China’s African Swine Fever Now Global Threat | New Eastern Outlook

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30-11-19 08:58:00,

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The worst outbreak of fatal African Swine Fever disease ever has devastated the world’s largest pig population, that of China, over the past months. Now it is spreading to neighboring states and even threatens the United States pig herds. The political and human impact could be far worse than imagined as a de facto pandemic disease situation spreads. Globalization of agribusiness is not helping matters.

On August 3, 2018 a case of African Swine Fever (ASF) was confirmed in China’s Liaoning Province. Since then despite various measures to contain the deadly disease it has spread across China where as of November, 2019 in little more than a year, nearly half of China’s huge pig population has either died or been eliminated in a desperate effort to contain the disease. ASF is not deadly to humans but is 100% fatal to any pig that is infected. There is no known treatment to cure it. It can be spread by direct contact with an infected pig, body fluids, contact with equipment or clothing and via certain tick species.

The China Agriculture Ministry issued a report in August that the size of China’s live pig herd had declined by a very precise 38.7% from August 2018. Industry sources suspect underreporting and put the actual number at more like 50%. In any event it is huge, and has impacted the politically sensitive measure of China food price inflation over the past year. Pork is a mainstay of the Chinese diet for meat protein and considered a national security issue. Most pigs in China are raised by small-scale farmers who face ruin now. According to reports inside China this has led many desperate small farmers to try to hide the presence of ASF in their herds, to slaughter and sell, to avoid financial ruin.

The disease is especially dangerous. According to experts it’s hard to kill. One report notes, “It lives in feces for 11 days and blood for 15 weeks. It lives in salted meat for 182 days, dried meat for almost a year, and frozen meat for three years. The Chinese love to take meat snacks with them when they travel. Rules can be bent in Asia.”

Even more alarming are reports that disposal of infected China pig carcasses is not safe.

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Tagesdosis 29.11.2019 – China: CO2 Klima-Leugner | KenFM.de

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29-11-19 02:38:00,

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Ein Kommentar von Rainer Rupp.

In meiner Tagesdosis vom 22. November „Am Deutschen Klimawesen wird die Welt nicht genesen“ wurde darauf hingewiesen, dass auch China zu den Ländern gehört, die für zwei Drittel der weltweiten CO2-Emissionen verantwortlich sind, aber nicht im Traum daran denken, die westliche CO2 Klima „Wissenschaft“ ernst zu nehmen. Dafür gab es von einigen Lesern heftige Kritik.

So kommentierte z.B. ein Leser in bekannt besserwisserischem Ton, der Autor möge ihm „doch bitte Mal nur einen, wirklich nur einen chinesischen Klimawissenschaftler, Physiker, Geologen usw. nennen, der sowas sagt“, der also nicht an das vom IPCC (Internationaler Klima Rat) in die Welt gesetzte CO2-Dogma glaubt. Dieser Aufforderung komme ich gerne nach, aber nicht ohne mich zu wundern, woher dieser anscheinend feste Glauben kommt, dass China mit im CO2-Klimaboot sitzt.

Da wären z.B. fünf renommierte Erd- und Klimaforscher der Pekinger Universität, JingYun Fang, Jiang Ling, Zhu ShaoPeng, Wang Chao Yue und Hai Hua Shen. In ihrer umfangreichen Studie, die unter Führung von Dr. Fang (Fang et al.) im Oktober 2011 veröffentlicht wurde, heißt es unter anderem, dass der „IPCC-Bericht nicht mehr das maßgebende Dokument zum Klimawandel ist“. Er sei politisch tendenziös und enthalte etliche Fehler und Mängel. Die Erderwärmung sei zwar eine „objektive Tatsache“, aber es herrsche eine „große Unsicherheit über die Höhe des Temperaturanstiegs“. Zudem trügen Aktivitäten des Menschen und natürliche Faktoren zur Erwärmung bei; allerdings sei es schwierig, den jeweiligen Beitrag zu quantifizieren.

Die wissenschaftliche Studie von Fang at al. ist auch unter dem Titel: „Global warming, human-induced carbon emissions, and their uncertainties” (Globale Erwärmung, vom Menschen verursachte Kohlenstoffemissionen und ihre Unsicherheiten) im Springer Verlag erschienen. (Kostenpunkt 41,50 Euro) In der Einführung zum Buch heißt es zusammenfassend:

„In den letzten Jahrzehnten gab es eine Reihe von Debatten über die Klimaerwärmung und ihre treibenden Kräfte. Basierend auf einer ausführlichen Analyse der wissenschaftlichen Literatur gehen wir davon aus, dass (1) die Klimaerwärmung auftritt, aber mit großen Unsicherheiten in Bezug auf das Ausmaß des Temperaturanstiegs;

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Russia & China complete their first cross-border mega highway bridge (VIDEO)

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29-11-19 10:32:00,

The construction of a bridge over the Amur River to link Russia and neighboring China has been completed in the Far East. The historic road is first of its kind between the two states and is set to boost economic ties.

The bridge links the cities Heihe in northern China and Russia’s far eastern city of Blagoveshchensk located on the opposite banks of the Amur River, also known as Heilongjiang by the Chinese. The bridge is more than 1km long (0.6 miles) and is a part of key 19.9km (12.4 miles) two-lane highway project.

The ambitious $300-million construction project was started in December 2016 and the two parts of the massive cable-braced bridge were joined together at the end of May. The new milestone was reached on Friday, when local authorities announced the end of the construction works paving the way for the opening, scheduled for April 2020.

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“The bridge has a strategic importance for us. It is a very serious perspective for our region,” the governor of the Amur Region, Vasily Orlov, said during a special ceremony marking completion of the project.

The harsh weather conditions of the frigid region have been hampering cross-border trade for years, but the ambitious project is set to solve this problem. After the route becomes operational, cargo volume could see an 8-fold increase to 4 million tons, according to Alexander Kozlov, the Russian Minister for the Development of the Far East.

The new bridge should also boost tourism, increasing the tourist flow from China to 2 million. However, initially tourists won’t be able to use the road as it will only be available to cargo trucks. It will take another year and a half to build a crossing point allowing passenger transport, including tourist buses, to cross the bridge.

However, tourists could be offered a more convenient and an even cheaper way to get to the other side, according to Kozlov, as Russia is also building a cableway across the Amur River.

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How Does China Evaluate and Choose its Leaders? Understanding China’s University System – Global Research

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23-11-19 07:18:00,

Many Westerners have at least a dim awareness of China’s Gaokao, the system of annual university entrance examinations, taken by about 10 million students each year. This set of examinations is quite stiff and perhaps even harsh, covering many subjects and occupying three days. The tests require broad understanding, deep knowledge and high intelligence, if one is to do well. These examinations are entirely merit-based and favoritism is impossible. Students who produce the highest grades in these examinations are in the top 1% of a pool of 1.5 billion people.

Few Westerners are aware that China also has a system of bar examinations which every graduate lawyer must pass in order to practice law in China. These are even more severe, requiring not only high intelligence but deep knowledge of the laws and a broad understanding of all matters legal, these exams being so difficult that many refuse to even attempt them. Of about 250,000 graduate lawyers who sit the exam, only about 20,000 will pass and obtain qualifications to actually practice law in China. If you meet a Chinese lawyer, you can be assured you are dealing with someone from top 1% of that same pool of 1.5 billion people.

I mention these two items only to introduce a third – the Civil Service Examinations.

The Imperial civil service examinations were designed many centuries ago to select the best administrative officials for the state’s bureaucracy. They lasted as long as 72 hours, and required a great depth and breadth of knowledge to pass. It was an eminently fair system in that the exam itself had no qualifications. Almost anyone, even from the least educated family in the poorest town, could sit the exam and, if that person did well enough, he or she could join the civil service and potentially rise to the top. The modern civil service examination system evolved from the imperial one, and today millions of graduates write these each year. They are extremely difficult. Of perhaps two million candidates only about 10,000 will get a pass. And that pass doesn’t get you a job; all it gets you is an interview.

When you meet some who has entered the civil service in China’s central government, you can rest assured you are speaking to a person who is not only exceptionally well educated and astonishingly knowledgeable on a broad range of national issues,

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Mensenrechtenschending door China… Niet door België.

