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[7 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Xie Yu in South China Morning Post, Oct 7, 2017
China’s decision last weekend to selectively free up lending of commercial banks is the latest sign of the government’s pressing need to re-engage its robust private sector at a time when economic growth is slowing and state firms are piled with debt.
Beijing’s revived advances are not new, but they are critical to restoring the confidence of Chinese private entrepreneurs, who have held back domestic investments and moved their assets abroad in the last few years, and more recently, been …

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[6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Kristin Huang in South China Morning Post, Oct 6, 2017
China is gradually stepping up military engagement with Southeast Asia, building on the firm economic footings it has established in the region.
The latest move came on Thursday when China gave 3,000 assault rifles to the Philippines as a gesture of “friendly and cooperative relations”. It was Beijing’s second shipment of guns to Manila and another sign of a warming in ties between the two countries since President Rodrigo Duterte came to power last year.
The rifles, valued at about US$3.3 million, …

Featured, Rohingyas »

[6 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

Reuters report, Oct 6, 2017 at 09:37 AM
For 28-year-old Rohingya Muslim shopkeeper Mohammed Rashid, the evening phone call from organisers of the fledgling insurgent movement came as a surprise.
“Be ready,” was the message.
A few hours later, after meeting in the darkness in an open field, he was one of 150 men who attacked a Myanmar Border Guard Police post armed with swords, homemade explosives and a few handguns. At the end of a short battle, half a dozen men he had grown up with in his village were dead.
“We had …

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[4 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Jun Mai in South China Morning Post, Oct 4, 2017
The future of Chinese anti-graft tsar Wang Qishan has become one of the hottest conversation topics in Beijing ahead of the Communist Party’s national congress this month.
Wang – party chief Xi Jinping’s right-hand man in an ongoing anti-corruption campaign that has claimed the scalps of many senior officials – has managed to maintain a relatively low profile in the past five years despite being viewed by many as China’s second most powerful man.
But even though he’s rarely spoken in …

Bangladesh, Featured »

[2 Oct 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Rejaul Karim Byron in The daily star, Oct 1, 2017
Bangladesh’s utilisation of Indian lines of credit has been nothing more than a sorry state of affairs in the past seven years.
Over the period, Dhaka has witnessed renewed vigour in New Delhi’s commitments to financing projects with credits doubling and redoubling.
On top of two LoCs involving $3.06 billion that India already committed, a third one amounting to $4.5 billion is now in the pipeline.
But since 2010, Bangladesh could use only $576 million until last month.
A grim picture of the LoC …

China, Featured »

[29 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party, set to open in Beijing on Oct. 18, is worth watching for two reasons. General Secretary Xi Jinping is bidding to become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, and he may stake his legitimacy on the country’s growing influence abroad. Both suggest an expansion of China’s political oppression at home and assertiveness abroad.
Mr. Xi may defy Party tradition at this Congress, which falls halfway through his 10-year term in office, and seek to extend his tenure beyond 2022. The last two …

China, Featured »

[27 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Zhao Yusha in Global Times, Sept 27, 2017
Tumxuk (Xinjiang): Xinjiang will use a new high-tech body security scanner for road security checks, a move to enhance counter-terrorism work before the forthcoming 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC).
A division from the People’s Liberation Army in Tumxuk, Northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, recently introduced 10 units of terahertz security scanners, which were installed at road security checkpoints.
“It took these scanners only 10 seconds to scan one person, while the traditional hand-held scanner takes almost 50 …

China, Featured, PAK-CHINA TIES »

[24 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Tom Hussain in South China Morning Post, Sept 9, 2017
The writer is an Islamabad-based journalist and Pakistan affairs analyst
In 1992, when Pakistan first came under international diplomatic pressure to halt terrorist attacks on India emanating from its territory, Islamabad’s chief diplomat and the architect of its modern-day strategic alliance with China, Akram Zaki, told me: “Pakistan’s foreign policy is in a minefield without a map”. It still is.
By naming Pakistan-based terrorist groups in the declaration issued at the end of the BRICS leaders meeting in Xiamen on Monday, China …

China, Featured »

[23 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

by Nectar Gan in South China Morning Post, Sept 23, 2017
A new book of President Xi Jinping’s remarks on the youth wing of the Communist Party – many of which have been made public for the first time – may shed some light on the decline of this once influential faction in Chinese politics.
The book released this month by an official publisher comes as it was confirmed this week that the Communist Youth League’s outgoing chief, Qin Yizhi, has been demoted, as reported earlier in the South China Morning Post …

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[21 Sep 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Steven Lee Myers in Beijing & Chris Horton in Taipei, NY Times online, Sept. 20, 2017
BEIJING — On the morning he disappeared, the activist Lee Ming-cheh crossed from Macau into mainland China to meet with democracy advocates.
It was 177 days later when he reappeared in public, standing in the dock of a courtroom in central China last week, confessing to a conspiracy to subvert the Communist Party by circulating criticism on social media.
The circumstances surrounding Mr. Lee’s detainment remain murky, but what has made the case stand out from …