Well done @DetwinChina calling #Perth, #Glasgow and #Dundee to 'detwin' from #China. The #CCP is manipulating cities in #Scotland to "extend the reach of its dictatorship." @ScotParl you should be aware of that national security risk https://www.heraldscotland.com/news/23963206.calls-perth-glasgow-dundee-detwin-china/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1731713812510691631#m
During an interview with a Japanese television station, #HongKong activist Agnes Chow Ting disclosed her diagnosis of #PTSD and #depression after experiencing suppression from the #CCP. Well done, Agnes; we truly support your bravery. 💪💪 https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1731666298755522785#m
#HongKong activist Agnes Chow Ting escapes to #Canada. She was forced to visit #China exhibition on #CCP greatness, @TencentGlobal, and forced to write an apology for her activities. How bad is it in Hong Kong, leaving no air to breathe for dissidents? https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-china-67605633 https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1731651587532046684#m
However, the way the #CCP usually deals with this is to "invite" the rebellious ex-pat to an #interview in one of the unofficial "#police stations" #China has been opening in countries around the world, including several in Canada.
I hope there's no-one back there she cares about.
Youth activist @chowtingagnes announces exile in Canada. #CCP ‘s ruthless persecution has shattered the lives of many freedom fighters in #HongKong. We stand with Agnes & all the bright souls targeted by the regime. Until the day when #freedom reigns again. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/Stand_with_HK/status/1731383167875956810#m
Hong Kong under #CCP rule - police officers stop and frisk activists going on a Sunday hike. A hike that “threatens national security,” as they say. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/Stand_with_HK/status/1731295164847579384#m
One year after China's White Paper protests, people in China and abroad are still finding creative ways to resist
The concept of "white paper" carries "infinite possibilities". "All the language that is not accepted by the CCP can appear on it," said Evelyn, a member of the student activist group China Deviants.
🇨🇳☭ SCMP alibabanews: "Minnie is just resting.
Anyone insinuating otherwise will be resolutely hunted down wherever in the world they're hiding and brought to face "justice" under CCP's "national security laws" alongside... oh nevermind..." /s ? 👀
Yesterday, at the @Europarl_EN, our director @MarkSabah met with @EnginEroglu_FW to discuss tackling #CCP interference in #European politics. Thank you for your support and defense of #HongKongers under attack by the CCP. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1730622842184651062#m
@thecfhk RT by @badiucao: Thank you @Finnlau_cd and @IsobelYeung for revealing the insidious #Chinese influence in the #UK on the big screen. Well done for exposing the malicious actions the #CCP has taken against #HongKong activists overseas. Replay here ⬇️ https://www.channel4.com/programmes/secrets-power-china-in-the-uk-dispatches https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1730241765725139254#m
@opibooks RT by @benedictrogers: Great interview with author @Dolkun_Isa about his Life on the Run Transnational Repression of individuals, NGO’s & politicians suppressed by #CCP @StephenLeDrew @nuryturkel @UyghurCongress @UHRP_Chinese https://youtu.be/xFHdu87cueU?feature=shared https://nitter.hongkongers.net/opibooks/status/1730229854568628383#m
Thank you, @GregMcLeanYYC, for your support for #hkgers whose #MPF retirement savings are being blocked by 🇨🇦 companies like @Manulife and @SunLife. The freedom to emigrate should not be infringed upon by 🇨🇦 companies at the behest of #Beijing/ #CCP https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hk_watch/status/1730344127424844137#m
🇺🇸💥🇨🇳☭ 📜 China-Watching Committee Warns US Congress About Beijing's 'Magic Weapon'
「The United Front Work Department, which answers to the Communist Party's Central Committee, oversees the broad spectrum of the party's institutionalized influence operations and intelligence activities targeting groups inside and outside of China.
Known collectively as united front work, its task is to coordinate favorable narratives and organize events to promote them; identify and nullify challenges to the CCP's rules; and ultimately advance the party's ideological, political, economic and security interests globally.
"Through its united front work strategy, which Xi Jinping has called a 'magic weapon,' the Chinese Communist Party uses every tool at its disposal, whether legal or illicit, to influence the American people and interfere in democratic societies," Gallagher, the committee chair, told Newsweek.」
「The committee's memo will inform members of Congress, their staff and their constituents to help them understand the CCP's targeting of Chinese nationals, overseas Chinese, as well as ethnic Chinese who are not Chinese citizens, according to Cheryl Yu, a senior researcher at the Common Sense Society, a Washington, D.C., nonprofit.
"They need to be aware of how the CCP operates and the risks that come from engaging the party's proxies," Yu told Newsweek.」
「"The CCP deliberately tries to mobilize overseas Chinese groups—and many others—to support Beijing's goals and to pressure their governments. Because the CCP singles out Chinese people for influence, any response needs to address overseas Chinese organizations," Yu said.
"Calling out united front groups, unfortunately usually overseas Chinese organizations, has nothing to do with racial discrimination. Overseas Chinese a lot of times are victims of the CCP's propaganda without knowing themselves," she said.」
🇨🇦💥🇨🇳☭ 📜 Transnational Crime and Foreign Interference networks in Canada:
「The network of an elite Chinese Mafia suspect with significant industrial assets in British Columbia has been implicated “in recent RCMP investigations of CCP police stations in Canada, and other countries,” according to a sweeping new report from a United States anti-corruption NGO.
