From Europe to the East China Sea

The official state visit of Chinese President Xi Jinping to Britain this week seems to be going well.
There have been processions in state carriages along the famous London ceremonial thoroughfare The Mall, state dinners and official speeches.
These days, of course, state visits have more to do with trade deals than with pageantry. So the real work can be expected to be done behind closed doors. With China emerging over the past two decades as an important player in the worldand’s economy, it is now the UKand’s second largest non-EU trading partner, coming in very close behind the US.
China is now a large destination for exports from the UK. But it is not all good news for British jobs: UK imports of goods from China doubled between 2004 and 2014, and imports of goods and services more than tripled. While exports have risen, they havenand’t risen by such a rate, meaning a widening of the trade deficit. Hence, the cynics may suggest, it was time to invite the president of this communist country for a state visit.
Disagreements over Hong Kong and worries about human rights seemed to have been put aside, at least publicly, for the duration of the visit. (Although British politicians were quick to stress that these matters were best dealt with in private talks.) And President Xi played along, too. In his speech to parliament, he clearly had forgotten the two Opium Wars in the 19th century when he proclaimed that and”although China and the UK are located at opposite ends of the Eurasian continent, we have a long-shared deep mutual affection.and”
However, they were not completely glossed over with diplomatic whitewash. Prince Charles, a long-standing friend of the Dalai Lama, declined to attend the state banquet: a signal that if he were monarch rather than his mother, this visit would have been very different, if it would take place at all.
For the worldand’s press, this was an amazing opportunity to get up close and personal to a man who in his own country gives no press conferences and who up till now had only given written interviews for foreign journalists. He took great pains to position China as a worthy player on the world stage. The British usually emphasize their contribution to the world in terms of history and democracy — Xi Jinping was after all giving a speech to and”the mother of all parliaments.and” But even here he was able to use a trump card, saying that Chinaand’s system of putting people first, following the rule of law, came into being and”in ancient times.and”
He was referring to the old dynasties from a millennium before the Christian era. But at the time he said Britain was becoming a democracy, in the 13th century, the amazing empire of Genghis Khan and the Mongols stretched from mid-Europe to the Chinese Sea.
Historian and Mongolian expert John Man has recently published an in-depth analysis of the Mongol Empire. He subtitles it andquotenghis Khan, His Heirs and the Founding of Modern China.andquot
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An expert report which was used as the basis for the decision to take over Koza ipek Holding has been revealed to contain statements to the effect that although it is very common to see improprieties in the official transactions of large conglomerates in Turkey, the holdingand’s transactions did not contain any.
Koza ipek was put under administrative receivership by an Ankara court on suspicion of financing terrorism, on Monday. When the legal grounds asserted by the court for the decision failed to satisfy judicial experts, the companyand’s lawyers disclosed one of the pretexts that led the way to the handover of the firm.
and”In countries like Turkey which have volatile economic conditions, it does not suit financial, technical or commercial realities that companies would not have improprieties in their corporate structures where large sums of money are exchanged.
and”There is no perfect corporation, accounting system or financial structure in the world. However, the corporation in question appears perfect in its official documentation, according to gathered information,and” the report maintained, portraying the lack of irregularities as a source of doubt about the corporationand’s activity.
A lawyer for the holding, Hakan Yildiz, addressed the report by saying: and”[It turns out] being excellent is enough for reasonable suspicion. This institution has undergone an action like this because of its perfectness.and”
The holding, which has among its subsidiaries leading media outlets critical of the government, has long been at the center of pressure by regulators for its alleged support of Turkish Islamic scholar Fethullah Gandulen, against whom President Recep Tayyip Erdogan launched a witch hunt following the eruption of a corruption scandal in December 2013.
h2 Koza ipek CEO says govand’t seized companies after failing to find any illegal activityh2 The holdingand’s CEO Akin ipek remarked on Monday night that the government seized the companies after failing to find anything illegal while inspecting the companyand’s affairs previously
ipek commented on the seizure during a live phone interview with Bugandun TV, saying the holding found out about the decision after reports emerged in the media. Auditors accompanied by a police escort conducted a raid on the offices of Koza ipek Holding in Ankara last month, while simultaneous raids on subsidiaries of the group were carried out elsewhere, as part of a media crackdown initiated by the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) ahead of the Nov. 1 elections. All those detained during the raids were released, and the Finance Ministryand’s Financial Crimes Investigation Board (MASAK), which conducted the raids, failed to find any illegal activities or transactions.
ipek recalled that he had said at the time of the raids that if the MASAK inspectors and police were able to find even a cent of illicit money, he was prepared to give the holding to them. and”But they could not,and” ipek said on Monday. The businessman stressed that the campaign targeting his group was launched after he refused to join what is called the and”pool media.and” The pool refers to an alleged pool of funds saved over years by pro-government businessmen in return for favors in the form of public tenders. and”If I had entered that pool as well, I would have been much richer and the judiciary would have protected me. But I was not involved such an illegitimate business, and now they have appointed a trustee to my companies. I prefer continuing my life without wealth rather than being in that pool, which is full of lies and slander,and” ipek added.
He also added that managers from the Turkuvaz Media Group, which has under its banner pro-government newspapers Sabah and Takvim and the ATV station as well as the English-language Daily Sabah, will be appointed as trustees to his companies. Turkuvaz is also known to be in the and”pool media,and” since allegations surfaced that a group of businessmen formed a pool of funds to purchase the group as per the instructions of then-Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan in return for privileged treatment in public tenders. These allegations are based on a number of voice recordings, purportedly of Erdogan and businessmen who were involved in the scheme. Anonymous Twitter accounts uploaded the recordings onto social media platforms, arguing that they were legally obtained during surveillance in corruption investigations that had been crippled by mass purges of prosecutors and police officers.