STAFF NEWS & ANALYSIS
China Expands Hegenomy as Part of Larger Perspectve
By - January 02, 2017

China says won’t allow Hong Kong to be used as subversion base …  China will not allow anyone stability, Beijing’s top official in the territory told state television.  (Reuters)

China is increasingly concerned with Hong Kong rhetoric about freedom, and has warned leaders against protests. Hong Kong operates under the uneasy policy of “one country, two systems.

In an interview, Zhang Xiaoming, said that China will not interfere with Hong Kongs autonomy, but that Hong Kong official cannot challenge the mainland´s ability to repel challenges to social and political stability. Xiaoming is head of China´s liaison office in Hong Kong

Recently, China’s parliament revisited China´s basic law regarding Hong Kong  to ensure that bar pro-independence city lawmakers are barred from taking office.

This is seen as part of a larger effort by Chinese President Xi Jinping to enforce what he considers to be legitimate Chinese hegemony. There have been reports Chinese concerns extend far beyond Hong Kong,

Taiwan’s president has been outspoken regarding China ‘threat,’ and recently predicted a turbulent 2017.

President Tsai Ing-wen said at a year-end news conference on Dec. 31, 2016 that China is a growing threat the self ruled island. “The Beijing leadership has, step by step, backed onto an old track to polarize, pressure and even threaten and intimidate Taiwan,” Tsai said.

“We hope that this is not Beijing’s adoption of a policy and want to remind it that such moves have hurt Taiwanese people’s feelings and affected stability across the Taiwan Strait.”

China recently sent an aircraft carrier and other warships near Taiwan. Additionally. Taiwan has lost alliances in Africa thanks to China and has been the victim of a massive loss of Chinese tourism.

China opposes Taiwan´s self rule and its claim for autonomy generally. Tsai has been an irritant in this regard, especially for continuing to oppose reunification talks. Tsai is not alone in his view. Most Taiwanese prefer self rule.

Tsai made a call to US president elect Donald Trump recently and spoke to him directly. This was seen as something of a coup as top US officials have not spoken to Taiwan officially for years. Not since 1979, when the US officially cut ties with the US.

“In 2017, our society is going to face some turbulence and face some uncertainties,” she was reported as saying. “It’s going to test our whole national security team, as well as the whole government’s ability to handle change. We need to face this matter calmly.”

She said that If China and Taiwan take a “rational” approach, problems could be resolved. “It is not impossible that there is room for creativity.”

But President Ji Xinpeng doesn´t seem to see it that way. In fact Xinpeng seems to see Taiwan and Hong Kong as places where he can further emphasize his commitment to ¨one China.¨ Xinpeng is known for expanding Chinese hegemony and generally seeking an expanded inviolable state.

Conclusion … Xigpeng´s program is somewhat similar to Trump´s in this regard. In fact, the two have many emphases in common. It is enough to make one suspicious that these emphases are in some way coordinated, which gives a whole new dimension to international cooperation. Time will tell.

 

 

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  • Praetor

    The question. What is China afraid of. One country, two systems. Let the ‘systems’ battle it out. Right. But are the systems different. Central Bank controlled economies do not sound like different systems.

    Hey China, how about you be the first country in the world to give ‘Real’ free markets a try, not the controlled chaos of the Keynesian collective.!!!

    • Nexusfast123

      What free markets? They are constructs based on set of regulated rules and/or manipulated either physically and/or financially. While you huffing and puffing China is remorselessly dominating industry after industry. After WW2 the US dominated all industry sectors. Now it dominates none.

      • Praetor

        Please. This reminds me of Japan and how they were going to take over all manufacturing and dominate the world. In the great opening up of China to the world. The scheme was set in place. Now it looks like China going the way of Japan, only this time going out with a big bang. History tells us how this all came to be.

        As I said China should try a ‘Real’ free market. Instead of following the crowd or being conned by the crowd.!!!!

  • gamathers

    “Not since 1979, when the US officially cut ties with the US.” You may want to amend this and then delete my comment.

    • himagain

      “Many a truth is in the slip of a tongue”.
      Certainly on my recent evaluation, the Rulers of the USA are certainly preparing for war with their disgruntled peasantry. Google ” Homeland USA”

  • autonomous

    China might consider joining Obama in retirement. Neither is willing to relenquish totalitarian control, but, willing or not both will fade into history as will we all. Time waits for no one.

  • Ray921

    Holiday editing?

  • apberusdisvet

    There are a lot of indications that China’s economy is facing a hard landing or even implosion. Totalitarian authorities, in similar instances, have turned to war as the ultimate distraction, much like the elites that rule the US are trying to do with Russia, so that the sheep won’t blame the ruling class when the money runs out. BUT I am far less worried about China (or Russia) and more concerned about the psychopathic neocon warmongers in DC.

  • rahrog

    “Xinpeng’s program is somewhat similar to Trump’s” – ??? Please explain that one when you get time.

    May you live in interesting times

    Happy New Year!

