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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3575 on: October 03, 2019, 15:18:21 »
Meanwhile foreign policy and China effectively absent from our election--note China has Swedish hostage and Sweden is actually showing leadership vs PRC (also Russian angle, Arctic/Belt and Road, Huawei at end):

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Sweden cautions European Union on Beijing-Moscow ties and ‘challenges’ posed by China

    *Scandinavian country urges the European Union to adopt a ‘common and clear’ stance to deal with China’s growing geopolitical ambitions in Europe
    *Paper comes with Sweden’s relations with China at the lowest ebb among all EU member nations


Sweden has unveiled a China strategy paper detailing Stockholm’s concerns about Beijing-Moscow ties and urging the European Union to adopt a “common and clear” position to “manage the challenges” posed by China’s growing geopolitical ambitions in Europe.

Released on Wednesday, a day after Chinese President Xi Jinping declared on the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic that “no force” could obstruct China’s advances, the paper comes as Sweden’s relations with China are at the lowest ebb among all EU member nations.

Former Hong Kong bookseller Gui Minhai, a Swedish national born in China, has spent much of the past four years in detention for publishing politically sensitive materials.

In addition, the proliferation of Chinese investments across Europe is forcing Sweden – a traditional advocate of free trade – to move towards considering a national investment-screening mechanism.

Sweden’s strategy paper “calls for cooperation between the EU and the US in meeting security-related challenges stemming from China’s global rise”, said Bjorn Jerden, Asia programme head at the Swedish Institute of International Affairs.

China’s growing bond with the major power in Sweden’s backyard – Russia – also is stoking concern among Stockholm politicians, according to the document.

“China’s relationship with Russia is developing, even if linked with uncertainty,” said the paper, which the Swedish foreign ministry published after gathering input from the country’s major parliamentary party leaders.

“The relationship is bound together by a common interest in changing the international system for the benefit of both countries.”

The paper also drew attention to Sweden’s concerns over China’s effort to gain “greater influence over the Arctic”. Last year, China moved to extend its massive infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative, to the far north by developing shipping lanes that global warming has opened up in the polar region.

Dubbing the proposed new routes the “Polar Silk Road”, China said it would encourage enterprises to build infrastructure and conduct commercial trial voyages along Arctic shipping routes.

While stressing that Sweden will fall into line with the EU on an overall China strategy, the paper indirectly castigates the bloc for failing to come up with a comprehensive plan for handling the world’s second-largest economy...

Sweden concedes in the paper that bilateral relations with China are in poor shape, even though it was the first Western country to recognise the communist power nearly seven decades ago.

“Sweden’s relations with China are adversely affected by a number of bilateral problems,” it said.

One of these is the case of the imprisoned Swedish citizen Gui Minhai, where Chinese authorities, despite demands from the Swedish government, refuse to fulfil the obligations China has under international consular agreements, and refuse to comply with Swedish demands for Gui’s release [emphasis added, do we make "demands"?].”

While calling for “more powerful cooperation” within the EU on handling China’s digital development, the paper did not mention Chinese telecoms giant Huawei Technologies by name even when it referred to EU countries’ concerns over 5G development.

A diplomatic source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said some Swedish parliamentary party leaders were hesitant to mention Huawei during the consultative stage for the foreign ministry’s paper.

Huawei has been portrayed as a cybersecurity threat by the EU, which is conducting a risk assessment based on member states’ concerns about the company’s dominance and omnipresence in next-generation 5G mobile development across Europe.

Swedish telecoms supplier Ericsson also is a major player in the 5G infrastructure market, although Huawei leads the field globally in technological advancement.
https://www.scmp.com/news/china/politics/article/3031341/sweden-cautions-eu-beijing-moscow-ties-and-need-manage

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3576 on: October 04, 2019, 08:17:14 »
One of the missiles seems to have a MIRV capability and could hit US targets in 30 minutes or so. In my book the PRC might have moved to the top of the threat list.
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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3577 on: October 08, 2019, 15:40:36 »
Yet another example of the Dragon spreading its wings abroad as its talons grasp for Weltmacht (https://archive.org/details/FischerFritzGermanysAimsInTheFirstWorldWar/page/n4):

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China’s surveillance tech is spreading globally, raising concerns about Beijing’s influence

    *China has created a vast surveillance apparatus at home consisting of millions of cameras equipped with facial recognition technology.
    *Now, some of the country’s largest firms have signed deals around the world to sell their tech abroad.
    *Experts raised concerns about data being siphoned back to China, authoritarian regimes using the tech to increase their power and ultimately the Chinese Communist Party having more influence abroad.

China’s push to export its surveillance technology via some of its biggest companies, including to liberal democracies, has raised concerns because of the risk of data being siphoned back to Beijing and the growing influence of the Communist Party, experts told CNBC.

The world’s second-largest economy has built a vast surveillance state comprised of millions of cameras powered by facial recognition software. The devices, perched on lamp posts and outside buildings and streets, are able to recognize individuals.

Some of China’s most valuable technology firms have been involved in such projects across the country. But this technology is now being exported as the nation’s technology firms expand their global footprint.

Chinese tech companies — particularly Huawei, Hikvision, Dahua, and ZTE — supply artificial intelligence surveillance technology in 63 countries, according to a September report by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace think tank. Of those nations, 36 have signed onto China’s massive infrastructure project, the Belt and Road Initiative, the report said, adding that Huawei supplies technology to the highest number of countries.

Some of these so-called “smart city” projects, which include surveillance technologies, are underway in Western countries, particularly in Europe, including Germany, Spain and France, according to analysis by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) [emphasis added].

Experts warned of a number of risks including potential access to data by the Chinese government.

“I think that sometimes there is an assumption that ‘oh well when we roll out this technology we aren’t going to use it in a negative way, we are using it to provide services or we are using it in a way that is seen as acceptable, socially acceptable in our society,’” Samantha Hoffman, a fellow at ASPI’s Cyber Centre, told CNBC’s “Beyond the Valley” podcast.

“But actually (we) can’t be sure of that because the difference isn’t necessarily how the technology is being deployed, but who has access to the data it’s collecting,” she said. “If it’s a Chinese company like Huawei, and that … data goes back to China and can be used by the party in whatever way that it chooses.”..

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/08/china-is-exporting-surveillance-tech-like-facial-recognition-globally.html

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3578 on: October 08, 2019, 16:12:51 »
Now this--where's Canada:

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US puts visa restrictions on Chinese officials over abuses of Muslims in Xinjiang

    *The U.S. puts visa restrictions on Chinese officials in response to abuses of Muslims in the Xinjiang region.
    *It follows a move from the Trump administration to blacklist 28 entities and companies.
    *It adds to tensions between the U.S. and China only two days before high-stakes trade talks are set to resume in Washington...
https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/08/us-puts-visa-restrictions-on-chinese-officials-over-abuses-of-muslims-in-xinjiang.html?__source=newsletter|breakingnewshttps://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/08/us-puts-visa-restrictions-on-chinese-officials-over-abuses-of-muslims-in-xinjiang.html

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Re: Chinese Military,Political and Social Superthread
« Reply #3579 on: Yesterday at 12:50:55 »
Delink the Communist party from China in our language is the thrust of this article and prevent it's tentacles from reaching to far into Western society.