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    No fair observer would speak of the meetings of the 20th CPC National Congress without referring to the unprecedented progress that Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region has witnessed concerning the improved services and raised standards of living in all its counties.
    Yes, I'm sure those million or so Uighurs in concentration camps often refer to the "improved services and raised standards of living".




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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    ^ I agree Herman. While China can be praised for for many aspects of it's handling of the CV crisis- specifically it's measures have saved many lives statistically compared to other countries, it's measures of late are ridiculously over the top considering the Omicron variant isn't so bad, and are clearly chafing with the population. They appear to be relaxing now, and about time too. "better late than never".
    I agree Sabang. China had only two options. Bring out the army and shoot everyone (like always) or lock them up.
    Statistics don't exist in China! Only facts like "Shitping to remain in power for life".




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    If they lie about this, they’ll lie about everything

    Over the last week or so I’ve watched the news in Australia and followed the approach to the Victorian State elections. I’ve noticed Murdoch press outlets seem to denigrate Dan Andrews, the incumbent State Premier, at any opportunity and, for weeks leading up to the election, media has been suggesting Andrews would lose in a landslide because of his stance on Covid zero which led to an upswell in unpopularity.

    Except he won and he won well.

    Now, media begrudgingly accept that, their narrative was not the reality; what a surprise! Look carefully at these words, the media narrative was that Labor, Andrews, party, would lose and lose badly, the narrative was that Andrews was unpopular and his term as Labor leader as well as Premier of the State would be over. But it isn’t.

    How is this possible, how did all the media outlets get it so very wrong?

    The answer is simple, they didn’t get it wrong, they weren’t reporting facts to the public, they were attempting to sway public opinion to their point of view and, there’s a valuable lesson for Australians coming out of this.

    In Victoria, they failed for one reason only, because they were reporting about Victoria to Victorians.

    But Victorians know better, they live there; they know Dan Andrews had told them the truth and, despite media reports to the contrary, they couldn’t find a lie. Andrews told them that lockdowns for Covid were absolutely necessary and, while most people didn’t like it, they knew he was right. They didn’t need media to tell them what they thought, they needed media to give them the news and when they knew they weren’t getting any, they ignored media.

    Media weren’t reporting facts, they were reporting stories. Victorians knew this but people outside of Victoria believed the stories. This all helped sell newspapers and gain clicks but can’t possibly help their credibility when they get it so wrong.

    ABC, News Corp Ltd and others are now suggesting the problem wasn’t their analysis or reporting, nor was it the success of the Labor campaign, it was the failure of the opposition to capitalise on the misery of the lockdowns which, they say, was caused by Dan Andrews’ policies.

    So, Australians can learn from this: when you live in a region and you know how your own life is, then you know what you’re reading is misinformation, you may not know why, but you certainly know it is.

    Which begs the question: Why does anyone believe anything they read in the news? And the answer to this is one of modern day’s most interesting dichotomies. We don’t; almost every person you ask will tell you they don’t believe what’s in the papers, unless of course, it’s something we want to believe; or it’s something we know nothing about and can’t verify.

    I live in China. I know Press write negative stories every day about the country. Before I came to live here, I was fully aware that the Chinese government were authoritarian and the place was a police state, I knew there were predatory practices going on and people in China were unhappy with their government: I knew all this because I’d read it in news and seen it on the TV and internet so, it must have been true — except, like Victoria, it wasn’t. And today, people in Sydney, Brisbane and all-around Australia, people who don’t live in Victoria, are wondering how the information was so wrong.

    It’s the same with China. Most Australians don’t live in China but a few of us do, most never even visit China but, when they do, they find, as I did that the media reports on China are not true. Just as Dan Andrews was not at all unpopular, China is not at all authoritarian or oppressive and predatory practices aren’t part of Chinese culture but, most importantly, as proven by Harvard University and others, most people like, respect and appreciate their government.

    So, next time you’re reading a media report telling you what’s wrong with China, just remember, those same media reporters and their editors and the publishers have been lying to you about pretty much everything you do know about, why would they tell you the truth about anything you don’t know about.

    If they lie about this, they’ll lie about everything | by Jerry Grey | Nov, 2022 | Medium

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    Apart from having lived in China several years, Jerry- a keen cyclist- has actually visited Xinjiang many times, and bicycled through it. So just another Murdoch hit piece (yes, the above is a Murdoch web site)- an utter fabrication. Actually Xinjiang is booming. Why? BRI, plus it is a major tourism destination. It gets +300mm visitors every year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    The answer is simple, they didn’t get it wrong, they weren’t reporting facts to the public
    My take on media is slightly different. All have bias but the vast majority report facts. It is what they don't report that identifies their bias.

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    Lying by omission? Of course there has always been editorial bias, even between quality press- eg the Torygraph vs The Grauniad. I would argue that the dirty digger takes it to an entirely different level though. Also, that our media standards in general have been dropping.

    Media Watch should be required weekly viewing for any informed aussie. Anyway, here is their take on it-


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    Yes the bloke is a well known chinky brown noser who does his best to point his camera away from the concentration camps.

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    His party of three slept right next to what was supposed to be one (according to that boy wonder from ASPI) one night, without even knowing- because it wasn't.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sabang View Post
    His party of three slept right next to what was supposed to be one (according to that boy wonder from ASPI) one night, without even knowing- because it wasn't.
    Of course they did.



    In an interview with the Global Times in June, Mr Grey said while he encountered heavy security and police checkpoints in Xinjiang, he saw no evidence of camps.
    The Global Times, the wanketeers favourite chinky propaganda site.

