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Jan 23 02:50

Chinese Scientists Develop Gene Therapy Which Could Delay Ageing

BEIJING (Reuters) - Scientists in Beijing have developed a new gene therapy which can reverse some of the effects of ageing in mice and extend their lifespans, findings which may one day contribute to similar treatment for humans.

The method, detailed in a paper in the Science Translational Medicine journal earlier this month, involves inactivating a gene called kat7 which the scientists found to be a key contributor to cellular ageing.

The specific therapy they used and the results were a world first, said co-supervisor of the project Professor Qu Jing, 40, a specialist in ageing and regenerative medicine from the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).

"These mice show after 6-8 months overall improved appearance and grip strength and most importantly they have extended lifespan for about 25%," Qu said.

Jan 23 02:23

Hong Kong orders thousands to stay home for two-days in city’s first Covid-19 lockdown

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Thousands of Hong Kongers were ordered to stay in their homes on Saturday for the city's first coronavirus lockdown as authorities battle an outbreak in one of its poorest and most densely packed districts.

The order bans about 10,000 people living inside multiple housing blocks within the neighbourhood of Jordan from leaving their apartment unless they can show a negative test.

Officials said they planned to test everyone inside the designated zone within 48 hours "in order to achieve the goal of zero cases in the district".

"Residents will have to stay at their premises to avoid cross-infection until they get their test results," health minister Sophia Chan told reporters on Saturday.

The South China Morning Post said the measures covered about 150 housing blocks, with hundreds of police on standby to enforce the lockdown.

Jan 23 02:16

China law empowers coast guard to use force amid disputes

BEIJING -- China has authorized its coast guard to fire on foreign vessels and destroy structures on features it claims, potentially raising the possibility of clashes with regional maritime rivals.

The Coast Guard Law passed on Friday empowers the force to “take all necessary measures, including the use of weapons, when national sovereignty, sovereign rights, and jurisdiction are being illegally infringed upon by foreign organizations or individuals at sea.”

The law also authorizes the coast guard to demolish other countries’ structures built on reefs and islands claimed by China and to seize or order foreign vessels illegally entering China’s territorial waters to leave.

Jan 22 08:31

Yellen Says US Will Fight Currency Manipulation, Will Use "Full Array Of Tools" To Counter "China’s Abusive Economic Practices"

Amid her 114 pages of written follow-up responses to her Senate confirmation hearing, Treasury Secretary-designate Janet Yellen touched on various topics spanning from climate change to sanctions policy and moves to maintain the dollar’s status as the world’s main reserve currency, telling lawmakers that she will work with President Joe Biden to get countries to refrain from currency manipulation.

“The president has committed to opposing efforts by countries to artificially manipulate their currencies to gain an unfair trade advantage. I am supportive of that commitment and, if confirmed, will work in coordination with the administration to oppose any such efforts,” Yellen said in a document obtained by Bloomberg News.

Jan 22 08:13

Twitter locks account of China's U.S. embassy over its defense of Xinjiang policy

Twitter has locked the account of China’s U.S. embassy for a tweet that defended China’s policy towards Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang, which the U.S. social media platform said violated its stand against “dehumanizing” people.

China’s Foreign Ministry said on Thursday that it was confused by the move and that it was the embassy’s responsibility to call out disinformation and clarify the truth.

The Chinese Embassy account, @ChineseEmbinUS, posted a tweet this month that said that Uighur women had been emancipated and were no longer “baby-making machines”, citing a study reported by state-backed newspaper China Daily.

The tweet was removed by Twitter and replaced by a label stating that it was no longer available. Although Twitter hides tweets that violate its policies, it requires account owners to manually delete such posts. The Chinese embassy’s account has not posted any new tweets since Jan. 9.

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Jan 22 07:55

China Applauds Biden Inauguration: ‘Kind Angels Can Triumph over Evil Forces’

The Chinese Foreign Ministry gushed over President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Thursday, although its river of praise read more like a backhanded parting shot at the departing Trump administration than any deep appreciation for the new one.

As Reuters pointed out, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made a point of including a new propaganda phrase adapted by the Chinese Communist Party from a line in Biden’s inaugural speech and repeated by Chinese state media: “I believe if both countries put in the effort, the kind angels can triumph over evil forces.”

The line is a play on Biden saying, “Through struggle, sacrifice, and setbacks, our better angels have always prevailed.” Biden was, in turn, quoting Abraham Lincoln’s inaugural address.

Jan 22 07:42

Declassified! Trump’s Strategy to Stop China | China Uncensored

Jan 21 12:33

A Tesla Model 3 caught fire in Shanghai after its battery was damaged, Chinese media report

A Tesla Model 3 sedan caught fire in a Shanghai parking garage on Tuesday, Chinese media reported.

Nobody was injured in the blaze, Tesla's China office told local media, adding that it would cooperate with a fire department investigation and the owner's insurance company.

According to the driver's account and a preliminary examination of the car, the electric vehicle maker said the Model 3 likely caught fire after something damaged its undercarriage and battery, Chinese media reported.

Jan 21 11:39

China-Funded Dam Project In Northeast Africa May Lead To Regional Instability

A potentially dangerous regional war may be developing in Northeast Africa thanks to the Chinese-funded Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (GERD). It seems that, wherever people grab onto Chinese money, despair follows.

The Nile is the longest river in Africa and may be the longest in the world. (The Amazon competes with it for that title.) While Egypt’s historic prominence means that most people instinctively associate the Nile with that country, the great river actually runs through eleven nations. The White Nile begins in Rwanda or Burundi, flowing north through Tanzania, Uganda, and South Sudan. The Blue Nile begins in Ethiopia, flowing north into Sudan, where it joins the White Nile at Khartoum. The main river itself then flows into Egypt, ending at the Mediterranean. (The other nations it touches are Congo, Kenya, and Tanzania.)

