Foreign passport no amulet in China: Global Times


Reuters Staff February 8, 2018

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Western countries should educate naturalized citizens that their new passport is no “amulet” in China, a hawkish Chinese newspaper said on Thursday, suggesting that detained Swedish citizen Gui Minhai may have thought his foreign passport could shield him from Chinese law.

China confirmed on Tuesday that it had detained Gui, a Hong Kong-based bookseller, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him from a train last month.

In 2015, Gui was abducted in Thailand while on holiday, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing that year and later appeared in mainland Chinese custody. The four others have returned to Hong Kong.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement on Monday that Gui’s detention was a “very serious matter” and that China’s “brutal” intervention in Sweden’s attempts to assist Gui, who Chinese authorities had said had been freed, represented a contravention of international rules on consular support.

“European countries and the U.S. should educate their newly naturalized citizens that the new passport cannot be their amulet in China. If they conduct activities in China, they must obey Chinese law,” an editorial in the Global Times said.

It said Gui, who was born in China and later became a Swedish citizen, often returned to China.

“There are many other ‘foreigners’ like Gui working and living in China. A few of them take advantage of their double identity as both Chinese and foreigner to seek profits and wish to shield themselves from penalties if they breach the law,” the newspaper said.

It said consular support had its boundaries, and China and Sweden should reach a solution to the issue through consultations.

“Sweden’s expectation to strengthen consular assistance to Gui cannot transcend China’s legal procedures,” it said.

Calls for Gui’s release reflected an “extraterritorial mentality”, it added.

“Gui committed a crime in China and China is handling his case according to its law,” it said.

“Now Western public opinion defined the case as political persecution of people with foreign citizenship, arbitrarily demanding China act according to their will. With such contempt toward Chinese law, is there any room for communication?”

Reporting by John Ruwitch; Editing by Michael Perry

Source: Reuters “Foreign passport no amulet in China: Global Times”

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 confirms Swedish citizen and HK bookseller in detention


Reuters Staff February 6, 2018

BEIJING (Reuters) – China confirmed on Tuesday that it had detained Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller Gui Minhai, after his daughter said Chinese police had seized him from a train last month.

Gui was abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing that year and later appeared in mainland Chinese custody. The four others have returned to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of wide-ranging freedoms, including freedom of speech, but critics accuse Communist Party rulers in Beijing of creeping interference in the city’s affairs.

Gui’s daughter, Angela Gui, said in January that her father was taken from a Beijing-bound train while in the company of two Swedish diplomats who were escorting him to seek medical attention for a neurological disorder.

“Gui Minhai broke Chinese law and has already been subjected to criminal coercive measures in accordance with the law by relevant Chinese authorities,” Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told a regular briefing.

The term “coercive measures” generally refers to detention in China.

Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström said in a statement on Monday that Gui’s detention was a “very serious matter” and that China’s “brutal” intervention in Sweden’s attempts to assist Gui, who Chinese authorities had said had been freed, represented a contravention of international rules on consular support.

“We demand that our citizen be given the opportunity to meet Swedish diplomatic and medical staff, and that he be released so that he can be reunited with his daughter and family.”

Asked about the statement, ministry spokesman Geng said that China could not accept such “irresponsible” statements from Sweden.

“Although Gui Minhai is a Swedish citizen, the case he is suspected of must be handled in accordance with Chinese law,” he said.

Sweden should understand the serious nature of the case and the “disgraceful” role played by certain Swedish people, Geng said, without giving details.

Rights group Amnesty International said China’s claims about Gui were “ludicrous”.

“This is a brazen and outrageous move by the Chinese authorities. They have yet to provide adequate explanation as to why they took Gui Minhai away while he was traveling with Swedish diplomats. Gui Minhai must be released,” said William Nee, China researcher at Amnesty International.

China’s foreign ministry had previously said that Gui, who published books on the personal lives of Chinese Communist Party leaders, was released in October last year after serving a sentence for a traffic offense in 2003.

Reporting by Ben Blanchard; Writing by Christian Shepherd; Editing by Nick Macfie

Source: Reuters “China confirms Swedish citizen and HK bookseller in detention”

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


U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ by detention of Swedish citizen in China


Reuters Staff January 28, 2018

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. State Department said on Saturday that it was deeply concerned that a Swedish citizen and Hong Kong-based bookseller, Gui Minhai, had been detained in China and called for him to be allowed to leave the country.

The Swedish government has said that Gui, who has published books on the personal lives of President Xi Jinping and other Communist Party leaders, was taken into custody last week while traveling with Swedish diplomats to seek medical treatment in Beijing.

The European Union’s ambassador to China has called on the Chinese authorities to release Gui immediately, echoing demands from Stockholm.

“We are deeply concerned that Swedish citizen Gui Minhai was detained,” State Department Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

“We call on Chinese authorities to explain the reasons and legal basis for Mr. Gui’s arrest and detention, disclose his whereabouts, and allow him freedom of movement and the freedom to leave China,” she said.

