The Wall Street Journal recently reported that Jack Ma was not allowed to leave the country, highlighting that the future of Jack Ma and the Ant Group is still uncertain!
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang held online talks on Wednesday (April 28), and seven controversial topics were difficult to resolve.
U.S. and China must have a war? Experts analyze the United States and China, the three most likely gunfire competition areas.
Recently, the Chinese, American and Japanese militaries have been “showing their muscles” to each other in the waters near the Taiwan Strait, but expert analysis points out that the unfavorable economic transformation of the Chinese Communist Party may become the main reason for preventing the attack on Taiwan.
The demographic dividend is disappearing! Beijing’s household births fell 24% last year, a 10-year low. The economy is threatening to overtake the United States.
The water behind the Tesla rights woman incident is very deep! Woman this false claim of pregnancy was revealed, her husband even said there is a Beijing team behind the scenes collaboration.
Wall Street Journal: Ma is not allowed to leave the country
The Wall Street Journal cited sources as saying that Chinese Communist Party officials are investigating how Jack Ma got the Ant Group’s stock listing plan quickly approved by regulators last year. The news, if true, would mean that a series of official actions against Jack Ma have been extended to government agencies on the mainland.
Beijing authorities launched an investigation earlier this year, focusing on the regulator that approved Ant Group’s IPO last year, local officials who supported the deal at the time and state-owned enterprises expected to benefit from the deal, sources said. The investigation focuses on Ma’s relationship with some key government figures.
There is a lot of interest in which local officials and even key central government officials may be implicated in the future.
The news also means that the future of Ant Group and Jack Ma is still uncertain, and Jack Ma has been ordered not to leave mainland China until Ant Group has completed the reforms required by regulators.
Li Keqiang and Merkel dialogue, 7 controversial issues difficult to solve
German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Chinese (Communist) Premier Li Keqiang held online talks on Wednesday (April 28), followed by political consultations between the two ministers in corresponding areas. Economic problems and growing political tensions in Germany have complicated relations between the two countries.
Before the government dialogue, Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German parliament’s foreign affairs committee, warned the German government not to be too confident in dealing with the Chinese Communist Party. He said, “The Chinese Communist Party is pursuing a policy of strategic soft power in Germany and in other parts of the world, doing many things very subtly.”
He said, “It steps one foot in the door, exerts influence and makes people dependent.” “I think that’s naive, and I suggest that it needs to be countered with realism.”
According to a summary by Deutsche Presse-Agentur, the following controversial topics currently exist in German-Chinese bilateral relations.
“More than three decades after June 4, the European Union imposed sanctions against the Chinese Communist Party for human rights violations for the first time in March this year. In response, Beijing imposed a wider range of sanctions on parliamentarians and academics in Germany and other EU countries, prompting condemnation from the West.
Second, the persecution of Uyghurs in Xinjiang.
The third is the China-EU investment agreement.
Late last year, the Communist Party and the EU reached an agreement in principle on an investment treaty that is being pushed forward under German leadership. But now the agreement is in danger of being put on hold because of the CCP’s persecution of human rights in Xinjiang.
Fourth, Huawei’s participation in 5G is restricted.
Five is the destruction of Hong Kong’s autonomy.
Six is the South China Sea dispute.
Seventh is the difficulty of entering China.
German companies complain that it is currently difficult to enter China, and that they are forced into quarantine for two weeks after entering the country. It is almost impossible for Germany to send employees to China for installation, repair or maintenance of equipment. At the same time, re-entry of German journalists becomes a big problem once they have left China.
Beijing’s household births fell 24% last year, hitting a 10-year low rushed on the hot seat
On the evening of April 27, official data released by Beijing showed that the number of household births in Beijing in 2020 dropped 24.32% compared to 2019, with the number of population births hitting a 10-year low, and the news rushed to the Weibo hot search.
The Communist Party’s delay in releasing the census results has sparked controversy, with some speculating that the delay is due to a sharp drop in population numbers that has caused a crisis for those in power.
The Financial Times reported on April 27, citing unnamed sources, that the population data is very sensitive and requires agreement among government departments on the data and its implications before it can be released.
Huang Wenzheng, a researcher at the Beijing-based Center for China and Globalization, said China’s demographic crisis is spreading faster and on a scale far greater than originally thought, threatening a catastrophic impact that “could be catastrophic for the country. “
Significantly, a report released last week by the People’s Bank of China showed that the overall fertility rate, the total number of children a woman has in her lifetime, has fallen below 1.5, below the official estimate of 1.8.
