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And here I had just said earlier that the Chinese treatment of the destroyers on FONOPS had been fairly profession compared to the Russians. Ah well. Missions will continue regardless.

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The word "professional" relative to the Chinese navy/naval air arm is a bit of a misnomer, as it implies competence and tradition at sea. The Chinese have neither.

 

They do build excellent boats of marble, however.

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U.S reconnaissance aircraft configured for aerial surveillance likely do have external cameras. The videos are likely forthcoming. I would be curious to know why if they are not.

Bureaucracy wrapping it in red tape and over the top secretiveness.

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There isn't much to be gained by releasing footage. Also there might not be camaras at those angles and distances. Traditionally recon a/c don't look at things fifty feet away; I doubt they are equipped to view things at such angels and distances, though I'd be surprised if someone didn't have a go pro or phone recording of it.

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There isn't much to be gained by releasing footage. Also there might not be camaras at those angles and distances. Traditionally recon a/c don't look at things fifty feet away; I doubt they are equipped to view things at such angels and distances, though I'd be surprised if someone didn't have a go pro or phone recording of it.

With the rate of these incidents increasing recently, I can totally see crew members packing a HD camera. For ehm recording evidence. ;)

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Lol my post almost verbatim

 

Concerned over increasingly reckless Chinese and Russian intercepts of US aircraft, Pacific Command says it urgently needs cameras on its planes to provide irrefutable proof of their misbehavior.

http://breakingdefense.com/2016/05/chinas-reckless-pilots-on-film-pics-or-it-didnt-happen-off-hainan/

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LONDON, May 20 (Xinhua) -- China is committed to peace and stability in the South China Sea, and desires to solve disputes peacefully through negotiation, Chinese Ambassador to Britain Liu Xiaoming said Friday.

In a speech at the International Institute for Strategic Studies in London, Liu said China has long exercised "a high-level of self-restraint and forbearance" regarding the territorial disputes in the region.

 

"We have always approached the disputes in a constructive and responsible manner. If China had not maintained self-restraint, the South China Sea would not be what it is today," he told his audience.

 

Expounding on China's position and policy, Liu said that the islands and reefs in the South China Sea have belonged to China since ancient times.

 

China was the first to discover the islands in the South China Sea, the first to name the islands, the first to exercise administrative jurisdiction in the South China Sea, and also the first to develop the islands, he said.

 

"The aforementioned four 'Firsts' are based on substantial and concrete historical evidence. They testify to the fact that the islands of the South China Sea have long been Chinese territory," added the ambassador.

 

One actor in the region, the Philippines, has approached the issue through unilaterally arbitration, something China rejects.

 

"China's rejection of the arbitration is an act of exercising its legitimate rights empowered by international law."

 

China and the Philippines reached a number of bilateral agreements on resolving disputes, according to the diplomat.

 

In the Declaration of Conduct reached between China and the Philippines and other ASEAN countries, it is clearly stipulated that "the parties concerned undertake to resolve their territorial and jurisdictional disputes by peaceful means," he stressed.

 

"'Pacta sunt servanda' is a basic rule in international relations. This is the bottom line of morality that every country must strictly observe. To put it simply, the Philippines has reneged on its words and deeds," Liu noted.

 

He pointed out that The United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) stipulates that States Parties have the right to settle a dispute by any peaceful means of their own choice.

 

"The aforementioned arbitration was unilaterally forced by the Philippines, who did not seek consent from China. This violates China's legitimate rights under the international law," he said.

 

The 15 submissions made by the Philippines concern territorial sovereignty and maritime delimitation, Liu said, noting that "the UNCLOS has no jurisdiction over issues related to sovereignty."

 

"As for maritime delimitation, China made a declaration in 2006 in accordance with Article 298 of the UNCLOS. This made it very clear China would exclude disputes on maritime delimitation from compulsory arbitration, so China has exercised its legitimate rights conferred by the UNCLOS. China's action complies with international law," he elaborated.

