Tag: Xi Jinping

People take a selfie photograph with an Apple Inc. iPhone in front of an illuminated Christmas tree in Hong Kong, China, on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017. With more Chinese tourists likely to travel to Hong Kong next year as the yuan strengthens against the Hong Kong dollar, retailers are poised to benefit from the rise in store sales and falling rents, according to Catherine Lim, an analyst at Bloomberg Intelligence. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

BBC: ‘A Nation of Active Citizens’ Is Xi Jinping’s ‘Nightmare’

The BBC’s profile of Chinese President Xi Jinping is almost as lengthy as the one published by China’s state-run Xinhua news service, and it’s considerably flashier in its multimedia presentation style, but it’s also a good deal more skeptical. The BBC sees a vast cult of personality developing around China’s leader, nourished by the full power of the Chinese state. History has yet to provide an example of a cult of personality with a happy ending.

An employee puts Chinese one-hundred yuan banknotes in a money counting machine for a photograph at the Korea Exchange Bank headquarters in Seoul, South Korea, on Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014. Chinas central bank is forecast to double the yuans trading band in the coming quarter as policy makers loosen exchange-rate controls to promote greater usage of the currency in global trade and finance. Photographer: SeongJoon Cho/Bloomberg via Getty Images

For China, Debt Disaster Lurks in the Shadows

Analysts with the proper degree of skepticism about China’s boasts of soaring economic power note that official reports from the Communist regime cannot be trusted. Another, less widely understood problem is that China’s rulers might not know how unstable their economy really is because a sizable portion of Chinese debt lurks off the books in the “shadow banking” industry.

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China Cracks Down on Corrupt Officials Throwing ‘Hedonistic’ Parties

China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the top anti-corruption agency in a government desperate to portray itself as dedicated to rooting out corruption, announced a new crusade against “hedonism and extravagance” on Monday. The idea is to prevent officials from using lavish parties, padded travel expenses, and other perks as a means of concealing graft.

US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley pushes for more nuclear inspections in Iran

Haley: Trump Demanded Xi Jinping Cut off North Korea’s Oil Supply

American Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the Security Council on Wednesday that President Donald Trump had urged his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to cut off North Korea’s oil supply, a move considered among the last and most devastating measures possible against the crippled North Korean economy.

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Obama to Meet Chinese, Indian Leaders on Asia Tour

On Tuesday, former President Barack Obama embarked on a five-day trip to China, India, and France, where he will meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi before speaking at the introductory session of the Les Napoleons Summit in Paris.

Hayward: How China’s Viral Authoritarianism Infects the West and Threatens the Enlightenment

China’s challenge to the United States over the coming decades will not only be a contest of economic and military might. It will be a clash of ideologies, as President Xi Jinping made quite clear in his marathon address to the 19th Communist Party Congress. China is betting that its brand of authoritarianism will go viral and infect not only Eastern nations it hopes to bring under its hegemonic sway, but the Western world as well.

LaVar Ball, center, father of Los Angeles Lakers draft pick Lonzo Ball, listens to his son during a news conference, Friday, June 23, 2017, in El Segundo, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

LaVar Ball Does Not Credit Trump for Son’s Release After China Arrest

UCLA basketball star LiAngelo Ball and two other players were arrested in China for shoplifting — a crime that carries a ten-year sentence there — and President Donald Trump intervened, asking Chinese President Xi Jinping to look into the case. Chinese authorities have since freed the players, but now, LiAngelo’s father, LaVar Ball, has dismissed the president’s efforts.