  • Danny B

    Dear Bell, It just isn’t going to work out for the Chinese. They have caused and let grow TOO MANY problems. Let me list the ways.
    With globalism comes global financial contagion. What happens in China
    is important around the world. Trump said that he would declare China a
    currency manipulator on day one. That would demand an investigation and
    litigation by the Treasury dept. “Trump has vowed to formally declare
    China a “currency manipulator” on the first day of his presidency, which
    would oblige the US Treasury to open negotiations with Beijing on
    allowing the renminbi to rise.”

    ” China charges an average 15.6% tariff on US agricultural imports and 9% on other goods, according to the WTO.

    Chinese farm products pay 4.4% and other goods 3.6% when coming into the United States.”

    The renminbi is falling and capital is leaving the country. China is
    printing with wild abandon and has pulled back from every attempt that
    it initiated to curtail money creation in the private sector. Like
    everybody else, they are creating new debt to pay off old debt.

    How can the Yuan rise when capital is flowing out at almost a $trillion a
    year? How can they service dollar-denominated debt when the dollars are
    leaving?

    They have 2 choices, both bad, and both would lead to social unrest.
    https://www.theautomaticearth.com/2016/12/china-hits-a-fork-in-the-road/

    China; “According to rating agency Fitch, the amount of NPLs is ten
    times the official figure or somewhere between 15% and 21% of
    outstanding credit, much higher than the official figure (1.8%).

    That is in the same order of magnitude as Italy’s bad loans. What would it cost to clean up? Here is CNBC:

    Solving China’s bad loan problem would result in a capital shortfall
    of 7.4 trillion-13.6 trillion yuan ($1.1-2.1 trillion), equivalent to
    around 11-20 percent of China’s economy, Fitch said.”

    “China’s overall debt level has risen from about 150% in 2008 to 240% of GDP today”
    http://seekingalpha.com/article/4032651-will-chinas-debt-problem-detonate

    China has their new “Silk Road” and tons of new projects. They know that
    they are going to crash badly but, they figure that they will just
    muddle through. Given their circumstances, I don’t see how they can
    avoid revolution. As a communist State, they ignore the individual.
    This is dangerous because you can ignore an individual but, what about
    ignoring LARGE groups of individuals?

    They have 1/2 billion people poisoned by bad air. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/21/smog-refugees-flee-chinese-cities-as-airpocalypse-blights-half-a-billion

    “Authorities estimate that about 80 percent of China’s surface
    groundwater is not fit for drinking, and 90 percent of the groundwater
    in urban areas is contaminated. They rate nearly two-fifths of China’s
    rivers as being unsuitable for agricultural or industrial use.

    More than 360 million people, or about a quarter of the country’s population, do not have access to clean water.” http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/2200779-dont-post-water-world-intro-2/full/

    I didn’t mention the details of HUGE protests, bloated manufacturing capacity, desertification of farmland. Heavy-metal pollution of farmland from burning coal, etc, etc.
    Pollution costs money; https://www.chinadialogue.net/blog/7316-Human-toll-of-air-pollution-could-be-costing-China-13-of-GDP/en

    “In September, the Bank for International Settlements released new
    statistics on countries’ credit-to-GDP ratios, its preferred indicator
    for impending debt crises. Any score over 10 suggests a country is at
    greater risk of suffering a debt crisis in the next three years; China
    scored 30.1.” http://seekingalpha.com/article/4031877-playing-whack-mole-hell-china-battles-avoid-meltdown
    Did I miss anything? (:

  • Red Baron

    Anyone who believes that China believes in two systems, one for the mainland and one for Hong Kong, hasn’t been paying attention. The Hong Kong people are only allowed to “elect” those approved by the Chinese Communist Party. How exactly is that different? Don’t forget the kidnapped booksellers who sold books critical of Xi Jinping. Different systems? Not for long.

  • LawrenceNeal

    Most Taiwanese prefer self rule. I bet that most Formosans preferred self rule before the fleeing Nationalists invaded their island and oppressed them.

  • himagain

    China is two things: pragmatic and patient. Her recent activities agree with my conclusions and that the future is not bright for any of us in the Lower Orders (now the lower 87% of the population…)

  • bailintheboat

    No. I don’t see Taiwan’s concerns about U.S. interference against Taiwan interests happening.

  • China, Trump program similar in what possible regard? Maybe but that needs more explanation.

  • mksharma62

    Now that China is also a free market capitalist economy, even if in the guise of communist party rule, what is the objection to western powers for unification of China and Taiwan or merger of Taiwan in China?

  • Jilum Bo

    >>Recently, China’s parliament revisited China´s basic law regarding Hong
    Kong to >>ensure that bar pro-independence city lawmakers are barred from
    taking office.

    Excuse me folks, those two pro-independence city lawmakers said this when they took their oath in the legislative council:

    “… People Refucking of Chee-Na…”

    I am not lying here. Please check with the news reporters in HK to verify this “fact”.

    And for those who are not sure why so many chinese folks were pissed off with the “Chee-Na” term please refer to this link: http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2040978/c-word-why-hong-kong-localists-have-offended-all-chinese

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