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Stratfor Email Shows Method of Drug Trafficking in China.

Yesterday Wikileaks released Liberia another instalment of the The Global Intelligence Files, of emails from the Texas headquartered “global intelligence” company Stratfor. One of the emails China – Nigeria and Liberians moving gear in Beijing from Chris Farnham, Stratfor’s Regional Director for Australasia and Southeast Asia highlights the methods of drug smuggling in China. According to the email the trade is mainly conducted by Nigerians and Liberians and comes through Yunnan and Xinjiang. He also notes that much of the cocaine is cut with glass. For all those that regularly follow the Chinese news will know the Chinese state has recently been trying to crack down on the drug trade and recently jailed a Nigerian man after finding 91.75 grams of cocaine, 3.7 grams of methamphetamine and 1.76 grams of heroin in his Shanghai residence.

Was having a meal of street food tonight and bumped in to a Nigerian ‘business man’ that I’ve known for a while now through friends. We ate together and noticed that the drug dealing was at levels and openness that neither of us had seen before. I had always been interested why the Nigerians cornered this trade here (from what I am aware it’s mostly very low quality cocaine and hashish/marijuana. The cocaine has apparently been mixed with ground up glass, butane and god knows whatever else. My friends that play around with this shit always end up with nose bleeds and sometimes get colds and flus from it. The hash comes mostly from Yunnan in the south where it grows wild or it comes through Xinjiang from the Turkic minorities).

Source tells me that it is mostly Nigerians with some Liberians as well moving shit in Beijing. They come here to do it because they feel it is safer than in places like the US, Europe, Australia, etc. Apparently if they only sell to foreigners the police really don’t care but if they sell to Chinese people they’re going to be tracked down and hit pretty hard. From what I could tell from the source’s comments these guys also hustle each other, there’s no kind of nationalistic/racial esprit de corps/solidarity between these guys.

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Posted by on August 24, 2013 in China


The Militarization of the Asia Pacific

Chinese naval vessel fire anti-submarine missile during the "Joint Sea-2013" drill at Peter the Great Bay in Russia, July 10, 2013.

Chinese naval vessel fire anti-submarine missile during the “Joint Sea-2013” drill at Peter the Great Bay in Russia, July 10, 2013. Source PLA Daily.

Territorial disputes in the Asia-Pacific frequently result in tit-for-tat war of words and provocation, in a region which sometimes feels like it’s teetering on the edge of all-out-war. The territorial disputes, often viewed by some as China asserting its regional hegemony and by others as US imperialism, have intensified throughout time, as the US pivots towards Asia. Read the rest of this entry »


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China Daily in South Africa

The China in Africa Podcast recently did a broadcast on South Africa’s concerns of Chinese media in Africa, or more specifically the China Daily starting a print addition in South Africa.

What I find interest is how they describe China Daily as propaganda and most of this “concern” seems to be attributed to China Daily being this mouth piece of Chinese state propaganda. Don’t get me wrong China Daily is technically state propaganda, although it is more independent than the party controlled Peoples Daily and not as conservative as the Global Times. Nonetheless, we seem to have this perception, especially when it comes to foreign state media, that somehow Western government do not conduct the same propaganda activities and privately owned media cannot operate as state propaganda. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 30, 2013 in Africa, China


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Cambodia’s 2013 Elections: When a Democracy is not a Democracy


The Cambodian elections to be held at the end of July have already managed to cause heated controversy, long before Cambodians take to the polls. In the run up to the elections Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen threatened to ban foreign radio programs, until he backtracked after pressure for the US government and Western media, while self-exiled opposition leader Sam Rainsy returned to Cambodia to stand for elections after being pardoned by the king. On the other hand the US government has threatened to stop AID to Cambodia if the elections are unfair.

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Posted by on July 23, 2013 in China


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Killing the Mekong

Journeyman Pictures new documentary on the Chinese dams being built on the Mekong river. The dams which are expected to affect the fragile environment of the Mekong, could result in many downstream fisherman and farmers in Cambodia and Vietnam, losing the ability to remain as a subsistence farmers. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in China


Vice President Biden talks about the US “containment” policy

In what seems to be regular talk’s being conducted by the US congress on the Asia-Pacific Policy, vice President Biden talks about the “Pivot” to Asia. Like normal he never uses the term “containment,” but like normal sounds more and more like containment. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 22, 2013 in China


Kurt M. Campbell architect of the US “pivot” to Asia, talks to the University of California TV

Kurt M. Campbell former assistant Secretary of State for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, previous Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of the Centre for a New American Security, chairman and CEO of The Asia Group and architect of the US “pivot” to Asia, talks to Susan Shirk from University of California. Even though I find myself believing only 5% of what Campbell says, for all those interested in Chinese international relations and the “pivot,” or “containment of China,” its interesting information. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on July 21, 2013 in China