China and the world after the National People’s Congress
Nothing significant happened at the National People’s Congress. Xi was elected as the eternal leader for the third time, now a super regulation agency for China´s finacial system has been created to centralize the whole economic system and the debt trap of the New Silk Road again under the CCP and Xi, and now there after Hu Xijin and Hu’s Voice in the Global Times Voice was dropped, like Jack Ma at Alibaba and the South China Morning Post before, now a new column in the Global Times: „Letter to Xi“ emerged . Allegedly, people write from all over the world wirte leters to Xi and he answers their „questions“ personally and not a ghostwriter or even the editors or any other KP career-oriented wage writer:
Letters from Xi
Xi’s remaining proposals were accepted and waved through, the only noticeable thing about the rhetoric was that he sees the People’s Republic of China exposed to a rather rough geoeconomic and geopolitical environment, mainly by the USA, but no longer from „some certain states“, but now very determined speaks of „the USA and the West“, although it is still unclear whether he sees the EU as „the West“ or whether he is hoping for a split, wants to increase his already announced protracted war a little, at the same time utters the usual threats regarding Taiwan , but at the same time lets moderate tones flow in again in view of the KMT electoral success, still wants to increase military spending by 7%, but also wants to raise diplomacy budget by 12% and dampen the Wolves Warrior rhetoric a little bit. It is interesting that after Pelosi’s visit, the Republican head of the House of Representatives, McCarthy, wanted to visit Taiwan, but he shifted the Tsai-McCarthy meeting to the USA for security reasons, and Tsai also wants to visit Cornell University and possibly give a speech there.
Tsai, McCarthy to meet in US: report
CHANGE OF PLACE: Because of security concerns, the president convinced the House speaker to meet in meet in California instead of Taiwan, a ‘Financial Times’ report said
The Taipei Times also makes it clearer what „security concerns“ could mean, namely that in the case of McCarthy’s visit to Taiwan that China will shift the “new norma”l, which already extends the medium line and expands into the ADIZ, will now also extend to the „nautical miles“.
China may test Taiwan’s 24-nautical-mile limit: Chiu
Beijing could use a potential visit by US House of Representatives Speaker Kevin McCarthy to Taiwan next month as a pretext to break into Taiwan’s territorial sea baseline of 24 nautical miles (44.4km) and get close to its territorial space, Minister of National Defense Chiu Kuo-cheng (邱國正) said yesterday.
Chiu made the remarks in response to questions by Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) Legislator Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) regarding China intensifying its threats by sending more military vessels and aircraft near Taiwan’s territorial space or by crossing the median line of the Taiwan Strait.
China has continued to operate military vessels and aircraft around Taiwan, Chiu said.
In any case, McCarthjy has now made it clear that he will meet with Tsai in the US and reserve the right to visit Taiwan like Peolosi. But is Tsai’s visit to the US that much smoother? China has now issued a warning. Have Taiwanese presidents ever traveled to the US? I can still remember in the 90s, when Lee Denghui visited his former university and gave an alumni speech at Cornell University, where Tsai also studied, which then led to the Taiwan crisis. It remained unclear whether this applied to the visit as such, especially since he apparently did not meet any high-ranking political representatives, or to his speech, in which he spoke of two states. In any case, the CCP is now warning the US about the Tsai visit.
“ China warns US against Taiwan president’s visit
Relations between the US and China are already strained. According to a report, Tsai Ing-wen could make a stopover in California in April. China is „very concerned“.
After the electoral defeat of the DDP, which under Tsai wanted to hold the local elections as a referendum for its China policy, the question now arises to what extent THE Taiwanese are such a unit and unity. The KMT sent a delegation to Beijing to endorse the 1992 consensus and further declared that it would fight all „separatist forces,“ the CCP praised this and now wants to formulate a new Taiwan formula of 1 system, 2 systems under Wang Nanhui , while Beijing has just launched a kind of charm offensive against Taiwan. At the same time, former so-called Taiwanese military personnel who had been spying for China were taken to court, the Japanese Nikkei even published an article according to which 90% of the Taiwanese ex-military personnel maintained contacts with China, traveling there and giving information for a money. How could something like this even be tolerated? To what extent is the KMT and these ex-military or even KMT-affiliated military not a 5th column of Beijing, which in case of war would paralyze everything and open the city gates for the CCP, like Sun Tze did through his Art of War and deployment of the 8 agents had not already described? To what extent can there be a new Taiwanese formula at all, since the 1992 consensus has been canceled since the Pelosi visit and the new normality is now aggressive threats from China via the ADIZ and the middle line as the new normality, yes, in the case of a McCarthy visit, even the nautical miles ? Is that even reversible, given that China wants to force the USA out of the entire Indo-Pacific?
