Tag Archives: 四川耍耍网

US to blame for its own unpopularity

The Chinese government on Tuesday issued a travel alert for Chinese tourists traveling to the US. The day before, authorities warned of the risks of applying to study in the US.

Travel and study are the most common reasons for ordinary Chinese to go to the US. The security warning and alert issued by the Chinese government on two consecutive days show the adverse changes around the security situation of Chinese nationals to the US.

In addition to security threats including mass shootings, US law enforcement agency personnel have also conducted exit and entry interrogations and other harassment against Chinese citizens. Such acts have greatly soured Chinese people’s desire to travel to the US. The Chinese government is behaving responsibly to its people by issuing the travel alerts.

US society has left the impression that it is becoming unfriendly to the Chinese people. The US views China as its biggest threat and believes all Chinese people going to the US are gathering intelligence for the government and stealing US technologies. Washington attaches no value to the advancements that the Chinese people bring to the different sectors of the US or the consumption promoted by Chinese. It just wants to decouple from China.

Whether Chinese travelers or students, they should be treated as guests and enjoy high-quality services. But Chinese people find it difficult to accept the fact that they are being taken as thieves.

The US boasts too much superiority and has been indulged by the world. Due to its short history, it lacks understanding of and respect for the rules of countries and laws of the market. The Americans of the early generations accumulated prosperity and prestige for the US, while the current US administration behaves like a wastrel generation by ruining the world’s respect for the US.

Since the West’s monopoly of modernization was broken, all good resources have had to be redistributed. Popularity is the lifeline of how each country and major cities retain their positions at the center of the world.

However, at this juncture, the US has adopted discriminatory approaches against the Chinese people and sees them as a collective threat to its national interests, which actually adds competitiveness to other Western countries and cities.

Of course, as a superpower, the US will not be much affected by losing one or two pillar industries. But undoubtedly, the so-called national security it pursues is far from offsetting the damage the US has done by losing the interest of Chinese tourists and students.

Since ancient times, it has been easier for open-minded countries to gather high-quality regional or global resources. While China fights against the hegemonic and bullying acts of the US, it should learn its lesson. The longer the trade war goes on, the more open China will be.

China will not act rashly by closing its doors to US travel and study. Opening-up is China’s persistent policy. The destination of Chinese travelers is decided by the market, and the government’s alerts do not contradict this rule.

It is expected that Western countries will sense some opportunities from China’s warnings and the US will feel the pressure. It is Washington’s own business if it chooses to face the pressure apathetically.

China-US relations seek inspiration from the past

The year 2019 is special for China-US ties. On January 1, 1979, China and the US established formal diplomatic ties.

There is an old saying in China that “at 40, one should be no longer confused”. It means at 40, we can figure out many things. However, as US-China relations enter the 40th year, it seems far from being “no longer confused”. Over the past year, bilateral relations have seen crests and troughs. The trade war was like a raging fire. Voices like “decouple”, “new Cold War”, “Thucydides Trap” have become shriller. Both countries are facing a tough moment. Once again, Beijing and Washington need to determine the direction of their bilateral ties.

“Consider the past and you shall know the future” goes another saying in China. Reviewing the past helps us know the future. Looking back at the 40 years’ of China-US relationship, although bilateral ties have been choppy, there has been historic progress.

Forty years ago, the number of visits between the two states was only several thousand annually, but in 2017 it exceeded 5.3 million. Four decades ago, the bilateral trade volume stood at less than $2.5 billion. However, in 2017, it hit over $580 billion. Investment between the two nations increased from nearly zero in 1979 to over $230 billion in 2017. Over the 40 years, Beijing and Washington have cooperated bilaterally, regionally and internationally from solving regional issues to fighting terrorism, from dealing with international financial crisis to promoting global economic issues.

Over time, bilateral relations have also seen setbacks. There have been four incidents that have affected ties over decades. The first one took place between 1989 and 1991, when the US slapped sanctions on China, including the suspension of high-level contact and military communication between the two states. Afterwards, more than 20 nations followed the US to crack down on China. Hence, bilateral relations dropped to the lowest point since 1972. The crisis across the Taiwan Straits from 1995 to 1996 was the second one. In May 1995, the US government approved then Taiwan leader Lee Teng-hui’s visit to Cornell University in the US. To counter Taiwan independence forces, the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) launched military exercises and missile tests near Taiwan waters in July and August 1995 and March 1996. During the second exercise, Washington warships USS Independence and USS Nimitz sailed into Taiwan Straits. The third crisis was a missile attack on the Chinese embassy in Yugoslavia by US-led NATO on May 7, 1999, triggering the Chinese people’s fury. China-US aircraft collision in 2001 was the fourth one in which a US Navy EP-3 reconnaissance plane and a PLA Navy F-8 fighter collided killing Chinese pilot Wang Wei. The US plane landed at Lingshui airport on Hainan Island without China’s permission.

