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Atlas Organization founder Jonathan D.T. Ward says companies like Didi are ultimately in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party and that it's 'senseless' for the U.S. to be investing in Chinese tech.

Jonathan D.T. Ward, founder of Atlas Organization and author of "China's Vision of Victory," joined FOX Business' Maria Bartiromo on "Mornings with Maria" to provide insight into China's crackdown on ride-hailing giant Didi. Ward argued that it's 'senseless for the U.S. to invest in Chinese technology as the country is attempting to take firmer control of the tech sector.

JONATHAN D.T. WARD: You and I talked about this last week. We told everybody that these stocks are dangerous, that these Chinese tech companies are not a good idea. And Wall Street is still living in an alternate universe when it comes to Chinese companies. You still have them pushing this stuff to America. I thought it was perhaps poetic justice to see this happen to Didi so soon after the IPO. Last week you have Jim Cramer saying get as many shares of Didi as you can. And I think our financial media is still trying to push all this stuff as well. Nobody's really talking about what these companies are – the fact that they are ultimately in the hands of the Communist Party, in the hands of Beijing. 

We're witnessing how the Communist Party itself has serious concerns about these listings and about the potential for ultimately US regulation to look into these companies and gain access to this data. They're busy right now trying to take firmer control over their tech sector. Their tech sector is essential to many of their key strategic goals. So for us to be investing in this, for America to be putting money into Chinese tech and Chinese corporations, in general, is just so senseless ultimately. Unfortunately, that's still a narrative that's been sold to the United States by Wall Street, to our pension funds, to individual investors, to all sorts of people, that China's a big market, a big opportunity. And we've just seen one essentially take a massive hit. They removed the app from the App Store. That's about as tough a hand as you can take… with a tech company. So I think a lot of people don't know what they're getting into. 

Jonathan D.T. Ward, author of 'China's Vision of Victory,' provides analysis of U.S. relations in the Middle East and China's crackdown on companies like Didi.

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An outside look at the Chinese Communist Party's 100th birthday

The Japan Times 09 July, 2021 - 01:08pm

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Last week China organized celebrations to mark the centennial anniversary of the founding of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC). President Xi Jinping delivered a speech in Bejing that many in Tokyo viewed as symbolizing the government of Xi Jinping and meant for Xi Jinping.

My takeaways from his 2021 speech are that it was basically the same as previous addresses he has given. Yet, as compared to the prior speeches of 2011, 2001 or 1991, Xi’s narrative was a bit more direct and confident this time. Here are some of his statements and assertions:

This speech was never going to win the hearts and minds of people in China’s neighboring countries. No wonder, Japan’s media reacted so negatively. The editorials of major newspapers here almost unanimously expressed concern about the current regime in Beijing.

The Sankei, a conservative daily, for example, carried this headline: “Be wary of a long-term dictatorship and never allow human rights repression to continue.” Even the liberal Asahi and Mainichi newspapers, often considered as more pro-China than other papers in Japan, echoed similar sentiments. They also published editorials critical of China with such headlines as “Who is the CPC governing for?” and “China should not become a divisive superpower.”

Twenty years ago, I was a Japanese diplomat posted to Beijing. The Japanese media then was not as critical of China as it is now. In addition, just 10 years ago, relations between Japan and China — unlike today — were relatively stable, which is why I am a bit perplexed at the current situation.

What was intriguing last week were the controversies that erupted over the messages of congratulations sent to the CPC by some in Japan.

Toshihiro Nikai, the pro-China secretary-general of the ruling Liberal Democratic Party, reportedly sent a congratulatory telegram to the CPC. Yukio Edano, leader of the main opposition party, and Natsuo Yamaguchi, leader of Komeito, the junior ruling coalition partner, both made clear that they had sent customary messages of congratulations to their CPC counterparts.

On the other hand, the lack of congratulatory messages from the Japanese government and, more ironically, the Japanese Communist Party (JCP), were very notable. Yet as for Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, it was not a surprise that he was among the G7 leaders who did not send a message of congratulations to the CPC.

What surprised me most were the remarks made by Kazuo Shii, leader of the JCP, who reportedly said the CPC is “not worthy of the name communist party,” going on to cite China’s activities in the East and South China seas as well as the human rights violations against people in Hong Kong and the Uyghurs.

Often in such important speeches, what is missing is historical context and inconvenient facts that counter the official narratives. Xi’s speech was no exception.

A Wall Street Journal editorial from July 1 made exactly that point.

