and Shanthi Kalathil, senior director of NED’s International Forum for Democratic Studies, cohost the conversation.
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In ‘time of crisis’, China breaks with tradition with New York consul general Huang Ping – surprising even him | South China Morning Post
Huang wasted no time getting started with his diplomatic work, telling the China Institute audience that “I was not sure I could do the job in a good way especially at this time, but I must admit that after the little time since I came into this building to spend time with you I’ve been overwhelmed by the good will and the great efforts and big contributions you have made to bring the People’s Republic of China and the United States of America together”.
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Russia-India-China Trilateral
Prime Minister Modi, President Vladimir V Putin of Russian Federation and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, held a Trilateral Meeting in Buenos Aires today. The three leaders exchanged views on expanding mutual cooperation in international forums, and to encourage greater interaction among the three countries. They agreed on the importance of reform and strengthening of multilateral institutions which have benefitted the world, including the United Nations, WTO and well-established as well as new global financial institutions. They underscored the benefits of a multilateral trading system and an open world economy for global growth and prosperity.
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China Is Rising Faster | ChinaFile
To commemorate the fifth anniversary of the China in the World podcast, Paul Haenle is interviewing five of the most respected Chinese international affairs scholars to discuss this important inflection point in U.S.-China relations. Haenle spoke with Wang Jisi, Professor at the School of International Studies and President of the Institute of International and Strategic Studies at Peking University.
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Fifty years on, China ramps up 'ping-pong diplomacy' in South Pacific | Reuters
Although the number of Papua New Guinea (PNG) enthusiasts is small, table tennis’ prestige is on the rise. Its governing organization believes its players could soon start qualifying for the Olympics, a rarity in the South Pacific and a first for table tennis in PNG. PNG’s top players were also given the opportunity to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping on his trip to Port Moresby in November - a visit marked by open hostility between China and the United States over their competing ambitions for the region.
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NZ ramps up diplomatic presence in Pacific where China influence rising | Reuters
New Zealand will send 14 new diplomats to the Pacific region next year, Foreign Minister Winston Peters said on Tuesday, the latest move by Western governments to counter China’s growing influence in the strategic region.

The additional staff will be based in Samoa, Tonga, Fiji, Vanuatu, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Kiribati, and the U.S. state of Hawaii, Peters said in a statement.
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Against the Great Powers: Reflections on Balancing Nuclear and Conventional Power - Texas National Security Review
Elbridge Colby - The toughest and most important challenge for U.S. defense strategy is how to defend vulnerable allies against a Chinese or Russian fait accompli strategy, particularly one backed by nuclear threats. Here's how the United States should think about how to defeat such a strategy, and what it means for America's conventional and nuclear forces.
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Lowy Institute hit by Chinese hackers - AFR
The attacks on Lowy appear to mirror a Chinese campaign against think tanks in the United States, in which hackers not only sought to view correspondence but to access the information of those visiting its website.
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DPRK's foreign minister to visit China - CGTN
At the invitation of Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, Ri Yong Ho will visit China from December 6 to 8, according to Geng Shuang, the spokesperson.
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Security experts question political influence of Toronto developer with ties to Beijing - The Globe and Mail
A wealthy Toronto developer with close ties to Beijing’s ruling Communist Party has become a donor to federal, provincial and municipal politicians – raising concerns among security experts about the influence he may be wielding in Canadian politics. Ted Jiancheng Zhou, who has condominium projects in China and Canada, has risen to prominence within the Chinese-Canadian community in the Greater Toronto area only five years after his family’s arrival in Canada in 2013. He boasts of connections to high-level Communist Party officials in Fujian province, where he was born.
