06 September, 2021

Chinese Embassy in Canada: China will never give in!

A small number of Canadians hyped Kang Mingkai and the two were detained for 1,000 days and accused China of handling the case in accordance with the law.

On September 5, Canadian Foreign Minister Garno issued a statement, carrying out unprovoked attacks on the Chinese side in the Cumming Kay and Michael case, falsely claiming that the Chinese side engaged in "arbitrary detention" and "the judicial process is opaque." The Canadian side grossly interfered with China's judicial sovereignty and seriously violated the spirit of the rule of law. China expresses its strong dissatisfaction and strongly condemns it.

China has repeatedly stated its solemn position on the Kang Mingkai and Michael cases. Judging from the information disclosed by relevant Chinese authorities in recent days , there is hard evidence that Kang and Mai committed crimes. Nationality is not a "talisman" to escape legal sanctions. China is a country under the rule of law. Anyone who violates the law in China will be punished by Chinese law. The Chinese judicial organs handle relevant cases in accordance with the law on the basis of solid evidence. During this process, the legal rights of the two were fully protected.

For a period of time, the Canadian side has continued to hype the Cumming Kai and Michael case and slander China for engaging in "arbitrary detention" and "coercive diplomacy." This is completely confusing right and wrong. The Canadian side also concocted the so-called "Declaration Against Arbitrary Detention" and tried to use "microphone diplomacy" to form gangs to pressure China. This is completely futile. I want to emphasize that this kind of despicable act of trying to pour dirty water on others to cleanse oneself will never succeed. China will never succumb to any external pressure on the principle of upholding the rule of law! It must be pointed out that the Canadian side ignored the political plot of the US to concoct the Meng Wanzhou incident and suppress Chinese high-tech companies, ignored the fact that Ms. Meng did not violate any Canadian laws, and insisted on acting as an accomplice of the US to detain Ms. Meng for more than 1,000 days. Arbitrary detention and coercion diplomacy!

China once again urges Canada to earnestly respect China's judicial sovereignty, stop making any irresponsible remarks, and at the same time correct its mistakes as soon as possible, and make the correct decision to release Meng Wanzhou on its own ground to ensure its safe and smooth return to China.

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Japan's new prime minister candidate Sanae Takaichi hints: will continue to "visit" the Yasukuni Shrine

After the Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga announced his "abandonment of the election," the election campaigns surrounding the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party and the new prime minister of Japan became increasingly fierce. Japan’s Jiji News Agency reported on the 5th that Japan’s former Minister of General Affairs Sanae Takaichi, with the support of former Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, is expected to obtain the recommendation of the 20 Liberal Democratic Party members required to participate in the Democratic Party’s president and clearly express his intention to stand for election. Japanese media said that if she is elected successfully, she will become Japan's first female prime minister. As one of the candidates' "big hits", Takaichi Sanae clamored in an interview a few days ago that "will continue to visit the Yasukuni Shrine in the future."

Takashi Sanae Information Map

According to the Sankei Shimbun, Takaichi Sanae claimed on Friday that “as a Japanese, on the basis of freedom of religious belief, regardless of his position, he will continue to visit the shrine. This is definitely not a diplomatic issue”, implying that even if he is elected prime minister Will also continue to visit the Yasukuni Shrine. Takaichi and Abe are both members of the Japanese cross-party parliamentarians’ alliance, "Everyone visits the Yasukuni Shrine Congress." On the 15th of last month, Takaichi Sanae followed in Abe's footsteps and visited the Yasukuni Shrine. It is understood that some Japanese politicians often shout right-wing remarks because of the need to "build momentum" in the elections, but in recent years, not many politicians have really visited the Yasukuni Shrine after being elected prime minister. Statistics show that since Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi stepped down in 2006, only Abe had visited the Yasukuni Shrine as Prime Minister on December 26, 2013.

