Scientist Works to End Illegal Wildlife Trade in Southern China

The illegal wildlife trade is ecologically destructive and extremely lucrative, generating an estimated $7 billion to $23 billion per year. Marine animals constitute a large portion of these unlawful sales, and are sold as food, decorative items, live pets, traditional medicines, trophies, and other consumer goods. This criminal enterprise not only reduces wildlife populations but can also compromise natural ecosystems while presenting risks to people and habitats from invasive species and pathogens. In China, rapid economic growth and an expanding middle class have fueled the market for illegally traded marine…

China at 70: Richer and stronger

China at 70: Richer and stronger (Remarks by Ambassador Zhao Jianhua at the reception to celebrate the 70th founding anniversary of the People’s Republic of China at the Makati Shangri-La Hotel, Sept. 26, 2019.) THE past 70 years witnessed the development of the Chinese nation from standing up to becoming richer and stronger. China has grown into the world’s second largest economy, the largest manufacturing country, the largest trader of goods and its aggregate economic output has exceeded RMB 90 trillion (approximately $13.6 trillion). China’s per capita GDP reached around…

The U.S. Navy Isn’t Ready to Take On Iran – Foreign Policy

Whatever lay behind the indecisive Trump administration response to the alleged Sept. 14 Iranian missile and drone strike on Saudi oil facilities, one thing is clear. The United States’ ability to project power into the Persian Gulf region via carrier strike groups, the go-to U.S. option in such situations for decades, is not what it used to be, nor what it might have been. Not long ago, a modern version of gunboat diplomacy—dispatching carriers or guided missile cruisers to the region to loiter menacingly offshore—could have decisively influenced events. In…

Sanya – tourist activity hotspot in the South China Sea

Sanya is the southernmost city on Hainan Island in the South China Sea From scuba diving in crystal clear waters to hiking in stunning mountain scenery, Sanya is a huge favourite with tourists looking for adventure. The nightlife is vibrant too, ranging from romantic dining to live music. Sanya has beautiful beaches and a tropical climate, which makes it a perfect place to kick back and relax. But for thrill-seekers, there’s lots of fun and adventure to be had too – on land, at sea and even up in the…

San Mateo USN sailor serving on missile cruiser in S. China Sea

Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Xandrix Gacusan from San Mateo, California (right) and Quartermaster Seaman Alex Guenther, from Gordon, Pennsylvania. (U.S. Navy/Specialist 2nd Class William McCann) SOUTH CHINA SEA — Boatswain’s Mate 3rd Class Xandrix Gacusan from San Mateo, California, monitored a Voyage Management System for safety and navigation on the bridge of the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Antietam (CG 54) during a replenishment-at-sea with the underway replenishment oiler USNS John Ericsson (T-AO-194). Antietam is forward deployed to the U.S. 7th Fleet area of operations in support of security and stability in…

South China Sea crisis: Why Hong Kong protests could damage Xi’s military ambitions | World | News

The People’s Liberation Army of China is set to show off 15,000 soldiers tomorrow in the country’s biggest ever military parade as they unveil a host of new weapons. The Ministry of National Defence has reported that 59 different elements of the military will be present, while 580 pieces of military equipment will roll through the streets and 160 aircraft will fly overhead. The latest road-mobile DF-41 intercontinental ballistic missile, which Chinese analysts say is able to target any part of the globe, will be unveiled. As will two unmanned…

China’s Xi renews commitment to Hong Kong amid protests

BEIJING (AP) — Chinese Communist Party leader and President Xi Jinping on Monday renewed his government’s commitment to allowing Hong Kong to manage its own affairs amid continuing anti-government protests in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. Xi made his remarks at a reception on the eve of a massive celebration of the People’s Republic’s 70th anniversary that threatens to be marred by clashes between police and anti-government demonstrators in Hong Kong. Demonstrators and police clashed for a second straight day on Sunday in Hong Kong, sparking further chaos in the city’s…

how the Chinese state uses Marxism today

In a speech in the summer of 1949, on the eve of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Mao Zedong addressed the question of whether communist China under his leadership would abolish the state. Political theorists Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, seminal influences on Mao, had famously claimed the state would “wither away” following a successful revolution. The state was a tool used by capitalist bourgeoisie to suppress the people. Once the revolution had overthrown the bourgeoisie and abolished class inequality, there would be no further need…

At 70, People’s Republic Of China Faces Economic, Political Headwinds : NPR

Pedestrians wait to cross a road in front of a floral installation celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China in Beijing. Streets have been cleaned and security increased before the Oct. 1 holiday. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption toggle caption Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Pedestrians wait to cross a road in front of a floral installation celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Peoples Republic of China in Beijing. Streets have been cleaned and security increased before the Oct. 1 holiday. Bloomberg/Bloomberg via Getty Images Major streets…

Beijing Preps 10-Story Oil Drilling Platform for South China Sea despite Wary Vietnam | Voice of America

TAIPEI, TAIWAN – China has developed a giant new offshore oil exploration platform for possible use in disputed tracts of sea, a move that would anger Vietnam and extend years of energy-related disputes between the two Asian neighbors. The platform dubbed Haiyang Shiyou 982 sits over the sea now, ready to seek oil deposits up to 9,000 meters deep, a Chinese social media account run by the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission reported Wednesday.  Boats from Vietnam and China rammed one another in 2014 after China allowed an offshore…