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The ‘Patriotism’ Of Not Speaking Uyghur

DARREN BYLERJANUARY 2, 20191
Uyghur “patriotism” now requires the active disavowal of the Uyghur way of life. Vague euphemisms like “patriotism,” “harmony,” “stability,” “vocational training,” and “poverty elimination” gaslight the erasure of a native system of knowledge and the basic elements that make Uyghur life Uyghur: language, religion, and culture.On October 27, 2018, Memtimin Ubul, a Communist Party deputy secretary of Kashgar’sQaghaliq County, stated publicly something that had increasingly become the norm over the past two years in the Uyghur homeland. In the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, it was now officially unpatriotic for Uyghur state employees to speak or write in Uyghur language.In a statement that was circulated to more than 750,000 readers, the ethnically Uyghur state official wrote that any state employee who spoke Uyghur in public “should be classified as a ‘two-faced person.’” This is a charge that has resulted in the detention of hundreds, if not thousands, o…

Trade war, day 181: Lighthizer may push for more tariffs

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There is not much news in the U.S.-China trade war since last Friday, when we highlighted for Access members (paywall) that Foxconn may be moving a large amount of iPhone production to India and Vietnam. But two insightful pieces on Robert Lighthizer, the U.S. Trade Representative leading negotiations, have been published and are worth a read.“Lighthizer remains deeply skeptical of Beijing and has warned Mr. Trump that the United States may need to exert more pressure through additional tariffs in order to win true concessions,” the New York Times reports (porous paywall).“Lighthizer wants to limit China’s influence, even if he has to break the American-made economic order to do it,” the Atlantic says in an in-depth profile of his contrarian trade law career stretching back to the 1980s.Both pieces indicate that Lighthizer is enjoying immense influence in the Trump administration at the moment. “Lighthizer is still riding a NAFTA high within the administration,” the Atlant…

Myanmar to make utmost efforts to ensure security of CMEC

Source:Global Times Published: 2019/1/2 19:08:39

Myanmar to make utmost efforts to deliver CMEC

U Thit Linn Ohn, Myanmar Ambassador to China Photo: Li Qiaoyi/GT



Editor's Note:Since the beginning of 2018, the friendly ties between China and Myanmar have continued their steady progress, with the two nations deepening pragmatic cooperation in a variety of areas. On September 9, 2018, the two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) in Beijing to build the China-Myanmar Economic Corridor (CMEC), one of the key projects of the China-proposed Belt and Road initiative (BRI). On November 8, the two countries signed a framework agreement on the Kyauk Phyu Special Economic Zone (SEZ) deep-sea port project in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar. Also, Myanmar has over the last two years been facing great international pressure over resolving the Rakhine State issue, but China has continued its support for the Myanmar government's stance on the issue. Recently at the Myanmar Embassy in Beijing, Glo…

‘Frosty Boy’, the rural poor and China’s push to eliminate poverty

The country’s economic miracle has lifted millions of people out of ‘poverty in rural areas’ but critics say more should be doneBy GORDON WATTSJANUARY 3, 2019 11:13 AM (UTC+8)00Wang Fuman, or "Frosty Boy," when he turned up at Zhuanshanbao primary school after a 4.5-kilometer hike. Photo: OnlineHe captured the hearts of a nation and became known as “Frosty Boy” in China. On a bitterly cold morning nearly a year ago, Wang Fuman started the long walk to school from his impoverished home in the rural backwater of Ludian in Yunnan province.Taking more than two hours, the eight-year-old trudged across mountains and streams in freezing temperatures during his 4.5-kilometer, or nearly three-mile, trek.When he finally reached the shelter of his third-grade classroom, his hair was white with frost, his eyebrows packed with ice, and his face bright red and chapped from the biting wind.At this point, his teacher at the Zhuanshanbao primary school posted a photograph of Wang online. It …

Lebanese port eyes China as it sells itself as hub for Syria

Cash-strapped country is keen to attract investment from Beijing The port of Tripoli in Lebanon -Chinese cranes and equipment are expected to boost the port's capacity © Archie Zhang in Beijing 6 HOURS AGOA container ship belonging to Cosco, the Chinese state-owned shipping group, recently docked in north Lebanon’s port of Tripoli. It was the first vessel to sail Cosco’s newly established China-Tripoli maritime route, following the French shipping company CMA CGM, which has also begun a China-Tripoli line. Lebanon hopes the arrival of Chinese ships augur Beijing’s interest in the country’s neighbour — Syria.  As Bashar al-Assad’s regime retakes control of most of Syria and aims to rebuild devastated cities, cash-strapped Lebanon wants to tap into the estimated $200bn reconstruction. Tripoli, just 35km from the Syrian border, is selling itself as a logistics hub for reconstruction. China, the one country with the cash and diplomatic position to drive Syria’s reconstruction, has sho…

Sharing opportunities, enhancing cooperation top on China's 2019 diplomatic agenda

Source: Xinhua| 2019-01-02 17:42:08|Editor: Lu Hui
by Xinhua writers Qu Junya, Yan LiangBEIJING, Jan. 2 (Xinhua) -- Sharing development opportunities and deepening cooperation in a bid to enhance global stability and governance are expected to feature in China's diplomatic agenda in the year to come.SHARING DEVELOPMENT OPPORTUNITIESTangled regional, international problems constantly renew changes in the global landscape. In year 2019, Chinese solutions are expected to highlight openness in broadening common interest ground and sharing growth opportunities in cooperation.The scheduled second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in China is expected to usher in a new stage of co-construction of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). So far, the countries along the updated ancient Silk Road trade route have seen over 6 trillion U.S. dollars in trade volume with China, 80 billion dollars in capital inflows and 240,000 additional jobs.To lift the BRI cooperation to higher qual…

New ventures bring China and Portuguese-speaking countries closer together

2 January 2019
China and the Portuguese-speaking countries were linked in 2018 by a number of new ventures, and the process of getting closer continues in the new year under the New Silk Road.One symbol of the ever closer and more intense ties between China and Portuguese-speaking countries is the Catembe Bridge, inaugurated in November 2018 by Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi, a US$725 million, China-funded project.The project, which includes the road link between the south bank of Maputo Bay and Ponta do Ouro on the border with South Africa, is on the list of the 70 largest bridges worldwide and is considered the largest suspension bridge in Africa.During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in September in Beijing, Filipe Nyusi met with President Xi Jinping, who told him that “China strongly supports Mozambique in choosing a path of development.”Angolan President João Lourenço also met with Xi Jinping during FOCAC, and was given assurances of support for the diversificatio…