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Kim, Xi agree to boost ties amid “grave” international situation: KCNA
Leaders committed to "strengthening" long-standing relations at Pyongyang summit, state media says

Dagyum Ji 

The leaders of China and North Korea on Thursday agreed to “deepen” cooperation and expand bilateral ties, DPRK state-run media reported on Friday, following extensive discussions over “grave” international and regional issues at their fifth summit in Pyongyang. 

In talks, Chinese President Xi Jinping and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un were reported to have affirmed their consistent support for “continuously and vigorously strengthening and developing the DPRK-China traditional relations of friendship and cooperation in accordance with the demands of the times.”

In a Korean-language report, the North Korean party daily the Rodong Sinmun and the Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) said the two leaders “proposed excellent plans to more meaningfully mark the 70th anniversary of establishing the DPRK-China diplomatic relations and exchanged opinions” at a meeting at the Kumsusan State Guest House.

Kim and Xi exchanged a “broad exchange of opinions over grave international and regional matters, including the situation of the Korean peninsula,” North Korean media said, saying the two had agreed that the improvement of bilateral ties was beneficial in an “environment in which profound and complex changes occur in the international and regional state of affairs.”

“Both assessed that further and deeper development of relations between the DPRK and Chinese parties and countries coincides with the common interests of the two countries and is advantageous to the peace, stability, and development in the region,” the Rodong reported.

Xi and Kim also agreed to “jointly and actively put efforts to make strategic communication between the parties and countries and cementing mutual understanding and trust and maintaining the tradition of high-level exchanges.”

The two leaders also agreed to “deepen exchanges and cooperation in each field” — previously promised by Xi in a rare contribution to the ruling party daily on Wednesday.

That article saw the Chinese President stress that Beijing and Pyongyang would seek to expand exchanges and cooperation in various fields, including “education, culture, sports, tourism, youth, rural areas, and people’s lives.”

North Korean state media on Friday reported the two leaders had “reached a common understanding of the issues discussed” at a summit, which was said to have taken place in a “comradery, serious, and candid atmosphere.”  

Kim Jong Un “warmly welcomed” Xi to Pyongyang on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the two countries’ diplomatic relations, the Rodong and KCNA reported.

Kim “highly appreciated that his visit serves as the decisive opportunity to show off the immutability and invincibility of the DPRK-China friendship to the world,” the North Korean media continued.

Xi’s state visit also “has the significant meaning of further solidifying and developing the friendly relations of the DPRK and China, which enter a new period of vitality,” the North Korean leader said.

In contrast with Chinese media, the Rodong and KCNA did not elaborate on the talks between the leaders.

Thursday saw the Xinhua News Agency report that Xi had told Kim that China was willing to “provide assistance within its capacity for the DPRK to address its legitimate security and development concerns.”

The DPRK has not “received positive responses from the party concerned,” Kim was reported to have told Xi — likely a reference to the U.S. — although it “has taken many active measures to avoid tensions and control the situation on the Korean peninsula.”  

Repeating comments made during a policy speech at a session of the 14th Supreme People’s Assembly (SPA) in April, Kim told Xi that the DPRK is “willing to stay patient” for the time being, expressing his hopes that the “relevant party” will work together to seek solutions.

Kim’s comments are noteworthy: this week’s Sino-DPRK meeting comes just a week before Xi is set to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump for a summit on the sidelines of the Osaka G-20 summit on June 28 and 29.

Trump is then expected to visit Seoul on June 29 and 30 for a summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in.

The two leaders agreed to “deepen exchanges and cooperation in each field” | Photo: KCNA

North Korean media on Friday reported that several key North Korean officials, including Choe Ryong Hae, who serves as first vice-chairman of the State Affairs Commission (SAC) and president of the Presidium of the SPA, were in attendance at the DPRK-PRC summit.

Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the SPA Ri Su Yong and DPRK foreign minister Ri Yong Ho were also present at the bilateral meeting, along with Premier of the Cabinet Kim Jae Ryong and director of the General Political Bureau of the Korean People’s Army (KPA) Kim Su Gil.