Jan 21 11:31

Biden Institute Refuses To Disclose Donors; Blinken Faces Questions Over $22 Million In Anonymous Chinese Contributions

The Biden Institute at the University of Delaware has refused to disclose all of its donors now that Joe Biden is President, according to Politico.

The Institute, established in 2017 with a goal of raising $20 million, promises to embody the spirit of "honesty, integrity, compassion and courage" that it claims Biden stands for - yet, as Politico notes, "the Biden Institute continues to engage in a multimillion-dollar fundraising campaign, which could attract donations from those interested in currying favor with the Biden administration."

Meanwhile, Biden's pick for Secretary of State, Tony Blinken, is facing calls to explain over $20 million in anonymous Chinese funding of the Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement, established in 2018 and run by Blinken since its inception along with former Obama Administration aides.

Jan 21 06:49

The US has a broken political system & is about to be usurped by China – what Europeans really think about America is telling

A new survey of citizens of 11 countries suggests that Joe Biden faces an almost impossible task when it comes to his goal of repairing frayed US-European relations. But it’s trite to simply blame four years of Donald Trump.

A recent survey commissioned by the European Council on Foreign Relations has found that most Europeans look to Germany rather than the United States as their most important partner, having lost faith in America’s ability to elect leaders who share their continent’s vision and values.

When seen in the context of the inauguration of Biden as the 46th American president, such a finding seemingly stands as a stark reminder of the unhealed scars that four years of an “America first” focus by Biden’s predecessor Trump have left when it comes to America’s relationship with the world. It also suggests it will be difficult for Biden’s administration to salve the underlying wounds and get America back on the track of being the global leader it aspires to be.

Jan 21 06:23

EXC: Biden Just Picked A CIA Director With a 7-Year-Long Relationship with Chinese Communist Party Fronts

Bill Burns – Joe Biden’s pick to lead the Central Intelligence Agency – serves as the President of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace which has over a decade-long relationship with the China-United States Exchange Foundation and other Chinese Communist Party-linked groups.

Burns has served as President of the think tank since 2014, overseeing its involvement with the China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF) which dates back to at least 2009.

Jan 20 10:27

Jack Ma makes first appearance since October

Alibaba Group founder Jack Ma has made his first appearance since Chinese regulators cracked down on his business empire.

His absence had fuelled speculation over his whereabouts amid increasing official scrutiny of his businesses.

The billionaire met 100 rural teachers in China via a video meeting on Wednesday, according to local government media.

Alibaba shares surged 5% on Hong Kong's stock exchange on the news.

Alibaba being investigated over monopoly tactics

Tianmu News, which is backed by the provincial Zhejiang government, first reported that Mr Ma addressed the teachers as part of one of his charity foundation's initiatives.

The annual event is usually hosted in the resort city of Sanya, but was held online this year because of Covid-19 restrictions.

"We cannot meet in Sanya due to the epidemic," he said in the speech.

"When the epidemic is over, we must find time to make up for everyone's trip to Sanya, and then we will meet again!"

Jan 20 10:13

Asked About Xinjiang, UK's Johnson Says Attribution of Genocide a Matter for Courts

LONDON (REUTERS) - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was up to the courts to determine cases of genocide, responding to a question about China's treatment of Uighur Muslims in Xinjiang.

On Tuesday Donald Trump's U.S. administration determined that China has committed "genocide and crimes against humanity" in its repression of Uighur Muslims.

Asked about that decision, and whether he would endorse it Johnson said: "The attribution of genocide is a judicial matter, but I can say for myself that I regard what is happening in Xinjiang, and what's happening to the Uighurs is utterly abhorrent."

Jan 19 11:30

Is China Run by Gangsters?

Jan 19 10:04

China’s GDP grows but at what price?

Jan 19 09:07

With Russia’s Help, China Becomes Plastics Making Power in Pandemic

After giving up on recycling — American recycling that is — China is still in love with the plastics biz. In fact, their companies are becoming dominant in all things plastic, one of the most important supply chains in the world.

In other words, it will be yet another segment in global business that the world will need Chinese companies to get supply.

The pandemic has helped the petrochemicals industry make up for losses in oil and gas demand. Plastics are tied to the fossil fuels industry. Stay-at-home orders throughout the U.S. and Europe has led to more take-out food orders and a lot of that is being placed in plastic containers.

Jan 19 08:12

The Brutal Taiwan Dilemma Trump Will Leave For Biden

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s announcement that the United States was lifting all “self-imposed” limitations on U.S. official contacts with Taiwan’s government may have created an immediate foreign policy crisis for the incoming Biden administration. Pompeo’s statement was blunt and uncompromising:

Jan 19 06:13

Fang Fang: Author vilified for Wuhan Diary speaks out a year on

She has faced a nationalist backlash for her diaries documenting life in Wuhan in the early days of the coronavirus outbreak, but Chinese author Fang Fang she says she will not be silenced.

"When facing a catastrophe, it's vital to voice your opinion and give your advice," she told BBC Chinese in a rare email interview with international media.

In late January, when Wuhan became the first place in the world to enter a state of complete lockdown, many of the city's 11 million residents found solace in reading Fang Fang's online diaries. They also provided a revealing glimpse into the city where the virus first emerged.

The 65-year-old's daily posts on her Weibo account, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, chronicled life living alone with her dog during the lockdown, as well as what she described as the dark side of the authority's response.

They were initially well-received, but later provoked a wave of criticism from those who saw her efforts as unpatriotic.

