Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

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United Front Work Department conducts aggressive influence operations in U.S.

China’s Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing Chinese Americans, according to a congressional commission report.

The influence operations are conducted by the United Front Work Department, a Central Committee organ that employs tens of thousands of operatives who seek to use both overt and covert operations to promote Communist Party policies. Continue reading

The trade war with China is already here

…and now the Obama administration is going for a total ban on Chinese steel. Anyone paying attention to what could happen instead of what’s already happening is either ignorant or playing politics.

 

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Donald Trump’s threats to hit China with protectionist tariffs of up to 45% on the goods it ships to the US go down well with his supporters on the campaign trail, despite ruffling feathers among free marketeers within his own party. Experts and commentators are less impressed, suggesting The Donald’s proposed trade war could cost US jobs and potentially trigger a global downturn.

What Trump and his opponents fail to acknowledge, however, is that the US is already engaged in a vicious trade battle with China centered on steel exports. China’s overproduction has decimated steel producers all over the world after the country upped its output from 128 million tons in 2000 to 822 million tons in 2014. American steel makers have already lost billions of dollars as a result of China dumping its steel exports on the US economy, while their counterparts in countries from Brazil to Britain have been left facing bankruptcy. Unsurprisingly, American and European steel mills are pushing their governments to take action. Continue reading

China’s major military restructuring aimed at closing the gap with US

Just as the military buildup ruse “for Taiwan”, it’s about the United States:

“Our military battle preparation appears to aim at Taiwan, but in fact is aimed at the United States, and the preparation is far beyond the scope of attacking aircraft carriers or satellites.”Chinese Defense Minister Chi Haotian, December 2005.

 

The People’s Liberation Army is going through a major reorganization on a scale unseen since the 1950s, which is aimed at creating a modern fighting force to “close the gap with US capabilities,” Wyatt Olson wrote for Stars and Stripes.

“Although much remains vague about how the restructuring will take place, China’s civilian and military leaders have recognized that its armed forces lag behind the US military in important aspects,” he observed. Continue reading

China vows to speed up military overhauls in bid to build up ‘modern army’

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Soldiers of China’s People’s Liberation Army march during a military parade in Beijing in September. Photo: Reuter

 

Plan sets 2020 goal for progress in building modern armed forces

The ruling Communist Party will speed up overhauls of the military’s hardware and software, state media reported yesterday, adding it aimed to reach its reform target by 2020.

The pledge was contained in a communiqué issued nearly a week after the party’s Central Committee met to decide on the 13th five-year plan.

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The KGB Ran the World’s Largest Programme for Individual Behaviour Modification

Just forty years ago this week, on 31 October 1975, KGB chairman Yurii Andropov made a “top secret” report to the members of the Central Committee of the ruling Soviet Communist Party. Andropov had a simple message: In the war on anti-Soviet activity, he said, we are winning.

Andropov began by pointing to a steep decline in the number of prosecutions for state crimes such as treason and anti-Soviet agitation—from more than 1,300 a year at the end of the 1950s to less than half that number in the early 1970s. But what factors were driving this success? Andropov proposed four explanations:

The further reinforcement of the moral-political unity of our society; the growth of political consciousness of Soviet people; the correct penal policy of the Soviet state; and the dominant role of preventive-warning work to deter criminality (my emphasis).

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Why Bo Xilai’s Life Sentence Marks China’s True Return To Maoism

Truthfully, this doesn’t necessarily mark a “true return”. This is nothing short of evidence of a continued practice of Maoism. The CCP’s long-range strategy hasn’t changed one bit since Mao’s departure. With the U.S. in suicidal decline, China can more often openly display its true intentions. This is only but a new chapter in the evolution of Maoism through the employment of Sun Tzu strategy — something still very relevant in China today.

Last week finally saw the epilogue of the eventful Bo Xilai affair. The former high-ranking official of the single-party state, both a member of the Chinese Community Party (CCP) Politburo and the most powerful figure of the Chongqing municipality, was sentenced to life imprisonment by a court in the Shandong province. But this legal and political saga is far from being over, as there are other similar cases that have yet to play out.

It was no coincidence that Bo Xilai’s trial took place in a different province than the one where his clans and networks were based. He operated in the Sichuan province, where he tried to sideline rivals under the cover of a vast anti-corruption campaign, and also in the Shanxi province, where he was born and inherited the network of connections built by his father, the revolutionary and former top party official Bo Yibo. Only in this way can the justice system of a single-party state overcome clan networks. 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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