27 Jul 2018

Marco Rubio: Google, other US companies are aiding Chinese surveillance

During a congressional hearing on China’s repression of Muslim ethnic minorities, Senator Marco Rubio accused Google and other American companies of providing important services in China that are used as part of the Communist Party’s “efforts to build the world’s most advanced police state.” He further stated that “It is

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26 Jul 2018

US airlines comply at last minute with Beijing’s demand

United, Delta, and American Airlines all complied at the last minute with a demand from Beijing requiring them to scrub any mentions of Taiwan as a country, instead categorizing it as a province of China. The companies, long unwilling to make these changes, are now referring to Taiwan simply by

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24 Jul 2018

China inks deal with Senegal; BRI now spans Africa

Chinese media has reported that Senegal is the first West African country to sign a Belt and Road cooperation agreement with China. China has already funded a series of infrastructure projects in Senegal. The announcement comes during Chinese President Xi’s highly publicized tour in Africa, his fourth while in office.

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24 Jul 2018

Trade war highlights importance of BRICS

BRICS countries are meeting for a high level summit this week in South Africa to discuss trade, among other things. And, as China squares off against the U.S., it has simultaneously been working to improve trade ties with other BRICS countries in an effort to reduce its dependency on trade

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24 Jul 2018

Chinese Hackers Targeted Internet-of-Things During Trump-Putin Summit

Chinese hackers launched a series of attacks against internet-connected devices in Finland in the days leading up to Trump and Putin’s meeting in the city. The attacks targeted devices that could provide access to audio or visual information. The attacks represented a 2,800% increase above normal rates for Finland.  Source:

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23 Jul 2018

CIA & FBI: China is waging a ‘quiet kind of cold war’ against US

China’s subversive actions against the U.S. goes well beyond the current trade dispute and includes massive, coordinated economic espionage that is “not just a footnote to what we’re dealing with with Russia.” Both the CIA and FBI have continued to emphasize the risks posed to the U.S. by ongoing Chinese

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20 Jul 2018

Beijing working to curb ‘zombie’ company problem as they feast on new BRI projects

Embedded within China’s massive state-owned enterprise sector are thousands of “zombie” companies that do not produce enough revenue to pay debts, and are kept afloat by state funding. These companies have driven China’s growing corporate debt problem and the issue has been aggravated by China’s titanic Belt and Road Initiative.

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20 Jul 2018

Californian high-tech company partners with China to build a hyperloop transportation system

HyperloopTT, high-tech transportation company in California, has announced a partnership with a remote Chinese city to build a 6 mile length of hyperloop, a vacuum-sealed tunnel in which travelers are propelled inside capsules. Such partnerships and deals are unlikely to receive warm welcome from the U.S. Government at the current

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19 Jul 2018

Chinese consumers ready to boycott US goods, survey shows

A recent consumer survey found that 54% of Chinese consumers polled across 300 Chinese cities would “probably” or “definitely” avoid U.S. products in response to continued U.S. tariffs on Chinese goods. Chinese state media has proven effective in encouraging consumers to avoid goods from certain countries, with a recent boycott

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19 Jul 2018

Xi to start tour of Middle East, African nations, meet with Putin at BRICS summit

Chinese President Xi Jinxing has begun his 5-country, 10-day tour of the United Arab Emirates, Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, and Mauritius, as a part of efforts to strengthen Chinese economic and political ties in the countries and the wider regions. In South Africa, Xi will attend a BRICS summit alongside

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