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.”
Gordon Chang, author of “The Coming Collapse of China.” Chang lived and worked in Hong Kong and China for over 20 years, including as a Partner in the international law firm Baker & McKenzie in Hong Kong.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Huawei‘s head of PR will probably have some explaining to do after today’s stunt (although I commend them for their bravery). The company put out a poll from its official Twitter account asking its followers who they thought owns Huawei — along with the incredibly catchy hashtag #WhoRunsHuawei.