Beijing has now presented a peace plan for Ukraine, which speaks of the territorial integrity of Ukraine as well as the security interests of the Russians. How can this be united and brought together? Biden sees the peace plan as a PR coup by the Chinese, who above all need Russia for their multipolar world and against the USA and may also have an interest in a longer war in Europe, and are thus also pushing their Global Security Initiative on the Boaofoum, as well as their Global Development Initiative, after things are not going well with the Silk Road, and want to position themselves as a force for world peace in relation to the Global South and Russia. Scholz sees „light and shadow“. How is the Chinese peace plan or Lula’s peace club to be evaluated, which together as BRIC China, India and Brazil want to send to the battlefield as mediators?
And how can you bring a peace plan after the alleged pro-Ukrainian group attack relevation on NS? After Russia, under Shoigu’s Ministry of Defense, first declared that the British were behind the North Stream attack, it has now been swayed that it was the US and Biden, particularly after Seymour Hersh’s blog article, which cites an anonymous source claimed it was Biden and the US. China now sees the latest publications by ARD, SWR and Die Zeit, as well as the New York Times, that it was pro-Ukrainian groups as a targeted disinformation campaign by the USA to distract from the authorship of the USA and Biden using smoke screens and smoke bombs. Global Time writes that recent publications about NS and the pro-Ukrainian group are a disinformation smokescreen to distract from Seymour Hersh’s article that it was Biden. At the GT a US Uncle Sam shadow over the destroyed pipeline.
„ US muddies water over Nord Stream with vague new intelligence, shows deterrence to allies
US the culprit. Illustration: Liu Rui/GT
(…) Lü predicted more American media organizations would be mobilized by the government to set off smoke bombs on the issue, partly to offset the impact of a report by US investigative journalist Seymour Hersh accusing the US government of involvement.
According to analysts, the US is satisfied with the „Schrodinger’s cat“ state – the country bears no legal liability, because suspicions are not enough evident to start an investigation into the US, while such suspicions consolidate a US image of „contempt of international law and justice.“
Russia logically subscribes to this historiography, while Pistorius and several other pundits say this is a Russian false flag to plunge Europe into an energy crisis, fuel distrust among allies and within the populace, elevate gas and oil prices to fill Putin´s war chest. Perhaps one should also distinguish authorship of the NS attack and the subsequent interpretations and political interests. Yes, it was probably not such a lone fighter group and not without state support – it can also be a Russian false flag operation . But with regard to the publications, it is noticeable that these are now so-called serious media from ARD, SWR, transatlantic Zeit to Pulitzer Prize winner Seymour Hersh. It is quite possible that forces around General Milley, parts of the security apparatus and within the Democrats and in the West now want to find a negotiated solution and are therefore spreading such news, as this initially distracts from Biden, raises suspicion about the Ukrainians and further arms deliveries in favor of the attempt of a negotiation offer. Perhaps circles close to Trump or Republicans, also in the security apparatus, now want to focus on China and Taiwan, since the Bachmuth stalemate is now being used for negotiations, especially since the Bachmuth river would now be an ideal demarcation line. McCarthy also wants to meet Tsai, but will not meet Selensky and Mc Carthy also announced that there will be no more blank checks for Ukraine for arms supplies. It is interesting, however, that such information no longer only comes from Putin-related social media or alternative media, but now also from ARD, SWR and even Die Zeit, i.e. the so-called serious “lying press”.
