China seems to be on a “hoarding spree,” stockpiling strategic commodities from chips, minerals to grains and cotton. In its global purchases, the United States is one of its largest suppliers.
Beijing has been hoarding chips. Industry experts believe China’s nationwide hoarding played a role in the global chip shortage. In fact, China’s State Administration for Market Regulation in August launched a probe into hoarding and other speculative practices as the regime found it disrupted its own market.
A Chinese scientist in California had been secretly passing confidential mRNAcancer vaccine research to her husband to benefit his lab in China, a federal agent is alleging in a recently filed criminal complaint.
Her scientific conclusions about the COVID-19 pandemic and the origins of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus are controversial. The jury is still out on her views that the CCP virus is the result of a secret 20-year-old bioweapons research program by the Chinese regime that includes coronaviruses.
TAIPEI, Taiwan—Local prosecutors and law enforcement officials on March 9 raided seven locations and questioned 19 individuals in an investigation over China’s poaching of Taiwanese semiconductor experts.
The 19 individuals included four Taiwanese senior executives of two Taiwan-based tech companies, WiseCore Technology Co., Ltd. and IC Link Limited, according to a press release from the prosecutor’s office in New Taipei City.
The two companies were set up through a joint venture between an unnamed China-based semiconductor design company and a group of Taiwanese semiconductor design experts. The Chinese company had Taiwanese experts hold senior executive positions at the two companies and asked them to recruit their former co-workers.
AP) — China-based government hackers have exploited a bug in Microsoft’s email server software to target U.S. organizations, the company said Tuesday.
Microsoft said that a “highly skilled and sophisticated” state-sponsored group operating from China has been trying to steal information from a number of American targets, including universities, defense contractors, law firms and infectious-disease researchers.
Microsoft said it has released security upgrades to fix the vulnerabilities to its Exchange Server software, which is used for work email and calendar services, mostly for larger organizations that have their own in-person email servers. It doesn’t affect personal email accounts or Microsoft’s cloud-based services.
Cybersecurity researchers today unwrapped a new campaign aimed at spying on vulnerable Tibetan communities globally by deploying a malicious Firefox extension on target systems.
“Threat actors aligned with the Chinese Communist Party’s state interests delivered a customized malicious Mozilla Firefox browser extension that facilitated access and control of users’ Gmail accounts,” Proofpoint said in an analysis.
While the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) already leverages health data to power its Orwellian surveillance state at home, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) is looking to America’s ethnically-diverse health data to feed its algorithms to bolster its economic and geopolitical clout abroad.
“The PRC has for years been able to gain access to US healthcare data, including genomic data, through a variety of channels, both legal and illegal” — National Counterintelligence and Security Center
There are many ways in which the Chinese Communist Party “acquires” health data on the American people, including straight-up theft and the more dubious backdoor approach of infiltrating American universities, research labs, businesses, and hospitals through strategic partnerships and negotiations.
Reinhard Hüttl had risen to the very top of German science. The soil scientist was head of the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), where he commanded a staff of more than 1200 and a €95 million budget. He was vice president of acatech, Germany’s engineering-focused national academy, and vice president of the nation’s most prestigious state academy, the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities (BBAW). His advice even reached Chancellor Angela Merkel—for example as a government adviser with the Council on Bioeconomy.
That world has come crashing down. Last month, police raided Hüttl’s homes and offices in Berlin and Potsdam on suspicion of fraud, breach of trust, and illegal acceptance of benefits by a public official—offenses that can be punished with fines or prison sentences. On 26 January, the GFZ board dismissed him, saying it “no longer sees any basis for a trustworthy cooperation.” The Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), which finances the bulk of the GFZ budget, terminated his contract the same day.
Hüttl denies the allegations and has said he would sue BMBF for unlawful dismissal, although labor courts in Berlin and Potsdam said on 16 February that no lawsuits have been filed. Meanwhile, the high-profile case is turning heads in science policy circles across the nation. “Science is damaged severely if it is perceived to be led by interests and to be corrupt,” says Klaus Gärditz, who specializes in science law at the University of Bonn.
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Chinese government figures showing the absence of more than 150,000 elderly people from the list of those given state subsidy payments in the first quarter of 2020 could point to a far greater COVID-19-linked death toll than previously reported in the country, analysts told RFA.
Data released by the civil affairs department in the central province of Hubei, where the Hubei first emerged in December 2019, showed that around 150,000 names had “disappeared” from the list of recipients in the first three months of 2020, as COVID-19 tore through the provincial capital Wuhan and surrounding areas, sparking a provincial lockdown.
The subsidy is a payment handed out to people over 80 across the province who are experiencing financial hardship.
