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India becomes AIIB's largest borrower: official - People's Daily Online
India is the biggest borrower from the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB), getting its projects financed to the extent of 4.4. billion U.S. dollars in the past three years, Subhash Chandra Garg, the country's secretary at the Department of Economic Affairs, said in an official statement.
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China says United States domestic opioid market the crux of crisis
“China’s drug control agencies, now and in the years to come, will place greater emphasis on drug control cooperation between China and the United States,” Liu Yuejin, deputy head of China’s National Narcotics Commission, told a news conference. “But I believe that to resolve this the more important issue is for the United States to strive to reduce and compress the great demand and drug consumption markets of opioids,” he said. While China accepts that some new psychoactive substances, including fentanyl, manufactured in China are sold in the United States, the substances are not yet readily abused and trafficked in China itself, he said.
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Australia works on security deal with Vanuatu in bid to counter China's influence | Reuters
During a visit to Canberra by Vanuatu Prime Minister Charlot Salwai, Australia offered up to A$19.5 million (10.6 million pounds) in education aid and said it would spend A$400,000 to help develop Vanuatu’s cyber policy and security. Maritime surveillance, police and defence cooperation would underpin the security treaty, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said in a statement, but gave no date to begin talks.
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Mattis focusing on strategic security issues in China talks - AP
Speaking to reporters on his plane Sunday en route to a stop in Alaska, Mattis avoided any of the sharp criticism of China that he had voiced recently. Instead, he insisted that he is going into the talks with Chinese leaders without any preconceived notions, and wants to focus on larger, more strategic security issues.
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China targets India’s Ladakh - Gateway House
Buddhist-dominated Ladakh, which comprises almost 60% of the state but accounts for just 2% of the state’s population[2][3], is all but invisible in policy circles. Its name isn’t even included in the state’s official name. This is ironic since Ladakh has historically protected India from the Tibetan and Mongol invasions from the north. It is now sandwiched between Pakistan-occupied Gilgit Baltistan and China-occupied Aksai Chin and is strategically important – and perhaps as a result, is the subject of a running border dispute.[4] While it has received some border infrastructure development from India, Ladakh may be ignored in part because it is largely peaceful. That will no longer be excused. For neighbouring China has slowly been increasing its influence, focusing not just on the border, but exploiting sectarian differences among the monasteries of Ladakh. The region is the site of frequent border face-offs with China – starting with the Sino-Indian War of 1962 and continuing with frequent territorial incursions as was seen most prominently during the Depsang Valley standoff with China in 2013.[5] Of late it has been misusing Himalayan Buddhism[6], a tactic China has used extensively and for decades in Tibet
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kp oli's china visit: Railway connectivity important document of China visit: Nepal PM KP Oli - The Economic Times
The new railway line will connect the Gyirong trading port in the city of Xigaze in Tibet with the Nepali capital Kathmandu. Oli expressed hope that cross-border railway projects will give an impetus to cross-border connectivity between Nepal and China.
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U.S. Faces ‘Unprecedented Threat’ From China on Tech Takeover - Bloomberg
China’s “Thousand Talents” program to tap into its citizens educated or employed in the U.S. is a key part of multi-pronged efforts to transfer, replicate and eventually overtake U.S. military and commercial technology, according to American intelligence officials. The program, begun in 2008, is far from secret. But its unadvertised goal is “to facilitate the legal and illicit transfer of U.S. technology, intellectual property and know-how” to China, according to an unclassified analysis by the National Intelligence Council, the branch of U.S. intelligence that assesses long-term trends.
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How China tried to shut down Australian media coverage of its debt-trap diplomacy in the Pacific | Business Insider
Five days before Australia’s “60 Minutes” program aired a report on China’s dept-trap diplomacy in the Pacific region, the show received an unusually aggressive phone call.

“Take this down and take it to your leaders!” the voice on the other end of the line shouted.

It was the voice of Saixian Cao, the head of media affairs at China’s embassy in Canberra. According to a report from “60 Minutes” journalist Charles Wooley, she was yelling at the show’s executive producer, Kirsty Thomson, after failing to gain any traction with higher-ups at the network.

“You will listen,” Cao reportedly shouted into the phone. “There must be no more misconduct in the future
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Enforcement powers of Coast Guard expanded - China Daily
National lawmakers on Friday passed a resolution specifying the authority and responsibilities of the newly reshuffled China Coast Guard. The resolution, which serves as the legal basis for the Coast Guard, makes it clear that the force is tasked with cracking down on illegal activities at sea, safeguarding security and order of maritime operations, protecting the marine environment and ecosystems, regulating the fishing industry, and coordinating and training local governments' maritime law enforcement.
