Archive for June, 2011

Chinese Communist Party members defined by vanguard nature [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, CPC, Japan, Natural disaster on June 30, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 28, 2011

The reason why CPC membership is a glorious honor is that it represents the Party’s vanguard nature. The vanguard nature is a kind of unique and distinct logo for Party members, which makes them stand out from other groups. The reason why the Communist Party of China is able to make vigorous efforts to turn the situation in every crucial historical junctions, lead the people to launch revolution, construction and reform and write brilliant historical chapters over the past 90 years is that innumerable outstanding Party members practiced this vanguard nature.

Vanguard nature is a Party member’s “ID” and marks their unswerving pursuit of “having what others do not have and being better than whom also have.” What does this kind of vanguard nature mean to Party members amid enthusiastic practice?

Vanguard nature means close ties with the people. The Party regards the people as the parents feeding them, holds to the concept of “coming from the masses before coming to the masses” and has continued to deepen its ties with the people. Party members have always put the interests of the people above all and resolutely met challenges from the war against Japan to the Wenchuan earthquake and the Zhouqu landslide. The Party’s achievements have repeatedly showed that a “vanguard nature” based on the disdain for the interests of the people will not work.

Vanguard nature means taking principles as the primary foundation. The principle is the “lifeline” of the vanguard nature, and to guarantee it, Party members need to have a steel will and good morals, such as “never being petty, jealousy [sic], complaining and disaffected.” Meanwhile, the principle is also a “fragile thing,” and will completely collapse if you lose your mind [sic] even a little bit. In fact, in as early as the Anti-Japan War period, the Communist Party had established standard principles for its members, such as “never take a single needle or piece of thread from the masses.”

However, nowadays, a few Party members, who are trapped by affection, confused by wealth or captured by power, have broken their basic principles. They throw away their duties again and again and are walking farther and farther away from the vanguard nature. It must raise our attention. If the Party members want to maintain their vanguard nature forever, they must clearly clean up and resolutely stick to their principles.

Vanguard nature means being the same outside and inside. The vanguard nature of Party members does not mean putting on false airs. Rather, it means the overflowing of their true colors. Instead of seeking the limelight, it means the sincere feeling of doing things for people unselfishly.

Vanguard nature means always fighting to be the best. Only fighting could gain and maintain the vanguard nature. In the situations of the new era, we still need to emphasize that an organization is a fortress and a Party member is a flag. As long as you are a Party member, you should dare show your true heart, find your right place, always be fueled under pressure, never be arrogant or frustrated, overcome all the difficulties on the way and march forward bravely.

The 90-year road of wind and rain has told us that as long as the Party members pass the tests by the masses and overcome the challenges of the new era, they will become tougher and stronger and their special “ID” of vanguard nature will be brighter.

By People’s Daily Online

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China reveals construction of aircraft carrier [World Socialist Website]

Posted in China, China-US relations, Encirclement of China, Energy, Japan, Libya, NATO, Obama, Philippines, PLA, Singapore, South China Sea, south Korea, Taiwan, UNSC, USA, Vietnam on June 30, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

By John Chan
14 June 2011

Chen Bingde, head of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Staff, last week officially confirmed for the first time that China is building an aircraft carrier. The refitting of an unfinished former Soviet aircraft carrier, the Varyag, purchased by China from the Ukraine, was hardly a military secret. Nor were the associated test flights of the J-15—a Chinese version of the Russian-made Su-33 carrier-launch fighter. Nevertheless, the confirmation of the refit is one more sign of growing US-China rivalry, particularly in the naval arena.

The carrier is likely to be launched this year, possibly on the National Day (October 1)…It may be renamed the Shi Liang, after the Chinese general who re-took Taiwan in the 17th century.

Lieutenant General Qi Jianguo, assistant chief of the PLA General Staff, told the Commercial Daily: “All the great powers in the world, including those permanent members of the [UN] Security Council, have them. The carrier is seemingly the mark of a great nation.”

