With long toots, two Chinese coast guard ships with displacement exceeding 1,000 tons each left a dock in Guangzhou for the South China Sea to conduct patrols to safeguard China’s sovereignty. An official of the relevant department revealed that a coast guard ship equipped with weapons “will have greater strength to intensify law enforcement on the sea.” He disclosed that China will transform many fishery administration and marine surveillance ships into armed coast guard ships.
Guangzhou Daily says in its report that at about 9:30 am on June 11, a large white ship sailed along the Pearl River, tooting. It was full of power and grandeur and the number “3210” painted on its bow and the marks “CHINA COAST GUARD” on its sides looked quite sharp.
That is a Chinese coast guard ship transformed from China’s most advanced fishery administration ship the Fishery Administration 310. It has a displacement of 2,580 tons. The official revealed that compared with its previous shape, the Coast Guard 3210’s greatest difference from its past is that it has been armed. The two machine canons looked quite impressive on its deck.
Closely following it was the Coast Guard 3102, which also sailed along the Pearl River magnificently for the South China Sea. That ship has a displacement of 1,000 tons and is said to have been equipped with a new type of China-made automatic cannon.
In addition to the two ships, the Marine Surveillance 167, Marine Surveillance 168 and Marine Surveillance 169 that previously belonged to China’s Marine Surveillance South Sea Command have respectively been transformed into Coast Guard 3367, Coast Guard 3368 and Coast Guard 3369 and been immediately commissioned.
Source: Singtao Daily “Coast Guard Ships Carry Weapons to Patrol South China Sea” (translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)
Elite Reference says in its report “Frigates of Chinese aircraft carrier battle group secretly assembled at the military port for aircraft carriers”, “Soviet last aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk, though failed to be commissioned but leaves experience and lessons, which may be provided to China for reference in China’s pursuit of nuclear aircraft carriers.”
I have revealed in my posts that China’s first aircraft carrier the Liaoning has recently set sail for the sea for training, especially landing and taking-off of aircrafts on it and that China has begun research projects for the development of its own nuclear aircraft carriers.
Please refer to my posts: “China: Aircraft Carrier Sets Out for Landing and Taking-off Training on the Sea” on June 12 and “China: PLA on course for nuclear-powered aircraft carriers” on February 22”.
Elite Reference says, “There has been analysis that China will carry out its plan for aircraft carrier construction by stage. At the first stage, four conventional carriers will be built; while at the second stage, at least two nuclear carriers will be built. They are expected to be delivered to Chinese navy around 2020.”
It says that according to Hong Kong’s Asia & Pacific Defence Quarterly, the Soviet Union completed the design of its nuclear aircraft carrier Ulyanovsk, which was dismantled halfway in construction due to lack of funds. However, they already completed building two of its 4 nuclear reactors by that time.
The magazine is of the opinion that as China cannot obtain technical information about nuclear aircraft carrier from the West, Russian and Ukraine where the Ulyanovsk was built, can teach China how to build a nuclear aircraft carrier based on their experience in building the Ulyanovsk. China will certainly want such expertise from them earnestly. As both Russia and Ukraine are under economic pressure and have strategic demand, it is very difficult for a third party to prevent the two countries from providing China with assistance.
Source: Elite Reference “Frigates of Chinese aircraft carrier battle group secretly assembled at the military port for aircraft carriers” (summary and excerpts translated from Chinese by Chan Kai Yee)
The recent revelations made by senior Beijing venture capitalist Cha Li that at least 6,000 “super landlords” each own 300 flats in the Chinese capital has sparked a controversial debate among China’s real estate professionals and property owners.
While many remain sceptical about the number, others consider it proof of how polarised China is today.
Cha shared the shocking discovery that “cannot be found in any property market report” in his recent column “Don’t misread mobile internet investment.” He talked about how he finds talented entrepreneurs with potentially valuable projects in a piece published on the Economic Observer website.
“At least 5,000 to 6,000 people in Beijing own 300 flats each,” he wrote. “When an entrepreneur told me this number, I couldn’t believe it myself. ”
Cha then quoted a realtor he worked with as saying, “now we only service landlords who own more than 300 flats, since we don’t have the energy to work with smaller landlords. ”
“Our own investigation finds the number to be even bigger,” Cha wrote.
Cha’s finding seems to be in line with a 2012 Hurun report.
According to findings presented in the Chinese Millionaire Wealth Report 2012 by the Hurun, Beijing led other cities with the largest concentration of millionaires – 179,000 of them.
The majority of these millionaires engage in manufacturing and real estate, said the report.
While the identities of these millionaires remains unknown, China’s disgruntled net users say they believe many are “corrupted officials and bosses of state-owned firms.”
“A small group of people have reaped the amount of wealth they are not entitled to,” a Sohu news reader commented, ”And the bubbles in the property market worsened the gap between the rich and the poor.”
“The inequalities in our wealth is a result of inequalities in receiving education, “Sun Lijian, an economics professor at Fundan University told Sohu.com. “It leads to ineuqualities in job opportunities and income.”
Many more microbloggers went on to urge officials to declare assets.
The online campaign demanding China’s officials to declare assets has been gaining momentum in recent months. In a viral post this week, Liu Zhijun, former railways minister who stood trial on Sunday on corruption charges, was called by bloggers “the first high-ranking official to publicly declare his assets”.
Liu’s fortune of more than 800 million yuan (HK$1 billion) and fleet of 16 cars had been exposed prior to his trial.
