Category Archives: China

How much of Europe does China own?

The European Union has introduced a new mechanism for screening foreign investment.

It’s widely believed to have been prompted by concerns over China’s economic ambitions in Europe.

It will allow the European Commission – the EU’s executive arm – to give an opinion when an investment “threatens the security or public order” of more than one member state or undermines an EU-wide project such as the Galileo satellite project.

In March, the European Commission called China a “systemic rival” and a “strategic competitor”.


CIA warns Britain over China’s secret funding of Huawei as tech giant bids to supply 5G mobile network across UK

The CIA has accused Huawei of being funded by Chinese state security amid a list of allegations facing the company.

They say the technologies giant, who wants to provide Britain with technology for the new 5G network, has received funds from China’s National Security Commission, the People’s Liberation Army and a third branch of the Chinese state intelligence network, The Times reported.

The US source explained that Huawei wants to sell its 5G technology to members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing group – including Britain, Australia, Canada and New Zealand.


13.5 million people deemed untrustworthy put on social-credit punishment list by Chinese courts

People deemed untrustworthy in China have been blocked from the purchase of more than 25 million plane and train tickets, as the country works to build a social-credit system designed to monitor and shape the conduct of its citizens.

Chinese courts have now added 13.5 million entries to a list of dishonest persons subject to enforcement, as authorities improve their ability to collect and share information, according to new statistics unveiled on Thursday by the National Development and Reform Commission.


All roads lead to China: 17 Arab countries join Beijing’s new Silk Road – but what about the Uyghurs?

Beijing has inked cooperation deals on its multi-trillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) with 17 Arab countries, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported, citing the results of a joint Sino-Arab forum.

The second China-Arab Forum on Reform and Development, which was held in Shanghai on Tuesday, attracted more than a hundred businessmen, politicians, and academics from China and Arab states, including Egypt, Lebanon, Djibouti, and Oman. This year’s meeting, dubbed ‘Build the Belt and Road, Share Development and Prosperity’, was dedicated to boosting the project.

I guess those Arab nations know something we don’t when it comes to China’s Uyghurs.


China’s Aggression in the South China Sea

A long-standing territorial dispute between Beijing and Manila over Thitu Island (also known as Pagasa), one of the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea, resurfaced in full force recently, when more than 200 Chinese boats were spotted in the vicinity of the island. Thitu Island is controlled and administered by the Philippines, and Filipino civilians and military personnel inhabit the island. Sovereignty over the island is claimed by the Philippines, China, Taiwan and Vietnam.

Increased Chinese encroachment on the Spratly Islands — and a recent “goodwill visit” of Russian Navy ships to the Philippines — should be cause for alarm in Washington.


Academic who blew the whistle on China’s influence on Australia says Canada is in even worse trouble

Silent Invasion, Clive Hamilton’s ground-breaking book about China’s covert influence on Australian society, has been both applauded as an overdue exposé and criticized as an exaggeration of the problem. But when he finished the book, he received some unwanted validation of its central thesis: three Australian publishers declined to publish it, citing fear of retribution from Beijing or its allies.

Hamilton, a professor of public ethics at Canberra’s Charles Sturt University and former executive director of progressive think-tank The Australia Institute, eventually found a willing publisher, and now is working on a sequel dealing with similar issues in North America. What he’s discovered so far makes him very concerned for Canada. He spoke with the National Post during a visit to Toronto.


Millions of Chinese youth ‘volunteers’ to be sent to villages in echo of Maoist policy

China is planning to send millions of youth “volunteers” back to villages, raising fears of a return to the methods of Chairman Mao’s brutal Cultural Revolution of 50 years ago.

The Communist Youth League (CYL) has promised to despatch more than 10 million students to “rural zones” by 2022 in order to “increase their skills, spread civilisation and promote science and technology”, according to a Communist party document.

The aim is to bring to the rural areas the talents of those who would otherwise be attracted to life in the big cities, according to a CYL document quoted in the state-run Global Times daily on Thursday.


Chinese scientists put human gene into monkeys – makes them smarter than Trudeau

Making monkeys more smart and human-like, scientists have used gene-editing to insert human brain gene in a monkey.

