Among my first acts as President will be to declare an end to all sanctions on the sale or transfer of U.S. food, medicine, or goods essential to a decent life or a civilian economy now in force against Cuba, North Korea, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Myanmar, Sudan, and all the other targeted nations of U.S. sanctions policy.

– Patrick J. Buchanan, December 12, 1999

Also read Patrick J. Buchanan’s book Churchill, Hitler and the Unnecessary War.

World War 2 was an unmitigated disaster for the entire world, and Asia was hit worse than Europe (except for Russia) and continued to be in a state of de facto civil war until the 1970s or 1980s. This includes places such as my occasional home in Singapore.

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SOE Cowboy Ning Gaoning Innovates

SOE Cowboy Ning Gaoning Innovates

There were good reasons for the mainland’s development of SOEs, Ning said in an interview on the sidelines of the congress.

A responsible SOE provided jobs and improved people’s living standards by offering products and services of higher quality, he said.

Ning Gaoning doesn’t just talk about improving living standards, however, he has the talents to get it done.

Ning joined China Resources (Holdings), a company that was repositioning itself from being the mainland’s sole agent for import and export firms.

With the opening of the mainland’s foreign trade sector, the time had passed when the company could make easy money just by approving imports and exports.

Ning helped the firm strengthen its foothold in various industries by launching a series of mergers and acquisitions in the mainland’s brewery, textile, property development, chemical and other industries.

He financed the deals with retained earnings of the holding company and funds raised in Hong Kong through stock market listings and bond issues by its units. As an SOE, the company had easier access to its acquisition targets, some of which were owned by local governments.

Modern management expertise and market acumen brought by China Resources benefited the industries, serving well the desire of the central government to consolidate and upgrade obsolete industries in which many firms were burdened with managements who were clueless in the face of market competition.

Ning rose from grass-roots employee to group chairman in 17 years. His international outlook and experience in reorganising companies impressed Beijing. At the end of 2004, he was transferred to Cofco to help with its restructuring.

Ning’s performance at Cofco was nothing short of fantastic:

Ning said: “We are providing foods along a whole chain of supply, which used to be controversial but now has been accepted by people both inside and outside the company. As we can control every link of food production, quality is ensured. Also, efficiency is improved.”

Under his management, the group’s net assets almost quadrupled over the seven years to 2011. Profits exceeded 10 billion yuan (HK$12.43 billion) for the first time last year, compared with 1.58 billion yuan in 2004.

China sets out its future

China sets out its future

The People’s Republic of China continues to develop its social nationalist economic approach following the changeover in party elections.

The policy address stresses “achieving common prosperity” (instead of allowing some people to become rich first) so that “the fruits of development will be shared by the people”. To do this, no effort will be spared to boost people’s incomes by “deepening the [wealth] distribution system.”

It is thus expected that the long awaited reform of the distribution system is to start after the congress. Outlines of the reform were unveiled last month, based on the principles of “increasing the incomes of low-income people, curbing excessively high incomes and to outlaw illegal incomes, so as to expand the middle income population.”

The document sets a goal of building a universal social security network to cover the whole population and improving medical insurance system – another measure in favor of domestic consumption.

Achievments of the PRC in Tibet

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Lhasa is the capital of the Tibet autonomous region. Contrary to anti-communist propaganda, Tibet was always a part of China. It was autonomous within China, but was always a part of it.

This can be proven by a National Geographic article from 1904. 45 years before the victory of the communist revolution.

For centuries before the revolution the population of Lhasa and Tibet were serfs in a feudal order.

Now many modern factories stand next to the oldest buildings in the city. There was no industry before the revolution. Just 26 years later there were 30 factories.

Carpet weavers who were slaves to the Tibetan holy order were now free and creating carpets for consumer consumption with a free hand using their own designs.

This industrialization made Lhasa almost completely self-sufficient in industrial goods. Before they had to import most things, even nails and matches.

The peasants now own the land they work. Which previously was owned by local officials, the monasteries and the nobles.

The farm land in Lhasa is 3,800 to 4,100 meters above sea level, but winter wheat gives a high yield over wide areas.

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In 1974, Lhasa and Tibet gained self-sufficiency in grain.

To the feudal land owners, herders were treated like animals. After the revolution they democratically operated all the animal herding in the People’s Communes.

Apple orchards became controlled by the former serfs. Apples were no longer a delicacy enjoyed only by the land owners.

Necessity consumer goods sales rose 74% in Lhasa from 1965 to 1974. These department stores now carried all kinds of consumer goods previously unavailable to the masses.

After the revolution the city received asphalt roads.

