China’s qianzhan.com says in its report today that recently, a documentary entitled “The Road of Crimea’s Return” was shown in Russia that revealed that Putin was prepared to order Russian nuclear troops to be ready to fight in order to ensure that Crimea would return to Russia.
A recent Russian public opinion poll found that 50% of Russian citizens support Putin in using nuclear weapons while only 27% of them worried about that.
That made the web media admire Russian people and gives its report the title “A fighting nation is indeed fierce: a half of Russian citizens supported Putin to use nuclear weapons”
It gives this blogger the impression that 50% Russian people are as mad as Putin while Chinese media is not less mad.
Source: qianzhan.com “A fighting nation is indeed fierce: a half of Russian citizens supported Putin to use nuclear weapons” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
China’s qianzhan.com reports today that in early March, the islands and reefs occupied by China in Spratly Islands are covered by China’s mobile phone and TV networks. That is quite a big investment as those islands and reefs spread in quite a large area, but it is necessary if China uses its artificial islands there for development of tourism, fishery, fish farming and exploitation of oil and gas.
Source: qianzhan.com “China’s Spratly islands and reefs connected to mobile phone and TV networks: Troops there no longer feel lonely” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
(Reuters) – China will almost double the number of its general doctors by 2020, trim its public sector and improve technology as it seeks to fix a healthcare system plagued by snarling queues and poor rural services, its main administrative authority has said.
China’s fast-growing healthcare market is a magnet for global drug makers, medical device firms and hospital operators, all looking to take a slice of a healthcare bill expected to hit $1 trillion by 2020, according to McKinsey & Co.
“Healthcare resources overall are insufficient, quality is too low, our structures are badly organized and service systems fragmented. Parts of the public hospital system have also become bloated,” China’s State Council said in a five-year roadmap announced late on Monday.
The roadmap, which laid out targets for healthcare officials nationwide between 2015 and 2020, said Beijing wanted to have two general doctors per thousand people by 2020, close to double the number at the end of 2013, as well as increasing the number of nursing and support staff.
China suffers from a scarcity of doctors – partly caused by low salaries – which has created bottlenecks at popular urban hospitals leading to rising tension between medical practitioners and often frustrated patients.
The roadmap said China would also look to use technology such as mobile devices and online “cloud systems” to meet some of the issues, a potential boost to tech firms like Alibaba Group Holding Ltd and its healthcare subsidiary Alibaba Health Information Technology Ltd.
China should also have digital databases for electronic health records and patient information covering the entire population to some degree by 2020, it said.
Providing access to affordable healthcare is a key platform for President Xi Jinping’s government. However, recent probes have turned the spotlight on corruption in the sector, while patients often have large out-of-pocket expenses due to low levels of insurance coverage.
The roadmap said China would push forward the development of grassroots healthcare, a fast-growing business segment, while reining in some large public hospitals in urban centers.
The document also suggested further opening to the private sector, where Chinese and international firms have been taking a growing role in running hospitals.
“The role of public health institutions is too big, with the number of beds accounting for around 90 percent of the total,” the State Council said.
Source: Reuters “China aims to double doctor numbers as cure for healthcare woes”
This blogger published at his blogs quite a few posts on China’s nuclear submarines, but none of them are from Chinese official source except the piece of news on China’s success in developing its fourth-generation nuclear submarine based on the speech of a Chinese provincial-level official in August, 2013.
The newest post in my blog on China’s nuclear submarines is on the construction of 3 newest Type 093G2 attack nuclear submarines in my post “China Building 3 Newest Type 093G2 Attack Nuclear Submarines” on February 15, 2015
The post was based on an article on Taiwan’s Defense International magazine. In the article there is a satellite photo that shows that by December 2014, China’s Hulu Island Shipyard had completed the construction of two Type 093G2 nuclear submarines. However, no details about the submarines are given except that judging by the satellite photo a 093G2 is installed with a vertical launch system (VLS), but it is not clear whether there are 12 or 24 tubes in the VLS.
Yesterday, the military channel of people.com.cn carried a report on CCTV’s interview with Chinese military expert Real Admiral Yin Zhuo about the 3 new nuclear submarines.
As CCTV is China’s top official TV media and Real Admiral is a navy insider, we believe, the report provides rare official information about China’s nuclear submarines.
First, Real Admiral Yin told the reporter that the design standards of China’s nuclear submarines are in the main equal to usual world standards.
