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  • Trump Threatens China on trade

  • China's mysterious discovery on the moon

  • And a CIA agent found in Hong Kong

  • That and more on this week's China news headlines.

  • This is China Uncensored.

  • I'm Chris Chappell.

  • We've entered a new phase in the US-China Trade War.

  • On September 1,

  • the first in a new round of tariffs against China went into effect

  • 15% on 112 billion dollars worth of goods.

  • That means about two thirds of Chinese imports

  • are now being taxed.

  • Thankfully, that doesn't include

  • everyone's favorite seasonal Chinese import:

  • pumpkin spice mooncakes.

  • Hey, it could happen.

  • There's already a spicy chicken mooncake.

  • It's filled with real chicken...

  • and real regret.

  • Anyway, by December 15,

  • virtually all Chinese imports will be taxed,

  • when the second round of new tariffs go into effect.

  • That will be 15% on another 160 billion dollars worth of imports.

  • And President Trump is warning China:

  • Things can get much worse.

  • Even worse than spicy chicken mooncakes.

  • But the Chinese Communist Party is playing a waiting game

  • hoping things will get worse for Trump instead.

  • They hope Trump will lose the 2020 election,

  • and someone more favorable to Beijing will be elected.

  • Obviously, Trump is pretty confident in himself.

  • He tweeted that *when* he wins reelection,

  • a trade deal will get much tougher.

  • Tougher than a Trump steak served well done.

  • Meanwhile, according to the latest data,

  • the trade gap between the US and China

  • is actually getting smaller.

  • And both sides are now meeting again

  • for more trade talks in October.

  • Of course, as we've already seen,

  • actually getting a trade deal won't be easy.

  • And as former U.S. Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis said

  • at a recent talk at the Council on Foreign Relations,

  • just look at Hong Kong.

  • And watching what's going on in Hong Kong right now,

  • their authoritarian mode against their own people,

  • it takes a real stretch of imagination to say

  • they would treat foreigners better than they'd treat

  • their own people at home.”

  • The US-China Trade War isn't just about trade imbalances.

  • In a way it's an ideological battle

  • between America's free market model,

  • and China's communist model.

  • The Chinese Communist Party has used illegal trade practices,

  • intellectual property theft,

  • and currency manipulation to boost the Chinese economy

  • at the expense of American workers.

  • The most recent example?

  • According to the Wall Street Journal,

  • the Chinese telecom giant Huawei is being investigated

  • over new allegations of technology theft.

  • Huawei was accused of stealing intellectual property

  • from multiple people and companies over several years.”

  • This is obviously really unfair.

  • The US calling China out, I mean.

  • Obviously.

  • That's why China is taking the US to court.

  • China has lodged its third complaint about tariffs

  • to the World Trade Organization.

  • It's a strange move,

  • considering how many times the US

  • has lodged complaints about China to the WTO

  • complaints China simply ignored.

  • So the Chinese regime should have first hand experience

  • with how toothless one of those WTO complaints can be.

  • But don't worry,

  • the Chinese regime is taking steps to ensure

  • you'll be seeing fewer stories about technology theft

  • like this one from the Wall Street Journal.

  • No, not because they're going to stop stealing.

  • They just banned a Wall Street journal reporter.

  • Much easier.

  • Another sticking point in the trade war

  • is actually China's drug war against the United States.

  • President Trump has been complaining

  • that Chinese leader Xi Jinping has not honored his agreement

  • to block shipments of fentanyl from China.

  • Of course, China's top drug enforcement official

  • has said that's not true at all.

  • In April, China said it would ban all forms of Fentanyl,

  • cutting the supply to the US.

  • But, they never specifically said they wouldn't ship it to Mexico,

  • and use drugs cartels to smuggle it across the border!

  • Speaking of mysterious substances turning up,

  • China's lunar rover has apparently found

  • a mysterious and strange shiny gel on the Moon.

  • Here's a picture of it.

  • Wait, no.

  • That's just the crater they say

  • they found the mysterious gel in.

  • They haven't actually released

  • any photos of the gel itself yet.

  • But they say it's there.

  • So take their word for it.

  • When have they ever lied?

  • This just in:

  • Don't always take their word for it.

  • This footage of an American man

  • getting arrested in Hong Kong

  • went viral.

  • You have to tell me why!

  • Tell me why!

  • And Chinese media said he was actually a CIA commander.

  • The initial accusation came from a single post by a Chinese netizen.

  • Then several Chinese media outlets reported it,

  • and then a major pro-Beijing Hong Kong television network did.

  • It was later taken down.

  • Just goes to show that the Chinese media

  • don't know how to spot a CIA commander.

  • But they do know how to cover up their mistakes.

