China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests.

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          US sanctions Chinese bank, plans to sell $1.4bn worth of arms to Taiwan   
Preview The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
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          Opium and bananas banned for Hong Kong military parade   
Hong Kong (AFP) - Opium, umbrellas and fruit were all banned for reporters covering Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to a military parade Friday, on a peculiarly exhaustive list of items considered too dangerous to bring along.
          Tensions high in Hong Kong ahead of handover anniversary   

Hong Kong will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule today, as Chinese President Xi Jinping visits the territory for the first time as head of state.


          China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests.

          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
BEIJING (Reuters) - China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

          Xi Jinping asserts Chinese control over Hong Kong at military parade   
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          Hong Kong gears up for 20th anniversary of handover   
Pro-democracy campaigners prepare to protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping vists Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule.

          Xi Jinping marca el paso a Hong Kong   
Tras visitar una guarnición militar, el presidente chino reclama al territorio que "crea en China"
           Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations    
Tight security contained protesters in Hong Kong Friday night as China's President Xi Jinping led lavish celebrations to mark 20 years since the politically...
          US Blacklists China Bank, Revving Up Pressure Over NKorea   

The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China’s diplomatic efforts. The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.” Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington’s action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate. “We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” said Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws. Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North’s development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system. The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat. “We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Mnuchin told a White House news briefing. The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing’s efforts. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted on June 20. The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang. The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea’s new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump’s harder line. Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank “sitting at the heart” of trade between North Korea and China. “This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea’s sanctions evasion in China,” he said. The other targeted Chinese entities are: —Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, […]

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          The Guardian view on Hong Kong: Britain has a duty to defend its freedoms | Editorial   
As the region marks 20 years since its return to China, there is rightly concern about its future

It is 20 years since Hong Kong returned to China. Now as then, there is trepidation. In his first visit as Chinese leader, Xi Jinping has overseen a military parade – a reminder of Beijing’s might – and warned of “new challenges” to the “one country, two systems” framework which allows a high degree of autonomy for the region. On Friday, the foreign ministry described the Joint Declaration, the Sino-British treaty on those arrangements, as a historical document which no longer had practical significance.

Britain’s seizure of Hong Kong is a key part of China’s narrative of a century of humiliation by imperialist foreign powers, ended by the Communist party’s triumph. (Its belief that the west is determined to rain on its parade will be reinforced by the US announcements of sanctions on a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and arms sales to Taiwan just as Mr Xi arrived in the region for the anniversary celebrations.)

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          6/30/2017: WORLD: Chinese president’s visit sparks protests   

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          Chinese Ways of Empire, Then and Now – New York Times   
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          Handelspartner laufen Sturm gegen China   
Peking. Alle großen Handelspartner Chinas haben gegen neue Hürden der Volksrepublik für Importe von Nahrungsmitteln protestiert. Nach Informationen der dpa in Peking vom Freitag warnen die EU, die USA, Japan, Australien und andere Staaten in einem Brief an die chinesische Regierung vor "bedeutenden Störungen im Handel und Verzerrungen", sollten die Vorschriften wie geplant zum 1. Oktober in Kraft treten. Die Anforderungen stünden in keinem Verhältnis zu den Risiken, die von diesen Produkten ausgingen.China hat die Welthandelsorganisation (WTO) von den Plänen bereits unterrichtet, so dass jetzt eine 60-tägige Beratungsfrist läuft. Die neuen Barrieren sind international unüblich und werden von den Handelspartnern als protektionistisch und diskriminierend empfunden. Jede Nudel, jeder Keks und jedes Bonbon muss demnach künftig ein eigenes amtliches Unbedenklichkeitszertifikat für China vorweisen. Kontrolle statt Freihandel Die Forderungen seien praktisch nicht zu erfüllen, meinen Experten. Denn die Behörden in Deutschland oder anderen Ländern müssten bescheinigen, dass die Waren "die Anforderungen chinesischer Gesetze und gesetzlicher Vorschriften sowie Standards erfüllen", wie Chinas Qualitätsaufsicht (AQSIQ) fordert. Solche Einrichtungen gibt es in den Herkunftsländern nicht, sie müssten eigens geschaffen werden.Die Kontrolle gilt als Beispiel für den Widerspruch, dass China einerseits seine eigenen Markthürden erhöht, während sich Staats- und Parteichef Xi Jinping andererseits international als Vorreiter für Freihandel präsentiert. Handelsfragen und Protektionismus sind auch Themen bei Xis Besuch in Berlin und beim Gipfel der führenden Wirtschaftsmächte (G20) anschließend in Hamburg.Die Handelspartner vermuten, dass es bei den international unüblichen Regeln weniger um die Abwehr von Gefahren für chinesische Verbraucher geht als vielmehr um den Schutz eigener Hersteller. Die bisherigen...
          Trump vende armas por 1,42 millardos de dólares a Taiwán. La ira de Beijing   

Creciente tensión entre el presidente de los Estados Unidos y Xi Jinping, a una semana de la reunión del G-20 en Hamburgo. EEUU está presionando a China para lograr el aislamiento de Corea del Norte. A su vez Beijing trabaja por el aislamiento diplomático de Taiwán. Los Estados Unidos venden armas a Taipéi desde 1979. El último contrato fue firmado por Barack Obama en 2015. ...

          Xi Jinping inspecciona las tropas en Hong Kong. Las protestas de los activistas   

En el desfile militar también participaron soldados de Shenzhen. Miembros de Demosisto se encadenan en el monumento de la bauhinia. Vigilia por la liberación de Liu Xiaobo. Fueron arrestados 26 activistas, y luego se procedió a liberarlos.


          Trump and Moon must unite to send a tough message to North Korea - The Hill (blog)   

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          US blacklists China bank, revving up pressure over North Korea   
WASHINGTON — The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China's diplomatic efforts.

The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a "primary money-laundering concern," proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump's treasury secretary said the move didn't target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China's promise to help with North Korea "has not worked out."

Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington's action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate.

"We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law," said Lu Kang, spokesman for China's foreign ministry.

Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws.

Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North's development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea's external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system.

The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat.

"We are in no way targeting China with these actions," Mnuchin told a White House news briefing.

The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing's efforts.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!" Trump tweeted on June 20.

The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang.

The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea's new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump's harder line.

Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank "sitting at the heart" of trade between North Korea and China.

"This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea's sanctions evasion in China," he said.

The other targeted Chinese entities are:

—Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, between China and North Korea. It cited a U.N. expert panel as saying the company has violated a ban on trade in luxury goods with the North.

—Chinese national Sun Wei, said to have been running a cover company for North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank, which is already subject to U.S. sanctions.

—Chinese national Li Hong Ri, said to have established several front companies that end up benefiting Koryo Bank, a U.S.-sanctioned conduct for financial transactions on behalf of North Korea.


          WHAT ARE THE ODDS OF A U.S.-CHINA WAR? / THE WALL STREET JOURNAL   

What Are the Odds of a U.S.-China War?

Handicapping whether the rise of one power inevitably leads to armed conflicto

By Andrew Browne

Is President Donald Trump’s vision for ‘America First’ on a collision course with Xi Jinping’s ‘China Dream’? Here, Mr. Trump welcomes the Chinese president at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla., on April 6. Photo: CARLOS BARRIA/REUTERS


SHANGHAI—Two fiery nationalists— Xi Jinping and Donald Trump —now occupy the seats of power in Beijing and Washington.

In their mission to make their countries great again, one pursues the “China Dream,” one “America First.” Both see the other as the chief obstacle to their ambition; they’re locked into a zero-sum competition.

Halting efforts to cooperate on North Korea have papered over deep tensions on a range of issues including the South China Sea.

Are the U.S. and China headed for war? That has been the recent hot question in China circles, spurred by a deluge of books that handicap the chances.

Graham Allison, the Harvard professor who popularized the term “Thucydides Trap” to describe the risk of conflict when a rising power challenges the incumbent, isn’t optimistic.

Thucydides, the Athenian historian and general, summarized the causes of the Peloponnesian War (431-404 B.C.) in a single line of a monumental history: It was the rise of Athens and the fear that this inspired in Sparta, he wrote, that made conflict inevitable.

War has resulted in 12 out of 16 similar setups over the past 500 years, Mr. Allison asserts, including Germany’s challenge to Britain that led to World War I.

In a new book that bears the ominous title “Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?” he lays out how conflicts over trade, the South China Sea or cyberspace could all spin out of control.

It is “frighteningly easy to develop scenarios in which American and Chinese soldiers are killing each other,” he writes

Nonsense, responds the noted Sinologist Arthur Waldron, a history professor at the University of Pennsylvania. War is by no means ordained.

In a caustic review of Mr. Allison’s book, he declares that the Thucydides Trap is a fallacy. Dig deeper into Thucydides’s text, he argues, and it becomes clear that Sparta, though warlike, tried to head off confrontation with Athens, at one point suggesting a simple compromise.

There’s much more here than an academic dispute over classical history.

Fundamentally, the two professors disagree in their estimates of China’s rise, and thus the severity of the challenge it represents to the U.S.-led order that has kept the peace since World War II.

Mr. Allison focuses on data showing China’s wealth and power soaring ever up.

Mr. Waldron dwells on figures that indicate China’s crippling vulnerabilities. He mentions chronic water shortages and energy wastage. Others point to an alarming surge in corporate debt and an aging population that could stall, or even reverse, growth.

Those who live in China, rather than observe it from afar, juggle both perspectives daily.

Inhale the toxic air in almost any city and it’s clear why wealthy Chinese are fleeing.

Yet, testifying to China’s creative energy are the fleets of emerald, blue and fluorescent orange bicycles that have overrun the same cities in a matter of months as multiple startups have jumped into a bike-sharing business powered by smartphone apps.

China is choking to death; China is vibrant. Both are true. Washington’s challenge is to make sense of these contradictions, and steer a policy course that avoids the extremes of capitulation and reckless belligerence.

The Obama administration was timid; Beijing seized the opportunity to start turning the South China Sea into a Chinese lake.

To the extent that the Trump administration has a China policy, it’s on hold due to North Korea.

Mr. Trump has suspended the verbal hostilities he unleashed on the campaign trail in hopes that his Chinese counterpart will use his influence to halt Pyongyang’s nuclear program. If, as seems likely, Mr. Xi can’t, or won’t, deliver a solution this truce could quickly crumble.

Influential voices are urging a hard line. Ely Ratner, a senior fellow at the U.S. Council on Foreign Relations, recommended last week the U.S. should consider basing troops on disputed South China Sea islands. Whether the White House takes that inflammatory suggestion, once its disillusion with Beijing’s North Korea efforts sets in, expect renewed bellicosity on issues from trade to Taiwan.

There’s little doubt about Chinese intentions. As the journalist Howard French points out in his erudite book “Everything Under the Heavens: How the Past Helps Shape China’s Push for Global Power,” China aspires to restore its position at the pinnacle of East Asia.

The coming decades, he writes, will involve “a certain amount of yielding to China.”

How much will depend on a fine understanding of Chinese capabilities. While China has made giant leaps in military technology—enough to strike U.S. aircraft carriers—it will become progressively harder and more expensive to advance further.

In a speech two years ago, Mr. Xi insisted that “there is no such thing as the so-called Thucydides trap.” But he went on to warn against strategic miscalculations by unnamed “major countries” that “might create such traps.”

The next few years will be perilous: The risks of conflict can’t simply be dismissed. Mr. Waldron, though, is confident that Chinese leaders would quickly smother any unintended conflict rather than escalate and risk their country’s ruin.

“They are, after all, not idiots,” he writes.
          'Outraged': China urges US to back out of Taiwan deal   
China has urged the US to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $US1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April...
          Military leader Xi Jinping inspects PLA troops in Hong Kong   

The military parade, of 3000 army, navy and air force personnel, was televised live in Hong Kong and mainland China.
           Xi Jinping reassures divided Hong Kong of China’s support    
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          Markerer Xis besøk med parade   
Kinas president Xi Jinping ble hilst velkommen med en militærparade da han fredag kom på et tredagers besøk til Hongkong for å markere 20-årsjubileet for overtakelsen av enklaven fra britene.
          China exhibe su músculo militar en aniversario de Hong Kong    

El presidente chino Xi Jinping pasó revista el viernes a las tropas estacionadas en Hong Kong y reafirmó la autoridad del país.
          L'avenir de la Chine vu par Gérard Hervouet   
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          China "outraged" by $1.42 bln planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   
China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks ...
          China’s grand geopolitical project threatens a new East-West divide in Europe   

Małgorzata Jakimów (TC) : The recent Belt and Road Forum in Beijing ushered in a new phase in China’s global repositioning. In his opening speech China’s president, Xi Jinping, reaffirmed the importance of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive investment project launched in 2013 to dramatically expand land and sea trade across Asia […]

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          India Responding in Reserved Manner to China’s Provocations Along Border   

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Despite Beijing’s provocative act of trying to build a motorable road in the Doklam area of Bhutan, close to the India-China-Bhutan tri-junction, New Delhi is handling the issue in a reserved manner so that the Himalayan kingdom does not come under any sort of pressure, it is reliably learnt.

Bhutan has officially protested to China following this act but Beijing has claimed that the Doklam region is Chinese territory and Indian soldiers entering there is a violation of China’s territorial integrity and called for their pullout.

On June 16, a fairly large People’s Liberation Army (PLA) construction party entered the Doklam area accompanied by earth movers and construction equipment and came all the way to a place called Turning Point. While Chinese incursions in the tri-junction area are not out of the ordinary, what was different this time was the rolling in of the earth movers and construction equipment.

Seeing this, personnel of a Bhutan Army camp posted on a ridge at a place called Zompelri rushed down and confronted the Chinese and told them that they cannot unilaterally change the existing status quo in the tri-junction.

Indian Army personnel, who were present in the general area Doka La in Sikkim on the other side, too rushed to the spot to help the Bhutanese soldiers. However, by that time the PLA had pushed back the Bhutanese and then came to a face-to-face situation with the Indian Army personnel.

The Indian soldiers too made it clear to the Chinese soldiers that they had no business changing the existing unilateral status quo in the tri-junction. There is no Chinese territory between India’s border in the Sikkim sector with Bhutan.

India and China had in 2012 reached an agreement that the tri-junction boundary points between India, China and third countries will be finalised in consultation with the concerned countries. Both the countries share three international tri-junctions – with Bhutan, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

Bhutan too has written agreements with China of 1988 and 1998 stating that the two sides agreed to maintain peace and tranquility in their border areas pending a final settlement on the boundary question, and to maintain status quo as before March 1959.

Following the June 16 incident, Bhutan officially lodged a protest at the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on June 20. Beijing and Thimphu do not share diplomatic ties. The matter also came up for discussion at a border personnel meeting (BPM) between India and China at Nathu La in Sikkim on June 20.

On Thursday, the Bhutanese Foreign Ministry issued a press release which stated Bhutan has conveyed to the Chinese side, both on the ground and through the diplomatic channel, that the construction of the road inside Bhutanese territory was in direct violation of the agreements and affects the process of demarcating the boundary between the two countries.

“Bhutan hopes that the status quo in the Doklam area will be maintained as before June 16,” the statement said. Though the June 16 incident is being seen as forcing India’s hand to change the status quo in the tri-junction, it is understood that New Delhi has been approaching the matter in a reserved manner so that Bhutan does not come under pressure despite the fact that the road being constructed near Indian defence lines posed serious security implications.

The External Affairs Ministry in a statement on Friday said that India has taken up the matter with China at the diplomatic level both in New Delhi and Beijing. China too on Friday indicated that it was open for talks with India, saying a “meaningful dialogue” over the border stand-off is the “pressing issue”.

This is a climbdown for Beijing which earlier ruled out any talks until India withdrew its troops from “Chinese territory”. This should come as some relief for the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims as China had stopped Indians from taking the Nathu La route of the annual pilgrimage following the June 16 incident.

What has come as a surprise is that the June 16 incident happened just over a week after a meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) summit in Astana, Kazakhstan.

It is understood to have been a warm meeting regarding the future of the bilateral relationship with Xi accepting that it was in the interest of both India and China to have stable ties. But whether the border standoff was Beijing’s attempt at regional muscle-flexing 10 days ahead of what turned out to be Modi’s extremely successful meeting with US President Donald Trump in Washington is anybody’s guess.

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          China: End Restrictions on Gravely Ill Nobel Laureate   

Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia.

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(New York) – The Chinese government should immediately lift all restrictions on Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia, Human Rights Watch said today. The couple should be able to go where they wish for medical treatment, and have unfettered access to family, friends, journalists, and foreign diplomats. Chinese authorities should also stop harassing and intimidating Liu’s friends and others who have voiced support for him.

“Chinese President Xi Jinping has shown astonishing disdain for Liu Xiaobo’s life, from his wrongful imprisonment to his treatment after being transferred to a hospital,” said Sophie Richardson, China director. “President Xi could still mitigate some of the harm to his reputation by allowing Liu and his wife to go wherever – and meet with whomever – they wish.”

On June 26, 2017, Liu Xiaobo’s lawyers told the media that Liu, who had been imprisoned since 2009 for his pro-democracy activities, had been “released on bail for medical treatment” and transferred to a hospital in Shenyang, Liaoning province, for treatment of advanced liver cancer. Liu was admitted to the hospital under a pseudonym, preventing journalists and others from locating him.

Other than Liu Xia and her brother, Liu Hui, it is unclear whether family members have been allowed to visit Liu at the hospital. Several people who have tried to visit the hospital describe security as extremely tight. Authorities have told Liu’s family and friends that they are prohibited from speaking to the media. A lawyer for Liu said the authorities had rejected Liu’s request to go abroad for treatment, but the Chinese government has not confirmed this.

Chinese President Xi Jinping has shown astonishing disdain for Liu Xiaobo’s life, from his wrongful imprisonment to his treatment after being transferred to a hospital.

Sophie Richardson

China Director

Since Liu’s illness became public, more than 1,500 people in China and abroad have signed an open letter calling for his full freedom, despite stringent censorship of news about him on Chinese social media. Police across the country have harassed more than 20 people who signed the letter, ordering them not to speak publicly about Liu, Human Rights Watch has learned.

Fei, a businessman in Zhejiang province, was detained in a police station for nearly 20 hours after he signed the petition in support of the couple. Police in Guangdong province raided a law office and installed a surveillance camera in front of the home of poet Wu Mingliang, known as Lang Zi, after two lawyers and the poet added their signatures to the petition. Guangdong authorities also blocked the incoming phone calls of Wu Yangwei, a dissident writer known by his pen name Ye Du, preventing him from giving interviews about Liu to foreign media.

Beijing police went to the home of Bao Tong, former secretary of the deceased premier Zhao Ziyang, warning him not to publish articles or give interviews to the media. Beijing police also forced activist Zhou Tuo and his wife out of the city. Hu Jia, another Beijing activist, said he has been under house arrest since the morning of June 27 to prevent him from trying to visit Liu Xiaobo in Shenyang. He too had signed the open letter.

Authorities have released little information about Liu’s medical condition. The Shenyang City Bureau of Justice issued a notice stating that prison authorities discovered Liu’s cancer following a routine physical on May 31, and that Liu had been treated by a team of eight experts. On June 28, a video of edited clips surfaced on the internet showing Liu receiving medical exams. In it, Liu praised prison officials and said that he is “very grateful” for the attention paid to his health. The circumstances surrounding the clips are unclear, including whether Liu had consented to the filming, when they were taken, or the precise nature of the exams.

In recent years, media outlets linked to the Chinese government have released videos showing purported confessions of detained activists or clips of them appearing physically well, to dispel criticism of their arrests or suspicions that they were tortured. Some activists, after being released, denounced their statements as forced. Such videos violate basic due process rights and may be connected to torture or other ill-treatment.

“Liu Xiaobo will be remembered for promoting freedom, democracy, and human rights in China,” Richardson said. “President Xi should demonstrate basic human decency and end these cruel, baseless restrictions.”


          Xi leads top leadership to meet press   
BEIJING, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), led the other newly-elected members of the Standing Committee of the 18th CPC Central Committee Political Bureau to meet the p
          7/1/2017: WORLD: Xi gives Hong Kongers a glimpse of the rule of iron   

The centrepiece of President Xi Jinping’s tour of Hong Kong yesterday sent a stern message to independence campaigners: the Chinese military’s biggest show of force in the city since the handover from Britain 20 years ago. On the eve of the 20th...
          7/1/2017: COMMENTARY: China’s Hong Kong litmus test   
As Chinese President Xi Jinping leads celebrations marking today’s 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, he should heed the concerns of the former British colony’s last governor, Chris Patten, expressed in our pages yesterday. Warning the world...
          Comment on Czech Election Favourite on Mass Migration: ‘We Have to Fight for What Our Ancestors Built Here’ – #MigrantCrisis, #Islam, #Muslims by P.A.Semi   
<b>Andrej Babis</b> is a gangster oligarch, and a terrible populist: he will promise anything, that will help him elected... In reality, he supports immigration of cheap work-force for his industries and agricultures... He bought for his huge money a perfect PR agency, his team is really professional... One of most rich men in our country, started his bussiness career by stealing Agrofert bussiness from his former Slovak employee by ante-dating stockholders meeting and increasing stock amount, thus forcing previous owner into minority, continued by renting money from state bank for buying a large petrochemical industry with pledge of the stocks, but managed to get the stocks into different company and empty eggshell company with astronomic debt went to bankruptcy, leaving him with large petro-chemical bussiness... Then managed to evade huge taxes by trading untaxed stocks between his companies in recent years. A career leading to being one of richest oligarchs in our small country, full of fiddles and frauds... Meanwhile as a minister of finances aiming at better tax collection from middle-class by electronic tax evidence (every shop must send online information about the trade and print government-server response code on the bill)... All this over-taxation of middle class while blocking taxation of banks and stock companies, which wanted the other part of the current government coalition, thus protecting the richest... ----- The other man - <b>Milos Zeman</b>, is Czech Trump. He was elected by country people against huge media war, against Academy and "Prague cafe" artist clique. Against screaming of all Liberasts, he has good relations with both the West and the East, meeting Putin and Xi Jinping and also British queen, spending a lot of time travelling abroad with a good diplomacy and inland top regions to meeting with people, and is overwhelmingly popular. Zeman is really a wise old man. Formerly a Prognostic institute employee, then prime minister arround 2000. (But in our country, the President is just a honorary position, the executive power is on government supported by the parliament. President is just "talking"... Sometimes, the Right to Talk is a great achievement in a society, that blocks all dissenter's voices in mass media...) ----- Living on Czech countryside, I remember last year or even the previous I've seen a pair of niggers, probably tourists. There are <b>no muslims</b> here (probably some are at large cities? There also is one spa city near northern border where is a large community of rich muslims). There are some gypsies drinking and smoking out their brains in pubs, there are Vietnamese diligent retailers (probably some 5-10 families in the town), and 97% white people... And it's overwhelmingly <b>safe and calm</b> place. There are no places 40 km arround me where I would not dare to go alone on midnight. Even the capital Prague is a pretty safe place, overall we are among 10 most safe countries in the world... About arms - there is 3% people with gun permits. In our village, the Hunter (woodman) has a long gun. It's not much problem to get the permit, if you are sane and somehow healthy person, it requires doctor inspection and police permit... All men above 30 have been serving 2 (later 1) years in millitary service, unless they worked a civil service instead of it (as I did)... Only recently the mandatory 2 or 1 year millitary service has been abandoned, just when entering NATO...
          China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong during Xi's visit   
APTOPIX_Hong_Kong_China_20_Years_48080President Xi Jinping inspected troops based in Hong Kong on Friday as he asserted China's authority over the former British colony, where anti-China sentiment has been on the rise since Beijing took control 20 years ago.
          ‘We wanted democracy’: is Hong Kong's two-systems experiment over?   

As China tightens its grip on the city over which British rule ended 20 years ago, pro-democracy activists are still fighting against erosion of freedoms

For President Xi Jinping, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China is a moment to toast the reunification of a nation and hail its unstoppable rise. But for activists such as Eddie Chu, one of the leading lights of a new generation of pro-democracy politicians, it has become an occasion for something quite different.

“Boot-licking. Unprecedented boot-licking!” he says, a smile breaking across his face as he reflects on how many members of the local elite have chosen to mark two decades of Chinese rule by plastering their homes and businesses with patriotic slogans and red flags in the hope, he suspects, of currying economic favour.

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          Why Trump's $1.42bn Taiwan arms sale could backfire with China   

The president is laying down crude reminders before his meeting with Xi, but Beijing tends to react badly to bullying

The US announcement of a $1.42bn arms sale to Taiwan is a not-so-subtle warning shot across the bows of China’s president, Xi Jinping, who is due to meet Donald Trump for potentially tense bilateral talks at next week’s G20 summit in Hamburg. But Trump’s pre-emptive strike could backfire badly.

Official confirmation of the arms sale, under consideration since January, coincided with Xi’s officiation at an ostentatious military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, celebrating China’s reunification with what until 1997 Beijing regarded as a “renegade province” similar to Taiwan.

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          China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong during Xi Jinping visit   

Observers say show of strength part of growing effort to intimidate members of independence movement

The Chinese president, Xi Jinping, has presided over Hong Kong’s biggest military parade since the British handover in a tub-thumping show of strength that observers said was intended to intimidate members of the former colony’s nascent independence movement.

More than 3,100 troops gathered at the Shek Kong military base near Hong Kong’s border with mainland China on Friday morning to stage the review for Xi, who is on a rare tour of the city to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the the former British colony’s return to Chinese control on 1 July.

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          China's Xi Jinping greeted by celebration and protest in visit to Hong Kong for handover anniversary   

China's Xi Jinping greeted by celebration and protest in visit to Hong Kong for handover anniversaryChina's Xi Jinping greeted by celebration and protest in visit to Hong Kong for handover anniversary



          Hong Kong greets Xi with massive military parade, as activists released on bail   
Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in politically divided Hong Kong Friday, in a potent display of Chinese military might to ...
          4 Hal Ini Bikin Relasi AS dan China Merenggang?   

Dalam kurun seminggu terakhir, pemerintah Amerika Serikat nampak memandang China sebagai negara yang 'kurang disukai'. Dan, lewat sejumlah keputusan dan kebijakan luar negeri yang dilakukan, relasi kedua negara kini diduga merenggang.

Padahal, pada April 2017, pemimpin kedua negara --saat pertemuan resmi-- nampak seperti sekutu dekat. Presiden Donald Trump bahkan menjamu Presiden China Xi Jinping di resor mewah pribadinya, di Mar-a-Lago, Florida.

Hasil pertemuan itu bahkan mengejutkan dunia. Sesuai permintaan Presiden Trump, Presiden Xi berjanji bahwa China akan berkontribusi lebih banyak untuk membantu AS dalam isu Korea Utara.

Sebagai balasan, presiden ke-45 AS itu berjanji akan memberikan kelonggaran terhadap Tiongkok untuk sejumlah isu, misalnya seperti situasi di Laut China Selatan.

Pasca-pertemuan di Mar-a-Lago, Presiden Trump bahkan sempat menyebut koleganya dari Negeri Tirai Bambu itu sebagai, "orang hebat, aku bahkan memiliki relasi yang baik dengannya."

Namun kini, setelah munculnya sejumlah keputusan dan kebijakan luar negeri dari kedua negara pada seminggu terakhir di penghujung Juni 2017, hubungan harmonis AS - China perlahan merenggang.

Berikut, 4 penyebab yang diduga sebagai tonggak kerenggangan relasi Negeri Paman Sam - Negeri Tirai Bambu dalam kurun seminggu terakhir, seperti yang diragkum oleh Liputan6.com dari berbagai sumber (30/6/2017).

 

Saksikan juga video berikut ini

Washington, DC menjatuhkan sanksi dan pemutusan hubungan terhadap sejumlah entitas asal China. Sanksi itu diberikan oleh Kementerian Keuangan AS terhadap Bank of Dandong, sebuah perusahaan, dan dua individu pegiat finansial asal China.

Penjatuhan sanksi yang dilakukan Kemenkeu AS itu juga menandai kali pertama bagi Negeri Paman Sam untuk menerapkan wewenangnya --yang dilandasi US Patriot Act 2001-- pada entitas perbankan China.

Kemenkeu AS mengklaim bahwa entitas asal China itu bertindak sebagai "pipa penghubung" untuk mendukung aktivitas finansial Korea Utara yang diduga ilegal dan melanggar hukum. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari CNN, 30 Juni 2017.

Kementerian yang dipimpin oleh Menteri Steven Mnuchin itu juga menilai sejumlah firma keuangan asal Korea Utara memanfaatkan "kedekatan" Bank Dandong dengan beberapa entitas bisnis asal AS guna memperoleh akses finansial alternatif dari Negeri Paman Sam. Bagi Washington, latar belakang itu cukup menjadi justifikasi pemerintah untuk menjatuhkan sanksi finansial.

"Firma atau entitas asal China (yang menjalin hubungan dengan Korut) juga tidak akan mendapatkan akses kepada lembaga finansial AS, baik secara 'langsung maupun tidak langsung'," tambah Mnuchin.

Akan tetapi, Kemenkeu AS berargumen bahwa sasaran sanksi yang sebenarnya bukan ditujukan kepada China, tetapi lebih kepada Korea Utara.

"Sanksi itu tidak ditujukan untuk China," jelas Menteri Mnuchin.

Pada kesempatan yang berbeda, penasihat keamanan nasional AS, H.R. McMaster, turut mengamini penjelasan Mnuchin.

"Sanksi itu bukanlah aksi untuk menekan China. Tindakan itu merupakan upaya kami untuk meminta China agar mampu lebih berkontribusi dalam masalah (Korea Utara) tersebut," kata McMaster.

Pakar politik juga memiliki penilaian serupa, bahwa sanksi Kemenkeu AS terhadap Bank Dandong merupakan upaya "penyampaian pesan" yang dilakukan Washington kepada Beijing agar dapat bertindak tegas terhadap Pyongyang.

"Pesan yang ingin disampaikan AS kepada China adalah, 'Hey, kami berusaha untuk menjalin kerja sama dengan kalian untuk masalah (Korea Utara) tersebut, tapi kalian harus melakukan upaya yang lebih maksimal," ucap Anthony Ruggiero, analis dari Foundation for Defense of Democracies.

 

Seusai pertemuan antara Presiden Trump dengan Presiden China Xi Jinping pada April 2017, Gedung Putih telah berkali-kali mengingatkan Tiongkok untuk semakin menguatkan tekanan ekonomi dan diplomatik terhadap Korea Utara.

Pasca-pertemuan itu, China telah menerapkan sejumlah kebijakan 'tegas' terhadap Korut. Seperti, menolak impor batu bara Pyongyang serta --diduga-- menghentikan ekspor suplai bahan bakar ke negara yang dipimpin oleh Kim Jong-un itu. Demikian seperti yang dikutip dari BBC, Kamis 27 April 2017.

Bahkan, media pemerintah China - Korut sempat mengalami peningkatan tensi, situasi yang jarang terjadi dalam riwayat kedua negara. Peningkatan tensi disebabkan imbauan Tiongkok terhadap Korea Utara terkait isu nuklir.

Akan tetapi, Presiden Donald Trump terus mendesak China agar semakin menambah tekanan ekonomi dan diplomatik terhadap Korea Utara. Karena, bagi Trump, Beijing belum melakukan tindakan yang efektif untuk menghentikan program nuklir Pyongyang, yang hingga kini masih berlanjut.

Namun, Beijing berdalih bahwa pengaruhnya ke Pyongyang amatlah terbatas.

Sebagian besar pihak juga menilai bahwa upaya AS untuk "menegaskan posisinya terhadap Korea Utara" melalui China, akan terus mengalami stagnasi. Bahkan kini, Presiden Trump pun mulai "menyerah" untuk meminta bantuan China terkait isu Korea Utara.

"Saya harap China dapat membantu kami untuk membuat Korea Utara lebih segan terhadap AS. Namun tampaknya, upaya mereka (China) tidak berhasil," ujar Presiden Trump lewat akun Twitter-nya, @realDonaldTrump, pada Juni 2017.

 

Amerika Serikat berencana menjual peralatan militer senilai US$ 1,42 miliar atau setara Rp 18,9 triliun kepada Pemerintah Taiwan.

Keterangan mengenai rencana penjualan ini disampaikan oleh Juru Bicara Departemen Luar Negeri AS, Heather Nauert. Penawaran tertuang dalam tujuh buah proposal penjualan.

"Jadi saat ini harganya sudah sampai US$ 1,42 juta," sebut Naubert seperti dikutip dari The Star, Kamis 30 Juni 2017.

Tidak cuma alutsista yang dijual AS ke Taiwan. Beberapa paket penjualan ini termasuk di dalamnya bantuan teknik untuk sistem radar, misil kecepatan tinggi anti-radiasi, terpedo, dan komponen rudal.

Penjualan tersebut dijelaskan Naubert merupakan bentuk dukungan AS terhadap pemeliharaan kapabilitas pertahanan Taiwan. Kementerian Pertahanan Taiwan juga mengatakan bahwa senjata baru itu ditujukkan untuk memperkuat keamanan udara dan laut serta sistem kewaspadaan domestik.

Sebelum AS benar-benar menjual senjata ke Taiwan, mereka harus menunggu persetujuan Kongres. Pembahasan permintaan penjualan itu, saat sudah masuk dalam sesi pembahasan kongres.

Penjualan senjata ke Taiwan merupakan yang pertama sejak Presiden Donald Trump berkuasa. Rencana AS itu membuat marah China.

"China memprotes keras tindakan AS (menjual senjata ke Taiwan). Itu jelas melanggar kebijakan 'One China'. Kami akan segera merespons tindakan tersebut," kata Duta Besar China untuk AS Cui Tiankai, seperti yang diwartakan oleh media pemerintah Tiongkok, People's Daily.

Terkait, datang protes dari China, Naubert mengimbau agar Beijing tak perlu khawatir. Sebab, terkait perseteruan kedua negara, sikap AS tetap konsisten dari awal.

"Tidak ada peluang bagi kami untuk merubah kebijakan 'One China'. Kami mengakui Beijing bukan Taipei," sebut dia.

Pakar menilai bahwa transaksi tersebut, mungkin disebabkan atas 'kekecewaan' AS terhadap China yang minim berkontribusi untuk menekan Korea Utara agar menghentikan program rudal nuklirnya. Dan, kebijakan Washington, DC, mungkin saja akan memprovokasi Beijing.

"Sebagian pihak menilai bahwa perdagangan itu dipicu relasi AS - China terkait isu Korea Utara, dan penjualan senjata ke Taiwan dianggap oleh AS mampu meningkatkan 'taji' mereka di hadapan Tiongkok. Saya sendiri tidak melihatnya sebagai bentuk provokasi. Namun, jika kebijakan itu dihubungkan dengan kebijakan lain, salah satunya sanksi terhadap bank China, kemungkinan (provokasi) dapat menjadi pertimbangan," jelas Profesor Zhang Baohui, pakar politik dari Lingnan University, Hong Kong.

Bukan pertama kali AS menjual senjata ke Taiwan. Hal ini dilakukan pertama kali pada Desember 2015 di saat Barack Obama masih memerintah.

Ketika itu, AS menjual alutsista seharga US$ 1,83 miliar. Penjualan tersebut termasuk dua kapal frigate dan kendaraan amphibi. Langkah tersebut juga mengundang kecaman keras dari China.

Kementerian Luar Negeri Amerika Serikat merilis hasil kajian tahunan yang membahas isu perdagangan manusia di dunia. Rilis itu mengkaji tentang negara yang diklaim oleh AS memiliki aktivitas perdagangan manusia terburuk di mancanegara.

Rilis tahunan itu bernama 'Trafficking in Persons Report (TIP) 2017, US State Department'. Sejumlah negara yang masuk dalam kategori kualitas terburuk menurut rilis tersebut di antaranya meliputi China, Rusia, Suriah, dan Iran. Demikian seperti yang turut diwartakan oleh CNN, Rabu 28 Juni 2017.

Menurut laporan TIP, "China tidak memenuhi ketentuan standar minimum maupun melakukan upaya yang signifikan untuk menghapuskan fenomena perdagangan manusia. Maka, negara itu yang semula berada di Tier 2, diturunkan menjadi Tier 3, tingkatan terendah."

Berdasarkan laporan TIP 2017, China dan sejumlah warga negaranya, terlibat dalam aktivitas seputar perdagangan manusia dan perbudakan moderen. Aktivitas itu meliputi, jual-beli manusia (anak, perempuan, dan laki-laki), tenaga kerja paksa, perdagangan dan eksploitasi manusia untuk kepentingan seksual, serta sistem kerja paksa yang disponsori pemerintah.

Saat memberikan pidato ulasan terkait TIP pada Selasa 28 Juni 2017 di Washington DC, Menteri Luar Negeri Rex Tillerson menilai bahwa China tidak melakukan upaya serius untuk menghentikan trafficking.

"China masuk ke Tier 3 karena tidak mengambil langkah serius untuk menghapus perdagangan manusia. Termasuk, isu pekerja paksa Korea Utara yang berada di Tiongkok," ujar Menlu Tillerson.

Menurut laporan TIP, "China tidak memenuhi ketentuan standar minimum maupun melakukan upaya yang signifikan untuk menghapuskan fenomena perdagangan manusia. Maka, negara itu yang semula berada di Tier 2, diturunkan menjadi Tier 3, tingkatan terendah."

Berdasarkan laporan TIP 2017, China dan sejumlah warga negaranya, terlibat dalam aktivitas seputar perdagangan manusia dan perbudakan moderen. Aktivitas itu meliputi, jual-beli manusia (anak, perempuan, dan laki-laki), tenaga kerja paksa, perdagangan dan eksploitasi manusia untuk kepentingan seksual, serta sistem kerja paksa yang disponsori pemerintah.

Saat memberikan pidato ulasan terkait TIP pada Selasa 28 Juni 2017 di Washington DC, Menteri Luar Negeri Rex Tillerson menilai bahwa China tidak melakukan upaya serius untuk menghentikan trafficking.

"China masuk ke Tier 3 karena tidak mengambil langkah serius untuk menghapus perdagangan manusia. Termasuk, isu pekerja paksa Korea Utara yang berada di Tiongkok," ujar Menlu Tillerson.

Sementara itu, pihak Kemlu China merespons TIP. Meski menolak hasil kajian Kemlu AS, namun pemerintah Tiongkok tetap bertekad untuk menghapuskan perdagangan manusia.

"Kami menolak penilaian AS terhadap negara lain yang dibuat berdasarkan pertimbangan hukum domestik mereka. Akan tetapi, kami bertekad untuk melawan trafficking dan bekerjasama dengan negara lain untuk isu tersebut," jelas juru bicara Kemlu China, Lu Kang.


          What Hong Kong can teach China   

WHEN Britain handed Hong Kong back to China 20 years ago, many politicians in the West suspended disbelief. Here was a prosperous society, deeply imbued with liberal values, being taken over by a country that, less than a decade earlier, had used tanks and machineguns to crush peaceful protests by citizens calling for democratic reform. If they were worried, the British officials who attended the handover ceremony tried not to show it. China, after all, had promised that Hong Kong’s way of life would remain unchanged for at least 50 years under a remarkable arrangement that it called “one country, two systems”. Even the last British governor of Hong Kong, Chris Patten—an outspoken critic of China’s Communist Party—called that rain-soaked day “a cause for celebration”.

This week China’s president, Xi Jinping, is to join the festivities marking the anniversary on July 1st of the start of Chinese rule—his first trip to the territory since he took power in 2012. He will also attend the...


          Xi Jinping Inspects Hong Kong Garrison as Police Warn Separatists Not to Stage Rally   
Pro-independence activists have been warned not to go ahead with a scheduled rally
          Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations   
Tight security contained protesters in Hong Kong tonight as Chinas President Xi Jinping led lavish celebrations to mark 20 years since the politically...
          China le advierte a Estados Unidos que la venta de armas a Taiwan “daña la confianza mutua”   
Pekín llamó al país norteamericano a ponerle fin a cualquier acuerdo con la isla, la cual considera una provincia rebelde. Asegura que la operación “va en contra del consenso alcanzado” por Trump y Xi Jinping en Mar-a-Lago. La República Popular China condenó  la venta de armas por USD 1.300 millones de Estados Unidos a Taiwan y llamó […]
          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover's 20th anniversary   
The flags of China and Hong Kong have been raised in a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Chinese rule over Hong Kong. Chinese President Xi Jinping and the territory's … Click to Continue »
          China’s Xi Jinping greets PLA’s Hong Kong infantry in uncover of force   
Chat with us in Facebook Messenger. Find out what’s function in a universe as it unfolds. Article source: http://www.cnn.com/2017/06/29/asia/china-xi-jinping-protesters/index.html
          Trump strikes at China with arms sales to Taiwan   
Crazy hot this weekend on the coast, but good riding.

The Trump Administration State Department released a large arms deal for Taiwan, something which has been long predicted but had been held up. According to Defense News, the deal was worth $1.3 on the surface, but will need Congressional approval and may end up below that figure. Lawmakers have 30 days to object, according to AP....
The State Department has approved arms sales to Taiwan worth a total of $1.4 billion, the first such deal with the self-governing island since President Donald Trump took office, officials said Thursday.

The sale will anger China, which regards Taiwan as part of its territory. It comes at a delicate time for relations between Washington and Beijing over efforts to rein in nuclear-armed North Korea.
Note that the routine formula is followed: we learn that China will be angry, but we do not learn that the people of Taiwan -- our ally! -- will gain protection. Thus, the framing is entirely negative. Sad. Further down, we are told the relationship has deteriorated but not that Beijing was the cause. Why are there alt-facts? Because the media refuses to accurately describe the world.

