Hong Kong — Thousands of senior Chinese officials are gathering in Beijing for a week of lengthy speeches and meetings. At the end of this once in a decade process, The Communist Party’s 18th National Congress, a new set of top Chinese leaders will be revealed to the world. China’s prospective leaders, rise to the top by showing how loyal they are to the incumbent. What they will do when they rise to the top, that they will not show or tell.
While rumors continue to circulate about possible democratic reforms in the wake of the recent huge political scandal involving the former senior party official Bo Xilai, and widespread corruption among officials throughout the country, some say they expect measures to reshape China’s huge economy. Others predict the army may have a stronger influence over territorial disputes with neighbors like Japan.
What we do know is that in the recent years China’s economy has continued to grow, lifting tens of millions of people out of poverty and that China is now the world’s second-biggest economy and closing fast on the United States.
Do the next leaders of the Chinese nation have plans to be the first superpower of the world?
They will not tell but that is exactly where they are heading.
Splits among the international community have provided the al-Assad government with a licence to kill. This licence must be withdrawn. The Assad government’s continued use of lethal force against its people is among the worst cases of deliberate violence against a civilian population that we have seen in recent years. There can be no excuse for such actions under any circumstances. In light of the heavy shelling of civilian areas and increasing casualties among women and children, we reiterate the fact that crimes against humanity have been committed and that All Mighty Bashar al-Assad and his accomplices must be stopped. The current impasse in international diplomatic strategy is leading us nowhere. To break the stalemate, we must see Russia, China and Israel brought to justice alongside Bashar al-Assad and all other international partners that are supporting him.
We, urge the Russian government to stop selling arms to al-Assad governments and to join collective efforts to bring a swift end to the conflict and restore peace and stability to Syria and its surrounding region. While we understand that there is no easy way out of this crisis for the United Nations Security Council, let it be known that there is a moral obligation to bridge the current impasse that lies with the members of the Security Council. Let there be no mistake, the credibility and international standing of anyone, any organization and nation standing idle or supportive in the face of the avoidable tragedy unfolding in Syria will be severely damaged for the future.
On the anniversary of Syria’s uprising, remember the thousands of lives lost in their pursuit of a more just and hopeful future. It is the responsibility of us all to prevent the potential deaths of thousands more men, women and children who so desperately need our help.
The main players in the world are now: the USA, China, Europe, India, Japan, Russia and Brazil, with China and India exercising now a huge economic influence on global politics.
Since the beginning of the millennium, the frantic pace of globalisation has continued and the intercultural connection has now resulted in white Caucasians becoming a minority in the USA and elsewhere in the world.
One in five Europeans is now a Muslim.
Radical Islam and its resentment toward the West continues to produce Jihadists.
Large amounts of nuclear material had been missing from Russia since the early 1990s, and some of this inevitably fell into the wrong hands leaving a deep psychological scar on many people and fuel much paranoia and suspicion between nations.
Despite this tension and the fact that Israel has been the victim of a nuclear attack, progress has been achieved on certain key issues.
Thanks to advanced nanotechnology, across-the-board improvements in energy efficiency and power conservation, widespread deployment of solar, wind and wave power, as well as 4th generation nuclear power, carbon emissions have fallen substantially. However, the delayed reaction of carbon emissions from previous decades is continuing to affect weather patterns and climate stability.
Sea levels have risen over half a metre and are beginning to affect much of the world’s coastal real estate.
Space travel has taken a big leap forward.
Space tourism is becoming commonplace with middle-income citizens enjoying orbital flights. For the super-rich, lunar orbits and even brief excursions to the Moon’s surface are becoming possible. The first permanent scientific station is being planned for Mars.
GUANGZHOU, China (AP) – Canada will sell more oil to China but won’t shy away from raising the issue of human rights.
Canada has abundant supplies of virtually every form of energy and will sell to whoever wants to buy. “It’s that simple,” Harper said. “But in relations between China and Canada, you should expect us to continue to raise issues of fundamental freedoms and human rights.”
