PLA soldiers learn Hindi at their military post on the south shore of Pangong Lake. Two Chinese social media users have apologized for commenting on the PLA victims in Galwan. Xi Jinping asks European leaders to develop an “independent” vision of China. The spread of Omicron is spiraling out of control in Shanghai. Chinescope brings you landmark stories from China as it happened.
China over the week
Chinese President Xi Jinping, in a phone call with European Council Presidents Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen on April 1, said: “We hope the EU will develop an independent understanding of China, pursue a policy independent towards China and will work with China to promote the steady and long-term development of China-EU relations.
The EU’s top priority is to stop the war and protect the Ukrainian people.
In times of crisis, dialogue is more necessary than ever.
— Charles Michel (@eucopresident) April 1, 2022
“China supports the EU’s efforts to resolve the Ukrainian issue politically… The international community should continue to create the conditions and environment for the Russian-Ukrainian negotiation process and open up space for a political settlement, at the instead of fanning the fire and escalating conflict,” Xi said. said on the call.
On Sunday, China reported 13,287 new cases of Covid-19. Shanghai hospitals are inundated with Covid patients, with almost the entire city now under lockdown.
There is growing controversy around the Chinese classification of asymptomatic cases. A conversation between a Shanghai resident and the local CDC office questioned the government’s “zero-Covid” policy approach. City hospitals are now being asked to reopen their emergency departments.
Videos have also surfaced showing toddlers being separated from their parents at a medical facility, sparking public anger.
When Li Qixian, a travel blogger, posted photos of a veteran’s gravestone in Kangxiwa Cemetery, he never thought he would end up in jail. Li was sentenced to seven months in prison and had to publicly apologize this week.
“We must respect heroes and martyrs and sincerely cherish their memory. I hope everyone can take this as a warning and deeply understand that the internet is not an outlawed place and everyone should be responsible for their own words and deeds,” a report from Daily legal news quoted Li.
Chen Mouying, another Chinese resident, was ordered to apologize by a Hangzhou City District Court for his remarks about Xiao Siyuan, a People’s Liberation Army (PLA) soldier who died during the the clash of Galwan with the Indian army.
“From February to April 2021, Chen Mou posted a total of 20 inappropriate comments about martyr Xiao Siyuan under some Weibo media, slandering his image and reputation,” Hangzhou City’s Linping District People’s Procuratorate said.
Public discussions around the victims of the PLA during the June 2020 clash remain a sensitive topic in China.
During Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s recent visit to Delhi, there was speculation that China might be willing to reverse its position in eastern Ladakh. This seems unlikely as PLA soldiers stationed at Qiudijiangela post on the southern shore of Pangong Lake are now learning Hindi – they are not going anywhere.
“Hum Chini Sainik hain. Yeh humare commander hain. Hum batcheet kare (We are Chinese soldiers. This is our commander. Can we talk)? a PLA soldier named Xu Shihu wrote in his notebook, broadcast by CCTV-7, the Chinese military television network. Xu is an English professor at Hexi University.
“Mastered Hindi in 4 months! He negotiated with foreign troops on the front line of border defense,” the state media headline said. “Foreign troops” is a reference to the Indian army.
Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou, who has been keeping a low profile since returning from Canada, made her first public appearance on March 28. Meng is the daughter of Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei and was detained in Canada for violating sanctions against Iran. She was released after more than two years of legal proceedings. Shortly after her public appearance, Meng was announced as Huawei’s new spinning chair.
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China in the world news
Sir Jeremy Fleming, the head of Britain’s cyber-intelligence entity GCHQ, has warned China against a close alignment with Russia. During his visit to Australia, Fleming said China’s aspiration to be the first power is “not well served by a close alliance with a regime that willfully and unlawfully ignores” international law.
“Russia understands that in the long term, China will become stronger militarily and economically. Some of their interests are in conflict; Russia could be squeezed out of the equation,” Fleming said.
The head of the US Indo-Pacific Command, Admiral John “Lung” Aquilino, and two other senior US military officials were also in Australia on March 28. The agenda for Aquilino’s visit was to boost US-Australia cooperation on “space and cyber domain as Indo-Pacific allies step up efforts to counter China.
Aquiline spoke to FinancialTimes before the visit to Pine Gap, a top secret US-Australian intelligence center near Alice Springs.
Aquilino was accompanied by General James Dickinson, head of US Space Command, and Lt. Gen. Charles “Tuna” Moore, deputy head of US Cyber Command.
Australia recently announced a new Defense Space Command in January. The visits of senior US and UK officials to Australia are a sign of a realignment of joint efforts to counter China in both cyber and space domains.
US federal prosecutors have charged a Chinese agent with unlawful attempts to work with US law enforcement officials to repatriate US and Canadian residents to China. Sun Hoi Ying is accused of collaborating with a New York-based law enforcement officer and private investigator. This is a rare case in which we have seen the long arm of Chinese law enforcement working with a “private investigator” to harass dissidents and American residents. “We’ve never seen them go this far before,” said Roman Rozhavsky, an FBI agent.
“Defendant allegedly traveled to the United States and enlisted others, including a sworn law enforcement officer, to spy on and blackmail his victims,” the Assistant Attorney General for National Security said. Matthew Olsen.
What you need to read this week
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Experts this week
“I have visited all the countries in South Asia. In the 1980s, Sino-Indian relations had many conflicts for various reasons, but other countries, such as Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, have very good friendly relations with the China. An important reason is that India always bullies these countries, China really respects others, so it has won friendship and it has become close to people’s hearts over time,” said Zhang Weiwei, professor emeritus of Fudan University, during a conversation with Lin Minwang. , the leading Chinese expert on Southeast Asia.
The author is a freelance columnist and journalist. He is currently pursuing a master’s degree in international politics with a focus on China at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London. He was previously a reporter for Chinese media at the BBC World Service. He tweets @aadilbrar. Views are personal.
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(Edited by Prashant)