But in Taiwan, too, there are concerns about the increasing armaments, the previous concentration of the USA on Ukraine and Europe and sees dangers from a global arms shortage, especially for itself, whereby it sees itself as over-dependent on arms imports, which account for 23% of the identify the Taiwanese weapon system:
“Taiwan and a global arms shortage
By Nigel Li 李澤霖 and Kai Suherwan
The West’s resolute response in supporting Ukraine came as a surprise to the Kremlin, as well as many analysts who argued that the West was in decline. There is no doubt that the US and its NATO allies have shown a political unity not seen since the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks. Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelenskiy, too, has defied people’s expectations and risen to the occasion to face down a country 28 times larger than his own. Rapid changes in global events reveal the best and worst in leaders, institutions and ourselves.
The West in the past few months has faced an uncomfortable reality, as its rapid response to supply Ukraine with armaments has left its arsenals at risk of running dry. A larger problem looms: replenishing the acute shortage would take years.
The shortage in the West’s “arsenal of democracy” should be of utmost concern to Taiwan. Nothing guarantees Beijing will not repeat the actions of its Russian partner of no limits. Chinese President Xi Jinping (習近平) has never ruled out the use of force to secure “reunification.” With Taipei’s military equipment mostly imported, and primarily from the US, diversifying the nation’s sources of armaments is essential to prepare for confrontation.
So it’s time Tsai visits McCarthy and not McCarthy Selensky.
Where does the EU stand in between? So far there has been no statement, neither on the NS attack, albeit an Indo-Pacific strategy, which still leaves all the leeway towards China and the USA in terms of economic policy and is initially based more on abstract diversification and ASEAN and hope for an EU-ASEAN free trade agreement as well bilateral agreements and some military symbolism, although recently India has also been discovered, but Indiaso far doesn´t want to sign neither RCEP nor any other free trade agreement. . China has expressed hope in Global Time that the EU-China Investment agreement CAI could be „unfrozen“, the EU could become a reliable pole for a multipolar world, insofar as it makes its own sovereignty over the US, but China at the same time made clear that a similar EU-Taiwan investment protection agreement would be understood as a “red line. Now, however, the EU seems to be considering further investment controls on Chinese companies:
Chinese companies concerned about EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation
Chinese companies concerned about EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation
Chinese industry representatives are concerned about the impact of EU’s Foreign Subsidies Regulation (FSR), in what could be a new round of protectionism by the EU that will affect foreign companies doing business in Europe, experts said.
The regulation, which has come into effect and will officially apply in July, will cause disruption to normal business activities of competitive foreign companies, experts said, urging the EU to provide a level playing field for all market participants.
The China Chamber of Commerce to the EU (CCCEU) said on Tuesday that it had submitted feedback to the European Commission on the FSR, while expressing concerns of Chinese-funded enterprises in Europe.
In his speech to the National People’s Congress, Xi found direct aggressive words for the first time, saying no longer that „certain states“ were against China, but that China was in a protractedwar in an extremely new hostile environment and explicitly named the USA and the West. To what extent is there still hope in the Chinese Communist Party that the EU or parts of the Europeans can be played off against the USA and new bloc formation and won? Is Scholz and Macron the main hope of the Chinese Communist Party in the EU?
The CCP is now hoping to recover from the Covid crisis and start fresh again, but apparently exports do not seem to have the hoped-for momentum, economic growth rates have to be lowered, especially since the entire global economy is also reeling, indebtedness from state-owned companies, black or grey banks and the real estate sector still do not seem to be resolved, and the New Silk Road now appears to be becoming a debt trap for Xi-China via the BRI debt trap. That’s why Xi has now decided to create a superfinance regulator agency, which should probably prevent the really big crash and concentrate even more power in the headquarters of the CCP.
