Inventory

November 22, 2003

ORGAN HARVESTING

 

SUPPRESSION OF ETHNIC GROUPS

POLICE VIOLENCE and SUPPRESSION of the POOR

INTERNET CENSORSHIP

CHINESE PROPAGANDA FAKE NEWS

SOCIAL CREDIT, SURVEILLANCE and SUPPRESSION

LACK OF INDEPENDENT JURISPRUDENCE

NATIONALISM THROUGH FAKE NEWS

P2P LENDING COLLUSION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON PONZI SCHEMES

CONFISCATION OF PRIVATE ASSETS

INFILTRATION INTO FOREIGN COUNTRIES

THREATS OF WAR IF UK GRANT HK DEMOCRACY

CORRUPTION

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

CHINA POLITICAL SYSTEM OVERVIEW

 

 

 

 

ORGAN HARVESTING

China: a country that is alleged to practise organ harvesting from still-alive political prisoners and has a $1 billion / year organ transplant tourism industry.

--------China forcefully harvests organs from detainees, tribunal concludes--------

https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/china-forcefully-harvests-organs-detainees-tribunal-concludes-n1018646?fbclid=IwAR0Upe-ziodkY6BfhPkUiG96gQjLDhh4Gq7ArDcHE2898LqSgkyp6qIGTtg


-------------Reports Indicating Evidence of Organ Harvesting-------------
https://chinatribunal.com/reading-material/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5299785/#!po=0.595238

------------US Congressional Report Provides a Good Summary and it also reports on Chinese Government's Response.------
https://crsreports.congress.gov/product/pdf/R/R44897?fbclid=IwAR0ur9pbDA4ElkdAxRheLgWm571-skUvQOdsegC1SO7Q-vowaSLfsP8VUaI

 

 

 

SUPPRESSION OF ETHNIC GROUPS

Persecution of Uighurs Muslims

China is reportedly sending men to sleep in the same beds as Uighur Muslim women while their husbands are in prison camps

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-uighur-monitor-home-shared-bed-report-2019-11?fbclid=IwAR1qYMCs9R1w8oUEO3yG5F6eeZYxyNm8iaRDEHbxO-0OclO7bfT9HyG41oQ

 

China Uighurs: All you need to know on Muslim 'crackdown'

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-45474279?fbclid=IwAR2CaMCle4NPNGVtmf9PmbQmRZx-UMo5mlfKLyymieND_z-aw5a6Ww78Yrc

 

Xinjiang: China, where are my children? - BBC News

https://youtu.be/VRS5cdcsUOc

 

RTHK: 伊斯蘭教「中國化」計劃

https://youtu.be/wigyJmXJ9B8

 

 

Fake Regional Autonomies

China has provinces called “autonomous regions”; they are nominally under local control but firmly under Beijing’s thumb and mostly run by ethnic Chinese with a few minority leaders as window dressing. In other words, China (just like the USSR) continued to be an empire united by force and without an inclusive way of ruling its disparate territories and ethnic groups.

 

------- What Holds China Together? -------

http://www.chinafile.com/library/nyrb-china-archive/what-holds-china-together?fbclid=IwAR29G8v-splZj8I6QVhk3adfpsutW1KofKrIN9n35b5vxW6AoEnT_3IZ5ec

 

Ethnic and Religions Suppression

2008/2009: Tibet and Xiangjiang violent unrest because of ethnic and religious suppression. China, a country with risks of unrest in multiple regions: Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong. I truly understand why suppression is needed then to hold it together.

Xinjiang 2009 revolt: https://www.straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia/a-decade-after-xinjiang-riots-ethnic-tensions-persist

Tibet 2008 revolt: https://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/15/world/asia/15tibet.html

GuangDong independence: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/independence-for-guangzhou-slogans-seen-streets-of-southern-chinese-city-03132018101338.html

 

http://www.asianews.it/news-en/Posters-and-graffiti-in-Guangzhou-streets-call-for-'Independence',-say-%E2%80%98Go-Hong-Kong!'-43351.html?fbclid=IwAR0ZYysl0ElazSwKTq_0yDii4VttCPYFOs2exLccHvs-Gp90LZrC54jNZmA

 

https://youtu.be/8_gSljcgMl0

 

https://youtu.be/wD4I0Ls0tRo

 

 

POLICE VIOLENCE and SUPPRESSION of the POOR

As Shanghai undergoes a radical facelift, tens of thousands of residents are forcibly evicted from their apartments each year. Many have accused unscrupulous real-estate developers of conspiring with corrupt government officials to seize their property for little or no compensation.

