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What is China up to?

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  • 31-12-2018 4:36pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 21,618 ✭✭✭✭


    Saw this on Twitter earlier.

    https://twitter.com/PGaillimh/status/1079715442619494401


    What can their motivation be to take out such an ad in an Irish newspaper, I found the same content in a Malaysian paper from 3 days ago but it doesn't seem to have appeared elsewhere but maybe it is only in print editions and so not yet clear.

    https://twitter.com/nurhidayatsardi/status/1079218718666682368

    I have long wondered what conversations are going on amongst the leadership of the CPC given what has been happening in America and European politics over the last few years.

    I would be surprised if they have not looked at the disharmony and considered how can they use this to profit in some way. This is explored in a book by someone with the somewhat confusing name of Elizabeth Economy who suggests; (link here)
    ....Xi is advancing an ambitious ideological vision: ‘A uniquely Chinese model’ that will ‘perhaps become a standard bearer for other countries disenchanted with the American and European models of liberal democracy.’

    The ad does seem strange though, anyone have any ideas or greater insights in to the motivation around it?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,750 ✭✭✭Avatar MIA


    China is a thousands of years old civilisation. They're good at the long game.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,426 ✭✭✭ressem


    A few options. Xi has been receiving some criticism in newspapers as behaving more akin to Mao (authoritarian) than Deng (reformer). And the Chinese government might think that Trump's adversarial comments and actions require some alternative promotion. Heavily promoting the leader, not the country though? I doubt that will generate any positives for China.

    The last few Chinese General Secretaries have stepped down. Term limits introduced by Deng have been weakened since, so looks like Xi will be around for a while.
    https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/a-question-of-control-china-s-xi-jinping-faces-a-rare-rebuke-at-home-20180801-p4zuv1.html "China's Xi Jinping faces a rare rebuke at home"
    https://www.ft.com/content/fbc63376-1ab2-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6 "China moves to silence outcry over abolition of Xi’s term limit"
    Avatar MIA wrote: »
    China is a thousands of years old civilisation. They're good at the long game.

    That is 2 questionable statements, and dubious logic trying to join the two.

    When a country is conquered; aristocracy / government system are swapped out, is it the same civilization?
    If so, Iran / Persia are a millennia old civilization, but the country's people are having a hard time of it largely due to the old Shah getting cancer while he was trying to push his own version of great leap forward, and not delegating or transitioning.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,904 ✭✭✭fly_agaric


    Think the whole piece is here (has same title and bits of the text I bothered to read seem to be same anyway).

    http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2018-12/17/c_137680665.htm

    Content seems to read more as aimed at people in developing or non western countries (points about how great China and its system is etc compared to the "West" etc.)

    "China's reform has inspired the world: developing countries can walk a new path to modernization that is different from the West. It breaks the "end of history" and "Western-centered" mentalities. The year 2018 also marks the 200th anniversary of Karl Marx's birth. China's successful practice has injected new vitality into the classic theory named after him.

    As to why they would want it printed in an Irish paper - no ideas.
    Perhaps one of the officials in charge of their propaganda/PR efforts spotted a bargain offer for placing the advert(orial) or something?


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,028 ✭✭✭✭SEPT 23 1989


    Any big farm sales happening in January?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,081 ✭✭✭theguzman


    He'll be lucky if he can cling to power when the Chinese debt bubble finally pops, this will make the Euro EU crisis and US Great Depression look like a mere blip. China consumed more cement in 3 years than the United States did in the entire twentieth century 1900-2000. We talk of ghost estates, they talk of ghost cities.


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,070 ✭✭✭Franz Von Peppercorn


    Chinese debt is 47% of GDP from what I see.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,573 ✭✭✭Infini


    Chinese debt is 47% of GDP from what I see.

    How accurate is that though, not 100% on this but isn't China not exactly open with everything?


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,280 ✭✭✭✭Eric Cartman


    China has been investing heavily for the last 20 years in building infrastructure in africa, roads, power stations, water supplies. They are getting things set up to use africa for large scale manufacturing when the world finally forces their hand to agree to environmental restrictions or human rights.

    The chinese middle and upper class have been swerving communism for a while now by building malls and office buildings / apartment blocks in countries like canada where being an investor/opening a 'business' can help get you a visa.

    Not sure how they link up to the newspaper ads but it seems like anyone with money in china is going elsewhere and the chinese themselves are setting up for africa to become the new whipping boy for manufacturing.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,081 ✭✭✭theguzman


    As China develops and their middle class grows it is increasingly getting harder to get slave labour for $50 - $100 per month, this is part of their pivot towards africa and in 30 years time "Made in Nigeria" or Kenya etc. will be the standard for tat.

