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>Torrents of U.S. media reports had told us to expect cities under martial law, military forces of occupation and heavily armed police on every corner. The Indigenous population, especially the Uygur people, are described as an impoverished and isolated population, who are allegedly forced into slave labor and doing backbreaking work in the fields or being locked inside concentration camps.
>Coming from the New York City area, I expected a police force of at least equal size. The New York City police force is the world’s eighth-largest armed body. On our return, reports of “Stop and Frisk” programs centered on Black and Brown youth dominated the media: “Too many people in New York City are stopped, searched and frisked illegally, federal monitor says.”
>What we saw in Xinjiang was vibrant cities — Kashgar and Urumqi — full of tens of thousands of tourists, along with the local population of many nationalities. Huge and colorful marketplaces and bazaars, almost all of them run by Uygur families, stretched for many blocks. Busy subway lines crossed the cities. Everywhere we saw food markets brimming with inexpensive produce. Restaurants, cafes and street food stalls were packed with local people. In the evenings, the streets were full — not silent and ominous.
I’d like to hear thoughts from more informed comrades on this, is this real (and when will I get to see more billionaire executions if it is), or just more bullshit?
"Cheng Yawen（程亚文）is dean of the Department of Political Science at the School of International Relations and Public Affairs, Shanghai International Studies University. He previously taught at the Department of War Theory and Strategic Research, Academy of Military Sciences, People’s Liberation Army. His research areas include comparative politics and national development strategies. He has held a long-term interest in topics such as the impact of globalisation on underdeveloped countries, the development strategies chosen by underdeveloped countries amid globalisation, and the relations between China and underdeveloped countries."
I just thought it was cool to see a video that's not entirely positive on China but that does make a positive note on China's efforts to combat climate change. I hope it reaches a lot of people who need it.
>The Communist leadership understood that the overthrow of feudal society is a hugely progressive development, but this process could not be forced from the top down. Over the next decade, much of Tibet’s social practices remained in place, while mass support for the social revolution grew. The Communists built roads, hospitals, schools and other amenities, while leaving intact local feudal governments and the Buddhist religious structure for most of the 1950s.
>At the same time, the CIA had begun to plant the seeds of counterrevolution, recruiting and arming contra-style death squads, coordinated by the Dalai Lama’s brother and inner circle based in India.
>The U.S.-backed Tibetan mercenaries were brought to Camp Hale in Colorado, where they were trained, and subsequently dispatched on air-drop missions throughout Tibet to carry out attacks against People’s Liberation Army troops, assassinations and other terrorist maneuvers. These operations were meant to give the illusion of a popular movement against the Communist Party; and they came to a head in 1959, when the Dalai Lama and the CIA launched an “uprising,” which was painted by Western media as a “liberation movement.”
Despite the shamelessly clickbaity title and the eye-rollingly cringy clips of westoids and westoid media losing their minds over China surpassing them, this is actually a pretty good video and the comments on this channel tend to be generally on the pro-China side.
Beijing, Apr 14 (Prensa Latina) Chinese President Xi Jinping received here today his Brazilian counterpart, Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, and formally welcomed him on his state visit to China.
Xi received the South American leader at the Great People’s Palace with the honors corresponding to his high investiture, before proceeding to the official talks.
The first moment of the meeting was open to the press and was followed by another segment, but behind closed doors.
During the presidential meeting, the two leaders are expected to review the bilateral agenda and analyze a proposal by Lula to form a club of mediators in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.
At the end of their talks, both will witness the signing of some twenty agreements between their countries covering multiple sectors.
Before meeting with Xi, Lula spoke with Premier Li Qiang, the parliamentary leader, Zhao Leji, and the president of the state electricity corporation, Zhang Zhigang.
To all three he expressed Brazil’s willingness to strengthen the strategic partnership, expand trade and investment flows, as well as join forces with China to promote a balance in world geopolitics.