Takaichi Sanae was born in Nara Prefecture in 1961. He has been in the cabinet many times since he started politics and has rich political experience. In 1993, Takashi was elected as a member of the House of Representatives and formally entered the Japanese political arena. Judging from Takashi's political resume, Abe is undoubtedly his nobleman. In 2006, after the establishment of the first Abe regime, Takaichi entered the cabinet for the first time and served as the special minister of the Cabinet Office; in 2012, after the establishment of the second Abe regime, Takaichi was appointed as the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party. This is within the Liberal Democratic Party. Known as one of the important positions of the "troika", Gao Shi is the first woman to hold this position. Since 2014, Takashi has served as the Minister of General Affairs, not only the first female Minister of General Affairs in Japan, but also the longest-serving Minister of General Affairs so far. The Gao market had previously made several remarks to discredit China and exaggerated the "China threat theory." In August this year, in an interview with Japan's "hanada" monthly magazine, Takashi positioned China's increase in military spending as a "national defense risk" for Japan. She also announced last month that she is preparing to pass a resolution on "condemning the Chinese government's human rights violations in Xinjiang, Inner Mongolia, and Tibet" during the interim Congress in the fall.

Although the Liberal Democratic Party has not yet issued an election announcement, with the support of Abe, Takaichi, former Foreign Minister Fumio Kishida, and current Minister of Administrative Reform Taro Kono have become the most eye-catching candidates in the Liberal Democratic Party presidential election. There are even opinions. The high probability of winning the election is very high. However, Japan's Jiji News Agency analyzed that Abe will judge which candidate he will eventually support based on his public image and election conditions. Gaoshi may not be exactly Abe's "preferred person."

Analysts believe that the reason why Abe is willing to promote Sanae Takashi is mainly because the two have the same political philosophy. Takashi Sanae's policy proposition is conservative. She advocated amending the law to give the Self-Defense Forces greater authority, but she lacked reflection on Japan's past history of aggression, visited the Yasukuni Shrine many times, and refused to admit the problem of forced conscription of "comfort women". Japan’s Kyodo News Agency stated on the 4th that Takaichi clearly expressed the intention of “inheriting Abe’s conservative line” in a new book published recently.

Abe comes from the Hosoda faction, the largest faction in the Liberal Democratic Party. He earlier stated to several members of this faction that “the political creed and female identity of Gaoshi are worthy of publicity”. Takaichi currently does not belong to any faction in the Liberal Democratic Party. Although she has been affirmed by Abe, because she has withdrawn from the Machimura faction (the faction within the Liberal Democratic Party, the predecessor of the Hosoda faction), the Hosoda faction has internal opinions on whether to support her. Disagreement.

In addition, some Japanese media said that the issue of gender inequality still exists in Japanese society, and the people seem to be not yet mentally prepared to accept a female prime minister. A poll recently released by the Nikkei on "Who is the new president of the Liberal Democratic Party" shows that Taro Kono ranked first with 16%, while Takashi ranked seventh with only 3%.

As soon as he "jumped", the White House has been busy for months?

This article is reproduced from the WeChat public account "Reference News" (ID: ckxxwx). The original text was first published on September 4, 2021. The original title was "He "jumped a boat". How many months has the White House been busy?" ".

According to a report by Taiwan’s “Central News Agency” on September 3, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga stated that he would no longer seek re-election. The United States seemed to dispel concerns that the matter might affect bilateral relations, saying that the US-Japan alliance was “solid as iron”.

According to the report, a White House spokesperson stated that US President Biden "thanks to Prime Minister Suga for his leadership and partnership in facing challenges in the Indo-Pacific region and the world."

"We wish Prime Minister Suga a good future. The U.S.-Japan alliance is and will remain as solid as iron, not only between our governments, but also between the people."

Japan’s Kyodo News website pointed out that although the White House’s statement was quite optimistic, Yoshihide Suga’s sudden decision shocked the Japanese political arena, and for the close ally of the United States, it may also disappoint the Biden administration that took office in January this year. The Biden administration has been working hard for months to strengthen cooperation between the two countries to counter China's influence in the Indo-Pacific region.

James Schoff, an expert on U.S.-Japan relations with the Carnegie Foundation for International Peace, a Washington think tank, said: "The Japanese government will have to revisit the Biden administration. To be honest, this is a bit disappointing."

But Schoff believes that the impact of this matter may not be too great, "I think, now is the beginning of Biden's term, and things are still under control."

A spokesperson for the US State Department specifically mentioned that Yoshihide Suga was the first foreign leader to invite a personal visit to the White House for talks after Biden took office.

The report pointed out that the two issued a joint statement after the April meeting, emphasizing the "importance of peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait." This is the first time that Japanese and American leaders mentioned Taiwan in similar documents in more than half a century.

Earlier this year, Yoshihide Suga participated in the first online summit of the "Quadruple Security Dialogue" composed of the United States, Japan, India, and Australia, hosted by Biden.

