Australia – Sydney councillor advising ‘pro-Beijing’ group linked to CCP….

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Sydney Lord Mayor Clover Moore and Councillor Robert Kok at a Lunar New Year launch in 2018.(AAP: Ben Rushton)

A Sydney senior councillor has declared he had been advising an organisation with links to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), once headed by exiled Chinese billionaire and political donor Huang Xiangmo.

Veteran City of Sydney councillor and former Deputy Mayor Robert Kok reported his involvement with the Australia Council for Promotion of Peaceful Reunification (ACPPRC) on his register of interests.

The organisation actively promotes the “reunification across the Taiwan Strait” and “peaceful development” across the Asia Pacific, which some academics labelled as quietly operating in the interests of Beijing.

Full story: https://www.abc.net.au/news/2020-08-10/sydney-councillor-robert-kok-advised-pro-beijing-group/12537832

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/