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Beijing may be ‘testing Tokyo’s resolve’ with drilling missions in contested parts of East China Sea | South China Morning Post
The two countries’ Exclusive Economic Zones overlap in East China Sea, leading to dispute over precisely where border between nations should be drawn An agreement between the two nations to work together to extract natural resources on hold since tensions intensified over the sovereignty of disputed islands
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[视频]【最美退役军人】吴惠芳:逐梦新农村建设_CCTV节目官网-CCTV-1_央视网(cctv.com)
As part of the efforts to diffuse the issues around PLA veterans CCTV has launched a new segment called "The most beautiful (maybe "the best" better?) veteran:...the first segment profiles Wu Huifang, a combat veteran who is now the village secretary of Yonglian, which has prospered under his leadership according to the report
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《退役军人保障法(草案)》即将向社会公开征求意见-中青在线
draft of military veterans protection law about to open for public comments. And CCTv reports on the progress in establishing the Ministry of Veterans Affairs...clearly the protests got the center's attention 中国退役军人事务部机构组建已基本完成 http://www.chinanews.com/mil/2018/11-27/8687048.shtml
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向正风肃纪“最后一公里”挺进(上集) - 中国军视·中国军网
This documentary produced by the PLA media center and screened on CCTV 7 yesterday, talks about how the PLA has been trying to root out “minor corruption” 微腐败 at the grassroots level of the military. Since April last year, the PLA discipline inspection commission has begun to instruct discipline inspection organs to set up 风起检察联系点 – basically a call center – to allow soldiers to report commanders’ malfeasances. Some of the malfeasances mentioned in the video include soldiers bringing tea to their squad commander, a battalion commander asking soldiers to buy him a new phone etc.
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Yicai Global - Huawei to Build Its Fifth French R&D Hub - Yicai
The center will be focused on sensors and software, state-owned news agency Xinhua cited Shi Weiliang, general manager of Huawei's French unit, as saying at an annual conference for partners and suppliers on Nov. 27. The report did not disclose financial details.
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China-Panama ties have enormous potential - People's Daily Online
With its location advantages as a center of international transportation and a regional hub of aviation, logistics, and finance, Panama will play an important role in China-Latin America cooperation on joint construction of the Belt and Road.

Taking the historic state visit by President Xi as a starting point and under the guidance of the two leaders, the two countries will continuously consolidate political mutual trust, promote connectivity, accelerate integrated development, and make every effort to pursue common prosperity.

I believe they will make further contributions to the co-construction of an open, innovative, and inclusive world economy and the joint building of a community of common destiny for mankind, through jointly constructing the Belt and Road and building the China-Panama community of common destiny and the China- Latin-America community of common destiny.

(Wei Qiang is the Chinese Ambassador to Panama)
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Japan to get first aircraft carrier since second world war amid China concerns | The Guardian
Japan is to acquire at least one aircraft carrier for the first time since the second world war, as it attempts to counter Chinese maritime expansion in the Pacific ocean. The government will upgrade its two existing Izumo-class helicopter carriers so they can transport and launch fighter jets, according to media reports. The plans are expected to be included in new defence guidelines due to be released next month.
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Chinese Construction on Remote Reef Rekindles Dispute with Vietnam - VOA
China's new construction on a remote South China Sea reef has soured its relations again with Vietnam, a claimant to the same islet, after a period of calm, and may also draw concern from the Philippines. Satellite imagery shows China recently installed a new “platform” at the otherwise largely undeveloped Bombay Reef in the Paracel Islands, a chain in the South China Sea, the Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative under the U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies says on its website.
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China rushes to launch rival to GPS | Financial Times $$
Since 2017, China has been rapidly creating a navigational satellite constellation to rival America’s GPS. This year alone, it launched 11 BeiDou satellites, some as few as 17 days apart. Global commercial coverage is slated for 2020, at which point BeiDou, the name in China for the constellation called the Big Dipper or Plough in the west, will be one of only three global navigation systems in the world. The project, estimated to cost at least $9bn, is part of China’s ambitions to become a major scientific power
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New facilities to aid S. China Sea studies China Daily
Construction of a new base to support China's archaeological studies in the South China Sea began in Qionghai, Hainan Province, on Tuesday. Hu Bing, deputy director of the National Cultural Heritage Administration, said the base is planned as a complex of facilities for research, underwater excavation and conservation of historical heritage in the South China Sea. It will also be used to promote relevant international exchanges.
