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    A 2017 email exchange between LeDuc and Fauci, the longtime director of NIAID, confirmed that UTMB collaborated with Chinese scientists from the Wuhan Institute of Virology and trained researchers there in "practices in safety and security." LeDuc's email, which invites Fauci to a meeting with officials from Chinese BSL-4 labs, including the one at the Wuhan institute, suggests he is on friendly terms with the NIAID director, who himself is mired in controversy over his agency's support for risky coronavirus research in China. The emails were first reported by the National Pulse. Like Fauci, LeDuc has publicly and privately expressed skepticism of speculation that research conducted at the Wuhan lab is connected to the origins of the COVID-19 pandemic. When the lab-leak hypothesis was first floated in early 2020, LeDuc contacted WIV Professor Yuan Zhiming, one of his colleagues in the field of biosafety, urging the Chinese scientist to "aggressively address these rumors and presumably false accusations quickly and provide definitive, honest information to counter misinformation.” Publicly, LeDuc was consulted by the media on the lab-leak hypothesis as an...
    Violence receded Friday in the capital of the Solomon Islands, but the government showed no signs of addressing the underlying grievances that sparked two days of riots, including concerns about the country's increasing links with China.  Solomon Islands Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare sought to deflect attention from domestic issues by blaming outside interference for stirring up the protesters, with a thinly veiled reference to Taiwan and the United States.  External pressures were a "very big ... influence. I don’t want to name names. We’ll leave it there," Sogavare said.  Manasseh Sogavare, prime Minister of Solomon Islands, attends a Lowy Institute event in Sydney on Monday Aug. 14, 2017.  (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft, File) CHINA SAYS US SHOULD HAVE NO ‘ILLUSIONS’ WHEN IT COMES TO TAIWAN  Honiara’s Chinatown and its downtown precinct were focuses of rioters, looters and protesters who demanded the resignation of Sogavare, who has been prime minister intermittently since 2000.  Sogavare has been widely criticized by leaders of the country's most populous island of Malaita for a 2019 decision to drop diplomatic ties with Taiwan in favor of...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Almost as abruptly as she had vanished, Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai reappeared in public view over the weekend.Since Friday evening, a steady stream of photos and videos purporting to show a smiling Peng going about her life in Beijing have surfaced on Twitter -- all posted by individuals working for Chinese government-controlled media and the state sport system, on a platform blocked in China.The apparent propaganda push was followed Sunday by a video call between Peng and International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Thomas Bach, during which the three-time Olympian insisted she is "safe and well, living at her home in Beijing" and "would like to have her privacy respected," according to a statement from the IOC.The flurry of "proof of life" videos came amid a firestorm of global concern for Peng, who disappeared from the public eye for more than two weeks after taking to social media to accuse former Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli of coercing her into sex at his home -- an explosive and politically sensitive allegation that triggered blanket censorship in China.While Peng's public...
    A report on the United Kingdom’s response to the Chinese coronavirus crisis has found that the government was “underprepared” for such a pandemic, stating that there were no “detailed plans” to deal with a coronavirus outbreak. The National Audit Office (NAO) – the UK’s independent spending watchdog – found that the British government did not have the structures in place to effectively deal with an emergency such as the one brought on by the Wuhan virus. The report states that the government failed to set out an overarching level of risk that they were willing to accept within pandemic scenarios. Additionally, the report found that the level of risk the government found acceptable was inconsistent, shifting early on in the pandemic. The NAO wrote: “Like many other governments across the world, the UK government was underprepared for a pandemic like COVID-19. It will need to learn lessons from its preparations for and handling of whole-system risks, which will include making judgements on what level of preparations is appropriate.” “The UK government and devolved administrations, along with the emergency services and other...
    Thus, even if it is unexpectedly true that the Chinese government was not involved in Shuai's disappearance, it is simply not credible to claim that they are not even aware of the controversy at all. And yet, that is exactly the position the communist government continues to take. In open defiance of the world, a spokesperson for the Chinese government has claimed that they are "not aware" of the worldwide controversy surrounding Shuai at all. Simon paints a stark contrast to the NBA, which chided former Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey for an innocuous tweet in support of freedom for Hong Kong. Many would-be socially conscious NBA players including LeBron James were reportedly incensed at Morey for potentially disrupting a pre-season game in China and their lucrative Chinese endorsement deals with his remarks. Meanwhile, Simon says that his league will not be bullied by the financial power wielded by the Chinese government. "We're definitely willing to pull our business and deal with all the complications that come with it. Because this is certainly, this is bigger...
    Tokyo (CNN Business)Evergrande is staring down about $8 billion worth of debt obligations due to foreign investors over the next year. The company's billionaire founder and chairman may have to pay at least some of that out of his own pocket.The embattled conglomerate has become the poster child of China's property crisis. Fears that the real estate developer could default and spark a contagion effect roiled global markets in September. In its latest financial stability report, the United States Federal Reserve warned that "stresses in China's real estate sector could strain the Chinese financial system, with possible spillovers to the United States."Evergrande has managed to meet some interest payments and stave off a collapse, at least for now. But a slew of new payment deadlines will soon expire. On Wednesday, a 30-day grace period is up on some $148 million worth of interest payments that the company already missed deadlines on.So far, there's been little clarity on how the company will shore up more cash. It's been trying to sell some of its assets — from a partial stake in...