The four incidents had a huge impact on bilateral ties, bringing them to a tearing point. However, these crises prompted leaders of both countries to invest plenty of time and energy to address these issues by ramping up communication between the two governments and enhancing mutual understanding, restoring normalcy in ties.

Experience can offer lessons for fluctuating China-US relations.

First, both countries need to seek mutual interest. Positive China-US ties began with common geopolitical requirements. After the Cold War, both nations agreed to strengthen economic and trade cooperation as globalization dawned. Although the two countries are involved in a trade dispute, there is still room to expand economic and trade ties. There is much more to China-US ties than the trade dispute. Additionally, the two have consistently sought common interest in preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, dealing with financial crises and climate change. These have contributed to the development of relations.

Second, as ties are complicated and so are domestic realities, the heads of the two states should play a leading role in dealing with relations.

Third, the two governments are supposed to explore institutional links. China and the US are two great powers with diverse social systems, ideologies, cultures and traditions. It is normal that conflicts and problems between the two exist. The key is how to manage them, so that they do not hurt relations. Effective communication between the two governments is one way of coping with it.

Finally, social communication between the countries should be expanded.

Crises lead to erosion of Washington-Beijing ties, while tackling them not only controls them, but also enables both sides to become more familiar with each other and more aware of the intentions of both sides. With competitive relations, crises and controlling them may be a common course bilateral ties take. Therefore, we need to prepare mentally for such eventualities.

Chinese police bust drug factory inside abandoned petrol station

Police from North China’s Shanxi Province have busted a drug plant hidden inside an abandoned petrol station, seizing three suspects and 2.1 tonnes of raw materials for making drugs.

In January, police from Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi, got information about a drug gang and found a suspicious deserted gas station in Loufan County. They launched raids in late March.

Investigation showed that the three suspects illegally purchased large quantities of ephedra herbs, which is a major material for producing the methamphetamine, or “ice,” from north China’s Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region and made drugs in Shanxi.

Many drug manufacturing equipment and around 278 grams of methamphetamines, 2.1 tonnes of solid raw materials, and 45 tonnes of residual solvents in the manufacture of drug substances were seized on the site.

China has taken a tough stance and stepped up efforts to crack down on drug crime.

Shanxi public security authorities said Tuesday that local police had seized more than 2.5 tonnes of drugs since a three-year anti-drug campaign was launched in May 2018.

China goes ahead with tariffs on $60 billion US goods, FedEx placed under govt probe

China slapped tariffs on $60 billion worth of US goods on Saturday as previously announced in a tit-for-tat measure against the Trump administration, followed by an investigation into US-based express delivery service provider FedEx over its misbehavior on Huawei parcel.

US goods including batteries, household appliances and coffee and many other varieties of commodities are now subject to duties of 10 percent, 20 percent and 25 percent beginning on Saturday, the Xinhua News Agency reported. Those goods that already face a 5 percent tariff are exempt from the hike this time.

The escalation of the tariffs war is to create more troubles for enterprises and consumers of both countries, which, analysts say, will inevitably disrupt global supply lines and inhibit global economic growth.

Also, more steps were taken by China almost simultaneously on Saturday as the trade war with the US entered a white hot phase.

Beijing announced on Saturday that it will release a white paper on its stance on China-US trade negotiations at a press conference on Sunday.

The white paper would be the second issued by the Chinese government since a trade war between the world’s two largest economies began a year ago.

The first white paper focused on the trade frictions, and the second one will focus on trade talks, which entered a sudden deadlock in early May when the US government imposed a 25 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports.

On the same day, China moved against FedEx for its diverting and rerouting important parcels owned by Chinese wireless equipment giant Huawei. FedEx was officially under an investigation by Chinese authorities on Saturday, state broadcaster CCTV reported.

The US firm had rerouted parcels containing company documents of Huawei to the US. The company issued an apology for mishandling the packages.

The CCTV report said the action by FedEx has violated Chinese courier delivery regulations and infringed on the customers’ legal rights.