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朱日和基地首任司令员谢勇逝世 终年67岁_凤凰资讯
澎湃新闻记者从谢勇司令员亲友处获悉,朱日和合同战术训练基地原司令员谢勇因病医治无效于2018年11月25日在北京逝世,享年67岁。谢勇司令员的送别仪式已于27日在北京八宝山菊厅举行。
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President Xi receives Golden Key of Madrid, vows to open up doors of communication further - CGTN
Chinese President Xi Jinping received the Golden Key of the City of Madrid on Wednesday at Madrid City Hall from the city mayor Manuela Carmena. Xi thanked Carmena for presenting the Golden Key, saying it is his honor to receive it and the key represents the friendly feelings of the Spanish people toward the Chinese people.
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Bias stops West seeing real Xinjiang - Global Times
Mihrigul Tursun, a Uyghur woman who claimed she came from the Xinjiang vocational education and training centers, which the West calls "re-education camps," cried out to reporters in the National Press Club of the US. She said she was locked in a 37-square-meter cell with 67 others, nine of whom were tortured to death in three months. It's easy to tell the woman was lying and there must be someone who taught her to speak like this. She might want to obtain asylum in the US.

Global Times reporters recently visited two vocational education and training centers in Xinjiang. What they saw was totally different from the woman's depiction. Rather than prisons, the centers are schools that help trainees rid themselves of extreme thoughts and master vocational skills needed to return to society. Even a real prison in China is not like Tursun portrayed. ..

Most of the Western accusations of Chinese mainland violations of human rights concentrate on dissidents in China, governance of ethnic minorities in border areas, a few people who illegally possess Chinese and other nationalities or Chinese who hold a foreign passport but still live in China. But the mainland is pursuing its own justified goals: safeguarding social order and stability, preventing national split and terrorism activities and securing national security.
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'A community in unbelievable pain': the terror and sorrow of Australia's Uighurs | The Guardian
Australian permanent residents have disappeared into China’s internment camps and others are being made to report to Chinese authorities from Sydney
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China’s soft power influence and hegemony building – a new way for South Africa? - Oscar Van Heerden
The feedback from the 20 November opinion piece “Socialism with Chinese characteristics” was so overwhelming that I thought it important to write a take two. One of the first things I noticed on our study tour was that every policy objective the Communist Party of China (CPC) agreed upon was embedded within a theoretical framework. Whether it be a Marxist or a developmental framework, each policy trajectory finds expression through one or other theory — something I think would stand us in good stead here in Mzansi and elsewhere in the world, perhaps
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China’s plan to develop Samoan port a regional security concern - The Australian
China is negotiating to fund the redevelopment of a coral-choked port in Samoa, in a move seen to have major economic and strat­egic implications for Australia and the US in the South Pacific. Samoa’s Agriculture Minister confirmed that discussions were under way with China to bankroll the redevelopment and expansion of the Asau Port, which alread­y boasts a concrete wharf and is sited next to an airstrip on Savai’i, the nation’s largest island.
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Fake Signals and Illegal Flags: How North Korea Uses Clandestine Shipping to Fund Regime - WSJ $$
U.N. and other authorities are investigating at least 40 ships and 130 companies, registered in places ranging from Taiwan to Togo, for North Korea-related fuel transfers at sea. The ships and dozens of other cargo vessels are behind nearly 200 alleged illicit shipments of petroleum products and coal. Officials involved in monitoring North Korea say they don’t know how many incidents they are missing. Even though countries including China have clamped down on some North Korean trade, the shipping schemes have severely weakened a U.S.-led “maximum pressure” campaign
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The Right to Speak: Discourse and Chinese Power | Center for Advanced China Research
This focus on discourse power highlights that the CCP and PLA recognize the power of narrative as a means to achieve advantage relative to a rival or adversary through reshaping the information environment in ways that have real-world impact. China’s efforts to advance soft power, and by extension discourse power may confront significant limitations, even provoking backlash in some cases. However, it is clear that the potential impact of such attempts to reshape the narrative and change the conversation should not be discounted, given the apparent impacts from seemingly constraining discussion on Xinjiang, to reshaping narratives on human rights, and even the popularization of "One Belt, One Road" with international audiences. At times, this contestation of discourse is also undertaken in conjunction with more material approaches to influence.