 

https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=6614046

 

Chinese government no longer wants the poor to live in "prosperous cities", which are "only for the rich". 城管执法is to harass, beat, even kill these poor people to intimidate them to leave. These unwanted are abused in horrific ways. Well... this is China.

//Since its founding in 1997, ... chengguan have become synonymous with arbitrary and thuggish behavior including assaults (some of which lead to serious injury or death), illegal detention, forceful confiscation of property, enforced disappearances, abuses in detention, torture to gain information and confessions, and lack of due process in police investigations and judicial proceedings.

A Beijing chengguan training manual circulated online in April 2009 stipulates that chengguan should, “In dealing with the subject, take care to leave no blood on the face, no wounds on the body, and [ensure that] no people [are] in the vicinity.”

Abusive behavior often goes unpunished, failure to uphold the principle “innocent until proven guilty,” unclear legal regulation, and an obdurate bureaucracy intent on protecting itself.

Victims of chengguan abuse were slapped, shoved, pushed to the ground, forcibly held down on the ground, dragged, punched, kicked, and thrown from their vehicles to the street.

Chengguan have also been implicated in abusive forced evictions of residents from their homes at a time when alleged collusion between corrupt officials and property developers has created a “pandemic of illegal demolition” in China.

Chinese journalists who attempt to report on chengguan abuses have also been targeted with illegal detention and physical violence by chengguan.

 

https://www.hrw.org/report/2012/05/23/beat-him-take-everything-away/abuses-chinas-chengguan-para-police?fbclid=IwAR2QiMzP5N8VKXLQso-H4Pge2wGADtTck7TEXAWTHLlEokwCKSYvat8NGbQ

 

 

 

INTERNET CENSORSHIP

Here is a 2013 study by Harvard on internet censorship in China: https://gking.harvard.edu/files/gking/files/censored.pdf

"Contrary to previous understandings, internet posts with negative, even vitriolic, criticism of the state, its leaders, and its policies are not likely to be censored.

Instead, censorship is primarily aimed at restricting the spread of information that may lead to collective action, regardless of whether or not the expression is in direct opposition to the state and whether or not it is related to government policies.

Much of the responsibility for censorship is devolved to these Internet content providers, who may be fined or shut down if they fail to comply with government censorship guidelines. To comply with the government, each individual site privately employs up to 1,000 censors. Additionally, approximately 20,000–50,000 Internet police (wang jing) and Internet monitors (wang guanban) as well as an estimated 250,000–300,000 “50 cent party members” (wumao dang) at all levels of government—central, provincial, and local. Content filtering is in large part a manual effort—censors read post by hand. Automated methods appear to be an auxiliary part of this effort."

*** example of CENSORED post as it is relating to collective action ***

on a local Wenzhou Web site posts expressing support for Chen Fei, a environmental activist who supported an environmental lottery to help local environmental protection. Even though Chen Fei is supported by the central government, all posts supporting him on the local Web site are censored, likely because of his record of organizing collective action.

Another example is a heavily censored group of posts expressing collective anger about lead poisoning in Jiangsu Province’s Suyang County from battery factories. These posts talk about children sickened by pollution from lead acid battery factories in Zhejiang province belonging to the Tianneng Group, and report that hospitals refused to release results of lead tests to patients. In January 2011, villagers from Suyang gathered at the factory to demand answers.

Such collective organization is not tolerated by the censors, regardless of whether it supports the government or criticizes it.

*** examples of UNCENSORED posts despite critical of government ***

“This is a city government [Yulin City, Shaanxi] that treats life with contempt, this is government officials run amuck, a city government without justice, a city government that delights in that which is vulgar, a place where officials all have mistresses, a city government that is shameless with greed, a government that trades dignity for power, a government without humanity, a government that has no limits on immorality, a government that goes back on its word, a government that treats kindness with ingratitude, a government that cares nothing for posterity....”