    Just fancy that.

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    Manufacturing orders from China down 40% in unrelenting demand collapse

    U.S. logistic managers are bracing for delays in the delivery of goods from China in early January as a result of canceled sailings of container ships and rollovers of exports by ocean carriers.

    Carriers have been executing on an active capacity management strategy by announcing more blank sailings and suspending services to balance supply with demand. "The unrelenting decline in container freight rates from Asia, caused by a collapse in demand, is compelling ocean carriers to blank more sailings than ever before as vessel utilization hits new lows," said Joe Monaghan, CEO of Worldwide Logistics Group.

    U.S. manufacturing orders in China are down 40 percent, according to the latest CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map data. As a result of the decrease in orders, Worldwide Logistics tells CNBC it is expecting Chinese factories to shut down two weeks earlier than usual for the Chinese Lunar New Year — Chinese New Year's Eve falls on Jan. 21 next year. The seven days after the holiday are considered a national holiday.

    "Many of the manufacturers will be closed in early January for the holiday, which is much earlier than last year," Monaghan said.

    Supply chain research firm Project44 tells CNBC that after reaching record-breaking levels of trade during the pandemic lockdowns, vessel TEU (twenty-foot equivalent unit) volume from China to the U.S. has significantly pulled back since the end of summer 2022 — including a decline of 21% in total vessel container volume between August and November.

    Asia-based global shipping firm HLS warned clients in a recent communication about the ocean transport business climate.
    "It seems to be a very bad time for the shipping industry. We have the combination of declining demands and overcapacity as new tonnage enters the market," it wrote.

    HLS analysts are predicting a further 2.5% decline in container volumes and a nearly 5-6% increase in capacity in 2023, which will continue to negatively impact freight rates in 2023.

    "The container shipping market will be further complicated by economic uncertainty, geopolitical concerns, and also the increasingly heated market competition," HLS wrote.

    OL USA CEO Alan Baer tells CNBC that there are some early signs of an inventory correction. Overall business volume and order flow out of Asia continue to be muted as carriers cancel more vessels, and there is little upside momentum leading into Chinese New Year. But Baer said, "Space has already tightened, so while demand is soft, space may be at a premium in January and throughout Q1. On the plus side, inventory depletion and the need to restart the order and delivery cycle appears to be inching upward."

    U.S. West Coast ports take biggest hit

    HLS cited trade data showing that U.S. imports from Asia plunged in October to their lowest level in 20 months. The spot rate for a container from Asia to the U.S. West Coast has crossed the breakeven point, "with little room for further reductions," it wrote.

    The large West Coast ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach have experienced the largest drop in trade, according to Josh Brazil, vice president of supply chain insights at Project44, as shippers also rerouted some of their shipments to the East Coast to avoid the risk of a major union strike at West Coast ports.

    HLS expects most carriers to extend their West Coast rates until December 14, holding at $1,300-$1,400 per forty-foot equivalent containers (FEU). However, U.S. East Coast rates are expected to drop by $200 or $300 to average $3,200-3,300 per FEU in the first half of December.

    The recent rise in Covid lockdowns in China continues to impact manufacturing operations and delay cargo outputs. There are also local access obstacles for cross-province and cross-city transportation, mostly related to truck driver testing requirements, with trucking capacity to be largely affected.

    The fight for vessel space, the rollovers of cargo, and the slow trucking is tracked by the CNBC Supply Chain Heat Map.

    Blank (canceled) sailings data shows the cut in vessel capacity on the transpacific route (China to the U.S.) continues at a significant pace. The 2M Alliance of Maersk and MSC has suspended almost half of its U.S. West Coast services for December. The Ocean Alliance (CMA CGM, Cosco Shipping, OOCL and Evergreen) and THE Alliance (Ocean Network Express, Hapag-Lloyd, HMM and Yang Ming Line) have cut overall vessel capacity by 40-50% up to Chinese New Year.

    As a result, space for shippers is considered tight for cargo bound for the Pacific Southwest route and service reliability has declined, with carriers including MSC and Hapag-Lloyd rolling (not accepting) cargo on sailings in an effort to make up time. According to logistics managers, this is creating two weeks of delay. MSC said in its latest notice to clients, "ETAs are indicative and subject to change without prior notice."

    The drop in manufacturing orders from the U.S. and the E.U. is also impacting Vietnam, which has been booming as a manufacturing hub as more trade moved away from China.

    Since early this year, 12,500 companies were closed per month, a 24.8% increase year over year, according to the Vietnam General Statistics Office report. The combination of the lack of manufacturing orders and loan interest rates increasing from 6.5% to 13.2% in Vietnam led many companies to close factories instead of signing new order contracts, according to HLS.

    Canceled ocean sailings bound for Vietnam are up 50% for December.

    Surprise European manufacturing increase

    Unlike the decrease in orders out of China, trade data analyzed by Project44 indicates that the Europe-to-U.S. route is "one of the possibly most surprising and certainly most significant developments since early 2020," Brazil said.

    "This sharp rise cannot be explained by the pandemic alone. But a strategic shift from over-dependency on trade with China and geopolitical tensions over Russia are the main drivers of the EU-U.S. trade boom," he said.

    The global trading map is being rapidly redrawn, with EU-U.S. trade and investment in U.S. rising sharply as economic ties between the West and China are subjected to critical scrutiny. This year, the U.S. has imported more goods from Europe than China – a big shift from the 2010s, according to Project 44.