    They are using Infrastructure based debt to effectively colonise and control large parts of Africa, and taking control of strategic assets, and opening new trade routes to extract raw materials and import manufactured goods from China. Africa in return is getting some proper infrastructure for a change and since they are completely incapable of governing themselves due to endemic corruption it is working well and the entire Continent would be far better off under Colonial rule whether it is from China or wherever.


  • Registered Users Posts: 26,280 ✭✭✭✭Eric Cartman


    theguzman wrote: »
    As China develops and their middle class grows it is increasingly getting harder to get slave labour for $50 - $100 per month, this is part of their pivot towards africa and in 30 years time "Made in Nigeria" or Kenya etc. will be the standard for tat.

    They are using Infrastructure based debt to effectively colonise and control large parts of Africa, and taking control of strategic assets, and opening new trade routes to extract raw materials and import manufactured goods from China. Africa in return is getting some proper infrastructure for a change and since they are completely incapable of governing themselves due to endemic corruption it is working well and the entire Continent would be far better off under Colonial rule whether it is from China or wherever.

    The sad reality is youre not wrong.


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  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    Not sure how they link up to the newspaper ads but it seems like anyone with money in china is going elsewhere and the chinese themselves are setting up for africa to become the new whipping boy for manufacturing.

    The newspaper ads seem to be an attempt by the Chinese government to portray the country in a positive light and to deflect attention from its human rights abuses.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



  • Registered Users Posts: 21,618 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how


    The newspaper ads seem to be an attempt by the Chinese government to portray the country in a positive light and to deflect attention from its human rights abuses.

    Yes but it's specifically a Xi Jinping ad as opposed to the 'country'. I know it could be argued they are viewed as effectively being the same entity..

    Leaving that aside, why target Ireland?

    Maybe similar ads appear elsewhere and we just don't hear of them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,935 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    theguzman wrote: »
    As China develops and their middle class grows it is increasingly getting harder to get slave labour for $50 - $100 per month, this is part of their pivot towards africa and in 30 years time "Made in Nigeria" or Kenya etc. will be the standard for tat.

    They are using Infrastructure based debt to effectively colonise and control large parts of Africa, and taking control of strategic assets, and opening new trade routes to extract raw materials and import manufactured goods from China. Africa in return is getting some proper infrastructure for a change and since they are completely incapable of governing themselves due to endemic corruption it is working well and the entire Continent would be far better off under Colonial rule whether it is from China or wherever.
    The level of corruption and waste in these projects is said to be off the scale even by African standards, billions disappearing with nothing to show for it. It might be too much even for China, then again if they want something in Africa they'll probably get it, I doubt Trump even knows about Belt and Road.

    Looks like China will be seizing the port of Mombasa soon, one of the biggest ports in the world and one of Kenyas main infrastructure assets, poof, it belongs to Xi and his crew now, expect to see a lot more of that.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,070 ✭✭✭Franz Von Peppercorn


    Yes but it's specifically a Xi Jinping ad as opposed to the 'country'. I know it could be argued they are viewed as effectively being the same entity..

    Leaving that aside, why target Ireland?

    Maybe similar ads appear elsewhere and we just don't hear of them.

    China isn’t really producing an ideological system yet to break up the west however there’s one potentially ready made - a pan Eurasian system which respects national sovereignty.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 7,070 ✭✭✭Franz Von Peppercorn


    Thargor wrote: »
    The level of corruption and waste in these projects is said to be off the scale even by African standards, billions disappearing with nothing to show for it. It might be too much even for China, then again if they want something in Africa they'll probably get it, I doubt Trump even knows about Belt and Road.

    Looks like China will be seizing the port of Mombasa soon, one of the biggest ports in the world and one of Kenyas main infrastructure assets, poof, it belongs to Xi and his crew now, expect to see a lot more of that.

    What do you mean by seizing?


  • Moderators, Category Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators, Social & Fun Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 38,713 CMod ✭✭✭✭ancapailldorcha


    Yes but it's specifically a Xi Jinping ad as opposed to the 'country'. I know it could be argued they are viewed as effectively being the same entity..

    Leaving that aside, why target Ireland?

    Maybe similar ads appear elsewhere and we just don't hear of them.

    Xi Jinping is an authoritarian leader and unlikely to be replaced soon so in some regards, he and China are one and the same.

    Targeting Ireland is just part of their pan-Western soft power brand-building strategy. Ireland is modern Anglophone nation with ties to the US and an EU member state.