Noteworthy on the Chinese side was the presence of head of the National Development and Reform Commission He Lifeng and Minister of Commerce Zhong Shan, as well as director of the General Office of the Communist Party of China’s (CPC) Central Committee Ding Xuexiang.

Director of the Office of Foreign Affairs Commission of the Central Committee of the CPC Yang Jiechi, and State Councilor and foreign minister Wang Yi also accompanied Xi, as did Admiral Miao Hua, director of the Political Work Department of the Central Military Commission (CMC), and head of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee Song Tao.

During the meeting, the North Korean media reported, both leaders also informed the other of the situation in their country and of achievements made in the “struggle of the people of the two parties and countries to advance the feat of the socialist construction and expressed their full support and solidarity with it.”

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http://www.nknews.org/2019/06/kim-xi-agree-to-boost-ties-amid-grave-international-situation-kcna/

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Baoshang Bank collapse threatens China's economy and may trigger central bank response

By business reporter Stephen Letts

Up until a few weeks ago the Baoshang Bank's prospects seemed bright enough.

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  • China's central bank has pumped $125b into the financial system following the collapse of the Baoshang Bank
  • The collapse triggered the first ever intrabank default in China, strangling credit to small banks and driving up borrowing costs
  • There are fears the tighter credit conditions will further hit a slowing Chinese economy

According to Baoshing's most recent regulatory filing, the smallish lender based in Inner-Mongolia, made a $600 million profit in 2017.

It had assets of around $90 billion, non-performing loans were modest — under 2 per cent — and its capital buffers would fit comfortably with the global demands of a Tier1 bank.

Then it collapsed.

That set off a series of events rarely, if ever, seen in Chinese banking.

A 'Lehman moment'?

Regulators seized Baoshang, the first action of its type since 1998.

That may have shaken the foundations of Chinese banking, but of far greater significance was the collapse caused by China's first recorded interbank default.

It is yet to be a "Lehman moment" — where the credit market freezes, banks stop lending to each other and the economy teeters above the abyss —but it has, as Societe Generale's Wei Yao noted, "triggered severe liquidity tensions in the interbank market".

"The Baoshang incidence has challenged one fundamental belief of China's financial system; interbank defaults are not possible thanks to 100 per cent implicit guarantees," Ms Yao said.

"Now that credit risks and counter-party risks have finally descended on this very core market in China's financial system, all the key players in the system have to figure out how to price risks in the new paradigm, and quickly."

Ms Yao said the understandable consequence was "a big and unpleasant wave of risk repricing", with major banks shying away from doing business with smaller lenders.

And that's a worry, as small-to-medium sized banks combined have balance sheets as big as the big banks combined, but are far more dependent on interbank funding.

The central bank (PBoC) immediately pumped around 600 billion yuan ($125 billion) into the system and halted a run on the banks by guaranteeing 100 per cent of all retail deposits.

t calmed nerves a bit, but credit has tightened and borrowing has become more expensive — not an ideal mix when the broader Chinese economy is slowing and under pressure from the ongoing battle with the US over trade.

Bad news for the Chinese economy is readily translated into worse news in Australia, given commodity exports to our biggest trade partner pretty well prop up otherwise rather uninspiring growth.

Whack-a-mole response

"Interbank borrowing rates for smaller banks rose after the Baoshang default, and China's central bank has been busily playing whack-a-mole by injecting cash," J Capital's Anne Stevenson-Yang wrote in a recent note to clients.

Ms Stevenson-Yang says authorities are clearly spooked by the Baoshang default and reports about threats to the solvency of other banks.

"The failure of Baoshang Bank surprised regulatory authorities, both because the takeover of a small bank had unanticipated systemic effects and because public data on the bank had made it look stable — until it wasn't."

For the record, the party line from Beijing is the collapse was an isolated case, with the Baoshang's majority stakeholder using the bank's funds illegally in another one of his investment businesses.

Economic slowdown

It might be just one bank (at the moment), but Societe Generale sees the real problem as the spill-over into the broader economy.

"While we think the PBoC can avoid a systemic liquidity crisis," Ms Yao said, "we are becoming increasingly concerned that the economy may pay the price of a more intractable slowdown in the coming quarters."

The central bank may still have some work to do beyond targeted cash injections in the financial system.

