Analysis: Are China’s ‘internal affairs’ going more global?

One day in 1955, the fledgling People’s Republic of China was unhappy about U.S. involvement with Taiwan, the self-governing island that Beijing considered its territory. So Premier Zhou Enlai wrote a letter to the secretary-general of the United Nations. “The Chinese people’s exercise of their own sovereign rights in liberating their own territory,” Zhou wrote, “is entirely a matter of China’s internal affairs.” He went on to use that wording, “internal affairs,” three more times in the letter. Internal affairs. Across the decades, from Zhou’s relatively ineffectual plea extending to…

Wake-Up Call for Gen Z – The Oberlin Review

 Scientists around the world are finally coming to the realization that the Jonas Brothers were right in 2006 when they sang, “I’ve been to the year 3000. Not much has changed but they lived underwater.”  The consensus among several reputable international institutions — the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, NASA, and the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change — is that sea-levels are rising at an alarming rate, and may eventually result in the partial submersion of continents as we know them today. Several coastal and island cities —…

China’s island-building spree is about more than just military might — Quartz

China’s playing Monopoly in the South China Sea—only, instead of building hotels on Pacific Avenue, it’s constructing helipads and, in some cases, whole new islands. In less than a year, shallow reefs in the Spratly Islands have sprouted white-sand outcrops, sporting what look to be Chinese military facilities, according to satellite imagery published this week by IHS Jane’s Defence Weekly, a consulting company. The Spratlys are more strategic than they are substantial; under international law, the archipelago could have exclusive claim to the bounteous fishing grounds in the surrounding seas, and to the potentially oil-rich seabed—which…

Peter Dutton accuses China of stealing intellectual property and silencing free speech | Australia news

The home affairs minister, Peter Dutton, has launched a swingeing attack on the Chinese Communist party, accusing it of engineering a series of cyber-attacks on Australian targets, stealing intellectual property and muzzling free speech. While drawing a clear distinction between “the amazing Chinese diaspora community in Australia” and the Chinese government, Dutton said Australia needed to have a “frank conversation” over China’s global influence: its infrastructure Belt and Road Initiative, expansionism in the South China Sea and growing military and aid presence in the Indo-Pacific. Dutton’s comments are, by some…

Man-made Islands Are More Common Than You Think

The British Isles are made up of more than 6,000 islands, but that wasn’t enough for some of their Neolithic residents. In northern Scotland, ancient peoples used to pile hundreds of boulders on lake bottoms, riverbeds and estuary floors. Using this technique, they painstakingly built scores of tiny islands, some of which are around 5,500 years old. “Island construction has occurred for thousands of years,” John W. McManus, a professor and marine ecologist at the University of Miami, says in an email. Over in the New World, the Aztecs engineered…

Xi Jinping sees himself as architect of China’s third revolution after Mao

File photo of Chinese president Xi Jinping | Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg Text Size: A- A+ The high point of the 70th anniversary celebrations of the establishment of the People’s Republic of China was clearly the military parade at Tiananmen Square. The message was spelt out by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping, “No force can shake the status of this great nation.” During the three-hour long parade, a number of new weapon systems were displayed accompanied by 15,000 goose-stepping soldiers. The key difference was that the weapons were no…

French Riveria hosts 4th France-China Cultural forum, with resort of Sanya in spotlight

Euronews travelled to Nice to take part in the 4th edition of the Franco-Chinese Cultural forum. A presentation and meeting, attended by dignitaries from both nations, was held at the beautiful Opera house in Nice on Wednesday. Spirited addresses by the host, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi and former French Prime Minister Jean-Pierre Raffarin accompanied keynote speeches from Chinese representatives, including the Mayor of Sanya, Mr A Dong. The mayor spoke to Euronews after the forum and was able to discuss the cultural similarities between his nation and France,…