The United States and European allies would continue to promote “greater respect for human rights in China,” she said.

Asked this week about the Swedish and EU demands for Gui’s release, a Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman described the appeals as “baseless.”

Gui had been abducted in Thailand while on holiday in 2015, one of five Hong Kong booksellers who went missing that year and later appeared in custody on mainland China. The four others have returned to Hong Kong.

Hong Kong, a former British colony, returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with a guarantee of wide-ranging freedoms, including freedom of speech, but critics accuse Communist Party rulers in Beijing of creeping interference in the city’s affairs.

Chinese authorities said Gui was freed in October after serving a two-year sentence for a traffic-related crime in 2003.

Gui’s daughter Angela told Radio Sweden he was taken off a train by plainclothes police while en route to the capital to get medical attention for a neurological ailment.

Sweden’s Foreign Ministry has twice summoned China’s ambassador to Stockholm to explain the situation.

Reporting by Idrees Ali; Editing by Daniel Wallis

Source: Reuters “U.S. ‘deeply concerned’ by detention of Swedish citizen in China”

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


Secrets of China Leading the World in Submarine Technology


Japanese media The Diplomat publishes an article titled “Why the People’s Liberation Army Navy’s underwater fleet still lags behind those of other navies” on Chinese conventional submarine. It shows experts outside China’s ignorance of China’s military modernization.

In fact, the article is based on the opinions of American top expert on China’s submarines, Dr. Andrew S. Erickson, Associate Professor in the Strategic Research Department at the U.S. Naval War College (NWC).

Prof. Erickson is indeed the top expert on Chinese submarines outside China, but we shall not forget the fact that China maintains strict confidential its submarine technology.

Though Prof. Erickson knows Chinese language well, he does not have lots of assistants similarly proficient in Chinese language to conduct thorough search of Chinese media so as to find unexpected sources that betrayed some secret about Chinese submarines in reports not related to submarines on the surface.

China’s qianzhan.com has some internal sources and in addition the human resources to search Chinese media. I often get the newest information about Chinese advanced weapons from it, but unfortunately, perhaps because of its revelation of Chinese military secrets, its military website mil.qianzhan has been closed recently. As a result, I have lost a major source of information.

The Diplomat’s article says, that China has built Germany’s 396 SE84 series engines under license for each of its Song- and Yuan-class submarines since 1986 and that the Yuan-class is “also said to have incorporated quieting technology from Russian-designed subs and to be equipped with Stirling air-independent propulsion technology.”

Such information is quite outdated.

I had a post that gives a short summary of mil.qianzhan.com’s report on China leading the world in conventional submarine engine. Seeing such outdated information in Japanese media based on top American expert, I know how ignorant the US is about China’s rapid weapon modernization. I have to give more details about China’s progress in submarine technology so as to prevent the US from going into war with China rashly due to underestimate of China’s submarine capabilities.

Mil.qianzhan.com says that in its Labor Day report, People’s Daily mentioned in its report on a model worker China’s new hot air engine that has a power 117% higher than imported version. It makes China the leader in such power system

According to the website, the new engine has been developed by No.711 Research Institute specialized in research and development of various types of the power systems for China’s conventional submarines. The one with the highest technology is the AIP power system used in China’s Type 039B submarines.

The AIP engine China uses in its Type 039B submarine is a Stirling Engine imported from Sweden in the 1980s. According to report, Sweden markets various kinds of Type 4-275 engines including 75kW and 110kW ones, but it only sells 75kW ones in the international market now.

Sources say that at that time China imported a 75kW Stirling engine. China succeeded in copying the engine and installed China’s homegrown version in its 039B conventional submarines.

On the basis of the imported Stirling engine, the special engineer team in No. 711 Research Institute has spent almost 10 years in developing a brand new type of engine entirely with China’s own intellectual property.

The website says the new power system will be used in China’s new conventional submarines.

The American expert is entirely ignorant about China’s fourth-generation super quiet and fast nuclear submarines. As I have given detailed description of it in my book Space Era Strategy, The Way China Beats The U.S. I do not repeat here.

Source: qianzhan.com “Chinese submarine world leader in its AIP power system” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)


China World Leader in Submarine Power System


A mysterious Chinese submarine

A mysterious Chinese submarine

China maintains strict confidential its submarine technology. However, qianzhan.com says that in its Labor Day report, People’s Daily mentioned in its report on a model worker China’s new hot air engine that has a power ratio 117% higher than imported version, which makes China the leader in such power system

The website says the new power system will be used in China’s new submarines.

The AIP engine China uses in its Type 039B submarine is Stirling Engine imported from Sweden. China’s new hot air engine has been developed based on that imported engine.

Source: qianzhan.com “Chinese submarine world leader in its AIP power system” (summary by Chan Kai Yee based on the report in Chinese)