Apple faces protests after censoring for CCP China…

Tibetans, Uyghurs, and other activists held a protest outside Apple’s flagship store in the Carnegie Library, Washington DC this week to protest Apple’s censorship at the behest of the Chinese Communist Party and call for the company to protect free speech and human rights.

The protest was organized by the international consumer group SumOfUs and activist group Students for a Free Tibet. It took place one day after Apple CEO Tim Cook testified to Congress during a hearing on antirust laws.

Full story: https://reclaimthenet.org/tibetans-uyghurs-protest-apple-censorship/

President Trump says considering U.S. ban on Alibaba…

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BEDMINSTER, N.J., Aug 15 (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump said on Saturday during a press conference that he was “looking into” whether Chinese technology giant Alibaba should be banned in the United States. Trump has been piling pressure on Chinese-owned companies, such as by vowing to ban short-video app TikTok from the United States.

Full story: https://news.trust.org/item/20200815220042-m2ix4/

 

US boosts sanctions for China tech giant Huawei…

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The Trump administration blacklisted the Chinese firm over security concerns last year. The US government has now announced further crackdowns, this time restricting the type of hardware that the tech giant can access.

The US government is expanding restrictions on Chinese technology company Huawei, the Trump administration announced on Monday, in a move aimed at cracking down on its access to commercial computer chips.

The administration added 38 companies to the “entity list” of firms considered to pose a risk to either US national security or foreign policy interests. It takes the total number of Huawei affiliates on the list up to 152. Huawei itself was added in May 2019.

Full story: https://www.dw.com/en/us-boosts-sanctions-for-china-tech-giant-huawei/a-54599763

 

 

Mysterious Masks Received From China, CCP torture to extract confessions from prisoners, Chinese Amphibious Vehicle Sinks + more [VIDEO]

  • As the floods continue to sweep China, waters reached two stories high in Chengdu, the capital city of Sichuan Province.
  • And a group of NGOs including human rights organization Safeguard Defenders is calling for a United Nations review whether the practice of Chinese authorities to use torture to extract confessions from prisoners violates international rights and laws.
  • The 11-page submission details 87 forced confessions, and describes how the televised confessions are fabricated, including by dressing detainees in costumes, heavily directing what the individual says, through deceptive editing, and through other means.

These stories and more in this episode of Crossroads.

 

 

Fake driver’s licenses flooding into US from China, other countries…

Nearly 20,000 counterfeit U.S. licenses were seized at Chicago’s O’Hare airport in the first half of 2020, according to a report.

Fake U.S. licenses seized by CBP agents that were headed to New York from China last fall. 
Fake U.S. licenses seized by CBP agents that were headed to New York from China last fall. (Customs and Border Protection )

“What is most disconcerting about these interceptions, besides the volume in which we are experiencing, is the ease in which so many young people freely share their personal information with counterfeiters abroad,” Lemaux said in a statement. “We’ll continue to collaborate with local law enforcement to educate the public, and anyone who is contemplating purchasing a counterfeit ID online, on the potential dangers of sharing your personal, identifiable information with a criminal element.”

Full story: https://www.foxnews.com/us/fake-drivers-licenses-flooding-into-us-from-china-other-countries-us-says

The Expansion of the CCP Chinese Communist Party Media Influence..

“Wherever the readers are, wherever the viewers are, that is where propaganda reports must extend their tentacles.” — Xi Jinping, February 2016

1A widely used digital television service in Kenya includes Chinese state television in its most affordable package while omitting international news outlets.2 Portuguese television launches a prime-time “China Hour” featuring content from Chinese state media.3 Chinese diplomats intimidate a cable executive in Washington, DC, to keep New Tang Dynasty Television (NTDTV), a station founded by Chinese Americans who practice Falun Gong, off the air.4 And a partly Chinese-owned South African newspaper abruptly ends a writer’s column after he discusses repression in China’s Xinjiang region.5

These examples, which have come to light over the past three years, illustrate the various ways in which Chinese Communist Party (CCP) media influence—in the form of censorship, propaganda, and control over content-delivery systems—extend beyond the borders of mainland China to reach countries and audiences around the globe.

The report below updates and expands on a 2013 study by the same author, The Long Shadow of Chinese Censorship: How the Communist Party’s Media Restrictions Affect News Outlets around the World, published by the Center for International Media Assistance at the National Endowment for Democracy.6 Drawing on recent scholarly research, media reports, interviews, Chinese government documents, and official speeches, the present report addresses the following questions:

  • What are the goals of the CCP’s efforts to influence media outlets and news reporting globally?
  • How does the CCP promote state media content and desired narratives internationally, while deploying various tactics to suppress critical news reporting?
  • How have these dynamics evolved over the past three years under the consolidated CCP leadership of Xi Jinping?
  • To what extent do the CCP’s efforts appear to be achieving the desired effect?
  • How are governmental and nongovernmental actors responding to the challenges to press freedom and democratic governance posed by the covert, corrupt, and coercive aspects of the CCP’s transnational media influence?

Read more: https://freedomhouse.org/report/special-report/2020/beijings-global-megaphone

Chinese apps linked to ‘spyware’ downloaded 4.1m times in UK…

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Apps made by a Chinese company which has been accused of spreading “spyware” have been downloaded more than 4.1 million times by people in the UK.

New research by app data company Sensor Tower has found that apps published by QuVideo have been downloaded by millions of Britons despite security concerns about the apps which first emerged in May.

QuVideo has developed a series of apps including video editing services VivaVideo and VivaCut as well as social network VidStatus and slideshow app SlidePlus.

Full story: https://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2020/08/08/chinese-apps-linked-spyware-downloaded-41m-times-uk/

China warns Japan a TikTok ban would affect relations..

Media reports say China has warned Japan that a placing a ban on ByteDance’s short-video app TikTok would have a “large impact” on bilateral relations. | AP

 

China has warned Japan that banning ByteDance’s short-video app TikTok would have a “large impact” on bilateral relations, broadcaster TBS reported Friday, citing unnamed Japanese government sources.

A group of lawmakers in the ruling Liberal Democratic Party has decided to push for steps to restrict the app over concerns people’s data could end up in the hands of the Chinese government, local media reported.

The foreign ministry was not immediately available to comment. The government has not said it is considering banning the app.

U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Thursday a sweeping ban on transactions with Beijing-based ByteDance even as Microsoft Corp. is in negotiations to acquire the app, escalating tensions between the two countries.

Full story: https://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2020/08/07/business/corporate-business/china-japan-tiktok-ban/

China’s newest weapon against Hong Kong?

Two basketball players pose for a photograph

Even by China’s heavily nationalistic standards, the reaction to a tweet this week has been extreme.

Basketball authorities and sponsors cutting ties.

State TV cancelling broadcasts.

A ‘meet the fans’ night with visiting NBA stars scuttled at short notice, much to the disappointment of fans.

Even a young social media user being forced by his employer to write a public apology letter for a post about a cartoon called the Rocket Squad.

The uproar over a tweet supporting the Hong Kong protestors from Houston Rockets general manager Daryl Morey is the sharpest sign yet that in China’s ‘New Era’ — as President Xi Jinping calls it — foreigners are expected to submit to its censorship rules if they want to do business.

In recent years, grovelling apologies have become the norm.

Full Story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2019-10-10/beijing-uses-outrage-culture-online-against-nba/11587534