China news roundup / Nachrichten 2021-04-20

in #china2 months ago

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Xi Jinping says 'bossing others around' won't work as US ups pressure on China

"Attempts to erect walls or decouple run counter to the law of economics and market principles"

--- Translation: Don't do what we do, because else we can't earn so much money anymore.

"We must not let the rules set by one or a few countries be imposed on others, or allow unilateralism pursued by certain countries to set the pace for the whole world"

--- TL: Only Chinese unilateralism is OK.

"Openness is essential for development and progress. It also holds the key to post-Covid economic recovery"

--- TL: You must keep your countries open to our exports, so that our domestic protectionism can work properly.
(CNN missed one more interesting line in which emperor Xi says that countries should respect international laws. Which is particularly funny because the PRC doesn't care at all. See eg. Philippines v. China (PCA case number 2013–19) or the Sino-British Joint Declaration.)

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China and Russia 'weaponized' QAnon conspiracy around time of US Capitol attack, report says

"In both 2020 and for the first two months of 2021, almost one-fifth of all QAnon posts on Facebook originated from administrators overseas
[...] China emerged as "the primary foreign actor touting QAnon-narratives online" in 2021"

--- For what I have read, the database for the report is criticised as being too limited. So, take it with a grain of salt.

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Oppression of journalists in China ‘may have been factor in Covid pandemic’

"It’s not just a danger for the people of China – they have more journalists in jail than anyone else – but it’s trickling throughout our international information systems. They’re trying to influence how we get and perceive information everywhere."

--- For the time being mostly successful among the Chinese diaspora, but they are working hard to increase their reach.

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Two mainland returnees among latest Covid cases

"Health officials said on Tuesday that two returnees from the mainland had tested positive for Covid-19, but there is no evidence so far to suggest they had been infected there."

--- Because that would be nigh impossible, with China being almost totally Wuhan virus free. Right?

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Beijing Pushes for Its Own Vaccine Passport

"China is willing to undertake mutual recognition of vaccinations with other countries"

--- Another good reason not to trust in Chinese vaccines. Obviously, for the PRC recognition of a vaccine is a political matter, unrelated to health evaluations.

"Tao Lina of the Shanghai Center for Disease Control and Prevention described the Sinopharm vaccine as "the world's most unsafe vaccine" via Weibo in early January. The post that said the Sinopharm vaccine could cause 73 local or systemic adverse reactions was deleted"

--- Interesting. Had not seen that before. Just one more reason to avoid Chinese vaccines, I suppose.

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After a bitcoin crackdown, China now calls it an ‘investment alternative’ in a significant shift in tone

"We regard Bitcoin and stablecoin as crypto assets ... These are investment alternatives [...] They are not currency per se. And so the main role we see for crypto assets going forward, the main role is investment alternative"

--- Slight change, but not as big as some commentators want to make you believe. Ownership in Bitcoin has been legal in China all along, trading is the choke point & that probably won't change so quickly:

"but we need to have some kind of regulatory requirement to prevent ... the speculation of such assets to create any serious financial stability risks"

--- The CCP wants control. & that will be hard to achieve with Bitcoin.

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EU Indo-Pacific strategy to boost cooperation with Taiwan: envoy

"We are already quite active on maritime security, and you cannot discuss maritime security here in Taiwan's neighborhood, without taking into account Taiwan"

--- Sounds almost as if the EU would actively engage with Taiwan, but then:

"Grzegorzewski also denied media reports that said the new EU strategy is aimed at China, saying the EU sees China as a good partner for the strategy"

--- So, as soon as the EU feels some headwind from China, they will abandon any engagement with Taiwan. (judging from past behaviour)

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Elsevier sets up its first China Office for Bio-Organic Chemistry at XJTLU Academy of Pharmacy

"Bioorganic Chemistry is an international academic journal established by Elsevier, the world's leading publisher of scientific, technical, and medical content"

--- Elsevier has already been rather China-friendly in recent years. With actual offices in China, you can expect any CCP-critical article/study being denied publication.

"The office will stick to the ‘Open, Inclusive, Transparent’ philosophy"

--- An office in Beijing? Joke of the day.

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Grote politieactie tegen Chinese drugsbende in Spanje

"Bij een grote politieactie in Spanje zijn 65 leden van een Chinese drugsbende opgepakt, die Bang de Fujian wordt genoemd. [...] Ook wordt de organisatie verdacht van het witwassen van geld, identiteitsdiefstal, fraude met elektriciteit en fraude met documenten."