Qi referred to the growing strategic pressures facing China, saying: “It would have been better for us if we acted sooner in understanding the oceans and mapping out our blue-water capabilities. We are now facing heavy pressure in the oceans, whether in the South China Sea, East China Sea, Yellow Sea or the Taiwan Straits.”

China’s determination to develop an aircraft carrier capacity is in response to increasingly aggressive American efforts to maintain the US presence in waters immediately off the Chinese mainland. Over the past two years, the Obama administration has stepped up joint naval exercises with allies such as Japan and South Korea and strengthened military ties with Vietnam, the Philippines and other South East Asian countries. Washington has also encouraged members of the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) to challenge China’s territorial claims in the strategic South China Sea.

China’s economic rise has led to a vast expansion of its foreign trade and investment, especially with Africa and the Middle East, on which it depends for energy supplies. Beijing’s plan for a blue water navy is aimed at protecting vital sea lanes, particularly across the Indian Ocean to the South China Sea and the Chinese mainland. The question of military protection looms larger because Chinese companies have suffered losses of at least $19 billion in Libya due to NATO’s intervention to topple the Gaddafi regime.

Chinese naval expansion comes into conflict with US efforts to maintain global naval predominance, including throughout Asia. Since World War II, American naval strategists have advocated a policy of controlling key “choke points” connecting the Indian and Pacific Oceans, such as the Malacca Straits, and thus the ability to cut off vital oil supplies in the event of a confrontation with any Asian rival.

Last week, a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) weekly, the Study Times, called for the development of a military capacity corresponding to China’s great power status. “The ‘go out’ strategy implemented by China is not to fight for a sphere of influence, and [it] will not use warships and cannons to clear the way, as with colonialism and imperialism,” the article stated. “But military might is the necessary backup to ensure we have the capabilities to protect our rights of freedom of action around the world and within the region.”

The aircraft carrier program is central to China’s plans. The Varyag is the sister ship of the Kuznetsov, the only aircraft carrier still operated by the Russian navy. The vessel will weigh 67,000 tonnes fully loaded and have a capacity for 50 aircraft—significantly smaller than the American 100,000-tonne nuclear-powered Nimitz class carriers that carry 90 aircraft.

Unlike nuclear-powered carriers, which are high-speed and have a virtually unlimited range, the Chinese carrier will be conventionally powered and will require access to refuelling to operate for sustained periods. China is building a number of port facilities across the Indian Ocean, including in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, that could potentially be used for this purpose.

China’s carrier will be much larger than the French De Gaulle class (45,000 tonnes) or British Invincible class (25,000 tonnes) carriers. Its mere presence in Asia, which will be accompanied by destroyer escorts and nuclear-powered attack submarines, will be watched closely by the US and also Asian rivals such as Japan and India.

In Japan, the Asahi Shimbun noted last December that China’s State Oceanic Administration had issued a report pointing to plans for more than one aircraft carrier. The report stated that the Chinese military “came out in 2009 with a vision and plan to construct aircraft carriers” as part of an effort to make China a “mid-level” maritime power by 2020.

Citing unnamed Chinese military sources, the Asahi Shimbun said that a CCP Politburo meeting in April 2009 had approved the program. The initial stage was to build another conventionally-powered aircraft carrier by 2014. The next stage was to build two nuclear-powered carriers, based on a former Soviet-era project (the 79,000-tonne Ulyanovsk class) that was never completed.

Most US analysts believe it will take years before China has a fully operational carrier battle group. Toshi Yoshihara of the US Naval War College explained recently: “The dribs and drabs of multiple ship types that characterise the current fleet won’t really cut it for serious war-fighting purposes. They still need to settle on a satisfactory ship design, which they seem to be nearing, and proceed with serial production. Then, putting a flotilla together centred around the carrier and integrating the pieces into an organic combat unit will be the next challenge.”

