CCF Newsletter June 21st

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WengCouver: "Canada Endorses Chinese-Scapegoating In Latest Inquiry"

Published: June 11, 2024
Written by: Ng Weng Hoong

In the growing firestorm over national security threats now reaching levels of paranoia, Canada is drawing inspiration from its dark past.

The European settlers who founded and ruled Canada harboured fears of being overwhelmed by the cheap labour and dirty immigrants from China even as they coveted the cheap labour of the same dirty immigrants and the fabled markets where they came from.

Thus, was born Canada’s ambivalence towards the Chinese, with the pendulum swinging between greed and fear depending on the mood of the ruling class. The Chinese seem to incite this extreme dichotomous greed-fear reaction in the West. Canada has returned to the fear phase where every Chinese person is starting to look like Fu Manchu (80). In the recently ended greed phase, Canadian prime ministers and businesses fantasized about “the Chinese” as a giant market of a billion faceless consumers and suppliers of endless cheap labour and capital. The objectification of the Chinese explains why they will always be foreign to the Canadian establishment, regardless how long they have been in the country.





MROnline: "On China’s overcapacity"

Published: June 6, 2024
Written by: Shiran Illanperuma

The article below, written for Friends of Socialist China by Shiran Illanperuma, addresses the latest ideological weapon in the Biden-Trump trade war against China: that of ‘overcapacity’. According to Western politicians and neoliberal economists, China’s industrial subsidies and production capacity are to blame for the U.S.’s trade deficit and its apparent inability to reindustrialise its economy.

Shiran, citing fellow Marxist economist Michael Roberts, observes that the U.S. and EU have sustained trade deficits since decades ago, before China’s emergence as an industrial superpower: “In a previous era, it was Japan and Germany that were the source of the U.S.’s protracted trade deficits.” This rather suggests that “the main problem is the decline in the competitiveness and productive capabilities of the U.S. itself rather than China’s (or, for that matter, anyone else’s) industrial policies.”




NPR: "We spent a week in China. Here’s what we learned about our global rival" 

Published: June 15, 2024
Written by:  Steve Inskeep, Reena Advani & Taylor Haney

What’s really happening inside China?
Americans have a hard time answering that question. Though China ended its years of pandemic isolation, tensions with the U.S. have restricted the visits of American business people, students, journalists and even tourists who want to see how their global rival is doing.

But Morning Edition got a first-hand look at China when we traveled to Beijing and Shanghai for a week this spring. Our travels produced big stories and insights — and a hundred little observations about a dynamic nation. When it was over, I talked about our experience with NPR’s John Ruwitch, who has covered China for decades.
China and the World

The Nation: "Chinese Soft Power" (Podcast)

Published: June 11, 2024

On this episode of American Prestige, we welcome to the podcast Maria Repnikova, associate professor in global communication at Georgia State University, to talk about China’s use of so-called “soft power.” We explore the origin of the phrase and what Maria means by it, Confucius Institutes, public diplomacy, Chinese efforts to build a global media network, how the US frames these initiatives, and what kind of image China might be trying to project.




Reuters: "EU hits Chinese EVs with tariffs, drawing rebuke from Beijing"

Published: June 12, 2024
Written by: Philip Blenkinsop

The European Commission said it will impose extra duties of up to 38.1% on imported Chinese electric cars from July, risking retaliation from Beijing which said on Wednesday it would take measures to safeguard its interests.
Less than a month after Washington announced plans to quadruple duties for Chinese EVs to 100%, Brussels said it would combat excessive subsidies with additional tariffs ranging from 17.4% for BYD (002594.SZ), opens new tab to 38.1% for SAIC (600104.SS), opens new tab, on top of the standard 10% car duty.




The UN Security Council (UNSC) on Monday local time adopted a resolution aimed at reaching a comprehensive cease-fire deal drafted by the US in three phases to end the war in Gaza, with China, which voted in favor, calling for all UNSC resolutions to be implemented in a comprehensive and effective manner while expressing concern that the US-drafted text is still ambiguous in a number of aspects.

Chinese analysts said on Tuesday that although the US claimed that Israel has accepted the deal and Palestinian group Hamas also said it accepts the deal and is ready to negotiate on details, to what extent the resolution can be implemented is still in question, as the conflicting parties lack mutual trust. If there are further incidents or disagreements during the three phases of the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas, the conflict will continue, so the US-drafted deal is fragile. China will play a role for peace and will make full efforts to mediate the crisis.  





The Conversation: "Chinese scientists are increasingly shaping the future of the Arctic amid China’s rising presence"

Published: June 5, 2024
Written by: Mathieu Landriault

Global attention on the Arctic has intensified amid global warming, particularly since 2007. China is among the countries that have received the most amount of attention for its interest in the Arctic.

Its emergence as a global superpower, its impressive development of polar technology — including icebreakers — and its creation of an official Arctic policy have raised eyebrows about China’s Arctic ambitions.

Global Times: "Overall condition of China’s marine ecology remains stable: report"

Published: June 8, 2025
Written by: Fan Wei
The current overall condition of China's marine ecology remains stable, with some local areas seeing improvements and the degradation trends of typical ecosystems being slowly curbed, according to a monitoring report released by the Ministry of Natural Resources on Saturday marking World Ocean Day.

As a significant maritime nation, China's marine territory covers an area of 3 million square kilometers. To deeply engage in global marine governance, the ministry launched the monitoring report to enhance national marine awareness and jointly protect marine ecosystems.
Historical Reflection

Recently Published: "China in Seven Banquets: A Flavourful History"

Published: May 1st, 2024
Author: Thomas David DuBois

A unique perspective on Chinese food history through seven iconic meals.

China in Seven Banquets ranges through 5,000 years of China’s food history in seven iconic meals, from the ancient Eight Treasures fête to the ‘Tail-Burning Banquet’ of the Tang Dynasty and the Qing court’s extravagant ‘Complete Manchu-Han Feast’. We also experience lavish repasts from literature and film, a New Year’s buffet from 1920s Shanghai and a delivery menu from the hyperglobal twenty-first century, even peeking into the tables of the not-too-distant future. Drawing on decades of experience eating his way around China, Beijing-based historian Thomas David DuBois explains why culinary fashions come and go, and recreates dozens of historical recipes in a modern kitchen. From fermented elk to absinthe cocktails, this is Chinese food as you’ve never seen it before.