The editorial discussed the historical facts that were never mentioned in Xi’s address such as, “The Communists … let the Chinese nationalists under Chiang Kai-shek do most of the fighting against Japan in World War II. Mao (Zedong) and his party then won the civil war in 1949 and proceeded like all communists to purge opponents and take total control.”

“What followed were the bloodiest decades in world history, rivaled only by Stalin’s purges,” the editorial continued, explaining the mass famines and deaths that resulted from the Great Leap Forward in the 1950s, the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976 and the Tiananmen Square crackdown in 1989.

In 2001, the year of the 80th anniversary of the CPC’s founding, I met with a Chinese friend in Beijing who was a senior expert on Japan-China relations. He told me he had just returned from Tokyo where he had met with many prominent Japanese lawmakers, including Mr. Nikai.

He was confident that the politicians he met in Japan would further strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. After listening to his stories, I said, “Fine, but who were the young Japanese politicians you met with this time? Did you meet some of those who do not always favor China?”

He was apparently embarrassed. Then I said, “Did you speak with Shinzo Abe? Have you met Shigeru Ishiba or Shoichi Nakagawa?” In 2001, Abe, Ishiba and Nakagawa were all young, conservative and promising LDP members in the Diet.

I told the senior CPC member friend of mine, “If you have not met those politicians by now, you will regret it because China and Japan both will have to pay the price in the years to come. That is because those young LDP members are the future leaders of Japan.”

I tried hard to convince him, but he declined to take my advice. He just told me, “I am surprised because I have never heard such a story from a Japanese diplomat before.” What is regrettable is that no one on the Chinese side seems to have followed my advice.

In the end, I was right in predicting that Abe and Ishiba would become LDP leaders. Unfortunately, however, the CPC spent all their attention and effort on trying to get to know and influence pro-China politicians, making no investments in the younger generation of Japanese lawmakers. Diplomatic relations between the two Asian neighbors are now suffering from such a lack of vision.

Kuni Miyake is president of the Foreign Policy Institute and research director at Canon Institute for Global Studies. A former career diplomat, Miyake also serves as special adviser to Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga’s Cabinet. The views expressed here do not necessarily reflect the positions of the Japanese government.

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How the Chinese Communist Party is infiltrating local US government

msnNOW 09 July, 2021 - 01:08pm

One of the more dramatic political news stories of the past year was when a young, attractive woman named Fang Fang (aka Christine Fang) was revealed to be a spy handled by the Chinese government. For years, Fang Fang targeted up-and-coming American politicians. She engaged in romantic trysts with at least two Midwestern mayors and was involved with Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat who ran for president in 2020. After being “outed,” she vanished.

Frankly, I was not surprised by this revelation. As a community organizer in the San Gabriel Valley and Orange County, two heavily Asian-populated areas, I have seen it all. For years, I’ve met with typical local business owners and regular moms and dads who show up for school board meetings who turned out to have deep ties to the Chinese Communist Party. Fortunately, I have strict boundaries on the board of my organization, where we have vetted our leadership team carefully and I have been able to identify irregularities before getting too close.

It’s really not that difficult. I generally sound the alarm when well-funded candidates show up to run for high local office, bankrolled by boatloads of cash. Donations to their campaigns come mostly from shell corporations with no real roots in our local communities — or in sloppier, self-funded campaigns, candidates are surprised I even ask the source of their funding. They just want to hand over cash for influence. Beijing is trying every day, in every state, to influence American politics. And its reach is pervasive and dangerous.

In recent years, the oldest Chinese organization in the United States, the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association in San Francisco, once a warrior against communism, has forgotten its roots. It’s been several years since it took down the Republic of China (Taiwan) flag and replaced it with the CCP government flag. This reflects what I have been seeing.

There was once a time when most were wary of the mainland Chinese; it was generally safe to make “broad stroke” assumptions that there were CCP ties there, and the Taiwanese were freedom fighters. It’s not so simple anymore. Many of Taiwanese descent are in the pocket of the CCP, down to certain Taiwanese American candidates right here in Orange County. They were heavily funded by CCP money to get on to their local city council, where they can be easily bought off and can serve as valuable informants.

Betty Tom Chu, mayor of Monterey Park from 2003-2012, noted that the CCP has made a major effort to infiltrate on a local level. She told me, “Not only did the CCP supporters join as leaders and organizers of events in Monterey Park and the San Gabriel Valley area, but we also had an alleged CCP spy living among us, Katrina Leung, who was indicted for providing the Chinese Communist government with information and documents on nuclear, military, and political issues.”