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22-11-19 10:05:00,

Het is het klassieke verhaal dezer dagen op onder meer onze VRT waar men het nodig acht om China te kastijden omdat het de mensenrechten niet respecteert. Dit op een ogenblik dat een meer dan 600-koppige handelsmissie dat land bezocht zoekend naar allerlei contracten. En dan komt het nu klassieke verhaal over de Oeigoeren en sinds een paar maanden ook Hongkong.

En dan zijn wij, de zuiveren, die China hier een lesje moeten leren en met het vingertje wijzen richting de ‘stoute’ leerling. Wat een karikatuur en zowat het toppunt van durf en arrogantie. Het doet denken aan de kolonisatie toen wij de Congolezen zo nodig de deugden van onze beschaving moesten brengen. En we weten hoe dat afliep.

Definitie

Naar gelang de definitie die men op de term mensenrechten plakt is er in wezen geen enkel land dat respect toont voor de mensenrechten. Zeker en vast ook België niet. Onze serie ministers voor armoedebestrijding doen allerlei peperdure plechtige beloftes over het bestrijden van die schande. Met als resultaat een in ons land almaar toenemende armoede.

Men moet tegenwoordig maar na 18 uur door de Brusselse Nieuwstraat, ‘s lands winkelstraat bij uitstek, wandelen om scenes te zien die voor wie menselijke gevoelens heeft alleen maar schokkend overkomen. Kleine kinderen leven er gewoon op straat. De Belgische welvaartstaat in volle glorie.

Maar dat is maar een klein deel van de mensenrechtenschendingen door België. Het was toch België die door in 2003 de Antwerpse haven voor Amerikaanse wapentransporten open te stellen dat de VS Irak kon vernielen. Medeplichtigheid dus.

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Het Deurganckdok in de Antwerpse haven. Deze haven diende in 2003 als draaischijf voor het Amerikaans leger om haar in Europa opgeslagen materiaal naar Irak te kunnen verschepen nodig voor de verovering en bezetting van het land. België hielp dus mee bij de bezetting en vernieling van het land. Een oorlogsmisdaad.

Het land is er nog steeds niet van bekomen en het zal nog heel veel jaren vergen om terug te raken waar het voor de Amerikaanse interventie stond. Kostprijs naast de materiële schade en psychologische destructie bij de bevolking: Honderdduizenden doden. Dat is wat andere koffie dan het vermeend aantal doden in China op het Tiananmenplein van 4 juni 1989.

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China Gives Japan, Korea Ultimatum On Hosting US Missiles After INF Collapse

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22-11-19 09:04:00,

The major Japanese daily Asahi Shimbun revealed this week that Chinese officials issued a stern to warning to Japan and South Korea against any move to host intermediate-range missiles on their soil.

Citing both Japanese and US sources, the newspaper said Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi issued the message to his Japanese and South Korean counterparts in August  an action apparently triggered by President Trump’s announced official withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) treaty with Russia.

A Terminal High Altitude Area Defense interceptor, via Wiki Commons

Given a key administration criticism of the INF is that it doesn’t account for developing technology and advanced missiles of major powers like China, Beijing is said to be worried over the fallout of a potential new US-Russia arms race for southeast Asia.

According to the report:

With the INF now invalidated, Beijing is concerned that Washington plans to deploy intermediate-range missiles in Japan and South Korea where they would be capable of reaching China.

Foreign Minister Wang reportedly told then Japanese Minister for Foreign Affairs Taro Kono: “If the United States deploys intermediate-range missiles in Japan, that would have a major effect on Japan-China relations” — a message also relayed in a separate bilateral meeting with South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha.

Japan’s Kono reportedly responded firmly with “Chinese missiles are capable of hitting Japan, so China must first work toward reducing its arsenal.”

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) meeting Japanese counterpart Taro Kono in Tokyo on April 15, 2018. Via Reuters

And further: “Kang told Wang that China should first end its retaliatory measures against South Korea for the deployment of the U.S. military’s Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense system, the sources said.”

The revelation comes at an interesting moment, given US-South Korea relations reached a low-point this month after the Trump administration in negotiations with Seoul demanded a $4.7 billion annual price tag to keep 28,000+ US troops in South Korea.

Simultaneously, China has signed a defense agreement with South Korea promising to develop greater security ties.

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China, USA and the Geopolitics of Lithium | New Eastern Outlook

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18-11-19 01:53:00,

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For several years since the global push to develop mass-scale Electric Vehicles, the element Lithium has come intofocus as a strategic metal. Demand is enormous in China, in the EU and in the USA at present, and securing control over lithium supplies is already developing its own geopolitics not unlike that for the control of oil. 

China Moves to Secure Sources

For China, which has set major targets to become the world’s largest  producer of EVs, developing lithium battery materials is a priority for the 13th Five-Year Plan (2016-20) period. Though China has its own lithium reserves, recovery is limited, and China has gone to secure lithium mining rights abroad.

In Australia Chinese companyTalison Lithium, controlled by Tianqi, mines and owns the world’s largest and highest grade spodumene reserves in Greenbushes, Western Australia near Perth.

Talison Lithium Inc. is the world’s largest primary lithium producer. Their Greenbushes site in Australia produces today some 75% of China’s lithium demands and about forty percent of world demand. This as well as other vital Australian raw materials, has made relations with Australia, traditionally a firm US ally, of strategic importance to Beijing. As well, China has become the largest trade partner for Australia.

However China’s growing economic influence in the Pacific around Australia led Prime Minister Scott Morrison to send a warning message to China not to challenge Australia’s strategic backyard region. In late 2017 Australia, with growing concern over expanding Chinese influence in the region, resumed informal cooperation in what is sometimes called the Quad,with USA, India and Japan, reviving an earlier attempt to check Chinese influence in the South Pacific. Australia has also recently stepped up lending to strategic Pacific island nations to counter China’s lending. All this clearly makes it imperative for China to go global to other sites to secure its lithium in order to become the key player in the emerging EV economy over the coming decade.

As development  of electric vehicles became priority in Chinese economic planning, the search for secure lithium turned to Chile,another major source of the lithium. There,China’s Tianqiis amassing a major share of Chile’s SociedadQuimica Y Minera (SQM), one of the world’s largest lithium producers.

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Russia & China to launch joint venture for constructing metros worldwide

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13-11-19 02:11:00,

Russian engineering company Mosinzhproekt and the China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) plan to set up a joint venture for the construction of subways around the world, said Moscow Deputy Mayor Marat Khusnullin.

He said that several agreements have already been sealed with Chinese partners, particularly on the implementation of a joint project on transfer hubs and the exchange of information technology.

“We have gained expertise and potentially after 2021–2022, when the main number of metros are completed, we can start building in other countries too,” Khusnullin said, adding that a preliminary agreement with the Chinese side has already been signed.

Since August 2017, CRCC has been building a 4.6km section and three stations on the Large Circle Line in Moscow, which will be completed by the end of 2020. In February, CRCC won another metro construction contract and is expected to start tunneling next month.

The Chinese firm may also invest around $1 billion in the construction of the first stage of Russia’s administrative and business center, Kommunarka.

The Moscow metro is one of the busiest in the world and is famous for its efficiency and elegance. It features some of the most beautiful stations, many of which are decorated with frescoes, marble columns and ornate chandeliers. It is one of the cleanest metros, with more than nine million passengers every day.

Opened in 1935 with 13 stations, it was the first underground railway system in the Soviet Union. As of 2019, the Moscow Metro, excluding the Moscow Central Circle and Moscow Monorail, has 232 stations (263 with Moscow Central Circle) and its route length is 397.3km (246.9 miles), making it the fifth longest in the world. The system is mostly underground, with the deepest section at a depth of 84 meters (276ft), one of the world’s deepest.

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China’s gold-backed crypto looming as ‘Pearl Harbor type event’ for US dollar in 2020 – Keiser Report

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12-11-19 12:03:00,

There are two economies in the United States, says RT’s Keiser Report, the real economy, where the 99 percent live, and the one-percent economy, where bankers and the corporate elite live.

“Consumers are spending and life is going on,” whereas on Wall Street one can see “non-stop interventions, quantitative easing is needed, interest rates were cut again this week for the top one percent,” Stacy Herbert says.