    Democrat plans to surveil Americans’ bank accounts using the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are part of a broader framework to install government controls resembling China’s “social credit score” system, Rep. Drew Ferguson (R-GA) observed on Thursday’s edition of SiriusXM’s Breitbart News Daily with special guest host Jerome Hudson. Treasury Secretary Jessica Yellen recently said bank transactions valued at $600 or more should be automatically reported to the IRS for surveillance to combat “tax fraud and cheating.” In September, the Biden administration called for Congress to enact legislation forcing banks to report such transactions to the IRS Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (C) listens to President Joe Biden during a meeting on October 06, 2021, in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) “What they’re trying to do is to control every part of your life,” Ferguson said. “They are looking at your social media posts. They are looking at your finances. They’re going to tie all of this stuff together, and it ultimately feels and sounds a lot like the Chinese social score with the government being in control of every part of...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Washington is barring a major Chinese state-owned telecommunications firm from operating in the United States over national security concerns — an action that threatens to once again increase tensions between the world's two largest economies.The US Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday said it has ordered China Telecom to discontinue US services within 60 days, citing findings that the company's American subsidiary "is subject to exploitation, influence, and control by the Chinese government."The company is also "highly likely to be forced to comply with Chinese government requests without sufficient legal procedures subject to independent judicial oversight." Wall Street is kicking out yet another big Chinese companyThe FCC's action is the culmination of a long dispute with China Telecom, which has operated in the United States for nearly two decades. The agency said it gave the company an opportunity last December to rebut concerns over its presence in the United States, but that China Telecom has failed to do so. China Telecom did not immediately respond to requests for comment from CNN Business. A spokesperson for the American subsidiary...
    (CNN)Americans—particularly businesspeople and the politically engaged—should be thinking twice about traveling to China. For years, China watchers have warned of Beijing's increasing use of "hostage diplomacy," and last month, it was on full display. Two Canadians in China, Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, were detained by Chinese authorities in 2018, shortly after Canada arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at America's behest over alleged violations of US sanctions. As soon as Meng was returned to China in late September, Kovrig and Spavor were released. The Chinese government insisted for years their seizure of the Canadians was unrelated to Meng's detention. So how is it they were released only hours after Meng's plea deal was executed? Read More Canada-China prisoner swap soothes but doesnt resolve tensions Make no mistake: just like their North Korean clients, the Chinese government took hostages to force a favorable political outcome. They have been rewarded for their behavior, and history shows it will only continue. A warning to anyone else traveling to China: You could easily be next. For any one tourist traveling to China, the risk...
    Islamabad11 hours ago Loss of power transmission in Pakistan is up to 30%. (Index) The National Transmission and Despatch Company (NTDC) in Pakistan has banned a Chinese company from issuing fake documents to win tenders. Now this company cannot participate in any tender or bidding process in future. On the other hand, after this new case related to electricity came to the fore, the power crisis in the country has started to show signs of deepening. Apart from this, there could be tension in relations between the two countries. Use of forged documentsDawn News quoted government sources as saying that the Chinese company had forged documents to obtain NDTC’s contract, bribed officials and conspired to open a tender in its favor. During its leaked investigation, it was discovered that the Chinese company had tried to obtain the contract on the basis of forged papers. Following this, the power division of the Ministry of Energy under the authority of the Imran government pulled the Chinese company out of the tender process and issued orders for a new auction. The company is...
                      by Ross Pomeroy  A plethora of politicians and government officials across the globe screwed up in their handling of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The Chinese government, however, was acutely damaging with its ineptitude, because it, more than any other entity, had a chance to limit the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus when it first emerged in late 2019. Instead of trying to contain the virus with the help of the international community, however, the Chinese government lied, misled, and stalled. All of humanity has experienced the disastrous result of this negligence. In his new book, Uncontrolled Spread, physician, senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb focused his considerable expertise on pointing out the ways in which the world’s response to COVID-19 fell short, and how we can better prepare for the next inevitable pandemic. Early on in the book, he chronicled numerous examples of the Chinese government’s inept, corrupt handling of what was then an emerging outbreak. Here are ten of them: 1. Silencing Genetic Sequencing. In late...
    LinkedIn, the last major US social media platform operating in China, will shut down its networking service and transition to a job-seeking board after Beijing authorities reportedly gave it 30 days to better regulate its content. The decision, first reported by The Wall Street Journal, was announced on Thursday by parent company Microsoft. LinkedIn joins other popular Western social media apps like Facebook, Google, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit, Zoom, Instagram, WhatsApp, Twitch, and many more that are blocked in mainland China. Those companies have been banned in China for years after they refused government demands to censor user content. 'While we are going to sunset the localized version of LinkedIn in China later this year, we will continue to have a strong presence in China to drive our new strategy and are excited to launch the new InJobs app later this year,' a LinkedIn spokesperson told DailyMail.com. LinkedIn will no longer offer its networking platform to users in China due to increased censorship demands from the government in Beijing, it was announced on Thursday The announcement was made on Thursday by...
    The Chinese Communist Party's mouthpiece has unleashed on Tony Abbott, labelling him 'evil' and 'vicious' after he warned Australia could be dragged into a war over Taiwan. The scathing attack by China's The Global Times was a direct response to comments by the former prime minister during and after his trip to Taipei last week. Mr Abbott in a speech on Friday criticised Beijing for launching 'intimidatory sorties against Taiwan' and urged democracies to show 'solidarity' with the island of 25 million people which lies 161km east of China. He then followed this up with his own opinion piece where he said Taiwan should 'prepare to fight' in the event China tried to take the island. On Tuesday, Global Times editor-in-chief Hu Xijin delivered returned fire through the government propaganda outlet, and even threatened conflict with Australia. The Chinese Communist Party's mouthpiece has unleashed on former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, labelling him 'evil' and 'vicious' after he warned Australia could be dragged into a war over tensions between Taiwan and Beijing  'To put it bluntly, Abbott actually asked Taiwan to...