Jan 18 10:05

Schweizer: Mitch McConnell and His Wife Elaine Chao Are Financially Tied To The Chinese Government

Jan 17 08:12

After Chinese Vaccine Fails, China Launches Smear Campaign Against Pfizer

A few days after attempting to dismiss disappointing test results from Brazil on China’s Sinovac vaccine candidate for the Chinese coronavirus, Chinese state media turned to attacking Sinovac’s American competitors Pfizer and Moderna, calling for a worldwide ban on Pfizer’s vaccine after 23 elderly Norwegians died, ostensibly from reactions to the Pfizer shots.

China’s state-run Global Times on Friday cited “Chinese health experts” who called for a halt to the use of mRNA-based Covid-19 vaccines like Pfizer’s, due to “safety uncertainties” and evidence their “efficacy was not as good as expected.”

“Yang Zhanqiu, a virologist from Wuhan University, told the Global Times on Friday that the death incident, if proven to be caused by the vaccines, showed that the effect of the Pfizer vaccine and other mRNA vaccines is not as good as expected, as the main purpose of mRNA vaccines is to heal patients,” the article related.

Jan 16 03:59

Xi Jinping Asks Starbucks’ Howard Schultz for Help with US Relations

Chinese President Xi Jinping sent a letter Friday to former Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz to ask for help with US-China relations.

The letter was announced by the Chinese state-run media outlet Xinhua, according to a report by the Associated Press (AP). Direct communication between the Chinese leader and an American corporate executive is a rare event.

Xinhua reportedly said Xi wrote to Schultz “to encourage him and Starbucks to continue to play an active role in promoting Chinese-U.S. economic and trade cooperation and the development of bilateral relations.”

Schultz said in a statement Friday that it was “a great honor” to receive the letter and that Xi was replying to a letter Schultz recently sent him alongside a Chinese-translated copy of the former CEO’s book, according to the Associated Press. The Starbucks Corporation, which Schultz retired from in 2018, said it had no comment for the AP.

Jan 15 10:42

Quantum internet signals beamed between drones a kilometre apart

Entangled photons have been sent between two drones hovering a kilometre apart, demonstrating technology that could form the building blocks of a quantum internet.

When a pair of photons are quantum entangled, you can instantly deduce the state of one by measuring the other, regardless of the distance separating them. This phenomenon, which Albert Einstein dismissively called “spooky action at a distance”, is the basis of quantum encryption – using entangled particles to ensure communications are secret.

Quantum networks are far more secure than the existing internet because any attempt to eavesdrop changes the state of the photons, alerting the recipient to foul play.

Jan 15 10:15

Blacklisted by U.S., Xiaomi says it's not a 'Communist Chinese military company'

With mere days left in office, the Trump administration has added another Chinese smartphone maker to its list of blacklisted companies.

On Thursday, the U.S. Department of Defense added Xiaomi to the list of “Communist Chinese military companies operating directly or indirectly in the United States."

"The Department is determined to highlight and counter the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) Military-Civil Fusion development strategy, which supports the modernization goals of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) by ensuring its access to advanced technologies and expertise acquired and developed by even those PRC companies, universities, and research programs that appear to be civilian entities," the statement from the DoD reads.

Jan 15 07:17

China builds new quarantine center as virus cases rise

BEIJING -- A city in northern China is building a 3,000-unit quarantine facility to deal with an anticipated overflow of patients as COVID-19 cases rise ahead of the annual Lunar New Year travel rush.

State media on Friday showed crews leveling earth, pouring concrete and assembling prefabricated rooms in farmland in an outlying part of Shijiazhuang, the provincial capital of Hebei province, which has seen the bulk of the new cases.

That recalled scenes from early last year, when China rapidly built field hospitals and turned gymnasiums into isolation centers to cope with a then-spiraling outbreak in Wuhan, where the virus was first detected in late 2019.

The spike in northern China comes as a World Health Organization team prepares to collect data on the origin of the pandemic in Wuhan, which lies to the south. The international team, most of which arrived Thursday, must undergo two weeks of quarantine before it can begin field visits.

Jan 15 01:39

China A.I. firms and Huawei filed to patent technology that could identify Uighur Muslims, report says

GUANGZHOU, China — A new report reveals patent applications belonging to Huawei and a group of China-based artificial intelligence companies for systems that can detect people who are part of a Muslim minority group.

The ethnic Uighurs, who live mostly in China’s west, have been identified by the United Nations, United States, United Kingdom and others as a repressed group. Authorities allegedly use widespread surveillance technology to monitor the region’s Uighur population. The Chinese government denies mistreating Uighurs and says those camps are vocational training centers.

IPVM, a U.S.-based research firm that analyzes video surveillance technology, looked at patents in China related to systems that could be used to identify Uighurs’ faces. IPVM jointly published its research with the BBC.

Jan 14 05:10

Meng Wanzhou: Bullets sent in mail to Huawei's finance chief

Top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou has been sent bullets in the mail while under house arrest in Vancouver, according to court testimony.

It was one of several alleged death threats revealed on Wednesday by the company providing her security.

Ms Meng was detained in 2018 on charges relating to allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei's dealings in Iran.

Her case has created a rift between China and Canada, with Beijing repeatedly calling for her release.

The chief financial officer of Huawei was arrested at Vancouver International Airport on a warrant from the US, where she is facing charges of bank fraud and potentially causing HSBC to break US sanctions.

Days after she was released on bail, she was placed under house arrest in Vancouver. She has been fighting against her extradition to the US, which wants her to stand trial.

Jan 13 17:13

Major LEAK Exposes list of Chinese Communists

Jan 13 10:22

Democrat Former Senator Barbara Boxer Slammed For Taking Job With Surveillance Firm From China

There sure are a lot of Democrats in Congress with questionable connections to China.

Barbara Boxer, a former United States Senator from California has apparently taken a job with a firm in China that is known for surveillance of ethnic minorities.

