China issues Passport Information to University Staff….

 

Australia: Beijing’s passport order to University of Technology Sydney staff

Academic staff at University of Technology Sydney refused to hand over personal details, including their passport numbers, after China’s Education Ministry demanded the information to continue a course for visiting students.

Science faculty associate dean for international partnerships ­Graham Nicholson told 21 UTS academics they were required to disclose their passport numbers and dates of birth “as part of the ongoing review of this program” by the ministry.

“You may be concerned by the request for your passport number,” he said in an email obtained by The Australian. “In China, all citizens have an identity card. As we don’t have these in Australia the next best ­option for them is your current passport number.”

Full Story Here: https://www.theaustralian.com.au/nation/politics/beijings-passport-order-to-university-of-technology-sydney-staff/news-story/449ed343de20368803624443e7cf37e7

 

Vanuatu’s lucrative ‘passports for sale’ scheme for Chinese nationals….

A top-down shot of a person handing over Chinese yuan for a green Vanuatu passport.
Photo: Vanuatu passports have been mostly sold to applicants from mainland China under the scheme. (ABC News: GFX/Jarrod Fankhauser)

Are you in the market for a second passport? One that can get you into scores of countries — including Europe, the UK, Hong Kong, Singapore and Russia — without needing a visa?

Key Points:

  • Applicants can become a Vanuatu citizen without needing to set foot in the country
  • It costs about $220,000 for a single application and more for couples and families
  • More than 4,000 passports have been sold under the scheme, with most to Chinese citizens

Or perhaps you’d like to park your money in a tax haven where there are no personal or corporate income taxes.

Maybe you’d just like to get away from the rat race and live on a picturesque tropical island in the South Pacific.

Vanuatu, then, could be the place for you.

These are some of the selling points of Vanuatu’s citizenship by investment scheme, or cash-for-passports as it’s also known locally.

Sales have been booming in recent years, providing the Government with an unexpected but lucrative source of revenue.

Full Story Here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-07/vanuatu-passports-for-sale-scheme-to-chinese-nationals/11387292

Papua New Guinea asks China for help to refinance $11.8b national debt..

James Marape walks up some steps with a crowd of people behind him.
Photo: James Marape was sworn in as the country’s new Prime Minister in May. (Supplied: PNG Prime Minister’s Office)

In a move experts say could give Beijing even greater influence over Australia’s nearest neighbour, Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister James Marape has reached out to China to help refinance its 27 billion kina ($11.8 billion) national debt.

Key points:

  • Experts are concerned PNG could become shackled to China’s political interests
  • PNG’s debt stands at about 32.8 per cent of GDP
  • PNG wants to move away from an “aid-donor” relationship with Australia

Mr Marape made the request yesterday in a meeting with China’s ambassador to PNG Xue Bing in Port Moresby, according to a statement issued on Tuesday afternoon by his office.

But this afternoon, the Prime Minister appeared to backtrack on the Government’s earlier claims and said the statement was issued to media without his knowledge.

Full Story Here: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-07/png-to-ask-china-for-help-refinancing-national-debt/11391186

Japan; Police arrest another Chinese man cashless payment service fraud…

セブン‐イレブン、7payと同時にPayPay、メルペイ、LINE Payにも対応 - iPhone Mania

Police said Wednesday they have arrested a 25-year-old Chinese man over alleged fraud using the new cashless payment service for Seven-Eleven convenience stores.

Wu Yun Si Qin is suspected of purchasing 10 cartons of e-cigarette cartridges worth 50,000 yen at a 7-Eleven outlet in Tokyo’s Nakano Ward on the afternoon of July 3 by using what is believed to be a 7pay ID and password stolen from a 45-year-old man in Nakatsugawa, Gifu Prefecture.

The suspect, a Nakano Ward resident, has admitted to the allegation, saying he was asked by an acquaintance to make the purchase, and the police suspect there is a crime group behind the case.

The payment service by Seven & i Holdings Co was hacked soon after its launch on July 1, and 808 people have lost a total of 38.61 million yen, as of the end of last month, after their IDs and passwords were stolen.

Full Story Here: https://japantoday.com/category/crime/police-arrest-another-chinese-man-over-7pay-fraud

Hong Kong; Tanks on the streets, Beijing keeps its options open…

A group of Chinese soldiers shouting while grasping bayonets

As another weekend of potentially violent clashes in Hong Kong nears, many people in the semi-autonomous Chinese city and around the world are asking the same question: would China really send in the People’s Liberation Army?

Key points:

  • Analysts say the chances of PLA soldiers descending into Hong Kong aren’t high
  • Hong Kong still has 28 years to go of its One Country, Two Systems model
  • Sending troops would deeply strain a number of diplomatic and financial relations

In recent weeks, the Chinese Government has gone to great lengths to tease the idea publicly.

A propaganda video from the Hong Kong garrison showing troops quelling civil unrest along with a similar large-scale police drill just across the mainland border were hardly subtle in their messaging.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-08-09/would-china-send-troops-to-hong-kong-to-crush-the-protests/11392704

China’s Hand In Nicaragua Nightmare

Dictator of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega, has called Felix Maradiaga a terrorist. Others call him an academic and political activist in Nicaragua. At the 2019 Oslo Freedom Forum, I sat down with him to uncover what China’s role in Nicaragua’s nightmare, and how the United States can help.

Xi Jinping’s concession to Donald Trump still haunts Chinese negotiators///

  • Xi reportedly agreed last year to allow a compliance department of executives chosen by the US to be embedded into the company to monitor the flow of every transaction – and ZTE has to pay
  • For Washington, enforcement of any agreement is the key, but Beijing views the US demands as reminiscent of China’s historical humiliations at the hands of Western powers

Full Story Here: https://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/3020305/xi-jinpings-zte-concession-donald-trump-still-haunts-chinese

China masses the military on the Hong Kong border,

China masses the Chinese military on the Hong Kong border, as Hong Kong protesters and riot police clash.

PLUS:

The US China trade war is heating up as a trade deal remains elusive and Trump hits China with more tariffs.

Huawei may have a deeper relationship with Google than we thought.

Facebook’s cryptocurrency Libra may be a challenge to China.

And China is banning individual travel permits to Taiwan.

That and more on this week’s China news headlines!