  • So how are things in Hong Kong?

  • After all, Hong Kong chief Executive Carrie Lam this week

  • officially announced the pending withdrawal

  • of the extradition bill

  • that was the source of all the protests.

  • And that's not all.

  • "Clearly, the most important challenge

  • to resolve the current problem

  • is to stop violence,

  • strictly enforce law and restore the peace situation.”

  • Wow, that's great!

  • The Hong Kong government is *finally*

  • going to stop police from getting violent

  • and make sure that they follow the law.

  • Wait, what's that, Shelley?

  • Lam wasn't talking about the police,

  • she was talking about the protesters?

  • That's weird.

  • Because I think it's pretty clear that things

  • get much more peaceful in Hong Kong

  • when the police stop beating people in the subway.

  • Meanwhile, Hong Kong protesters say

  • withdrawing the extradition bill isn't enough.

  • Actually, they were a little more graphic than that.

  • If you scrape your knee,

  • applying a bandaid onto the wound will be a quick fix.

  • But if you don't do that,

  • and even start rubbing dirty fingers onto the wound,

  • what used to be a small easily fixable injury,

  • will morph into an infection,

  • then eventually rotting flesh,

  • and eventually amputation or death by sepsis.

  • If Carrie Lam had withdrawn the bill two months ago

  • that may have been a quick fix.

  • But applying a bandaid months later,

  • onto rotting flesh,

  • will simply not cut it.”

  • I think what she's saying is,

  • Carrie Lam's going to need a much bigger bandaid.

  • And while students around the world

  • are headed back to the classroom,

  • not so in Hong Kong.

  • Thousands of students are boycotting the first days of school.

  • Middle school and high school students held hands...

  • And pens

  • And umbrellas

  • To protest the government.

  • My first day of school was never so much fun.

  • With the trade war and the situation in Hong Kong,

  • things are looking pretty grim

  • for the Chinese Communist Party.

  • But that's okay,

  • because all they need is a little fighting spirit,

  • according to Xi Jinping.

  • Because decades of relentless Communiststruggle

  • has worked out so well for the people of China.

  • October 1 is the 70th anniversary

  • of the Communist takeover of China,

  • and state-run media are going into overdrive.

  • They've been calling Xithe People's Leader,”

  • a title previously only given to Mao.

  • And this week,

  • the People's Daily ran a front page commentary

  • criticizing, “some cadres, especially the young ones

  • for beingweak-kneed and unwilling to fight.”

  • Yeah, if only they could be willing to fight,

  • like the young people of Hong Kong!

  • On second thought, nevermind.

  • But this will be a challenging time for Xi Jinping.

  • During the anniversary,

  • the Central Committee will meet

  • for the first time in 20 months.

  • And Xi Jinping may have a lot to answer for.

  • But at least Xi Jinping can say

  • he's still bringing home the bacon.

  • Because, did you know China

  • has emergency pork reserves?

  • Neither did I.

  • But with the African Swine flu

  • devastating China's pig farms,

  • the government had to open the vaults.

  • China consumes a lot of pork.

  • Half of all the pigs in the world are in China.

  • It's a crucial part of the diet.

  • Because remember,

  • some animals are more equal than others.

  • Of course, Chinese pork lovers

  • might be a little better off if their government

  • hadn't put that 25% tariff on US pork.

  • And in a move that's sure to anger

  • the Chinese Communist Party,

  • the US and 10 ASEAN countries have begun

  • their first joint naval exercises in the South China Sea.

  • The US said the drills

  • will help 'maintain maritime security.'”

  • Not from any particular threat or country of course.

  • Now the drills will be held in the South China Sea

  • in what the US considers international waters.

  • But since China considers the whole thing to be

  • Chinese territorial waters,

  • things could get dicey.

  • So long as China gets rid of those young cadres

  • too weak-kneed and unwilling to fight, that is!

  • And that's it for this week's China news headlines!

  • And now it's time for me to answer a question from one of you

  • a fan who support China Uncensored

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  • Ralph K. Ginorio asks

  • Can you recommend a film documentary series...

  • that studies the Great Leap Forward

  • and the Cultural Revolution;

  • Mao's true legacy?

  • A wonderful question.

  • It's really hard to find a truly comprehensive documentary

  • about the Chinese Communist Party,

  • but if you're interested in the Great Leap Forward,

  • the Cultural Revolution and Mao,

  • I'd recommend PBS's “China: A Century of Revolution.”

  • The three part series is six hours,

  • full of archival footage of a China

  • the Chinese Communist Party would like to sweep under the rug.

  • Let me know what you think of it.

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  • Once again I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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    zijun su posted on 2021/07/19