The report cites a collection of stunning cases and statistics to argue that transnational criminal networks with ties to China, Iran and Russia are using Canada to launder tens of billions annually, and related economic and political operations are undermining safety and democracy in the West.」
「Canada is currently a hub of illicit trade and crime convergence [and] a weak link within the international financial system for bad actors and threat networks to make illicit profits and launder and hide their dirty money,” the report says.
No longer is profit the sole motivator for these criminals,” it adds. “These threat convergence activities are now being weaponized against rule of law institutions and democratic states for generating more political power, building illicit empires, and financing greater insecurity globally.」
「Operatives affiliated with the People’s Liberation Army, Ministry of State Security, and Ministry of Public Security live in several Canadian cities and liaise locally, and nationally, with Asian Organized Crime networks,” the report says.
China’s political warfare arm, the united front, is believed to be supported, in part, by proceeds from a variety of criminal enterprises and receive guidance and direction through the Chinese Embassy and consulates in Canada.」
@RushanAbbas RT by @frances_hui: "At...#APEC summit, the #Chinese govt. organized goon squads to harass pro-democracy activists who were protesting #Xi Jinping." Important read by @frances_hui on #CCP's transnational repression on the #US soil. Perpetrators must be held accountable! https://www.nationalreview.com/2023/11/the-long-arm-of-the-ccp-attacks-protesters-in-the-u-s/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/RushanAbbas/status/1730265478369615948#m
Thank you @Finnlau_cd and @IsobelYeung for revealing the insidious #Chinese influence in the #UK on the big screen. Well done for exposing the malicious actions the #CCP has taken against #HongKong activists overseas. Replay here ⬇️ https://www.channel4.com/programmes/secrets-power-china-in-the-uk-dispatches https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1730241765725139254#m
Well done @CECCgov for condemning the violence against #China human rights advocates who were beaten by pro-#CCP counter-protestors during #SanFrancisco’s #APEC leaders’ summit last week. https://www.cecc.gov/media-center/press-releases/chairs-condemn-violence-against-china-human-rights-advocates-in-the https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1730189704157401359#m
The Chinese government has a large stake in Discord via their proxy Tencent and the Discord user agreement lets them share your data with their friends. If you think Tencent isn't sharing that data with the CCP you're very naive.
Don't like that? We'll I guess you could move to X and share your personal info with the Saudis...
🚨 The #CCP allegedly uses Western individuals with fake credentials to target #HongKong activists in the #UK. Isn't that a glaring threat to national security, @JointCtteNSS? https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/westerners-used-by-chinese-to-spy-on-hong-kong-dissidents-in-uk-f638fjbwm https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1729495993958236209#m
Well done to @committeeonccp on warning the U.S. Congress about the threats posed by China's "united front" system. The US government must recognize and resist the #CCP's influence efforts in #American politics and society. @RepGallagher @CongressmanRaja https://www.newsweek.com/united-front-select-committee-us-congress-memo-1846974?utm_source=push_notification&utm_source=pushnami&utm_medium=Push_Notifications&utm_campaign=fullauto&utm=1701085250034 [...]
Thank you so much for sticking with the underdogs in our #FightForFreedom ! Please make sure #CCP is held accountable for everything it has done! #StandWithHongKong https://nitter.hongkongers.net/Stand_with_HK/status/1729368017438491112#m
☝️ 🤯 So essentially in the #EU, "we see the 🇨🇳☭ CCP assets manipulating public opinion in the European Union.... but have no mandate to do anything about it..." 😬
"Countries are *individually* unwilling to call out Chinese propaganda and disinformation campaigns..." 👀 ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
@arthumanrights RT by @badiucao: With @ZhouFengSuo at the memorial #emptychair for #liuxiaobo in Paris yesterday. No matter how hard they try the #CCP won’t erase the memory of #LiuXiaobo https://nitter.hongkongers.net/arthumanrights/status/1729122076295049507#m
The amount of #VPN apps on the App Store and #Google Play Store that are A.) Controlled by the #CCP and B.) Collect an abhorrent amount of #data is absolutely insane. So, I made a video about them and tell you which VPN services are actually worth your money.
Check it out here:
It seems that a new #epidemic is decimating the population in #China
called 'white lungs'
In response, the #CCP guarantees free #Visa for #Europe and other countries
#Holland #France #Germany #Italy #Indonesia and others
Why encourage expatriation towards Europe and other nations
in the midst of a new epidemic resurgence
instead of trying to contain the epidemic?
It is an act that could suggests
that the CCP wants to turn a national tragedy
into a common global tragedy.
Does the WHO still have credibility after 2019 / 2020?
Another news story by Tom's Hardware: ☭🇨🇳 Chinese hackers steal chip designs from major Dutch semiconductor company — perps lurked for over two years to steal NXP's chipmaking IP
Related: A leading European research group @merics focusing on the "PRC" — which recently had its staff *sanctioned* by the Chinese Communist Party 🤷🏻♂️ (i.e. really the PRC) — wrote a great report on CCP's cyberwarfare which unsurprisingly is on a massive scale.
