Officials in Taiwan are preparing to block Chinese streaming services Baidu and Tencent over fears that Beijing will use them to influence the country’s upcoming election season. In an interview with Nikkei Asian Review, Taiwan’s Deputy Minister of Mainland Affairs Chiu Chui-Cheng said the platforms would soon be blocked on grounds of national security amid fears that China will use them to spread communist propaganda. “We are concerned that streaming media services that have close ties with Beijing could have cultural and political influences in Taiwan… and even affect Taiwan’s elections,” Chiu said. The Review also reported that Chiu said Beijing had stepped up its “cultural infiltration” into Taiwan as Chinese leader Xi Jinping recently announced plans to accelerate the reunification process between the two countries, otherwise known as the “One China Policy.” “If Tencent’s streaming video service … [Read more...] about Taiwan Plans to Block Chinese Streaming Giants over Fears of Communist Propaganda
caption Four-year-old Abduleziz Tohti and his father, Abdurahman Tohti. source Abdurahman Tohti via Uyghur Bulletin/Twitter China is waging an unprecedented crackdown on the Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic group in the western region of Xinjiang, China. Authorities are suspected of detaining up to 2 million people in the region and sending their children to state-run orphanages. Abdurahman Tohti, a 30-year-old Uighur man living in Turkey, hasn’t heard from his wife and kids since they disappeared after a visit to Xinjiang in 2016. Last month he saw a video of his 4-year-old son, Abduleziz, in what appeared to be a video filmed inside a state-run Chinese orphanage. He has taken the unusual step of discussing his missing family with INSIDER because he’s “ready for any consequences … I lost everything.” China justifies the orphanages as a way to lift children from poverty and stop them from … [Read more...] about This man’s family vanished in China’s most oppressed region. Last month he saw his son for the first time in 2 years, in a Chinese propaganda video.
China's propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of a four-page advertising section in the Des Moines Register opened a new battle line in China's effort to break the administration's resolve. U.S. farmers are a key political constituency for Mr. Trump, and Beijing has imposed tariffs on American soybeans as retaliation for Mr. Trump's tariffs on hundreds of billions in Chinese imports. Mr. Trump said in an address to the United Nations Security Council in September that China was interfering in the U.S. midterm elections. "Regrettably, we found that China has been attempting to interfere in our upcoming 2018 election, coming up in November, against my administration," Mr. Trump said. "They do not want me, or us, to win because I am the first president ever to challenge China on trade." "We don't want to them to meddle or interfere in our upcoming election," he said. … [Read more...] about China’s propaganda machine takes aim at American soybean farmers
Josh Funk, Ap Business Writer Updated 8:24 am CDT, Saturday, October 20, 2018 This Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, photo shows a copy of the four-page advertising section Chinawatch along with a copy of The Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. China's propaganda machine has taken aim at American soybean farmers as part of its high-stakes trade war with the Trump administration. The publication last month of the four-page advertising section in the Register opened a new battle line in China's effort to break the administration's resolve. less This Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, photo shows a copy of the four-page advertising section Chinawatch along with a copy of The Des Moines Register in Des Moines, Iowa. China's propaganda machine has taken aim at ... more Photo: Charlie Neibergall, AP This Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, photo shows a copy of the four-page advertising section Chinawatch along with a copy of The Des Moines … [Read more...] about Chinese broadens its propaganda drive to heartland America
Veterans of the People’s Liberation Army staged a massive protest this weekend in the eastern Chinese city of Pingdu against police beatings of former soldiers. Police beat some of the protesters during the demonstration, even though they were elderly. Radio Free Asia (RFA) reported on Monday that police effectively sealed off the city to contain the demonstration, which drew thousands of participants from across the country. Chinese reporters said the police were withdrawn from the streets after several violent confrontations out of fear a full-blown riot could erupt.RFA’s sources produced footage of “several elderly veterans lying on gurneys at a hospital in Pingdu, one with a broken arm.” A witness overheard a patient telling the hospital staff he lacked the money to pay for treatment and demanding government cover the costs because police beat him. A city resident told RFA police left the victims to languish in hospital corridors and receive poor treatment, … [Read more...] about Elderly Chinese Army Veterans Stage Massive Protest Against Police Beatings