Vietnam Merely Watched China’s Survey in Disputed Waters


SCMP says in its article “China and Vietnam in stand-off over Chinese survey ship mission to disputed reef in South China Sea” on July 12 that China’s geological survey ship Marine Geology 8 conducted a seismic survey from 3 to 11 July in an area of the South China Sea that Vietnam and China both claim. Vietnam only sent its coast guard ships to watch Chinese operation without conducting an provoking activities.

Marine Geology 8 SCMP photo.

Survey map. provided by SCMP

The report says, “Six heavily armed coastguards vessels – two Chinese and four Vietnamese – have been eyeing each other in patrols around Vanguard Bank in the Spratly group of islands” but no actual conflicts had taken place.

“In May, Chinese Minister of National Defence General Wei Fenghe visited Hanoi, pledging with his Vietnamese counterpart that both nations would maintain stability in the South China Sea.” It seems the visit was effective in easing tension between the two countries so that there had been no actual conflicts.

Chinese Defence Minister General Wei Fenghe (left) and Vietnamese counterpart General Ngo Xuan Lich discussed the South China Sea during talks in Hanoi in May. Photo: Handout

US hopes that the Philippines and Vietnam may cause some troubles to China due to their disputes with China over the South China Sea, but now the Philippines, though a US ally, has switched to China side while Vietnam did not interfere with China’s seismic survey in disputed waters. What can the US do? Only to conduct a few freedom of navigation operations.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy/article/3018332/beijing-and-hanoi-stand-over-chinese-survey-ship-mission.

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Beijing’s Xinjiang policy inspires global anti-terror fight


Liu Lulu 19:02, 13-Jul-2019

Editor’s Note: Liu Lulu is an opinion editor with CGTN Digital. The article reflects the author’s opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

Days after 22 countries urged Beijing to end its “mass arbitrary detentions and related violations” in the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, UN ambassadors from 37 nations released a joint letter defending China’s Xinjiang policy. “We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights,” the letter reads.

For years, some so-called rights groups have been accusing Xinjiang’s vocational education and training centers of being “concentration camps.” This is a sheer slander. The Chinese government has reiterated that the centers are anti-terrorism endeavors that aim to better protect human rights.

Since the 9/11 terror attack in the United States, the so-called East Turkestan group has been accelerating their terrorism collaborations across the globe. In Xinjiang, they deliberately distorted the region’s history and exaggerated cultural differences among ethnic groups in an effort to instigate extreme sentiments. From 1990 to 2016, thousands of terror attacks have been conducted in Xinjiang, taking many innocent lives.

But after the establishment of the vocational education and training centers, Xinjiang, which was haunted by separatism, terrorism and extremism, has seen no terror attacks in three years. More than 1,500 terrorist gangs have been destroyed, nearly 13,000 terrorists arrested and over 2,000 explosive devices seized in Xinjiang since 2014, according to a white paper released this year.

Better still, with their newly gained knowledge and skills obtained at the centers, the local residents have become more prepared for jobs. According to the Statistic Bureau of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, a total of 1.4 million jobs were created in Xinjiang’s urban areas in the last two years. In 2017, Xinjiang’s GDP exceeded one trillion yuan for the first time. Stability brings economic prosperity. A prosperous economy, in turn, nips terrorism in the bud.

Xinjiang’s practices are inspiring the global fight against terrorism. But certain Western countries are deliberately looking for trouble with China by politicizing the Xinjiang issue. For them, lashing out at China has become about “political correctness,” which they believe carry much more weight than the anti-terrorism fight.

While accusing the Chinese government of trampling on human rights, some Western countries shamelessly shut the door on Middle East refugees, leaving them adrift at sea. For them, it is their anti-China campaign, not human rights, that matters.

It is interesting to note that while the majority of the 22 countries denouncing Beijing are from the West, most Muslim countries have openly voiced their support for China’s Xinjiang policy in the jointly signed letter. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in particular, emphasized that residents in Xinjiang live happy lives during his trip to China.

This says a lot. Muslim countries, which have unique ties with people of the ethnic Uygur group in China, have a better grasp of the Xinjiang issue than the West and have strongly refuted Western allegations. Admittedly, some Muslim countries have misunderstood Beijing’s Xinjiang policy in the past, but time has proved the effectiveness of Xinjiang’s anti-terrorism endeavors. This is why they jointly defended China in the letter.

