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“A New Long March” and other Tidbits from China in Response to the US policy of "Maximum Pressure"

May 22, 2019

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  • Chinese President Xi Jinping called on the Chinese nation to embark on “A new long march” in the face of growing tension with the US and potentially even harsher tariffs
  • President Xi made the call while visiting the Long March memorial garden in Jiangxi Providence, it was meant to be a very symbolic scene
  • The Long March refers to the Communist Party’s military’s long migration in 1934 after a number of military setbacks forced it to change course; the memorial garden sits at the site of the beginning of that trip in 1934
  • President Xi commented that he was speaking from the memorial garden because “it’s a new Long March now and we must start all over again.”
  • State media showed his quotes over and over again with many China watchers commenting that it appears China is preparing for a long fight
  • The comments come in the wake of the US blacklisting Huawei and news that it is considering adding 5 more Chinese video surveillance firms to the list of banned companies
  • The People’s Daily, the mouthpiece of the Communist Party, wrote on Wednesday, “China’s economic security cannot be ensured unless it achieves technology independence.”
  • The paper added that US claims that China had backtracked on agreed-to items was completely false 
  • President Xi’s visit to a rare earth metals plant raised eye-brows earlier in the week, read more: Are rare earth metals China's next weapon to deploy in the trade war?  
     

 

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