China – police are using facial-recognition glasses to scan crowds for wanted criminals

  • Railway police have begun using facial-recognition eyewear to catch criminals.
  • In tests the glasses identified faces within 100 milliseconds.
  • Seven people have been arrested for a range of previous crimes, and another 26 were banned from travel.
  • China has been ramping up its use of facial-recognition technology as it moves toward a nationwide database that can recognise any citizen within three seconds.

Chinese railway police are using facial-recognition sunglasses to catch suspects at train stations in Zhengzhou, the capital of central Henan province.

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China: Rights Crackdown Goes Global Tightened Control on Expression, Internet, Minority Rights

Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, who died in Chinese custody in July 2017.

New York, January 18, 2018) –The Chinese government under the leadership of President Xi Jinping expanded its sustained offensive against human rights both at home and abroad in 2017, Human Rights Watch said today in its World Report 2018. The death of the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo in a hospital under heavy guard in July epitomized the authorities’ deep contempt for people’s rights. China used its increasing global influence to threaten the protection of rights internationally.

Liu Xiaobo died from cancer in a Shenyang hospital, surrounded by state security, after serving nearly 9 years of his 11-year prison sentence for “inciting subversion.” During his hospitalization, authorities isolated Liu and his wife, Liu Xia, from family and supporters, and denied Liu’s request to seek treatment outside the country. Since Liu’s death, authorities have forcibly disappeared Liu Xia.

Read Full Story Here: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/01/18/china-rights-crackdown-goes-global

Non Chinese Voices Promoting the China’s Regime’s Propaganda of Hate

The English word “cult” conjures images of sinister organizations performing Jim Jones-led mass suicides. So the Chinese regime took full advantage of the power of the cult label to launch one of the most vicious hate campaigns in its history.

In the late summer of 1999, then-Chinese Communist Party leader Jiang Zemin had a public relations problem. Beginning on July 20 he had convulsed China with mass arrests of practitioners of the spiritual discipline Falun Gong, followed by round-the-clock propaganda, book burnings, and the purging of Party members.

But to the outside world, there was no clear rationale for the violence the dictator had unleashed on a peaceful group of meditators.

Falun Gong, with Buddhist and Taoist moral teachings based on the principles of truthfulness, compassion, and tolerance, was introduced to the public in China in 1992. Those who took up the practice reported improvements in health, better relations with family members and colleagues, less stress, and new insight into the meaning of life. It spread rapidly by word of mouth, and a 1999 state survey estimated 70 to 100 million adherents in China.

The Falun Gong practice was independent of Party control, something unheard of in China. In 1997 and 1998 the Party ordered the Public Security Bureau to conduct nationwide investigations gathering evidence of the harm done by Falun Gong. On both occasions, the investigators came back empty-handed.

In the latter half of 1998 the formerly high-ranking official Qiao Shi organized retired cadres to do their own investigation of Falun Gong. Qiao had previously served for ten years on the Standing Committee of the Politburo—the highest ranking body in the CCP—and had headed the domestic security apparatus. According to his study, Falun Gong had brought “hundreds of benefits” to Chinese society, and “not a single harm.”

Read Full Story Here: http://www.ntd.tv/2018/01/23/western-voices-promoting-the-chinese-regimes-propaganda-of-hate/

Australia – China is becoming increasing anxious about the Australian pushback against their influence, [Video]

China is becoming increasing anxious about the Australian pushback against Chinese influence and is now looking to the Labor Party, an expert on relations between the two nations has said.

Key points:

  • New legislation aims to reduce Chinese influence in Australia
  • Professor Clive Hamilton said China seeks to establish power zone in the Pacific
  • He said Australia neglected its responsibility in region and China is moving to fill the vacuum

Clive Hamilton, Vice-Chancellor’s Chair and professor of public ethics at Charles Sturt University, said the Australian response “reached a crescendo” with the introduction of the new Foreign Interference legislation in early December by the Turnbull Government, and China is now looking to the Labor Party.

“No country has ever interfered in Australian politics more than the People’s Republic of China,” Professor Hamilton said.

“I think that the Chinese embassy sees the Labor Party as a kind of much more amenable place to go in order to persuade politicians of its point of view.”

Read More Here: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-17/chinese-interference-in-australian-politics/9336828

Chinese High School, Facial Recognition Used to Purchase Lunch at Cafeteria….

In China, “big brother” has been invited to lunch. A high school has set up a comprehensive facial recognition system in its cafeteria that requires students to have their faces scanned in order to be served food.

The system, which Chinese state media are hailing as an innovative success, provides an example of how the Chinese regime is introducing facial recognition technology throughout society, with the goal of one day monitoring all Chinese citizens—an ambition the regime has never kept secret.

The use of the technology at Hangzhou No. 11 High School in Zhejiang Province is said by officials to be a response to more modest concerns. They say it is motivated by the apparently growing problem of pupils forgetting to bring their lunch coupons, according to numerous media reports.

Provided by a Chinese commercial company, the Smart Dining Hall 3.0 system equips all of the lunch counters in the cafeteria with cameras. Students lining up to get food must have their faces scanned to be checked against the existing database..

Read More Here: https://www.theepochtimes.com/in-chinese-high-school-a-students-face-buys-lunch_2335623.html

Chinese authorities blow up Christian church…

Authorities in China’s inland province of Shanxi have blown up a Christian church, saying it was illegally constructed.

Associated Press and other media report that local authorities demolished the Golden Lampstand Church in the city of Linfen on Tuesday.

A video shows an explosion reducing the large church to rubble, with people witnessing the scene from afar.

An official of the church says armed police forcibly took apart the building.

US government-backed Radio Free Asia says the church had come under strict monitoring by local authorities. In 2009, leaders of the church were sentenced to prison on such charges as obstructing traffic.

For the past several years, Chinese authorities have reportedly removed crosses at more than 1,200 churches, mainly in Zhejiang Province where many Christians live.

Church officials and lawyers opposing the move have been detained.

Read Full Story Here:https://www3.nhk.or.jp/nhkworld/en/news/20180112_04/

Chinese-made maps of India omitting Kashmir…

CANADIAN Indians are outraged over the sale of globes manufactured in China which exempt the troubled region of Kashmir from India.

There have been a number of shoppers who bought the globes since late 2017 – sold at major consumer outlets Costco and Homesense – who were angry to find the state of Jammu and Kashmir not included as Indian territory, reported the Hindustan Times.

The only Muslim-majority state in India, Jammu and Kashmir is part of a decades-long territorial conflict between Pakistan and India. China meanwhile claims the Shaksam Valley and Aksai Chin regions of the state.

“A country can now freely engage in a veiled war through business and trade practices by influencing young minds with long-term consequences,” National Alliance of Indo-Canadians president Azad Kaushik said, alluding to China, as quoted by the Times.

“The manipulation of a map on an educational globe is but an example of a new kind of war through business in a globalised world.”

Read Full Story Here: https://asiancorrespondent.com/2018/01/kashmir-china-india-map-canada/