    The foreigner residing among you must be treated as your native-born. Love them as yourself, for you were foreigners in Egypt. I am the LORD your God.

    Leviticus 19:34



  • Registered Users Posts: 21,618 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how


    Xi Jinping is an authoritarian leader and unlikely to be replaced soon so in some regards, he and China are one and the same.

    Targeting Ireland is just part of their pan-Western soft power brand-building strategy. Ireland is modern Anglophone nation with ties to the US and an EU member state.

    Yes, I can understand that. I am wondering if this is part of some rolling maintenance type propaganda or more part of a specific media project which will coincide with some geopolitical shenanigans.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,935 ✭✭✭✭Thargor


    What do you mean by seizing?
    On mobile so sorry if this is a crappy link:

    https://www.ippmedia.com/en/business/will-china-seize-mombasa-port-if-kenya-can%E2%80%99t-pay-back-its-loans

    Basically lend/invest a few billion to an African government for various projects, watch that money disappear into a hole with nothing to show for it, call in the loan and force repayment in land/infrastructure/natural resources. The port of Mombasa is just one of the more famous ones because of its size/importance.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 9,586 ✭✭✭4068ac1elhodqr


    Will be interesting to see what their reaction will be when further loans and projects in Africa go pear shaped.
    Awash with corruption, perhaps they entered Africa thinking it would be poor and orderly like China was 20yrs ago.

    More worringly is Rear Admiral Lou Yuan's offer to sink two Carriers if sea disputes with Wash can't be settled by talk.

    Of course they're no match (currently) for the US, but if they built x13 more skyscrapers than the US in 2018
    Who's to say they won't be able to also build x13 more flightdecks, subs and hypersonic craft by 2028.


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,904 ✭✭✭fly_agaric


    Will be interesting to see what their reaction will be when further loans and projects in Africa go pear shaped.
    Awash with corruption, perhaps they entered Africa thinking it would be poor and orderly like China was 20yrs ago....
    Of course they're no match (currently) for the US

    I doubt any African or Asian countries will try and "cheat" them somehow or expropriate assets if agreements go wrong. Before end of the next decade they'll probably have several super-carrier fleets of their own.

    I'd be (pleasantly) surprised if they are not occasionally sending the legions out to troublesome out of the way places that irk the "Empire", just as the US has done ever since it has been a global superpower.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 4,904 ✭✭✭fly_agaric


    Was reading a thread on Reddit (of all places) today that mentioned the advertorial was published in papers in Poland and Portugal also so publication here in Independent must be just a part of their coordinated global PR efforts for China/Xi Jinping rather than anything special.
    Will not link directly to it, but there were photos of adverts linked in the thread.

    Portugal - https://i.imgur.com/RvR6UcD.jpg
    Poland - https://i.imgur.com/1zA6CoR.jpg

    Also mentioned was an article from December on the Guardian website I had not seen about Chinese state propaganda/PR/influence campaigns in general (it is one of their "long read" ones so it's big, have not read it all yet but it looks interesting).

    https://www.theguardian.com/news/2018/dec/07/china-plan-for-global-media-dominance-propaganda-xi-jinping


  • Registered Users Posts: 4,974 ✭✭✭Chris_Heilong


    As regards African countries, setting up large scale manufacturing might actually boost their economies and give more jobs to the population that is growing at experiential rates leading to mass unemployment, From what I have seen personally in real life there are a lot of Africans being trained in China as Doctors and medical students, I saw them there in Shenyang last year, there were around 30 renting in the same apartment block I was staying in, so there are certainly positives.

    However Xi Ping himself has posters all over China with old style slogans and a big picture of himself beside them about how great China is doing(very a kin to Mao) which in my opinion is a step backwards as in the past they were moving away from Soviet style Communism and now with this president it is on the rise again. He like Putin is also not going anywhere as he president for life.


  • Registered Users Posts: 21,618 ✭✭✭✭Tell me how


    As regards African countries, setting up large scale manufacturing might actually boost their economies and give more jobs to the population that is growing at experiential rates leading to mass unemployment, From what I have seen personally in real life there are a lot of Africans being trained in China as Doctors and medical students, I saw them there in Shenyang last year, there were around 30 renting in the same apartment block I was staying in, so there are certainly positives.

    However Xi Ping himself has posters all over China with old style slogans and a big picture of himself beside them about how great China is doing(very a kin to Mao) which in my opinion is a step backwards as in the past they were moving away from Soviet style Communism and now with this president it is on the rise again. He like Putin is also not going anywhere as he president for life.