I've placed the Nelson Report comments on the arms sale at the bottom of this post, but one quote from an anonymous and well placed Nelson Report reader said it all:
"Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
A longtime and knowledgeable observer said that Washington was rapidly accepting that it would need to stop delaying arms sales so that they can be rolled out in packages. Rather, they would have to be sent to Congress as soon as the Pentagon approves them. This would increase the deterrent effect. US-Taiwan Business Council head Rupert Hammond-Chambers added
“The Council supports the return to a normal and regular process for assessing all Taiwan arms sales requests and sales. Packaging several years’ worth of items drives up the overall dollar value of each tranche of notifications. Each Taiwan arms sale also becomes a rare and compelling event, drawing significantly more attention than it might otherwise garner. This creates a more substantial opportunity for Chinese protests and posturing in response to each sale, protests that have had a deterrent effect on U.S. willingness to release needed but advanced systems to Taiwan - such as new-build fighters and submarines. It would be in the U.S. interest to provide less of an impetus for Chinese protests in response to Taiwan arms sales, and moving away from packaging would be a substantial step in the right direction.”
Recall that this package was delayed by the Obama Administration -- an actual sellout of Taiwan's interests to please China.

The US-Taiwan Business Council says the deal is for...
The published FMS Congressional Notifications (transmittal numbers 16-67, 16-68, 16-69, 16-70, 16-73, 16-74, and 16-75) were for SM-2 Block IIIA All-Up Rounds, associated equipment and technical support (US$125 million); MK 54 Lightweight Torpedo Conversion Kits, spare parts and other support and assistance (US$175 million); MK 48 Mod 6AT Heavyweight Torpedoes, other support, spare parts, training, and assistance (US$250 million); Hardware, software, and other upgrades to the AN/SLQ-32(V)3 Electronic Warfare Systems supporting Taiwan’s KEELUNG Class destroyers (US$80 million); AGM-154C JSOW Air-to-Ground Missiles, spare/repair parts and other support and assistance (US$185.5 million); AGM-88B HARMs and Training HARMs, spare/repair parts, testing, and other support and assistance (US$147.5 million); SRP Operations and Maintenance follow-on sustainment (US$400 million).[i]
Note that these are largely upgrades and additions to current systems. Nothing really major here. Details are here. ADDED: Note comment below about the package actually having some new/interesting things...

Meanwhile this week a Senate Committee backs a bill calling for port calls in Taiwan by US naval ships (FocusTw):
The Armed Services Committee of the U.S. Senate on Wednesday approved a provision that will allow U.S. naval vessels to make regular stops at Taiwanese ports.

The provision was adopted by a vote 21-6 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act for 2018, which will now move on to the full Senate for consideration.

It stipulates re-establishing "regular ports of call by the U.S. Navy at Kaohsiung or any other suitable ports in Taiwan" and permitting "U.S. Pacific Command to receive ports of call by Taiwan," according to a summary of the bill.
It also calls for the US to provide technical support for weapons development in Taiwan, for indigenous undersea warfare vehicles (subs!!) and mines. China had a fainting spell and called for smelling salts over this. UPDATE: Apparently ROCN visits to PACOM ports such as Guam, Hawaii, and Yokusaka are also included in this, a Navy friend tells me.

This is good news all around. It illustrates the old observation that whenever the US moves farther from China it moves closer to Taiwan. By the same token, it shows that Taiwan will always be at the mercy of the US relationship with China. But I don't expect that relationship to improve much... especially since the US sanctioned Chinese banks for dealing with N Korea. A clear signal, that....
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SUMMARY: the Administration delivered a "one-two punch" today for anyone who thinks that Xi Jinping somehow snowed Trump into going easy on Beijing because of alleged help on N. Korea, and being "transactional" on the vital question of helping Taiwan keep some semblance of an effective defense capability to deter PLA adventurism in a crisis:
First, while Xi is still in Hong Kong (!) State announced a $1.4 billion arms sale package; then Treasury's OFAC announced it was finally implementing some "secondary sanctions" against Chinese banks and businesses still underwriting the Kim Regime in N. Korea despite Beijing's claims to oppose Kim's nukes, missiles and threats to one and all.
Both come just before a Xi-Trump bilateral at the Hamburg G-20, and that coincides with the end of what a frankly sarcastic player calls "the Magic 100 Day Trade Review", virtually guaranteeing more will come as various "enforcement" decisions come due. Steel, anyone?
A senior US-China hand preferring ANON status:
"You have to read the OFAC decision as a 'vote of no confidence' by Trump in terms of Xi's willingness or ability to somehow 'fix' the N. Korea problem.  Trump now apparently realizes that the Chinese will always disappoint him. In fact, that they are built to do that!"
National Security Advisor McMaster was politer yesterday at the Center for a New American Security, saying China represents a vital lever to pressure North Korea to step back from nuclear weapons.     
"I think one the key elements of the strategy is that decision, how much China is able, really willing, able to help," McMaster said. "China does have a great deal of control over that situation, largely through coercive power related to its economic relations...The North Korean problem is not a problem between the United States and North Korea. It's a problem between North Korea, China and the world. And China recognizes that this is a big problem for them..."
God help us, Treasury is Tweeting, also:
Treasury targets Chinese bank serving as gateway for illicit N Korean financial activity, and issues sanctions: treasury.gov/press-center/p...
Looking at the big picture, Loyal Reader Frank Jannuzi, Mansfield Foundation:
"These are modest steps, probably long overdue from a technical standpoint.  That said, these moves will not significantly curtail China-DPRK trade and investment or encourage Beijing to be more cooperative at the UN.  To the contrary, Trump's mercurial nature will likely undercut Chinese support for U.S. pressure tactics and exacerbate growing tensions in U.S.-China relations.  Gonna be a long hot summer..."
Oh yeah!! Here's an ANON quote on which the protection need is self-evident, both on content and point of origin:
"Chris, word on the street is that WH has called this "F- China Month".
Sigh, so much for good taste. Scroll down for the gory details of Trump's latest "mercurial". Here's the arms sale story from the official "background brief", attributable to a "U.S. Government official":
This afternoon, the Department of State approved and delivered Congressional notifications for several sales to Taiwan cumulatively valued at approximately $1.4 billion. The notifications from DSCA are attached.
Systems include:
·        Early Warning Radar Surveillance Technical Support ($400 million)
·        AGM-154C Joint Stand-off Weapon (JSOW) ($185.5 million)
·        AGM-88 High-Speed Anti-Radiation (HARM) Missiles ($147.5 million)
·        MK 48 6AT Heavy Weight Torpedoes ($250 million)
·        MK 46 to MK-54 Torpedo Upgrade ($175 million)
·        SM-2 Missile Components ($125 million)
·        AN/SLQ-32A Electronic Warfare (EW) Shipboard Suite Upgrade ($80 million) 
The Administration has formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan cumulatively valued at $1.3 billion.
Under long-standing U.S. policy, U.S. arms sales to Taiwan are guided by the Taiwan Relations Act and based on an assessment of Taiwan's defense needs. There is no change to our longstanding "one China" policy based on the Three Joint Communiques and the Taiwan Relations Act. Today's notifications are consistent with the Taiwan Relations Act, and our support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
These sales represent upgrades including converting current defensive legacy systems from analog to digital.
Across decades and Presidential Administrations, the United States has remained deeply committed to meeting Taiwan's defense needs. This Administration is resolved to fully implement the provisions of the Taiwan Relations Act under which the United States makes available to Taiwan defense articles and services in such quantity necessary to enable Taiwan to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability.
Taiwan's defensive capability gives it the confidence to engage with the mainland in dialogue to improve cross-Strait relations.  In this context, our arms sales to Taiwan support peace and stability -- not only in the Taiwan Strait, but also in the entire Asia Pacific region. We support further development of cross-Strait relations at a pace and scope acceptable to people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait.
Here's the AP story, which needs a couple of clarification/corrections:

US approves 1st arms sale to Taiwan under Trump

[story removed]

Your Editor: two points...first, the TRA does not "require" arms sales, but it doesrequire that the Administration consult with Congress on what is needed to help Taiwan preserve the peaceful status quo vis a vis the Mainland. 

Perhaps this misunderstanding accounts for our second concern, the claim that today's announcement does not "violate" the TRA. Huh!?  How did anyone at State get that idea? Matt is a valued colleague and experienced reporter, so we have nodoubt he quoted Nauret accurately...

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          Trump, PM Lee to meet next week at G20 summit   

SINGAPORE: US President Donald Trump and Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong will meet at a summit of world economic powers in Germany next week in their first face-to-face encounter, US officials said on Thursday . Besides Mr Lee, Mr Trump will also meet other Asian leaders including Chinese President Xi Jinping, Indonesian President Joko Widodo, South Korean President Moon Jae-in and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.


          China: Militärparade   
Präsident Xi Jinping hat bei seinem Besuch in Hongkong eine große Militärparade anlässlich des 20. Jahrestages der Rückgabe der ehemaligen britischen Kronkolonie an China abgenommen
          Enfants de la rétrocession : avoir 20 ans à Hong Kong   
Samedi 1er juillet se tiendront à Hong Kong les cérémonies marquant les 20 ans de la rétrocession à la Chine de la province. Ce sera l'occasion pour les militants indépendantistes de manifester pour réclamer plus d'autonomie, d'autant plus que le président Xi Jinping doit faire le déplacement. Nos reporters ont suivi deux jeunes hongkongais, nés en 1997, l'une activiste au sein d'une organisation pro-indépendance, l'autre qui ne conçoit l'avenir de la province que dans le giron la Chine.
          Xi Jinping appelle les jeunes hongkongais à servir Hong Kong et le pays   
A la veille du 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la mère patrie, le président chinois Xi Jinping a appelé vendredi les jeunes de Hong Kong à choisir la bonne voie et à servir Hong Kong et le pays.
          Xi Jinping rencontre l'ancien chef de l'exécutif de la RAS de Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping, a rencontré vendredi Tung Chee-hwa, le premier chef de l'exécutif de la Région administrative spéciale (RAS) de Hong Kong, le qualifiant de "pionnier" dans la pratique de la politique "un pays deux systèmes" à Hong Kong.
          Xi Jinping rencontre le chef de l'exécutif de la RAS de Macao   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré vendredi Chui Sai On, chef de l'exécutif de la Région administrative spéciale (RAS) de Macao, qui est venu pour assister aux célébrations marquant le 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la Chine.
          Un envoyé spécial du président chinois assistera à une cérémonie à la mémoire de M. Kohl   
Le ministre chinois des Sciences et des Technologies, Wan Gang, se rendra, en tant qu'envoyé spécial du président chinois Xi Jinping, à Strasbourg, en France, pour assister à une cérémonie à la mémoire de l'ancien chancelier allemand Helmut Kohl, a annoncé vendredi un porte-parole du ministère des Affaires étrangères.
          Xi Jinping rencontre des responsables du gouvernement central à Hong Kong   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré vendredi un groupe de responsables du gouvernement central à Hong Kong et des cadres supérieurs des branches d'entreprises et d'institutions de la partie continentale de la Chine.
          Le président chinois Xi Jinping rencontre des dignitaires de Hong Kong   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré vendredi un groupe de personnalités de tous les milieux de Hong Kong, les appelant à prendre l'initiative dans la promotion des échanges et de la coopération entre Hong Kong et la partie continentale.
          Hong Kong gears up for 20th anniversary of handover   
Pro-democracy campaigners prepare to protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping vists Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule.
          Pres. Duterte Thanks China For Donating 3,000 Assault and Sniper Rifles to the Philippines!   
On June 28, 2017, the Chinese Embassy donated more than 3,000 high-powered sniper and assault rifles to the Philippines. President Rodrigo Duterte says the guns will be used to fight against the terrorists in Mindanao, where martial law still reigns.
The first batch of military equipment came in four cargo planes, worth an estimated ₱590 million, and were turned over to the Philippine government at Clark Airbase, Pampanga.
President Duterte was quick to express his gratitude to the Chinese government for their aid against the ISIS-aligned militants currently besieging Marawi City.

“To Ambassador Zhao, please relate our sincerest thanks to President Xi Jinping and the government of the People’s Republic of China for its military aid package I will receive today in behalf of the Philippine government,” he said.
The Philippines’ commander-in-chief said this contract was “the dawn of a new era of Philippine-Chinese relations.” Duterte was, of course, referring to the several new business agreements between the Philippines and China. The Philippine head of state met with Chinese President Xi Jinping many times in the past. President Duterte said:
“This not only strengthens our country’s commitment to support each other during times of need, but also highlights the dawn of a new era in Philippine-Chinese relations.”
Your Excellency, Mr. President, I know you are fighting terrorism, ISIS-related terrorism in the south. China is also a victim of terrorism.”
The ambassador added that a second batch of weapons will be sent to the Philippines within the coming months.
Reportedly, over 71 government troops and 299 Maute and Abu Sayyaf militants have been killed in the ongoing conflict in Marawi City. 246,000 citizens of Marawi have been displaced due to the conflict.

          TUYÊN BỐ VỀ CHỦ QUYỀN BIỂN ĐẢO QUỐC GIA VIỆT NAM    
CỦA CÔNG DÂN VÀ CÁC TỔ CHỨC XÃ HỘI DÂN SỰ VIỆT NAM

  
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Ngày 27 tháng 6 năm 2017



Lần đầu tiên, một lãnh đạo Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam – tướng Phạm Trường Long –  đã tuyên bố công khai, trực tiếp với lãnh đạo Việt Nam, rằng “vùng lãnh hải Biển Đông là thuộc chủ quyền Trung Quốc từ thời cổ đại”, điều mà Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình đã phát biểu tại Singapore sau khi rời Việt Nam, mà không dám nói khi còn ở Việt Nam.

Phạm Trường Long, đại diện lập trường bành trướng của Trung Quốc, đã tiến thêm một bước khiêu khích mới, đe dọa chủ quyền Việt Nam, đồng thời Trung Quốc tiến hành manh động gây hấn ở lãnh hải và một số điểm trên đất liền của Việt Nam.



Dù yêu chuộng hòa bình hữu nghị, và đã từng trải qua chiến tranh, nhân dân Việt Nam  không sợ hãi và kiên quyết chống lại cuộc xâm lấn của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh, như đã từng thể hiện qua lịch sử mấy ngàn năm chống giặc Tàu xâm lược.

Chúng tôi, các công dân Việt Nam và các hội đoàn xã hội dân sự Việt Nam, long trọng tuyên bố:

1) Phản bác và lên án các hành vi xâm lược lãnh hải, lãnh thổ Việt Nam của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh đang diễn ra. Dù bất cứ tình huống nào, sự đánh trả của nhân dân Việt Nam để bảo vệ đất nước là tất yếu.

2) Nhân dân Việt Nam đồng lòng, đoàn kết, gác bỏ mọi khác biệt và ủng hộ tất cả các Nhà nước của Quốc gia Việt Nam ở mọi thời kỳ, trong cùng lập trường bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia, chống mọi hành động xâm lược.

- Tại Hội nghị quốc tế San Francisco – Mỹ, 1951, Thủ tướng Chính phủ Quốc gia Việt Nam Trần Văn Hữu đã khẳng định quần đảo Hoàng Sa - Trường Sa thuộc Việt Nam, và được hội nghị công nhận.

- Chính phủ VNCH (Miền Nam), 1974, đã chiến đấu quyết liệt chống quân Trung Quốc xâm lược Hoàng Sa, tuy thất bại nhưng tinh thần không khuất phục.

- Chính phủ CHXHCN Việt Nam, sau khi thống nhất đất nước, dưới thời Tổng Bí thư Lê Duẩn 1979 đã tiến hành cuộc đánh trả oanh liệt cuộc xâm lăng 6 tỉnh miền Bắc Việt Nam. Tuy Việt Nam chưa giành lại được 6 đảo ở Trường Sa và quần đảo Hoàng Sa còn bị Bắc Kinh chiếm đóng, nhưng năm 2011 trước Quốc hội Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng đã tiếp tục khẳng định chủ quyền của Việt Nam về Hoàng Sa và Trường Sa.  Chính phủ Việt Nam cũng có những tuyên bố khác có nội dung thống nhất như trên. Và Quốc hội Việt Nam đã công khai thừa nhận là Việt Nam chưa hoàn thành nhiệm vụ lịch sử khôi phục sự toàn vẹn lãnh thổ.

Lập trường của nhân dân Việt Nam và sự nhất quán của các Chính phủ của Quốc gia Việt Nam đã rõ ràng trong suốt chiều dài lịch sử. Tham vọng ngông cuồng, lạc thời đại của bè lũ Bành trướng Tập Cận Bình – Phạm Trường Long không tránh khỏi sự thất bại thảm hại.

3) Nhân dân Việt Nam luôn ghi nhận và tri ân các thế hệ quân đội thuộc các thời kỳ, đã chiến đấu và hy sinh vì Tổ quốc, để chống các loại giặc ngoại xâm bất cứ từ đâu đến và dưới màu sắc nào.  

4) Cải thiện nội trị là điều khẩn thiết để có nội lực hùng mạnh bảo vệ Tổ quốc chống ngoại xâm. Các tầng lớp nhân dân đang phấn khích, ủng hộ và theo dõi xu thế làm trong sạch bộ máy nhà nước, và cải tổ về mọi lãnh vực: kinh tế, y tế, giáo dục, quốc phòng, tư pháp. Đặc biệt, canh tân quân đội, từ bỏ sự sa đà vào lợi ích nhóm bất chính, chấn chỉnh hệ thống hành chánh quan liêu, diệt trừ tham nhũng. Và quan trọng hơn hết là từ bỏ hệ tư tưởng lạc hậu ảo tưởng, sửa Điều 4 Hiến pháp nhằm hiệu chính vai trò của Quốc hội, tăng cường sức mạnh đoàn kết của nhân dân, thực thi nền dân chủ cho kịp đà tiến của thời đại.

Tổ quốc là trên hết, gác lại quá khứ, chấp nhận khác biệt.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi các tầng lớp nhân dân, các tổ chức xã hội dân sự, các thành viên trong bộ máy nhà nước, cùng đồng bào Việt Nam ở nước ngoài, ủng hộ tuyên bố này.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi nhân dân các nước ủng hộ cuộc đấu tranh chính nghĩa, bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia Việt Nam theo công ước quốc tế, góp phần bảo dưỡng môi trường tài nguyên vùng biển, đảm bảo tự do hàng hải và hàng không ở Biển Đông.


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English version:

STATEMENTS BY CITIZENS AND CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS OF VIETNAM ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY ON VIETNAMESE WATERS AND ISLANDS



Ho Chi Minh City June 27/6/2017
Recently, Fan Changlong, a Communist China leader made official statements to the leaders of Vietnam in Hanoi: "The islands in the China Sea have belonged to China since antiquity". Even the Chinese President Xi Jinping did not dare to do such a thing in Vietnam. He only did it in Singapore after leaving our country.
 
As the representative of the Chinese hegemonic lines, Fan Changlong took a new step in the provocation and threats against Vietnamese sovereignty. At the same time, China is deliberately attacking some parts of the continental shelf and the national territory of Vietnam.



The Vietnamese people, enamored of peace and friendship, even after having suffered so many wars, is determined to struggle obstinately against these aggressions carried out by the Chinese leaders. Our people have proved throughout their millenary history, this unwavering will of resistance against Chinese aggression.



We, citizens and civil organizations of Vietnam, make the following solemn declarations:
 
1. We reject and condemn the actions of the current aggressions of the Beijing leaders against the waters and territories of Vietnam. In all circumstances, our fight for the defense of our country is an absolute necessity!
 
2. In all the epochs of its history, the Vietnamese people were united in the support of the Vietnamese states in the struggle for the defense of the sovereignty of Vietnam against the external aggressions.
 
-          At the International Conference in San Francisco in 1951, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) reaffirmed that the Hoang Sa-Truong Sa Islands were belonged to Vietnam. And this position was approved by all participating delegates.





-          The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) carried out a heroic but unsuccessful struggle against the Chinese aggression at Hoang Sa in 1974.



-          In 1979, under the leadership of General Secretary Le Duan, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stubbornly resisted Chinese aggression on the 6 provinces bordering North Vietnam.



-          Although the Hoang Sa archipelago and the 6 Truong Sa islands remain still occupied by China, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed Vietnam's rights on Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands before the National Assembly. This consistent position was subsequently confirmed in various statements. Among other things, the National Assembly has officially recognized the fact that Vietnam has missed its historic duty in restoring territorial integrity.
 
-          The unfailing position of the Vietnamese people and successive governments is constant throughout our history. The extravagant and out-of-date ambitions of Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong will certainly encounter lamentable failures!
 



The Vietnamese people always express their deep gratitude to their armed bodies, which have fought and sacrificed themselves for their fatherland in the struggle against the aggressors from wherever they come and under any color.
 
Internal consolidation is the sine qua non condition of strengthening the country's defense forces against invasion. The different layers of the Vietnamese population are enthusiastically following and firmly supporting the State's transparency policy, the policy of reforming the economy, health, national education, national defense, justice ... Particularly, the reform of the army, the abandonment of financial interests related to particular selfish groups, the reorganization of the bureaucratic administration system, the liquidation of corruption. The most important of all, will be the abandonment of ideological illusions, the amendment of Article 4 of the Constitution to restore the rights of the National Assembly, strengthen national unity, achieve democracy in order to catch up with the times.



The country must be above all. The past must be put on hold, the difference must be accepted.
 
We appeal to all segments of the population, all civil and social organizations, all members of the apparatus of the state and all Vietnamese compatriots living both in Vietnam and abroad to support the present declarations.



We also appeal to the people of the world to support our just struggle for the defense of Vietnamese sovereignty, in accordance with international laws, for the protection of the environment, for the preservation of natural resources, guaranteeing the freedom of maritime and air navigation, for the international legal order, in China Sea.
 
If you are supporting these declarations, please provide your contact information (surname and first name, occupation, place of residence) via the following e-mail address:


Ho Chi Minh City, June 27/2017



Version français

DÉCLARATIONS DES CITOYENNES-CITOYENS ET DES ORGANISATIONS CIVLES DU VIETNAM À PROPOS DE LA SOUVERAINETÉ SUR LES EAUX ET LES ÎLES VIETNAMIENNES



Ho Chi Minh ville le 27/6/2017



Récemment, Fan Changlong, un dirigeant de la Chine communiste a pour la première fois, fait des déclarations officielles devant les dirigeants du Vietnam à Hanoi : « Les iles dans la mer de Chine appartenaient à la Chine depuis l’antiquité ». Même le Président Chinois Xi Jinping n’osait pas fait une telle chose au Vietnam. Il l’a fait seulement à Singapore après avoir quitté notre pays.
Etant le représentant des lignes hégémoniques chinoises, Fan Changlong a fait un nouveau pas dans la provocation et les menaces contre la souveraineté vietnamienne. En même temps, la Chine procède à des agressions délibérées sur quelques endroits de la plate-forme continentale et le territoire national du Vietnam.

Le peuple vietnamien, épris de paix et de l’amitié, même après avoir subi tant de guerres, est déterminé à lutter avec opiniâtreté contre ces agressions menées par les dirigeants chinois. Notre peuple a prouvé tout au long de son histoire millénaire, cette volonté inébranlable de résistance contre l’agression chinoise.




Nous, citoyens et organisations civiles du Vietnam, faisons des déclarations solennelles suivantes :



1. Nous rejetons et nous condamnons les actions d’agressions actuelles des dirigeants de Beijing contre les eaux et les territoires du Vietnam. En toutes circonstances, notre combat de défense de notre pays est une nécessité absolue !



2. Dans toutes les époques de son histoire, le peuple vietnamien s’est montré unis dans le soutien des états vietnamiens dans la lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté du Vietnam contre les agressions extérieures.



A la Conférence Internationale de San Francisco en 1951, le Premier Ministre de la République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a réaffirmé l’appartenance des îles Hoang Sa  - Truong Sa au Vietnam. Et cette position a été approuvée par tous les délégués participants.



-          La République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a mené un combat héroïque mais sans succès contre l’agression chinoise à Hoang Sa en 1974.



-          En 1979, sous la direction du Secrétaire Général Le Duan, la République Socialiste du Vietnam a résisté avec opiniâtreté contre l’agression chinoise sur les 6 provinces frontalières au Nord Vietnam.

Malgré que l’archipel de Hoang Sa et les 6 îles de Truong Sa soient restés encore occupés par la Chine, devant l’Assemblée Nationale, le Premier Ministre Nguyen Tan Dung a réaffirmé les droits du Vietnam sur les îles Hoang Sa et Truong Sa. Cette position constante a été confirmée par la suite dans différentes déclarations. Entre autre, l’Assemblée Nationale a reconnu officiellement le fait que le Vietnam a manqué son devoir historique dans la restauration de l'intégrité territoriale.
 
La position sans faille du peuple vietnamien et des gouvernements successifs est constante tout au long de notre histoire. Les ambitions extravagantes et hors d’époque de Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong vont certainement rencontrer des échecs lamentables !



1.       Le peuple vietnamien marque toujours sa profonde reconnaissance envers ses corps armés qui ont lutté et se sont sacrifiés pour la patrie dans les combats contre les agresseurs d’où qu’ils viennent et sous n’importe lesquelles couleurs.



2.       La consolidation intérieure est la condition sine qua non du renforcement des forces de défense de la patrie contre l’invasion. Les différentes couches de la population vietnamienne sont entrain de suivre avec enthousiasme et soutiennent fermement la politique de transparence de l’appareil de l’état, la politique de réforme de l’économie, de la santé, de l’éducation nationale, de la défense nationale, de la justice… Particulièrement, la réforme de l’armée, l’abandon des intérêts financiers liés aux groupes particuliers égoïstes, la réorganisation du système de l’administration bureaucratique, la liquidation de la corruption. Le plus important de tout sera l’abandon des illusions idéologiques, la modification de l’article 4 de la Constitution pour remettre en selle l’Assemblée Nationale, renforcer l’union nationale, réaliser la démocratie afin de rattraper le retard de l’époque.



La patrie doit être au-dessus de tout. Il faut mettre en veilleuse le passé, accepter la différence.



Nous faisons appel à tous les couches de la population, toutes les organisations civiles, sociales, tous les membres de l’appareil de l’état, tous les compatriotes du Vietnam vivant au Vietnam comme à l’étranger pour soutenir les présentes déclarations.

Nous faisons appel aussi au peuple du monde entier à soutenir notre juste lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté vietnamienne, conformément aux lois internationales, pour la protection de l’environnement, pour la préservation des ressources naturelles, garantissant la liberté de navigation maritime et aérienne, pour l’ordre légal international dans la Mer de Chine.

Si vous soutenez ces déclarations, veuillez indiquer vos coordonnées (nom et prénom, occupation, lieu de résidence) via l’adresse d’e-mail suivante:




DANH SÁCH KÝ TÊN

I. Hội đoàn tổ chức xã hội dân sự

  1. Ban Vận động thành lập Văn đoàn Độc lập Việt Nam do nhà văn Nguyên Ngọc đại diện
  2. Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng do ông Lê Thân, Chủ nhiệm Câu lạc bộ, đại diện
  3. Diễn đàn Xã hội Dân sự do TS Nguyễn Quang A đại diện
  4. Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền (Defend the Defenders) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện
  5. Mạng lưới Các Tổ chức Xã hội Dân sự Độc lập (Vietnam Independent Civil Society Organizations - VICSON) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện
  6. Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ do TS Hà Sĩ Phu và cán bộ cộng sản Tiền khởi nghĩa Đoàn Nhật Hồng đại diện
  7. Diễn đàn Bauxite Việt Nam do GS Phạm  Xuân Yêm và GS Nguyễn Huệ Chi đại diện

II. Cá nhân

  1. Nguyễn Quang A, TSKH, nguyên Viện trưởng Viện IDS, Hà Nội
  2. Hồ An, nhà báo, Sài Gòn
  3. Vũ Hồng Ánh, nghệ sĩ, Sài Gòn 
  4. Lại Nguyên Ân, nhà nghiên cứu độc lập, Hà Nội
  5. Nguyễn Trọng Bách, kỹ sư động lực, Nam Định
  6. Trần Văn Bang, kỹ sư, cựu chiến binh chống Trung Quốc xâm lược, Sài Gòn
  7. Nguyễn Nguyên Bình, nhà văn, Hà Nội
  8. Huỳnh Ngọc Chênh, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  9. Nguyễn Huệ Chi, GS, hưu trí, Hà Nội
  10. Nguyễn Kim Chi, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  11. Tống Văn Công, nguyên Tổng Biên tập báo Lao Động, Hoa Kỳ
  12. Ngô Thị Kim Cúc, nhà văn, nhà báo, Sài Gòn
  13. Tiêu Dao Bảo Cự, nhà văn tự do, Đà Lạt
  14. Nguyễn Trung Dân, nhà báo,  Sài Gòn
  15. Nguyễn Đắc Diên, bác sĩ, Sài Gòn 
  16. Nguyễn Xuân Diện, TS, Hà Nội
  17. Hoàng Dũng, PGS TS, Sài Gòn
  18. Nguyễn Duy, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn
  19. Lê Công Định, luật sư, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  20. Trần Tiến Đức, nhà báo độc lập, đạo diễn truyền hình và phim tài liệu, Hà Nội
  21. Phạm Nam Hải, Hà Nội
  22. Nguyễn Trần Hải, cựu sĩ quan Hải quân Nhân dân Việt Nam, Hải Phòng
  23. Chu Hảo, nguyên Thứ trưởng Bộ Khoa học, Công nghệ và Môi trường, Hà Nội
  24. Đặng Thị Hảo, TS, hưu trí, Hà Nội
  25. Nguyễn Thị Thanh Hằng, dược sĩ, Pháp
  26. Vũ Thư Hiên, nhà văn, Pháp
  27. Bùi Hiền, nhà thơ, Canada
  28. Ngô Kim Hoa (Sương Quỳnh), nhà báo tự do, Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  29. Lại Thị Ánh Hồng, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  30. Đoàn Nhật Hồng, nguyên Giám đốc Sở Giáo dục Lâm Đồng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt
  31. Phaolô Nguyễn Thái Hợp, Giám mục Giáo phận Vinh
  32. Nguyễn Đăng Hưng, GS Danh dự Đại học Liège, Bỉ, cư ngụ tại Sài Gòn
  33. Hoàng Hưng, nhà thơ, dịch giả, Sài Gòn
  34. Đoàn Thị Thu Hương, nội trợ, Sài Gòn 
  35. Lê Phú Khải, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn 
  36. Lê Xuân Khoa, GS, Hoa Kỳ
  37. Mai Thái Lĩnh, nhà nghiên cứu, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt
  38. Gioan Baotixita Huỳnh Công Minh, linh mục Giáo phận Sài Gòn
  39. Lê Khánh Luận, TS Toán, TP HCM
  40. Phan Đắc Lữ, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn
  41. Kha Lương Ngãi, nguyên Phó Tổng Biên tập báo Sài Gòn giải phóng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn 
  42. Nguyên Ngọc, nhà văn, Hội An
  43. Nguyễn Đình Nguyên, TS Y khoa, Australia
  44. Trump Plays Nuclear ‘Chicken’ with Putin Over Syria


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    U.S. President Donald Trump is playing a game of nuclear “chicken” with Russian President Vladimir Putin, regarding Putin’s threat on June 19th to go to war against the United States if the U.S. again shoots down, inside Syria — in the sovereign territory of the internationally-recognized-as-legal sovereign Syrian government — Syrian aircraft, or the aircraft of any of the foreign governments that have allied with Syria: Russia, Iran, and China.

    After the U.S. had shot down a Syrian government plane on June 19th, which was bombing jihadists whom the U.S. government backs in order to overthrow the Syrian government, Russia announced:
    “In areas where Russian aviation is conducting combat missions in the Syrian skies, any flying objects, including jets and unmanned aerial vehicles of the international coalition discovered west of the Euphrates River, will be followed by Russian air and ground defenses as air targets” — meaning ordered out, or else immediately shot down.
    That would place the U.S. and Russia in a traditional war against each other, over Syrian territory (Russia to protect Syria’s government, U.S. to replace it by a Saudi-allied jihadist one). The loser in that war, over the battlefields in Syria, would then have only one way to prevent defeat, which is a blitz nuclear attack against the other’s homeland, World War III between Russia and U.S., which would be ‘won’ by whichever of the two sides suffered the less damage (irrespective of whether the entire planet and ultimately all life will then have actually been destroyed by the exchange). The first side to attack would knock out many of the other side’s retaliatory silo-based ICBMs and thus probably be the ‘winner’, though that’s not certain (since most nukes aren’t silo-based).
    Russia’s announcement is basically saying that direct war between Russia and the U.S. will result if the U.S. persists in its effort to conquer Syria, but the Washington Post has said that it’s really only a ‘bluff’, and CNBC has said that it’s only ‘bluster’, and Trump is now splitting hairs over whether he goes with that view (the neoconservative view) to continue the war against Assad, or whether Trump instead will abandon the neoconservative effort and withdraw American forces from Syria once ISIS there is defeated.
    Both President Emmanuel Macron of France, and Prime Minister Theresa May of UK, have already gone on record as supporting the neoconservative position, that the U.S. and its allies should dictate to the sovereign government of Syria, and that Syria’s government should obey. Macron himself has even warned that “the use of chemical weapons will be met with a response, and even if France acts alone.” 
    The summit meeting of the heads of state of the G20 countries will take place in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July 2017. Included there will be not only the U.S.-allied leaders — especially Macron, May, and Saudi Arabia’s King and Crown Prince — but also Putin, and also China’s Xi Jinping. There is some press-speculation that Trump wants to negotiate a deal there for Russia to abandon its alliance with Syria, and also its alliance with Iran. President Obama had tried to do that, but Putin declined the proposal. Perhaps the Western alliance is making these soundings of moving forward despite the Russian warning, so as to increase the pressure on Putin to cave, to crack him. In any event, the jihadists (agents of the Sauds) in Syria know that if they again set up a chemical attack so as to blame it on Assad, the U.S. and its allies have already committed themselves to go to war to overthrow Syria’s government (for ‘humanitarian reasons’). Any jihadist group there could thus pull the trigger even prior to the G20 Summit. 
    Perhaps a jihadist will indeed pull the trigger, but would the U.S. then serve as the gun that some of Trump’s federal employees have promised the U.S. will be in such an instance? In a game of chicken, each side threatens, and maybe also deceives, so that its opponent will believe the worst; but the individual who pulls the trigger might turn out to be an obscure person about whom the general public knows nothing. It happened in WW I, and there is no reason why it couldn’t happen again. Furthermore (as that linked-to source also well documents), underestimating the seriousness of a head-of-state’s commitments, can produce global catastrophe.

    Featured image: Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump (Photo from Sky News)

          Xi debutta a Hong Kong in versione militare: «Il meglio deve ancora venire»   
HONG KONG - «Il meglio deve ancora venire, per Hong Kong». Questa è la frase eloquente attribuita al presidente Xi Jinping in visita all’ex colonia britannica nel ventennale...
          Trump dice "La era de la paciencia estratégica con Corea del Norte ha terminado"   

El presidente de EE.UU., Donald Trump, y su homólogo surcoreano, Moon Jae-in, se han reunido este viernes en Washington. Tras la reunión, Trump y Jae-in ofrecieron comentarios la necesidad de poner fin al programa nuclear de Corea del Norte, aunque no respondieron a las preguntas de los periodistas.

Según publicó actualidad.rt.com, Trump se ha referido a la muerte del estudiante estadounidense Otto Warmbier, que falleció este mes en EE.UU. tras pasar un año en una cárcel norcoreana, de donde fue enviado a su país en estado vegetativo.

Según Trump, este caso refleja la brutalidad de este régimen que "no respeta las vidas humanas". Asimismo, Trump acusó a Pionyang de no tener "ningún respeto" por "la seguridad de su gente o de sus vecinos".

"La era de paciencia estratégica con Corea del Norte fracasó. Y, francamente, esa paciencia ha terminado", afirmó Trump. 

En relación a la presión que ambos países ejercerían contra Pionyang, Trump afirmó que cuentan con "muchas opciones", aunque no reveló cuáles, informa la cadena NBC. "Estamos en el proceso de examinar las muchas opciones que tenemos", dijo el presidente en su único comentario al respecto.

Washington presiona a Pekín

Esta semana Washington impuso nuevas sanciones contra empresas y bancos chinos, en lo que supone un nuevo paso para presionar a Pekín y que actúe contra Pionyang. Paralelamente, el Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. ha aprobado una venta de armas a Taiwán por un monto total de 1.400 millones de dólares.

China ha reaccionado con enfado ante este contrato porque -asegura el embajador chino en EE.UU., Cui Tiankai- "mina la confianza mutua entre los dos países" alcanzada tras la reciente reunión celebrada en abril entre Trump y el presidente chino Xi Jinping.

 


          Hong Kong's model 'will not change'   
The president of China says the 'one country, two systems' model of governance for Hong Kong will not change. Xi Jinping spoke at a banquet on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the handover of the former British colony to China. "Persisting in thoroughly implementing the 'one country, two systems' policy, Hong Kong being governed by Hong Kongers, concentrating all our attention on seeking development with one heart and one mind and struggling together, these factors will definitely result in an even better tomorrow for Hong Kong." Xi's visit comes amid heightened tension between China and Hong Kong. Many in the former colony are concerned at what they see as increased interference by Beijing in local affairs, despite the promise of wide-ranging autonomy under the 'two systems' agreement. His comments come as China's Foreign Ministry said the joint declaration with the UK over Hong Kong was a historical document that no longer had any practical significance.
          Kinas præsident inspicerer kilometervis af militære styrker i Hongkong   
Den kinesiske præsident, Xi Jinping, hilste fredag på 20 formationer af flåde-, luft- og landtropper, der er udstationeret til Hongkong.
          CY wife’s bizarre dresses and Peng Liyuan’s Cantonese   
All eyes are on Xi Jinping’s ongoing Hong Kong visit. Observers are eager to interpret or fathom, even from some minuscule aspects like the president’s body language, what the supreme party chieftain thinks about Hong Kong and how that bodes for the territory’s future. It’s believed that Xi will unveil more of his policies on […]
          Xi promises to back Hong Kong’s development, praises CY Leung   
Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged the continued support of the central government for Hong Kong’s development as he spoke highly of the work of outgoing Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying. In a short speech after he stepped off the plane on Thursday with his wife, Xi said he is pleased to have set foot in Hong […]
          President Xi unlikely to meet with pan-democrats during visit   
Before President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover, rumors had been rife that there could be a “historic meeting” between the pan-democrats and the paramount leader during his stay. Intriguingly, the rumors actually originated from another earlier rumor that some “intermediaries” representing Beijing had approached several […]
          Xi Jinping: China says Hong Kong handover agreement 'no longer relevant'   
In the midst of celebrations marking 20 years since Britain returned Hong Kong to China, Beijing declared that the document which initiated the handover "is no longer relevant."
          Security tight in Hong Kong as China president set to swear in new leader   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - A massive security blanket surrounded Hong Kong early on Saturday as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepared to swear in the city's first female leader on the 20th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule.

          Xi Jinping: Massive military parade as Hong Kong activists freed   
Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in a potent display of Chinese military might Friday as part of his landmark visit to politically divided Hong Kong.
          EE.UU. enfurece a Pekín: ¿Desafía Trump a China con una venta de armas a Taiwán?   
El Departamento de Estado de EE.UU. ha aprobado este jueves una venta de armas a Taiwán por un monto total de 1.400 millones de dólares. Se trata del primer acuerdo armamentístico que la Administración Trump busca sellar con la isla taiwanesa, informa el periódico 'The Guardian'.
El contrato, que se cierra en medio de la tensión militar en la zona, viene a ser un paso desafiante ante la política de una sola China desarrollada por las autoridades de Pekín, que considera la isla taiwanesa como parte de su territorio.
Según informa el medio, citando fuentes gubernamentales, la venta se compone de siete contratos de venta de armamento que alcanzarían los 1.420 millones de dólares e incluirían desde soporte técnico para radares de alerta temprana, hasta misiles antiaéreos, torpedos y otros sistemas.

La reacción de Pekín

La reacción de Pekín ante el anuncio no se ha hecho esperar. El embajador de China en EE.UU., Cui Tiankai, declaró, citado por Reuters, que "todas estas acciones —las sanciones contra compañías chinas y en especial la venta de armas a Taiwán— minan la confianza mutua entre los dos países y contradicen el espíritu del encuentro en Mar a Lago", en referencia al que Trump y Xi Jinping mantuvieron durante la visita oficial del mandatario asiático a Estados Unidos.  
Por su parte, el portavoz de la cancillería china, Lu Kang, que dijo que su país ya ha expresado sus críticas a las autoridades de EE.UU. de forma oficial, tanto en Pekín como en Washington, ha recalcado que Taiwán es "parte integrante" de China. En este sentido, ha calificado la venta de armas por EE.UU. a Taiwán de "violación grave del derecho internacional y de los principios básicos de relaciones internacionales", y ha instado al país norteamericano a evitar decisiones de este tipo para no influir "negativamente" en la cooperación entre ambos países en otros ámbitos, cita la agencia RIA Novosti.
Pekín considera a Taiwán como una provincia rebelde y desde 1979 EE.UU. reconoce que Taiwán es parte de China y que las relaciones entre Washington y Pekín se rigen por un conjunto de protocolos conocidos como la política de una sola China.