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The saga of CEFC and China's push into Central and Eastern Europe - Sinica Podcast
This week’s show was recorded in Prague, where major developments in the continuing saga of a mysterious Chinese company called CEFC, with deep ties to the Czech president, Milos Zeman, unfolded during a recent visit by Kaiser. He spoke with Martin Hála of Charles University in Prague about the rise and fall of CEFC, and what this means not only for China’s efforts to expand its presence in Central and Eastern Europe, but also for China’s Belt and Road Initiative more broadly.
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Chinese, U.S. Coast Guards Team Up for Driftnet Bust - Maritime Executive
While Chinese and American maritime interests may not always align, that hasn't stopped their respective coast guards from teaming up to fight maritime crime. The crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Alex Haley and an embarked team from the China Coast Guard recently detained the Chinese fishing vessel Run Da for illegal driftnet fishing in international waters. The intercept and boarding occurred on the high seas about 750 nm east of Hokkaido, Japan.
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Is China at the forefront of drone technology? | ChinaPower Project
China has found success in producing both strike-capable systems and unweaponized systems for intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) missions. A 2017 DoD report noted that “China’s aviation industry has advanced to produce . . . modern reconnaissance and attack UAVs.” Its Wing Loong and Caihong (CH)2 series have become popular exports to militaries around the globe. Its fleet of reconnaissance drones includes the High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) Soaring Dragon and Cloud Shadow.
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Nassim Nicholas Taleb hits out at Chinese printers’ censorship of his book | Books | The Guardian
The writer Nassim Nicholas Taleb has blasted Chinese printers with accusations of censorship, after the manuscript for a US edition of his 2012 book Antifragile was returned with the instruction to replace mentions of Taiwan with “China, Taiwan”.
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China takes surveillance to new heights with flock of robotic Doves, but do they come in peace? | South China Morning Post
Sources told the South China Morning Post that more than 30 military and government agencies have deployed the birdlike drones and related devices in at least five provinces in recent years.

One part of the country that has seen the new technology used extensively is the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region in China’s far west. The vast area, which borders Mongolia, Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan and India, is home to a large Muslim population and has long been viewed by Beijing as a hotbed for separatism. As a result, the region and its people have been subjected to heavy surveillance from the central government.
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Disgraced manager at shipbuilding juggernaut allegedly 'sold Chinese carrier intel to CIA' | Asia Times
Sina Military and Hong Kong-based Apple Daily noted that Sun could have divulged some drawings and other information of the Soviet-built Liaoning, as well as its retrofitting work during the 2000s, to US Central Intelligence Agency operatives.
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Despite Modi-Xi bonhomie, China moves into Arunachal Pradesh - ThePrint
Doklam is not the only such area where the Chinese have tried to salami-slice a neighbour’s territory (Bhutan being another) to give themselves a tactical advantage. Army Chief General Bipin Rawat had earlier spoken about this Chinese approach to slow expansion.

The Tsari Chu valley in Arunachal Pradesh is another such area.

It is evident from satellite pictures that over the years the Chinese have moved at least 5 km into what should be Indian territory. They may have taken advantage of the remoteness of the area and the absence of Indian forces.
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Is China Bringing Peace to Afghanistan? | The Diplomat
Economic development of conflict areas is important to build peace but China’s approach in this regard is unlikely to quell conflict. It has focused on resource extraction, a sector which has triggered conflict the world over. This could be the case in Afghanistan as well. Importantly, China’s approach is narrow and superficial. It is not keen to address the underlying causes of the Afghan conflict. It is disinterested in shaping the political outcome of negotiations between the Afghan government and the Taliban. It has done nothing to build peace constituencies in Afghanistan. China’s role in Afghanistan is undoubtedly growing. Yet, its influence there remains limited especially compared to the United States. While China has been able to establish ties with the Taliban and has even hosted its representatives for talks on its soil, it is the United States that still matters in Afghanistan. Not only is Washington’s influence over the Ghani government considerable, but the Taliban also want to talk with the United States.
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What’s Behind Israel’s Growing Ties With China? | Council on Foreign Relations
What do the Chinese see in tiny Israel? Its main interest appears to be in tapping Israeli research and innovation. “In China’s view, Israel, despite its small size, stands out for its scientific achievements, its number of startups, and the number of its Nobel Prize laureates,” wrote former Israeli Ambassador to China Matan Vilnai, along with Assaf Orion and Galia Lavi, in March 2017. China's investments also include high technology, agriculture, food, water, and biotechnology.