The nation also announced that it will soon release its own rules on its proposed ‘unreliable entity’ list targeting foreign entities that seriously undermine legitimate interests of Chinese companies or pose dangers to China’s national security.

Listed entities, organization and individuals will be subject to unspecified legal and administrative penalties in China, the Commerce Ministry said.

The probe on FedEx will serve as a grave warning to other foreign companies, organizations and individuals that are found to have violated Chinese laws and regulations, a commentary by China Media Group noted on Saturday.

China welcomes foreign companies to invest and do business in its market, but only those that obey market rules and the spirit of contracts and respect the legitimate interests of Chinese consumers stand a chance to prosper, it said.

The probe to FedEx was welcomed by Chinese netizens on social media platforms, with many demanding a thorough investigation into the case.

National Business Daily, a domestic news publication, called China’s actions over the weekend multi-pronged countermeasures hurled at the US.

Airport warns against tossing coins in plane

A Hainan airport has found itself in the spotlight for setting up a notice board warning passengers that tossing coins in airplane engines as “illegal,” after such incidents at Chinese airports have jeopardized public security and disrupted public order.

The notice board at Sanya Phoenix International Airport in South China’s Hainan Province says in Chinese that “it is illegal to throw money into an airplane to pray for good luck.”

“Tossing coins into the plane’s engine is extremely dangerous to the airplane, which would cause an explosion in the engine,” a staff member from the airport told the Global Times on Monday, noting that they set up the notice board in hopes of stopping such dangerous behavior.

These activities will also cause flight delays and cancellations, passenger detentions at the airport and financial losses.

However, the airport is not defining such behavior as terrorism since passengers have done it spontaneously, he added.

Coin tossers have been frequently found in recent years.

The Beijing News reported 10 such cases in the first half of the year. Most of them just tossed coins in a plane’s engine for good luck.

In February, a 28-year-old man was detained seven days and charged for tossing a coin inside a plane’s engine. His action delayed the flight and cost the airline nearly 140,000 yuan ($21,000).

A senior engineer told the Beijing News that after confirming the number of coins, they usually need to open the engine and find them with a device similar to a gastroscope. Total losses can run in the millions yuan.

Some analysts believe that it reflects the conflict between superstition and modern thinking. The seriousness of this conflict lies in the fact that individual behavior driven by ignorance can easily threaten public security.

China’s Criminal Law states that whoever sabotages an aircraft to such a degree that the aircraft is in danger of being destroyed, without causing serious consequences, shall be sentenced to up to 10 years in jail.

Chinese couple seek place in history by sending names to Red Planet

When the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) offered the public an opportunity to send their names to the Red Planet with its Mars 2020 rover, more than 5.8 million people signed up in just one week.

Using an electron beam, the Microdevices Laboratory at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California will stencil the submitted names onto a silicon chip with lines of text smaller than one-thousandth the width of a human hair (75 nanometers). At that size, more than 1 million names can be written on a single dime-sized microchip. The chip will ride on the rover under a glass cover, according to the website of NASA.

With NASA’s Mars 2020 rover entering its final test phase before the spacecraft launch, a Chinese couple has participated in the drive to send their names to Mars.

Qi Binying, who is based in Sierra Madre, Southern California, had thought it was just a joke among her friends.

When she keyed in her name in the NASA registration system and generated the boarding pass for download, she felt that outer space was right in front of her, according to a report on Chinese language daily World Journal on Saturday.

Qi’s husband, Robert, an engineer with the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has also registered his name in the system.

Robert said that he had received an official boarding commemorative card and will record approximately 504 million kilometers of flight miles, according to the report.

He also works on a research program for NASA searching for the original location of the Earth.

The rover is scheduled to launch as early as July 2020, with the spacecraft expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.

Besides this campaign, NASA also rolled out an activity to collect names for NASA’s InSight spacecraft on Mars. More than 2.4 million people signed up, of whom 260,000 were from China.

The InSight spacecraft touched down safely on Mars on November 26, 2018 kicking off a two-year mission to explore the deep interior of the Red Planet.

China won’t wilt under US pressure

China on June 2 issued a white paper titled China’s Position on the China-US Economic and Trade Consultations, reverberating throughout international media and foreign entrepreneurs.

The paper has clarified the harm caused by the US-initiated trade war to the two countries and to the global economy as well, also revealed how the US poured cold water on attempts at consensus and went back on its commitments. More importantly, China has reiterated its solemn position. Many of my US friends also voiced support for China to obtain a fair and equitable consultation outcome in future trade negotiations.

