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  1. ST (15 Sep 2021)US Top General Secretly Called China over Fears Trump Could Spark War WASHINGTON (REUTERS) - The US top general secretly called his Chinese counterpart twice last year over concerns then-president Donald Trump could spark a war with China as his potential election loss loomed and in its aftermath, the Washington Post reported on Tuesday (Sept 14). US General Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, called General Li Zuocheng of the People's Liberation Army on Oct 30, 2020 - four days before the presidential election - and again on Jan 8, two days after Trump supporters led a deadly riot at the US Capitol, the paper reported. https://www.straitstimes.com/world/united-states/us-top-general-secretly-called-china-over-fears-trump-could-spark-war-report
  2. Thaiyotakamli

    Virtual Travel to China

    Guangzhou the canton Wuhan, the origin Shanghai bund Beijing, the capital Shenzhen, the Silicon valley of china Suzhou, land of beauty and capitaland🤪 Xiamen, nominated one of most clean city in china Changsha, best night food city Guiyang, capital of poorest province in china
  3. The Navy's Indo-Pacific Command Needs a New Fleet But Where to Dock It? Based out of Hawaii, Indo-Pacific Command is the largest combat command in terms of area covered and is vital to American and allied interests. The challenges in the region are enormous. https://nationalinterest.org/blog/reboot/navys-indo-pacific-command-needs-new-fleet-where-dock-it-185442 Here's What You Need to Remember: In comments delivered during the annual Naval Submarine League symposium, held online this year on account of the global pandemic, Secretary of the Navy Braithwaite explained what the driving force behind the idea of a new Navy fleet is, stating that “the Chinese have shown their aggressiveness around the globe. Having just come from the High North, Chinese presence in the Arctic is unprecedented.” The United States Secretary of the Navy, Kenneth J. Braithwaite, wants the Navy to stand up a new fleet, the Navy reported. The new fleet, which would be the United States’ eighth, would help bolster the United States Indo-Pacific Command. Based out of Hawaii, Indo-Pacific Command, or USINDOPACOM, is the largest combat command in terms of area covered and is vital to American and allied interests. The challenges in the region are enormous. In addition to containing 50% of the global population, the area covered by USINDOPACOM includes the world’s biggest democracy (India), the most populous country (China), and the world’s largest Muslim-majority country (Indonesia), as well as nine out of the world’s ten largest seaports, and the busiest maritime shipping lanes. As if that were not enough, five of the world’s nuclear powers are in the region, as well as seven of the world’s ten largest militaries, underscoring the region’s global importance. China, China, China In comments delivered during the annual Naval Submarine League symposium, held online this year on account of the global pandemic, Secretary of the Navy Braithwaite explained what the driving force behind the idea of a new Navy fleet is, stating that “the Chinese have shown their aggressiveness around the globe. Having just come from the High North, Chinese presence in the Arctic is unprecedented.” Braithwaite further explained how concerns about China are not due to American fear-mongering, relating the concerns expressed during a trip to Asia, where “every single one of our allies and partners is concerned about how aggressive the Chinese have been. I would argue with anybody that not since the War of 1812 has the United States and our sovereignty been under the kind of pressures that we see today.” Existing fleets are insufficient to meet this challenge. “We can’t just rely on the 7th Fleet in Japan. We have to look to our other allies and partners like Singapore, like India, and actually put a numbered fleet where it would be extremely relevant if, God forbid, we were to ever get in any kind of a dust-up,” Braithwaite explained. Singapore The Navy’s 7th Fleet covers most of the western Pacific, from the International Dateline to the Indian Ocean, and though the San Diego-based 3rd Fleet has sometimes supported the 7th Fleet, a new 1st Fleet would greatly alleviate the burden placed on both. But where would the new 1st Fleet be stationed? Lion City, perhaps. “So we’re going to create the First Fleet, and we’re going to put it, if not Singapore right out of the chocks, we’re going to look to make it more expeditionary-oriented and move it across the Pacific until it is where our allies and partners see that it could best assist them as well as to assist us.” The U.S. Navy has had a presence in Singapore since the early 1990s when an agreement was signed with the Singapore Navy to use Changi Naval Base facilities. It’s a prime piece of real estate. Though significantly farther from China than Okinawa or mainland Japan, it is not far from China’s so-called nine-dash line, an expansive but unrecognized area in the South China Sea claimed by China. Regional proximity to this area would clearly benefit not just the United States but American allies as well. Postscript Many, many details have yet to be made public, though Braithwaite said that the former Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper had been informed and was in agreement. Watch this topic for further future information.
  4. So I just read these two articles consecutively. Very reassuring lol. One wrong move, and there goes the whole of China all over again. ST: Despite official figures, Wuhan continues to find new asymptomatic coronavirus cases daily https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/despite-official-figures-wuhan-continues-to-find-new-asymptomatic-coronavirus-cases?utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=STFB&utm_source=Facebook&fbclid=IwAR2zuDoEfkCBbQWkN5vNLkOy_G0SmzFAiEaWILxFA7G44OexYRFN2uE_a38#Echobox=1585025147 CNA: COVID-19: China to lift travel curbs on Hubei province, including Wuhan https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asia/china-coovid19-coronavirus-lift-travel-curbs-hubei-wuhan-12570658?cid=FBcna Here's the two articles: ST: Despite official figures, Wuhan continues to find new asymptomatic coronavirus cases daily BEIJING (CAIXIN GLOBAL) - Despite official figures reporting few to no new domestic Covid-19 cases on the Chinese mainland in recent days, authorities continue to detect more infections, with those in the city at the heart of the country's outbreak often amounting to more than a dozen a day, Caixin has learned. According to a member of the infectious disease prevention and control team in Wuhan, every day the city continues to record "several or more than a dozen asymptomatic infected individuals", which are people that have tested positive for Covid-19, but do not feel ill and are excluded from published numbers. As of Sunday (March 22), Hubei province, where Wuhan is located, had four consecutive days of zero new "confirmed cases." The person, who asked not to be named, said that these asymptomatic people are found by tracing the contacts of others who are infected and by screening quarantine workers who are at high risk of infection, as opposed to en masse testing. "It's not possible at the moment to tell if transmission has stopped," the person said. As reported new locally transmitted cases of Covid-19 have dwindled, China has moved to send home the teams of medical personnel it brought in from across the country to assist hospital workers in Hubei. Between March 17 and 20, some 12,000 medical personnel departed the province. But the infectious disease prevention and control team has stayed behind, after Hubei's provincial Covid-19 task force on Friday ordered it to remain until central authorities say otherwise, Caixin has learned. According to a person at the Chinese Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, this team of specialists was kept in Hubei because the central government continues to feel unease about the situation in the area, in part because of the presence of asymptomatic individuals. Since February, the Covid-19 prevention and control policies issued by the National Health Commission (NHC) have stipulated that asymptomatic infected individuals are not considered "confirmed cases" and that their numbers should not be released. However, given numerous studies suggesting that this group is infectious, the NHC has required that, once detected, they be subject to a 14-day quarantine and lab testing, recategorising them as "confirmed" cases only in the event they develop symptoms. Caixin previously obtained data that showed Northeast China's Heilongjiang province had 480 "confirmed cases" on Feb 25, but had also discovered 104 asymptomatic infected individuals that it left off the public tally. A March 6 preprint - a study that has not yet been peer-reviewed - by Chinese and American researchers suggested that asymptomatic cases and those with mild symptoms could account for at least 59 per cent of Covid-19 infections, potentially undetected and fuelling its spread. Considering Wuhan is the epicentre of China's epidemic, "there's still a lot that needs to be investigated and traced", the infectious disease prevention and control team member said. CNA: COVID-19: China to lift travel curbs on Hubei province, including Wuhan BEIJING: China's central Hubei province, where the deadly coronavirus first emerged late last year, is to lift travel curbs after two months under lockdown, local officials said on Tuesday (Mar 24). Healthy residents will be allowed to leave the province from midnight Tuesday. Travel restrictions for leaving Wuhan will be lifted on Apr 8, and people will be able to leave on the basis of using a health code The announcement as China reported 78 new cases of the deadly coronavirus on Tuesday, with the vast majority brought in from overseas as fears rise of a second wave of infections. The first new case in nearly a week was also reported in Wuhan - the epicentre where the virus emerged last year - along with three other local infections elsewhere in the country. Seven more people died, the National Health Commission said, all in Wuhan. There have now been more than 81,000 cases in China, and the death toll has reached 3,277. As the country tries to control imported cases, there are signs of normality beginning to return to Wuhan and the surrounding Hubei province. Travel and work restrictions in the province have been gradually eased and Chinese President Xi Jinping made his first visit to Wuhan earlier this month. Wuhan residents considered healthy can now move around the city and take public transport if they show identification, and they can also go back to work if they have a permit from their employer.