“There’s never enough money,” as those from the one percent “want more and more…”

According to Max Keiser, there could be “a catastrophic trapdoor opening underneath the US economy.”

When China announces as a surprise its 20,000 tons of gold and a gold-backed cryptocurrency that “will kill the US dollar deader than a doornail,” it will be a “Pearl Harbor-type event and it’s coming in the next six to nine months,” he predicts.

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Scientists In China Are Using Live Pigs As Crash Test Dummies

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10-11-19 09:44:00,

Authored by  John Vibes via TruthTheory.com,

A recent case study of crash test simulations in China has shown that some researchers are involved in extremely inhumane animal testing. Images released with the case study show live pigs being used as crash test dummies.

The study highlighted the case of one test that involved 15 young pigs, who were strapped into car seats and used as dummies for high-speed simulations. Many of these pigs were still very young, having only been alive for 70 or 80 days before they were used in the tests. In the tests, the animals were strapped into various different seatbelts for impact testing.

Half of the animals died in the tests, and the others were badly injured and likely traumatized from the experience.

The researchers said that it was necessary to use the young pigs because their bodies are very similar to that of a human child, and they were hoping to actually see what these crashes would do to a living creature’s organs.

The scientists responsible for these experiments say that they were compliant with US guidelines and claimed that their study was approved by an ethics committee. However, it seems that they may not be very familiar with what the laws in the US are, because it has been illegal to use pigs and other animals in these types of experiments in the states since the 1990s.

Zachary Toliver of PETA said that these experiments were senseless and cruel.

“Despite the existence of sophisticated animal-free models, experimenters continue to fasten abused, frightened animals into car seats and crash them into walls until their bodies are bloody, bruised, and mangled. Live pigs are pulverised in these tests, leaving them with broken bones and severe internal injuries before they’re killed and dissected,” he said.

“Pigs don’t naturally sit up in car seats. Their anatomy is also very different from that of humans, so the data obtained from these horrific animal experiments aren’t applicable to human car-crash victims. Car companies figured out years ago that these kind of experiments are worthless and tell us nothing about a human experience in a car crash,” he added.

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Russia, China, & The European Peninsula

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07-11-19 12:00:00,

Authored by Godfree Roberts via The Saker blog,

Eurasia has most of the world’s wealth, resources, and population — yet there is very low economic connectivity. A Sino-Russian partnership can collectively create a gravitational pull that allows them to capture the geoeconomic levers of power by creating an alternative to the Western-centric model. This entails developing new global value chains that captures the high-value activities in strategic industries and energy markets, developing new transportation corridors through Eurasia and the Arctic, and constructing new financial instruments such as development banks, trade/reserve currencies, technical standards, and trade regimes. Russia’s comparative advantage derives from its geographical expanse by developing an East-West corridor connecting Northeast Asia with Europe, and a North-South Corridor that links India, Iran and Russia. Moscow sees itself as a stabilising factor in Eurasia by bringing together the entire continent with economic connectivity to ensure that it becomes multipolar and no one state or region can dominate.

The EU stands to lose much from Russia’s Greater Eurasia ambitions. Russia’s original Greater Europe project, which they EU rejected, would have endowed the EU with a powerful ally to collectively project influence deep into the Eurasian continent. In contrast, Russia’s new Greater Eurasia initiative will marginalise the EU’s role across Eurasia as socio-economic and political decisions will be made by BRICS, the Eurasian Economic Union, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, and the Belt and Road Initiative. The EU is faced with a dilemma as it has strong economic incentives to cooperate with the development taking place in Greater Eurasia, yet this would contribute to the shift away from the Western-centric geoeconomic infrastructure. Glenn Diesen. The Global Resurgence of Economic Nationalism.

Halford Mackinder said we don’t think of Asia and Europe as a single continent because sailors couldn’t voyage around it. Today the Northeast Passage, NEP, along Russia’s northern coast, links the Pacific and Atlantic coasts while a network of pipelines and air, rail, road and fiber routes are knitting Mackinder’s World Island into ‘Eurasia’ despite Kissinger’s warning, “Domination by a single power of either of Eurasia’s two principal spheres–Europe or Asia–remains a good definition of strategic danger for America. For such a grouping would have the capacity to outstrip America economically and,

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China Is Weaponizing Water And Worsening Droughts Across Asia

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05-11-19 08:56:00,

Authored by Brahma Chellaney, op-ed via Nikkei Asian Review,

Asia, the world’s driest continent in per capita terms, remains the center of dam construction, with more than half of the 50,000 large dams across the globe. The hyperactivity on dams has only sharpened local and international disputes over the resources of shared rivers and aquifers.

A night view of China’s Three Gorges Dam: Asia can build a harmonious, rules-based water management regime only if China gets on board, which does not seem likely. © Visual China Group/Getty Images

The focus on dams reflects a continuing preference for supply-side approaches, which entail increased exploitation of water resources, as opposed to pursuing demand-side solutions, such as smart water management and greater water-use efficiency. As a result, nowhere is the geopolitics over dams murkier than in Asia, the world’s most dam-dotted continent.

Improving the hydropolitics demands institutionalized cooperation, transparency on projects, water-sharing arrangements and dispute-resolution mechanisms. Asia can build a harmonious, rules-based water management regime only if China gets on board. At least for now, that does not seem likely.

Last summer, water levels in continental Southeast Asia’s lifeline, the 4,880-kilometer Mekong River, fell to their lowest in more than 100 years, even though the annual monsoon season stretches from late May to late September. Yet, after completing 11 mega-dams, China is building more upstream dams on the Mekong, which originates on the Tibetan Plateau. Indeed, Beijing is also damming other transnational rivers.

China is central to Asia’s water map. Thanks to its annexation of the water-rich Tibetan Plateau and the sprawling Xinjiang province, China is the starting point of rivers that flow to 18 downstream countries. No other country in the world serves as the riverhead for so many countries.

By erecting dams, barrages and other water diversion structures in its borderlands, China is creating an extensive upstream infrastructure that arms it with the capacity to weaponize water.

To be sure, dam-building is also roiling relations elsewhere in Asia. The festering territorial disputes over Kashmir and Central Asia’s Ferghana Valley are as much about water as they are about land. Across Asia, states are jockeying to control shared water resources by building dams,

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China officially launches ‘one of the world’s largest’ 5G networks, with plans available for as low as $18

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01-11-19 04:25:00,

Chinese mobile operators have offered 5G services to the country’s consumers as the world’s largest market officially made the network available on November 1.

The fifth-generation of mobile internet connectivity (5G) promises much faster data download and upload speeds, wider coverage and more stable connections.

The three state-backed operators China Mobile, China Telecom, and China Unicom had initially scheduled the launch for next year, but accelerated the rollout.

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The superfast service is now available to consumers in 50 Chinese cities, including Beijing and Shanghai. Prices for monthly plans start from 128 yuan ($18), providing users with 30GB data and 500 minutes of voice chat.

According to the government, more than 130,000 5G base stations will be activated by the end of the year to support the network. This would make it one of the world’s largest 5G deployments, Beijing said.

More than 10 million users have registered for 5G plans from the three local Chinese carriers ahead of the launch, local media reported in early October.

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A recent report from an international association in the mobile industry GSMA projected that China will lead the global 5G revolution with more than 600 million 5G subscribers by 2025.

Chinese telecom giant Huawei made the first global 5G call and launched the first 5G terminal device in 2018. The company has been caught in the crossfire of the US-China trade war as the two countries have been fighting for leadership in the technology sector.

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China’s Hidden Economic Time Bomb | New Eastern Outlook

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22-10-19 05:49:00,

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The China government statistical agency just released economic data showing the poorest GDP growth in almost 30 years for China. The problem goes far deeper than recent effects of the US-China trade war or the impact of calamities such as African Swine Fever that have decimated the nation’s pig herds. The underlying far more serious problem is an emerging disaster that few are willing to discuss openly.

Since about 2017 China’s population has begun to feel the real impact of the ill-conceived One Child Policy imposed by the Communist Party in 1979, some 40 years ago. This slow-growing problem, once seen as benefit, is undermining the entire basis of the China Economic Miracle. The question is whether Beijing can make the transition to an ageing population without major social and economic dislocation.

