In Defiant Speech, President Xi Declares “No One Can Dictate Reforms To China”

What he really means is that nobody except for him can tell the Chinese people what should and should not be done

Given that he was speaking to honor the 40th anniversary of the 1978 reforms that set China on the path toward building a modern industrialized state, Xi Jinping – markets had hoped – might announce new reform measures or economic liberalization efforts like certain policy moves that had been teased by the Wall Street Journal last week.

Xi told an audience of party officials, military leaders and entrepreneurs in a speech Tuesday that “no one is in the position to dictate to the Chinese people what should and should not be done.” The 80-minute address in Beijing was held to mark the 40th anniversary of the Reform and Opening Up campaign that unleashed the country’s economic boom under then leader Deng Xiaoping.

In remarks that ranged from the economy to the environment to Taiwan and the South China Sea, Xi presented his agenda as the logical outcome of the country’s post-1978 “reform era” and Chinese history more broadly. He reasserted his contention that the country had entered a “new era” under his leadership and was poised for a bigger role in world affairs.

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Investigation Reveals US Sportswear Made In Sweatshop By “Re-educated” Chinese Muslims

Clothes made by detained Chinese Muslims living in a mass detention camp have been traced to a US sportswear company, according to AP , which tracked “recent, ongoing shipments” from a privately-owned, state-sponsored “internment” sweatshop.

Source: Investigation Reveals US Sportswear Made In Sweatshop By “Re-educated” Chinese Muslims

Outcry as Chinese erotic writer jailed for more than 10 years over gay sex scenes in novel | South China Morning Post

Sentence provokes shock and outrage as critics point out many rapists face lighter sentences than pornographers
Novelist fell foul of pre-internet ruling that people who sold more than 5,000 erotic books should serve more than a decade in prison

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Foreign Banks Are Embracing Russia’s Alternative To SWIFT, Moscow Says

On Friday, one day after Russia and China pledged to reduce their reliance on the dollar by increasing the amount of bilateral trade conducted in rubles and yuan (a goal toward which much progress has already been made over the past three years), Russia’s Central Bank provided the latest update on Moscow’s alternative to US-dominated international payments network SWIFT.

Source: Foreign Banks Are Embracing Russia’s Alternative To SWIFT, Moscow Says

Church crosses burned in China’s Christianity crackdown

China is in the midst of a crackdown.  Perhaps this explains the importance of freedom of speech, freedom of association and Religious Freedom.  In spite of all our faults, the US is still the best damn country on the planet.

China cracks down on religion, crosses burned at Christian churches, Xi Jinping photos installed Updated September 25, 2018 17:25:51 China has intensified its crackdown on religion, with images emerging of crosses being burned and destroyed at Christian churches.

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Why Did China’s Biggest Movie Star, and the Interpol Chief, Vanish?

When, suddenly and without explanation, Fan Bingbing, China’s most famous actress and its highest-paid celebrity, vanished, in July, conspiracy theories abounded. Had she been abducted? Was she in exile? Or had “the No. 1 beauty under the heavens,” as she is known, been having an affair with the Vice-President, and been forced into hiding? In China, where the movie industry favors fantasies and mysteries, the story of Fan’s disappearance suggested the kind of thriller in which she herself might star. But, last week, after an absence of more than three months, she resurfaced to issue a statement that could have earned her a part in a well-known TV drama series: the coerced public apology.

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“They Are Worried About Panic”: China Blocks Bad Economic News As Economy Slumps

China’s Shadow-banking system is collapsing (and with its China’s economic-fuel – the credit impulse), it’s equity market has become a slow-motion train-wreck, its economic data has been serially disappointing for two years, and its bond market is starting to show signs of serious systemic risk as corporate defaults in 2018 hit a record high.

Source: “They Are Worried About Panic”: China Blocks Bad Economic News As Economy Slumps