  5. Voodooman

    CCP Wanshui

    I am a bit ambivalent on the recent ban on private tutoring but I must give it to CCP for cracking down on online gaming. Calling it spiritual opium is quite appropriate. These games are designed to be addictive. Some may say free choice but many of my friends with kids didn't think it is such a bad idea. https://www.scmp.com/tech/big-tech/article/3146437/chinas-video-game-industry-stormy-waters-country-grapples-its-love
  6. I think VN, PRC and PHP are all indulging in wishful thinking
  7. ST (28 July 2021) China's Sinopharm vaccine could soon be made available in Singapore, with several private healthcare groups already taking steps to secure doses of the jab. This will likely see it becoming the fourth Covid-19 vaccine available here, as the country ramps up nationwide vaccination rates in order to ease restrictions on social gatherings and get the economy back to normal. IHH Healthcare Singapore told The Straits Times that the Health Sciences Authority has given approval for it to import the Sinopharm vaccine under the Special Access Route framework. https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/health/chinese-sinopharm-covid-19-vaccine-could-be-available-in-singapore-soon
  8. happy_man

    Talibans in China (on invitation)

    I never imagine to see this image in 21st Century - A sign of how quickly the world is changing. Hard to believe the same rebel force that defeated US and USSR are now invited to China for top-level meeting...in the same month when US & NATO forces withdrew after 20 years of war in Afghanistan.
  9. 24 Aug 2021 - China eyes ‘ultra-large spacecraft’ spanning miles in US$2.3m crewed mission push A mega spacecraft assembled in orbit is among projects that Chinese researchers have been invited to study, as the country expands plans for future space exploration and long-term crewed missions. The National Natural Science Foundation of China has called on scientists to join a five-year project to study the mechanics of an “ultra-large spacecraft spanning kilometres”. “[Such a spacecraft] is a major strategic aerospace equipment for the future use of space resources, exploration of the mysteries of the universe and staying in long-term orbit,” said an outline of the project published by the foundation – a basic research funding agency managed by the Ministry of Science and Technology. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3146224/china-eyes-ultra-large-spacecraft-spanning-miles-us23m-crewed 中国在研千米级超大型航天器
  10. Sinovac lai liao. I guess HSA will fast track approve them for use, no point keeping them in cold storage space. Just in in time for the general population starting in April. Keeping finger crossed not to get it. https://www.moh.gov.sg/news-highlights/details/1-new-case-of-locally-transmitted-covid-19-infection-24-Feb-2021-Updated
  11. The well-known New York-based Chinese-language news website duoweinews.com recently carried an article titled "Xi Jinping is awakening China". The following is an excerpt: Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, a movie based on the 1995 autobiography of the revered late South African president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, was screened in the Chinese mainland in July. Nelson Mandela was one of the few political leaders who gained universal recognition and the respect of people from different factions in Africa and around the world. At present, China, to which Mandela had special connections, is on the road to national rejuvenation, following its more than 30 years of skyrocketing economic growth. But it is also facing the challenge of the US' rebalancing to the Asia-Pacific, which is widely seen as being aimed at containing China. At this critical moment of great changes and transitions, China is in dire need of a political leader who has the courage, sense of mission and wisdom to lead the country to its reawakening. After showing his resolve with a sweeping and unprecedented anti-graft campaign, which netted Zhou Yongkang, a former member of the Political Bureau Standing Committee of the CPC Central Committee, the spotlight of global attention is now on President Xi Jinping. A year ago, many in China didn't believe that the CPC would investigate such a high-ranking former top official as Zhou, nor did observers in other countries imagine that Xi, who just come to power, had the capability and courage to cage such big "tigers" as Zhou and Xu Caihou, the former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission. The outside world has mostly been impressed by the ruthlessness of the CPC's anti-corruption campaign. Yet, many people close to the CPC ruling circle said that the fight against corruption is just part of the political objectives of the central leadership led by Xi. Behind the anti-graft campaign is a grand blueprint, which analysts have labeled "The Second Reforms". The new concept contains a lot more than the word "reforms" can convey and has gone farther and wider than the outside world would imagine. Xi aims to break the entrenched bureaucracy and vested interests of officialdom formed during the fast economic expansion and initiate a brand-new model of governance for a modernized country. What is even more noteworthy is that Xi is quietly leading a revolution that is transforming the CPC's theory of governance and the legal framework for governance. It has yet to be seen how Xi is going to implement it, but one thing is for sure, he highly cherishes the breadth and depth of traditional Chinese culture. As for economic development, the "new economic normal" idea, which runs counter to the reckless development of the past 30-plus years, has appeared and is starting to take root. What is more, reform of the People's Liberation Army has been initiated and rebuilding the soul of military has become a top priority. Therefore one can conclude that all of Xi's ideas and actions on cultural, military, political and economical reforms are meant to push China further along the road to rejuvenation. Mission to reform In its recent history, China was humiliated by Western powers. The Opium Wars made it realize that it had been abandoned by modernization. Western powers used their more advanced weapons to force the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) to drop its policy of seclusion. China's agricultural civilization, which had enjoyed thousands of years of glory, was beaten by capitalist civilization. Then the terrible defeat of the Qing Dynasty's Northern Navy to Japan in 1894 made "political reform" and "restoration" a consensus. From then on, China has been looking for a road to return to and lead global modernization. With the flooding of Western civilization into China along with gunfire, Chinese culture was denied and discarded. In his speeches at the Yan'an Forum on Literature and Art in 1942, Mao Zedong opened up a new political era. Traditional Chinese culture suffered unprecedented attack during the ten-year "cultural revolution" (1966-76). After which, China's economy enjoyed 30 years of rapid growth thanks to Deng Xiaoping's reform and opening-up policy. "Everyone has only one fate." What Michael Corleone said in the God Father is concise and thought provoking. "What should we do with our only fate?" What Pavel Korchagin wondered is an eternal question - the fates of the weak are controlled by others while strong people hold their own destinies. And the fate of a nation is held in the hands of its leaders. Xi Jinping insists that he is a loyal descendant of revolutionary elders and it is his mission to revive China and achieve the ruling party's modernization. "Xi could have enjoyed a relaxed term of office, but as a descendant of revolutionary forerunners, he feels obligated to choose a harder road." said another offspring of revolutionary elders. Hu Jintao turned over both the power of Party and military to Xi at the 18th CPC National Congress in 2012. Despite being in office for less than two years, Xi's confidence has made him a mature leader who is not afraid of hardship. The image Xi presents to the public is unimaginable for others, even for friends and colleagues who used to be familiar with him. His every word is no longer an empty slogan, but from his deep thinking. Xi stressed that the road the country takes can determine its fate, and he proposed the dream of the great rejuvenation of China as the road to take while visiting the exhibition Road to Revival on November 29, 2012. This was also an announcement of his historical mission. And so we Chinese will no longer be those who were controlled by others. During Xi' visit to Europe in 2014, he mentioned Chinese civilization and China's road many times, declaring that "China the lion has already woken up". Xi has his own plan on how to revive the country, what kind of country China will be when revived, and how it will interact with other countries