“The [government] could promote voluntary birth control, not coercive birth control that deprives people of descendants. People have already been made to suffer for 30 years. This cannot become path dependent, prolonging an ill-devised temporary, emergency measure....Without any exaggeration, the one child policy is the brutal policy that farmers hated the most. This “necessary evil” is rare in human history, attracting widespread condemnation around the world. It is not something we should be proud of.”

“I have always thought China’s modern history to be full of progress and revolution. At the end of the Qing, advances were seen in all areas, but after the Wuchang uprising, everything was lost. The Chinese Communist Party made a promise of democratic, constitutional government at the beginning of the war of resistance against Japan. But after 60 years that promise is yet to be honored. China today lacks integrity, and accountability should be traced to Mao. In the 1980s, Deng introduced structural political reforms, but after Tiananmen, all plans were permanently put on hold...intra- party democracy espoused today is just an excuse to perpetuate one party rule.”

 

see also:  https://youtu.be/EpFE49oo__8

 

 

CHINESE PROPAGANDA FAKE NEWS

Chinese state media is rampant with fake news about anything that you can imagine.  Take 1 example:

 

FAKE NEWS from Chinese govt: Hong Kong protesters forcefully detained few hundred mainland Chinese students inside university using petrol bombs, and Pro-China citizens in HK used their own cars to help rescue these mainlanders. A pro-Beijing legislator went to join in rescue efforts.

TRUTH: Police repeatedly fired tear gas towards university students, inciting protesters and students to defend their "home". Nobody held mainlanders hostage. No one came to rescue mainlanders, but many cars were seen lining up to rescue the HK students. No pro-Beijing legislator showed up.

Mainlander students were forcefully sent back to mainland to create a 'scene' that mainlanders were 'rescued'. Some mainlander students requested Chinese Propaganda to stop disseminating fake news. (see links below, and screen shots of mainlander chat's to 环球时报 - Global Times)

Background: https://qz.com/1746924/police-students-battle-in-chinese-university-of-hong-kong/

Actual Experience of Mainlander Students at Chinese University: https://thestandnews.com/politics/%E5%85%A7%E5%9C%B0%E5%9C%A8%E6%B8%AF%E4%BA%A4%E6%B5%81%E7%94%9F-%E8%A2%AB%E6%9C%89%E9%97%9C%E9%83%A8%E9%96%80%E5%BC%B7%E8%A1%8C%E5%AE%89%E6%8E%92%E5%85%A8%E9%83%A8%E9%81%A3%E8%BF%94/?fbclid=IwAR2we0TjdtwKm4niyMiTj5S3qN3ZlNc7sNCiaaV1-rzn8_rU3jfSwl4rnZY

Chinese propaganda:
https://news.ifeng.com/c/7rYQcJEuLE8

https://baijiahao.baidu.com/s?id=1650054466182063577&wfr=spider&for=pc&isFailFlag=1


https://m.weibo.cn/status/IfXNNjgT0

https://www.yidianzixun.com/article/0NlgDZvD?title_sn=0&yidian_dtype=1&utk=gfl9yx2m&appid=pro&ver=5.1.5.5&f=ios&s=1


http://epaper.bjnews.com.cn/html/2019-11/14/content_771055.htm?div=0


http://www.takungpao.com.hk/news/232109/2019/1114/373838.html

https://m.weibo.cn/status/4437954069833151

 

mainlander chat's to 环球时报 - Global Times

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL CREDIT, SURVEILLANCE and SUPPRESSION

Problems with social credit system in China, which eventually will be implemented in HK. Problems mentioned:
- No transparency of conditions when you will be blacklisted (eg a woman made a complaint to a railway Corp, and without knowing, she became blacklisted, resulting in not able to buy plane tickets, train tickets, her children not allowed in private or prestigious schools, etc...)
- No transparency on process for how to be removed from the blacklist. (Eg a woman deemed she was unfairly blacklisted, but struggled legally on clearing her name for 3 years to no avail. She then drove 15 hrs to Beijing supreme court, and somehow 3 months after her complaint, without getting any formal letter, she was removed from the blacklist; while others remain blacklisted despite legal efforts)

Here is an English article explaining what it is:
https://amp.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4
 

"中國式‧信用" "Documentary on Social Credit"

https://youtu.be/sPZ9gSIffjE

 

"黑鏡人生‧淪落失信人" Documentary on issues with the system:
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=srcGtNTMWvs

 

 

 

 

LACK OF INDEPENDENT JURISPRUDENCE

Mini documentary on China's lack of jurisprudence independence. Documentary interviewed a few mainland lawyers. Feel free to comment on whether you find the video is inaccurate or biased.

