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    Hong Kong (CNN Business)President Xi Jinping has sent a message to China's private businesses: You can make money, but only if you follow my rules.The ruling Chinese Communist Party this month published an unusually frank set of guidelines that call on its members to "educate private businesspeople to weaponize their minds with [Xi's] socialism ideology." The private sector needs "politically sensible people," the directive said, who will "firmly listen to the party and follow the party." The message comes as the world's second-largest economy continues its fragile recovery from the coronavirus pandemic and tussles with the United States over trade and the future of technology. Bringing China's independent-minded private businesses to heel could help speed that recovery, while extending the...
    New York (CNN)A New York police officer who rose through the ranks of the department is accused of using his position in the department's community affairs unit to give Chinese officials access to NYPD officials and offered insider information about its operations, according to a criminal complaint.The officer, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was arrested Monday, according to the US Attorney's office for the Eastern District of New York. Federal prosecutors in Brooklyn charged him with acting as a foreign agent without notifying American authorities, wire fraud and making false statements, according to a complaint. They also charged him with obstruction of an official proceeding -- prosecutors claim he lied on a national security clearance form that granted him a "secret" security...
    An NYPD officer faces a variety of charges after being accused of acting as an agent of the Chinese government, CBS New York reports. According to prosecutors, Baimadajie Angwang, 33, was in regular contact with a member of the Chinese consulate and provided intelligence on ethnic Tibetans in New York City. The federal complaint also alleges Angwang committed wire fraud against the U.S. Department of Defense, gave false statements and obstructed an official proceeding. Angwang works in the community affairs unit at the 111th precinct in Queens and is listed as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Reserve, stationed at Fort Dix, New Jersey, in an Airborne Civil Affairs battalion, according to officials. He holds a "secret" level security...
    A federal judge approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay impending US government restrictions that could make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes its communication platform. WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. A group of WeChat users made the request after the United States Department of Commerce said on Friday that it would ban WeChat...
    A federal judge approved a request by a group of WeChat users to delay impending US government restrictions that could make the popular app nearly impossible to use. In a ruling dated Saturday, Magistrate Judge Laurel Beeler in California said the government’s actions would affect users’ First Amendment rights as an effective ban on the app removes its communication platform. WeChat is a popular messaging app among many Chinese-speaking Americans that serves as a lifeline for friends, family, clients, and business contacts in China. It is owned by Chinese tech giant Tencent. A group of WeChat users made the request after the United States Department of Commerce said on Friday that it would ban WeChat...
    Fox News host Tucker Carlson interviewed Chinese virologist Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who claimed that the Chinese government created Covid-19 and released it intentionally on the world. Yan opened the interview on Tuesday evening by telling Carlson that — from her report — she concluded Covid-19 “actually is not from nature” and “is a man-made virus created in the lab” which was based on “the very unique bat coronavirus, which cannot affect people, but after the modifications becomes a very harmful virus.” “So what you’re saying is much more sinister even than we’ve suggested on the show, Tom Cotton’s suggested, almost anyone’s suggested,” Carlson responded. “You’re saying that the Chinese government manufactured this virus, if I’m hearing you correctly. That’s...
    A Chinese software firm that allegedly provides intelligence to the Chinese government has been collecting data from Americans - including prominent public figures and military leaders - since 2017. Shenzhen Zhenhua Data Technology has gathered online data and social media on more than two million people worldwide including that of 50,000 Americans for the suspected purpose of providing intelligence to Chinese military, government and commercial clients, according to Australian cybersecurity consultancy Internet 2.0.  The revelation comes after the consultancy gained access to and analyzed a copy of Zhenhua's database - called the Overseas Key Information Database or OKIDB - after it was left unsecured online.   A Chinese software firm that allegedly provides intelligence to the Chinese government has been...
    Hong Kong (CNN)For Ha Sze-yuen, the sea surrounding Hong Kong is more than just a backdrop for sunsets and beaches.The 73-year old views the ocean as his route to freedom - a means of escape from the oppression and poverty of communist China.On the night of April 16, 1975, Ha and a friend slipped past Chinese border guards and plunged their homemade, inflatable rubber dinghy into the dark water of Shenzhen Bay.They then started paddling toward the bright lights of Hong Kong, which at the time was still a British colony.Ha Sze-yuen escaped mainland China for Hong Kong in 1975, rowing across Shenzhen Bay in a small rubber dinghy. Ha said he had already been caught and jailed three times...
    A Chinese virologist who escaped to the United States earlier this year claims the coronavirus is man-made — and she says she has the evidence to prove it. What are the details?Dr. Li-Meng Yan, who was formerly based in Hong Kong, explained on British talk show "Loose Women" last Friday that she was one of the first Chinese scientists to conduct research on the novel virus. She claimed the Chinese government, which is controlled by the Chinese Communist Party, is lying to the world about the origins of COVID-19. Officially, the Chinese government claims the virus originated from a wet market in Wuhan. But Yan called the claim a "smokescreen" — and said the virus actually came from the infamous...
    BenBella Books Excerpted with permission from T-Minus AI: Humanity’s Countdown to Artificial Intelligence and the New Pursuit of Global Power (BenBella Books, 2020) With the advance of twenty-first-century technology, the watchful eye of the Communist Party’s authority has become even more penetrating. Digital methods of censorship, surveillance, and social control have become unavoidable, integral parts of Chinese society. Those methods provide the Communist Party, which essentially is the state, with powerful eyes, ears, and influence over most aspects of its citizens’ lives. Again, and as stated, I am not criticizing the Chinese people themselves, nor suggesting that China is entirely alone in surveilling its population. The extent and unchecked degree to which China is doing so, however, is far beyond any Western...
    A virologist who claimed the Chinese government covered up the coronavirus outbreak says she will produce scientific evidence the virus was man-made.  Respected Chinese virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan, who specialised in virology and immunology at the Hong Kong School of Public Health, claimed that Beijing knew about the coronavirus well before reports began to emerge.  She has since been forced to flee Hong Kong fearing her life is in danger, and appeared today on Loose Women from a secret location, revealing that the Chinese government had 'removed all her information' from government data bases.  Dr Yan claimed that reports that Covid-19 originated at a wet market in Wuhan are a 'smoke screen', and that she plans to publish a report she claims has evidence the virus...
    To say 2020 is a wild year is an understatement — aside from the obvious thing that’s defined 2020, in July, some people across the US received an unsolicited parcel from China containing seeds. Motherboard’s editor-in-chief went to great lengths to find out what people did with those seeds, and you should read his report. As you’d expect, the strange packages caught the USDA’s attention, urging people to mail the seeds to the agency or to their state’s plant regulator. Some people listened to the government and others, not so much. Here are some interesting details from Motherboard’s report on how overwhelmed agricultural authorities were and what likely happened to people who kept the seeds: A woman from...
    TIKTOK is likely to miss the deadline imposed by President Donald Trump for the sale of its US operations, a failure that may lead to a ban of the Chinese app in the States. The video app's parent company Byte Dance has not managed to secure a deal with big-money suitors Microsoft and Oracle ahead of the September 20 cutoff due to new Chinese regulations, Bloomberg reports. 2TIKTOK is likely to miss the deadline for its sale to a US company imposed by President Donald TrumpCredit: Getty Images - Getty The company likely needs beyond the US executive order ban to reach an agreement with either of the parties, the report said, citing inside sources. A Chinese regulatory review ultimately...