“China’s financial regulatory shake-up eyes stability, defusing risks
Reforms aimed at preventing financial risks amid increasing global fluctuations, experts say “
Deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) attend the second plenary meeting of the fifth session of the 13th NPC at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2022. Photo:Xinhua
As the Foreign Policy writes:
(Silk) Road to Nowhere? Now China is feeling the consequences of the Ukraine war, Corona and a lack of planning
(…) China’s Silk Road facing problems? Lots of foreign loans to cash-strapped partners After lending hundreds of billions of dollars, China’s lending for BRI projects has fallen sharply, experts say. This is largely due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the country’s economic slowdown. Support has also waned as partner countries are drowning in debt and projects are literally collapsing. All of this increases uncertainty about the future of the long-term initiative. In 2022, 60 percent of China’s foreign loans went to borrowers in financial distress, down from just 5 percent in 2010, according to Bradley Parks, executive director of the AidData research group at the College of William and Mary in Virginia .“
Lack of planning and a lack of cost sensitivity are lamented, but Xi now seems to want to give the Silk Road a new Marshall Plan by further concentrating power on the supposedly decentralized and economically unthought ideological mega-project Silk Road. One Man, one Road. It is also acknowledged that the western counter-projects of the G7, the USA and the EU, B3W and Global Gateway still seem to be completely unknown in the world. If China is now experiencing an decline, be it economically, demographically and from its world mission and world power project New Silk Road, especially since it is now making social cuts in order to be able to finance its arms race and the mission of the BRI, the peak power theory regains plausibility that China has already passed its zenith and is now falling or can no longer become the world power? Perhaps then we will also tend towards adventurous foreign campaigns? Especially since climate change will also heat up the north-eastern plain into an uncomfortable living space with 400 million internal migration refugees? Or will the CCP also master this financial crisis like the crashes that have often been announced before?
A few more interim reports, without giving the whole picture, which doesn’t get any nicer either: “Despite high exports to Russia, Chinese foreign trade is declining significantly
China’s export engine is weakening across the board: trade with both the US and the EU is shrinking. Beijing, on the other hand, is significantly expanding trade relations with a neighboring country – Russia.
“ Italy Deals Huge Blow to Xi for His ‚New Silk Road‘
China made promises when Italy sought cooperation on the New Silk Road project in 2019. The project ends this year – but hardly anything happened. Links marked with a symbol or underline are affiliate links. If a purchase is made, we receive a commission – at no additional cost to you! Champagne corks popped in Beijing when Italy became the only G7 country to sign a memorandum of understanding with China in 2019. Italy wanted to participate in Xi Jinping’s dream project „New Silk Road“. The Chinese leader has used the Belt & Road Initiative since 2013 to buy political influence around the world by investing in infrastructure projects such as ports and roads. Until 2019 only Greece included in the „New Silk Road“. Beijing was particularly successful in doing so in countries that could not borrow money in any other way. China stipulates in corresponding contracts that Chinese companies and workers implement the projects. In addition to political influence, Xi has secured a lever to generate more growth for the domestic economy. European nations, on the other hand, whose creditworthiness is better than that of many Southeast Asian or African countries, also got fresh money in other ways. Until 2019, only Greece with the port of Piraeus was integrated into the „New Silk Road“, and China also had a foot in the door to the Balkans through its involvement in Serbia. Advertisement From Beijing’s point of view, Italy seemed ideal for venturing into the heart of the European Union, as Rome had repeatedly encountered difficulties in paying off its debts. Meloni does not stick to China as much as initially expected Pushed by the rating agencies and urged to be frugal by northern Europe, Beijing’s nomenklatura seemed a promising way out for Italy. In this way, Beijing wanted to secure influence on what Brussels is doing. But not much followed the festive decision to work together in the future. The Memorandum of Understanding expires this year. The government of the right-wing extremist brothers of Italy under Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni declared that they would not extend the declaration of intent – and thus dupe Beijing. It is reported from Rome that since the signing, one has looked closely at how the People’s Republic is developing. The leadership of the People’s Republic, which has become increasingly autocratic and also repressive in international relations, has led to a change of heart. That will have surprised some observers.
Nevertheless, there is also other positive news for Xi-China, which wants to become a hi-tech nation: The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which also publishes the China Defense Universities Tracker and is financed by the Ministry of Defense and US armaments companies now issued a report that China is a „leader“ in 37 out of 44 high-tech areas:
“Study shows: China leads in 37 out of 44 key technologies
According to a new study, the USA is ahead in high-performance and quantum computers, chips, vaccines, small satellites, rockets and speech recognition. The US and China have long been recognized as the biggest rivals in artificial intelligence (AI) development. According to the Australian Strategy Policy Institute’s (ASPI) Critical Technology Tracker just released, this area is already among the 37 out of 44 key technologies in which China is a leader. According to this study, the USA is only ahead in high-performance computers, quantum computers, chip design, vaccines, small satellites, space rockets and natural language recognition.
