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Quote from: DGuller on October 20, 2021, 09:54:17 AMI think what we're seeing here is an argument for some strategic intervention in the markets. Sure, the short-sighted economics may lead you to get all your shit produced in China. However, the strategic vulnerability of a country having all its shit produced in China is a cost that is not captured. Free markets are much better at leading to optimal microeconomic results than they are at leading to optimal macroeconomic results.
QuotePeng Shuai: Doubt cast on email from Chinese tennis starThe head of the Women's Tennis Association (WTA) has cast doubt on an email released by Chinese state media attributed to tennis player Peng Shuai.The tennis star has not been heard from since she made sexual assault allegations against a top Chinese government official two weeks ago.In the email, Ms Peng purportedly says the allegations are "not true".Steve Simon, chairman of the WTA, said the message "only raises" his concerns about Ms Peng's safety."I have a hard time believing that Peng Shuai actually wrote the email we received or believes what is being attributed to her," he said in a statement.Written in her voice and published by the broadcaster CGTN, the email claims she is not missing or unsafe, adding: "I've just been resting at home and everything is fine."Many responding on social media have cast doubt on its authenticity.Ms Peng - a former number one-ranked tennis doubles player - had not been heard from since posting an allegation about former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli on Chinese social media site Weibo in early November.She alleged she was "forced" into sexual relations with Mr Zhang - who served as the country's Vice Premier between 2013 and 2018 and was a close ally of China's leader Xi Jinping - in a post that was later taken down. She has not been seen or heard from publicly since.The WTA and leading voices from the world of tennis have increasingly spoken out about Ms Peng since.On Thursday, the spokesman for China's foreign ministry did not give further details about the situation when asked by reporters."This is not a foreign affairs matter," Zhao Lijian said. "And I am not aware of the relevant situation you mentioned."Earlier this week, world number one male tennis player Novak Djokovic said he hoped Ms Peng was OK, adding that he was shocked, while Naomi Osaka also voiced concerns about her whereabouts."The WTA and the rest of the world need independent and verifiable proof that she is safe," WTA chair Steve Simon said on Wednesday.He also reiterated that her sexual assault allegation must be investigated "with full transparency and without censorship"."The voices of women need to be heard and respected, not censored nor dictated to," he added.Ms Peng, 35, is a prominent figure in Chinese tennis. She has won two Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2013 and the 2014 French Open, both alongside Taiwan's Hsieh Su-wei.Her allegation is the highest profile incident in China's fledgling #MeToo movement.Ms Peng has more than half a million followers on Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter.Her post containing the sexual assault allegations was taken down only minutes after it was posted on 2 November, and other recent posts from her account have also been removed.For Weibo users now searching for Ms Peng's name online, it is still possible to find her account but it is no longer possible to write comments beneath her remaining posts.Analysis by Robin Bryant, Shanghai Correspondent:Ms Peng hasn't been seen in public nor heard from in weeks. Now an email appears and the language appears flippant.The image released by the state controlled TV network CGTN appears to be a screenshot, with a cursor hovering on the page. All of which has raised immediate suspicions about its authenticity.No other domestic media outlet has picked it up.Prominent people do disappear from view in China. Sometimes it's billionaire businessmen. It's not usually athletes.Sporting success, like Ms Peng's, has become a key component of the ruling Communist Party's soft power push. That is, however, yet to include a #MeToo moment.
QuoteUS confirms it will stage diplomatic boycott of Beijing Winter OlympicsDecision is response to what is described as China's 'genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang' and other abusesThe White House will stage a diplomatic boycott of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, press secretary Jen Psaki has confirmed."The Biden administration will not send any diplomatic or official representation to the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games, given the PRC's ongoing genocide and crimes against humanity in Xinjiang and other human rights abuses," Psaki said from the briefing room podium on Monday.The announcement comes two months before the games are to begin. American athletes are still expected to compete in the Olympics, despite the Biden administration not sending any representatives to Beijing."The athletes on Team USA have our full support," Psaki said. "We will be behind them 100% as we cheer them on from home. We will not be contributing to the fanfare of the games."Psaki said the White House determined it would be wrong to deny athletes the opportunity to compete in the games, and she argued the lack of a diplomatic delegation would still send a "clear message" about the administration's priorities.Before the announcement, China said a diplomatic boycott of the Olympics would be "a stain on the spirit of the Olympic charter" and "sensationalist and politically manipulative", in what appeared to be a further rift in the already strained bilateral relations.The last time the US staged a full boycott of the Olympics was during the cold war in 1980, when the former president Jimmy Carter snubbed the Moscow summer Games along with 64 other countries and territories.China's foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, on Monday accused Washington of "hyping a 'diplomatic boycott' without even being invited to the Games"."I want to stress that the Winter Olympic Games is not a stage for political posturing and manipulation," Zhao said. "It is a grave travesty of the spirit of the Olympic charter, a blatant political provocation and a serious affront to the 1.4 billion Chinese people."The US diplomatic boycott comes amid escalating tensions between China and many western countries. It was first raised by Joe Biden last month as pressures grew in the US Congress over its concerns about China's human rights record, including over the treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities. Politicians including Nancy Pelosi, the speaker of the House of Representatives, have advocated a boycott as protest.Concerns have been raised in recent weeks over the treatment of the Chinese tennis star, Peng Shuai. The 35-year-old former doubles world No 1 last month accused a former senior Chinese politician of having coerced her into sex.Countries from the US to Australia have since called on China's authorities to ensure Peng's wellbeing, and the Women's Tennis Association last week announced the suspension of future games in China.Rights groups have also seized on the opportunity to urge the international community to boycott the Beijing Olympics.In the UK, the Commons leader, Jacob Rees-Mogg, told MPs last month that "no tickets have been booked" for the Beijing Games in February. But he also added that the UK government "have long had a policy of thinking that sporting boycotts do not work and that it is a matter for the International Olympic Committee to decide whether the athletes go."The Foreign Office said on Monday that "no decisions have yet been made" about the government's attendance at the Beijing Winter Olympics.In Australia, Canberra last week joined 19 other countries in not signing the Olympic Truce – a tradition that dates back to ancient Greece and ensures conflicts don't disrupt the sports competition – with China in order to send a message to Beijing.On Friday, the Australian prime minister, Scott Morrison, said his government "was considering those matters and working through those issues".Zhao on Monday said in response to Morrison's comments that "no one would care about whether these people come or not, and it has no impact whatsoever on the Olympics to be successfully held by Beijing".
Quote from: HVC on December 06, 2021, 04:45:28 PMas long as the athletes still go this really doesn't mean much, i don't think.
Quote from: crazy canuckBB's treatment is consistent with one who defends positions taken by the conservative wing of the Conservatives.
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