Inside the Chinese lab poised to study world’s most dangerous pathogens


25-01-20 07:25:00,

Wuhan Virology Institute

Hazard suits hang at the National Bio-safety Laboratory, Wuhan, the first lab on the Chinese mainland equipped for the highest level of biocontainment.

A laboratory in Wuhan is on the cusp of being cleared to work with the world’s most dangerous pathogens. The move is part of a plan to build between five and seven biosafety level-4 (BSL-4) labs across the Chinese mainland by 2025, and has generated much excitement, as well as some concerns.

Some scientists outside China worry about pathogens escaping, and the addition of a biological dimension to geopolitical tensions between China and other nations. But Chinese microbiologists are celebrating their entrance to the elite cadre empowered to wrestle with the world’s greatest biological threats.

“It will offer more opportunities for Chinese researchers, and our contribution on the BSL‑4-level pathogens will benefit the world,” says George Gao, director of the Chinese Academy of Sciences Key Laboratory of Pathogenic Microbiology and Immunology in Beijing. There are already two BSL-4 labs in Taiwan, but the National Bio-safety Laboratory, Wuhan, would be the first on the Chinese mainland.

The lab was certified as meeting the standards and criteria of BSL-4 by the China National Accreditation Service for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) in January. The CNAS examined the lab’s infrastructure, equipment and management, says a CNAS representative, paving the way for the Ministry of Health to give its approval. A representative from the ministry says it will move slowly and cautiously; if the assessment goes smoothly, it could approve the laboratory by the end of June.

BSL-4 is the highest level of biocontainment: its criteria include filtering air and treating water and waste before they leave the laboratory, and stipulating that researchers change clothes and shower before and after using lab facilities. Such labs are often controversial. The first BSL-4 lab in Japan was built in 1981, but operated with lower-risk pathogens until 2015, when safety concerns were finally overcome.

The expansion of BSL-4-lab networks in the United States and Europe over the past 15 years — with more than a dozen now in operation or under construction in each region — also met with resistance, including questions about the need for so many facilities.

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NYT’s “Leaked” Chinese Files Story Covers For Terrorism | New Eastern Outlook


20-11-19 02:05:00,


The New York Times has once again exposed itself as an organ of US special interests operating under the guise of journalism – contributing to Wall Street and Washington’s ongoing and escalating hybrid war with China with a particularly underhanded piece of war propaganda.

Its article, “‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims,” at face value attempts to bolster allegations made primarily by the United States that China is organizing unwarranted and oppressive “mass detentions” of “Muslims” in China’s western region of Xinjiang.

But just by investigating the quote in the headline alone reveals both the truth behind what is really happening in Xinjiang, why Beijing has reacted the way it has, and that the United States, including its mass media – is deliberately lying about it.

Ten paragraphs into the NYT article, the quote “absolutely no mercy” appears again – only this time it is placed within proper context. It was the response Beijing vowed in the aftermath of a coordinated terrorist attack in 2014 that left 31 people dead at China’s Kunming rail station.

The NYT would write (emphasis added):

President Xi Jinping, the party chief, laid the groundwork for the crackdown in a series of speeches delivered in private to officials during and after a visit to Xinjiang in April 2014, just weeks after Uighur militants stabbed more than 150 people at a train station, killing 31. Mr. Xi called for an all-out “struggle against terrorism, infiltration and separatism” using the “organs of dictatorship,” and showing “absolutely no mercy.”

The NYT – which has actively and eagerly promoted every US war in living memory – would unlikely flinch at the notion of the US showing “absolutely no mercy” against “terrorism, infiltration, and separatist,” yet it demonstrates a particular adversion to it in regards to Beijing just as the prominent newspaper has done regarding Syria and its now 8 year struggle against foreign-funded terrorism.

Despite claiming to have “400 pages of internal Chinese documents” – the most damning allegations made by Washington and indeed the NYT itself – are still left unsubstantiated.

This includes claims that “authorities have corralled as many as a million ethnic Uighurs,

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Chinese Farmers Raise Mutant Pigs The Size Of Polar Bears Amid ‘Pig Ebola’ Crisis


07-10-19 08:23:00,

Amid one of the worst food crises in recent memory, Chinese farmers are reportedly trying to breed larger pigs as the African swine fever – less affectionately known as ‘pig ebola’ – has destroyed over 100 million pigs, between one-third and a half of China’s supply of pigs by various estimates, causing pork prices to explode to levels never seen before.

As Beijing scrambles to make up for the lost domestic supply with imports, even desperately waiving tariffs on American pork products in what China’s politicians tried to sell to their population (and Washington) as a “gesture of goodwill”, farmers in southern China have raised a pig that’s as heavy as a polar bear.

Once slaughtered, these giant mutant pigs can fetch a, well, giant price on the market. Here’s more from Bloomberg:

The 500 kilogram, or 1,102 pound, animal is part of a herd that’s being bred to become giant swine. At slaughter, some of the pigs can sell for more than 10,000 yuan ($1,399), over three times higher than the average monthly disposable income in Nanning, the capital of Guangxi province where Pang Cong, the farm’s owner, lives.

Soaring pork prices have encouraged small and large farms to experiment with DIY genetic experimentation, in the name of raising pigs that are about 40% heavier than the ‘normal’ weight of 125 kilos.

High pork prices in the northeastern province of Jilin is prompting farmers to raise pigs to reach an average weight of 175 kilograms to 200 kilograms, higher than the normal weight of 125 kilograms. They want to raise them “as big as possible,” said Zhao Hailin, a hog farmer in the region.