 

"It should be noted that over 30 other countries...have made similar declarations on the same principle of exclusion. These declarations have constituted an inseparable part of the UNCLOS," he continued.

 

Regarding claims that China is "militarizing" the South China Sea, the ambassador said more than half of the U.S.'s military force is deployed in Asia-Pacific, and it frequently flexes its military muscles together with its allies in the region.

 

"This is shown with the conduct of highly-targeted military drills. Then there are the military jets and warships on close-in reconnaissance in the nearby waters and air space of China's islands and reefs," he explained.

 

"It is these provocative and hostile actions that have raised the tension in the South China Sea. These acts have sent the wrong signal to the Philippines and others who have recklessly deployed military facilities on their illegally occupied islands," said the envoy.

 

He urged the United States to "stop its dangerous provocations that challenge China's sovereignty and security" and "take concrete steps to facilitate peace and stability in the region."

 

 

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/21/c_135376928.htm

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China's response to Tsai's inauguration speech.

 

China yesterday expressed its dissatisfaction with President Tsai Ing-wen’s (蔡英文) inaugural address, describing it as an “incomplete test paper.”

 

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office issued a statement in response to Tsai’s speech, in which many people were looking for clues about the future of Taiwan-China ties.

 

China said it noticed that the “new leader of the Taiwan authorities” mentioned that in 1992, the two institutions representing the two sides of the Taiwan Strait arrived at various joint acknowledgments and understandings through communication and negotiations.

Tsai also said her new government would continue to promote the stable and peaceful development of cross-strait relations based on existing realities and political foundations, the statement said.

 

However, Tsai did not clearly recognize the so-called “1992 consensus” nor agree to its core meaning, and she did not propose concrete ways to guarantee the stable and peaceful development of the cross-strait relationship, it said.

“On the fundamental question of the nature of cross-strait relations that people on the two sides of the Strait are most concerned about, [Tsai] adopted a murky attitude,” the statement said.

 

“This is an incomplete test paper,” it said.

 

Cross-strait exchanges have slowed since Tsai and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) scored resounding victories in presidential and legislative elections on Jan. 16, achieving a complete transformation of power in Taiwan.

 

Tsai has refused to accept the “1992 consensus,” seen by the government of former president Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) as a tacit agreement between the two sides of the Strait that there is only “one China,” with the two sides free to interpret what that means.

Official Chinese news outlets largely snubbed Tsai’s inauguration, with searches of her name and “Taiwan” blocked on social media.

China’s state-run media were almost mute about the inauguration, with no coverage at all on national TV or major newspapers, such as the People’s Daily, the Chinese Communist Party’s mouthpiece. Xinhua news agency took nearly three hours from when she was sworn in to report the fact in a 22-word dispatch in English.

 

For several hours, searches for “Taiwan” or “Tsai Ing-wen” on Chinese microblogging site Sina Weibo both returned the message: “Sorry, no relevant result is found,” although her name was later unblocked.

 

In an editorial, the Global Times — a newspaper owned by the People’s Daily group that often takes a nationalistic tone — said Tsai’s assumption of power heralded “a new era for a cross-strait region that is characterized by uncertainty.”

DPP rule will make Taiwan “take a larger step away from the mainland politically,” it said. “Certain people are still holding on to the fantasy that ‘soft independence’ might be workable.”

 

“Perhaps a new round of contention is inevitable to completely drive the topic of Taiwan independence away,” it added.

Beijing has been sending assertive messages across the Taiwan Strait since Tsai was elected. It has warned against any attempt to formally declare independence and the Chinese military has mounted at least three landing exercises in the country’s southeast this month — widely seen as a threat to Tsai not to rock the boat.

http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2016/05/21/2003646796

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JOHANNESBURG, May 20 (Xinhua) -- The United States, in a very real sense, has been the invisible hand behind the rising tension in the South China Sea, a well-known South African commentator said in a commentary published in The Star newspaper on Friday.

It becomes tiresome to continue unravelling stories of the United States meddling in regions far away from its shores, trying to weaken other countries in order to maintain its global dominance, said Shannon Ebrahim.