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The End of U.S. Naval Dominance in Asia - Lawfare
Although the Trump administration has made much of China's rise when it comes to trade, the president should be focused more on the security implications. Robert Ross of Boston College points to the decline in U.S. naval strength in East Asia as a game-changer for the regional order. Ross argues that the Navy's forward presence is strained, while China's capabilities are growing steadily. U.S. allies are aware of this painful reality, and their willingness to trust America to protect them will decline
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F-35B makes stealth fighter’s inaugural landing at Okinawa Marine base -- Stripes
An F-35B Lighting II has landed at Marine Corps Air Station Futenma, marking the advanced stealth jet’s first visit to the Okinawa base.
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Japan eyes stealth fighters, vessel upgrades amid concerns over China’s growing clout | South China Morning Post
Japan is expected to announce the purchase of 100 F-35 stealth fighters and the conversion of existing ships into full aircraft carriers in a move widely seen as a response to China’s growing military clout. The planned purchase of the state-of-the-art Lockheed Martin aircraft and upgrade of two Izumo-class warships would mark a significant advance of Japan’s military capabilities.
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China develops Y-20 variants to perform aerial refueling missions: military insider - Global Times
China is modifying its domestically made strategic transport aircraft Y-20 to take on new missions like aerial refueling, a military insider said. A tanker variant for the Y-20 is now under development, the expert who is familiar with the matter, told the Global Times on Sunday on the condition of anonymity.
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Full text of Xi's signed article on Spanish newspaper - Xinhua
A signed article by Chinese President Xi Jinping titled "Joining Hands for New Splendor in the New Era" was published Tuesday on Spanish newspaper ABC ahead of his state visit to the European country.
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Chinese premier meets former British PM - Xinhua
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with former British Prime Minister David Cameron in Beijing Tuesday, saying China stands ready to work with Britain to strengthen bilateral ties in order to benefit both countries and peoples Cameron said with both sides' efforts, Britain-China relations entered into a golden era while he was in office. Hailing the enhanced bilateral cooperation and increasing growth of two-way investment and trade, Cameron said Britain will firmly support rules-based multilateralism and free trade as always.
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Xi-Duterte deals stir a furor in the Philippines | Asia Times
The 29 new agreements, many of them vague or otherwise opaque, have thus emerged as a new political lightning rod, as the country’s chief magistrate, vice president and opposition senators all calling for greater caution, probity and assertiveness in Duterte’s dealings with Beijing.
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President Xi Jinping's Special Envoy and Minister of Culture and Tourism Luo Shugang Meets with President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih of the Maldives
Luo Shugang conveyed President Xi Jinping’s warm greetings and best wishes to Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, congratulated Ibrahim Mohamed Solih on his assumption of office as President of the Maldives, and wished that the Maldives will achieve new development under the leadership of Ibrahim Mohamed Solih. Luo Shugang expressed that the Chinese side attaches importance to China-Maldives relations, and is willing to make joint efforts with the Maldivian side to consolidate traditional friendship, strengthen the alignment of development strategies, well plan bilateral practical cooperation and advance the construction of the Belt and Road Initiative, in a bid to inject fresh impetus into the future-oriented comprehensive friendly and cooperative partnership between China and the Maldives.
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Beijing Urges Gov’t to Get Ball Rolling on China-Myanmar Economic Corridor - The Irawaddy
China National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) Vice Chairman Ning Jizhe held talks with State Counselor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi in Naypyitaw on Monday, according to Myanmar state media. According to a press release, their discussion focused on the details of a working plan to implement the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), which will stretch 1,700 km between the two countries from Kunming, the capital of China’s Yunnan Province, to Myanmar’s major economic centers.