    Disney filmed the movie "Mulan" in the Xinjiang province of China, where approximately 1 million Uighur Muslims are believed to be held in concentration camps by the communist Chinese government, according to the BBC. In addition, Disney thanked the Turpan Bureau of Public Security in the movie's credits. Turpan runs the camps, which are branded by the government as "re-education" camps, despite evidence and testimonies of the human rights atrocities that are inflicted upon the Uighur population. When Georgia passed an anti-abortion law in 2019 to ban abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat, banning most abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy, Disney President Bob Iger suggested Disney may have to boycott filming in the state...
    The last time I saw my father was in 2013. We were on our way to Indiana University, where he was scheduled to begin a fellowship. He was arrested before boarding the plane and taken away. A mild-mannered, studious professor of economics, his life’s work was using his influence to promote peaceful coexistence between the Uyghur people—our people—and the Han ethnic majority that rules China. That went against the interest of the Chinese Communist government, and in 2014 they sentenced him to life in prison. The last time I spoke to him was the day before his arrest. I still don’t know if he is even alive—the last time I heard anything of his whereabouts was in 2017.  In...
    ByteDance Ltd, the parent company of TikTok, has been in talks with the U.S. government about ways to avoid a full sale of the U.S. operations of their popular video-sharing app.  Sources familiar with the matter said that the discussions have risen in prominence since the Chinese government took steps to make it difficult to sell to the likes of Microsoft or other technology giants in the U.S., the Wall Street Journal reports.  The insight comes as the deadline imposed by President Donald Trump on August 6 against the company, soon approaches. Bytedance Ltd., TikTok's parent company, has been in talks with U.S. gov't officials even though the Chinese government has tried to limit the full sale (stock) TikTok could...
    TikTok logos are seen on smartphones in front of a displayed ByteDance logo in this illustration taken November 27, 2019.Dado Ruvic | Reuters ByteDance is speaking with the U.S. government about possible solutions that may allow it to retain some ownership of the U.S. operations of TikTok, while satisfying regulators in both China and the U.S. Those possibilities include handing over operational control of TikTok data to a U.S. tech company, while potentially still holding on to some ownership of assets, a person familiar with the process told CNBC. The Wall Street Journal previously reported Wednesday that ByteDance was working with the U.S. government on ways to avoid a full sale.  The discussions have been taking place for months, the...
    The largest mass internment of an ethnic-religious minority since World War II has persisted despite global condemnation. For years, Uighurs, a mostly Muslim ethnic minority, have been thrown into concentration camps in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China under the guise of fighting religious extremism. However, the inhumane practices by the Chinese government constitute genocide under the UN definition. What is happening to the Uighurs? Xinjiang, where about 11 million Uighurs and other Muslim minorities live, is an autonomous region in China that borders Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Mongolia. It is a resource-rich area of strategic importance to China’s trillion-dollar infrastructure project. The Chinese government encouraged migration into the Xinjiang region and began suppressing the Uighur people who are culturally and ethnically distinct...
    More than a dozen students, researchers, and professors at American universities have been arrested in the last year on charges related to lying about their ties with the Chinese government, often while accepting US-taxpayer-funded grants. The Justice Department has focused much effort on investigating individuals with ties to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) who use their positions on American campuses to benefit Beijing, often by recruiting talent or stealing intellectual property. Between 2019 and 2020, at least 14 people were arrested on related charges. While some suspects were investigated and charged in 2019, escalating tensions with China in 2020 appeared to ramp up efforts to hold these individuals accountable. In August, a Chinese official accused the U.S. of monitoring...
    In yet another sign of how far academia has sunk, Syracuse University put chemistry prof Jon Zubieta on administrative leave last week for the horrific sin of . . . including the terms “Wuhan Flu” and “Chinese Communist Party Virus” on his course syllabus. It’d be one thing if his colleagues noted he was going off-topic for a chemistry class, but in fact the Daily Orange reports that some 300 faculty and staff have signed an open letter denouncing his “hateful statements that feed into the recent wave of Sinophobia.” And: “We strongly condemn any speech that aims to marginalize and demean the Chinese community on and off campus.” Come on: Blaming China’s government — specifically, the genocide-committing, organ-harvesting, freedom-crushing Chinese Communist...
    James Harden knows where Rockets went wrong in Game 6 Jacob Blakes father says hes been receiving threats in the aftermath of his sons shooting How China Made the Netherlands Question Its Free-Market Beliefs (Bloomberg) -- When the Dutch government invested in home-grown chipmaker Smart Photonics this summer, it was a departure for a country with a hands-off approach to business. Load Error A small company with big plans, Smart Photonics was struggling to attract financing to scale up production of its next-generation chips, whose applications include self-driving cars and datacenters. “We flew all over the world to talk to interested investors,” Luc Augustin, Smart’s chief technology officer, said in an interview at the company’s offices outside Eindhoven,...
    TikTok : Posted at 17:33 ET (21:33 GMT) Monday, August 31, 2020 Playing 1:35 Posted at 09:25 ET (13:25 GMT) Monday, August 31, 2020 3:17 Posted at 14:07 ET (18:07 GMT) Thursday, August 27, 2020 2:00 Posted at 20:49 ET (00:49 GMT) Monday, August 24, 2020 1:13 Posted at 11:05 ET (15:05 GMT) Sunday, August 23, 2020 1:55 Posted at 15:10 ET (19:10 GMT) Thursday, August 20, 2020 1:09 Posted at 15:19 ET (19:19 GMT) Wednesday, August 19, 2020...
    Banning TikTok and WeChat would cut off many Americans from popular social media. AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein The Trump administration’s recently announced bans on Chinese-owned social media platforms TikTok and WeChat could have unintended consequences. The orders bar the apps from doing business in the U.S. or with U.S. persons or businesses after Sept. 20 and require divestiture of TikTok by Nov. 12. The executive orders are based on national security grounds, though the threats cited are to citizens rather than the government. Foreign policy analysts see the move as part of the administration’s ongoing wrestling match with the Chinese government for leverage in the global economy. Whatever the motivation, as someone who researches both cybersecurity and technology policy, I...
    When the novel coronavirus was first discovered in China last winter, the country responded aggressively, placing tens of millions of people into strict lockdown. As Covid-19 spread from Wuhan to the rest of the world, the Chinese government was just as forceful in controlling how the health crisis was portrayed and discussed among its own people. Politically sensitive material, like references to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests, have long been forbidden on China’s highly censored internet, but researchers at the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab say these efforts reached a new level during the pandemic. “The blunt range of censored content goes beyond what we expected, including general health information such as the fact [that] the virus spreads from human...
