China wets their pants over a phone call

For 40 years the United States has had a dopey “One China” policy. The one where they ignore the continued existence of The Republic of China otherwise known as Taiwan.

Politicians knees knock together if anyone dares mention Taiwan. Well, like so many other things, that is now a thing of the past now under Donald Trump.

The Chinese are really upset.

China has lodged a diplomatic protest after US President-elect Donald Trump spoke by phone with President Tsai Ing-wen of Taiwan, but blamed the self-ruled island Beijing claims as its own for the “petty” move.   Read more »

So, the NZ Herald spent six months on an “investigation” into hair extensions

The NZ Herald states that they spent six months investigating hair extensions and where they come from.

Here is a tweet from one of their journalists bragging about it:

screen-shot-2016-12-01-at-9-45-10-pmSounds impressive. Then another of their journalists gets snippy on Facebook because someone criticised their 6 months worth of work. Read more »

Kim Fatty the Second has to be KDC, surely?

China has banned the search term “Kim Fatty the Third” or  “Jin San Pang”.

China has blocked internet searches for “Kim Fatty the Third”, a popular term that is used in China for North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

The term “Jin San Pang” failed to produce any results on Baidu, China’s main search engine, or the country’s hugely popular social networking platform, Sina Weibo.

China’s army of internet censors have previously blocked searches for insulting names of the North Korean leader, including “Kim Pig the Third”.

The Apple Daily, a pro-democracy newspaper based in Hong Kong and Taiwan, said the recent ban was enforced after officials from Kim’s rogue regime asked Chinese officials to act.

The phrase Jin San Pang uses characters which roughly translates to ‘Kim’, ‘three’, and ‘fat’ – in reference to both his weight and his lineage as the third in the Kim dynasty.    Read more »

Abduction and forced Late term abortion in China

Bill Liu arrested in China


Bill Liu has been arrested in China.

A controversial Chinese businessman who has been living in New Zealand for more than a decade has been arrested upon his return to China.

William Yan, also known as Bill Liu and Yang Liu, was detained after arriving at Capital International Airport in Beijing on Saturday, according to the Government-run press agency Xinhua.   Read more »

China: Mind your own bloody business Brownlee

Gerry Brownlee and his custom tailored ballistic vest that cost three times the standard vest worn by Kiwi troops

China rebuked New Zealand’s Defence Minister at the opening of a high-profile security forum in Beijing on Tuesday, criticizing his stance on tension in the disputed South China Sea, saying countries “not involved” should not interfere.

China claims almost the entire South China Sea, through which about $5 trillion worth of trade passes each year. Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan and Vietnam also have claims.

An international tribunal in Hague ruled in July that China had no historic title over the waters and had breached the Philippines’ sovereign rights there. That decision infuriated Beijing, which dismissed the court’s authority. Read more »

The veracity of Chinese steel dumping and trade threats

Depending on who you listen to, the whole Chinese steel issue is one big beat-up, or it is an area of true concern.

The Government’s sensitivity over the relationship with China was  evident yesterday as Ministers retreated into no comments over allegations that China was threatening trade reprisals on New Zealand.

The threats emerged in the “Sunday Star Times” which claimed that highly-placed sources confirmed China was applying pressure in an attempt to sway regulators at the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Trade (MBIE) away from imposing anti-dumping or countervailing duties on cheap imported Chinese steel.

The paper also quoted “unscreened” comments from China’s Ambassador to New Zealand, Wang Lutong who said there was no issue with the imported steel quality but the embassy had been discussing the industry’s concerns with New Zealand authorities.

Questions to MBIE Minister Steven Joyce on the issue were referred to Commerce Minister Paul Goldsmith, who would not confirm or deny whether a complaint from China had been received.

It has been clear since Whaleoil broke this story on Saturday that people at all levels are trying to hose this one down, but rather unsuccessfully.

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NZ exports to China hang in the balance as NZ toy with WTO complaint

via ABC

via ABC

Whaleoil broke the story via the Tipline over the weekend, and the SST followed up.  Overnight, our Tipline produced more background information.  Like before, this is to be considered unverified and the personal opinion of the tipster.

BlueScope (BS) also has steel making facilities in mainland China.

Be interesting to see what pressure is applied to BS senior management there.

BS corporate HQ would have been very aware of the issues/counter measures China would throw at BS by initiating this WTO inquiry angle. Read more »

China to go nuclear on NZ for steel dumping WTO complaint

Caution:  the following was received via the Tipline and it hasn’t been vetted.  As a result, it needs to be taken as the personal opinion and observations of its author

As above, I was at at a meeting today and it was revealed that Pacific Steel NZ (a Bluescope subsidiary) has lodged a WTO steel dumping complaint against communist China.

Word is/was(unverified/researched) that China, our FTA partner is furious with not only Bluescope, but the NZ Govt.

Threats of Chinese blacklisting of NZ primary products were mentioned.

I personally have been anticipating a diplomatic/trade over reaction from China against a supposed NZ affront to China since the signing of the NZ/China FTA.

Communist China has a history of diplomatic blundering for 70 years now. Read more »


First Key didn’t get his flag, now he’s not getting his panda

Looks like people are getting used to saying no to John Key. He won’t be liking that.

Snow leopards, wombats and ring-tailed lemurs are all in Wellington Zoo’s future, but don’t expect to see giant pandas chewing bamboo in the capital any time soon.

The zoo has revealed its priorities for the next decade in a report to Wellington City Council – and conspicuous by its absence was any mention of getting a deal done to acquire giant pandas from China.

Chief executive Karen Fifield said on Thursday that the zoo had plenty of rare animals on its wish-list, but it was not preparing a business case or engaging in talks with the Government about giant pandas.   Read more »