          Ni 3 chham turin China president-in Hong Kong a tlawh (head)   
China President Xi Jinping chuan nimin khan Hong Kong a thleng a, preisdent a nih hnua a tlawhna hmasa ber a ni. Hong Kong-ah hian ni thum
          Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations   
Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrationsA huge security operation has shut down large parts of Hong Kong, with thousands of police deployed to keep away demonstrators angry at Beijing's tightening grip on the freedoms of nearly eight million people.
          China, US ties sour over N.Korea, Taiwan   
China, US ties sour over N.Korea, TaiwanThe sudden US actions and China's angry response mark a break from the friendlier tone that had emerged after US President Donald Trump hosted Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping at his Florida resort in April.
          China's President Xi arrives in divided Hong Kong   
China's President Xi arrives in divided Hong KongA huge security operation shut down large parts of the normally throbbing city, with thousands of police deployed to keep away demonstrators angry at Beijing's tightening grip on the freedoms of nearly eight million people.
          Private Sector Cyber Intelligence Could Be Key to Workable Cyber Arms Control Treaties   
Skepticism abounded both inside and outside of government when then-President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping included special provisions for reducing commercial cyber espionage in their far-reaching September 2015 bilateral agreement. Specifically, China and the United States agreed to curb “cyber-enabled theft of intellectual property, including trade secrets or other confidential business information, with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors.” Critics of the agreement naturally wondered if difficulties attributing malicious activity in cyberspace would make enforcement of paper terms impractical; less charitable observers assumed this flaw explained Beijing’s willingness to reach these terms in the first place and that President Obama had been duped. In hindsight these concerns missed the promise of such agreements entirely. They were designed not to put an end to cyber spying but to hem in certain…
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Hong Kong braced for protests as Xi arrives   

Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong yesterday to mark the upcoming 20th anniversary of Beijing re-establishing sovereignty over the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities braced for...
          Protests heat up in Hong Kong as China's President Xi Jinping visits PLA garrison   
Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule, inspected more than 3,000 People's Liberation Army troops on Friday, as pro-democracy campaigners geared up for protests.
          China ‘outraged’ by $1.42 bln planned US arms sales to Taiwan   
China urged the United States to revoke immediately its “wrong decision” to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a “consensus” President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.
             
Sino-US Relations Still Strong, Despite Trade Friction
Global Times
2017/6/29 21:33:40
 Philipp Rösler Photo: Li Qiaoyi/GT

Editor's Note:

In a multi-polar world, China and the US are decidedly two of the most powerful countries that underpin the global economy. But while China has continued broad-based efforts to rebalance its economy and integrate itself more into the world economy, the US has chosen to turn inward. This has inevitably resulted in tremors across the global economic and trade framework. Sharing his input on the complex yet significant bilateral relations between the two countries, Philipp Rösler (PR), head of Regional and Government Engagement and member of the Managing Board of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and former German vice chancellor, talked with Global Times reporter Li Qiaoyi (GT) in an exclusive interview on Wednesday at the "Summer Davos" forum in Dalian, Northeast China's Liaoning Province.

GT: What do you think are the main problems facing China and the US in opening their markets to each other?

PR: I think they should have deep discussions around different topics: foreign trade certainly, and customs, among others. There are always agriculture questions in the pursuit of free trade talks. The most challenging questions are those about food security, food safety and nutrition. But I guess it's first and foremost relevant to see that the two largest economies in the world are coming together.

And it's not only between China and the US. If you see the detailed discussions between the EU and the US, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership also had to work through agriculture questions.

GT: Would you describe the opening-up of bilateral markets as horse-trading?

PR: At the World Economic Forum in Davos in January, Chinese President Xi Jinping made an important speech, which is clearly a strong statement in favor of global trade. It was an excellent beginning and at the opening ceremony of the Summer Davos on Tuesday, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang also mentioned the country will open up even more. I think it's a clear statement and it's underscored by activities such as the vision of the Belt and Road (B&R) and even the sub agreements like the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). So there's a lot going on. Certainly China has taken over the leadership role in terms of global trade. At the same time, we see a strong domestic focus in the US. There's really a change and the change is being led by China.

GT: With the US already expressing an interest in participating in the B&R initiative, what areas and what kind of projects do you think will be of greatest interest to the US?

PR: It's not a secret that many other countries are attracted by the B&R initiative. And there's diverse interest, certainly in trade, in the US as well. And even more, it creates the right framework, for example, the right infrastructure that gets financial support from the likes of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, which interests more countries.

In the case of the US, however, the initiative matters more in trade relations terms rather than in terms of infrastructure. So far, there's yet to be any indication that the US will participate in any concrete projects along the route such as the CPEC that involve building infrastructure.

GT: What do you think are the primary areas of competition between Chinese firms and their US counterparts?

PR: The main area of competition is a question of speed. As WEF founder Klaus Schwab mentioned in his opening remarks, it is not a case of the big fish eating the small one, but the faster one eating the slower one. That's exactly the area of competition in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. So the fastest country will be the most successful country. New technologies such as blockchain, artificial intelligence and 3D printing already exist, but the question is how fast countries and economies can implement all the new technological developments. China has been adopting new technologies at a very fast pace. Also, the US is not sleeping, with innovation bustling in the country. At the same time, there are also discussions about the traditional industries. The merging of digital and traditional industries in order to improve production is also believed to be an area of competition.

The main message is that both have the same opportunity, which means it's really a level playing field for competition. And the good news is that it will not be a question of whether you have already had development before. So you don't have to run through the three previous versions of industrial revolution to catch up. You can leap forward. That's the message. It's more a question of the leadership internally, and if you have the power and willingness to implement and adopt new technologies.

GT: What do you think is standing in the way of forging closer China-US economic ties?

PR: Admittedly, there are discussions about frictions between the Chinese and US economies. But it shouldn't be overlooked that the same discussions also exist between the EU and the US, concerning subsidies, dumping and airlines. However they still have good relations, good trade relations in particular. What I would like to say is that negotiation is part of the normal relationship in business terms. Maybe sometimes there are tough discussions, but it's still part of normal negotiations. So I would not overstretch some debates. Instead, I would say the entire picture shows strong trade and business relationships and that's for the good.

GT: There are arguments that the US' withdrawal from the Paris climate deal offers a chance for China and India to take the lead in global energy transformation. Do you agree and what's your take on it?

PR: It's indeed very sad because everyone was in favor of the Paris agreement. Nevertheless the world's largest economy is leaving the agreement, which raises some questions.

The consequence, however, is not that others will say it's a defeat and will cancel the agreement. On the contrary, we should put some extra effort into making it a success anyway. China is taking a leadership role in fighting climate change. Certainly, it would be better if everyone could be integrated, but the reality is different as we all know.

GT: China has played a part in promoting inclusive growth, but with US President Donald Trump and his "America first" policy, which seems to be the other way round, is it the case that inclusive growth as a doctrine has yet to be received across the globe?

PR: There are two levels of inclusivity. The first is if countries and regions are included in trade systems and agreements, and the second is if inside the countries and regions everyone can benefit from the wealth created by the economy. The US has decided to focus more on the domestic market. Let's see how this works out. The others are not just waiting. Take the US' withdrawal from the Paris pact for example. The other countries would say if this does not come together, why don't we try something on our own? This motivates others to make extra efforts. Yes, some decided for themselves to go a different way, but the vast majority are going together. 

          [VIDEO] Hong Kong’s PLA Garrison Stages Biggest Military Parade in 20 Years as Xi Jinping Inspects Troops    
President Xi Jinping today inspected 20 squads of the People’s Liberation Army garrison in Hong Kong at the biggest military parade since the city’s handover to China – marking 20 years since the army was first stationed here in 1997. Xi Asserts Authority in Hong Kong HONG KONG (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping inspected […]
          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover's 20th anniversary   
Chinese President Xi Jinping, center, sings with Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying, fourth left, and chief executive-elect Carrie Lam, fourth right, and Hong Kong artists during the grand variety show as part of a ceremony on the 20th anniversary…
          Hong Kong home prices hit record high as Xi praises government on housing   
Hong Kong's private home prices hit a record high in May, according to government data released on Friday, just as Chinese President Xi Jinping praised the local government for "making progress" on its work on housing.
          Furious China "Outraged" By U.S. Sale Of $1.4BN In Weapons To Taiwan   

Furious China "Outraged" By U.S. Sale Of $1.4BN In Weapons To Taiwan

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Jun 30, 2017 9:43 AM

One day after the US announced it would sell $1.42 billion in weapons to China's offshore nemesis Taiwan, Beijing lashed out at the United States, saying it was "outraged" and demanded the US revoke immediately its "wrong decision", saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.

The proposed U.S. package for Taiwan includes technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components.

The sales would send a very wrong message to "Taiwan independence" forces, China's embassy in Washington said in a statement. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday the administration had told Congress of seven proposed sales to Taiwan, the first under the Trump administration. "The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged," the embassy said.

Besides token bluster, however, this time China also warned that Trump's action was counter to the agreement reached with Xi in Palm Beach, suggesting retaliation will likely be imminent. "The wrong move of the U.S. side runs counter to the consensus reached by the two presidents in and the positive development momentum of the China-U.S. relationship," the embassy said.

read more:
http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-30/furious-china-outraged-us-sale-14bn-weapons-taiwan


          US to sell Taiwan $1.4bn in arms, China says deal runs counter to Trump-Xi meeting   
The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China's ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the "spirit" of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

"And all these actions – sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan – will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit," said Ambassador Cui Tiankai, speaking to reporters at an embassy reception in Washington.

"The administration had formally notified Congress of seven proposed defense sales for Taiwan. It's now valued about $1.42 billion," US State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Thursday, adding that there was no change to America’s long-standing "one-China" policy.

https://www.rt.com/usa/394722-taiwan-weapons-trump-china/



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Την ιδιαίτερα καυτή σε ειδήσεις εβδομάδα που πέρασε στην Ουάσινγκτον, με τις καθημερινές αποκαλύψεις για Ρώσους χάκερς, τη Γερουσία να παραπαίει στο δρόμο προς αυτό που θα αντικαταστήσει το Obamacare και με τα δύο κόμματα να έχουν πέσει με τα μούτρα στις ειδικές εκλογές της Τζόρτζια, ποιος θα φανταζόταν ποτέ ότι ο πιο επιφανής άνθρωπος της τρέχουσας επικαιρότητας θα ήταν ένας ξένος στρατηγός που βρίσκεται στον τάφο εδώ και 2400 χρόνια;

Χάρη σε ένα άρθρο του Michael Crowley στο Politico, ο ιστορικός Θουκυδίδης, ο οποίος κατέγραψε τον ζοφερό Πελοποννησιακό πόλεμο μεταξύ Αθήνας και Σπάρτης τον 5ο αιώνα π.Χ., είναι στο επίκεντρο των συζητήσεων. Αποκαλύπτεται ότι η ιστορία του Θουκυδίδη αποτελεί αγαπημένο ανάγνωσμα για ορισμένες πολύ διαφορετικές "φατρίες" εντός του ιδιοσυγκρασιακού εσωτερικού κύκλου του Trump. Από τη μία πλευρά, έχετε τον τσαλακωμένο πολιτικό σύμβουλο του προέδρου και προβοκάτορα παντός καιρού, Steve Bannon, και από την άλλη, δύο καλογυαλισμένους στρατηγούς που παίζουν το ρόλο των Ενηλίκων της κυβέρνησης στην Αίθουσα: τον υπουργό Άμυνας James Mattis και το Σύμβουλο Εθνικής Ασφάλειας H.R. McMaster. (Ο Crowley σημειώνει επίσης ότι ο εκπρόσωπος του McMaster, Michael Anton, διαθέτει δύο αντίγραφα της "Ιστορίας του Πελοποννησιακού Πολέμου" του Θουκυδίδη.)

Για τους ανθρώπους αυτούς, η αρχαία σοφία του Θουκυδίδη είναι εξαιρετικά σύγχρονη. Ο McMaster χαρακτήρισε κάποτε την ιστορία αυτή ένα από τα πέντε βασικά αναγνώσματα για κάθε επαγγελματία στρατιωτικό και έγραψε σε ένα τεύχος του περιοδικού New York Times του 2013: "Οι άνθρωποι πολεμούν σήμερα για τους ίδιους λόγους που ο Θουκυδίδης εντόπισε πριν από 2.500 χρόνια: από φόβο, για την τιμή και για το συμφέρον". Ο Mattis ανέφερε την ίδια αυτή τριάδα κινήτρων στη συνεδρίαση για την επικύρωση της υποψηφιότητάς του. Όσο για τον Bannon, ακούστε μία σύγκριση που έκανε μεταξύ του Fox News και του πρώην εργοδότη του, Breitbart: "Σε αυτήν την σύγχρονη έκδοση του επικού Πελοποννησιακού Πολέμου, οι επιφανείς Αθηναίοι γνωρίζουν καλά ότι οι Σπαρτιάτες έρχονται στο κατόπι τους και δεν μπορούν να κάνουν τίποτα απολύτως γι 'αυτό".

Είναι αλήθεια πως πολλοί άνθρωποι μιλούν για την καθοδήγηση που πρέπει κανείς να παίρνει μέσα από τις κάννες των στρατιωτικών στοχαστών, από τον Θουκυδίδη και τον Ηρόδοτο μέχρι τον Clausewitz και τον SunTzu. Το ερώτημα είναι πώς προσαρμόζουν αυτή τη σοφία στη ζωή και τους αγώνες τους. Για να κατανοήσουμε καλύτερα τι μπορεί να σημαίνει "η Ιστορία" στον 21ο αιώνα, μίλησα με δύο εξέχοντες μελετητές του Θουκυδίδη, οι οποίοι, τυχαίνει να είναι παντρεμένοι: τον Frederick W. και την Kimberly Kagan. Για το ευρύ κοινό, οι Kagans είναι κυρίως γνωστοί επειδή συμβούλεψαν τον Πρόεδρο George W. Bush για την επιτυχημένη "ανάπτυξη" των αμερικανικών στρατευμάτων στο Ιράκ το 2007. Αλλά κάτι που είναι ακόμα πιο χαρακτηριστικό είναι ότι, ο Fred, μελετητής της πολιτικής άμυνας στο American Enterprise Institute, είναι επίσης γιος του καθηγητή των κλασικών του Yale, Donald Kagan, ο εγκυρότερος Αμερικανός ιστορικός του Θουκυδίδη και συγγραφέας της σημαντικής τετράτομης ιστορίας του πολέμου μεταξύ Αθήνας και Σπάρτης. Η Kimberly Kagan είναι ιδρύτρια του Ινστιτούτου Μελέτης του Πολέμου, ενός think tank στην Ουάσινγκτον. Επιτρέψτε μας να σας παρουσιάσουμε εδώ μία αποτυπωση των όσων συζητήσαμε.

Tobin Harshaw:
Η συζήτηση αυτή την εβδομάδα περιστρέφεται γύρω από την επονομαζόμενη "Θουκυδίδεια Παγίδα", σύμφωνα με την οποία πολλοί βλέπουν κάποιες δυνάμεις να οδηγούν αναπόφευκτα στον πόλεμο όταν μια αυξανόμενη ισχυρή δύναμη προκαλέσει την υπάρχουσα τάξη. Ομοίως, πριν από λίγες εβδομάδες πήρα συνέντευξη από τον ναύαρχο James Stavridis, πρώην στρατιωτικό διοικητή του ΝΑΤΟ, και χρησιμοποίησε τον όρο ως κόκκινη σημαία σε σχέση με την Κίνα. Τι έχετε να πείτε για αυτή την υπόθεση;

Fred και Kimberly Kagan:
Δεν υπάρχει καμία Θουκυδίδεια Παγίδα. Ο πόλεμος δεν είναι αναπόφευκτος. Οι ηγέτες των κρατών, επηρεασμένοι από τους πολίτες τους, παίρνουν συγκεκριμένες αποφάσεις πολιτικής που μπορούν να φέρουν τα κράτη πιο κοντά στον πόλεμο ή να τον αποφύγουν. Ο Θουκυδίδης απεικονίζει τον πόλεμο μεταξύ Αθήνας και Σπάρτης ως αναπόφευκτο για να απαλλάξει από την ευθύνη τον Αθηναίο πολιτικό Περικλή, τον οποίο θαύμαζε πολύ.

TH: Ακόμα κι αν ο πόλεμος δεν είναι αναπόφευκτος, η Πελοποννησιακή σύγκρουση δείχνει πως μια αναδυόμενη πολιτεία, η Αθήνα και μια στρατιωτική υπερδύναμη, η Σπάρτη, μπορούν να οδηγηθούν στην αυτοκαταστροφή. Ποιο μάθημα αντλούμε από αυτό σήμερα;

FK&KK: Είναι αρκετά λανθασμένο να συμπεράνουμε από τον Θουκυδίδη ότι ο πόλεμος μπορεί να αποφευχθεί αν συνθηκολογήσεις με μία αναδυόμενη δύναμη. Η Αθήνα με αυτοπεποίθηση αμφισβήτησε την ηγεσία της Σπάρτης στον ελληνικό κόσμο. Η Σπάρτη προσπάθησε να συμβιώσει και να συνθηκολογήσει με την Αθήνα πολλά χρόνια πριν από τον πόλεμο, αλλά όσο περισσότερο το προσπαθούσε, τόσο μεγαλύτερη σιγουρια ένιωθαν οι Αθηναίοι. Ήταν αυτή η διαδικασία, και όχι η στείρα άρνηση των Σπαρτιατών να κάνουν χώρο για μια αναπτυσσόμενη δύναμη, που οδήγησε στην πραγματικότητα στον πόλεμο.

TH:
Και δεν ήταν η τελευταία φορά, έτσι;

FK&KK:
Η Ιστορία προσφέρει άλλα παρόμοια παραδείγματα. Ο Neville Chamberlain προσπάθησε να αποδεχθεί τις "νόμιμες" απαιτήσεις μιας αναδυόμενης Γερμανίας στη δεκαετία του 1930, πράγμα που ενθάρρυνε τον Χίτλερ και οδήγησε σε έναν καταστροφικό πόλεμο. Οι Ηνωμένες Πολιτείες και η Βρετανία προσπάθησαν επίσης να ανεχθούν μια αναδυόμενη Ιαπωνία τη δεκαετία του 1920. Οι Βρετανοί προσπάθησαν επίσης να αποδεχθούν μια ανερχόμενη Γερμανία στα τέλη του 19ου αιώνα, πράγμα που οδήγησε στον Πρώτο Παγκόσμιο Πόλεμο. Αυτό δεν σημαίνει ότι το να ανεχθείς μία αναδυόμενη δύναμη δεν λειτουργεί ποτέ, αλλά μάλλον οδηγεί, τουλάχιστον μερικές φορές, σε ακόμη πιο καταστροφικές συγκρούσεις από αυτές που θα προέκυπταν αν οι κυριαρχικές δυνάμεις όρθωναν το ανάστημά τους εξαρχής.

ΤΗ:
Αναφερθήκατε στον Περικλή, και πράγματι "Η Ιστορία" είναι τόσο μια ιστορία μεμονωμένων δρώντων, όσο και μία για τις απρόσωπες δυνάμεις. Πώς αυτό σχετίζεται με την εποχή μας;

FK&KK: Υπάρχει μεγάλος κίνδυνος στην εξατομίκευση των διεθνών σχέσεων. Η στρατηγική του Περικλή στηριζόταν σε μεγάλο βαθμό στην ανάγνωση του Σπαρτιάτη βασιλιά Αρχιδάμου, ο οποίος, όπως δικαίως πίστευε, προτιμούσε να αποδεχθεί την Αθήνα παρά να ξεκινήσει πόλεμο. Αλλά ο Αρχίδαμος δεν μπορούσε να πράξει ελεύθερα. Το πολεμικό κόμμα της Σπάρτης τον παρέκαμψε και επέλεξε τη σύγκρουση.

Η παγίδα αυτή είναι πολύ πιο πραγματική και διαδεδομένη από το πρόβλημα της προσαρμογής απέναντι σε μία αναδυόμενη δύναμη. Οι ηγέτες κρατών συχνά φτάνουν να αισθανθούν ότι κατανοούν τους ομολόγους τους καλά (συχνά λανθασμένα) και προχωρούν στην εφαρμογή πολιτικών που βασίζονται σε αυτή την παραδοχή. Ωστόσο, τα κράτη είναι περίπλοκα και λίγοι ηγέτες μπορούν να ενεργήσουν με πλήρη ανεξαρτησία από τους συμβούλους ους, τα κοινοβούλια και το λαό. Η εξατομίκευση της εξωτερικής πολιτικής συχνά οδηγεί σε λανθασμένες εκτιμήσεις που μπορεί να έχουν καταστροφικές συνέπειες.

TH:
Και σήμερα, οι ΗΠΑ έχουν δύο δυνητικούς ανταγωνιστές, οι οποίοι εδραιώνουν σταθερά τον έλεγχό τους στο δικό του κράτος ο καθένας: τον Vladimir Putin στη Ρωσία και ο Xi Jinping στην Κίνα. Έτσι, σε κάποιο βαθμό, φαίνεται, ότι τα πράγματα πρέπει να είναι εξατομικευμένα. Πολλοί αισθάνονται ότι η μεγαλύτερη δυσκολία είναι ότι ο Putin, ιδιαίτερα, φαίνεται να συμπεριφέρεται απρόβλεπτα.

FK&KK:
Η στρατηγική του Περικλή, την οποία ο Θουκυδίδης θαύμαζε και επαινούσε πολύ, ήταν βαθιά λανθασμένη (όπως απέδειξε ο Donald Kagan). Απαιτούσε από την Αθήνα κουλουριαστεί μέσα στο φρούριό της, παραδίδοντας την πλούσια ύπαιθρό της στην σπαρτιάτικη καταστροφική λαίλαπα, ενώ ταυτόχρονα χρησιμοποιούσε το αθηναϊκό ναυτικό για να διεξάγει περιορισμένες επιθέσεις σε σπαρτιατικό έδαφος. Η στρατηγική έπρεπε να πετύχει γρήγορα, καθώς η Αθήνα είχε χρήματα που θα την έφταναν για να πολεμήσει έναν τέτοιο πόλεμο μόνο για μερικά χρόνια. Ωστόσο, οι Σπαρτιάτες δεν συμπεριφέρθηκαν, όπως περίμενε ο Περικλής, και έτσι η στρατηγική του δεν διέθετε γα κανένα μηχανισμό που θα τους υποχρέωνε να αποδεχθούν την ήττα. Έτσι ένας σύντομος πόλεμος παρατάθηκε για δεκαετίες.

Το να υποθέσουμε ότι ο εχθρός θα συμμορφωθεί με τα σχέδιά μας είναι ένα κοινό λάθος. Η αποτυχία να σκεφτεί κανείς μια στρατηγική ως την ολοκλήρωσή της είναι ένα άλλο μεγάλο λάθος.

TH: Και σε καμία περίπτωση τα μοναδικά δύο.

FK&KK:
Οι ευσεβείς πόθοι είναι ένα ακόμη κοινό μοιραίο ελάττωμα. Η αποτυχία της κυβέρνησης του George W. Bush να έχει μια στρατηγική για το Ιράκ μετά το 2003 είναι καταγεγραμμένη λεπτό προς λεπτό και οδήγησε σε καταστροφικές συνέπειες. Η αβάσιμη πεποίθηση του Barack Obama ότι η αποχώρηση όλων των δυνάμεων των ΗΠΑ από το Ιράκ το 2011 δεν θα προκαλούσε σοβαρά προβλήματα ήταν ένα άλλο παράδειγμα υπεραισιόδοξης σκέψης. Οι σημερινές στρατηγικές των ΗΠΑ που επικεντρώνονται στην ανάκτηση της Ράκκα στη Συρία και της Μοσούλης στο Ιράκ από το Ισλαμικό Κράτος, αποτελούν επίσης μέρος ενός μοντέλου βραχυπρόθεσμου προγραμματισμού που δεν εξετάζει επαρκώς ποιες περαιτέρω εκστρατείες θα απαιτηθούν για την επίτευξη του στόχου.

TH: Άρα τι θα είχε να μας πει ο Θουκυδίδης για την προσπάθεια να φτάσουμε σε ένα είδος πιο μόνιμης λύσης;

FK&KK: Η ειρήνη είναι πάντα επιθυμητή, αλλά όχι πάντα δυνατή. Δεν προκύπτει κατά κανόνα από επιδέξιες διπλωματικές διαπραγματεύσεις, αλλά από τη δημιουργία μιας κατάστασης στην οποία και οι δύο πλευρές (ή όλες οι πλευρές) είτε είναι ικανοποιημένες με τις θέσεις τους είτε είναι πεπεισμένες ότι δεν μπορούν να τις βελτιώσουν πολεμώντας. Για να είναι ανθεκτική, η ειρήνη πρέπει να αντανακλά την πραγματικότητα. Εάν μια πλευρά είναι βαριά δυσαρεστημένη από τους όρους της συμφωνίας, αλλά προσωρινά αδυνατεί να συνεχίσει να πολεμά, η επανάληψη του πολέμου σε σύντομο χρονικό διάστημα είναι πολύ πιθανή.

Ο Πελοποννησιακός Πόλεμος διακόπηκε από την Νικίειο ειρήνη. Εδραιώθηκε σε μια στιγμή προσωρινής εξάντλησης και από τις δύο πλευρές, και επρόκειτο να διαρκέσει για 30 χρόνια και να θέσει σε εφαρμογή μηχανισμούς διαιτησίας για να αποφευχθεί ο πόλεμος στη συνέχεια. Καθώς και οι δύο πλευρές ανέκαμψαν γρήγορα, ωστόσο, προέκυψαν διαφορές που ώθησαν τα στρατόπεδα στην επανάληψη των εχθροπραξιών. Οι συνθήκες για την ειρήνη δεν είχαν τεθεί, καμία πλευρά δεν ήταν έτοιμη να προσφέρει, και οι δύο πλευρές ήταν πρόθυμες να συνεχίσουν να πολεμούν γιατί αυτό ήθελαν. Ο πόλεμος συνεχίστηκε.

TH: Γιατί έχω την αίσθηση ότι μιλάμε ξαφνικά για τη Συρία;

FK&KK: Παρακολουθήσαμε αυτό το μάθημα επανειλημμένα στη Συρία. Πολλές προσπάθειες για διαπραγμάτευση ακόμη και τοπικών εχθροπραξιών απέτυχαν επειδή οι πλευρές δεν ήταν διατεθειμένες να δεχτούν η μία τους όρους της άλλης παρά τη φρίκη του πολέμου που είχαν ήδη υποφέρει. Πολλές πραγματικές ανακωχές και καταπαύσεις πυρός έχουν καταρρεύσει για τους λόγους αυτούς. Σε τέτοιες περιπτώσεις, τα εμπόλεμα μέρη χρησιμοποιούν τις ανακωχές, ακόμη και συμφωνίες ειρήνης ως τρόπους να πάρουν αναπνοή για να ανασυνταχθούν, ελπίζοντας να επαναλάβουν τη μάχη με καλύτερους όρους. Η αφελής επιδίωξη των εκεχειριών και των συμφωνιών ειρήνης για το καλό τους μπορεί να παρατείνει στην πραγματικότητα την φρίκη των συγκρούσεων όταν αποσυνδέονται από την πραγματικότητα που επικρατεί στο έδαφος.

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Background:

CECC Statements on Hong Kong:  The CECC has held public hearings and events and the Chairs have issued public statements on political and rule of law developments in Hong Kong, including the cases of the abducted booksellers.  Disappeared Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai’s daughter testified at a CECC hearing in May 2016. The CECC’s 2016 Annual Report has a chapter on human rights and rule of law developments in Hong Kong.   The Chairs have also expressed concern about the growing influence of the Chinese central government in Hong Kong and infringements on the city’s promised “high degree of autonomy,” including through the disappearance, abduction, and detention in mainland China of five Hong Kong booksellers, and the unprecedented intervention of the Chinese government in Hong Kong’s legal system leading to the disqualification of democratically elected Legislative Council members.  The Chairs have also expressed concern about the Chinese central government’s interference in recent Chief Executive elections and the prosecution of pro-democracy leaders Joshua Wong, Nathan Law, and others associated with the 2014 pro-democracy protests. 

CECC Hearing on 20th Anniversary of the Handover: The CECC held a hearing “Will the Hong Kong Model Survive?: An Assessment 20 Years After the Handover” which featured “Umbrella Movement” leader Joshua Wong, veteran democracy advocate and legislator Martin Lee, former British Governor of Hong Kong Chris Patten, and forcibly disappeared bookseller Lam Wing Kee. 

Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act:  Senator Rubio introduced the bipartisan Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act  (S. 417) in February 2017 in order to reaffirm the United States’ historical commitment to freedom and democracy in Hong Kong at a time when its autonomy is increasingly under assault.  An earlier version of this legislation was introduced in the 114th Congress by Representative Smith in the House of Representatives. 

CECC Analysis of Chief Executive (CE) Election: CECC analysis of the March 2017 CE election concludes that Chinese central government officials sought to determine the outcome of the already highly restricted CE election by pressuring Election Committee members to vote for Carrie Lam.  

 

 


          China is North Korea's protector and enabler   

China condemns US sanctions over 'North Korea funding'

North Korean leader Kim Jong-un watches the test of a new-type anti-aircraft guided weapon system organised by the Academy of National Defence Science in this undated photo released by North Korea's Korean Central News AgencyImage copyrightREUTERS
Image captionThe US says China can do the most to impose economic pain on Kim Jong-un's regime
China has reacted angrily to a US decision to impose sanctions on a Chinese bank accused of laundering North Korean money. 
A foreign ministry spokesman urged the US to "stop wrongful actions" to avoid harming co-operation. 
The US announced the move, as well as sanctions on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese nationals, on Thursday.
It said the blacklisting was aimed at cutting funds to North Korea's weapons programmes. 
"We will follow the money and cut off the money," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told a news conference.
But he said the move was not a response to Chinese inaction on North Korea, saying: "This is not directed at China, this is directed at a bank, as well as individuals and entities in China."
The UN has already imposed several rounds of sanctions on Pyongyang, but China is widely seen as the nation most able to impose economic pain on North Korea. 
Washington has been pushing Beijing for tougher measures amid a series of missile tests by Pyongyang. But in a tweet earlier this month, President Donald Trump said China's actions had "not worked out". 
Tweet by Donald Trump on 20 June saying: While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!Image copyrightTWITTER/DONALD TRUMP
The sanctions mean that the Bank of Dandong will be barred from doing business in the US. 
The US Treasury said it had been "a conduit for illicit North Korean financial activity" and facilitated "millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's WMD (weapons of mass destruction) and ballistic missile programmes".
Two Chinese nationals accused of creating front companies for North Korean entities and a shipping company, Dalian Global Unity Shipping, accused of smuggling luxury goods to North Korea, have also been blacklisted. 
Mr Mnuchin said that the US could impose more sanctions in the future. 
The sanctions were announced as new South Korean President Moon Jae-in held talks with President Trump in Washington.
At a joint news briefing with Mr Moon, President Trump said that "many options" were being discussed on the North Korea issue, without giving any further details.
Trump and Xi at dinnerImage copyrightAFP
Image captionMr Trump and Mr Xi were all smiles at Mar-a Lago in April
In a separate development, the US announced the sale of $1.42bn (£1.09bn) worth of arms to Taiwan, the first such transaction under the Trump administration. 
US arms sales to Taiwan always anger Beijing because it considers the self-governing island part of its territory. In a statement, the Chinese embassy in Washington called on the US to revoke its decision, saying China had "every right to be outraged". 
The Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said on Friday that the US actions went "against the important spirit" of the apparently friendly meeting between Mr Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the US president's Florida resort in April. 
Earlier in the week, the US also placed China on its list of the worst offenders in human trafficking and forced labour - the first major move by the new administration over Beijing's human rights record. 

          DailyTimes | Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations   
HONG KONG: Tight security contained protesters in Hong Kong Friday night as China's President Xi Jinping led lavish celebrat .
          Why we fight for Hong Kong’s freedoms   
Xi Jinping is making his first visit to Hong Kong as president of China, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 handover from Britain to China. The central government will insist on fireworks, but the world should know the darkening threats to freedom, the rule of law and free markets in Hong Kong.
          Les compatriotes hongkongais ont les capacités nécessaires pour bien administrer Hong Kong, selon Xi Jinping   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a déclaré vendredi que la population hongkongaise était capable de bien administrer cette métropole et de bâtir un meilleur Hong Kong. Lors d'un dîner d'accueil organisé par le gouvernement de la Région...
          Xi Jinping appelle les jeunes hongkongais à servir Hong Kong et le pays   
A la veille du 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la mère patrie, le président chinois Xi Jinping a appelé vendredi les jeunes de Hong Kong à choisir la bonne voie et à servir Hong Kong et le pays. M. Xi a fait cette remarque lors...
          Xi Jinping rencontre l'ancien chef de l'exécutif de la RAS de Hong Kong Tung Chee-hwa   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping, a rencontré vendredi Tung Chee-hwa, le premier chef de l'exécutif de la Région administrative spéciale (RAS) de Hong Kong, le qualifiant de "pionnier" dans la pratique de la politique "un pays deux systèmes" à Hong...
          Xi Jinping rencontre le chef de l'exécutif de la RAS de Macao   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré vendredi Chui Sai On, chef de l'exécutif de la Région administrative spéciale (RAS) de Macao, qui est venu pour assister aux célébrations marquant le 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la...
          Un envoyé spécial du président chinois assistera à une cérémonie à la mémoire de M. Kohl   
Le ministre chinois des Sciences et des Technologies, Wan Gang, se rendra, en tant qu'envoyé spécial du président chinois Xi Jinping, à Strasbourg, en France, pour assister à une cérémonie à la mémoire de l'ancien chancelier allemand Helmut Kohl, a...
          Xi Jinping rencontre des responsables du gouvernement central à Hong Kong   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré vendredi un groupe de responsables du gouvernement central à Hong Kong et des cadres supérieurs des branches d'entreprises et d'institutions de la partie continentale de la Chine. Durant les 20...
          Xi en Russie et en Allemagne : un déplacement pour doper la coopération économique globale (AVANT-PAPIER)   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping se rendra la semaine prochaine en Russie et en Allemagne, un déplacement qui devrait insuffler une énergie positive aux relations sino-européennes et à l'économie mondiale. Il effectuera des visites d'Etat dans ces...
          Le président chinois Xi Jinping rencontre des dignitaires de Hong Kong   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a rencontré vendredi un groupe de personnalités de tous les milieux de Hong Kong, les appelant à prendre l'initiative dans la promotion des échanges et de la coopération entre Hong Kong et la partie continentale. ...
          Nobelprijswinnaars vragen China om vrijlating collega   
Meer dan 150 Nobelprijswinnaars roepen de Chinese president Xi Jinping in een petitie op om voormalig laureaat en activist Liu Xiaobo en zijn vrouw naar de Verenigde Staten te laten gaan voor een kankerbehandeling.
          Picturing An 'America First' Korea Policy   

Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,

“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.”

So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week.

But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see.

North Korea has just returned to us Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. Otto came home comatose, and died within days.

Trump’s conundrum: How to keep such a regime from acquiring an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, which Kim Jong Un is determined to do.

Having seen us attack Iraq and Libya, which had no nukes, Kim believes that only nuclear weapons that can hit America can deter America. He appears willing to risk war to achieve his goal.

Trump’s options as he meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in?

First, the decapitation of the Kim dynasty. But the U.S. has been unable to accomplish regime change for the 64 years following the Korean War. And killing Kim could ignite a war.

Then there is a U.S. pre-emptive strike on North Korea’s nuclear sites and missile arsenals. But this would surely mean a war in which Americans on the DMZ would be among the first to die, as thousands of North Korean artillery and mortar tubes fired into the suburbs and city of Seoul, which is as close as Dulles Airport is to the White House.

Asked by Congressman Tim Ryan why we don’t launch a war to end this threat, Defense Secretary James Mattis replied that, while we might “win … at great cost,” such a war would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital … one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

Seoul has a metro-area population of 25 million.

We are thus approaching a point where we accept North Korea having a nuclear weapon that can reach Seattle, or we attack its strategic arsenal and bring on a war in which millions could die.

What about sanctions?

The only nation that could impose sufficient hardships on North Korea to imperil the regime is China. But China refuses to impose the Draconian sanctions that might destabilize the regime, and might bring Korean refugees flooding into China. And Beijing has no desire to see Kim fall and Korea united under a regime aligned with the United States.

What FDR said of one Caribbean dictator, the Chinese are probably saying of Kim Jong Un, “He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.”

Early in his presidency, Trump gave the franchise for dealing with the North Korean threat to Beijing. But his friend Xi Jinping has either failed Trump or declined to deliver.

As for President Moon, he wants to negotiate, to engage the North economically, to invite its athletes to join South Koreans on joint teams for the Winter Olympics in 2018. Moreover, Moon is said to be willing to cut back on joint military exercises with the U.S. and regards the THAAD missile defense we introduced into South Korea as a negotiable item.

China, whose missile launches can be detected by THAAD radar, wants it removed and has so informed South Korea.

Where does this leave us?

We are committed to go to war to defend the South and have 28,000 troops there. But South Korea wants to negotiate with North Korea and is prepared to make concessions to buy peace.

As the nation that would suffer most in any second Korean War, South Korea has the sovereign right to play the hand. But what Seoul considers best for South Korea is not necessarily best for us.

What would be an America First Korean policy?

The U.S. would give Seoul notice that we will, by a date certain, be dissolving our mutual security treaty and restoring our full freedom to decide whether or not to fight in a new Korean War. Given the present risk of war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, it is absurd that we should be obligated to fight what Mattis says would be a “catastrophic” war, because of a treaty negotiated six decades ago by Eisenhower and Dulles.

“The commonest error in politics,” Lord Salisbury reminded us, “is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.”

But we should also tell South Korea that if she desires a nuclear deterrent against an attack by the North, she should build it. Americans should not risk a nuclear war, 8,000 miles away, to defend a South Korea that has 40 times the economy of the North and twice the population.

No vital U.S. interest requires us, in perpetuity, to be willing to go to war to defend South Korea, especially if that war entails the risk of a nuclear attack on U.S. troops or the American homeland.

If the United States did not have a mutual security pact that obligates us to defend South Korea against a nuclear-armed North, would President Trump be seeking to negotiate such a treaty?

The question answers itself.


          Trump "Overrules" Cabinet, Prepares To Unleash Global Trade War   

While one of Trump's recurring campaign promises was that he would "punish" China and other key US trade counterparties if elected, for taking advantage of free-trade by imposing steep tariffs and duties on foreign imports to "level the playing field", the President's stance changed drastically after the election, U-turning following his amicable meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in March, but mostly as a result of pressure by his ex-Goldman advisors to keep existing trade arrangements in place and not "rock the boat."

Now, all that may be about to fall apart.

According to Axios, behind the constant media scandals, "one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House" where with "more than 20 top officials present, including Trump and Vice President Pence, the president and a small band of America First advisers made it clear they're hell-bent on imposing tariffs — potentially in the 20% range — on steel, and likely other imports."

In other words, Trump - true to his campaign promises - is set to launch a global trade wars after all, one where then main country impacted would be China, however the collateral damage would extend to Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany and the UK.

And what may be even more striking is that Trump overruled his cabinet, as "the sentiment in the room was 22 against and 3 in favor — but since one of the three is named Donald Trump, it was case closed." Axios adds that while "no decision has been made, the President is leaning towards imposing tariffs, despite opposition from nearly all his Cabinet."

Needless to say, if Trump follows through, the outcome would have a profound effect on U.S. economic and foreign policy; Trump will formalize his decision in the coming days.

What is also notable, is that this is the first time  - so far off the record - in which Trump has openly defied his Wall Street establishment advisors, while siding with the Bannon "populist" front:

In a plan pushed by Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, and backed by chief strategist Steve Bannon (not present at the meeting), trade policy director Peter Navarro and senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, the United States would impose tariffs on China and other big exporters of steel. Neither Mike Pence nor Jared Kushner weighed in either way.

 

Everyone else in the room, more than 75% of those present, were adamantly opposed, arguing it was bad economics and bad global politics. At one point, Trump was told his almost entire cabinet thought this was a bad idea. But everyone left the room believing the country is headed toward a major trade confrontation.

As Axios adds, the reason why Trump defied the guidance of his Wall Street-derived advisors is Trump's base "which drives more and more decisions, as his popularity sinks — likes the idea, and will love the fight."

This, more than anything, should send shivers down Wall Street's spine, because for all his bluster and outrageous media outbursts, Trump had largely been in Wall Street's pocket so far.

Not anymore, and with Trump's base hell bent on punishing the 1% (which includes Wall Street), if Trump indeed launches global trade war, his future decisions will become increasingly market unfriendly.


          A Hong Kong, l'armée chinoise défile pour Xi Jinping   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a assisté vendredi, au deuxième jour de sa visite à Hong Kong, au plus important défilé militaire organisé dans l'ex-colonie britannique depuis qu'elle est redevenue chinoise il y a exactement 20 ans.Cette démonstration de force est intervenue quelques heures après la libération de plusieurs militants pro-démocratie qui avaient été arrêtés mercredi quand ils manifestaient leur rejet d'un durcissement de...
          Picturing An 'America First' Korea Policy   
Picturing An 'America First' Korea Policy Authored by Patrick Buchanan via Buchanan.org,



*“The North Korean regime is causing tremendous problems and is something that has to be dealt with, and probably dealt with rapidly.”*



So President Trump told reporters in the Rose Garden this week.

But how this is to be done “rapidly” is not so easy to see.

North Korea has just returned to us Otto Warmbier, a student sentenced to 15 years hard labor for stealing a propaganda poster. *Otto came home comatose, and died within days.*

Trump’s conundrum: *How to keep such a regime from acquiring an ICBM with a nuclear warhead, which Kim Jong Un is determined to do.*

Having seen us attack Iraq and Libya, which had no nukes, Kim believes that only nuclear weapons that can hit America can deter America. He appears willing to risk war to achieve his goal.

*Trump’s options as he meets South Korean President Moon Jae-in?*

First, the* decapitation of the Kim dynasty.* But the U.S. has been unable to accomplish regime change for the 64 years following the Korean War. And killing Kim could ignite a war.

Then there is a U.S. *pre-emptive strike* on North Korea’s nuclear sites and missile arsenals. But this would surely mean a war in which Americans on the DMZ would be among the first to die, as thousands of North Korean artillery and mortar tubes fired into the suburbs and city of Seoul, which is as close as Dulles Airport is to the White House.

Asked by Congressman Tim Ryan why we don’t launch a war to end this threat, Defense Secretary James Mattis replied that, while we might “win … at great cost,” such a war would “involve the massive shelling of an ally’s capital … one of the most densely packed cities on earth.”