Interest rate cuts have been off the agenda, but are likely to be deployed if things turn ugly — such as a bad outcome in trade talks and another barrage of US tariffs heads China's way.

"The central bank remains reluctant to step up headline easing, as it is probably waiting for the outcome of the G20 Summit," Ms Yao said.

"The trouble is that if it doesn't move soon enough, it may have to do much more later on to achieve the same goal of stabilisation."

A brief interbank credit squeeze back in 2013 may be a useful template to map out what happens from here. Back then, the real pain was felt well down the track.

"Compared with the economic momentum before that liquidity squeeze, one can even argue that the economy is in a more fragile state amid the confidence shock from the tariff war, among other things," she said.

"After this liquidity squeeze — even if it is over soon — financial institutions will keep adjusting to the new paradigm of non-zero counter-party risk in the interbank market, supposedly the safest segment of the financial system."

Debt mountain

Perhaps the most positive spin that can be put on the Baoshang collapse is, if it is a step to eroding the mountain of problematic debt in the Chinese financial system and tempering the cavalier approach to risky lending, it is a step in the right direction.

Certainly, Societe Generale's Wei Yao says China's interbank market will never be the same after its first ever default.

"It would not be an overstatement to say that Baoshang's fallout is a milestone in China's deleveraging reform and financial liberalisation."

She argues deleveraging will expose weak institutions along the way, and implicit interest rate guarantees need to be abandoned to learn the proper price of risk.

"Enduring such pain is the only way to improve the efficiency of credit allocation in the long run, making China less reliant on debt for growth," Ms Yao said.

"We still think China has a chance to pull through without a financial crisis, given the Chinese Government's control over many things."

However, it is not yet out of the woods.

"When the deleveraging process enters the very core of the financial system, the risk of things going terribly wrong rises," Ms Yao warned.

Something going terribly wrong in China is something Australia could ill-afford as it too battles with a slowing economy.

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Another ''peaceful'' protest in Hong Kong last night Isaac. Things are going well for the anarchists.


Hong Kong protests leave more than 50 injured as parliament stormed


More than 50 people have been injured in Hong Kong protests which saw hundreds of police officers huddle under riot shields and shoot tear gas at demonstrators who stormed and ransacked the city’s parliament.

The Hong Kong hospital authority said 38 men and 16 women were rushed to hospital after protestors broke into the Legislative Council on late Monday night to demand a complete withdrawal of the extradition bill which would allow criminal suspects to be sent to mainland China for trial. 

The South China Morning Post reported that one man and two women were in serious condition, five men and three women were stable and all others have been discharged.

Dozens of heavily-armed riot police cleared the protestors occupying the legislature after marching into the ground floor of the Legco chamber.

Gathered outside the building were “hundreds upon hundreds of police officers”, CNN reported, in a day of unprecedented chaos and political violence as Beijing marked the anniversary of the city’s 1997 return to Chinese rule.

Police reportedly used a lot of “force and aggression” to clamp down on the thousands of protesters who had spent the entire day in the heart of the former British colony’s financial district.

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Isaac hasnt twigged to the fake beggars in Melb yet ?   Wink  From China of course.
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If theres a buck to be made the chinese will be onto it.

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And Isaac is completely ignoring the story about the Uyghurs children being separated from their parents. It was broadcast nationally yesterday Isaac.

Wonder why that is? He is very selective with his outrage.Wink
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FEDERAL authorities have vowed to take action against Chinese alleged fake beggars detected on Melbourne streets.

The Australian Border Force has confirmed it’s working closely with Victoria Police, such as providing visa details of individuals.

“The ABF will continue to work with law enforcement partners to take action against the facilitators of this activity,” a spokesman said.

As revealed exclusively in yesterday’s Herald Sun, a police operation this week exposed a scam in which professional beggars from China are flown in to prey on compassionate Melburnians.

Several were arrested and charged on summons with begging and dealing with the proceeds of crime, with nearly $1000 in cash seized by police.

Acting Premier Lisa Neville said while police were cracking down on the problem, the Herald Sun’s exposé showed there was “another criminal layer that’s been put into our CBD”.