This news is so toxic that even the Joe Biden inaugural committee has returned Boxer’s donation.

Jan 13 09:06

SHOCKING: Pelosi Chooses China Spy Lover Eric Swalwell to Be On Her New Impeachment Panel

Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced her team of dreams for the next sham impeachment of President Trump. Eric Swalwell who recently was in the news for shagging a Chinese spy is the noblest of her team members.

Pelosi is attempting to impeach President Trump for a second time on another lie leading to another unconstitutional abuse of power. Pelosi hates President Trump because he is for the American people and not China. After stealing the 2020 election from the President, Pelosi wants to make sure President Trump knows she hates him.

Pelosi still has not released one testimony hidden in the Capitol archives from her last impeachment. This is because this testimony with Deep Stater Michael Atkinson will totally unravel the corrupt first impeachment.

Jan 13 07:39

Biden Returns Donation from Dem Ex-Senator Who Registered as Foreign Agent for China

Joe Biden’s inaugural committee has returned a donation from former senator Barbara Boxer, a California Democrat who registered as a foreign agent for Chinese surveillance firm Hikvision, Axios reported on Tuesday.

The Trump administration alleged in June that Hikivision is owned or controlled by the Chinese military. The Commerce Department blacklisted Hikivision in 2019 for its alleged involvement in China’s repression of Uyghurs in Xinjiang Province.

Hikivision cameras are reportedly used to surveil Uyghurs the Chinese government has imprisoned concentration camps. The company’s equipment is also used throughout the U.S., including on military bases, The Wall Street Journal reported in 2017.

Boxer’s donation to Biden was just $500, however Biden’s inaugural committee does not accept donations from foreign agents, a committee spokesperson told Axios.

Jan 13 07:37

EXC: Biden Personnel Chief Served At Chinese Intel Org Flagged By FBI For Recruiting Western Spies

Thomas Zimmerman, who will serve as a Special Assistant to the President for Presidential Personnel under Joe Biden, formerly served as a visiting scholar at what the FBI has called a “front group for Chinese intelligence collection and overseas spy recruitment,” The National Pulse can reveal.

While at New York University’s Center on International Cooperation, Zimmerman also served as a fellow at the Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences, flagged by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for its close ties to the Chinese Communist Party’s top spy agency, the Ministry of State Security.

The Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences (SASS), which the FBI views as a “front group for Chinese intelligence collection and overseas spy recruitment,” was involved in a 2019 criminal case involving a retired Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative selling classified U.S. defense documents to China.

Jan 13 07:27

Analysis: The trillion dollar weapon in the U.S.-China tech stock war

The threat of a $1 trillion U.S. sanctions hit on the Chinese internet giants that have led emerging market stocks to their first record high since 2007 is overshadowing the rally, just as increased scrutiny from Beijing itself squeezes valuations.

U.S.-Sino tensions ratcheted up in recent days as outgoing President Donald Trump’s administration pushed through a ban on Americans investing in 35 firms it considers to be linked to China’s military.

Sources in Washington last week said Trump was considering adding Alibaba and Tencent, worth a combined $1.3 trillion, the second and third biggest EM stocks in the world and held by almost every major U.S. investment fund, to the list of banned firms.

Jan 13 07:24

US Cancels UN Envoy’s Trip to Taiwan

A planned trip to Taiwan by US Ambassador to the UN Kelly Craft was canceled on Tuesday, along with all travel by the Trump administration’s State Department this week.

Craft was expected to begin her trip to Taiwan on Wednesday. The planned visit was announced by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo last week, who is looking to stoke tensions with Beijing as much as possible before Joe Biden is inaugurated.

Pompeo also announced last week that he was lifting the State Department’s restrictions on official US contacts with Taiwan that have been in place since Washington severed diplomatic ties with Taipei in 1979.

Craft’s trip would have marked the third high-level US visit to Taiwan since August, when Health Secretary Alex Azar visited the island, making him the highest-level US official to do so since 1979.

Jan 11 08:52

China's laser weapon capable of destroying Indian and US satellites, say analysts

The Indian and US satellites are vulnerable to China’s ground-based lasers as according to some analysts China has acquired the full capability to destroy the enemy's satellite sensors through its lasers. China can cause great damage to Indian and US satellites during wartime. In January 2019, the Pentagon's Defence Intelligence Agency (DIA), in a report on space threats, had disclosed and warned that China's military is expected to deploy a laser weapon capable of destroying or damaging US military satellites in low earth orbit next year (2020).

Jan 11 08:40

China Mocks US over Twitter Bans

Twitter banned the account of US President Donald Trump. Other US social network giants followed suit. The impact might be even larger than that from the intrusion into the Capitol by Trump’s supporters. Divergences on the silencing of Trump are greater than the riot itself, and such divergences would further divide US society and lead to more hatred and confusion.

Jan 10 10:13

OOPS! China Brags About Deals With Biden Family

Jan 10 09:07

Washington "One-China" Policy Dead As Pompeo Lifts Restrictions On US-Taiwan Relations

The embattled Trump administration has just nuked the decades long US recognition of the "One China" policy status quo in what surely constitutes the biggest shot across Beijing's bow after months of anti-China escalation.

Despite the globe's attention focused on the Capitol protest chaos and Democrats readying a charge to impeach under Pelosi, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Saturday announced this absolute bombshell, namely that he's now lifting "self-imposed restrictions" on the relationship between the United States and Taiwan. He announced in an official statement:

Today I am announcing that I am lifting all of these self-imposed restrictions. Executive branch agencies should consider all "contact guidelines" regarding relations with Taiwan previously issued by the Department of State under authorities delegated to the Secretary of State to be null and void.

