Author: Joanne Serrieh

<strong>China on the defensive in Taiwan after poll victory of William Lai</strong>
Asia, China

China on the defensive in Taiwan after poll victory of William Lai

The election of Lai Ching-te as the President of Taiwan has put China on the defensive in its policies vis-a-vis the island territory. Earlier when the elections were approaching, Beijing had gone on the aggressive mode to intimidate the people of Taiwan not to vote in favour of William Lai, as he is popularly called. China had sent warships to the coasts of Taiwan; had sent numerous warplanes to the skies of the island and in the last leg of campaigning had even dispatched spy balloons to Taiwan. Beijing had openly asked the people of Taiwan not to vote for William Lai if they wanted to have peace in future. Nothing of these seems to have had an effect on the common Taiwanese people who voted for William Lai to elect him to power; the underlying message being that the people of Taiwan wa...
India Emerging As A Major Player Responding To Red Sea Turmoil
Asia

India Emerging As A Major Player Responding To Red Sea Turmoil

The ongoing conflict in Gaza has triggered wider tensions in the Red Sea, impacting India despite its apparent distance. Houthi rebels have directly targeted commercial ships bound for Indian ports, including the December 23rd attack on the M V Chem Pluto docked in Mangalore. This follows another drone attack on the M V Sai Baba en-route to India on the same day. In response, the Indian Navy has significantly increased its presence and surveillance in the region to safeguard its shipping interests and crew safety. Four Project 15A and 15B class destroyers have been deployed to counter drone and missile threats, while long-range P8I anti-submarine aircraft, Dornier planes, and helicopters provide crucial reconnaissance capabilities. This deployment aims to monitor the situation and safe...
What you should know about the demise of China’s Evergrande real estate company
China, World

What you should know about the demise of China’s Evergrande real estate company

A Hong Kong court has ordered the liquidation of the Evergrande Group, China's giant and massively indebted real estate developer, after the company was unable to restructure the $300 billion it owed investors. Just six years ago, Evergrande was riding high, preselling apartments to middle- and upper-income Chinese. In 2018, it was listed as the world's most valuable real estate company. But just three years later, it was on the financial ropes. Massively overleveraged and unable to complete some existing projects, Evergrande has become symbolic of a Chinese economy that faces some major near-term obstacles: slowing growth, increasing debt and a shrinking workforce. Evergrande had been seeking a $23 billion debt restructuring plan, but that fell apart last year when the company's bi...
In a rare show of cooperation, the United States and China begin talks to stop the flow of fentanyl.
China, World

In a rare show of cooperation, the United States and China begin talks to stop the flow of fentanyl.

BEIJING — American and Chinese officials met Tuesday to discuss joint efforts to stem the flow of fentanyl into the U.S., a sign of cooperation as the two global powers try to manage their contentious ties. The two-day meeting was the first for a new counternarcotics working group. One focus of the talks was fentanyl, the synthetic opioid that is ravaging America, and in particular ingredients for the drug that are made in China. Chinese President Xi Jinping agreed to restart cooperation in a handful of areas, including drug trafficking, when he and U.S. President Joe Biden met outside San Francisco in November. The agreements were a small step forward in a relationship strained by major differences on issues ranging from trade and technology to Taiwan and human rights. The U.S.
<strong>Xi Jinping’s bad governance and oppressive rule paradoxically creating possible future foes within the CCP</strong>
China

Xi Jinping’s bad governance and oppressive rule paradoxically creating possible future foes within the CCP

The CCP has been carrying out sweeping internal purges at the beginning and end of the year, while hiding its economic weaknesses and silencing negative opinions. The CCP’s unsuccessful meddling in Taiwan’s recent election has exposed the regime and Xi Jinping’s leadership problems amid internal and external challenges. Xi Jinping’s bad governance and oppressive rule are unintentionally creating enemies within Zhongnanhai, the CCP’s headquarters. Xi Jinping removed important figures he had promoted before, such as foreign minister Qin Gang and defence minister Li Shangfu, as well as many military leaders and defence industry heads. There are recent speculations about a plot against Xi led by Lu Yuan and other influential second-generation Red Elites, the offspring of revolutionary hero
China, World

China claims Sullivan and Wang had “honest, productive” discussions about resolving matters.

