Xi Jinping was already China's most powerful leader in decades. The son of one of the country's revolutionary heroes, in his first five years in charge he has consolidated personal control and been hailed as the "core" of the Communist Party.Last year, Xi Jinping Thought was enshrined in the constitution - an honour previously reserved for Mao Zedong.Now, Xi appears to be laying the groundwork to hold on to that power indefinitely.Chinese state media is reporting a proposal from the Communist Party's Central Committee to change the constitution to remove the two-term limit on the presidency.This would mean Xi could stay on beyond his current five-year term, which is due to end in 2023.Technically, this is just a proposal, and the final decision will be taken at the National People's Congress next month, but given the nature of China's political system if the idea is being publicly floated, there is vanishingly little doubt that it will be implemented.As leader of China, Xi Jinping … [Read more...] about Is China’s leader Xi Jinping doing a Vladimir Putin by clinging to power?
Michael Auslin 19 November 2018 2:14 PM 19 November 2018 2:14 PM Share Twitter Facebook LinkedIn Email Whatsapp After repeated denials, Chinese officials finally admitted last month that they have set up internment camps in the far-western province of Xinjiang, where up to one million ethnic Uighurs, almost all of whom are Muslim, are being held. Under China’s anti-terrorism law and ‘religious affairs regulation,’ the government in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region publicly introduced the ‘Regulation on De-extremification.’ What it describes is a new gulag, where re-education and the suppression of Uighur identity is its main goal. There are approximately 25 million Muslims in China today, but these new draconian laws in Xinjiang are aimed solely at the ethnic Uighurs, of which there are just over 11 million. Unlike the Hui, another major Muslim ethnic group who have largely assimilated into Chinese society, Uighurs have … [Read more...] about China’s crackdown on Muslims in Xinjiang is sure to backfire
The pioneering trio are among nine activists all facing public nuisance charges for their participation in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests. Sociology professor Chan Kin-man, 59, law professor Benny Tai, 54, and Baptist minister Chu Yiu-ming, 74, founded the Occupy Central with Love and Peace movement in 2013 and joined with the student-led “Umbrella Movement” which brought parts of the city to a standstill for months, calling for free elections for the city's leader. The charges the trio face are based on colonial-era law and carry jail terms of up to seven years. Under Article 18 (1) of Part IV of the Hong Kong Public Order Ordinance, when three persons, assembled together ... provoke other persons to commit a breach of the peace,” the gathering is “unlawful.” Punishment can be up to 5 years imprisonment. If the assembly degenerates into a “riot,” participant can expect prison terms up to 10 years. Ironically, this legislature was first … [Read more...] about Hong Kong claims campaigners trial is China’s response to ‘umbrella’
Estimates for the last quarter of the year are balanced between optimistic and pessimistic. A Saxo Bank analysis shows that Q4 will have a lower risk, with a US Dollar Index peak in December (alongside “Fed’s neutral interest rate”) and China finally bringing significant incentives to the online environment. Steen Jakobsen, economist and CIO at Saxo Bank, has put together the most important trends of the quarter. Read his complete analysis below: “I just came back after a crowded travel program that only confirmed that our main macro script, “The Four Horsemen”, is really making its way into the global economy. The four horseman are: The amount of money: in collapse; The price of money: increases rapidly; Globalization: in collapse; Energy price: growing (and acting as a consumer tax). The energy price has been corrected since we initiated the Four Riders, but the full impact of past rises in prices has clearly been seen in global consumption, … [Read more...] about Q4 Analysis: USD will peak in December, China will move towards online incentives
As of the end of May 2018, 1,600 foreign peacekeepers had been trained at Chinese training centres. The 70th anniversary of UN peacekeeping is celebrated in 2018. China has been participating in UN peacekeeping operations for 28 years. As Russian expert Azhdar Kurtov noted, after World War II, peacekeeping operations were mostly carried out by Western countries. This is partly due to the fact that in the course of peacekeeping, Western countries were also solving their own problems. These tasks have not always coincided with the goals set for UN peacekeeping missions. © AFP 2018 / STRChinese Marines Conduct Major War Games Involving 10,000 Troops“Western states, through peacekeepers, often asserted their influence in certain regions. The participation of China allows us to rectify this situation, to make peacekeeping meet the true goals of the UN. And China’s build-up … [Read more...] about China Forced West to Reconsider its Attitude to Peacekeeping