On some large farms, the average weight of pigs at the time of slaughter has climbed from 125 kgs (275 pounds) to 140 kgs (about 310 pounds). Some are pushing to boost weight by another 14% or more.

The trend isn’t limited to small farms either. Major protein producers in China, including Wens Foodstuffs Group Co, the country’s top pig breeder, Cofco Meat Holdings Ltd. and Beijing Dabeinong Technology Group Co. say they are trying to increase the average weight of their pigs.

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Chinese Scientists Have Allegedly Developed A Weapon For “Crowd Control”


20-09-19 10:09:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via,

Chinese scientists are claiming that they’ve invented the world’s first sonic weapon to control people by causing bodily discomfort. The rifle-shaped instrument, which was jointly developed with military and law enforcement, is designed to disperse crowds using focused waves of low-frequency sound, the academy’s Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry website said on Wednesday.

According to the South China Morning Post, the device’s “biological effect” would cause extreme discomfort, with vibrations in the eardrums, eyeballs, stomach, liver, and brain, scientists said. Studies dating to the 1940s found that low-frequency sound energy could cause dizziness, headaches, vomiting, bowel spasms, involuntary defecation, organ damage, and heart attacks. This all depends on frequency and exposure, but in Communist China, it really isn’t likely much thought will be given to the health of the slaves the government intends to use this on.

The Chinese government launched the sonic weapon program back in 2017 and its conclusion is likely to be related to the months of anti-government protests in Hong Kong, regardless of what the state-owned media is claiming.  That means the government intends to use the force and violence to control people protesting their use of force and violence.

Typically, sonic weapons are incredibly large and have to be mounted on vehicles. Until the Chinese developed this new device, which has no moving parts, they were also powered by electricity to drive a magnetic coil in order to generate energy. This meant they needed a large and stable source of power. But not anymore.

People demanding their freedom has compelled the masters to come up with more ways to continue the enslavement of others.

So far, there have not been reports of the Chinese government using this weapon on people.  That could all change soon as people slowly begin to realize the nature of government is to be violent and controlling and keep people from figuring out that they are slaves. It would likely take very little for the government to use this device against its own people.

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Are the Russian and Chinese Governments Completely Stupid? –


23-08-19 09:14:00,

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This site offers factual information and viewpoints that might be useful in arriving at an understanding of the events of our time. We believe that the information comes from reliable sources, but cannot guarantee the information to be free of mistakes and incorrect interpretations. IPE has no official position on any issue and does not necessarily endorse the statements of any contributor.

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Chinese State Media Announces 2.56M “Discredited Entities” Prevented From Purchasing Plane Tickets Under Social Credit System


18-08-19 06:56:00,

By Chris Menahan

This is the system our ruling oligarchs are trying to implement in America.

China restricted 2.56 million discredited entities from purchasing plane tickets, and 90,000 entities from buying high-speed rail tickets in July: NDRC #socialcredit

— Global Times (@globaltimesnews) August 16, 2019

This video taken in a bullet train in China went viral last year:

Here’s a dystopian vision of the future: A real announcement I recorded on the Beijing-Shanghai bullet train. (I’ve subtitled it so you can watch in silence.)

— James O’Malley (@Psythor) October 29, 2018

Big Tech has already implemented their own “social credit score” system where they punish people for their political views by deplatforming them, censoring their websites and closing their PayPal/bank accounts.

On the other hand, media outlets which push propaganda in accordance with the desires of our ruling oligarchs are rewarded by having their content algorithmically artificially boosted and handed millions of dollars.

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The Chinese & Russian Governments Have Failed to Learn the Lesson of Maidan –


13-08-19 10:44:00,

The Chinese & Russian Governments Have Failed to Learn the Lesson of Maidan

The Chinese government has stupidly permitted American NGOs to run loose in Hong Kong.  Apparently the Chinese government hasn’t yet figured out that Julie Eadeh and every member of US “diplomatic” missions to China are working to undermine the Chinese government.  The same in Russia where the recent disturbances are also Washington’s work.  One has to wonder if the Russian and Chinese governments have death wishes. 

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Deel 3 De Chinese keizercollectie | Ton Lankreijer


03-08-19 08:28:00,

De Eeuw van Vernedering

Van de ene kunstverzamelaar in
het Oosten                    

naar de andere in het

Arhat Luohan 2

17 mei 1842

’De heer Zilling bracht een handrol: De Voorlaatste heerser Li kijkt naar een spelletje Weiqi”, geschilderd
door Zhou Wenju
(tiende eeuw). Ik had bij me de handrol “Aangedaan door gevoelens” (ca. 303-361). Om gezamen-lijk te kunnen bestuderen en te vergelijken.

Schildering 'Li kijkt naar...'

Op beide rollen is het penseelwerk ongelijkmatig. Het zijn ongetwijfeld kopieën,
gemaakt middels een overtrek-en-invul manier.

De kalligrafie is buitengewoon
mooi, jammer dat er delen van ontbreken.


De aanwijzing dat zijn rol
door Zhou Wenju werd geschilderd, bestaat uit een bijgaand opschrift met negen
karakters. Geschreven in de slanke, goudkleurige stijl van keizer Huizong
(1082-1135). Maar de authenticiteit van een oude meester blijft moeilijk vast
te stellen. Toeschrijvingen kunnen beter worden toegekend op grond van

Of het wel of niet van de
hand van Zhou Wenju komt, hoefde niet te worden besproken.’
– Dagboek Saying’a.