The Salvation Army’s Major Brendan Nottle said local rough sleepers were upset with the fraudsters flying in to take advantage of the good will of Melburnians.

“They’re pretty angry because they’re trying to make ends meet, trying to survive,” he said.

Maj Nottle said he felt sick when he learnt that foreign professional beggars were making money.

“We want to tell the people of Melbourne that they are a very generous group of people, and we see the support is quite evident right across the city,” he said. “We want to encourage them that they don’t harden their hearts to people who are doing it tough in our city.”

Lord Mayor Sally Capp pleaded with people not to give money to any beggars.

“The best way we can help them is to refer them to a service agency, or give us a call, or Victoria Police a call, and we will go and help that person,” she said. Cr Capp said any move to deport the fake beggars was up to federal agencies.

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Ha ha pt.
Feel free to contribute. anyone.
But i didnt think anyone read this thread.
Unlike other threads this one is full of FACTS and not bsLOL
Which isnt "fun" to most on tbv....

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Originally posted by Isaac soloman Isaac soloman wrote:

If theres a buck to be made the chinese will be onto it.


Police confiscated the massive sum of, wait for it, $1000 Confused

And I have been hearing about begging scams for years, home grown ones , but it is good you have this thread to express your sick racism Isaac Thumbs Up
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So no opinion on the separation of Uyghur children from their parents Isaac. Just deflect?

I am old enough to remember when you were upset at the treatment of these poor persecuted people. 
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you should take some time off Isaac, relax, forget about day to day worries Wink


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Whale my sister and brother in law returned from one of those 13 day trips there just last week. They loved it. Food not so much. 
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Originally posted by Whale Whale wrote:

Originally posted by Isaac soloman Isaac soloman wrote:

If theres a buck to be made the chinese will be onto it.


Police confiscated the massive sum of, wait for it, $1000 Confused

And I have been hearing about begging scams for years, home grown ones , but it is good you have this thread to express your sick racism Isaac Thumbs Up

Only hearing about begging whale?

The police have proof positive about the chinese begging. 
Would you call the Salvation Army racist as they were outraged also.


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These beggars near me, guy and a girl, signs saying they are homeless and need food. They are not homeless, I know where they live and they quite often go into bottle shop to spend their proceeds.
Home grown Aussies. Yes there are Chinese beggars, many more Australian beggars though, don't have a problem with them Isaac Thumbs Up
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Ex beggars aren't what they used to be. 


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It appears to be the largest imprisonment of people on the basis of religion since the Holocaust: More than 1 million people have been rounded up, detained and forcibly indoctrinated by the Chinese Government.

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Do you expect a statement from our PM soon Isaac? Oh that's right...Nauru and Manus Island.

What about from Donald? With thousands of kids stolen from their parents at the Mexican border and locked in cages unable to shower or sleep in beds, never to see their parents again, I dont think so.

Shame you cant blame Labor for something Isaac.
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Cotton On and Target investigate suppliers after forced labour of Uyghurs exposed in China's Xinjiang

On a cold Melbourne afternoon in June this year, 34-year-old Gulnur Idreis's phone started to ring. It was a video call coming from her elderly parents in Xinjiang, China. Any contact with them was precious.

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  • New evidence that China is funnelling Uyghurs from re-education camps into factory work
  • Major fashion retailers are now investigating whether their suppliers use forced labour
  • Women have spoken out about being forced to work in factories making clothes and gloves

Like all members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, they had spent the last two years living through a dystopian nightmare.

In early 2017, the Communist Party began a new incarceration campaign, rounding up, detaining and forcibly indoctrinating Uyghurs and other Muslim minority ethnic groups in the far-western region. Islam has effectively been outlawed in the far-western region, with people routinely labelled as extremists and imprisoned for practising their religion.A UN committee describes the province as resembling a "mass internment camp", with estimates more than 1 million Uyghurs have been sent to prison or re-education camps. Many of those not detained have had their passports seized and live under constant surveillance.

Whenever they could, Gulnur's parents in Urumqi would quickly call her in Melbourne on the Chinese social media app WeChat to let her know they were okay.

The calls couldn't last long. The Chinese government can monitor all communication in the region. Contacting relatives overseas is enough to get Uyghurs sent off to a camp.

