Category: China

Xi Jinping’s Failed Promises Dim Hopes for Economic Change in 2nd Term


BEIJING — For years, China’s president, Xi Jinping, has talked the talk of economic reform. In January, he dazzled business executives in Davos, Switzerland, with a defense of international trade. Last month, he urged officials to “seize hold of reform…

China possibly equipping PLA ground units with new light tank


Images posted on Chinese online forums at the end of December 2016 suggest that China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) may be equipping ground units with a new light tank first seen in 2011. Posted on 31 December on the CJDBY…

Beijing Encroaching on Moscow’s Military Dominance in Tajikistan


China has unexpectedly begun taking steps to become more militarily active in the small Central Asian republic of Tajikistan. Moreover, it is pushing for closer joint military and security cooperation with Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Pakistan. These moves could position China…

DEATH DRONES: China building cruise missiles powered by killer artificial intelligence


Terrifying new ‘fire and forget’ weapons will use robotic technology to steer themselves toward a target China is developing a new range of killer cruise missiles fitted with technology which will effectively turn them into killer robots. Dubbed “death drones”, the missiles…

“Poor luck” for Chinese diplomats in Paris


The death of Wu Jianmin, China’s former ambassador to France, in a bizarre “road accident” in Wuhan on June 16 is the latest unfortunate event to befall Chinese diplomats stationed in Paris. Wu Jianmin was a bitter critic of the extreme…

China: The PLA’s New Organizational Structure: What is Known, Unknown and Speculation (Part 1)

Share Note: This article is part of a two-part series examining changes to China’s Military organizational structure and personnel. Part 1 examines what is known and unknown. Part 2 contains speculation as to changes that may occur in the future. …

Russia Bets on China: Picking the Wrong Horse in the Short Term and Long


Russians are waking up to the fact that Vladimir Putin’s much-ballyhooed “turn” to China is not bringing Russia the benefits he promised or that they expected. Not only has Beijing refused to tow Moscow’s line on a variety of international…

Saudi Arabia, partners turn down Chinese requests for extra oil


* Kuwait, UAE also deny requests for more cargoes * Middle East crude flows to China down over 10 pct since January * Reductions come despite record Saudi exports, Chinese demand * Crude needed to meet rising Mideast refining demand By Chen…

Chinese University Denies Any Involvement in ‘Economic Espionage’


BEIJING (WSJ)—A Chinese state-run university named in a U.S. indictment as being linked to suspected economic espionage has denied being involved in inappropriate activity, calling the allegations an attempt by American authorities to politicize a technical dispute.

China – Has monetary policy shifted?


The People’s Bank of China (PBC, the central bank) surprisingly cut benchmark interests rates on November 21st. This has generated speculation that further monetary policy easing will follow, as the authorities seek to ward off deflationary pressures and stimulate economic growth.…