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  • Automakers rise on report of China moving to cut U.S. car tariffs

    12/11/2018 6:24:38 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Rueters ^ | December 11, 2018 / 4:40 AM / Updated an hour ago
    China is moving to cut import tariffs on American-made cars to 15 percent from the current 40 percent, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday citing people familiar with the matter. The step hasn’t been finalized and could still change, according to the report. Shares of U.S. automakers including General Motors Co (GM.N) and Ford Motor Co (F.N) rose about 2 percent in premarket trading on hopes that the move could revitalize sales that took a hit when China ramped up levies on U.S.-made cars.
  • US markets plunge after arrest of Chinese tech executive

    12/06/2018 10:39:31 AM PST · by yesthatjallen · 17 replies
    The Hill ^ | 12/06/18 | Alexander Bolton
    The Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 500 points on Thursday, the first day of trading after U.S. authorities secured the arrest of a Chinese technology company executive, fueling fears that the trade war with China is heating up. News broke late Wednesday that Canadian law enforcement had arrested Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies, a major Chinese tech firm that has been linked to the Chinese military. U.S. officials have requested her extradition, citing a suspected sanctions violation. A Chinese Foreign Ministry official on Thursday demanded Meng’s release and called her detention a possible human rights...
  • US SATELLITE MAY NOW BE CONTROLLED BY CHINA

    12/05/2018 12:30:09 PM PST · by Sgt_Schultze · 25 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 5 Dec 2018 | Hanna Bogorowski
    Two Americans wanted to create a satellite in an effort to increase internet access in Africa, but their project is quickly and potentially dangerously turning over into the hands of the Chinese government. Boeing agreed to build the satellite even after the founders of Global IP informed them it was being financed by the Chinese government through a web of shell companies and foreign transactions. China appears to be ramping up efforts to usurp the technology, causing concern for U.S. officials.
  • China’s Leaders Confront an Unlikely Foe: Ardent Young Communists

    09/30/2018 10:57:58 AM PDT · by ETL · 38 replies
    New York Times ^ | Sept 28, 2018 | Javier C. Hernández
    HUIZHOU, China — They were exactly what China’s best universities were supposed to produce: young men and women steeped in the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party. They read Marx, Lenin and Mao and formed student groups to discuss the progress of socialism. They investigated the treatment of the campus proletariat, including janitors, cooks and construction workers. They volunteered to help struggling rural families and dutifully recited the slogans of President Xi Jinping. Then, after graduation, they attempted to put the party’s stated ideals into action, converging from across China last month on Huizhou, a city in the south, to...
  • Feinstein Plays Unbilled Role in Taiwan Dispute

    09/24/2018 4:27:38 PM PDT · by ptsal · 36 replies
    LA Times ^ | 22-March-1996 | Edwin chen
    WASHINGTON — Over the years, Sen. Dianne Feinstein has come to view herself as a China hand. And now, amid mounting tensions between China and Taiwan, the California Democrat is increasingly asserting herself behind the scenes as a would-be peacemaker. In the process, Feinstein is playing on a rare set of personal relationships that she has nurtured with the three men now at the center of the standoff: the presidents of China, Taiwan and the United States. To each, Feinstein has been dispensing strong and unequivocal advice. "I sometimes say that in my last life maybe I was Chinese," Feinstein...
  • [2017] Larry Elder: Collusion? What About Chinagate and Ted Kennedy's Outreach to the USSR?

    09/16/2018 6:18:16 AM PDT · by ETL · 13 replies
    Investors.com ^ | July 20, 2017 | LARRY ELDER
    During President Bill Clinton's 1996 campaign for re-election, several individuals allegedly worked on behalf of the Chinese government to influence the presidential election in favor of Clinton. "Chinagate" began when the Los Angeles Times reported, a couple months before the '96 election, the following: "The Democratic National Committee has returned a $250,000 contribution from a recently established subsidiary of a South Korean electronics company because it violated a ban on donations from foreign nationals in U.S. elections, a party spokesman said Friday. ..." DNC did the standard "Oops, we made a boo-boo, here's your money back, it's all OK now"...
  • Report: Google's Chinese Search Prototype Logs Phone Numbers, Hides Unapproved Pollution Data