#Hongkongers defied #CCP rule by electing 389 pro-democracy reps to the #DistrictCouncils 4 years ago. To advance citizen diplomacy and to ensure a fair election, SWHK invited 20 legislators and experts from 10 countries to form an independent Election Observation Mission.(1/6) https://nitter.hongkongers.net/Stand_with_HK/status/1728798122522861955#m
R to @hkdc_us: "With the rise of authoritarianism, what is at risk is not the existence of a rules-based order, but the authority of values in that order." The rest of the world would do well to listen to Chow Hang-tung, a lawyer whom the #CCP is currently seeking to imprison for life. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1728783147792298348#m
R to @hkdc_us: Chow Hang-tung warns the rest of the world against the #CCP's attempt to subvert & redefine "rights," "democracy," & "peace." Those of us who have lived under CCP repression understand how the CCP uses its redefinition of these universal values to impose its will. https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1728781511741047290#m
R to @hkdc_us: Chow Hang-tung shows how HK's once robust rule of law has been repurposed to serve the will of the #CCP. She says HK should be a warning to the rest of the world of what the CCP is trying to do globally. For that reason, we must emphasize values & rights rather than "rules." https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1728779091606704199#m
We know from experience that #China's #CCP lies, covers-up and hides the truth about viruses Let's watch extremely closely and act fast if necessary to prevent a repeat of #Covid19 UK authorities 'keeping open mind' on mysterious Chinese child virus https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/11/24/china-pneumonia-mysterious-respiratory-virus-children/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1728475464224645150#m
Do we trust #CCP or @WHO on this after everything we went through with #COVID19 ? China grapples with respiratory illness spike, WHO says no unusual pathogen found https://www.reuters.com/world/china/china-grapples-with-respiratory-illness-spike-who-says-no-unusual-pathogen-found-2023-11-24/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1728382438345445877#m
Yet more #CCP indoctrination of #HongKong kids Hong Kong to restructure primary education to make it more ‘patriotic’ https://www.theguardian.com/world/2023/nov/24/hong-kong-to-restructure-primary-education-to-make-it-more-patriotic?CMP=share_btn_tw https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1728381414910152740#m
s:/ Every other week, the #CCP government of #China seems keen to provide further reasons why #decoupling from the economy behind the #GreatWall and boycottig any #RoadAndBelt initiatives (aka new #SilkRoad) is an excellent idea...
Other than that, I think I have read something about seismic bombs, or maybe it was still just #SciFi, but who knows... /s
Exactly right The #CCP unleashed #COVID19 on the world. It had better not do it again. China can’t be allowed to let virus history repeat itself https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2023/11/24/china-cant-be-allowed-to-let-virus-history-repeat-itself/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1728056379410104485#m
Jailed for expressing an opinion online - that's #HongKong today under #CCP control Hong Kong clerk jailed for 4 months after calling for downfall of China's Communist Party on online forum https://hongkongfp.com/2023/11/24/hong-kong-clerk-jailed-for-4-months-after-calling-for-downfall-of-chinas-communist-party-on-online-forum/ via @hkfp https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1728055712079581233#m
Obscene #CCP indoctrination of #HongKong's children Hong Kong pupils to start learning about city's national security law from age of 8 or 9 https://hongkongfp.com/2023/11/23/hong-kong-pupils-to-start-learning-about-citys-national-security-law-from-age-of-8-or-9/ via @hkfp https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1728055420009193789#m
The #HongKong government is mandating children as young as 8 to start learning about the #CCP history and the National Security Law. The brainwashing of young minds continues... 🤡 https://hongkongfp.com/2023/11/23/hong-kong-pupils-to-start-learning-about-citys-national-security-law-from-age-of-8-or-9/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1728053162592923872#m
I love the "Do Not Disturb" sign at my hotel in Ottawa. It sums up the message we should be sending to #China's #CCP #XiJinping regime about their infiltration, influence, intimidation, espionage and transnational repression operations, and the security and freedom of #Taiwan! https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1727827340036620457#m
⬆️ Great @merics report: 📜 “Here to stay” – Chinese state-affiliated hacking for strategic goals
"🇨🇳 China is the most important source of cyber attacks in the world, 2000-2023"
☭ Chinese hacking poses a risk to Europe’s long-term prosperity. It is becoming more sophisticated and follows strategic goals of China’s government.
☭ China is a major source of cyberattacks against Europe. While not all Chinese threat actors have clear ties to China’s government, there is considerable evidence of links to it for many of them, suggesting some degree of state affiliation and sponsorship.
☭ China rearranged its hacking capabilities to make attribution more difficult and to increase the combat-readiness of the People’s Liberation Army. Institutional changes have created a more flexible and sophisticated state-affiliated hacking scene.
☭ Chinese threat actors typically attack for long-term access. As opposed to the disruptive ones carried out by Russian actors or the moneymaking ones carried out by North Korean actors, Chinese attacks are more strategic.
☭ Chinese threat actors focus on a smaller number of high-value targets and reuse the same exploits for different target types. It is more difficult to spot them as they use edge devices like routers and techniques designed to avoid detection.