after reviving. Even though he is a leader who has not been in office for long, he has declared to the whole world that China will step into a new era under his leadership. The best strategy needs tactics Since ancient times, a weak nation's diplomacy has been reactive rather than proactive. Culture and the military are normally regarded as the soft power and hard power with which a nation engages with the world. During more than 30 years of peace and rapid development, corruption has accrued within the People's Liberation Army. The investigations into Gu Junshan, the former deputy head of the logistics department of the PLA, and Xu Caihou, the former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, which made public earlier this year, are considered part of a determined strategy conducted by President Xi Jinping to improve the quality and spirit of the military. Remolding the spirit of the PLA should come before the rebuilding of its soul, and anti-corruption is seen as the only way to achieve this goal. "It will generate a fatal influence on national security if the development of the military lags behind. Words depicting how China's ill-developed military were attacked always sent me into deep grief when I read history books" said President Xi Jinping, during a meeting on December 27, 2013. That day was also the first day after commemorating the 120th anniversary of Mao Zedong's birthday. The name of the meeting, though known to insiders as an important one, has not been disclosed to public. This quote is also listed in the newly published book titled Excerpts of Xi Jinping's Remarks on Comprehensive and Deep Reforms. Military reform is going hand-in-hand with a campaign against military corruption. Military reform was also written into the reform package of the Third Plenary Session of the 18th CPC Central Committee, or the Third Plenum, which laid out plans to improve the defense industry, weaponry development, personnel training and military officers' benefits. China's official media have repeatedly stressed that President Xi Jinping has personally drawn up and is directing this round of national defense and army reform. Xi's remarks at the unnamed meeting mentioned above fully express his strategy of building a modern military, said an analysis posted by an overseas edition of People's Daily on its official WeChat, a popular instant messaging and phone mobile app in China. A military drill was staged in late July amid various anniversaries - the 20th anniversary of the First Sino-Japanese War (1894-95), the 100th anniversary of the First World War, and the founding of the PLA. The drill stood out from its predecessors as the PLA showed what it had got, making explicit its determination to win. China plans to establish a collaborative command center in the East China Sea that will integrate its army, navy and air forces in the area, according to media reports. The move is believed to aimed at improving tactical capability. The highest form of generalship is to balk (counter) the enemy's plans, said Sun Tzu, an ancient Chinese military strategist. What the PLA is doing now is also using psychology to "balk the enemy's plans". Xi promoted the idea of national rejuvenation soon after taking office. He also declared to the world it was the awakening of a sleeping lion, a term used by Napoleon Bonaparte to describe China as a weak nation with potential power. These remarks have sent the message that China is an active player in the global arena, a rising power which increasingly adopts its own stance in its exchanges with the US and which is no longer shy of showing its military capabilities. Hard time for reform Xi is aware of what obstacles he faces in pushing through his military reform plans. "Difficulties can be solved when there is action, or else easy things can't be done," Xi once said at a meeting, quoting Peng Duanshu (1699-1779), a late official in Qing Dynasty (1644-1912). Military reform is part of the reform package, a 60-item resolution, released after the Third Plenary Session of 18th CPC Central Committee, which convened in Beijing last November. The reforms will transform society, economy, politics and culture. Born into a politically influential family, Xi has climbed the career ladder from bottom to top, preparing himself well by knowing all walks of life. Speaking of the new reforms, he said, "finished are the easier tasks that draw proponents, while left are the hot potatoes that draw opponents." Xi is governing a country which has already risen to be the world's second-largest economy, but whose further development is impaired by its lagging social welfare and old-fashioned governance philosophies. Faced with this lopsided development, on taking office Xi started to promote the Chinese Dream, a term that encapsulates a set of ideals, including a moderately prosperous society and national rejuvenation. For Xi, building a modern China does not mean replicating Western social norms, rather it means introducing the core socialist values of justice, fairness, democracy and freedom into society. As Xi has pointed out, China's social problems are intertwined with one another and therefore reforms in different areas need to be carried out at the same time. China has been following the roadmap that was produced at the Third Plenum, with policy changes in family planning, urbanization, labor camps and administrative streamlining. Judicial, cultural and fiscal reforms are on the way. Military reform, which is seldom conducted in public, is also under way. Xi is also trying to establish new governance philosophies. But with various areas demanding reform measures, Xi has tough decisions to make in order to mediate between different interest groups. Xi has headed the Central Leading Group for Comprehensively Deepening Reforms and National Security Commission since the 18th CPC National Congress, to name just a few of 10 commissions Xi heads. Historian Xiao Gongqin has said that the strong leadership Xi represents will establish a golden era. The contrary view argues Xi developed a deep understanding of the harm of an out-of-order society and idolization through his experiences during the "cultural revolution "(1966-1976) and in rural areas. For Xi himself, regulations and laws are not only words written on papers, they must also be put into action. Xi, a holder of PhD in law, is seeking a route to modernization through law. The upcoming Fourth Plenary of the 18th CPC National Congress is also sending such a signal, as the conference's theme is expected to be the rule of law. Prior to Xi becoming president, analysts said China needed a nimble and strong leader, able to deal with the problems and challenges that had arisen in the process of social transformation. While it seems that Xi has such talent. At the beginning of Xi's presidency, he said that a new round of reform and open-up was the key to China's future destiny. This was not just empty words. The Western media while agreeing with his words had little faith in his ability to push them through. One year later, international media outlets have been making positive comments on Xi's leadership, using phrases such as "the man who will change China" and "Xi will become the first truly global leader". Heroes make history, and history makes heroes. Xi launched a massive anti-corruption campaign to clean up the Party, sending the message he is a courageous and powerful leader. An online article saying "Xi has earned reverence of thousands of millions of Chinese people" has been creating a buzz online; this reverence toward their leader is distinct from idolization. Lee Kuan Yew, the founding father of Singapore, has praised Xi as a man of "great breadth" and put him in "the Nelson Mandela class of persons". Such compliments may seem premature, but China watchers have acknowledged that Xi's ambitious inaugural declaration sounds more like a statesman's plan than a political stunt. "China is a sleeping giant. Let her sleep, for when she wakes she will move the world," said Napoleon Bonaparte. Nearly 200 years, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced "the sleeping lion has woken up" on French soil. Xi made the remark when addressing a meeting in Paris in March to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations with France. Now Xi is gearing up for the awakened lion's next move. It's Xi's moment to make history now.
  12. Carbon82

    [Official] 2022 Hyundai Custo

    While it might not look huge in these photos, it is actually a full size MPV, measuring 4,950mm (L) x 1,850mm (W) x 1,734 mm (H) x 3,055mm (WB). This make it even larger than the JDM Honda Odyssey and VW Sharan. It will be available in China for now but likely will be sold in other part of the world later. Engine Specifications 1.5T => 167HP horsepower / 253Nm Torque 2.0T => 233HP horsepower / 353Nm Torque @Atrecord what is your take on this MPV?
