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'He's getting younger!' Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin sets social media abuzz during congress

'He's getting younger!' Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin sets social media abuzz during congressRumoured to have died a few months ago, 91-year-old former Chinese president Jiang Zemin roused social media users on Wednesday by taking a prominent place at the ruling Communist Party’s leadership Congress. Proving that reports of his death were greatly exaggerated, the former leader sat next to President Xi Jinping and stood for the national anthem as the twice-a-decade congress opened with a speech by Xi in Beijing’s vast Great Hall of the People. Many Chinese internet users gushed over the elderly "Frog", an affectionate nickname inspired by Jiang’s wide grin and prominent bespectacled eyes, marvelling over the apparently still hale nonagenarian in postings sprinkled with frog emojis. "I want to ask about his secret for longevity," said one posting on China’s Twitter-like social network Weibo. "How many organs must he have had replaced to be standing in the middle of the stage?" asked another. Jiang Zemin checked his watch 10 times in Xi speech before I lost count 00:45, 01:25, 01.35, 01:40, 01:43, 01:50, 01:55, 01:59, 02:10, 02:19 pic.twitter.com/sAbhC1U9TC— Neil Connor (@neilaconnor) October 18, 2017 Looking for “Jiang Zemin Theory”. pic.twitter.com/OqE3Ew6am1— Nathan Attrill (@nathanattrill) October 18, 2017 Jiang, the former party leader and Chinese president for a decade from 1993, is occasionally the subject of rumours of his demise. The most recent came in May amid a flurry of online speculation that he had died of a stroke in Shanghai, the commercial hub that Jiang formerly governed as mayor and party chief. Past presidents are typically on hand for the congress, during which the top leadership and party policies for the next five years are set in stone, and Jiang’s immediate successor Hu Jintao, 74, was on Xi’s right hand. Jiang, a former factory engineer, came to power in the traumatic aftermath of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown and led China through an era of stunning economic transformation. Attendees refill delegate's cups as Jiang Zemin, China's former president, bottom center, sits with eyes closed Credit: Bloomberg Jiang’s legacy remains mixed, as his term set the blueprint for rapid economic growth that gave rise to ills such as rampant environmental degradation and a widening wealth gap, which today’s leaders are grappling with. But with his big smile, grasp of several languages, and sometimes clownish behaviour including making jokes in English, Jiang is fondly remembered as a relatively colorful figure compared to his stiff successors Hu and Xi. A music lover who played the piano, Jiang was known for bursting into song on foreign trips, including a memorable rendition of Elvis Presley’s "Love Me Tender" during a state visit to the Philippines. "Holy (expletive)! He is getting younger than ever," said one Weibo posting. Jiang’s presence was largely ignored by state media, however. Official mention of past leaders has become increasingly rare under Xi, who took power in 2012 and moved swiftly to clamp down on dissent as party mouthpieces push a cult of personality around him.  



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Chinese migrants lead US agents to San Diego border tunnel

Chinese migrants lead US agents to San Diego border tunnelSAN DIEGO (AP) — Dozens of migrants fleeing from Border Patrol agents led authorities to a surprising discovery over the weekend: A tunnel under the US-Mexico border in San Diego used to bring Chinese nationals illegally into the United States.



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Steve Bannon vows to 'light up' Mitch McConnell and 'screw up' Chinese trade plans

Steve Bannon vows to 'light up' Mitch McConnell and 'screw up' Chinese trade plansSteve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist, has said he intends to "light up" Mitch McConnell, the Republican senate leader. Mr Bannon also said he was relishing his return to the news website Breitbart because in the White House he had "influence," but at Breitbart he has "power". In an interview with The Economist, Mr Bannon vowed to support President Donald Trump, but also to pursue his agenda of economic nationalism. He told the magazine: "“We will never turn on him. But we are never going to let him take a decision that hurts him." Mr Bannon added: "I am an ideologue, that’s why I am out. I can rally the base, have his back. The harder he pushes, the more we will be there for him." He added: "Mitch McConnell, I'm going to light him up." Mr Bannon also castigated "the elites in Silicon Valley and Wall Street" as a "bunch of globalists who have forgotten their fellow Americans". He also vowed to "screw up One Belt One Road," referring to a Chinese plan to expand its global trade. Mr Bannon said he had wanted to talk to The Economist because "You’re the enemy. You support a radical idea, free trade. I mean it, that’s a radical idea".