Scroll initiation

In de schaduw van de
Verboden Stad ligt de oude wijk Liulichang. Tijdens de Ming-periode (1368-1644) ontstaan hier werkplaatsen voor het glazuren van beelden, tegels en dakpannen.
In de theehuizen eromheen treffen kunstenaars, kalligrafisten, schriftgeleerden
en geletterden elkaar. 

Liulichang – zo’n vier
voetbalvelden groot – is hun trefpunt in een hoofdstad waar het gros van de
bevolking lezen noch schrijven kan. 

In enkele van de vele theehuizen worden
geschriften en kunstwerken uitgewisseld of verhandeld. Na de verovering van de
hoofdstad door de Mantsjoes op de Han-chinezen (1644), groeit Liulichang
geleidelijk uit tot ‘het beroemdste antiekstraatje van China’ – op zich verhullend taalgebruik, want daar waar over geschiedenis, cultuur en kunst wordt
gesproken, komt onvermijdelijk ook politiek aan bod.

Kaligrafie werk

Door de eeuwen heen komen in
Liulichang mensen als An Qi (1683-1744),

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Chinese company making F-35 parts?! Embarrassing ‘discovery’ further erodes ‘Huawei spying’ claims


15-06-19 08:26:00,

After a Chinese company was found manufacturing circuit boards for the F-35 jet, the UK Ministry of Defense insisted there is nothing to worry about, rendering the fuss over omnipresent Beijing spies increasingly silly.

Exception PCB, a Chinese-owned company based in Gloucestershire, England, manufactures the circuit boards that control the engines, lighting, fuel and navigation systems of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the most expensive weapons system ever made. While the UK’s Ministry of Defense insists the company is an established supplier to the defense industry and presents “no risk,” months of flogging the China-spying narrative have done their job, and UK media and politicians are up in arms over this “shocking revelation.”

We have been completely and utterly naive about the role of China and it is only now that people are beginning to wake up,” former Tory defense minister Sir Gerald Howarth told the Telegraph, expressing concern about Chinese involvement in a classified defense program.

I think it’s breathtaking,” Tory MP and army reservist Bob Seely told SkyNews. “It’s not a question of: Is this bad? But it’s a question of: how bad is it?

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Exception PCB was bought by Shenzhen Fastprint in 2013, has never concealed its Chinese ownership and has also worked on the Eurofighter Typhoon fighter jet and the Apache attack helicopter, among other sensitive programs. A director from the company told SkyNews there are “clear firewalls in place” between the Exception and its Chinese owners, that the company only produces bare circuit boards, and that no additional electronic information is supplied. But Lockheed Martin didn’t seem so sure, informing Sky that “like all components of the F-35,” the circuit boards “are inspected repeatedly at each stage of manufacture.”

Exception PCB has no visibility or access to any sensitive program information and there is limited to no risk associated with their minimal role in the program,” Lockheed said,

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Chinese Military Ditching Microsoft Windows To Avoid CIA’s ‘Hefty Arsenal Of Hacking Tools’


29-05-19 07:47:00,

Weeks after it was announced that Huawei will develop its own alternative to Android OS after being banned by Google from using it, ZDnet reports that the Chinese military will drop an alternative to Microsoft Windows. 

While the decision hasn’t been made official, it was reported earlier this month by Canadian military magazine Kanwa Asian Defense, which noted that Beijing won’t just jump over to Linux – and will instead develop their own over fears of US surveillance (and of course, in retaliation for Huawei’s blacklisting). 

Thanks to the Snowden, Shadow Brokers, and Vault7 leaks, Beijing officials are well aware of the US’ hefty arsenal of hacking tools, available for anything from smart TVs to Linux servers, and from routers to common desktop operating systems, such as Windows and Mac.

Since these leaks have revealed that the US can hack into almost anything, the Chinese government’s plan is to adopt a “security by obscurity” approach and run a custom operating system that will make it harder for foreign threat actors — mainly the US — to spy on Chinese military operations. –ZDnet

The new OS will be developed by a newly established “Internet Security Information Leadership Group” as reported by the Epoch Timesciting Kanwa. 

The group does not trust the “UNIX” multi-user, multi-stroke operating system either, which is used in some of the servers within the People’s Liberation Army (PLA), Kanwa reported. Therefore, Chinese authorities ordered to develop an operating system dedicated to the Chinese military.

The group also believes that the German-developed programmable logic controller (PLC), used in 70 percent of China’s industrial control system today, poses huge risks to China’s national security. In its opinion, China is not a “network superpower,” but merely a “network giant,” Kanwa reported. Therefore, Chinese authorities have laid out plans to upgrade China’s network—to become more advanced in cyber technology. –Epoch Times

Huawei, meanwhile, is dropping Android OS for its own operating system, code-named HongMeng. It should be ready to launch in late 2019 domestically, and sometime in 2020 for international markets, according to TechRadar

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Chinese Company Claims Its Hydrogen-Powered Vehicle Can Travel 500km Using Only Water As Fuel


29-05-19 07:32:00,

A car company in Central China has claimed that it has built a hydrogen powered vehicle that’s capable of traveling up to 500km using only water as power, according to the South China Morning Post

The vehicle was made by Qingnian Cars in Henan province and made its first drive on Wednesday of last week when local Communist Party chiefs visited the plant. The vehicle has reportedly not been tested over longer distances, but Ping Qingnian, the company’s CEO, said that it could go 300 to 500km using 300 to 400 liters of water as fuel. 

Qingnian said: “The cost [of research and development] is a trade secret that I cannot reveal. We achieved this at a low cost, this is our company’s technology.”