Some of the older Taiwanese, old enough to remember World War II and communists, should know better, but their desire for a “One China” movement has overcome the objective reality in front of them. The original wish was to continue the momentum of President Richard Nixon’s work, which laid the foundation for the injection of capitalism under Deng Xiaoping in the '80s. China and the U.S. worked together to push China toward democracy. Now, the One China movement is its “manifest destiny” to achieve what the Japanese could not in World War II: total supremacy.

The sentiment that once moved the world to anger and action after witnessing the events at Tiananmen Square has now been degraded by the rewriting and smudging of history. Sadly, capitalism has now become a powerful tool for communists and authoritarians in our home when there was once a universal rallying cry to save human lives and fight back against human rights atrocities. No matter what your personal feelings are concerning former President Donald Trump, his presidency should give you an indication of how China reacted to the U.S. simply balancing the scales and keeping it in check.

I encourage people to read the book Stealth War: How China Took Over While America's Elite Slept by Gen. Robert Spalding. He goes into detail about how China took over many of our major institutions with specific examples in all industries, particularly Big Tech.

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Why the CPC works in China?

CGTN 09 July, 2021 - 01:08pm

Zou Yue: From a global perspective, there used to be more than 50 socialist countries with ruling communist parties. However, with the disintegration of the Soviet Union and the dramatic changes in Eastern Europe, the socialist movement seems to have hit a low tide. What is the basis for the Communist Party of China to still successfully govern and still pursue communism? Why is it still in power today?

Xie Chuntao: I wrote a book called Why and How the CPC Works in China. In it, one sharp question is addressed: Why did the CPC not collapse like the ruling parties of the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe countries? During the dramatic changes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe in the late 1980s and early 1990s, most socialist countries changed their color, and the ruling communist parties of those countries collapsed. What were the lessons and reasons for this? Chinese communists have reflected on that episode of history, and they are still in the process of doing so. The former communists in these countries also reflected on that time. Over the years, I have often had the opportunity to talk to politicians and theoreticians from these former socialist countries, and have heard that they themselves have come to some conclusions.

For example, in 2006, I had the opportunity to visit Russia, Bulgaria and Romania. I remember that during my stay in Bulgaria, I talked to the former member of the Central Politburo of the Bulgarian Communist Party, and later the Chairman of the Socialist Party, Mr. Lilov, who spent an afternoon talking to us about the lessons of the dramatic changes in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe. As far as I can remember, he made several points. The first was that they had taken a very dogmatic stance of Marxism. He believed that Marxism had failed to evolve, and ended up stagnating in the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe after the 1950s. The former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe countries ostensibly upheld the guiding role of Marxism, but they were just parroting what Marx and Engels had said more than 100 years ago. Those basic principles were true, but times had changed. After the Second World War, both socialism and capitalism had undergone dramatic changes, and were very different from that faced by Marx, Engels and even Lenin in earlier times. However, the later communists did not undertake any new self-examinations or analyses in light of the new situation. As a result, there was a disconnect between theory and practice.

Furthermore, they also concluded that they hadn’t done well economically. In the past few decades, the theory has been that socialism has incomparable superiority over capitalism. If socialism is incomparably superior to capitalism, it should be manifested in the liberation and development of productive forces, and in the improvement of people's lives. But we see that the Soviet Union and many Eastern Europe countries did not do well in this respect. If you cannot constantly improve the lives of the people, will anyone believe you when you claim your system is superior? Absolutely not. I think their conclusions are very profound. For the CPC, it has done a very good job in growing the economy and is getting better and better.

Zou Yue: The Communist Party of China has been able to lead China's economy to develop at such a high speed and raise people's living standards so quickly while other socialist countries have been unable to do so. What do you think is the fundamental reason?

Xie Chuntao: In retrospect, there are many reasons for China's rapid development over the past decades. For example, the CPC has always regarded economic development as its central task. The CPC has clearly seen that the most important requirement people have for the ruling party is that you are able to constantly meet their material and cultural needs. Of course, for today's CPC, such understanding has evolved a bit. The 19th CPC National Congress believes that the principal contradiction of the Chinese society has changed or evolved. It has become the contradiction between the people's ever-growing need for a better life and inadequate and unbalanced development. Apart from material and cultural needs, people also have more and higher demands for democracy, rule of law, fairness, justice, the environment and security. The ruling party must always make its most important task to meet this demand of the people and to develop the economy, including improving people's lives on that basis. It’s true that since the reform and opening up of China over 40 years ago, the CPC has never wavered in this regard.