On October 18 the China State Statistics bureau released Third Quarter GDP which came in at 6.0% compared with 6.2% the previous quarter. While there is great skepticism as to how honest the reporting is, the fact the government must announce a slowing growth at all suggests the situation in reality could be far worse.

The true data on China’s economy remain opaque. In December 2018 the Shanghai University of Finance and Economics published its annual transparency survey on the 31 provincial-level regions. The average score was just above 53%. The study concluded, “[Unfortunately,] the general level of transparency in China’s local governments remains poor.”

A more direct indicator of the health of the economy comes from actual trade data. Bloomberg reports that auto sales in China have fallen for the 15th month out of 16 months in September. It’s the “worst slump in a generation”, according to Bloomberg. As well, sales of new homes and apartments in Beijing, Shanghai and other major cities fell dramatically to lows of 2014.

The deeper issue is not the transparency of official economic data. The deeper issue is whether the China Miracle, the remarkable rise from a Third World level backwardness in less than three decades, is entering a structural crisis that will impact not only China’s economy. The recent data on new car sales and new home buying could be an ominous indicator that the China boom years are coming into a drastic slowing with huge consequences not only for China but also for the world.

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China to lead global 5G revolution, reaching 600 million subscribers by 2025

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22-10-19 12:05:00,

The global 5G market is projected to grow to 1.6 billion users in the next five years. Much of that growth will come from China based on operators’ roll-out plans, said GSMA, an international association in the mobile industry.

The country will have over 600 million 5G subscribers by that time, accounting for nearly 40 percent of the global total, Sihan Bo Chen, head of GSMA Greater China, told Xinhua.

Up to 85 percent of the Chinese population will subscribe to mobile services by 2025, while 88 percent of those subscribers will have smartphones and 36 percent will use 5G services, according to CEO of GSMA John Hoffman.

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Germany to keep door open to Huawei 5G technology, ignoring pressure from US

He said: “We welcome China’s continued effort to promote openness to build a ‘shared future’ through collaboration and cooperation.”

GSMA has released a white paper on artificial intelligence (AI) in network case studies together with China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Huawei, and other companies.

“We hope the development of the mobile network in China will inspire the rest of the world and bring next-generation AI services to life,” said Sihan Bo Chen.

A massive 5G smartphone technology boom in 2020 was recently predicted by Wall Street bank Goldman Sachs. The bank’s analyst said that despite the manufacturing bottlenecks for 5G smartphone components, Chinese telecom giant Huawei is expected to benefit meaningfully. Huawei made the first global 5G call and launched the first 5G terminal device in 2018.

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Goldman Sachs predicts massive 5G smartphone boom in 2020

The tech company, which is currently caught in the crossfire of the US-China trade war, reported that its global share of telecoms equipment expanded to 28.1 percent in the first half of this year. It remains ahead of global rivals in the 5G market, having announced more than 60 commercial 5G contracts “with leading global carriers” to date.

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China, the NBA, and the Massive Face of Globalism

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14-10-19 08:52:00,

By Jon Rappoport

Let’s get one thing straight. The Chinese people, whether they appear happy or sad, support their government because they’re controlled. After generations of being beaten down, the population bows the head and bends the knee to slave masters. Call that freedom if you want to.

And if you really believe the situation in America is no better than the system in China, even with the amount of censorship alive and well in America, even with the rigging of this economy, try an experiment. Move to China and start publishing articles relentlessly critical of the government there. See what happens. Be sure to leave a copy of your last Will and Testament at home.

When the NBA commissioner and several players talk about loving their Chinese fans, they’re referring to victims of long-term terrorism. And if you press the NBA people on that point, they say, “We just want to play basketball, we just want the games.”

And they want the money. The Nike money, the Chinese money, the television money, the other merchandise money. More Chinese people than Americans watch the NBA playoffs on TV.

When, in a momentary fit of sanity, the General Manager of the Houston Rockets, Daryl Morey, retweeted FIGHT FOR FREEDOM, STAND WITH HONG KONG, the Chinese government launched a shit storm. Blacked out pre-season games, canceled press conferences, attacked NBA Commissioner Adam Silver for (partially and weakly) defending free speech. Now, calls are going out for Daryl Morey to resign from his job, to appease the Chinese government.

The big fear? A few global NBA stars would decide to step up and defend the million Hong Kong protestors, who want to knock down a bill that would allow China to extradite “criminal suspects” from Hong Kong to the mainland, where they can be charged, imprisoned, tortured, murdered. Those number one Hong Kong suspects would be persons who oppose the mainland Chinese regime.

The NBA stars, speaking out, could ignite a worldwide conflagration of public outrage aimed at the brutal government of China.

So far, that fear is unfounded. Social justice warriors LeBron James, (coaches) Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich are silent on the specific issue of Hong Kong vs.

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China’s Global Reach: Surveillance and Censorship Beyond the Great Firewall

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11-10-19 06:50:00,

By Danny O’Brien

Those outside the People’s Republic of China (PRC) are accustomed to thinking of the Internet censorship practices of the Chinese state as primarily domestic, enacted through the so-called “Great Firewall”—a system of surveillance and blocking technology that prevents Chinese citizens from viewing websites outside the country. The Chinese government’s justification for that firewall is based on the concept of “Internet sovereignty.” The PRC has long declared that “within Chinese territory, the internet is under the jurisdiction of Chinese sovereignty.”

Hong Kong, as part of the “one country, two systems” agreement, has largely lived outside that firewall: foreign services like Twitter, Google, and Facebook are available there, and local ISPs have made clear that they will oppose direct state censorship of its open Internet.

But the ongoing Hong Kong protests, and mainland China’s pervasive attempts to disrupt and discredit the movement globally, have highlighted that China is not above trying to extend its reach beyond the Great Firewall, and beyond its own borders. In attempting to silence protests that lie outside the Firewall, in full view of the rest of the world, China is showing its hand, and revealing the tools it can use to silence dissent or criticism worldwide.

Some of those tools—such as pressure on private entities, including American corporations NBA and Blizzard—have caught U.S. headlines and outraged customers and employees of those companies. Others have been more technical, and less obvious to the Western observers.

The “Great Cannon” takes aim at sites outside the Firewall

The Great Cannon is a large-scale technology deployed by ISPs based in China to inject javascript code into customers’ insecure (HTTP) requests. This code weaponizes the millions of mainland Chinese Internet connections that pass through these ISPs. When users visit insecure websites, their browsers will also download and run the government’s malicious javascript—which will cause them to send additional traffic to sites outside the Great Firewall, potentially slowing these websites down for other users, or overloading them entirely.

The Great Cannon’s debut in 2015 took down Github, where Chinese users were hosting anti-censorship software and mirrors of otherwise-banned news outlets like the New York Times.

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China: Kein Internetzugang ohne vorherige Freischaltung per Gesichtserkennung – Orwell 2.0 | www.konjunktion.info

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07-10-19 07:34:00,

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Panoptisches Gefängnis zur leichteren Überwachung der Gefangene – Bildquelle: Wikipedia / Friman

Chinas Regierung setzt seine Orwellschen Praktiken fort und hat dieser Tage bekannt gegeben, dass seine Bürger nur noch nach Identifikation per Gesichtserkennung das Internet benutzen dürfen. Ab dem 1. Dezember wird diese Vorgabe des Social Credit Systems umgesetzt. Ab diesem Zeitpunkt müssen alle Chinesen, die einen Internetzugang zuhause oder per Smartphone haben wollen diesen Prozess durchlaufen, um ihre Identität zu bestätigen.

Diese Ausweitung des Social Credit Systems auf die Internetnutzung wird massive Folgen für die dortige Bevölkerung haben. Denn ab dann fließt jede aufgerufene Website in die Bewertung eines jeden Bürgers ein.

Das neue Gesetz wurde am 27. September veröffentlicht und beinhaltet drei Forderungen der chinesischen Regierung an die Telekomunikationsunternehmen:

Erstens müssen alle Telekommunikationsunternehmen anhand der Gesichtserkennung prüfen, ob ein Antragsteller, der eine Internetverbindung beantragt, der Inhaber des Ausweises ist, den sie seit dem 1. Dezember verwenden. Gleichzeitig müssen die Unternehmen prüfen, ob der Ausweis echt und gültig ist.

