Daily Archives: September 10, 2021

US China Stalemate

John Kerry flew to Tianjin for a video link with his Chinese counterpart, who remained secluded in Beijing due to fears of contracting Covid-19. Couldn’t Kerry have avoided the trip and instead made a zoom call?

Chinese officials used climate envoy John Kerry’s visit as occasion to snub cooperation and call on US to ”rectify wrongdoings.” Twelve years ago in autumn, the Year of the Ox according to the traditional Chinese horoscope and a year after the massive 2008 financial crisis, then-US president Barack Obama went to Beijing to propose a mega deal to China.

It was a pact about the environment that could include technology transfer from the US to China. The pact didn’t gain traction in China and was finally scuttled at the climate conference in Copenhagen that December.

Last week, again in the Year of the Ox, US Special Envoy for Climate John Kerry went to Tianjin to broach the environmental issue with the Chinese. Kerry, secretary of state for Obama from 2013 to 2017, didn’t fare much better this time.

Read more at US, China stuck in a loop spinning out of control”

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Anti-Cult Bureaucrat

On August 17, 2021, the CCP’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection informed that it had expelled Peng Bo from the Party. The decision was taken “with the approval of the Central Committee of the CCP.”  

Peng Bo is the former deputy director of the Office of the Leading Group for Prevention and Handling of Xie Jiao Issues, i.e., one of the top bureaucrats involved in the repression of religious movements banned and included in the list of the xie jiao, a word the CCP itself translates into English as “evil cults,” but whose meaning is “heterodox teachings.”

CCP bureaucrats rise and fell continuously, but it is not common that press releases are issued, the approval of the Central Committee is mentioned, and detailed explanations are added. In the case of Peng Bo, the press release states that, “After investigation, it was found that Peng Bo’s ideals and beliefs collapsed, he was not loyal to the Party, deviated from the Party Central Committee’s decisions and deployment of online public opinion struggles, abandoned the management of the Internet position, used public equipment for private purposes, relied on the Internet only to fight the Internet, resisted organizational censorship, and engaged in superstitious activities.”

Read more at “Peng Bo: Top Anti-Cult Bureaucrat Expelled from the CCP”

Update: Former “Anti-Cult” Top Bureaucrat Peng Bo is now in Jail

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