The US has constantly imposed maximum pressure on China since it started the trade war. The paper listed three times when the US backtracked on trade deals, also a manifestation of US pressure. The US mistakenly anticipated that China would compromise under pressure, however, China has firmly adhered to the principle and bottom line, making such pressure in vain.

Drawing from recent statements made by organs of the Chinese government, including the China Securities Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs, and the Ministry of Commerce, China’s export-oriented enterprises and service industries are well-prepared for the trade war with the US.

China is able to withstand US maximum pressure, due to the country’s economic resilience, and Chinese people’s resolute determination. Suffering from a century of humiliation, the Chinese nation has been accustomed to such pressure, as shown in the War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression, as well as the Korean War or the War to Resist US Aggression and Aid Korea. The unity of Chinese people is a vital reason for the country’s fundamental victory in history.

Surpassing India in terms of GDP growth in the first quarter of 2019, China has regained the position of fastest-growing economy. China’s foreign trade volume reached 7.01 trillion yuan ($1.01 trillion), an increase of 3.7 percent year-on-year. Economic stabilization and the rapid advance of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative indicate that China has prepared well for its future development.

I have done some research in certain regions with developed export-oriented enterprises, including South China’s Guangdong Province, East China’s Zhejiang Province, Jiangsu Province, and Shanghai. People’s judgment of the trade situation inside these regions has cheered me up. They believe that the more pressure the US poses and the more backtracks it makes; the more moral initiative China will have. Facing the extraordinary resistance of the Chinese economy, all tricks of the US hardliners will be exhausted.

In response to future potential shocks, local entrepreneurs have prepared under government guidance. Take a Guangdong company which exports electric welding torches to the US. It is now cutting costs through internal reforms and broadening its markets to Europe and Africa. To partly reduce dependence on the US, other manufacturers including those that make clothing, suitcase and bicycles are all preparing to diversify their markets.

I noticed that young workers in these factories are upset about the US, many saying that China must fight under pressure. The US maximum pressure has made China more united.

Although China is not willing to further expand the trade war into fields of finance, technology and even geopolitics, we must be prepared. The US has repeatedly violated the multilateral mechanism based on WTO rules. Due to the influence of hard-line hawks, the US is very likely to continue the trade war.

However, after the publication of the white paper, I believe an increasing number of countries and their peoples will stand up for justice. Time, morality and victory will eventually belong to China.

Nepal not a pawn in US’ China strategy

The Anglo-Nepalese War (1814-16), which Nepal lost, resulted in large-scale land cessions in the south of Nepal to the British.

It was after occupying India that the UK gradually expanded its ambitions to Nepal, the mountainous kingdom in the Himalayas. The UK’s greater strategic goal was to pave a way to China’s Tibet and thus to grab the land ahead of Russia.

But the British army suffered strong resistance when invading Tibet. Thanks to support from the central government of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911), the geographical barrier formed by the Himalayas – “the roof of the world,” – and the decline of the UK’s national power, the British failed in the end to occupy Tibet.

The UK was gradually surpassed by the US after World War I ended in 1918. Soon after, the Nepal-Britain Treaty of 1923 was signed and Nepal was recognized by the UK as an independent and sovereign nation.

Nepal’s strategic position can be clearly seen from history. Today, it is particularly important because China – Nepal’s near neighbor – has kept rising as the world’s second largest economy.

This might explain the US increased focus on Nepal in its Indo-Pacific Strategy, a US initiative to broaden and deepen strategic cooperation between countries in the Indo-Pacific region. David J Ranz, acting deputy assistant secretary for the State Department’s Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs, said on May 14 in Kathmandu that “Nepal would benefit from the Indo-Pacific Strategy,” and that the strategy would “create an economic opportunity and ensure security to the benefit of both the United States and Nepal.”

To this day, the US has not described its Indo-Pacific Strategy as an initiative to target or contain China, but neither has the US stated specific plans to drive economic growth in this region, making the strategy seem unrealistic. The only outcome the strategy has achieved might be letting the US accelerate military cooperation with relevant countries.

Is this what Nepal wants? The US is aware of the urgent needs of Nepal, a country adjacent to two major powers – China and India. But the US will never base its strategy on Nepal’s needs.

In consideration of its geopolitical role, Nepal does require a relative balance between the great powers, the most favorable external political environment for the development of this mountain country. However, with limited strength, it is difficult for Nepal to promote such balance between major powers amid today’s rapid globalization. It can only choose what it needs most.