  13. Important of Leadership and people mindset.. https://www.wapcar.my/news/40-years-ago-china-can’t-even-ckd-a-car-how-did-they-overtake-proton-and-perodua-31163 40 years ago China can’t even CKD a car, how did they overtake Proton and Perodua? Hans·Jul 26, 2021 02:07 PM When Proton was established in 1983, China didn’t even have a single modern car plant. By 1983, when Malaysia had become the first country outside of Germany to assemble a W126 Mercedes-Benz S-Class, China was still clobbering together ‘60s era Soviet sedans. We were once a rising Asian Tiger. At its peak in FY2010, Proton exported 22,000 cars (including CKD kits), not the highest but it was pretty decent for 100 percent Malaysia-developed products. Our technical competency was ahead of Thailand and Indonesia. Export of Proton cars to the UK, early '90s Today, Proton exports less than 2,000 cars annually. Meanwhile, Perodua exported 8,000 units in 2014. This has since dropped to just 2,825 cars in 2019. What happened to Malaysia's automotive industry? Perodua Myvi is exported to the Indonesia as a Sirion, but sales are limited by import quotas Also read: Why the Perodua Myvi continues to struggle in export markets? Meanwhile, China is now the world’s most important car market, selling over 25 million cars annually, and is the world’s capital of EVs. Once a technological backwater, China is now home to brands like Nio, which challenges the best EVs from BMW and Mercedes-Benz China's success was not supposed to happened, neither was Malaysia's decline Critics will say that comparison with China is unfair because of its huge domestic market, which grants it huge economies of scale. But that’s an overly simplistic view because India (1.38 billion population) is just as big but is still not yet an automotive powerhouse. Indonesia is the world's fourth most populous country, with over 270 million people but yet its Timor national car project failed. Remember that 10 million population Sweden is home to Volvo (Trucks), Scania, Volvo Cars, Koenigsegg, and SKF. Magna Steyr-made G-Class. Austria has a small population of just 9 million, but it does contract manufacturing for many legendary nameplates. Austria has a population of just 9 million but it is home to Magna Steyr, the world's most famous automotive contract manufacturer. Thanks to its many automotive engineering consultancies and specialist suppliers, it's hard to find a European car that doesn't have input from Austria. And don't forget that the 6 million population Singapore will be making Hyundai EVs soon. So while economies of scale is important, the world is too big and too complex for a binary yes/no, right/wrong view. Geely's Zeeker 001 is an EV styled like a Porsche Panamera Sport Turismo To say that China had it easy because of its huge domestic market also glosses over the fact that Chinese companies had to overcome hardships unimaginable by comfortable middle-class Malaysians. Remember that China endured what's known in history as the 'Century of Humiliation', facing one war after another, from being bullied by Western powers to legalize opium and cede control of its territories, to dealing with its many civil wars, it’s a miracle that China is still intact today. German, Japanese or Korean? It's Chinese. This is a Changan Uni-T. The company is owned by the Chongqing state government. When Volkswagen first set up business in China in the 1983, the same year Proton was established, VW found China to have no industrial base to support a modern automotive industry. STAC's Anting plant in 1983. Posth was shocked at the conditions - parts strewn everywhere, half-completed body shells left outside, broken windows allowed rain to enter VW executive board member Martin Posth, who was tasked to setup the first modern car factory in China, said in his memoir 1,000 Days in Shanghai, “The building had nothing in common with my understanding of a production facility.” Shanghai SH760A Posth was recounting his first visit to the state-owned Shanghai Automobile Tractor Corporation’s (precursor to today’s SAIC) plant in Anting, the site selected for VW to launch its entry into China. It was the ‘80s but the plant was still producing a Shanghai SH760A, a lightly modified ‘60s era Soviet sedan, using very rudimentary means. Chinese plants were using ropes and bamboo structures to manually move cars. Compared to China, Malaysian plants were like a sci-fi movie set. All photos taken in 1983 “I couldn’t for the life of me imagine the dilapidated factory producing even a single car that would come near being acceptable, based on our standards,” he added, questioning his bosses at Wolfsburg's rationale on working with the Chinese! China's rudimentary body shop before VW's entry vs Malaysia's highly automated facilities Malaysia, once the rising Asian Tiger Meanwhile, Malaysia has been making modern cars since 1967 – the Volvo 144S, the first country outside of Sweden to build Volvos. We know how to run car plants and make basic car parts – tyres, air filters, seats, instrument clusters, rubber parts, 12V batteries, windshields and windows, headlights, interior plastics etc. Swedish Motor Assemblers (now known as Volvo Car Manufacturing Malaysia) in 1967. Even until the '80s, Chinese car plants still couldn't match '60s Malaysia Our generally English-speaking work force makes it easy for foreign manufacturers to work with us and our economy was booming. Every major car producing nation had a vehicle assembly operation in Malaysia. CKD cars in Malaysia in 1981. There were nearly twice as many brands as today. From the British to the Americans, to the Japanese, Swedes, French, Italians, and German, everyone had local assembly operations here. If you were to go further back, the Australians (Holden) would be represented too. Only the Koreans were not on the list but that's because they haven't started exporting. Also read: Once poorer than Malaysia, how Korea’s car industry progressed further than ours? Even Dr. Carl Hahn, then Chairman of the Volkswagen Group and one of the most powerful figures in the automotive industry, saw it necessary to pay a visit to Malaysia. Foreign manufactures found it very easy to invest in Malaysia. Skilled workforce is plenty. Meanwhile, China had very few mechanics outside the military. We were not just good in manufacturing, Malaysians were running the entire end-to-end cycle of the car business, from financing to after-sales to marketing, and we were known to be among the best in Asia outside of Japan. Foreign manufacturers could trust skilled Malaysians to run the business. Yes, that's a very young Datuk Seri Ben Yeoh of Bermaz. This was in 1984, when he was with Daihatsu. The Germans at Daimler were so impressed with Cycle & Carriage that they gave the city of Ipoh, which had one of the highest concentration of Mercedes-Benzes for any city in the world (buoyed by the tin mining boom in the ‘50s), a giant logo to be put on top of the limestone hill at the city’s entrance. The now-closed down AMIM plant, Shah Alam Later, they returned to Malaysia to inspect the now defunct AMIM plant in Shah Alam, liked what they saw and moved heavens and mountains to allow Malaysia to become the first country outside of Germany to assemble an S-Class. The Italians noted City Motors’ marketing prowess. Buoyed by the tin mining boom, the Guilia and the Alfetta were the BMW 3 Series of the '60s and '70s. Malaysia was then one of Alfa Romeo's most important markets in Asia and the first country outside of Italy to use Alfa Romeo as police cars. PDRM's Alfa Romeo Alfetta. Credit: Alfista Malaysia In its heydays, Nissan saw Tan Chong as its most influential overseas distributor in Asia. Meanwhile in China, Posth said that the Chinese weren’t just starting from zero, but below zero. Machinery was lacking in China then. Modernization of VW's plant in China were done with manual labour. The only Chinese with a driver’s license were military personnel and nobody outside the military knew how to fix cars, never mind finding a local Chinese who knew anything about running a car company. VW Santana, the first modern car built in China, 11-April 1983. The first 100 units were made using imported German parts, as a trial to see if the Germans and Chinese could work together. The Shanghai-VW joint venture would only be formalized in 1985 “No matter what you touch, you lay your hands on a dozen of problems,” said Posth. From these extremely difficult beginnings, Posth would lay the foundation to make Volkswagen the No.1 brand in the world’s most important car market. The same year Shanghai-VW joint venture was formed, Malaysia was already making its own car. Today, Chinese brands are on their way to catchup with foreign rivals. They are not quite there yet, but are damn close. What was missing in Malaysia? Studying the development of China’s automotive industry against Malaysia’s, the biggest difference is not economies of scale (not relevant in ‘80s China), but the lack of meritocracy on our part. The early days of Proton and Perodua were left under the care of government-appointed bureaucrats who weren’t very good at looking after the interest of Malaysia. Proton entered a deal with Mitsubishi Motors, paying high royalties but could not export the Proton Saga without the approval of Mitsubishi, so much for being a national car. Hyundai too relied on Mitsubishi engines for their early models but faced no such export restrictions because this was the first and most important requirement for the Koreans. Hyundai made sure no such nonsense would happen. Also read: That one time when Proton and Dr. Mahathir were conned