    American officials familiar with a new internal report conducted by U.S. intelligence agencies said the findings affirm previous claims that local officials in Wuhan and Hubei Province hid coronavirus information from Beijing at the beginning of the pandemic, The New York Times reports. The U.S. report certainly doesn’t exculpate the centr al government from wrongdoing, which occurred at all levels of the Chinese Communist Party, but it does make for a more nuanced reading of the pandemic’s origins and complicates the Trump administration’s narrative pinning the spread of the virus directly on Beijing’s malfeasance. Michael Pillsbury, a China Scholar at the Hudson Institute who informally advises Trump, said “it makes a huge difference” if Wuhan officials were actually shielding the...
      7 SPORT and politics are never easy bedfellows, especially when it comes to the Olympics. But following the despicable Chinese communist coronavirus cover-up, the disturbing crackdown on democracy in Hong Kong and the country’s inhumane treatment of Uighur Muslims, the thought of us supporting and celebrating the Beijing Winter Games in 2022 makes me feel sick. 7The thought of celebrating the 2022 Winter Games in China makes me sick.Credit: Alamy Live News 7Why should we support a regime that covered up Covid-19?Credit: EPA While a full boycott might be considered unfair on our athletes, it’s a tempting prospect given winter pursuits like curling and the skeleton are hardly where we tend to excel on the medals table. But at...
    TikTok : Although the epic controversy between Apple and Epic – the creators of Fortnite – is the one that monopolizes the headlines of Technology, the contest between TikTok and the United States of Donald Trump continues: A week ago, the president of the United States Donald Trump, signed an executive order to prohibit “any transaction” with TikTok after 45 days if its owner, the Chinese Bytedance, does not sell its operations in the United States to a local company, which can thus control what the app of Chinese origin does on American soil –in fact, and given that TikTok is the viral app of the moment, Microsoft and Twitter have already been interested in buying them. The...
    Oracle, the enterprise tech giant, has reportedly joined the list of potential suitors looking to buy the U.S. operations of TikTok amid a looming ban of the popular app. Hide The Financial Times and CNBC first reported that Oracle was interested in acquiring TikTok. Oracle joins Microsoft, believed to be the front runner, and Twitter as companies that are seeking a deal. Hide President Donald Trump set in motion a possible sale by signing an executive order earlier this month that would effectively ban TikTok in the U.S. unless it is sold to a company based stateside. The concerns are purportedly about data privacy and the possibility of the Chinese government getting its hands on U.S. user...
    “Given the rumors and misinformation about TikTok that proliferate in Washington and in the media, we want to set the record straight,” the company says on its site, under the slogan “the last sunshine of the internet.” The US president has accused for months, without proof, the video-sharing platform of siphoning data from American users for the benefit of Beijing. He signed two executive orders aimed at forcing ByteDance, the Chinese owner of TikTok, to sell the network’s American operations quickly, or else block it in the United States. “TikTok is not available in China. US user data is stored in Virginia with a backup in Singapore,” the company said. “TikTok has never provided any US data to the...
    President Donald Trump intends to ban TikTok for alleged national security concerns if the U.S. version of the app is not purchased by a U.S. company by the middle of next month.  Hide Microsoft and now Twitter are reportedly looking at buying the app, but what remains unclear to many TikTok users is if there’s actually any reason for all of this concern. Are there really serious issues with an app where people post videos of them singing, dancing, and doing other fun things? Hide The main reason the debate is happening in the first place is that TikTok is owned by a Chinese company called ByteDance. Chinese companies are known to work closely with the Chinese government, so many...
    WHISTLEBLOWER Chinese virologist Li-Meng Yan, who fled to the US, says she fears the coronavirus was created on purpose. After abandoning her husband in Hong Kong to reveal the "truth" about China's cover-up, Dr Yan also alleges that Covid-19 is linked to "reckless" experiments on bat coronaviruses conducted in military labs, says a report. ⚠️ Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates 12Virologist Dr Li-Meng Yan claims she is hiding in an undisclosed location after fleeing from Hong Kong to AmericaCredit: Fox News 12The virologist claims lives could have been saved if the Chinese government hadn't censored her workCredit: AFP or licensors Her allegations come after she claimed in July that many lives could have been...
    Taipei, Taiwan (CNN)It took less than 24 hours after United States Secretary of Health and Human Services Alex Azar touched down in Taiwan, in an historic visit intended to convey President Donald Trump's support for the democratic island, for China to deliver its own message.On Monday morning, as Azar toured the Taiwanese capital of Taipei, several Chinese fighter jets briefly crossed over the de facto maritime border that separates the island from mainland China. Later that week, the Chinese military held large-scale drills in waters close to Taiwan, touted in Beijing's state media as a "warning" to those seeking the island's independence. The US has maintained close ties with Taiwan since it split from mainland China in 1949 after the...
    Terry H. Schwadron August 8, 2020 9:00AM (UTC) Read more articles from the DCReport here. The TikTok saga is proving another deep pool for reflection about the appropriate role for government – this time in private business, the seemingly endless political need to build fear of The Other—the Chinese government, and the flip-flopping from our White House. So, let's see what we can learn from this case that might apply more broadly. : Much as we might like to do so, the TikTok story cannot be separated from the flailing around Donald Trump's re-election campaign. Trump grabs for a moment to immigration to urban horrors to a new healthcare system. There is no discussion about effectiveness in government, a...
    San Francisco (CNN Business)TikTok is up for grabs. But while the popular short-form video app likely won't lack for suitors, President Donald Trump says the US government needs to get a "substantial amount of money" as part of any deal.It's a demand that experts say is far outside the norm at best, and if it were to be met could set a dangerous precedent. "It's really not for the President to say that a deal can go through or a deal can't go through, or that a company must pay a ransom to the United States government or get a deal done by a particular deadline," said Avery Gardiner, general counsel and senior fellow for competition, data and power at...
    The University of Pennsylvania is alleged to have received $3 million from a company owned by a businessman with links to the Chinese Communist Party. The prestigious Ivy League school, which is based in Philadelphia claims that the cash came from a Chinese citizen named Xin Zhou who was a 'large client' of UPenn's business school. Zhou runs a company called E-House and participated in a University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School event in Shanghai last year.  However the Washington Free Beacon claims the money actually came from an alleged shell company, the Nice Famous Corp., which is connected to Shanghai real estate developer Xu Xeuqing. Xeuqing, who has no connection to the university whatsoever is in turn, alleged to have links with...
    Bradley Cortright August 2, 2020 0 Comments Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says that Chinese software companies are feeding their private data “directly to the Chinese Communist Party” and that the federal government will soon take action to address those privacy concerns. In an appearance on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Pompeo shared some examples of the kind of information that he said Chinese companies are storing and handing over the Chinese government.  “These Chinese software companies doing business in the United States, whether it’s TikTok or WeChat there are countless more, as Peter Navarro said, are feeding data directly to the Chinese Communist Party,” Pompeo said. He continued, “Could be their facial recognition pattern. It could be information about their...
    TikTok : Posted at 23:09 ET (03:09 GMT) Wednesday, July 8, 2020 Playing 3:04 Posted at 5:19 p.m. ET (9:19 p.m. GMT) Saturday, August 1, 2020 1:53 Posted at 19:16 ET (23:16 GMT) Friday, July 31, 2020 0:30 Posted at 19:09 ET (23:09 GMT) Friday, July 31, 2020 0:48 Posted at 19:08 ET (23:08 GMT) Friday, July 31, 2020 0:26 Posted at 19:05 ET (23:05 GMT) Friday, July 31, 2020 1:18 Posted at 11:04 ET (15:04 GMT) Friday, July 31, 2020 ...