Jan 09 12:43

The West is responsible for its self-destruction

If we want to maintain our republic, and Western society as a whole, we need to remember the principles that we stand for, and reject the dictates coming down from maniacal politicians and bureaucrats who seek to slowly chip away at our individual liberties.

Jan 09 08:42

Containment Is Futile: Europe and China Seal Investment Deal as U.S. Grumbles

The European Union and China have agreed “in principle” to a deal on investment after seven long years of negotiation, pointedly ignoring the concerns of the incoming Biden administration. The economic consequences of the so-called Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) remain unclear, but the political signals are telling: the EU is following an essentially German economic agenda centered on global trade while the United States of America’s attempts to economically contain China are manifestly ineffective.

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced the agreement with Trumpesque hyperbole, to not say fake news, gushing that China had just sealed a deal with “the largest single market in the world.” In fact, with Brexit the EU economy is now unambiguously the second-largest in the world, with a respectable nominal GDP of $18.3 trillion (as against the United States’ $21.2 trillion and China’s fast-growing $15.2 trillion).

Jan 09 08:14

Beijing Orders "Severe And Unusual" Media Censorship Of Alibaba Anti-Trust Probe

Despite claims that China's richest man is alive and well and merely "laying low" (reminder - Jack Ma has not been seen in public since he made a speech criticizing the country’s state-owned banks and financial regulators in October), speculation about his whereabouts grows as China’s government has told the country’s media to censor reporting on an antitrust probe into tech giant Alibaba.

The FT reports that at the end of December, the Chinese government’s propaganda arm directed media outlets to “strictly invoke” the official line on the antitrust investigation into Alibaba and to “not make changes or engage in extended analysis without permission”.

“If any company announcements oppose the official stance, do not publish, do not re-post, do not quote foreign media,” the directive said, according to two people who read it.

Jan 08 07:04

A Glimpse Of China's Mysterious Stealth Bomber Shown In Video

The evolution of the pandemic and economic crash and President Trump's' push for deglobalization by slapping China with tariffs resulting in the fracturing of supply chains have heightened tensions between Washington and Beijing.

In response to soaring tensions, China has rapidly modernized its forces with stealth fighters and hypersonic weapons.

Late last year, China was expected to unveil the Xian H-20 supersonic stealth bomber, effectively doubling its country's striking range.

However, that didn't happen, but this week, the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Air Force gave the first glimpse of the stealth bomber's design in the service's 2021 recruitment video released on Tuesday, according to Global Times.

Jan 07 07:22

New US Navy Strategy Calls to Confront Russia and China in the Arctic

On Tuesday, the US Navy released a report titled “A Strategic Blueprint for the Arctic” that calls for a regular US Navy and Marine Corps presence in the northern waters to counter Russia and China.

The strategy fits in with the US military’s focus away from counterterrorism in the Middle East towards so-called “great power competition” with Russia and China, as outlined by the 2018 National Defense Strategy. The document says melting sea ice will create more navigable waters in the Arctic and “create new challenges and opportunities off our northern shores.”

“Without sustained American naval presence and partnerships in the Arctic Region, peace and prosperity will be increasingly challenged by Russia and China, whose interests and values differ dramatically from ours,” the strategy reads.

Jan 07 07:22

NYSE Pulls Another Reversal, Says It Will Delist Chinese Firms

Announcing yet another reversal, the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) said on Wednesday that it will delist three of China’s largest telecommunication companies to comply with an executive order President Trump signed in November.

The NYSE first announced its plan to delist China Mobile Ltd., China Telecom Corp Ltd., China Unicom Hong Kong Ltd. on New Year’s Eve, then said on Monday that it was reversing the decision.

Finally, on Wednesday, the NYSE said after the Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Asset Control (OFAC) “provided additional, specific guidance” that it will go ahead with delisting the companies.

Jan 07 07:20

China’s Real Threat Is to America’s Ruling Ideology

Across the political spectrum, there is widespread agreement that America must get serious about the threat posed by China. As the Trump administration comes to a close, the State Department has just released a document called ‘The Elements of the China Challenge’. A distillation of conventional wisdom among national security experts and government officials, it argues that the U.S. needs a concerted effort to push back against Beijing. On its first page, the document tells us that “the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has triggered a new era of great-power competition.” If there was a major intellectual thread running through Trump’s foreign policy, or at least that of the people he appointed, it was that confronting China was the national security issue of our time.

Jan 07 06:48

China's "Unrestricted War" On The United States

In 1999 Colonel Qiao Liang and Colonel Wang Xiangsui wrote a book called Unrestricted Warfare. In this book, these officers, who were both active-duty officers in the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) discussed the lessons learned from the Gulf War action in 1990. The book was published by the PLA Literature and Arts Publishing House in Beijing, which suggests official approval by the PLA Command.

Liang and Xiangsui recall the CNN broadcast of the dead American soldier in Mogadishu and how that broadcast caused an American pullout of Somalia, changing the world’s strategic situation.

This and other examples caused these officers to postulate another type of warfare they called unrestricted warfare, which crossed all of the spectrums of society and involved no rules. The authors listed 15 types of new warfare to be used in order to avoid the standard military conflict.

Jan 07 06:46

China Makes It Harder For US Spy Satellites To Spot Hypersonic Missiles

China's transporter erector launcher (TEL), which carries and fires DF-17 hypersonic missiles, has received a stealth camouflaged cover that makes it more challenging for the US and allies to identify via reconnaissance satellites, according to state-run newspaper Global Times.

TEL is a ground-based vehicle with an integrated prime mover (tractor unit) that can carry and elevate a DF-17 into a firing position.

The upgraded TEL was spotted in a video celebrating the founding of the People's Liberation Army (PLA) Rocket Force last week and was published initially on the Chinese website 81.cn.

According to the video, the camouflaged missile transporter has a hypersonic missile encased inside a shell as it traverses desert terrain.