into a USA-export deal As for the first Perodua Kancil, it was based on an older generation Daihatsu Mira that was no longer produced in Japan. Japan had switched to fuel injection engines but Malaysia accepted a deal that involved closing off a portion of the market so Daihatsu could offload its old carburetor engines to Malaysia. From its first rollout in 1994 until it was discontinued in 2010, Perodua sold a shocking 725,870 units of the Kancil! One of the pre-conditions for the Volkswagen deal in China was that the car must be of current technology. The Santana (Passat B2) that VW gave China had just been launched in Germany one year earlier. The other pre-condition was that the joint venture must be funded with foreign currency, since China was too poor to afford more currency outflow. The game plan for the Chinese was quite simple – invite the foreigners, keep the partnership under tight Chinese control, keep the money within China. The last part was most crucial. Contract signing between STAC and VW in 1982 China was then too poor to be in any position of bargaining power but they pulled it off anyway. Explaining how they did it requires another post, but the short story is that while Shanghai officials were baiting Volkswagen, their peers in the neighbouring province of Jilin were baiting Toyota (via FAW). To get a better deal, Shanghai later opened talks with GM, which in 1997, offered SAIC the then-new Buick Century to China, while VW was still flogging its 14-year old Santana. Beijing was pitting VW against Toyota and GM to get a better deal for China. In contrast, Malaysia decided that it was a fair deal to block out foreign competition for Mitsubishi (and now Geely) and Daihatsu to profit from Malaysia uncontested. Whatever few cards the Chinese government had, they played it very well. Which brings us to another point about Chinese government officials. It’s not about market size or technology, it’s about humans The Chinese civil service model is quite different from the West. Instead, the Chinese civil works like a private company (ironic given it’s a communist background), where civil servants are graded based on their performance on economic growth of their region, job creation, and more recently, air quality – before they can be promoted (and sometimes, demoted). One cannot be appointed into a ministerial position until one has proven himself / herself at say, a mayor level. Chinese civil service structure. Credit: Eric Li, Ted Talk, A Tale of Two Political Systems Over in Malaysia, the position of a minister and chairman of GLCs are awarded based political patronage, not their qualifications. Remember Prasarana's gaffe? Consider the architect of China’s latest national automotive policy, Wan Gang, who until 2018, served as China’s Minister of Science and Technology. He is often credited as the person who made China the world’s capital for EV technology. Prior to working for the government, Wan was Tongji University’s professor of automotive engineering. He holds a doctorate from Germany’s Technical University of Clausthal, and before that, he was an engineer for Audi AG, serving as program manager for the B5-generation Audi A4. No permanent protection for China’s ‘national’ brands Another element of meritocracy in China is its treatment of local car manufacturers. Chinese manufacturers are protected from foreign competition by a 1994 rule that requires all foreigners looking to set up business in China to form joint ventures (JVs) with local manufacturers, with equity of the foreign company capped at 50 percent – it’s a way to protect local manufacturers, allowing them to quickly learn Western technology. In 2014, China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology warned Chinese manufacturers that after 20 years, it is time to remove all protection. Chinese government will remove all protection for Chinese car manufacturers by 2022. By 2018, Beijing removed the equity cap for JVs for electrified vehicle. Soon, Tesla started plans to build a plant in Shanghai - the first 100% foreign-owned car plant. Chinese EV models will now have to compete directly with Tesla. By 2022, the equity cap will be abolished for all vehicle types. Not only that, import taxes on CBU cars have been slashed from 25 percent to 15 percent. This is inevitable as China needs to ease trade war tensions with USA and Europe. Turning the attention back to Malaysia, is Proton and Perodua stronger than when it started? From a domestic sales stand point, yes they are but when judged on merit, they made little progress in exports. Since two of our biggest brands don’t export much, our local parts suppliers are also not very competitive. According to the last manufacturing census done in 2015, only 167 out of 525 Malaysian parts manufacturers were engaged in exports. Malaysia has since lost 40% of foreign brands doing CKD Meanwhile, more foreign brands are pulling out from manufacturing in Malaysia. In the early ’80s, before Proton, Malaysia had 21 foreign brands with CKD operations here. Today, we only have 12, down by nearly half. Of course, the value of investments from the remaining manufacturers have also increased multiple folds but so have our neighbours Thailand and Indonesia. A child who lives off his parent’s money doesn’t get credit for growing taller right? Actually, the outcome of Malaysia’s national car and the eventual rise of China was evident from the moment the Proton-Mitsubishi Motors and Shanghai-VW partnership were established. Kenji Iwabuchi, standing next to Dr. Mahathir Despite enjoying generous government protection, Proton was losing money, mostly due to rapid increase in Yen value following the signing of the Plaza Accord by France, Germany, USA, UK, and Japan (but the Yen appreciation problem affects everyone equally). By 1988, 3 years after the Saga’s launch, Dr. Mahathir lost his patience and to keep the program going, he replaced the local management of Proton with Mitsubishi Motor’s Kenji Iwabuchi, and later Mitsuo Hattori - thus defeating the purpose of a national car. The then Finance Minister Daim Zainuddin reportedly expressed his disappointment with the local managers, saying “If that happens to a Japanese (losing money despite no competition), he commits hara-kiri.” (actually, the correct term is Seppuku). Meanwhile over in China, Posth’s German colleagues at Wolfsburg would often laugh at his Chinese project by asking him “How are your Chinese Micky Mice getting on?” Posth saw first-hand how fast Shanghai-VW's Anting plant was catching up with the West But Posth knew the inevitable outcome, that China will eventually surpass everyone else. Every German engineer who arrived in China to teach the locals were amazed at their eagerness to learn and catch up with the West. Xpeng P7 says, "Sorry, BMW i what?" “The Chinese understood anything that had to do with manual labour in next to no time. In the shortest time imaginable, they were assembling cars better and more quickly than anywhere else in the world – and this has not changed right up to the present day,” he noted in his book, but added to the journey ahead will be long and arduous. China wasn't the only automotive force that started way behind Malaysia. Korea too had a very difficult start. It emerged from the Korean War as one of the poorest countries in the world. This next post is a story of how Korea’s car industry overtook Malaysia's.
  14. Civic2000

    The (trade) war has started

    Trump imposes 25% tariff on Chinese goodshttps://www.bbc.com/news/business-44498484?SThisFB
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    Watch out!

    The world heard her wrongly.
  17. The missile tech firing up China’s Olympic swimming rockets Chinese aerospace company says Games squad used sophisticated sensors and wind tunnels to refine technique and cut drag Analysis formed a scientific basis for training programmes. https://www.scmp.com/news/china/science/article/3143403/missile-tech-firing-chinas-olympic-swimming-rockets?module=lead_hero_story&pgtype=homepage The country put in so much effort for training their Olympians.
  18. US assessing reported leak at Chinese nuclear power facility: https://edition.cnn.com/2021/06/14/politics/china-nuclear-reactor-leak-us-monitoring/index.html
  19. Watched a repeat of TopGear (episod in china) and the 3 men condemned whatever cars made in china. I think today, china's cars are not really up to international standard yet in terms of safety, performance, etc but since these B&B cars are for their domestic markets where the majority of buyers dont really know anything better, china car makers will continue to churn out millions of mediocre cars yet still find buyers queue up, end of the days making tons of money. Is there a incentive for them to make better cars, to match the quality/performance etc of say VW etc, let alone the highend conti/jap/korean cars? Those china buyers who have the taste / money for better cars, in typical chinese 'culture', will buy imported cars, coz no china car makers have the prestige / history / brandnames to attract buyers who want not only good cars, but also 'face'/status only brands like Merc/BWM (RR also) etc could provide. Patrioism is more or less non existent when it comes to the rich, except state owned companies buying mic highend cars for their bosses? Bottomline, will it be almost unforeseable china made cars will ever match the quality / status of highend foreign-made cars? not in the next 10/20 years? The expanding domestic B&B car markets are big enough to occupy them for a long time, export is hardly something they have time to think about.
