Category «China»

Asia’s Donald Trump targeted as ingrate to China

With a net worth of about $30 billion, much of it in real estate investments in China and Hong Kong, Li Kai-shing is the richest man in Asia, known for his shrewd business acumen and extraordinary ability to cultivate cozy relationships with communist officials in China to strike great deals in the world’s fastest growing …

The knifing of the People’s Liberation Army

At the massive Sept. 3 military parade in Beijing, Chinese President Xi Jinping — who meets President Obama in Washington as part of his state visit Friday — made a surprising announcement that the PLA would cut its troop strength by 300,000, or 13 percent, to about 2 million troops. But the knifing will prove …

Military reform is not a song-and-dance party

The People’s Liberation Army’s powerful and controversial “entertainment corps,” collectively known as “the PLA Culture Work Units,” is finally being dismantled after decades of public outrage and repeated official efforts to rein in its excesses and influence. This week, the pinnacle of the entertainment corps, the Song and Dance Troupe of the General Political Department …

The Nobel conundrum

Like all communist governments obsessed with finding every piece of tangible evidence to prove their all-around greatness, China has yearned to have genuine homegrown Nobel Prize winners to showcase the achievements of the vanguards of the Chinese proletariat. Yet, several Chinese laureates later, Beijing is finding out that Nobel glory can also be a double-edged …

Taiwan’s referendum on China

Last Saturday voters in Taiwan overwhelmingly elected a Western-educated lawyer named Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) to be the country’s first female president. It was a watershed event in Taiwanese political history, not just for the lopsidedness of the result but, more importantly, for what it said about voter attitudes on …

Marxism: The opium of the Chinese masses

Last week, Beijing hosted the inaugural “World Congress on Marxism,” accompanied by much celebratory fanfare in the capital city. Over 400 luminaries, government officials and scholars from the United States, Egypt, Cuba, North Korea and more than a dozen other countries were flown in for the proletarian extravaganza. The event lasted for two days and …

Soros vs. China

China’s leaders are furious with the liberal U.S. business magnate George Soros for telling the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland last week that “a hard landing is practically unavoidable” for the Chinese economy, and that monumental debt levels and deflation in China’s slowing economy are to blame for the current global stock market turbulence. …

Toxic voice of history

One of China’s most outrageously cool superstars is a high school history teacher, wildly popular among the nation’s young, who follow him online and offline in the tens of millions. Ironically, he is also one of the nation’s most censored public intellectuals. Yuan Teng-fei, a boyish 43-year-old teacher in Beijing, has a wicked sense of …

The Chinese are coming!

Little attention has been given to one spectacular story out of China these days: the massive numbers of Chinese tourists who are spreading out around the globe. And the rest of the world finds itself overwhelmed and largely unprepared for the growing onslaught of happy Chinese masses eager to spend and explore. The United Nations’ …