                      by Mckenna Dallmeyer  A Chinese student attending a Canadian university is currently facing repercussions from the Chinese government for his criticism of the regime on Twitter. Experts tell Campus Reform that the same thing has happened in the United States. As the Toronto Star reported last week, the student retweeted three posts while in Canada: “the news that Nobel laureate and Chinese democracy advocate Liu Xiaobo had died, a short satirical video about President Xi Jinping, and a chart on levels of Chinese government corruption.” Months later, he received a call from his father who asked if he posted something about the Chinese government on the internet. “The public security bureau called us twice,” his father, per the Canadian outlet’s reporting. Soon after, the student was contacted by a Chinese police officer via the WeChat social media app. “The police told me the Ministry of Public Security (China’s internal policing department) tracked me by my IP address and knows where I live in Canada. They have evidence the Twitter account belongs to me,” the student told The...
    Federal law enforcement agencies are purchasing surveillance drones from a Chinese company the Pentagon has said could pose a threat to national security, Axios reported. The U.S. Secret Service purchased eight surveillance drones from Da Jiang Innovations (DJI), a company based in Shenzhen, China, in July, according to procurement records obtained by the industry publication IPVM and shared with Axios. The FBI had already bought 19 DJI drones days prior to the Secret Service’s purchase. DJI produces a number of very popular drones for commercial and personal use, including the Phantom and Mavic drone series, Axios reported. Their products require users to download proprietary DJI software and fly using mapping databases that can be monitored remotely. The Defense Department announced DJI posed “potential threats to national security” two days prior to the Secret Service’s purchase. The Department of Homeland Security said it had “moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government” in 2017. The company was put on the Commerce Department‘s export blacklist after Bloomberg reported...
    The Evergrande headquarters is seen in Shenzhen, southeastern China on September 14, 2021, as the Chinese property giant said it is facing "unprecedented difficulties" but denied rumours that it is about to go under.Noel Celis | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — Property developer China Evergrande's debt woes are not likely to cause the same fallout as the collapse of U.S. investment bank Lehman Brothers in 2008, analysts said. Evergrande's Hong Kong-listed shares have tumbled nearly 90% since July 2020, as the Chinese government cracked down on speculation in the real estate market. The stock has lost more than 20% in the last five trading days and investors are watching to see if the highly indebted real estate giant will be able to make millions of dollars in interest payments on U.S. dollar-denominated bonds in the coming days. The jitters have contributed to global stock market declines this week.Evergrande holds physical assetsHowever, when it comes to the scale of potential impact on international financial markets, analysts point to a major difference between the Evergrande crisis and the Lehman collapse: Evergrande...
    A whistleblower has sensationally claimed China deliberately spread Covid at a military tournament two months before the rest of the world knew about the deadly virus. Ex-Chinese Communist Party insider Wei Jingsheng said The World Military Games in October 2019 could have acted as the virus' first superspreader event. The international tournament for military athletes was held in Wuhan - the origin of the Covid-19 pandemic - two months before China notified the World Health Organisation about its first cases. Mr Jingsheng claimed it was no coincidence some of the 9,000 international athletes who gathered for the event reportedly became sick with a mystery illness. Pictured: The opening ceremony of the 7th CISM Military World Games in Wuhan in October 2019. Some of the 9,000 athletes who gathered for the tournament reportedly became sick with a mystery illness two months before China told the world about its first Covid-19 cases 'I thought the Chinese government would take this opportunity to spread the virus during the Military Games, as many foreigners would show up there,' he told the new Sky...
    A man walks in front of unfinished residential buildings at the Evergrande Oasis, a housing complex developed by Evergrande Group, in Luoyang, China September 15, 2021. Picture taken September 15, 2021.Carlos Garcia Rawlins | Reuters A liquidity crisis at a large Chinese property developer has shaken global markets, and strategists say it could send ripples across the global economy. But they also say the issue will likely be contained by the Chinese government before it wreaks damage in the banking system and it is not expected to lead to a broader global financial contagion. The critical question for investors is how and when do leaders in Beijing handle the situation, and whether they launch a restructuring of China Evergrande Group as many market pros expect. Investors have worried that Beijing is likely to let the company fail, wounding stockholders and domestic bondholders. Evergrande faces a debt payment on its offshore bonds this coming Thursday, after it said last week it was facing unprecedented difficulties. "Everyone was expecting the government would have some kind of resolution given that Evergrande is a...
    Joe Biden's climate change envoy and former secretary of state John Kerry disclosed millions of dollars in Chinese investments held by his wife's family trust, government documents show. Kerry's latest filing with the Office of Government Ethics (OGE) in March shows his wife benefits from an investment of 'at least $1 million' in a hedge fund that specializes in private partnerships and investments with Chinese government-controlled funds. In his senior government role Kerry regularly meets with Chinese diplomats and leaders, and is in the delicate position of negotiating with the industrial superpower to cut deals on reducing carbon emissions.  A government ethics expert has raised concerns that the Chinese government, which has a substantial interest in several business partnerships Kerry's wife's family trust has invested in, could use the threat of derailing personal investments to put pressure on the Biden cabinet member.  George W. Bush's former chief White House ethics lawyer Richard Painter told DailyMail.com the investments could pose an ethical problem for Kerry.  'As soon as anyone even hinted that the Chinese government would try to do anything to...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)China's dramatic steps to contain the coronavirus this summer have taken a toll on consumer confidence in the country and are fueling concerns about the strength of the world's second largest economy. Retail sales struggled in August, increasing just 2.5% compared to a year earlier, according to government statistics released Wednesday. That was much weaker than expected and a dramatic slowdown from the 8.5% uptick recorded in July. Chinese authorities attributed the slower growth to Covid-19 outbreaks and flooding, which stopped people from traveling and caused them to hold off on "summer holiday spending," according to Fu Linghui, a spokesman for the National Bureau of Statistics, who spoke Wednesday at a press conference in Beijing. The Delta variant is just one of the clouds hanging over Chinas economyIndustrial production rose 5.3% in August from a year earlier, also slower than July and the weakest growth generated by China's factories in a year. Investment in urban areas, meanwhile, increased 8.9% for the January-to-August period, down from 10.3% through the first seven months of the year.Read MoreThe data...