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Children of North Korean Mothers Find More Hardship in the South - The New York Times
More than 32,000 North Koreans have escaped to South Korea since a famine hit their country in the 1990s, and their harrowing journeys are often made worse by having to spend years in limbo in China, according to defectors, human rights researchers and South Korean officials. Some are trapped there for years, forced to work in the sex industry or live with men in the countryside who could not find Chinese wives before the women enlist the help of human rights activists and smugglers to reach South Korea.
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Worldwide calls for Govt to speak up on China - Newsroom.NZ
The Government’s lack of response to the matter of China’s influence has added to the global perception of New Zealand becoming the “soft underbelly” for the superpower’s infiltration, a leading China academic says. But Jacinda Ardern says her silence over the issues plaguing Canterbury University professor Anne-Marie Brady are appropriate while a police investigation is carried out. The Prime Minister said if she were to receive a report that attributed the break-ins at Brady’s house, or other alleged intimidation, to China, she would act on it.
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Cyber Security Derailed? Recommendations for Smarter Investments in Infrastructure
A state-owned Chinese company receives a contract to build and maintain the next generation of railcars that service Metro stations at the Pentagon, near the White House and Capitol Hill, and throughout the Washington, D.C., metro area. What could possibly go wrong? Possibly nothing, but maybe something. Commuter trains have come a long way from the unconnected transit assets that moved through and between cities independently. Modern rail cars are nodes in complex transit communications networks, extensions of a transit authority’s information and operational technology infrastructures, and even WiFi hotspots. // Comment: This seems more like shades of Commander Ripper in Dr Strangelove " I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion, and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids"
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Despite South China Sea Tensions, Air Force Commander Sees No Overt Intercept Threat | Military.com
As China continues to build up contested islands in the region, U.S. Air Force strategic bombers such as the B-52 Stratofortress have not been overtly threatened during recent patrols, said Gen. Charles "CQ" Brown Jr., head of Pacific Air Forces Command.
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China defends holding fugitive businessman's US children - BBC News
"As we understand it from the relevant authorities, these people you have mentioned all have legal and valid identity documents as Chinese citizens," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters at a news conference, according to the Agence France-Presse. "They are suspected of having committed economic crimes and have been restricted from leaving China by Chinese police."
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Kenya charges three Chinese railway workers with bribery | Reuters
The men are senior employees with China Roads and Bridges Corporation, the company that constructed and runs the railway opened last year between the capital and the port of Mombasa.
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Maldives says China is building projects at inflated prices | Reuters
Maldives’ new finance minister said on Monday that China is executing infrastructure projects at vastly higher prices than originally proposed but the island nation cannot get out of its commitments now.
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Why the Swedish King is cancelling his China trip over Gui Minhai – InBeijing
Yesterday it was reported in Swedish media that our King with short notice cancelled his upcoming China trip, that was supposed to take place between November 25 and December 1. According to national Swedish television (SVT), the decision was made due to ”complicated ongoing negotiations” over Gui Minhai, the Swedish publisher who have been imprisoned in China for over 1,100 days without a trial.
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Japanese govt to deploy 22 new destroyers with minesweeping capabilities - The Japan News
The government plans to introduce a new type of destroyer with minesweeping capabilities, with the aim of increasing the number of such vessels to 22 in the 2030s, sources said. In light of the intensifying activities of the Chinese Navy in the East China Sea, including around the Senkaku Islands in Okinawa Prefecture, the government aims to improve warning and surveillance capabilities. The plan will be stipulated in the National Defense Program Guidelines to be revised in December.