Jan 07 06:16

Out With the Trade War Against China, and In With the Culture War Against It

‘Now we can get back to normal.’ That was the sigh of relief, tinged with at least a frisson of Schadenfreude, with which many international-relations commentators greeted the defeat of President Trump. The subsequent arrival of effective Covid-19 vaccines added to their mild delight that an extraordinary final year of a singular four-year US presidency would soon be behind us.

Many think that Western politicians and diplomats can now revert to their postwar multilateralist ways, without having to deal with an unpredictable and erratic American president. No more unilateralist antics. No more disregard and contempt for America’s allies. And no more capricious provocation of China, with the dire potential consequence of a military standoff.

Jan 06 14:26

China's Tianwen-1 spacecraft will reach Mars orbit on February 10

China's Tianwen-1 Mars orbiter and rover are speeding toward the Red Planet and preparing to arrive on Feb. 10, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) has said.

Tianwen-1 has been in space for nearly 24 weeks and was around 81 million miles (130 million kilometers) from Earth and 5.15 million miles (8.3 million km) from Mars on Jan. 3 Beijing time, according to CNSA.

With all systems working normally, the spacecraft is due to enter Mars orbit on Feb. 10, according to China's CCTV news network. The five-ton spacecraft will perform a burn of its engines to slow it down enough to be captured by Mars" gravitational pull.

Jan 06 07:54

Former Head Of Chinese Financial Giant Sentenced To Death

China's courts have just offered up the latest example of just how little the Party cares about preserving human dignity and life. In keeping with China's heavy handed punishments against public corruption, a former chairman of one of the country's top 4 state-controlled asset managers was sentenced to death on Tuesday over allegations he accepted 1.8BN yuan (roughly $277M).

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You know, we could use a little of that here in the US!

Jan 06 07:48

Massive Study In China Proves Masks And Lockdowns Useless As Asymptomatic Transmission Of COVID-19 Does Not Occur

A study of almost 10 million people in Wuhan, China, found that asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 did not occur at all, thus undermining the need for lockdowns, which are built on the premise of the virus being unwittingly spread by infectious, asymptomatic people:

Published in November in the scientific journal Nature Communications, the paper was compiled by 19 scientists, mainly from the Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, but also from scientific institutions across China as well as in the U.K. and Australia. It focused on the residents of Wuhan, ground zero for COVID-19, where 9,899,828 people took part in a screening program between May 14 and June 1, which provided clear results as to the possibility of any asymptomatic transmission of the virus.

Jan 06 07:14

Chinese Soldiers Outfitted With Digital Combat Device That Has "Self-Destruction Mode"

New Delhi Television has revealed that Chinese soldiers in the Tibet Military Region will soon be equipped with new digital systems embedded in their combat gear.

Chinese soldiers will be outfitted with satellite antennas on the helmets, new night-vision goggles, and a digital control terminal on the arm. They will also receive advanced body armor, a new navigation device, personal radio, camera module, audio converter, information processing, and power supply module.

While the upgrades sound nothing out of the ordinary, there was mention that the new combat gear would be outfitted with "self-destruction mode."

"More importantly, this system is equipped with a self-destruction device. If a soldier is seriously injured but does not want to be captured, activating the self-destruction device will not only maintain the dignity of the soldier, but the enemy will not be able to obtain any information about this system."

Jan 06 06:56

WHO ‘very disappointed’ China has not finalized visas for team investigating origins of coronavirus

World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said he was “very disappointed” that China had not yet approved plans for a WHO mission being deployed there to investigate the origins of the novel coronavirus.

“Today we learned that Chinese officials have not yet finalized the necessary permissions for the team’s arrival in China,” Tedros said Tuesday during a news conference in Geneva. “I have been in contact with senior Chinese officials, and I have once again made it clear the mission is a priority for the WHO.”

It was a rare critique of Beijing by Tedros, who critics say has not sufficiently held China to account for its initial efforts to downplay or cover up the virus.

Jan 05 11:20

'Measure how far US is from the South China Sea': Global Times editor shuts down Pompeo for noting China's distance from Arctic

The feud between Beijing and Washington escalated on Twitter after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo disputed China's claim that it's a near-Arctic state.

On Sunday, Pompeo provoked China on the subject by tweeting: "I made clear that it is a communist fiction for China to be a 'near-Arctic nation' when you are 900 miles from the Arctic. This pangolin's nose under the Arctic tent went on for too long – we did what we do by calling out simple reality."

Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin shot back at Pompeo on Tuesday, however, politely suggesting that the secretary of state "measure how far [the] continental US is from the South China Sea."

Jan 05 05:49

House Republicans Appalled Pelosi Keeping Eric Swalwell on Intelligence Committee

House Republicans expressed disgust that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) would keep Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) on the House Intelligence Committee despite a recent Axios story revealing that he had deep ties to a suspected Chinese spy for several years as he was elected to Congress and began serving on the committee.

Minority Whip Steve Scalise (R-CA) tweeted after the new Congress was sworn in on Sunday: “Unbelievable. Looks like Nancy Pelosi is keeping Rep. Eric Swalwell on the House Intelligence Committee in the new Congress — even after his ties to a Chinese spy were exposed. Why do Democrats refuse to stand up to China?”

Jan 04 09:30

First 350km/h Freight Train the World Rolls Off the Assembly Line in China

A brand new 350 km/h high-speed freight electric multiple units (EMU) train, independently developed by China, rolled off the assembly line on Wednesday in Tangshan City of north China’s Hebei Province.

The development of the train was led by CRRC Tangshan Company and supported by the Ministry of Science and Technology’s key project “Advanced Rail Transport.”