    "For their part, Europe's manufacturers battling sky-high energy prices and inflation are increasingly exporting to and investing in the U.S.," Brazil said.

    Germany's exports to the U.S. were almost 50% higher in September year over year. Germany's mechanical engineering sector has boosted its exports to the U.S. by almost 20% in a year over year comparison of the first nine months of 2022, according to Project 44.

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    China’s foreign trade up 8.6% in Jan-Nov despite challenges; strong rebound expected

    Challenges persist, but strong rebound expected: experts


    By Ma Jingjing and Xie Jun


    Published: Dec 07, 2022 11:13 AM

    "China’s foreign trade staged strong growth of 8.6 percent year-on-year in the first 11 months of 2022 despite mounting challenges including weak overseas demand, growing geopolitical tensions and COVID-19 resurgences, customs data showed on Wednesday.

    While the country’s export growth rate slowed in November due to a variety of complex factors, experts expressed optimism for the prospects of China's trade sector in 2023, pointing to the steady recovery of the economy following the easing of anti-epidemic restrictions, which will also help boost global economic recovery.

    According to data from the General Administration of Customs (GAC), China’s foreign trade reached 38.34 trillion yuan ($5.49 trillion) in yuan-denominated terms between January and November, up 8.6 percent on a yearly basis.

    Exports rose by 11.9 percent to 21.84 trillion yuan, while imports grew by 4.6 percent year-on-year to 16.5 trillion yuan.

    ASEAN was China’s largest trading partner during the period, with bilateral trade up 15.5 percent. China’s trade with the EU – its second-largest trade partner – grew 7 percent, while trade with the US was up 4.8 percent, according to the customs data. Trade with Belt and Road Initiative economies jumped 20.4 percent year-on-year to 12.54 trillion yuan.

    In November alone, China’s exports grew 0.9 percent year-on-year, an apparent slowdown compared with the previous month’s reading of 7 percent year-on-year. Meanwhile, imports declined 1.1 percent year-on-year last month, down 7.9 percentage points from October, according to the GAC.

    “The unexpected slower growth in imports and exports was mainly due to a higher base last year, as well as declining demand overseas and sporadic COVID-19 resurgences that disrupted manufacturing,” Zhou Maohua, an economist at Everbright Bank, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

    Because of higher inflation, many people are less willing to spend, while interest rate hikes have had a negative impact on investment, which in turn reduced demand for raw materials and other products, Hu Qimu, deputy secretary general of the digital-real economies integration Forum 50, told the Global Times.

    However, China’s foreign trade still showed strong resilience, with the structure continuing to optimize and vehicle exports maintaining strong momentum.

    According to the GAC, general trade maintained double-digit growth of 12.4 percent in the first 11 months to hit 24.47 trillion yuan, accounting for 63.8 percent of the country’s total trade.

    In the first 11 months, China exported vehicles worth 363.76 billion yuan, up 79.3 percent year-on-year.

    Tian Yun, a veteran macroeconomist, said that China’s trade performance is still very strong compared with other major exporters like Japan.

    Tian predicted that China's trade might still face some difficulties in the first half of next year, as the yuan will get stronger amid expectations for an economic rebound following the easing of epidemic control measures. Besides, the US might continue to add tariffs on targeted Chinese goods like steel, and China should prepare countermeasures.

    Still, Tian stressed that if the US stops hiking interest rates next year, it would greatly ease global liquidity, particularly for the real estate sector, and China's export pressure will also be largely reduced.

    Hu is more optimistic about the prospects of China's trade sector. He said that the trade numbers should stabilize in the first quarter of next year, as the easing of anti-epidemic measures will drive up internal demand, which will be beneficial to import growth. The recovery of the Chinese economy will also provide strong momentum for the global economic recovery, which will boost cross-border investment and trade as well.

    Along with the continuous optimization of COVID-19 response measures, China has been stepping up measures to stabilize foreign trade.

    At a press briefing on November 12, An Baojun, an official at the Ministry of Commerce, said that the ministry will encourage local commerce authorities to improve the white-list mechanism, and improve their support and facilitation for export-oriented businesses to ensure their normal manufacturing and smooth logistics.

    Meanwhile, amid the robust momentum of car exports, Chinese authorities issued a notice on Tuesday allowing another 14 regions, including Northeast China’s Liaoning, East China’s Fujian and Southwest China’s Sichuan Province, to export secondhand cars."

    China’s foreign trade up 8.6% in Jan-Nov despite challenges; strong rebound expected - Global Times
    A tray full of GOLD is not worth a moment in time.

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    SINOVAC releases key real-world data for COVID vaccine efficacy for seniors as China seeks to boost vaccination rates


    By Bai Yunyi and Leng Shumei

    Published: Dec 07, 2022 03:06 PM Updated: Dec 07, 2022 03:01 PM

    "Chinese vaccine manufacturer SINOVAC released real-world data on the company's COVID-19 vaccine, CoronaVac, addressing the vaccine's safety and efficacy for seniors, a key target group for China's continued push to improve vaccination rates, particularly for those aged 80 or above.
    According to materials the Global Times obtained from SINOVAC, the results of a phase 1/2 clinical trials and a study using CoronaVac as booster shots conducted in healthy seniors aged 60 and over in China showed that the vaccine was safe for the country's elderly population, and there were no grade 3 adverse reaction reports, or vaccine-related serious adverse events (SAE) reports.

    A third dose of the vaccine quickly induced a strong immune response in people aged 60 and above. The geometric mean titer (GMT) of the antibody in the serum rose to 305 on the seventh day after the administration of a third dose, which was a seven-fold increase from the antibody GMT level at 28 days following the second dose.