The Naching power station was built supplying more electricity to the autonomous region. Energy available to Tibet tripled after the revolution.

Before the revolution many roamed the streets begging for a living. There were 7,000 beggars in a city with a population of 30,000. Starving children and dogs scrambled for food left over by the rich.

The people of Lhasa were worked worse than animals for the monasteries and land lords. The Dali Lama was the ruler of all this, and it seemed he didn’t have a problem with slavery.

Where once a boy herded animals for the Buddhist monks, was now literate and a high ranking member of the local party committee.

He helped set up Worker’s Collages in the region. These collages were set up to provide education to those who’ve never even seen a classroom before.

U.S. Building Military Presence Along China’s Soft Underbelly

The US move to surround and threaten the largest independent nation in the world.

Antiwar literary and philosophical selections

Voice of Russia
November 16, 2012

The US mounting its military presence in China’s “soft belly”
Boris Volkhonsky

This weekend and the beginning of the next week will witness an unprecedented rise in US diplomatic activity in a region which until lately was a “black hole” in Washington’s foreign policy but has acquired new importance after the administration announced its “strategic pivot” towards Asia.

The diplomatic offensive begins with the American triumvirate – President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta – visiting Cambodia. The agenda includes both bilateral talks with respective counterparts and the participation in the East Asia summit in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh.

Later, the US President and his men (as well as the woman) will also visit Thailand and Myanmar.

What makes the tour historic is not just the fact that never before had any US President visited Cambodia or Myanmar…

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Hail the 18th Congress of the CPC!

China continues to be a leading example of social nationalism.

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Red salute to the Communist Party of China! We take this opportunity to reproduce here along with various articles from Xinhua reporting upon the Congress, a wonderful article produced in Proletarian August 2011 celebrating the 90th birthday of the CPC!

Report of CPGB-ML greeting to 18th Party Congress
Main Xinhua page for news on 18th Congress

China’s communists celebrate 90 years
“Great achievements, but serious problems remain. “We will never rest on our laurels.”

The Communist Party of China celebrated its 90th founding anniversary on 1 July. A few days before this significant anniversary, the party announced that its membership had reached 80.269 million by the end of last year.

This is a very far cry from the early days of the CPC. The first congress, which founded the party, was attended by just 12 delegates, who represented a little over 50 members. The congress met in conditions of strict…

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The Long March – Chinese Policy as a Continuity

It is often supposed by today’s talking heads that the “rise of China” is explained by a sudden turns toward democratic and liberal institutions, and that her adherence to a mixed state-capitalist system (often called ‘authoritarian capitalism’ by globalist critics of China) is either an innovation or a weakness in the system.

In reality, China’s adherence to a system of mixed private-public ownership – social nationalism – underlay all the Marxist rhetoric. The Chinese Communist Party, like the early Republic of China, was dedicated to overthrowing despotism at home and abroad; and instituting a people’s pottage. That it has risen so high today is not the result of a marked turn, but of a continuous policy of national independence.

To demonstrate this I will refer to The Long March: An Account of Modern China by Simone de Beauvoir.

Dark Ages: Imperialism and Feudalism

An Anglo-French Club where the white elite…when drunk, another of their distractions was to go down and urinate on the corner policeman-who, though in uniform was only a Chinaman underneath it all.
“At the foot of this palatial establishment, heaps of ungodly rubbish litter vague banks of flowers, filthy beggars swarming amidst an army of coolies, whose rickshaws are lined up as though for a review, spit, pluck at their lice, and howl their lamentations.”

1867: I walked down streets, or rather canyons, gouged twenty feet deep by wagon wheels; looking up, the ancient gutters, smashed or dangling in space, seemed like giant stairs leading to the narrow path bordering the house-fronts on each side of the precipice…I walked up to my thighs through a fetid drift of secular impurities.”

1895: Extraordinary place, this city: a cloaca of stenches, filth, and decrepitude. Vermin, rags, running sores, a grievous neglect and decay. Buildings tottering to ruin, tattered crowds against a grandiose decor…The city, a good third of which is garden or wasteland, has more of the look of a forest, of an immense park surrounded by crenelated walls, with, here and there, an occasional clearing, or a village.

1934: For the traveler, the word hutung designates tiny streets strewn with virtual pitfalls, where a rickshaw outing means aches and pains, ungodly smells, ordures, half-naked beggars, and entirely naked children.

Under the Koumintang, small businessmen were the regular victims of organized gangs and corrupt officials; suffered from staggering inflation that brought economic crises in their wake; during the Chiang regime’s final years, the shop-keepers, obliged to dispose of their goods in exchange for an utterly valueless issue of paper money, saw their shops literally pillaged…their only hope of survival lay in borrowing, and usurious rates of interest hastened them toward bankruptcy.