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Chinese National Arrested for Conspiring to Illegally Export U.S. Origin Goods Used in Anti-Submarine Warfare to China | USAO-MA | Department of Justice
Shuren Qin, 41, a Chinese national residing in Wellesley, Mass., was charged in a criminal complaint with one count of visa fraud and one count of conspiring to commit violations of U.S. export regulations. Qin was arrested today and will appear in federal court in Boston on June 22, 2018. According to charging documents, Qin was born in the People’s Republic of China and became a lawful permanent resident of the United States in 2014. Qin operates several companies in China, which purport to import U.S. and European goods with applications in underwater or marine technologies into China.  It is alleged that Qin was in communication with and/or receiving taskings from entities affiliated with the PLA, including the Northwestern Polytechnical University (NWPU), a Chinese military research institute, to obtain items used for anti-submarine warfare.
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China takes over Radio Australia frequencies after ABC drops shortwave - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Radio Australia switched off its shortwave transmissions to remote parts of northern Australia and across the Pacific in January 2017...The Australian newspaper has reported Radio Australia's former shortwave frequencies are now being used by China Radio International, the country's state-owned overseas broadcaster.
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PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill visits Beijing to sign One Belt, One Road trade deal - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Papua New Guinea's Prime Minister Peter O'Neill is arriving in China today for a week-long visit to strengthen ties with Beijing and to sign the controversial One Belt, One Road initiative. Key points: Peter O'Neill says he won't be seeking any new loans while in China PNG is also planning to renegotiate the funding of the Pacific Marine Industrial Zone China is PNG's largest bilateral creditor, with PNG owing it nearly $2bn in concessional loans PNG will join East Timor as the second Pacific island nation to sign up to the initiative, which aims to expand Chinese economic influence by enhancing trade routes across the world.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping commits all kinds of support to Nepal | Setopati - Nepal's Digital Newspaper
Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli Wednesday handed over to the President of the People’s Republic of China Xi Jinping the invitation letter sent by President Bidya Devi Bhandari. PM Oli, who is on a six-day official visit to China, handed over the invitation letter during a courtesy meeting with the Chinese President at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. Receiving the invitation letter sent by President Bhandari, President Xi expressed his commitment to visit Nepal at an appropriate time. President Xi and Prime Minister held one-on-one talks for half an hour. Similarly, the delegation level talks lasted for 45 minutes
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New motor to be used for classified weaponry - Global Times
China has produced a new type of electric motor that would meet the heavy demand from China's latest electromagnetic weapon system, which may involve electromagnetic railgun and ballistic missile technologies, said an expert. Academy of Aerospace Solid Propulsion Technology under China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation has recently delivered a batch of newly developed brushed DC electric motors to an unnamed unit. The motors will be used in China's latest electromagnetic weapon system and are under heavy demand, reads an article published by the academy on WeChat on June 10.
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Expert predicts China may shortly have a third aircraft carrier - People's Daily Online
China might soon have its third aircraft carrier, said military expert Song Zhongping, after a picture showing three aircraft carriers was made public in a news piece by China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) on Wednesday. Song told Global Times that the three aircraft carriers shown could be China’s original aircraft carrier Liaoning, with the first domestically-developed aircraft carrier alongside a new one with electromagnetic aircraft launch systems.
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China's Giant Ionosphere-Zapping Radar Is Weaponry Masquerading as Science
As long as U.S. submarines operate in this part of the world, China has no chance of dominating it. But a system which could blank out ELF communications and selectively interfere with other satellite communications would severely affect any submarine operations in the South China Sea. China could even use the new array as a transmitter for ELF radar to detect submarines at long range. The U.S. Navy discounted this approach in the ‘80s but the technology may be ripe for reappraisal. At least a dozen of recent scientific papers have looked at ELF radar for investigating underground features, finding natural resources, and locating pipelines. Interestingly, almost all these research papers have been from China. One paper suggests the same technique might be applied to ‘underwater target detection,’ another looks at ELFs for detection of underwater objects. Finding submarines is definitely on the agenda.
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China regrets U.S. exit from United Nations Human Rights Council - CGTN
"China regrets U.S. withdrawal from the UNHRC," said spokesperson Geng Shuang. "The council is established with the demand of the UN General Assembly as an important platform for various parties to conduct dialogue, cooperation and mutual exchange and to promote the development of the human rights course," explained Geng. // Comment: Does China really regret it? It seems like this move may assist China's ongoing efforts to redefine human rights
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China committed to cooperation for better space governance: China's envoy to UN - Xinhua
China is committed to cooperation for a common development in outer space, which is a new domain for promoting the well-being of all mankind, said Shi Zhongjun, China's envoy to UN in Vienna, on Tuesday. After more than 60 years of hard work, China has established a comprehensive, systematic, and advanced aerospace scientific, technological and industrial system, and has become an important emerging force in the exploration and use of outer space, said the Chinese envoy. Shi said China is committed to cooperation for better space governance, noting China dedicates to cooperation with nations in promoting development in outer space, and would like to share with the others.
