Iran, China and Russia have held joint naval drills in the Gulf of Oman and the Indian Ocean. The operations come at a time of increased tension between the US and Iran. In May last year the US withdrew from the nuclear deal signed by Obama.
“The message of this exercise is peace, friendship and lasting security through cooperation and unity… and its effect will be to show that Iran cannot be isolated,” Rear Admiral Gholamreza Tahani said on state television.
Iranian State television said the co-operation between the nations signals “the new triangle of power in the sea”.
Iran said the drills aims were to increase security, combat piracy, and strengthen intelligence sharing operations.
Japan also said on Friday it would send its own battle ships to the region to aid security, but would not join a US-led collision. The Japanese Chief of Cabinet said “Japan’s own measure aimed at peace and stability in the Middle East as well as ensuring safety of Japan-related vessels,”
90% of Japan’s crude oil comes from the region.
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China’s social credit system has been used to control private citizens in alarming ways. Now businesses are training staff on how to avoid falling victim to it.
In China companies are already monitored as part of the social credit scheme. “Bad companies” face higher taxes, more regulatory scrutiny, and reduced access to business loans.
A problematic aspect of the scheme is if a company is blacklisted then another company doing business with that company will receive negative marks against it. Thus the affect can domino down the business network.
Foreign companies have been warned already by China, specially US companies and anyone who has criticised Chinese government treatment of Uyghur Muslims.
A report conducted by Dezan Shira & Associates into the effects of the system concluded that businesses working in China: “undertake a supply chain audit and conduct due diligence on business partners given the inclusion of partners in social credit assessments.”
“Businesses should also not forget to assess their IT and data security strength since they will need to transmit data to the government more frequently and in greater numbers,” the authors added.
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The muslim minority group in western China, the Uighurs have found little support form other muslim nations.
“Sorry, but I do not wish you a good Ramadan,” wrote the head of the Uighur Institute of Europe in Paris, in a cri de coeur railing against Muslim countries’ indifference to the plight of Uighurs in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, published by French weekly L’Obs in May.
In the UN there has been a divide between those condemning China and those who have not. Western nations like the US and UK have condemned the treatment of Uighurs. However many Muslim nations have remained silent.
When contrasted by the unilateral condemnation of Myanmar for its military crackdown of Rohingyas Muslims many might wonder why.
However, many Muslim nations like Turkey, Egypt and Saudi Arabia have highly valuable trade agreements with Beijing.
“There is less solidarity than there is for the Palestinian or Rohingya causes,” noted Sophie Richardson, director for China at Human Rights Watch. “China has managed to win these countries’ support because they need Chinese investment.”
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Newly leaked documents show how the Chinese government is systematically brainwashing thousands of inmates in their detention camps. The camps, which the Chinese government has long denied exist, are in Xinjiang region. They have thousands of inmates mostly from the Muslim Uighur community.
The document includes rules and guidelines for the camp:
- “Never allow escapes”
- “Increase discipline and punishment of behavioural violations”
- “Promote repentance and confession”
- “Make remedial Mandarin studies the top priority”
- “Encourage students to truly transform”
- “[Ensure] full video surveillance coverage of dormitories and classrooms free of blind spots”
The documents reveal how every aspect of a detainee’s life is monitored and controlled: “The students should have a fixed bed position, fixed queue position, fixed classroom seat, and fixed station during skills work, and it is strictly forbidden for this to be changed.
“Implement behavioural norms and discipline requirements for getting up, roll call, washing, going to the toilet, organising and housekeeping, eating, studying, sleeping, closing the door and so forth.”
Inmates will only be released after it can be proven they have transformed their behaviour and ways of thinking. The Chinese government had said the camps were voluntary education programs.
However the documents also show details like in 2017 15 000 people were detained in the camps in one week alone.
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As telecommunications companies roll out 5G, China and the US are already urging companies to begin working of 6G.
The race to faster wireless connections are needed for the innovations in driverless cars and augmented reality. Especially as current bandwidths are clogged by the shear volume of data we are sending.
These technologies are already a point of tension between the US and China. The US have banned Huawei from using their equipment in the US 5G infrastructure after it was found that Huawei rerouted data through Chinese government servers.
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President Xi has issued a stern warning to protesters in Hong Kong, saying the protests will end in “crushed bodies and shattered bones”.
Violent protests, which began in June, are continuing. The protests are over Chinese government interference in Hong Kong. Many fear that the Chinese government may send in the military to quash the protests. Police have been secretly infiltrating the protesters in a bid to stop the movement; and there are reports that mainland Chinese forces are aiding Hong Kong police already.
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It has been reported the Iran will soon hold a joint naval drill in international waters with China and Russia. The exercise will be held in the north Indian Ocean.
The announcement came after the US announced they will be sending a moderate number of troops to the Gulf region. This is in response to attacks by Iran on Saudi Arabia’s oil facilities.
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Trump’s policy on dealing with Xi Jinping ’s China has seen Chinese tech firms placed on an “entry list”. This has stopped US firms doing business with these Chinese firms, and thus hampering their ability to advance Chinese development of AI and machine learning.
However, Trump is keen to strike a trade deal before the next election. This could see him remove Huawei from the entry list, as part of a future deal. This could prove disastrous to the US economy long term.
The next fight is over who controls 5G technology. If Trump holds his nerve US companies have the technology to control the market. However is Huawei accesses US technology they could control the market.
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The Chinese- US trade war has seen US actors axed from Chinese productions. The Chinese film market has seen tremendous growth in recent years, and many US actors have flocked to the country to fill roles in films as foreigners. However, Chinese agencies have been axing these actors from their books.
“My agency in China ended our contract claiming the trade war with America amounts to force majeure. I can only assume it looks bad for them to be working with an American,” said Matt William Knowles, who was cut from a $75m project last month.
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A simple hymn sung in Hong Kong’s churches has become the anthem of the protesters across the city. The protests are about new extradition laws that China want to impose on Hong Kong.
At first the Christian protestors hoped the hymn would release tensions with the police. For Christians the protests are not only political but also religious. They can see the new laws being used to limit religious freedoms they enjoy, but are not shared by the church in mainland China. Many Christians in Hong Kong have smuggled Bibles to the mainland, and the new laws could see them arrested and sent their to face trial. Hong Kong is also a safe haven for Chinese believers who have fled the persecution of the mainland.
However, the hymn has quickly been taken up by all the protestors, not only those of faith. The Hong Kong authorities have said have suspended the bill, however protestors say they will continue until the bill is scrapped entirely.
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Missouri’s Sen. Hawley has introduced legislation to protect university research being stolen by nations like China, Russia, and Iran. He has said that Universities have been long targeted by these nations in a bid to steal intellectual property and spy on research that has national security implications.
The legislation would require students to undergo screening before being allowed to participate in sensitive research.
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Google and other tech giants are making moves to move their business out of China in order to avoid the 25% tariffs being introduced.
Google is reportedly moving the production of servers and motherboards out of the nation.
Wistron Corp, a Taiwanese firm which produces hardware for tech giants like Facebook and Microsoft are also looking to move operations out of China, and perhaps to the U.S.
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China has long been developing its naval capability. Western nations are now concerned about the size and capability of the Chinese submarine force. It is believed that China has developed a fleet of submarines capable of carrying ballistic missiles and nuclear warheads.
This comes at a time when China is showing increasing interest in the Arctic. For example Denmark are concern by Chinese plans to build a research station and satellite base on Greenland.
Despite having no land on the Arctic, China has been increasing submarine activity in the region. So far China have openly sought to increase their civilian activity in the region; however Arctic nations say this will lead to an increase in military activity.
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