Then there is the need to reform the rigid system of the past and to constantly improve productivity. Since 1978, the CPC has been pushing forward reforms. Since the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee in 2013, it has comprehensively deepened reforms. It has been a short time since 2013, but last year General Secretary Xi Jinping said that the CPC has carried out 2,485 reform plans. When we look around the world, we can see no other party that has pushed for reforms like the CPC. It has been continually leading reforms, leaving no stone unturned. The depth and breadth of these reforms are just remarkable. As a result, productivity has been improved significantly. So, I don't think we can find a single country in the world like China that has attached as much importance to reform and continues to advance reforms.

Zou Yue: Looking at the past 100 years, the goals of the CPC regarding national independence, prosperity and people's happiness seem to have been accomplished quite well. What are the CPC’s goals for the next 100 years?

Xie Chuntao: While great successes have been achieved in the past, the task ahead is still daunting, if not more so than before. For example, according to the CPC's plan, socialist modernization is to be achieved basically by 2035, and by the middle of this century - that is, by 2050 - China is to be built into a great modern socialist country. We still have a long way to go to accomplish this task.

In his report to the 19th CPC National Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping warned the Party and the people of China that the Chinese Dream of achieving national rejuvenation will take more than drum beating and gong clanging. We are faced with many challenges. For example, first of all, we look at international challenges. We have developed very fast and very well, but some members of the international community are finding it hard to adjust to this reality. They are not willing to see or accept our development. The most typical example is the Americans. They are trying to suppress us across the board. What justification do they have? It doesn’t make sense. It is just an unwillingness to let China to continue to develop at this momentum, and they are not willing to see China overtake it one day.

Domestically, we are also facing some challenges. For example, soon after the 18th CPC National Congress, General Secretary Xi Jinping proposed a “new normal” for economic development. In his view, China no longer has the means to maintain the same high growth rate as in the past because the rapid growth of the past was driven by extensive development strategies. Given the current environmental and resource constraints, the old growth model is unsustainable in the long run. It also brings pollution, so it must be changed. Therefore, he put great emphasis on the concept of high-quality development.

For another example, he proposed to build a new development pattern to properly handle the relationship between domestic growth and China’s international engagement. In the past, China’s growth was very dependent on foreign trade. If our dependence on foreign trade reaches a certain level, Western countries can impart suppressive measures on us which would deal a heavy blow. But over recent years, our economic development has relied more on domestic demand and the domestic market, and our dependency on foreign trade has been much lower than in the past. So even now if the United States attempts to suppress us or if its market is extremely unfriendly to us, the resulting impact on our economic development will be limited.

Another example is that China now places more emphasis on common prosperity. I think the most important difference between China's modernization and that of other countries is that we aim for common prosperity so that modernization can benefit everyone. This is also the most important reason why the CPC has always been able to win the support of the people.

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China helping political parties to work for people’s well-being

IOL 09 July, 2021 - 10:37am

In the context of profound transformations and a pandemic unseen in a century, when human society has once again found itself at a historical crossroads, this successful summit has provided an important platform for the political party leaders from various countries to strengthen the exchange and mutual learning of experience in governance, to discuss co-operation in solidarity as well as future development plans, to enhance the capability to work for the people’s wellbeing, to promote world peace and development, and to promote the building of a community with a shared future for mankind.

After attending the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC on July 1, General Secretary Xi Jinping expounded during the Summit once again the CPC’s proposals for the future of mankind and to the international community, especially to all political parties in the world. He proposed that political parties need to shoulder their historical responsibility as the major force for the progress of mankind, and elaborated the CPC’s mission as a major political party in a major country.

It is the historical responsibility of political parties to work for the people's wellbeing. Political parties, as an important force for human progress, need to set the right course forward and shoulder their historical responsibility to ensure the people’s wellbeing and pursue human progress. To achieve that, political parties need to work even harder on the following:

First, we need to shoulder the responsibility to steer the course of shaping a shared future for mankind. We need to heed the voices of the people and strengthen co-ordination and co-operation. By doing so, the interests of the people of one’s own country will be in line with those of all others and humanity will move forward towards a shared future.

Second, we need to build consensus by upholding and promoting the common values of humanity for peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom. We need to champion the common values of humanity, foster broad-minded tolerance toward the understanding of values by different civilizations, and respect the explorations of different peoples to turn values into reality. By doing so, the common values of humanity will be translated into the practice of individual countries to serve the interests of their own people in a concrete and realistic way.

Third, we need to promote development by bringing greater benefits to all peoples in a fairer manner. On the road towards the well-being of all mankind, no country or nation should be left behind. We need to bring greater equity, higher efficiency and stronger synergy to global development, and jointly oppose the practice of technology blockades and divides as well as decoupling.

