China, Japan, Mongolia: Ongoing Cooperation and Russia’s Stabilizing Role | New Eastern Outlook

23-07-21 08:17:00,

China’s growing capabilities and ambitions have alarmed all the states which border with this giant. However, among these countries, there are those with which the PRC has a particularly complicated relationship. For example, Japan is one of them. On the one hand, China and Japan, as the two most economically developed states in Asia, cannot help but cooperate. On the other hand, there is competition between the countries, territorial issues, and a heavy memory of the events of World War II, dubbed the Nanjing Massacre when the Japanese military seized part of the Chinese territory and showed incredible cruelty to the civilian population there.

Nevertheless, cooperation between the countries is ongoing and very active. For example, in 2019, before the economic crisis associated with the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the world, Sino-Japanese trade was about $280 billion. Despite all contradictions, the PRC is currently Japan’s second trading partner after its main ally, the United States.

Today’s primary role in all of Beijing’s economic policy is played by One Belt, One Road Initiative (OBOR), which aims to connect China with as many countries as possible through a single transport infrastructure. This will allow Beijing to maximize its commodity flows worldwide and bring its global economic influence to unprecedented heights. That is why the PRC is now particularly eager to cooperate with other countries in the transport sector. Around the world, the Celestial Empire supports the construction of roads, ports, and the development of international routes to incorporate them into the OBOR system. China also has joint transportation projects with Japan.

For example, a new water route between the two states began operating in 2019. After reaching the east coast of China, cargo ships from Japan sail up China’s largest river, the Yangtze, until they reach the city of Wuhan in Hubei Province, PRC, which is a major river port and one of the most important transport hubs in Central China. In the first five months of 2021 alone, 36 flights were made, and 2,799 containers were delivered from Japan to Wuhan.

At the end of June 2021, another cargo ship sailed from the Port of Nagoya in Japan to Wuhan. He brought a shipment of cars in his containers for onward shipment to Mongolia. At the same time, another ship was dispatched from Japan with the same cargo,

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China sluit het net om de eigen grote techbedrijven in jacht naar data

21-07-21 03:26:00,

Beijing wil maximale greep op persoonlijke en bedrijfsdata. Taxi-app Didi werd al het doelwit van speciaal aangestelde cybersecurity-inspecteurs…

Didi’s kun je net als een Uber niet van de straat plukken. Je downloadt eerst de Didi-app, je voert al je persoonlijke gegevens in en je koppelt de app aan een bankkaart of een betaalapp. Daarna gaat alles moeiteloos. Tenminste: tot begin juli was dat zo. Maar toen bepaalde de Chinese overheid opeens dat Chinese appstores de Didi-app niet meer mochten aanbieden. Als je de app al had, mocht je hem wel blijven gebruiken. Dat is in de praktijk lastig. Betaaldiensten zegden hun samenwerking met Didi op, en veel chauffeurs en klanten liepen meteen weg.

En Didi’s problemen nemen toe. Een week terug vielen zeven Chinese overheidsinstanties het hoofdkantoor van Didi in Beijing binnen voor een ‘cybersecurity-inspectie’. Het betrof de eerste inspectie van dat soort ooit in China.

In dit nieuwe fenomeen speelt het nog vrij jonge Bestuursorgaan voor Cyberspace een leidende rol. Dat is belast met de regulering, de censuur en de controle van internet. Het bestaat sinds 2014, en valt onder het Centrale Comité voor Cyberspace. Niemand minder dan de Chinese president Xi Jinping zelf staat aan het hoofd van dat comité.

Dat is niet zomaar: cybersecurity is een van de hoogste prioriteiten van de huidige regering. Andere prioriteiten zijn kunstmatige intelligentie en surveillancetechnologie, zoals gezichts- en stemherkenning.

Xi bouwt daarmee aan wat al een „digitale dictatuur” is genoemd. Data zijn daarvoor de brandstof, en daarover beschikt een bedrijf als Didi ruimschoots. Dat geldt ook voor internetgigant Alibaba, dat eerder al de Chinese overheid tegenover zich trof toen het met zijn fintechdivisie Ant naar de beurs wilde. Ook Alibaba’s belangrijkste concurrent Tencent, eigenaar van WeChat, kwam met de overheid in botsing vanwege monopolistisch gedrag.

Bij Didi gaat het niet alleen om persoonsgegevens, maar bijvoorbeeld ook om gedetailleerde kaarten van China. De app gebruikt die om te navigeren. Vandaar dat ook ambtenaren van het ministerie van Natuurlijke Hulpbronnen zijn betrokken bij het onderzoek dat naar het bedrijf is begonnen. Dit ministerie is verantwoordelijk voor cartografie.

Voor de techbedrijven is deze ontwikkeling wrang. Zij hebben de overheid altijd geholpen, bijvoorbeeld met de ontwikkeling van gezondheidsapps om corona onder controle te brengen. Dan is er ook nog het veelbesproken sociale kredietsysteem.

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China’s gene giant harvests data from millions of pregnant women

08-07-21 09:35:00,

A Chinese gene company selling prenatal tests around the world developed them in collaboration with the country’s military and is using them to collect genetic data from millions of women for sweeping research on the traits of populations, a Reuters review of scientific papers and company statements found.

U.S. government advisors warned in March that a vast bank of genomic data that the company, BGI Group, is amassing and analyzing with artificial intelligence could give China a path to economic and military advantage. As science pinpoints new links between genes and human traits, access to the biggest, most diverse set of human genomes is a strategic edge. The technology could propel China to dominate global pharmaceuticals, and also potentially lead to genetically enhanced soldiers, or engineered pathogens to target the U.S. population or food supply, the advisors said.

