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Chinese president meets visiting S. Korean counterpart [Xinhua] #RisingChina #SouthKorea

South Korea to push for progress on free trade deal – to lock front row tickets into China’s consumer boom. Annual trade between the two has grown 19% on average since 1992.

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South Korea Inc. Joins Park on China Visit to Reshape Ties (Bloomberg, June 27, 2013)

President Park Geun Hye arrived in Beijing today with the biggest-ever business delegation to join a South Korean leader’s state visit, signaling the importance she puts on China in boosting her nation’s economic fortunes.

Park will be joined by 71 executives, including Hyundai Motor Co. Chairman Chung Mong Koo, as her nation turns to its biggest trading partner and the world’s second biggest economy to spur growth that fell in 2012 to the slowest pace since 2009.

The four-day visit is a chance for Park, elected to a single five-year term in December, to pin down a free-trade deal as conglomerates such as Hyundai and Samsung Group (005930) look to tap China’s growing consumer class. Expanding trade ties may be crucial for Park to deliver on promises to boost employment to 70 percent by 2017 from 64.2 percent. Bloomberg

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Chinese president meets visiting S. Korean counterpart
Edited by Chen Zhi
Source – Xinhua, published June 27, 2013

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (L) holds a welcoming ceremony for visiting South Korean President Park Geun-hye before their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 27, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with South Korean President Park Geun-hye after their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 27, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (C) and South Korean President Park Geun-hye (R, front) meet with youth delegates from both countries after their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, June 27, 2013. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

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Mexico, China draw up tourism joint pacts [China Daily] #RisingChina #Mexico #Tourism

The power of the family unit is a concept not foreign to these two countries. Tourism pact today, will it sync further to brotherhood posturing tomorrow? They may not have had good reason to be friendly in the past, however this gives the impression China extends the Beijing consensus that looks like a strategic counter pivot right at the southern doorstep of the US.

For more, see the China Daily China-Mexico section on Xi Jinping’s visit to Trinidad and Tobago, Costa Rica and Mexico.

Also, from the NPR – China Is Building Ties With Mexico June 9, 2013

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Mexico, China draw up tourism joint pacts
Xinhua
Source – China Daily, published June 10, 2013

MEXICO CITY – The governments of Mexico and China are currently drawing up several joint agreements on tourism following the recent visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Mexico, official sources said Sunday.

In a statement, Mexico’s Ministry of Tourism (Sectur) said the minister, Claudia Ruiz Massieu, would travel to China in July to continue the negotiations and achieve accords.

In the first quarter of 2013, Mexico received 19,363 Chinese tourists, up by 35.1 percent compared with the same period in 2012.

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What to Make of Xi Jinping’s Maoist Turn [WSJ] #RisingChina #NewLeadership

Thoughts from the WSJ on Xi’s apparent Maoist turn.

…these Party editorials are intended for cadres, not citizens. The idea is for officials to sit up, take notice of their shortcomings and start working differently. Citizens aren’t being coerced or prepared for disappointment; it’s cadres who are being told to change.

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– To believe that a set of instructions would serve its dominant hegemonic purpose with full fidelity is a huge overstep. The range of publicly available party literature can be staggering, just rock up to any of the Xinhua bookstores. This was taken in Chongqing earlier in 2013.

Additionally, mass line in the English language does not carry the semantic gravitas of 群众路线. For more on the 群众路线 mass line , see 人民日报评论部:群众路线是“执政生命线” People’s Daily, June 18, 2013

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What to Make of Xi Jinping’s Maoist Turn
By Russell Leigh Moses
Source – Wall Street Journal China Realtime Report, published June 21, 2013

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by Tim O’brien

Is Xi Jinping lurching towards a Maoist revival?

With a number of Mao-like pronouncements emanating from Beijing in recent months, some observers of Chinese politics think he might be.

The most recent example is an editorial published earlier this week in the authoritative People’s Daily (in Chinese), which argues that the “mass line is the ruling lifeline” for the Communist Party.

In the days since, that phrase has proliferated through state media, with the official Xinhua news agency announcing on Thursday that the Communist Party had published, not one, but two new books on interpretations of “mass line” by everyone from Friederich Engels to Jiang Zemin.

The concept of a mass line harkens directly back to the Maoist era. It denotes the need for officials to get close to the masses, and to know their needs and demands intimately. References to “taking the mass line” have reappeared only sporadically in the years since reform took hold, as revolutionary visions were largely supplanted by slogans emphasizing China’s need for scientific development.

Xi himself took this new campaign high-profile in a videoconference meeting Tuesday (in Chinese), outlining the need for a crusade to educate Party members about the evils of the “Four Winds,” namely “formalism, bureaucracy, hedonism and waste.” He argued that cadres “should focus on self-purification, self-improvement, self-innovation, self-awareness”—or, as he put it in a folksy way, “”watching from the mirror, grooming oneself, taking a bath and seeking remedies.”