Fourth, we need to enhance co-operation by working together to address global risks and challenges such as Covid-19, terrorism, and climate change. In particular, we need to advocate solidarity and co-operation so as to close the “immunisation gap”. We must oppose the practice of politicising the pandemic or attaching a geographical label to the virus. We need to work together to build a global community of health for all.

Fifth, we need to improve governance by enhancing our capacity to ensure the people’s well-being. People of all countries are entitled to choose their own development paths and institutional models and to advance political democracy in a way that suits the national conditions of the country.

The CPC is committed to enhancing exchanges and mutual learning with various political parties in the world and the well-being for the people of China and the world. It is the unswerving goal of the CPC to run our own house well, ensure a happy life for the 1.4 billion-plus Chinese people, and advance the lofty cause of promoting peace and development for all mankind.

With the goal of moderate prosperity in all respects achieved, China has embarked on a new journey towards building a modern socialist country. The Chinese people are brimming with a greater sense of fulfilment, happiness and security with each passing day.

Fighting for the cause of human progress is also the international mission of the CPC. The CPC will continue to uphold a people-centred development philosophy, focus on the overarching issues of national rejuvenation and human progress in the greater context of time and space and always be a builder of world peace, contributor to global development, and defender of the international order.

The CPC has persisted in closely associating the future of the Chinese people with that of other peoples of the world and steered a steady course of China's development amid the general trend of the world and the currents of the times to promote common development and prosperity of all countries. We work with political parties from all countries to make new contributions to the wellbeing of people all over the world.

First, the CPC will press ahead with the Chinese-style modernisation and the CPC is ready to share with political parties of all countries experience in modernisation to enrich each other’s toolbox to modernisation.

Second, the CPC will take comprehensive steps to deepen reform and opening up. The CPC is ready to enhance communication with world political parties in steering economic globalisation towards greater openness, inclusiveness, balance and win-win results. We stand ready to work with the international community to improve global connectivity and further promote high quality Belt and Road co-operation, so that more countries and peoples will be able to share the fruits of development.

Third, the CPC will make new contributions to improving the well-being of humankind. We are willing to share more of our solutions and strength to the world’s poverty-alleviation efforts. China will help promote fair accessibility to and affordability of vaccines for developing countries, work hard to peak carbon dioxide emissions and achieve carbon neutrality, and advance the new process of global biological diversity.

Fourth, the CPC will actively improve global governance. We need to stand opposed to the practice of unilateralism disguised as multilateralism and say no to hegemony and power politics. The CPC will actively promote the improvement of global governance and China will always be a member of the developing world. We are committed to enhancing developing countries’ representation and voice in the global governance system.

Party exchanges between China and South Africa provide a powerful boost to the common well-being of the two peoples. The CPC, the ANC and the SACP are good friends, good partners, and good comrades who breathe the same breath and share weal and woe. They forged a deep friendship as early as the period of South Africa’s struggle against apartheid.

China-South Africa relations started from party-to-party exchanges. The strong friendship, close exchanges and important guidance provided by the leaders of the CPC, the ANC and the SACP have boosted the sustained development of bilateral relations.

After the birth of the New South Africa, our party-to-party relations has been developing rapidly, and has laid an important strategic foundation and provided political support to our bilateral relations.

In recent years, under the stewardship of the leaders of the two parties and two countries, high level interactions between political parties of the two countries are more frequent, and cooperation in various fields is getting closer, bringing huge tangible benefits to the two peoples.

China-South Africa relations have become a model for China-Africa relations, South-South co-operation, and the solidarity and co-operation among developing countries. It can be said that without the close cooperation between our parties, there would not be the establishment and development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries.

It is worth mentioning that President Ramaphosa, as the president of the ANC, delivered a passionate speech as the first guest speaker at the summit. The president spoke highly of the CPC’s contribution to the African countries’ development and the well-being of the people. He also mentioned that “China has been a good friend and loyal friend to many of us on the African continent …The ANC regards the CPC as a true, reliable and valued friend.”

On the occasion of the 100th birthday of the CPC and SACP, General Secretary Nzimande also attended the summit. All of these fully reflect the profound friendship between our parties and two countries.

It is our firm belief and strong expectation that under the leadership of General Secretary Xi Jinping, President Ramaphosa and other leaders of the our parties and two countries, with the joint efforts of both sides, the party-to-party co-operation will achieve more fruitful results and continue to inject strong impetus into the development of the China-South Africa Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, bringing more sense of gain and happiness to the people of our two countries.

The South African people are suffering from the third wave of Covid-19 infections. A few days ago, the CoronaVac Covid-19 vaccine manufactured by Sinovac Life Sciences Co of China has been authorised emergency use access in South Africa with conditions.