"Why does the U.S. feel it has the right to endanger Chinese national security interests in the South China Sea?" she asked in the article titled "Islands that could lead to war."

The more one delves into the reality of the South China Sea issue, it becomes clearer that the United States actually thinks it has a right to manipulate regional dynamics in China's backyard so as to encircle it as a rising superpower, Ebrahim said.

"What is more incredible is that the U.S. believes it has the right to send 60 percent of its naval fleet and 60 percent of its overseas air force into the South China Sea by 2030. If this is not the ultimate display of arrogance then I don't know what is," she said.

Referring to the U.S. concern of freedom of navigation, Ebrahim said, "But China is equally committed to this principle, and has never attempted to hinder trade navigation in any way."

 

"In this case, China has international law on its side," she said.

"Despite attempts by neighboring countries to encroach onto the islands and take them over, China has proof of its sovereignty over them, going back centuries," Ebrahim wrote.

The history of Chinese people living and working on the South China Sea islands dates back to China's Han Dynasty some 2,000 years ago.

China has been seeking dialogue with its neighbors and advocating joint development of the South China Sea. But the U.S. Asia-Pacific re-balancing strategy that President Barack Obama introduced in 2009 has escalated tension, Ebrahim noted.

 

"In a very real sense the U.S. has been the invisible hand behind the rising tension, conducting joint naval exercises with claimants, orchestrating confrontational incidents with Chinese naval vessels, and even giving partial recognition to the Philippines' unilateral renaming of the South China Sea to the West Philippines Sea," Ebrahim wrote.

The United States, she said, has encouraged claimants to step up their efforts to take over the islands by engaging in joint exercises with the Philippines in the region.

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/21/c_135376710.htm

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi has reiterated China's stance on the South China Sea issue, saying it should be resolved through dialogue and consultation.

 

The statement was made during his recent interview with Al Jazeera in Beijing.

 

Wang Yi stressed that the Chinese government has always persisted in solving the South China Sea issue through peaceful dialogue.

 

"The South China Sea is originally peaceful and stable. As for the disputes left over from history over some specific islands and reefs, China is committed to seeking proper, peaceful settlement through dialogue and consultation even though its own rights and interests had been infringed upon. This process is still under way."

 

In response to the fact that the US has sent thousands of American troops to the Philippines, and accusations from the US Defense Secretary that China of militarizing the South China Sea, Wang Yi said he believes such moves will not help solve the issue.

 

"Such a move, to say the least, has added destabilizing factors to the South China Sea situation, if not further heightening the tensions, and we don't think it is constructive. Who is engaging in massive military exercises in this region? Who is sending a lot of advanced weaponry to the South China Sea and building new military bases? The answer is all too clear: the United States."

 

In 2013, the Philippines unilaterally filed an arbitration case against China over maritime disputes.

 

To that matter, Wang said China does not approve, accept or participate in the case because it goes against the principle of arbitration, which requires agreement between the parties concerned.

 

The Philippines pushed for the arbitration without any consultation or serious bilateral negotiation with China, while China, even now, is still open for dialogue.

 

 

 

 

http://english.cri.cn/12394/2016/05/22/4081s928448.htm

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David Cameron has warned China that it must abide by the outcome of international arbitration on its increasingly assertive territorial claims in the South China Sea – the cause of bitter disputes with the Philippines and other countries in the region.

 

Speaking as he arrived in Japan for the G7 summit, Cameron adopted his toughest stance yet on China’s claims, following criticism from the White House that he has been too accommodating towards Beijing.

 

Cameron said China must respect the ruling, expected in a few weeks, by the permanent court of arbitration in The Hague in response to a case brought by the Philippines challenging the construction of military bases in disputed waters.

 

“Because we are in Japan, the regional picture will be a feature of this G7,” the prime minister said, adding that it was in Britain’s interest for other counties to abide by international law.

 

Obama backs Vietnam in South China Sea dispute with Beijing

“We want to encourage China to be part of that rules-based world. We want to encourage everyone to abide by these adjudications. I’m sure that will be something that will be discussed.”