One of the most important duels is taking place in the field of artificial intelligence: „There is a close race between the US and China for dominance in the technology areas of machine learning (China leads) and natural language processing (US leads)“, judge the experts. The ASPI certifies that China has a particularly large lead in algorithms and hardware accelerators for artificial intelligence, where 37 percent of the „world’s top 10 percent of research output“ comes from China. Such investigations alone can be questioned. But other studies also indicate that China’s high investments in new technologies are actually increasingly paying off.
According to another analysis by Japanese business newspaper Nikkei in collaboration with Elsevier, the Dutch academic studies analyst house, China overtook its biggest rival in major AI publications as early as 2019. Numerous publications The team searched academic studies and conference papers from 2012 to 2021 for 800 keywords. During this period, the number of publications rose from around 25,000 to 135,000. The analysis showed that Chinese researchers are not only producing more, but are also ahead in terms of quality. The number of cited US articles in the top publications has stagnated at a good 4,000 since 2019, while the number of cited Chinese studies rose to over 7,000 by 2021. Japanese studies, on the other hand, fall behind and are only in 18th place.
However, it would be premature to declare China the winner of the AI race solely on the basis of the study situation. The American AI expert Paul Scharre, Vice President of the Center for New American Security, points out that the various studies usually use different standards that are not comparable. snapshot According to Stanford University’s AI Index Report, the USA and the European Union are well ahead of China when it comes to citations at conferences in 2021. Two years ago, Chinese productions were still well behind American and European productions in a weighted index that evaluates papers according to their impact.
But Scharre knows that this is only a snapshot. „The next AI index will be interesting.“ Because the study by Stanford University, which could soon be published in a new edition, allows a comparison using the same parameters. Irrespective of this, cutting-edge research is getting the impression that China is on the way from being a former copier of Western processes to becoming a technology powerhouse that needs to be taken seriously.”
That sounds a bit like the Sputnik shock in the 1950s. But what does „leading“ mean and can’t that be caught up or even surpassed? Is this the end of the story and history? In any case, it shows that the Chinese can do more than just copy, but that also does not mean that the USA is automatically doomed as a declining high-tech nation.
And then China and coal power. Critics in Germany repeatedly point out that the essential point is that Germany only accounts for just 2% of global CO emissions and that China, India and the USA in particular, as the largest emitters, could change anything at all. But China has now declared that it intends to build another 500 coal-fired power plants by 2030 and thus cracks every Paris Accord 1.5 or 2 or 3 degrees with all sorts of tipping points. Do you have to quote any Indians that you can’t eat all the money that Xi wants to make as a development model for the so-called China-led Global South as development model, ignoring all consequences as his nice statistical growth figures, which he learned as an engineer? Why are the Chinese so crazy as to think their shitty economic growth has no consequences for themselves? Are engineering scientists perhaps like the natural scientist Merkel. Perhaps autistics in matters of environmental protection While the climate change deniers quote the woked ecologists and their philosophers who write children’s books like Habeck and who drop out of university, but they think that a stupid mathematican or engineer without any ecological knowledge would be better. ? Consequence. Question: Do you have to destroy the CCP or defeat it through an eco-war in order to avert severe climate change, if not catastrophic climate change for the world as the so called Chinese democratic opposition has also no green New Deal, ecological mindset or whatever. Just stupid Chinese, who want to get rich and more rich and only care about consumism and their individual freedom at the best.And at best they will think like this:
Significantly, there was no article in the Global Times on International Women’s Day, only one day later, whereby it is striking that it was not so much about women’s rights in the feminist sense, but about the right of women to have children and to create the social conditions for it , apparently more women’s rights than motherhood and new birthing machine below the Stalinist and Hitlerian mother order after the 1st child policy after abortion for so-called non-medical cases was banned, apparently under the aspect of catastrophic birth rates and demographic gap.
“Protection of women’s right to give birth requires enabling social environment
On International Women’s Day on March 8, apart from sending good wishes and small gifts to women as the routine practice in many Chinese workplaces, society should focus more on the protection of women’s rights to give birth at the same time as having jobs.