    A number of overseas clinical or real-world studies also showed encouraging signals. A study of 2,000 medical staff and community workers in Chile (30 percent aged ≥60 years, 45 percent suffering from chronic diseases) after vaccination with CoronaVac under two different immunization programs concluded that both programs demonstrated safety and immunogenicity, and the incidence of adverse events was lower in elderly volunteers compared with younger populations.

    A study in Brazil among elderly people aged 65-101 (95.6 percent suffering from chronic diseases) showed that adverse events after each dose of basic immunization were mild to moderate, and there were no serious adverse events related to the vaccine. In Colombia, a real-world study of two doses of Sinovac's COVID-19 vaccine for seniors over 60 years old showed that the vaccine offered a good protective effect in aged populations, and the death protection rates for people aged 60-69, 70-79, and 80 years old were respectively 83.3 percent, 78.1 percent and 66.3 percent.

    In Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, a study on elderly people aged 60 years and above who had accepted different doses of COVID-19 vaccine showed that, compared with the baseline period, the risk of adverse events of special concern in the elderly aged 60 years or above after vaccination had not significantly increased. The benefits of vaccination far outweigh the risks when compared to COVID-19 complications observed in previous studies for those aged 60 or older, according to the study.

    Another population-based ecological study in the context of the prevalence of the Omicron variant strain in Hong Kong showed that the third COVID-19 vaccine provided additional protection to adults, especially those over 60 years old and other high-risk groups. After a third dose is administered to people over 60 years old, the protective effect of preventing severe cases is as high as 88 percent and the protective effect of preventing death cases is as high as 93 percent, according to SINOVAC.

    A third case-control study among people over 60 years old in Hong Kong showed that SINOVAC's COVID-19 vaccine can effectively protect the elderly from infection and severe diseases during the domination of the BA.2 strain. Three doses of the vaccine can provide 53.9 percent protection against infection, 86.7 percent protection in preventing COVID-19-related hospitalization, 89.8 percent protection in preventing severe COVID-19 complications, and 95.0 percent protection effective in preventing COVID-19-related death in people aged 80 and above.

    CoronaVac is also safe and effective for people with underlying diseases, SINOVAC said.

    For cancer patients, a prospective, multi-center cohort study conducted in Turkey showed that Sinovac's vaccine offered good safety and immunogenicity for cancer patients. The incidence of side effects reported after the first dose in the control group was significantly higher than that in cancer patients. The incidence of side effects after the first dose was 15.9 percent in the patient group and 22.5 percent in the control group. The seropositive rate of the cancer patient group was 85.2 percent, and the seropositive rate of the control group was 97.5 percent. The high seropositive rate of cancer patients indicates that vaccination of cancer patients can effectively prevent COVID-19 infection, according to SINOVAC.

    For the chronically ill population, SINOVAC said that a review in China of patients (≥40 years old) with one of six common chronic diseases (coronary heart disease, hypertension, diabetes, chronic respiratory disease, obesity, and cancer) has shown that on days 14-28 after vaccination, except for patients with cardiovascular disease and chronic respiratory disease, there was no significant difference in neutralizing antibody levels between the disease group and the healthy control group. There was no significant difference in overall safety, and the most frequently reported adverse events in the six disease groups were the same as those in the healthy control group, with the main adverse events being pain and fatigue at the injection site. Amongst elderly populations, patients with chronic diseases and healthy groups showed no significant differences in adverse events after vaccination of full procedure (15.58 percent vs. 11.11 percent), the first dose (9.71 percent vs. 6.48 percent) or the second dose (9.93 percent vs. 6.48 percent).

    Zheng Zhongwei, director of the Development Center for Medical Science and Technology of the National Health Commission (NHC), had said that China's COVID-19 vaccines are very safe for seniors. According to incomplete global statistics, people over the age of 60 have collectively received over one billion doses of Chinese produced vaccines, and all of them are very safe, with the highest age for vaccination being 106 years old.

    Those aged 80 years old or above who decline to be vaccinated face a risk of death of about 14.7 percent; if they get one shot, the risk of death drops to 7.16 percent. The risk would drop to 1.5 percent after three shots. Therefore, compared with no vaccination, the risk of death was reduced by 9.3 times after receiving three doses of the vaccine, according to Zheng.

    Seniors aged over 60 are at risk of severe illness after being infected, especially the elderly over the age of 80. In clinical practice, people with underlying diseases also have a higher risk of severe illness after being infected. Guo Yanhong, another NHC official, had suggested that "vaccination can effectively reduce the risk of severe illness and death. It is recommended that people without contraindications and eligible for vaccination, especially the elderly, should receive the vaccines as soon as possible."


    SINOVAC releases key real-world data for COVID vaccine efficacy for seniors as China seeks to boost vaccination rates - Global Times
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    Type 071E landing platform dock China built for Thailand completes sea trial


    By Liu Xuanzun


    Published: Dec 07, 2022 07:39 PM Updated: Dec 07, 2022 07:33 PM

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    The amphibious dock landing ships Wuzhishan (Hull 987), Kunlunshan (Hull 998) and Changbaishan (Hull 989) attached to a landing ship flotilla with the navy under the PLA Southern Theater Command steam alongside in waters of the South China Sea during a maritime training exercise on November 18, 2020. The exercise lasted four days, focusing on 10 subjects including comprehensive defense, Landing Craft Air Cushion’s (LCAC) transfer, visit, board, search and seizure (VBSS) operation, and live-fire operations. (eng.chinamil.com.cn/Photo by Liu Jian)

    "The Type 071E landing platform dock China built for Thailand recently completed its sea trial, with experts saying on Wednesday that the large warship's construction is going smoothly and the vessel is expected to be delivered soon.