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FBI: Chinese man supplied rare, malicious malware

FBI: Chinese man supplied rare, malicious malwareLOS ANGELES (AP) — A Chinese man has been charged in California with distributing a type of computer malware that has been linked to attacks on U.S. businesses and to the theft of personnel records of millions of U.S. government employees, authorities said.



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Taiwan’s Economic Charm Offensive Hits Chinese Walls

Taiwan’s Economic Charm Offensive Hits Chinese WallsThe island is searching for new economic partners, but Beijing's hemming it in on every side it can.



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Macau enlists Chinese army as authorities struggle with typhoon fallout

Macau enlists Chinese army as authorities struggle with typhoon falloutBy Venus Wu and Farah Master MACAU (Reuters) – Chinese People’s Liberation Army troops were deployed on the streets of Macau on Friday to help clean up in the aftermath of a devastating typhoon and amid mounting criticism authorities were unprepared for the severity of the storm. Macau public broadcaster, TDM, reported some 1,000 Chinese PLA troops left their Macau barracks to assist in the recovery. Chinese troops are rarely seen on Macau streets.



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After U.S. destroyer collision, Chinese paper says U.S. navy a hazard

After U.S. destroyer collision, Chinese paper says U.S. navy a hazardThe U.S. navy’s latest collision at sea, the fourth in its Pacific fleet this year, shows it is becoming an increasing risk to shipping in Asia despite its claims of helping to protect freedom of navigation, an official Chinese newspaper said. The USS John S. McCain and the tanker Alnic MC collided while the guided-missile vessel was nearing Singapore on Monday. The collision tore a hole in the warship’s port side at the waterline, flooding compartments that included a crew sleeping area.



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Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean imports

Chinese traders furious after crackdown on N. Korean importsBEIJING (AP) — Furious Chinese businesspeople said Friday that Beijing's decision to enforce U.N. sanctions on North Korean seafood imports would hobble the economy of an entire northeastern city, sparking a rare public protest earlier this week after the surprise move suddenly choked off border trade.



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Chinese state media just released a terribly racist video mocking Indians

Chinese state media just released a terribly racist video mocking IndiansA video released by Chinese state media is turning heads for all the wrong reasons. The Xinhua News Agency, China's official press agency, on Wednesday released a video accusing India of committing several "sins."  The video features a man dressed in a turban and a fake beard, speaking in a supposed "Indian" accent.  SEE ALSO: FaceApp removes racist selfie filters The video, titled "7 Sins of India", comes amid months of increasing tensions between China and India over a border dispute, which has become known as the Doklam standoff. The three-minute long video sees a Chinese presenter explaining the Doklam standoff via a script chiding India, while the Indian "guest star" enacts a mock dialogue to a canned laugh soundtrack. The host accuses India of being a "bad neighbour," saying that Doklam has been internationally recognised as a "part of China." "Didn't your mama tell you [sic] never break the law?" she asks. Image: xinhua/twitterThe video also sees the "Indian man" — played by a Chinese actor — chirping in to repeat what the presenter has said, speaking in a strong faux accent. Many have criticised the video's racist angle. This is poorly produced, racist & distasteful. No tact. Air your grievances maturely, not like a vindictive child @XHNews. You can do better — Ryan Pino (@Ryan_Pino213) August 17, 2017 China's official news agency Xinhua mocks India, (attempts to) mimic Indian accent in racist video tht parodies a turbaned Indian @htTweets t.co/M7xvBSaBBt — sutirtho patranobis (@spatranobis) August 16, 2017 FYI @XHNews: It's not okay in the 21st century to have someone dress up in a turban, mock an Indian accent. Shocking from official agency. pic.twitter.com/1oC0MsOG59 — Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) August 16, 2017 Yes, the Indian caricature is crude & racist. Loads of racist comments online from Indians, but not clever for @XHNews to follow this path. — Kin F. Kam (@DrKinKam) August 16, 2017 Wow, Xinhua has gone full racist! t.co/afUsvonTgx — Carl Zha (@CarlZha) August 16, 2017 According to Sadanand Dhume, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, the video shows that Beijing has "absolutely no intention of treating India as an equal." "Instead of framing the disagreement with India as a legitimate dispute, Beijing has chosen to dismiss or mock New Delhi's concerns," he says in a blogpost. The two countries have for months been locked in a standoff after India blocked Chinese efforts to extend a border road through Doklam, a plateau that is claimed by both Bhutan and China.  India, who is one of Bhutan's biggest allies, is concerned that the road would give China greater access to parts of India and is backing Bhutan's claim over the land. It later sent troops to stop China's construction of the road. As of now, both countries have yet to withdraw from the area.  WATCH: Here’s how many people in the U.S. will possibly see the eclipse



