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Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders into the Xinjiang region, where authorities are conducting a massive campaign of surveillance and oppression against the local Muslim population, are being forced to install a piece of malware on their phones that gives all of their text messages as well as other pieces of data to the authorities, a collaboration by Motherboard, Süddeutsche Zeitung, the Guardian, the New York Times, and the German public broadcaster NDR has found.
Thursday, January 17, 2019
"They are forced to renounce the Muslim religion and Uighur language, and memorize and recite Chinese characters and propaganda songs. The 'vocational training' is actually forced labor. Torture and deaths are common. Thousands of children have been separated from their parents and placed in a separate network of orphanages. 'Break their lineage, break their roots, break their connections and break their origins," concluded a state news commentary cited by the [New York] Times. It's hard to read that as anything other than a declaration of genocidal intent."
Uighurs, who are being swept up into China's nets by the thousands at various checkpoints around the country, are scared to even leave the house. Other non-Muslims are being thrown behind the high walls of these prisons for nothing more than having a photo of a woman with a headscarf on their phone -- or reciting something religious at a funeral. "Yet thanks to China's growing power," the editors of the Washington Post point out, "global reaction has been muted."
China has denied that the case — or the arrests of several other Canadians in recent weeks — have been politicized in retaliation for Canada's arrest of a senior officer of China's top telecommunications company, Huawei.
The retrial at the Dalian Intermediate People's Court came with unusual speed, not long after Canada's Dec. 1 arrest of a high-profile Chinese businesswoman, Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of the telecommunications giant Huawei. Her arrest came at the request of U.S. authorities who want to extradite her on charge of fraud relating to alleged breaches of U.S. sanctions against Iran.
"... Schellenberg's case, like those of Kovrig and Spavor, appeared to reinforce the message "that China views the holding of human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy."
Thursday, January 10, 2019
show that Huawei, the world's largest supplier of telecommunications network
equipment, is more closely linked to both firms than previously known.
The documents reveal that a high-level Huawei executive appears to have been
appointed Skycom's Iran manager. They also show that at least three
Chinese-named individuals had signing rights for both Huawei and Skycom bank
accounts in Iran. Reuters also discovered that a Middle Eastern lawyer said
Huawei conducted operations in Syria through Canicula.
The previously unreported ties between Huawei and the two companies could
bear on the U.S. case against Meng, who is the daughter of Huawei founder
Ren Zhengfei, by further undermining Huawei's claims that Skycom was merely
an arms-length business partner.
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
This is the same country that the western world is funding to the tune of billions every year because of the manufacturing we do there, the buying we do from there, etc. And in reality, they really should be treated like North Korea and ostracized. That's the problem with a global economy - too many deep ties and we let the money control our morality.
"Dozens of Christians were grabbed from their homes in a series of raids sweeping across the Sichuan area late last night. Some elders were able to escape into hiding. Others were less fortunate. Zhang Guoqing, assistant deacon of the church, said he was released from custody and went straight to Pastor Wang Yi's home -- "but the pastor and his wife were nowhere to be found." The home, a ransacked mess, is just another indication that China's latest crackdown is something everyone -- including the international community -- needs to take seriously.
Started at 9 p.m., social media channels, cell phone discussions, and personal accounts were all blocked. Even the church's telephone line was cut. One church leader is being watched "around the clock by 'security personnel' in his home." The ferocity of the attack surprised a lot of Christians, who've been operating out in the open for years. "This round of crackdown is unusual," said Li Yingqiang, "as it seems that the authorities want to close the church down for good. Our social media channel accounts such as WeChat were not closed in previous rounds and they have taken a large number of our members into custody this time. The scale was unprecedented."