Case 1: a man was tortured and then falsely imprisoned for 26 years
- he was tortured into confessing a murder he did not commit (finger nails plied out, toes crushed with baton)
- no evidence was presented in court
- no access to lawyer
- solitary confinement in a few sq meter prison cell
- finally released after 26 years when the case was reopened with human rights lawyer. But court refused to acknowledge and pay compensation for his torture

Case 2: a human rights lawyer tried to defend a man charged with political crime. The lawyer was interrupted every few seconds by the presiding judge. When the lawyer protested, he was charged and had his license suspended for a year.

Views from mainland lawyers interviewed:
- judges have to obey Communist Party directions when decide on rulings. Lack of independent jurisprudence.
- citizens lack confidence in jurisprudence system
- courtrooms are influenced heavily by local powers
- attempts to reform has some positive changes, but any cases that are political have shown no progress.
- 2014 crack down on 250+ human rights lawyers means reform appear to be futile

 

https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/campaigns/2018/07/china-human-rights-lawyers-crackdown-third-anniversary/

https://youtu.be/2KviM5r7gjo

 

 

 

NATIONALISM THROUGH FAKE NEWS

We have seen at a few western universities where young Chinese nationalists harass HK students who simply post posters in support of HK movement.  Now, DJ Zedd is banned from China for merely liking a South Park Tweet that mocks Chinese government.  Even worse, China won't broadcast or stream NBA preseason games held in the country because of merely 1 tweet by 1 general manager of 1 team. His tweet was "Fight for freedom, stand with Hong Kong." Note: Hong Kong protests is NOT about independence of Hong Kong, nothing about seperatism.

I see online comments from Chinese citizens regarding the tweet as

"we feel offended and disgusting, feeling harmed."
"Rocket support rioters who want to split our country."
"No amount of foreign interference can forsake the resolve of one China policy."

https://youtu.be/UkRpJ5UCN40
This video show some mainlanders having no clue what are 5 demands of HK protests and are deluded into accusing HK movement as a separatist movement.

Who is spreading the fake news that HK movement is separatism? Of course Chinese government who censored all internet sites in China. I used Baidu (Chinese equivalent of google) and searched for "HK protest in depth causes". Here is the article:
http://bbs1.people.com.cn/post/2/1/2/172896401.html

Key sentence from article: "背后的真正原因应该是由美英反华势力同港独分子共同策划的一次有组织、有预谋、有目的的祸港乱港骚乱"

("The real cause is American and British anti-Chinese forces and Hong Kong seperatists collude to organize, with planning, with objective to create riots and chaos in Hong Kong")

Here is another article:
http://www.seavision.com.cn/gn/29962.html

"香港的分裂分子暴乱就是要推翻一国原则,就是企图把香港分裂出去。"

("Separatists in HK riot to topple one country policy, to separate Hong Kong from China")

None explain why HK people are against the Extradition Law, what are the 5 demands, nor that Chinese government has reneged on its obligation to give HK democracy as specified in HK Basic Law.

Clearly Chinese Communist Government is utilizing its censored media to arouse nationalistic sentiment and mobilize citizens for political purposes.

You can argue western media do the same. But there is free press in the west so government can never control media to the level anything near what the Chinese government is doing.

 

Other links:

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/08/media/nba-china-hong-kong-morey/index.html

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7561625/DJ-Zedd-says-hes-banned-China-liking-tweet-South-Park.html?fbclid=IwAR2yW8SDJxZ0YXdTBlmw-ROw4E3Xx6SkIWR41d51MynBWRUi95zchk6jzq0

 

 

 

 

 

P2P LENDING COLLUSION WITH LOCAL GOVERNMENT ON PONZI SCHEMES

Investors accuse local Government officials promote ponzi lending schemes. Government suppresses protests of disgruntled investors who lost their fortunes.