When CCTV quotes media report that as 093G has VLS, it is better by far than Russia’s Oscar-class nuclear submarine and a real “aircraft carrier killer”. Yin said that was not a scientific view.
He said judging by the photo, the displacement of a 093G was but a few thousand tons but that of Russia’s Oscar-class is 20,000 tons. It can carry 24 missiles 4 tons each with a large range and supersonic speed. That is formidable fire power. A 093G is better in its VLS that enable it to attack targets in all direction.
Yin said: the initial design of 093G meant to give 093G powerful anti-ship and defense-breaking capabilities. The capabilities of land attack and relatively strong anti-submarine capabilities were added to the design later.
In addition, Yin revealed that a submarine was only able to detect surface ships within a distance of several dozen of kilometers, but the range of its anti-ship missile has a range of a few hundred kilometers while its anti-ground cruise missile has a range exceeding 1,000 kilometers. Therefore, the submarine relies on the information provided by satellite and aircraft, which transmit the information to the submarine through land-based long-wave radio station.
He said, “A submarine needs a full set of external communication system to ensure its combat capabilities. At present, we have complete capabilities to safeguard our Type 093G nuclear submarines. We can provide such protection no matter where they have sailed to for battle operation.
Source: people.com.cn “Our 093G nuclear submarine threatens large warships and can be installed with anti-ground cruise missiles” (summary by Chan Kai Yee basedon the report in Chinese)
Mao held that the masses of people are real heroes that create history, but in fact, he regarded them as fools to be led by him to die and suffer for him.
This blogger, however, believes that the masses of people are no heroes and unable to create history. It’s the leaders of nations that create history whether good or bad.
China has been able to achieve tremendous economic growth and gain the potential to surpass the US because it has been lucky to have three generations of wise leaders, Deng Xiaoping, Jiang Zemin and Xi Jinping.
The United States is unlucky to have a president who fought two wars without clear goals and do not know how to fight effectively. As a result, the US is deep in debts now and unable to lead the world due to lack of funds.
US Nobel Prize Laureate Paul Krugman gave a vivid description of Deng Xiaoping’s wisdom and Bush administration’s stupidity in his article “Rare and Foolish”.
He said that as far back as in 1992, Deng Xiaoping saw the importance of rare earths and said, “There is oil in the Middle East; there is rare earth in China”. At that time the US had a monopoly of rare earths but the Bush administration did not realize their importance. It allowed China to take over the technology and equipment to grab the monopoly from the US.
Mr. Frugman said in his article, “But policy makers simply stood by as the U.S. rare earth industry shut down. In at least one case, in 2003 — a time when, if you believed the Bush administration, considerations of national security governed every aspect of U.S. policy — the Chinese literally packed up all the equipment in a U.S. production facility and shipped it to China.”
Now, China is certain to have a wise leader who raised the slogan of Chinese dream to bring harmony to a divided nation (divided between conservatives and reformists) and put forth the ideas of free trade area Asian Pacific and the Silk Road and 21st Century Maritime Silk Road for exporting China’s surplus production capacities and cheap goods to less developed countries.
According to Chinese system, like Jiang Zemin, Xi has the potential to rule China for two decades as the core of the collective leadership of the CCP Dynasty with the power of an emperor. In the two decades, China will surpass the US unless there are wise leaders in the US to meet the challenges.
The following is the full text of Paul Krugman’s article:
Rare and Foolish
By Paul Krugman, OCT. 17, 2010
Last month a Chinese trawler operating in Japanese-controlled waters collided with two vessels of Japan’s Coast Guard. Japan detained the trawler’s captain; China responded by cutting off Japan’s access to crucial raw materials.
And there was nowhere else to turn: China accounts for 97 percent of the world’s supply of rare earths, minerals that play an essential role in many high-technology products, including military equipment. Sure enough, Japan soon let the captain go.
I don’t know about you, but I find this story deeply disturbing, both for what it says about China and what it says about us. On one side, the affair highlights the fecklessness of U.S. policy makers, who did nothing while an unreliable regime acquired a stranglehold on key materials. On the other side, the incident shows a Chinese government that is dangerously trigger-happy, willing to wage economic warfare on the slightest provocation.
Some background: The rare earths are elements whose unique properties play a crucial role in applications ranging from hybrid motors to fiber optics. Until the mid-1980s the United States dominated production, but then China moved in.