Schof said frankly that he was surprised at the news that Yoshihide Suga announced on the 3rd that he would not participate in the presidential election of the Liberal Democratic Party, which means that the Liberal Democratic Party will find another successor to participate in the presidential election at the end of this month. The prime minister of Japan is often the president of the largest party in the parliament.

But Schof also said that due to the decline in Yoshihide Suga's support rate, the epidemic caused by the delta variant of the new coronavirus has continued to develop in recent weeks, and Yoshihide Suga's decision has become an increasingly feasible solution.

According to the "Central News Agency", Patrik Cronin, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, a US conservative think tank, believes that "the temporary uncertainty of the Japanese leadership will complicate the short-term diplomatic schedule." The vision is to find a successor who can bring about continuity rather than radical change.”

He said: "In short, as a firm ally seeking to support the free and open Indo-Pacific region and the international order, Japan’s domestic political turmoil is unlikely to disrupt Japan’s basic policies and predictability."

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Will she be the first female prime minister of Japan if she is tough on China?

This article is reproduced from the WeChat public account "Reference News" (ID: ckxxwx). The original text was first published on September 3, 2021. The original title was "She who is tough on China, will she become Japan's first female prime minister?" | Sharp Reference.

After Yoshihide Suga announced that he would no longer be elected as the president of the Democratic Party, Sanae Takaichi, the former Minister of General Affairs of the Liberal Democratic Party, who had already expressed his views, began to attract attention from all sides. Some people even predict that Japan may have its first female prime minister.

The 60-year-old Takashi Sanae has served as a member of the 8th term and has been in the cabinet many times. He has rich political experience.

▲Profile picture: Sanae Takashi. (Xinhua News Agency/AFP)

In college, she joined the light music department and worked as a drummer in a heavy metal rock band. Other hobbies include diving and motorcycle riding. There seems to be some distance between this cool early time and the image of a female politician today.

After graduating from university in 1984, Gaoshi entered the Matsushita Political and Economic School. The "Matsushita Political and Economic School" founded by Konosuke Matsushita is also the cradle of Japanese politicians. There have been many Japanese government ministers and members of the Diet.

In 1993, Takaichi Sanae was elected to the House of Representatives and formally entered the Japanese political arena.

Takaichi has always been considered to have a close relationship with former Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. First, the policy concepts are similar, and secondly, there is a high degree of overlap in network circles. For example, they are very close to the party boss and former Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori. With the help of Abe, Gao City's political career has gone smoothly, and she has set many records as a woman.

▲Profile picture: Sanae Takaichi and Shinzo Abe. (Xinhua News Agency/AFP)

In 2006, Abe paid his respects for the first time, and Takashi was able to join the cabinet for the first time that year, serving as the special minister of the Cabinet Office.

After Abe became prime minister for the second time, Takashi was appointed as the chairman of the Liberal Democratic Party. This is one of the important positions known as the "troika" in the Liberal Democratic Party. Takashi also became the first woman to hold this position. Since 2014, she has served as the Minister of General Affairs, not only the first female Minister of General Affairs, but also the longest-serving Minister of General Affairs so far.

Gao City’s policy advocates favoring conservativeness, and externally advocates amending the "Self-Defense Forces Act" to give the Self-Defense Forces greater authority, lacks reflection on the history of aggression, and does not recognize the existence of forced conscription of "comfort women". As a member of "Everyone Comes to Visit the Yasukuni Shrine Members of the Union", Takaichi visited the Yasukuni Shrine many times on August 15 and also served as the vice-chairman of the Congressmen’s Conference of the Japan Conference, Japan’s largest right-wing conservative group.

The support of Abe, the party leader, is an important reason why many Japanese netizens believe that Takashi is expected to become Japan's first female prime minister.

For example, the high praise comment in the comment section of the Yahoo website in Japanese says:

"If the Liberal Democratic Party's goal is to reverse the victory, let's hold the presidential election. Takaichi is the first female prime minister." "On foreign affairs and other issues, it is roughly the same as Abe and Aso, so I will seek Abe's support in the presidential election. It is quite possible."

"Although it gives people a feeling of rapid rise, this positive energy alone is better than those old Liberal Democratic Party guys who only care about defending their own interests. Of course, she has to be picked by those old guys first."