    TikTok : Trump would force Chinese company to sell TikTok in the US 1:18 (. Business) – People working on the TikTok issue within the Donald Trump administration expect the president to sign an order to force the Chinese company ByteDance to sell the company’s US operations, its popular short-form video app, according to one person. familiar with the matter. The move aims to resolve concerns from policy makers that the foreign-owned TikTok may be a national security risk. However, this Friday President Donald Trump assured that he will ban the application. Speaking on board the Air Force One plane, Trump said, “As for TikTok, we are going to ban them in the United States.” The president...
    President Donald Trump told reporters on Friday night that he is planning to ban TikTok in the United States. Trump said he would ban the Chinese-owned social media platform that has over 800 million daily active users as soon as Saturday. What did the president say?"As far as TikTok is concerned, we're banning them from the United States," Trump told reporters aboard Air Force One. "I will sign the document tomorrow," said Trump on Friday night. He was asked when the TikTok ban would go into effect, the president replied, "Soon, immediately. I mean essentially immediately." On July 6, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is "looking at" banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps. "We are...
    CULVER CITY (CBSLA) — Microsoft Corp. is reportedly in talks to acquire the U.S. operations of the popular app Tik Tok. According to Bloomberg, the deal “would give the software company a popular social-media site and relieve U.S. government pressure on the Chinese owner of the video-sharing app.” Earlier this month, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. is “looking at” banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns. His remarks come as India banned the app and Australia is considering it. Pompeo said he doesn’t recommend downloading the app unless “you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.” In a statement to CBS News, a spokesperson refuted Pompeo’s claims saying,...
    TRILLER is a new app that allows users to create professional-looking music videos in a matter of seconds. The app has more than 80 million downloads with celebrities such as Alicia Keys and Cardi B using it to create their own music videos.  10Triller is a music video app used by celebrities to create contentCredit: Triller Here is more on Triller. What is the new app Triller? Triller is a new app powered by artificial intelligence which allows users to create professional-looking videos in a matter of seconds. Users can pick a song, select the portion of the song they want to use, snap a few takes and with the tap of a button they have a celebrity-quality music video...
    Three TikTok stars with a combined following of nearly 38 million have disclosed to DailyMail.com that they intend to quit the app and move to rival Triller, amid mounting fears the video-sharing platform could be used by China to spy on Americans. Josh Richards, Griffin Johnson and Noah Beck said they came to a collective decision to slowly withdraw from TikTok a few months ago after becoming aware of reports the app’s Beijing-based parent company, ByteDance, could be sharing user data with the Chinese government. The concerns of the three viral video creators have also been shared by numerous government officials and lawmakers in recent weeks, leading President Trump to announce Wednesday that the US is considering banning the social...
    CNN host John Berman scolded White House trade adviser Peter Navarro for using the term "China virus" to describe the coronavirus pandemic. Navarro referred to COVID-19 as the "China virus" and the "CCP virus" during his Wednesday morning interview on New Day. Berman noted that he let one reference of the "China virus" go unchecked but demanded that Navarro stop using the phrase. "We let you say that once, Peter. Please don't say it again on this show. I know why you're saying it," Berman said, adding, "I know what you are trying to do there. There are Asian Americans who have told us they have become the source of crimes." Navarro said that the Chinese Communist Party...
    Joe Biden's presidential campaign has banned staffers from using the Chinese video sharing app TikTok, citing security and privacy concerns. In a memo on Monday, Biden's general counsel, Dana Remus, ordered staff members to delete TikTok from both their personal and work phones, and to 'refrain from downloading and using TikTok,' according to Bloomberg. The memo also bans staff from trading individual stocks without approval from the campaign’s general counsel, an unusual step for a presidential campaign. TikTok faces regulatory challenges across the globe, and a potential ban by the U.S. government over suspicions Beijing could force its Chinese owner to turn over user data.  Joe Biden's presidential campaign has banned staffers from using the Chinese video sharing app TikTok, citing...
    Hong Kong/New Delhi (CNN Business)India is banning dozens more apps and reportedly reviewing hundreds of others from well-known Chinese companies, as tensions between the world's most populous countries continue to rise. The Indian government banned an additional 47 apps, all clones or variations of 59 other apps India blocked last month on national security grounds, an official at India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology told CNN Business on Tuesday. Caught up in the initial ban were several prominent Chinese apps, including the wildly popular video sharing app TikTok. App clones or variants would likely include lighter versions designed for entry-level smartphones with limited memory."Although the decision is based on the fact the new apps are the clones of the...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A Singaporean man living in Washington D.C. has pleaded guilty to being an "illegal agent of a foreign power," prosecutors said Friday. Jun Wei Yeo, also known as Dickson Yeo, worked for Chinese intelligence for four or five years, recruiting Americans with access to sensitive information over the internet and commissioning them to write reports, which he then passed on to Beijing. "The Chinese Government uses an array of duplicity to obtain sensitive information from unsuspecting Americans," United States Assistant Attorney General John Demers said in a statement. "Yeo was central to one such scheme, using career networking sites and a false consulting firm to lure Americans who might be of interest to the Chinese government. This is...
    The Department of Commerce on Wednesday urged companies to be vigilant in how they do business with Chinese manufacturers, warning that they could potentially become implicated in human rights abuse. Amid a series of statements, Undersecretary for Industry and Security Cordell Hull said that the department's recent listing of 11 Chinese manufacturers on a list of entities engaged in human and religious freedom violations is a signal to companies that they cannot engage in “willful blindness” when contracting manufacturing, especially for technology. “Companies can’t hide their head in the sand on this — these businesses are on a federal register,” Hull said during a hearing hosted by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom. Since last year, the Departments of...
    Boris Johnson is facing mounting pressure to impose sanctions on Chinese officials responsible for human rights abuses after Mike Pompeo apparently told MPs the UK has been provided with US intelligence on who to target.   The US Secretary of State is said to have told a private meeting yesterday that American intelligence had been handed to the UK relating to violations committed against Uighur Muslims. Tory backbenchers and the Labour Party have called on ministers to impose sanctions on any Beijing officials who have played a role in persecuting the group in Xinjiang, north west China. Mr Pompeo's alleged remarks will heap further pressure on the Government to take action, with China having already warned that imposing sanctions would prompt...
    China and U.S. flags are seen near a TikTok logo in this illustration picture taken July 16, 2020.Florence Lo | Reuters TikTok announced Tuesday it plans to hire 10,000 staff in the U.S. over the next three years, despite a possible ban for the Chinese-owned app.  As TikTok's popularity has soared, the number of full-time TikTok employees in the U.S. has gone from under 500 at the start of the year to almost 1,400 today. "In 2020, TikTok tripled the number of employees working in the U.S., and we plan to add another 10,000 jobs here over the next three years," a TikTok spokesperson told CNBC. "These are good-paying jobs that will help us continue to build a fun and safe...
