“What does it take to intern half a million members of one ethnic group in just a year? Enormous resources and elaborate organization, but the Chinese authorities aren’t stingy. Vast swathes of the Uighur population in China’s western region of Xinjiang — as well as Kazakhs, Kyrgyz and other ethnic minorities — are being detained to undergo what the state calls “transformation through education.” Many tens of thousands of them have been locked up in new thought-control camps with barbed wire, bombproof surfaces, reinforced doors and guard rooms.
The Chinese authorities are cagey and evasive, if not downright dismissive, about reports concerning such camps. But now they will have to explain away their own eloquent trail of evidence: an online public bidding system set up by the government inviting tenders from contractors to help build and run the camps.
Uighurs have more in common, culturally and linguistically, with Turks than Han Chinese, and many Uighurs are Muslim. Resentful of China’s heavy-handed rule in the region, some have resisted it, usually through peaceful means, but on occasion violently, by attacking government officials and, exceptionally, civilians. The state, for its part, fuels Islamophobia by labeling ordinary Muslim traditions as the manifestation of religious “extremism.””
Source: Opinion | What Really Happens in China’s ‘Re-education’ Camps – The New York Times
“SHENYANG, China — Not long past the break of dawn, after downing a bowl of hot porridge and dropping off his son at school, Zhang Yuzeng made his way to a street corner near the Nanyun River. There, under the poplar trees, he rummaged through his toolbox.Pliers, check. Club hammer, check. Cigarettes, check.Mr. Zhang hung a sign on his scooter — “Electrician, carpenter, plumber” — and pumped a techno mix through his headphones. Then he waited.“There is no other way,” he said. “If you don’t show up, you won’t be able to make a penny.” ”
Source: In China’s Northeast, a Daily Jostle for Jobs Produces Mostly Despair – The New York Times
“If there is one thing Donald Trump seems sure about, it is that the United States is getting a raw deal from China.To people who spend time studying the United States’ economic relationship with China, Mr. Trump’s accounting of its dysfunctions contains both legitimate, accurate complaints and elements that completely misstate how things work between the world’s largest and second-largest economies.“They’re killing us,” Mr. Trump has said in many debates, rallies and television appearances. He has threatened to put a 45 percent tax on Chinese imports “if they don’t behave.”If you take Mr. Trump’s comments at face value, as president he would try to renegotiate a complex set of ties that has pulled hundreds of millions of Chinese out of dire poverty, made a wide range of goods available to American consumers at more affordable prices and contributed to the decline of American manufacturing.Here is a reality check on Mr. Trump’s arguments. (It’s also a way to understand the economic relationship between the countries.)”
Source: What Donald Trump Gets Pretty Much Right, and Completely Wrong, About China – The New York Times
Putin’s policy is hard to distinguish from Obama’s. America’s capitulation is complete, with appalling results.
Source: America’s Syrian Shame – The New York Times
I find the comments critical of Roger Cohen’s analysis more convincing than the comments of his supporters. What I would like from Roger Cohen and the NY Times, is an in depth analysis of the non ISIS rebel groups, their strengths and weaknesses, abilities and willingness to fight, their religious and political views, and how much support we are giving them now. While Cohen and friends are perhaps right that it would be nice if we cleaned up Syria, since our invasion of Iraq unleashed and helped create ISIS, two trillion dollars invested wasn’t enough, and the next two trillion should go to places like Flint Michigan, and rebuilding our infrastructure and factories, so we can compete in the future with China. Cohen and company are probably wrong in thinking that Russia is our number one enemy. Russia continues to weaken and make bad choices. China is the emerging threat, and they have quietly been at war with the west for a long time, over the shelling and total destruction of the Summer Palaces in 1860 by the British and the French. In the 20th century, China suffered more devastating military humiliations by the western powers and then the Japanese. the new China super power is emerging from the ashes of two centuries of humiliations. While we waste our resources in middle east sink holes, China is building factories and quietly taking market share.
David is about to publish his first novel, The Tay Son Rebellion, Historical Fiction of Vietnam, 1770-1802.
“BEIJING — Rising seas besieging China’s economically vital coastal zones. Mighty feats of infrastructure, like the Three Gorges Dam and railway in Tibet, strained by turbulent rainfall and the melting of frozen earth. And on the Himalayan frontiers, the risk in future decades of international conflict over dwindling water supplies as glaciers retreat.These and other somber scenarios are laid out in the Chinese government’s latest scientific assessment of global warming, released just before negotiations in Paris for a new international agreement on climate change.“There’s deepening awareness of the gravity of the problems,” Zhang Haibin, a professor at Peking University who was among some 550 experts who prepared the report, said in an interview. He noted a shift since the first such assessment was issued nine years ago. “From the first to the second to this third report, the negative impacts of climate change on China are increasingly apparent.” ”
Source: Chinese Report on Climate Change Depicts Somber Scenarios – The New York Times
“BEIJING — The Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal was welcomed on Tuesday as a win for the United States in its contest with China for clout in Asia, as America’s allies expressed optimism about the impact of the 12-nation accord on a region worried about its dependence on the slowing Chinese economy.The pact still must win approval in Congress, and analysts said the economic effects may be less sweeping than Washington predicts. But the mere fact that President Obama delivered on his pledge to close the deal came as a relief to allies in Asia. It was seen as a counterweight to China’s efforts to expand its influence not just in trade but in other areas, including its island-building in the disputed South China Sea and the establishment of a new regional development bank to compete with Western-led institutions.”
The TPP won’t save us. We have to invest our foreign policy and military dollars as carefully and smartly as the Chinese do, or they will pass us by in the blink of a century.
Source: U.S. Allies See Trans-Pacific Partnership as a Check on China – The New York Times