Open to Foreign Observers

Chou En-lai had made an invitation good not only for the Conference nations but extended to include every country in the world: “Come and see.”
Anti-Communists apply themselves to discrediting eyewitness accounts which, in their virtual unanimity, are favorable to the regime….anti-Communists reject it a priori, they do so in the name of a curious thesis: that which one sees with one’s own eyes, they hold, is necessarily sheer mirage. China takes her chances, and I have at no moment felt myself under any obligation to her except to be fair. The Anti-Communist  saw properly dressed peasants, highways, factories, a hygiene, an order, achievements which amazed him. Never once was my freedom of movement hindered. A journalist L___ while out gathering material for a story stops in whatever villages he pleases, talks freely with the peasants;…the authorities find nothing to object to. They did not hide China…they had us see China.

I read Li Fu-chuan’s “Report on the Five-Year Plan”; the obstacles to be overcome, the mistakes that had been made, the lags and gapes and deficiencies were stressed with an outspokenness and a sharpness the equal of which one is not apt to encounter in any other country.

Madame Cheng represents a typical example both of the Chinese intellectual and of the Chinese woman of her generation. Keenly intelligent, exceedingly cultivated, a remarkable observer, she furnished me with all sorts of precious information on all sorts of subjects. Never a word of nonsense of propaganda from her lips; she is so firmly convinced of the benefits conferred by the regime and of its necessity that she has no need to tell fibs to herself or anyone…she knows nothing of self-censorship…

I went…through the literature aimed against People’s China…apart from ill-willed and malevolent commentaries, I found scarcely anything in it by way of information…It all comes from one source: Hong Kong. Hong Kong is the headquarters for translating, scissoring, deforming, or forging the texts that are then exported for use by Formosa and America…

Social Nationalism is Not Xenophobia

China…was this stirring and reasonable revolution which had not only delivered peasants and workers from exploitation, but had rid an entire land of the foreigner…The Chinese know that the foreigners they see in their streets nowadays are “good” foreigners, friends of the Chinese people.

Economic Independence

The problem at present was to industrialize a country where out of six hundred million inhabitants more than five hundred million till the soil and seventy-five million gain their livelihood from handicraft.

The beginnings of such a transformation…in a very unusual social and economic context. China is profoundly unlike the other People’s Democracies. Directed by the Communist Party, capitalism, private property, profit, inheritance still remain.

Rewi Alley was convinced that…the only salvation for the Chinese was to win their economic independence. The scheme of decentralizing Chinese industry by setting up production co-operatives in the interior of the country. The CIC – Chinese Industrial Co-operatives, the movement known as Gung Ho [had] about 2,300 workshops scattered through sixteen provinces, as far as Mongolia and 300,000 persons actively participating in it. Alley organized many additional centers in the guerrilla-controlled zones as far down as Kansu. This movement was actively establishing a new type, a popular type, of economy.

In China this transformation is taking place in a unique fashion, adapted to the unique situation of the country.
Potentially, though, china is rich: she possesses abundent as-yet-unexploited natural resources. Eighty-five per cent of her land surface is uncultivated, including the fertile Sinkiang with three times the area of France; the Chinese subsoil contains great deposits of coal, oil, iron…when tractors make large-scale agriculture feasible, when rail-roads make ore fields accessible, when China has the necessary equipment and power, then immense possibilities will open up for her. Thanks to…economic planning, and to the last five years’ effort, she has started the process that is to lead toward prosperity.

When the system that is being put together gets properly under way and finally hits its stride…harvests obtained, due to tractors, fertilizers, and new methods, will feed better and better an ever greater number of peasants and workers; exports will facilitate new investments, the rhythm of industrial output will accelerate; the economy will develop along the snowball pattern; between the end of the Third and the Sixth Five-Year Plans, China will have made such progress that, by the close of this century, she will find herself on a par with the most advanced powers…

Chinese political and economic strategy in every domain is dominated by this imperative: close the gap. China must pull herself up by the bootstraps out of misery to opulence. China has realized that the entire undertaking calls first of all for an extreme prudence; the essential thing is to see to it that no ground is lost, that the situation does not worsen; care must be taken that nothing is wasted…an overnight scrapping of the country’s old economic and social structure would be the surest way not to transform but to wreck it.

