Chinese police place Britons in enforced isolation after ferry trip

Teacher was given 20 minutes to pack and must remain in hotel room for two weeks

Molly Blackall and Mattha Busby  (The Guardian)

Thu 5 Mar 2020 18.41 GMT

Joanna Davison and her partner were relaxing in their flat in Shenzhen, China, when the phone rang. She was told by the Chinese authorities that they had been exposed to the coronavirus at close proximity and that officials were on their way.

“It was terrifying. Five people in hazmats turned up at our apartment, they looked like ghostbusters,” she said. “They took swabs from our nose and throat and said they’d return in the morning so we should start packing.”… READ MORE...

Chinese Regime Threatens More Action Against Hong Kong Protesters on Upcoming Full Moon

Protesters standoff with police in a cloud of tear gas during a clash outside of Central Government Complex in Hong Kong on Aug. 31, 2019. (Anthony Kwan/Getty Images)



September 1, 2019 Updated: September 1, 2019

One of the Chinese regime’s top agencies issued a veiled threat that a more severe crackdown against Hong Kong protesters could take place in two weeks.

The Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission, China’s head legal agency, in an opinion article published on its social media WeChat account on Sept. 1, accused the protesters of engaging in “terrorist acts” during the protests on Aug.… READ MORE...

China Balance of Payments Deficit Risks Currency and Asset Crash

A worker of an Industrial and Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC) branch counts money as she serves a customer in the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade zone during a media trip on Sept. 24, 2014. (Johannes Eisele/AFP/Getty Images)


August 3, 2019 Updated: August 3, 2019

China’s falling savings rate coupled with increasing government directed investment rate threatens a balance of payments crisis that could crash currency and asset values.

China became the “factory to the world” and built incredible infrastructure over the last three decades based on the strength of individual savers who remembered the hard times of the Great Famine of 1958–1962 that starved to death 30 million people.… READ MORE...

China Demonstrates Its Anti-Ship Ballistic Missile, But Which One?

Chinese pilots onboard the guided-missile frigate Wuhu (539) stand in formation shortly after docking at the international port in Manila, Philippines on Jan. 17, 2019. (Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images)



Rick Fisher

July 5, 2019 Updated: July 5, 2019

China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) demonstrated its anti-ship ballistic missile (ASBM) in exercises in the South China Sea on June 29 or 30, 2019, as recounted by unnamed U.S. government sources in a July 1 report by CNBC.

An alarming development, this exercise is likely the first open-ocean demonstration of the PLA’s ASBMs, which they have been developing since the early 1990s.… READ MORE...

Philippines to Monitor China Telecom For Spying, Cybersecurity Threats

A man walks past a China Telecom store in Wuhan, in central China’s Hubei province on Aug. 21, 2013. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)



June 20, 2019 Updated: June 20, 2019

The Philippines will be monitoring China Telecom’s upcoming operations in the country for spying and other cybersecuritythreats, Nikkei Asian Review reported on June 20.

The country will be using a government-operated cybersecurity platform to oversee Mislatel, a new telecommunications carrier that is partly owned by China’s state-owned China Telecom, amid growing security concerns over Chinese tech companies worldwide.

“We will be the one monitoring them,” Philippines’ acting Information and Communications Technology Secretary Elisio Rio told Nikkei.… READ MORE...

Huawei an Instrument of the Chinese Regime, Pompeo Says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo attends a meeting with Russian President at the Bocharov Ruchei residence in Sochi on May 14, 2019. (Pavel Golovkin / AFP/Getty Images)



May 29, 2019 Updated: May 29, 2019

The United States, and the world, is only now awakening to the threats posed by the Chinese communist regime, including the security concerns involved with Chinese telecom giant Huawei, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a Fox Business interview that aired on May 29.

“We’re late to the game,” said Pompeo, who used the analogy of a frog being slowly boiled alive to explain the lack of action by previous administrations in dealing with a range of security concerns posed by the Chinese regime.… READ MORE...

US Seeks to Tamp Down China’s Electric-Vehicle Supply Chain Dominance

A staff member hooks up a charging cable to an electric vehicle (EV) at a charging station in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China on July 31, 2017. (Reuters)

By Reuters

May 2, 2019 Updated: May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON—A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on May 2 to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, part of a plan to offset China’s dominance in the space.

While Tesla Inc, Volkswagen AG and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers are expanding in the United States, they are reliant on mineral imports without a major push to develop more domestic mines and processing facilities.… READ MORE...

EU Asks for Increased Efforts Against Fake News Amid Russia, China Election Interference Concerns

The flags of the European Union stand among others in the Europa building of the European Council in this file photo. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


April 16, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2019

BRUSSELS—The European Union has warned social media companies including Facebook they are not doing enough to stamp out fake news amid concerns foreign actors such as Russia or China will attempt to manipulate voting in upcoming EU elections.

Brussels said that the latest monthly reports it has ordered technology giants to submit on tackling disinformation showed there are “outstanding issues” over bot accounts and access for fact checkers.… READ MORE...

Founder of China’s Fanya Metals Exchange Sentenced to 18 Years for Corruption

People protest outside the office of China’s top anti-graft agency complaining they were tricked by Fanya Metals Exchange. Chinese investors who claim to have lost money on risky investments mounted a rare protest in Beijing on Sept. 22, 2015. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)


March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019

BEIJING/SHANGHAI—A Chinese court on March 22 fined the firm behind the now-defunct Fanya Nonferrous Metals Exchange 1 billion yuan ($149.04 million) for illegal fundraising and handed its founder a lengthy prison term, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The Kunming Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Shan Jiuliang, who founded and ran the minor metals bourse, to 18 years in prison for crimes including embezzlement, according to a Xinhua report carried on the court’s website.… READ MORE...

Rights Activists Urge Uzbekistan Not to Hand Ethnic Kazakh Over to China

People protest at a Uyghur rally in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2019 to encourage the State Department to fight for the freedom of the majority-Muslim Uyghur population unjustly imprisoned in Chinese concentration camps. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


February 8, 2019 Updated: February 8, 2019

ALMATY—Human rights activists are urging Uzbekistan to deny a Chinese extradition request for an ethnic Kazakh citizen of China who is now stuck in the Central Asian nation’s main air terminal.

Businessman Halemubieke Xiaheman, 41, from China’s Xinjiang Province, said in a video apparently recorded inside Tashkent airport building that he had been harassed by Chinese security officials to a point where his Russian and Kazakh clients were scared to work with him.… READ MORE...