By contrast, the US Pacific Command already has five aircraft carriers, 180 ships and 2,000 aircraft, and bases close to China in South Korea and Japan. It can also call on another six carriers based in other parts of the world.

Moreover, the US is not passively watching China’s naval expansion. It is developing its military ties in Asia and its own naval capacity…

Gates announced that the US navy intended to build a base in Singapore to permanently deploy its new advanced Littoral Combat Ships. These warships are specifically designed for near-sea and coastal combat and are clearly aimed at maintaining US naval control of the narrow Malacca Straits, through which ships carrying 77 percent of China’s crude oil imports pass.

US analysts are particularly concerned about reports that China is developing the DF-21D anti-ship ballistic missile, which could potentially threaten US aircraft carriers in waters off the Chinese mainland. In response, the Pentagon is discussing a new strategic doctrine known as “Air/Sea Battle” to maintain US naval dominance throughout the Asian region.

According to Aviation Week in April, the doctrine included “Air Force counter-space operations to blind PLA space-based ocean surveillance systems and prevent targeting of anti-ship ballistic missiles.” It also involved “long-range penetrating strikes would destroy PLA ground-based, long-range maritime surveillance systems (such as over-the-horizon radars) and missiles aimed at ships and bases. Concurrently, the Navy submarine-based strike support against PLA integrated air-defense systems would pave the way for Air Force strikes.”

A related element appears to be the American X-47B stealth drone bomber, which carried out its test flight in February. Designed to be launched from an aircraft carrier, the X-47B is widely believed to be a major weapon that the US military could use to strike deep inside Chinese territory to destroy stealth fighters and anti-ship ballistic missiles on the ground. The X-47B, which will enter service in 2020, would allow aircraft carriers to attack China’s missile launchers from a safe distance.

The “Air/Sea Battle” doctrine makes clear that the US is preparing for a full-scale war against China and heightens the danger of such a confrontation. A relatively minor naval incident would have the potential to trigger pre-emptive US strikes, including deep inside China, that could lead to a catastrophic military confrontation between the two powers.

Edited by Zuo Shou

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Stalin Caught in Liberal Cobweb [Strategic Culture Foundation]

Posted in Anti-communism, Chile, Fascism, France, Germany, Nazism, Pinochet, Psychological warfare, Russia, Stalin, U.K., US - Nazi connection, US imperialism, USA, USSR, Winston Churchill on June 30, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手


by Nil Nikandrov

Progressive revision of the principal results of…WWII [is] a very dangerous sign. Never before [have] the endeavors to depict Hitler and Stalin as equally responsible for unleashing the war…been so obstinate, purposeful and bluntly hostile towards Russian people and Russian state…

No doubt that the propagandistic identification of Stalin as a totalitarian-style leader is aimed to justify the secret diplomatic maneuvers made by the West in the late 1930s to provoke German-Soviet conflict. The appeasement policies and permanent British and French concessions to Berlin eventually prompted the aggression of the Nazi monster. Following a series of military triumphs in Europe, on June 22, 1941 Nazi Germany invaded Russia and started realizing Operation Barbarossa supposed to defeat and break down the USSR. Another top secret Nazi plan Ost proposed to ‘depopulate the barbarian country’ turning the survivors into lunatic [sic] manpower serving…the German ‘masters’.

Most likely the liberal hawks among historians and sovietologists ‘specialized’ in Stalin’s period are preparing basis for a new blitzkrieg, now without bombings and tank attacks. Today Hitler’s strategic schemes are being realized using new media technologies, manipulations of facts and senses, demonization campaigns against Soviet leaders, first of all Stalin, being portrayed as ‘war criminals who avoided Nuremberg’.

The brainwashing is going on in a systematic, comprehensive, aggressive manner. Principal intellectual centers elaborating [a] contemporary version of Generalplan Ost are located in the United States and the UK. They obviously do not suffer any shortage in resources. The allegation that the USSR was a totalitarian state equally responsible for the outbreak of World War II with Nazi Germany is being routinely knocked, hammered, drummed into the heads of Americans, Europeans, Asians and even citizens of the post-Soviet countries.