    So why the full page ad in an Irish newspaper?
    Maybe it was no more than the Chinese embassy exhausting their budget before the year end. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,826 ✭✭✭✭Danzy


    Thargor wrote: »
    The level of corruption and waste in these projects is said to be off the scale even by African standards, billions disappearing with nothing to show for it. It might be too much even for China, then again if they want something in Africa they'll probably get it, I doubt Trump even knows about Belt and Road.

    Looks like China will be seizing the port of Mombasa soon, one of the biggest ports in the world and one of Kenyas main infrastructure assets, poof, it belongs to Xi and his crew now, expect to see a lot more of that.

    The money is disappearing to buy people and parties.

    "Buying the Leaders, building the roads" should be the marketing slogan for China in Africa.

    Mugabe was overthrown with their blessing, maybe at their command.


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,826 ✭✭✭✭Danzy


    What do you mean by seizing?

    They loan money to States, knowing it can't be paid back and take the asset instead. Happened in Sri Lanka,


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭snotboogie


    theguzman wrote: »
    As China develops and their middle class grows it is increasingly getting harder to get slave labour for $50 - $100 per month, this is part of their pivot towards africa and in 30 years time "Made in Nigeria" or Kenya etc. will be the standard for tat.

    They are using Infrastructure based debt to effectively colonise and control large parts of Africa, and taking control of strategic assets, and opening new trade routes to extract raw materials and import manufactured goods from China. Africa in return is getting some proper infrastructure for a change and since they are completely incapable of governing themselves due to endemic corruption it is working well and the entire Continent would be far better off under Colonial rule whether it is from China or wherever.

    Made in China hasn't been a symbol of tat for nearly two decades. The vast majority of high end consumer electronics now get made in China. It's a really outdated mindset.


  • Registered Users Posts: 214 ✭✭sandbelter


    Quite simple, China views itself as resuming its position as the "Middle kingdom".

    This may sound trite, but it's vision of the world sees China as the only sovereign state in a world that "kowtows" and knows its place in the Chinese pecking order.

    It's diametrically opposite to the western order of sovereign states which is based in turn on the Treaty of Westphalia. This is at the heart of the China sea dispute, Chinese views itself as the sole sovereign, the US talk about law of the sea ....two fundamentally different visions of how the plant should work.

    if you want to get an idea of how violent this can be .....just produce a map of India that includes Arunchal Pradesh, most Chinese have never seen a map that recognizes Arunchal Pradesh as part of India, just google it and compare the borders of the different maps.

    I think conflict is near with China, much nearer that any Europeans (except the Russians) understand. Xi is actively positioning himself along side Mao (absorbed Tibet) and Deng (absorbed Hong Kong and Macau) by giving a 2020 ultimatum for reunification to Taiwan. Taiwan is no mood to unify with China, the Chinese arrived in Taiwan after the Dutch settled South Africa and occupied Taiwan. the Taiwanese feel the same about the Chinese as the Irish feel about incorporating into the UK.

    Xi urging china to prepare for a long battle is echoing Mao's thoughts by promoted "protracted war." Namely, avoid major decisive battles and employ "mobile warfare" over an extended and fluid front to gradually break the morale and combat effectiveness of the enemy....aka Chinese citizen flotilla in the South China sea.

    Not a promising outlook.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,081 ✭✭✭theguzman


    snotboogie wrote: »
    Made in China hasn't been a symbol of tat for nearly two decades. The vast majority of high end consumer electronics now get made in China. It's a really outdated mindset.

    By Western companies and Western Innovators, the home-grown Chinese stuff is starting to catch up mainly by copying and stealing copyright.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,601 ✭✭✭snotboogie


    theguzman wrote: »
    By Western companies and Western Innovators, the home-grown Chinese stuff is starting to catch up mainly by copying and stealing copyright.

    Hardly, the vast majority of consumer electronics are coming from Asian companies. China is probably still a bit behind Korea, Japan and maybe Taiwan but is miles ahead of any western country in terms of indigenous companies making hardware. Lenovo, Huawei, Haier, Xiaomi and Oneplus are not catching up, they have caught up and in some cases have overtaken. When you get away from the consumer brands and further up the supply chain Chinese companies dominate even more.


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    They've been buying up a lot of ports along key shipping lanes, including in Europe. I would not be surprised to see them make a play for a large deep water port in Ireland.
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/02/why-is-china-buying-up-europes-ports/

    I'm hearing stories of Chinese people opening shops in villages throughout Africa. It really does seem like they are embarking on a big expansionary strategy where they conquer through commerce rather than war.


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