                        According to Delta Airlines’ privacy policy, the Chinese communist government collects personal information of passengers who use the airline to travel to China. This, according to a new article in The Federalist. “Your personal data will be collected and processed in accordance with Cybersecurity Law of China that became effective in June 2017 … and any other laws and regulations of China that govern this area,” the policy reads. “Any processing of personal data that we perform is in accordance with the provisions of the privacy laws in China, and this data may only be used for the limited purposes discussed in this section. ” The agreement, The Federalist went on to report, also details certain passenger information that Chinese government authorities require, including birthday, sex, “postal address, address while staying in the United States, and email address,” and “biometric information (such as finger, face, voice, or iris).” The Georgia Star News’ attempts to contact Delta Airlines’ communications staff on Monday were unsuccessful. The Federalist reported that Delta...
    VIDEO2:2602:26China will not follow in U.S. footsteps and take over Afghanistan: Ex-ambassadorSquawk Box Asia China will tread cautiously in Afghanistan and its main goal would be to work with the Taliban on border security, a former U.S. ambassador to Beijing said Friday. The world's second-largest economy is one of the few countries that established friendly relations with the Taliban even before the militant group took over Afghanistan in a matter of days last month. "I expect that China will be very careful," Max Baucus, who was the U.S. ambassador to China between February 2014 and January 2017 under former President Barack Obama, said on CNBC's "Squawk Box Asia." "They will not try to take over the country as other countries, including the U.S., have," he said, adding that China is worried about potential terror attacks within its borders or on Chinese targets in the region, carried out from Afghan soil.VIDEO9:3009:30What Taliban rule means for Afghanistan's economyCNBC Explains"Their major concern is East Turkestan. They are going to work with the Taliban to help make sure there's very little terrorism from Afghanistan,"...
    China's celebrities have been warned they must 'oppose the decadent ideas of money worship, hedonism and extreme individualism' at an entertainment industry symposium hosted by the Communist Party. The meeting in Beijing on Tuesday ran with the slogan: 'Love the party, love the country, advocate morality and art.' It was attended by senior party officials and showbusiness bosses who were told they must conform to social ethics, personal morality and family values. Beijing has been cracking down on celebrities as part of a broader attack on China's wealthy elite, which some have likened to the Mao Zedong's Cultural Revolution - a purge of political opponents in the 1960s.   Actress Zheng Shuang was fined $46 million for tax evasion last month Actress Zhao Wei, who is the face of Fendi in China, was wiped from the internet last month, with films and TV shows she starred in being removed from streaming services, without the government providing any reason. Movie star Zhao Wei was wiped from the internet, actress Zheng Shuang was fined $46 million, while outspoken Jack Ma, the billionaire owner...
    In recent months, Washington has had a lot to say about China's ever-expanding air, naval, and missile power. But when Pentagon officials address the topic, they generally speak less about that country's current capabilities, which remain vastly inferior to those of the U.S., than the world they foresee in the 2030s and 2040s, when Beijing is expected to have acquired far more sophisticated weaponry. "China has invested heavily in new technologies, with a stated intent to complete the modernization of its forces by 2035 and to field a 'world-class military' by 2049," Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin testified in June. The United States, he assured the Senate Armed Services Committee, continues to possess "the best joint fighting force on Earth." But only by spending countless additional billions of dollars annually, he added, can this country hope to "outpace" China's projected advances in the decades to come. As it happens, however, there's a significant flaw in such reasoning. In fact, consider this a guarantee: by 2049, the Chinese military (or what's left of it) will be so busy coping with a...
    The taxi industry in Europe can breathe easy, at least for now. For some time, one of the major competitors in the passenger transport sector had announced that it would start operations in Europe. Didi, the transportation giant in China, pause its entry and expansion plans in Europe. The increase in control of the Government of China to local technology companies would be behind the giant’s decision. That in an attempt to save the furniture, he has determined to abandon his interest outside of China. According to The Telegraph, Didi had his first objective in the United Kingdom. Country where he was already about to open several cities and where he would already be in the middle of the hiring process. After them, France and Germany would join the conquest of Didi. All with the aim of standing up to the North American giant: Uber Spain, in any case, had not resonated to date, but with the activity of Bolt, Uber or Cabify it is most likely that it will not escape their plans sooner or later. Likewise,...
    In this article 745-SZFilonmar | Getty ImagesThe Chinese firm behind the purchase of Britain's largest chip manufacturing facility earlier this summer has admitted that the acquisition could be unwound as the U.K. government reviews the takeover. Shanghai-headquartered Wingtech Technologies warned shareholders in a note this week that "domestic and foreign industry policies" present a risk to the takeover of Newport Wafer Fab, which is located in South Wales. The warning comes after British Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered Stephen Lovegrove, the U.K.'s national security advisor, to investigate the deal. A decision could be announced in the coming days. Wingtech acquired Newport Wafer Fab for around £63 million through a Dutch subsidiary it owns called Nexperia. The deal was announced in July and the terms of the agreement have now been confirmed, according to the Wingtech statement filed to the Shanghai Stock Exchange. However, a spokesperson for the U.K. government told CNBC that the deal is still being reviewed. "We have considered this issue thoroughly, and will continue to monitor the situation closely," the spokesperson said. Wingtech did not immediately respond...