“The water that we are using is ours, we don’t have to go to the Middle East to buy [petrol]. Water is not polluting either,” Pang continued, explaining that the engine ran on a chemical reaction using a catalyst applied to a mixture of aluminum powder and water. He said the company could recycle the reactants used in the process.

Hydrogen continues to “gain steam” in the new energy vehicles market, but still remain far less mainstream than electric vehicles. These vehicles generally react hydrogen and oxygen to power an electric motor. To fuel with water alone, the water has to undergo electrolysis, which creates hydrogen power. 

The Qingnian vehicle image that made its rounds in China

Many hydrogen cars in the past have been debunked or written off as not cost efficient or energy efficient. Qingnian’s vehicle was confirmed by an official from the Nanyang Bureau of Industry and Information Technology as “only a prototype” and the car is not in mass production yet. 

The company has been developing the technology with Hubei University of Technology since 2006. 

Jiang Feng, a professor of material sciences at Xian Jiaotong University responded to widespread skepticism on the web: “If you don’t understand it, at least you should have a tolerant attitude toward it. I think making emotionally charged comments is inappropriate.”

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A Chinese Caribbean? Washington Not Happy About “New China Focus” in Cuba, Venezuela and Panama – Global Research


09-05-19 02:28:00,

F. William Engdahl is strategic risk consultant and lecturer, he holds a degree in politics from Princeton University and is a best-selling author on oil and geopolitics, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook” where this article was originally published. He is a frequent contributor to Global Research.

Featured image is from NEO


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Author Name: F. William Engdahl
ISBN Number: 978-0-937147-2-2
Year: 2007
Pages: 341 pages with complete index

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This skilfully researched book focuses on how a small socio-political American elite seeks to establish control over the very basis of human survival: the provision of our daily bread. “Control the food and you control the people.”

This is no ordinary book about the perils of GMO. Engdahl takes the reader inside the corridors of power, into the backrooms of the science labs, behind closed doors in the corporate boardrooms.

The author cogently reveals a diabolical world of profit-driven political intrigue, government corruption and coercion, where genetic manipulation and the patenting of life forms are used to gain worldwide control over food production. If the book often reads as a crime story, that should come as no surprise. For that is what it is.

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Chinese investeringen veranderen steden over de hele wereld


15-04-19 02:31:00,

Chinese investeringen veranderen steden over de hele wereld. Hebben de bewoners deze impact wel onder controle? Stadsbesturen moeten zich bewust worden van de uitdagingen die het Chinese Belt and Road Initiative met zich meebrengt, zeggen Jonathan Silver, senior onderzoeker aan de University of Sheffield, en Allan Wiig, assistent-professor stadsplanning en gemeenschapsontwikkeling aan de University of Massachusetts Boston.

Een gigantisch ontwikkelingsproject tovert de dokken van het oude Royal Albert Dock in East London om tot een gloednieuw zakendistrict. Het vormt als het ware een stad in de stad. Het zal 325.000 vierkante meter aan premiumkantoren herbergen voor Aziatische firma’s gespecialiseerd in financiën en technologie.

In Kampala, Oeganda, vierden de autoriteiten in 2018 de eerste lading goederen uit de Indische Oceaan die van een ferry over Lake Victoria overgeladen kon worden op een trein naar de hoofdstad. Dit transportproject was het sluitstuk van het Central Corridor initiatief, dat het ingesloten land nu verbindt met Dar Es Salaam en de oceaan.

Om het meeste infrastructuurprojecten

Deze twee reuzenprojecten kaderen in het Chinese Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). China’s ambitie om de wereldeconomie te herschikken, heeft geleid tot immense investeringen wereldwijd, van West-Europa tot Oost-Afrika en verder. Het land is bezig met wat wij in ons onderzoek Zijderoute- urbanisme noemen: de historische, transcontinentale handelsroute wordt deel van een wereldomvattend project om de steden van Zuid-Oost Azië, Oost-Afrika, Europa en Zuid-Amerika binnen het areaal van de Chinese economie te brengen.

Door te investeren in infrastructuur in en tussen belangrijke steden, verandert China het leven van miljoenen mensen over de hele wereld. Het initiatief heeft ook een nieuwe race veroorzaakt tussen de Verenigde Staten en China, die om het meest grootschalige infrastructuurprojecten opzetten en alle hoeken van de planeet verbinden.


In deze geopolitieke competitie zal Zijderoute-urbanisme een belangrijke invloed uitoefenen op de ontwikkeling van de steden in de 21ste eeuw. Net zoals de oude Zijderoute ooit leidde tot de opkomst van steden als Herat (in huidig Afghanistan) en Samarkand (Oezbekistan), zal de BRI nieuwe investeringen met zich meebrengen, nieuwe technologie, infrastructuur en handelsrelaties in welbepaalde steden in de wereld.

Het BRI staat in zijn kinderschoenen, en het is nog lang niet onderzocht welke impact het zal hebben op het stedelijk landschap.

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Chinese, US researchers create monkeys with human-like brain development


03-04-19 08:51:00,

A group of monkeys were found to have “human-like” brain development, including faster reactions and better memories, after a joint Sino-American team of researchers spliced a human gene into their genetic makeup.

Researchers from the Kunming Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), and the University of North Carolina in the United States modified the genes of 11 monkeys (eight first-generation and three second-generation) with the addition of copies of the human gene MCPH1.

Microcephalin (MCPH1) is a key factor in our brain development and, in particular, eventual brain size. Mutations in the gene can lead to the developmental disorder microcephaly, which is characterized by a tiny brain.