Jan 03 07:30

Nigel Farage issues post Brexit China warning –‘Bigger threat than EU'

NIGEL FARAGE has warned China was "a bigger threat to our independence than EU" in a video posted on Twitter as he vowed to ensure "we are no longer dependent" on Beijing.

The leader of the Brexit party uploaded a video to the social media platform saying his “next campaign” had begun. In the caption accompanying the video, Mr Farage wrote: “Stopping China is the next big battle to fight.”

Speaking of his next “big challenge” after Brexit, Mr Farage said: “A bigger threat to our independence, our way of life, our liberty, and it is China.

“Those scenes last night as police officers went around London to make sure nobody got over the fence to celebrate in Trafalgar Square.”

Jan 02 07:31

China Denounces UK’s Plan to Sail Aircraft Carrier Into South China Sea

On Thursday, Beijing warned the UK against a plan to sail a new British aircraft carrier through the South China Sea.

In 2019, then-UK Defense Minister Gavin Williamson announced that the HMS Queen Elizabeth’s first operational mission will include a passage in the disputed South China Sea.

China’s Defense Ministry Spokesman Tan Kefei was asked about London’s plan on Thursday. “The Chinese side believes that the South China Sea should not become a sea of great power rivalry dominated by weapons and warships,” he said.

Jan 01 12:35

CCP deployed internet propaganda “army” to brainwash Americans about the coronavirus

It is the perfect Christmas gift for communist China, which aims for nothing more than the total destruction of the U.S. under the guise of a disease that, truth be told, is not even close to being as serious as authorities claim.

Jan 01 07:47

FARRELL: The Fang Fang Dossier

Democratic Congressional leaders are hoping that the alleged spy scandal swirling around California Democrat Rep. Eric Swalwell will just go away. They have successfully convinced the mainstream media that there is no story. Swalwell himself was confident enough to emerge on Twitter to suggest that any Republican who questions the validity of the 2020 election is a “traitor.” That level of tone-deafness from Swalwell is stunning but hardly surprising, given his history.

Swalwell’s longstanding relationship with alleged communist Chinese spy Christine Fang – also known by the Bond-villianesque moniker Fang Fang – is a case study in foreign intelligence penetration. Swalwell met Fang while he was a city councilman in Dublin, California, in 2011. Fang helped him get reelected to Congress in 2014 and helped place an intern in his office.

Dec 31 07:49

Tensions Between China and India May Soon Rise as Trump Approves Historic Tibet Act

US President Donald Trump signed into law on Sunday the historic Tibet bill. US Congress had passed this bill on December 21. The Tibetan Policy and Support Act (TPSA), which supports Tibet in key areas, even includes possible sanctions against Chinese authorities should they try to appoint the next Dalai Lama themselves and calls for building an international coalition to ensure such appointment is only carried out by the Tibetan Buddhist community. The bill has bipartisan support and demands Beijing allow Washington to set up a consulate in the Tibetan capital of Lhasa. Finally, it has safety provisions regarding the Tibetan environment calling for greater international cooperation to monitor this issue besides providing funds.

Dec 31 07:36

India, China reach no ‘meaningful result’ from talks over border conflict

ndia says no “meaningful” solution has been reached with China to a standoff over a section of their Himalayan border, despite several rounds of diplomatic and military talks that were held to de-escalate the border tensions between the nuclear armed neighbors.

Indian Defense Minister Rajnath Singh said on Tuesday that there had been “no meaningful result” from the several rounds of talks, which aimed to de-escalate tensions that prompted both sides to ramp up their military presence across the border.

The two sides moved troops, weapons, and supplies to the high-altitude desert region after a deadly clash at the Line of Actual Control killed 20 Indian soldiers back in June.

Dec 31 07:14

EU agreed new trade deal with China in move likely to INFURIATE Joe Biden

THE EUROPEAN UNION has agreed "in principle" a major investment pact with China which risks putting the bloc on a collision course with Joe Biden's incoming administration.

On Wednesday European Commission and Council presidents Ursula von der Leyen and Charles Michel backed the agreement at a video conference with Chinese leader Xi Jinping. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French president Emmanuel Macron were also on the call.

Dec 30 08:09

Only we can lock up journalists and get away with it, UK embassy warns China

The UK is railing against China's persecution of journalist Zhang Zhan. But back at home, Julian Assange is under lock and key at Belmarsh prison for speaking the truth.

The British embassy in Beijing published a scathing statement against China for sentencing a citizen journalist to four years in prison on Monday, raising concerns about “media freedom” in the country.

What it failed to mention, however, is that back at home the British government is currently persecuting its own journalist – WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

“The case of Zhang Zhan – who was arrested for her reporting on Covid-19 in Wuhan earlier this year and today sentenced to four years – raises serious concerns about media freedom in China,” declared the embassy, adding that Zhang is “one of at least 47 journalists currently in detention in China.”

Dec 30 07:10

US Turns Tide on Huawei, Ending CCP’s 5G Master Plan

The Trump administration scored a victory against the regime in Beijing this year through its “Clean Network” campaign that booted Huawei Technologies Co. out of critical telecommunications infrastructure in many countries.

The effort, while not well-publicized, secured an array of commitments from governments to exclude untrusted vendors from their fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks. As of this month, more than 50 nations, representing over two-thirds of the world’s economy, and 180 telecom companies had joined the “Clean Network” initiative led by the U.S. government.

The alliance includes 26 of the 27 EU member states, as well as technologically advanced countries such as Japan, Israel, Australia, Singapore, Taiwan, Canada, New Zealand, and India.

This triumph for the U.S. government seemed unthinkable at the beginning of this year, as the Chinese telecom giant, a dominant player in the global 5G market, seemed unbeatable.

Dec 30 07:00

Navy challenges Vietnamese claims to seas around resort island in South China Sea

The USS John S. McCain conducted a freedom-of-navigation operation in the South China Sea on Thursday, the second such mission in a week, according to the Navy’s 7th Fleet.