    Developed by the No.708 Research Institute under the China State Shipbuilding Corporation Limited (CSSC) and built by the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard in Shanghai, the Type 071E landing platform dock successfully completed its sea trial recently, CSSC announced in a statement released on social media on Tuesday.

    The test results show that all performance parameters of the ship are up to or superior to requirements stated in the contract, and received high approval by the client, the statement reads.

    The agreement for China to build the landing platform dock for Thailand's navy was signed in Beijing in 2019, marking the first time China has exported a landing platform dock, as well as a major achievement of China-Thailand comprehensive strategic cooperation, the company said.

    The sea trial demonstrated that the Type 071E is generally a reliable ship, and it is expected to be delivered to the Royal Thai Navy soon, Wei Dongxu, a Beijing-based military expert, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

    It took a short period of just about three years from the contract signing to completing the sea trial, which reflects China's high shipbuilding capabilities, Wei said.

    In the same time period, the Hudong-Zhonghua Shipyard also built Type 075 amphibious assault ships, Type 054A frigates and several civilian vessels, according to media reports.

    As a 20,000 ton-class landing platform dock that is competitive on the global arms market, the Type 071E's transport capability and far sea maneuvering capability are among the best in the world, and its speed and endurance are considered superior to its foreign counterparts, reaching a world-leading level, CSSC said.

    The Type 071E is an export version of the Type 071 amphibious landing ship in service with the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) Navy with adjustments and customizations based on the needs of the Royal Thai Navy, Wei said.

    Its large vehicle deck can host military vehicles including tanks, armored vehicles as well as mechanized and air-cushioned landing craft; its flight deck and hangar can host several helicopters for vertical landing missions, Wei said.

    With the Type 071E, the Royal Thai Navy will not only get enhanced troop transport capability in far sea, but also improved disaster relief capability, the expert said.

    From January to February 2022, the PLA Navy sent the Type 071 amphibious dock landing ship Wuzhishan carrying more than 1,400 tons of supplies to Tonga, sailing more than 5,200 nautical miles to help the South Pacific country in disaster relief after a volcanic eruption triggered a tsunami.
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    Type 071E landing platform dock China built for Thailand completes sea trial - Global Times

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    Which anyone involved in healthcare knows is a crock of shit.

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    China 08:26, 08-Dec-2022

    President Xi Jinping arrives in Saudi Arabia


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    Multipolarity to prevail despite US "decoupling' push

    In an important speech on economic strategy, delivered at a recent forum organised by the newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for Germany to orient itself toward the reality of an “increasingly multipolar world” that is arranging itself right now.

    Scholz stated, countering a narrative that Europe and North America can simply return to reliable economic growth following the disruptions of COVID-19 and the crisis in Ukraine, that the growing strength of Asia had fundamentally changed the international landscape. There will be no going back to the good old days in which North America and Western Europe enjoyed stable economic growth and high employment rates.

    Inter alia, this is a tacit admission that the West’s wealth has been built to a significant degree on the basis of extraction from the developing world. The “good old days” were when Europe and North America were rich and Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Latin America and the Caribbean were poor and subordinate

    What was the material foundation of these good old days? It was colonialism, the transatlantic slave trade, the genocide of the indigenous peoples of the Americas, the brutal underdevelopment of Africa, the Opium Wars, and more. The expansionism and systematic pillage during the 16th, 17th, 18th and 19th centuries created a profoundly lopsided world, dominated by a handful of Western capitalist powers.

    This cosy arrangement was disrupted by the October Revolution, which marked the beginning of a new era of world history. The construction of socialism in the Soviet Union, China, Korea, Vietnam, Eastern Europe and Cuba – and the mighty wave of anti-colonial liberation in the post-WWII period – brought about a profound transformation in global politics.

    But the US and its allies have worked ceaselessly to undermine the socialist world and to impose neocolonial domination in those places where colonial rule had been dismantled. This is the context for the Cold War; for the Korean War, the Vietnam War; the overthrow of progressive governments from Indonesia to Grenada to Chile; the support for apartheid regimes in South Africa, Zimbabwe and elsewhere.

    Wars in Yugoslavia, Iraq, Afghanistan and Libya, along with several rounds of NATO expansion, were early episodes in the Project for a New American Century – the US proposal for consolidating and expanding its hegemony in the post-Soviet era. But China and other countries, particularly in the Global South, have been moving along a different trajectory, in pursuit of a multipolar, multilateral project, based on the principles of the UN Charter.

    This strategy is directed toward lasting peace and worldwide sovereign development. Its manifestation in reality is clear enough: while the US is by far the world leader in military spending, military bases, wars of aggression, regime change operations, unilateral sanctions and economic coercion, China is the world leader in mutually-beneficial trade, infrastructure development, and renewable energy.

    The Biden administration’s response to the rise of multipolarity has been to escalate the US-led new Cold War and to promote decoupling, dividing the world into two competing and exclusive blocs. While Biden has presented this division as being between democracies and autocracies, in reality the group he is trying to establish is based on the George W Bush doctrine: you are either with us or against us.