Reuters has found that BGI’s prenatal test, one of the most popular in the world, is a source of genetic data for the company, which has worked with the Chinese military to improve “population quality” and on genetic research to combat hearing loss and altitude sickness in soldiers.

BGI says it stores and re-analyzes left-over blood samples and genetic data from the prenatal tests, sold in at least 52 countries to detect abnormalities such as Down syndrome in the fetus. The tests – branded NIFTY for “Non-Invasive Fetal TrisomY” – also capture genetic information about the mother, as well as personal details such as her country, height and weight, but not her name, BGI computer code viewed by Reuters shows.

So far, more than 8 million women have taken BGI’s prenatal tests globally. BGI has not said how many of the women took the test abroad, and said it only stores location data on women in mainland China.

The tests are a private procedure for the women who take them, a component in their routine prenatal care. But the studies show that they yield increasingly potent information for research.

One BGI study, for instance, used a military supercomputer to re-analyze NIFTY data and map the prevalence of viruses in Chinese women, look for indicators of mental illness in them, and single out Tibetan and Uyghur minorities to find links between their genes and their characteristics.

The scale of BGI’s accumulation of prenatal data,

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China moving closer to launch of world’s first sovereign digital currency

18-06-21 10:21:00,

Beijing has launched a digital yuan test program, allowing consumers to spend the digital currency at multiple merchants in the city.

On Wednesday, the Bank of Communications unveiled its digital renminbi (RMB) trial event at Beijing Happy Valley. Staff members introduced some information to visitors and then instructed them to download the digital RMB app, open the digital RMB wallet, and make their first digital RMB purchases at the amusement park.

Last month, at the first China International Consumer Products Expo held in Hainan province, many banks launched trial zones to let visitors experience multiple usage scenarios involving the digital RMB.

The Chinese government has already carried out multiple e-yuan giveaways as part of its digital currency tests and plans to expand the pilot program in the future.

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Last year, the People’s Bank of China (PBOC) revealed plans to have its sovereign digital currency ready in time for the 2022 Winter Olympics. It said that the new currency, which doesn’t have an official name but is known by its internal shorthand DCEP – or Digital Currency Electronic Payment – will share some features with cryptocurrencies.

The e-yuan is projected to replace cash in circulation, while China plans to become the first major economy to test a digital currency on the national level.

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China: Neuer Lockdown für 15 Millionen Menschen wegen angeblich 100 neuen “Delta-Fällen” | www.konjunktion.info

11-06-21 12:39:00,

11. Juni 2021 · 265 Aufrufe

Ketten - Bildquelle: Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures; Pixabay License

Ketten – Bildquelle: Pixabay / PublicDomainPictures; Pixabay License

Die herrschende Klasse in der südchinesischen Provinz Guangdong führt aktuell verdachtslose Massentests durch und hat ganze Gebiete der Provinz abgesperrt, um ein “Aufflackern von neuen Coronavirus-Fällen” in Guangzhou zu kontrollieren. Das “Aufflackern” besteht dabei aus 100 Fällen der angeblichen “Delta-Variante”, zuvor als indische Variante in den propagandistischen Medienumlauf gebracht und analog zur bisherigen Vorgehensweise ohne jedwedes Isolat, was zur Folge hat, dass 15 Millionen Chinesen in Guangdong nun zu Gefangenen des eigenen Staates geworden sind.

Einmal mehr Beleg für meine Voraussage, dass das Establishment aka die Psychopathen nicht mit ihren Zwangsmaßnahmen aufhören werden.

Die Stadt hat die Delta-Variante des Coronavirus, die zuerst in Indien entdeckt wurde, als Treiber hinter dem Anstieg der Fälle, die sie seit Ende Mai gemeldet hat, angeführt. Der Delta-Stamm ist bekannt dafür, dass er hochgradig übertragbar ist.

Guangzhou, eine Stadt mit über 15 Millionen Einwohnern und die Provinzhauptstadt, hat 96 der über 100 Fälle in der Provinz Guangdong bei diesem jüngsten Ausbruch gemeldet. – CNBC

(The city has cited the Delta variant of the coronavirus, first detected in India, as a driver behind the uptick in cases it has reported since the latter part of May. The Delta strain is known to be highly transmissible.

Guangzhou, a city of over 15 million people and the provincial capital, has reported 96 of the over 100 cases in Guangdong province in this latest outbreak. – CNBC)

100 von 15 Millionen sind 0,0000066667% der Bevölkerung. Aufgrund dieser Zahl wird eine ganze Stadt abgeriegelt. Es wird immer überdeutlicher, dass wir schon immer Sklaven der Regierungen sind, aber inzwischen ist ein Grad an totalitärer Kontrolle erreicht, der fast unfassbar ist.

Liwan, immer noch der am schlimmsten betroffene Bezirk, hat strenge Abriegelungen für bestimmte Straßen verhängt. In einigen Gebieten werden keine Menschen mehr rein- und rausgelassen und die Bewohner dürfen ihr Gebäude nicht mehr verlassen. Vierundzwanzig Stunden lang wurden Kontrollpunkte eingerichtet, um die Bewegung in und aus diesen Gebieten zu überwachen. – CNBC

(Liwan, still the worst-hit district, has imposed strict lockdowns on certain streets.

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