    09/15/2018 4:53:22 PM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 6 replies
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 5:20pm September 15, 2018 Filed to: DON'T BE EVIL | Tom McKay
    Google’s widely reported search engine prototype for China, which is allegedly code-named Dragonfly, not only blacklists search terms to comply with the wishes of government censors but ties all searches to devices’ phone numbers, according to a report on Friday from the Intercept. Google pulled out of China in 2010 amid censorship concerns and a cyberattack that compromised some human rights activists’ accounts, but it is reportedly planning a return to cash in on a massive market that has been overtaken by rivals. To do so, though, they need to comply with the whims of Chinese authorities. The Intercept wrote...
  • History Is the Chinese Communist Party’s Worst Enemy

    09/13/2018 11:52:04 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 12 replies
    The National Interest ^ | Sep 9, 2018 | Francis Grice
    In conventional accounts of the Chinese Revolutionary Civil War (1926–1949), Mao Zedong is shown towering heroically above a great throng of adoring peasants, who have surged up in a great wave to defeat their imperialist foes and propel the Communists into power. A growing number of historians—both in China and abroad—have begun to unpick the myth. Jung Chang and John Halliday wrote a scathing retelling of Mao’s life and actions, with the thesis that Mao and his followers were bloodthirsty thugs who bullied their way into power through anti-civilian violence, sinister manipulation and dumb luck. Otto Braun documented many of...
  • Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

    08/25/2018 11:35:59 AM PDT · by TBP · 22 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2018 | Bill Gertz
    China's Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing Chinese Americans, according to a congressional commission report. The influence operations are conducted by the United Front Work Department, a Central Committee organ that employs tens of thousands of operatives who seek to use both overt and covert operations to promote Communist Party policies. The report said the Johns Hopkins School of Advance International Studies, a major foreign policy education and analysis institute, has received funding from Tung Chee-hwa, a vice chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, the...
  • Chinese Communist Party Funds Washington Think Tanks

    08/24/2018 11:47:38 PM PDT · by Zhang Fei · 16 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 24, 2018 4:55 pm | Bill Gertz
    China's Communist Party is intensifying covert influence operations in the United States that include funding Washington think tanks and coercing Chinese Americans, according to a congressional commission report. The influence operations are conducted by the United Front Work Department, a Central Committee organ that employs tens of thousands of operatives who seek to use both overt and covert operations to promote Communist Party policies. The Party's United Front strategy includes paying several Washington think tanks with the goal influencing their actions and adopting positions that support Beijing's policies. "The [Chinese Communist Party] has sought to influence academic discourse on China...
  • China’s air force quietly adds new J-16 fighter jets to ‘push the envelope’

    08/12/2018 7:50:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 12, 2018 | Kristin Huang
    China’s expanding line-up of multirole, all-weather J-16 fighter jets will help the air force to launch strikes deep into enemy territory and destroy key strategic assets like airfields and bridges, military analysts say. While it is not as advanced as the new J-20 – officially named Weilong, or powerful dragon – the Shenyang J-16 will become a key part of PLA Air Force operations and any strategy against Taiwan or to deter US military intervention, they said. China’s air force announced last week that a squadron of J-16s would soon be combat ready. Based on the Russian Sukhoi-30 fighter jet,...
  • Google reported to launch censored search engine in China, marking shift in strategy

    08/01/2018 4:33:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 01 August, 2018, 7:27pm
    The US internet giant’s modified search app will blacklist sites on human rights, democracy, religion and other issues deemed sensitive by the Chinese government Code-named “Dragonfly”, Google’s Chinese search engine project has been underway for more than a year and could be introduced in the market within the next six to eight months, the report said. The Chinese Google search app will automatically identify and filter websites blocked by the country’s Great Firewall, preventing them from showing up in the results. Users will be notified that results have been removed to comply with “statutory requirements”. Shares of Alphabet, Google's parent,...
  • Five Chinese map apps ordered to stop obtaining irrelevant personal data