    Sundar Pichai, chief executive officer of Google LLC, arrives to the White House for a meeting in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Dec. 6, 2018.Andrew Harrer | Bloomberg | Getty Images Most tech giants scaled back their U.S. lobbying spend in the second quarter of this year as the coronavirus pandemic created economic uncertainty across the country. Meanwhile, the Chinese company ByteDance, which owns the social networking app TikTok, increased its lobbying spend last quarter by more than 66% as TikTok faces increased scrutiny from U.S. lawmakers over concerns it may share user data with the Chinese government. But ByteDance's overall lobbying spend was far less than the largest tech companies. Here's the breakdown of Big Tech lobbying spend...
    You are probably reading this from your phone. Or your tablet. And surely you don’t realize that you have before you a crucial tool in the new global geopolitical battle. “There are numerous reasons why a country could veto Huawei from its networks, but increasing cybersecurity is not really a big factor,” wrote Marcus Willett, former deputy director of the British eavesdropping center GCHQ, a member of the UK secret services. United, and currently senior advisor to the International Institute for Strategic Studies (IISS) in cybernetics and other technologies as a lever of national power. Here he explains how and why. Without a doubt, there is a global competition between superpowers at the center of what is happening. I think...
    The United States’ top law enforcement official slammed Hollywood studios and American tech firms for “kowtowing” to Beijing on Thursday, the latest in a coordinated series of speeches from senior US officials attacking the actions and ambitions of the Chinese government. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) was seeking to “extend its influence around the world, including on American soil,” said US Attorney General William Barr during a China policy-related address at the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum in Michigan. “All too often, for the sake of short-term profits, American companies have succumbed to that influence, even at the expense of freedom and openness in the United States,” said Barr. Singling out Marvel Studios, a Disney subsidiary, Barr pointed to its...
    (CNN Business)A week after saying his administration was "looking at" banning short-form video app TikTok in the United States, President Donald Trump claimed credit for personally thwarting the expansion plans of another Chinese-affiliated technology company: Huawei. "We convinced many countries, and I did this myself for the most part, not to use Huawei, because we think it's an unsafe security risk," Trump said at a White House press conference on Tuesday. Earlier in the day, the UK government said it was reversing a decision to allow Huawei to build parts of its new 5G mobile network. Under the announcement, any existing 5G gear from Huawei must be ripped out — virtually eliminating the company from a major western market.The UK...
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s government has warned it will protect Chinese companies after Washington said enterprises may face legal trouble if they help carry out abuses in the Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. The U.S. warning came amid mounting tension with Beijing over human rights, trade and Hong Kong. It cited complaints of abuses by the ruling Communist Party against ethnic Muslims including mass detention and forced labor. The Commerce Ministry accused the U.S. government of meddling in China’s affairs. It said Washington was misusing complaints about human rights to “suppress Chinese companies.” “This is bad for China, bad for the United States and bad for the whole world,” said a ministry statement. “China strongly urges the...
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s government has warned it will protect Chinese companies after Washington said enterprises may face legal trouble if they help carry out abuses in the Muslim northwestern region of Xinjiang. The U.S. warning came amid mounting tension with Beijing over human rights, trade and Hong Kong. It cited complaints of abuses by the ruling Communist Party against ethnic Muslims including mass detention and forced labor. The Commerce Ministry accused the U.S. government of meddling in China’s affairs. It said Washington was misusing complaints about human rights to “suppress Chinese companies.” “This is bad for China, bad for the United States and bad for the whole world,” said a ministry statement. “China strongly urges the U.S. to stop...
    Even while much of Washington tries to practice social distancing, FBI Director Christopher Wray made it a point to travel three blocks up Pennsylvania Avenue from the bureau’s headquarters last Tuesday for a speech to a small audience, most of them in masks. Wray has kept a low profile throughout his nearly three-year tenure as director, but the topic of his address at the conservative Hudson Institute was one he’s had no problem being vocal about, and on Tuesday he made his position clear by the third sentence of his remarks. “The greatest long-term threat to our nation’s information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality, is the counterintelligence and economic espionage threat from China,” he told the...
    A TikTok logo seen displayed on a smartphone with Chinese flag on the background.Omar Marques | SOPA Images | LightRocket via Getty Images White House trade advisor Peter Navarro dubbed TikTok's new CEO Kevin Mayer, an "American puppet" for working at the Chinese-owned social media app, in an interview with Fox Business on Sunday. Navarro also used the interview to double down on accusations that Chinese apps are gathering data on Americans and handing that over to Beijing. He also said to expect "strong action" from President Donald Trump on TikTok and other Chinese apps. TikTok has been in the cross-hairs of Washington for some months. But pressure on TikTok, which is owned by Beijing-based Bytedance, rose last week when Secretary...
    (Reuters) - China's Huawei Technologies has requested a meeting with UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson to work out a deal to delay its potential removal from the country's 5G phone network, the Sunday Times newspaper reported on Sunday. The Chinese telecoms equipment maker is seeking to delay its removal from the from the country's 5G telecoms networks until after elections in June 2025, in the expectation that the new government may reverse the decision, the newspaper reported. https://bit.ly/3iTYDRi Huawei will in return pledge to maintain its equipment in the UK, which is also used in the 2G, 3G and 4G networks, the report added. Britain granted Huawei a limited role in its future 5G networks in January, but ministers have...
    A scientist said she escaped China to warn the world about how dangerous the coronavirus is, Fox News reports. Hong Kong scientist Dr. Li-Meng Yan told Fox News, in an exclusive interview, that the Chinese government knew about COVID-19 well before it claimed they did and that her lab supervisors ignored her early research on the virus. "The reason I came to the U.S. is because I deliver the message of the truth of COVID," she said. She said she fled China for the U.S. because she feared the Chinese government would make her “disappear" for speaking out.  Yan said she was one of the first scientists to investigate the coronavirus. She said she was asked by her supervisor to...
    For a few hours on Thursday afternoon, videos that appeared on TikTok user pages, following feeds, and the For You Page all displayed broken Like totals for some users across the globe. TikTok showed that these videos had zero likes. It’s not clear what caused the issue as of press time. “Hi TikTok community! We’re aware that some users are experiencing app issues – working to quickly fix things, and we’ll share updates here!” TikTok tweeted Thursday. Hi TikTok community! We’re aware that some users are experiencing app issues – working to quickly fix things, and we’ll share updates here! — TikTokSupport (@TikTokSupport) July 9, 2020 But the brief outage came at the worst possible time, as many TikTok...
    The Trump administration is apparently considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, including the popular video app TikTok. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo mentioned the possibility on Tuesday, saying it was “something we’re looking at” in a Fox News interview with Laura Ingraham. Pompeo offered few specifics, and the comment could easily have been bluster. But he also compared TikTok to Huawei and ZTE, two companies that have suffered very real consequences after drawing US government ire. With tension rising between the US and China, Trump trying to ban TikTok isn’t out of the question — and while it’s not nearly as simple as Pompeo and Ingraham make it sound, it could still cause trouble for the company and...
