Category Archives: China

China banning ivory trade in 2017 in ‘game changer’ move for Africa’s elephant – The Independent. 

China has announced a ban on ivory in what is being hailed as a “game changer” for Africa’s endangered elephant.

Beijing says ivory trading and processing, other than the auctions of “legitimately” sourced antiques, will be outlawed by the end of March 2017.

Conservationists say the move against the Chinese market, which is estimated to buy 70 per cent of the world’s ivory, also puts pressure on neighbouring Hong Kong and Britain to remove loopholes.

“This is great news that will shut down the world’s largest market for elephant ivory,” said Wildlife Conservation Society Asia director Aili King.

“This is a game-changer for Africa’s elephants. We call on all other countries with legal domestic ivory markets to follow China’s lead and close their markets as well.”

The Independent 

Trump’s China policy: The most likely outcome is substantial worsening of relations between the US and its fastest-rising rival. – Noah Feldman. 

The US-China relationship is ending 2016 on its most ominous note in years. President-elect Donald Trump has questioned the one-China policy that has been the default American position and angered mainland China by taking a congratulatory call from Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-Wen. China has reciprocated with barely veiled aggression, adding visible anti-aircraft systems to the artificial islands it has dredged out of the South China Sea and seizing an underwater American drone from under the nose of a U.S. warship.

The big question for 2017 is whether the two sides will let the relationship unravel further. Will their cool war become more “war” and less “cool”?

Until now, the rival strategic interests of China and the US have been mitigated by shared economic interests. But economic cooperation can quickly end over disagreements on currency and trade – reducing the Sino-American relationship to raw, zero-sum geopolitical competition.

Neither nation’s leader can easily avoid this looming conflict; they both face domestic pressure. Trump made campaign commitments to change the dynamic with China, and President Xi Jinping is under pressure to show that his “Chinese dream” is progressing. The most likely outcome is substantial worsening of relations between the world’s last superpower and its fastest-rising rival.

NZ Herald 

No Living Creature Is Safe! China Hungry for Donkeys. 

Chinese superstitions are stripping planet Earth. 

A number of African countries have banned China from buying their donkeys, saying demand for the four-legged creatures has become unsustainable.

Niger announced a ban on the export of donkeys this month after trade of the animals increased by three times in the last year, mainly to Asian countries.
And Burkina Faso has also put a stop to the export of donkey skins, which are boiled to produce gelatin, a key ingredient in the traditional Chinese remedy ejiao – believed to improve blood circulation and cure conditions including dizziness, irregular menstruation and insomnia. The Independent 

No Scruples even when Ripping Off their own Countrymen. 

Auckland food court ordered to pay $164,000 for employment breach. 
The Food City Limited establishment, in Northcote, also has to pay a $37,500 penalty imposed by the Employment Relations Authority in a ruling last week. The breaches found included a failure to pay minimum wage and holiday pay to the group of Chinese cleaners, who were all permanent New Zealand residents.

“It’s really disappointing to see this level of non-compliance where the employer has just completely failed to meet the clear expectations set out in New Zealand’s employment law.

Pleading ignorance is no excuse – providing employees with at least the minimum wage, holiday pay, and written employment agreements are basic obligations which we expect every employer in New Zealand to meet. Taking advantage of employees is never acceptable, particularly vulnerable workers such as the migrants in this case, who were older, did not speak English, and were unaware of their rights and entitlements in New Zealand.” NZ Herald 

Is China about to be the epicentre of Global Financial Crisis II? 

Brian Fallow: China’s debt a recipe for risk. 
The Chinese government is wedded to its 6.5 per cent growth target, which is probably above the sustainable growth rate without pump priming. So long as that growth target remains in place, and supposedly it remains in place until 2020, China will continue to ratchet up its debt-to-GDP ratio and that is not a sustainable trajectory. It is widely accepted, not least by the Chinese government, that the country’s economy needs to rebalance. NZ Herald 

Falun Gong practitioners sent to a ‘brainwashing centre’ and tortured for beliefs. 

From the outside it looks like any other holiday village in China. But hidden inside one of the region’s picturesque mountains is a dark and forbidding ‘brainwashing centre’ where government officials routinely carry out horrific acts of abuse and torture on Falun Gong practitioners. Falun Gong – a spiritual meditation based on the guiding principles of “truth, compassion and tolerance” – was outlawed as a “dangerous cult” by the ruling Communist party in 1999 because of its popularity.

The Chinese government has been mercilessly persecuting Falun Gong practitioners ever since by torturing, killing and locking them up in ‘black jails’ – a network of extra-legal labour camps and detention centres established by the Communist Party to detain citizens without charge or conviction. Detainees who don’t agree upon arrest to change their beliefs are sent to brainwashing centres for “re-education” where they are immersed in propaganda and brutally tortured physically and psychologically until they sign a waiver renouncing their beliefs. It’s a government-run system so secret it doesn’t even officially exist. The goal: To wipe out Falun Gong. NZ Herald