  20. Xi Jinping signals intent to remain in power by revealing politburo with no successor https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/oct/25/xi-jinping-signals-intent-power-successor-politburo-china China’s president unveils his all-male cabinet, but crucially no member is young enough to take the reins from Xi at the end of his second term Xi Jinping has kicked off his second term as leader of the world’s second largest economy, vowing to spearhead the “great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation” and signalling his intent to tower over Chinese politics for decades to come. At just before noon on Wednesday, Xi unveiled the new line-up of China’s top ruling council – the Communist party’s politburo standing committee – leading six besuited comrades out into a blaze of camera flashes in the Great Hall of the People. “Here, on behalf of the newly elected central leadership, I wish to express our heartfelt thanks to all other members of the party for the trust they have placed in us. We will work diligently to meet our duty, fulfil our mission and be worthy of their trust,” Xi said in a 21-minute address that marks the formal start of his second term. Crucially, the all-male group contained no potential successor, since none of its five new members – all aged between 60 and 67 – is young enough to take the reins from Xi after the end of his second term, in 2022, and to then rule for the customary decade. Such is the secrecy that cloaks Chinese politics that the identities of the standing committee’s incoming members were known only as Xi escorted them out onto a scarlet-carpeted stage. Joining Xi and premier Li Keqiang on the elite committee are: Li Zhanshu, 67, Han Zheng, 63, Zhao Leji, 60, Wang Yang, 62 and Wang Huning, 62. “I still can’t get over the fact how the world’s second largest economy, which is declaring this new role of global leadership, is nearly as opaque as the North Korean political system,” said Jude Blanchette, an expert in Chinese politics from New York’s Conference Board research group. “I just find that absolutely striking and in a way almost unacceptable for a system that wants to play such a fundamental role in guiding and shaping the 21st century.” China’s propaganda apparatus has touted this week’s political show as an example of openness and transparency. However, a number of major western news organisations whose coverage of Xi’s rule has irked Beijing were excluded from Wednesday’s event without explanation including the BBC, the Financial Times, the Economist, the New York Times and the Guardian. In his address, Xi outlined his vision for what he called China’s “new era”, an era in which an emboldened and purified Communist party would play an even more prominent role in returning the country to its former glories. “It is my conviction that the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation will become a reality,” he said, urging his party to become “the backbone of our nation.” “We should never entertain the idea of taking a breather or halting our steps. Instead, we must continue to rid ourselves of any virus that erodes the party’s fabric, make great efforts to foster a healthy political environment of integrity and generate waves of positive energy throughout our party which can build into a mighty nationwide force driving China’s development and progress.” Xi also pledged “a resolute push” to eradicate poverty, to “open China still wider to the world” and hinted at the more assertive and muscular role Beijing is expected to seek on the world stage in the years ahead. “With confidence and pride the Chinese people will be steadfast in upholding our country’s sovereignty, security and development interests,” he said. The unveiling of China’s new ruling council came one day after the end of the 19th party congress, a week-long political summit at which Xi established himself as the country’s most dominant leader since its revolutionary founder Mao Zedong. On Tuesday, Xi’s eponymous political philosophy was enshrined in the party’s constitution alongside those of Mao and Deng Xiaoping, the architect of China’s economic opening to the world. Experts say that momentous and highly symbolic achievement puts Xi in a virtually unassailable position at the pinnacle of the 89 million member organisation. Having failed to anoint a successor, he is now likely to be calling the shots in Chinese politics well into the 2030s. With Xi now entering his second, although perhaps no longer final five-year term, thoughts are turning to what the next stage of the Xi era might hold. Supporters claim that having used a ferocious anti-corruption campaign to purge rivals and consolidate his grip over the party during his first five-year term, Xi will now turn his mind to comprehensive reforms of China’s economy. “I think the real reform just began,” said Wang Wen, a pro-establishment scholar from a thinktank linked to Renmin University. Wang argued that Xi would enter his second term with “much more authority” and a greater ability to implement his blueprint for China. Such optimism was echoed in China’s party-run media on Wednesday as cadres lined up to heap praise on their all-powerful leader. “We firmly believe that if people all over the country roll up their sleeves under the guidance of Xi’s Thought … we will move steadily into the future with the irresistible force of a high-speed train,” Chen Meifang, a Shanghai railway official, was quoted astelling the Beijing Daily. However, such hopefulness is widely disputed. Blanchette said he expected to see a “super-sized version” of Xi’s first-term policies in his second stint, as China’s leader pursued what he saw as his “program of Chinese greatness”. That would mean accelerating efforts to build a modern, battle-ready military that could begin to push the United States further and further out of what China saw as its Pacific backyard; an increasingly assertive foreign policy in regions such as the South and East China seas; and continued efforts to promote a hi-tech economic revolution by championing huge companies that were either controlled or heavily aligned with the state. It would also mean that the Communist party – and the Communist party only – would continue to lay down the law, in all aspects of Chinese society. In an editorial celebrating the start of Xi’s “new era” on Wednesday, the People’s Daily, the party’s mouthpiece, argued: “History has shown and will continue to show that without the leadership of the Chinese Communist party, the idea of national rejuvenation is a fantasy.” “We should hunker in for a long winter of tight political control,” Blanchette predicted. We should hunker in for a long winter of tight political control Jude Blanchette Elizabeth Economy, the director for Asia studies at the Council on Foreign Relations, said she saw this week’s congress “as affirmation of the direction in which Xi has already been moving the party as opposed to a point at which now we are going to see the real Xi Jinping and his real reforms emerge”. She added: “I think what we are going to see is an intensification along the same lines.” Economy balked at the suggestion that Xi – whose first term has witnessed an unusually fierce crackdown on party opponents and human rights – might suddenly emerge as a political reformer. “I don’t think a crypto-liberal would do what he has been doing over the past five years. I don’t think a crypto-liberal lets Liu Xiaobo die in jail, and the arrests and the intensification of the attacks on the [human rights] lawyers. That is not a crypto-liberal,” she said. Blanchette said Xi had shown a remarkable “mastery of the political system” in China during his first term in power: “The second question though is does that mean he has an omniscience or an omnipotence to deal with all the significant challenges that China is facing? “There is a huge list of challenges that Xi Jinping has to deal with,” he added, pointing to a gradually slowing economy, a looming debt crisis and the possibility of a nuclear conflagration on its doorstep. “He now has the power to do it. But how he deals with these challenges will be one of the most important indicators of whether or not he is able to stay on for the term that he feels he deserves.” Additional reporting by Wang Zhen. What 'Xi Jinping Thought' Stands For https://www.forbes.com/sites/salvatorebabones/2017/10/22/what-does-xi-jinping-thought-mean-and-how-does-it-compare-to-america-first/#2bfee5ab3262 Xi Jinping is universally regarded as China's most powerful leader since Deng Xiaoping, and perhaps since Mao Zedong. Both Deng and Mao left their marks in the charter of the Communist Party of China, and the rumor is that Xi will be their first successor to do the same. Mao's "mass line" and Deng's "seeking truth from facts" have become official tenets of Communist Party dogma. Xi's "socialism with Chinese characteristics for a new era" may soon join these august concepts as official truth. But just what does "Xi Jinping Thought" really consist of? To answer that question, it helps to compare Xi's governing principles to those of the four preceding "paramount leaders" of China's Communist Party. Xi versus Mao Xi Jinping is most often compared to Mao Zedong, China's revolutionary leader, red emperor and communist theologian. Mao's political maxims were collected in the Little Red Book once read by leftist college students and Latin American guerillas. Mao Zedong thought is not all that bad, if you happen to be planning a people's revolution to overthrow your government. Unlike Lenin and most European Marxists, Mao taught that revolutions had to come from below. And unlike most revolutionaries, he still fought to overthrow the government even when he was the government. The infamous Cultural Revolution that rocked Chinese society from 1966-1976 was the result. Xi is no revolutionary, and he is certainly no Mao. Xi'sChinese Dream is a "moderately prosperous society," not a communist utopia. Xi does talk a lot about "national rejuvenation," but that's really just a way to avoid using the Western word for what he really means: renaissance. Xi's Chinese renaissance is all about China's space program, high speed rail network and high technology parks. But a real Chinese renaissance requires the reversal of China's long-term brain drain to the United States and other English-speaking countries. The problem? Most Chinese scientists are unwilling to give up their tenured positions overseas to take a chance on a permanent return to China. Barring a reversal of epic proportions, in 2021 Xi will preside over the centenary of the Chinese Communist Party. That will be as good a time as any to finally lay Mao Zedong Thought to rest for good. If Xi has his way, they may just take the opportunity to bury Mao along with it. He's been waiting long enough. Xi versus Deng Soon after the death of