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China’s Second Aircraft Carrier Has Some Problems

Popular Mechanics is reporting that China’s second aircraft carrier, the first built in China, is having some problems during sea trials. Problems aren’t unexpected in a new ship (the U.S.’s new destroyer, the USS Zumwalt is a prime example), and China will almost certainly work them out; although it may be some time before China can match the U.S.’s carrier operational capabilities, especially given that U.S. aircraft carriers are much larger and carry a much larger number of aircraft. The Popular Mechanics article links to this South China Morning Post article:

Rwanda Sees China as a “Strategic Partner”

Xinhua News reports that Rwanda views China as a “strategic partner” in development. China has been investing in under-developed African countries and other countries where their RMB can buy friends. On the other hand, those RMB are probably also doing some real good for the people of those countries. Does China actually care about the welfare of the people of those countries?

Carrie Lam (HK Chief Executive) Rules Out Any Concessions

The Hong Kong Free Press reports on a short press conference held by Hong Kong Chief Executive (appointed by the Beijing central government) Carrie Lam, where she rules out any concessions to the protesters. She said that the Hong Kong people should focus on the economy, and that Beijing would not ignore the situation if it continues to worsen. In other words, “shut up and get back to work.” That message doesn’t seem likely to be effective.

More on the Hong Kong Protests

The protests and riots continue in Hong Kong. China appears to be at a complete loss as to how to deal with the situation. Being an authoritarian, dictatorial regime, they cannot give in to the protesters, as it would make the central government appear weak and perhaps encourage political movements in other parts of China. On the other hand, cracking down too hard will embarrass Beijing on the world stage. They cannot do nearly as much now to cover up political violence as they did in 1989. Beijing is aware of that, and so we see the use of the Triad gangs as enforcers – it gives Beijing “plausible deniability.” We also see the many stories coming from Chinese media on the “normal” Hong Kong people supporting the Hong Kong government and police, and also Chinese official outbursts at U.S. and U.K “interference.” The world’s attention is on how China deals with Hong Kong. The situation is volatile and dangerous; let’s hope it doesn’t end badly.

Global Times: Protesters occupy streets in Tsim Sha district:

People’s Daily: Protesters stage sit-in protest in Hong Kong airport “upsetting passengers”:

Reuters China: China Tells U.K. to back off from Chinese affairs:

China News: Hong Kong rebels are inciting youth; Jimmy Lai is a U.S. “running dog”: The old “running dog” slur makes an appearance.

When you know the Chinese media is in no way independent… CCTV posts the exact same story as China News:

Global Times: Who is behind the protests? The Chinese central government has no idea how to handle the situation, so (as has happened throughout Chinese history) they resort to blaming foreigners.

And again, the Chinese media is in no way independent. Xinhua News posts the exact same story as the Global Times:

South China Morning Post: Thousands show up to protest without police permission:

There is much more. Hong Kong protesters are fighting. Videos show a lot of violence, beatings with clubs, lasers being shone into eyes of police. Does Beijing have any idea what to do besides to start shooting? Let us all hope that the CCP is willing to negotiate in good faith. There doesn’t seem to be much evidence that there is trust between the Hong Kong people (protesters) and the Beijing government.

Hong Kong Unrest

The “unrest” (riots and protests) in Hong Kong hasn’t been reported in the U.S. media nearly as much as it deserves. Here is some of the latest from media we are following:

China Claims U.S is Interfering in Hong Kong

Ongoing Protests in Hong Kong

Much more to come on this in future posts. This is very, very serious, and it could very well end very badly. Follow our twitter feed to see more from several different sources from mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and so on for the latest news:

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