“There is oil in the Middle East; there is rare earth in China,” declared Deng Xiaoping, the architect of China’s economic transformation, in 1992. Indeed, China has about a third of the world’s rare earth deposits. This relative abundance, combined with low extraction and processing costs — reflecting both low wages and weak environmental standards — allowed China’s producers to undercut the U.S. industry.
You really have to wonder why nobody raised an alarm while this was happening, if only on national security grounds. But policy makers simply stood by as the U.S. rare earth industry shut down. In at least one case, in 2003 — a time when, if you believed the Bush administration, considerations of national security governed every aspect of U.S. policy — the Chinese literally packed up all the equipment in a U.S. production facility and shipped it to China.
The result was a monopoly position exceeding the wildest dreams of Middle Eastern oil-fueled tyrants. And even before the trawler incident, China showed itself willing to exploit that monopoly to the fullest. The United Steelworkers recently filed a complaint against Chinese trade practices, stepping in where U.S. businesses fear to tread because they fear Chinese retaliation. The union put China’s imposition of export restrictions and taxes on rare earths — restrictions that give Chinese production in a number of industries an important competitive advantage — at the top of the list.
Then came the trawler event. Chinese restrictions on rare earth exports were already in violation of agreements China made before joining the World Trade Organization. But the embargo on rare earth exports to Japan was an even more blatant violation of international trade law.
Oh, and Chinese officials have not improved matters by insulting our intelligence, claiming that there was no official embargo. All of China’s rare earth exporters, they say — some of them foreign-owned — simultaneously decided to halt shipments because of their personal feelings toward Japan. Right.
So what are the lessons of the rare earth fracas?
First, and most obviously, the world needs to develop non-Chinese sources of these materials. There are extensive rare earth deposits in the United States and elsewhere. However, developing these deposits and the facilities to process the raw materials will take both time and financial support. So will a prominent alternative: “urban mining,” a k a recycling of rare earths and other materials from used electronic devices.
Second, China’s response to the trawler incident is, I’m sorry to say, further evidence that the world’s newest economic superpower isn’t prepared to assume the responsibilities that go with that status.
Major economic powers, realizing that they have an important stake in the international system, are normally very hesitant about resorting to economic warfare, even in the face of severe provocation — witness the way U.S. policy makers have agonized and temporized over what to do about China’s grossly protectionist exchange-rate policy. China, however, showed no hesitation at all about using its trade muscle to get its way in a political dispute, in clear — if denied — violation of international trade law.
Couple the rare earth story with China’s behavior on other fronts — the state subsidies that help firms gain key contracts, the pressure on foreign companies to move production to China and, above all, that exchange-rate policy — and what you have is a portrait of a rogue economic superpower, unwilling to play by the rules. And the question is what the rest of us are going to do about it.
Source: New York Times “Rare and Foolish”
Previously, Reuters says in its report “China, Japan agree to keep momentum alive for better ties”, “China and Japan held their first security talks in four years on Thursday and agreed to keep alive and foster a nascent recovery in bilateral ties plagued by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression and a territorial dispute.”
That is a clear aimed at easing the tension between the two countries.
Hong Kong’s RTHK reports early this morning that during the four-day annual Boao Forum that ended yesterday, Xi Jinping met former Japanese prime minister Yasuo Fukuda several times as Mr. Fukuda served as chairman of the forum.
RTHK quotes Fukuda as saying that during their meetings Xi did not mention historical issues. Regarding to Sino-Japanese relations, Fukuda says that undoubtedly, progress is being made towards improvement of the relations between the two countries.
The following is the full text of Reuters report:
China, Japan agree to keep momentum alive for better ties
(Reuters) – China and Japan held their first security talks in four years on Thursday and agreed to keep alive and foster a nascent recovery in bilateral ties plagued by the legacy of Japan’s wartime aggression and a territorial dispute.
The world’s second- and third-largest economies, however, failed to set a timetable for the implementation of a scheme designed to ensure real-time communication between their armed forces.
Sino-Japanese relations have chilled over what China views as Japan’s reluctance to properly atone for its wartime past as well as a dispute over a group of tiny East China Sea islets.
Patrol ships and fighter jets from both countries have shadowed each other regularly near the uninhabited islands that are controlled by Japan but also claimed by China, prompting fears that an accidental collision could spark conflict.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s moves to ease the constraints of Japan’s pacifist constitution on its military have unnerved China. Japan says China’s defense policy lacks transparency.