 

Many so-called P2P platforms were either frauds from the start or operated as illegal underground banks.

The CBRC, which only had two or three full-time staff working on deciding how to regulate thousands of complex platforms, was tasked with drafting rules,[4] and any local government where a platform is registered was to implement the rules and supervise.

localities formed symbiotic relationships with P2P platforms, which could direct loans to government-linked projects. Shutting them down would cut off the flow of funds. I once visited a P2P lender backed by a local government who openly told me that their loans went to government projects that banks would not fund. The supposedly independent company that guaranteed the loans also happened to occupy the same offices as the P2P platform, which were also owned by the government.

close relationships between P2P companies and local governments suggested state support, and P2P advertising often emphasized linksto the state or state-owned companies.

As new platforms have failed or gone offline in increasing numbers, investors who lost their life savings have been left in the dark. Many have blamed local governments, leading to a planned demonstration on August 6 in front of the CBIRC head office. However, the state security apparatus sprang into action to thwart the protest, rounding up demonstrators and preventing others from traveling to Beijing

The risk to social stability posed by noncompliant platforms is now abundantly clear to Beijing, though the risk to the economy from even widespread P2P failure is minimal. Outstanding P2P loans add up to less than 1 percent of total bank loans, only a tiny proportion of the Chinese population has invested in P2P loans, and previous multibillion yuan P2P failures did not cause any broader financial instability.

https://www.piie.com/blogs/china-economic-watch/massive-p2p-failures-china-underground-banks-going-under?fbclid=IwAR2gmQ2k_bZnkGQuh-naysOrguJgcO2KqcXoXkB4Rsiq-cZgfiXQz_kMgZs

 

 

 

 

CONFISCATION OF PRIVATE ASSETS

Chinese government has many times confiscated private assets through seemingly legitimate corruption charges. Also, one cannot trust private corporations in China as independent entities as they are expected to "be loyal with Chinese Communist Party". 

President Xi Jinping has pushed for ... businesspeople to maintain loyalty to the party. His government has set clear restrictions for outbound investment and directed private companies to take stakes in those that are state owned. It is pushing some tech firms to give it stakes and board seats.

Analysts say the state intervention has resulted in entrepreneurs’ losing confidence in China’s future. ... many tycoons have parked their money abroad should they run afoul of the government.

Looming over them is the fear that the government might make them pay for their “original sin” — crimes including bribery and fraud related to actions they took before China more clearly codified what is legal and what is not.

Mr. Mo is skeptical about the government’s claim to protect entrepreneurs, citing the lack of enforcement of private property rights.

 

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/10/23/world/asia/china-xi-business-entrepreneurs.html?fbclid=IwAR0V2x2uK1UQCz2cXsB6jpPwpQJE7HZhbKXwBLcXRKGYdOJIHXriwjsVrr0

 

 

 

 

INFILTRATION INTO FOREIGN COUNTRIES

Harassments of Overseas Pro-HK Democracy Protesters

 

- Warwick security take down ‘Lennon Wall’ pig dubbed “racist” by Chinese students

https://theboar.org/2019/11/warwick-security-take-down-lennon-wall-pig-dubbed-racist-by-chinese-students/?fbclid=IwAR2JIzsDi6XNYaG4woTH0cSvW1VEbPqtzH_STMrdGk5BhLuTpUnOrmXqYqM

 

Canada

Revelations that the Canadian Security Intelligence Service suspects Ontario cabinet minister Michael Chan has been under the undue influence of the government of China are unfortunately indicative of larger, very serious issues in how China engages influential Canadian public servants to serve the purposes of the Chinese regime.

We now know that there has been a high frequency of telephone calls between Mr. Chan and China's Consul-General in Toronto.

Mr. Chan has close associations with Canadians who have business interests in China. He has played a lead role in trade missions to China to create opportunities for them to make money in the country's largely state-controlled economy

The disturbing common thread through this is Chinese regime money being used to influence politics in Canada. There are good reasons why political parties cannot accept political donations from foreign sources.