The anti-terrorism fight needs international cooperation. No country can shy away from the challenges of extremism, especially in the era of global integration. It is high time that the West abandon its bias against China, stop pouring dirty water on Beijing’s Xinjiang policy and join China in the anti-terrorism fight.

Source: CGTN “Beijing’s Xinjiang policy inspires global anti-terror fight”

Note: This is CGTN’s article I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the article’s views.


US Media Ignores Beijing Treating Vietnam in South China Sea Same as Philippines


In its article “South China Sea: Beijing Shouldn’t Treat Vietnam Like The Philippines” Forbes seems to forget that China disallows Vietnam’s drilling for energy resources in the South China Sea without cooperation with China just as it has been doing to the Philippines.

China has successfully stopped Vietnam’s drilling there while making arrangement for cooperation with the Philippines in surveying and exploiting energy in disputed area.

The difference lies in Vietnam and the Philippines. China is also willing to cooperate with Vietnam in that respect. Only Vietnam is not willing to at present. However, it cannot do so alone without China’s consent.

Beijing shouldn’t treat Vietnam like the Philippines? Beijing treats the two countries precisely the same on exploitation of energy resources.

It is also the same with regard to fishing. Like the Philippines, Vietnam and China both fish in the disputed areas. Only the Philippines tried to ban Chinese fishing but caused China’s response of banning Philippine fishing there. The ban was lifted when Duterte sought friendship with China. The US though an ally of the Philippines did not help the Philippines when Chinese navy banned Philippine fishing there. That was why Duterte switched to seek friendship with China.

Vietnam and China both fish in the disputed areas. When a Vietnamese fishing boat did something not allowed by China, it was sunk by a Chinese one. Vietnam simply could do nothing while the US simply ignored that.

China is treating Vietnam just the same as it does the Philippines. Why? China has declared that its rights and interests in the South China Sea are China’s core interests. It will fight a war to defend its interests.

Will US Navy join Vietnam when there is a military conflict between Vietnam and China due the dispute? It doesn’t seem that the US will fight a war with China for Philippines’ let alone Vietnam’s interests there. The US is not Vietnam’s ally! That is why there is peace there.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on Forbes’ article, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.forbes.com/sites/panosmourdoukoutas/2019/07/13/south-china-sea-beijing-shouldnt-treat-vietnam-like-the-philippines/#26eed89b5ff4.


China Controls Web to Protect People instead of Political Control


SCMP’s report “Macau junket operator Suncity vows to stop extending online betting to mainland China after expose by state media drew heat” describes Suncity’s setback in conducting operation of illegal online gambling in China.

We all know that China bans contents of porn, gambling, prostitution, drugs, violence, etc. to protect Chinese people, ­especially children, but the report mentions the ban on illegal betting along with the banning of the expression of politically sensitive opinions, which perhaps means the subversive opinion on substituting multi-party democracy that stresses rights but ignors duties for China’s democracy for both peoples rights and duties.

Such subversive opinions are not only banned on the Internet but also by law. Liu Xiaobo was imprisoned precisely for that. If propaganda for such opinions were allowed China would be messi governance in China similar to that in the United States. Drug such as cannabis would be legalized, and other drugs would be in vogue. So would porn and violence in media and publication to give rise to lots of crimes. According to US media reports 80% of female college students have been raped, but such crimes are rare in China.

Comment by Chan Kai Yee on SCMP’s report, full text of which can be viewed at https://www.scmp.com/business/companies/article/3018498/macau-junket-operator-suncity-vows-stop-extending-online-betting.


China to relax residency curbs, support employment: ministry


July 13, 2019 / 5:14 PM / Updated 19 hours ago

BEIJING (Reuters) – China will relax residency curbs in smaller cities and support employment in rural areas and at small firms, the country’s human resources ministry said, in a fresh push to boost employment and revive economic growth.

The government will scrap restrictions on coveted household registration permits for college graduates in smaller, or so-called lower-tier cities, the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security said in a statement on Friday.

Such permits, known as “hukou”, have been used to control internal migration in China for many years. Without a permit, a resident of a city is denied access to many public services, such as education and healthcare, in another city.

These restrictions have often been blamed for pushing migrants to the margins of society in China’s cities.

The government will also support employment in rural areas and at small firms by simplifying the employment process and offering insurance subsidies, according to the statement dated July 3.