For the first time, a team of Chinese scientists made use of gene-editing techniques to make monkey brains more human-like. By the end, the monkeys, rhesus macaques, got smarter and had superior memories as compared to the unaltered monkeys.

Researchers edited the human version of a gene known as ‘MCPH1’ into the macaques. The gene made the monkeys’ brain develop along a more human-like timeline. The gene-hacked monkeys showed better reaction times and improved short-term memories in comparison to their unaltered peers, as per China Daily.

The Liberal Party is said to be taking a close look in their search for a Justin replacement. h/t Exile


Glavin: Finally, parliamentarians admit Canada has a China problem

When it comes to defending Canada from the menace posed by the People’s Republic of China, it is now a matter of public record, and should be a matter of some embarrassment to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, if not shame, that the course his government embarked upon almost four years ago was dangerously naïve, if not recklessly thoughtless.

It’s a tragedy that it took the Chinese Ministry of State Security’s kidnapping of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and cultural entrepreneur Michael Spavor to prove that the Beijing regime was not the “win-win, golden-decade” friend and trade partner Trudeau had incessantly harped about. Robert Schellenberg, dubiously convicted on drug-smuggling charges in the first place, had his 15-year jail sentence upgraded to a cell on death row. Canada’s canola exporters are stuck with $2.7 billion in export contracts that Beijing has ripped up. Threats of further punishment hang in the air.


China Rising in the Caribbean

There’s a “Red Storm Rising” just miles from America’s shores. “In point of fact, the entire hemisphere is on fire,” said Lou Dobbs on his widely watched Fox Business Network show on April 4. “China and Russia are engaging us in almost every quarter in this hemisphere. Russia and China in Venezuela, but China throughout the hemisphere and throughout the Caribbean.”

Throughout the Caribbean, China’s influence is growing fast. Trade and investment have made Beijing a power. Chinese motives are not solely commercial, however, and do not appear benign.


Popular Chinese blogger is detained after pairing the ‘holy’ Communist red scarf with a ‘revealing’ mini-skirt

A livestreamer has been detained by police in south-west China for wearing the symbolic Communist red scarf and a mini-skirt in a video.

The woman from Sichuan province, surnamed Tang, posted a video of her fishing and pulling eels from a muddy stream while wearing the outfit, which was deemed ‘revealing and disrespectful’ by authorities.

Symbolising the blood of revolutionary martyrs, the red scarf is traditionally worn by members of the Young Pioneers of China, a communist party organisation.


GCHQ criticises ‘very, very shoddy’ Huawei security

Huawei technology could be banned from Westminster due to concerns over its “shoddy” security, according to the technical director of GCHQ’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

Dr Ian Levy said that “the security in Huawei is like nothing else – it’s engineering like it’s back in the year 2000 – it’s very, very shoddy and leads to cyber security issues that we then have to manage long term. It’s just poor engineering.”

His comments were made in a BBC Panorama documentary, to be aired this evening, about the potential security risks of Huawei hardware.


U.S. schools are waking up to the China threat

America’s universities have been slow in coming to terms with the problems posed by Chinese influence. They are now finally beginning to work with the national security community to respond to China’s attempts to infiltrate the United States’ higher-education system and abuse those relationships to advance Beijing’s strategic agenda. But that pushback is just beginning.

On Wednesday, two major universities independently took steps to disentangle their co-operation with Chinese entities. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced it would end all collaboration with Chinese tech giants Huawei and ZTE. Both firms stand accused by the U.S. government of sanctions-busting, and the U.S. intelligence community believes both are susceptible to Chinese government influence.


Racism, Concentration Camps, Police State: Is China Set To Become The Fourth Reich?

More than a million people, for no reason other than their ethnicity or religion, are held in concentration camps in what Beijing calls the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and what traditional inhabitants of the area, the Uighurs, say is East Turkestan. In addition to Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs are also held in these facilities.


Hikvision: US Teachers pension funds invest in China ‘Big Brother’ firm

Two major US pension funds have refused to comment on their holdings in a Chinese firm whose surveillance equipment is reportedly used in Muslim detention camps.

Both the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System and the California State Teachers’ Retirement System have stakes in Hikvision.

Lawmakers have called on investors to dump their shares in the firm.