Author: Nectar Gan

China’s aggressive chip strategy sparks global alarm
China

China’s aggressive chip strategy sparks global alarm

China is aggressively pushing itself to develop a self-reliant semiconductor industry. China's strategic push to enhance its semiconductor capabilities through shrewd policies and economic incentives poses a serious challenge to the global technological balance. China’s ability to exploit loopholes in export controls and leverage opportunities in the evolving EV market has compelled the global community to keep a vigilant eye on China at all times. The US government recently urged allies, including the Netherlands, Germany, South Korea, and Japan, to further tighten restrictions on China’s access to semiconductor technology, a controversial effort that’s drawing resistance in some countries. Despite US efforts, China has intensified its drive to bolster its domestic chip industry. The
Paraguay continues to stand with Taiwan despite Chinese aggression
Asia, China

Paraguay continues to stand with Taiwan despite Chinese aggression

In a major setback to the Chinese campaign of poaching Taiwanese allies, Paraguay has refused to switch sides and rather advocated for deeper ties and cooperation with Taipei.  “Let's be true, partners, friends. I wish us to be ambitious in the objectives we want to achieve, said Paraguayan President Santiago Peña when he met new Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te. Moreover, Peña slammed Chinese President Xi Jinping's geopolitical offensive in Latin America. “It is growing and is very worrying. Many countries decide to strengthen their ties with China, because they have no other choice,” he said.[1] Recognising Taiwan instead of China has cost Paraguay its trade with the world’s second-biggest economy.[2] Paraguay is standing with its 66-year-old friendship with Taiwan, refusing to
Peak China’s Delusion
China

Peak China’s Delusion

Ever since Chinese President Xi Jinping secured his third term in power in the fall of 2022, he has had a rough time. Shortly after his reappointment, street protests pushed him to abruptly abandon his signature “zero COVID” policy. After a quick reopening bump in early 2023, the economy has progressively slowed, revealing both cyclical and structural challenges. Investors are leaving in droves, with foreign direct investment and portfolio flows reaching record lows. Meanwhile, Xi has fired his handpicked minsters for defense and foreign affairs in the wake of allegations of corruption and worse. His military bungled its balloon intelligence-collection program, precipitating an unwanted crisis after a stray balloon floated over the continental United States for days in early 2023. And now
Former CPC top political advisor dismissed
World

Former CPC top political advisor dismissed

BEIJING, April 22 (Xinhua) -- Han Yong, a former senior political advisor of Northwest China's Shaanxi province, has been expelled from the Communist Party of China (CPC) over serious violations of Party discipline and laws, the country's top anti-graft body said Monday. Han is former chairperson of the Shaanxi Provincial Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), and a former vice director of the Committee of Population, Resources and Environment of the CPPCC National Committee. The decision came following an investigation by the CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection and the National Commission of Supervision upon the approval of the CPC Central Committee.
A political insider and professor is accused of espionage for China.
China

A political insider and professor is accused of espionage for China.

Christopher Berry, 32, and Christopher Cash, 29, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Friday on charges of espionage under the Official Secrets Act. Both are accused of gathering and disseminating information which were “useful to an enemy”, the Metropolitan Police said. Nick Price, head of the Crown Prosecution Service Special Crime and Counter Terrorism Division, said in a statement: “The Crown Prosecution Service Counter Terrorism Division has today authorised the Metropolitan Police to charge two men with espionage offences. READ MORE: Arrests in Scotland and England as UK Parliament 'infiltrated' by ‘spy for China’ “Christopher Berry, 32, and Christopher Cash, 29, will be charged with providing prejudicial information to a foreign state, China, and will ap
Two individuals are accused of espionage for China in the UK.
World

Two individuals are accused of espionage for China in the UK.

A parliamentary researcher who was arrested last year on suspicion of spying for China has been charged along with another man with espionage offences. Christopher Cash, 29, who had access to parliament through his work for an organisation set up by Conservative MPs, is to appear in court on Friday after he and Christopher Berry, 32, were charged under the Official Secrets Act. The men are accused of providing prejudicial information to a foreign state, China, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said in a statement on Monday. Police arrested the two men on 13 March last year at addresses in Oxfordshire and Edinburgh as part of an investigation. They were subsequently released on bail and will appear at Westminster magistrates court on Friday. Cash, of Whitechapel, east London,...
Xi Jinping’s Intensifying Authoritarianism Expedites<br>The Chinese Communist Party’s Inevitable Demise
China

Xi Jinping’s Intensifying Authoritarianism Expedites
The Chinese Communist Party’s Inevitable Demise

The paramount leader of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has amended the law to diminish the administrative authority of the State Council. Analysts assert that this action would hasten the self-destruction of the totalitarian regime, instigating a vicious cycle of relentless purges and hostility within the party's ranks. On March 11th, during its pro forma National People's Congress (NPC), the CCP ratified the newly revised Organic Law of the State Council, marking the first amendment in over four decades. The revision accentuates the current leader's preeminent position, stipulating that the communist government should steadfastly uphold and steadfastly implement the decisions and directives of the Party Central Committee's centralized leadership. Thus far, this represents Xi Jin...
<strong><u>The Failed Gamble on CPEC- China’s strategic patience may not be so strategic</u></strong>
Asia, China

The Failed Gamble on CPEC- China’s strategic patience may not be so strategic

China’s prominent Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) has faced several crises in recent years. To most disastrous among all the failures however, has been the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which has been facing massive obstacles, especially since Pakistan political establishment failed to safeguard the lives of hundreds of Chinese workers in the country.  Apart from security challenges, the multi-billion-dollar infrastructure project has also fallen ill to the perils of the Pakistani economy. The 62-billion-dollar initiative, which began in 2013 has seen quite a few roadblocks over the years including underutilization of project funds, extreme corruption, economic turmoil leading to risky investments among others. The CPEC connects Xinjiang in China to the Gwadar port in Baluch
China, Politics, World

Taiwan: Political, historical, and UK connections

Taiwan is an island in the South China Sea, around 100 miles off the coast of China, on which nearly 24 million people live. The Communist-controlled People’s Republic of China, based on mainland China, considers Taiwan a breakaway province that must return to the mainland’s control. According to Taiwan’s constitution its official name is the Republic of China. This is a remnant of a political entity formed on the Chinese mainland more than 100 years ago. The Republic of China does not officially recognise the People’s Republic, and its constitution still asserts sovereignty over mainland China. The People’s Republic of China’s ‘One China’ principle asserts that Taiwan is an integral part of China, and as part of this, that other countries must only maintain official diplomatic rela
China is pursuing the New Left Alliance government of Nepal.
China, World

China is pursuing the New Left Alliance government of Nepal.

Nepal’s newly appointed deputy prime minister and foreign minister, Narayan Kaji Shrestha, is in China on his first foreign visit from March 24 – April 1. The trip comes less than three weeks after the new government was formed in Nepal on March 4. The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Politburo were quick to extend an invitation to the newly formed government, now led by a five-party Left Alliance. As a country landlocked between two nuclear powers, India and China, Nepal’s foreign policy has been constrained by its geographical location. Historically, Kathmandu has enjoyed close diplomatic ties with India, marked by the 1950 Treaty of Peace and Friendship. An open border, sociocultural bonds, people-to-people ties, and no visa regime have further s