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My name is Wu, James Wu: The United Front in the Czech Republic | jichang lulu
The Czech president’s bromance with CEFC has most saliently illustrated the intensity of CCP influence in the country’s high politics, teeming with links to the Party’s International Liaison Department (ILD). However, in the shadow of this high drama, the United Front (UF) system, famous for its Antipodean prowess, is also active in the Czech Republic, cultivating lower-level decision makers below the media radar. There are many foot soldiers in this more pedestrian side show, but one in particular stands out. His name is Wu. James Wu.
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China-based campaign breached satellite, defense companies: Symantec | Reuters
Symantec said the effort appeared to be driven by national espionage goals, such as the interception of military and civilian communications. Such interception capabilities are rare but not unheard of, and the researchers could not say what communications, if any, were taken. More disturbingly in this case, the hackers infected computers that controlled the satellites, so that they could have changed the positions of the orbiting devices and disrupted data traffic, Symantec said.
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Malcolm Turnbull says media makes China-Australia relations look bad | Australia news | The Guardian
Malcolm Turnbull has blamed the media and his political opponents for portraying the China-Australia relationship as troubled, claiming issues between the countries are being settled with mutual respect. Turnbull made the comments at the Australia China Business Council on Tuesday, amid tension about Australian competition with China for influence in the South Pacific and concern from China that it is being targeted by the Coalition’s foreign interference package.
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China Says ‘Cold War Mentality’ Hurting Australia Ties Must End - Bloomberg
China’s ambassador to Australia called for an end to a “Cold War mentality” that’s straining ties between the two nations, weeks after Beijing blamed its key trading partner for creating a diplomatic spat. “The two countries need to have more interaction and inclusiveness, with less bias or bigotry,” Cheng Jingye said in a speech in Canberra on Tuesday. “We need to see each other’s development and policy intentions from a more positive perspective, with less Cold War mentality.”
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China offers military credit to Cambodia | Jane's 360
China has agreed to provide Cambodia with more than USD100 million in aid to support the modernisation of the Royal Cambodian Armed Forces (RCAF), the government in Phnom Penh has announced. The funding will be provided through a defence co-operation agreement (DCA) signed by the two countries during Chinese defence minister Wei Fenghe’s two-day visit to Cambodia, which ended on 18 June.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping biggest promoter of Bollywood films, says envoy
Chinese President Xi Jinping is the biggest promoter of Bollywood films and has watched Aamir Khan-starrer 'Dangal' on multiple occasions, Chinese envoy to India Luo Zhaohui said on Tuesday. The envoy said nowadays, practising yoga, watching Bollywood films and tasting Darjeeling tea have become fashionable among the Chinese youth.
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In Vietnam, distrust of government's China policy fuels protests | Reuters
The demonstrations, which are technically illegal, sprung up for a second consecutive week on Sunday, stoked by fears that proposed coastal economic zones for foreigners would be beachheads for an invasion of Chinese businesses. The proposal makes no mention of China. But political analysts say Vietnamese minds were already made up, with popular Facebook posts reinforcing deep-rooted suspicion that Chinese interests are influencing state policy.
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Chinese Embassy Lashes Out Over Australian TV Segment – China Digital Times (CDT)
According to a separate blog post, producers received an "aggressive, threatening and loud" phone call on June 12 from the head of media affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Canberra, who complained that footage of the Chinese Embassy in Vanuatu had been obtained illegally and without permission, including with an unauthorized drone overflight. 60 Minutes denies these accusations, claiming that it filmed the site legally from public space, and that its drone never passed over the embassy grounds. From Charles Wooley:
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Xi, Morales hold talks, agree to establish China-Bolivia strategic partnership - Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping and visiting Bolivian President Juan Evo Morales Ayma on Tuesday agreed that the two countries would establish a strategic partnership to promote greater development of bilateral relations at a new historical starting point 习近平同玻利维亚总统莫拉莱斯举行会谈; 两国元首一致决定 建立中玻战略伙伴关系 http://cpc.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0619/c64094-30066643.html
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Cambodian PM Hun Sen meets senior Chinese official on bilateral ties - Xinhua
Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Techo Hun Sen met with Chinese State Councilor and Defense Minister Wei Fenghe here on Monday. Viewing China as a good and true friend, Hun Sen said the friendship between Cambodia and China has withstood the test of time and grown even stronger. The prime minister expressed gratitude for China's support to Cambodia's social economic development and building of national defense and military forces
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China and the West -Should the West worry about the threat to liberal values posed by China's rise? | Debates - The Economist
Minxin Pei and Kishore Mahbubani powerfully set out the arguments for and against worrying about a challenge to liberalism posed by China. More than 60% of you thought that we should indeed be worried.