    07/21/2018 6:34:53 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    China Daily ^ | 18JUL18 | editorial staff
    Three dominant Chinese map app companies announced recently they’d put a stop to requiring users to share unnecessary personal information primarily around text messages and contact lists, a privacy issue revealed in a 2018 report regarding privacy concerns on mobile map apps. The report, by Shanghai Consumer Council released on July 18, revealed that five map mobile apps, including AutoNavi, Baidu Map and Tencent Map, all seek to solicit sensitive personal data from users considered irrelevant for the apps to perform. In response, the three companies said they’d release new versions that removed requests for collecting users’ irrelevant personal information,...
  • Valsartan recall: 4 things patients should know

    07/19/2018 8:15:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 4:10 AM ET, Thu July 19, 2018 | By Jacqueline Howard
    Several common drugs that contain valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, were recalled in the United States on Friday due to an "impurity" in the drug that poses a potential cancer risk. That impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, is classified as a probable human carcinogen, based on results from lab tests. The medicines included in the voluntary recall are valsartan from Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, as well as valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide from Solco and Teva. Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the...
  • FDA Recalls Common Heart Drug For Potential Cancer Risk

    07/18/2018 9:09:27 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/16/2018 | Jen Christensen
    The recall of a common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the ingredient are involved, according to the FDA. The US recall includes the the versions of valsartan that are made by Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. as well as valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide...
  • FBI arrests ex-defense intelligence officer accused of spying on US for China....

    06/04/2018 3:27:56 PM PDT · by caww · 40 replies
    .washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/4/2018 | Kelly Cohen
    The FBI has arrested a former defense intelligence officer who is accused of "attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China” — or, espionage. According to the Justice Department, Ron Rockwell Hansen, 38, of Utah, was arrested Saturday afternoon as he was on his way to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to board a flight to China. Hansen, who worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, is accused of attempting to transmit national defense information to China’s intelligence service, known as PRCIS, and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars while acting as an agent of the country. Court documents...
  • Xiaomi Mi8: the most blatant Apple iPhoneX rip-off yet, and what’s to like about it ...

    06/01/2018 9:51:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Friday, 01 June, 2018 | Ben Sin
    When Xiaomi first began making smartphones in 2011, it took many design cues – on both hardware and software – from Apple, so much so that the Chinese company was dismissed as an iPhone copycat maker by Western tech sites. The stigma of this stuck with the company for years (at least in English-language media), even though Xiaomi had developed a nice identity of its own by 2014. It wasn’t until two years later, though, when Xiaomi wowed the industry with its pioneering bezel-less Mi Mix that it finally shed that label. Old habits die hard, however. On Thursday Xiaomi...
  • "China Communists run a Soviet style non-transparent, not trustworthy program"

    03/31/2018 5:12:22 AM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | March 31, 2018 | John Batchelor/Robert Zimmerman
    China Communists run a Soviet style non-transparent, not trustworthy Space program...
  • Vatican and China ‘Ready to Sign Deal on Bishops’

    02/04/2018 4:21:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/2/18 | Staff Reporter
    A Vatican source says the deal would give the Holy See input on the appointment of future bishopsAn accord between the Vatican and China’s Communist government could be signed within the next few months. Reuters reports that an unnamed “senior Vatican source” said the deal would allow the Holy See to have a say on the appointment of future Chinese bishops. “It is not great agreement,” the source said, “But we don’t know what the situation will be like in 10 or 20 years. It could even be worse.” “Afterwards we will still be like a bird in a cage...
  • Upcoming Chinese Lander Will Carry Insects and Plants to the Surface of the Moon

    01/04/2018 8:37:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Univesre TOday ^ | 4 Jan , 2018 | Mat Williams
    The mission will consist of a relay orbiter being launched aboard a Long March 5 rocket in June of 2018. This relay will assume orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange Point, followed by the launch of the lander and rover about six months later. In addition to an advanced suite of instruments for studying the lunar surface, the lander will also be carrying an aluminum alloy container filled with seeds and insects. “The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and...