    The US created AUKUS last year – a group of countries united by shared whiteness and commitment to imperialism – in order to bolster the military encirclement of China. Meanwhile Washington has taken advantage of the crisis in Ukraine to recruit new members to NATO and attempt to weaken Russia by prolonging the conflict (a strategy that has certain parallels with the US’ role in Afghanistan in the 1980s).

    European powers in particular are being subjected to tremendous pressure to “decouple” from China and Russia, but such a decoupling doesn’t serve the interests of the people of Europe. It was therefore an assertion of political independence for Scholz to travel to Beijing in early November – the first visit to China by a Western head of state since the start of the pandemic, and just days after the close of the 20th National Congress of the CPC.

    The trip took place in spite of the bitter criticism of certain Cold Warriors among the German political class, not to mention the rumblings of disapproval from Washington. But Scholz appears to have realised – as did his predecessor, Angela Merkel – that the days of unipolarity and hegemony are over.

    Before leaving for Beijing, he stated bluntly that “China remains an important business and trading partner for Germany and Europe — we don’t want to decouple from it.”

    Such a rupture in the transatlantic alliance is to be very much welcomed. The people of Europe and the world will only lose from any New Cold War or decoupling. The world’s future is multipolar and peaceful.

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    Carrying Forward Our Millennia-old Friendship And Jointly Creating a Better Future

    2022-12-08 03:00
    Xi Jinping

    President of the People’s Republic of China

    "I am coming back to Riyadh, bringing with me profound friendship from the Chinese people. I am here to join my Arab friends for the first China-Arab States Summit and the first China-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) Summit and to pay a state visit to Saudi Arabia. Designed as a trip of building on the past and more importantly, of opening up a better future, the visit will carry forward our traditional friendship, and usher in a new era in China’s relations with the Arab world, with Arab states of the Gulf, and with Saudi Arabia.

    First, a time-honored friendship that goes back thousands of years


    The exchanges between China and Arab states date back more than 2,000 years. The constant streams of caravans along the land Silk Road and the billowing sails along the maritime Spice Road have born witness to how the Chinese and Arab civilizations interacted with and inspired each other across the Asian continent. It was through these exchanges that Chinese porcelain and paper-making and printing techniques were introduced to the West while Arab astronomy, calendar and medicine went all the way to the East. We have traded goods, sparked innovation, shared ideas, and spread the fruits of cultural exchanges to the rest of the world, leaving a splendid chapter in East-West engagement and mutual learning.

    The contacts between China and Arab states of the Gulf are well documented. During the Eastern Han Dynasty (25-220), Gan Ying, a Chinese emissary, was sent to the “western seas”, namely the Persian Gulf, to look for the Roman Empire. This is the first official record of Chinese envoys reaching Arab states of the Gulf. More than 1,200 years ago, an Arab navigator, Abu Obeida, sailed from Sohar Port to the Chinese city of Guangzhou on a legendary journey that was later adapted to the exciting and well-known adventures of Sindbad. In the 1980s, a replica ship named the Sohar retraced the route opened by ancient Arab navigators, connecting the past and present friendly interactions between the two sides.

    China and Saudi Arabia have admired each other and conducted friendly exchanges since ancient times. The prophet Muhammad said, “Seek knowledge even if you have to go as far as China.” Seven hundred years ago, Wang Dayuan, a Chinese traveler of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368), made a pilgrimage to Mecca which he described as a place with beautiful sceneries, mild weather, fertile rice fields, and a happy people in his book A Brief Account of Islands. It was an important book from which the Chinese learned about Saudi Arabia at that time. Six hundred years ago, Zheng He, a Chinese navigator of the Ming Dynasty (1365-1457), reached Jeddah and Medina on his oceangoing voyages, leaving behind him many stories of friendship and exchanges that are still widely told today. The joint Chinese-Saudi archaeological excavation of the ruins of the al Serrian port conducted in recent years has unearthed many porcelain wares of China’s Song and Yuan dynasties (960-1368). They stand as testaments to all those friendly interactions.

    Second, solidarity and cooperation for a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era

    The Arab world is an important member of the developing world and a key force for upholding international fairness and justice. The Arab people value independence, oppose external interference, stand up to power politics and high-handedness, and always seek to make progress. Arab states are endowed with diverse resources, and have built industries with distinctive features, scored remarkable achievements in development, and demonstrated enormous potentials. The Arab civilization advocates the middle way and moderation, encourages inclusiveness and mutual learning, opposes clash of civilizations, and is deeply rooted in its rich culture and history. Be it on the world political, economic or cultural map, Arab states always claim an important place.

    Since the 1950s, China has established diplomatic relations with all Arab states. Their interactions feature mutual understanding, mutual respect, mutual assistance and solidarity. They have become good friends treating each other as equals, good partners pursuing mutual benefit, and good brothers sharing weal and woe. In the 21st century, China-Arab relations have continued to move ahead against a fluid international landscape, and achieved historic leapfrog growth in political trust, mutually beneficial economic cooperation, and cultural mutual learning in both breadth and depth.

    In the past decade, China-Arab relations entered a new era and registered a series of landmark and groundbreaking achievements in various areas. Collectively, China has established a future-oriented strategic partnership of comprehensive cooperation and common development with all Arab states. Individually, China has established comprehensive strategic partnership or strategic partnership with 12 Arab states, and signed documents on Belt and Road cooperation with 20 Arab states. Among Arab countries, 17 have expressed support for the Global Development Initiative (GDI), 15 have become members of the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and 14 have participated in the China-League of Arab States Cooperation Initiative on Data Security. 