They want Russia as the successor of the USSR to admit equal responsibility with Nazi Germany for the onset of the global drama. Apparently the consent of the new Russian elites to ‘de-Stalinization’ of the Soviet history would eventually lead to enormous and totally unfair compensation claims from the ‘occupied’ countries. The West believes that concessions and capitulation – habitual stereotype behavior of the Russian ruling class since Gorbachev – are inevitable now as well. They are convinced that the Russian elite’s private financial considerations would outweigh the national interests of the country again.

The anti-Stalin rhetoric by the troops of historians, political scientists and commentators inside Russian generously nurtured by Western donors already dominates the public discourse. They insist on ‘Stalin’s guilt to be expiated’, his ‘criminal accord with Hitler’, ‘Eastern Europe occupation’, ’40 million of repressed/assassinated’ in the USSR. I remember a surprised Chilean journalist saying to me once: ‘If I believe everything they talk about Stalin, Pinochet comparing to him would represent a sample of a righteous humanist.’

Collecting materials for my book about prominent Soviet intelligence agent Iosif Grigulevich who was stationed in South America in 1940-1946, I spent a lot of time reading war-time newspapers in libraries of Buenos Aires, Montevideo, Santiago de Chile and Caracas. These sources irrefutably testified that for Latin Americans Stalin used to be a symbol of Soviet heroic resistance to Hitlerism and a beacon of social progress and historical optimism. In that epoch, even Stalin’s fiercest opponents could not think of likening him to Hitler.

Communists were indeed the staunchest fighters against fascism at the time. That is why US intelligence networks were seeking contacts with the leaders of communist parties in Latin America to engage them in uprooting the fascist underground there. Stalin approved the dissolution of the Comintern in 1943 to strengthen Soviet Union’s ties with the Allies. He voiced [sic] for the dialog and trust-building in the post-war period, but the West responded with Churchill’s notorious Fulton address which marked the beginning of the Cold War. At that moment, Stalin was branded as an enemy of the Western civilization, and what we witness today is essentially the same approach and the same perception.

Edited by Zuo Shou

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China rejects US Senate criticism over sea dispute [China Daily]

Posted in Anti-China propaganda exposure, Beijing, Black propaganda, China, China-bashing, China-US relations, Encirclement of China, South China Sea, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on June 29, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

June 28, 2011

BEIJING – A US Senate resolution critical of Beijing’s actions in the South China Sea “doesn’t hold water” and its sponsors should promote peace in other ways, China said Tuesday.

Disputes over the South China Sea should be resolved peacefully through talks between “directly concerned parties,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told reporters, a reference to what Beijing considers to be meddling by Washington.

The resolution adopted Monday by the US Senate deplored China’s “use of force” in recent incidents between Chinese vessels and those of other claimants in the potentially resource-rich waters.

“The relevant resolution adopted by the US Senate doesn’t hold water,” Hong said. “We hope the relevant senators can do more to promote peace and stability of the region.”

Democratic Sen. Jim Webb led a bipartisan group of four senators who introduced the resolution. Webb said Southeast Asian countries were worried about China’s “pattern of intimidation,” and that the US had a strategic interest in facilitating multilateral negotiations.

Hong added that China wants disputes to be handled through “friendly consultations” between the parties directly concerned.

“Others without a direct stake should respect the efforts made by those directly concerned to resolve South China Sea disputes through dialogue and in a peaceful manner,” he said.

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15 killed in NATO air raid in Brega: Libya TV [Xinhua]

Posted in Libya, NATO on June 28, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

TRIPOLI, June 25 (Xinhua) — Libyan state TV said Saturday 15 people were killed in a NATO air attack on civilian sites in the costal [sic] oil city of Brega in Libya.