These remarks to a business group in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou were his first public comments on human rights since he arrived in China on Tuesday.
There were no senior Chinese officials in attendance.
By Holly Yan, CNN
Updated 8:57 AM EST, Sun February 5, 2012
(CNN) — As international leaders express outrage over mass killings in Syria — and lament the inability to pass a U.N. Security Council resolution denouncing the Syrian regime — questions linger about the two countries behind the impasse.
On Saturday, China and Russia vetoed a draft resolution that would have demanded Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stop the killing and answer calls aimed at finding a Syrian-led solution to the 11-month crisis.
Analysts say both China and Russia have their reasons to maintain good relations with Syria.
Russia is one of Syria’s biggest arms suppliers. And China ranked as Syria’s third-largest importer in 2010, according to data from the European Commission.
“Beijing’s renewed interest in Damascus—the traditional terminus node of the ancient Silk Road … indicates that China sees Syria as an important trading hub,” according to a 2010 report from The Jamestown Foundation, a Washington-based research and analysis institute.
Even as reports mounted that the Syrian government was killing protesters en masse, the Chinese foreign ministry issued a statement in August noting the “steady development” of friendly relations “over the past 50 years and more.”
“China and Syria gave each other understanding and support on issues concerning each other’s core and major interests,” the statement said. “China showed consistent understanding and firm support for Syria’s position on the Golan Heights while Syria remained committed to the one China position and rendered China staunch support on matters related to Taiwan, Tibet, Xinjiang and human rights.”
Last week, China’s permanent representative to the United Nations said the killing of innocent civilians must stop, but also said he is against “pushing through” a regime change.
An earlier version of the U.N. Security Council draft resolution called for al-Assad to step down and delegate his powers to his deputy, but that element was not in the draft voted on by members Saturday.
“China is of the view that the Syrian people’s request for reform and safeguard of their interests should be respected,” Li Baodong said Tuesday, according to China’s state-run Xinhua news agency. “It is imperative to put an immediate end to all violence in Syria and oppose and stop the killing of innocent civilians.
“At the same time, an inclusive political process with a wide participation of all Syrian parties must be started without delay to speed up reform and resolve differences and disputes peacefully through dialogue and consultations,” he said. Russia also has an economic interest in Syria.
The total value of Syrian contracts with the Russian defense industry likely exceeds $4 billion, according to Jeffrey Mankoff, an adjunct fellow with the Center for Strategic and International Studies Russia and Eurasia Program.
He noted the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute estimated the value of Russian arms sales to Syria at $162 million per year in both 2009 and 2010. Moscow also signed a $550 million deal with Syria for combat training jets.
Russia also leases a naval facility at the Syrian port of Tartus, giving the Russian navy its only direct access to the Mediterranean, Mankoff said.
As Western leaders sought to pry al-Assad from power, Moscow sent an aircraft-carrying missile cruiser to Syrian waters in a show of support last month and shipped Syrian troops a consignment of Yakhont cruise missiles, according to Daniel Treisman, a professor of political science at the University of California, Los Angeles.
Speaking after the Saturday vote, ambassadors from both Russia and China said they do support an end to the violence but felt the resolution did not address the crisis properly.
Russian Ambassador Vitaly Churkin said the text “did not adequately reflect the real state of affairs and sent an unbalanced signal” to the various sides in Syria. He noted that the minister for foreign affairs will visit Damascus to hold a meeting with al-Assad this week.
Chinese Ambassador Li Baodong called on all parties in Syria to restore order as soon as possible. But he said the text would have served only to “complicate the issue” and would “prejudge the result of dialogue.”
China and Russia vetoed another Security Council resolution in October that would have called for an immediate halt to the crackdown, which United Nations officials have said resulted in an estimated 6,000 deaths since protests began nearly a year ago.
With the Security Council failing to approve a resolution, what happens next is unclear.
But as the diplomatic stalemate continues, the death toll in Syria climbs even higher. The Local Coordination Committees of Syria, a network of opposition activists that organizes and documents protests, said the violence has killed more than 7,300.
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