Abe held formal talks with Chinese President Xi Jinping last November. In the meeting, hailed by Xi as the first step toward improved ties, the two agreed to work for the implementation of a bilateral crisis management mechanism.
“Both sides agreed that the tide is beginning to turn for the better regarding relations between Japan and China following the summit meeting,” a Japanese Foreign Ministry official told a media briefing after the one-day meeting.
“They also agreed that it is important to keep on taking positive steps in various areas and at various levels to firmly establish this trend.”
China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement the Chinese side had expressed concern about “Japan’s recent moves in the military and security fields” and hoped Japan “continues down the path of peaceful development”.
In a sign of a thaw in Sino-Japanese ties, foreign ministers of Japan, China and South Korea are set to meet on Saturday in Seoul for the first time in nearly three years.
Xi and Abe, in their talks last year, agreed to aim for implementation of a plan for hot lines between defense officials as well as communication between vessels and aircraft to convey each other’s intentions and avoid clashes.
While both sides at the Thursday meeting agreed to work to implement the scheme at an early date, no agreement was reached on a concrete schedule toward that goal, the official said.
(Reporting by Kiyoshi Takenaka; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in BEIJING; Editing by Robert Birsel and Paul Tait)
Source: Reuters “China, Japan agree to keep momentum alive for better ties”
Source: RTHK “Xi Jinping did not mention historical issues when he met Yasuo Fukuda” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
China’s suggestion on the establishment of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) proves very popular. According to Hong Kong’s Apple Daily’s report 3 hours ago, so far 40 countries have expressed their desire to join AIIB, making the number of its founder members rise to 41, including India, Indonesia, France, Germany, Italy, Britain, Switzerland, Australia, South Korea, Brazia, Russian and Netherlands.
The US wants to be world leader so that it has forced its veto power on IMF and World Bank and will not give up its veto even when the US is declining and emerging powers have been rising and want to make more contributions two the two organizations.
Forcing leadership on others is unpopular.
No wonder due to dissatisfaction with US monopoly in the two organizations, so many countries, including US allies are anxious to joint AIIB.
They want to join as AIIB will bring benefits to them. Reuters says in its report on AIIB on March 28, “South Korea hopes its infrastructure companies will benefit from the country joining the China-backed Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), the finance ministry said on Friday.”
However, the most important factor is that China is wise not to seek world leadership in having veto power in AIIB.
WSJ, however, gave its report with US mentality to be world leader. Reuters says, “The Wall Street Journal reported this week that China had proposed to forgo veto power at the AIIB to attract more countries to join the new bank.”
China regards WSJ’s idea as absurd. Reuters says in the same report, “Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying has however dismissed the notion that Beijing sought – or gave up – veto power as an ‘impossible proposition’.”
The following is the full text of Reuters report on AIIB today:
More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank
SHANGHAI/RIO DE JANEIRO
(Reuters) – Russia, Australia and the Netherlands on Saturday became the latest three countries to say they plan to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), adding clout to an institution seen as enhancing China’s regional and global influence.
The AIIB, seen as a challenge to existing institutions the World Bank and Asian Development Bank, has drawn a cool response from the United States, despite which European U.S. allies including Britain, France, Germany and Italy have already announced they would join the bank.
Other countries such as Turkey and South Korea have also said they would join. Brazil, China’s top trading partner, said on Friday it would sign up and that there were no conditions set. “Brazil is very interested in participating in this initiative,” the office of President Dilma Rousseff said in a statement.
Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Igor Shuvalov, speaking on Saturday at a forum in Boao on the southern Chinese island of Hainan, said the country plans to join the AIIB, according to the official Xinhua news agency.
Speaking at the same forum, Australian Finance Minister Mathias Cormann said the country was planning to apply to become a founding member, according to Xinhua.
And the Netherlands also plans to join, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on his official Facebook page after a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping.
China’s Finance Ministry said earlier on Saturday Britain and Switzerland had been formally accepted as founding members of the AIIB, a day after Brazil accepted China’s invitation to join.
China’s Finance Ministry said Austria had also applied to join and had submitted its documents to China.
“We should push forward with the creation of a regional hub for financial co-operation,” Xi said at the forum, adding China should “strengthen pragmatic cooperation in monetary stability, investment, financing, credit rating and other fields.”
The AIIB has been seen as a significant setback to U.S. efforts to extend its influence in the Asia Pacific region to balance China’s growing financial clout and assertiveness.