BANGKOK, Jan 27 (Reuters) - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi had "candid, substantive and fruitful strategic communication" with U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, aimed at furthering a pledge of dialogue by their leaders, China's foreign ministry said on Saturday.The two officials during the Bangkok meeting Friday and Saturday agreed to properly handle important and sensitive issues in U.S.-China relations, the ministry said, and for Presidents Xi Jinping and Joe Biden to "maintain regular contact to provide strategic guidance for bilateral relations … and make good use of the current strategic communication channels."
China threatens to damage commercial ties with Iran if it doesn’t cease the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.
China, World

China threatens to damage commercial ties with Iran if it doesn’t cease the Houthi attacks in the Red Sea.

China, which has been Iran's biggest trading partner for the past decade, warned Tehran against any attack on any Chinese-related vessels or undermining Beijing's interests. It is not clear how Tehran would react to China's ultimatum as Beijing's influence on Tehran was not absolute. Red Sea crisis: In a dramatic development, Chinese officials on Friday issued an ultimatum to Iran - either halt the Houthi attacks on commercial and merchant vessels in the Red Sea, or risk harming business relations with Beijing - according to four Iranian sources and a diplomat aware of the matter. The Iran-backed group have launched a series of attacks in the Red Sea that pushed tensions to a boiling point in the Middle East amid the Israel-Hamas war.According to Iranian sources, the discussions about ...
Corruption In China’s PLA
China

Corruption In China’s PLA

U.S. intelligence, as reported by Bloomberg on January 7, reveals that certain Chinese missiles contain water instead of rocket fuel, and numerous nuclear-capable silo doors in China are non-functional. Anonymous U.S. officials suggest that these discoveries prompted Xi Jinping's recent purges of military personnel and could hinder his plans for a military takeover of Taiwan. According to Bloomberg's sources, corruption within China's Rocket Force and defense industrial base is extensive, leading U.S. officials to believe that Xi is now less likely to pursue major military actions in the near future. The assessments highlight examples of the impact of corruption, including missiles filled with water rather than fuel and malfunctioning silo lids in western China, impairing effective mis...
<strong>CCP’s treacherous internal political situation</strong>
China

CCP’s treacherous internal political situation

In recent days, there is internal strife within the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), with each faction accusing the other of being rebellious and seeking to side-line them. Behind this lies a singular motive: how to eliminate their opponents and gain control over the party's Central Committee. Over the past year, several incidents have occurred that indicate a lack of genuine willingness for fundamental changes within the CCP. Instead, the focus seems to be on playing political games driven by self-interest. Amidst this factionalism, Kongxuan, the CCP representative at the United Nations, faced allegations of aligning with America due to his wife's influence. It was claimed that his wife's investment in an American private company was the reason behind this accusation. As a result, Kongx...
<strong>CCP military stops paid services; insider reveals merchant oppression and dark secrets</strong>
China

CCP military stops paid services; insider reveals merchant oppression and dark secrets

Military land leasing for fees has long served as a critical slush fund for the CCP’s military in 2016 the CCP issued a complete ban on the military’s commercial activities including land leasing which had a widespread impact on various businesses, one such case is that of Chu Judi, a Shenzhen merchant with a market in Xiaoguan, Guangdong situated on Military leased land who exposed the corruption and exploitation by the military during the market’s closure. Xiaoguan market comprising over a 100 businesses rented idle military land and properties. Chu who had close ties with the market owner stated the military’s rented properties and land acted as a slush fund. Instead of being handed over to the state or used for military expenses, these funds were embezzled by military leaders. &nbs