Kommunistpartiets omfattande kampanjen för att bekämpa korruptionen är långt ifrån över, det var budskapet när generalsekreterare Xi Jinping tilltalade Centralkommissionen för disciplininspektion vid dess femte plenarsession. Xi evaluated the countercorruption drive in 2014 as ”effective”, saying the work was as a matter of life-or-death for the Party and the nation /…/ The CPC had dealt with cases implicating corrupt high-ranking officials — such as Zhou Yongkang, Xu Caihou, Ling Jihua and Su Rong — which showed the world that the CPC was not scared of taking a ”self-purifying” approach, according to Xi. However, he warned, more work must be done to truly cure the ills of corruption /…/ Xi Jinping told discipline officials that ”strong remedies must be used to cure the illness” of corruption. He introduced 2015’s four-point discipline work requirements, which underscored that corrupt officials must be held accountable for their actions, responsibility for the building of the Party should be strengthened at all levels and the improvement of systems needed to continue.
China’s propaganda leaders outline priorities for 2015 – China Copyright and Media
Översättning av Xinhuas sammanfattning av Liu Yunshans och Liu Qibaos tal om hur partiet propagandaarbete ska se ut år 2015. Liu Yunshan stressed that propaganda and ideology work serves the bigger picture, it must closely revolve around the strategic “four comprehensives” deployment, grasp the correct public orientation guidance, strengthen propaganda and elucidation, create a beneficial environment, and promote the implementation of the Centre’s policy decisions. We must deeply move forward the construction of the Socialist cure value system, focus on model examples, focus on changing people through culture, focus on structures and standards, and incessantly consolidate the ideological and moral basis of the united struggle of the people of all ethnicities.
Den japanska regeringen har godkänt landets största försvarsbudget någonsin. The 4.98 trillion yen (US$ 42bn) budget approved by the cabinet on Wednesday is up 2% from last year and marks the third straight increase after more than a decade of cuts. The rise is in line with Japan’s more assertive defence policy under the conservative prime minister, Shinzo Abe, as he seeks to counter Chinese influence and remove the postwar legal shackles from his country’s military /…/At US$112.2bn, China’s defence budget dwarfs that of Japan. China is second only to the US, which spent US$600.4bn on defence in 2013, while Japan ranked seventh, according to the International Institute of Strategic Studies in London.
Den förbättrade ekonomiska situationen i USA har ökat efterfrågan, något som har stärkt de kinesiska handelssiffrorna trots fortsatt låg efterfrågan från Europa och Japan. Exporten ökade över förväntan i december, medan importen sjönk mindre än man räknat med, men det är tveksamt att detta skulle vara ett trendbrott. Exports in December rose 9.7 percent from a year earlier in dollar-denominated terms, data from the General Administration of Customs showed on Tuesday, handily beating a Reuters poll by nearly three full percentage points. Imports dropped by only 2.4 percent, where analysts’ consensus was for a far steeper decline of 7.4 percent. But officials were cautious when discussing how much positive momentum trade will deliver this year. ”We think the negative factors that crimped trade performance in 2014 will be sustained for a period of time,” said Zheng Yuesheng, a spokesman for China’s customs bureau.
Nobelpristagaren i litteratur Mo Yan skriver på Centralkommissionen för disciplininspektionens hemsida om kommunistpartiet och Xi Jinping. “I judge that the Chinese Communist Party, more than any other party in the world, wants China to be rich and powerful,” the 59-year-old author told the website for the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the anti-corruption agency. “Our country’s president, Xi Jinping, more than any other world leader, hopes that Chinese people can live well.” The author also appeared to back the president’s high-profile anti-corruption drive by announcing that his next book would focus on the perils of thieving officials.
Om Kinas gigantiska infrastrukturprojekt. I Dalian ska till exempel världens längsta undervattenstunnel byggas, dubbelt så lång som den under Engelska kanalen, till ett pris av 36 miljarder US dollar. Throughout China, equally ambitious projects with multibillion-dollar price tags are already underway. The world’s largest bridge. The biggest airport. The longest gas pipeline. An $80 billion effort to divert water from the south of the country, where it is abundant, to a parched section of the north, along a route that covers more than 1,500 miles.
West facing ‘payback’ for colonialism: China paper – The China Post
Global Times citerar ”röster” som menar att attacken mot Charlie Hebdo i Paris är hämnd för slaveri och kolonialism. Men det är nog snarare ett resultat av ”kriget mot terrorismen” och decennier av destabilisering av Mellanöstern från stormakterna, men i detta projekt är nog Kina lite för inblandad för att Global Times ska ta upp det. “Voices say that what Western developed societies have gone through is payback as it is their historical acts of slavery and colonialism which led to their current demographic structures,” the newspaper, which is close to China’s ruling Communist Party, said. “The immigrant issue has bred ultra-extremist right-wingers in Europe, making conflicts largely insolvable,” it continued.