Zweitens müssen alle Telekommunikationsunternehmen die Allgemeinen Geschäftsbedingungen ihres Dienstes aktualisieren und allen Kunden mitteilen, dass sie ihre Handy-SIM-Karte nicht bis Ende November 2019 an eine andere Person übertragen oder weiterverkaufen dürfen.

Drittens sollten Telekommunikationsunternehmen ihren Kunden dabei helfen zu überprüfen, ob es Handy- oder Festnetznummern gibt, die nicht zu ihnen gehören, aber seit dem 1. Dezember unter ihrem Namen registriert sind. Bei nicht identifizierten Nummern müssen die Telekommunikationsanbieter die Leitungen sofort untersuchen und schließen.

(First, all telecom carriers must use facial recognition to test whether an applicant who applies for internet connection is the owner of the ID that they use since Dec. 1. At the same time, the carriers must test that the ID is genuine and valid.

Second, all telecom carriers must upgrade their service’s terms and conditions and notify all their customers that they are not allowed to transfer or resell their cell phone SIM card to another person by the end of November 2019.

Third, telecom carriers should help their customers to check whether there are cell phone or landline numbers that don’t belong to them but registered under their names since Dec. 1. For unidentified numbers, the telecom carries must investigate and close the lines immediately.)

Ein weiteres “Pilotprogramm” Pekings setzt ebenfalls auf die Gesichtserkennung.

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The China Deception on This Week in Money

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02-10-19 08:16:00,

SHOW NOTES AND MP3: https://www.corbettreport.com/?p=33190

The mainstream are framing the rise of China as a competitor to the US in the same terms as they did the Cold War with the Soviet Union. And, just as the Cold War was a charade facilitated by lend lease and technology transfers, so, too, is the New Cold War facilitated by technology transfers to China that are framed as “IP theft.” James Corbett joins Jim Goddard on This Week in Money to set the record straight on how the Clash of Civilizations 2.0 is being used to justify domestic clampdowns, social credit surveillance, and military build up.

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China Unveils “Super Surveillance Camera” That Can Link To Its Social Credit System

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28-09-19 09:39:00,

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,

Device can identify individual faces out of crowds of tens of thousands; Will take mass surveillance to a new level

A new camera with a resolution five times more detailed than the human eye, able to monitor thousands of people in real time and identify individual faces has been unveiled by Chinese scientists, prompting renewed fears about mass surveillance.

ABC News in Australia reports that the new 500 megapixel cloud camera AI system, dubbed a ‘super camera’, was revealed at China’s International Industry Fair last week.

The camera system, equipped with state of the art facial recognition utilities, was designed by Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

The designers claim that the system can detect and identify thousands of human faces or other objects in real time and instantly locate specific targets in environments such as crowded stadiums.

Of course, it would work equally as well at protests.

The designers suggested that police could set up the camera system in the center of Shanghai and monitor the movement of crowds, while cross-checking the images with medical and criminal records.

Li Daguang, a professor at the National Defense University of the People’s Liberation Army in Beijing told the Global Times that the system could “very easily be applied to national defense, military and public security.”

Technology like this in the hands of Communist Chinese authorities, who already operate a citizen social credit system, does not bode well for privacy rights and freedom.

“The Party-state has massive databases of people’s images and the capability to connect them to their identity, so it isn’t inconceivable that technology like this is possible if not now then in the future,” Samantha Hoffman, an analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute noted.

The social credit system, which rewards ‘good behavior’ with incentives and punishes disobedience by restricting and banning people from buying travel tickets, is currently enforced using a vast network of over 200 million surveillance cameras, as well as other tracking tools.

However,

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UNO: China und Russland legen Veto gegen Deutschland ein

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23-09-19 08:07:00,

Der Sicherheitsrat unternahm am 19. September 2019 eine Zeitreise. Die ausgetauschten Argumente entsprechen in jeder Hinsicht dem, was sie schon vor fünf Jahren auf der Genf-2-Konferenz über Syrien waren: Einerseits prangern China und Russland die militärische Unterstützung der Dschihadisten durch den Westen unter Verletzung des Völkerrechts an [1], auf der anderen Seite werfen Deutschland, Belgien und Kuwait Syrien vor, sein eigenes Volk unter dem Deckmantel der Terrorismusbekämpfung ermordet zu haben [2].

Die einzigen Dinge, die sich Hunderttausende von Toten später, geändert haben
- ist, dass die Kämpfe nicht mehr über ganz Syrien verstreut sind, sondern nur noch in einem Teil des Gouvernorats Idlib;
- und dass die Vereinigten Staaten und Saudi-Arabien nicht mehr den Block der unbeugsamen Westmächte führen, sondern Deutschland und Kuwait.

Während die Vereinigten Staaten und Russland zusammenarbeiten, um eine Lösung in Syrien zu finden, ohne die Vorteile zu verlieren, die sie erworben haben, setzt die Europäische Union, angeführt von Deutschland, das Doppel-Spiel, das von Washington aufgegeben wurde, fort: Deutschland und Frankreich liefern den Dschihadisten Waffen und Hilfe und leiten ihre Truppen, und benutzen darüber hinaus Zivilisten als menschliche Schutzschilde gegen die Angriffe der syrischen arabischen Armee.

Es sei daran erinnert, dass Deutschland und Frankreich jeden Tag einen gemeinsamen Standpunkt im Sicherheitsrat erarbeiten [3]. Da Frankreich nicht den Mut hatte, sich seinen Widersprüchen zu stellen, hat es den deutschen Entschließungsentwurf nicht unterzeichnet, sondern Belgien aufgefordert, dies zu tun.

Wir haben wiederholt betont, dass Deutschland und Frankreich ihre Hilfe für die Dschihadisten, die sie zum Sturz der Arabischen Republik Syrien eingesetzt haben, aufrechterhalten haben. Seit mehreren Jahren ernähren von diesen beiden Ländern subventionierte NGOs die Bevölkerung von Idlib, da die Dschihadisten sich nicht selbst unterhalten. Diese beiden Mächte sind daher mitverantwortlich für den Bau des islamischen Emirats Idlib durch Hayat Tahrir al-Sham. Im Gegenteil, das pragmatische Washington, wenn man bedenkt, dass seine Mission gescheitert ist, löscht die Spuren seiner früheren Engagements [4].

Diese surreale Debatte kommt nun im Sicherheitsrat auf, 19 Tage nachdem die syrische arabische Armee einen einseitigen Waffenstillstand in Idlib erklärt hat.

Deshalb haben China und Russland erneut ihr Veto eingelegt.

Jeder kann hier die westlichen Lügen im sogenannten “Krieg gegen den Terror”

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Demokratie? In China! GroKo kämpft für Bürgerrecht in Hongkong

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16-09-19 09:42:00,

Demokratie? In China!

GroKo kämpft für Bürgerrecht in Hongkong

Wong-Yik-mo-Hong-Kong-Hongkong-Protestfuehrer-China-Kritisches-Netzwerk-Sonderverwaltungszone-Regenschirmrevolution-Ungehorsam-Civil-Human-Rights-Front-AuslieferungsgesetzEs war die geheiligte Stunde der ARD: Die „Tagesthemen“, eine Filiale der „Tagesschau“, gab dem Hongkonger Bürgerrechtler Joshua Wong Chi-fung ein schönes, langes Interview. Stunden zuvor hatte sich die Redaktion schon an dieser Nachricht abgearbeitet und über jene „klaren Worte“ der Kanzlerin berichtet, die Frau Merkel bei ihrem China-Besuch für die Hongkonger Aktivisten gefunden hatte.

Ja, wenn die Leitfrau und das öffentlich-rechtliche Leitmedium vorlegen, dann muss der Medienrest sein Echo liefern: Vom SPIEGEL (Artikel) über die Tageszeitung DIE WELT (Artikel), die Wochenzeitung DIE ZEIT (Artikel) bis zur Website der Stadt Paderborn: Alle fanden die Demokratie in China ziemlich unzulänglich und den Herrn Wong echt gut. So sieht Medien-Vielfalt in Deutschland aus.