Mao, his long-time frenemy Deng Xiaoping put paid to the Cultural Revolution and started China on the path to opening and reform that it has followed for the last 40 years. Famous for saying that it was OK for some people to get rich before others, Deng was repeatedly condemned by Mao as a "capitalist roader" -- which, as soon as Mao died, is exactly what he turned out to be. To facilitate his economic reform agenda, Deng urged that China should "keep a low profile" in international affairs, biding its time while building its strength. Xi'sstrive for achievement strategy couldn't be more different. In his landmark Communist Party Congress speech, Xi pledged that China would have a "world class" military by 2050, in line with his policy of relentless maritime expansion in the South China Sea. Xi has departed radically from Deng's advice on foreign policy, but what Xi shares with Deng is a staunchly conservative preference for order over chaos. Deng ruthlessly suppressed the Tiananmen Square democracy movement in order to preserve the rule of the Communist Party. Xi has much more subtly turned the screws on political dissent using the more discriminating but perhaps more effective tools of online surveillanceand selective imprisonment. As the ever-quotable Deng said himself, "it doesn't matter whether the cat is black or white, as long as it catches mice." Xi versus Jiang Deng Xiaoing's successor Jiang Zemin is perhaps best remembered for the fact that everything done under his leadership was done "with Chinese characteristics." Deng may have coined the phrase "socialism with Chinese characteristics" to justify his introduction of the market into China's planned economy, but under Jiangthe phrase became a standing joke. Jiang Zemin codified these Chinese characteristics into the "Three Represents": the idea that in addition to the poor, the Communist Party of China would also represent China's business and cultural elites. Under Xi, this has evolved into the Two Represents, and if China's new rich get their way it may soon degenerate back into a novel kind of One Represent. Xi versus Hu Hu Jintao's major contribution to the intellectual life of the Communist Party was to bring Confucius back into the fold. Long prescribed under Mao as the reactionary idol of the pre-revolutionary patriarchy, today Confucius is back in China, with no small thanks to Hu, who rehabilitated Confucian thought, reopened Confucian temples, and chartered the Confucius Institutes to become China's cultural ambassadors to the world. Hu's trademark slogan was the "harmonious society" -- i.e., trust the government and don't complain and everyone can live in harmony. No word on what thenotoriously cranky sage, who got himself successively kicked out of ten different countries for criticizing their poor leadership, might have thought of this. Hu later extended the harmonious society to the harmonious world (i.e., trust China and don't complain and the world can live in harmony). With his One Belt, One Road expansionism and South China Sea island building, Xi seems keen to continue Hu's expansive foreign policy program, only with even less emphasis on the "harmonious" part of the equation. "Party First" Xi Jinping Thought, in a nutshell, seems to boil down to something resembling "America First, with Chinese Characteristics." By all accounts, Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump got along surprisingly well at their first meeting in April, perhaps because at a level deeper than mere speech they spoke the same language. If Xi's political philosophy isn't exactly China First, it is something close to it but at the same time distinctively Chinese: something like "Party First." And putting the interests of the Communist Party first is one thing he shares with all of his predecessors. Like Deng, Xi is a pragmatist who will stay on the capitalist road so long as it leads to much greater wealth than any other. Like Jiang, he is very happy to lead a ruling party dominated by his country's business elite. Like his immediate predecessor Hu, he is crafty enough to use patriotism and ethnic pride as tools to keep ordinary Chinese (if not necessarily China's minority groups) on his side. And like Mao, Xi seems to be ruthless enough to succeed in making his own Chinese Dream a reality. As long as he continues to put the Party first, Xi is likely to maintain his grip on power -- and the Party's loyalty. And as long as the Party puts Xi first, he is likely to have no cause to complain. Xi Jinping Thought may not sell as many books as Mao's did, but come 2021 it will be Xi who sets the course for the next 100 years of the Communist Party of China.
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    China Discovery (4WD) Drive

    hi bro, hopefully when 2022 travel is opened again i was planning to experience a 20days discovery 4wd drive in china probably covers xinjang / tibet? is there a popular group drive i can join in china (like a tour) including suv, route, accomodation - all planned out thanks!
  22. https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-09-14/chinese-data-leak-linked-to-military-names-australians/12656668 China's 'hybrid war': Beijing's mass surveillance of Australia and the world for secrets and scandal By political editor Andrew Probyn and political reporter Matthew Doran Posted 19hhours ago, updated 15hhours ago The massive data leak raises serious questions about China's aggressive intelligence gathering operations.(Unsplash: Taskin Ashiq) Key points: 2.4 million names and profiles are on the database, including more than 35,000 Australians The company which created the database has links to China's government and military The leak raises further questions about the spread and scope of China's intelligence gathering operations A Chinese company with links to Beijing's military and intelligence networks has been amassing a vast database of detailed personal information on thousands of Australians, including prominent and influential figures. A database of 2.4 million people, including more than 35,000 Australians, has been leaked from the Shenzhen company Zhenhua Data which is believed to be used by China's intelligence service, the Ministry of State Security. Zhenhua has the People's Liberation Army and the Chinese Communist Party among its main clients. Information collected includes dates of birth, addresses, marital status, along with photographs, political associations, relatives and social media IDs. It collates Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram and even TikTok accounts, as well as news stories, criminal records and corporate misdemeanours. While much of the information has been "scraped" from open-source material, some profiles have information which appears to have been sourced from confidential bank records, job applications and psychological profiles. The company is believed to have sourced some of its information from the so-called "dark web". One intelligence analyst said the database was "Cambridge Analytica on steroids", referring to the trove of personal information sourced from Facebook profiles in the lead up to the 2016 US election campaign. Zhenhua Data's vast database has explicit references to use by military intelligence.(Supplied.) But this data dump goes much further, suggesting a complex global operation using artificial intelligence to trawl publicly available data to create intricate profiles of individuals and organisations, potentially probing for compromise opportunities. The database has been shared with an international consortium of media outlets in the US, Canada, United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Australia, comprising the Australian Financial Review and the ABC. The media consortium sought comment from Zhenhua, but received no reply. Zhenhua Data's chief executive Wang Xuefeng boasted of using data to wage "hybrid warfare".(Supplied) The company's chief executive Wang Xuefeng, a former IBM employee, has used Chinese social media app WeChat to endorse waging "hybrid warfare" through manipulation of public opinion and "psychological warfare". Of the 35,558 Australians on the database, there are state and federal politicians, military officers, diplomats, academics, civil servants, business executives, engineers, journalists, lawyers and accountants. They range from the current and former prime ministers, to Atlassian billionaires Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar, and business figures David Gonski and Jennifer Westacott. But there are 656 of the Australians featured on the list as being of "special interest" or "politically exposed". Exactly what the company means by either of these terms is unexplained, but the people on the list are disparate in occupation and background, and there seems little to no explanation in who has made the list. The list includes current Victorian Supreme Court Judge Anthony Cavanough, retired Navy Admiral and former Lockheed Martin chief executive Raydon Gates, former ambassador to China Geoff Raby, ex Tasmanian Premier Tony Rundle and former foreign minister Bob Carr. Singer Natalie Imbruglia features in this list, along with One Nation co-founder David Oldfield, National Party President Larry Anthony, former treasurer Peter Costello's son Sebastian, ex-Labor MP Emma Husar, News Corp journalist Ellen Whinnett and rural businesswoman and ABC director Georgie Somerset. But it also has some Australians with a criminal past, including self-proclaimed Perth sheikh Junaid Thorne, Geelong accountant and fraudster Robert Andrew Kirsopp and ex-TEAC boss Gavin Muir who died in 2007 just weeks before he faced court for dishonesty offences. Singer Natalie Imbruglia and technology entrepreneur Mike Cannon-Brooks feature on the list.(AAP/ABC News) The database was leaked to a US academic based in Vietnam, Professor Chris Balding, who until 2018 had worked at the elite Peking University before leaving China citing fears for his physical safety. "China is absolutely building out a massive surveillance state both domestically and internationally," Professor Balding told the ABC. "They're using a wide variety of tools — this one is taken primarily from public sources, there is non-public data in here, but it is taken primarily from public sources. "I think it speaks to the broader threat of what China is doing and how they are surveilling, monitoring and seeking to influence… not just their own citizens, but citizens around the world." Professor Balding has returned to the United States, leaving Vietnam after being advised it was no longer safe for him to be there. It was also a grave risk taken by the person who leaked the database to him, who contacted him as he started publishing articles about Chinese tech giant Huawei. "We've worked very hard to make sure that there are no links between me and that person, once I realised what had been given to me," he said. "They are still in China. But hopefully I think they will be safe." 