Nepal’s public opinion is generally positive about Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s victory in the re-election. They hope Modi’s policies can be continued. These policies, including increasing economic investment in Nepal and further improving relations with China, are all beneficial to Nepal.

Most importantly, China’s development has made it impossible for any force to make Nepal a pawn in strategic arrangements to counterbalance China’s influence.

China’s development has provided Nepal with the potential of benefit sharing. The China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative has brought the country unprecedented opportunities by linking it to its surrounding areas and the world. Nepal will no longer be closed and poor, but will be an essential hub to connect East, South and Central Asia.

Over 200 years ago, British colonists began to march into Nepal, with China’s Tibet their next target. But the era of Western expansion starting from 500 years ago is gone forever. China’s policy of creating an amicable and prosperous neighborhood will offer people of Nepal and other South Asian countries more opportunities to improve their living standards.

Chinese shoppers crazy over new UNIQLO – KAWS collection

Short videos on Chinese social media went viral as they depicted shoppers shoving, wrestling, and fighting with all of their might, just to get the latest T-shirt from Japanese fashion company UNIQLO.

The T-shirt, priced at almost $15, along with the viral videos, had Chinese netizens calling the shoppers crazy and said they felt sorry for them.

The hashtag “UNIQLO cooperation collection T-shirt was snapped up” had over 440 million hits on Sina Weibo as of press time.

In one video, a group rushes toward a UNIQLO store. Their pace did not slow as some lost their cell phones during the sprint.

Another video depicts shoppers crawling through a gap as the door to one store slowly opened and scrambling to beat the other shoppers.

Fights and chaos escalated as shoppers made their way into stores. A few videos show people fighting over the T-shirts.

Shoppers who were able to get a shirt held on to them like trophies as they paid for them at cashier stands.

Store mannequins weren’t safe as the shirts were ripped from their plastic bodies and they were then thrown to the ground disfigured, missing arms and legs.

What makes this T-shirt so desirable is that it was designed by American graffiti artist KAWS.

Although KAWS has designed T-shirt for UNIQLO in the past, a rumor spread online that this latest release would be his last design for the Japanese company.

The National Business Daily reported that one shop owner said they weren’t sure if this was going to be the last cooperation between the two, but UNIQLO will not replenish the shirts in the short run once the first run sells out.

The online sales, which started on Monday, were sold out within seconds.
Many waited outside one shopping mall as early as 1 am Monday morning;, while others snuck inside to wait.

After online sales began, store owners seized upon demand and some charged upwards of $90 for one T-shirt.

Netizens said the shoppers should be ashamed. Some also said this was just a cheap attempt at marketing on behalf of the company.

In a survey published by Shanghai Morning Post on Sina Weibo, 294,000 out of 484,000 respondents believed the buyers were just following the crowd and were influenced by people around them.

One shopper told Shanghai-based news portal thepaper.cn that KAWS has also worked with Dior, who sells his T-shirt designs for roughly $160. The UNIQLO version is more popular because of the lower price.

Chinese scientists find 5 million tons of lithium deposits in Yunnan

Chinese scientists have found a major lithium deposit in Southwest China’s Yunnan Province, estimated to contain more than 5 million tons.

There are approximately 40 million tons of proven lithium reserves in the world, the Xinhua News Agency’s Globe magazine reported.

A team led by research fellow Wen Hanjie from the Institute of Geochemistry under the Chinese Academy of Sciences found 340,000 tons of lithium oxide in a test site in central Yunnan.

They estimated the total amount of lithium to be in excess of 5 million tons. The lithium discovered is a new type in carbonate formation, the institute said on its website on Monday.

Lithium, a chemical element mainly contained in brines, pegmatite and clay, is viewed by some analysts as one of the most valuable metals in the first half of the 21st century.

The increasing reliance of the high-tech industry on lithium makes it an essential strategic resource for industrialized countries, analysts said.

The prices of lithium carbonate increased from less than 50,000 yuan ($7,236) per ton in October 2015 to 80,000 yuan per ton by the end of 2018. The value of the global lithium market is expected to rise from $60 trillion in 2017 to $100 trillion in 2025, the Globe magazine reported.

About 80 percent of lithium used in China from 2011 to 2015 was imported, Xinhua reported. The Institute of Geochemistry said on its website that it is urgently necessary for China to find new sources of lithium, as the country has abundant carbonate clay resources.