Seoul has a metro-area population of 25 million.

*We are thus approaching a point where we accept North Korea having a nuclear weapon that can reach Seattle, or we attack its strategic arsenal and bring on a war in which millions could die.*

*What about sanctions?*

The only nation that could impose sufficient hardships on North Korea to imperil the regime is China. But China refuses to impose the Draconian sanctions that might destabilize the regime, and might bring Korean refugees flooding into China. And Beijing has no desire to see Kim fall and Korea united under a regime aligned with the United States.

What FDR said of one Caribbean dictator, the Chinese are probably saying of Kim Jong Un, *“He may be an SOB, but he’s our SOB.”*

Early in his presidency, Trump gave the franchise for dealing with the North Korean threat to Beijing. But his friend Xi Jinping has either failed Trump or declined to deliver.

As for President Moon, he wants to negotiate, to engage the North economically, to invite its athletes to join South Koreans on joint teams for the Winter Olympics in 2018. Moreover, Moon is said to be willing to cut back on joint military exercises with the U.S. and regards the THAAD missile defense we introduced into South Korea as a negotiable item.

China, whose missile launches can be detected by THAAD radar, wants it removed and has so informed South Korea.

*Where does this leave us?*

We are committed to go to war to defend the South and have 28,000 troops there. But South Korea wants to negotiate with North Korea and is prepared to make concessions to buy peace.

As the nation that would suffer most in any second Korean War, South Korea has the sovereign right to play the hand. But what Seoul considers best for South Korea is not necessarily best for us.

*What would be an America First Korean policy?*

The U.S. would give Seoul notice that we will, by a date certain, be dissolving our mutual security treaty and restoring our full freedom to decide whether or not to fight in a new Korean War. Given the present risk of war, possibly involving nuclear weapons, it is absurd that we should be obligated to fight what Mattis says would be a “catastrophic” war, because of a treaty negotiated six decades ago by Eisenhower and Dulles.

*“The commonest error in politics,” Lord Salisbury reminded us, “is sticking to the carcass of dead policies.”*

But we should also tell South Korea that if she desires a nuclear deterrent against an attack by the North, she should build it. Americans should not risk a nuclear war, 8,000 miles away, to defend a South Korea that has 40 times the economy of the North and twice the population.

*No vital U.S. interest requires us, in perpetuity, to be willing to go to war to defend South Korea, especially if that war entails the risk of a nuclear attack on U.S. troops or the American homeland.*

*If the United States did not have a mutual security pact that obligates us to defend South Korea against a nuclear-armed North, would President Trump be seeking to negotiate such a treaty?*

The question answers itself. Reported by Zero Hedge 1 hour ago.
          After the rain: what is happening to Hong Kong's democracy? - video   

Two decades after the UK handed it back to China, President Xi Jinping is in Hong Kong for the first time to celebrate the anniversary. The ‘one country, two systems’ principle was designed to preserve democratic freedoms in the wealthy former colony. After troubled years of protest at the perceived erosion of those rights, the Guardian meets young Hong Kong citizens struggling to afford property, those moving abroad for opportunities, leaders of the pro-democracy umbrella movement and movers in the pro-Beijing establishment

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          US-China honeymoon over: Washington sanctions Chinese bank and sells arms to Taiwan   

Experts say relationship is cooling between presidents Donald Trump and Xi Jinping as US loses patience over North Korea and South China Sea

Relations between the world’s two largest economies look to be entering a new phase of turbulence after the US punctured Chinese celebrations of the anniversary of Hong Kong’s return by unveiling sanctions against a Chinese bank linked to North Korea and a major arms sale to Taiwan .

The US state department on Thursday gave the green light to a total of $1.4bn in arms sales to Taiwan, a self-governing island which China considers its own territory.

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          Hace 20 años arriaban la bandera británica en Hong Kong: así está hoy la ex colonia - Clarín.com   

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          7/1/2017: World: Xi inspects hardware   
PRESIDENT Xi Jinping inspected troops and military hardware based in Hong Kong yesterday as he asserted Chinese authority over the former British colony China took control of 20 years ago. The President rode in an open-top jeep past rows of soldiers...
          Konglomerat HNA: Chinas Regierung will mehr Kontrolle über Deutsche-Bank-Großaktionär   
Chinas Staatschef Xi Jinping will nach SPIEGEL-Informationen stärker bei HNA mitreden, dem Miteigentümer der Deutschen Bank. Die Nummer zwei des Konglomerats verschwindet - und taucht wieder auf.
          News Wrap: Trump urges GOP to get rid of Obamacare now   

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Senate Republicans have begun the Fourth of July recess with President Trump urging them to get rid of Obamacare, even if they can’t replace it yet.

In a tweet this morning, he said: “If Republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal, and then replace at a later date.” The White House said later that it is still — quote — “fully committed” to getting a bill through the Senate.

The president’s feud with cable news hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough escalated today. Mr. Trump drew widespread condemnation yesterday for crudely criticizing Brzezinski’s appearance and intelligence.

Today, the “Morning Joe” team on MSNBC charged the White House had threatened them with a tabloid expose last spring.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: We got a call that, hey, The National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys.

And it was, you know — Donald is friends with — the president’s friends with the guy that runs The National Enquirer.

And they said, if you call the president up, and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike the story.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The National Enquirer said that it was unaware of any discussions involving the White House and the “Morning Joe” hosts.

The president answered Scarborough’s allegation another tweet. He said — quote — “Fake news. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no.”

A scaled-back version of President Trump’s travel ban is now in force, affecting six mostly Muslim nations and refugees in general. It took effect late Thursday. There were scattered protests in Los Angeles and other cities, but none of the airport chaos that had greeted the original order in January.

Meanwhile, Hawaii asked a federal judge to expand the list of those eligible beyond immediate family members of those already in the U.S.

China lodged a public protest today over U.S. plans to sell $1.4 billion in arms to Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry said that the move runs counter to President Trump’s commitment to the one-China policy. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a renegade province.

Separately, Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain. He greeted thousands of Chinese troops at an army garrison, a display aimed at groups calling for Hong Kong’s independence. Xi made clear that China is not letting go.

PRESIDENT XI JINPING, China (through interpreter): After 20 years of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the practice of one country, two systems has gained universally acknowledged success. Of course, we have encountered some new situations, new problems and new challenges in the practice. It is not horrible to have problems. The point is to figure out some ways to solve them.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The Chinese Foreign Ministry also caused a stir, dismissing the 1997 agreement with Britain. A spokesman said it — quote — “no longer has any practical significance.”

There is word that the flow of refugees out of Syria has reversed. The U.N. Refugee Agency reports nearly half-a-million Syrians have returned to their homes this year. Most have returned to areas where government forces have regained control after years of fighting.

Back in this country, a gunman opened fire at a hospital in New York City, killing one doctor and seriously wounding several others, before taking his own life. Police said the shooter was also a doctor who had once worked at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Emergency crews and heavily armed police descended on the scene. Officials said it was an isolated incident, and not an act of terror.

Local and federal authorities in Chicago unveiled new efforts today to cut the flow of illegal guns, including adding more federal agents. The announcement came as President Trump tweeted that crime and killings in Chicago have reached epidemic proportions. Officials in the city said there’s actually been some improvement, but they also welcomed the federal help.

JOEL LEVIN, U.S. Attorney: Significant progress is being made in the effort to combat the violence in Chicago, but the level of violence continues at an unacceptable level, and it is a battle which can only be fought with all hands on deck. That is state, federal, and local law enforcement.

JUDY WOODRUFF: As of Sunday, there have been more than 1,300 shootings in Chicago this year. That’s down from nearly 1,600 at the same point last year.

Firefighting crews are making progress against a wildfire that threatened to engulf an Arizona town. Officials reopened a major roadway in Prescott Valley today, north of Phoenix, and hundreds of people were allowed back into their homes. A few thousand others are still in shelters.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 62 points to close at 21349. The Nasdaq fell about four points, and the S&P 500 added three. Both the Dow and the S&P were up 8 percent for the first half of the year. That is the Dow’s best showing since 2013. The Nasdaq rose 14 percent, its best since 2009.

And on a lighter note, Crayola is asking for help naming a new shade of blue. Out of 90,000 submissions, the top five contenders are, dreams come blue, star-spangled blue, blue moon bliss, reach for the stars, my favorite, and blue-tiful.

You can vote on Crayola’s Web site starting tomorrow through August 31.

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          China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong during Xi's visit   
President Xi Jinping inspected troops based in Hong Kong on Friday as he asserts Chinese authority over the former British colony China took control of 20 years ago.…
          Kiinan presidentti toi sotilasparaatin kiukkuiseen Hongkongiin – vierailun turvatoimet äärimmäisen tiukkoja   
Kiinan presidentti Xi Jinping vierailee Hongkongissa ensimmäistä kertaa. Erityishallintoalue siirtyi Britannialta Kiinalle 20 vuotta sitten.
          

The daily business briefing: June 30, 2017

   

1.

The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it was imposing sanctions on a Chinese bank, the Bank of Dandong, which the Treasury Department has accused of laundering money for North Korean companies. The U.S. also targeted a Chinese company and two Chinese individuals with the sanctions, which are part of an effort to cut off funding for North Korea's missile and nuclear weapons programs. "We will follow the money and cut off the money," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a briefing at the White House. The move came after the death of Otto Warmbier, a U.S. student who died after being imprisoned in North Korea for more than a year, and as President Trump reportedly grows impatient with China after he personally pressed President Xi Jinping to step up pressure on North Korea to curb its weapons programs.

2.

Nike shares jumped by nearly 7 percent in premarket trading after the athletic apparel company reported better-than-expected quarterly profit, and confirmed a plan to sell shoes directly through Amazon.com. Nike, the world's largest footwear maker, said its pilot program on Amazon would start out with a limited assortment of products. The company's comments confirmed earlier reports that Nike was looking into selling shoes directly rather than through third-party stores. "We're looking for ways to improve the Nike consumer experience on Amazon by elevating the way the brand is presented and increasing the quality of product storytelling," Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker said after the earnings report.

3.

U.S. stock futures suggested a modest rebound on Friday, the last trading day of the second quarter, following Thursday losses that were fueled by a tech sell-off and rising concerns that central banks were preparing to unwind years of easy money policies designed to stimulate economic growth. European shares edged higher on Friday after their sharpest drop in nine months. The Stoxx Europe 600 gained 0.3 percent. In the U.S., Dow Jones Industrial Average futures gained 0.2 percent, S&P 500 futures rose by 0.3 percent, and Nasdaq-100 futures were up 0.4 percent, pointing to a higher open. Bonds, which have been under pressure this week, also showed signs of stabilizing.

4.

The Trump administration on Thursday announced that it was selling $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the sale shows "support for Taiwan's ability to maintain a sufficient self-defense capability," but does not mean there will be any change in the "one China" policy. The U.S. supports Taiwan, which China still claims as a province, but only officially recognizes China. The package includes technical support for early warning radar, as well as anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes, and missile components. China reacted angrily on Friday, demanding that the U.S. cancel the sale, which it said would pose a threat to China's security and harm Sino-U.S. relations.

5.

Senate Republicans' proposal to replace ObamaCare would slash Medicaid spending by 35 percent over the next two decades, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office said Thursday. The report, requested by Democrats, provided a longer-term forecast of the effects of the bill, the Better Care Reconciliation Act. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) plans to send the CBO a revised proposal on Friday after a version released earlier this week failed to win over enough support to pass. The current proposal caps per-person Medicaid spending and phases out ObamaCare's expansion of the program, which provides health coverage for low-income people. As a result, the CBO said, the plan would reduce Medicaid spending from 2 percent of gross domestic product to 1.6 percent in 2036.


          Chinese president swears in new Hong Kong leader amid protests   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader, Carrie Lam, on Saturday as the former British colony marked the 20th anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule
          Photos of the Week: 6/24–6/30 (35 photos)   

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Soldiers react as Chinese President Xi Jinping (unseen) inspects troops at the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison as part of events marking the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule, in Hong Kong, China, on June 30, 2017. (Damir Sagolj / Reuters)

          Hong Kong releases detained handover protesters   
Hong Kong police have released several activists detained for staging a protest ahead of the territory’s handover anniversary. The city is holding a series of lavish events to mark 20 years since it was handed back to China by Britain. Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Hong Kong and inspected troops at a local garrison […]
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          China blames Christian victims, Korean missionaries for ISIS killing   
Meng Lisi (left) and Li Xinheng (right) were killed by ISIS
on account of their missionary activities in Pakistan. In the
aftermath of their deaths, China openly criticized them for
their evangelistic efforts. 
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(Beijing—June 28, 2017) ISIS’s murder of two Chinese missionaries sparked public outrage as China’s government failed to adequately investigate their deaths, instead terming their mission work “illegal,” blaming the Koreans with whom they were affiliated, and seizing those who attempted to spread the news.

On June 8, ISIS claimed responsibility for the kidnapping and deaths of 26 year-old Meng Lisi and 24 year-old Li Xinheng, two Chinese nationals serving as missionaries in Balochistan, Pakistan. Meng and Li had been in terrorist custody since they disappeared on May 24, but the Chinese government did not make any effort to rescue them, leaving the work to Pakistani officials.

“Americans make every endeavor and spend a large sum of money to retrieve the remains of the veterans of the Korean War and the Vietnam War at all cost,” U.S.-based Christian Zheng Leguo said. “Even those who lost consciousness were rescued. The dead were buried properly. The cruel and unreasonable Chinese Communist government, in contrast, abandoned two Chinese preachers, Li Xinheng and Meng Lisi. After ISIS kidnapped them, the Chinese government did not make any effort to rescue the two Chinese citizens and left all the work to the Pakistani government. The Pakistani military, on the other hand, cared more about bombing the terrorists’ base of than helping the two hostages.”

The Global Times, a state-run newspaper, fueled the initial uproar surrounding the murders by attempting to pin guilt on the Korean Christians with whom Meng and Li were associated, saying that they encouraged the victims to conduct missionary work, In response, Chinese internet users questioned whether or not the state was trying to redirect condemnation from the terrorist group to the victims and Korean missionaries.

Unsatisfied, many Chinese Christians closely followed the case and spoke out against the handling of the case. Two Chinese pastors, one located in Shandong and another located in the San Francisco Bay Area, both told ChinaAid that four Christians had been detained in the wake of the deaths, and the government is pressuring church members to keep silent.

The day after the Islamic State announced their deaths, the Chinese government held a press conference in which Hua Chunyong, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that the incident would not interrupt the One Belt and One Road initiative—a proposal Chinese president Xi Jinping launched in 2013 to reinvent the Silk Road by connecting Central Asia, West Asia, Southeast Asia, and China.

ChinaAid exposes abuses, such as China’s blame of Meng and Li as victims and their failure to take proper measures to rescue them, in order to condemn the persecution of Christians and promote religious freedom, human rights, and rule of law.


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          China le advierte a Estados Unidos que la venta de armas a Taiwán "daña la confianza mutua"   
Beijing llamó al país norteamericano a ponerle fin a cualquier acuerdo con la isla, la cual considera una provincia rebelde. Asegura que la operación "va en contra del consenso alcanzado" por Trump y Xi Jinping en Mar-a-Lago
          El imponente despliegue militar del ejército chino en la visita del presidente Xi Jinping a Hong Kong   
El líder chino pasó revista a las tropas durante un desfile celebrado la mañana de este viernes, en el que participaron alrededor de 3.000 soldados de una veintena de escuadrones, el mayor número hasta la fecha en la isla
           Hongkongs neue Regierungschefin Lam vereidigt    
: In Hongkong ist die neue Regierungschefin Carrie Lam vereidigt worden. Der chinesische Staatspräsident Xi Jinping nahm ihr den Amtseid ab. Die Zeremonie fand im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 20. Jahrestag der Rückgabe Hongkongs an China statt.


           Angespannte Lage in Hongkong vor dem 20. Jahrestag der Rückgabe an China    
: Begleitet von einem großen Polizeiaufgebot haben Demokratie-Aktivisten in Hongkong gegen den chinesischen Staatschef Xi Jinping demonstriert. Unter ihnen war Studentenführer Joshua Wong, der erst kurz zuvor aus dem Polizeigewahrsam frei gekommen war.


          China 'outraged' by $1.9b of US arms sales to Taiwan   
China urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $US1.42 billion ($NZ1.93b)  worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, US President Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida.
          China's president to attend Hong Kong's 20th anniversary amid protests - Aljazeera.com   

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          China's Xi in Hong Kong for anniversary as protests planned   
*By The Canadian Press* HONG KONG — Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing taking control of the former British colony, accompanied by a formidable layer of security as authorities showed little patience for pro-democracy ...
          Chinese President Arrives In Hong Kong As Mass Protests Expected   
Hong Kong (CNN)Chinese President Xi Jinping has touched down in Hong Kong amid unprecedented security for his first official visit to the city as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule. On Saturday he's due to address a ceremony to mark two decades since sovereignty over Hong Kong was handed from ...
          China's Xi swears in Hong Kong leader   
Hong Kong's new leader has called for unity to heal the city's divided society after she was sworn-in by Chinese President Xi Jinping Saturday, as the former British colony marks two decades of Chinese rule.

          Hong Kong to mark 20th anniversary of handover from British to Chinese rule   
Hong Kong will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule tomorrow. As head of state, Chinese President Xi Jinping is on his first visit to the territory. But tensions are running high as many say China has failed to live up to the promise of allowing democracy and freedoms in Hong Kong and massive demonstrations are planned.
          Por qué Estados Unidos sancionó a un banco, una compañía de envíos y a dos ciudadanos en China   
El gobierno de Xi Jinping se quejó por una serie de medidas adoptadas por el Departamento del Tesoro de Estados Unidos que afectan a instituciones y ciudadanos residentes en China. Washington, sin embargo, afirma que su objetivo no es afectar a Pekín.
          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
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          China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong during Xi's visit   
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          Xi Jinping warns of 'red line' as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule - CNN   

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          Chinese president Xi swears in new Hong Kong leader amid divisive protests   

CHINESE President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader, Carrie Lam, on Saturday as the former British colony marked the 20th anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule amid scattered protests.

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          A Hongkong, le recul des libertés   
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          China squelches Panama reports on hidden wealth   
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China's Internet censors and state media outlets are squelching reports on hidden wealth drawn from documents leaked from a Panama-based law firm that name relatives of current and retired Chinese politicians, including President Xi Jinping.

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          President hails HK successes   

The multiple indicators of governance of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, such as government effectiveness and the rule of law, are much higher than those before Hong Kong’s return to the motherland.

 

President Xi Jinping made the statement today at a welcome banquet hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

 

In a speech, he said Hong Kong enjoys steady economic growth and remains one of the most competitive and freest economies in the world, and has maintained social stability and scored great progress in various fields of endeavour.

 

Mr Xi said Hong Kong people should have confidence in themselves, adding the Chinese are a great people, and the people of Hong Kong have the ability and wisdom to administer the city well to achieve greater development and progress.

 

He added Hong Kong people should have confidence in their city. The practice of "one country, two systems" has given Hong Kong an institutional advantage, enabling it to share in the Mainland’s vast market and development opportunities, and serve as a testing ground for the country’s new opening-up initiatives.

 

People should have confidence in the nation, he said, adding the motherland has given and will always give a strong backing to Hong Kong. When the country does well, Hong Kong will do even better.

 

He said Hong Kong should make focused and concerted efforts to pursue development, so the city can have a brighter future.


          President meets HK people   

President Xi Jinping met with more than 200 people from different sectors of the community at the Convention & Exhibition Centre today.

 

Accompanied by Chief Executive CY Leung, Mr Xi took a group photo with the attendees before speaking with them.

 

He said over the past two decades the practice of "one country, two systems" in Hong Kong has achieved great success, however, it has also experienced some challenges.

 

These problems must be addressed correctly and analysed reasonably, he said, adding the Central Government’s commitment to "one country, two systems" remains unchanged.

 

Mr Xi urged attendees to perform well in four aspects of work.

 

Firstly, to support the incoming Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the new-term Government in running Hong Kong in accordance with the law, facilitating policy implementation, boosting economic development and improving people’s livelihood.

 

Other aspects include, being united and maintaining social stability, caring for and nurturing young people so they continue to love the country and Hong Kong, and promoting communication and co-operation between Hong Kong and the Mainland.


          President inspects HK Garrison   

President Xi Jinping inspected the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison at Shek Kong Barracks today.

 

Mr Xi, Chairman of the Central Military Commission, reviewed the military parade consisting of 3,100 soldiers and officers stationed in Hong Kong.

 

It was the fifth and largest inspection of the garrison since the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

 

More than 100 items of military equipment, including air defence missiles and helicopters, were displayed.

 

Mr Xi then visited the Junior Police Call Permanent Activity Centre & Integrated Youth Training Camp in Pat Heung.

 

He was briefed by Commissioner of Police Stephen Lo and JPC members on the camp's facilities and training concept.

 

Mr Xi chatted with the members and encouraged them to serve the country and Hong Kong.

 

He also commended Police for maintaining the city's law and order.

 

Mr Xi was accompanied on the visits by Chief Executive CY Leung.


          Chinese first lady visits elderly centre   

The wife of President Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, visited an elderly centre in Wong Chuk Hang today.

 

Accompanied by Regina Leung, wife of Chief Executive CY Leung, the Chinese first lady toured the centre’s facilities and witnessed its activities.

 

She was briefed on the use of advanced equipment for elderly therapeutic training and chatted with nurses and residents to learn about their daily lives.

 

She watched the centre's residents paint and make handicrafts, and joined them in creating pop-up cards.

 

Two residents gave her their creations as souvenirs.

 

Concluding the visit, the Chinese first lady donated some health and entertainment gear to the centre.


          President hails CE's work   

The Central Government fully recognises the work by Chief Executive CY Leung and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government.

 

President Xi Jinping made the statement today during a meeting with Mr Leung.

 

Mr Xi said in the past five years Mr Leung has put a lot of effort into solving problems while seeking new development opportunities for Hong Kong.

 

Mr Leung has gained the trust of the Central Government, which fully endorses his work in upholding “one country, two systems” and the Basic Law, he added.

 

Mr Xi said Mr Leung can continue serving the Mainland and Hong Kong through his role as a Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference National Committee Vice-Chairman.

 

Accompanied by Mr Leung, Mr Xi later met members of the executive arm, the legislature and the judiciary.

 

Addressing them, the President commended the efforts of the fourth-term HKSAR Government, noting the developments in land and housing, elderly care and poverty alleviation, and innovation and technology.

 

He told them the HKSAR Government has maintained social stability, handling a series of major political and legal issues, and combating forces advocating Hong Kong independence.

 

Mr Xi thanked them for their hard work and urged them to continue contributing to the Mainland and Hong Kong.


          President visits cultural district   

President Xi Jinping visited the West Kowloon Cultural District today to learn about arts development in Hong Kong.

 

He was accompanied by Chief Executive CY Leung, Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam, Chief Secretary and WKCD Authority Board Chairman Matthew Cheung and Secretary for Home Affairs Lau Kong-wah.

 

He was briefed by Permanent Secretary for Home Affairs Betty Fung on the cultural district's projects as well as the Government’s work in preserving and promoting intangible cultural heritage.

 

Mr Cheung and Palace Museum Director Shan Jixiang signed the collaborative agreement for the Hong Kong Palace Museum.

 

The signing was witnessed by Mr Xi, Mr Leung and Mrs Lam, marking the formal launch of the project.

 

The museum will showcase treasures from Beijing's Palace Museum on a long-term basis.

 

It will complement other cultural district facilities and help with its development as a world-class integrated arts and cultural hub.

 

Mr Xi also chatted with two young Cantonese opera artists and watched them perform.


          Chinese first lady visits school   

The wife of President Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, visited Yau Yat Chuen School after arriving in Hong Kong today.

 

She was accompanied by the wife of Chief Executive CY Leung, Regina Leung.

 

With more than 1,100 students, the school is a non-profit-making kindergarten which has joined the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Scheme.

 

The Chinese first lady was received by Under Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung, the kindergarten’s School Management Committee Chairman Yu Kwok-chun and Supervisor Kenneth Fang.

 

After observing classroom and outdoor activities, she watched student performances and chatted with the pupils. They presented her with a fan decorated with hand-painted pandas as a souvenir.

 

She was also briefed on the implementation progress of the Free Quality Kindergarten Education Policy.


          President Xi lands in HK   

President Xi Jinping arrived in Hong Kong today for a three-day visit.

 

He was greeted on the airport apron by Chief Executive CY Leung and Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam.

 

Speaking to the media, Mr Xi said his citywide tour would serve to express best wishes for the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, showcase the Central Government's support for Hong Kong, and help the region plan its future.

 

He congratulated the HKSAR on the great achievements it has made in the 20 years since its establishment, and encouraged the city to create new glory.

 

The Central Government, which has offered strong backing for Hong Kong in the past two decades, will as always support the HKSAR in growing its economy and improving people's well-being, Mr Xi said.

 

He added he will join local people from all walks of life to review the HKSAR's extraordinary two-decade journey, sum up its experience and plan the future to ensure the smooth and long-term successful practice of the "one country, two systems" policy.

 

Mr Xi is visiting Hong Kong from June 29 to July 1 to attend the HKSAR’s 20th anniversary festivities and the fifth-term HKSAR Government inauguration ceremony.


          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
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          6/30/2017: WORLD: China’s Xi visits divided Hong Kong for the first time as leader   

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          The Latest: Xi vows no tolerance for anti-China acts   
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          New Hong Kong Chief Executive sworn-in   
Hong Kong, July 1 (IANS) Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor was sworn-in as the new Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) on Saturday as the territory marks 20 years since its handover to China from Britain.. Lam took her oath before Chinese President Xi Jinping, who oversaw the swearing-in ceremony along with the […]
          Xi Jinping Arrives in Hong Kong   

Xi Jinping Arrives in Hong Kong Chinese President, Xi Jinping, arrived in Hong Kong this morning to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to Chinese rule, while several prominent pro-democracy activists remained in custody after being arrested the previous day. Xi arrived in the former British territory just before noon local time, according […]

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          Ministro Ferreyros: “Perú ve con optimismo la iniciativa de la nueva Ruta de la Seda promovida por China”   
  Titular del Mincetur representó al Perú en evento que tiene como objetivo la cooperación, apertura comercial, aprendizaje recíproco, la paz y el beneficio mutuo.
·         Importante evento reunió a jefes de Estado y funcionarios de alto nivel de más de 60 países.

Beijing, 16 de mayo de 2017.- El ministro de Comercio Exterior y Turismo, Eduardo Ferreyros, señaló hoy que el Perú ve con optimismo la iniciativa de la nueva Ruta de la Seda promovida por China, con el objetivo de avanzar hacia el libre comercio.
Así lo indicó durante su participación en la  Cumbre ´Una Franja, Una Ruta´ (One Belt, One Road), que se llevó a cabo la ciudad de Beijing, y que reunió a más de 30 jefes de Estado y 130 ministros de 60 países.
El titular del Mincetur  recordó que la antigua Ruta de la Seda acercó el Asia con Europa y África, y en esta oportunidad, se busca incluir a Oceanía y a América. “El Perú tiene una interesante ubicación geográfica y eso nos permitirá ser la plataforma entre Asia y América del Sur en esta iniciativa -denominada ´Una Franja, Una Ruta´- propuesta por China”, destacó.
En ese sentido, resaltó la asociación estratégica integral que mantiene el Perú con el país asiático.
Añadió que durante el desarrollo de la Cumbre, los participantes dialogaron sobre la interconectividad física a través de infraestructura, además  de la utilización de nuevas tecnologías, plataformas digitales, y la necesidad de reducir las brechas existentes de índole económica  y social gracias a la integración.
“Se busca seguir avanzando hacia el libre comercio y no caer en el proteccionismo”, indicó el ministro Ferreyros, quien lideró la delegación peruana en Beijing.
Cabe mencionar que los ministros de Estado presentes en la Cumbre participaron en sesiones temáticas sobre conectividad en infraestructura, conectividad comercial,  conectividad financiera  y conectividad de personas.
SOBRE LA CUMBRE
La Cumbre ´Una Franja, Una Ruta´ fue inaugurada por el presidente de China, Xi Jinping,  quien  expuso los objetivos de esta iniciativa. Mencionó que  este proyecto defiende el espíritu de la Ruta de la Seda, la cual se caracterizaba por la paz y la colaboración, apertura, inclusión,  aprendizaje recíproco y el beneficio  mutuo. 
Además, a través de esta iniciativa, se busca lograr consensos de cooperación, nuevos marcos de cooperación internacional, construir corredores económicos, fomentar la interconectividad de infraestructuras y digital, elevar el nivel de cooperación en economía y comercio, impulsar las inversiones y una mayor cooperación financiera, fortalecer la cooperación en materia ambiental, cooperación marítima, y en temas sociales y culturales, incluido la gastronomía.
IMPORTANTE
·         Con la Iniciativa ´Una Franja, Una Ruta´ se pretende disminuir brechas económicas y sociales, fomentar la paz de los pueblos,  generar un mayor desarrollo e incentivar la innovación y el conocimiento, y mejorar la gobernanza, los cuales son desafíos de la humanidad. Desde el 2013, China ha firmado más de 100 acuerdos de diversa índole.
·         Cabe señalar que ´Una Franja, Una Ruta´, se forjó como iniciativa del presidente Xi Jinping, desde setiembre de 2013 a través de conversaciones iniciales  con mandatarios de Indonesia y Pakistán. Desde entonces, China ha promovido un sinfín de proyectos con muchos países en campos como el comercio, telecomunicaciones, educación, entre otros.

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          Chinese President Says Hong Kong Return Ended ‘Century of Humiliation’   
Xi Jinping praised Hong Kong’s return under Chinese rule as an end of an era of humiliation.
          Kinas præsident: Hongkong er friere end nogensinde før   
Xi Jinping markerede 20-året for den britiske magtoverdragelse ved at tage ny leder i ed og advare kritikere.
          6/30/2017: WORLD: Xi greets a locked-down HK   

Xi Jinping was greeted by a sea of red yesterday at the start of his first visit to Hong Kong as China’s President, marking the 20th anniversary of the British handover. As is customary on his trips, his Air China plane landed to be met by carefully...
          Xi Jinping adverte contra desafios 'inadmissíveis' em Hong Kong   

O presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, afirmou neste sábado que Hong Kong é atualmente mais livre do que nunca, mas advertiu para os desafios "inadmissíveis" contra a soberania chinesa nesta ex-colônia britânica.

"Todos os esforços para colocar em risco a soberania nacional, para desafiar a autoridade do governo central e a lei fundamental de Hong Kong, para utilizar Hong Kong para atingir ou sabotar a China continental cruzam a linha vermelha e são absolutamente inadmissíveis", declarou Xi Jinping durante um discurso por ocasião da posse do novo executivo da ilha.

* AFP


          Kinas president hevder Hongkong er friere enn noen gang (Adresseavisen Utenriks)   
Kinas president Xi Jinping tok Carrie Lam i ed som ny leder i Hongkong lørdag. Etterpå sa han at Hongkong er friere enn før og advarte mot å utfordre Kina. (Adresseavisen Utenriks)
          Lantik Pemimpin Eksekutif Hong Kong, Presiden China Beri Peringatan Keras   
Xi Jinping mengingatkan bahwa China tidak akan menoleransi segala upaya membahayakan kedaulatan dan keamanan negaranya. 
          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Carrie Lam was sworn in Saturday as Hong Kong&apos;s new leader on the city&apos;s 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule, in a ceremony presided over by Chinese President Xi Jinping....
          Hong Kong : renforcement des mesures de sécurité pour la visite de Xi Jinping   
Hong Kong : renforcement des mesures de sécurité pour la visite de Xi Jinping
Le Président chinois Xi Jinping est actuellement en visite à Hong Kong jusqu'à demain samedi 1er juillet 2017.

Pour l'occasion, les autorités locales ont décidé de b[renforcer les mesures d...


          Xi visits Hong Kong for handover anniversary as protesters prepare   
(ChinaPost.com.tw) - Chinese President Xi Jinping made a rare visit to Hong Kong on Thursday to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the territory's return to China.
          Hong Kong gears up for 20th anniversary of handover   
Pro-democracy campaigners prepare to protest as Chinese President Xi Jinping vists Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of the city's return to Chinese rule.
          Pew poll: The whole world hates Donald Trump (except Russians and Israelis)   
by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer The whole world hates Donald Trump - with the exception of Russians and Israelis - according to a new Pew poll released June 27. The poll involved 40,447 respondents in 37 countries and was conducted from February 16 to May 8. Only 22% of the respondents said they had 'confidence' in Trump, compared with the 64% who said the same about Barack Obama at the end of his term. In the eyes of Pew poll participants, Trump compared poorly to other world leaders. In fact, he got the lowest ratings among those tested. Forty-two percent said they had confidence in Germany's Angela Merkel, and 28% in China's Xi Jinping. Even Russian president Vladimir Putin inspired more confidence than Trump, with 27% saying they trusted him. As a country, the favorable rating of the United States fell from 64% in the Obama era to only 49% now. Israel and Russia were the only countries surveyed
          Xi Jinping adverte contra desafios 'inadmissíveis' em Hong Kong   

O presidente chinês, Xi Jinping, afirmou neste sábado que Hong Kong é atualmente mais livre do que nunca, mas advertiu para os desafios "inadmissíveis" contra a soberania chinesa nesta ex-colônia britânica.

"Todos os esforços para colocar em risco a soberania nacional, para desafiar a autoridade do governo central e a lei fundamental de Hong Kong, para utilizar Hong Kong para atingir ou sabotar a China continental cruzam a linha vermelha e são absolutamente inadmissíveis", declarou Xi Jinping durante um discurso por ocasião da posse da nova chefe do executivo da ilha.

O presidente chinês acrescentou que Hong Kong tem "mais direitos democráticos e liberdades que em nenhum outro momento de sua história".

Enquanto isto, manifestantes a favor e contra Pequim se enfrentaram em um ponto não muito distante do local da cerimônia.

Partidários da China atacaram uma pequena manifestação de militantes que recordava as vítimas da repressão ao movimento de Tiananmen, em 1989, no momento em que os convidados para a posse chegavam ao centro de convenções.

Carrie Lam tomou posse em um ambiente tenso, na mesma data do 20º aniversário da devolução do território britânico à China.

Lam, 60 anos, designada - como seus predecessores - por um comitê eleitoral favorável a Pequim, já foi acusada de ser uma marionete do regime chinês, em uma cidade onde muitos pensam que a China deixou de respeitar o princípio de "Um país, dois sistemas" observado a partir de 1997.

A nova chefe do executivo local prestou juramento diante de uma grande bandeira chinesa, por volta das 09H00 local (22H00 Brasília), no centro de convenções, momentos antes do aperto de mãos com Xi Jinping, que efetua sua primeira visita a Hong Kong desde assumir a presidência chinesa, em 2013.

Na sexta-feira, o ministério chinês das Relações Exteriores considerou que a declaração sino-britânica de 1984, que fixou os termos da devolução de Hong Kong, já não é "pertinente".

O texto detalhava o princípio "Um país, dois sistemas" que, na teoria, garantia a Hong Kong liberdades desconhecidas no continente até 2047.

A cidade goza há 20 anos de privilégios únicos em comparação ao continente, como a liberdade de expressão, um sistema judicial independente e uma dose de voto universal na eleição de seu órgão legislativo.

* AFP


          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
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          China's Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader - The Star Online   

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          시진핑 주석의 사열식 취재에 금지된 독특한 물품들   
"아편과 우산, 바나나와 모든 과일류…"

홍콩 반환 20주년을 기념해 사열식을 가진 시진핑(習近平) 중국 국가주석을 취재하고 싶다면 이처럼 '독특한' 물품들을 조심해야 했다고 AFP통신이 보도했다.

30일(현지시간) AFP에 따르면 중국 정부는 이날 오후 홍콩 북부 공군 비행장에서 펼쳐질 사열식을 앞두고 각국 취재진에게 14개 종류의 반입금지 물품을 서면으로 알렸다.

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일부는 예상 가능한 것들이었다. 무기류와 화기류, 날붙이 등이 그것이다. 청산가리와 아편·모르핀·헤로인 등은 '독성 물질'과 '중독성 마약' 카테고리에서 블랙리스트로 지정됐다.

동식물과 음식물, 음료는 물론 모든 과일도 소지 가능 물품에서 제외됐다.

또한 기자들에게는 당황스럽게도 현장에는 펜조차 갖고 들어갈 수 없었던 것으로 전해졌다.

가장 눈길을 끄는 부분은 '우산'이다. AFP는 우산이 독자적인 세부 품목으로 분류돼 따로 금지됐으며 이는 2014년 홍콩 민주화 시위인 우산 혁명의 상징이기 때문이라고 주목했다.


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중국군은 이 모든 조치가 "안전을 보장하기 위해서"라고 성명을 통해 밝혔다.

펜과 우산은 중국 정부가 직접 검수한 물품으로 기자들에게 제공됐다. 이들은 중국군 전용 용품인 가방 안에 들어 있었고 이 중 특히 우산이 열병식장의 쨍쨍한 햇볕을 막기 위해 인기가 있었다고 AFP는 전했다.

지난 28일부터 사흘간 일정으로 홍콩에 머물고 있는 시 주석은 홍콩 자치권 확대와 독립을 요구하는 이른바 '독립파' 세력의 강력한 항의와 반대 시위에 마주하고 있다.

이에 홍콩 경찰은 시 주석이 투숙한 호텔 주변에 대형 장벽을 설치하고 출입을 통제했으며, 테러 경계령을 내린 뒤 육상과 해상 곳곳에 무장 경찰들을 배치했다.

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          Chinese President Xi Jinping attends Hong Kong military parade   
Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the city's handover from British to Chinese rule. On Friday (June 30) Xi inspected more than three thousand People's Liberation Army troops, the largest military parade since Hong Kong's handover in 1997. Xi repeatedly shouted "Hello Comrades!" and "Comrades you are working hard!" from his motorcade. The troops responded "Hail to you chief!" and "Serve the people!" He will oversee the swearing-in of Hong Kong's new leader, Carrie Lam, on Saturday.
          China 'outraged' by planned $1.42 billion US arms sales to Taiwan   
China urged the U.S. to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with President Trump in April in Florida.
          Hong Kong hit by protests as China’s Xi swears in city’s new leader   
President Xi Jinping swore in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Saturday as the politically divided city marked 20 years since it was handed ...

          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover's 20th anniversary   
Pro-democracy activists march towards the hotel where the Chinese President is staying to attempt to deliver their demands in Hong Kong, Friday, June 30, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of…
          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover's 20th anniversary   
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects the Chinese troops of People's Liberation Army (PLA) Hong Kong Garrison at the Shek Kong Barracks in Hong Kong, Friday, June 30, 2017. Chinese President landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary…
          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover's 20th anniversary   
Pro-democracy activists march towards the hotel where the Chinese President is staying to attempt to deliver their demands in Hong Kong, Friday, June 30, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of…
          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover's 20th anniversary   
Pro-democracy activists try to get past a security barricade to deliver their demands to the Chinese President in Hong Kong, Friday, June 30, 2017. Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in Hong Kong Thursday to mark the 20th anniversary of Beijing…
           China's Xi draws 'red line' in Hong Kong    
China's President Xi Jinping said on Saturday Hong Kong was freer than ever before but laid down an uncrossable "red line" for any challenge to Beijing's...
           China's Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader    
By James Pomfret and Clare JimHONG KONG, July 1 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader on Saturday warning that Beijing ...
           The Latest: Xi vows no tolerance for anti-China acts    
HONG KONG (AP) - The Latest on the swearing-in of Hong Kong's new leader (all times local):10:45 a.m.Chinese President Xi Jinping is vowing no tolerance for...
           China President Xi swears in new Hong Kong leader    
HONG KONG, July 1 (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader, Carrie Lam, on Saturday as the former British colony marked the...
           Security tight in Hong Kong as China president set to swear in new leader    
HONG KONG, July 1 (Reuters) - A massive security blanket surrounded Hong Kong early on Saturday as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepared to swear in the...
          7/1/2017: Asia/Philippines: China fumes at $1.42b US arms pitch to Taiwan   
China urged the United States to revoke immediately its “wrong decision” to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion (Dh5.2 billion) worth of arms, saying it contradicted a “consensus” President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April...
          Le président chinois met les Hongkongais en garde contre les défis "inadmissibles" (Romandie)   
Xi Jinping a affirmé samedi que Hong Kong était aujourd'hui plus libre qu'avant, tout en mettant en garde contre des défis "inadmissibles" à l'autorité de Pékin, 20 ans après la rétrocession de l'ex-colonie britannique. Le président...
          Xi Jinping met en garde contre la distorsion du principe "un pays, deux systèmes" (Chine-Informations)   
Le gouvernement central appliquera de manière constante le principe "un pays, deux systèmes" et s'assurera que cette politique est appliquée à Hong Kong sans être déformée ou distordue, a déclaré samedi le président chinois, Xi Jinping. ...
          China's Xi warns Hong Kong pro-democracy rebels of 'impermissable' threats   
China's president Xi Jinping has said there will be no tolerance for any acts seen as jeopardising Hong Kong and China's stability and security.
          China Goes Soft on U.S. Sanctions over North Korea, Condemns Arms Sale to Taiwan   
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The Chinese government appears to be reserving its ire towards the United States for its response to a recent arms sale to Taiwan, keeping its commentary limited on new U.S. Treasury sanctions against the Bank of Dandong for its ties to North Korea.
          Manifestations réprimées dans une ville divisée   
Le chef de l’État chinois, Xi Jinping, a présidé vendredi de fastueuses célébrations pour le...
          7/1/2017: INTERNATIONAL: Hongkong : Xi muselle toute contestation   
ASIE Engoncé dans sa veste sombre à col Mao, debout dans sa command car, Xi Jinping salue ses troupes au garde-àvous, le regard sévère. « Salutations au président », répondent en hurlant les vingt bataillons de l’Armée populaire de libération (APL), au...
          Xi Jinping warns of ‘red line’ as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule   
China’s President Xi Jinping has warned that efforts “to challenge the power of the central government” in Hong Kong are “absolutely impermissible,” as the former British colony marked 20 years of Chinese rule Saturday. “Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security … or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against […]
          Chinese president swears in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam   
Xi Jinping warned that Beijing will not tolerate challenge to its authority as Hong Kong marked the 20th anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule
          Xi Jinping: any challenge to China's power in Hong Kong 'crosses a red line'   

President warns against any attempt to ‘sabotage’ the mainland via Hong Kong, as scuffles break out between rival protest groups

Hong Kong must not be used as a launchpad to challenge Beijing’s authority and any questioning of China’s sovereignty in the territory “crosses a red line”, Chinese president Xi Jinping has said during a visit marking 20 years since the handover of the former colony.