(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer; Additional reporting by Ben Blanchard in Beijing, Engen Tham in Shanghai and Adam Jourdan in Boao; Editing by Michael Perry and David Holmes)
Source: Apple Daily “40 countries doing China a favor to support AIIB disregarding US opposition” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)
Source: Reuters “More countries say to join China-backed AIIB investment bank”
SCMP gives two reports today on ISIS recruit Uighurs from among college students in South China and South China becoming the favored way out of China for ISIS Uighur recruits now.
Previously, I said in my post “Let Uighurs Leave China, That Must Be the Wise Way” on March 26 that China shall allow Uighurs to go to Turkey or even better to Western countries lawfully instead of intercepting them in Southwest China or fighting for their repatriation.
The ISIS Islamic extremists are worse than Nazis. They conduct genocide of non-Islamic believes indiscriminately. Since the West defeated and punished Nazis in the 1940s, why shall the West not send troops to eliminate ISIS extremists.
I really expect them to do so. As a result, all potential Uighur extremists and terrorists will die in the battles with the West and not only China but also the world will be free from terrorist attack forever.
True, allowing Uighur extremists to leave China and die in their fight against the West is selfish, but which country in the world is not selfish?
However, China proves that it is not selfish by intercepting and trying hard to repatriate Uighur extremists instead of following my suggestion to allow them to leave China lawfully.
The usual diplomatic trick is to divert enemy attention. When the US tried to contain China, China made great efforts to ally with Russia and finally turned Russia instead of China US target to contain. However, China did so without bringing harm to Russia as before that the US has been containing Russia vigorously and Russia has been trying hard to be free from such containing. China allying with Russia only made Russia bolder in resisting the US instead of creating Russia’s enmity against the US. There is no diplomatic trick in that.
However, allowing Uighurs to join ISIS is different. It helps making US enemy stronger and force the US to divert its military to the battles against ISIS so that military pressure on China will ease.
Judging by US leading senators’ strong desire for the US to lay out a strategy for “specific actions the United States can take to slow down or stop China’s reclamation activities… .” in the South China Sea, there is certainly potential US military intervention in China’s maritime territorial disputes with other claimants.
The US has no justified reason of intervention. It wants China to observe international law but the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea has no retrospect force for China’s claim of the area within its Nine Dash Line long before the Convention.
The US had long been silent since Chinese government’s predecessor the KMT government published its map that claimed the area in 1947. Why shall it interfere now since it has claimed that it will not take side in the disputes.
China is very clear that the US may become its enemy. It is conducting an intensive arms race in order to obtain the capability to wipe out US navy near its coast and make it impossible for US navy to cut its trade lifelines at high sea.
Why shall China intercept and try to repatriate Uighur extremists recruited by ISIS to help the US?
It shows that while making preparations for the worst i.e. US military intervention, China still has strong desire to be on good terms with the US if possible.
However, the US and other Western countries believe that the Uighurs leave China due to Chinese persecution instead of their sympathy with and even support for ISIS.
The following is the full text of SCMP’s two reports:
South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits: terrorism expert
PUBLISHED : Saturday, 28 March, 2015, 3:56am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 March, 2015, 7:55am
By Mimi Lau in Guangzhou
Smuggling ring busted in Pearl River Delta, leaked Guangdong police document says
China’s southern seaboard has replaced the mountainous and tightly guarded western frontier as the preferred route for Islamic extremists to slip recruits out of the country, according to a leading expert on terrorism.
Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, claimed that “over 400 Uygurs have left, most through Hong Kong via Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand to join the IS [Islamic State]”.
He refused to disclose the source of the information about the recruits to the militant group, which is active in Syria and Iraq. “There should be greater intelligence cooperation to detect and disrupt terrorist travel,” Gunaratna told the South China Morning Post.
A Hong Kong Police Force spokesman said last night that there was no solid intelligence to show that Hong Kong was a likely target of terrorism and the city’s terrorist threat level remained moderate. He said police would remain on high alert and take appropriate precautions in response to the risk assessment.
Gunaratna’s claim comes as a leaked Guangdong police document revealed that the authorities broke up a Pearl River Delta syndicate that smuggled at least six Uygurs to Macau on February 18 and 24. The document said the syndicate was planning to smuggle more Uygurs hiding in Guangzhou, Foshan and Zhongshan to Macau before police busted the ring on March 2.