Keinem der scheinbar Einfältigen mochte auffallen, dass Aktivisten aus den deutschen Friedens- oder Sozialbewegungen eine solch prominente Rolle nie zuteil wird. Auch wenn es um die Unterdrückung von Protesten durch die Polizei geht, die bei der Hongkong-Berichterstattung im Vordergrund steht, sind deutsche Medien eher verhalten: Weder beim G-20-Gipfel in Hamburg, noch bei den Aktionen rund um den Deutsche-Bahn-Wahnsinn namens Stuttgart 21, bei denen es jede Menge Polizei-Brutalität gab, bekam einer der Aktivisten ein bedeutendes Interview in den öffentlich-rechtlichen Nachrichten. Auch auf den Auftritt eines Franzosen in gelber Weste, der die Ziele der Bewegung vor der Kamera erklären darf oder der wie Herr Wong einen Empfang beim Bundesaußenminister bekommt, warten Freunde der deutschen Demokratie bislang vergeblich.

► Es ist ein erkennbares Muster

Böses findet immer ganz woanders statt. Vorzugsweise in jenen Ausländern, die man als Konkurrenten empfindet oder deretwegen man dringend neue teure Waffen kaufen muss. Denn so böse wie z. B. der Russe ist, könnte er uns ja jederzeit überfallen. Auch wird gern von der schrecklichen Unterdrückung jener Opposition gegen Despoten berichtet, um die sich die Truppen der USA oder der NATO dann bei Gelegenheit kümmerten.

Doch geht es auch um das wohlige Gefühl deutscher Medien-Konsumenten: Woanders ist es schon schlimm, wie gut, dass es bei uns viel besser ist. Seit einem Jahr regiert die immer gleiche Koalition, die gefühlt seit Kriegsende die Regierungen stellt. Seit langem wird in den „guten Lagen“ deutscher Städte gentrifiziert, werden Mieten erhöht und erhöht ..

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Der Abfallhai ist in China urheberrechtlich geschützt

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10-09-19 09:33:00,

Schon seit 2015 ist der Zürcher Abfallhai in ganz China urheberrechtlich geschützt. © cc

Red. / 10. Sep 2019 –

Gegen die übliche Kopiererei in China kann sich sogar ein kleines Unternehmen schützen: mit einem in China gültigen Copyright.

upg. Häufig wird verbreitet, in China seien westliche Industrieprodukte vor Kopierern und Nachahmern nicht geschützt. Das muss offensichtlich nicht sein. Der Industriedesigner Werner Zemp, der unter anderem den Zürcher Abfallkübel gestaltet hat, konnte seinen «Abfallhai» bereits im Jahr 2015 in ganz China als kunstvollen Gebrauchsgegenstand urheberrechtlich schützen.

Der Abfallhai ist unterdessen zu einem Klassiker geworden, dem man auf dem Jungfraujoch (links) und in vielen Ländern begegnet. Er verbindet Schönheit mit hoher praktischer Funktionalität inklusive praktischem Zubehör. Hergestellt wird er von der Firma Antaswiss AG in Knonau ZH.

Die Designfachwelt hat Werner Zemp für seinen Abfallhai mit den wichtigsten Awards ausgezeichnet und der Abfallhai wurde in mehreren Ausstellungen gezeigt. Die Zeitschrift «Hochparterre» würdigte diese angewandte Kunst unter dem Titel «Die Krönung mit dem Kübel».

Der reine Designschutz läuft je nach Land nach maximal 25 Jahren ab, während das Urheberrecht gemäss internationaler Übereinkunft vielerorts erst 70 Jahre nach dem Tod des Autors erlischt. In China gilt das Copyright während 50 Jahren.

Durchsetzung in China

Wer behaupte, man könne Produkte in China kaum schützen, sei «schlecht informiert», sagt Rechtsanwalt Gregor Wild von der spezialisierten Kanzlei Rensch Partner in Zürich, welche das Copyright für Werner Zemp in China erfolgreich eintragen liess. Es sei auch nicht übermässig schwierig, ein erlangtes Urheberrecht in allen Landesteilen Chinas durchzusetzen, weil die Spezialisten dort sehr günstig arbeiteten. Personal, das beispielsweise Marktangebote in China nach Imitationen absuche, sei zu vernünftigen Konditionen zu finden. Im Verletzungsfall würden auch chinesische Anwälte zu vergleichsweise sehr günstigen Ansätzen arbeiten.

Designer Werner Zemp musste unter anderem seine Urheberschaft des Abfallhais bestätigen und zahlreiche Beweismittel einreichen.

Vom Industriedesigner zum Künstler

In seinem Berufsleben hat Werner Zemp als Industriedesigner neben dem funktionalen Abfallkübel noch für viele andere industrielle Gebrauchsgegenstände ein funktionales Design entwickelt: Eine Kaffeemaschine,

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China Accuses Apple, Foxconn Of Breaking Chinese Labor Laws

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09-09-19 08:23:00,

If the US-China trade war is supposed to be in a ceasefire phase following last week’s main news that trade talks will resume in October, Beijing may not have gotten the memo, because late on Sunday futures slipped and Treasury futures jumped after a Bloomberg report that Apple, and its Taiwanese manufacturing partner, Foxconn, had violated a Chinese labor rule by using too many temporary staff in the world’s largest iPhone factory; the Chinese report also alleged – wait for it – harsh working conditions.

For all those whose heads are shaking, stunning if what they read is true, let us help you – yes, China – that global paragon of equitable labor laws – is accusing the US and Taiwan of substandard labor practices. The claims came from China Labor Watch, which picked a great time to issued its report: just ahead of Apple’s upcoming iPhone reveal slated for Tuesday. The non-profit advocacy group investigates conditions in Chinese factories, and says it has uncovered other alleged labor rights violations by Apple partners in the past.

“Our recent findings on working conditions at Zhengzhou Foxconn highlights several issues which are in violation of Apple’s own code of conduct,” CLW wrote in its report. “Apple has the responsibility and capacity to make fundamental improvements to the working conditions along its supply chain, however, Apple is now transferring costs from the trade war through their suppliers to workers and profiting from the exploitation of Chinese workers.”

CLW said undercover investigators worked in Foxconn’s Zhengzhou plant in China, including one who was employed there for four years. One of the main findings: Temporary staff, known as dispatch workers, made up about 50% the workforce in August. Chinese labor law stipulates a maximum of 10%, CLW noted according to Bloomberg.

The biggest surprise, however, is that China appears to be right. When contacted by Bloomberg, Apple said that, after conducting an investigation, it found the “percentage of dispatch workers exceeded our standards” and that it is “working closely with Foxconn to resolve this issue.” It added that when it finds issues, it works with suppliers to “take immediate corrective action.” Foxconn Technology Group also confirmed the dispatch worker violation following an operational review.

To be sure, this isn’t the first time Apple’s supply chain has faced criticism over poor labor standards for years.

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Angst vor China

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04-09-19 09:34:00,

Die Proteste in Hongkong mit der Einmischung Pekings, dem Wirken des Finanzkapitals oder obskurer Kräfte im Hintergrund zu erklären, dürfte als Erklärung nicht ausreichen. Auch der von unseren Medien immer wieder ins Spiel gebrachte Freiheitsdrang und Ruf nach Demokratie entspringen sicherlich in einem ganz gehörigen Maße westlichem Wunschdenken. Denn Demokratie alleine macht nicht satt und durch freie Wahlen hat bisher noch niemand ein Dach über dem Kopf bekommen.

Wenn auch nicht zu übersehen ist und werden sollte, dass westliche Kräfte mehr oder weniger offen bei den Protesten in Hongkong mitzumischen versuchen (1, 2), so kann damit allein nicht die massenhafte Beteiligung der Bewohner an den Veranstaltungen erklärt werden. Es muss also auch noch andere Gründe geben, die die Menschen auf die Straße treiben.

Da aber in den westlichen Medien die politischen Ereignisse und ihre westliche Deutung beziehungsweise deren propagandistische Verarbeitung im Vordergrund stehen, wird über die Lebensumstände der Menschen in Hongkong wenig berichtet.

Einiges spricht dafür, dass der innere Zustand der Sonderzone selbst und das Verhältnis zwischen den Menschen in Hongkong und den Festland-Chinesen für die Ereignisse mitverantwortlich sind. Aus einigen Berichten der Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) wird deutlich, dass eine starke Abneigung vonseiten vieler Hongkong-Chinesen gegenüber ihren Landsleuten auf dem Festland besteht. Dieser „Hass auf China“ (3) bezieht sich nicht nur auf das politische Peking, sondern es gibt in den Reihen der Aktivisten nicht wenige, die „ihre Wut nicht allein gegen die chinesische Regierung richten, sondern gegen Festland-Chinesen insgesamt“ (4). Viele „definieren ihre Hongkonger Identität als explizit antichinesisch“ (5).