According to data from the Communist Party’s Ministry of Public Security, a total of 10.035 million newborns will be born in 2020 and have already registered with public security organs for household registration, a drop of about 15 percent compared to 2019, a figure that is also nearly 680,000 less than the number of applicants for the 2020 college entrance exam.
Capital Economics noted in a research note on Wednesday that “our projections using previous census data already suggest that the working population will decline by 0.5% per year through 2030, with a similar impact on GDP.”
The research note says, “Slower growth will make it harder for China to catch up with the U.S. in economic terms. There may also be an intangible impact on China’s global standing.”
US-China bound for war? Experts: Strategic competition risks must be reduced
In recent years, a growing number of observers have realized that a military conflict between Washington and Beijing is likely in the near future as the strategic rivalry between the two countries becomes evident. Charles Richard, commander of the U.S. Strategic Command, told a congressional hearing last week that the Chinese Communist Party is a major strategic threat to the United States, and that the Communist military is modernizing and expanding nuclear weapons at an unprecedented rate.
Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Studies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy, told a seminar at the U.S. Institute of Peace (USIP) in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday that the Chinese Communist Party does not really have the will to manage this strategic competition because it is inconsistent with its military objectives.
Photo: Brad Roberts, director of the Center for Global Security Studies at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, part of the U.S. Department of Energy
He said, “The Chinese Communist authorities have always wanted to create more risk for the United States because it is critical to enhancing deterrence, and the Communist Party has long feared that the United States would use its military hegemony to challenge core interests regarding Communist sovereignty.”
At this Wednesday seminar, several Chinese Communist Party and U.S. experts focused on the two countries’ competitive relationship in areas such as conventional weapons, space and cyber.
Zhao Tong, a senior fellow at the Communist Party’s Tsinghua-Carnegie Center for Global Policy, said the two countries have developed more advanced conventional missiles as their existing technology allows, forcing each other to be more vigilant and easily triggering a chain reaction, as exemplified by hypersonic missiles.
Bruce MacDonald, adjunct professor at Johns Hopkins University’s School of International Relations, said at the conference that the Communist Party’s ground-based space weapons pose a significant threat to U.S. military security in defending its allies, such as in intelligence-acquiring spy satellites. He mentioned that the U.S. and China first held a space security dialogue in 2016, but that this communication mechanism has since stalled, and it is clear that the two sides should restart this dialogue.
On top of that, the U.S. is increasingly concerned about the threat posed to its cybersecurity by Chinese communist hackers. Last summer, the U.S. Justice Department indicted two Chinese hackers with government backgrounds for allegedly trying to steal data on U.S. companies’ New Crown vaccines. Just last month, the U.S. company Microsoft said a team of government-backed Chinese hackers tried to steal confidential information from several key U.S. agencies through Microsoft’s email system.
Lu Jinghua, director of the Northeast Asia Program at the Swiss NGO Center for Humanitarian Dialogue, said it is more difficult to accurately distinguish between cyber espionage and cyber attacks given the nature of cyberspace, which could lead the U.S. and China to misunderstand each other’s actions or intentions.
“While the idea that the two countries can become friends again is not very realistic, both sides can at least convey a basic understanding that neither wants to go to war with the other, especially a nuclear war.”
The U.S. Senate Foreign Affairs Committee last week passed the Strategic Competition Act of 2021 (SCA) with a high vote, sending it to the Senate for consideration. This is the first cross-party U.S. bill to launch a comprehensive competition with the Chinese Communist Party, aiming to safeguard the core interests of the United States.
China’s unfavorable economic transformation may be the main reason to prevent the attack on Taiwan
Recently, the RAND Corporation, a U.S. think tank, published a report analyzing and assessing the situation in the Taiwan Strait. The report argues that while the likelihood of Beijing attacking Taiwan by force is increasing, China’s unsuccessful economic transformation or Beijing’s realization that the risks and costs it would bear in the event of war are too great may also be the main factor preventing the CCP from sending troops to Taiwan.
As the Chinese, U.S. and Japanese militaries “show their muscles” in the waters around the Taiwan Strait, the RAND Corporation, a leading think tank that analyzes intelligence for the U.S. military, has released a 110-page report discussing the current situation and crisis in the Taiwan Strait.