Mr. Chan, who was born in Guangdong and moved to Canada from Hong Kong as a young adult in 1969, indicated in an interview with the Xinhua News Agency in 2008 that he has returned to China more than 70 times since the early 1980s. That amounts to a lot of time away from Canada. But while ethnic loyalties may well be at play here, the matter connects to a larger question of the influence of Chinese money in Canada in general.

After all, it is not just ethnic Chinese in Canada who are alleged to have been inveigled to transfer Canadian military and economic secrets to agents of the Chinese state. Chinese intelligence operatives target anyone who can help the regime realize its interests abroad, regardless of race. The "flirtatious" relationship between Bob Dechert, parliamentary secretary to then-foreign affairs minister John Baird, and the much younger Xinhua "journalist" Shi Rong suggests that it is not only ethnic Chinese politicians who may cause CSIS concern.

Indeed, it's worth noting that Canadian officials and politicians who favour closer economic relations with China – playing down concerns about human rights, espionage, unfair trade practices, support for repressive Third World regimes and so on – have generally not been of Chinese origin. It's troubling that many of these same people, after they leave politics, end up making serious money in China-related trade or lucrative China-related board of directors' appointments.

Chinese money is seemingly welcomed almost everywhere in Canada, but it inevitably comes with strings attached: expectations of reciprocal "friendship" that lead back to the Chinese Communists and their ever-more influential global business conglomerates headquartered in Beijing.

 

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/the-murky-world-of-chinese-influence/article25004852/?fbclid=IwAR0XT6U3Q1npS8Kntkft-NK9RrzkPbgsIKkWp8HoCxo3VAOxK_I_RYYq-yk

 

Chinese Nationalists Overseas

Canadian veterans of People's Liberation Army sings of China's martial glory at a Richmond Hill concert. 'I am a Soldier' talks of defeating the Japanese, vanquishing Nationalist leader Chiang Kai Shek in the Communist revolution. 

https://nationalpost.com/news/canadian-veterans-of-peoples-liberation-army-form-association-sing-of-chinas-martial-glory?fbclid=IwAR03szg_MBf5jkBZobUY4Gbz4l9vVSWc_5kleDe_76-xfFgQDvJn-TnxXxk

 

Beijing has no plans to loosen its grip on the public and private life of its people, and has grown more overt in its rejection of Western models." "and pledges especially serious treatment for “people who worship foreign things and harm the dignity of the country

https://www.theglobeandmail.com/amp/world/article-chinas-moral-guide-urges-national-pride-over-foreign-influence/?fbclid=IwAR1ycMwKXDpTYDDSaLjJ8XRWEr57D7MZf4EQqOcHZfe3rKoBAxPD5YT_vTM

 

A Canadian public high school is under fire after showing Mandarin students trailers for the patriotic Chinese film My People, My Country, decried by some critics as propaganda, then asking them how it made them feel good in an assignment headed “I love my homeland

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3034481/i-love-my-homeland-canadian-school-under-fire-after-screening?fbclid=IwAR1YSZ9cOUXGP79-6ho3cqTyPtPGIVcHY55nlMFhJ2xoG9Rnh9F0-N0TTeU

 

幾位華人Burnaby公交車總站聲援香港,有人闖來,竟發生這樣一幕!

https://youtu.be/zhuXB23PICA

 

Chinese Patrolling in Foreign Countries

Paris (2014), Milan, Rome, Venice (2018) Belgrade (2019), Croatia (2019) hiring Chinese Police from China to "protect Chinese tourists from thieves". More western powers kowtowing to China, this time hiring foreign police in its land for tourists money.
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/may/07/chinese-police-drafted-paris-tourists
https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2018/05/31/chinese-police-officers-go-patrol-venice-first-time/
https://www.euronews.com/2019/09/23/chinese-police-officers-join-serbian-colleagues-on-the-beat-in-belgrade
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201907/18/WS5d2f4a3ba310d830563ff956.html

 

Suppression of Freedom of Expression

1) Chinese censorship already in North America: TikTok app

"former employees who worked in the company’s U.S. offices as recently as this spring said they were instructed to follow rules set by managers at ByteDance’s Beijing headquarters, such as demoting and removing content related to social and political topics, including those censored by the Chinese government. The Post talked to six since-departed workers who spoke on the condition of anonymity out of fear of retribution.

