Chinese Censors Target Short Video Apps

The Chinese regime has launched new censorship rules for short videos, prohibiting a wide range of content from spoofs of communist party leaders to videos promoting “money worship,” in its latest move to clamp down on free speech in the country’s sprawling social media scene.

The China Netcasting Services Association, one of the country’s largest government-backed internet associations, released on Jan. 9 a detailed list of 100 types of content short video platforms must expunge.

Political topics top the list, including supporting Taiwan, Hong Kong, Tibet, or Xinjiang independence, criticizing Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders and idols, “reform and opening up” economic policies, or system of “socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and parodies of the national anthem.

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Australia a potential target in US-China fight over #Huawei

Beijing’s clear message to US allies such as Australia is that they will pay a steep price for siding with the Americans in the standoff over Huawei, part of a wider struggle between the superpowers for tech dominance.

The United States has escalated its fight with China for tech dominance.

On Tuesday, the US Department of Justice unsealed indictments against Chinese tech giant Huawei for theft of trade secrets and violations of US sanctions on Iran.

The allegations by the US government comes at a sensitive time, as negotiations are underway to end the damaging trade war between the two countries.

The allegations

Together, the two indictments paint a company hungry to get ahead at any cost, including by stealing technology and telling lies for profit.

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US Bars Huawei’s Silicon Valley Branch From Exporting Tech and Software to China

Chinese tech company Huawei is facing challenges to renewing a permit for its research branch in California due to national security concerns in Washington. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)

Huawei, China’s biggest telecommunications conglomerate, is facing challenges in renewing a permit for its research branch in California, called Futurewei, due to national security concerns in Washington over the technology being developed and acquired there.

Founded as Huawei’s U.S. subsidiary in 2001 in Plano, Texas, Futurewei employs more than 1,200 employees in the United States. In 2011, Futurewei opened a research and development (R&D) center in Santa Clara, in California’s Silicon Valley. It employs around 700 people, most of them design engineers and scientists.

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Japan – Telecom Companies Reject Huawei as Supplier for 5G Network

Around the world, one telecom company after another has announced plans to reject 5G equipment from Chinese telecom giants Huawei and ZTE.

The latest rejections were announced by Japan’s three main telecoms operators, SoftBank Group, NTT Docomo, and KDDI, according to a Dec. 10 article by Japanese media Nikkei. The decision came on the heels of a Dec. 7 announcement by the Japanese government banning government purchases of equipment from Huawei and ZTE, in order to increase its defense against intelligence leaks and cyber attacks.

The next generation of wireless mobile communication technology, 5G is estimated to be at least 100 times faster than current 4G networks. Additionally, 5G is considered key for revolutionizing many industries, including health care, manufacturing, and transportation. Countries are vying for leadership in 5G because it is viewed as critical to economic growth.

Rakuten, Japan’s fourth-largest wireless carrier, has also stated that the firm does not plan to use Chinese telecommunications equipment, according to Nikkei.

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China; Court orders ban on old iPhone models in Qualcomm patent dispute

A Chinese court has ordered a ban on the sale of several Apple iPhone models in China for violating two patents of chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, although Apple said all of its phone models remained on sale on the mainland.

“Apple responded by saying, “Qualcomm’s effort to ban our products is another desperate move by a company whose illegal practices are under investigation by regulators around the world”.

Key points:

  • iPhone models from the iPhone 6S through to iPhone X are affected
  • Qualcomm alleges Apple infringed patented features related to resizing pictures and managing apps on a touch screen
  • Apple calls the move “desperate”, says iPhones still on sale in China

The case, brought by Qualcomm, is part of a global patents dispute between the two US companies that includes dozens of lawsuits.

It creates uncertainty over Apple’s business in one of its biggest markets at a time when its falling share prices reflect concerns over waning demand for new iPhones.

Qualcomm said the Fuzhou Intermediate People’s Court in China found Apple infringed two patents held by the chipmaker and ordered an immediate ban on sales of older iPhone models that use the chip.

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China – Electric cars in secretly send location information to government-backed surveillance centres

Over 200 car manufacturers are sending real-time location information and dozens of other data points from electric vehicles in China to surveillance centres backed by the country’s government.

The move — which comes as President Xi Jinping steps up the use of technology to track Chinese citizens — potentially adds to the rich kit of surveillance tools available to the Chinese Government.

Manufacturers including Tesla, Volkswagen, BMW, Daimler, Ford, General Motors, Nissan, Mitsubishi and NIO are among those transmitting position information and dozens of other data points to government-backed monitoring centres.

Generally, it happens without car owners’ knowledge.

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FBI chief says agency ‘deeply concerned’ about any company like China’s ZTE

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – FBI Director Christopher Wray told a Senate panel on Wednesday that the law enforcement agency is “deeply concerned” about any company like China’s ZTE gaining positions of power in the U.S. telecommunications market.

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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..

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China isn’t cleaning up our mess anymore, and the world can’t handle it!

FOR years, China has acted as the world’s dumping ground for recyclable goods, taking a reported 45 million tonnes of our plastic bottles, tired old clothes, and cereal boxes in 2016 alone.

But Beijing has decided that their nation will no longer be the world’s trash can, imposing a ban on imports of 24 categories of recyclables and solid waste that kicked in on Jan 1, 2018 – and the world is not coping.

After hazardous waste was found mixed in with the “foreign garbage” countries were shipping over to China, Environmental Protection Ministry said no more. Notifying the World Trade Organization back in July, Beijing said that, in order to “protect China’s environmental interests and people’s health,” there would be a change in policy – essentially sticking two fingers up to the waste inundated nations of the west.

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Engineer denies China space station out of control

ReutersBEIJING (Reuters) — China’s Tiangong-1 space station is not out of control and does not pose a safety threat, a top Chinese spaceflight engineer said on Monday, after reports that the station was falling towards earth.

The Tiangong-1, or “Heavenly Palace 1,” China’s first space lab, was launched into orbit in 2011 to carry out docking and orbit experiments as part of China’s ambitious space programme, which aims to place a permanent station in orbit by 2023.

Tiangong-1 was originally planned to be decommissioned in 2013 but China has repeatedly extended the length of its mission. The delay of reentry into the earth’s atmosphere, which China said would happen in late 2017, had led some experts to suggest the space laboratory may be out of control.

Zhu Congpeng, a top engineer at the China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, told the state-backed Science and Technology Daily newspaper that the space station was not crashing and did not pose a safety or environmental threat.

“We have been continuously monitoring Tiangong-1 and expect to allow it to fall within the first half of this year,” Zhu told the newspaper.

“It will burn up on entering the atmosphere and the remaining wreckage will fall into a designated area of the sea, without endangering the surface,” he said.

Reentry was delayed in September 2017 in order to ensure that the wreckage would fall into an area of the South Pacific ocean where debris from Russian and U.S. space stations had previously landed, the paper said.

The California-based Aerospace Corporation said the Tiangong-1’s reentry was unlikely to be controlled but was highly unlikely to hit people or damage property, according to a post on its website last updated on Jan 3.

“Although not declared officially, it is suspected that control of Tiangong-1 was lost and will not be regained before reentry,” it said. There may be hazardous material on board that could survive reentry, it said.

Advancing China’s space program is a priority for President Xi Jinping, who has called for China to become a global space power with both advanced civilian space flight and capabilities that strengthen national security.