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China's Pacific Islands Push Has the U.S. Worried - Bloomberg
Wang Dong, an international relations professor at Peking University, dismissed concerns that large concessional loans leave nations vulnerable to “debt-trap diplomacy” and said China’s expanded role in the Pacific is a natural consequence of its growing economic clout. “It’s scaremongering to think this will lead to any military design or ambition in the Pacific,” Wang said in a phone interview from Beijing. “We will see China increase its presence there and it will keep helping these countries build their infrastructure.”
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'China begins sharing data on Brahmaputra, Sutlej rivers' | Times of India
After a year's gap, China has resumed sharing hydrological data on the Brahmaputra and Sutlej rivers with India, an official of the water resources ministry said. For the Brahmaputra river, data was shared by China from May 15, while it started sharing data for the Sutlej from June 1.
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The China-India rivalry is causing an ecological disaster in the Himalayas — Quartz
Most analyses of the Sino-Indian border dispute have focused on the potential for another war between these two nuclear-armed neighbours. The environmental impacts of their continued entrenchment are rarely mentioned, despite the fact that they are significant and growing.
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China adds to nuclear arsenal amid military modernisation drive | South China Morning Post
As of January, the country had 280 warheads, up from 270 a year earlier, the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI) said in an annual report. But it said none of the nuclear warheads were deployed on missiles or located on bases with operational forces. They were instead classified as “other warheads” – meaning they are being stored or have been retired.
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King Joins Colleagues in Bipartisan Letter Raising Concerns Over Potential Threat of Chinese Attempts to Undermine U.S. Democracy
U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine) and a bipartisan group of senators sent a letter to top Administration officials raising concerns about China’s attempts to undermine democratic institutions in the United States, and American leadership and alliances abroad. In the letter, which is addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Secretary of Defense James Mattis, Secretary of Treasury Steve Mnuchin, National Intelligence Director Dan Coats, Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray and U.S. Agency for International Development Administrator Hank Green, the senators highlighted concerns regarding the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) attempts to influence democracies, markets and institutions around the globe, and called on the Administration to develop a comprehensive strategy to counter Chinese actions aiming to manipulate public discourse and democratic institutions in support of China’s interests
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Former Rolls-Royce engineer 'arrested under Official Secrets Act' amid fears China tried to obtain F-35 fighter jet details
Readerstrust The man was named by the Sun as  Bryn Jones, a former chief combustion technologist, who it said had been detained in connection with efforts by China to obtain classified information about Britain's new £100million RAF stealth fighter jet. The 73-year-old former Rolls-Royce employee was reportedly held after MI5 received information that classified details were passed to Beijing.
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Chinese military phases out profit-making contract work - Xinhua
The circular said that the gradual phasing out of profit-making services provided by the military had begun in 2016 and achieved significant progress, though there was still more work to be done. It said all such contract work should end by the end of 2018, and that programs should be closed down if they sought profit, deviated from the military’s core responsibility or provided solely civilian services.
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中央军委印发《传承红色基因实施纲要》 - 中国军网
Central Military Commission publishes outline on implementation of passing on "red genes" // 《纲要》明确,传承红色基因要着力锻造维护核心、听党指挥的绝对忠诚,坚定社会主义、共产主义的理想信念,强化勇于改革、敢于突破的创新意识,培育一不怕苦、二不怕死的战斗精神,严明高度自觉、令行禁止的革命纪律,巩固爱民为民、军民团结的特有优势。要抓好科学理论武装、开展党史军史宣传教育、加强存史编史研史、开展重要纪念活动、建好用好军史场馆、开发红色革命文化,让红色基因永葆活力、彰显威力。
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Man behind China’s new aircraft carrier detained in corruption investigation | South China Morning Post
Sun Bo, general manager of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC), is suspected of serious violations of the law and party discipline, the National Supervisory Commission said in a brief statement issued on Saturday night.
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How China’s squid fishing programme is squeezing its neighbours and creating global sea change | South China Morning Post
China has been accused of using its dominance of the world’s supply of squid to provide low-quality seafood to other countries and intimidate their ships in neutral waters.
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Did America Get China Wrong? - Foreign Affairs
The Engagement Debate By Wang Jisi; J. Stapleton Roy; Aaron Friedberg; Thomas Christensen and Patricia Kim; Joseph S. Nye, Jr.; Eric Li; Kurt M. Campbell and Ely Ratner
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China may send fighter jet escort for Kim Jong-un when he flies to Singapore to meet Trump | South China Morning Post
China could send fighter jets to escort Kim Jong-un when North Korea’s Air Force One travels through its airspace for a meeting in Singapore with US President Donald Trump, a South Korean military source said, as Beijing tries to boost its influence over the regime ahead of the summit.