    China is seeking to become the worlds only superpower by usurping the United States with a government-directed "campaign of theft and malign influence", the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) director said on Tuesday.In a wide-ranging attack on Beijings behaviour on the world stage delivered at the conservative think tank Hudson Institute, Christopher Wray said that the counter-intelligence and economic espionage threat from China represented the "greatest long-term threat to our nations information and intellectual property, and to our economic vitality".Chinas "generational fight" to usurp the US was playing out in fields ranging from local politics to industries including aviation, agriculture, robotics and health care, said Wray, accusing Beijing of working to compromise American institutions conducting "essential" Covid-19 research.The charges...
    Google has abandoned plans to develop and launch a cloud computing product designed for the Chinese market, among other politically controversial countries, according to a report from Bloomberg. The move marks the second high-profile initiative within Google to develop a product for the Chinese market, after the existence of a censored Chinese search product, codenamed “Dragonfly,” was revealed in media reports in 2018 and caused a firestorm of controversy until Google reportedly shut it down in December of that year. This new project is referred to internally as “Isolated Region,” and the intended customer was to be countries intent on controlling the flow of data within their borders, Bloomberg reports. The goal was to separate this product from Google’s...
    FBI Director Christopher Wray arrives for the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing titled Threats to the Homeland, in Hart Building on Tuesday, November 5, 2019.Tom Williams | CQ-Roll Call, Inc. | Getty Images WASHINGTON — In blistering remarks Tuesday, FBI Director Christopher Wray slammed the Chinese government for its use of espionage and cyberattacks against the United States which has amounted to what he called "one of the largest transfers of wealth in human history." "The stakes could not be higher, and the potential economic harm to American businesses and the economy as a whole almost defies calculation," Wray said of the Chinese government during an address at the Hudson Institute.  "To achieve its goals and surpass America,...
    The Agriculture Ministry of Indonesia announced this weekend the creation of an “antivirus necklace” made of eucalyptus that could allegedly kill the Chinese coronavirus, later walking back its properties, but not before the nation’s health minister claimed it could boost the wearer’s “psychological mentality.” Indonesia has documented over 66,000 cases of Chinese coronavirus and 3,309 deaths since the pandemic erupted in Wuhan, central China, late last year. Its government has struggled to successfully enact social distancing measures and on occasion elicited embarrassment, such as when health officials confused the medical terms “Sars-CoV-2” and “COVID-19” World Health Organization (W.H.O.) branding for the Chinese coronavirus and the disease that it causes, respectively. The Indonesian Agriculture Ministry baffled the nation on Friday with...
    The US is considering a ban on Chinese social media apps like the popular video-sharing platform TikTok, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Fox News on Monday. “We are taking this very seriously. We are certainly looking at it,” Pompeo said. “With respect to Chinese apps on peoples’ cellphones, the United States will get this one right too.” Over the last few years, US lawmakers have grown increasingly concerned over TikTok’s handling of user data and the relationship between its parent company — the Beijing-based ByteDance — and the Chinese government. Lawmakers allege that TikTok could be pressured into handing over data or other intelligence to the Chinese Communist Party. A TikTok spokesperson responded to Pompeo’s remarks Tuesday in a...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A year ago, Chinese-Australian dissident artist Badiucao was searching for a place in Hong Kong to display some of his political works, many of which are critical of the Chinese Communist Party.Now he says he wouldn't even transfer through Hong Kong airport for fear of being arrested under the city's new national security law. That's because the legislation, which came into effect late Tuesday, doesn't only clamp down on freedoms at home. It also puts foreign citizens who criticize the Chinese government anywhere in the world at risk of jail if they even set foot in the city -- even if they are just transiting through the airport."It's really concerning and terrifying, not just for residents in Hong...
    The world came together to build 5G. Now the next-generation wireless technology is pulling the world apart. The latest version of the 5G technical specifications, expected Friday, adds features for connecting autonomous cars, intelligent factories, and internet-of-things devices to crazy-fast 5G networks. The blueprints reflect a global effort to develop the technology, with contributions from more than a dozen companies from Europe, the US, and Asia. And yet, 5G is also pulling nations apart—with the US and China anchoring the tug-of-war. Tensions between Washington and Beijing over trade, human rights, the handling of Covid-19, and Chinese misinformation are escalating global divisions around the deployment of 5G. A growing number of countries are aligning with either a Western or a Chinese...
    China’s campaign to restrict the Uighur population reportedly started as far back as 2013 using malware technologies, a U.S.-based mobile intelligence company revealed Wednesday. The Lookout Threat Intelligence Team found evidence that four Android surveillance malware tools were used to track Uighurs in China and in as many 14 other countries, through their smartphones. The malware tracked and recorded detailed information about Uighur’s primarily living in the Xinjiang province, but records tracking Tibetans and other Muslims groups were found as well. Smartphone tracking appears to have been just the first step in a much broader campaign to collect blood samples, voice and facial recognition, along with other personal data that would target the oppressed minority group, according to a report by...
    Chinese state media on Tuesday warned that India’s ban on 59 Chinese smartphone apps, including the popular TikTok messaging application, would prove counterproductive for India because the ban “dealt a severe blow to the confidence of Chinese investors,” and Indian entrepreneurs rely heavily on Chinese investments. China’s state-run Global Times sneered that India’s government could offer only a “lackluster explanation for the nonsensical move,” so the TikTok ban makes India’s “political crackdown” on Chinese imports “open and blatant.” “If India’s sovereignty can be damaged by a handful of apps, just how vulnerable is it?” the Global Times asked sarcastically. As it has done in response to every element of India’s growing Boycott China movement, the Chinese Communist paper argued the...
    by Mary Margaret Olohan   A Chinese court sentenced a priest to prison for nine years Monday after the priest called the Chinese Communist Party “morally incompatible with the Christian faith.” The court sentenced 46-year-old Pastor Wang Yi, who led the Protestant Early Rain Covenant Church in the Chinese city of Chengdu, for incitement of subversion of state power and for illegal business operations, according to The Wall Street Journal. The Chinese government often uses those charges against religious leaders and against those who disagree politically with the government, according to the WSJ. Wang wrote a 2018 essay titled “Meditations on the Religious War” in which he wrote that the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party is “morally incompatible with the Christian faith and with all...
    The coronavirus pandemic may have shed light on China's influence in America over the supply chain, including life-saving medicines, technology and equipment. But some analysts believe the ongoing crisis lays bare the inroads China has made on U.S. soil. The American Security Institute recently released a report and launched a campaign, featuring a billboard in Times Square, to draw further attention to the extensive array of sectors the Chinese government and its partners have invested into. But, exactly how much does the nation own? CLICK HERE FOR COMPLETE CORONAVIRUS COVERAGE Times Square billboard endeavors to warn of creeping Chinese influence. (ChinaOwnsUs campaign) Medicine: China produces 97 percent of U.S. antibiotics and about 80 percent of active pharmaceutical ingredients used in American drugs,...