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Redefining relations [China Daily] #RisingChina #XiObamaSummit #TransPacificCooperation

The vast Pacific Ocean has enough space to accommodate the two big nations of China and the US,” Xi Jinping said before the meeting.

Trans-Pacific cooperation seems the end game for Xi in this informal game of leverage between two very important decision makers. Representing the hearts, hopes and aims of the China’s fourth rise, Xi the torchbearer can ill afford to come across as simply, amicable. That said…

Neither China nor the US wants confrontation… It’s especially notable that they pledged to improve military ties, the most sensitive issue that have occasionally strained relations” Ma Zhengang, deputy president of the China Public Diplomacy Association

However rhetoric remains verbal hot air till mutual understanding arrives…

“If we cannot understand each other, it can cause problems,” Yang Jiemian, president of the Shanghai Institute for International Studies

Bridging a communicative gap involves more than semantic and consensus. Understanding – addresses only part of the equation – what of subtext, meta messages, and perceptual tendencies and noise, just to name a few.

For more, see

– Shirtsleeves summit’ warms relations The Age, June 9, 2013

– President Xi Jinping visits three Latin American nations, meets Obama in U.S. Xinhua Special Coverage website.

Also, check out the China Daily infographic below to get a sense of China’s transpacific posturing intent.

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Redefining relations
By Zhe Zhe in Rancho Mirage, California, Chen Weihua in Washington, and Zhang Chunyan in London
Source – China Daily, published March 9, 2013

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President Xi Jinping and US President Barack Obama meet the media after their talk at Sunnylands in Rancho Mirage, California, on Friday. Photo by Lan Hongguang / Xinhua

China and the United States will increase comprehensive exchanges, as the countries commit to building a new type of power relationship, the presidents of the world’s two largest economies said on Friday.

After the first meeting of their two-day summit, President Xi Jinping and US counterpart, Barack Obama, stressed the importance of the countries’ ties in a globalized economy.

“I am confident of building a new type of relationship, as long as we are committed to it,” Xi said at the Walter and Leonore Annenberg Estate at Sunnylands, California.

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All the toys, but can China fight? [Western Australia Today] #RisingChina #HardPower #Corruption

An Australian perspective on Xi readying military for battle. The fight may be an ideological one, but the outward display of toys is a primal one: they matter at the negotiation table.

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All the toys, but can China fight?
China’s Xi Jinping has warned his corruption-riddled military to clean up its act and be ready for battle.
John Garnaut, Beijing
Source – Western Australia Today, published April 27, 2013

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Chinese naval soldiers wait in line. Photo: AFP

Every morning at 6am, more than two dozen of the world’s leading submarine watchers, aviation experts, government specialists, imagery analysts, cryptanalysts and linguists gather at the headquarters of the US Pacific Fleet in Hawaii. Their job is to probe the overnight intelligence reports to guide the activities and strategies of the six aircraft carrier groups, 180 ships and 1500 aircraft that constantly patrol the Pacific and Indian oceans.

The morning meetings are convened by the fleet’s top intelligence officer, Captain James Fanell, and are supposed to cover activities emanating anywhere ”from Hollywood to Bollywood”, as the head of US Pacific Command, Admiral Samuel Locklear, likes to put it. But the group never takes long before zeroing in on the country driving the military and diplomatic ”pivot” to Asia, which was announced by President Barack Obama in Canberra in November 2011 and which now has support from almost every maritime nation in east and south-east Asia.

”Every day it’s about China; it’s about a China who’s at the centre of virtually every activity and dispute in the maritime domain in the east Asian region,” said Fanell, reading from prepared remarks at a US Naval Institute conference in San Diego on January 31.

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Challenge China to Free Tibetans [Wall Street Journal] #RisingChina #Tibet

Truth or dare? For more on the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom, go here.

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Challenge China to Free Tibet
Xi Jinping needs to hear that religious freedom is the only way to stop self-immolations.
By Elliott Abrams and Azizah Al-Hibri
Source – Wall Street Journal, published April 21, 2013

When Kal Kyi, a 30-year-old mother of four, set herself on fire in March to protest Chinese repression of Tibet, she joined a grim and growing fellowship of despair. Over the past four years, 112 Tibetans have immolated themselves in protest against Chinese oppression.

Tibet is burning, and the world community, including the U.S., must speak out. China’s new president, Xi Jinping, and the rest of its leadership must be persuaded that its interests lie with respecting human rights, particularly freedom of religion, and to restart discussions with Tibet’s exiled leader, the Dalai Lama.

Unfortunately, persuading Beijing is no simple task. China’s rulers have dug in their heels on Tibet as self-immolations continue to mount. They have expanded repressive measures while accusing foreign forces of fueling Tibetan grievances.

