Chinese Military Vice Chairman Urges Troops to Get Ready For Combat: Xinhua

While it is unclear how much of it is populist bluster, how much is posturing, and how much an actual, objective caution, Bloomberg points out an article by China’s news agency Xingua posted on the website of the Ministry of National Defense, in which Fan Changlong, vice chairman of China’s Central Military Commission (which is chaired by Xi Jinping himself) “urges Chinese troops to get prepared for combat by improving planning, equipment and logistical support in order” to be ready to “win the war.”

Bloomberg adds that Fan made the comments in recent inspection tour of China’s Southern Theater Command. The warning comes days after China officially warned the US that its patrols in the South China Sea – which despite last week’s decision by the Hague tribunal – deems as its own, could end in “disaster.” Continue reading

Communist Party Congress: how it works

At the centre of the spectacle is the Communist Party congress, a gathering held once every five years that is the 18th such event in the party’s history.

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Transfer of Power in Chinese Regime Approaches Crunch Time

With the 18th Party Congress rapidly approaching, the reshuffling of power within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has entered a critical phase. In the July 2012 Beidaihe Meeting, top Party leaders are expected to decide on the regime’s new leaders.

An announcement on who will lead the CCP for the next 10 years, however, will not be made until October or November, following the secretive tradition of power handovers in the regime.

Another well-informed source told New Epoch Weekly that Hu’s original plan for the 18th Politburo Standing Committee (PSC) included Vice Premier Li Keqiang, Organization Department Chief Li Yuanchao, Chief of the General Office of the Central Committee Ling Jihua, and Party Secretary of Hunan Zhou Qiang, who are all key members of the Communist Youth League faction led by Hu.

The Wang Lijun scandal, however, has led to the ouster of Bo Xilai and implicated domestic security chief Zhou Yongkang. The scandal also exposed Bo and Zhou’s coup plot to prevent Xi Jinping’s smooth succession; and Bo and Zhou are both close allies of Jiang Zemin.

Jiang’s supporters are now in a desperate fight to stay in power. Hu therefore was forced to put aside his plan for the upcoming succession and has focused on keeping control of the army.

The source said that since Jiang is in frail health, his supporters want Zhou to hold onto power. They agreed to let Hu keep control of the military on the condition that Bo does not implicate Zhou in the investigation currently being conducted on Zhou.

Full article: Transfer of Power in Chinese Regime Approaches Crunch Time (The Epoch Times)

Which Chinese? (Part 2)

When considering the possibility of economic warfare, the most frequently asked question is:

“Why would the Chinese hurt our economy when they are so dependent upon it and have trillions of dollars in U.S. debt?”

Our standard answer is a return question: “Which Chinese?”

It is clearly naive to believe that China is monolithic. Certainly the business community and many in the government would not want anything to hurt the American economy if it in turn hurt China. Having said that, however, there are no doubt members of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) who have every intention of harming America. We proved this point once before in our post “Which Chinese?” In that post, we documented how the PLA leadership had gone around the civilian leadership, making a dramatic and aggressive statement. Now, it has happened again. Rumors have begun to surface that some military officers may have attempted a coup. Why? Because they believe that the civilian leadership has not been aggressive enough. Should anyone doubt that given the opportunity, some PLA elements would strike hard against us? The collateral damage to Chinese business would not be their primary concern.

Continue reading article: Which Chinese? (Part 2) (Global Economic Warfare)

Additional article: Which Chinese? (Part 1) (Global Economic Warfare)