☭ China has not engaged in disruptive attacks so far, but it is building up capabilities that it could later use for disruption. Its use of cyber ranges and its targeting of critical infrastructure for long-term access suggests that China is setting up for future disruptive activity, posing a risk for Europe.」
「1.1 China’s cyberattacks are increasing and becoming more sophisticated
With more economic activity moving online, cyberattacks are gaining relevance. Globally, the European Commission estimates cyberattacks to cost EUR 5.5 trillion.1 Cyberattacks are estimated to have cost German companies EUR 223 billion, or 6 percent of Germany’s GDP, in 2021.2 That same year, 86 percent of German companies suffered a cyberattack that led to some damage, according to one survey. 」
The #CCP indoctrination and politicisation and destruction of #HongKong's previously professional civil service Hong Kong officials, civil servants study doctrine of Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Communist Party theories https://hongkongfp.com/2023/11/22/hong-kong-officials-civil-servants-study-doctrine-of-chinese-leader-xi-jinping-and-communist-party-theories/ via @hkfp https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1727695246757101571#m
A 46-year-old plead guilty to #sedition & was sentenced to 4 months in prison for making 49 online posts critical of the #CCP & Xi Jinping. Now, in all, 33 convicted of sedition in #HongKong; 0 acquitted. 88 arrested-34 for online speech, 15 journalists... https://tinyurl.com/yj8mjfyf https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1727668053670797458#m
#China is closing, destroying & repurposing #mosques in a systematic effort to #Sinicize #Islam ➡️ https://www.hrw.org/news/2023/11/22/china-mosques-shuttered-razed-altered-muslim-areas
ℹ At the beginning of #Russia's invasion of #Europe and war in #Ukraine, it was looking like #China would come to #Putin's aid, but as the war continues, heading towards two years, #China clearly has other plans for #Russia
It could offer opportunities for #Ukraine's survival
R to @benedictrogers: Then @GarnettGenuis @David_Mulroney @cburton001 @Dolkun_Isa & I had an excellent discussion on #China #CCP #XiJinping's assault on religion everywhere - the insidious repression in #HongKong as well as the all-out crackdown across China and atrocities in #Tibet & #UyghurGenocide https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1727208058877858104#m
An interesting attack on @hk_watch's new report on threats to religious freedom in #HongKong, by so-called "Anglican priest" (turned #CCP legislator) Reverend Peter Koon 管浩鳴：人權組織「忽然關心香港宗教」 居心叵測 扭曲或離棄《聖經》才會害怕香港國安法 https://lih.kg/3555217 https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1727196031430144046#m
☝️ Needless to say, the Chinese 'Communist' Party *already* knows the identity of each and every user of its great-walled intranet. Anonymity or privacy are not choices that exist in the 'PRC'.
The people — subjects — can't show dissent against their never-elected ruling regime, but they can protest with their proverbial feet against *this*.
The sheer, brazen, brutal thuggery of #China's #XiJinping #CCP regime on the streets of San Francisco last week. How can world leaders and corporations still do business with this gangster Mafioso regime? https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1726762984293146930#m
Read this thread. I applaud @choosechemi for bravely documenting this. These are #XiJinping's #CCP thugs terrorising peaceful protesters on the streets of San Francisco. This is the true character of the regime. Is this really a regime we can still do business with? https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1726762478745346289#m
Today, I met a truly courageous, immensely inspiring, really awesome Tibetan activist, @choosechemi, who had come straight from APEC and gave a graphic presentation of the #CCP thuggery she and other peaceful protesters endured in San Francisco The world needs to see this 👇 https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1726761758658818251#m
Actions speak louder than words.
As soon as #Australia's PM #AnthonyAlbanese had returned from a visit in #Beijing, OZ naval divers got injured by irresponsible behavior of Chinese naval staff.
And as soon as the #APEC summit in #SanFrancisco had been finished, #China resumed its bullying of free and democratic #Taiwan.
The #HongKong authority has “firmly rejected” the US Congressional commission's report that asserts the city is now under the #CCP's control with politics prevailing over the rule of law. https://hongkongfp.com/2023/11/16/after-us-report-calls-hong-kong-a-chinese-rather-than-international-city-govt-slams-slanders-and-smears/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/thecfhk/status/1726536813874135433#m
This is deeply concerning. Why was he not vetted? And if he was, why was a blind eye turned to his #China #CCP connections? David Cameron helped win $3bn for China’s trade base https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/david-cameron-helped-win-3bn-for-chinas-trade-base-msp5zppdg https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1726243177688859102#m
It was an honour to speak at a vigil for #Uyghurs at the #China #CCP embassy in Washington, DC last night. Here's an extract from my speech, thanks to @OmerKanat1 Stop #UyghurGenocide https://www.facebook.com/omer.kanat.39/videos/734811448674095 https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1725737059879428603#m
Not only, it is also the Web 2.0 equivalent / #propaganda arm of the #Chinese Communist Party #CCP.
#Xi has learned a lot from the #US' use of #SoftPower in #Movies and #Music. This is a strategic next generation mass #PsyOps platform.
I am positive that even if someone were to offer Beijing #Bytedance Technology the double of #TikTok's current market value, the #CCP would intervene. It is far too valuable from a #geostrategic point of view.
Biden says he still considers China’s Xi a dictator | AJ #shorts
"The lack of participation from pro-democracy parties reflects the dwindling space for the movement in the city [...]"
'Dwindling'? After pro-democracy candidates won majority of the vote *in every single district* in the last partially free District Council elections in 2019, there is now *zero space* for anyone advocating for democratic rights. Zero.
Democracy is #1 "national security" threat to the never-elected #dictatorship.