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The researchers then used brain imaging and tissue sampling techniques to monitor the development of the transgenic monkeys’ brains.

Their findings showed an altered pattern of cell differentiation by neural stem cells into neurons and glial cells (both critical components of the central nervous system), more closely associated with humans as opposed to monkeys.

READ MORE: Gene-edited Chinese CRISPR babies may have mental ‘superpowers’, researchers warn

The monkeys’ brains also developed at a slower rate than normal in a similar pattern to developmental delay in humans (known as neoteny). Human brains take far longer to develop and refine their neural networks more than primates’ do, meaning we display a protracted childhood relative to our primate cousins.

The human gene-enhanced monkeys showed better short-term memory and quicker reaction times compared to the wild rhesus monkeys in the control group. While only the first step in this specific realm of transgenic neurodevelopment research, it could pave the way for significant research into neurodegenerative and social behavior disorders in humans.  

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Chinese Leader’s Trip to Europe | New Eastern Outlook


01-04-19 07:38:00,


The visit by the President of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), Xi Jinping, to Europe in March was a significant event in world politics for the first half of 2019. The tour began only a week after a routine, but invariably important internal political event, called the Two Sessions, came to an end.

During this gathering, scheduled annual plenary sessions of the China’s National People’s Congress (NPC) and of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (PCC) take place.

As was the case in recent years, the last Two Sessions events focused on resolving the fundamental problem facing modern China, i.e. its need to reconcile two opposing trends. The first stems from the increasing control the communist party and the state exercise over all the aspects of life inside the country, the second trend, yet again confirmed by China’s leader, is the course the nation has taken towards greater “openness” (mainly in the economic sphere) to cooperation with the rest of the world.

We would like to highlight that, objectively speaking, both trends are equally real, hence neither of them can be completely ignored. In the current environment with its closely interwoven internal and external challenges the Chinese society is facing, the tightening of the screws on the “lid” of the cauldron in which this community is “stewing” is an inevitable by-product.

At the same time the fact that China is becoming a world power has predetermined its course of greater opening-up towards the global community. The most recent manifestation of this trend was the government-sponsored annual China Development Forum (CDF). During his speech at this event, Vice Premier Han Zheng said, among other things, that “greater opening-up is a must for the economy’s future high-quality development”.

For now, this problem (we reiterate, fundamental in nature) has no obvious solution in sight, which would satisfy both the people and the rulers of the PRC. We would simply like to emphasize that the latter is searching for a solution, which is what any responsible government of a nation, vying to become a global leader, should be doing.

The visit of China’s leader to Europe ought to be viewed in the context of this search. This was Xi Jinping’s fifth official trip since he became the President of the PRC,

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Chinese Long Game; Beijing Has Plans for 2049 and Beyond


08-03-19 01:14:00,

Contrary to Western doom and gloom interpretations, China’s two sessions now taking place in Beijing offer a fascinating mix of realpolitik and soft power. Every year, the two sessions involve the National People’s Congress (NPC) – the legislative body – and the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC) – the political advisory body – laying down the Chinese equivalent of the state of the union.   

Premier Li Keqiang’s report acknowledged that Beijing foresees “graver and more complex” risks and “both predictable and unpredictable” challenges, with the conclusion that  China must be “prepared to fight tough battles” in 2019. It was undiluted realpolitik.

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Gene-edited Chinese CRISPR babies may have mental ‘superpowers’, researchers warn


22-02-19 09:05:00,

The genetically-modified Chinese twins born resistant to HIV last year may also have mental ‘superpowers’ their creator has kept quiet – a cognitive superiority that could kick off a genetic arms race, according to new research.

Lulu and Nana, the genetically-modified Chinese twins reportedly born HIV-resistant courtesy of the CRISPR gene editing tool, may also have been born with markedly superior mental abilities linked to the same gene edit. New research has confirmed that deleting the CCR5 gene – the same modification performed on the girls’ DNA – significantly improves cognition, learning, and memory in mice and men.

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“The answer is likely yes, it did affect their brains,” University of California at Los Angeles neurobiologist Alcino Silva told MIT Technology Review, after publishing a paper demonstrating CCR5 deactivation’s beneficial role in post-stroke recovery this week. 

Those mutations will probably have an impact on cognitive function in the twins,” but the effect is unpredictable, he said, and “that is why it should not be done.”

He Jiankui, a researcher at Southern University of Science and Technology in Shenzhen, made headlines in November after claiming his team had created the first HIV-resistant babies by deleting the CCR5 gene from human embryos using CRISPR, then implanting the embryos in women.

My reaction [to the birth of CCR5-deactivated twins] was visceral repulsion and sadness,” Silva confessed, noting that his research on the link between CCR5 and cognition has made him a lightning-rod for Silicon Valley types hungry for super-intelligent designer babies and expressing concern that the genetic arms race was now underway.

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But the Chinese researcher insisted that wasn’t his intention. “I am against using genome editing for enhancement,” He told a genetics conference a week after the twins were born, though he admitted he was aware of research on the effects of CCR5-deactivation on the brain.

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Chinese news station unveils world’s first female AI news anchor


21-02-19 12:59:00,

Chinese state-run news agency Xinhua has unveiled “the world’s first female AI news anchor.” The computer-generated journo will team up with Xinhua’s existing male AI anchors at an upcoming series of political meetings in China.

The virtual reporter, named Xin Xiaomeng, was developed by Xinhua, in conjunction with a search engine company called Sogou. Developers modeled her speech and mannerisms on Xinhua news anchor Qui Meng, and showed her off in a video released on Tuesday.

