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China not main enemy: Ma

My my. This is about to unfold a great beholding.

China not main enemy: Ma
AFP
18 August 2009
Source – Straits Times

TAIPEI – TAIWAN’S President Ma Ying-jeou said on Tuesday that forces of nature rather than China might be the island’s main enemy in the future after Typhoon Morakot killed more than 120 people.

‘In the future, the armed forces of this country will have disaster prevention and rescue as their main job,’ he told reporters.

‘From now on, disaster prevention and rescue will be taken into consideration when the military drafts its military strategy, manpower structure, budget, and equipment.’

‘Now our enemy is not necessarily people across the Taiwan Strait but nature,’ Mr Ma said.

Mr Ma made the remarks amid public anger over the government’s slow response to the devastation caused by Typhoon Morakot after it struck on August 8.

Taiwan and China are still technically at war despite a dramatic improvement in cross-strait ties after Mr Ma came to power last year.

Mr Ma announced that his government would purchase 15 rescue helicopters at a cost of US$300 million (S$435 million) to boost the rescue capabilities of Taiwan’s airborne police unit.

He said the money would come from the budget originally set aside for the army, which calls for buying 60 UH-60 Black Hawk utility helicopters to replace its aging UH-1H fleet.

The president said he had decided to create a national disaster prevention agency to take over crisis management, replacing the National Fire Agency.

He also said the military would undertake intensive disaster response training. — AFP

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Filed under: International Relations, Taiwan

Money talks in China deal

Another reason why as long as China grows, Australia grows, and how it may not even be much of a help though they’ve got a Prime Minister who speaks and understands the Chinese; well. these economics of international relations… economically synergistic but with madly plastic faces blinded by the dollar bills, and bragging rights.

Money talks in China deal
Mathew Murphy and Michelle Grattan
August 19, 2009
Source – The Age

AUSTRALIA will supply $50 billion worth of liquefied natural gas to China over the next 20 years in the nation’s biggest ever trade deal.

In a clear sign that diplomatic tensions have not undermined economic dealings between the nations, state-owned PetroChina has agreed to buy 2.25 million tonnes of LNG a year from the huge Gorgon project off the West Australian coast.

The deal came as Foreign Minister Stephen Smith yesterday confirmed that China had cancelled a vist from a senior official in retaliation for Australia granting a visa to exiled Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer.

The two countries have also been in dispute over iron ore prices and the detention of Australian Rio Tinto executive Stern Hu over bribery allegations.

But Resources Minister Martin Ferguson, who attended the signing of the LNG deal in Beijing, spoke glowingly of the bilateral economic relationship.

”This agreement is testimony to the strength of Australia’s continuing trade and investment relationship with China,” he said. ”As China continues to develop as a modern global industrial and commercial powerhouse, Australia is committed to walking with it on its remarkable journey.”

He said the deal would provide a significant boost to Australia’s gross domestic product.

Under the deal, ExxonMobil will supply China with 2.25 million tonnes of LNG a year from Gorgon, Australia’s biggest natural resources venture.

It comes on top of a deal struck by Shell – a partner in the Gorgon joint venture, along with Chevron – to sell 2 million tonnes of LNG a year to China.

And in a sign of China’s insatiable demand for LNG, PetroChina is in talks with Woodside to receive up to 3 million tonnes a year over 20 years from its proposed project in the Browse Basin off the north-west coast of Australia.

Mr Ferguson’s presence at the signing gives the clearest indication yet that the Federal Government will give final environmental approval for the project. Environment Minister Peter Garrett is expected to sign off on it next month.

In Parliament, Mr Smith acknowledged that his decision to grant Rebiya Kadeer a visa led to China cancelling a visit to the Pacific Islands Forum by Vice-President for Foreign Affairs, He Yafei. He was replaced by a lesser official.

Chinese authorities had made it ”very clear to Australian officials that they were most unhappy with her visit,” he said.

The Chinese describe Ms Kadeer as a terrorist, but Mr Smith said he had concluded there was no basis for denying her entry and that she had visited in a private capacity.

China was furious that a film about Ms Kadeer was screened at the Melbourne International Film Festival, despite its intense lobbying to have it pulled and the festival boycotted by other Chinese films.

Mr Smith said Australia regretted China’s response but could not rule out further action.

”These difficulties need to be managed carefully,” he said, referring to the cases of Ms Kadeer and the detained Mr Hu. ”If, of course, China takes any further action in response to our decision, that will be for us a matter of regret but we will deal with that sensibly.” Recalling that Opposition Leader Malcolm Turnbull had said previously that the Government should stand up to China, Mr Smith said: ”We did on the Rebiya Kadeer issue.”

Shadow foreign minister Julie Bishop said it was ”abundantly clear the Government has hopelessly mismanaged the relationship with China”.

Defence analyst Hugh White said: ”Clearly the Chinese are disappointed in Kevin Rudd and irritated over the Government’s handling of a range of issues. But this doesn’t threaten the fundamental dynamics of the relationship. There is too much at stake for both sides.”

Filed under: Australia, Economics, International Relations, Politics

Death sentence upheld for China fraudster: state media

Never thought of the figures when it comes to China’s iron fist when it comes to the death penalty, and here’s one source. “China executes more people than the rest of the world combined, with the nation last year putting to death more than 1,700 people out of a global total of almost 2,400, according to Amnesty International.” That’s rather staggering – that’s 71% of the world total. But man, what a scam. Read on.

Death sentence upheld for China fraudster: state media
Mon, Aug 17, 2009
AFP
Source – AsiaOne

BEIJING – A court in eastern China has upheld the death sentence handed to an entrepreneur convicted of embezzling 970 million yuan (S$205 million) in a deer-breeding scam, state media said Monday.

The high court in Anhui province upheld the punishment for Tang Yanan, who convinced tens of thousands of people to send him money for a breeding centre for deer, which are prized in China for their horns, the Beijing News said.

Tang was first convicted by a local court in December 2008 of fraud and falsifying documents when he bilked up to 49,000 investors in seven Chinese provinces and regions, the report said.

Investigators have been unable to recover over 300 million yuan of the funds, leading at least one investor to commit suicide and prompting widespread calls for an investigation.

Deer horns are ground into powder and used in a variety of Chinese herbal medicines, including aphrodisiacs.

According to earlier press reports, Tang’s company, the Wanwuchun Rural Technology Company, promised people high returns on their investment. A breeding centre was set up, but many investors never got their money back.

Twenty other people were convicted for their involvement in the scam.

China executes more people than the rest of the world combined, with the nation last year putting to death more than 1,700 people out of a global total of almost 2,400, according to Amnesty International.

As China does not publish full data on the death penalty, rights groups say the number of people executed could be far higher.

Filed under: Culture, Politics

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