When Gulnur answered the call that afternoon, she was shocked to see the face of her older sister, Dilnur.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-15/uyghur-forced-labour-xinjiang-china/11298750

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Four Corners can reveal that the following brands sold in Australia source cotton from Xinjiang: Target, Cotton On, Jeanswest, Dangerfield, Ikea and H&M.

Cotton On and Target Australia are now investigating their relationships with suppliers in Xinjiang.

The Cotton On Group sources cotton from Xinjiang-based subcontractors, Litai Textiles.nternational brands H&M, Adidas and Esprit are investigating or have suspended their relationships with Huafu following The Wall Street Journal report and UNIQLO, Nike, and PVH Corp — the company behind Calvin Klein and Tommy Hilfiger — said they are looking into the issue of forced labour in Xinjiang.

Nike said it was reviewing whether its suppliers sourced materials from the far-western region.

Ikea told Four Corners that about 15 per cent of its cotton comes from Xinjiang but that is not aware of any forced labour among its sub suppliers in China.

The Australian fashion brand Dangerfield, says it sources up to 7 per cent of its cotton from Xinjiang, but that it inspects factories and that its suppliers have signed agreements not to purchase cotton that is produced from forced labour camps.Woolworths said some of the cotton Big W sources is likely to be from Xinjiang and that it is "working to improve traceability and transparency in key high-risk commodity areas, like cotton, through our Responsible Sourcing Program over the next 12 months."

Questions still remain about the cotton supply of many other well-known Australian brands.

Just Group which owns Just Jeans, Dotti, Jacqui E, Peter Alexander, Portmans and Jay Jays, sources 84 per cent of their products from China but would not tell Four Corners which regions the goods come from or rule out that they were from Xinjiang.

Similarly, the Noni B group which owns Rockmans, Katies, Liz Jordan, W.Lane, Table Eight, Rivers, Millers, Crossroads and Autograph, said China is one of its four main suppliers and would not rule out that products came from Xinjiang.

Dr Zenz says it will soon become impossible to determine whether manufacturing products made in Xinjiang are made with labour from former detainees or not.

"Western companies stand an increasing risk of having products made by forced or at least highly involuntary labour somewhere in the supply chains. It's going to become inevitable as the scheme is unfolding and getting bigger and bigger," he said.

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Tibet gets a warmer reception as world wakes to Beijing's methods

The leader of Tibet's government-in-exile has been telling his story about Bob Carr around the world for years and always gets a laugh. Last week he recounted it during a visit to Parliament House in Canberra.

Ever since the Dalai Lama split his job into two some years ago, remaining spiritual leader of the Tibetans in exile and handing over the political leadership to be elected from among the free Tibetans, Lobsang Sangay has been their President.In 2013 Sangay visited Canberra and a reporter asked him whether Carr, Australia's then foreign affairs minister, would be meeting him. It's always a delicate matter.

A government that meets the Dalai Lama or Sangay risks the wrath of the Chinese Communist Party, which has claimed to be the sole representative of the Tibetan people ever since its army invaded Tibet in 1950.I said I'd love to, but I haven't asked for a meeting", not wanting to put Carr in a difficult position, he recalled last week. "I'm sure that, given the choice, Bob Carr would like to meet because that's the Buddhist culture – we like to believe people are good."

Later in his visit, the Tibetan leader was riding the lift from Parliament's subterranean carpark into the building when the lift stopped. "The doors open and Bob Carr walks in," the Harvard-educated legal scholar tells me. The Labor backbencher Michael Danby, Sangay's escort for the visit, introduced the two men in the lift: "I had to decide at that moment whether to extend my hand or not. The Tibetan way is to not cause inconvenience, so I nodded and smiled. He kind of nodded - a little bit - then walked past.

"I like to say that we didn't have a formal meeting but we had a karmic meeting. No matter how powerful the Chinese government may be, it can't prevent the foreign minister of Australia from meeting me."Perhaps, but the Chinese Communist Party has certainly managed to hold things up pretty successfully. Paul Keating as prime minister met the Dalai Lama in 1992. John Howard as prime minister met him in 1996 and 2007.