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Online searches for words unfavorable to N.K. leader blocked in China - Yonhap
China has completely blocked Internet searches for words and articles that could be used to insult North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, sources here said Thursday, reflecting warming bilateral relations between the two countries. Besides the alleged online censorship, Beijing's authorities have also been prodding state-controlled Chinese media to run as many articles favorable to the North and Kim as possible, said the sources.
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China spies on Indian warships as they leave Vietnam after naval exercise - Mail Today News
China tried to snoop on India Navy warships as they left Vietnam, top sources have told India Today TV. A flotilla on Indian Warships comprising the newly inducted stealth anti-submarine corvette INS Kamorta, a tanker, were leaving Vietnam in the last week of May after exercising with the Vietnamese Navy when they spotted a Chinese warship "tailing them at a safe distance".
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China's Order of Friendship to make debut Friday - Xinhua
Chinese President Xi Jinping will present the first-ever Order of Friendship of the People's Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday, according to Xinhua news agency. The report has not revealed who will receive the honor. The Order of Friendship is the highest honor of China. It is awarded to foreigners who have made outstanding contributions to China's development, exchanges and cooperation between China and other countries, as well as world peace.
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China ‘removes missile systems’ from disputed South China Sea island – but sends warning to US | South China Morning Post
Beijing seems to have removed missile systems from a disputed island in the South China Sea, although US defence officials and experts said the disappearance was likely to be only a temporary arrangement, amid rising tensions between the two countries.
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Doklam, One Year Later: China’s Long Game in the Himalayas - War on the Rocks
Indian officials were under no illusions that intervention in last year’s crisis would permanently dissuade China from further adventurism. Nevertheless, for a brief period, some U.S. and other foreign observers were cautiously optimistic that the Doklam standoff could impart lessons on how to stall China’s territorial ambitions and assertive military actions. In the words of one analyst, “firmness on the ground,” combined with effective diplomacy, could offer a “new template for handling Chinese coercion.” Less capable countries, such as Bhutan, might coordinate with a major power to obstruct China’s infrastructure projects or military deployments. Perhaps the United States, for instance, could join forces with Vietnam or the Philippines to deny China the ability to expand its military outposts in the South China Sea. Nevertheless, post-Doklam developments illustrate two key limits on these approaches
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China India: China, India will never be apart: India's envoy Gautam Bambawale - Times of India
India and China will work out their differences to ensure the two countries continue to progress and prosper together, India's envoy Gautam Bambawale said ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bilateral meet with Chinese President Xi Jinping on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Summit (SCO) this week. In an interview to the state-controlled China Central Television (CCTV), Bambawale said India and China will not "be apart" from each other on the path of development // Comment: Is India the wobbliest bit of the Quad?
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In Cambodia, stalled Chinese casino resort embodies Silk Road secrecy, risks | Reuters
A five-hour drive from Cambodia’s capital, Phnom Penh, Dara Sakor was once touted by the Chinese company building it as a city-sized casino resort for “extravagant feasting and revelry”. Today, it is a sprawl of mostly empty hotel buildings, deserted beach bars and the unfinished shell of a casino on a remote part of the Cambodian coast. Beyond the resort, the dusty foundations of a planned investment zone stretch down to a container port - both unfinished and idle. Despite its troubles, the resort and surrounding development has been lauded as a champion of China’s Belt and Road initiative, as the new Silk Road is officially known.
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China launches meteorological satellite to benefit Belt and Road countries | english.scio.gov.cn
Home > Belt and Road > News >  China launches meteorological satellite to benefit Belt and Road countries Belt & Road China on Tuesday launched the new Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting. Xinhua丨Updated: June 6, 2018 China on Tuesday launched the new Fengyun-2H meteorological satellite to improve the accuracy of weather forecasting and provide better meteorological services to countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.
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Unmanned 'shark swarm' to be used in sea battles, military patrols - Global Times
A Guangdong company has tested 56 unmanned boats and is working with the military to develop a "shark swarm" for sea battles and military patrols.  The unmanned drone-like vessels were tested in formation and demonstrated their potential for military use in the sea near Zhuhai, Guangdong Province, according to a statement the company sent to the Global Times on Tuesday.
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Interview with Putin: Xi a very reliable partner - People's Daily Online
Putin notes that he and Xi Jinping shared the Russian leader's 61st birthday together in 2013 on the sideline of an Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation forum in Indonesia. "On that day, after we finished our work, President Xi came to celebrate my birthday. He is easy going and sincere, a very reliable partner. Like leaders of many other countries, he is striving for the maximum outcome of his work to benefit the people of his country. He is excellent at analysis. It's really interesting to discuss with him about international and economic issues," said Putin.