Little more than an hour before his speech, democracy protesters were attacked by pro-China demonstrators and hauled away by police as they attempted to march on the daily flag-raising ceremony.

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          Flags raised marking Hong Kong handover’s 20th anniversary   
  HONG KONG---The flags of China and Hong Kong were raised Saturday in a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of Chinese rule over Hong Kong while just streets away pro-democracy activists clashed with police and counter protesters.   The territory's incoming chief executive Carrie Lam was among the dignitaries present for the outdoor ceremony at a harbor-side convention center. After the Chinese and Hong Kong anthems were played, a squadron of fire boats sailed past, blasting water from their cannons.   Chinese President Xi Jinping will preside over Lam's inauguration before returning to Beijing later Saturday. His three-day visit aimed at stirring Chi...

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          Protests in Hong Kong as Xi swears in new leader   
HONG KONG---President Xi Jinping swore in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam Saturday as the politically divided city marked 20 years since it was handed back to China by Britain, with clashes between pro and anti-Beijing protesters close to the ceremony.   Lam was selected by a pro-Beijing committee, as were her predecessors, and is already being cast by critics as a China stooge in a city where many are angry at Beijing's tightening grip on the freedoms of nearly eight million people.   She took her oath of office under China's national flag at the city's harbourfront convention centre, before shaking hands with Xi.   Lam's inauguration comes a day aft...

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          Is Trump reversing course on China relations because Beijing is working with Saudi Arabia to end the petrodollar?   
Donald Trump's talk of economic sanctions against China and the selling of arms to the Far East power's nemesis Taiwan on June 30 indicate a sudden shift away from the apparent gains made between himself and China's Xi Jinping earlier this year.  But according to a report out today from Sputnik News, the President's actions may be tied to much more than a simple trade war, or concerns over North Korea.

In fact, the issue at stake may be the fate of the dollar remaining as the world's reserve currency.

It is no coincidence that a surge in global tensions over recent years comes at a time when the American economy is staring into an abyss. The key to the survival of the US economy as we know it is the status of the American dollar as the world's top reserve currency. 
The so-called petrodollar system, in which the world's most traded commodity oil and gas are conducted primarily through American currency, appears to be coming to an end. That decades-old system is being challenged by the rise of China, Russia, India, Iran and others. If the petrodollar and its global privileges are displaced then the United States is facing an economic apocalypse. 
Perhaps no two other countries have done more to forge a multipolar global order than China and Russia. China is the biggest oil importer and Russia is the world's biggest fuel exporter. When they announced last year that oil trade would be henceforth conducted in their own national currencies of yuan and rouble that development marked a nail in the dollar's coffin. 
Now, only a few weeks ago, China and Saudi Arabia – the world's second-biggest oil producer – reportedly launched earnest negotiations for future energy fuel trade to be conducted in yuan. Commentators say Saudi Arabia has little choice in the matter, since China has been progressively reducing the kingdom's market share with other oil exporters, like Russia and Iran. If the Saudis want to maintain exports to the world’s biggest economy, then they will have to do their business in Chinese currency, not the US dollar as they have customarily done. 
Randy Martin, an American political analyst, said the long-anticipated decline in the petrodollar is picking up pace. 
"The petrodollar is in decline, and consequently the entire financial system that undergirds the western economies," Martin said. "China and Russia have laid the global economic foundation for the new 'Silk Road' and the emergence of a new Eurasian economy that puts the US and its petrodollar on the outside. That leaves the US dollar and its economy in tatters as long as the US insists on trying to maintain its unipolar quest for global economic dominance. To be clear, what China and Russia have successfully done is to unravel the economic foundation of US global hegemony." – Sputnik News

          China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong during Xi's visit:The Asahi Shimbun   
HONG KONG--President Xi Jinping inspected troops based in Hong Kong on Friday as he asserted China's
          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
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          Fruit and umbrellas amongst items deemed too dangerous for Hong Kong Military Parade   

Opium, umbrellas and fruit were all banned for reporters covering Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to a military parade in Hong Kong on Friday, on a peculiarly exhaustive list of items considered too dangerous to bring along. Xi was visiting a People’s Liberation Army airfield in northern Hong Kong, one of the most highly anticipated [...]

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          Kinas præsident: Hongkong er friere end nogensinde før   
Xi Jinping markerede 20-året for den britiske magtoverdragelse ved at tage ny leder i ed og advare kritikere.
          The crash of ‘97 taught us we won’t see the next one coming   
With Hong Kong today in festive lockdown to welcome Chinese President Xi Jinping and celebrate 20 years of Chinese sovereignty, it may be important to remember that this is not the weekend’s only 20th anniversary of consequence. And no, I am not just talking about the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first Harry Potter novel, The Philosopher’s Stone, on June 26, 1997, which must provide one of the 20th century’s epic literary landmarks. Even more important for us in...
          À Hong Kong, l’armée chinoise défile pour Xi Jinping   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a assisté vendredi, au deuxième jour de sa visite à Hong Kong, au plus important défilé militaire organisé dans l'ex-colonie britannique depuis qu'elle est redevenue chinoise il y a exactement 20 ans.
          Chinese President Xi Jinping coming to Moscow for special meeting with Putin   
China's President Xi Jinping is to pay a visit to Russia at the invitation from Russian President Vladimir Putin on July 3-4
          Xi Jinping warns of 'red line' as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule - CNN   

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          Xi Jinping in Hong Kong: Challenges to Beijing “Absolutely Impermissible”   
Chinese President Xi Jinping is in Hong Kong for a landmark three-day visit to mark the 20th anniversary of the former British territory’s transfer from British to Chinese
          China builds new military facilities on reef in disputed South China Sea: Group   
An aerial shot of a Chinese-claimed reef in the Spratly Islands, from a Philippine air force plane, on April 21, 2017 (via AFP)
A US think tank says satellite images show China has recently built new military facilities on artificial islands in the disputed South China Sea.
The Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative (AMTI) said on Thursday that new images showed missile shelters and radar and communications facilities had been built on Yongshu Reef (known in the West as Fiery Cross), and two other reefs — Meiji (known as Mischief in the West) and Subi — in the Spratly Islands.
The think tank claimed that over the past three months, China had built four new missile shelters on Yongshu Reef to go with the eight already there.
The think tank said a very large antennae array was also being installed on Meiji Reef, a move that would presumably boost China’s ability to monitor surrounding areas.
Construction is shown on Yongshu Reef, in the Spratly Islands, in this June 16, 2017 satellite image. (Via Reuters)
A large dome was also installed on Yongshu and another was under construction, indicating a sizeable communications or radar system, the report said.
The AMTI said China was building two more domes on Meiji Reef. It said a smaller dome that had been installed near the missile shelters on Meiji indicated that “it could be connected to radars for any missile systems that might be housed there.”
“Beijing can now deploy military assets, including combat aircraft and mobile missile launchers, to the Spratly Islands at any time,” the think tank said.
The South China Sea is the subject of a territorial dispute between China, Vietnam, Taiwan, the Philippines, Malaysia, and Brunei.
China claims most of the strategic waterway and has been building artificial islands and installing military equipment on them, including on some reefs in the Spratly chain, which are also claimed by the Philippines.
The US has for long accused Beijing of undertaking what it calls a land reclamation program in the South China Sea for military purposes. It also routinely interferes in territorial disputes between China and the other claimants.
Washington also sends warships and aircraft to the area to challenge China’s sovereignty claims.
Chinese president inspects military parade in Hong Kong
Meanwhile, Chinese President Xi Jinping paid a visit to Hong Kong on Friday on the 20th anniversary of the city’s return to China.
Xi inspected the largest display of Chinese troops based in Hong Kong as he rode on an open-top jeep.
Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects troops in Hong Kong, June 30, 2017. (Photo by Reuters)
He inspected some 3,100 soldiers arranged in 20 formations, with armored personnel carriers, combat vehicles, helicopters, and other pieces of military hardware displayed behind them.
Xi called out “Salute all the comrades” and “Salute to your dedication” as he inspected the troops.
Hong Kong is governed under a “one country, two systems” rule since Britain handed the territory back to China in 1997. Under the law, it was granted the freedom to run most of its affairs, but Beijing is in charge of the city’s defense and foreign affairs.
Anti-China activists and politicians accuse Beijing of interfering in the city’s affairs and demand “full democracy.” China has, however, ruled out the idea of independence for Hong Kong, saying it “would lead nowhere.”

          Outraged China urges US to revoke arms sales to Taiwan   
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang
An outraged China has urged the US to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell $1.42 billion worth of arms to Taiwan which Beijing considers a renegade province. 
Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said Friday Beijing has lodged a formal protest with Washington and urged the US government to "uphold its solemn commitment to the One-China principle."
China's embassy in the United States said the sale was a "wrong move" that would hurt relations between the two countries because it would send a very wrong message to "Taiwan  independence" forces.
"The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged," the embassy said in a statement.
The United States is the sole arms supplier to Taiwan which China regards a rebel province and has never renounced the use of force to bring it back under its control.
Lu called Taiwan an indispensable part of China's territory, saying "we firmly oppose this arms sale to Taiwan." 
China’s ambassador to Washington, Cui Tiankai, said the arms sales would betray Chinese President Xi Jinping’s trust in US President Donald Trump, built when the latter invited Xi and his wife to the US in April.

This photo, taken on April 07, 2017 shows US President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese President Xi Jinping shaking hands during a dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida. (By AFP)
During their meeting at Trump’s private residence in Florida, the US president promised President Xi to make efforts to build “a very, very great relationship” between the two countries.
“Arms sales to Taiwan will certainly undermine the mutual confidence between the two sides and runs counter to the spirit of the Mar-a-Lago summit,” Ambassador Cui told reporters in Washington DC, referring to the meeting at Trump’s private estate.
US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said on Thursday that the planned US weapons sales to Taiwan were valued at “about $1.42 billion.”
The arms deal includes advanced missiles and torpedoes, in addition to technical support for an early warning radar system.
The US & ‘One China’
Beijing considers self-ruled Taiwan part of its territory, and expects other countries to adhere to the policy of “One China,” which recognizes Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan.
The US, long practicing that policy, briefly upset Chinese rulers when Trump took a congratulatory telephone call from Taiwan’s leader later last year, breaking with diplomatic protocol. Although he later backed his decision to take the call, and further questioned the “One China” policy, Trump ultimately acknowledged Chinese sovereignty over Taiwan, and seemed to have regained Beijing’s confidence with reassurances that Washington would be committed to the policy. And later came the private meeting at Mar-a-Lago.
The US has had military ties with Taiwan even before President Trump took office and despite the recognition since 1979 of Chinese sovereignty over the self-ruled island.
The latest announcement of the weapons sales to Taiwan came on the same day as the US Treasury Department announced a decision to slap a series of economic sanctions on Chinese companies for allegedly giving financial support to North Korea for its weapons programs.
This photo, taken on June 29, 2017, shows US President Donald Trump (R) and South Korean President Moon Jae-in (L) shaking hands during dinner at the White House. (By AFP)
South Korean President Moon Jae-in is in Washington to discuss North Korea and trade.
Pyongyang is under international pressure to abandon its nuclear and missile programs. North Korea says it needs them to defend itself against America’s decades-long policies of aggression and expansionism in the region.
China is North Korea’s main ally. South Korea is the North’s chief regional adversary, and thousands of US forces are stationed in South Korea.

          Xi: tidak ada toleransi bagi yang menantang China   
Presiden China Xi Jinping di Hong Kong, Sabtu, secara tegas mengingatkan bahwa Beijing tidak akan memberikan toleransi terhadap setiap tantangan yang dihadapi pemerintahnya. Peringatan tersebut disampaikan oleh Xi saat ...
          Xi Jinping: cualquier desafío al poder del Gobierno central es inadmisible   


          Hong Kong teme perder su libertad tras 20 años bajo el control de China   
En 1997, cuando el Reino Unido devolvió Hong Kong a China después de siglo y medio de dominación, se pensaba que la colonia británica podía ayudar a la democratización del autoritario régimen de Pekín. Cuando hoy se cumplen justo 20 años, ha ocurrido todo lo contrario y buena parte de la sociedad hongkonesa teme perder sus libertades, mayores aún que en el resto del país. Bajo el principio de «un país, dos sistemas», vigente hasta 2047, esta ciudad de 7,4 millones de habitantes goza de cierta autonomía y es más libre que el resto de China, pero no se sabe lo que ocurrirá después. El derecho de reunión y la libertad de expresión están todavía garantizados, pero han quedado erosionados por varios episodios que han alarmado a la opinión pública. Uno es el secuestro de editores de libros críticos con el régimen, que aparecieron después en China confesando sus «delitos» en televisión, y otro es la expulsión del Parlamento local de dos jóvenes diputados localistas que insultaron al régimen en su juramento durante su toma de posesión. A ello se suma la persecución de los activistas que reclaman democracia, como los 26 detenidos el miércoles por la noche por una protesta contra la visita del presidente Xi Jinping. Tras pasar algunos de ellos más de un día en comisaría, fueron liberados ayer. Entre ellos destacaban el joven líder del partido Demosisto, Joshua Wong, convertido ya en la figura más representativa del movimiento pro-democrático, y el veterano «Pelo Largo» Leung Kwok-hung. Concentrados ante el Gobierno local tras su puesta en libertad, denunciaron la excesiva duración de su arresto y las intimidaciones sufridas. «Hong Kong no solo se ha convertido en un Estado policial, sino que utiliza matones para silenciar las voces opositoras», denunció el presidente de la Liga de los Demócratas Sociales, Avery Ng Man-yuen, según informa el diario «South China Morning Post». Promesa incumplida Pero, sin duda, lo que más ha frustrado a la sociedad hongkonesa, sobre todo a los jóvenes, es la promesa incumplida del sufragio universal, contemplado en el acuerdo de devolución firmado entre el Reino Unido y China en 1984. Dejando claro que Pekín no quiere intromisiones en Hong Kong, el portavoz de Exteriores chino, Lu Kang, aseguró ayer que «la Declaración Conjunta Sino-Británica, como documento histórico, ya no tiene importancia práctica». Ante los llamamientos británicos para avanzar hacia la democracia, Lu Kang sentenció que el Reino Unido «no tiene ningún poder vinculante sobre cómo administramos Hong Kong». «China interfiere cada vez más en sus libertades y quiere seguir dominando los nombramientos políticos», alerta CabestanPara Jean-Pierre Cabestan, jefe del Departamento de Estudios Internacionales de la Universidad Baptista, afirmaciones como esta han generado «mucho pesimismo sobre la autonomía de Hong Kong durante los próximos años». A su juicio, «China interfiere cada vez más en sus libertades y quiere seguir dominando los nombramientos políticos». Aunque augura que Pekín mantendrá el principio de «un país, dos sistemas» y seguirá respetando las libertades básicas, cree que «no permitirá sufragio universal en el Parlamento local y controlará la designación del jefe ejecutivo». Nacionalismo e independentismo Como reacción a este creciente autoritarismo del régimen chino, en Hong Kong ha surgido el nacionalismo e incluso el independentismo, inexistentes hace solo una década. Pero el intento por adoctrinar la educación en 2012 y un nuevo aplazamiento del sufragio universal desataron en el otoño de 2014 las multitudinarias manifestaciones y acampadas que paralizaron tres zonas de Hong Kong durante casi tres meses para reclamar plena democracia. La Revuelta de los Paraguas, con los que los manifestantes se protegían del espray con pimienta que los antidisturbios les disparaban a los ojos, no consiguió sus demandas. Pero sembró el activismo en una ciudad que, como centro financiero mundial, pensaba más en el dinero que en la política. Con la falta de sufragio universal se alían otras frustraciones sociales de los hongkoneses, que alimentan su resentimiento contra China. La principal es el precio de la vivienda, que es uno de los más caros del mundo y está disparado además por los chinos ricos del continente que compran propiedades a toca teja. Por otra parte, las rudas formas de los turistas y emigrantes continentales, que hablan mandarín, han agravado la división con la refinada comunidad local, cuyo idioma es el cantonés. Como consecuencia, solo un 3 por ciento de los hongkoneses entre 18 y 29 años se considera chino, la cifra más baja desde que la Universidad empezó a medir este sentimiento nacional en 1997. «En realidad no tenemos mucho que celebrar porque no podemos comprar una casa propia y cada vez es más difícil encontrar trabajo», se lamenta Rex Cheung, analista de sistemas. Aunque se queja de la constante llegada de chinos del continente, también reconoce que la economía local depende de Pekín, «a quien le compramos hasta el agua porque no tenemos recursos naturales». Unidad y firmeza Intentando apaciguar estos ánimos, pero pregonando la unidad y mostrándose firme contra el separatismo, el presidente de China, Xi Jinping, se ha volcado en su visita de estos tres días a Hong Kong. Como colofón, Xi preside hoy el vigésimo aniversario de la devolución y la toma de posesión de la nueva jefa ejecutiva del Gobierno local, Carrie Lam, a quien la sociedad le pedirá avanzar en la reforma política con la masiva manifestación que tomará las calles por la tarde. «Es muy difícil, casi imposible, que Hong Kong tenga plena democracia», advierte el veterano político Albert Ho, antiguo diputado local y presidente de la Alianza de Apoyo a los Movimientos Democráticos de China. Consciente de las líneas rojas del régimen, cree que «la ciudad conservará sus libertades, pero Pekín no perderá el control del Gobierno local». Xi luce su fuerza pasando revista al Ejército Popular Demostrando su fuerza militar, el presidente de China, Xi Jinping, pasó revista ayer a la guarnición del Ejército Popular de Liberación en Hong Kong. Ataviado con un «traje Mao», como el que lució en otro desfile en Pekín en 2015, Xi inspeccionó a bordo de un jeep veinte escuadrones. Aunque fue la mayor parada militar desde la devolución, tuvo lugar en el cuartel de Shek Kong, no en la calle, y distó mucho de los grandes desfiles de Pekín. Junto a numerosos vehículos armados y una docena de helicópteros, participó una nueva unidad de apoyo logístico de la vecina ciudad de Shenzhen, al otro lado de la frontera con China continental. Todo un ejemplo de la integración de Hong Kong, tanto militar como política, que pretende Pekín.
          Liberados tras más de un día los 26 activistas de Hong Kong detenidos por protestar contra China   
Tras pasar algunos de ellos más de un día en comisaría, la Policía de Hong Kong ha liberado este viernes a los 26 activistas detenidos el miércoles por la noche en una protesta contra el autoritario régimen chino. Entre ellos destacaba el joven líder del partido Demosisto, Joshua Wong, convertido ya en la figura más representativa del movimiento pro-democrático en la antigua colonia británica. «Después de 32 horas de detención por desórdenes públicos, he sido liberado», publicó en su cuenta de Twitter con una foto a las puertas de la comisaría de North Point. I was arrested for participating in a protest. After 32 hours of detention for breaking the “public nuisance” law, I was released. pic.twitter.com/2Dfx7YfnBo— Joshua Wong Chi-fung (@joshuawongcf) 29 de junio de 2017Allí esperaban la puesta en libertad de los arrestados medio centenar de seguidores de Demosisto y de otros grupos que reclaman plena democracia en Hong Kong, que conmemora este sábado el vigésimo aniversario de su devolución a China. Para festejar la efeméride, la ciudad se ha blindado con una seguridad draconiana debido a la visita del presidente chino, Xi Jinping. «Por lo general, deberían haberlos soltado, como mucho, a las doce horas de arrestarlos, pero quieren tenerlos encerrados mientras Xi Jinping está en Hong Kong», criticaba el jueves por la noche ante la comisaría uno de los miembros de Demosisto, Francis Ho. A su lado, una señora mayor con un paraguas amarillo con forma de pato recordaba las multitudinarias manifestaciones que tomaron las calles en el otoño de 2014 para reclamar sufragio universal. La Revuelta de los Paraguas, con los que los manifestantes se protegían del espray con pimienta que los antidisturbios les disparaban a los ojos, no consiguió sus demandas, pero sembró el activismo en una sociedad que, hasta entonces, pensaba más en el dinero que en la política. Tres años después, el presidente de China llega a un Hong Kong cada vez más polarizado y donde ha surgido el nacionalismo, e incluso el independentismo, como reacción al creciente control de Pekín. Las promesas incumplidas de sufragio universal y la desaparición de editores de libros críticos con el régimen, que aparecieron en la televisión confesando sus «delitos», hacen temer a los hongkoneses la pérdida de sus libertades. Bajo el principio de «un país, dos sistemas», que estará vigente hasta 2047, esta ciudad de 7,4 millones de habitantes goza de cierta autonomía y es más libre que el resto de China, pero no se sabe lo que ocurrirá después. Nada más aterrizar en Hong Kong, el presidente Xi garantizó este jueves «un futuro a largo plazo» para su autonomía, pero también dejó claro que no tolerará el separatismo. «Habéis alcanzado logros en asuntos como el suelo, la vivienda, la atención a los mayores y la reducción de la pobreza… Y, especialmente, en manejar constantemente una serie de temas políticos y legales, frenando la independencia de Hong Kong de forma efectiva y manteniendo la estabilidad social», alabó al Gobierno local en su discurso de llegada. En una clara demostración de la fuerza militar china, Xi Jinping ha pasado revista este viernes a la guarnición del Ejército Popular de Liberación en Hong Kong. Ataviado con un traje «tipo Mao», como el que lució en otro desfile militar en Pekín en 2015, el presidente chino ha inspeccionado 20 escuadrones, que luego han desfilado ante él. Según informa el diario «South China Morning Post», se trata de la mayor parada militar de estos últimos veinte años, pero ha tenido lugar en el cuartel, no en la calle, y dista mucho de los grandes desfiles que acostumbra a celebrar Pekín. Además de mostrar numerosos vehículos armados y una docena de helicópteros, en la parada ha participado una nueva unidad de apoyo logístico procedente de la vecina ciudad de Shenzhen, al otro lado de la frontera con China continental. Todo un ejemplo de la integración de Hong Kong, tanto militar como política y social, que pretende Pekín. Con todo el boato que merece la ocasión y el Centro de Convenciones de Hong Kong rodeado por 300 barricadas de dos toneladas cada una, Xi Jinping presidirá este sábado la ceremonia del vigésimo aniversario y la investidura de la nueva jefa ejecutiva del Gobierno local, Carrie Lam. En la calle, mientras tanto, los grupos pro-democráticos se preparan para manifestarse contra él.
          Carrie Lam sworn in as new Hong Kong chief executive   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Carrie Lam was sworn in Saturday as Hong Kong&apos;s new leader on the city&apos;s 20th anniversary of the handover from British to Chinese rule, in a ceremony presided over by Chinese President Xi Jinping....
          'Vicious cycle': Could Beijing's heavy hand push Hong Kong protests too far?   
Hong Kong rooftop sign painters

With the city marking its 20th anniversary since the return of Chinese rule, Hong Kong activists are determined to exercise their more liberal right to free speech as Chinese President Xi Jinping comes to visit.


          China's Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader   
A massive security blanket surrounded Hong Kong early on Saturday as Chinese President Xi Jinping prepared to swear in the city's first female leader on the 20th anniversary of the former British colony's handover to Chinese rule.
          China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG: Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests. Xi's visit comes amid heightened tension ...
          Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations   
Tanks, missile launchers and chanting troops greeted President Xi Jinping in a potent display of Chinese military might Friday as part of his landmark visit to politically divided Hong Kong.
          China: Hongkongs neue Regierungschefin vereidigt   
In Hongkong ist die neue Regierungschefin Carrie Lam vereidigt worden. Der chinesische Staatspräsident Xi Jinping nahm der 59-Jährigen am Samstag den Amtseid ab. Die Zeremonie fand im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 20. Jahrestag der Rückgabe Hongkongs an China statt.
          When the Deal Goes Down   
SUBHEAD: Stresses and tensions are a’buildin’ and the time for being a nation of feckless idiots is drawing to a close.

By James Kunstler on 30 June 2017 for Kunstler.com -
(http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/when-the-deal-goes-down/)


Image above: Oil painting "Feeding the Baby" by Mark Bryan, 2017 subtitled "Baby Trump loves Bannon’s Total...itarian Bullshit. He wants you to have some too." From (https://www.artofmarkbryan.com/feeding-the-baby-trump-bannon-art/).

Who needs Russia when the Tweety-Bird-in-Chief is hacking his own presidency into a global joke? Or at least it might be a joke if the USA weren’t such a menace to international order, and to itself, by the way. Interestingly, the 25th amendment allows for the removal of a president from office on account of incompetence or disability, but not for being an embarrassment to the nation.

They may come after him anyway with the 25th, especially as the financial system unravels later this year, because this time, unlike 2008-9, central bank interventions will not avail to rescue the faltering money system from nine years of previous central bank interventions.

All it takes is for the “liquidity” flows to seize up and before you know it, there’s no food in the supermarkets because everything in our just-in-time economy is exquisitely calibrated to the sure expectation of getting paid, and when that goes, it all goes.

Then the question arises: well, can’t you just re-start the liquidity flows? Not when the process requires another abracadabra magic act of summoning X-trillions of dollars out of absolutely nothing when the previous X-trillions created out of absolutely nothing are rushing at warp speed into the black hole of deleveraging because it has been discovered that the “loans” they were based on can never be paid back, not in this universe or any number of universes like it. In a word, they’re worthless.

Deleveraging is the polite term economists give to your net worth rapidly evaporating. Liquidity is the polite term for cash money and things denominated in them that can readily be converted into cash money. The problem with the kind of liquidity-creation solution to deleveraging is that it rapidly leads to money itself becoming worthless.

The preview of coming attractions is currently playing out in Illinois — soon to be joined by Connecticut, California, Kentucky, and many other bankrupt states. Illinois is dead broke. It can’t pay the contractors who fix things like roads and storm drains, and supply food to its prisons.

It’s over $200-billion deep in pension obligations that will never be honored. Its Medicaid system is a shambles. It doesn’t even have the cash-on-hand to pay lottery winners (what happened to all the cash paid into the lottery by the suckers who didn’t win, which is supposed to pay off the winners?). The state legislature hasn’t passed a budget in three years.

The governor and the mayor of Chicago and everybody else nominally in charge have no idea what they’re going to do about it. Think the federal government is going to just step in and save the day there?

They’d have to bail out every other foundering state and that’s just not going to happen, especially with that same federal government about to run out of cash money itself, with no resolution of the debt ceiling controversy that might allow it to even pretend to borrow more money by issuing treasury bonds that are instantly bought by the Federal Reserve — which, of course, is not an official government agency but a private banking consortium contracted to manage the nation’s money.

Do you begin to see the outlines of the clusterfuck rising like a bad moon over the harvest season of 2017? The American people, by and large, have no more idea how false and fragile the financial arrangements of the nation are than the average eight-year-old has about why the re-po squad is towing away Daddy’s Ford-F150.

We’re just doing what we always do: gittin’ our summer on. Breaking out the potato salad and the Bud Lites — at least those who have enough mojo left in their MasterCards to charge the party supplies.

An awful lot of Americans must be maxed out, though, people who actually used to work at things and get paid for it.

Each one of them is a walking Illinois now, facing each dawning day with a bigger load of problems, more things they can’t pay for, and moving closer to the dreadful day when everything is gone, every chattel, every knickknack, the very roof over their head, and most particularly the belief that they live in a fair and decent society.

So, I wonder what we’re going to do with a Tweety-Bird-in-Chief in the White House when this deal goes down. Stresses and tensions are out there a’buildin’ and the time for being a nation of feckless idiots is drawing to a close. The sad thing is: it wasn’t even fun while it lasted.



Trump to Unleash Trade War

SUBHEAD: Trump - true to his campaign promises - is set to launch a global trade wars after all,

By Tyler Durden on 30 June 2017 for Zero Hedge -
(http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2017-06-30/trump-overrules-cabinet-prepares-unleash-global-trade-war)

While one of Trump's recurring campaign promises was that he would "punish" China and other key US trade counterparties if elected, for taking advantage of free-trade by imposing steep tariffs and duties on foreign imports to "level the playing field", the President's stance changed drastically after the election, U-turning following his amicable meeting with China's president Xi Jinping in March, but mostly as a result of pressure by his ex-Goldman advisors to keep existing trade arrangements in place and not "rock the boat."

Now, all that may be about to fall apart.

According to Axios, behind the constant media scandals, "one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room of the White House" where with "more than 20 top officials present, including Trump and Vice President Pence, the president and a small band of America First advisers made it clear they're hell-bent on imposing tariffs — potentially in the 20% range — on steel, and likely other imports."

In other words, Trump - true to his campaign promises - is set to launch a global trade wars after all, one where then main country impacted would be China, however the collateral damage would extend to Canada, Mexico, Japan, Germany and the UK.



There will be another financial crisis?

SUBHEAD: We are already seeing the early warning signs with delinquency rates rising and commercial lending on the decline.

By Robert Lance on 29 June 2017 for Real Investment Advise -
(https://realinvestmentadvice.com/yes-ms-yellen-there-will-be-another-financial-crisis/)

[IB Publsiher's note: To see the several charts relating to this article, please click on link above for original article.]

Janet Yellen, Federal Reserve Chair, recently stated;
“Will I say there will never, ever be another financial crisis? No, probably that would be going too far. But I do think we’re much safer and I hope that it will not be in our lifetimes and I don’t believe it will.”
That is a pretty bold statement to make considering that every one of her predecessors failed to predict the negative consequences of their actions.

Will there will be another “Financial Crisis” in our lifetimes?

Yes, it is virtually guaranteed.
The previous “crisis” wasn’t about just “an asset gone bad,” but rather the systemic shock caused by a “freeze” in the credit markets when Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy. Counterparties evaporated, banks froze lending and the credit market ceased to function.

Credit, not the stock market, is the “lifeblood” of the economy.

Of course, it is all good now because the Federal Reserve says so with Ms. Yellen placing a great amount of faith in the Federal Reserve’s own carefully constructing, and recently released results, of “bank stress tests.” Interestingly, EVERY bank passed with flying colors.

In other words, the Millennial generation has now passed the baton of “Everybody Gets A Trophy” to the banking sector.
“Test results released by the Federal Reserve show that the 34 institutions under scrutiny have enough capital to make it through the two scenarios regulators posed — one akin to the financial crisis and another entailing a shallower downturn.
Under the scenarios, the banks tested ‘would experience substantial losses.’ However, in total, the institutions ‘could continue lending to businesses and households, thanks to the capital built up by the sector following the financial crisis.’
In the most severe scenario, bank losses are projected to be $493 billion. In the less severe, the losses were put at $322 billion.”
This passage of the “test” by every bank, of course, is based on several faulty assumptions including:
  • FASB Rule 157 is still repealed allowing banks to mythically mark bad assets to “face value” which makes balance sheets stronger than they appear. So, how do you know what “toxic assets” still exist?
  • There is roughly $2 Trillion of excess reserves supporting banks which will evaporate IF the Fed actually commences with shrinking their bloated balance sheet. 
  • The worst case scenario only accounted for a “doubling” of the unemployment rate, or 8.6% from current levels, despite the fact we have an exceptionally low labor force participation rate and a surge to more than 10% is quite likely in the next recession. 
  • With more leverage in the system than at any point any previous history, and banks inextricably linked to the financial markets, just how sensitive are the tests to another “worst case scenario?”
What was NOT included in the test was another “Financial Crisis” scenario which SHOULD be the baseline of the stress tests to begin with. Unemployment rates of 15% or more, asset price declines of 50% and default rates of 20% or greater on outstanding debt should be the baseline by which you stress test financial systems against another systemic shock.

The Federal Reserve is once again engaging in very faulty thinking by believing the system will operate normally during a more severe economic scenario.

It isn’t just the losses projected on the banking sector in terms of defaulting loans that are the problem, but also the collapse in the asset markets when defaults ramp sharply as recessionary pressures build.

Most assuredly, lenders will immediately shut off access to capital leading to another “freeze” in the credit system. (Not to mention the sharp losses in market capitalization due to share price declines.)

Here is why Janet Yellen is wrong in believing another “Financial Crisis” can’t occur.

Catalyst 1: Delinquency & Defaults

We are already seeing the early warning signs with delinquency rates rising and commercial lending on the decline in both consumer and commercial and industrial loans.

Of course, as I noted above, once delinquency and default rates begin to rise, the first thing banks tend to do is to stop lending. Naturally, as banks shut off capital to businesses, private investment begins to slow which reduces employment and leads to slower economic growth.

Of course, this also includes the credit problems of the collapse in Commercial Real Estate which is grossly leveraged at a time when prices have begun to stagnate with an oversupply of inventory sitting on the ground.

Catalyst 2: Leverage & Robots

It isn’t just bank loans which will catalyze the coming financial crisis. It is also, be the massive surge in debt and leverage over the last eight years including student loans, credit cards, corporate debt and margin loans. As I discussed recently in the “Illusion Of Liquidity:”
“The illusion of liquidity has a dangerous side effect. The process of the previous two debt-deleveraging cycles led to rather sharp market reversions as margin calls, and the subsequent unwinding of margin debt fueled a liquidation cycle in financial assets. The resultant loss of the ‘wealth effect’ weighed on consumption pushing the economy into recession which then impacted corporate and household debt leading to defaults, write-offs, and bankruptcies.”
“With the push lower in interest rates, the assumed ‘riskiness’ of piling on leverage was removed. However, while the cost of sustaining higher debt levels is lower, the consequences of excess leverage in the system remains the same.”
You will notice in the chart above, that even relatively small deleveraging processes had significant negative impacts on the economy and the financial markets. With total system leverage spiking to levels never before witnessed in history, it is quite likely the next event that leads to a reversion in debt will be just as damaging to the financial and economic systems.

Of course, when you combine leverage into investor crowding into “passive indexing,” the risk of a “disorderly unwinding of portfolios” due to the lack of market liquidity becomes an issue. As Mark Carney, head of the BOE, recently opined:
“Market adjustments to date have occurred without significant stress. However, the risk of a sharp and disorderly reversal remains given the compressed credit and liquidity risk premia. As a result, market participants need to be mindful of the risks of diminished market liquidity, asset price discontinuities and contagion across asset markets.’”
At some point, that reversion process will take hold. It is then investor “psychology” will collide with “margin debt” and ETF liquidity. As I noted in my podcast with Peak Prosperity:
“It will be the equivalent of striking a match, lighting a stick of dynamite and throwing it into a tanker full of gasoline.”
When the “robot trading algorithms” begin to reverse, it will NOT BE a slow and methodical process but rather a stampede with little regard to price, valuation or fundamental measures as the exit will become very narrow.

Importantly, as prices decline it will trigger margin calls which will induce more indiscriminate selling. The forced redemption cycle will cause catastrophic spreads between the current bid and ask pricing for ETF’s.

As investors are forced to dump positions to meet margin calls, the lack of buyers will form a vacuum causing rapid price declines which leave investors helpless on the sidelines watching years of capital appreciation vanish in moments.

Catalyst 3: Pensions

Lastly, and a point clearly missed by Ms. Yellen in her quest to dismiss financial crisis risks, is the $3 Trillion “Pension Crisis” that is just one sharp downturn away from imploding. The cresting of the “baby boom” generation now puts these massively underfunded pensions at risk of a “run on assets” during the next downturn which could send the entire system into chaos.

Of course, this problem can be directly traced to the malfeasance of pension fund managers, and pension boards, which used excessively high return rates to lower costs of contributions.
“Pension computations are performed by actuaries using assumptions regarding current and future demographics, life expectancy, investment returns, levels of contributions or taxation, and payouts to beneficiaries, among other variables. The biggest problem, following two major bear markets and sub-par annualized returns since the turn of the century, is the expected investment return rate.
Using faulty assumptions is the lynch-pin to the inability to meet future obligations. By over-estimating returns, it has artificially inflated future pension values and reduced the required contribution amounts by individuals and governments paying into the pension system.
It is the same problem for the average American who plans on getting 6-8% return a year on their 401k plan, so why save money. Which explains why 8-out-of-10 American’s are woefully underfunded for retirement.”
The chart below demonstrates the problem pensions face today. The chart shows a $1000 investment into the S&P 500 TOTAL return from 1995 to present. There is a substantial difference between a dollar-weighted outcome in markets versus just looking at a market-capitalization weighted index return. I have then projected for using variable rates of market returns with cycling bull and bear markets, out to 2060 along with projections of 8%, 7%, 6%, 5% and 4% average rates of return from 1995 out to 2060.

See the problem here. The average rate of return growth is far above what markets are expected to return over a long period of time. But this has not deterred pension funds from clinging on to exceptionally high return rates. According to a recent report from the Hoover Institution:
Despite the introduction of new accounting standards, the vast majority of state and local governments continue to understate their pension costs and liabilities by relying on investment return assumptions of 7-8 percent per year. This report applies market valuation to pension liabilities for 649 state and local pension funds. Considering only already-earned benefits and treating those liabilities as the guaranteed government debt that they are, I find that as of FY 2015 accrued unfunded liabilities of U.S. state and local pension systems are at least $3.846 trillion, or 2.8 times more than the value reflected in government disclosures. Furthermore, while total government employer contributions to pension systems were $111 billion in 2015, or 4.9 percent of state and local government own revenue, the true annual cost of keeping pension liabilities from rising would be approximately $289 billion or 12.7 percent of revenue. Applying the principles of financial economics reveals that states have large hidden unfunded liabilities and continue to run substantial hidden deficits by means of their pension systems.”
If the numbers above are right, the unfunded obligations of approximately $4-$5 trillion, depending on the estimates, would have to be set aside today such that the principal and interest would cover the program’s shortfall between tax revenues and payouts over the next 75 years.

That ain’t gonna happen.

As Axel Merk recently penned:
“So while the banks may not need a bailout, I’m not so sure about pension funds or individual investors. Yet, ‘needing a bailout’ and actually getting one are different stories.”
Axel is right. When the next major bear market comes growling, the “financial crisis” won’t be secluded to just sub-prime auto loans, student loans, and commercial real estate. The real crisis comes when there is a “run on pensions” when the “fear” prevails that benefits will be lost entirely.

As George Will recently wrote:
“The problems of state and local pensions are cumulatively huge. The problems of Social Security and Medicare are each huge, but in 2016 neither candidate addressed them, and today’s White House chief of staff vows that the administration will not ‘meddle’ with either program. Demography, however, is destiny for entitlements, so arithmetic will do the meddling.”
Ms. Yellen is wrong about the next financial crisis. The only question is the timing and magnitude of its occurrence?


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          Xi Jinping: cualquier desafío al poder del Gobierno central es inadmisible   
El presidente chino, Xi Jinping, advirtió hoy que cualquier desafío al poder del Gobierno ...
          Xi Jinping: cualquier desafío al poder del Gobierno central es inadmisible   
El presidente chino, Xi Jinping, advirtió hoy que cualquier desafío al poder del Gobierno ...
          Xi Jinping warns democracy protesters in Hong Kong not to cross 'red line'   

Xi implicitly rejected the criticism that Beijing was increasingly interfering in Hong Kong's affairs,
          Military leader Xi Jinping inspects PLA troops in Hong Kong   

The military parade, of 3000 army, navy and air force personnel, was televised live in Hong Kong and mainland China.
           Chinese President Xi Jinping inspects military troops at parade    
China's Xi Jinping inspected the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) in Hong Kong on the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China.
          Xi Jinping advierte a los descontentos: "No traspasen la línea roja"   
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          Xi Jinping warns democracy protesters in Hong Kong not to cross 'red line'   
Xi implicitly rejected the criticism that Beijing was increasingly interfering in Hong Kong's affairs,
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          La Chine met Hong Kong en garde contre les défis «inadmissibles» - LaPresse.ca   

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La Chine met Hong Kong en garde contre les défis «inadmissibles»
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Le président chinois a lancé un avertissement dans un discours télévisé prononcé peu après avoir fait prêter serment à la nouvelle chef de l'exécutif hongkongais, Carrie Lam, alors que des manifestants pro et antiPékin s'étaient affrontés peu avant ...
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          Framework Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation in the Development of the Bay Area signed   
     Witnessed by President Xi Jinping, the Chairman of the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), Mr He Lifeng; the Chief Executive of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), Mrs Carrie Lam; the Governor of Guangdong Province, Mr Ma Xingrui; and the Chief Executive of the Macao Special Administrative Region (MSAR), Mr Chui Sai-on, representing the NDRC, the HKSAR Government, the People's Government of Guangdong Province and the MSAR Government respectively, signed the Framework Agreement on Deepening Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Cooperation in the Development of the Bay Area in Hong Kong today (July 1).

     The Framework Agreement provides that the objective of cooperation is to implement the principle of "one country, two systems" fully and accurately, improve and innovate the cooperation mechanism, establish a mutually complementary cooperation relationship, and jointly take forward the development of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area. The Framework Agreement also sets out the goals and principles of cooperation. In addition, the Framework Agreement establishes the key cooperation areas in the development of the Bay Area, including promoting infrastructure connectivity; enhancing the level of market integration; building a global technology and innovation hub; building a system of modern industries through coordinated development; jointly building a quality living circle to provide an ideal place for living, working and travelling; cultivating new strengths in international cooperation; and supporting the establishment of major cooperation platforms. The four signatories to the Framework Agreement agree to improve the coordination mechanism and convene annual consultation meetings to coordinate and resolve major problems and issues of cooperation arising from the development of the Bay Area. The four parties will also put forward annual work plans for taking forward the development of the Bay Area, and deliver a concerted effort in their implementation once a consensus has been reached amongst the four parties and relevant Mainland authorities.