    Shanghai (China), Aug 19 (.) .- The benchmark index of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, the Hang Seng, fell 2.13% today in a marked day, according to local media, due to the loss of confidence in investors in the face of the Chinese government’s regulatory campaign in sectors such as technology or education. The selective lost 550.68 points to 25,316.33, while the index that measures the behavior of mainland Chinese companies listed on the Hong Kong stock market, the Hang Seng China Enterprises, fell 2.56%. All the sub-indices closed negative: Services (-0.57%), Finance (-1.59%), Real Estate (-2.01%) and Commerce and Industry (-2.63%). In the latter, which includes the main technological values ​​of the parquet, the most affected were the digital giants such as Meituan (-7.15%) or Alibaba (-5.54%). Lower were Tencent’s losses (-3.44%), although equally significant since the company presented its income statement yesterday, which reflected important advances in turnover (+23%) and in net profit (+46%) during the first semester, which does not seem to have calmed investors’ fears about their relationship with the authorities of the Asian country. Also...
    The dome of the US Capitol is seen in Washington, DC, on August 8, 2021.Mandel Ngan | AFP | Getty Images BEIJING — American investors' shock at an ongoing regulatory crackdown in China points to a fundamental difference between the two countries that many didn't seem to grasp: When it comes to making the rules, corporations don't have as much influence in China as they do in America. U.S. investors in Chinese companies have been caught off guard this summer by a slew of actions Beijing has taken against homegrown tech companies, including several whose shares trade in the United States. Among the surprises was an order that app stores remove Chinese ride-hailing app Didi, just days after its massive U.S. IPO. in late June. Authorities then suspended new user registrations for Chinese job search app Boss Zhipin and subsidiaries of Full Truck Alliance, which both listed in the U.S. in June. In late July, two U.S.-listed after-school tutoring companies plunged after a mandate telling the industry to restructure its businesses and remove foreign investment through a commonly used overseas listing...
    (CNN)Deeply personal, complex and timely, "In the Same Breath" charts the initial outbreak of novel coronavirus in Wuhan, while paralleling the Chinese reaction to the outbreak with the US. Chinese-born filmmaker Nanfu Wang has created an unsettling window into the early days of the crisis and food for thought about how government, under each system, responded.Wang (who directed the 2019 Netflix documentary "One Child Nation") was actually in China celebrating the New Year in January 2020, returning to the US, where she currently resides, as reports of the virus' impact emerged.Working with local journalists and videographers, she has compiled a striking collection of footage -- including some surreptitiously shot inside hospitals -- reflecting the chaotic response and uncertainty, the terrible toll on residents and the government's efforts to spin and obscure what was happening in self-serving, propagandistic ways.It's a devastating portrait of the Chinese government -- and the happy-talk news pushed out through its media -- reinforcing that there has yet to be a full accounting of the true death toll Covid exacted during that first wave of cases. The...
    SHANGHAI, Aug 16 (.) – The Chinese government has taken a stake and a seat on the board of directors of TikTok owner Beijing ByteDance Technology’s key Chinese entity, The Information reported on Monday, citing corporate records and people with knowledge of it. matter. Beijing ByteDance Technology sold a 1% stake in an April 30 deal to WangTouZhongWen (Beijing) Technology, which is owned by three state entities, the news outlet said, citing Tianyancha, an online database of the records. corporations in China. The agreement also allowed the Chinese government to appoint a director to the Beijing ByteDance board of directors, he added, attributing it to two people with knowledge of the agreement. The deal does not give the Chinese government any stake in the successful short video app TikTok due to ByteDance’s complex corporate structure, The Information said. ByteDance told . that the Chinese subsidiary referred to in the report was only related to some of its video and information platforms in the Chinese market and that it had some of the necessary licenses to operate under local law. (Report...
    Leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) are preparing to formalize a relationship with the Taliban as the new government of Afghanistan, a Thursday report said. Chinese assessments of the realities of the Afghan battleground pointed at a necessity to reckon with the militant group, should it succeed in overthrowing the Western-backed government, multiple U.S. intelligence sources familiar with the documents told U.S. News & World Report. After the president of Afghanistan, Ashraf Ghani, fled the country earlier Sunday, the Islamist militant group — which was to remain in the outskirts of Kabul — advanced into the capital. These recent developments may spur the Chinese government to expedite the process of recognition of what may now be called the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan,” according to the sources. (RELATED: OPINION: China Will Win Afghanistan — To America’s Embarrassment) The transition, or re-positioning, from non-state to state begins. If China does acknowledge the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan, many more countries will follow suit. Important scoop from @PDShinkman https://t.co/fcRcS52Nt0 — Rasha Al Aqeedi (@RashaAlAqeedi) August 12, 2021 China has previously reached...