A set of internal company guidelines, published by the Guardian newspaper in September, instructed TikTok moderators to ban videos and topics in line with Chinese-government censorship policies, including the “distortion” of historic events such as “Tiananmen Square incidents”; “criticism/attack” of countries’ policies or social rules, including the “socialism system”; and discussion of “highly controversial topics,” which the rules said included the independence of Tibet and Taiwan."

https://www.washingtonpost.com/technology/2019/11/05/inside-tiktok-culture-clash-where-us-views-about-censorship-often-were-overridden-by-chinese-bosses/?fbclid=IwAR1teKVC6wTm9XesI7KEVasMPRAiOu9PM85NlYgPRqx7IW4_FlIYWJNaLwE

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U5VtAephVhQ&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR2wP0R7yLlKoj1-HuskaReRrm2E91Rcb9DZpwqhNM2M7zu5yNgZB8oxArY

 

2) Cake International Competition:  organisers withdrew an entry depicting symbols of the SAR's (HK's) protest movement.

organisers of Cake International told the baker that the entry had attracted complaints from attendees and had been disqualified from the event in Birmingham as it was deemed "offensive".

News story: https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1489815-20191103.htm

This is the cake: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=2444733258983044&id=552755761514146

Cake International: https://www.facebook.com/CakeInternational/

 

3) China banned 3 S. Korean music students from touring to China with Eastman Philharmonia Orchestra because of military conflicts between USA, Korea, and China. The Dean of the school originally decided to go ahead with the tour without the S. Korean Students.  Eastman Philharmonia tour to China is now canceled.

 

https://slippedisc.com/2019/10/eastman-dean-explains-why-he-dropped-korean-students-from-china-tour/?fbclid=IwAR3JY5jc7zijjWYMfRC5yV9CBdhZZKzmbdSMZ3RNnjm9eQenopluDt_pBEw

 

https://slippedisc.com/2019/10/under-fire-us-college-cancels-china-tour/?fbclid=IwAR25Cks-SjGzxn4N04jgVEvrUsnC2UYA5DEi76X_K9X2kA4FgzsT5QLGLD0

 

4) Chinese censorship is no longer just a China problem

https://youtu.be/8Sv0RkLlaEE

 

5) China won't show NBA preseason games as backlash over Hong Kong tweet grows

https://www.cnn.com/2019/10/08/media/nba-china-hong-kong-morey/index.html?fbclid=IwAR3DTwZTV6W3a-EmBqrkN0xN25jU5GGndnRfaS_Y8Z3kheMGcVR3U1-s4zM

 

6) DJ Zedd says he's run afoul of Beijing after 'liking a tweet from South Park'

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-7561625/DJ-Zedd-says-hes-banned-China-liking-tweet-South-Park.html?fbclid=IwAR2mUMgeL6r4bzVgDSgwXdK5ST74auM1NW5Oei1_8EdGranLSY_nCqYquk4

 

Huawei

"It gives the Chinese the ability, if they choose to use it, to access all kinds of information. Civilian intelligence, military, that could be very, very compromising," she said. "So as much as I disagree with the Trump administration on a number of things, on this I believe they are right."

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/susan-rice-huawei-canada-trump-impeachment-election-1.5346263?fbclid=IwAR00bWfGKC1yeHejzD2XOQzynS9p8lBWPC8seLk--E4VFK4UlkAjXX50mNE

 

See here how Huawei already made inroads into Roger's Media: 

 

https://www.thestar.com/sports/hockey/2018/12/11/hockey-night-in-canadas-relationship-with-huawei-to-continue.html

 

 

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone

https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2019/oct/26/china-technology-social-management-internet-social-credit-system?fbclid=IwAR1T0CNtlB34vKhCjBqq7P_4-r8Y7oW0mdLtvgdSgEl7XygsUKgrmLpRmxg

 

 

 

 

THREATS OF WAR IF UK GRANT HK DEMOCRACY

1) since 1950 Chinese government threatened invasion if the British gives HK democracy. "it was the Chinese government under Mao Zedong who quashed these plans, threatening invasion. And the very reason Mao didn’t seize Hong Kong in the first place was so that the People’s Republic could enjoy the economic fruits of Britain’s colonial governance."


https://qz.com/279013/the-secret-history-of-hong-kongs-stillborn-democracy/

2) 2 year ago, China already said Sino-British Joint Declaration on Hong Kong no longer has meaning. It was a historical document that no longer had any practical significance.