China is still too poor to blow its past to smithereens; she must make use of it. Peacefully, skillfully, she is obtaining service from a very weary old horse. Had the authorities undertaken to expropriate the merchants and artisans with one stroke of the pen, they would have created a terrible mess and gravely imperiled the country’s economy. Mao Tse-tung declared, “To bear up under imperialist pressure and to emerge from her inferior economic situation, China must utilize every element of urban and rural capitalism which, for the national economy, constitutes an asset and not a danger.” He won the co-operation of the merchants and artisans by conceding them the private ownership of their funds. The Chinese economy is made up of three kinds of enterprises: state enterprises, joint state and private enterprises in which capital shares are…divided between the state and individuals, and private enterprises. The number of businessmen still operating on a private basis stood at seven million, the state stores fixed their prices to match those of small business in order not to ruin it. The great majority of the artisans were still independent. They number between fifteen and twenty million, furnish one fifth of the country’s industrial product, 15 per cent of its income. From 60 to 80 per cent of the articles used by the peasants are manufactured by artisans.

The government at once took control of the market by creating purchasing and selling agencies for basic products-coal, furs, building materials. It established a monopoly on grains and vegetable oils, on cotton. In numerous branches of light industry the government is either the producer or the producers’ principal or unique customer. For the distribution of commodities-together with the state stores and jointly run firms-it utilizes private retailers.

Li Fu-chuan’s “Report on the Five-Year Plan” specifies: “Private wholesalers are authorized to continue to sell certain products in which the state organisms do not deal and for which the State constitutes only part of the market…Retailers make up the overwhelming majority of private tradesmen. Most of them are vendors, little shopkeepers, peddlers who operate alone, without employing help. To these must be added the artisans who sell their own products…”

The elimination of gangsterism and corruption, the suppression of usury, the stabilization of the currency guaranteed them all an inestimable blessing: security. The state lends them money in return for an extremely modest rate of interest, buying and selling prices have remained stable.

The merchant has lost the liberty to speculate and the possibility to cheat. Against the exactions of private capitalism prices of important commodities are fixed by official regulations. If one shopkeeper charges exorbitant prices, the others criticize him severely; the case is rare, the imperative of a fair price has been taken to heart: every traveler has remarked the scrupulous honesty of the shopkeepers.

Capitalism survives; socialism is under way. New state stores are being created. The state is investing ever-increasing amounts of capital in private enterprises so as to transform them into joint enterprises. The definitive stage is being approached at which the small owners will become employees of the government.

The artisans are encouraged to form co-operatives. 1,130,000 members, but the movement has been picking up speed. All of the artisans in Beijing belong to co-operatives. The advantages of this collectivization are many. It brings about an increase in productivity and a hike in the profits of those involved; permoitting a general reduction of costs and a more rational and efficient distribution of labor, it creates the leeway needed for plowing capital back into the enterprise. In order that they not suffer unemployment the regime has decided to encourage the handicraft, the state helps find outlets and place orders.

Revolution and Results

Life in the China of today is exceptionally pleasant; travelers who had found Moscow austere had extolled the loveliness of Beijing. A country where the government pays the people’s way through school, where generals and statesmen are scholars and poets. China, at once orderly and fantastic, where poverty had the mildness of abundance…despite the severity of the tasks to be performed, enjoys a freedom unknown in other Eastern places. [T]rue China had infinitely exceeded the concepts and the words with which I had tried to visualize and foregauge it.

“Soon this quarter will be razed; it’s called for in the plans.” This disdain for the picturesque, this confidence in the future assure me that I am in one of the progressive countries.
I understood their stubborn desire to show me public works, hospitals, factories, laboratories…what is extraordinary is that these things exist in China today.

Without being in any apparent haste, the Chinese work in a remarkably efficient manner.
The principle of the equality of the two sexes is being received in the villages…the younger generation’s independence with regard to the elder…In the nurseries, in the schools, the children are not punished…Between factory directors and workers, never any conflicts.

These streets are beyond all comparison with the rattrap vennels of Naples, Lisbon, or Barcelona. All of the children are properly, carefully dressed. The least scratch or scarpe is painted over with mercurochrome or covered with a bandage.

I was able to understand what a victory a paved street, decent houses on solid foundations, telephone poles, the absence of odors and waste can represent. In the past one went long distances to fetch polluted water; today pure water runs from a tap placed at every intersection in Beijing. No more open sewers, no more flies, no more rats; where there used to be swamps they have built parks.

You no longer hear any screaming or shouting when two bicycles or pedicabs collide,; those involves exchange smiles. This general good humor is, in my view, one of the charms of the city.  Those who were carrying burdens looked cheerful, all of them. In Beijing there is a happiness in the air.