1…………> Cult Of Personality: China Secrecy
While thick smog enveloped Beijing, the 2,158-member Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) annual two-week meeting began on Saturday, March 3, in the capital city. Its elevated secrecy was immediately observed, as reporters who have ordinarily been allowed access to delegates were pointedly prevented from approaching the building, no cell phones have been allowed in the chambers, and city’s Great Hall of the People was protected from reporters and onlookers by double lines of security guards, a move not seen in past gatherings.
“This is a new year, and we have new rules,” stated a guard in response to ramped-up security measures, cited by SCMP.
What’s going on? Sweeping changes are expected in 2018 as the legislature is expected to amend the state constitution for the first time in over 14 years to enshrine in law the elevation of Mr.Xi to a position of a supreme leader like late Mao Zedong.
2…………> PNG Earthquake
Three recent aftershocks measuring higher than magnitude-5 rocked Papua New Guinea’s remote and rugged highlands as landslides cut roads, preventing delivery of aid, and agencies raised concern for an estimated 150,000 people who are in urgent need of food and water supplies in the mountainous Southern Highlands, about 400 miles north-west of the capital Port Moresby.
“We haven’t slept. It’s been shaking all through the night,” said William Bando, provincial administrator of Hela Province, by telephone from Tari, about 25 miles from where the shocks hit.
3…………> Comrade Xi: Our New Leader
Delegates handpicked by the Party to enforce decisions taken months ago are expected to rubber stamp critical changes to China’s Constitution that will give the Party more control than ever and give one man, New Supreme Leader Comrade President Xi Jinping the potential to rule for life in a carefully orchestrated show of unity and strength at the Great Hall of the People in Tiananmen Square in Beijing.
If anyone observing this outrage is having shivers in their bones, they better try to imagine the reaction of a dictator to Mr.Trump “America First” policies.
4…………> Back To Nam: Carl Vinson
US aircraft carrier Carl Vinson is making a historic call to Vietnam, the first time a ship of this size has visited since the Vietnam War ended, as the nuclear-powered “city” will anchor off the port city of Danang, where US combat troops first landed in the war, making this a highly symbolic location.
The visit sends a message to China as it continues to develop the disputed South China Sea, claims almost all reefs and islands, including the Paracel and Spratly islands.
5………..> All For Comrade XI; Deputies
Deputies to the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC) walk to the Great Hall of the People for the opening meeting of the first session of the 13th NPC in Beijing, capital of China, March 5, 2018.
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