Chinese facial-recognition Huawei technology deployed in Serbia, Tajikistan:

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The Serbian government has announced that it will be installing hundreds of Huawei-made cameras equipped with facial-recognition technology across the capital, Belgrade, reports Foreign Policy. The article cites a now-deleted Huawei study in which “the company boasted that it had already deployed its Safe City system in 230 cities around the world, for more than 90 national or regional governments.”

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China Arrests Another Canadian

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BEIJING — China has detained another Canadian citizen, the authorities in Canada have said, adding to the high tensions between the two countries’ governments.

The person, who was not identified by the Canadians, was arrested this past week in the eastern Chinese city of Yantai, according to Global Affairs Canada, the country’s foreign ministry. The Canadian being held in custody has received consular services, the ministry said on Saturday.

Full Story: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/07/14/world/asia/china-canadian-arrested.html?searchResultPosition=1

Belgian government has come under fire for allowing Chinese police to detain a Uighur family seeking assistance at the country’s embassy…

The Belgian government has come under fire for an incident in late May in which it allowed Chinese police to detain a Uighur family seeking assistance at the country’s Beijing embassy. Wureyetiguli Abula was seeking visas for herself and her four children, aged 5 to 17, in order to join her husband in Brussels, where he had been granted asylum.

BEIJING — The last time Abdulhamid Tursun spoke to his wife, she was huddled in a Beijing hotel room with their four children, frightened after being evicted from the Belgian Embassy in the dead of night. Suddenly, plainclothes police officers burst into the room, cutting off the couple’s video call.

Mr. Tursun says he has not heard from her since.

His wife, Wureyetiguli Abula, 43, had gone to the Belgian Embassy to seek visas so the family — from the Uighur Muslim minority group — could be reunited with Mr. Tursun, 51, in Brussels, where he won asylum in 2017.

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Concern of China’s Increased Investment in Israeli Infrastructure…

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Israeli lawmakers estimate that Chinese corporations have invested in projects or acquired assets in Israel worth nearly $15 billion, the Jerusalem Report documented in a recent analysis.

The Shin Bet security agency, the National Security Council (NSC) and U.S. administrations past and present have repeatedly expressed security concerns over Chinese investments, the report said, but government security cabinet ministers have so far failed to curb the trend.

Full Story: https://www.breitbart.com/middle-east/2019/07/14/amid-u-s-objections-china-increases-investment-in-israeli-infrastructure/

Chinese spy ship arrives off Australia’s Queensland coast to monitor war games…

A ship is seen to the centre-left of image on the sea, with several domes on it and what appears to be a Chinese flag.

Somewhere in picturesque Far North Queensland, pleasure craft sailing just off the coast may have spotted an unusual-looking visitor to their region.

Key points:

  • A Chinese ship has been tracked journeying to Australia to monitor joint US-Australian war games
  • Formally unverified images of a vessel shared on social media match the description of a known radio-monitoring ship
  • The Defence Department has not commented on the amateur video

One week after the ABC revealed a Chinese surveillance ship was being tracked heading for Australia, video has emerged purporting to show the arrival of the high-tech vessel.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-14/chinese-war-ship-war-games-queensland-first-pictures/11308072

 

Philippines Protest at Chinese Consulate Protest after South China Sea Legal Win

Protesters hold placards as motorists speed past during a rally in front of the Chinese consulate in Manila on July 13, 2019, to coincide with anniversarry of arbitral ruling by United nations on the South China sea. - Protesters decended on the Chinese consulate in Manila, to oppose the Asian …

Philippine protesters, including some members of the nation’s Congress, surrounded the Chinese consulate in Manila and burned Chinese flags to protest Beijing’s disregard for the 2016 international tribunal ruling finding the Communist Party’s colonization of the South China Sea, which turned three years old Friday.

Full Story: https://www.breitbart.com/asia/2019/07/12/philippines-marks-south-china-sea-legal-win-with-chinese-consulate-protest/

Major Fashion Retailers investigate suppliers after forced labour of Uyghurs exposed in China

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On a cold Melbourne afternoon in June this year, 34-year-old Gulnur Idreis’s phone started to ring. It was a video call coming from her elderly parents in Xinjiang, China. Any contact with them was precious.

Key points

  • New evidence that China is funnelling Uyghurs from re-education camps into factory work
  • Major fashion retailers are now investigating whether their suppliers use forced labour
  • Women have spoken out about being forced to work in factories making clothes and gloves

Like all members of the Uyghur Muslim minority in China, they had spent the past two years living through a dystopian nightmare.

In early 2017, the Communist Party began a new incarceration campaign, rounding up, detaining and forcibly indoctrinating Uyghurs and other Muslim minority ethnic groups in the far-western region. Islam has effectively been outlawed in the far-western region, with people routinely labelled as extremists and imprisoned for practising their religion.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-15/uyghur-forced-labour-xinjiang-china/11298750

China threatens US with sanctions over $2.8 billion arms deal with Taiwan…

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China will sanction United States companies that sell arms to Taiwan, after Washington approved possible sales of $US2.2 billion ($2.8 billion) in tanks, missiles and related equipment, its foreign ministry says.

Key points:

  • The United States is the main arms supplier to self-ruled Taiwan
  • China’s top diplomat Wang Yi said no foreign force could stop the reunification of China
  • The US Department of State said there was no change to their “one China” policy

In a four-sentence statement, the ministry said that US arms sales to Taiwan harmed China’s sovereignty and national security, but did not provide any details about the sanctions.

China’s top diplomat Wang Yi warned the United States that it should “not play with fire” on the question of Taiwan and expressed anger about the planned sale.

During a visit to Hungary, Mr Wang said that no foreign force could stop the reunification of China and no foreign force should try to intervene.

“We urge the US to fully recognise the gravity of the Taiwan question … [and] not to play with fire on the question of Taiwan,” Mr Wang said.

Full story with video: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-12/china-threatens-to-sanction-us-over-arms-deal-with-taiwan/11305730

Ghostwriting services coaxing Chinese international students into cheating…

A person writing with a blue pen.

Sally Zhang* recently bought an essay from a ghostwriter for the first time — not because she struggles to write, but rather so she could enjoy an early holiday.

Key points:

  • The Government has proposed legislation making it an offence to provide or advertise so-called “contract cheating” services
  • Some students pay hundreds of dollars to have ghostwriters complete their assignments
  • Research shows a global increase in students using contract cheating services in recent years

Ms Zhang, a Chinese international student who is undertaking a postgraduate degree at the University of Western Australia, took up the service on WeChat last month after being bombarded with offers from various ghostwriting agencies under the guise of friend requests.

“[The ghostwriting agencies] send me messages from time to time,” she said.

“They often post ads on their WeChat moments with tempting words like ‘It’s almost the holiday. Throw us your assignments, go and enjoy yourself.”

Ms Zhang told the ABC she paid $600 for a 3,000-word project proposal and is still waiting for her grade.

However, businesses offering such services could soon be made illegal under legislation proposed by the Federal Government earlier this week.

People found guilty under the proposed law — which will make it an offence to provide or advertise so-called “contract cheating” services — could face up to two years in prison or a fine of up to $210,000.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-07-12/international-students-coaxed-into-cheating-ghostwriting-agency/11295234