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Chinese state media just released a terribly racist video mocking Indians

Chinese state media just released a terribly racist video mocking IndiansA video released by Chinese state media is turning heads for all the wrong reasons. The Xinhua News Agency, China's official press agency, on Wednesday released a video accusing India of committing several "sins."  The video features a man dressed in a turban and a fake beard, speaking in a supposed "Indian" accent.  SEE ALSO: FaceApp removes racist selfie filters The video, titled "7 Sins of India", comes amid months of increasing tensions between China and India over a border dispute, which has become known as the Doklam standoff. The three-minute long video sees a Chinese presenter explaining the Doklam standoff via a script chiding India, while the Indian "guest star" enacts a mock dialogue to a canned laugh soundtrack. The host accuses India of being a "bad neighbour," saying that Doklam has been internationally recognised as a "part of China." "Didn't your mama tell you [sic] never break the law?" she asks. Image: xinhua/twitterThe video also sees the "Indian man" — played by a Chinese actor — chirping in to repeat what the presenter has said, speaking in a strong faux accent. Many have criticised the video's racist angle. This is poorly produced, racist & distasteful. No tact. Air your grievances maturely, not like a vindictive child @XHNews. You can do better — Ryan Pino (@Ryan_Pino213) August 17, 2017 China's official news agency Xinhua mocks India, (attempts to) mimic Indian accent in racist video tht parodies a turbaned Indian @htTweets t.co/M7xvBSaBBt — sutirtho patranobis (@spatranobis) August 16, 2017 FYI @XHNews: It's not okay in the 21st century to have someone dress up in a turban, mock an Indian accent. Shocking from official agency. pic.twitter.com/1oC0MsOG59 — Ananth Krishnan (@ananthkrishnan) August 16, 2017 Yes, the Indian caricature is crude & racist. Loads of racist comments online from Indians, but not clever for @XHNews to follow this path. — Kin F. Kam (@DrKinKam) August 16, 2017 Wow, Xinhua has gone full racist! t.co/afUsvonTgx — Carl Zha (@CarlZha) August 16, 2017 According to Sadanand Dhume, an analyst at the American Enterprise Institute, the video shows that Beijing has "absolutely no intention of treating India as an equal." "Instead of framing the disagreement with India as a legitimate dispute, Beijing has chosen to dismiss or mock New Delhi's concerns," he says in a blogpost. The two countries have for months been locked in a standoff after India blocked Chinese efforts to extend a border road through Doklam, a plateau that is claimed by both Bhutan and China.  India, who is one of Bhutan's biggest allies, is concerned that the road would give China greater access to parts of India and is backing Bhutan's claim over the land. It later sent troops to stop China's construction of the road. As of now, both countries have yet to withdraw from the area.  WATCH: Here’s how many people in the U.S. will possibly see the eclipse



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