This is the latest development of China-South Africa Covid-19 response co-operation and a pragmatic measure taken by the ANC government for the wellbeing of South African people. The CPC is willing to work with South African political parties such as the ANC and the SACP to help South African people defeat the virus and create a happy life together.

* Chen Xiaodong is Ambassador of China to South Africa.

** The views expressed here are not necessarily those of IOL and Independent Media.

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China crisis: Xi Jinping's regime 'could soon collapse' as military purge backfires on CCP

Daily Express 09 July, 2021 - 10:05am

Chinese leader Xi Jinping could soon be toppled and the Chinese Communist Party could "collapse," according to a senior China analyst Paul Monk. Speaking to Sky News Australia, Mr Monk revealed that China's economy is "more fragile than it lets on" in spite of the facade the regime projects about itself. The leading author and expert also suggested that the Chinese military is much weaker than many suspect, and could face major difficulties if it pushes ahead with an invasion of Taiwan.

In a message to rivals, President Xi warned that foreign powers will "get their heads bashed" if they attempt to bully or influence the country.

However, Mr Monk suggested that "ill-considered moves" by China could lead to its own collapse.

He warned that the Chinese Communist model of rule had "reached its use-by date".

He explained: "If you look beyond that facade, economically China is more fragile than it lets on. This is something that experts have discussed for a decade.

"The economic model of this very rapid growth is unstable, unsustainable, and major reforms are needed.

"Pundits say if reforms are not undertaken in the near future what you could see is a flatlining of Chinese growth as we saw with Japan in the 1990s.

"China wouldn't be engaging in the extraordinary levels of censorship and repression if it felt secure, if it felt legitimate, so there will be a legitimate crisis on the horizon.

"The danger of conflict erupting because of an ill-considered move by China has risen considerably.

"Xi has purged senior military ranks. While talk of an invasion of Taiwan has dominated, China may be more fragile militarily than we thought.

"Any difficulty in achieving the mission to invade Taiwan could end in its own regime collapse.

"It could lead to a crisis. He has purged both the officer core and the security services and he has surrounded himself with people who won't challenge him.

"Nobody who is not approved by the party is given a voice at all and outside news is systematically suppressed."

This comes as relations between the West and China has worsened in recent months over trade and the pandemic.

The issue of Taiwan is also a major source of tension between China and the US.

However, Cai Xia, a leading Chinese dissident and scholar, recently said the Communist regime is much weaker than it looks.

She said: “I recommend that the US be fully prepared for the possible sudden disintegration of the CCP.

“Xi Jinping’s overly suspicious and narrow-minded personality has led to continuous purges inside the party, which have brought extreme dissatisfaction among the middle and high-level officials. Everyone feels unsafe."

While Western leaders virtue signal, Xi Jinping's power grows | Opinion

Newsweek 09 July, 2021 - 05:00am

In his speech, Xi confirmed everybody's worst fears. At no point did he mention the misery and mass murder that Mao's Cultural Revolution inflicted. Instead, by way of tribute to his communist dictator hero, he chose to dress in the same style of clothes as Mao. The speech looked back on "the glorious journey" the party has travelled since 1921 and told of how China has beaten back colonial oppressors.

The villains of the speech were the British, because of the mid-19th-century Opium Wars which plunged China into a downward spiral. The message was that, thanks to the Communist Party, there has been a national rejuvenation (again). Now, with the imperialist past gone, is the time to build a full, powerful military dictatorship and to "maintain the party's absolute leadership over the people's armed forces." This is to be bolstered by "comprehensive measures to enhance the political loyalty of the armed forces."

All of this comes straight out of the playbook of the 20th century's worst dictators. This power is to be used, Xi said, to defend China, and any attempt to subjugate the country will be met by a "great wall of steel" in the form of its 1.4 billion people. This, at least, is the official transcript. Other interpretations of Xi's words say that anyone who dares to challenge China "will have their heads bashed bloody against the Great Wall of Steel," an aggressive threat one would associate with a criminal gang.

Even more worrying, perhaps, is the issue that could become the most important in global politics in the near future: Xi's demand for China's complete reunification with Taiwan. The Japanese are already nervous about this prospect and have said that any Chinese military incursion into Taiwan will be met with resistance. I believe the Japanese have set out their stall in this way in an effort to persuade the Americans and NATO to follow suit. Yet the question remains: if China were to take back Taiwan by military force, how would the West react? I'm not sure it would react at all.