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-anniversary-china-idUSKBN19L1J1

 

 

 

 

CORRUPTION

China's elite hiding billions overseas

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/1411335/chinas-elite-hiding-billions-overseas-us-report-says?fbclid=IwAR01bNp4gSwl1Ihp35Og7wGDd4xXhSP-HBPysEUbVGQOTXseTpo6-W25xHM

 

Offshore assets of China's elite revealed in leaked records

https://www.cbc.ca/news/world/offshore-assets-of-china-s-elite-revealed-in-leaked-records-1.2504987?fbclid=IwAR1bhrCd1TiMpegPfNSXnShxI24n2_K7yN4p3Eh44QOKtCUFkH-Gpc4tMt4

 

 

 

DUAL CITIZENSHIP

News Chinese Policymaker Probed Over Dual Citizenship

https://www.sixthtone.com/news/1004399/chinese-policymaker-probed-over-dual-citizenship?fbclid=IwAR0ze0YQLTLcNi0zlli6izkQA6o0T3k0-PMuu7klpyg9C6XWKGlqiECS1fg

 

Lawmakers call for dual nationality check

http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/28/content_15165588.htm?fbclid=IwAR00jWX7tnALU8unj3PNvv9vZGsGLrKy3pgFRd5aXNS31p_XqV4p2QXbn80

 

https://chinaexaminer.bayvoice.net/b5/ccpsecrets/2019/04/16/437818.htm%E5%85%A7%E5%B9%95%EF%BC%9A%E8%BF%91%E5%85%A9%E7%99%BE%E6%94%BF%E8%A6%81%E5%AE%B6%E5%B1%AC%E6%98%AF%E5%A4%96%E5%9C%8B%E4%BA%BA-%E7%8E%8B%E5%B2%90%E5%B1%B1%E8%AC%9B%E8%A9%B1%E4%B8%8D%E7%AE%97%E6%95%B8.html?fbclid=IwAR2LbrzfSOuirizz0HbsOeqfyK1I3tOHT86CVuAXg7yCbrBMj5Cez30f6U0

 

 

 

 

CHINA POLITICAL SYSTEM OVERVIEW

Video: https://www.ted.com/talks/eric_x_li_a_tale_of_two_political_systems

This video is a great overview of Chinese political system - biased or not it shows Chinese Government's justifications of this system. A few comments:

1) the video (from 2013) mentioned China's self-corrective measures in political reform, using the term limit as an example to curb unlimited power. Unfortunately Xi Jinping removed this term limits in 2018 so he becomes leader for life. This is clearly a regression towards perhaps a cult of personality as in Mao's era. I don't think this is a good sign.

2) I support Democracy in HK, but I don't for China. I don't see Democracy as having intrinsic value regardless of circumstances, and I believe each country has its own characteristics that justify a certain system. Singapore is another country that is democratic but has been ruled by the same party (PAP) with censorship and even persecution against opposition not that long ago. And many democratic countries are still in political and economical turmoil, each for its own reasons. Clearly Democracy is not the solution to all ills.

other links:
- Singapore system: https://freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2012/singapore?fbclid=IwAR3xcA-RmNav-zzmJyX7_tkKf_L6PfANQF0H-V3LA7HDQzjtlIoDp4whNHg

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2011/may/10/singapore-election-democracy-new-media

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Spectrum

Socrates' critique of Democracy: https://www.theschooloflife.com/thebookoflife/why-socrates-hated-democracy/?fbclid=IwAR31Wx0swQR8LxJIPU6LMU7KRmOiOwF81Z6USMS8IKi0VRRj9ehkaU9MOMk

 

 

 

 

 

 

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