     The Framework Agreement signifies an important milestone in formulating the development plan for the Bay Area. The cooperation goals of the Framework Agreement include consolidating and enhancing Hong Kong's status as an international financial, transportation and trade centre; strengthening its status as a global offshore Renminbi business hub and an international asset management centre; promoting the development of Hong Kong's professional services and innovation and technology industries; and establishing a centre for international legal and dispute resolution services in the Asia-Pacific Region. The HKSAR Government will, in accordance with the principle of "one country, two systems", continue to join hands with the People's Government of Guangdong Province and the MSAR Government to take forward the development planning for the Bay Area led by the NDRC.

     In the 2017 Report on the Work of the Government, Premier Li Keqiang explicitly expressed the need to promote closer cooperation between the Mainland and Hong Kong and Macao, draw up a development plan for a city cluster in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area, give full play to the distinctive strengths of Hong Kong and Macao, and elevate their positions and roles in the nation's economic development and opening up. The Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area city cluster covers the two SARs of Hong Kong and Macao, as well as nine cities, including Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Huizhou, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen and Zhaoqing.
          President Xi meets new CE and members of executive, legislature and judiciary (with photos)   
     President Xi Jinping swore in the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Principal Officials at the Celebrations of the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong's Return to the Motherland and the Inaugural Ceremony of the Fifth Term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region this morning (July 1).

     Shortly after the Inaugural Ceremony, President Xi met the new Chief Executive, Mrs Lam, and members of the executive, legislature and judiciary. They included the Chief Justice of the Court of Final Appeal, Principal Officials of the new term of Government, the President of the Legislative Council, new Non-official Members of the Executive Council and Permanent Secretaries.

     Accompanied by Mrs Lam, President Xi also spoke to them after a group photograph was taken.
   
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          Inaugural Ceremony of Fifth Term HKSAR Government (with photos)   
     The Inaugural Ceremony of the Fifth Term Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region was held this morning (July 1) at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

     President Xi Jinping, who is in Hong Kong for this special occasion, swore in the Chief Executive, Mrs Carrie Lam, and the Principal Officials.

     The Chief Executive then swore in members of the Executive Council.

     The wife of President Xi, Peng Liyuan, also attended the ceremony.

     Joining today’s ceremony were about 2,000 guests, including representatives from the Central Government, members of the Executive and Legislative Councils, Hong Kong deputies to the National People's Congress and members of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, political and economic figures, local dignitaries, senior executives of Hong Kong-based Chinese enterprises, and members of the foreign diplomatic corps.
    
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          President Xi meets people from various sectors (with photos/video)   
     President Xi Jinping met with some 200 people from various sectors of Hong Kong at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre this afternoon (June 30).

     Accompanied by the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung, President Xi took a group photo with the attendees before delivering his remarks.

   This morning, President Xi inspected troops of the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison at Shek Kong Barracks and visited the Junior Police Call Permanent Activity Centre and Integrated Youth Training Camp while his wife Peng Liyuan called on an elderly services complex in Southern District.

     In the evening, President Xi and his wife Peng Liyuan will attend a welcome banquet hosted by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government and the "Grand Variety Show to celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Hong Kong’s Return to the Motherland".
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          Wife of President Xi visits elderly care facility (with photos/video)   
     The wife of President Xi Jinping, Peng Liyuan, visited senior citizens at TWGHs Jockey Club Sunshine Complex for the Elderly in Wong Chuk Hang this morning (June 30) to learn how the elderly services sector made use of innovative technology in enhancing the quality of elderly care.
 
     Peng viewed the facilities and activities in the elderly complex, accompanied by the wife of the Chief Executive, Mrs Regina Leung; Deputy Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People's Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Ms Yin Xiaojing; the Secretary for Labour and Welfare, Mr Stephen Sui; the Director of Social Welfare, Ms Carol Yip; and the Chairman of the Tung Wah Group of Hospitals, Dr Lee Yuk-lun.
 
     At the rehabilitation room, Peng was briefed by an occupational therapist on the use of innovative rehabilitation devices in therapeutic training for the elderly. She also toured the complex’s residential block, Jockey Club Harmony Villa, where she chatted with the nurses and the residents to learn about their daily lives.
 
     She then proceeded to the complex hall to watch the drawing and making of handicrafts by the elderly residents. Peng mingled with them and took part in the making of pop-up cards. To express gratitude for her visit, two elderly representatives presented her with their drawings.
 
     Before her departure, Peng presented a health integrated scale and a television set as gifts for the complex.
 
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          President Xi inspects PLA Hong Kong Garrison and visits JPC Activity Centre (with photos/videos)   
     President Xi Jinping inspected troops of the People's Liberation Army Hong Kong Garrison at Shek Kong Barracks this morning (June 30).
      
     He then proceeded to visit the Junior Police Call (JPC) Permanent Activity Centre and Integrated Youth Training Camp at Pat Heung.
      
     He was briefed by JPC members on the aim of setting up the JPC Scheme, the facilities and training concept of the Training Camp.
      
     President Xi then watched the leadership and physical training sessions and chatted with some JPC members before posing for a group photo.
      
     Joining him for the visit were the Chief Executive, Mr C Y Leung; the Secretary for Security, Mr Lai Tung-kwok; the Commissioner of Police, Mr Lo Wai-chung; the Permanent Secretary for Security, Mr Joshua Law; and the Under Secretary for Security, Mr John Lee.

     The Chief Executive announced in the 2016 Policy Address that the Police would adopt a host of measures to enhance the JPC and youth work, including the setting up of this Training Camp at Pat Heung to provide discipline, physical and team-building training for youths.

     The Training Camp, built at the former Fire Services Training School at Pat Heung, is planned to be opened in the middle of this year.

     Covering an area of 29,000 square metres, the Training Camp has various facilities including sports climbing facilities, an artificial turf soccer pitch, an indoor sports hall and rooms for computing and creative activities as well as crime scene investigation training.  It will provide services for JPC members, students, youth organisations, ethnic minorities and Senior Police Call members.

     The JPC Scheme was set up in 1974. Over a million people have taken part in the Scheme and it has now more than 180,000 members. Its aim is to encourage members to join hands with the community in the fight against crime and to provide leadership training. After the return to the motherland, JPC has regularly organised Mainland exchange programmes to equip its members with better knowledge of our country.
   
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          Chinese Leader: “Respect Motherland, Respect Its Strength”   
Respect a military power that’s never actually won a war who instead prefers to use its citizens as target practice. Yeah, guess that’s legit. Via Washington Post: China staged the territory’s largest military parade ever Friday for the benefit of visiting President Xi Jinping, and as a none-too-subtle reminder to its residents of who’s their […]
          Vingt ans après la rétrocession, Xi Jinping met en garde Hong Kong   
(zonebourse.com) * Pékin ne tolérera aucun défi à son autorité, dit le président chinois * Xi appelle Hong Kong à soutenir la souveraineté nationale * Des dizaines de milliers de manifestants sont attendus dans les rues par James Pomfret et Clare Jim HONG KONG, 1er juillet (Reuters) - Le...
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          Xi Jinping: Hong Kong n'a jamais été aussi libre que depuis 1997   
(zonebourse.com) (Actualisé avec citation, § 5) HONG KONG, 1er juillet (Reuters) - Le président chinois Xi Jinping, qui participait samedi au 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la Chine, a déclaré que le territoire n'avait jamais bénéficié "d'autant de liberté et de démocratie" que depuis sa restitution. ...
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          Xi Jinping: Hong Kong n'a jamais été aussi libre que depuis 1997   
(zonebourse.com) HONG KONG, 1er juillet (Reuters) - Le président chinois Xi Jinping, qui participait samedi au 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la Chine, a déclaré que le territoire n'avait jamais bénéficié "d'autant de liberté et de démocratie" que depuis sa restitution. Il a ajouté que le gouvernement central ne...
http://www.zonebourse.com/actualite-bourse/Xi-Jinping-Hong-Kong-n-a-jamais-ete-aussi-libre-que-depuis-1997--24686097/
          Anniversaire sous haute sécurité à Hong Kong   
(zonebourse.com) HONG KONG, 1er juillet (Reuters) - Le président chinois Xi Jinping a procédé samedi à l'investiture de Carrie Lam, la nouvelle cheffe de l'exécutif de Hong Kong qui célèbre le 20e anniversaire de sa rétrocession à la Chine dans un contexte de tension entre le pouvoir central de Pékin et le mouvement démocrate hongkongais. ...
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          Chinese president issues strong warning to Hong Kong as new leader gets sworn in   

CHINESE President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader, Carrie Lam, on Saturday as the former British colony marked the 20th anniversary of its handover to Chinese rule amid scattered protests.

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          Trump vende 1,42 miliardi di dollari in armi a Taiwan. L'ira di Pechino   

Cresce la tensione fra il presidente Usa e Xi Jinping ad una settimana dall’incontro del G20 di Amburgo. Gli Usa stanno facendo pressione sulla Cina per l’isolamento della Corea del Nord. Invece Pechino lavora all’isolamento diplomatico di Taiwan. Gli Stati Uniti vendono armi a Taipei dal 1979. L’ultimo contratto è stato firmato da Barack Obama nel 2015.


          Xi Jinping ispeziona le truppe ad Hong Kong. Le proteste degli attivisti   

Alla parata militare hanno partecipato anche soldati da Shenzhen. Membri di Demosisto si incatenano al monumento della bauhinia. Veglia per la liberazione di Liu Xiaobo. Arrestati e poi rilasciati 26 attivisti.


          China's Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader on Saturday with a stark warning that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to China.

          China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests.

          Xi Jinping warns of 'red line' as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule - CNN   

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Xi Jinping warns of 'red line' as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule
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Hong Kong (CNN) China's President Xi Jinping has warned that efforts "to challenge the power of the central government" in Hong Kong are "absolutely impermissible," as the former British colony marked 20 years of Chinese rule Saturday. "Any attempt to ...
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          Protester när Hongkongs ledare svors in   
Kinas president Xi Jinping har svurit in Hongkongs nya ledare Carrie Lam under helgens jubileum, där det uppmärksammas att det är 20 år sedan staden lämnades tillbaka till Kina från Storbritannien.
          Xi Jinping advierte a Hong Kong contra los desafíos a la autoridad china   
"Cualquier intento de poner en peligro la soberanía nacional será absolutamente inadmisible", asegura el presidente chino en la investidura del nuevo gobierno autónomo
          Xi Jinping warns of 'red line' as Hong Kong marks 20 years of Chinese rule - CNN   

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          Hong Kong da 20 anni cinese, e Xi Jinping mostra i muscoli   
Oltre 3.000 soldati schierati nella base di Shek Kong, carri armati, elicotteri, componenti militari sono stati passati in rassegna dal leader cinese che a bordo di un fuoristrada scoperto ha salutato "tutti i compagni" e la loro "dedizione"
          Le président chinois met les Hongkongais en garde contre les défis « inadmissibles »   
Xi Jinping a affirmé samedi que Hong Kong était aujourd’hui plus libre qu’avant, tout en mettant en garde contre des défis “inadmissibles” à l’autorité de Pékin, 20 ans après la rétrocession de l’ex-colonie britannique. Le président chinois a lancé cet … Continue reading
          China: 154 de laureați ai Premiului Nobel au semnat o petiție pentru ca Liu Xiaobo să se poată trata în străinătate   
Peste 150 de laureați ai Premiului Nobel i-au cerut președintelui chinez Xi Jinping să-i permită disidentului Liu Xiaobo, laureat al Premiului Nobel pentru Pace în 2010, bolnav de cancer de ficat în fază terminală și eliberat condiționat, și soției sale să primească tratament în Statele Unite, potrivit unei scrisori publicate vineri de organizația pentru drepturile omului Inițiative pentru China, relatează DPA.
          China says Hong Kong handover agreement ‘no longer relevant’   
AFP © AFP | Hong Kong’s police officers intervene in an altercation between Pro-China protesters and pro-independence representatives during President of China Xi Jinping’s three-day visit to mark the 20th anniversary of the handover from Britain to China BEIJING (AFP) – In the midst of celebrations marking 20 years since Britain returned Hong Kong to China, Beijing […]
          Hongkong begeht 20. Jahrestag der Rückgabe an China   
Hongkong (dpa) – Chinas Sonderverwaltungszone Hongkong begeht heute den 20. Jahrestag der Rückgabe der ehemaligen britischen Kronkolonie an China. Bei seinem ersten Besuch wird Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping einer Fahnenzeremonie und der Amtseinführung der neuen Hongkonger Regierungschefin Carrie Lam beiwohnen.Protestgruppen kündigten einen Marsch an, bei dem für mehr Demokratie in der Hafenmetropole demonstriert werden soll. Seit dem […]
          Hong Kong is relentless in its memes making fun of Chinese president Xi Jinping and his followers   
Hong Kongers are known to have a good sense of humor. And with Chinese president Xi Jinping’s visit to Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary…
          Financials lift HK stocks to near 3-wk high ahead of handover day   

June 29 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks closed at their highestlevel in nearly three weeks on Thursday, led by financials onbet that Beijing would unveil supportive policies as PresidentXi Jinping visits the former British colony to commemorate the20th anniversary of its handover to China on July 1.

Sentiment was also aided by a jump in raw material sharesas a weaker U.S. dollar pushed up commodity prices.

The Hang Seng index rose 1.1 percent to 25,965.42,while the China Enterprises Index gained 0.2 percent to10,432.02.

Financial shares rose sharply on expectations thatChina will announce more measures to link its markets with HongKong's, benefiting investment banks and brokerages.

Index heavyweight HSBC gained over 6 percent, asMorgan Stanley upgraded the stock to "overweight" from "equalweight".

An index tracking commodity stocks jumped. Jiangxi Copperrose over 3 percent, while Minmetals Developmentsurged roughly 7 percent.

Hong Kong's penny stock woes eased, as the second board, which had dropped sharply this week to record lows,ended Thursday roughly flat.(Reporting by the Shanghai Newsroom; Editing by GopakumarWarrier)


          Le président chinois met les Hongkongais en garde contre les défis "inadmissibles"   
Xi Jinping a affirmé samedi que Hong Kong était aujourd'hui plus libre qu'avant, tout en mettant en garde contre des défis "inadmissibles" à l'autorité de Pékin, 20 ans après la rétrocession de l'ex-colonie britannique. Le président chinois a lancé ...
          Protesten rondom inauguratie leider Hongkong   

Carrie Lam is zaterdag door de Chinese president Xi Jinping ingezworen als nieuwe leider van Hongkong. De plechtigheid, die gepaard ging met enig protest, had plaats twintig jaar nadat de Britse kroonkolonie werd overgedragen aan China.


          Jeux politiques dans le ping-pong chinois   

Vu sur Jeux politiques dans le ping-pong chinois

En obtenant une apparente promotion pour devenir l'un des 19 vice-présidents de l'Administration générale des Sports, l'entraîneur populaire de l'équipe nationale de ping-pong, la plus prestigieuse en Chine, a perdu son emploi. Cela a provoqué un tollé de la part de millions de fans et a attiré l'attention sur le rôle de la politique dans la communauté des sportifs strictement réglementée en Chine.

L'affaire de l'entraîneur Liu Guoliang est devenue encore plus scandaleuse lorsque trois joueurs de l'équipe ont protesté contre son renvoi en boycottant leurs matchs du deuxième tour lors du Seamaster 2017 ITTF World Tour China Open, tenu le 23 juin dernier à Chengdu. Leur décision a été fortement critiquée par les autorités chinoises, tandis que les échanges via le web sur cet incident ont été censurés.

Plus tard, les trois joueurs qui avaient participé au boycott, ainsi que Liu Guoliang, ont présenté des excuses rédigées sur le même modèle, ce que de nombreux internautes chinois soupçonnent d’être des excuses forcées.

Selon divers commentaires, le changement du personnel au sein de l'Administration générale des Sports du régime chinois témoigne des luttes politiques intestines à l’approche du 19e Congrès national du Parti communiste chinois (PCC) envisagé plus tard cette année. Le Congrès devant nommer de nouveaux membres du Comité central du PCC pour les cinq prochaines années, cela fait l'objet d'intenses manœuvres factionnelles.

Politique de ping-pong

Comme dans l'ex-Union soviétique, le régime chinois accorde aux sports une place très importante. L'Administration générale des Sports a un représentant parmi les membres suppléants du Comité central du Parti communiste.

Liu Guoliang a été promu au poste fantoche du 19e vice-président de cette administration quelques semaines après que son homologue, Kong Linghui, avait été licencié suite aux accusations d’avoir joué aux jeux de hasard. Kong avait entraîné l'équipe féminine de ping-pong.

Selon la radio RFI de France, Liu et Kong étaient proches de Cai Zhenhua, directeur adjoint de l'Administration des Sports qui a été deux fois nommé membre suppléant du Comité central du PCC. Le reportage de la radio RFI estimait que Cai, qui dirige la ligue de football de Chine, était la véritable cible des purges survenues dans le ping-pong : « Renvoyer Cai Zhenhua signifie naturellement qu’on devrait s’occuper également de ses associés Kong Linghui et Liu Guoliang. »

Il n'est pas clair de deviner qui aurait pu orchestrer cette affaire : le directeur de l’Administration générale des Sports Gou Zhongwen, qui pourrait convoiter le poste du membre du Comité central, ou les autorités supérieures.

Depuis son arrivée au pouvoir en 2012, le dirigeant chinois Xi Jinping a supervisé une vaste campagne anti-corruption qui a permis de lancer une enquête visant presqu’un million de fonctionnaires du PCC. Les cadres associés à l'ancien chef du régime Jiang Zemin, ont été largement désignés.

Version anglaise : Seeing Politics in China’s Ping-Pong Feud

Cet article est apparu en premier sur Epoch Times.


          Chine : lutte de factions et crédibilité politique   

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Il y a deux ans, Epoch Times a parlé des affaires commerciales et politiques troubles de Guo Wengui, milliardaire chinois qui a fui la Chine. Guo bénéficiait du patronage de Zeng Qinghong, l'ancien vice-président du régime chinois et le N° 2 dans la faction politique de Jiang Zemin, l'ex-chef du Parti communiste chinois (PCC).

Depuis longtemps, les luttes intestines entre l’équipe du dirigeant actuel Xi Jinping et la faction de Jiang ressemblent à une bagarre, lorsque « l’un ne peut pas survivre alors que l'autre reste en vie ».

LIRE AUSSI : Chine : l’anti-corruption et ses problèmes

Dans ce contexte, lorsque Guo, qui vit aujourd’hui à New York, a rompu le silence médiatique en janvier dernier en promettant de laver le linge sale du PCC, nous avons supposé que ses démarches n’étaient probablement qu’une « manœuvre politique calculée » ou même une tentative de sauver sa peau, compte tenu de l’affaiblissement de la faction de Jiang.

Les révélations de Guo ont prouvé que nos suggestions étaient justes. Guo a constamment ciblé Wang Qishan, allié proche de Xi Jinping et chef de l’agence de la lutte anti-corruption. Il semble que Guo cherche à diviser Xi Jinping et Wang Qishan. Cependant, il a parlé de façon flatteuse de Jiang Zemin et de Zeng Qinghong en les traitant de « grands politiciens ». Il a estimé, sans donner de preuves, que Jiang contrôlait largement le régime chinois. Ces remarques étaient bien étranges, étant donné qu’elles provenaient d'un homme qui se présente comme un observateur désintéressé ne voulant que du bien à la Chine.

En même temps, Guo est en train de saper sa propre crédibilité. Les analystes chinois et occidentaux ont constaté que même si certaines de ses « révélations » sont partiellement vérifiables, un grand nombre d’entre elles ne peuvent pas être vérifiées ou sont tout simplement fausses.

Les choses ne s’arrangent pas non plus pour Zeng Qinghong, le patron de Guo. Les principaux financiers et blanchisseurs d’argent connus appartenant à sa famille ont été interpelés par les autorités. Wang Qishan est récemment apparu en public après avoir « disparu » pendant plus d'un mois. (Dans le passé, des longues absences de Wang ont généralement précédé des purges de hauts fonctionnaires).

Pourtant, plus Guo apparaît comme la vedette, plus difficiles deviendront les choses pour Xi Jinping pendant la période précédent le 19e Congrès du Parti, un conclave crucial de remaniement du leadership, prévu pour la fin de cette année.

Xi Jinping cherche à garder Wang Qishan en tant que chef de la lutte anti-corruption pendant encore cinq ans afin que celui-ci le débarrasse des restes de la faction de Jiang (jusqu'à présent, Wang a été très efficace dans l'exécution de cette tâche) tout en poussant d’autres fonctionnaires à un comportement le plus honnête possible. Ce n'est qu'avec des cadres disciplinés que Xi pourra effectuer les réformes économiques radicales et même les réformes politiques du régime chinois.

Toutefois, les calomnies de Guo pourraient être utilisées par les opposants de Wang Qishan pour forcer Xi Jinping à abandonner son fidèle allié lors des réunions informelles précédant le 19e Congrès, des réunions qui débattent des postes politiques clés à pourvoir. Dans un tel scénario, Xi Jinping risque de perdre sa crédibilité interne s'il insiste pour garder un chef anti-corruption dont la réputation internationale a été entachée d'accusations de corruption.

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          Noticias en breve: Democracy Now 30-6   

HAVANA TIMES – Presentamos las noticias en breve recopilada por Democracy Now el viernes 30 de junio de 2017.

Trump exhorta a que se derogue Obamacare, mientras Congreso se aproxima a entrar en receso

El presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, instó a los congresistas republicanos hoy a derogar la Ley de Cuidado de Salud a Bajo Precio, conocida como “Obamacare”, a pesar de que los senadores comenzaron a irse de Washington DC para el receso del 4 de julio y no tienen planes de votar el proyecto de ley de salud que la reemplazaría. Trump tuiteó esta mañana: “Si los senadores republicanos no pueden aprobar la ley en la que están trabajando, deberían DEROGAR de inmediato, y REEMPLAZAR más tarde”. El líder de la mayoría del Senado, Mitch McConnell, canceló una votación planificada del proyecto de ley de salud en el Senado, después de que algunos miembros de su partido se resistieran a votarlo luego de que el informe de la Oficina de Presupuesto del Congreso concluyera que el proyecto de ley de salud dejaría a 22 millones de estadounidenses sin seguro de salud. Otros republicanos afirmaron que se opondrían al proyecto de ley del Senado porque no es lo suficientemente conservador.

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Trump genera indignación y acusaciones de sexismo tras atacar en Twitter a presentadores de MSNBC

En Washington DC, el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, generó indignación incluso entre miembros del Partido Republicano el jueves, después de haber atacado a los presentadores de televisión Joe Scarborough y Mika Brzezinski, del programa Morning Joe, de MSNBC. Trump publicó en Twitter: “Me enteré de que el programa Morning Joe, que tiene unos bajos índices de audiencia, habla mal de mí (dejé de mirarlo). No entiendo por qué la loca de Mika, de bajo coeficiente intelectual, junto con el psicótico de Joe, vinieron a Mar-a-Lago durante tres noches seguidas cerca de fin de año e insistieron en reunirse conmigo. Ella estaba sangrando profusamente por un estiramiento facial. ¡Les dije que no!”.

Mika Brzezinski respondió a las afirmaciones de Trump esta mañana en MSNBC.

Mika Brzezinski: “Me preocupa por el país. Sé que Richard Haas nos apoya. [Trump] Parece tener un ego frágil, impetuoso, infantil, que hemos visto una y otra vez, especialmente con las mujeres. Parece que no pudiera controlarse”.

En un artículo titulado “Donald Trump no está bien” publicado hoy en el periódico The Washington Post, Brzezinski y Scarborough dieron a entender que Donald Trump no está bien, y agregaron: “Los líderes es Estados Unidos y sus aliados se están preguntando una vez más si este hombre es idóneo para ser presidente”. Los tuits de Trump generaron reacciones en todo el espectro político, incluida la congresista Lynn Jenkins, de Kansas, que tuiteó: “Esto no está bien. Como mujer que está en la política a menudo recibo críticas por mi apariencia. Deberíamos trabajar para empoderar a las mujeres”. En Washington, la Casa Blanca no se disculpó por los comentarios.

La subsecretaria de prensa de la Casa Blanca, Sarah Huckabee Sanders, declaró: “Este es un presidente que combate el fuego con fuego, y sin duda no se dejará acosar por los medios liberales y las élites liberales de los medios de comunicación, ni de Hollywood, ni de ningún otro ámbito”.

Interacción de Trump con periodista irlandesa evoca su historial de comentarios sexistas

El ataque de Donald Trump a Mika Brzezinski tuvo lugar un día después de que el presidente interrumpiera una llamada para felicitar al nuevo primer ministro de Irlanda por su victoria electoral para interactuar con una periodista irlandesa.

Presidente Donald Trump: “Tenemos mucha prensa de Irlanda que nos está mirando. Se están yendo ahora de la sala. ¿De dónde eres? Vamos, ven, acércate. ¿De dónde eres? Hay muchas periodistas irlandesas hermosas aquí. ¿De dónde eres?

Caitríona Perry: “Soy de RTE”.

Presidente Donald Trump: “RTE, qué bien”.

Caitríona Perry: “El primer ministro sabe quién soy. Caitríona Perry”.

Presidente Donald Trump: “Caitríona Perry. Tiene una bella sonrisa, así que me imagino que lo trata bien”.

Más tarde, Caitríona Perry recordó el incidente como “extraño”. Trump tiene antecedentes de comentarios sexistas. En un video filtrado de Access Hollywood de 2005, Trump es sorprendido con el micrófono encendido cuando alardea sobre cómo acosa sexualmente a mujeres. Durante un debate presidencial de 2015, la presentadora de Fox News Megyn Kelly le preguntó a Trump acerca de su historial de comentarios sexistas.

Megyn Kelly: “[…] Ha llamado “gordas cerdas”, “perras”, “babosas” y “animal desagradable” a mujeres que no le gustan. En su cuenta de Twitter hay varias…

Donald Trump: “Solo a Rosie O’Donnell”.

Megyn Kelly: “No, no solo a ella. En su cuenta de Twitter…”

Donald Trump: “Gracias”.

Megyn Kelly: “Que quede claro, fueron muchas más mujeres que Rosie O’Donnell”.

Donald Trump: “Sí, seguramente”.

Las preguntas de Megyn Kelly llevaron a que Trump la atacara durante la campaña electoral. En agosto de 2015 Trump había hecho otra referencia a las mujeres y la sangre, similar a la del jueves sobre Mika Brzezinski.

Donald Trump: “Sale y comienza a hacerme todo tipo de preguntas absurdas. Y se notaba que estaba sangrando hasta por los ojos, estaba sangrando por todas partes”.

Al menos 13 mujeres han acusado a Trump de realizar insinuaciones sexuales no deseadas.

The Wall Street Journal: investigador republicano intentó obtener correos electrónicos de Clinton mediante hackers rusos

El periódico The Wall Street Journal informó el jueves que el ahora fallecido investigador republicano Peter W. Smith, que estaba vinculado con el asesor de seguridad nacional destituido Michael Flynn, contactó a hackers en medio de la campaña electoral de 2016, con la esperanza de que tuvieran correos electrónicos del servidor personal de Hillary Clinton. Según el periódico, Smith estableció explícitamente sus vínculos con Flynn en sus correos electrónicos para contratar al hacker. En un correo electrónico, Smith dijo que el hijo de Flynn, Michael G. Flynn, estaba ayudando en el plan. Trump y su gobierno han afirmado reiteradas veces que no hay pruebas de una conspiración entre agentes rusos y colaboradores de la campaña de Donald Trump.

ONU: si no se reducen drásticamente las emisiones, para 2020 habrá una catástrofe climática

La Organización de las Naciones Unidas (ONU) advierte que a la humanidad le quedan tres años para reducir drásticamente las emisiones de gases de efecto invernadero, o afrontará un mundo inhabitable para muchas personas. La revista Nature publicó la advertencia de seis expertos en clima. Los expertos afirman que si no se adoptan medidas urgentes para 2020, la temperatura promedio de la Tierra aumentará más del límite máximo de 2 grados Celsius fijado en el Acuerdo de París sobre cambio climático.

Canciller alemana afirma que próxima Cumbre del G20 se centrará en el cambio climático

Esa advertencia se produjo al tiempo que la canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, afirmó que la cumbre del G20 que se celebrará este año en Hamburgo se centrará en el cambio climático.

La canciller Angela Merkel dijo: “La Unión Europea defiende plenamente el compromiso de París y pondremos el acuerdo en práctica en forma rápida y decisiva. Además, debido a la decisión de Estados Unidos de América de retirarse del Acuerdo de París sobre el cambio climático, estamos más decididos a lograr que el acuerdo sea exitoso”.

La Casa Blanca dijo que el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, se reunirá la semana próxima con su par de Rusia, Vladimir Putin, al margen de la Cumbre del G20.

Banco holandés ING retirará fondos de oleoductos canadienses debido a preocupación por impacto ambiental

Mientras tanto, el banco holandés ING dijo el miércoles que no financiará grandes proyectos de oleoductos en Canadá, debido a preocupaciones acerca del impacto de la extracción de arena alquitranada en las comunidades indígenas y el clima.

Irlanda prohibirá la fracturación hidráulica para extraer gas natural

Y en Irlanda, el presidente Michael Higgins promulgará un proyecto de ley que prohibirá el método de fracturación hidráulica, o fracking, en todo el país. Además de Irlanda, Bulgaria, Francia y Alemania son los países de la Unión Europea que prohibieron esta práctica extractiva.

Manifestantes de Tacoma, Washington protestan contra planta de gas natural licuado

Mientras tanto, en Tacoma, en el estado de Washington, miembros de la tribu puyallup y sus aliados realizaron una protesta el jueves en el sitio de construcción de una planta de gas natural licuado. La protesta se organizó antes de la comparecencia ante un tribunal, programada para el 14 de julio, de seis protectores del agua que se encadenaron al equipo de construcción del sitio en mayo, en un intento de detener el proyecto, que manejaría unos 30 millones de litros de gas licuado obtenidos por el método de fractura hidráulica, o fracking, cerca de un barrio residencial.

Ejército iraquí declara victoria sobre el autoproclamado Califato Islámico en Mosul

El ejército iraquí declaró el jueves el fin del autoproclamado Califato Islámico, debido a que la coalición respaldada por Estados Unidos capturó de manos del autodenominado Estado Islámico (ISIS) las ruinas de la mezquita de Grand al-Nuri en Mosul. La mezquita era el sitio donde el líder del ISIS, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, declaró el califato en 2014. Su captura se produce al tiempo que los medios de comunicación iraníes informan que Baghdadi está “definitivamente muerto”. Esto se produce después de que el mes pasado se hicieran públicos informes rusos que sostenían que Baghdadi había muerto en un ataque aéreo ruso en Siria. Mientras tanto, continúan los intensos combates en algunas partes de Mosul, donde decenas de miles de personas siguen atrapadas en la Ciudad Vieja y cuentan con poco acceso a alimentos, agua y medicamentos. El observatorio periodístico Airwars informa que al menos 80 civiles murieron el jueves cuando los ataques de artillería y los bombardeos aéreos azotaron sus casas en los alrededores de la mezquita de Grand al-Nuri. También hubo informes de que una familia de cinco integrantes fue asesinada y de que un niño de cuatro años resultó gravemente herido en un ataque aéreo realizado el martes por la coalición encabezada por Estados Unidos.

Francia: Conductor arrestado tras intento de atropellar a fieles musulmanes

En Francia, un hombre armenio de 43 años de edad fue arrestado el jueves tras intentar atropellar con su vehículo todoterreno a una multitud que se encontraba frente a una mezquita. Los testigos afirman que el conductor se vio frustrado en sus intentos de matar a los musulmanes sólo porque su vehículo chocó con las barreras que fueron colocadas para proteger la mezquita.

Hong Kong: Arrestan a manifestantes antes de la visita del presidente chino, Xi Jinping

En Hong Kong, el presidente chino, Xi Jinping, inspeccionó hoy a miles de soldados del Ejército Popular de Liberación, en el mayor desfile militar de la ciudad desde que Reino Unido entregó el control del territorio, en 1997. La visita del presidente Xi se produjo en medio de intensas medidas de seguridad y después de que la policía arrestara a manifestantes en favor de la democracia que reclaman una mayor autonomía en Hong Kong bajo la política de “Un país, dos sistemas”. Entre los detenidos estaba Joshua Wong, quien hace tres años ayudó a dirigir protestas masivas para exigir una mayor libertad política. Esta es la legisladora y activista de Hong Kong Claudia Mo.

Claudia Mo declaró: “Necesitamos que este líder chino sepa que la promesa de ‘Un país, dos sistemas’ ha sido una farsa, un fraude y un engaño. Hay interferencia permanente de Beijing en el desarrollo de Hong Kong, especialmente en el desarrollo político. Estamos muy, muy resentidos por no tener una verdadera democracia”.

Acusan de agresión sexual en Australia a un alto funcionario del Vaticano

En el Vaticano, un cardenal y consejero principal del papa Francisco regresará a Australia para enfrentar cargos de agresión sexual. El cardenal George Pell es el tercer funcionario de mayor rango en la Iglesia Católica Romana. En declaraciones desde el Vaticano, el cardenal Pell dijo que el papa Francisco le concedió licencia para regresar a Australia para defenderse.

El cardenal George Pell enunció: “Estoy deseando tener finalmente mi día en el tribunal. Soy inocente de estos cargos, son falsos. La idea de abuso sexual me resulta totalmente aberrante”.

El cardenal Pell debe comparecer ante el tribunal el mes próximo. En 2014, el Vaticano admitió que cerca de 850 sacerdotes han sido destituidos y más de 2.500 fueron disciplinados, en un gran escándalo de abuso sexual que data de décadas atrás.

Cámara de Representantes en Estados Unidos aprueba proyectos de ley contra los inmigrantes

En más noticias de Estados Unidos, la Cámara de Representantes aprobó el jueves dos proyectos de ley de inmigración que fueron objeto de críticas por estar destinados a demonizar a los inmigrantes indocumentados. El primer proyecto de ley, conocido como “La Ley de Kate”, agrega penas a los inmigrantes deportados que vuelvan a ingresar a Estados Unidos. Fue aprobado en una votación de 257 contra 167, siguiendo en gran medida las líneas partidarias. Entre los que votaron en contra se encontraba Jerrold Nadler, representante demócrata de Nueva York.

Jerrold Nadler expresó: “Este proyecto de ley no es nada menos que propagación del miedo basado en el mito ampliamente desacreditado de que los inmigrantes cometen delitos a un ritmo más alto que los estadounidenses nacidos en el país, cuando en realidad sabemos que es todo lo contrario”.

El segundo proyecto de ley de la Cámara de Representantes aprobado el jueves recortaría subsidios federales de las “ciudades refugio” que limitan la cooperación con las autoridades de inmigración.

Diez fiscales generales republicanos amenazan con demandar al gobierno de Trump por el programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia

En otras noticias relacionadas con la inmigración, fiscales generales de diez estados afirmaron que van a presentar una demanda contra el gobierno del presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, a menos que ponga fin al programa de Acción Diferida para los Llegados en la Infancia (DACA, por su sigla en inglés), que otorga protección legal a algunos jóvenes inmigrantes para vivir y trabajar en Estados Unidos. En una carta enviada el jueves al fiscal general de Estados Unidos, Jeff Sessions, Ken Paxton, de Texas, y otros nueve fiscales generales republicanos señalan que están preparados para impugnar en su totalidad el programa DACA en los tribunales, a menos que la Casa Blanca rescinda esa política.

La prohibición de viajar de Trump no permitirá el acceso de abuelos, primos y otros parientes

La prohibición del presidente Donald Trump al ingreso a Estados Unidos de refugiados y viajeros provenientes de seis países mayoritariamente musulmanes entró parcialmente en vigor el jueves por la noche. En virtud de un fallo, emitido por la Corte Suprema a principios de esta semana, que levantó la suspensión contra la prohibición, a las personas de Irán, Libia, Siria, Somalia, Sudán y Yemen que no tengan relaciones comerciales o familiares cercanas se les puede negar la visa y no permitirles entrar a Estados Unidos. El gobierno de Trump dijo que interpretará “familia cercana” como padres, hijos, hermanos y familia política cercana: suegros, nueras, yernos, padrastros e hijastros. Entre los excluidos se encuentran abuelos, nietos, tíos y primos. El Departamento de Estado declaró el jueves que permitirá viajar a las parejas prometidas de los países afectados, tras haber dicho inicialmente que también tendrían prohibido el ingreso.

Comisión electoral de Trump solicita datos sobre votantes estadounidenses y genera alarma

Una comisión electoral establecida por el presidente de Estados Unidos, Donald Trump, solicitó a los cincuenta estados que entreguen información personal detallada sobre los votantes estadounidenses, en una medida que los defensores de los derechos civiles afirman que tiene como objetivo suprimir la participación electoral. La solicitud fue hecha por Kris Kobach, secretario de Estado de Kansas y vicepresidente de la Comisión Asesora Presidencial de Trump sobre Integridad Electoral. Kobach ejerció presión para impulsar las leyes más estrictas de identificación de votantes en el país y abogó por un requisito de “prueba de ciudadanía” a nivel estatal y federal. Al menos tres estados (California, Connecticut y Virginia) dijeron que se negarían a cumplir con la solicitud. En una declaración, el Comité de Abogados Defensores de los Derechos Civiles Bajo la Ley declaró: “Esta inquisición sin méritos le permitiría a una comisión equivocada y mal aconsejada tomar medidas para señalar y acosar a los votantes, y podría conducir a una purga de las listas de votantes”.

Legisladores alemanes aprueban proyecto de ley de legalización de matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo

Y la cámara baja del parlamento de Alemania legalizó el jueves el matrimonio entre personas del mismo sexo, por un amplio margen de votos. Se espera que el proyecto de ley, que también permite a las parejas del mismo sexo adoptar niños, sea votado en la cámara alta de Alemania la próxima semana. La canciller alemana, Angela Merkel, votó “no” y declaró que el matrimonio sólo debía ser entre hombres y mujeres.



Noticias en breve: Democracy Now 30-6
          China's Xi Jinping draws 'red line' in Hong Kong   
Xi spoke in a televised address after swearing in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as pro and anti-Beijing protesters clashed close to the ceremony.
          Marking 20 years since handover, Xi warns Hong Kong against challenging Chinese authority   
Marking 20 years since Hong Kong's handover from Britain on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the territory against threatening Beijing's sovereignty.
          Friday News Roundup - International   
With guest host Indira Lakshmanan . A curious warning from the White House to Syria about further use of chemical weapons was just one of the big global news stories this week. In Latin America, Brazil and Venezuela face crises of government. Chinas Xi Jinping pays a first visit to Hong Kong as president. And a top aide to the Pope is charged with sexual assault. GUESTS James Kitfield , Senior fellow, Center for the Study of the Presidency and Congress; contributing writer, Atlantic Media; author of Twilight Warriors: The Soldiers, Spies and Special Agents Who Are Revolutionizing the American Way of War Nancy Youssef , National security correspondent, BuzzFeed Brian Winter , Editor-in-chief, Americas Quarterly and vice president of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas For more, visit . 2017 WAMU 88.5 American University Radio. Copyright 2017 WAMU 88.5. To see more, visit WAMU 88.5 .
          U.S. to Sell Arms to Taiwan Under Trump Administration   

The United States plans to sell nearly $1.42 billion in arms to Taiwan, a sale under the administration of U.S. President Donald Trump and is also a move that is expected to anger China.

U.S. State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said the administration has told Congress of the seven proposed sales on Thursday. The package includes technical support for early warning radar, high speed anti-radiation missiles, torpedoes and missile components, according to the State Department.

The sale, which requires congressional approval, is a first to Taiwan under Trump and also the first since a $1.83 billion sale that former President Barack Obama announced in December 2015.

Taiwan's defense ministry said the sale will improve its air and sea combat capability and early warning defenses.

The ministry said Taiwan and the U.S. will continue to consolidate their security partnership in order to contribute to stability in the region.

However, China's ambassador to Washington said the sale will undermine bilateral relation and is in conflict with the spirit of the Florida summit between President Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping.


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          China's president tells Hong Kong not to cross 'red line' by challenging Beijing - Washington Post   

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          The decade of Xi Jinping   

The transfer of power in China from the outgoing regime led by Hu Jintao to the incoming leadership of Xi Jinping has occurred without a hitch. This is a mark of increased political maturity in China.

In fact, the handover has been described by Citigroup economists as the first complete and orderly transition of power in the 91-year history of the Chinese Communist party.

During President Hu’s decade, China’s real GDP per capita rose at 9.9 per cent per annum. China accounted for 24 per cent of the entire growth in the global economy, and Chinese annual consumption of many basic commodities now stands at about half of the world total. Perhaps the most important question in the world economy today is whether China’s economic miracle can continue in the decade of Xi Jinping. The IMF forecasts shown in the graph above suggest that the miracle will persist, but many western economists disagree.

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          HONG KONG ANIVERSARIO - Xi Jinping: cualquier desafío al poder del Gobierno central es inadmisible   
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          HONG KONG ANIVERSARIO - Activistas hongkoneses vuelven a ser detenidos en la visita de Xi Jinping   
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          Marking 20 years since handover, Xi warns Hong Kong against challenging Chinese authority   
Marking 20 years since Hong Kong's handover from Britain on Saturday, Chinese President Xi Jinping warned the territory against threatening Beijing's sovereignty. Reported by France 24 3 minutes ago.
          Hong Kong marks 20 years since handover to China   
Image copyright EPA Image caption Chinese President Xi Jinping (centre) sang at a variety show during his visit to Hong Kong The Chinese president has sworn in the new leader of Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, as the territory marks 20 years since its handover to China from Britain. Xi Jinping joined a series of lavish […]
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory....
          China’s Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader   

By James Pomfret and Venus Wu

HONG KONG (Reuters) – Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong’s new leader on Saturday with a stark warning that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to China.