    Whitney KimballJust now•Filed to:tiktoktiktokindiaSaveImage: Prakash Singh/AFP (Getty Images) This is the story of a microvlogging app that nobody had heard of two years ago, and how it lured the world’s teens with karaoke, gobbled up their data, ballooned to monstrous proportions, and, finally, became a geopolitical bargaining chip in an escalating feud between the world’s two most-populous countries. The most recent development: India has reportedly banned TikTok, along with 58 other China-based apps, in retaliation for a recent border conflict in the Himalayas that resulted in the deaths of 20 Indian soldiers and the believed capture of many others. As of this morning, the Indian Express reports that the App Store and Google Play have scrubbed TikTok from their Indian stores;...
    TikTok has denied sharing Indian users' data with the Chinese government. It comes after New Delhi banned the wildly popular app amid a sharp deterioration of relations with Beijing two weeks after a deadly border clash. 'TikTok continues to comply with all data privacy and security requirements under Indian law and have not shared any information of our users in India with any foreign government, including the Chinese government,' TikTok India chief Nikhil Gandhi said in a statement on Tuesday. TikTok has denied sharing Indian users' data with the Chinese government 'Further if we are requested to in the future we would not do so. We place the highest importance on user privacy and integrity,' he said, adding that...
    Due to the ongoing India-China face-off, on Monday, the Indian government took a decision and banned in total 59 Chinese apps. The list of the blocked apps is long but it includes some of the most used ones like TikTok, Shein, UC Browser, WeChat and more. Well, as soon as the banned news spread like wildfire on the web, TikTok videos of Nayanthara’s lookalike have gone viral on social media. Yep, that’s true, the Bigil actress who enjoys a massive following online has a doppelganger. Well, the Tiktoker has updated many videos on Instagram imitating the actress and goes by the account Mithu Vigil. Vignesh Shivan, Nayanthara Turn Kids in this Amusing Video Mocking ‘Jokers and their Silly Jokes’ To Refute...
    Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on China Monday to end the “horrific” and “dehumanizing” abuses against Uighur Muslims, including forced sterilizations, abortions, and coerced family planning practices. “We call on the Chinese Communist Party to immediately end these horrific practices and ask all nations to join the United States in demanding an end to these dehumanizing abuses,” Pompeo said in a Monday afternoon statement. His words came after an investigation by the Associated Press found that the Chinese government is committing “demographic genocide” against Uighur Muslims through forced abortions, birth control, mass detentions, and imprisonment. (RELATED: China Committing ‘Demographic Genocide’ Against Uighurs Through Forced Abortion, Sterilization, Mass Detention, AP Investigation Finds) The AP investigation, based on interviews with 30...
    The Chinese government is committing “demographic genocide” against Uighur Muslims through forced abortions, birth control, mass detentions, and imprisonment, an investigation by the Associated Press found. The Associated Press investigation was based on interviews with 30 former detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor, as well as government statistics and state documents. The investigation found that the Chinese government seeks to dramatically lower the birthrates of Uighurs and other minorities while encouraging other populations to produce more children. The Chinese government is committing “demographic genocide” against Uighur Muslims through forced abortions, birth control, mass detentions, and imprisonment, an investigation by the Associated Press found. The AP investigation, based on interviews with 30 former detainees, family...
    The Indian government has banned TikTok along with close to 60 other apps developed by Chinese firms, saying they were engaging in activities that put India’s security at risk. As TechCrunch reported, the Indian government announced the bans on Monday evening, saying that the apps in question “engaged in activities which is prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, and security of state and public order.” The move was seen as part of the growing tensions between the neighbor countries, following clashes at the border the two share that left many Indian soldiers dead. Sudhir Chaudhary, Indian television news host and editor-in-chief of Zee News, wrote that the ban of Chinese apps was seen as a “digital...
    Matt NovakJust now•Filed to:chinachinachinese governmentuyghursuighurspopulation controlIUDchinese communist partydonald trumppresident trumpjohn boltonSavePosters of Xi Jinping seen during a rally to support imprisoned Uyghurs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong on September 25, 2019 in Hong Kong.Photo: Getty Images The Chinese government is spending millions of dollars each year implementing population control measures against the Uighurs, the country’s largest Muslim ethnic group, including mandatory IUDs, sterilization, and forced abortions, according to a story published Monday by the Associated Press. Muslim women who have “too many” children are also being thrown into the concentration camps currently operating in China’s Xinjiang region—facilities that President Trump has reportedly endorsed, according to former National Security Advisor John Bolton who alleged as much in his explosive...
    The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to reduce the birth rate among Uighurs and other minorities in a major campaign to reduce its Muslim population, while encouraging some members of the majority have China to have more children. Although several women have previously reported forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and more systematic than previously believed, according to AP research based on government statistics, state documents, and interviews with 30 ex-family members. and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign of the past four years in the western Xinjiang region is sparking what some experts describe as “demographic genocide.” The state often subjects minority women to pregnancy tests and imposes the implantation of intrauterine devices, sterilizations,...
    The Chinese government is taking draconian measures to slash birth rates among Uighurs and other minorities as part of a sweeping campaign to curb its Muslim population, even as it encourages some of the country’s Han majority to have more children. While individual women have spoken out before about forced birth control, the practice is far more widespread and systematic than previously known, according to an AP investigation based on government statistics, state documents and interviews with 30 ex-detainees, family members and a former detention camp instructor. The campaign over the past four years in the far west region of Xinjiang is leading to what some experts are calling a form of “demographic genocide.” The state regularly subjects minority...
    The Times of India noted on Friday the growing recognition in Chinese state media that the country lost soldiers in a brutal hand-to-hand clash with Indian troops on the nations’ border last week, despite the lack of any official statement other than vague acknowledgment of “casualties.” China’s Foreign Ministry has repeatedly refused to acknowledge even the possibility of casualties in the brawl, which features Chinese soldiers attacking Indian troops on Indian territory with rocks and sticks wrapped in barbed wire. On Monday, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian simply told reporters, “I have no information to offer.” On Tuesday, Zhao offered no updates other than calling reports in Indian media that as many as 40 Chinese soldiers, twice the reported number...
    China’s ambassador in Washington and a Chinese diplomat in New York City secretly aided in the recruitment of scientists in the United States, according to the FBI. An affidavit, filed in federal court last year and unsealed in April, gives a deeper look into China’s tactics as top U.S. officials have increasingly warned about the Beijing’s espionage capabilities. The affidavit was first reported by the Daily Beast on Monday. The word “China” is almost entirely — and purposely — redacted from the court filing, though it does appear at least once, perhaps missed in the redaction process. An FBI special agent who specializes in counterintelligence wrote in the affidavit that the bureau was investigating a scientist in Connecticut who...
    In a tale now exceedingly familiar to the American people, certain foreign actors wanted to influence the American president, so they found a way to buy it and, guess what? They got access. In this case, it appears the Chinese government enlisted certain political donors to make the connections, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Chinese-aligned access seekers reportedly “poured hundreds of thousands of dollars” into Trump’s reelection bid to get close to Donald Trump toward the beginning of his term. Some of those access seekers were closely aligned with China’s national security infrastructure, its military included, and they gave progress reports about their advances to prominent Chinese officials. A GOP official named Shawn Steel helped make some of those advances possible....