According to Hong Kong’s Apple Daily, the RAND Corporation report points out that the U.S. has been alerted to the expansionist ambitions of the Chinese Communist Party in recent years and has stepped up its military activities in Asia, as well as continuously demonstrating its support for Taiwan. But the situation in the Taiwan Strait is “intricate” (mixed), and there are variables in Washington’s ability to govern, keep its promises and national will. Over the past 20 years, most U.S. politicians have tended to adopt a “vague strategy” on whether to send troops to defend Taiwan, a strategy that has made it difficult for outsiders to judge Taiwan’s current security and has made the Chinese Communist Party increasingly suspicious of the U.S. “deterrence capability. So much so that now, whether or not Taiwan will be caught in the crossfire is determined solely by Beijing’s motives.
However, the report also points out that war across the Taiwan Strait is not inevitable. Because the Beijing authorities are now faced with various political and economic problems that need to be solved, economic transformation is far more urgent than cross-strait reunification. If Beijing believes that economic transformation takes precedence over cross-strait reunification and that the risks and costs associated with war with Taiwan are too great, then these concerns could still be the main factors preventing the CCP from sending troops to Taiwan.
The report also notes that as the CCP’s military power continues to grow, the cost to the United States of sending troops to defend Taiwan has increased to the point that some experts are beginning to question whether the U.S. commitment to assist in Taiwan’s defense is worth it. But the report goes further, saying that if the U.S. does not defend Taiwan, the U.S. will actually pay a much higher price.
The report writes, “All Asian countries are looking at how the United States handles its commitments and then deciding whether it should prioritize its dealings with Washington or with Beijing.
In other words, if the U.S. government fails to show that it keeps its promises to Taiwan, it is bound to affect the confidence of other Asia-Pacific countries in the United States and its corresponding foreign policy.
Tesla rights activist lies about pregnancy, husband says he has Beijing team to assist
The so-called “rights” case of Tesla woman Zhang Mou in Henan, China, is still in a stalemate. A few days ago, Tesla refused to communicate with Zhang in person, and then published a “Communication Progress and Incident Description”, which retraced the entire development of the incident according to the timeline, revealing that the woman had falsely claimed to be pregnant, and her husband had revealed that there was a “team from Beijing” to help them and other sensitive details. “The story is a very sensitive one.
On the morning of April 28, Tesla’s branch in China publicly released the “Progress of Communication and Explanation of the Incident Regarding Ms. Zhang’s “Rights” at the Shanghai Auto Show,” stating that the company had contacted Ms. Zhang and expressed its “willingness and sincerity to further communicate,” but The company has contacted Ms. Zhang and expressed its “willingness and sincerity to further communicate,” but no clear progress has been made.
The statement goes on to recap the development of Zhang’s “rights” case, in which she put a seal on her vehicle on February 25, prohibiting anyone from touching it. She said she did not trust the back-end data provided by Tesla, and firmly refused to conduct any kind of testing on her vehicle, demanding the return of the vehicle, as well as compensation from Tesla for moral damages, medical expenses, lost wages, etc.
The statement said that on March 13, when Zhang went to Tesla’s Zhengzhou Futa store and used the loudspeaker to play negative remarks about Tesla, her husband told the clerk who tried to negotiate with them that he was assisted by a “team from Beijing” and was “cooperating” with others. When the “team” returned to Beijing, he could find another time to meet with Tesla staff to discuss the matter in detail.
On March 21, Zhang again put a seal on the accident vehicle and refused to allow others to contact it. Since then, she has repeatedly played negative propaganda content against Tesla on loudspeakers in places such as Zhengzhou Convention and Exhibition Center or Zhengzhou Huafeng Logistics Automobile Industrial Park, and even hired models to stand next to the accident car while displaying display boards with negative statements about Tesla to attract the attention of passersby.
On April 19, Zhang claimed to be three months pregnant while “defending her rights” at the Tesla booth at the Shanghai Auto Show, but police later confirmed that she was not pregnant. After the incident, Tesla’s special working group staff had contacted Zhang’s husband Mr. Li several times by phone and text message, but no answer and no reply.
The statement also mentioned that some netizens provided information that Feng Moumou, Han Mou and other people were the main organizers and planners of the “rights defense” event at the Shanghai Auto Show. In response, Tesla stated, “We reserve the right to defend our legitimate rights and interests in accordance with the law.