A massive deployment of police blocked roads and prevented protesters from getting to the harbor-front venue close to where two decades earlier, the last colonial governor, Chris Patten, tearfully handed back Hong Kong to Beijing at a rain-soaked ceremony.

“Any attempt to endanger China’s sovereignty and security, challenge the power of the central government … or use Hong Kong to carry out infiltration and sabotage activities against the mainland is an act that crosses the red line and is absolutely impermissible,” Xi said in a sweeping speech that touched upon the “humiliation and sorrow” China suffered during the first Opium War in the early 1840s that led to the ceding of Hong Kong to the British.

Hong Kong has been racked by demands for full democracy and, more recently, by calls by some pockets of protesters for independence, a subject that is anathema to Beijing.

Xi’s words were his strongest yet to the city at a time of heightened social and political tensions and concerns over what some in Hong Kong perceive as increased meddling by Beijing in the city’s affairs.

“It’s a more frank and pointed way of dealing with the problems (in Hong Kong),” said former senior Hong Kong government adviser Lau Siu-kai on Hong Kong’s Cable Television.

“The central government’s power hasn’t been sufficiently respected… they’re concerned about this.”

Under Hong Kong’s mini-constitution, the Basic Law, the financial hub is guaranteed wide-ranging autonomy and freedoms for “at least 50 years” after 1997 under a “one country, two systems” formula praised by Xi.

But Beijing’s refusal to grant universal suffrage to Hong Kong triggered nearly three months of street protests in 2014 that at times erupted into violent clashes and posed one of the greatest populist challenges to the central government in decades.

Xi, dressed in a dark suit and striped red tie, was addressing a packed hall of dignitaries and mostly pro-Beijing establishment figures, speaking for more than 30 minutes, after swearing in Hong Kong’s first female leader, Carrie Lam.

“I will, as I always have … firmly take actions in accordance with the law against any acts that will undermine the country’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” Lam said after she was sworn in along with her cabinet.

NATIONAL SECURITY

Xi hinted that the central government was in favor of Hong Kong introducing “national security” legislation, a controversial issue that brought nearly half a million people to the streets in protest in 2003 and ultimately forced former leader Tung Chee-hwa to step down.

“Hong Kong needs to improve its systems to uphold national sovereignty, security and development interests. It needs to enhance education and raise public awareness of history and culture of the Chinese nation,” he said.

A small group of pro-democracy activists near the venue were roughed up by a group of men who smashed up some props in ugly scuffles while surrounded by more than 100 police. Nine democracy protesters, including Joshua Wong and lawmaker “long hair” Leung Kwok-hung, were bundled into police vans while several pro-China groups remained, cheering loudly and waving red China flags.

The activists, in a later statement, said the assailants had been “pro-Beijing triad members”.

Other protesters unfurled a massive yellow banner, with the words “I want real universal suffrage”, on the waterfront of Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, but were later taken away by police.

Beijing-backed civil servant Lam was chosen to be Hong Kong’s next leader in March by a 1,200-person “election committee” stacked with pro-China and pro-establishment loyalists.

[For a link to Reuters handover stories, http://reut.rs/2sje26J]

Lam, speaking in Mandarin instead of the Cantonese dialect widely used in Hong Kong and elsewhere in southern China, said she wanted to create a harmonious society and explore new land supply in a city where the sky-high cost of housing has also triggered discontent.

Xi acknowledged housing was a significant issue for the new government.

“Hong Kong’s traditional strengths start to lose the edge while new drivers of growth are yet to emerge. Housing and other issues that affect the daily life of the people have become more serious,” he said.

Upwards of 100,000 thousand protesters are expected to hit the streets for an annual march in the afternoon whose theme is to “retake Hong Kong for a real and fully fledged democracy”.

(Additional reporting by Clare Jim, William Ho, Jasper Ng, Doris Huang and Susan Gao; Editing by Anne Marie Roantree and Nick Macfie)


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          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory....
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory....
          Xis besøk i Hongkong markert med enorm militærparade   
Folkets frigjøringshær viste muskler under president Xi Jinpings jubileumsbesøk i Hongkong. Aktivistene som ble fengslet i forkant av besøket, ble løslatt.
          President outlines improvement measures   
President Xi Jinping has laid out four points on how to better implement the “one country, two systems” policy in Hong Kong.
          New gov't sworn in   
President Xi Jinping has sworn in Chief Executive Carrie Lam and the new lineup of Principal Officials at the fifth term Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government inauguration ceremony at the Convention & Exhibition Centre.
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory....
          Chinas Präsident warnt Hongkonger vor Überschreiten einer roten Linie   
Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping hält in Hongkong: Vor 20 Jahren wurde Hongkong an die Volksrepublik zurückgegeben.

Vor 20 Jahren hat das britische Königreich die Kolonie Hongkong an China zurückgegeben. Zum diesjährigen Jubiläum ist eigens der Präsident aus Peking angereist. Mit im Gepäck: eine scharfe Warnung.


          China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to Taiwan   

China 'outraged' by $1.42 billion planned U.S. arms sales to TaiwanChina urged the United States to revoke immediately its "wrong decision" to sell Taiwan $1.42 billion worth of arms, saying it contradicted a "consensus" President Xi Jinping reached with his counterpart, Donald Trump, in talks in April in Florida. The sales would send a very wrong message to "Taiwan independence" forces, China's embassy in Washington said in a statement. A U.S. State Department spokeswoman said on Thursday the administration had told Congress of seven proposed sales to Taiwan, the first under the Trump administration.. "The Chinese government and Chinese people have every right to be outraged," the embassy said.



          China's U.S. envoy protests Taiwan arms sales, sanctions on companies   

China's U.S. envoy protests Taiwan arms sales, sanctions on companiesRecent U.S. actions including arms sales to Taiwan and imposing sanctions against some Chinese companies will undermine bilateral relations and run counter to the spirit of the Florida summit between President Donald Trump and President Xi Jinping in April, China's ambassador to Washington said on Thursday.



          20 Jahre Sonderverwaltungszone: Peking feiert, Hongkong demonstriert   
Machtdemonstration in Hongkong: Chinas Präsident Xi Jinping hat die Amtseinführung der neuen Regierungschefin abgenommen - am 20. Jahrestag der Rückgabe der ehemaligen britischen Kronkolonie. Es kam zu Protesten.
          Hongkongs neue Regierungschefin begleitet von Protesten vereidigt   
Begleitet von Protesten ist in Hongkong die neue Regierungschefin Carrie Lam vereidigt worden. Chinas Staatspräsident Xi Jinping nahm Lam den Amtseid ab. Die Zeremonie fand im Rahmen der Feierlichkeiten zum 20. Jahres...
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory....
          Hong Kong: Xi Jinping trace une "ligne rouge" à ne pas dépasser   
Xi Jinping a affirmé samedi que Hong Kong était bien plus libre qu'avant, tout en mettant en garde sur des défis "inadmissibles" à l'autorité de...
          Sécurité maximum à Hong Kong pour le président chinois   
Le chef de l'État chinois Xi Jinping a présidé vendredi de fastueuses célébrations pour le 20ème anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong, où un...
          China's Xi warns against 'impermissible' challenges in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG - China's President Xi Jinping said Saturday Hong Kong was freer than ever before but warned against "impermissible" challenges to Beijing's authority as the city marked 20 years since it was handed back by Britain.
          A Hong Kong, l'armée chinoise défile pour Xi Jinping   
Le président chinois Xi Jinping a assisté vendredi, au deuxième jour de sa visite à Hong Kong, au plus important défilé militaire organisé dans...
          Hong Kong's first female leader sworn in as country marks 20 years since British handover   
Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader Carrie Lam with a stark warning that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to China.
          7/1/2017: World News: US threatens sanctions on Chinese bank   
Less than 100 days after Donald Trump hosted Xi Jinping at his Florida resort and predicted that the two presidents were “going to have a very, very great relationship”, the Mar-a-Lago honeymoon is over. On Thursday the US president threatened to...
          7/1/2017: World News: China and Hong Kong tensions rise   

China’s president Xi Jinping inspected thousands of People’s Liberation Army troops at the Shek Kong barracks in Hong Kong yesterday in a powerful display of military might ahead of the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover to China in 1997. In a...
          China's Xi Arrives to Mark Hong Kong Anniversary   

China's President Xi Jinping was greeted by supporters waving red Hong Kong and Chinese flags as he arrived Thursday to mark two decades since China took control of the former British colony. Xi's Air China plane touched down at midday for a three-day visit, which culminates Saturday when Xi will oversee an inauguration ceremony for the Asian financial hub's new leader, Carrie Lam.


          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory....
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory.
          China's Xi Warns of 'Red Line' as Hong Kong Leader Is Sworn In   
The speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping came as Hong Kong marked its 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule from Britain.
          China’s Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   

HONG KONG >> Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory.


          China’s Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory. In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after its […]
          Xi Jinping advierte a los descontentos: "No traspasen la línea roja"   

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          China's Xi warns Hong Kong to toe the line as he swears in new leader   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping swore in Hong Kong's new leader on Saturday with a stark warning that Beijing will not tolerate any challenge to its authority in the divided city as it marked the 20th anniversary of its return from Britain to China.

          China's Xi sees 'challenges' in Hong Kong as Beijing dismisses any UK role   
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Chinese President Xi Jinping, visiting Hong Kong for the 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule, said on Friday the city's "one country, two systems" formula faces "new challenges" as pro-democracy campaigners ramped up their protests.

          Hong Kong: Xi Jinping trace une «ligne rouge»   
Dans un climat tendu, le président chinois a assisté samedi à l'investiture de Carrie Lam, la nouvelle chef de l'exécutif à Hong Kong.
          Xi Jinping warns democracy protesters in Hong Kong not to cross 'red line'   
Xi implicitly rejected the criticism that Beijing was increasingly interfering in Hong Kong's affairs,
          China advierte contra desestabilización en Hong Kong   
El presidente de China, Xi Jinping, anunció que no habrá tolerancia para los actos que a juicio de Beijing pongan en peligro la estabilidad y la seguridad del país y … Click to Continue »
          China's president warns Hong Kong's pro-democracy rebels 'sabotage' won't be tolerated   
China's president Xi Jinping has said there will be no tolerance for any acts seen as jeopardising stability and security.
          News Wrap: Trump urges GOP to get rid of Obamacare now   

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JUDY WOODRUFF: Senate Republicans have begun the Fourth of July recess with President Trump urging them to get rid of Obamacare, even if they can’t replace it yet.

In a tweet this morning, he said: “If Republican senators are unable to pass what they are working on now, they should immediately repeal, and then replace at a later date.” The White House said later that it is still — quote — “fully committed” to getting a bill through the Senate.

The president’s feud with cable news hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough escalated today. Mr. Trump drew widespread condemnation yesterday for crudely criticizing Brzezinski’s appearance and intelligence.

Today, the “Morning Joe” team on MSNBC charged the White House had threatened them with a tabloid expose last spring.

JOE SCARBOROUGH, MSNBC: We got a call that, hey, The National Enquirer is going to run a negative story against you guys.

And it was, you know — Donald is friends with — the president’s friends with the guy that runs The National Enquirer.

And they said, if you call the president up, and you apologize for your coverage, then he will pick up the phone and basically spike the story.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The National Enquirer said that it was unaware of any discussions involving the White House and the “Morning Joe” hosts.

The president answered Scarborough’s allegation another tweet. He said — quote — “Fake news. He called me to stop a National Enquirer article. I said no.”

A scaled-back version of President Trump’s travel ban is now in force, affecting six mostly Muslim nations and refugees in general. It took effect late Thursday. There were scattered protests in Los Angeles and other cities, but none of the airport chaos that had greeted the original order in January.

Meanwhile, Hawaii asked a federal judge to expand the list of those eligible beyond immediate family members of those already in the U.S.

China lodged a public protest today over U.S. plans to sell $1.4 billion in arms to Taiwan. The Foreign Ministry said that the move runs counter to President Trump’s commitment to the one-China policy. Beijing considers Taiwan to be a renegade province.

Separately, Chinese President Xi Jinping was in Hong Kong to mark the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from Britain. He greeted thousands of Chinese troops at an army garrison, a display aimed at groups calling for Hong Kong’s independence. Xi made clear that China is not letting go.

PRESIDENT XI JINPING, China (through interpreter): After 20 years of Hong Kong’s return to the motherland, the practice of one country, two systems has gained universally acknowledged success. Of course, we have encountered some new situations, new problems and new challenges in the practice. It is not horrible to have problems. The point is to figure out some ways to solve them.

JUDY WOODRUFF: The Chinese Foreign Ministry also caused a stir, dismissing the 1997 agreement with Britain. A spokesman said it — quote — “no longer has any practical significance.”

There is word that the flow of refugees out of Syria has reversed. The U.N. Refugee Agency reports nearly half-a-million Syrians have returned to their homes this year. Most have returned to areas where government forces have regained control after years of fighting.

Back in this country, a gunman opened fire at a hospital in New York City, killing one doctor and seriously wounding several others, before taking his own life. Police said the shooter was also a doctor who had once worked at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital. Emergency crews and heavily armed police descended on the scene. Officials said it was an isolated incident, and not an act of terror.

Local and federal authorities in Chicago unveiled new efforts today to cut the flow of illegal guns, including adding more federal agents. The announcement came as President Trump tweeted that crime and killings in Chicago have reached epidemic proportions. Officials in the city said there’s actually been some improvement, but they also welcomed the federal help.

JOEL LEVIN, U.S. Attorney: Significant progress is being made in the effort to combat the violence in Chicago, but the level of violence continues at an unacceptable level, and it is a battle which can only be fought with all hands on deck. That is state, federal, and local law enforcement.

JUDY WOODRUFF: As of Sunday, there have been more than 1,300 shootings in Chicago this year. That’s down from nearly 1,600 at the same point last year.

Firefighting crews are making progress against a wildfire that threatened to engulf an Arizona town. Officials reopened a major roadway in Prescott Valley today, north of Phoenix, and hundreds of people were allowed back into their homes. A few thousand others are still in shelters.

On Wall Street today, the Dow Jones industrial average gained 62 points to close at 21349. The Nasdaq fell about four points, and the S&P 500 added three. Both the Dow and the S&P were up 8 percent for the first half of the year. That is the Dow’s best showing since 2013. The Nasdaq rose 14 percent, its best since 2009.

And on a lighter note, Crayola is asking for help naming a new shade of blue. Out of 90,000 submissions, the top five contenders are, dreams come blue, star-spangled blue, blue moon bliss, reach for the stars, my favorite, and blue-tiful.

You can vote on Crayola’s Web site starting tomorrow through August 31.

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          China’s Xi warns against ‘impermissible’ challenges in Hong Kong   
  HONGKONG: China’s President Xi Jinping said Saturday Hong Kong was freer than ever before but warned against “impermissible” challenges to Beijing’s authority as the city marked 20 years since it was handed back by Britain. Xi spoke in a televised address after swearing in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam as pro and anti-Beijing […]
          Kinas præsident: Hongkong er friere end nogensinde før   
Hongkong er mere fri end nogensinde før. Det sagde Kinas præsident, Xi Jinping, lørdag under et besøg i den delvist selvstyrende storby. Præsidenten advarede ved samme lejlighed mod "uacceptable&…
          Supreme state attorney says Chinese nationals should face criminal charges over Tibetan flags   
The Supreme State Attorney, Pavel Zeman, has challenged earlier court rulings which called for criminal proceedings to be discontinued against two Chinese nationals who grabbed Tibetan flags and threw them into the Vltava river during protests during the Prague visit of Chinese president Xi Jinping early…
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Lần đầu tiên, một lãnh đạo Trung Quốc sang Việt Nam – tướng Phạm Trường Long –  đã tuyên bố công khai, trực tiếp với lãnh đạo Việt Nam, rằng “vùng lãnh hải Biển Đông là thuộc chủ quyền Trung Quốc từ thời cổ đại”, điều mà Chủ tịch Trung Quốc Tập Cận Bình đã phát biểu tại Singapore sau khi rời Việt Nam, mà không dám nói khi còn ở Việt Nam.

Phạm Trường Long, đại diện lập trường bành trướng của Trung Quốc, đã tiến thêm một bước khiêu khích mới, đe dọa chủ quyền Việt Nam, đồng thời Trung Quốc tiến hành manh động gây hấn ở lãnh hải và một số điểm trên đất liền của Việt Nam.



Dù yêu chuộng hòa bình hữu nghị, và đã từng trải qua chiến tranh, nhân dân Việt Nam  không sợ hãi và kiên quyết chống lại cuộc xâm lấn của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh, như đã từng thể hiện qua lịch sử mấy ngàn năm chống giặc Tàu xâm lược.

Chúng tôi, các công dân Việt Nam và các hội đoàn xã hội dân sự Việt Nam, long trọng tuyên bố:

1) Phản bác và lên án các hành vi xâm lược lãnh hải, lãnh thổ Việt Nam của nhà cầm quyền Bắc Kinh đang diễn ra. Dù bất cứ tình huống nào, sự đánh trả của nhân dân Việt Nam để bảo vệ đất nước là tất yếu.

2) Nhân dân Việt Nam đồng lòng, đoàn kết, gác bỏ mọi khác biệt và ủng hộ tất cả các Nhà nước của Quốc gia Việt Nam ở mọi thời kỳ, trong cùng lập trường bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia, chống mọi hành động xâm lược.

- Tại Hội nghị quốc tế San Francisco – Mỹ, 1951, Thủ tướng Chính phủ Quốc gia Việt Nam Trần Văn Hữu đã khẳng định quần đảo Hoàng Sa - Trường Sa thuộc Việt Nam, và được hội nghị công nhận.

- Chính phủ VNCH (Miền Nam), 1974, đã chiến đấu quyết liệt chống quân Trung Quốc xâm lược Hoàng Sa, tuy thất bại nhưng tinh thần không khuất phục.

- Chính phủ CHXHCN Việt Nam, sau khi thống nhất đất nước, dưới thời Tổng Bí thư Lê Duẩn 1979 đã tiến hành cuộc đánh trả oanh liệt cuộc xâm lăng 6 tỉnh miền Bắc Việt Nam. Tuy Việt Nam chưa giành lại được 6 đảo ở Trường Sa và quần đảo Hoàng Sa còn bị Bắc Kinh chiếm đóng, nhưng năm 2011 trước Quốc hội Thủ tướng Nguyễn Tấn Dũng đã tiếp tục khẳng định chủ quyền của Việt Nam về Hoàng Sa và Trường Sa.  Chính phủ Việt Nam cũng có những tuyên bố khác có nội dung thống nhất như trên. Và Quốc hội Việt Nam đã công khai thừa nhận là Việt Nam chưa hoàn thành nhiệm vụ lịch sử khôi phục sự toàn vẹn lãnh thổ.

Lập trường của nhân dân Việt Nam và sự nhất quán của các Chính phủ của Quốc gia Việt Nam đã rõ ràng trong suốt chiều dài lịch sử. Tham vọng ngông cuồng, lạc thời đại của bè lũ Bành trướng Tập Cận Bình – Phạm Trường Long không tránh khỏi sự thất bại thảm hại.

3) Nhân dân Việt Nam luôn ghi nhận và tri ân các thế hệ quân đội thuộc các thời kỳ, đã chiến đấu và hy sinh vì Tổ quốc, để chống các loại giặc ngoại xâm bất cứ từ đâu đến và dưới màu sắc nào.  

4) Cải thiện nội trị là điều khẩn thiết để có nội lực hùng mạnh bảo vệ Tổ quốc chống ngoại xâm. Các tầng lớp nhân dân đang phấn khích, ủng hộ và theo dõi xu thế làm trong sạch bộ máy nhà nước, và cải tổ về mọi lãnh vực: kinh tế, y tế, giáo dục, quốc phòng, tư pháp. Đặc biệt, canh tân quân đội, từ bỏ sự sa đà vào lợi ích nhóm bất chính, chấn chỉnh hệ thống hành chánh quan liêu, diệt trừ tham nhũng. Và quan trọng hơn hết là từ bỏ hệ tư tưởng lạc hậu ảo tưởng, sửa Điều 4 Hiến pháp nhằm hiệu chính vai trò của Quốc hội, tăng cường sức mạnh đoàn kết của nhân dân, thực thi nền dân chủ cho kịp đà tiến của thời đại.

Tổ quốc là trên hết, gác lại quá khứ, chấp nhận khác biệt.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi các tầng lớp nhân dân, các tổ chức xã hội dân sự, các thành viên trong bộ máy nhà nước, cùng đồng bào Việt Nam ở nước ngoài, ủng hộ tuyên bố này.

Chúng tôi kêu gọi nhân dân các nước ủng hộ cuộc đấu tranh chính nghĩa, bảo vệ chủ quyền quốc gia Việt Nam theo công ước quốc tế, góp phần bảo dưỡng môi trường tài nguyên vùng biển, đảm bảo tự do hàng hải và hàng không ở Biển Đông.


Xin ký tên ủng hộ bản Tuyên bố này qua địa chỉ biendongtuyenbo@gmail.com.


English version:

STATEMENTS BY CITIZENS AND CIVIL ORGANIZATIONS OF VIETNAM ABOUT SOVEREIGNTY ON VIETNAMESE WATERS AND ISLANDS



Ho Chi Minh City June 27/6/2017
Recently, Fan Changlong, a Communist China leader made official statements to the leaders of Vietnam in Hanoi: "The islands in the China Sea have belonged to China since antiquity". Even the Chinese President Xi Jinping did not dare to do such a thing in Vietnam. He only did it in Singapore after leaving our country.
 
As the representative of the Chinese hegemonic lines, Fan Changlong took a new step in the provocation and threats against Vietnamese sovereignty. At the same time, China is deliberately attacking some parts of the continental shelf and the national territory of Vietnam.



The Vietnamese people, enamored of peace and friendship, even after having suffered so many wars, is determined to struggle obstinately against these aggressions carried out by the Chinese leaders. Our people have proved throughout their millenary history, this unwavering will of resistance against Chinese aggression.



We, citizens and civil organizations of Vietnam, make the following solemn declarations:
 
1. We reject and condemn the actions of the current aggressions of the Beijing leaders against the waters and territories of Vietnam. In all circumstances, our fight for the defense of our country is an absolute necessity!
 
2. In all the epochs of its history, the Vietnamese people were united in the support of the Vietnamese states in the struggle for the defense of the sovereignty of Vietnam against the external aggressions.
 
-          At the International Conference in San Francisco in 1951, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) reaffirmed that the Hoang Sa-Truong Sa Islands were belonged to Vietnam. And this position was approved by all participating delegates.





-          The Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) carried out a heroic but unsuccessful struggle against the Chinese aggression at Hoang Sa in 1974.



-          In 1979, under the leadership of General Secretary Le Duan, the Socialist Republic of Vietnam stubbornly resisted Chinese aggression on the 6 provinces bordering North Vietnam.



-          Although the Hoang Sa archipelago and the 6 Truong Sa islands remain still occupied by China, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed Vietnam's rights on Hoang Sa and Truong Sa islands before the National Assembly. This consistent position was subsequently confirmed in various statements. Among other things, the National Assembly has officially recognized the fact that Vietnam has missed its historic duty in restoring territorial integrity.
 
-          The unfailing position of the Vietnamese people and successive governments is constant throughout our history. The extravagant and out-of-date ambitions of Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong will certainly encounter lamentable failures!
 



The Vietnamese people always express their deep gratitude to their armed bodies, which have fought and sacrificed themselves for their fatherland in the struggle against the aggressors from wherever they come and under any color.
 
Internal consolidation is the sine qua non condition of strengthening the country's defense forces against invasion. The different layers of the Vietnamese population are enthusiastically following and firmly supporting the State's transparency policy, the policy of reforming the economy, health, national education, national defense, justice ... Particularly, the reform of the army, the abandonment of financial interests related to particular selfish groups, the reorganization of the bureaucratic administration system, the liquidation of corruption. The most important of all, will be the abandonment of ideological illusions, the amendment of Article 4 of the Constitution to restore the rights of the National Assembly, strengthen national unity, achieve democracy in order to catch up with the times.



The country must be above all. The past must be put on hold, the difference must be accepted.
 
We appeal to all segments of the population, all civil and social organizations, all members of the apparatus of the state and all Vietnamese compatriots living both in Vietnam and abroad to support the present declarations.



We also appeal to the people of the world to support our just struggle for the defense of Vietnamese sovereignty, in accordance with international laws, for the protection of the environment, for the preservation of natural resources, guaranteeing the freedom of maritime and air navigation, for the international legal order, in China Sea.
 
If you are supporting these declarations, please provide your contact information (surname and first name, occupation, place of residence) via the following e-mail address:


Ho Chi Minh City, June 27/2017



Version français

DÉCLARATIONS DES CITOYENNES-CITOYENS ET DES ORGANISATIONS CIVLES DU VIETNAM À PROPOS DE LA SOUVERAINETÉ SUR LES EAUX ET LES ÎLES VIETNAMIENNES



Ho Chi Minh ville le 27/6/2017



Récemment, Fan Changlong, un dirigeant de la Chine communiste a pour la première fois, fait des déclarations officielles devant les dirigeants du Vietnam à Hanoi : « Les iles dans la mer de Chine appartenaient à la Chine depuis l’antiquité ». Même le Président Chinois Xi Jinping n’osait pas fait une telle chose au Vietnam. Il l’a fait seulement à Singapore après avoir quitté notre pays.
Etant le représentant des lignes hégémoniques chinoises, Fan Changlong a fait un nouveau pas dans la provocation et les menaces contre la souveraineté vietnamienne. En même temps, la Chine procède à des agressions délibérées sur quelques endroits de la plate-forme continentale et le territoire national du Vietnam.

Le peuple vietnamien, épris de paix et de l’amitié, même après avoir subi tant de guerres, est déterminé à lutter avec opiniâtreté contre ces agressions menées par les dirigeants chinois. Notre peuple a prouvé tout au long de son histoire millénaire, cette volonté inébranlable de résistance contre l’agression chinoise.




Nous, citoyens et organisations civiles du Vietnam, faisons des déclarations solennelles suivantes :



1. Nous rejetons et nous condamnons les actions d’agressions actuelles des dirigeants de Beijing contre les eaux et les territoires du Vietnam. En toutes circonstances, notre combat de défense de notre pays est une nécessité absolue !



2. Dans toutes les époques de son histoire, le peuple vietnamien s’est montré unis dans le soutien des états vietnamiens dans la lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté du Vietnam contre les agressions extérieures.



A la Conférence Internationale de San Francisco en 1951, le Premier Ministre de la République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a réaffirmé l’appartenance des îles Hoang Sa  - Truong Sa au Vietnam. Et cette position a été approuvée par tous les délégués participants.



-          La République du Vietnam (Sud-Vietnam) a mené un combat héroïque mais sans succès contre l’agression chinoise à Hoang Sa en 1974.



-          En 1979, sous la direction du Secrétaire Général Le Duan, la République Socialiste du Vietnam a résisté avec opiniâtreté contre l’agression chinoise sur les 6 provinces frontalières au Nord Vietnam.

Malgré que l’archipel de Hoang Sa et les 6 îles de Truong Sa soient restés encore occupés par la Chine, devant l’Assemblée Nationale, le Premier Ministre Nguyen Tan Dung a réaffirmé les droits du Vietnam sur les îles Hoang Sa et Truong Sa. Cette position constante a été confirmée par la suite dans différentes déclarations. Entre autre, l’Assemblée Nationale a reconnu officiellement le fait que le Vietnam a manqué son devoir historique dans la restauration de l'intégrité territoriale.
 
La position sans faille du peuple vietnamien et des gouvernements successifs est constante tout au long de notre histoire. Les ambitions extravagantes et hors d’époque de Xi Jinping - Fan Changlong vont certainement rencontrer des échecs lamentables !



1.       Le peuple vietnamien marque toujours sa profonde reconnaissance envers ses corps armés qui ont lutté et se sont sacrifiés pour la patrie dans les combats contre les agresseurs d’où qu’ils viennent et sous n’importe lesquelles couleurs.



2.       La consolidation intérieure est la condition sine qua non du renforcement des forces de défense de la patrie contre l’invasion. Les différentes couches de la population vietnamienne sont entrain de suivre avec enthousiasme et soutiennent fermement la politique de transparence de l’appareil de l’état, la politique de réforme de l’économie, de la santé, de l’éducation nationale, de la défense nationale, de la justice… Particulièrement, la réforme de l’armée, l’abandon des intérêts financiers liés aux groupes particuliers égoïstes, la réorganisation du système de l’administration bureaucratique, la liquidation de la corruption. Le plus important de tout sera l’abandon des illusions idéologiques, la modification de l’article 4 de la Constitution pour remettre en selle l’Assemblée Nationale, renforcer l’union nationale, réaliser la démocratie afin de rattraper le retard de l’époque.



La patrie doit être au-dessus de tout. Il faut mettre en veilleuse le passé, accepter la différence.



Nous faisons appel à tous les couches de la population, toutes les organisations civiles, sociales, tous les membres de l’appareil de l’état, tous les compatriotes du Vietnam vivant au Vietnam comme à l’étranger pour soutenir les présentes déclarations.

Nous faisons appel aussi au peuple du monde entier à soutenir notre juste lutte pour la défense de la souveraineté vietnamienne, conformément aux lois internationales, pour la protection de l’environnement, pour la préservation des ressources naturelles, garantissant la liberté de navigation maritime et aérienne, pour l’ordre légal international dans la Mer de Chine.

Si vous soutenez ces déclarations, veuillez indiquer vos coordonnées (nom et prénom, occupation, lieu de résidence) via l’adresse d’e-mail suivante:




DANH SÁCH KÝ TÊN

I. Hội đoàn tổ chức xã hội dân sự

  1. Ban Vận động thành lập Văn đoàn Độc lập Việt Nam do nhà văn Nguyên Ngọc đại diện
  2. Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng do ông Lê Thân, Chủ nhiệm Câu lạc bộ, đại diện
  3. Diễn đàn Xã hội Dân sự do TS Nguyễn Quang A đại diện
  4. Người Bảo vệ Nhân quyền (Defend the Defenders) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện
  5. Mạng lưới Các Tổ chức Xã hội Dân sự Độc lập (Vietnam Independent Civil Society Organizations - VICSON) do ông Vũ Quốc Ngữ đại diện
  6. Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ do TS Hà Sĩ Phu và cán bộ cộng sản Tiền khởi nghĩa Đoàn Nhật Hồng đại diện
  7. Diễn đàn Bauxite Việt Nam do GS Phạm  Xuân Yêm và GS Nguyễn Huệ Chi đại diện

II. Cá nhân

  1. Nguyễn Quang A, TSKH, nguyên Viện trưởng Viện IDS, Hà Nội
  2. Hồ An, nhà báo, Sài Gòn
  3. Vũ Hồng Ánh, nghệ sĩ, Sài Gòn 
  4. Lại Nguyên Ân, nhà nghiên cứu độc lập, Hà Nội
  5. Nguyễn Trọng Bách, kỹ sư động lực, Nam Định
  6. Trần Văn Bang, kỹ sư, cựu chiến binh chống Trung Quốc xâm lược, Sài Gòn
  7. Nguyễn Nguyên Bình, nhà văn, Hà Nội
  8. Huỳnh Ngọc Chênh, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  9. Nguyễn Huệ Chi, GS, hưu trí, Hà Nội
  10. Nguyễn Kim Chi, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  11. Tống Văn Công, nguyên Tổng Biên tập báo Lao Động, Hoa Kỳ
  12. Ngô Thị Kim Cúc, nhà văn, nhà báo, Sài Gòn
  13. Tiêu Dao Bảo Cự, nhà văn tự do, Đà Lạt
  14. Nguyễn Trung Dân, nhà báo,  Sài Gòn
  15. Nguyễn Đắc Diên, bác sĩ, Sài Gòn 
  16. Nguyễn Xuân Diện, TS, Hà Nội
  17. Hoàng Dũng, PGS TS, Sài Gòn
  18. Nguyễn Duy, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn
  19. Lê Công Định, luật sư, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  20. Trần Tiến Đức, nhà báo độc lập, đạo diễn truyền hình và phim tài liệu, Hà Nội
  21. Phạm Nam Hải, Hà Nội
  22. Nguyễn Trần Hải, cựu sĩ quan Hải quân Nhân dân Việt Nam, Hải Phòng
  23. Chu Hảo, nguyên Thứ trưởng Bộ Khoa học, Công nghệ và Môi trường, Hà Nội
  24. Đặng Thị Hảo, TS, hưu trí, Hà Nội
  25. Nguyễn Thị Thanh Hằng, dược sĩ, Pháp
  26. Vũ Thư Hiên, nhà văn, Pháp
  27. Bùi Hiền, nhà thơ, Canada
  28. Ngô Kim Hoa (Sương Quỳnh), nhà báo tự do, Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  29. Lại Thị Ánh Hồng, nghệ sĩ, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn
  30. Đoàn Nhật Hồng, nguyên Giám đốc Sở Giáo dục Lâm Đồng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt
  31. Phaolô Nguyễn Thái Hợp, Giám mục Giáo phận Vinh
  32. Nguyễn Đăng Hưng, GS Danh dự Đại học Liège, Bỉ, cư ngụ tại Sài Gòn
  33. Hoàng Hưng, nhà thơ, dịch giả, Sài Gòn
  34. Đoàn Thị Thu Hương, nội trợ, Sài Gòn 
  35. Lê Phú Khải, nhà báo, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn 
  36. Lê Xuân Khoa, GS, Hoa Kỳ
  37. Mai Thái Lĩnh, nhà nghiên cứu, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Phan Tây Hồ, Đà Lạt
  38. Gioan Baotixita Huỳnh Công Minh, linh mục Giáo phận Sài Gòn
  39. Lê Khánh Luận, TS Toán, TP HCM
  40. Phan Đắc Lữ, nhà thơ, Sài Gòn
  41. Kha Lương Ngãi, nguyên Phó Tổng Biên tập báo Sài Gòn giải phóng, thành viên Câu lạc bộ Lê Hiếu Đằng, Sài Gòn 
  42. Nguyên Ngọc, nhà văn, Hội An
  43. Nguyễn Đình Nguyên, TS Y khoa, Australia
Er werde entschieden vorgehen gegen alle Bemühungen, die Souveränität und die Sicherheit des Landes zu untergraben, sagte der chinesische Präsident Xi Jinping bei der Vereidigung von Hongkongs neuer Regierungschefin Carrie Lam.
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Președintele Chinei, Xi Jinping, a avertizat sâmbătă, într-un discurs la Hong Kong prilejuit de aniversarea a 20 de ani de la revenirea acestei foste colonii britanice în mâinile Beijingului, că orice sfidare a autorității guvernului central este "inadmisibilă", transmite agenția EFE.
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Kinas president Xi Jinping tok Carrie Lam i ed som ny leder i Hongkong lørdag. Etterpå sa han at Hongkong er friere enn før og advarte mot å utfordre Kina.
          Sejumlah Orang Ditangkap Saat Pelantikan Pemimpin Baru Hong Kong   

Presiden China, Xi Jinping telah melantik pemimpin baru Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, dalam peringatan ke-20 tahun penyerahan Hong Kong dari Inggris ke Negeri Tirai Bambu.

Pada kesempatan itu sekaligus dilantik kabinet pemimpin wanita pertama Hong Kong.

Seperti dikutip dari BBC, Sabtu (1/7/2017), Xi Jinping juga mengikuti serangkaian acara mewah dalam peringatan tersebut. Termasuk upacara pengibaran bendera di tengah pengamanan ketat pihak kepolisian setempat.

Bentrokan dilaporkan terjadi antara demonstran pro-demokrasi dan pro-Beijing yang dekat dengan lokasi peringatan tersebut. Beberapa orang dilaporkan ditangkap.

"Polisi menahan lima anggota, dan empat orang lain dari Partai Sosial Demokrat," jelas pihak Partai pro-demokrasi, Demosisto.

Di antara mereka yang diamankan pihak kepolisian adalah Joshua Wong, pemimpin gerakan revolusi payung.

Banyak bagian di wilayah Hong Kong pun ditutup sebagai bagian dari operasi keamanan terkait acara peringatan itu.

Wartawan BBC Hong Kong, Juliana Liu mengatakan dalam sebuah postingan di Twitter pada Sabtu ini, telah terjadi banyak bentrokan antara polisi dan pemrotes pro-demokrasi.

Dalam sebuah pidato, presiden China mengatakan bahwa Hong Kong sekarang menikmati kebebasan lebih dari sebelumnya. Kendati demikian diperingatkan terhadap tantangan yang "tidak dapat diampuni" oleh otoritas Beijing atas wilayah tersebut. 

"Setiap usaha yang membahayakan kedaulatan nasional, menantang otoritas pemerintah pusat dan Hukum Dasar Hong Kong, serta menggunakan Hong Kong untuk menembus dan menyabotase China Daratan, melanggar batas bawah dan sama sekali tidak diperbolehkan," kata Xi Jinping dalam sebuah pidato setelah pelantikan Lam.

Presiden China, Xi Jinping mengunjungi Hong Kong untuk pertama kali sebagai orang nomor satu di Tiongkok.

Seperti dikutip dari BBC, Kamis 29 Juni 2017, kunjungan simbolis itu terjadi di tengah iklim politik yang semakin tegang.

 

 

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Publication date: Available online 17 May 2017
Source:Developmental Biology

Author(s): Huizhen Wang, Jinping Luo, Carol Carlton, Lynda K. McGinnis, William H. Kinsey

Fertilization is a multi-step process that begins with plasma membrane interactions that enable sperm - oocyte binding followed by fusion of the sperm and oocyte plasma membranes. Once membrane fusion has occurred, sperm incorporation involves actin remodeling events within the oocyte cortex that allow the sperm head to penetrate the cortical actin layer and gain access to the ooplasm. Despite the significance for reproduction, the control mechanisms involved in gamete binding, fusion, and sperm incorporation are poorly understood. While it is known that proline - rich tyrosine kinase 2 (PYK2 or PTK2b) kinase activity plays an important role in fertilization, its specific function has not been addressed. The present study made use of a zona-free mouse oocyte fertilization assay to investigate the relationship between PYK2 activity and sperm - oocyte binding and fusion, as well as localized changes in actin polymerization and sperm incorporation. In this assay, the majority of bound sperm had no apparent effect on the oocyte and only a few became incorporated into the ooplasm. However, a subset of bound sperm were associated with a localized response in which PYK2 was recruited to the oocyte cortex where it frequently co-localized with a ring or disk of f-actin. The frequency of sperm-oocyte binding sites that exhibited this actin response was reduced in pyk2 -/- oocytes and the pyk2 -/- oocytes proved less efficient at incorporating sperm, indicating that this protein kinase may have an important role in sperm incorporation. The response of PYK2 to sperm-oocyte interaction appeared unrelated to gamete fusion since PYK2 was recruited to sperm - binding sites under conditions where sperm - oocyte fusion was prevented and since PYK2 suppression or ablation did not prevent sperm - oocyte fusion. While a direct correlation between the PYK2 response in the oocyte and the successful incorporation of individual bound sperm remains to be established, these findings suggest a model in which the oocyte is not a passive participant in fertilization, but instead responds to sperm contact by localized PYK2 signaling that promotes actin remodeling events required to physically incorporate the sperm head into the ooplasm.






          Sejumlah Orang Ditangkap Saat Pelantikan Pemimpin Baru Hong Kong   

Presiden China, Xi Jinping telah melantik pemimpin baru Hong Kong, Carrie Lam, dalam peringatan ke-20 tahun penyerahan Hong Kong dari Inggris ke Negeri Tirai Bambu.

Pada kesempatan itu sekaligus dilantik kabinet pemimpin wanita pertama Hong Kong.

Seperti dikutip dari BBC, Sabtu (1/7/2017), Xi Jinping juga mengikuti serangkaian acara mewah dalam peringatan tersebut. Termasuk upacara pengibaran bendera di tengah pengamanan ketat pihak kepolisian setempat.

Bentrokan dilaporkan terjadi antara demonstran pro-demokrasi dan pro-Beijing yang dekat dengan lokasi peringatan tersebut. Beberapa orang dilaporkan ditangkap.

"Polisi menahan lima anggota, dan empat orang lain dari Partai Sosial Demokrat," jelas pihak Partai pro-demokrasi, Demosisto.

Di antara mereka yang diamankan pihak kepolisian adalah Joshua Wong, pemimpin gerakan revolusi payung.

Banyak bagian di wilayah Hong Kong pun ditutup sebagai bagian dari operasi keamanan terkait acara peringatan itu.

Wartawan BBC Hong Kong, Juliana Liu mengatakan dalam sebuah postingan di Twitter pada Sabtu ini, telah terjadi banyak bentrokan antara polisi dan pemrotes pro-demokrasi.

Dalam sebuah pidato, presiden China mengatakan bahwa Hong Kong sekarang menikmati kebebasan lebih dari sebelumnya. Kendati demikian diperingatkan terhadap tantangan yang "tidak dapat diampuni" oleh otoritas Beijing atas wilayah tersebut. 

"Setiap usaha yang membahayakan kedaulatan nasional, menantang otoritas pemerintah pusat dan Hukum Dasar Hong Kong, serta menggunakan Hong Kong untuk menembus dan menyabotase China Daratan, melanggar batas bawah dan sama sekali tidak diperbolehkan," kata Xi Jinping dalam sebuah pidato setelah pelantikan Lam.

Presiden China, Xi Jinping mengunjungi Hong Kong untuk pertama kali sebagai orang nomor satu di Tiongkok.