"Becoming the first female prime minister of Japan will arouse the people's attention to the Liberal Democratic Party, but she is a very loyal figure to Abe, so I think it is possible. Especially the Liberal Democratic Party, according to the current situation, in the election The number of seats in the middle school will inevitably decrease. If women's influence is not exerted, I am afraid that they will not get the attention of the people."

"I think the high market is good, especially in the House of Representatives election this time. The situation is very serious. It is the best policy to elect a president who knows the world has changed."

Three popular successors of Yoshihide Suga

According to a report from Taiwan’s "Central News Agency" in Tokyo on September 3, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who was nicknamed "Uncle Reiwa" in the past, has found the bottom of the polls, lost his aura, ineffective epidemic prevention, and rebounds within the party. After interrupting his re-election, three members of the party have surfaced and become popular candidates for succession.

According to the report, the current high-profile successors include Taro Kono, Minister of Administrative Reform. He ranked first in several media polls, and his political style is also loved by Japanese netizens. He is a highly popular political figure on Japanese social networking sites.

According to reports, Kono belongs to the Aso faction of the Liberal Democratic Party. He called on the president and deputy prime minister Taro Aso of the Aso faction that day to express his interest in running for president. In fact, Kono deliberately participated in the election last year, but was "persuaded to retire" by Aso in the end.

Another former secretary of the Liberal Democratic Party, Ishibashige, who was named in every presidential election, had not made a clear statement on whether he would stand for election before that day. However, when talking about his willingness to participate in the election, he said, "The situation has completely changed. What should I do next? If I do, I will consider it carefully."

According to reports, Fumio Kishida was the first to express his candidacy, and he reiterated that his willingness to participate in the election will remain unchanged that day.

The report also said that as for the Minister of the Environment Shinjiro Koizumi, who is also very popular, he entered the Prime Minister's residence that day to talk with Suga Yoshihide. A congressman close to Koizumi said, "Koizumi should not run for the election this time."

The quarantine period has expired, and the Lithuanian ambassador to China hurriedly returned home, complaining that he would leave as soon as he arrived in China

Since the Lithuanian government disregarded China's repeated representations and made clear its interests and announced that it would allow the Taiwan authorities to establish a "representative office" in the name of "Taiwan", the Chinese side decided to recall the ambassador to Lithuania and demanded that the other party immediately withdraw the ambassador to China.

World Wide Web quoted Reuters on September 3 as saying that Lithuania said on the 3rd that it had recalled its ambassador to China. The reason why Lithuania was delayed until September 3 was that the country’s ambassador to China had been quarantined in Beijing before, and after 21 days of quarantine, the ambassador hurried back home. Regarding the request to return to Lithuania, Agence France-Presse had previously reported that Lithuania’s ambassador to China Mikvician complained that he had just arrived in China when he received a notice of departure and was required to leave within a time limit.

Regarding China’s decision to recall the ambassador to Lithuania and requesting the Lithuania to withdraw the ambassador to China, on August 10, the spokesperson of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs told the Liberate that there is only one China in the world, and the government of the People’s Republic of China is the only representative of China. Legal government. The one-China principle is the universally recognized norm of international relations and the universal consensus of the international community, and it is the political basis for China to develop bilateral relations with other countries. The determination of the Chinese government and people to realize the reunification of the motherland is unshakable, and the red line of safeguarding national sovereignty and territorial integrity cannot be touched. We urge the Lifang to correct the wrong decision immediately, take practical measures to eliminate the bad influence, and not to go further and further down the wrong road. We also warn the Taiwan authorities that "Taiwan independence" is a dead end, and attempts to engage in separatist activities in the international arena will never succeed.

But since then, the Lithuanian Ministry of Foreign Affairs still "stubbornly". The foreign minister emphasized when attending an event earlier that Lithuania "did not do anything wrong" and was ready to take all necessary measures to get the recalled Chinese ambassador back to Lithuania. . In response to this, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying refuted Lifang's statement and reiterated that the "one China principle" is a universal consensus in the world and its meaning cannot be distorted.

"The West is terrified that China is about to achieve its next leap."