Source: SCMP “Claim that 6,000 ‘super landlords’ each own 300 flats in Beijing sparks controversy”
On June 13 1989, a Tuesday, the Beijing Public Security Bureau issued a list of 21 leaders of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests who were being sought for arrest, as reported by the New York Times on the following day:
The 21 students whose mug shots and biographical details were shown on television included the two most prominent leaders of the democracy movement, …
Main opposition party says it will reject draft legislation that would allow semi-official bodies to open branches in Taiwan and on mainland
Taiwan’s main opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) has pledged to stop Beijing-friendly President Ma Ying-jeou from allowing cross-strait semi-official organisations to set up reciprocal branch offices.
Joseph Wu Jau-shieh, executive director of the DPP’s Policy Research Committee, said on Wednesday his party would propose a resolution rejecting draft legislation that would enable the mainland’s semi-official Association for Relations Across the Taiwan Straits (Arats) to open a branch office in Taiwan. Arats’ counterpart in Taipei, the Straits Exchange Foundation (SEF), also wants to open a mainland office.
The island’s ruling Kuomintang said yesterday – after a summit between President Xi Jinping, in the capacity of Communist Party chief, and KMT honorary chairman Wu Poh-hsiung – that it would negotiate with opposition parties to remove the political barriers to establishing reciprocal offices.
“It is just like when we promoted the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement [ECFA]. We faced many difficulties in Taiwan, and the opposition parties boycotted it in a high-profile manner. But in the end we overcame the difficulties and signed the agreement, “the Kuomintang’s statement said. The EFCA was signed in 2010.
But Joseph Wu was quoted by the pro-independence Liberal Times yesterday as saying: “The DPP is worried about … whether the [Arats] branch in Taipei would play the same role as the central government’s liaison office in Hong Kong, which would mean that Taiwan recognises that it is part of [the People's Republic of] China.”
He was also quoted as saying that Ma’s political stance on cross-strait affairs – that of “one Republic of China, two areas” – did not reflect the status quo in Taiwan, and that it would bring “permanent harm” to the island’s future development in the international community. “For [Taiwan's] political positioning, the DPP believes that there is no grey area, because there’s no way to accept the Hong Kong model,” he said.
On Wednesday, Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council reiterated that the island’s relationship with the mainland was based on the Constitution of the Republic of China, not on Beijing’s “one-China principle”. It also stressed that, under the constitution, mainland China is part of the ROC, and both Beijing and Taipei “do not recognise each other’s sovereignty but do not deny each other’s jurisdiction”.
Pro-DPP commentator Wang Hsing-ching, who writes under the name Nanfang Shuo, said that interpretation was “out of date” and unconvincing. Wang also claimed that “Ma’s so-called Beijing-friendly cross-strait policies benefit only some financial cliques and big families.”
Source: SCMP “Taiwan opposition party DPP to block reciprocal offices with China”
Note: That is a wield situation. When the DPP was in power, Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian of the DPP dared not openly advocate Taiwan independence for fear of losing US support though almost all DPP members advocated Taiwan independence then,.
At that time the DPP denied the existence of “consensus of 1992” reached by representatives of both sides in 1992: “Both sides of the Taiwan Strait agree that there is only one China. However, the two sides of the Strait have different opinions as to the meaning of ‘one China’.”
It means that the PRC regards itself as the only China and Taiwan as a part of it while Taiwan regards its Republic of China (ROC) as the only China and the Chinese mainland as a part of the ROC. There are now two separate independent jurisdictions but both are China, i.e. only one China. A wield consensus!
At that time, for the pro-independence DPP, the consensus is unacceptable. It wants one China and one Taiwan.
Since the KMT came into power in 2008, it has made great efforts for closer economic relations across the Taiwan Strait. It concluded the Economic Co-operation Framework Agreement with the mainland and has thus made Taiwan increasingly dependent on the mainland.
Lots of Taiwanese are now making lots of money on the mainland; lots of Taiwanese on the mainland and in Taiwan have married mainland women; and lots of mainland tourists are bringing lots of Renminbi to Taiwan. All those activities are making great contributions to Taiwan’s economy and building up increasingly closer relations between the two sides.
As a result, quite a few DPP members have changed their minds and support the one-China idea now. In October, 2012, DPP heavyweight Frank Hsieh who represents quite a large number of DPP members, made an ice-breaking visit to the PRC and put forth his constitutional consensus to replace the “consensus of 1992” and accept the one-China idea. His trick is that the constitutions on both sides of the strait provide that there is only one China. That is in fact a one-China consensus.
Now, the two sides are making great efforts to set up reciprocal representative offices across the strait. For Taiwan, its office on the mainland may function like a consulate to provide indispensable services for Taiwanese people. However, as point out in my post “China and Taiwan Cross-strait Representative Offices: One Offensive, the other Defensive” on May 7, 2013, the mainland office in Taiwan will certainly launch peaceful offensives in Taiwan for unification of Taiwan with the mainland. That will be a war without gunpowder for unification much better than military attack.
Can Taiwan resist the offensives?
- Warming-up between Pro-independence DPP and Mainland dated July 26, 2012
- Taiwan DPP Heavyweight Frank Hsieh on Icebreaking Trip to Mainland dated October 3, 2012
- Frank Hsieh Indirectly Accepts One China by His Constitutional Consensus dated October 8, 2012
- China and Taiwan Cross-strait Representative Offices: One Offensive, the other Defensive dated May 7, 2013