Now the "election candidates" are *all* pro-CCP; either members of CCP front groups or certified loyal sycophants from tightly aligned interest groups. Almost entirely the former.
Fun tidbit: Out of the 171 'candidates' running for 88 'closed-circuit' seats, 121 were members of three committees responsible for deciding who could participate... (Courtesy of Deäthmüffin)
It's a #CCP gravy train with blindly loyal passengers fighting over who gets just the regular gravy and who also gets all the extra helpings and countless other murky perks.
#China's National Women's Conference indicates the #CCP is "steadily moving away from the CCP’s rhetorical embrace of gender equality, and towards a more full-throated embrace of traditional gender norms as a core Party political plank." https://www.cfr.org/blog/beijings-message-national-womens-congress-gender-equality-out-family-and-childbirth-are
"Virtually every aspect of the early People’s Republic [of China], from the organization of its railways to its party structure to its ethnic minority policy, was copied from the Soviet Union. As Marxist theorists saw it, like the Soviets, China had leapfrogged from peasant feudalism over industrial capitalism straight into socialism. But in reality, both slapped a veneer of socialism over a fusion of new nationalism and old-fashioned empire."
Wanted War Criminal Arrives in China, China wants advanced technology & weaponry.
A match made in hell.
"This isn't about the economy anymore, it's all about advanced technology and weaponry. National security over the economy.
China/CCP priorities & its behavior have changed. In the past, whenever it seemed that a recession was on the horizon, the CCP came to the rescue. The explosive growth that experts once expected from China is over. Beijing's relationship with the outside world is no longer guided by the principles of economic rationality, but rather by its yearning for political power.
"This isn't about the economy anymore, it's all about advanced technology and weaponry.
A business media site that #China's era of economic expansion is over, as the #CCP pivots its focus to national security, especially #technology and #weaponry https://www.businessinsider.com/china-xi-jinping-economy-real-estate-debt-bust-american-companies-2023-10
Someone placed flowers and a sign outside the Chinese embassy in San Francisco. On Monday, an Asian man crashed his car into the embassy’s visa line, shouting ‘where is the CCP?’ He was, well, shot. And he died.
In Chinese characters it says the hero resisting the CCP.
☝️ The Bingtuan: China’s Paramilitary Colonizing Force in East Turkestan
Why Xinjiang is an internal settler colony
📜 CCP uses Unesco (UN) to rewrite history.
「But there is more to China’s efforts [through Unesco #worldheritage status] than increasing tea sales and tourism. The Communist Party claims that present-day China, which has dozens (perhaps hundreds) of ethnic minorities, is a single nation with a continuous history stretching back thousands of years. National identity is conflated with that of the Han, the ethnic group accounting for more than 90% of the population. China’s heritage laws aim to maintain “the unification of the country” and foster “social harmony”. In practice, this often means distorting history so that it aligns with the party’s view of the past and reinforces its vision of nationhood.」
The actual imperial military occupations and settler colonialism of both Tibetan and Uyghur homelands only began soon after Chinese communists had overthrown the Republic of China (the losing Kuomintang nationalists fled to Taiwan...). Chinese had no foothold on the previously nearly inaccessible Tibetan plateau so Mao sent entire 'PLA' armies there, equipped with modern *foreign* weaponry and gear. Besides all the massacres that followed — an estimated one million Tibetans were killed — the Chinese invaders looted and destroyed as much of Tibet's invaluable heritage as they could. While major monasteries (functioning as *the* key places of religion and learning in the Buddhist society) were looted, ransacked, defaced and partially destroyed, in total almost all of the country's 3,000 places of worship were simply destroyed; some were used for... artillery target practice.
The more accessible East Turkestan (ch: '#xinjiang') was targeted for settler #colonialism by establishing a new paramilitary settler corps, #Bingtuan. Those (ex-)soldiers were not only provided with Han Chinese brides but they were allowed to keep their AK-47s... You can guess what happened to the Uyghur homeland next. (links to background in the post below)
Those who engaged in "business as usual" with the people's republic of China — and the millions of native and occupied (lebensraum) victims of that regime — might like to make a statement. Actually I'm not... entirely certain about the former, but that latter certainly would, given a chance.
Does anyone seriously wonder *where* putin got the idea of despots' immunity though?
☝️ 「China’s preëminence at sea has come at a cost. The country is largely unresponsive to international laws, and its fleet is the worst perpetrator of illegal fishing in the world, helping drive species to the brink of extinction. Its ships are also rife with labor trafficking, debt bondage, violence, criminal neglect, and death. “The human-rights abuses on these ships are happening on an industrial and global scale,” Steve Trent, the C.E.O. of the Environmental Justice Foundation, said. 」
⇅📜 A few thoughts on the background of India's foreign policy.
Since (before) independence from the still-imperial UK in 1947, 🇮🇳 leadership (Nehru) had, not entirely unreasonably, bought into socialism as the path forward. The USSR's criminality (much already known, much more still covered up) was deliberately ignored, possibly with the notion "one's gotta break some eggs to make omelette", when Stalin's empire was adopted as a key 'partner'. 🤔
In fact despite the official adoptation of geo-political "non-alignment" (NAM), Soviet russia was a de facto ally in most respects. And Kremlin saw Delhi as a useful "neutral" developing country voice during the entire Cold War v1.0 (1945-1991).