 

Cameron’s comments are expected to anger Beijing, which has refused to cooperate with the legal move and has accused the Philippines of using the court to undermine Chinese sovereignty in the region. China denounced the case as a “blatant grab for territory” and warned that it “would not accept and would not engage” in the move. The court does not have the authority to enforce its decision, and its rulings have been ignored before.

 

Cameron and other G7 leaders are expected to voice strong opposition to Chinese construction of military installations on reclaimed islands in parts of the South China Sea during their two-day summit in central Japan, which begins on Thursday.

 

As host, Japan is keen to secure a strong statement on China’s unilateral assertion of sovereignty over large parts of the South China Sea, given that it too is embroiled in a dispute with Beijing over ownership of the Senkakus, a group of islets in the East China Sea.

 

The South China Sea is thought to have significant oil and gas reserves and is a route for about $4.5tn (£3.2tn) in trade.

 

The Chinese ambassador to London, Liu Xiaoming, in a major speech last week said it would be wrong to believe China would feel bound by the tribunal arbitration or that it would be in breach of international law if it rejected its findings.

 

He said in a speech to a defence thinktank that the “crucial point is that the tribunal is not a permanent arbitration body, nor is it a court of law”.

 

“From the very start of the reference from the Philippines for the arbitration China made it clear this was not an acceptable way to resolve the dispute.”

 

He also accused the Philippines of reneging on a commitment to settle disputes by negotiation, adding that its behaviour was unreasonable and illegal.

 

“The islands in the arbitration case are the sovereignty property of China since ancient times. What the Philippines is doing is robbing its neighbour and asking the court to rule in its favour over the ownership of the booty. No one in the world should find this reasonable.”

 

Washington has voiced concern over Beijing’s growing assertiveness in the area. A recent Pentagon report said Beijing had reclaimed more than 3,200 acres of land in the south-eastern part of the South China Sea, and had weaponised islands in an attempt to build a deterrent capability in the region.

 

US officials fear China could be preparing to enforce an air-defence identification zone over the South China Sea, similar to one it declared over the disputed Senkaku Islands in 2013.

 

Barack Obama said tensions in the South China Sea were not of the US’s making, adding “we would very much like to see a peaceful resolution of disputes” between China and the Philippines, Vietnam, and other countries in the region. “We are not taking a position on those claims,” Obama said on Wednesday. “It is entirely in China’s power to resolve those disputes.”

 

The US, Obama added, was determined to ensure freedom of navigation and respect for international law, “because that benefits everyone, including China”.

 

The lacklustre global economy is expected to take centre stage in the formal talks, although divisions are likely to remain over whether the world should spend or save its way out of the current malaise.

 

The G7 will also discuss Islamist terrorism, with the French president, François Hollande, keen to address the issue after the country suffered two bloody terror attacks in a year.

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/may/25/david-cameron-china-ruling-south-china-sea-the-hague-philippines

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China, even now, is still open for dialogue.

 

 

 

Except it's not

 

China Wants Disputed South Sea Off G7 Agenda

http://www.voanews.com/content/china-wants-south-sea-off-g7-agenda/3346792.html

 

 

China's strategy is "open dialogue" on 1 on 1 basis with the other claimants so that they can overwhelm their small neighbors in 1 on 1 negotiations for China's gain. The end goal is obvious, China wants to make the SCS a China lake so whatever feasible means that kick the US out is what they will do.

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Rebiya Kadeer at the FCCJ again.