Xiaomeng is lifelike, blinking and adjusting her hands as she speaks into the camera. Save for some rigid mouth movement, she could pass for the real thing.

Before Xiaomeng, the Chinese network revealed a pair of male AI anchors last November, one speaking English and another speaking Chinese. While their speech is often stunted and their facial expressions limited, Xinhua said at the time that unlike their human colleagues, these reporters can “work 24 hours a day on its official website and various social media platforms.”

With both reporters set to cover China’s upcoming Two Sessions political conference next month, Xinhua revealed a series of upgrades to its male reporter. The anchor can now deliver pieces to camera from a standing position, and uses more expressive body language to fool the untrained eye.

Journalists fearful of the robot uprising can rest easy for now though. Both anchors still need human writers and editors to supply the copy they read.

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Chinese New Year: The Biggest Human Migration In The World


06-02-19 10:40:00,

The Chinese New Year begins today, and the year of the dog will cede its place to the pig, a zodiac sign that is supposed to attract luck and success.

Chinese New Year is one of the largest holidays for travel. During the New Year, hundreds of millions of people take planes, trains, and automobiles to celebrate the event with their friends and families.

This year, more than 400 million people celebrating Chinese New Year are expected to travel, including nearly 7 million abroad mainly in Thailand, Japan and Indonesia, according to Ctrip estimates.

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The second largest celebratory migration is for Purna Kumbh Mela, where in 2013 over 120 million Hindu people travelled to Allahabad for the two-month long holy festival. By comparison, only about 54 million people traveled for Thanksgiving in 2018.

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US Snatches Chinese Executive – Sets Dangerous Precedent | New Eastern Outlook


09-01-19 08:12:00,


Claiming that prominent Chinese telecommunications company Huawei had violated US sanctions on Iran – Canada was requested to arrest and hand over Huawei Chief Financial Officer, Meng Wanzhou, who was transferring planes in Vancouver.

The arrest was described even by the Washington Post as “unusual” in its article titled, “Arrest of Huawei executive triggers stock market turmoil and unsettles U.S.-China trade talks.”

The article would also claim:

Meng was arrested on a U.S. extradition warrant because Huawei is suspected of evading American sanctions on Iran, according to multiple news reports. U.S. prosecutors have been investigating since 2016 whether Huawei violated U.S. export and sanctions laws by shipping U.S.-origin products to Iran. 

The arrest, on the same day President Trump and China’s President Xi Jinping met for dinner in Buenos Aires for trade and national-security talks, is being viewed in China as politically motivated.

And very clearly the move made against Huawei – along with a barrage of similar legal moves made to cripple rising Chinese companies competing against their waning US counterparts – is politically motivated – as are the sanctions the US has imposed on Iran in the first place.

Part of a Wider Pattern of Trying to Provoke, Humiliate China  

Reuters in an article titled, “U.S. probing Huawei for possible Iran sanctions violations: sources,” would lay out previous examples of US attempts to cripple China’s largest tech companies, claiming:

The probe of Huawei is similar to one that China’s ZTE Corp says is now threatening its survival.The United States last week banned American firms from selling parts and software to ZTE for seven years. Washington accused ZTE of violating an agreement on punishing employees after the company illegally shipped U.S. goods to Iran.

Nowhere on the websites of the US State Department, US Department of Treasury, or the US Justice Department is any information available regarding the alleged sanctions Huawei supposedly violated or how Huawei selling US technology to Iran allows the US to snatch Chinese citizens at Canadian airports.

China, for its part, has demanded the immediate release of Meng Wanzhou.

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Counter Chinese Influence: Is Boko Haram a CIA Covert Op to Divide and Conquer Africa? – Global Research


26-12-18 09:57:00,

First published on February 14, 2015

The objectives of the US military presence in Africa are well documented: counter Chinese influence and control strategic locations and natural resources including oil reserves. This was confirmed more than 8 years ago by the US State Department:

In 2007, US State Department advisor Dr. J. Peter Pham commented on AFRICOM’s strategic objectives of “protecting access to hydrocarbons and other strategic resources which Africa has in abundance, a task which includes ensuring against the vulnerability of those natural riches and ensuring that no other interested third parties, such as China, India, Japan, or Russia, obtain monopolies or preferential treatment.” (Nile Bowie, CIA Covert Ops in Nigeria: Fertile Ground for US Sponsored Balkanization Global Research, 11 April 2012)

At the beginning of February 2015,  AFRICOM’s “head General David Rodriguez called for a large-scale US-led ‘counterinsurgency’ campaign against groups in West Africa during remarks at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC:

In similar remarks at a the US Army West Point academy last week, US Special Operations Command (SOCOM) chief General Joseph Votel said that US commando teams must prepare for new deployments against Boko Haram and the Islamic State. ” (Thomas Gaist, US AFRICOM Commander Calls for “Huge” Military Campaign in West Africa, World Socialist Web Site, February 02, 2015)

Mark P. Fancher highlighted the hypocrisy and the “imperialist arrogance” of western countries, which “notwithstanding the universal condemnation of colonialism”, are evermore willing “to publicly declare (without apologies) their plans to expand and coordinate their military presence in Africa.” (Mark P. Fancher, Arrogant Western Military Coordination and the New/Old Threat to Africa, Black Agenda Report, 4 February 2015)

Now more troops from Benin, Cameroon, Niger, Nigeria and Chad are being sent to fight against Boko Haram.