Thanks to Soviet "anti-colonialist" narrative (added to India's experience over the previous centuries!), the entire Europe was viewed against that light as exploiters.
The USA OTOH had gone wildly "anti-socialist" (McCarthy to Reagan) and had fought against "native communists" in Korea and then Vietnam and South-East Asia. Quite the 'baddies', right?
Happy with its relative isolation (although CCP was already building it's "string of pearls" around India...), India didn't exactly prosper, but grew at a steady but modest "Hindu rate of growth" of ~3.5% from 1950s to 1980s. Compared to more dynamic East Asian economies, India was in reality horribly stagnant and almost antiquated.
In early 1990s, after the dissolution of its repressive 'partner' empire of USSR and with globalism starting to make waves, India finally adopted some internal market-oriented reforms and promoted more foreign trade and investment. Many rusty brakes on growth were loosened...
Yet politically and diplomatically the old Soviet-turned-russian links remained strong; there was little keenness to admit what the USSR had always really stood for (=imperialism).
Meanwhile the USA had, reluctantly, become a partner of India's arch nemesis Pakistan who were playing all sides, but were important with "war on terror" and its long aftermath unfolding in neighbouring Afghanistan. (Another blemish against the USA and its allies). The invasion of Iraq naturally soured public opinion for a generation and more. So the Kremlin tether remained.
The communist dictatorship of 🇨🇳 China was likewise seen through rose-tinted glasses (and crimes ignored), *despite* Chinese CCP invading the entire Tibetan Plateau in 1950-1951 and, wait for it, invading India herself in 1962!
India graciously welcomed Tibetan refugees (150k+), on historical, religious and humanitarian grounds, but essentially shrugged off the very crime of genocidal invasion which had "brought" the CCP's military to its borders in the first place, for the first time in history obviously. 🤷🏻♂️
At the risk of upsetting someone who actually found this piece and read this far, it can be argued that the Indian political establishment have been 'tankies' since day 1. Now after Narendra Modi (BJP/RSS militants) have made hindu-nationalism the core of India's (or "Bharat's") policy objectives — and with old "socialist' allies to the north having both turned to hard *nationalism* — the inherent liberalism of free democracies again looks more like a foe than an ally.
The tankie tether of 'socialism' — apparently a holy... umm... article of foreign policy — is now a tether to power-seeking revanchist nationalism, with some 'socialism' added to taste.
If in the 1990s and 2000s many thought India's progress towards liberal democracy was likely or even inevitable, well, that period was instead wasted by the Free World on building up and empowering those revanchist dictatorships, russia and china, that seek the return and enlargement of their 'illiberal' empires. 🤷🏻♂️
⇅ 📜 Some history-changing events or trends were easy to see as they started unfolding. Just consider the various actors and their real motives and objectives. 🤯
Democracies, imperfect as they are, had opportunities to react and either prevent or mitigate nefarious developments, or they could just choose to not care.
I saw through #putin when the assassinations of critics first started. (NB. he already had neoimperialist track record!)
I've watched #CCP's *actions* through the eyes of its victims while listening its manipulative win-win BS. (never in doubt)
I knew America's 'Iraq adventure' would, besides a few other things, destroy #USA's standing in *most* of the world... (the wild exhilaration of Chinese nationalists was the icing on that cake)
#trump? One of the easiest characters ever to see through... (which makes all that followed all the more shocking...!)
As a natural 'liberal democratic' friend of tolerant and secular Indian republic — always an ideal — I've watched the rise and rise of the intolerant hindu nationalist populism with concern and sadness.
💥 I didn't foresee the Gov't of #India assassinating a political (religious) opponent — a citizen of #Canada —on Canadian soil and then revelling in its ability to execute the deed and to taunt the elected leader of the 'target country'. With apparently most of India 80% Hindu population — including the opposition — celebrating this new-found audaciously extraterritorial muscularity. 🙋️ (me=fail)
June 18, 2023 — the day Hardeep Singh Nijjar was gunned down outside a Sikh gurdwara in Canada — may well mark brave new #Hindustan's coming-out party.
Now, I get the "why" without accepting the act's necessity. It's the "how", "where" and what followed that mark a new era. A hindu-nationalist India is *not* even interested in being full buddies with liberal democracies on a 'fundamental' level.
But just how far down the rabbit hole is the dominant Hindu electorate willing to follow, with "the greatest democracy's" closest allies consisting of a motley crew #AxisOfDespots whose sole unifying drive is "liberal democracy delenda est"?
☭🇨🇳 Hoard foreign DNA data globally, by "law"... :drake_like:
☭🇨🇳 Ban foreign access to CCP subjects' DNA... :drake_like:
☭🇨🇳 Polite suggestions of rank hypocrisy? :drake_dislike:
🔥 「Chinese law makes clear that any information collected using BGI’s machines can be accessed by the Chinese government. A national intelligence law enacted in 2017 stipulates that Chinese firms and citizens are legally bound to share proprietary information acquired in foreign countries whenever requested.
🔥 Since 2019, China has also overhauled the legal framework governing its own vast genetic resources, redefining them as a strategic national resource and tightly restricting access by foreign entities for reasons including national security. Under current Chinese law, foreign entities are banned from collecting genetic material in the country or moving such resources abroad.」
☝️ In summary: A Malaysian diaspora-Chinese-nationalist columnist hails the "people's republic" of china's unstoppable rise despite the American enemies 'doing everything" to fight it... 🧐
The Singaporean journalist Shibani Mahtani wrote about this theme recently for the Washington Post.
