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Analysis: China’s aircraft carrier: in name only [Reuters]

Reuters: Not-yet combat ready aircraft carrier stirs reality check for Chinese military power projection in the East China Sea? Outspoken retired Major General Luo Yuan reconfigures hardline tact by suggesting the naming of China’s new aircraft carrier Diaoyu to demonstrate symbolic sovereignty after the Diaoyu/Senkaku islands in the East China Sea.

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Analysis: China’s aircraft carrier: in name only
By David Lague
Source – Reuters, published August 28, 2012

(Reuters) – When Japanese activists scrambled ashore on a disputed island chain in the East China Sea this month, one of China’s most hawkish military commentators proposed an uncharacteristically mild response.

Retired Major General Luo Yuan suggested naming China’s new aircraft carrier Diaoyu, after the Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea. It would demonstrate China’s sovereignty over the islands known as the Senkakus in Japanese, he said.

For a notable hardliner, it was one of the least bellicose reactions he has advocated throughout a series of territorial rows that have soured China’s ties with its neighbors in recent months. Read the rest of this entry »


Filed under: Beijing Consensus, Charm Offensive, Chinese Model, Diaoyu Fishing Boat Incident 2010, East China Sea, Government & Policy, Influence, International Relations, japan, Mapping Feelings, military, Nationalism, Peaceful Development, Politics, Resources, Soft Power, Strategy, Tao Guang Yang Hui (韬光养晦), Territorial Disputes, The Chinese Identity, The construction of Chinese and Non-Chinese identities, , , , , , , , , , ,

Anger at HK handover anniversary [Sydney Morning Herald/AFP]

This is Hong Kong’s summer of discontent. Protesters and police clashed yesterday, ahead of Hong Kong’s 15th anniversary of handover to Chinese rule. What seems clear is that many from Hong Kong had a clear and present reminder on the fifty years no change compact for president Hu Jintao as he dropped in for a three-day visit.

Riot control measures had to be employed with giant barricades used for the first time since the reportedly violent protests in 2005 during the WTO meet.

This time round, pepper sprays were also vigorously applied. In my study of greater China, if Taiwan reflects the democratic sensibilities, and Singapore a model of authoritarian capitalism, then Hong Kong really reflects the full extents of Chinese activism. And they are unhappy over quite a few things. New leadership that was not truly and democratically elected by the people, the growing income disparity and the suspicious death of labour activist and thus political dissident Li Wangyang form a triumvirate of instigators under th overarching shadow of the Tiananmen narrative.

To get a truly inside scoop and avoid the standard boilerplate reports like this one below by the Sydney Morning Herald, one should check out Apple Daily’s coverage of the riots here. The report is in Cantonese, but the visuals themselves make the most compelling tale. Not one to be afraid of performing the role of the fourth estate, Apple Daily probably is as investigative a voice as any Greater Chinese media gets. Do note the parent company Next Media is owned by Giordano founder Jimmy Lai, an unflinching advocate for democracy and one of the most vocal critics of the PRC. Interestingly enough it was one of his reporters that sparked the commotion by reminding President Hu about Tiananmen.

Related reading –

From Malaysia, Hong Kong marks handover but chafes under China rule (My SinChew.com! June 27, 2012)

Where are we from? Hong Kong! What do we like? Protests! (Facing China! June 29 2012)

From US based, Falungong-leaning New Tang Dynasty TV, Hu Jintao in Hong Kong for July 1st, protests expected (June 26, 2012)

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Anger at HK handover anniversary
Source – Sydney Morning Herald, published July 1, 2012



POLICE have fired pepper spray on protesters denouncing China President Hu Jintao ahead of today’s 15-year handover anniversary.

Mr Hu is in Hong Kong to mark the 15th anniversary of its return to Chinese rule.

The incident underscored tensions surrounding the anniversary of the financial hub’s handover from British control today, which will also see the inauguration of a new and unpopular leader of the local government.

On the second day of Mr Hu’s three-day visit, hundreds of protesters demanding an investigation into the recent death of a well-known mainland dissident rallied near the Chinese leader’s five-star hotel.

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