Seperti dikutip dari BBC, Kamis 29 Juni 2017, kunjungan simbolis itu terjadi di tengah iklim politik yang semakin tegang.

 

 

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          VOCI DEL MATTINO del 30/06/2017 - Hong Kong - Cina   
Il presidente cinese Xi Jinping a Hong Kong per celebrare il ventesimo anniversario del ritorno dell'ex colonia britannica sotto la sovranità di Pechino: intervista a Stefano Cammelli, storico della Cina.
          China’s Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
Hong Kong – Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday said any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China’s sovereignty and stability would be “absolutely impermissible,” employing some of his harshest language yet toward pro-democracy activities in the territory. –AP/UNB In a speech marking 20 years since the city became a semi-autonomous Chinese region after [...]
          If you think the EU should stand up to Trump, it must stand up to China | Natalie Nougayrède   
The scandalous treatment of nobel prizewinner Liu Xiaobo means Europe has to challenge President Xi over human rights at next week’s G20 summit

Next week Donald Trump and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, travel to Europe for a G20 summit in Hamburg. Who do you think will attract the most protests? Very probably Trump. But what about attitudes towards the Chinese leader, whose regime is currently preventing the Nobel peace prize winner Liu Xiaobo from travelling freely to receive cancer treatment in a place of his choice? Surely this scandal warrants a strong reaction.

Related: Angela Merkel and Donald Trump head for clash at G20 summit

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          20 years on: 'One country, two systems'   
Chinese President Xi Jinping will oversee the swearing-in of Hong Kong's new chief executive, Carrie Lam, on July 1, the same day as the handover anniversary. CNBC’s Chery Kang reports.
          China's President to oversee swearing in of new Hong Kong leader   
CNBC’s Chery Kang takes a look at how the reception has been in Hong Kong, after Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived for the handover anniversary.
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
Performers participate in the grand variety show as part of a ceremony marking the 20th anniversary of the Hong Kong handover to China in Hong Kong, Friday, June 30, 2017. President Xi Jinping inspected troops based in Hong Kong on…
          China 'humiliating' the UK by scrapping Hong Kong handover deal, activists say   

Pro-democracy leaders say Britain has ‘legal, moral and political responsibility’ to stand up to Beijing

Hong Kong democracy activists have accused Chinese president Xi Jinping of “humiliating” the British government by appearing to rubbish the deal that secured the former colony’s return to China by guaranteeing its way of life for 50 years.

On Friday, the eve of the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover, on 1 July 1997, Beijing controversially announced that the Sino-British joint declaration was “now history” and no longer had “any practical significance nor any binding force”.

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          Kinas president hevder Hongkong er friere enn noen gang   
Kinas president Xi Jinping tok Carrie Lam i ed som ny leder i Hongkong lørdag. Etterpå sa han at Hongkong er friere enn før og advarte mot å utfordre Kina.
          Xi Jinping in Hongkong: Chinas Präsident warnt Hongkong vor „roter Linie“   
Bei seinem ersten Besuch in Hongkong fordert Chinas Präsident Xi Loyalität zur Pekinger Führung. Die chinesische Sonderverwaltungszone solle sich fügen – andernfalls drohen Konsequenzen.
          China advierte que no tolerará el independentismo en Hong Kong   

Hoy se cumplen veinte años de la devolución de Hong Kong a China por parte del Reino Unido. Un aniversario que se celebra por todo lo alto en esta rica ciudad de siete millones y medio de habitantes, engalanada para la ocasión y blindada bajo fuertes medidas de seguridad por la presencia desde el jueves del presidente de China, Xi Jinping.

En la ceremonia principal de este efeméride, celebrada en el Centro de Congresos y Exposiciones, Xi Jinping ha abogado por mantener el principio de «un país, dos sistemas», que otorga a la antigua colonia británica cierta autonomía y más libertades que al resto del país. Vigente hasta 2047, dicho modelo ha quedado en entredicho en los últimos tiempos por el creciente autoritarismo del régimen chino, contra el que se ha rebelado buena parte de la sociedad hongkonesa, sobre todos los jóvenes.

En medio de esta fuerte polarización, el presidente Xi ha defendido en su discurso que la fórmula de «un país, dos sistemas» es «un buen ejemplo de la inteligencia inclusiva china, que debemos seguir implementando completamente en el futuro». Además de alabar sus virtudes, ha enumerado los beneficios que ha traído porque «Hong Kong es el lugar más libre del mundo para hacer negocios, su economía sigue desarrollándose y su respeto al imperio de la ley y a la democracia no han cambiado».

Pero también ha reconocido que había «problemas de seguridad» y retos por «la falta de consenso social sobre algunos temas políticos», en clara alusión a las cada vez más numerosas voces que demandan sufragio universal para elegir al jefe ejecutivo del Gobierno local, designado por un comité afín a Pekín. La frustración por esta falta de reformas políticas, que estaban contempladas en el acuerdo de devolución hace veinte años, ha espoleado el nacionalismo e incluso el independentismo en Hong Kong. Un anatema para el régimen chino, como el presidente Xi ha dejado bien claro en su discurso.

«Cualquier intento de poner en peligro la soberanía y la seguridad de China, desafiar el poder del Gobierno central y la autoridad de la Ley Básica de Hong Kong, o usar a Hong Kong para llevar a cabo infiltraciones y sabotajes contra la madre patria es un acto que cruza las líneas rojas y no se puede permitir», ha advertido con gravedad.

En su contundente alocución, Xi Jinping también ha abogado por fomentar la educación patriótica para que Hong Kong conozca la historia de China, un plan contra el que se rebelaron los estudiantes en 2012 al tildarlo de «lavado de cerebro». Entre ellos destacaba el joven Joshua Wong, que cimentó entonces su protagonismo político como la voz más combativa por la democracia en Hong Kong, consolidado en 2014 durante la Revuelta de los Paraguas.

Frente las críticas de estos activistas políticos, el presidente Xi ha asegurado que «la educación de los jóvenes debe basarse en el patriotismo» y recomendado a la excolonia beneficiarse de «las oportunidades que brinda el rápido crecimiento económico de China». «La gente debe aprender las oportunidades que ofrece la madre patria», ha recalcado Xi Jinping, quien ha comparado el principio de «un país, dos sistemas» con un árbol. «El país es la raíz, que asegura unos cimientos fuertes y sólidos, y los dos sistemas son las ramas que florecen, que pueden ser distintas», ha explicado su florida metáfora ante la audiencia congregada en el Centro de Congresos y Exposiciones.

Además, ha mostrado su total apoyo a la nueva jefa del Gobierno local, Carrie Lam, quien juró su cargo ante él tras obtener en marzo 777 votos de los 1.194 votos del comité electoral, donde abundan los empresarios que tienen fuertes intereses con China. En todas las encuestas, el favorito del público era el antiguo secretario de Finanzas John Tsang, quien solo logró 365 votos. De ellos, 325 procedían de los miembros pro-democráticos del comité que piden sufragio universal.

Con un discurso en mandarín, frente al cantonés que se habla en Hong Kong, Carrie Lam ha prometido «implementar el principio de ˝un país, dos sistemas˝ y promover una profunda y positiva relación entre el Gobierno central y la región administrativa especial de Hong Kong», además de «actuar con determinación y de acuerdo a la ley contra cualquier acto que mine la soberanía nacional».

Con una experiencia de tres décadas en la Administración, la católica Carrie Lam se ha convertido en la primera mujer en dirigir el Gobierno local de Hong Kong. Ante sí tiene el reto de sanar las heridas que ha dejado la profunda división social entre los localistas y los partidarios del régimen de Pekín, la mayoría de ellos emigrantes venidos del continente que chocan con la comunidad local.

Así se ha visto este sábado en los enfrentamientos entre un numeroso grupo pro-China y una veintena de activistas por la democracia, los mismos que fueron detenidos el miércoles por la noche por una protesta contra la visita del presidente Xi y pasaron más de un día en comisaría. Entre insultos y empujones, la Policía se ha llevado a los activistas mientras los simpatizantes del régimen cantaban loas a China.

Esta tarde, con Xi Jinping ya fuera de Hong Kong tras visitar el puente que se está construyendo a Macao y China continental, una gran manifestación tomará las calles para reclamar plena democracia. Pero el presidente estará ya de vuelta en Pekín.


          Xi in Hong Kong as protesters arrested   
Chinese President Xi Jinping has touched down in Hong Kong amid unprecedented security for his first official visit to the city as it marks 20 years of Chinese rule.
          Carrie Lam Is Sworn In as Hong Kong's First Female Leader - New York Times   

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          Hongkongissa juhlistetaan paluuta Kiinan vallan alle – Presidentti Xi varoitti keskushallinnon haastamisesta   
Kiinan presidentti Xi Jinping on varoittanut Hongkongia, että kaikki yritykset kansallisen suvereniteetin vaarantamiseksi ovat ehdottomasti kiellettyjä. Hongkongissa vieraileva Xi puhui sen jälkeen kun uusi johtaja Carrie Lam oli astunut virkaan. Hongkongissa juhlistetaan tänään erityishallintoalueen paluuta Kiinan vallan alle. Britannia luovutti Hongkongin takaisin Kiinalle vuonna 1997. Xi julisti puheessaan, että Hongkong on nyt ”vapaampi ja demokraattisempi […]
          China presenta una queja formal ante EE.UU. por la venta de armas a Taiwán   

PEKÍN. China anunció ayer que ha presentado una queja formal ante Estados Unidos tras conocer la decisión de Washington de vender armas a Taiwán por valor de 1.400 millones de dólares (unos 1.227 millones de euros).

“Nos oponemos firmemente a la venta de armas a Taiwán, que viola y daña de forma severa la soberanía china”, dijo hoy el portavoz de Exteriores chino Lu Kang al anunciar la protesta formal de Pekín ante Washington.

En una rueda de prensa, Lu calificó a Taiwán como un territorio “indispensable” para su país y subrayó que China está en contra de cualquier “interferencia externa” en sus asuntos internos.

Asimismo, el portavoz gubernamental urgió a Washington a “corregir su mala conducta” y evitar un “daño mayor” en sus relaciones, a una semana de que los presidentes de ambos países coincidan en la cumbre del G20 en Hamburgo (Alemania).

Aún se desconoce si los dos mandatarios, Xi Jinping y Donald Trump, se reunirán a puerta cerrada durante la cumbre, los próximos días 7 y 8 de julio.

Mientras, en Taiwán, el Ministerio de Defensa emitió ayer un comunicado en el que desglosó los detalles del paquete armamentístico, compuesto por torpedos pesados MK48, misiles antiradiación de alta velocidad, equipos de guerra electrónica AN/SLQ-32(V)y componentes de misiles SM-2.

Asimismo, el Ministerio señaló que negociará con Estados Unidos el número exacto de armas, su precio y el calendario de entrega. La presidenta taiwanesa, Tsai Ing-wen agradeció al Gobierno de Trump su “continuo compromiso”, que, según ella, “aumenta la confianza y capacidad de Taiwán para mantener el estatus quo”.

“Seguiremos buscando un diálogo constructivo con Pekín (...) y avances positivos en las relaciones a través del Estrecho”, añadió la mandataria.

La última venta de armas estadounidenses a Taiwán fue aprobada en diciembre de 2015, por 1.800 millones de dólares (unos 1.578 millones de euros) y desencadenó fuertes protestas por parte de China.

La venta de armas a Taiwán se rige por el Acta de Relaciones con Taiwán, promulgada por el Congreso estadounidense en 1979, y las llamadas “Seís Garantías” enunciadas por el presidente Ronald Reagan en 1982, con las que EE.UU. se comprometió al suministro de armas defensivas a la isla.


          China's President issues 'red line' warning   
China's President Xi Jinping has warned that efforts "to challenge the power of the central government" in Hong Kong are "absolutely impermissible," as the former British colony marked 20 years of Chinese rule Saturday.

          Hong Kong in Photos: 1997 to 2017   
On Saturday, Hong Kong marked 20 years since the end of British colonial rule, when the Asian financial hub was handed back to mainland China. The territory has seen tumultuous times since July 1, 1997, with economic turmoil, outbreaks of disease and more recently, pro-democracy protests casting shadows over the island, its stunning harbor and the New Territories up to the border with the mainland. Hong Kong’s reputation as a free-market haven was challenged during the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis, while the 2008 global financial crisis tested the health of its banks. The city of 7.3 million people suffered badly during an outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome, or SARS as it is known, in 2003, when 299 people died from the flulike virus. It was also among the places hardest hit by bird flu. A rush of money from mainland China vaulted Hong Kong into the ranks of the world’s most expensive property markets. It also fuelled public anger over high living costs and a widening wealth gap. “My priority will be to heal the divide and to ease the frustration — and to unite our society to move forward,” Chief Executive-elect Carrie Lam said in March after her selection by a 1,200-person election committee stacked with Beijing loyalists. Chinese President Xi Jinping attended anniversary events on the island, including Lam’s swearing into office Saturday as the city’s first female leader. Lam, 60, is the territory’s fourth leader since it reverted to Chinese rule in 1997. As part of the handover, a mini-constitution known as the Basic Law promised that Hong Kong would retain a high degree of autonomy under a “one country, two systems” formula, with full democracy an “ultimate aim.” But two decades later, there’s no sign of that aim. China declined to make any concessions to student protesters demanding universal suffrage in “Occupy” street demonstrations in 2014. Frustration among democracy activists has simmered since.
          Hong Kong Marks 20th Anniversary of Chinese Rule    
Chinese President Xi Jinping has sworn in Hong Kong’s new leader, Carrie Lam, on the 20th anniversary of the city’s handover from British to Chinese rule. The flags of China and Hong Kong were raised at the outdoor ceremony Saturday, which took place at the same harbor-front venue where the last British governor handed the city over to Chinese rule in 1997. Hong Kong’s new Beijing-approved chief executive, Lam swore Saturday to serve China and Hong Kong. She was chosen by less than 1 percent of Hong Kong’s voters, in a process decried by democracy activists as being fundamentally unfair. Hundreds of police were deployed for the anniversary, a traditional day of protest in Hong Kong. Minor scuffles broke out between pro-democracy activists and pro-Beijing groups at a protest that took place about a kilometer from the swearing-in ceremony. Security has been high for Xi’s three-day visit to the city. Xi has said he will meet with people from all walks of life during his trip, but the heightened security is likely to keep many of the protests and calls for political reform out of view. Britain returned Hong Kong to Chinese rule July 1, 1997, under a “one country, two systems” formula that guarantees wide-ranging freedoms for the city that are not granted to citizens in mainland China. On Friday, Beijing’s foreign ministry said the document signed by Britain and China that initiated the handover “is no longer relevant.”
          China’s Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   

Chinese President Xi Jinping says any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of his harshest language yet over rising separatist sentiment in the territory

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          The Latest: Xi departs Hong Kong after speech, inauguration   

Chinese President Xi Jinping departs Hong Kong after marking handover anniversary and warning against acts seen as jeopardizing China's stability and security.

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          China's Xi draws 'red line' in Hong Kong as protesters march   
China's President Xi Jinping warned on Saturday that any challenge to Beijing's control over Hong Kong crossed a "red line", as thousands calling for more democracy marched through the city 20 years since it was handed back by Britain.
          China's Xi says there's no tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong - Fox News   

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          The Duchess of Cambridge in Dolce & Gabbana   

When it comes to style, The Duchess of Cambridge has “it”. Case in point here and here. With a visit to honor Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, the Duchess attended a creative industry event showcasing a cultural collaboration between China and the UK—and she wore Dolce & Gabbana’s Floral lace dress […]

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HONG KONG — China's President Xi Jinping marked the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British rule Saturday with a stern warning to the territory's people: You can have autonomy, but don't do anything that challenges the authority of the ...
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          Hong Kong : Carrie Lam, une femme tenace face au géant chinois   
Mme Lam a prêté serment samedi en présence du président chinois Xi Jinping. Sa mission : apaiser les tensions politiques dans l'ex-colonie britannique.
           Hong Kong: El ataque del presidente Xi Jinping contra los derechos humanos amenaza gravemente las libertades de la ciudad   

El presidente Xi Jinping visita Hong Kong con motivo del 20 aniversario de la entrega de la ciudad a China. Presuntas restricciones de la libertad de expresión para evitar críticas “incómodas” al gobierno chino durante la visita del presidente.


          Two Tales of One City   

On Thursday, June 29, an historic concert will be held in Carnegie Hall in New York City, in celebration of the life and work of Sylvia Olden Lee, trailblazing Metropolitan Opera vocal coach and a long-time friend and colleague of the Schiller Institute. Sponsored by the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture, the concert features a 220-person chorus, of which the 110-person Schiller Institute NYC Chorus comprises half. Also participating is the Convent Ave. Baptist Church Chorus, led by Lee's (and the Schiller Institute's) longtime friend Gregory Hopkins, founder and head of the Harlem Opera Theater.

The concert/tribute to Lee will be followed the next day by a working symposium on the Verdi tuning at C=256, including vocal comparisons between selections sung at A=432 and A=440 or higher. The two-day process will be a major step forward for Lyndon LaRouche's "Manhattan Project," and the building of a 1000-1,500-person chorus as proposed over a year ago by LaRouche.

Such a classical cultural revival is essential to bringing scientific thinking back to the United States, in order to shift the country fully into the New Paradigm of China's Belt and Road Initiative.

But there is another New York, as we are being reminded daily. Yesterday, there was a disastrous derailment on one of Manhattan's major subway lines, which led to dozens of injuries (fortunately no deaths—this time) and serious damage to the tracks and tunnel. No one has an estimate at this point of how long it will take to repair. But this is only a foretaste of the "Summer of Hell" that awaits New Yorkers beginning July 10, when an announced series of 20% cutbacks in service will begin, to permit necessary repairs to be carried out.

The fact of the matter is that the entire infrastructure grid of greater New York is imploding from decades of lack of maintenance and investment in new capabilities. The Schiller Institute is now preparing a full programmatic proposal for what has to be done, starting immediately, to address this crisis— which includes working closely with China and its world-class infrastructure capabilities.

In fact, the entire trans-Atlantic system is collapsing— both its physical economy, and its financial system—and cannot recover without writing off the bankrupt $1.5 quadrillion derivatives bubble, with Glass-Steagall and the broader policy of LaRouche's Four Laws. This is evident in the current dead-end debate in Congress on Obamacare vs. the Republican health care bill, both of which simply kill people in order to keep Wall Street's insurance Molochs contented. And it is evident in the implications of the London Greenfell Tower inferno, which can best be called the Greenfell Crematorium, where dozens if not hundreds of such dangerous housing projects for poorer immigrants and others exist, as a result of the privatization of public housing and speculation in the British housing bubble — both courtesy of the bankrupt City of London and Wall Street.

Fortunately, the alternative to this murder, and associated cultural insanity, is coming into being around China's Belt and Road Initiative. China's President Xi Jinping has just announced that he will be holding summits with Russian President Vladimir Putin (on July 3), and Germany's President Franz-Walter Steinmeier and Chancellor Angela Merkel (shortly thereafter), both prior to the July 7-8 G20 summit in Hamburg. The Xi-Putin summit, in particular, can be expected to produce important new developments, as both sides have repeatedly stated over recent months, especially in enhanced coordination between China's Belt and Road and Russia's EAEU initiatives. It is also significant that Xi and Putin will be meeting immediately prior to the expected Putin-Trump meeting in Hamburg during the G20 summit. That meeting can be a "game-changer," as they say, not only in bilateral US-Russia relations, but in the strategic situation facing the entire planet.

The British Empire, and those in Washington who are carrying the Queen's water, are perfectly aware of that fact, and are prepared to do anything, anywhere (not just in Syria), to prevent that from happening.

We, however, are similarly prepared to make sure that it does.


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          China's Xi Warns of 'Red Line' as Hong Kong Leader Is Sworn In   
The speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping came as Hong Kong marked its 20th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule from Britain.

           China flexes military muscle in Hong Kong on anniversary    
President Xi Jinping inspected troops in Hong Kong today as part of his visit marking the 20th anniversary of the handover back to China.
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China's President Xi Jinping gives a speech following the swearing in of Hong Kong's new Chief Executive Carrie Lam as the territory's new leader during a ceremony at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre in Hong Kong today. - AFP.
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HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory....
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Why We Must Continue To Be Engaged In Afghanistan

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 4 minutes ago
*James Cunningham, National Interest:** I Was U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan. The Military Can't Fix This Mess Alone.* *There is no guarantee that America can “win” in Afghanistan, but it is quite clear that it can lose.* President Trump’s June 13 decision to delegate authorities on troop levels and operations in Afghanistan to Secretary of Defense James Mattis set the correct and essential condition for beginning to improve security and to enhance the prospects of success in Afghanistan. It was taken in the context of doubts in some circles around the president and in the commen... more »

Picture Of The Day

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 36 minutes ago
Protesters stand at a roadblock during a rally against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro's government in Caracas, Venezuela, on June 26. © REUTERS/ IVAN ALVARADO *WNU Editor:* The above picture is from this photo gallery .... *This Week in Pictures* (Sputnik)

The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 37 minutes ago
*John W. Whitehead* - The surveillance state is alive and well and kicking privacy to shreds in America. The post The Age of No Privacy: The Surveillance State Shifts Into High Gear appeared first on Waking Times.

Debunking Inside Climate’s “5 Shades of Climate Denial”

Originally posted on Watts Up With That?: Guest post by David Middleton Whether dismissing global warming as a hoax, questioning humanity’s role in it, exaggerating the unknowns, playing down the urgency of action, or playing up the costs, President Donald Trump and his team have served up every flavor of climate denial. Although the arguments…

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MUST SEE video explains the entire “17 Intelligence Agencies” Russian hacking lie

Alex Christoforou at The Duran - 1 hour ago
17 intelligence agencies did not say Russia hacked election. The post MUST SEE video explains the entire “17 Intelligence Agencies” Russian hacking lie appeared first on The Duran.

As China’s leader comes to Russia US acts to end Trump-Xi friendship

Alexander Mercouris at The Duran - 1 hour ago
On the eve of Chinese President Xi Jinping's visit to Moscow Trump administration by selling arms to Taiwan and sanctioning Chinese companies ends brief friendship between Donald Trump and China's leader. The post As China’s leader comes to Russia US acts to end Trump-Xi friendship appeared first on The Duran.

Urban Warfare Has Not Changed Much Since The Last Century

War News Updates Editor at War News Updates - 1 hour ago
*Bing West:* *Urban Warfare, Then and Now* *From Hue to Mosul, the mechanics of fighting in cities remain much the same.* A few weeks ago, the Atlantic Monthly Press released Mark Bowden’s excellent book, Hue 1968, A Turning Point of the American War in Vietnam. As he did previously in Black Hawk Down, Bowden brings the reader down the deadly streets of a savage urban battle, meticulously describing the action from the points of view the participants. Currently, the roughly yearlong battle for the Iraqi city of Mosul is drawing to a close. Although a half century separates these t... more »

Gender-Blind Recruitment Process Leads To More Men Being Hired

News Staff at Science 2.0 blogs - 1 hour ago
It's been shown that there is no hiring deficit for women in science; women have been hired far more than men for new jobs. Yet women's groups have continued to point to total numbers as the problem, as if to say older men who have been supportive of more diversity and are making it happen on hiring committees should be fired without cause to open up more jobs for women. Only the weakest candidate wants to be hired as part of a quota. There has to be a better way. read more

X22 Report, "The Central Bank Economic Structure Is Being Unwound In Preparation For The Reset"

noreply@blogger.com (Coyote Prime) at Running 'Cause I Can't Fly - 1 hour ago
X22 Report, "The Central Bank Economic Structure Is Being Unwound In Preparation For The Reset" - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3BXBdWKu3B8 *Related followup report:* X22 Report, “The Hammer Is About To Fall” - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1KlRy3Qump8

So Who Takes Over After Pelosi-- Hopefully, No One Being Talked About Inside The Beltway

DownWithTyranny at DownWithTyranny! - 1 hour ago
As we've discussed before, the alternatives to Pelosi as House Democratic leader are dismal-- or worse than dismal. David Hawkings floated a prototypical "fake news" story for *Roll Call* yesterday, Six Who Could Succeed Pelosi-- Someday. The list is ghastly-- a warning to anyone with a bit of sense, kind of reminiscent of Louis XV's warning to restive Frenchmen after the catastrophic Battle of Rossbach in 1757, when he is said to have said, "*Après moi, le déluge*." In theory, if Pelosi were to step down, her successor-- which is keeping her from retiring-- would be Steny Hoyer, ... more »

What If North Korea Had Won the Korean War?

Michael Peck at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Michael Peck* *Security, Asia* Preventing a Communist victory in Korea might have been the circuit breaker that stopped World War III. Would the Cold War have been hotter? Would fifty thousand American soldiers have lost their lives? Would today’s Americans worry that North Korean nukes will land on their heads? The problem with counterfactual history is that it’s often pointless to speculate or the speculation is crazy. But a North Korean victory was more than within the realm of possibility. Kim Il-sung’s army came tantalizingly close to victory in August 1950, when its Sovie... more »

5 Retired Weapons the United States Should Bring Back Right Now

Francis Horton, Warfare History Network at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Francis Horton, Warfare History Network* *Security, * These weapons of war need to make a comeback. No one can say the U.S military doesn’t rise to a challenge. When President Donald Trump said we need our Navy to increase to 350 ships and submarines, and then slashed the shipbuilding and procurement budget, the Department of the Navy didn’t just roll over and call it impossible. They looked at the Vietnam-era ships we still had falling apart in drydock and formulated a plan. Ideas like reactivating the USS Kitty Hawk, an aircraft carrier built in the ‘50s that has the affection... more »

Britain's New Aircraft Carrier Reportedly Runs on Windows XP

Jared Keller, Task and Purpose at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Jared Keller, Task and Purpose* *Security, Europe* The force that once ruled the waves is facing technological setbacks. At the height of the British empire in the 19th century, the Royal Navy was renowned for its military might, a global force that imbued its sailors with a special form of geopolitical pride. A British tar was “a soaring soul, as free as a mountain bird,” according to Victorian rap duo Gilbert and Sullivan. “His energetic fist should be ready to resist a dictatorial word.” Oh, how the mighty have fallen: While Britain continues to expand its naval power — most...more »

What’s Behind the Syrian Chemical-Weapons Warning?

Matthew RJ Brodsky at The National Interest - 1 hour ago
*Matthew RJ Brodsky* *Security, Middle East* [image: Smoke rises after airstrikes on a rebel-held part of the southern city of Deraa, Syria, June 15, 2017.] Assad may be hoping that another chemical-weapons attack in Idlib Province could dissuade further rebel advances. From seemingly out of nowhere, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer released a brief and ominous statement late Monday evening regarding Bashar al-Assad, Syria and chemical weapons—three things that go together like fire, dynamite and gasoline: *The United States has identified potential preparations for anoth... more »

Biotech Firm Claims New Medical Research Will Give Life to the Dead

WakingTimes at Waking Times - 1 hour ago
*Paul A. Philips* - There are extreme ethical implications when considering raising people from the dead. The post Biotech Firm Claims New Medical Research Will Give Life to the Dead appeared first on Waking Times.

End of June map update of the Syrian War

Leith Fadel at AMN – Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز - 1 hour ago
BEIRUT, LEBANON (10:45 P.M.) – June has seen many changes across the battlefield in Syria, but perhaps the most notable thing to take place during the month was the Islamic State’s (ISIL) complete collapse in the northern part of the country. Starting with the provincial capital of the Al-Raqqa Governorate, the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces […] Source: AMN - Al-Masdar News | المصدر نيوز
          China Hunts For Author Of Anonymous Letter Critical Of Xi Jinping   
It's not often that the governments of major nations are so concerned about hunting down the authors of anonymous online letters. But that is what's happening in China, as police have detained and questioned journalists and the families in China of overseas dissidents, in an apparent effort to find out who wrote a letter calling for President Xi Jinping to step down. The incident is the latest chapter in a heated debate about the limits of free speech, under a leader who has tried to accumulate personal power and enforce ideological conformity far more than any of his recent predecessors. The letter criticized precisely these actions. Claiming to speak for "loyal party members," it argued that Xi's personal accumulation of power had undermined the "collective leadership" of Communist Party elites and "weakened the power of all state organs." It added that Xi's personal involvement in economic policymaking had caused volatility in financial markets, while his assertive foreign policies
          Xi Jinping nimmt Militärparade in Hongkong ab   
Preview Der Staatspräsident der Volksrepublik China Xi Jinping hat am Freitag einer Militärparade in Hongkong beigewohnt. Nach Angaben der Nachrichtenagentur Reuters ist das die größte Militärveranstaltung seit 20 Jahren: im Jahr 1997 war Hongkong an China übergeben worden. Mehr als 3.000 Soldaten der chinesischen Volksbefreiungsarmee sowie Hubschrauber, mobile Raketensysteme, leichte Panzer und Panzertransportwagen nahmen daran teil.
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China's sovereignty and stability would be "absolutely impermissible," employing some of ...
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Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins will not seek a capital prosecution at the proposed war crimes trial against Indonesian al-Qaeda leader Riduan Isamuddin, the Miami Herald reports. Isamuddin, commonly called Hambali, is accused of directing three simultaneous bombings in Bali in 2002 and of coordinating an attack in 2003 against the J.W. Marriott hotel in Jakarta. The attacks collectively caused more than 200 deaths. After holding him at a CIA black site from 2003 to 2006, the government later transferred Hambali to Guantanamo. The Senate Torture Report states that the CIA subjected Hambali to enhanced interrogation techniques. Pentagon prosecutors announced charges against Hambali on June 21, meaning Hambali is the first Guantanamo detainee charged in a military commission during the Trump administration. Pentagon Convening Authority Harvey Rishikof must now decide whether to proceed with charges.

The New York Times reports on a growing concern that the NSA cannot stop the spread of cyber weapons stolen from the agency in the aftermath of the NotPetya attack earlier this week. NotPetya, the second cyberattack in the past month believed to implement stolen NSA tools, first targeted systems in Ukraine on Tuesday before spreading to more than 60 countries, Reuters reports. Security experts believe that the attack was designed to disable key Ukrainian computer systems rather than to extort funds, according to the Times. The NSA has not acknowledged responsibility for developing the weapons used in this or prior attacks.

The State Department issued enforcement guidelines for President Trump’s immigration executive order after the Supreme Court partially lifted a lower-court injunction. The Court barred enforcement of the ban on those with a “credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States.” The guidelines limit bona fide relationships to close family, including “a parent (including parent-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, [and] sibling, whether whole or half,” including step relationships. Notably, the guidelines exclude extended family members and relationships that are not legally formalized, such as fiancés.

NATO members will increase defense spending by 4.3 percent in 2017, according to an announcement yesterday by Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg. The pledge is consistent with the alliance’s progressive increases in defense spending since the Russian invasion of Crimea in 2014, when members committed to raising annual defense spending to 2 percent of GDP by 2024. Five NATO member states currently meet this commitment (the U.S., the U.K., Poland, Estonia, and Greece). NATO members characterize the increase in defense spending as a response to security needs rather than as motivated by pressure from the Trump administration, which is unpopular with European constituencies. By contrast, Stoltenberg has pointed to the pledge as an express demonstration of the alliance’s commitment to taking on a greater share of defense spending in light of the Trump administration’s concerns.

Wednesday’s helicopter attack on the Supreme Court building in Venezuela has raised concerns that Venezuela may descend into civil war. Anti-government protests erupted in March following a Supreme Court ruling that weakened the opposition-dominated National Assembly. President Nicolas Maduro has called for a July 30 referendum on whether to create a new Constituent Assembly to replace the National Assembly and rewrite the Venezuelan constitution. The opposition criticized the proposed vote as a ploy to delay the presidential elections scheduled for October 2018 and announced its intention to boycott the vote.

North Korea issued a statement calling for the assassination of former South Korean President Park Geun-Hye and former director of the National Intelligence Service Lee Byung-ho nearly two months after accusing the pair of colluding with the CIA to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong-un. Relations between the North and South have strained in recent months after the North’s successive ballistic missile and nuclear tests.

Recent attacks on a district in northern Afghanistan by Islamic State fighters and former Taliban groups now aligned with the Islamic State suggest the group has expanded into a new geographical front, The New York Times reports. Fighters assaulted the Darzab district in the remote Jowzjan province and displaced the Taliban from its position of control. The Afghan government has deployed troops to the area to avoid losing control of the territory to the Islamic State.

The Senate Intelligence Committee seeks to complete its investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. election by year’s end and to conclude witness interviews of approximately 90 congressmen before the August recess. Chairman Richard Burr made the announcement yesterday shortly after the committee concluded a hearing on Russian interference in European elections. The committee’s accelerated timeline contrasts with the approach taken by the House Intelligence Committee, which has not put forth a target end date for its investigation.

Chinese President Xi Jinping arrived today in Hong Kong in advance of the twentieth anniversary of the territory’s return to Chinese rule on July 1, 1997. Xi is expected to reaffirm China’s commitment to the “one country, two systems” framework that has provided for the city’s relative autonomy from Beijing following its handover from the British. His visit comes at a time of growing popular support for greater independence from the mainland.

 

ICYMI: Yesterday, on Lawfare

Daniel Byman posted part II of his analysis of Al Qaeda’s record, outlining the factors contributing to the group’s decline.

Lawfare editors announced the July 12 Hoover Book Soiree, featuring Jack Goldsmith in conversation with Graham Allison on Allison’s new book, Destined for War: Can America and China Escape Thucydides’s Trap?

Matthew Kahn posted a statement released by Military Commissions Chief Prosecutor Brigadier General Mark Martins in connection with military commissions hearings occurring this week in the case of Abd al-Hadi al-Iraqi.

Trey Herr analyzed the latest ransomware attacks and evaluated possible policy responses to limit future malware attacks.

Bruce Reidel considered whether Saudi King Salman will abdicate the throne and hand power to heir apparent Muhammad bin Salman.

Benjamin Wittes and Jonathan Rauch highlighted their recently coauthored Brookings report that featured a section on the intelligence oversight system. The full report, “More Professionalism, Less Populism: How Voting Makes Us Stupid and What to Do About It,” is available here. An interview with the authors on the Brookings podcast, Intersections, can be found here.

Ron Cheng advocated the use of financial sanctions and penalties as a regulatory method for combatting cybercrime.

Nicholas Weaver deconstructed the recent NotPetya ransomware and considered possible perpetrators and motives behind the attack.

Matthew and Alex Potcovaru flagged the Senate Intelligence Committee’s hearing yesterday on Russian meddling in European elections.

Matthew summarized materials contained in disclosure forms filed retroactively on Tuesday by former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.

Email the Roundup Team noteworthy law and security-related articles to include, and follow us on Twitter and Facebook for additional commentary on these issues. Sign up to receive Lawfare in your inbox. Visit our Events Calendar to learn about upcoming national security events, and check out relevant job openings on our Job Board.


          HONG KONG ANIVERSARIO - Activistas denuncian "amenazas y ataques" en la visita de Xi Jinping a Hong Kong   
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HONG KONG — China's President Xi Jinping marked the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British rule Saturday with a stern warning to the territory's people: You can have autonomy, but don't do anything that challenges the authority of the ...
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          Ativistas denunciam 'ataques e ameaças' em visita de Xi Jinping a Hong Kong   
Líder chinês visitou a ex-colônia britânica e foi alvo de manifestantes
          Preşedintele Chinei avertizează: Sfidarea autorităţii Guvernului, act care trece linia roşie   
Preşedintele Chinei, Xi Jinping, a avertizat s&acirc;mbătă, &icirc;ntr-un discurs la Hong Kong prilejuit de aniversarea a 20 de ani de la revenirea acestei foste colonii britanice &icirc;n m&acirc;inile Beijingului, că orice sfidare a autorităţii guvernului
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          The Latest: Thousands on Hong Kong streets for annual march   
The Latest on the swearing-in of Hong Kong's new leader (all times local): 4:45 p.m. An annual protest march has begun in Hong Kong, hours after Chinese President Xi Jinping … Click to Continue »
          China's Xi warns against impermissible challenges in Hong Kong   
China's President Xi Jinping said today Hong Kong was freer than ever before but warned against "impermissible" challenges to Beijing's authority as t...
          Protests in Hong Kong as Xi swears in new leader   
President Xi Jinping swore in new Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam today as the politically divided city marked 20 years since it was handed back to China ...
          Tight security in Hong Kong as Xi leads celebrations   
Tight security contained protesters in Hong Kong tonight as China's President Xi Jinping led lavish celebrations to mark 20 years since the politicall...
          Le président chinois inspecte des projets d'infrastructures majeurs à Hong Kong   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a inspecté samedi des projets d'infrastructures majeurs dans la Région administrative spéciale de Hong Kong (RASHK), exhortant à davantage d'efforts pour maintenir et améliorer la compétitivité de la région.
          Fin de la visite du président chinois à Hong Kong   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a achevé samedi sa visite de trois jours à Hong Kong après avoir assisté aux célébrations du 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession du territoire à la Chine et à l'investiture du gouvernement du cinquième mandat de la Région administrative spéciale de Hong Kong.
          Hong Kong ne peut se permettre d'être déchiré par les dissensions internes, selon Xi Jinping   
Face à l'intense concurrence internationale, Hong Kong ne peut se permettre d'être déchiré par des agissements irresponsables ou des dissensions internes, a prévenu samedi le président chinois, Xi Jinping.
          Le développement est une priorité pour Hong Kong : Xi Jinping   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a déclaré samedi que Hong Kong devait toujours faire du développement sa priorité absolue.
          Xi Jinping définit "la ligne rouge" sur le traitement des relations entre la partie continentale et Hong Kong   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a défini samedi "la ligne rouge" au sujet du traitement des relations entre la partie continentale et Hong Kong, en mettant en garde contre les tentatives de saper la souveraineté nationale ou de contester le pouvoir du gouvernement central.
          Xi Jinping : la garnison de l'APL est une clé de la prospérité de Hong Kong   
Selon le président Xi Jinping, la garnison de l'armée populaire de libération (APL) stationnée à Hong Kong doit soutenir avec résolution la souveraineté, la sécurité et les intérêts de l'État concernant le développement de la Chine, et assurer la prospérité et la stabilité de Hong Kong.
          Xi Jinping met en garde contre la distorsion du principe "un pays, deux systèmes"   
Le gouvernement central appliquera de manière constante le principe "un pays, deux systèmes" et s'assurera que cette politique est appliquée à Hong Kong sans être déformée ou distordue, a déclaré samedi le président chinois, Xi Jinping.
          L'engagement en faveur du principe "un pays, deux systèmes" reste inchangé, selon Xi Jinping   
L'engagement du gouvernement central envers le principe "un pays, deux systèmes" reste inchangé, et sa détermination ferme et forte, même si des embûches se dressent sur le chemin, a déclaré vendredi à Hong Kong le président chinois, Xi Jinping.
          Les compatriotes hongkongais ont les capacités nécessaires pour bien administrer Hong Kong, selon Xi Jinping   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a déclaré vendredi que la population hongkongaise était capable de bien administrer cette métropole et de bâtir un meilleur Hong Kong.
          Xi Jinping assiste aux cérémonies du 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession de Hong Kong à la Chine (vidéo)   
Le 1er juillet à 9 h, le président chinois Xi Jinping a assisté aux cérémonies marquant le 20e anniversaire de la rétrocession du territoire à la mère patrie et prononcé un discours ; cette journée à également vu l'inauguration du 5e terme du gouvernement de la région administrative spéciale de Hong Kong.
          China's Xi: No tolerance for subversion in Hong Kong   
HONG KONG (AP) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping on Saturday warned that any activities in Hong Kong seen as threatening China&apos;s sovereignty and stability would be &quot;absolutely impermissible,&quot; employing some of his harshest language yet against burgeoning separatist sentiment in the territory....
          Pour le président chinois, Hong Kong n'a jamais eu « autant de liberté et de démocratie »   
Xi Jinping s’est rendu sur le territoire pour fêter les 20 ans de sa rétrocession à la Chine après plus d’un siècle de domination britannique.
          China's president tells Hong Kong not to cross 'red line' by challenging Beijing - Washington Post   

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China's president tells Hong Kong not to cross 'red line' by challenging Beijing
Washington Post
HONG KONG — China's President Xi Jinping marked the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's handover from British rule Saturday with a stern warning to the territory's people: You can have autonomy, but don't do anything that challenges the authority of the ...
Xi Delivers Tough Speech on Hong Kong, as Protests Mark Handover AnniversaryNew York Times
China's Xi says there's no tolerance for subversion in Hong KongFox News
China's Dismissal of UK Treaty Renews Doubts About Its WordBloomberg
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          Xi v Hongkongu opozoril na nesprejemljivost zoperstavljanja oblasti Pekinga   
Kitajski predsednik Xi Jinping je ob današnji 20. obletnici vrnitve Hongkonga Kitajski dejal, da je mesto bolj kot kdajkoli prej svobodno, a opozoril na nesprejemljivost zoperstavljanja oblasti Pekinga. Pred tem je sodeloval na inavguraciji nove...
          US plans to sell $1.4bn worth of arms to Taiwan   
The Trump administration plans to sell Taiwan just over $1.4 billion in weapons, while China’s ambassador to the US has reportedly said the deal goes against the “spirit” of talks between President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping. “And all these actions – sanctions against Chinese companies and especially arms sales to Taiwan – […]

          Le président chinois assiste à la signature d'un accord sur le développement de la zone de la Grande Baie   
Le président chinois, Xi Jinping, a assisté samedi à la cérémonie organisée pour la signature d'un accord-cadre sur le développement de la Zone de la Grande Baie de Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao.
          KINESKI PREDSJEDNIK O VRAĆANJU HONG KONGA KINI: ‘Svaki pokušaj ugrožavanja kineske suverenosti je prelazak crvene linije’   
Kineski predsjednik Xi Jinping upozorio je danas da je ugrožavanje stabilnosti Kine i Hong Konga “apsolutno nedopustivo” u