The last time that any Australian prime minister or government minister met either leader of the Tibetan government-in-exile was when Peter Garrett, then schools education minister in the Gillard government, met the Dalai Lama in private in his hotel room in 2011. Karmic meetings with Carr aside.

Carr is now a cheerleader for the Beijing government as head of the Australia-China Relations Institute.So for seven years Australian governments, Labor and Liberal, comprehensively shunned the Tibetans, an indicator of the rising power of the Chinese government to intimidate Australia.

Until last week. A minister in the Morrison government, Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care and also Minister for Indigenous Health, met Sangay in Parliament House. Not in a lift or in secret or hidden away in a hotel room but during a public ceremony in the main committee room.

"Minister Wyatt is not just principled and brave" for meeting the President of the free Tibetans, "but also a genuinely nice human being", Sangay tells me after the meeting. "Normally people will meet you when they're not in government and then when they are in government they say, 'Understand that I'm in a difficult position'."Partly this was a personal commitment from Wyatt to the Tibetan cause. Wyatt, the first Indigenous minister in an Australian federal government, spoke at the ceremony last week of the "parallels between indigenous Australians and the Tibetans".

But it's also a marker of Australian relations with the Tibetans in exile, and a marker in Australian relations with Beijing. Kyinzom Dhongdue is a member of the Tibetan parliament in exile, representing Tibetans in Australasia and East Asia, and she observes: "Even in the last year or so there's a more balanced view of China not just as a trading partner but China is being seen as a threat, so Tibetan worries and experience are feeling more relevant. This year I've found it easier to get meetings – people are more interested in what we have to say."

And it wasn't just Wyatt at the ceremony with Sangay in Parliament House. There were 23 MPs and senators in total including Labor's Michael Danby and Lisa Singh, Liberals Warren Entsch, Kevin Andrews, Concetta Fierravanti-Wells and Jason Falinski, Greens leader Richard Di Natale, Nationals MP George Christensen, Centre Alliance senator Rex Patrick plus Derryn Hinch, as well as former Labor foreign affairs minister Gareth Evans, now chancellor of ANU.

And how is the Tibetan experience more relevant today? The emerging stories of the shocking mass repression of another of China's ethnic and religious minorities, the Uighur people of China's Xinjiang Province, "means that it's more than about one example", says Sangay."Now we have a million people in detention in Xinjiang" in what Beijing calls re-education camps. Uighur leader Rebiya Kadeer calls them "concentration camps" where Uighurs, including young children, are imprisoned without due process and held indefinitely.

And then there's Beijing's enormous One Belt, One Road international infrastructure program. "We lost our country because of one road," says Sangay. "First the road came, then the trucks came, then the guns came, then the tanks came. It's the exact blueprint" for domination now on offer to scores of countries under Belt and Road, he says.

Finally, there's the experience of what Sangay calls "elite co-option". "We have seen this for 60 years and now you see it around the world in one country after another", and he has a litany of examples. Money, contracts, government access, favours are on offer in return for loyalty to Beijing and its agents.If Tibet's long suffering under Chinese Communist Party repression is more relevant to the wider world, the wider world is also waking up to Beijing's wide-ranging influence programs. The West's gathering determination to exclude China's telecoms gear manufacturer Huawei is an example. And Australia's laws against foreign interference are another.

Those laws took effect on Monday. Anyone in Australia acting as an agent of a foreign power must register with the federal government. If suspected foreign agents fail to register, they can be issued a notice to show cause why they shouldn't be considered to be working on behalf of a foreign power.

Do more karmic encounters lie ahead?


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The Mayor could save 33 pages here if they made people only post links to stories and discussion/opinions.
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Lead by example pt LOL You seem worried pt.
The trump thread is going nowhere, round and round in circles, innuendo and bs.
The china thread is a public service.
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Mack Horton refuses to share podium with Sun Yang after 400m final at swimming world championships

Australian swimming star Mack Horton has signalled that his feud with China's Sun Yang is as bitter as ever, refusing to share a podium with Sun after the 400m final at the world championships.