    Hong Kong’s government will outlaw online desecrations of China’s national flag and emblem by amending the city’s National Flag and National Emblem Ordinance (NFNEO) in the coming days, the Hong Kong Free Press (HKFP) reported Thursday. The NFNEO Bill 2021 proposes the banning of public and intentional desecrations of the Chinese national flag or emblem “by burning, mutilating, scrawling on, defiling or trampling on it or its image.” “The amendments would also outlaw the publication of desecrating acts, meaning that ‘public and intentional desecrating acts in relation to the national flag and national emblem committed in both real life and the virtual world would be an offence,'” according to HKFP. The legislative proposal offers “publishing an image of a defiled national flag on Facebook” as an example of a virtual offense. Hong Kong’s government will officially announce the NFNEO Bill 2021 on August 13. The proposed amendment will have its first and second reading before Hong Kong’s legislature on August 18. The bill also proposes “extending the time allowable for a prosecution for up to two years ‘to allow sufficient...
    Hong Kong (CNN)Two explosive rape allegations have rocked China in recent weeks, turning a spotlight on the country's stifled #MeToo movement and problems of sexual assault.On Monday, the e-commerce giant Alibaba said it had fired an employee who was accused of sexually assaulting another employee during a business trip. The week before, Beijing police said they had arrested Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu on suspicion of rape after he allegedly "repeatedly seducing young women into having sex." In both cases, victims had posted their allegations on Chinese social media, which sparked an online furor and prompted police to investigate. Neither Wu nor the Alibaba employee have been charged with any crime.The authorities' swift actions won praise from some online, who pointed to the two cases as an indication of the effective rule of law and criminal justice in China. Yet it raised eyebrows among others, who say it instead highlights how rare it is for survivors to speak out and seek justice."It is unsurprising that both cases have drawn such wide attention, given (Kris Wu) and Alibaba's high profile," said...
    Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) said Wednesday he believes the coronavirus was manmade at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) and that the Chinese Communist Party-run government should be held liable for its outbreak around the world. “If it were an American who did that, or an American company who did that, they would be held liable for every penny of damages suffered by the American people and our city, county, state, and federal governments. We should hold communist China to no less a standard of liability,” he said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday. Brooks went further to say that he believes the virus is part of the Chinese government’s bioweapons program and may even have been released on purpose as part of a military experiment, although there is not yet evidence of that yet. To date, only World Health Organization researchers have been allowed to inspect the lab. Chinese virologist Shi Zhengli (L) is seen inside the P4 laboratory in Wuhan, capital of China’s Hubei province on February 23, 2017. – The P4 epidemiological laboratory was...
    A Chinese state-owned newspaper on Tuesday condemned online gaming as “opium for the mind,” prompting Chinese tech giant Tencent to announce new game controls and fueling investor fears of a start to government crackdowns on the gaming industry. The original version of the Economic Information Daily article included an argument that “society has come to recognize the harm caused by online gaming and it is often referred to as ‘opium for the mind’ or ‘electronic drugs,’” according to The Wall Street Journal.  While the article was eventually deleted and reposted with some of the harsher language removed, both versions detailed a rise in gaming addictions, arguing that it is negatively impacting child education and is fueling social alienation.  While the article did not target specific media companies by name, it criticized Tencent’s game Honor of Kings, which has been the world’s top-grossing game for the past two years.  The article argued, “No industry, no sport, can be allowed to develop in a way that will destroy a generation.” Hours later, Tencent announced that it would be implementing a series of new...
    Assumed Western impact on the communist regime has not played out the way trade advocates predicted. Consider how Chinese strongman Xi Jinping and previous leaders have treated religiously observant citizens whose beliefs threaten the ideology of the regime — from Uyghur Muslims to the Christian faithful. The government's treatment of Christians has been going on for years. A few recent examples: In the summer of 2019, Xi and his local religion monitors shut down faith venues based on the idea that the "number of believes cannot be allowed to continue growing." Reports surfaced in April that Chinese officials are detaining Christians in windowless "transformation" facilities and using "brainwashing" to try to get them to renounce their faith. In late 2018, the government cracked down on unregistered religious organizations and committed raids on numerous churches. Three years ago, China banned online sales of the Bible while continuing to allow outlets like Amazon to sell Muslim, Taoist, and Buddhist texts. Last summer, the government ordered Christians to replace crosses and images of Jesus Christ with portraits...
    Interestingly, the Wuhan National Biosafety Laboratory, the pathogen-focused lab within the complex where the renovations were to occur, had only been operational for less than two years. "Such a significant renovation so soon after the facility began operation appears unusual," wrote Republicans in the report, adding that "procurement announcements published on the [People's Republic of China's] government procurement website provide evidence of ongoing work at what appears to be both WIV locations." "The procurement of an environmental air disinfection system, and renovations to the hazardous waste treatment system and central air conditioning system all raise questions about how well these systems were functioning in the months prior to the outbreak of COVID-19," the lawmakers added. While the official reason for the procurement posting remains unclear, Republicans on the committee argue it adds to the growing "preponderance of evidence suggest[ing] SARS-CoV-2 was accidentally released from a Wuhan Institute of Virology laboratory." The theory suggesting the novel coronavirus leaked from a Chinese lab has picked up steam in recent months as circumstantial evidence continues to pile up. Under significant pressure, President...
    In this article NWF-GBSOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty ImagesLONDON – A consortium is raising money from banks and private equity investors to fund a potential bid for silicon wafer manufacturer Newport Wafer Fab, according to a person familiar with the situation who asked to remain anonymous due to the nature of the discussions. NWF is currently being acquired by Chinese-owned Nexperia but the transaction could be blocked by the U.K. government. The sale of NWF to Nexperia was initially approved by U.K. Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng earlier this month. However, U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson ordered national security advisor Stephen Lovegrove to review it after some lawmakers in his party said the takeover raised national security concerns given the geopolitical importance of the semiconductor industry. The consortium, which plans to submit an alternative plan to the government, includes a prominent semiconductor executive and people previously involved with NWF, according to the CNBC source. The government is unlikely to ask Nexperia and NWF to "unravel" the deal or force Nexperia to sell 100% of the company, the source said. But...