'Collection nodes' scattered around the world, one likely in Australia Christopher Balding was given the vast database, and has returned to the United States citing safety concerns.(Supplied: Fulbright University Vietnam) Professor Balding gave the database to Canberra cyber security company Internet 2.0 which was able to restore 10 per cent of the 2.4 million records for individuals. Internet 2.0's chief executive Robert Potter said Zhenhua had built the capacity to track naval vessels and defence assets, to assess the careers of military officers and catalogue the intellectual property of China's competitors. "This mass collection of data is taking place in China's private sector, in the same way Beijing outsources its cyber attack capability to private subcontractors," Mr Potter told the ABC. "In the process, the company has violated the privacy of millions of global citizens, the terms of service of just about every major social media platform and hacked other companies for their data." Of the 250,000 records recovered, there are 52,000 on Americans, 35,000 Australians, 10,000 Indian, 9,700 British, 5,000 Canadians, 2,100 Indonesians, 1,400 Malaysia and 138 from Papua New Guinea. There are 793 New Zealanders profiled in the database, of whom 734 are tagged of special interest or politically exposed. Zhenhua boasts it has about 20 "collection nodes" scattered around the world to vacuum enormous amounts of data and send back to China. Two of the nodes have been identified as being in Kansas in the United States and the South Korean capital Seoul. The Australian node has not been detected. The Zhenhua Data database monitors military assets, using things like social media posts of officers to plot out movements.(Supplied.) The military sector appears to be of particular interest to the company. The database tracks promotion prospects of officers and political networks. In one instance, the career progression of a US naval officer was closely monitored and he was flagged as a future commander of a nuclear aircraft carrier. "The company… boasts that it has 20 information collection centres spread around the world," Clive Hamilton from Charles Sturt University said. "This suggests that there's almost certainly one in Australia. So that means somewhere in Australia, there is a Chinese state-owned company that is sucking up data from across Australia and feeding it into China's intelligence service. "Well, where is that centre? And if we can find it, shouldn't we close it down? It would appear to be violating all kinds of laws." Academic Clive Hamilton argues it is likely a "collection node" is somewhere in Australia.(ABC News: Leon Compton) Professor Hamilton said the wide range of people named in this database provided serious cause for concern. "If you're a 14-year-old daughter of a politician, then we now know that China's intelligence service is monitoring your social media commentary, and recording pieces of information that are of interest or may be of interest in the future," he said. "So it really is quite sinister in the way that China is targeting so many aspects of society in a country like Australia for sucking up and storing this intelligence, and using artificial intelligence in a exceptionally sophisticated way." Concerns of aggressive intelligence gathering operations A Five Eyes intelligence officer, who uses the pseudonym Aeneas, has pored over the data, and described the technique as "mosaic intelligence gathering" — sourcing vast tracts of information from a wide variety of sources. "The individual pieces of intelligence are like tiles in a mosaic, which make sense when they are arranged the right way," Aeneas said. He argued it was a different way to collect information than how many western agencies went about their work. "For example, we had a long-running penetration operation inside a Chinese diplomatic post," Aeneas said. "You'd think we would have collected on everyone, but we didn't. "Not everyone inside the post was an intelligence operator for the other side. "We collected thoroughly on their spooks and stringers, but unless someone in the post was a possible source for us, we left them alone." Australia's fledgling space industry is also of some interest to Zhenhua. Queensland's Gilmour Space Technology, founded by banker Adam Gilmour, has been closely profiled by the company — so much so that every board member of the company has been profiled in the database. Zhenhua went looking for everyone in Australia with the surname Gilmour to probe the company. The discovery of Zhenhua's core business, known as the Overseas Key Information Database, or OKIDB, will fuel concern about China's aggressive intelligence gathering operations. It also presents a challenge to domestic cyber defence, given the likely presence of other hostile computer servers in Australia trawling public source data. Zhenhua Data, established in 2018, is believed to be owned by China Zhenhua Electronics Group which in turn is owned by state-owned China Electronic Information Industry Group (CETC), a military research company which had an association with the University of Technology Sydney until 2019. Zhenhua Data's parent company is believed to be the Chinese state-owned CETC, which previously partnered with the University of Technology Sydney.(702 ABC Sydney: Amanda Hoh)
  23. Quite a feat by the Chinese... https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-57122914 China has successfully landed a spacecraft on Mars, state media announced early on Saturday. The six-wheeled Zhurong robot was targeting Utopia Planitia, a vast terrain in the planet's northern hemisphere. The vehicle used a combination of a protective capsule, a parachute and a rocket platform to make the descent. The successful touchdown is a remarkable achievement, given the difficult nature of the task. Only the Americans have really mastered landing on Mars until now. With this landing, China becomes the second country to put a rover on Mars. Chinese President Xi Jinping congratulated the team's "outstanding achievement" in a special message. "You were brave enough for the challenge, pursued excellence and placed our country in the advanced ranks of planetary exploration," he said. The probe officially landed at 07:18 on Saturday, Beijing time (Friday 23:18 GMT), according to state media. It took 17 minutes to unfold its solar panels and send a signal back to Earth. China succeeds in putting a probe in Mars orbit UAE space mission returns first image of Mars Remarkable photo of Mars rover during landing Zhurong, which means God of Fire, was carried to Mars on the Tianwen-1 orbiter, which arrived above the planet in February. The time since has been spent surveying Utopia, taking high-resolution images to pinpoint the safest place to put down. The aim with all such ventures is to pick a spot, as far as possible, that is devoid of imposing craters and large boulders. Chinese engineers have to follow events with a time lag. The current distance to Mars is 320 million km, which means radio messages take almost 18 minutes to reach Earth. Every stage of the Zhurong's approach to the surface therefore has to be managed autonomously. The entry (into the atmosphere), descent and landing strategy follows a familiar architecture. At the chosen moment, the rover, encased in an aeroshell, is released from the Tianwen orbiter and dives downwards. A heatshield on the capsule slows the fall by pushing up against the Martian air. A parachute then opens to reduce the velocity still further. Finally, the robot breaks away on a rocket-powered bench for the manoeuvres that take it to the ground. It is a daunting challenge, but China has shown great competence of late in its space endeavours, which have included putting two rovers on the Moon. Now that Zhurong has got down successfully, scientists will try to get at least 90 Martian days of service out of it, studying the local geology. A day, or Sol, on Mars lasts 24 hours and 39 minutes. The robot looks a lot like the American space agency's (Nasa) Spirit and Opportunity vehicles from the 2000s. It weighs some 240kg and is powered by fold-out solar panels. A tall mast carries cameras to take pictures and aid navigation; five additional instruments will help assess the mineralogy of local rocks and look for any water-ice below ground.
  24. With the situation escalating by the day and the other thread moving 2Fast2Furious, we have decided to start this thread to share / highlight critical information relating to the virus outbreak and important health tip for easy reference by all MCF readers. We urge all to post only official information and useful tips from reputable sources to maintain the "tidiness" of this thread. Any post we deem unfit for this thread will be deleted or shifted to the other thread. Thanks in advance for your cooperation. @pChou @BabyBlade @kobayashiGT Please feel free to add other criteria to this thread and we shall regulate it from time to time. As a rule of thumb, NO tcss here... Some useful websites for official information: Ministry of Health - Updates on Wuhan Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Local Situation World Health Organization - Novel Coronavirus 2019 The Straits Times - Wuhan Virus Outbreak Channel News Asia - Wuhan Coronavirus Outbreak Singapore Government - Wuhan Coronavirus Updates Singapore Government - WhatsApp Push Notification Some useful tips for protect yourself and others from getting sick. More will be added in due course.
  25. One of China's tallest skyscrapers was evacuated Tuesday after it began to shake, sending panicked shoppers scampering to safety in the southern city of Shenzhen. Emergency management officials are investigating what caused the near 300-metre high SEG Plaza in Shenzhen's Futian district to wobble, according to a post on the Twitter-like Weibo. "After checking and analysing the data of various earthquake monitoring stations across the city, there was no earthquake in Shenzhen today," the statement said. "The cause of the shaking is being verified by various departments." Bystander videos published by local media on Weibo showed the skyscraper shaking on its foundations as hundreds of terrified pedestrians ran away on the street outside. The tower began to shake at around 1pm Tuesday, after which all people inside were evacuated and it was sealed shut as of 2:40pm, according to local media reports. The tower is home to a major electronics market as well as various offices. cant see the wobblin or shaking thou or maybe its one person anyhow geisiao shout & cause panic then cause mayhem lollllllllllllllllllllllllllll............. for such a tall buildin, if the foundation is weakened somehow... is there even a way to strengthen it????
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