The state TV said the NATO attacked sites where there were civilian, like a bakery and a restaurant…official Libyan Jana news agency said it was on Saturday…

…The oil refinery town of Brega lies on the frontline between the rebel-held east and the government-held west.

Excerpted / edited by Zuo Shou

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Japan-U.S. alliance should not go beyond bilateral scope: Chinese Foreign Ministry [People’s Daily]

Posted in China, China-US relations, Encirclement of China, Hillary Clinton, Japan, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA 21st Century Cold War on June 27, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

Yeah, “alliance”…call an occupation an occupation for once. – Zuo Shou

June 24, 2011

China on Thursday said the Japan-U.S. alliance should not go beyond its bilateral scope.

“Japan-U.S.alliance is a bilateral arrangement created under special historical conditions and should not go beyond its bilateral scope,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei told a news briefing on Thursday.

Hong’s comments came after a joint statement released by Japan and the United States calling for China to play a constructive role in regional stability.

The statement was issued following the “two-plus-two” talks between Japan and the United States, involving U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and their Japanese counterparts.

“We notice the related report,” Hong said, stressing China has always been a staunch advocate for regional peace and stability and an active player in boosting regional mutually-beneficial cooperation.

Hong said China sticks to the path of peaceful development, pursues the defensive policy which is defensive in nature and is committed to developing friendly ties with all countries, especially neighboring countries.

“We expect related countries to respect this fact, take a responsible attitude, contribute more to regional peace and stability and promote mutual trust,” Hong said.

Source: Xinhua

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U.S., Japan agree to delay Marine air base relocation [Xinhua]

Posted in Afghanistan, Encirclement of China, Guam, Hillary Clinton, Japan, Nukes, Okinawa, State Department, US foreign occupation, US imperialism, USA, USA 21st Century Cold War on June 27, 2011 by Zuo Shou / 左手

“The failure of communist Chinese and North Koreans to exploit Japan’s vulnerability after the earthquake-tsunami nuclear disaster shall not undo our sinister pretextual justification for the endless occupation of Japan. All your base are belong to us!!! And oh yeah, so sorry about the meltdown.” – “Ally” US empire to “Ally” Japan / Okinawa [Zuo Shou]

WASHINGTON, June 21 (Xinhua) — The United States and Japan agreed on Tuesday to drop the 2014 deadline for relocating a controversial U.S. Marine air base on Japan’s southern island of Okinawa.

The agreement was reached at the U.S.-Japan Security Consultative Committee meeting, informally known as the 2+2 Ministerial, attended by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates along with Japanese Foreign Minister Takeaki Matsumoto and Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa.

The two sides said that the relocation of Marine Corps Air Station Futenma would be completed at the “earliest possible date” after 2014, according to a joint statement issued after the meeting.

“The Ministers emphasized the increasing importance of the presence of the U.S. forces in Japan, including in Okinawa, to maintain deterrence [!] and strengthen Alliance capabilities in view of the current evolving regional security environment [!],” the statement said.

Under an agreement signed in 2006, the two sides planned to close the Futenma air base and build a new base on Okinawa, and to redeploy some 8,000 U.S. Marines for the U.S. territory of Guam by 2014. But local Japanese activists are opposed to the plan to build a new U.S. base on Okinawa, where half of the 47,000 U.S. troops based in Japan are stationed.

Tuesday’s meeting is the first of its kind held by the two allies since May of 2007, and the first since Japan was struck by a strong earthquake in March that caused a devastating tsunami and nuclear power plant radiation scare.

The purpose of the 2+2 meeting “is to underscore the significance of the alliance in the years ahead, to advance the U. S.-Japan alliance and set its future agenda,” U.S. State Department officials told a briefing on Monday.

The talks were expected to focus on a wide range of bilateral, regional and global issues, including the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, Afghanistan, missile defense technology transfer, and the realignment of U.S. forces, the officials added.

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