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IMF links Pakistan bailout talks to financial blacklist | Asia Times
Pakistan’s failure to crack down on money laundering and terrorism financing was one of the key reasons negotiations broke down with the International Monetary Fund on a financial bailout package...Other demands by the IMF include its insistence that Pakistan disclose details of China’s generous financial support, hike taxes and electricity tariffs, tighten monetary policies and allow a further depreciation in the value of the rupee. Pakistan needs a bailout of about US$6 billion to avert a deeper balance of payments crisis.
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Why are separatist militants violently targeting Chinese in Pakistan? | South China Morning Post
Separatist militants who oppose Chinese investment in western Pakistan have claimed responsibility for the attack on the Chinese consulate in Karachi on Friday. At least four people were killed when three gunman belonging to the Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) tried to enter the consulate at about 9.30am local time. No consulate staff were harmed in the attack, and all three militants were shot dead by police...While the BLA and other militant groups do pose a security threat, they are not seen to have the wherewithal to defeat the Pakistani military or run over the province. Nevertheless, they remain a serious impediment to the development of the China – Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), the crown jewel of Beijing’s Belt and Road Initiative in Pakistan. The CPEC is supposed to run through Balochistan to end in the deep seaport of Gawadar, providing the shortest land and sea route between China and the Persian Gulf.
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Fake news and hate speech thrive on regional language social media | Hindustan Times
Helo, which also operates in 14 languages, is backed by the Chinese internet conglomerate ByteDance. The group, which also owns news aggregator Toutiao and short-video social platform Tik Tok, is heading towards a total valuation of around $75 billion, according to Bloomberg. HT surveyed political content on the two platforms in three languages: Hindi, Kannada and Bengali. Posts in Hindi and Kannada were littered with misinformation. In Bengali, too, the conversation on current affairs was polarised, but there were no clear examples of fake news or hate speech.
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How Australia’s Mandarin speakers get their news - The Conversation
The question of how much influence the Chinese government wields on the Mandarin-speaking community in Australia has been of increasing interest in recent months. But until now, there has been little data about how the Mandarin-speaking population in Australia accesses news and information. To shed some light on this, my co-investigator (Haiqing Yu) and I conducted an online survey of 522 Mandarin-speaking people living in Australia, as part of the Chinese-Language Digital/Social Media in Australia: Rethinking Soft Power project..The results showed that while Mandarin speakers in Australia access a variety of online outlets, newer Chinese-language news websites are a primary source of information – particularly when accessed via WeChat, the Chinese social media app.

// Comment: And foreign governments like Australia have no ability to regulate or influence content that flows through Wechat, or even use Wechat to distribute their own information without risk of censorship by Tencent
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China launches work on third aircraft carrier - Xinhua
In an article published on its WeChat account, Xinhua said that as the nation’s second, and the first domestically designed, carrier has undergone sea trials, a “new-generation carrier” is being constructed at the shipyard as per schedule. The article, which was intended to mark the sixth anniversary of the first takeoff and landing by a Chinese fighter on the country’s first carrier CNS Liaoning, does not elaborate on the program of the “new-generation carrier”, which is believed to be the country’s third carrier. But the article is the first official confirmation.
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Shining a Spotlight: Revealing China’s Maritime Militia to Deter its Use | The National Interest - Andrew S. Erickson
At the U.S.-China Diplomatic and Security Dialogue press conference on November 9, Defense Secretary James Mattis made a great contribution by using his top-level authority to shine a spotlight on China’s third sea force , the People’s Armed Forces Maritime Militia (PAFMM) : “We… discussed the importance of all military, law enforcement, and civilian vessels and aircraft—including those in the PLA Navy, the Chinese Coast Guard, and the PRC Maritime Militia—to operate in a safe and professional manner in accordance with international law as we seek peaceful resolution of all disputes in the South China Sea .” An authoritative public statement by the Secretary of Defense—the very first by anyone at his level—is extremely positive and long overdue. The PAFMM is eroding U.S. and allied interests by operating surreptitiously in the “ gray zone ” between peace and war, an approach Chinese sources term “ War without Gun Smoke .” U.S.-China maritime rivalry is intensifying and almost any conceivable crisis or contingency would involve PAFMM forces.
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