Key points:

  • Mack Horton called Sun Yang a "drug cheat" after beating him at the 2016 Rio Olympics
  • Sun was handed a three-month doping suspension back in 2014
  • Sun is currently facing allegations of doping violations that could result in a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Horton finished second as Sun claimed a record fourth-consecutive 400-metres freestyle final in South Korea but when the time came to stand on the dais for the medal presentation, Horton stood behind it.

The Australian also refused to pose for photos with his rival, who was suspended for doping in 2014, but happily posed with Italian bronze medallist Gabriele Detti.

Asked what his overriding emotion was, Horton replied: "Frustration. I think you know in what respect.""I don't think I need to say anything.

"His actions and how it has been handled speaks louder than anything I could say."

Sun is currently facing allegations of doping rule violations that could result in a ban from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and he has requested a public trial at the Court of Arbitration for Sport in September to defend himself.

The World Anti-Doping Agency is challenging a decision by FINA, swimming's world governing body, merely to warn him over incidents during a doping control team's attempts to take blood and urine samples at his home in China last September, while allowing him to continue competing.Sun said: "I am aware of the rumours that have been going around, but I try to just concentrate on my swimming and I will keep trying to put a lot of effort in my swimming."

The Chinese world champion said he was aware Horton has a problem with him.

"Disrespecting me was OK, but disrespecting China was unfortunate," Sun said.

"I feel sorry about that."

Sun's presence at the world meet has drawn the ire of some swimmers, including Horton, who is the only swimmer to beat Sun in the past eight years, taking gold in the 400m freestyle at the 2016 Rio OlympicsAfter that race, Horton called Sun a "drug cheat" for his three-month doping suspension in 2014.Horton's refusal to take the podium caught the eye of some of his former and current teammates.

"Absolutely awesome to see Mack Horton protesting clean sport by not getting up on the podium next to Sun Yang #cleansport," tweeted David McKeon, who swam the 4x200m relay with Horton in Rio.

Five-time Olympic gold medallist Melanie Wright wrote: "Congratulations Mack Horton — Olympic and now World champion; shame you won't get the gold medal for it #cleansport."

Gold for Titmus and women's 4x100m relay stars

The reignition of the Horton-Sun beef somewhat overshadowed a spectacular win by Australian Ariarne Titmus in the women's 400m final, upsetting previously unbeatable American Katie Ledecky.https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-21/mack-horton-refuses-to-share-podium-with-sun-yang-after-final/11329842

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Good for Mac Horton if he feels that way.

Has our Christian PM or his govt commented on the appalling Uighur situation yet Isaac?
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Will Australian swimmers stand on the same podium as this alleged cheat?

Australian swimmer Shayna Jack 'tests positive' for banned substance

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Where are you Isaac?
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I think he was taken by a Chinese submarine
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Originally posted by Second Chance Second Chance wrote:

Will Australian swimmers stand on the same podium as this alleged cheat?

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Well it's great that she didn't compete at the world championships, she mysteriously withdrew just days out, I'm sure she has a lot to answer for though.
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Xi Jinping's cousin a high roller as Crown comes under pressure over crime, influence

A cousin of Chinese President Xi Jinping was aboard a private jet for high-roller gamblers when it was searched by federal agents on the Gold Coast in 2016 on suspicion that it was involved in international money laundering.

The initial target of the police search of the jet’s passengers was an alleged criminal fugitive and business partner of Crown Resorts, Tom Zhou. But the search also revealed that one of Mr Zhou’s travelling companions was Mr Xi's cousin, Ming Chai.Multiple sources have confirmed that police and security agencies, including ASIO, have since made detailed inquiries about why Mr Chai - a Crown resorts “VVIP” (very, very important person) - was aboard the flight with Mr Zhou, who is an alleged crime figure and Communist Party influence operative.

A trove of thousands of leaked files from inside the Australian gaming giant shows how Crown and its high-roller agents have encouraged and facilitated the travel to Australia of several figures of interest to police and security agencieshttps://www.watoday.com.au/business/companies/xi-jinping-s-cousin-a-high-roller-as-crown-comes-under-pressure-over-crime-influence-20190726-p52b2s.html

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happy to bump this sad thread Isaac Wink


cousin is a high roller, earth shattering stuff that LOL
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