    Arab states firmly support the one-China principle and support China in safeguarding its core interests. Likewise, China supports Arab states in upholding sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity. On issues such as the Palestinian question, China’s firm support for Arab states has been consistent and unwavering. Major infrastructure projects jointly built by the two sides, including the Djamaa El Djazair mosque of Algeria, the Lusail Stadium of Qatar, the new headquarters of the Central Bank of Kuwait, as well as the Merowe Dam, the Roseires Dam heightening, and the Upper Atbara Dams Complex Project of Sudan, have become landmarks of China-Arab friendship. China has set up 20 Confucius institutes and two Confucius classrooms in Arab states. And over 40 Chinese universities teach Arabic as a major, contributing inexhaustible energy for growing China-Arab friendship.

    Since the outbreak of COVID-19, China and Arab states have come to each other’s aid and navigated through the difficulties together. The two sides have carried out efficient cooperation in such areas as vaccine research and application, joint epidemic prevention and control, experience sharing, medical services and pharmaceuticals, setting a fine example of solidarity in fighting the virus. Under the framework of China-Arab States Cooperation Forum, 17 cooperation mechanisms have been launched to expand and substantiate the cooperation agenda, giving a strong boost to China-Arab relations and providing a paradigm for the solidarity and cooperation among developing countries.

    The world is now undergoing momentous changes unseen in a century. Both China and Arab states face the historic mission of realizing national rejuvenation and speeding up national development. In this new context, China will work with Arab states to carry forward the traditional friendship and jointly build a China-Arab community with a shared future in the new era. China and Arab states will continue to hold high the banner of non-interference in internal affairs, firmly support each other in safeguarding sovereignty and territorial integrity, and jointly uphold international fairness and justice. We will continue to enhance together Belt and Road cooperation, keep expanding practical cooperation in such areas as food, energy, investment, financing and medical services, and pursue mutually beneficial cooperation with higher quality and in greater depth. We will continue to jointly act on the GDI and the Global Security Initiative so as to stabilize volatile regions and contribute more positive energy to peace and development. We will continue to jointly advocate peace, development, equity, justice, democracy and freedom — the common values of humanity, strive to replace estrangement and clash of civilizations with exchanges and mutual learning, promote understanding and affinity between our peoples, and build “a garden of civilizations” featuring mutual appreciation and inspiration.

    Third, joint endeavor to cultivate the China-GCC strategic partnership

    The GCC has achieved remarkable progress in its integration process, which makes it one of the world’s most dynamic regional organizations. Given their geographical locations, GCC countries serve as a hub linking Asia, Africa and Europe. Endowed with rich energy resources, including 30 percent of the oil reserve and 20 percent of the natural gas reserve of the world, GCC countries are an energy tank for world economy. With their pioneering and enterprising spirit, GCC countries provide a fertile ground for high-tech industries. Over the past four decades and more, the GCC has been working hard to build an integral market, an integral economy, and an integral financial system in the region, and has been playing an increasingly important role in regional and international affairs.

    Over the years, China and GCC countries have maintained healthy and steady growth in bilateral relations, and carried out wide-ranging, in-depth cooperation with tangible outcomes in all areas. In the past 10 years in particular, China-GCC relations have grown from strength to strength and yielded fruitful results. China has remained the GCC’s largest trading partner and largest export market of petrochemical products. In 2021, two-way trade exceeded US$230 billion, and China’s import of crude oil from GCC countries topped 200 million tons. The two sides enjoy extensive, in-depth cooperation in traditional areas such as production capacity, infrastructure development, investment and finance. Cooperation in high-tech sectors including 5G communications, new energy, space and digital economy is also gaining momentum. The new signature project of smart manufacturing cooperation and the new landscape of industrial cooperation have added fresh impetus to the development of China and GCC countries.

    Looking into the future, China will seize the opportunity of the establishment and consolidation of the China-GCC strategic partnership to cement their traditional friendship and deepen mutual trust. China will continue to firmly support GCC countries in upholding sovereignty, independence, security and stability, and continue to support the GCC in accelerating integration and pursuing diversified development. China will work with the GCC to foster a new pattern of multi-faceted energy cooperation, accelerate new development in financial and investment cooperation, cultivate new highlights in people-to-people exchanges, and explore new areas of innovation cooperation. All this will help increase the convergence of interests between China and GCC countries.

    Fourth, sustained efforts to bring the China-Saudi Arabia comprehensive strategic partnership to new heights

    Saudi Arabia is a major energy exporter in the world and a member of the G20. As its strategic partner and true friend, China is heartened to see that under the leadership of King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the Saudi people are marching in big strides toward Vision 2030 and making important progress in economic and social reform and diversification. Saudi Arabia’s major development initiatives, the Middle East Green Initiative and the Saudi Green Initiative among many others, have captured wide attention. Its stature and influence in global political, economic and energy domains are on the rise. We are proud of our good friend for these accomplishments.

    Since the establishment of diplomatic ties, relations between China and Saudi Arabia have maintained robust growth. Most notably, China-Saudi Arabia cooperation has made major headway in the past 10 years. The two sides respect each other’s sovereignty and development path, respect each other’s history and cultural traditions, support each other in defending national security and stability, and undertake close strategic coordination.

    Practical cooperation is expanding rapidly. Major projects have been launched one after another, including the Yanbu Aramco Sinopec Refining Company, the Sino-Saudi Gulei Ethylene Complex Project, the Chinese industrial cluster in Jazan Economic City, the Red Sea utilities and infrastructure project, 5G communications, and joint lunar explorations. People-to-people exchanges continue to grow. Chinese language major is now available in four Saudi universities, and optional Chinese language courses are provided in eight middle and primary schools. Hakim & Kong Xiaoxi, the first animated co-production of China and Saudi Arabia, is popular among children, sowing the seed of China-Saudi Arabia friendship in their hearts.