This new war on yet another shadowy terrorist entity in Africa is reminiscent of the failed Kony 2012 propaganda campaign cloaked in humanitarian ideals. It is used as a smoke screen to avoid addressing the issue of the victims of the war on terror, the real causes of terrorism and to justify another military invasion. It is true that Boko Haram makes victims, however the goal of Western intervention in Africa is not to come to their rescue.

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The Chinese Government Identifies Citizens By The Way They Walk


09-11-18 11:38:00,

Authored by Mac Slavo via,

Communist Chinese authorities are using “gait recognition” technology to identify Chinese civilians by the way that they walk. The new technology uses body shapes and movement to identify people even when their face is not in the camera.

This dystopian big brother nightmare is quickly becoming a reality for the souls residing in the People’s Republic of China.  Already used by police on the streets of Beijing and Shanghai, “gait recognition” is part of a push across China to develop artificial intelligence and data-driven surveillance that is raising concerns about how far the technology will go.

The software, built by a Chinese artificial intelligence company called Watrix, extracts a person’s silhouette from video and analyses the silhouette’s movement to create a model of the way the person walks. It can identify people from 50 meters away and requires no special camera to do so.

China is building a digital dictatorship to exert control over its 1.4 billion citizens. As if the “social credit” scoring system wasn’t terrifying enough, the country continues to cross the line with surveilling its own people.

“Gait analysis can’t be fooled by simply limping, walking with splayed feet or hunching over, because we’re analyzing all the features of an entire body,” said Watrix chief executive officer Huang Yongzhen.

 “You don’t need people’s cooperation for us to be able to recognize their identity,” Huang added.

Huang is a former researcher and quite obviously an authoritarian control freak who said he left academia after seeing how promising the technology had become. He then co-founded Watrix in 2016, and his company was incubated by the Chinese Academy of Sciences. Though the software isn’t as good as facial recognition, Huang said its 94 percent accuracy rate is good enough for commercial use.

But not everyone is excited about being tracked and monitored while minding their own business. Shi Shusi, a Chinese columnist and commentator, said it was unsurprising the technology was catching on in China faster than the rest of the world because of Beijing’s obsession and emphasis on social control.

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Chinese president roept leger op zich voor te bereiden op oorlog – Geotrendlines


01-11-18 10:05:00,

De Chinese president Xi Jinping heeft zijn legermacht in de Zuid-Chinese Zee opgeroepen om voorbereidingen te treffen voor een mogelijke oorlog. Hij deed deze oproep tijdens een bezoek aan de Southern Theatre Command, een militaire post die verantwoordelijk is voor deze regio ten zuiden van China.

De details van deze toespraak werden een dag later vrijgegeven aan de Chinese staatsmedia. In deze toespraak zou de Chinese leider het volgende gezegd hebben.

“Het is noodzakelijk om de missie te versterken en ons te concentreren op voorbereidingen voor het voeren van een oorlog. We moeten alle complexe situaties in overweging nemen en bijbehorende noodscenario’s plannen. Ook moeten we meer oefenen op mobilisatie, meer gezamenlijke trainingen doen en confrontaties oefenen om de behendigheid van onze troepen te verbeteren en ons voor te bereiden op een oorlog.”

Spanningen rond Zuid-Chinese Zee lopen op

Eerder deze maand kwam een Chinees gevechtsschip in de Zuid-Chinese Zee bijna in aanvaring met een Amerikaans oorlogsschip. Het Chinese schip maakte een manoeuvre om het Amerikaanse schip te verjagen, een actie die door het Amerikaanse leger werd uitgelegd als ‘gevaarlijk en onprofessioneel’.

Het Amerikaanse leger heeft de laatste maanden haar presentie in de regio versterkt, tot ergernis van de Chinese regering. De Chinezen zien de aanwezigheid van Amerikaanse oorlogsschepen als een bedreiging, omdat deze activiteiten plaatsvinden in een gebied dat strategisch van zeer groot belang is voor China. Niet alleen omdat er veel olietankers en vrachtschepen door de Zuid-Chinese Zee varen, maar ook omdat het gebied beschikt over omvangrijke olie- en gasreserves.

Om de grip op de Zuid-Chinese Zee te versterken heeft China de laatste jaren verschillende nieuwe eilanden gecreëerd, waarop militaire observatieposten met havens en landingsbanen zijn gebouwd.

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Chinese aandelen slachtoffer van handelsoorlog – Marketupdate

Chinese aandelen slachtoffer van handelsoorlog – Marketupdate

26-10-18 04:26:00,

Dat het er af en toe ruig aan toe kan gaan op de internationale aandelenmarkten, dat weten we sinds het begin van de nieuwe maand oktober weer. Minder bekend is waarschijnlijk dat er al heel 2018 een ijzig klimaat heerst. In 2017 ging de zogeheten CSI-index, waarin de belangrijkste bedrijven van het Chinese vasteland zijn opgenomen, nog met 22% omhoog. In 2018 is deze winst geheel verdampt en dat is vooral te wijten aan de steeds feller wordende handelsoorlog tussen China en de VS.

De daling komt vooral voor de buitenlandse investeerder op een vervelend moment. De MSCI had juist 200 Chinese A-shares opgenomen in zijn breed gevolgde Emerging Market benchmark. Vooral aandelen van Chinese bedrijven met belangen in de VS hebben zwaar te lijden onder de huidige omstandigheden. Dat is niet de enige zorg voor de belegger. Die begint zich steeds nadrukkelijker af te vragen of de Chinese consument wel blijft spenderen. Deze zorg is niet onterecht. Citigroup weet te melden dat autoverkopen in september met maar liefst 25% zijn gedaald. De strategen van die bank zijn bang dat dit feit slechts een begin is van meer ellende. Ze verwachten dat de komende kwartalen zal blijken dat internationale supply chains zich aan het verleggen zijn ten koste van China.