The guided-missile destroyer was sent to challenge Vietnam’s “excessive maritime claims” in the Con Dao Islands, about 150 miles south of Ho Chi Minh City, the 7th Fleet said in a statement the same day.

The Con Dao archipelago is made up of 16 islands, most of which are uninhabited, according to Vietnam-guide.com. The main island, Con Son, is home to several beach resorts and fishing villages.

“The ship conducted normal operations within Vietnam’s claimed territorial seas to challenge excessive maritime claims and preserve access and navigational freedoms consistent with international law,” the 7th Fleet said in the statement.

Dec 30 06:57

STUNNING: All Major Western Media Outlets Take ‘Private Dinners’, ‘Sponsored Trips’ From Chinese Communist Propaganda Front

A host of corporate media outlets including CNN, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and MSNBC have participated in private dinners and sponsored trips with the China-United States Exchange Foundation, a Chinese Communist Party-funded group seeking to garner “favorable coverage” and “disseminate positive messages” regarding China, The National Pulse can reveal.

Other outlets involved in the propaganda operation include Forbes, the Financial Times, Newsweek, Bloomberg, Reuters, ABC News, the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, AFP, TIME magazine, LA Times, The Hill, BBC, and The Atlantic.

The relationship is revealed in the Department of Justice’s Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA) filings, which reveal a relationship spanning over a decade between establishment media outlets and the China–United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF).

Dec 30 06:57

REVEALED: Hillary Clinton Met With CCP ‘Undercover Intel Ops’ Group While Bill Floated Paid Speeches

A delegation from a Chinese Communist Party-run think tank identified by the U.S. government as carrying out “undercover intelligence gathering” operations and seeking to coerce foreign actors into backing the Chinese Communist Party’s “preferred policies” met with Hillary Clinton and a host of high-level military leaders during the Obama-Biden administration, The National Pulse can reveal.

The exchange with the controversial group – China Association for International Friendly Contact (CAIFC) – occurred in October of 2009, while Clinton was serving as Secretary of State. The CAIFC delegation, composed of China’s former top military leaders, visited Clinton after stopping in Hawaii to meet with American generals.

Dec 29 12:02

Explosive Report Alleges Extensive Use Of Forced Labor At Apple Suppliers In China

As Apple continues to lobby against the Uygher Forced Labor Prevention Act, a bill intended to punish Chinese companies that utilize forced labor from the persecuted Muslim minority group, the Washington Post has just rolled out a lengthy investigation, conducted in partnership with a human-rights group, exposing Apple suppliers' links to forced labor.

Breaking news that threatens to revive the outrage over the fraught ethical status of Apple's supply chain. 10 years ago, when stories about Foxconn's labor abuses first emerged, coverage seemed to focus on macabre stories of long shifts, low pay and suicide nets strung up around manufacturing facilities to stop workers from leaping to their deaths.

Dec 29 11:58

How U.S. Financed 'Human Rights' Organizations Create Anti-Chinese Headlines

During my daily skimming of the main stream media I at times detect news items that seem of little public interest but are widely published. These pieces are often suspiciously similar to each other and seem to come from the 'Mighty Wurlitzer':

In 1967 the magazine "Ramparts" ran an expose revealing that the Central Intelligence Agency had been secretly funding and managing a wide range of citizen front groups intended to counter communist influence around the world.
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CIA official Frank Wisner called the operation his "mighty Wurlitzer," on which he could play any propaganda tune.

Today's 'Mighty Wurlitzer' song is played simultaneously by all major outlets:

Dec 29 09:59

Covid 20 pro has been released

Dec 29 08:26

Vaccine makers might need insurance

Experts have welcomed a draft regulation on compulsory insurance for Chinese vaccine manufacturers, saying it will better protect the legal rights of vaccine recipients and strengthen oversight of the industry.

The draft regulation, released by the National Medical Products Administration for a month's public consultation earlier this month, includes mandatory liability insurance for all licensed vaccine suppliers on the Chinese mainland to ensure they can provide compensation for recipients injured or killed by substandard vaccines.

It mandates the establishment of a nationwide minimum liability limit, with at least 500,000 yuan ($74,800) in compensation for a death and indemnities for injuries determined by appraisal results.

Dec 29 07:48

Bass Blasts "Deeply Corrupt" EU Over Imminent Landmark China Investment Deal

In contrast to the EU, the US Congress passed the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act in June 2019, and on September 22, 2020, the US House of Representatives passed the Uyghur Forced Labor Prevention Act.

As The Gatestone Institute's Judith Bergman notes, the US has sanctioned at least 28 Chinese officials over their actions in Xinjiang. The list includes senior Chinese Communist Party (CCP) officials, such as current Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) Party Secretary Chen Quanguo, who executes Chinese government policy in the region. He is also the current First Political Commissar of the XPCC, a role in which he has exercised control over the entity.

Dec 29 07:43

"The Elements Of The China Challenge": A Reply To Critics

The paper argues that the core of the challenge consists of the concerted efforts by the Chinese Communist Party to reconfigure world order to serve the CCP’s authoritarian interests and aims. It explains the errors that nourished the hope on both the right and the left that economic liberalization in China, coupled with Western engagement and incorporation of Beijing into international organizations, would bring about China’s political liberalization. It describes the characteristic practices of the communist dictatorship, traces China’s brazen programs of economic co-optation and coercion in every region of the world, examines the Marxist-Leninist dogma and hyper-nationalist beliefs that provide the intellectual sources of the CCP’s quest for global supremacy, and surveys China's vulnerabilities -- both those endemic to authoritarian regimes and those specific to the People’s Republic of China. In conclusion, the paper lays out a framework for securing freedom.

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