    China will take this visit as an opportunity to strengthen its comprehensive strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia. We will continue to give each other understanding and support, and jointly advocate independence and oppose external interference. We will further synergize China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Saudi Arabia’s Vision 2030, deepen and substantiate practical cooperation in all areas, and increase the convergence of interests and people-to-people connectivity between the two countries. We will strengthen collaboration under multilateral frameworks such as the UN, the G20 and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, jointly practice true multilateralism, and make greater contribution to maintaining peace and stability in the Middle East and promoting development and prosperity of the world.

    Last October, the Communist Party of China successfully convened its 20th National Congress, and it is now rallying and leading the Chinese people toward the goal of building a modern socialist country in all respects. As a staunch force for world peace and common development, China will stay committed to providing new opportunities for Arab states and all other countries in the world through its own development, and work with our Arab brothers to carry forward the traditional friendship and create a better future together."

    Carrying Forward Our Millennia-old Friendship And Jointly Creating a Better Future
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    Three years after the outbreak of the pandemic, China is slowly adapting to a world that has largely opened up to life with COVID.
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    China-Iran high-level meeting highlights comprehensive cooperation, ‘dispels rumor of rift in bilateral ties’


    By Xu Keyue


    Published: Dec 14, 2022 09:29 PM Updated: Dec 15, 2022 12:00 AM

    "China views its ties with Iran from a strategic perspective and will not waver in its determination to develop their comprehensive strategic partnership, said Chinese Vice Premier Hu Chunhua when meeting with Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi in Iran's capital Tehran on Tuesday.

    Given that the meeting highlighted the consensus on deepening bilateral relations and comprehensive cooperation, Chinese observers said it could effectively help dispel some noises that are trying to drive a wedge between the two countries.

    During the meeting, Hu said that China views its ties with Iran from a strategic perspective and will not waver in its determination to develop their comprehensive strategic partnership, noting that China firmly supports Iran in opposing external interference and safeguarding its sovereignty, territorial integrity and national dignity, according to the Xinhua News Agency.

    China, he said, stands ready to work with Iran to earnestly implement the important consensus reached by the two heads of state, make joint efforts to advance the implementation of the China-Iran comprehensive cooperation plan, and push for new progress in bilateral practical cooperation.

    Hu conveyed Chinese President Xi Jinping's cordial greetings and best wishes to Raisi, and briefed the Iranian president on the major achievements and far-reaching significance of the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China held in October.

    Xi and Raisi had a phone conversation in July and held a meeting in September, in which they reached important consensus on deepening China-Iran relations.

    For his part, Raisi said Iran and China enjoy a traditional friendship and bilateral ties are of important strategic significance. No matter how the international and regional landscapes change, Iran will remain firmly committed to deepening the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two countries, the Iranian president noted.

    Raisi also said Iran, which has always been a trustworthy partner of China, stands ready to firmly support each other on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, actively implement the bilateral comprehensive cooperation plan, continuously boost all-round cooperation, and deliver more cooperation outcomes.

    On the same day, Hu also held talks with Iranian first vice president Mohammad Mokhber, where they exchanged in-depth views on implementing the comprehensive cooperation plan between China and Iran and promoting bilateral practical cooperation.

    In March 2021, China and Iran signed a major 25-year agreement to enhance comprehensive cooperation in a range of fields including trade. Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi has said that under the deal, the two sides would tap the potentials in economic and cultural cooperation and make plans for long-term cooperation, according to Xinhua.

    Hu’s visit will undoubtedly further push forward bilateral ties and boost comprehensive cooperation, Qian Feng, director of the research department at the National Strategy Institute at Tsinghua University, told the Global Times on Wednesday.

    The observer said that since the signing of the 25-year deal, China-Iran ties have entered a new stage of development, and the two countries have been making steady progress in economic and trade cooperation.

    Also, in September, China congratulated Iran on its upcoming full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and expressed its willingness to strengthen coordination and cooperation within the SCO framework, Xinhua reported.

    Also, in September, China congratulated Iran on its upcoming full membership of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), and expressed its willingness to strengthen coordination and cooperation within the SCO framework, Xinhua reported.

    The meeting between Hu and Raisi came after Xi concluded his trip on Saturday after attending the first China-Arab States Summit and the China-Gulf Cooperation Council Summit (GCC) and paying a state visit to Saudi Arabia.

    China’s series of high-level meetings in the Middle East region all have yielded fruitful outcomes and enhanced China’s relations with the region, Qian said.

    The observer said that for a long time, relations between some GCC countries and Iran have fluctuated due to religious and ethnic issues and geographical and security disputes.

    Therefore, some Western media, using the tensions between GCC countries and Iran, has been trying to drive a wedge between China and Iran.
    Hu’s visit could help dispel the noise, Qian said, noting that China is a positive force for peace and stability for the Middle East, and has won widespread praise in the region for upholding justice rather than playing a game of balance of power.

    The series of high-level visits to the region reflect that China has strong will to develop a good relationship with Middle Eastern powers including Iran and Saudi Arabia. While recognizing that the situation in the region is complicated, China is trying to play a role of being an active contributor to regional peace, Qian said."


    China-Iran high-level meeting highlights comprehensive cooperation, ‘dispels rumor of rift in bilateral ties’ - Global Times

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