Former National Counterintelligence and Security Center director Bill Evanina recently revealed in a CBS television interview that when a serious outbreak of the coronavirus occurred in Washington State last March, the world’s largest biotechnology company based in the Chinese Communist Party, the BGI Group, offered to help manage a sophisticated coronavirus testing laboratory, provide technical expertise, high-throughput sequencing technology, and even make a donation. BGI Group has also proposed to several states, including California and New York, to establish and operate coronavirus testing centers.
After the outbreak of the CCP virus, the personnel of BGI Group tried to distribute its products contacted at least 11 states in the United States to promote testing products to enter government-run laboratories or establish entire laboratories.
U.S. officials are very skeptical and concerned about the BGI Group proposal and its ties to the CCP government. Bill Evanina, the top counterintelligence official, then ordered a bulletin to state governments, hospitals, clinics, and interested groups warning that “outside powers may collect, store, and use biometric information obtained through CCP virus testing,” and that the genetic data would go to an unknown destination. BGI Group has denied any involvement in the conduct in the warning in question.
An Australian member of the WHO team that visited the Chinese city of Wuhan to investigate the origin of the coronavirus says China did not provide them with some key data.
NHK interviewed University of Sydney Professor Dominic Dwyer on Monday.
Dwyer said the team was interested in the first 174 cases that were reported in the city in December 2019.
He said that the Chinese side did provide all the aggregated data, but the team was interested in going deeper into that data. He added they didn’t supply it during the four-week period of investigation.
Defence renews storage deal with Global Switch, years after Government vowed to ditch Chinese-owned firm
The Australian Defence Department has quietly extended a contract with a Chinese-owned company to continue storing data in its Sydney facilities, despite a push to end the arrangement by 2020.
Global Switch has held sensitive military files for 10 years
However, there were concerns when a Chinese owned company purchased 49 per cent of the business
A deal between the Government and Global Switch was expected to end last year
For a decade sensitive military files have been stored by Global Switch, but concerns were raised four years ago when a Chinese consortium bought half of its British parent company.
The ownership of Global Switch changed in December 2016 when the London-based parent company, Aldersgate Investments, accepted $4 billion in cash for a 49 per cent stake from Chinese consortium Elegant Jubilee.
4:30 a.m. An estimated 1,000 people might have been infected with the coronavirus in Wuhan during December 2019, suggesting a much larger early outbreak in the city than previously thought, according to an World Health Organization investigator.
The lead investigator for the WHO mission, Peter Ben Embarek, has told CNN that the mission found signs of a more wide-ranging 2019 spread, including evidence that over a dozen strains of the virus were in Wuhan already in December.
Embarek added that Chinese scientists presented the team with 174 coronavirus cases in and around Wuhan in December 2019. This larger number of likely severe cases that had been noticed by Chinese doctors early on meant the disease could have hit 1,000 or more people in Wuhan that December, he said.
A researcher on Chinese Communist espionage operations tells people not to believe that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) only targets ethnic Chinese people in spy recruitCCPments. He says efforts to recruit foreigners go back to as early as the 1930s.
BERLIN—Vodafone Germany has had to stop distributing China’s state-owned CGTN television on its cable services as a result of a media row between Britain and China.
The unit of British telecoms group Vodafone said on Friday it hoped to restore CGTN to its services, but that it currently did not have a valid license to do so.
Britain last week revoked a license that let CGTN be distributed in Britain. That drew protests from China, which on Friday barred the BBC from its television networks and limited its reach in Hong Kong.
AIPEI (Taiwan News) — A geneticist investigating the origins of the Wuhan coronavirus pandemic has debunked China’s claims that the outbreak may have started with frozen food.
After carrying out an investigation into the origins of the COVID-19 outbreak in Wuhan over the course of a month, two weeks of which was spent in quarantine, the World Health Organization (WHO) echoed findings by China’s National Health Commission. The only definitive conclusion of the study was that the virus’ origin remains unknown and more research is needed.
The WHO posited that there are four possible explanations for the start of the pandemic: a direct jump from animal to human, introduction through an intermediate host, transmission through frozen food, and a lab-related accident. Although high-risk gain of function experiments with bat coronavirus chimeras were being carried out on humanized mice at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in 2019, the possibility of a lab leak was listed as “extremely unlikely” and will not be subject to further study.
Some Uyghurs Muslims claim that members of their community are being deported to China in exchange for CCP virus vaccines. The country is largely reliant on the Chinese-developed Sinovac vaccine and no doses have been delivered despite China’s promises.
As the new U.S. administration takes office, there are concerns about the next steps in U.S.-China relations and their impact on the global landscape. Will Trump’s hard-line policy toward China change under the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ‘s slogan of “community with shared future for mankind”, a controversial propaganda used by Chinese leaders frequently in recent years?