    The Trump administration slammed Huawei’s planned construction of a £400 million research and development centre near Cambridge, saying that the UK is on a “slippery slope” by continuing to allow the Chinese tech firm to operate in the country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is reported to be “really furious” about the planned project and the American Ambassador to the UK, Woody Johnson, is expected to relay the concerns of the Trump administration with the British government. The American under-secretary of state for economic growth, Keith Krach, said that Huawei is “an extension of the Chinese government”, and therefore called the British government “to put the whole thing in perspective — aggressive tactics of the Chinese Communist Party, because it...
    After the U.S. designated four Chinese media outlets as foreign missions, China has threatened to take countermeasures and accused the US of betraying its commitment to a free press, the Associated Press reported.  “We strongly urge the United States to abandon the Cold War mentality and ideological prejudice, and immediately stop and correct this wrong practice that serves no one’s interest. Otherwise China will have to make the necessary legitimate response,” Foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian said according to the Associated Press. This picture taken on March 2, 2017 shows a man searching rubbish bins in front of an news stand advertising a Chinese newspaper with the front page photo of US President Donald Trump. / (JOHANNES EISELE/AFP via Getty...
    London (CNN Business)China has vowed to make a "necessary and legitimate" response after the US government designated four more Chinese state media outlets as "foreign diplomatic missions."On Monday, the Trump administration announced that it would treat China Central Television (CCTV), China News Service, the People's Daily and the Global Times as arms of the Chinese government, arguing that they are under the control of the Chinese Communist Party.The designation means the outlets must now submit to the rules that cover diplomatic missions, such as providing detailed information about their employees — whether Chinese or not — and notifying the US government about any real estate transactions. Five Chinese outlets —Xinhua, CCTV subsidiary China Global Television Network, China Radio International, China...
    An Education Department investigation unearthed $1 billion in anonymous foreign funding on campuses nationwide and discovered a school with direct contracts with the Chinese Communist Party, leading to reforms instituted Monday. The broad, yearlong inquiry into foreign funding on campus was launched in 2019, and since July of last year, U.S. colleges and universities have reported $6.5 billion in previously undisclosed foreign gifts and contracts, according to a press release which added that institutions have “anonymized” the identities of the donors of at least $1.14 billion in foreign funds flowing in from China, Russia, Qatar, and Saudi Arabia. The Education Department, which has not yet completed the nationwide investigation, unveiled an online portal on Monday “that will make...
    White House trade adviser Peter Navarro said Sunday the coronavirus was a “product of the Chinese Communist party” and suggested without evidence that the potentially fatal virus may have been purposefully created by the Chinese government.  CNN’s Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperPhiladelphia court supervisor fired after being caught on video saying he doesn't care about black lives Kudlow: US economy 'off to the races' for V-shaped recovery Lawmakers see some common ground on police reform proposals MORE clashed with Navarro in an interview on “State of the Union,” in which the White House official leveled accusations that China may have purposefully spawned the virus.  “Did you say China created this virus, did I hear you wrong,” Tapper asked Navarro.  “You...
    Two Canadian detainees in China were charged with spying Friday, in what officials are saying is an attempt to pressure Canada to drop charges against a top Huawei executive under house arrest in Vancouver. One of the Canadian citizens, Michael Kovrig, was charged on suspicion of spying for state secrets and intelligence, while the other Canadian citizen, Michael Spavor, was charged on suspicion of spying for a foreign entity and illegally providing state secrets. “We are using a wide range of public and private pressures to ensure that everything is being done to get these Michaels home,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau also said he was “very disappointed” by the Chinese rulings and said it was a clear attempt...
    Eric Schmidt, who served as chief executive of Google and Alphabet Inc., said in a Thursday interview with BBC that Chinese tech giant Huawei engaged in unacceptable acts and poses a threat to national security. Speaking with BBC Radio 4, Schmidt said that the company behaves like a “signal intelligence” entity, a reference to intelligence agencies like the National Security Agency (NSA) that send data to governments. “There’s no question that information from Huawei routers has ultimately ended up in hands that would appear to be the state,” he added. Eric Schmidt speaks during a National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence conference (Alex Wong/Getty Images) Schmidt is currently the chairman of the Pentagon’s Defense Innovation Board, which advises the Department...
    Volkswagen's second model in its standalone all-electric ID range has been revealed in error by the Chinese government. Leaked pictures of the production-ready ID.4 SUV have been posted online after they were issued by VW to China's Ministry of Industry and Information Technology - a process that all car firms must follow to gain type approval for models in the country. Camouflaged pictures of the 311-mile range EV were shown by the Volkswagen back in March, though these new images reveal the full detail of how it will look when it hits showrooms from 2021. Leaked: Images that had been uploaded to a Chinese government website have been revealed online showing the full exterior of Volkswagen's forthcoming ID.4 electric...
    Chinese social media platform TikTok has revealed how its video recommendation feed works for the first time. The popular app, which lets users to make short lip-syncing clips to share with their followers, has detailed the workings of the For You feed, one of its ‘defining features’. For You is powered by an algorithm that makes personalised recommendations based on several metrics, including interactions and account settings. TikTok said it hoped the information provided would answer users' questions about how recommendations are delivered to their feeds. The revelation is part of a broader transparency initiative designed to improve trust in the app, which is owned by Chinese company Bytedance.  Western fears have emerged that the app’s owner could be sharing...
    More than 100 U.S. universities have failed to disclose foreign donations from the Chinese government, meaning the Chinese Communist Party has a bigger influence on our nation’s colleges and universities than we know. An analysis from The Washington Free Beacon found that the more than 100 universities that currently host or have hosted Confucius Institutes, which are programs developed by the Chinese government to teach American students about Chinese culture and the language. “The Department of Education requires all credentialed universities to disclose foreign gifts of more than $250,000, but only about 30 percent of institutions with Confucius Institutes have disclosed their financial ties to Beijing, according to a Washington Free Beacon review of federal records,” the outlet reported. The Free Beacon...
    More than 70 U.S. universities that received funding from the Chinese government did not disclose those donations to the Department of Education, prompting concerns from lawmakers and watchdogs about Beijing and the Community Party's growing influence on American college campuses. The DOE requires all credentialed universities to reveal how much money they receive in foreign gifts of more than $250,000. CHINA LOCKS DOWN 10 MORE NEIGHBORHOODS, FIRES OFFICIALS AMID CORONAVIRUS RESURGENCE: REPORTS However, only 30 percent of U.S. institutions linked to Confucius Institutes, which are underwritten by the Chinese government to promote Chinese language and culture, do so, according to a Washington Free Beacon analysis.  The newspaper reached out to 75 higher learning institutions that failed to report their...
    In addition to cracking down on religious freedom for millions of Christians and Uighur Muslims, China also is angering Buddhists around the world for trying to interfere with the succession of the next Dalai Lama. With the 14th Dalai Lama, 84-year-old Tenzin Gyatso, Tibet's exiled spiritual leader living in India and advancing in age, the religious ritual for picking His Holiness's successor has been highly politicized. The Chinese foreign ministry declared in 2011 that only the government in Beijing can appoint the next Dalai Lama and no other succession candidate would be given any recognition. US RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AMBASSADOR: CHINA SPEARHEADING THE FUTURE OF OPPRESSION Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho slammed the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) for "seeking to interfere in the...