It will support university graduates to start businesses, the statement added.

An official June survey showed factories were shedding jobs at the fastest pace since the global crisis, a major worry for Beijing.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Norihiko Shirouzu in Beijing; Editing by Jacqueline Wong

Source: Reuters “China to relax residency curbs, support employment: ministry”

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.


China slams UN letter on Xinjiang human rights as ‘slander’


July 2019 09:15 

AFP 

China on Thursday labelled as “slander” a letter sent to top United Nations officials by more than 20 countries condemning Beijing’s treatment of ethnic minorities. 

An estimated one million mostly Muslim ethnic minorities are held in internment camps in the northwest region of Xinjiang – a system that Beijing defends as necessary to counter religious extremism and terrorism. 

Satellite Imagery of Xinjiang “Re-education Camp” No.36 in Turpan. Photo: Google Earth. 

The UN letter “attacks, slanders, and has unwarranted accusations against China,” said Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang at a regular press briefing in Beijing. 

“It is a public politicisation of human rights issues and wantonly interferes in China’s internal affairs,” he added. 

The letter was co-signed by UN ambassadors from 22 nations – including Australia, Britain, Germany and Japan – and was sent to the Human Rights Council president and the High Commissioner for Human Rights. 

The text included concern about “credible reports of arbitrary detention… as well as widespread surveillance and restrictions, particularly targeting Uighurs and other minorities in Xinjiang.” 

It also called on China to stop arbitrary detention and allow “freedom of movement of Uighurs and other Muslim and minority communities in Xinjiang.” 

Spokesperson Geng Shuang. File photo: Ruptly, via YouTube screenshot. 

After initially denying their existence, Beijing has gone on a public relations blitz in a bid to counter the global outcry against what it calls “vocational education centres”. 

Since last October, the local government has also organised tours of the camps for diplomats and media outlets. 

UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet has requested a fact-finding mission to Xinjiang and China has extended an open invitation for her to visit the region. 

But the international official typically only undertakes such national visits provided the host government offers guarantees on certain conditions – including unfettered access to key sites. 

Beijing was also forced Thursday to defend its human rights record from criticism by Slovakia and Britain. 

Slovak president Zuzana Caputova warned of a “deteriorating human rights situation” to Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi, while British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt took aim at the jailing of activists and said countries that abuse journalists should pay a “diplomatic price.” 

Geng warned that Hunt, who is hoping to become prime minister, should not “use China” as a way to campaign for votes and noted Wang had outlined China’s “tremendous progress” in human rights, ethnic minority, and religious policies during his meeting with Caputova. 

Source: HKFP “China slams UN letter on Xinjiang human rights as ‘slander’ 

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views. 


Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China’s Xinjiang policy


Tom Miles 

July 12, 2019 / 11:33 PM / Updated 10 hours ago  

GENEVA (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia, Russia and 35 other states have written to the United Nations supporting China’s policies in its western region of Xinjiang, according to a copy of the letter seen by Reuters on Friday, in contrast to strong Western criticism.  

China has been accused of detaining a million Muslims and persecuting ethnic Uighurs in Xinjiang, and 22 ambassadors signed a letter to the U.N. Human Rights Council this week criticizing its policies.  

But the letter supporting China commended what it called China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights.  

“Faced with the grave challenge of terrorism and extremism, China has undertaken a series of counter-terrorism and deradicalization measures in Xinjiang, including setting up vocational education and training centers,” the letter said.  

The letter said security had returned to Xinjiang and the fundamental human rights of people of all ethnic groups there had been safeguarded. It added there had been no terrorist attack there for three years and people enjoyed a stronger sense of happiness, fulfillment and security.  

As well as Saudi Arabia and Russia, the letter was signed by ambassadors from many African countries, North Korea, Venezuela, Cuba, Belarus, Myanmar, the Philippines, Syria, Pakistan, Oman, Kuwait, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain.  

Beijing has denied any human rights violations in the region and Chinese Ambassador Xu Chen, speaking at the close of the Council’s three-week session on Friday, said China highly appreciated the support it had received from the signatories.  

Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Kevin Liffey and Frances Kerry 

Source: Reuters “Saudi Arabia and Russia among 37 states backing China’s Xinjiang policy 

Note: This is Reuters’ report I post here for readers’ information. It does not mean that I agree or disagree with the report’ views.