He also had a contact with representatives of the All China Federation of Trade Unions and paid tribute to the martyrs of this country with the placement of a wreath in front of the Heroes Monument, located in the central Tiananmen Square.
The Brazilian dignitary arrived last night in Beijing from the municipality of Shanghai (east), where he had a marathon day of meetings and tours of centers of economic interest yesterday. His visit will conclude tomorrow.
I was looking through a stamp collection that I found in my Mom's home when I cane across this. As far as I can tell, it says something about the postal service of central China on the top and the bottom writing is just "5000 yuan". There is however no date on it at all. Since this is written in Traditional Chinese and talks about central China (not Taiwan or Guangdong where Traditional characters are still in use today afaik), I think it might be pre-revolutionary.
As for the guy, I can only really think of Sun Yat-sen, but it doesn't look quite right to me. Does anyone happen to know more? Does anyone recognize the guy?
Beijing, Mar 10 (Prensa Latina) The National People's Congress (Parliament) of China unanimously re-elected President Xi Jinping for another term and also appointed its new leaders and other senior State officials.
The almost three thousand deputies present at the annual session of the Congress ratified Xi Jinping at the head of the Central Military Commission.
Xi has served in those two posts for 10 years and has also been the General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) since 2012.
Han Zheng was elected Vice President, while Zhao Leji was appointed chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress, along with another 14 vice presidents of the Committee.
After the voting, the President and the other officials swore loyalty to the Chinese constitution.
The new Prime Minister will also be appointed this weekend from among a number of members of CCP Politburo Standing Committee.
Since last weekend, the session in the National Assembly has been running parallel to that of the National People’s Congress to define China’s short- and mid-term socioeconomic course.
Both bodies are also examining initiatives to solve different problems, such as the challenges resulting from low birth rates and population aging.
An article explaining the composition and functions of a principle Chinese governmental organ, which has opened its national session today.
It shows there is still work to be done, but also that China does have a democratic model that is consultative and has mechanisms for dread back from the population.
Beijing has expressed national-security concerns related to the SpaceX network
Chinese researchers are preparing to launch close to 13,000 satellites into a low-earth orbit, in a move which would dwarf – and potentially monitor – Elon Musk’s SpaceX ‘Starlink’ network, which first launched in 2019 and provides satellite internet access to 50 countries.
The project, which is codenamed ‘GW’ and is being led by associate professor Xu Can of the People’s Liberation Army’s (PLA) Space Engineering University in Beijing, will see 12,992 satellites operated by the China Satellite Network Group Co launched into orbit, and is designed to improve communications efficiency.
The launch schedule remains unknown but the team led by Xu said that they plan to deploy them “before the completion of Starlink.” They added that this would “ensure that our country has a place in low orbit and prevent the Starlink constellation from excessively pre-empting low-orbit resources.”
The projected number of ‘GW’ satellites would surpass Starlink’s current total of around 3,500. SpaceX plans to have 12,000 devices in its constellation of satellites by 2027, with that figure eventually rising to 42,000.
Xu’s team elaborated that they would place their satellites into “orbits where the Starlink constellation has not yet reached” and that they would “gain opportunities and advantages at other orbital altitudes, and even suppress Starlink.”
The ‘GW’ network could also be equipped with technology to provide “long-term surveillance of Starlink satellites,” the team of researchers added.
Xu and his team also suggested that the Chinese government could form an anti-Starlink coalition with various other governments which would “demand that SpaceX publish the precise orbiting data of Starlink satellites.”
Chinese military figures have previously expressed concern at the national security implications posed by SpaceX’s satellites, and called for the development of “hard kill” technology “to destroy the constellation’s operating system” should it be necessary.
China’s efforts to counter Starlink come amid growing concerns about the potential military applications of the global satellite network. The technology has been used to bolster communications by Ukrainian military forces throughout its conflict with Russia – though SpaceX took steps earlier this month to restrict its use in controlling military drones in the country.
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