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The Chinese are Monsters

Discussion in 'TRIBE Main Forum' started by deevah, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou has been granted bail by a B.C. judge as she awaits an extradition hearing
    Meng has been released on $10-million bail and must wear a GPS ankle-bracelet aimed at keeping her in or near Vancouver and away from its airport. She will be under 24/7 surveillance by a security company, with a mandated 11 p.m. curfew. The U.S. has until the start of February to file for extraditions on charges of fraud, which she allegedly committed by lying to several banks about her company’s activities in Iran. U.S. President Donald Trump, however, said he would intervene in the case if it would serve national security interests or help the U.S. close a trade deal with China.
     
  2. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    BREACHED
    The massive cyberattack on Marriott Hotels that affected 500 million users last month is being linked to Chinese hackers who work for the military and intelligence service. The breach, which was discovered in September, had been going on since 2014. Credit card info, birth dates, itineraries, and passport numbers of hotel guests were stolen. The hackers are suspected of working on behalf of China’s Ministry of State Security. This discovery comes amidst already frosty trade relations between China and the U.S. and the recent arrest of Huawei’s CFO, Meng Wanzhou. Canadian customers have launched three class-action lawsuitsagainst Marriott and its Starwood brands, accusing the company of negligence.
     
  3. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Canada’s Ambassador to China, John McCallum, met with Michael Kovrig today. Mr. Kovrig is the former Canadian diplomat Chinese authorities arrested earlier this week on suspicion of “engaging in activities that endanger the national security” of China. Mr. McCallum did not provide any details of the visit, including any information on Mr. Kovrig’s condition. Global Affairs Canada also had no new information on a second detained Canadian, entrepreneur Michael Spavor. The arrests appear to be reprisals for the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver in early December.


    Meanwhile, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan held talks with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defence Secretary James Mattis in Washington today that will focus on China’s detention of the two Canadians. Initially, the talks were going to focus on more than just China, including the war in Yemen and Russian aggression in Ukraine, but The Globe and Mail has reported that the focus has now shifted. One thing that wasn’t certain is if Ms. Freeland intended to raise concerns about U.S. President Donald Trump’s suggestion that he might use Ms. Meng as a bargaining chip in the U.S.-China trade war. Ms. Freeland told reporters on Wednesday that it was “quite obvious” any foreign country requesting extradition should ensure that “the process is not politicized.” During the meeting, Mr. Pompeo condemned the arrestof the two Canadians.


    In China, Canadian expats are keeping their heads down. Nathan VanderKlippe, The Globe’s Asia correspondent who’s based in Beijing, has interviewed several Canadians who say they’ve changed routines in order to avoid attention. While the federal government has said relations are still relatively normal, this morning Tourism Minister Mélanie Joly cancelled her trip to Beijing next week, some Canadians fearing retribution have taken early vacations or established emergency contacts.
     
  4. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Five Eyes spy chiefs warned Trudeau twice about the national-security risk from Huawei


    The Prime Minister met with directors from the intelligence network in April and July − months before Canada’s arrest of a Huawei executive derailed Ottawa’s relations with Beijing (for subscribers). Sources say the spy chiefs in Five Eyes − which is made up of Canada, the U.S., Britain, Australia and New Zealand − stressed that their countries cannot become dependent upon Huawei’s 5G technology because they view the company as beholden to the Chinese state.


    Trudeau is now facing the decision of whether to follow most Five Eyes allies in barring Huawei equipment from being used for 5G technology. Going through with that would likely further anger China at a time when it is already upset over Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou’s arrest. Beijing has detained two Canadians since the Meng incident. Canada was finally granted consular access to businessman Michael Spavor after six days. It also took four days to receive access to former diplomat Michael Kovrig. In contrast, Canada granted China immediate consular access to Meng.


    Here’s Campbell Clark’s view on Ottawa’s ticking Huawei clock: “There will be a deep temptation to delay the Huawei decision for months, in the hope Chinese furor over Meng’s case will die down. But Meng’s extradition case could drag on for years, keeping Canada-China relations in the deep freeze – unless a judge quashes her extradition.”
     
  5. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    China detains third Canadian; Trudeau says it does not appear to be retaliation for Huawei CFO’s arrest


    Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the detention of a third Canadian in China does not appear to be linked to two other Canadians detained last week, addressing concerns that the latest case is in retaliation for Canada’s arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou earlier this month (Steven Chase and Michelle Zilio, for subscribers). The third Canadian has not been identified.


    The news comes after the detentions of former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig and Canadian entrepreneur Michael Spavor in China last week, days after Beijing warned Canada could face “serious consequences” over the high-profile arrest of Ms. Meng. The arrestwas requested by U.S. authorities who are seeking her extraditionfor an alleged fraud related to violating trade sanctions against Iran, which she denies
     
  6. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

  7. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Donald Trump is considering an executive order to bar U.S. firms from using Huawei and ZTE equipment


    The order, which could be issued as early as next month, would be the latest step to cut Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE out of the U.S. market over national-security concerns. The U.S. government is already blocked from using Huawei and ZTE equipment, and the big wireless carriers there have cut ties with Huawei in particular. But small rural carriers have relied on Huawei and ZTE equipment because they tend to be less expensive. They could face the expensive prospect of ripping out existing equipment without compensation.