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18 days ago by bbishop
Putin Reveals How He Celebrated Birthday With China's Xi Drinking Vodka - Sputnik International
"President Xi Jinping might be the only world leader I happened to celebrate one of my birthdays with… Well, I am not concealing it, we drank a shot of vodka each," Putin told the broadcaster..."He is a very easygoing and soulful person. At the same time, he is a very reliable partner," Putin noted.
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18 days ago by bbishop
China has dragged Male into debt trap: Mohamed Nasheed - Reuters
China has dragged the Maldives into a debt trap and any future government formed by the Opposition will be unable to repay the loans unless a review cuts them to real value, exiled former President Mohamed Nasheed told Reuters on Monday. The Maldives, home to 400,000 people and best known as a tropical paradise for tourists, has experienced political unrest since Nasheed, its first democratically-elected leader, was forced to quit amid a mutiny by police in 2012.
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18 days ago by bbishop
Cyber Sovereignty and the PRC’s Vision for Global Internet Governance - Jamestown
The PRC has also sought to build acceptance of its technical and cyber diplomacy through the technology-focused dimensions of the Belt and Road Initiative, increasingly described in official PRC statements as a “digital Silk Road” (Xinhua Silk Road News, May 17). The joint communique issued at the close of last year’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing announced pledges by participating nations to cooperate on “telecommunications and information and communication technology”, so as to “put into place an international infrastructure network over time”. The communique also calls for “harmonizing rules and technological standards when necessary” to “maximize synergies in infrastructure planning and development”. e-commerce, digital economy, smart cities and science and technology parks” (Xinhua, May 15 2017).
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18 days ago by bbishop
Ex-CIA Officer’s Case Highlights Fears About Reach of Chinese Spying - WSJ $$
Former U.S. intelligence officer Kevin Mallory was months behind on his mortgage, $30,000 in debt, and getting financial help from his church, when Chinese agents approached him in 2017 to work for them, according to testimony at his espionage trial this past week...

In an opening statement and through cross-examination, Mr. Mallory’s lawyers acknowledged his financial troubles. A CIA employee whom Mr. Mallory contacted about the Chinese agent testified against him last week, saying he knew of Mr. Mallory’s financial troubles because they attended the same Chinese congregation of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


“I wrote the checks,” said the witness, Ralph Stephenson, referring to checks from the church to needy members that Mr. Mallory had received. He also said he found Mr. Mallory’s outreach extremely inappropriate and informed security.
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18 days ago by bbishop
Beijing Announces Inaugural China-Africa Defense Forum - Defense One
China has announced it will host the inaugural China-Africa defense and security forum later this month, signaling its deepening engagement in Africa. Military officials say the summit will focus on regional security issues, financing and upgrading Africa’s security capacities, and improving defense cooperation.
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Bangladesh balances between big brothers China and India | East Asia Forum
‘India should not be worried about Bangladesh’s close ties with China; the cooperation is meant only for development’, reassured Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina while speaking to a visiting delegation of Indian journalists recently. Statements of this kind from Bangladesh’s leader point to a new reality for the country, where balancing two of Asia’s rising powers is slowly becoming the diplomatic mainstay. As the strategic rivalry between India and China intensifies, Bangladesh increasingly finds itself embroiled in a great game along the Indian Ocean region.
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World Environment day: China Ghana bauxite mining plan threaten forest, rare species — Quartz
At 232 square kilometers, the Atewa Forest Reserve in Ghana’s Eastern Region is home to rare flora and fauna including two butterfly species not found anywhere else in the world – Mylothris atewa and Anthene helpsi – and a rediscovered West African White-naped Managbey monkey classified as ‘endangered’ on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. The reserve is also the source of three major rivers that serve five million people including residents of Accra, the capital. Local residents and environmental campaigners fear the ecosystem would be irreversibly decimated if plans for a multi-billion dollar deal with the Chinese Development Bank to mine bauxite in the forest goes on.
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18 days ago by bbishop
Malaysia finance minister suggests China connection to 1MDB - FT $$
“We are strongly suspicious this is all part of the 1MDB scam,” Mr Lim said at a press conference. “The attorney-general’s chambers have also confirmed that these contracts were signed despite numerous unanswered questions and red flags raised,” he added in a statement
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18 days ago by bbishop
Opinion | America, Hold on to Your Allies. You’ll Need Them. - The New York Times
If the Trump administration truly seeks to address the challenges posed by China that are outlined in the National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy, it is essential to temper the president’s unilateralist and protectionist proclivities, rebuild relations with allies and restore American credibility and leadership. Alliances should be at the core of the United States’ strategy to effectively compete with a rising China. Until Washington heeds this advice, Beijing will continue to exploit the opportunities that are falling into its lap.