No doubt those who oppose authoritarian control, and would prefer a democratic Hong Kong, will be sent off for the "reeducation" in which Chinese authorities have proved themselves to be expert. Consider the hundreds of thousands of Uyghur Muslims who have been put through this unspeakable process. In the case of Hong Kong, the Sino-British joint declaration secured by Margaret Thatcher in 1984, in which the Chinese promised that the way of life in Hong Kong would remain untouched until at least 2047, is now worthless. Human rights are suppressed at every turn as the authoritarians tighten their grip, yet the West says little and does nothing.

Indeed, the West's descent into a collective spasm of indecision was evident just a few weeks ago at the G7 meeting. When the matter of China was raised, those countries gathered could not even agree on the wording to a resolution condemning Beijing's actions towards the Uyghur minority. German chancellor Angela Merkel, among others, described China as a "partner." Boris Johnson, who hosted the event in Britain, perhaps best exemplified the West's general non-reaction to China when he declared his intention of "building back better together, and building back greener, and building back fairer, and building back more equal and in a more gender neutral and perhaps a more feminine way." It is clear that these leaders have all chosen to bury their heads firmly in the sand.

Yet while Johnson and company obsess about climate change and signal their virtue, have no doubt that President Xi is laughing—mostly in disbelief but also in defiance. His centenary speech made no mention of climate change whatsoever. In fact, the Chinese intend to build up to 100 new coal-fired power stations every year. All those who are truly concerned about the environment should make China, and not the West, the focus of their scrutiny and attention—if they dare.

President Xi and his team are hell bent on pursuing total economic and military supremacy over the West, whatever the cost. Our leaders had better work out how they are going to contain this threat—and quickly. There will be no time for second chances.

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Blogger from China, critical of CCP, disappears mysteriously: Details

OpIndia 09 July, 2021 - 03:24am

In 2019, he wrote a blog post titled, 'Why the Authorities Can't Catch Me." For his followers, Program-Think has not been less than a 'hero' or a 'legend.' Many independent bloggers had to face persecution at the hands of the Chinese authorities. Some stopped posting while others disappeared forever.

An anonymous Chinese blogger, who goes by the pseudonym of ‘Program Think’, has been missing for the past two weeks. The blogger used to expose the corruption and concealed wealth of top Chinese Communist Party (CCP) members.

Although ‘Program Think’ was able to evade arrest for over 12 years, Radio Free Asia (RFA) claimed that the Chinese authorities have detained the blogger. RFA added that he would be subjected to rigorous interrogation until they solicit a confession from him. On May 24, a comment on his blog post said that his family had been seeking help. “Last week, he went on a business trip to a big city in East China and lost contact with us the next day. There were no unusual messages before he lost contact,” the comment warned.

“It has been almost a week now. At first, I was not sure if something happened, or if there was an accident, I didn’t call the police. Last night, the police gave us an official response (to our missing person’s report), saying that they were processing his case, but … without giving any information on the progress of their investigation,” the comment further added. As per Twitter account @GFWfrog, ‘Program-Think’ was detained earlier in May and currently undergoing ‘brutal interrogation’. It claimed that the last blog post dated May 9 was scheduled by the blogger in advance.

While speaking to Radio Free Asia, an informant named Xu said, “Recently, through my own credible sources, I learned that they have detained Program-Think, and are putting him through harsh interrogation. I can’t accept the persecution of a person of such conscience and outstanding ability … so I have to make this information public despite the risks”. Program-Think has been at the helm of exposing the Chinese Communist Party through anti-brainwashing campaigns. One of his notable works was exposing the hidden wealth following the 2016 Panama Papers’ leak.

Xu said, “I think Program-Think had a bigger impact than anyone on the Chinese internet. Particularly his posts laying out very complete evidence to refute [government] propaganda. He would convert CCP supporters. He is a hero, and totally irreplaceable.” According to Zhou Fengsuo of Humanitarian China NGO, several bloggers learnt to circumvent the Chinese government’s censorship and surveillance through the blog of Program-Think. Interestingly, his blog was chosen by Deutsche Welle (DW) for the Best of Blogs awards in 2013.

In his own words, Program-Think had earlier said that he never wanted to write political content and wanted to share information about programming. However, when the blog became popular, he wrote about ways to evade government censorship, political analysis, and information security tips, etc. In 2019, he wrote a blog post titled, ‘Why the Authorities Can’t Catch Me.” For his followers, Program-Think has not been less than a ‘hero’ or a ‘legend.’ Many independent bloggers had to face persecution at the hands of the Chinese authorities. Some stopped posting while others disappeared forever.