Recently, there have been several reports about women being asked about their marital status when seeking employment and the conflicts between work and the right to give birth have become a hot topic among Chinese netizens. How to deal with this problem is related to the implementation of China’s birth policy and the protection of women’s rights and interests.
Not long ago, a 30-year-old single woman who had passed her job interview as a programmer and received her offer was asked again about whether she had a plan to get married. Before she gave her reply, her offer was canceled. This incident was a true demonstration of prejudice against women in the job market, as well as the need to curb this unfavorable trend and promote fair employment.
To tackle the problem, Chinese central and local governments have rolled out a series of policies and regulations. Since 2012, the Special Provisions on the Labor Protection of Female Employees have been implemented. These included some protective measures for female employees‘ periods of menstruation, pregnancy and maternity leave.
In 2019, China’s State Council issued the Notice on Further Regulating Recruitment to Promote Women’s Employment, which included a ban on gender limitation in recruitment. In 2022, China’s Law on the Protection of Rights and Interests of Women was also supplemented with many articles, such as saying that employers should not „inquire about or investigate female job seekers‘ marital status in the recruitment process.“ Apart from marriage, women also have the right to birth and maternity leave. In February 2023, the Beijing municipal government stipulated that any employer that decides not to hire women due to their marriage, pregnancy or maternity leave, or reduces their salary or benefit”
Also, if you look at the Politburo, the government, the Central Committee or the rest of the Chinese society, there doesn’t seem to have been much progress with women’s equality in China. Isn’t that a change of course by the CCP in matters of women’s policy, insofar as this should ever have existed seriously, although under Mao it was always emphasized that women were half of heaven, but for the time being it was about feet no longer tied and the right to work and more brutal oppression of prostitutes (sex workers). Except for the Mao widow, hardly any woman made a political career in the Middle Kingdom and not afterwards either. Now, given the grim demographic perspective, it’s all about the Chinese woman as the hoped-for birthing machine. It also shows how far-sighted and logical the communists and Deng were with their one-China policy and how sustainable. Because the party is always right and now again. Almost like Merkel, who was said to have thought things through from the end as an alleged scientist, which now, in view of her catastrophic politics, turns out to be the biggest misjudgment of all those democratic Germans who supported and elected this woman continuously and against all warnings for 16 years into office without a lifetime term like Xi, who may be gone sooner.
After investment monitoring, regulation of Chinese foreign subsidies, red lists for cooperation between Western and German and Chinese universities, scientific cooperation and scholarship programs are now being questioned. such as, in the following article in Focus, which specifically attacks the LMU and FU scholarship programs.
Massive Surveillance & Compulsory Return How China controls its top students in Germany
China subjects its scholarship holders to gag contracts. They contradict the freedom of science guaranteed by the German Basic Law. Research by DW and CORRECTIV. Freedom. Study abroad far from home. This is what young people dream of all over the world. For many, this is only possible with a state grant. But what if that very scholarship prevents freedom? There are more than 7,000 kilometers between China and Germany. Nevertheless, according to a joint research by DW and the investigative platform CORRECTIV in Germany, Chinese students are experiencing close controls by the Chinese state. This applies in particular to young researchers who come to Germany on a scholarship from the China Scholarship Council (CSC).
Apparently, the Chinese students are under the control of the embassies and consulates, and like all diplomatic institutions, they are also spy centers for information gatheringand collection or campaigns or operations. . It’s clear that they are also used as informants and IMs. It’s not written in the contract, but seems to be common practice, since China is a neo-totalitarian state. But then the question arises as to whether Chinese students are still welcome at all or whether there can still be scientific exchange without western counterparts as they fear that these Chinese could be spies. What should the future of scientific cooperation with China look like then? Will the entire academic cooperation, including scientific cooperation, then be stopped completely under such security policy aspects, or will the bio-German, own academics and youth not be re-educated at the Zeitenwende/ the turning point so that they are the shield and sword of a democratic nation, if not for a party like the CP China, and that these newborn shields and swords make their defense and proselytizing function of the West and for the West and meet the Chinese or other counterparts on an equal footing,? Do you want to complain forever about the Chinese or not command your own reeducated academics and people and exchange ideas, even if you know that they might be spies or IMs?