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S$370m scholarship aims to cool Beijing-West tensions [TODAYonline] #RisingChina #SchwarzmanScholarship #Education #Tsinghua

“China is no longer an elective course, it’s core curriculum,” Stephen Schwarzman in Beijing. (Associated Press, in Fox News, April 22, 2013)

When it begins in 2016, the Schwarzman Scholarship programme will match the 111-year-old Rhodes in the numbers of students and the size of its endowment. (Today Online)

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S$370m scholarship aims to cool Beijing-West tensions
Creation of programme for study in China shows country’s importance to Wall Street financiers, corporate leaders
Source – TODAYonline, published April 22, 2013

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Mr Stephen Schwarzman is creating a S$370- million scholarship for study in China that he hopes will rival the Rhodes Scholarship in prestige and influence. Photo: Bloomberg

HONG KONG — The private-equity tycoon Stephen Schwarzman, backed by an array of mostly Western blue-chip companies with interests in China, is creating a US$300 million (S$370 million) scholarship for study in China that he hopes will rival the Rhodes Scholarship in prestige and influence.

The programme, whose endowment represents one of the largest single gifts to education in the world and one of the largest philanthropic gifts in China, was announced by Mr Schwarzman in Beijing yesterday.

The Schwarzman Scholars programme will pay all expenses for 200 students each year from around the world for a one-year master’s programme at Tsinghua University in Beijing, one of the country’s top universities.

The programme’s creation underlines the tremendous importance of China and its market to Wall Street financiers and corporate leaders, who have become increasingly anxious as security and economic frictions grow between China and the West.

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Chinese president Xi’s speech at Boao draws positive comments [Xinhua] #RisingChina #XiJinPing #Boao

To access the full keynote address, please go to Xinhua (Bilingual version) April 8, 2013

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Chinese president Xi’s speech at Boao draws positive comments
English.news.cn
Source – Xinhua, published April 8, 2013

BEIJING, April 7 (Xinhua) — Chinese President Xi Jinping’s keynote speech at a major regional forum in the south of China Sunday has been widely reported by media across the world and captured experts’ attention.

Indian media and strategic analysts said Xi’s speech at opening of the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA) Annual Conference 2013 reaffirmed China’s foreign policy, especially its Asian policy under the new leadership.

Tarun Basu, president of Indo-Asian News Service, called it an important policy speech by the new Chinese leader.

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Boao Forum For Asia Annual Conference 2013 #China #BoaoForum #Hainan

Running 6-8 April this year, the non-government, non-profit Boao platform facilitates a convergence of leading minds, not just political leaders only, for discourse and exchange. In some ways, this forum, running since 1998 is an Asia-Pacific equivalent of Davos.

That it is on China’s turf at the dawn of its new leadership is something the Chinese milk fully. Regional leaders, along with their top business and academic minds now arrive as guests in their home ground. President Xi Jinping gives the keynote address on Sunday.

Check out the Boao forum website here.

The conference agenda (.doc) can be found here.

Keep up to date with the Chinese perspective of the Boao forum at Xinhua here.

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Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) shakes hands with Myanmar’s President U Thein Sein during a welcoming ceremony held by President Xi Jinping for President U Thein Sein in Sanya, south China’s Hainan Province, April 5, 2013. Source – Xinhua/Pang Xinglei

For the BBC perspective: China’s Boao Forum due to start April 6, 2013

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Inside Story : Russia and China: Cementing ties [Al Jazeera Video] #ChinaRussia

Al Jazeera’s Inside Story on March 23 has a panel talk about Russia and China strengthening ties.

Optimistically speaking – we have two former giants demonstrating how two former foes can be at least in today’s terms, friends. This relationship hasn’t been without cycles of ups and downs. See China and Russia: Best frenemies forever? (Fortunate Magazine, March 28, 2013)

That they do so today whilst they rejuvenate themselves seems on paper, a synergistic pivot necessary for the times. A case for symbiotic realism perhaps.

Both members of BRIC with permanent seats on the UN security council, they share a long border, complement each other economically and it makes a lot of sense to form a tag team. That they largely share consensus on major international issues not beholden to the US, has also stirred into the symbolism of this combined charm offensive.

It is also noteworthy Xi Jinping already made an important visit to US as Vice President last year.

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Inside Story : Russia and China: Cementing ties
Source – Al Jazeera on Youtube, published March 23, 2013

As China’s Xi Jinping chooses Moscow for his inaugural state visit, we look at the ties that bind the two countries. Inside Story, with presenter Hazem Sika, discusses with guests: Victor Gao, the director of China National Association of International Studies. He was former China policy advisor; Dimitry Babich, a political analyst at Russia Profile magazine; and Roderic Wye, a China analyst at Chatham House and senior fellow with the China Policy Institute at Nottingham University.

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