What would the 26 million 'DPRK' subjects think about the 'PRC' if they only knew anything...
The Chinese #dictatorship was quite busy after overthrowing the republic of China in 1949. The communist party's private army they insist calling the "people's *liberation* army" was still hard at work invading #Tibet from 1950 onwards.
@arstechnica ☝️ It may not take any single scary subvariant to actually be a scary proposal.
Every infection — the #antivaxxers 'did their own research', so good on 'em 🤷🏻♂️ — attacks/lowers our defences and *reactivates* the prevalent #HSV and #EpsteinBarr viruses which appear to be behind lot of the #longcovid cases... we're approaching 100 million cases of long covid globally by the end of the year.
The best way to lower the risk of (long) covid to yourself and those you care about is by staying current on vaccinations and, yes, using a mask.
R to @benedictrogers: I shared my view that the only way #HongKong could ever change is if there is change in Beijing So 🇨🇳 dissidents, #HongKongers, #Uyghurs, #Tibetans, #China's persecuted Christians, Falun Gong, Southern Mongolians, everyone persecuted by #CCP must build a "United Front"/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/benedictrogers/status/1699837162232099297#m
Apart for Winnie the Pooh costume, what else will be now banned in CCP's China?
This would only surprise you if you were ignorant enough to think that the #CCP is still a "leftist" party & not, in fact, a #Chinese Han-enthno-centric, patriarchial, male-led hyper-nationalist party that has long abandoned it's Marxist roots. #China #Germany
☝️ I have been writing about the *reason why* we now have this #AxisOfDespots going for the throat of #democracy and #humanrights — 'free world' corporations, bankers and politicians selling out the values of human liberty post-1989 (!!) to *empower* the #CCP #dictatorship and thus rekindling the fire of fundamentalist #authoritarianism that the CCP inspiredly spread forth...
#Stelzenmüller graciously lets the post-1989 enablers, collaborators and appeasers of the democratic world off the hook here, but the rest is right on the nose. 💥
Well, she did have a neat parting gift for that most orange of morons:
[on drumpfh:]「The commander-in-chief’s political instincts, as it happened, were diametrically opposed to those of his advisers. The president had nothing but contempt for institutions, rules, allies, and especially NATO and the EU; he admired authoritarian leaders like Putin all the more submissively. In all this, Trump was (and is) neither a strategist nor an ideologue, but a transactional “America First” nationalist in a zero-sum world — a theory of American power that an anonymous senior official described as a “no friends, no enemies” policy.40 Trump’s attacks on the rules-based world order were ultimately unsuccessful, as were his attempts to prevent his successor from winning the election.」
The campaign’s lack of any audience development despite years of operation, dozens of personnel behind it, and thousands of pieces of content leads some to wonder why China even bothers with the trolling effort.
Will any constellation by CCP 🇨🇳 provide actual *internet* access? 🤷🏻♂️
Without the (already built) middleman scanning and filtering? What are the chances? 🤫
👉️ Will #CCP's networks provide CCP curated programming to pliant states while scanning and filtering traffic for the security of the Party and client despots? 🎯️
After not having shown up in public for a full month, #QinGang has been ousted as the foreign minister of #China.
He was appointed due to his experience as China's ambassador to the #UnitedStates, and now an undeclared trip of his wife to the US has cost him his job and career within the #CCP.
Rumors were his wife was setting up a scheme in the US to transfer funds from China.
That is something #XiJingping does not like to see happening. Tigers, flies...
I grew up thinking, nay, believing that the United Nations was the bee's knees...
Yeah sure, if wishes were trees, the trees would be falling.
This UN Chief’s (Antonio Guterres) ‘List of Shame’ (actually titled "Agenda item 64 (a): Promotion and protection of the rights of children") omits not only Israel, but fails to even passingly mention the word "#china" even once.
The Chinese dictatorship has for years forced Tibetan children into CCP-run #sinification boarding camps with the aim of eradicating their Tibetan identity forever, starting with their Tibetan mother tongue.
If they are allowed to even briefly visit their homes those children will struggle to communicate and will grow increasingly alienated from their families and their culture.
Instead they will be indoctrinated with... if I continue, any conscientious person reading would feel uncomfortable to say the least, so... what dogmas and what One Language would the current CCP regime indoctrinate a million inconvenient untermensch Tibetan children with...?
Where are the Chinese people saying "not in my name"?
And a fun feature of this Party-state (in)security "law" by the newly-brazened CCP is that it supposedly applies to *anyone*, *anywhere*.
If you express anything that the #Chinese #dictatorship finds offensive or threatening, they claim the extraterritorial 'right' to grab you and convict you in their 'courts'. (CCP's conviction rate is merely 99%)
Combine this intended global reach with CCP's massive global spying and data hoarding/stealing campaigns and its harnessing of #AI to create a criminality dossier on everyone on the planet and perhaps rethink that holiday in any of #CCP's allied or vassal countries...
Besides selling "mundane" tools of torture to the Chinese dictatorship (which were used against defenseless Tibetans and Uighurs under occupation...), Israeli war-industry businesses have sold cutting-edge military technology to CCP's war machine, to the extent that the USA had to threaten them with repercussions.