Das ist umso erstaunlicher, da „ein Großteil der Hongkonger selbst vom Festland stammt und noch Verwandte dort hat“ (6). Es zeigt sich hier also eine ähnliche Erscheinung wie in Europa und besonders in Deutschland nach der Flüchtlingswelle des Jahres 2015. Ablehnung und Feindseligkeit gegenüber den Neuankömmlingen gingen nicht nur von der „alteingesessenen“ deutschen Bevölkerung aus, sondern auch von Menschen, die selbst als Einwanderer nach Deutschland gekommen waren.

Ebenso interessant ist aber auch die Haltung der westlichen Medien, die doch sonst immer vorgeben, den westlichen Werten verpflichtet zu sein. In der Hongkong-Frage aber unterstützen sie gerade solche Kräfte, die sie in Europa wegen ihrer Feindseligkeit gegenüber den Zuwanderern als Rechtspopulisten an den Pranger stellen.

Handelte es sich in Europa um Differenzen zwischen Zuwanderern aus Fremdstaaten und den nationalen Bevölkerungen,

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China Daily investigation: Who is behind Hong Kong protests? | The Vineyard of the Saker

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17-08-19 08:32:00,

It’s not hard to imagine the United States’ reaction if Chinese diplomats met leaders of Occupy Wall Street, Black Lives Matter or Never Trump protesters.

On Aug 6, Hong Kong media reported two meetings between a US political counselor and separatist leaders. Julie Eadeh, who works at the US Consulate General in Hong Kong, was caught on camera meeting with opposition figures Martin Lee and Anson Chan.

Later that day, Eadeh also met Joshua Wong, one of the leaders of the illegal “Occupy Central” movement in 2014.

But long before those reports, there was growing evidence of a deliberate US hand in the worsening of the situation in Hong Kong. US politicians have met with Lee and other Hong Kong opposition leaders, including Jimmy Lai.

Those meetings have only added fuel to the criminal deeds jeopardizing Hong Kong.

Jimmy Lai meets US Vice President Mike Pence at the White House, July 8, 2019.

China has repeatedly asked US to stop interfering in other countries’ domestic affairs but it seems the latter has no intention of withdrawing its “meddling hand”.

The protest’s messaging, and the groups associated with it, raise a number of questions about just how organic the movement is.

MintPress News, a US news website, has reported that some groups involved in recent rioting in Hong Kong received significant funding from the National Endowment for Democracy, which it described as “a CIA soft-power cutout that has played a critical role in innumerable US regime-change operations”.

Although it promotes itself as a “non-governmental organization”, the NED’s website says it “receives an annual appropriation from the US Congress through the Department of State, to help the US government”.

“NED’s NGO status allows it to work where there are no government to government relations and in other environments where it would be too complicated for the US government to work.”

NED & CIA

NED was founded in 1983, when the spotlight on the CIA was so intense that new methods — without a clear connection to the US state — had to be found to promote US interests in foreign political systems.

Presenting itself as an independent and private NGO,

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Will China Trigger Next Financial Tsunami? | New Eastern Outlook

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09-08-19 07:31:00,

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With the US decision to impose added tariffs on more than $300 billion of China trade, and the US Treasury declaring China a “currency manipulator”, global financial markets have reacted with sharp selling. The question is whether this is the beginning of a genuine currency war that will trigger a new Financial Tsunami as bad if not worse than that of the Lehman Crisis in 2008. The timing also coincides with escalation of geopolitical clashes between Washington and Venezuela, between India and China and Pakistan over Kashmir, between Turkey with Syria and with Cyprus, as well as the escalating tensions between Hong Kong and Beijing. Are we on the verge of a so-called “perfect storm” that will transform the post-1945 global order?

After the breakoff of talks between Washington and Beijing at end of July, US President Trump announced his decision to impose added tariff sanctions on another $300 billion of China products. At that point the Peoples’ Bank of China (PBOC) let the exchange rate of the yuan fall below a psychological resistance level of 7.0 to the US dollar. It had kept the currency above 7.0 for more than a decade to stabilize US trade flows. US stocks reacted with one-day falls of well over 3%, paper losses over $1 trillion and a sharp rise in gold, as investors began to prepare for what could become a dangerous currency war with the world’s second largest economy. In addition, reneging on previous pledges to import more US agriculture products, the Beijing government ordered state buyers to stop all US agriculture purchases at the same time. As well, evidence grows that Beijing is making business more difficult for certain foreign firms in China.

Renminbi Currency Reserves

Although the PBOC over the next two days moved to stop the fall of the Renminbi (RMB), easing fears of all-out currency wars, as of this writing the China currency is poised to fall significantly, putting major pressure on other Asian export countries such as Japan and South Korea and India. At the same time China’s special financial window to the Western markets, Hong Kong, stands on the brink of a possible martial law and military crackdown from the PLA troops of the mainland, to end weeks of huge popular protest against new laws that would weaken agreed provisions of Hong Kong autonomy.

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China’s BRI Could Save Destroyed Southeast Asia | New Eastern Outlook

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08-08-19 09:13:00,

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Most of the people in the West or in North Asia usually never think about it, but Southeast Asia is one of the most depressed and depressing parts of the world.

It has been through genocides, wars and atrocious military regimes. Then, those monstrous income disparities. According to The Bangkok Post, in 2018:

The 10% poorest Thais had 0% wealth. 50% of the poorest Thais (25 million people) had 1.7% of the country’s wealth while 70% (35mn) controlled 5%.” In the same year, 1% of the richest Thais controlled 66.9% of the country’s fortune.

Indonesia is not doing much better. In fact, if it were to provide correct, unmassaged statistics, it would easily overtake Thailand as the most unequal country on earth. But Indonesia does not even declare the precise number of people, as I was informed by my colleagues, UN statisticians. It still claims that it has around 270 million inhabitants, while in reality, even ten years ago, there were more than 300 million people living on the archipelago.

Except in the Communist Vietnam, super-rich Singapore, and (still) relatively wealthy Malaysia, poor people matter very little. Or more precisely, they do not matter at all. They do not exist. And poor people form the great majority in this part of the world, although you would hardly read it from the pages of official government bulletins.

It is enough to see Jakarta, Manila or Bangkok from the air, to understand that the Southeast Asian megapolises are totally fragmented, so they can serve the elites. Skyscrapers, malls and enormous hotels are surrounded by miserable houses and slums. Terribly inadequate public transportation (corrupt governments have been regurgitating every year, for decades, great numbers of cars and polluting scooters wishfully called ‘motorbikes’, instead of providing decent massive public transit systems) has made Jakarta and periodically Bangkok, some of the most polluted and depressing cities in the world.

Crime is out of control. Thailand has, per capita, according to Interpol, a higher murder rate than the United States. In the Philippines, before President Duterte came to power, cities such as Davao and Manila were suffering from some of the most horrid crime statistics in Asia. Indonesia, again, has escaped scrutiny, simply because of the absolutely amazing ability to hide the truth – most of the crimes committed there,

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Wie aggressiv ist China? | Anti-Spiegel

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06-08-19 12:17:00,

In den Medien taucht in den letzten Wochen China verstärkt als Feindbild auf. Es ist an der Zeit, mal einen näheren Blick auf die dortigen geopolitischen Konflikte zu werfen.

Um die Dinge einordnen zu können, muss man sich zu mindest ein wenig mit der Geschichte Chinas und seinem Weltbild beschäftigen. Die Geschichte eines Landes prägt die Menschen dort. In Deutschland prägt uns vor allem die NS-Zeit und die deutsche Teilung, auch dreißig Jahre danach reden wir noch von „Ossis“ und Wessis“. Die USA sind von dem „Wilden Westen“ geprägt. Diese Vergangenheit hat dem Land eine kriegerische Tradition gegeben, es geht um „Gut und Böse“ und um das Selbstverständnis, ein überlegenes Land zu sein, „God´s own country“ eben. Das hat seinen Ursprung in den Indianerkriegen und den Kriegen gegen Mexiko, als sich die USA in allen Belangen als überlegen ansahen. Auch moralisch. Und so werden bis heute alle ihre Kriege mit der angeblich höheren Moral der USA und ihren „Werten“ begründet. Polen ist geprägt davon, dass es Jahrhunderte zwischen Deutschland und Russland aufgeteilt war und das prägt bis heute die Politik gegenüber den beiden Nachbarn. Die Briten haben noch immer nicht verwunden, kein Empire mehr zu sein. Und so weiter.