Draw a "red line" on China policy? The chairman of the German Industry Federation advocates the establishment of an "international alliance", netizens: because of fear of competition

"European companies must recognize the insurmountable red line when doing business with China." Russ Ulm, chairman of the German Federal Industrial Confederation (BDI), which represents 40 industry associations in Germany, was interviewed by the German News Agency on the 4th local time At the time, he said, “Whoever wants to continue to enjoy (EU) free market access must abide by the basic rules and at the same time must open up their own markets.” He also called on other European countries to clearly emphasize this to China. BDI is one of the most important organizations in the German industry. Russ-Ulm's statement has aroused the attention of the outside world about whether Germany will adjust its China policy in economic terms.

Russulm believes that the opening of markets between Europe and China is not equal. According to German media, China is Germany's largest trading partner. For many German companies, China has become one of the most important markets. But these companies are facing fierce competition in the Chinese market. At the same time, Chinese exporters also pose a huge challenge to German companies in the EU market. Moreover, China's economy is recovering from the epidemic significantly faster than Europe. Although the European Union largely allows Chinese companies to enter its market freely, China is increasingly closing its market. However, this is not the only problem. Russ-Ulm declared that “China has repeatedly violated global rules, especially in the area of ​​human rights.” He emphasized that “both political and business circles must be clear about their own red lines.” Ruth In the interview, Ulm threatened that a relatively broad consensus has been formed within the EU on relations with China, and the "Five Eyes Alliance" countries have also reached an agreement. "I am optimistic that an international alliance can be established to deal with Beijing in the right way."

The BDI official website shows that the organization represents the interests of 40 industrial trade associations, more than 100,000 companies, and approximately 8 million employees in Germany. It is also the most important industrial lobby in German industry. According to German media reports, BDI is one of the biggest driving forces for Germany and the European Union's economic policy towards China. It is reported that drafts such as "The EU wants to exclude China from the EU's public procurement contracts" have also been supported by the organization.

Some German netizens expressed disdain for Rus Ulm's latest statement. Some netizens said that this shows that Germany is afraid of competition. If German industrial giants can make themselves strong enough to lift meaningless sanctions on other countries, German industry will gain greater benefits. Some netizens said that this reflects that Western countries are afraid of China's next leap. Many netizens criticized Rus Ulm's so-called respect for human rights as hypocritical.

In fact, this is not the first time Russ-Ulm has talked about the so-called "red line" issue. In a speech at an industry event in June this year, he claimed that Germany needs to have "frank discussions" on how to deal with China and other trading partners. If the so-called "human rights red line" is crossed, Germany must not avoid confrontation. Some German scholars on China believe that the German Federal Industry Federation had a more pragmatic attitude towards China before, and it has become more radical in the past two or three years. This may be related to the "Made in Germany" encountering increasingly strong competition from "Made in China". Even in the machinery manufacturing industry, Germany's throne as the "world's largest machinery manufacturing exporter" was "robbed" by China last year. Even in Germany's most important automotive industry, Chinese companies have begun to challenge Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Volkswagen.

On the 26th of this month, Germany will hold a general election. Some German media speculate that the new government is likely to make major adjustments to its China policy that has emphasized economic cooperation over the past decade. At present, all major political parties have highlighted their China policy in their campaign platforms. The perspectives include geostrategic challenges, market access conditions, and human rights conditions. The German Mercator Center for China Studies pointed out in a report that, at least from the perspective of the election platforms of the political parties, it can be expected that there will be a change in China's policy after the election. "The current German China policy is bilaterally oriented, especially in terms of economic interests. A stronger European orientation in the future will contrast with existing strategies. In discussions about 5G, all parties have at least implicitly expressed support for European solutions. It also warns against the practice of relying on foreign digital technology. If the Liberal Democratic Party and the Green Party join the future federal government, they may take a tougher attitude towards China.” German media quoted an August poll saying that 58% of Germans It is believed that even if economic and trade relations with China will be affected, Germany should adopt a tougher policy toward China and pay more attention to defending its own interests.

However, some pragmatic German politicians also advocated strengthening cooperation with China. Analysis believes that for German companies, drawing a red line will not bring progress. BDI data shows that Germany's exports to China in 2020 will account for about 8% of Germany's total exports. From 2016 to 2020, China has become Germany's largest trading partner for five consecutive years. Especially for the German auto industry, orders from China have greatly eased the crisis caused by the new crown pneumonia epidemic. At present, public opinion in Germany is relatively stalemate. Therefore, the German government is likely to have a multi-party coalition in the future. Taking into account economic interests and many global issues, Germany's China policy may also present a more complicated state.

Published under Blog on 06 September, 2021.