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18 days ago by bbishop
Famous for its resistance to immigration, Japan opens its doors - FT $$
Led by an influx of workers from China, Vietnam and the Philippines, Japan is in the midst of a quiet revolution when it comes to immigrant workers. Though the total number of foreign workers in Japan is small compared with the more than 3m in the UK and Germany, it is catching up rapidly — a remarkable shift for a nation famous for resistance to immigration. // 29% from China
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SCO military drill seeks trust, stability - China Daily
Member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization will participate in the upcoming joint military drill dubbed Peace Mission 2018 to promote mutual trust, cooperation and coordination against terrorist threats and to maintain regional peace and stability, Chinese experts said. The drill's command post exercise will take place at the Chebarkulsky training ground in the Ural Mountains region in August, the Russian Federation’s ministry of defense said in an online statement on May 29. Chiefs of general staff of the SCO nations will also hold a meeting during the joint military drills, it said.
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19 days ago by bbishop
FOCAC Beijing summit to elevate China-Africa ties to a new level: Chinese FM - Xinhua
hinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Monday expressed belief that the upcoming Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will elevate China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic and Cooperative Partnership to a new level. // Comment: Chinese diplomats are working hard around the world
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19 days ago by bbishop
China’s Trade With North Korea Is Set to Soar With a Trump-Kim Deal - The New York Times
By all indications, China has at least officially enforced the international sanctions that have been imposed on the North to curtail its nuclear weapons program. But on the border, the signs of North Korea’s economic dependence on China are evident in a shadow economy of cash couriers, short-term workers and gray-market trading that has persisted despite the sanctions...

Since Mr. Kim’s surprise meeting with Mr. Xi in the Chinese city of Dalian last month, where economic development was reported to be at the top of the agenda, there have been suggestions that China might help rebuild the North’s primitive roads and ports. Such aid may become part of the Belt and Road Initiative, Beijing’s signature effort to extend its influence by helping other countries finance large-scale infrastructure projects.
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19 days ago by bbishop
Air China resumes flights between Beijing and Pyongyang | Reuters
China’s flag carrier indefinitely suspended flights between the two cities in November citing poor demand. The suspension came at a time when ties had been frayed by Pyongyang’s nuclear weapons program and Beijing’s backing of tough U.N. sanctions in response. An Air China company official told Reuters on Tuesday that flights would resume, saying that this was due to “market reasons”. He declined to provide further comment.
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Indian leader Modi wants no part of China-US rivalry, but still manages to keep Beijing happy | South China Morning Post
Speaking to defence ministers and other officials from 50 countries, Modi – India’s strongest leader for decades – also outlined his view of the Indo-Pacific region. “India does not see the Indo-Pacific region as a strategy or as a club of limited members,” Modi said in his keynote speech, delivered in English, on Saturday. “Nor as a grouping that seeks to dominate. And by no means do we consider it as directed against any country. A geographical definition, as such, cannot be,” he said.
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China Eyes Its Next Prize – the Mekong | Lowy Interpreter
Controlling the Mekong River’s flow with dams along the waterway ultimately means controlling access to food, and therefore the livelihoods of tens of millions of people in downstream riparian communities. Of the hydroelectricity dams on the Mekong, the vast majority of currently installed capacity (megawatts) is in China, accounting for more than 15,000 MW. This includes a half-dozen mega-dams over 1000 MW, including Nuozhadu dam which churns out 5850 MW. Together these dams can hold back 23 billion cubic metres of water, or 27% of the river’s annual flow between China and Thailand. Other dams in the lower Mekong are piddling by comparison, with generating capacity in the tens or low hundreds of MW.  The bottom line: Chinese dams can now regulate the Mekong’s flow.
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19 days ago by bbishop
Bob Carr's Australia-China Relations Institute has visas denied by Chinese government - Sydney Morning Herald
The deterioration in relations between Beijing and Canberra now appears to be affecting even the most China-friendly voices in Australia, with trips to the country organised by Bob Carr's Australia-China Relations Institute allegedly being hindered by punitive visa rejections. Mr Carr, director of the institute, revealed the Chinese government has denied visas to about five Australian journalists for a trip funded by his think tank, a hindrance the former Labor foreign minister said he has not faced before.
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20 days ago by bbishop
US B-52s fly by Spratlys amid rising tensions with China - CNN
The US defense official, who has knowledge of the mission's original flight plan, said it called for the nuclear capable B-52 bombers to fly about 20 miles from the islands.
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20 days ago by bbishop
努力把人民海军全面建成世界一流海军
PLAN Party Committee essay in the latest Qiushi on building a world-class navy
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20 days ago by bbishop
坚定不移深化政治巡视 推进军队巡视工作向纵深发展
General Zhang Youxia writes the lead essay in the latest Qiushi about deepening political inspections and deepening development of inspection work in the PLA
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