    Today is Peru’s independence day, ordinarily an occasion for great celebrations in one of Latin America’s most important nations. Tragically, this year’s anniversary may be the last to be celebrated by Peruvians in a democratic, increasingly prosperous and sovereign country. Think of it as a farewell party to the Free World. An election in June alleged to have been riddled with fraud resulted last week in a narrow victory for Pedro Castillo, a Marxist schoolteacher accused of having ties to the Shining Path terrorist group. He has declared his intention to rewrite the country’s constitution so as to, among other things, enable him to serve more than a single term. Other communists have parlayed such latitude into protracted holds on power. Despite a victory margin of only 40,000, his Leninist Free Peru party claims a mandate for radical policies that would threaten to fundamentally transform Peru. It would also further traumatize a region already reeling from the cumulative effects of totalitarian misrule, endemic corruption, narco-trafficking, mass illegal migration and the Chinese Communist Party virus. And we in the United States...
    Geoffroy Van Der Hasselt/Getty Images The Chinese government lashed out on Friday at NBC News for showing a map during its broadcast of the Olympics that excluded Taiwan and the South China Sea — effectively ignoring the government’s claim that it holds dominion over both territories. “The map is an expression of the national territory, symbolizing national sovereignty and territorial integrity,” the Chinese consulate in New York said in a statement. “We urge NBC to recognize the serious nature of this problem and take measures to correct the error. Attempts to use the Olympic Games to play political ‘tricks’ and self-promotion to achieve ulterior motives will never succeed.” Modern Taiwan was established by the former Chinese government when the Communist Party seized control of China’s mainland in 1949. International courts and countries included Brunei, Malaysia, the Philippines, Taiwan, and Vietnam have disputed China’s claim that it holds jurisdiction over the South China Sea. The second happened moments later when NBC commentator Savannah Guthrie talked about how China is under “international scrutiny from human right organizations” and Western governments for HK,...
    According to Reuters, as delegations of athletes paraded through the opening ceremonies, NBC broadcast pictorial maps of the countries they represented. When the Chinese delegation was on screen, NBC displayed a map of China that did not include Taiwan or the South China Sea. The communist government of China does not control the island of Taiwan, which has operated under self rule, but has loudly claimed for years that Taiwan is merely a "rogue province" of China, and refuses to have diplomatic relations with any country that recognizes Taiwan's independence. China has also made disputed territorial claims to the South China Sea, which have been the source of significant saber-rattling and near-military conflict over the years with China's neighbors. The Reuters report notes that the Chinese consulate in New York complained on their Weibo social media platform that the display "hurt the dignity and emotions of the Chinese people" and called upon NBC Universal to recognise the serious nature of this problem and take measures to correct the error." NBC was also criticized for their decision by communist propaganda...
    (CNN)It is shocking that more than 18 months after the initial Covid-19 outbreak, there is still no international process in place to fully investigate the origins of the pandemic -- nor is one planned. Jamie MetziNow that the Chinese government has rejected the World Health Organization's proposal to step up efforts probing this critical issue, the time has come for a new approach for understanding how this terrible tragedy began.This roadblock has been a long time coming due to Beijing's ongoing misinformation campaigns and obfuscation efforts regarding the pandemic's origins. In the earliest days following the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak, the Chinese government cracked down on information and stymied efforts to sound the alarm on the novel coronavirus. In the following months, China has failed to provide crucial information to the WHO, with the US and 13 other governments voicing their concerns in March that the WHO's "international expert study on the source of the SARS-CoV-2 virus was significantly delayed and lacked access to complete, original data and samples." When Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison proposed a full investigation into the...
                      by Newt Gingrich  On Monday, the Biden administration formally blamed China for a massive cyberattack against Microsoft’s email software that impacted tens of thousands of U.S. businesses, government offices, and schools. In response to this attack, the Biden administration opted for the “name and shame” approach by calling out China and publicizing an advisory list of more than 50 different tactics used by China’s hackers to target the United States. You can imagine how shaken Xi Jinping and the dictatorship were by being “named and shamed.” They will accept that swap of action for words every day. During Monday’s press conference, President Biden revealed how weakly he is responding to the real threat of cyberwarfare – and how he fundamentally misunderstands what we are up against.  Speaking at the press conference, President Biden said, “The Chinese government, not unlike the Russian government, is not doing this themselves, but are protecting those who are doing it and maybe even accommodating them being able to do it.” First, let’s be clear: citing...
    Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) on Tuesday railed against Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, saying he should be charged for lying to Congress and calling him “a punk” and “a pawn for the Chinese government.” During a Senate committee hearing earlier on Tuesday, Fauci had a tense exchange with Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) over the National Institutes of Health funding gain-of-function research in the Wuhan lab that is suspected as a possible origin of the coronavirus. Paul asked Fauci to retract his statement denying that there was such funding. Fauci refused to do so. “It really makes me angry to say that he does not want to retract his statements because he did lie to the American people,” said Cawthorn on Newsmax. “He did lie to Congress, which is a crime.” “And I’ll tell you, I normally have a great amount of respect for the people who work here on Capitol Hill, knowing that they, although we have different ideas on how to accomplish it, we are all trying to work for the betterment...