    The Canadian government is still weighing any decisions about whether to bar Huawei from providing equipment for 5G technology.
     
  8. alexd

    alexd Administrator Staff Member

    From 'rice bunny' to 'back up the car': China's year of censorship



    Lily Kuo

    Mon 31 Dec 2018 02.00 GMT

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    Social media companies have helped the internet crackdown, promising to police ‘harmful information’. Illustration: Getty/Guardian Design Team
    China stepped up its campaign in 2018 to control what news and information its citizens can see.

    While censors continued heavyhanded control for any content deemed dangerous for social stability, including Peppa Pig videos and the letter “n”, regulators also deployed more sophisticated methods, going beyond Chinese social media and working harder to curate and shape what Chinese residents consume.

    Authorities have been forcing activists on Twitter to delete their accounts and shutting down the social media accounts of university professors. Apolitical content is coming under more scrutiny. In October, almost 10,000 social media accounts for outlets publishing entertainment and celebrity news were closed.

    The country’s largest internet companies have also stepped up self-censorship. The messaging platform WeChat issued a statement in November, promising to step up its policing of “politically harmful information” while in April, the boss of Jinri Toutiao, a content aggregator, issued a public apology more similar to self-criticisms in Mao Zedong’s era.

    WeChat groups were regularly shut down and users sending messages to friends often found themselves the victim of censorship when their messages appear not to go through.

    “WeChat group takedowns and news item deletions are happening with greater regularity across a shifting slate of topics,” said Rui Zhong, a programme assistant at the Kissinger Institute on China.

    These were some of the banned phrases this year:

    ‘Amend the constitution’
    At the March annual meeting of China’s national legislature, lawmakers voted almost unanimously to abolish term limits for the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, allowing him to stay in power indefinitely.

    In the leadup to the meeting and afterwards, phrases like “amend the constitution”, “I don’t agree”, “proclaiming oneself emperor” and the letter “n” were censored. “Emigration” and “Winnie the Pooh”, a reference to Xi that has been censored off and on over the years, was also blocked.

    ‘Back up the car’
    In September, Chinese economist Wu Xiaoping released a controversial commentary arguing that the utility of the country’s private sector had been exhausted and such companies should now step aside.

    Commentators quickly criticised Wu’s proposal as “driving history backwards” to a time of a command economy. As a result, the term “back up the car” was also censored.

    In addition to domestic issues, Chinese regulators also tried to limit how much the US-China trade war was discussed, and censored certain types of articles and comments on US vice-president Mike Pence’s polemical speech on China, and the arrest of senior Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

    “Censorship focus shifted from local issues to China’s global image, foreign affairs and economy,” said King-wa Fu, head of Weiboscope and WeChatscope at Hong Kong University’s School of Journalism and media studies, a project analysing Chinese censorship.

    ‘Rice bunny’
    In January, a woman named Luo Xixi published allegations against a professor who forced himself on her when she was a student 12 years ago. Inspired by her account and the subsequent firing of the professor, other women began posting under the hashtag #MeToo or in Chinese version, woyeshi #我也是 .

    When that phrase was censored, internet users began using a homonym mitu #米兔 or “rice bunny’. That too was blocked. Still the movement expanded and has led to revelations against professors, journalists, heads of NGOs, the head of a large Buddhist monastery and a well-known CCTV host.

    ‘Quangong carbon leakage’
    In November, officials in Quanggang in the southern Fujian province reported a spillage of C9, a crude oil that is toxic to humans, off the coast of Fujian.

    Local residents posted photos and accounts online of residents being sent to the hospital, arguing that the leak was more serious than officials claimed. Internet searches for “Xiamen Quangong carbon leakage” were blocked and video and posts related to the spill were deleted.

    Officials initially reported that only seven tonnes of the chemical were dumped into the water. At a press conference later that month authorities admitted that almost 70 tonnes had been spilled.

    from the Guardian
     
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  9. Bernnie Federko

    Bernnie Federko TRIBE Member

    Consular officials meet with Canadian businessman detained in China


    Canadian consular officials in China visited detained Canadian Michael Spavor today, but provided no further details on how he is being treated by Chinese authorities, Robert Fife and Michelle Zilio write.


    Entrepreneur Mr. Spavor and former Canadian diplomat Michael Kovrig were arrested by Chinese security officers last month in what appears to be reprisal for Canada’s arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou at the request of U.S. officials.


    Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau telephoned U.S. President Donald Trump, urging him to maintain pressure on Beijing to release the two Canadians and to leave the U.S. extradition request of Ms. Meng to the courts. He made the call on the first day China and the U.S. held face-to-face trade talks since agreeing on Dec. 1 to a 90-day truce in their trade war.


    Meanwhile, a new poll shows that Canadians support Ottawa’s decision to arrest Ms. Meng.


    The case against her centres on Huawei’s suspected ties to two obscure companies: telecom equipment seller Skycom Tech, which operated in Tehran, and Skycom’s owner, a holding company registered in Mauritius, Canicula Holdings
     

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