Tuesday, February 23, 2016

China Is Not The Problem, It's Xi by Erick San Juan

In 2012, an anchor woman on China’s state-run TV network has accidentally declared that the Philippines is a part of China.

“We all know that the Philippines is China’s inherent territory and the Philippines belongs to Chinese sovereignty, this is an indisputable fact,” she said in the broadcast, which has since disappeared from the CCTV Web site, but is available elsewhere on the Web.

The presenter apparently meant to say that Huangyan Island (???) — known in the Philippines as the Scarborough Shoal, and claimed by Taiwan — is part of Chinese territory. (http://www.taipeitimes.com)

This ‘honest mistake’ created a lot of posts by netizens and bloggers both from China and here on their views and opinions that somehow a word war was launched. Although it died a natural death after a while, some might ask where did such idea come from? If there is smoke, there is fire.

Is this the reason why China is so cocky in telling the world that they control the South China Sea and now will reclaim not only Taiwan but including the Philippines as its province? This was also aired at You Tube by an American popular activist Alex Jones. This morning, I was informed by a friend that he got a book bought in Hongkong last week that the Philippines was once a province of China with an old map in it. This will be the topic of my next article.

And the recent show of China’s military power in the disputed SCS area that they installed the HQ-9 long range, high-altitude, surface-to-air missile system on the Woody Island in the disputed Paracel Islands group. What is Beijing really up to this time?

There are various reasons why China installed this missile system, according to an article from Asia Times online by M.K. Bhadrakumar – “Beijing claims that the fracas over Woody Island is in reality an orchestrated American campaign to frighten the ASEAN countries. Indeed, the first-ever summit meeting with the ASEAN grouping that Obama hosted in California last week provided the backdrop for the “breaking news” in the Paracels.

Various theories have appeared as regards Chinese motives. There are interpretations that Beijing resorted to jingoism to distract domestic attention from political and economic woes, or that China was simply mocking at the US-ASEAN summit.

Other analysts say it was a retaliatory measure provoked by recent US flyovers and sail-bys, or, it could be a calculated step to establish China’s supremacy and could be prelude to a Beijing-imposed air defense identification zone in South China Sea.

Some others conclude that Beijing is working to a plan to shift the balance of power against the US.”

Methinks that China’s President Xi Jinping is fighting so many fronts from within thus dividing China's leadership, including his key security officials and actually looking for an outside enemy as distraction from the  eco-politics problems in his country and as a unification tool at the same time.

China watchers believe that the problem is not China but Xi who is disguising himself as an anti corruption buster. When in fact, global financial and anti corruption watchdogs knew for a fact that his family according to Bloomberg report is also corrupt.

“Mr Xi has carefully fostered a reputation for clean government, and there is no evidence that he has a personal fortune. Chinese officials are forbidden from accumulating significant wealth.

However, his only daughter Xi Mingze studies at Harvard University under a pseudonym and an investigation by Bloomberg revealed (in 2012) that Mr Xi's other relatives have built an enormous empire.

The investments are hidden from public view in multiple holding companies, but were identified among thousands of pages of regulatory findings, Bloomberg said.

The family's interests include a 1.83 billion yuan (£188 million) share of the assets of Shenzhen Yuanwei, a property investment company, according to a filing from December 2011.

Other companies in the same group, wholly owned by the family, have assets of at least 539.3 million yuan. They also have an indirect 18 per cent stake in Jiangxi Rare Earth & Rare Metals Tungsten Group, whose assets are worth some £1.1 billion.

Another 3.17 million yuan investment in Beijing's Hiconics Drive Technology company, made in 2009, is now worth 128.4 million yuan. The sums do not account for liabilities and consequently do not reflect the net worth of the family.

The family also owns a villa in Hong Kong worth £20 million and another six properties in the former British colony with an estimated value of £15.4 million. The Chinese Foreign ministry declined to comment on the revelations.

Most of the traceable fortune is held by Mr Xi's older sister, Qi Qiaoqiao, 63, her husband Deng Jiagui, 61, and her daughter Zhang Yannan, 33. However, a brother-in-law, Wu Long, ran New Postcom Equipment Co, which has won hundreds of millions of yuan in contracts from state-owned China Mobile.

No assets were traced to Mr Xi himself, his wife Peng Liyuan, or their daughter. There is also no indication that Mr Xi helped to advance his relatives' business, or of any wrongdoing by Mr Xi or his family, Bloomberg said.

However, the Chinese authorities were quick to censor the report, blocking Bloomberg's website from view on the mainland.”

Need we say more?

If the escalation of tension in the SCS will continue by China’s provocations and might lead to a regional conflict due to China’s insistent claim of the whole SCS, could Xi Jinping be the perceived Asian Hitler in the offing?

The late President Deng Xiao Ping was correct in his speech at the United Nations General Assembly in 1974, in anticipation to the rise of China as a superpower when he said- "China should not be a victim of it's own leadership who may be exploiters or arrogant... Because that will cause the collapse of China."

I hope that the Chinese people who are known to be workaholic and peaceful will not tolerate this tyranny and destroy the harmony that their past leaders like Deng, Jiang Zemin and Hu Jintao built to make China glorious and respected by the world community of nations.

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