The document, which has been verified independently, also revealed that a boat that capsized in Macau waters on February 27 was actually ferrying Uygurs – not Chinese gamblers as previously reported.
The boat capsized about 500 metres from the Grand Coloane Resort, and six people, including an alleged snakehead, were picked up by Macau customs and police. Another 10 people were missing and presumed dead.
Macau police later confirmed this was a covert operation to smuggle Uygurs out of the mainland. The Guangdong police document implied that the Uygurs on the vessel were involved in terrorist activities and this had prompted them to carry out the March 2 raid.
Four days after the raid, at least two knife-wielding attackers injured 13 civilians in the square outside the Guangzhou Railway Station. One attacker was shot dead and another was wounded and captured. Some witnesses said there was a third attacker who fled – a claim police denied.
The previous night, two Uygur women armed with knives were shot dead in Guangzhou’s Baiyun district, an area that had become a meeting place for Uygurs in recent months, according to the document. But this incident was not reported.
Professor Yang Shu, an expert on Central Asia at Lanzhou University in Gansu province, said it was hard to assess security risks of further attacks in major Guangdong cities such as Guangzhou and Shenzhen “because we don’t know how many have fled”.
He said more Uygurs were fleeing the country via Guangdong’s waters. “The smuggling routes in southern Chinese waters are very hard to intercept so they are preferred to the land crossings to Central Asia that have very strict border control,” Yang said.
Reports of Chinese Uygurs leaving the country to join Islamic State started to emerge a year ago. Earlier this year, Malaysian authorities said that more than 300 Chinese nationals had used Malaysia as a transit point to join up with Islamic State.
Malaysian Home Affairs Minister Ahmad Zahid Hamidi told local media that these Chinese nationals would go to a third country from Malaysia before entering Syria and Iraq. Chinese authorities say an unknown number of its citizens had received combat training from IS, posing a concern for Beijing.
Additional reporting by Clifford Lo
Terrorists ‘recruited Uygur students at Guangzhou university’
PUBLISHED : Friday, 27 March, 2015, 10:55am
UPDATED : Saturday, 28 March, 2015, 5:38am
By Mimi Lau in Guangzhou
Man claiming to be researcher showed up at Guangzhou campus and helped members of ethnic minority go to Malaysia, sources say
Uygur students in Guangzhou have been warned to stay away from “outsiders” after several were recruited by a suspected religious extremist and had been missing since last year, various sources told the South China Morning Post.
A man claiming to be a US national conducting social science research visited the campus of the South China Normal University [SCNU] last year. Sources said the man recruited several Uygur students, gave them money and arranged for them to flee to Malaysia.
It is not clear if Malaysia was their final destination, or whether they were headed for Turkey or Syria, as some believe.
The recruiter was believed to be a member of an extremist religious group, according to a source who did not elaborate. A mainland terrorism expert said this was not an isolated case.
He said similar terrorist recruitments had been reported over the past two years at universities in Guangzhou, Beijing and Xian.
“The recruitment network of Islamic State has already spread to Beijing and Xian as well as Guangzhou,” said Professor Yang Shu, an expert on Central Asia at Lanzhou University in Gansu province.
The SCNU noticed the absence of some Uygur students but first treated them as missing person cases, sources said. But the authorities later intercepted a Uygur student who tried to leave the campus and join the recruiter. “[The student] was busted on campus and confessed. Their plan was revealed,” a source said.
The authorities kept the incident secret. Shortly afterwards, all Uygur students in Guangzhou were issued verbal but stern warnings that they must stay away from strangers and people not belonging to the school.
The self-claimed “American scholar” apparently went to SCNU without the school administration’s approval. It is not clear how long he stayed there or how he gained entrance to the campus.
SCNU imposes stringent security regulations requiring all non-university personnel to register their personal information before they can enter.
“The man told students that he was a social science scholar and was conducting on-site research. He handed out questionnaires to students and paid them 50 yuan [HK$63] for each conversation as a means to begin his brainwashing,” one of the sources said. “As it turned out, the man represented an extremist religious group. A few students suddenly disappeared from the campus. Their families and friends couldn’t find them.”
School administration refused to comment on the situation. There are more than 100 Uygur students studying at SCNU.
“Guangzhou has more foreigners than other mainland cities so if someone approached students from a similar religious background, they would probably be received warmly,” another source said.
Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the Royal United Services Institute, was not surprised that terrorist recruitment had spread to Guangzhou. Photo: RUSI
Raffaello Pantucci, director of international security studies at the British-based Royal United Services Institute for Defence and Security Studies, said he was not surprised that terrorist recruitment had spread to the Guangzhou campus.
“University is traditionally where radicalisation happens because it’s fertile ground for political ideas,” Pantucci said, adding the greater the suppression of certain ideologies among young people, the more likely they would be drawn to the ideas.
The executive chairman of the World Uygur Congress, Dolkun Isa, said he had heard of such activities in universities but he could not confirm any of the sources’ information.
“If these things really did happen, it is of course very sad and unacceptable,” Isa said, adding the congress did not support Uygurs fleeing Xinjiang, their homeland in China’s far west.
“Part of the reason Uygur [students] are so easily brainwashed is because they are deprived of the right to correct Muslim teaching as religious schools and classes [are stifled],” Isa said.
Source: SCMP “South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits: terrorism expert” and “Terrorists ‘recruited Uygur students at Guangzhou university’”
Theworldpost under the Huffington Post gives an interesting story in its report “Wrath of Dancing Grandmothers Forces Chinese Government to Backtrack” today.
Western media are not interested in what is popular in Chinese common people’s life such as the popular square dancing that 100 million grandmothers take part to keep fit and socialize with their neighbors no matter how interesting such development is until now they find it interesting that the government wanted but failed to regulate the popular dancing activities. Readers interested can read the very interesting report at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/03/25/china-grandmother-line-dancing_n_6938894.html?utm_hp_ref=world#.
What this blogger wants to point out is that China now is no longer Mao’s China when Mao could force uniformity among Chinese people so that they all had to have the restricted fashion and hair styles allowed by Mao. They had even to think the same way as Mao thought; therefore, they all had to learn Mao Zedong Thought.
They had to as they relied on the government for their jobs, income and supplies of everything and even food grain was rationed.
Now, there was a prosperous private economy and too much supply of everything on the market. People no longer need to find jobs in the public sector controlled by the government. There are lots of job opportunities in the private sector and people can easily be self-employed.
Government is now doomed to failure if it wants uniformity among its people. That is proved by the fact that government’s attempt to seek uniformity in square dancing met strong popular opposition against among not only common people but also media.
It indicates the growth of common people’s strength, which is the foundation for the development of democracy. If common people are not strong enough, democracy can only remain in paper, which has been and is now being proved by many failed democracy in the world.
Source: Theworldpost “Wrath of Dancing Grandmothers Forces Chinese Government to Backtrack”
(Reuters) – Leading U.S. senators expressed alarm on Thursday at the scale and speed of China’s land reclamation in the South China Sea and said a formal U.S. strategy was needed to slow or stop the work.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, Republican Senators John McCain and Bob Corker and Democrats Jack Reed and Bob Menendez said that without a comprehensive strategy “long-standing interests of the United States, as well as our allies and partners, stand at considerable risk.”
They said China’s land reclamation and construction in the South China Sea’s Spratly archipelago gave it the potential to expand its military reach and was “a direct challenge, not only to the interests of the United States and the region, but to the entire international community.”
The letter said Gaven Reef had grown about 28 acres (114,000 square meters) in the past year and previously submerged Johnson Reef was now a 25-acre (100,000-square-meter) “island.” Fiery Cross reef increased in size more than 11-fold since August.
“While other states have built on existing land masses, China is changing the size, structure and physical attributes of land features themselves,” the letter said. “This is a qualitative change that appears designed to alter the status quo in the South China Sea.”
It said any attempt by China to militarize the artificial islands could have “serious consequences” and could embolden Beijing to declare a new air defense zone in the South China Sea like it announced in 2013 in an area contested with Japan.
The senators, who head the Senate Armed Services Committee and the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said the strategy should lay out “specific actions the United States can take to slow down or stop China’s reclamation activities… .”
China claims about 90 percent of the potentially energy rich South China Sea. It has defended its reclamation work there, saying it is not seeking to overturn the international order. The Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan also have overlapping claims.
Chinese reclamation work is well advanced on six Spratly reefs and workers are building ports and fuel storage depots and possibly two airstrips. Experts say this will not overturn U.S. regional military superiority but could allow Beijing to project power deep into the maritime heart of Southeast Asia.
(Reporting by David Brunnstrom; Editing by David Storey and Cynthia Osterman)
Source: Reuters “Senators seek U.S. strategy to stop China’s South China Sea reclamation”