Chinese leader Xi Jinping has an embarrassing wealth of names that can put even the most notorious dictators to shame.
Apart from being the State Chairman and the commander-in-chief of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), he is also the General Secretary of the CCP.
He holds plenty of titles, earning him the moniker ‘the Chairman of Everything’.
Now, a new bill in the US Congress plans to strip the Chinese president of the title ‘President.’
This bill, known as ‘Name the Enemy Act,’ is the brainchild of Republican Scott Perry of Pennsylvania and was brought before the House of Representatives on August 7.
It prohibits the federal government from ‘creating or disseminating any documents that refer to the head of state of the People’s Republic of China as anything other than General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party, or alternatively, as General Secretary.’
According to a 2019 report by the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission,’ China is not a democracy, and its citizens have no right to vote, assemble, or speak freely. Giving General Secretary Xi the unearned title of ‘President’ lends a veneer of democratic legitimacy to the CCP and Xi’s authoritarian rule.’
Since he took power in 2012, he now heads several multiple new party super-committees leading to comments globally that he is less of a president and more of an autocrat.
90% of Top Global Airline Stocks Are Chinese
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Chinese airlines are not having it as rough as their counterparts globally.
With the world’s most populous nation’s 1.4 billion population’s eagerness to travel once more, increasingly lower oil prices, and the Yuan rallying, things are looking up for Chinese carriers.
And it is no wonder that nine out of the ten leading airline stocks globally in the last three months are Chinese, all of which posted double-digit gains (except Air China).
In this group of Chinese airlines, only InterGlobe Aviation Ltd., operating India’s largest airline, IndiGo, is the odd one out, and it is number six on the list.
Interestingly, the best performer is budget-cost carrier Spring Airlines Co., climbing 22%.
Disney in Trouble After Acknowledging Xinjiang Authorities
Maybe Disney never thought that the simple and seemingly innocent act of acknowledging a Chinese government agency in the credits of an animated picture classic would raise such a storm.
After thanking several government bodies in the credits for Mulan, a few of them raised eyebrows, including the Tourism bureaus for Turpan (a city with a population of 633,400 outside Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi) and the Xinjiang government’s publicity department.
According to the US State Department, since 2015, up to two million Turkic minorities and Muslim-majority Uyghurs have been imprisoned in massive re-education camps in Xinjiang.
Also, the Turpan Public Security Bureau has been flagged by America as being involved in ‘human rights violations and abuses’ in the region.
China has long defended the atrocities in Xinjiang as ‘necessary to tackle extremism and terrorism’ and called ‘accusations of mass detentions a groundless lie and sensational rumor.’
The undeniable connection between Mulan and Xinjiang has sparked global criticism on social media after its release Friday on Disney+, Disney’s streaming service.
Do you think that Disney’s hopes that Mulan would be a box-office success, especially in China, are still achievable?
Australia Intelligence Officers Raided Chinese Reporters in June
Late in June, Australian authorities interrogated at least one Chinese journalist according to media reports in both countries.
This revelation comes amid increasing tensions between the trading partners.
The media reported that intelligence officials stormed the homes of Chinese journalists based in Australia, questioned them, and seized their computers and phones.
In related news, New South Wales state lawmaker Shaoquett Moselmane’s residence and offices were raided by police in June, and he claimed that the raid was connected to individuals ‘advancing the goals of the Chinese government’.
These reports follow China’s confirmation that Cheng Lei, an Australian news anchor, had been detained for state security violations.
Australia has made a series of diplomatic moves that the Chinese have interpreted as support for the US in escalating security and trade disputes between China and the US.
Do you think that Australia’s actions are linked to US interests, or is the country just looking out for its own affairs?
Nintendo Increases Switch Production by Another 20%
Once again, Nintendo Co. has called for its assembly partners to ramp up production of its Switch gaming console.
This move will raise its target to 30 million units for this fiscal year. As a result, Nintendo stocks reversed losses on Wednesday to gain 2.3% following the announcement.
For most of 2020, the Japanese games manufacturer has struggled to meet the demand for Switch, boosted by the incredible success of Animal Crossing: New Horizons.
After increasing production orders in early August to 25 million units, the quantity proved insufficient, and plants are now operating at 120% capacity.
With COVID-19 forcing people to stay indoors for most of this year, do you think that the action drove gaming demand higher?