 

Last time:

http://www.tank-net.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=39564&page=38&do=findComment&comment=1202052

 

What follows is only from her presentation and the Q&A

 

She's claiming things now are worse for Uighurs than it was during the Cultural Revolution. People are easily jailed. She has explained about the killings and so that has gone on since 2009 so this time she wants to just focus on what's going on right now. The Uighurs have been very hopeful about the activities of Uighurs outside of China for their case in East Turkestan (Xinjiang), that peaceful means can help, but now its changed. Uighurs are now running away from East Turkestan because of the severe policies of CCP China. In 1949 when the Chinese communists first came to take over, more than 10,000 people ran away to neighboring countries like India and Pakistan and 1,000 escaped during the cultural revolution to the Soviet Union. But now again, in recent times, more than 10,000 have escaped because of tough Chinese politics, escaping to places like Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Egypt. One reason for escaping is because they have no religious freedom. So they escape while thinking that they must train to fight the CCP. Over 10,000 have moved to Turkey and have very difficult living circumstances there as refugees. 1,500 are in Kayseri. Some of them have went to Syria and Iraqi, some joining radical groups for fighting for East Turkestan. They join these radical groups becouse CCP policy suppression is so strong on Uighur culture and language. Some of the Uighurs in Thailand had their children killed in jail. China and Indonesia cooperate so some Uighurs have died by Indonesia police. In December 2015, CCP announced an terrorism campaign so more Uighurs in East Turkestan are jailed., more than 100 killed on judgement claimed by CCP of being part of terrorist groups. Uighurs have been caught claimed as terrorists in connection to the Bangkok bombing. Uighurs are not terrorists, she says.

 

The G7 meeting is tomorrow and the refugee problem is one of the topics. She hopes that the Uighur refugee problem is also discussed by them. They must since there is a danger by the Uighur refugee problem. Obmama is visiting Hiroshima. China has conducted over 46 nuclear tests in East Turkestan that caused many Uighur victims because of the tests and the Chinese government takes no responsibility for those cases of illness because of the tests.

 

Now more than 40,000 young Uighurs are in Chinese jail. Maybesome may say it's an unbelievable number but it is a common case in the population of 20 million in East Turkestan. And they run away and end up dying in Syria at the hands of ISIS. Uighurs can't speak Arabic, Chinese, or English, so they are ignored. So they die in China and die outside of China and the world takes no responsibility of Uighur refugees.

 

End of presentation. Next is Q&A.

 

From it, more briefly, long list of banned Islamic practices, forced old Uighur language learning (not allowed to speak modern Uighur) girls moved out to work in mainland, recently the Chinese govenerment has been targeting guys to arrest without telling them why they are being jailed. Before Xi Jinping, there was some degree of law and court system, but not now. People are easily killed in the country side.

 

Of the 10,000 refugees in Turkey, the 1,500 in Kayseri are doing well and get help from the Turkish government in housing, schools, etc. But the other 7,500 have it very difficult and Turkey doesn't help them, so some of them run off to places like Syria. But because Turkey has 3 million Syrian refugees it can't be expected for Turkey to help. They have too many refugees. So the World Uighur Congress applied for help by the US, and the UN and they say it should be taken up internationally.

 

The international society has been silent about Chinese aircraft and helicopters killing 1,000 Uighur. She say's China has an easy time being very hash on Uighurs because they are Muslim and Muslims are closer to anti-terrorism policies but Uighurs are of the moderate Muslims she says.

 

To a question of who helps finance support for the Uighur people and their cause; America. And of course human right organizations from other countries support.

 

For numbers of total refugees; 1.5 million in Central Asia who have already been in residence of those countries since the 50s and 60s. 200,000 in Turkey, 10,000 in the US and Europe, over 50,000 in Saudi Arabia since 1949 when CCP occupied their land.

 

They don't get support from Islamic countries because they have relations with China so even though the World Uighur Congress wants to form relations and recieve support from them, Chinese pressure interferes.

 

Chinese government says there are 11 million Uighurs in China but they don't believe that, they say 20 million.

 

With the Hiroshima visit coming up, she hopes that Abe will press China to allow a delegation to go to East Turkestan to test and confirm the victims of the over 46 Chinese nuclear bomb testings carried out in East Turkestan.

 

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China's strategy is "open dialogue" on 1 on 1 basis with the other claimants so that they can overwhelm their small neighbors in 1 on 1 negotiations for China's gain. The end goal is obvious, China wants to make the SCS a China lake so whatever feasible means that kick the US out is what they will do.