Die Geschichte prägt die Menschen eines Landes mehr, als ihnen bewusst ist. Und klar: Die Ausnahme bestätigt immer die Regel, aber die Mehrheit der Bevölkerung eines Landes ist von ihrer Geschichte geprägt, ob sie will oder nicht. Das muss man im Hinterkopf haben.

China hat eine lange Tradition darin, nicht expandieren zu wollen, China ist sich selbst seit Jahrhunderten genug, anstatt zu expandieren, hat es seine Grenzen mit einer Mauer gesichert und sich eingeigelt. China ist stolz auf seine Jahrtausende alte Kultur und man hält sich deshalb auch durchaus den anderen gegenüber für kulturell überlegen. China war mal die führende Seemacht und hätte leicht eine Kolonialmacht wie Spanien werden können, aber dann entschied ein Kaiser sich für eine Politik der Isolation. Und während Europa die Welt eroberte, war China sich selbst genug und lehnte sogar den Handel mit dem Ausland weitgehend ab. Erst die Kolonialmächte haben China im 19. Jahrhundert zu einer Öffnung gezwungen.

Für die Chinesen ist diese eine Zeit der Schande, sie waren unterlegen, die Briten haben sie in den Opiumkriegen zum Konsum von Drogen gezwungen, das Kaiserreich brach Anfang des 20.

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China auf der Überholspur

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03-08-19 11:31:00,

Früher war es witzig, plötzlich ist es das aber nicht mehr. In der Vergangenheit konnte der blinde Hass auf China der Unkenntnis zugeschrieben werden oder zumindest der Indoktrination durch die westliche Propaganda und Massenmedien.

Und heute? Chinas gewaltiger Sprung nach vorne, seine ausgezeichnete, humane Sozialpolitik und seine entschieden menschlich orientierte wissenschaftliche Forschung sowie sein Weg zu einer sogenannten „ökologischen Zivilisation“ ist gut dokumentiert — will jemand also wirklich Bescheid wissen, gibt es genügend Möglichkeiten, die Wahrheit zu erfahren.

Aber es scheint so, als würden nur sehr wenige etwas erfahren wollen — zumindest im Westen. In fast allen westlichen Ländern und ihren Satellitenstaaten wird China negativ betrachtet. Umfragen in Ländern wie Afrika — wo China intensiv mit den Menschen interagiert und ihnen hilft, die Abhängigkeitsketten ihrer neokolonialen Herren aus Europa und Nordamerika zu durchbrechen — zeigen deutlich, dass es bewundert und geschätzt wird.

Im vergangenen Jahr stellte eine Erhebung des renommierten Pew-Forschungszentrums — „Five Charts on Global Views of China“ — fest, dass nichtwestliche Länder China überwiegend positiv bewerten: 67 Prozent in Kenia, wo China sich an umfangreichen Infrastruktur- und Sozialprojekten beteiligt, 61 Prozent in Nigeria, der bevölkerungsreichsten Nation Afrikas; 70 Prozent im arabischen Tunesien, 53 Prozent auf den Philippinen — obwohl der Westen dort einen Streit um Inseln im Südchinesischen Meer angeheizt hat — und 65 Prozent in Russland, das heute sein engster Verbündeter ist.

In Großbritannien sehen 49 Prozent der Bürger China positiv, 48 Prozent in Australien, aber nur 39 Prozent in Deutschland und 38 Prozent in den USA.

Wirklich schockierend ist jedoch die Haltung des Westens gegenüber Chinas Präsidenten Xi Jinping — eines entschlossenen Denkers, der China zum wahren Sozialismus mit chinesischem Vorzeichen führt; der die extreme Armut beseitigt (2020 soll es in der Volksrepublik keinerlei Elendsgebiete mehr geben) und der die Kultur, eine hohe Lebensqualität, die Ökologie und das allgemeine Wohl des chinesischen Volkes über wirtschaftliche Indikatoren stellt.

Das konservative antikommunistische Polen führt die Meute an: nur neun Prozent der Polen „haben Vertrauen“ in die Führung von Präsident Xi; in Griechenland sind es elf Prozent, in Italien 14 Prozent und in Spanien 15 Prozent. Das sagt alles über Europa aus — zumal die Zahlen in Kanada bei 42 Prozent und den USA bei 39 Prozent liegen.

Ist es wirklich nur Unkenntnis?

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Gegenüber China, will das Pentagon den INF-Vertrag nicht mehr

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16-07-19 09:03:00,

Der nächste Präsident des Ausschusses der US-Stabschefs, General Mark A. Milley, hat am 11. Juli 2019 gesagt, dass laut ihm, China in den nächsten 50 bis 100 Jahren der Hauptgegner der Vereinigten Staaten sein werde.

Um der Verteidigung der chinesischen Küstenstädte zu begegnen, wird das Pentagon Mittelstrecken-Raketen benötigen. Nun waren aber diese bis jetzt durch den Intermediate-Range Nuclearforce (INF) Vertrag verboten, den die Vereinigten Staaten ja gerade aufheben.

Seit mindestens eineinhalb Jahren hat das Pentagon die Produktion von Mittelstrecken Raketen wieder angekurbelt, die nur unter Verletzung des INF-Vertrags positioniert werden können. Dieses Projekt wurde den US-Firmen Raytheon ($ 536,8 Millionen), Lockheed Martin (267,6 Mio.), Boeing (244,7 Mio.), Northrop Grumman (2,7 Millionen) aber auch dem englischen BAE Systems (47,7 Millionen) und dem französischen Thales (16,2 Mio.) anvertraut.

Zur gleichen Zeit behauptet die NATO, Informationen zu haben, wonach Russland den Vertrag verletzt habe und das globale Gleichgewicht in Frage stellen würde; eine nicht überprüfbare Aussage.

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Horst Frohlich

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Is Baoshang Bank China’s Lehman Brothers? | New Eastern Outlook

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08-07-19 09:00:00,

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Modern fractional reserve banking is ultimately a confidence game. If lenders or depositors are confident their bank is solvent, it stands. If confidence is broken, that historically leads to bank panics, deposit runs and domino collapse of a financial system or worse. The surprise collapse in late May of a small Inner-Mongolia Chinese bank, Baoshang, has suddenly focused attention on the fragility of the world’s largest and largely opaque banking system, that of the Peoples Republic of China. The timing is very bad, as China struggles with a sharp domestic economic slowdown, rising food inflation, combined with the uncertainties of the US trade war.

At the end of May, for the first time in three decades, the Chinese Peoples’ Bank of China (PBOC) and the State banking regulators seized an insolvent bank. They did so publicly and in a way that apparently was aimed at sending a message to other banks to control lending risks. By doing so, they may have detonated a domino-collapse of one of the world’s largest and most opaque and under-regulated banking systems—China’s poorly-regulated regional and local banks sometimes called shadow banks. Total assets of China’s small and medium banks are estimated to approximately equal that of the four regulated giant state banks, so a spreading crisis here could be nasty. That clearly is why Beijing stepped in so quickly to contain Baoshang.

The Baoshang Bank to all appearances looked healthy. Its last financial report issued in 2017 showed a profit of $600 million for 2016, assets of near $90 billion and bad loans of less than 2%. The insolvency shock has created a growing risk crisis in China’s interbank lending markets not unlike the early stages of America’s 2007 sub-prime mortgage interbank crisis. It has forced the PBOC, the national bank, to inject billions of yuan, so far $125 billion equivalent, and to issue a guarantee of all bank deposits to contain fears of a larger systemic banking crisis. Indications are the crisis is far from over.

The problem is that China has built one of the most impressive construction and modernization efforts in human history in an astonishingly brief three decades or more– entire cities, tens of thousands of miles of high-speed rail, mechanized container ports,

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