--- 65 members of a Chinese drug gang have been arrested in Spain. They grew weed & distributed it throughout Europe via their own 'parcel service'. Beside that, they seem to have been active in money laundering, ID theft, electricity theft & document fraud.


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Xi Jinping's culture war comes to China's campuses as Communist Party prepares to mark 100 years


China’s keyboard warriors like to fight . . .  each other


China-linked hackers used Pulse Secure flaw to target U.S. defense industry - researchers


Chinese military seen behind Japan cyberattacks


Manila’s Images Are Revealing the Secrets of China’s Maritime Militia


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--- WION: "Gravitas: China's expansionism takes a dangerous turn"

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--- China Unscripted: "What Happens If China Takes Over the World?"

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--- US Naval War College: PRC Assertiveness in the South China Sea


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Worüber Merkel und Macron wirklich mit Xi beraten haben

"Xi will die Europäer davon überzeugen, wenigstens einen Teil ihrer Sanktionen zurückzunehmen und hat Merkel und Macron ein Gegengeschäft angeboten. Er will offenbar die Konvention der Internationalen Arbeitsorganisation (ILO) zu Zwangsarbeit unterschreiben."

--- Ha! Mal abgesehen davon, daß eine Unterzeichnung an sich zweifelhaft ist, wäre auch in einem solchen Falle davon auszugehen, daß sich die VRC einen feuchten Dreck um die Umsetzung der Konvention kümmern würde. Leider ist nicht auszuschließen, daß die EU auf ein derartiges Manöver hereinfallen würde.

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Zensur und nationalistische Online-Trolle in China: Partei hat das Netz im Auge - und nun eine neue Zielscheibe

"Frauenrechtlerinnen sind die neueste Zielscheibe nationalistischer Trolle"

--- Quark. Sind schon lange im Visier der KPCh. Wie stark die Reaktion ist, hängt nur davon ab, welche Reichweite die Aktivisten erreichen.

"Nationalisten [...vs...] Aktivist:innen"

--- Lustig, wenn die Genderpropagandisten ihre eigenen Vorurteile/Stereotype verraten.

"Die feministische Organisatorin und Strategin Lü Pin sagte Protocol China, dass Weibo in den letzten sechs Jahren mindestens 44 feministische Einzel- und Gruppenkonten gelöscht habe."

--- In 6 Jahren 44 Löschungen? Für China ist das so gut wie nichts. D.h., daß es entweder nicht viele feministische Aktivisten gibt, oder daß diese keine sehr hohe Priorität bei den Zensoren genießen.

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Chinas Start-ups greifen an

"Die E-Auto-Start-ups haben den Automarkt in China kräftig aufgemischt"

--- Wirklich? Oder ist es nicht eher so, daß der Markt von großen Marken wie BYD & Tesla dominiert wird? Die kleineren Firmen können bis jetzt fast nur Erfolge bei den Miniwägelchen vorweisen.

"Für Inspektionen und Reparaturen werden Aiways-Kunden an die bundesweit aktive Werkstattkette Auto-Teile-Unger, kurz ATU, verwiesen"

--- Na, dann hoffe ich mal für ATU, daß die keinen Pauschalpreis vereinbart haben. Die Wartung chinesischer Autos kann teuer werden.

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Konfrontation führt nicht zum Ziel

"Die EU betreibt China-Bashing"

--- Äh, wie bitte? Die EU? Die EU-Kommission gehört zu den größten Appeasement-Verfechtern in der westlichen Welt. Höchstens Neuseeland ist noch schlimmer.

"Unter einigen deutschen China-Experten lässt sich eine erstaunliche Anmaßung und Naivität im Umgang mit China beobachtendie Entkolonialisierungspolitik Chinas"

--- V.a. beim Autor dieses Schrotts.

"China wird seinen Einfluss in den Vereinten Nationen und in der Gruppe der Zwanzig (G20) weiter ausweiten, diesen Einfluss instrumentalisieren, jedoch außerhalb Asiens pro-aktiv keine aggressive Außenpolitik praktizieren"

--- Ach, da können wir ja beruhigt sein. Nur die blöden Asiaten werden mit aggressiver, chinesischer Politik konfrontiert. Braucht uns also gar nicht zu interessieren.
(Mal abgesehen davon, daß es darauf ankommt, wie man 'aggressive Außenpolitik' definiert.)

"Eher läuft die EU bei einer fortgesetzten Konfrontation mit China Gefahr, wirtschaftlich erheblichen Schaden zu nehmen"

--- Oh, das schöne, chinesische Geld! Wir könnten weniger verdienen, wir Armen!


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