 

 

Yep, but our incoming new prez and some of our naval officers don't see that.

 

Recently, Filipino fishermen were able to fish in disputed waters without interference from China because of Duterte's remarks that he will enter into billateral dialogue with China which the latter welcomed.

 

So now people are singing praises for Duterte because now our poor poor fishermen can now fish in disputed waters.

 

What they fail to realize is that this is just the carrot dangled in front of Duterte et al, and in the end China will have its way.

 

This is one reason why I feel so depressed lately....

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China's strategy is "open dialogue" on 1 on 1 basis with the other claimants so that they can overwhelm their small neighbors in 1 on 1 negotiations for China's gain. The end goal is obvious, China wants to make the SCS a China lake so whatever feasible means that kick the US out is what they will do.

 

Yep, but our incoming new prez and some of our naval officers don't see that.

 

Recently, Filipino fishermen were able to fish in disputed waters without interference from China because of Duterte's remarks that he will enter into billateral dialogue with China which the latter welcomed.

 

So now people are singing praises for Duterte because now our poor poor fishermen can now fish in disputed waters.

 

What they fail to realize is that this is just the carrot dangled in front of Duterte et al, and in the end China will have its way.

 

This is one reason why I feel so depressed lately....

Same feelings. I saw the news about no troubles for the fisherman this time and thought the same.

 

Still have to see what the response to the tribunal will be. And then see if US policy remains the same when the Donald wins..

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BEIJING, May 27 (Xinhua) -- China on Friday said it was strongly dissatisfied with a statement by G7 members, in which they expressed concern over the South China Sea.

Leaders of the G7 countries -- Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States -- and representatives from the European Union, convened in Japan's Ise-Shima for the summit, which ran Thursday through Friday.

"As the G7 host, Japan is hyping up the South China Sea issue and fanning the flame of tensions," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said, adding that such action was not beneficial to stability in the South China Sea and does not accord with the G7's position as a platform for managing the developed economies.

"China is strongly dissatisfied with what Japan and the G7 have done." Hua said, urging G7 members to avoid irresponsible remarks and do more that is beneficial to regional peace and stability.

Hua called on G7 members to be objective and fair and abide by their promise of not taking sides on territorial disputes.

"As the world is faced with a complicated economic situation, the G7, as a platform to discuss world economy, should focus on economic and development issues of global concern," Hua said.

As the holder of the G20 presidency this year, China hopes G7 members will join the agenda of G20, which is more representative platform, and play a more constructive role in global economic governance, Hua said.

What China has done in the South China Sea falls entirely within China's sovereignty, and is completely legal, reasonable and blameless, Hua said.

China firmly maintains the freedom of navigation and overflight in the South China Sea, but the navigational freedom of commercial vessels is not the same as the willful trespassing of naval warships, Hua said.

She said China opposed the smear campaign by some countries in the name of "navigation freedom."

In fact, regarding China's efforts to settle the South China Sea disputes through negotiation and consultation, more and more countries and organizations have shown their understanding and support, Hua said.

 

http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/2016-05/27/c_135393897.htm

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has called for new advances in Marxist economic philosophy by turning practices and experiences in China's economic development into economic theories.

 

Xi made the remarks on Monday while presiding over a group study session of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), China's top leadership, on the basic theory and methodology of Karl Marx's political economy.

 

In face of the extremely complex economic situation at home and aboard as well as varied economic phenomena, the study of Marxist political economy could help conduct economic analysis in a scientific way, improve the capability of managing a socialist market economy, and better answer problems of economic development, Xi said.

 

The CPC has enriched Marxist political economy by combining its basic principles with new practices in reform and opening up and made many key theoretical achievements, Xi said, listing acknowledgment of the market's "decisive" role in allocating resources, the "new normal" theory and its development as examples.

 

"This new development concept should be used to guide and promote our country's economic development, unravel difficult problems, and create new dimension in economic development," Xi said.

 

As the fundamental standpoint of Marxist political economy, the theory of putting people at the center should be upheld while deploying work, setting down policies and promoting economic development, according to Xi.