Meer Chinese aandelen in de MSCI

Overigens wil de huidige malaise niet zeggen dat de MSCI zijn plannen om meer A-shares in zijn EM Index op te nemen staakt. Die gaan gewoon door. MSCI verwacht dat er in 2020 434 A-shares in zijn index zullen zijn opgenomen. Dat moet dan $66 miljard extra aantrekken uit de hoek van zowel actieve als passieve fondsen. Beleggers maken zich dan ook minder zorgen om de huidige zwakte op de Chinese aandelenbeurzen als wel om het gebrek aan corporate governance bij de opgenomen Chinese bedrijven.

Je hebt slachtoffers en grote slachtoffers. Op de Chinese aandelenmarkten heeft vooral de technologiesector het heel erg moeilijk. Beleggers stemmen bij bosjes met hun voeten. Dat heeft minder te maken met de bredere omgeving, zoals in de VS, maar vooral met de fundamentals. Tech is in China een bijna wijds begrip en daarmee veel minder high-tech of vernieuwend dan in de VS en Europa. Zeker buitenlandse beleggers kijken hier kritischer naar, juist in onzekere tijden.

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“Rush Game With The Tariff”: The Race Is On To Get Chinese Goods Into U.S.

“Rush Game With The Tariff”: The Race Is On To Get Chinese Goods Into U.S.

21-09-18 09:31:00,

As the US-imposed 10 percent tariffs on $200 billion worth Chinese goods is set to take effect Monday, the race is now on to get Chinese goods into the U.S.

By plane, train, and sea, a frenzy has begun, resulting in surging cargo traffic at US ports, booming air freight to the US, and urgent dispatch of goods from Chinese companies earlier than planned. Getting in under the wire before Trump’s tariffs bite could mean hundreds of thousands saved on single shipments. 

Bloomberg describes this week that cargo rates for Pacific transport are at a four-year high as manufacturers rush to get everything from toys to car parts to bikes into American stores.

This rush, which comes on top of a typically already busy pre-holiday season, is expected to continue well after next week as the tariff will leap from 10 to 25 percent after the new year. 

US importers are expected to stockpile Chinese products before the 2019 25% mark. There’s currently widespread reports of companies scrambling to pay expedited air freight fees to dodge the new tariffs, as well as move up their orders. 

Bloomberg relates the following on both sides of the Pacific

  • In Jiangsu province on China’s east coast, E.D. Opto Electrical Lighting Co. dispatched a batch of car lights by sea to Los Angeles in late August, earlier than planned.
  • In the industrial hub of Dongguan in southern China, toy maker Lung Cheong Group: “More clients in the last two months are asking if we can deliver goods ahead of the scheduled time to avoid the upcoming tariffs,” said Chairman Lun Leung. For small high-tech toys that have higher retail selling prices, some clients are willing to upgrade from sea freight to air, he said.
  • Imports to northern California’s Port of Oakland surged 9.2 percent in August. That was the busiest August in the port’s 91-year history.
  • At the Port of Long Beach, imports of containers rose 9.4 percent this year through August. That comes after a record 2017.
  • Concerns about the trade dispute is also spurring last-minute shipments across the Pacific for Ocean Network Express Pte.,

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Chinese vaccine panic reaches boiling point

Chinese vaccine panic reaches boiling point

01-08-18 06:53:00,




The panic was heightened by the already uneasy relationship Chinese parents have with vaccines, which are compulsory


2 hours ago


August 1, 2018


At least in America, there exists and anti vaccine movement and a growing sense of awareness tot he dangers that vaccines pose. Chinese parents have already been leery of the government’s coerced vaccination programs. This current crisis only further shows why the government should let your health be your own business.

Foreign Policy reports

The Chinese party-state seemed quick to respond this month after a major pharmaceutical company was found to have sold over 250,000 substandard vaccines for children. The revelations, based partly on a viral social media post that sparked a frenzy among millions of worried Chinese parents, were called “serious and appalling” by Communist Party Chairman Xi Jinping, who pledged a crackdown on unsavory practices in the industry. Premier Li Keqiang said the company’s behavior had “crossed a moral line,” and a normally throttled press was permitted to cover the topic. The China Food and Drug Administration (CFDA) opened an investigation and the firm’s chairwoman, “vaccines queen” Gao Junfang, was detained along with 14 others.

But in a country repeatedly hit by regulatory scandals, these measures may not be enough to assuage public anger. China goes through regular cycles of safety-failure revelations, promises from the top of crackdowns and reform, and a rapid return to the norms of faked data and bribed personnel. Even as individual malefactors face punishments, the system is already moving to stop public rage from spreading beyond a single company. And it is unlikely that further arrests and investigations will curb the deeper malaise felt by many, who believe breakneck economic growth and social upheaval has left China with an amoral get-rich-quick culture that puts profits above everything else, even children.

Changsheng Biotechnology, the company at the center of the scandal, is the country’s second-largest maker of rabies and chickenpox vaccines. A week after state regulators announced the firm had outright faked production data about its rabies vaccine, it was revealed that a 2017 batch of 250,000 diphtheria,

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Das Kapital: Chinese Big Brother-toko haalt moeilijk veel geld op

09-04-18 01:43:00,

We weten ook niet hoe het hier terecht is gekomen, vermoedelijk heeft iemand zijn auto­radio­hand­leid­ing hier laten slingeren. Excuses voor het ongemak, maar scroll vooral even door.


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