    Chinese Communist Party supporters wave flags and shout in front of police officers and protest groups at Shinjuku Central Park on July 1, 2021 in Tokyo, as China's ruling party marks its 100th anniversary. Takashi Aoyama/Getty Images A local Chinese government committee posted a video recommending nuclear strikes in response to Japan's support of Taiwan. The video asks Chinese viewers to combine their "old and new hatred" toward Japan. It has received 6,673 likes so far, with up-voted comments voicing their approval. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. The official social media account of a local municipal authority in China has reposted a video that calls for nuclear strikes on Japan if Tokyo continues to support Taiwan. "If Japan intervenes in military affairs to reunify Taiwan, I must recommend the 'exceptional theory of nuclear strikes on Japan,'" reads the title of the video, which was posted on Sunday by the municipal committee of Baoji, a major city in the province of Shaanxi. The "exceptional theory" refers to the idea that China can make an exception for Japan...
    In this article NWF-GBUKRAINE - 2021/07/05: In this photo illustration, Newport Wafer Fab (NWF) logo is seen on a smartphone screen with Nexperia logo in the background. (Photo Illustration by Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)SOPA Images | LightRocket | Getty ImagesLONDON — The Chinese owner of a Dutch chip firm that wants to buy the U.K.'s largest chip plant is heavily backed by the Chinese Communist Party, according to analysis from Chinese investment screening specialists Datenna. China's Wingtech Technology — the owner of the Netherlands-based Nexperia, which is set to acquire Newport Wafer Fab for £63 million ($87 million) — is under significant state influence through its many layers of shareholders, according to Datenna, which carries out research on Chinese investments and acquisitions for governments. The layers lead to the State-owned Assets Supervision and Administration Commission of the State Council, which is a special commission of the People's Republic of China, as well as specific government-run semiconductor investment funds.  Almost 30% of Wingtech's shares can be traced back to the Chinese government, Datenna found, which shared the data exclusively...
    VIDEO7:5807:58Kyle Bass blasts U.S. companies for bowing to China in the name of profitsSquawk Box Hedge fund manager Kyle Bass, a frequent critic of the Chinese Communist Party, on Thursday blasted American companies that speak up against social injustices in the U.S., but fail to take forceful positions around human rights abuses in China. "If U.S. national security was left up to corporate America, we'll all be speaking Chinese very quickly," the founder of Texas-based Hayman Capital Management said on CNBC's "Squawk Box." In particular, Bass ripped Nike CEO John Donahoe for comments made last week during the company's earnings call with Wall Street analysts. According to a FactSet transcript, Donahoe said: "We've been in China for over 40 years. Phil [Knight] invested significant time and energy in China in the early days, and today we're the largest sport brand there, and we're a brand of China and for China." Knight co-founded Nike under the name Blue Ribbon Sports in 1963. "We have a strong consumer franchise in China and they feel very connected to our brand. And so, we're...
    Hangzhou (CNN)In 2001, when their old home was demolished to make way for a new thoroughfare, Wang Zhenyuan and his wife didn't mind that their replacement apartment was a seventh-floor walkup. They were in their fifties and fit. But 20 years later, the former silk factory workers feel differently. "Our legs aren't so good anymore," 79-year-old Wang says with a friendly smile missing several teeth.Theirs is one of the most immediate problems to arise from China's aging population. As bureaucrats in Beijing fret about curbing the country's falling birth rate -- recently allowing up to three children per married couple -- and funding ever more pensions, seniors like Wang worry about simply getting up and down the stairs.The couple's neighborhood, Bigui Garden, in a suburb of the eastern Chinese city Hangzhou, is made up of rows of blocks, each fitted with an internal staircase and 12 apartments on the second to seventh floors.China has an enormous stock of stairs-only neighborhoods. Most were built before the turn of the millennium by the government, which preferred to construct towers not above six...
    A top Chinese counterintelligence official is rumored to be missing, and some Chinese pro-democracy activists are alleging he defected to the U.S. with sensitive information about the origins of COVID-19. Dong Jingwei, a longtime official in China’s state security ministry, allegedly defected around Feb. 10 when he flew to the U.S. from Hong Kong with his daughter Dong Yang, according to the newsletter SpyTalk, which spoke to Chinese pro-democracy activists and first reported the alleged development last Thursday. High-level Chinese Defection Rumored: State Security Vice Minister Dong Jingwei’s defection would be highest ever in the history of the People’s Republic. By @matthew_brazil & @SpyTalker for @talk_spy https://t.co/GrIymziy0k — Jeff Stein (@SpyTalker) June 17, 2021 Dong has served as the top official for counterintelligence operations in China since being promoted to vice minister of state security in April 2018, according to Chinese-language news outlets. If the allegation is true, Dong would be the highest-ranking official to have defected in the history of the People’s Republic of China. The Paris-based newsletter Intelligence Online reported in Sept. 2018 that Dong is “close...
    Fan culture in China will see new regulations this year, says the country's internet watchdog. Zhongxin Media/Weibo China's internet watchdog is cracking down on its fan communities, per an announcement this week. This comes after fan groups dumped mass amounts of milk into drains. They were buying the milk in bulk to support their favorite reality TV contestants. Chinese celebrities have also been targeted by vitriol unleashed by powerful anti-fan communities. Visit Insider's homepage for more stories. Jake Paul and Jeffree Star may have their share of superfans and diehard defenders who will go to extraordinary lengths for their favorite influencers. But they've got nothing on Chinese fan groups who splurge millions of dollars and engage in all-out, prolonged online wars for their favorite celebrities. But now a string of incidents that went viral on Chinese social media is prompting the country's government to crack down hard on these groups. In an announcement on June 15, the country's internet watchdog said it would take action to quell once and for all what it views to be abusive,...