 

The president highlighted the need to uphold and improve the basic socialist economic system, stressing that people should consolidate and develop the public sector while encouraging, supporting and guiding the non-public sector to develop.

 

"The mainstay status of the public ownership and the leading role of the state-owned economy must not waver," he said, adding that these could ensure that people from all ethnic groups share the fruit of development, and they are guarantees for solidifying CPC's ruling status and adherence to the socialist system.

 

In addition, Xi stressed that the direction for reforming the socialist market economy and the basic state policy of opening up should be adhered.

 

During the group study, members of the political bureau listened to a lecture delivered by Professor Gu Hailiang from a committee of social sciences under the Ministry of Education.

 

Group study is used by the top leadership to learn about major issues. It was the 28th group study of the current political bureau.

 

 

http://china.org.cn/china/2015-11/24/content_37153593.htm

 

 

China's economics students are being "brainwashed by Western theories" and need to read more Marx, Chinese professors said in a letter to the education ministry, amid a widening crackdown on foreign ideas.

As China's economy faces a slowdown and struggles to adopt much-needed reforms, economics students at Chinese universities should study a curriculum composed of at least half Marxist courses, said the petition, otherwise they will become the "grave diggers of the socialist economic system."

 

It is the latest effort by the Communist Party to push its ideology in classrooms as President Xi Jinping, who has overseen tightened media censorship and a crackdown on dissent, has called for the party to increase control over universities.

 

"It is in essence an ideological class struggle wherein the bourgeois class clashes with the proletariat class in education," the letter's co-author told the Global Times yesterday, adding that the letter had dozens of scholars supporting it.

 

The petition did not address whether Marx, a German-born political theorist, revolutionary and philosopher who spent much of his life in England, should be considered "Western."

 

Schools have become an ideological battleground for the ruling party, with the country's education minister saying in 2015 that textbooks promoting so-called "Western values" should be banned.

 

Internet users have fiercely debated new revisions to China's primary and secondary school textbooks that state media criticized for paying too little attention to patriotic content.

 

 

http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=169974

 

 

 

The latest hot topic for Chinese rappers is a bearded 19th century German philosopher who wrote a book called "The Communist Manifesto." Chinese state media are promoting a new rap song praising Karl Marx, in the latest attempt to leverage popular culture in support of the ruling Communist Party.

 

Entitled "Marx is a post-90" -- China's version of a millennial -- the song extols the communist godfather's supposed coolness with lyrics such as, "Life is full of little accidents, then one day I discovered how awesome he was."

 

"I saw my faith, don't even ask why," it continues. "You are my Venus, my dear Marx."

 

The website of the party newspaper People's Daily said the song proves how Marx continues to appeal to young people and will "never completely go out of style."

 

The site said an accompanying video featuring midriff-baring dancers, a DJ and rappers in backward caps and jerseys has "gone viral."

 

Marx, who died in 1883, sits high in the pantheon of China's communist heroes, although it's unclear how much the author of famous lines such as "the proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains." resonates with young people raised on video games, hip-hop and western fashions.

 

China in recent years has turned to animated short films, rock bands and rap music to promote the Communist Party, government policies and the military. An armed forces recruiting video released earlier this month features a rap-rock soundtrack with lyrics such as "just waiting for the order to kill, kill, kill" over a frantic music-video style montage of aircraft, tanks and guns.

 

The state’s endorsement of a rap song follows last year’s high-profile banning of 120 similarly-styled songs. The difference? Those had no references to the coolness of Marx, rather, the scrubbed tracks were said to "promote obscenity, violence, crime, or threaten public morality."

 

 

http://www.billboard.com/articles/business/7385862/china-state-media-promotes-rap-song-praising-karl-marx

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OpCln2SZwk4

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-3612772/Karl-Marx-millennial-China-rebrands-Godfather-Communism-hit-rap-song-bid-sell-Marxism-youngsters.html

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5U2mMMBSJo

 

 

Just astonishingly stupid.

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