Last year, Jack Ma had gone on a tirade against China’s current banking system, the financial regulatory structure of the Communist-ruled country, and how it was unsuitable for his fintech giant, Ant group. Ma’s critical remarks for the Communist regime terminated the planned IPO of his fintech giant Ant Group, just two days before it was scheduled to begin trading.

Following his disparaging remarks for the Chinese regulatory system, Ma, who has rarely shied away from the public glare, disappeared for almost three months, giving rise to a host of speculations about his whereabouts and well-being. He re-emerged last month with a 50-second video appearance. Earlier, reports had emerged that Jack Ma has been ’embracing supervision’ at an unknown location.

Ma is not the only prominent personality to have raised the hackles of the Chinese Communist Party by raising unpopular opinions. Many other billionaires too, had made critical remarks of the Party and had similarly disappeared from the public eye for a few months. Be it Chinese businessman and investor Guo Guangchang or Chinese actor Fan Bingbing, Former Interpol chief Meng Hongwei, or Ex-real estate tycoon Ren Zhiqiang—all had to bear the brunt for not conforming to the CCP directives.

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The Chinese Communist Party centennial is something to fear, not celebrate

The Hill 08 July, 2021 - 02:00pm

The United States of America, the world’s oldest continuous democracy, was founded on the radical concept of self-governance. The current Chinese government, governed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), has sought top-down control by the state in every aspect of society since its founding in 1921, particularly since the party took power in a bloody civil war in 1949.

July’s 100 year anniversary of the CCP is not something to celebrate, but something upon which to reflect. It should also prompt us to increase our resolve to see the CCP for what it is: an increasingly authoritarian regime that is the most serious future threat to a free, peaceful and prosperous world.

In a major speech commemorating the CCP’s centennial, ironically delivered from Tiananmen Square, where the party brutally crushed dissent in 1989, Chinese President Xi Jinping credited the party for all of China’s advancements and stated that “China’s success hinges on the Party.”

This is the false choice CCP leadership has presented its population since Mao Zedong: Either keep the CCP in power or the country will go backwards and again be overrun by foreign powers. 

The primary argument that the party makes to its public, and as it presents its model of one-party authoritarian state capitalism to the world, is that this system has heroically lifted hundreds of millions of Chinese citizens out of poverty. That’s like praising the arsonist for later putting out the fire.

Through the Cultural Revolution and forced famine, Mao Zedong’s CCP plunged the Chinese people deep into poverty, with tens of millions dying from starvation. Mao alone is estimated to have killed at least 40 million people through forced starvation, persecution, prison labor and mass executions. Hardly a role model for the world. There was nowhere for China to go but up from the depths of despair to which Mao had driven it. 

In his Beijing speech, Xi said: “Since the very day of its founding, the Party has made seeking happiness for the Chinese people and rejuvenation for the Chinese nation its aspiration and mission.” Tell that to the people in Xinjiang, where a systemic genocide is underway to wipe out and “change the thoughts” of the minority Uyghur Muslim population. Or to the people of Hong Kong, where promised independence following the handover of Hong Kong from British to Chinese control has been crushed and extinguished. Or in Tibet, where cultural genocide is underway to wipe out a proud history of Tibetans. 

Next, the Chinese Communist Party has always promised the world a peaceful rise. In his speech, Xi Jinping said: “We have never bullied, oppressed or subjugated the people of any other country, and we never will.” Tell that to Australia, where the CCP is executing a plan of economic blackmail, aggressive verbal threats and intimidation. Or to countries such as Japan, Malaysia or the Philippines, where China aggressively claims islands for itself that others have claimed for generations. China is even building new islands and militarizing critical shipping lanes in the South China Sea.

In resource, mineral and fishing rights, China shows little regard for any other nation or any international treaty to which it may even be bound. It conducts predatory economics globally and ensnares so-called allies in debt-trap diplomacy. China pursues an agenda solely intent on strengthening and further the grip of power for the Chinese Communist Party.

And now with its self-declared “president for life” Xi Jinping and its “wolf-warrior” style diplomacy, all pretense of the CCP’s intentions has largely vanished. As Xi said in his speech, “Anyone who would attempt to do so will find themselves on a collision course with a great wall of steel forged by over 1.4 billion Chinese people.” That hardly sounds like a nation seeking a peaceful rise.

Xi speaks often of a national rejuvenation, but the regime is focused on a rejuvenation not for China or for the Chinese people but instead for the party. For the sake of China and the world, let’s hope there is not another celebration for the CCP’s founding a century from now. Instead, let’s hope that with the world’s attentive focus and resolve, the CCP can be driven to what President Reagan declared should be the destiny of all Marxist-Leninist regimes — “the ash-heap of history.”

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