It has gotten slightly complicated trying to reconcile my wishes for the Israelis' right to peace and security with their state's shocking lack of ethics or introspection....
「He accuses Israel of not only running an apartheid state but profiting from the tools used to oppress millions, and selling them to some of the world’s more murderous despots and least scrupulous governments.」
Read that again.
「His research shows that from apartheid South Africa to antisemitic regimes in South America, Israeli governments have been willing to deal with ethnonationalists, autocrats and demagogues for various diplomatic and profit motives. A turning point was the Six-Day War, but Loewenstein argues the trend continues to this day.」
Her real "crime" was successfully identifying many of the organized crime thugs (called triads, Chinese mafia groups) that brutally attacked defenceless commuters and returning pro-democracy protesters at a busy train station, because... wait for it... those thugs were very close associates of prominent CCP backers.
The ever-increasing regime violence did start thinning out the mass protests, but thanks to many live video feeds and the work of journalists like Bao Choy the people already *knew*, for a fact, who had orchestrated the shocking assault.
Prosecuting the investigative journalists or anyone standing up for the now-buried notion of a civil society or #UN #humanrights is now merely tedious #legalistic cleanup work and anyone involved in the persecutions should be sanctioned off civilized world for good.
The real "pearl of the orient" realization here is that the CCP #dictatorship apparently gets to crush #Hongkong society without #consequences while keeping its manipulative global #BankingColony operations there fully intact.
Democracies are still playing the game to CCP's tune. How's it going so far?
Ok, before carrying I just want to say this as footnotes. From the 1 1/2 episodes that I've seen so far, this series has a heavy handed #CCP propaganda all over it which makes it very difficult to watch and put aside and focus on the #SciFi premise. My main purpose is to put aside all the hype around these books and TV show and see how good it is. #threebodyproblem #thethreebodyproblem #Tencent #China 6/n
⬆️ Estonian PM Kaja Kallas interviewed in Singapore:
“Russia are the last imperial colonialistic power there is in the world... ”
Mere momentary myopia, deliberate appeasement (of #russia's dominant 'brother'), or is PM Kallas genuinely unaware...??
All Estonians should not only know but have the deepest solidarity possible for the peoples still facing eradication.
But.. with a business delegation?
It is a "business hub" alright, but an #autocracy dominated by a ruling elite from (currently) post-colonial #Chinese #diaspora, some of whom feel a strong pull of the ever more powerful #HanChinese "motherland.
From what I understand Singapore is trying to "play the field", for now, and see where the tide turns. Or worse.
Is is where democracies should be directing their investments though?
Unseparated at Birth
What the Xi Jinping and Musk have in common. Libertarians and the CCP share the same essence. Musk is now channeling Ayn Rand and blowing up everything he touches, and has even a talent for ruining the interests of his own class. It’s perfect.
No wonder, the #PLA is a paper dragon plagued by corruption and inexperienced in shooting anything else than the country's young talent. As shown on #TiananmenSquare back in 1989.
#BookCensorship #CCP-owned Wen Wei Po is attacking Hunter Bookstore in #HongKong for promoting “anti-China chaos” via books & talks by opposition figures. The shop’s owned by former pro-democracy District Councillor Letitia Wong, who’s responded defiantly. https://bit.ly/3BJtBWK https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1660631582590337024#m
Well-put, https://mstdn.social/@email@example.com ! 👏🏽
❝The Chinese Communist party, which rules over the People’s Republic, is precisely one of the historical forces that *overthrew* imperial China. And the #CCP has never controlled #Taiwan 🇳🇫 in its 75-year history.❞
Ran into a lively protest the other day at the Ferry Building.
(Nikonos V, Fuji Superia 400, self developed)
I still believe that the German government could have intervened on national security grounds, but they did not and so here we are.
The Made In China 2025 program is still very much a key goal of the #CCP, but it is less openly discussed by China today to avoid overtly antagonizing the West (and in an attempt to catch the West off guard of its true and ever-expanding ambitions).
If you are not familiar with #China's Made In China 2025 program, I think that the South China Morning Post did an excellent job describing it here: https://multimedia.scmp.com/news/china/article/made-in-China-2025/index.html
Essentially, it is a state-led industrial policy program to parlay China's existing status as the "World's Factory Floor" into an advanced #manufacturing powerhouse that can exceed the West technologically.
It is an **extremely** vital program to the #CCP - more than most recognize.
Even #HongKong’s compromised courts couldn’t stomach HK gov’t’s attempts to deny #JimmyLai the right to choose his own lawyer, so the #CCP-appointed CE & CCP-controlled Legco made a new law allowing the CE to decide (with no appeal to the courts allowed). https://hongkongfp.com/2023/05/10/hong-kong-lawmakers-unanimously-vote-to-let-city-leader-restrict-overseas-lawyers-from-national-security-cases/ https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1656239575340072960#m
A smear campaign in #CCP-owned Wen Wei Po accuses @RSF_inter, which ranks #HongKong 140th in #PressFreedom, of “endangering national security,” supporting “color revolution,” & being a thug of the CIA, sans evidence as usual. https://bit.ly/3LJOaa3 https://nitter.hongkongers.net/hkdc_us/status/1655924111644737538#m