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June 11, 2024, 12:32 p.m.
Amsterdam and Britain Removing Chinese Security Cameras Over Spying Concerns
Amsterdam and Britain Removing Chinese Security Cameras Over Spying Concerns
['DJI', 'camera', 'Chinese', 'drone', 'technology']

The municipality of Amsterdam has said it will remove Chinese-made security and traffic cameras over spying and human rights concerns following a similar move by the United Kingdom. [Read More]

Amsterdam and Britain Removing Chinese Security Cameras Over Spying Concerns

The municipality of Amsterdam has said it will remove Chinese-made security and traffic cameras over spying and human rights concerns following a similar move by the United Kingdom. Amsterdam administrator Alexander Scholtes said yesterday that the 1,280 Chinese cameras that are used for surveillance and traffic monitoring will be phased out within the next five years following concerns that the images the devices capture are transmitted to the manufacturer or the Chinese government. There are also "Concerns about the possible involvement of Chinese camera manufacturers in human rights violations in China, including against Uyghurs," Scholtes wrote, per NL Times. The British government said that 50 percent of Chinese camera systems at sensitive locations have already been replaced. Chinese-owned technology is a hot topic with the House of Representatives passing legislation in April that will ban the popular social media app TikTok in the United States if its Chinese owner does not sell its stake in the next year. Consumer camera brands such as DJI are caught up in the legislation with Congresswoman Elise Stefanik saying that "DJI presents an unacceptable national security risk, and it is past time that drones made by Communist China are removed from America." "DJI drones do not collect flight logs, photos, or videos - by default DJI is not a military company. We remain one of few drone companies to clearly denounce and actively discourage use of our drones in combat [and] DJI follows the rules and regulations in the markets it operates in," the company said.

June 11, 2024, 11:57 a.m.
Move over Sora, Kling is the new AI video generator to watch out for
Move over Sora, Kling is the new AI video generator to watch out for
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If you’ve been losing sleep over losing all your work to AI generators, then I’m afraid this latest AI video generator isn’t going to help... The post Move over Sora, Kling is the new AI video generator to watch out for appeared first on DIY Photography.

Move over Sora, Kling is the new AI video generator to watch out for

Chinese man: Still having problems with fingers, don't we? What's up with the nail of the thumb suddently rolling over and then fusing with the T-shirt? Pretty beefy masticatory muscle we're having there, ain't we? Border collie: Watch how it's tongue rolls over the fangs. The hair strand on the right ear suddently disappearing with the ear then folding over in a weird manner. Reflection in the right rear mirror moving in the wrong direction. Now the elefant in the room: Who's driving? Fully autonomous car probably. It gets even more interesting if we take continuity into consideration. Or couples sitting next to each other in a restaurant, silently, both continuously staring at their respective smartphone.

June 11, 2024, 11:53 a.m.
China Intercepts Dutch Chopper Near Shanghai, Lambasts Netherlands for Provocation
China Intercepts Dutch Chopper Near Shanghai, Lambasts Netherlands for Provocation
['China', 'Dutch', 'helicopter', 'Netherlands', 'added']

People’s Liberation Army fighter jets escorted a Dutch helicopter that violated Chinese airspace under the auspice of a UN mission. Beijing warned the Netherlands to avoid such incidents in the future.

China Intercepts Dutch Chopper Near Shanghai, Lambasts Netherlands for Provocation

He Dutch military has created a dangerous situation in the East China Sea using a UN mission as a cover-up, Chinese Ministry of Defense representative Zhang Xiaogang has said. The Dutch military has created a dangerous situation in the East China Sea after using a UN mission as a cover-up, Chinese Ministry of Defense representative Zhang Xiaogang has said. The statement came in response to Amsterdam saying that one People's Liberation Army helicopter and two fighter jets had approached a helicopter assigned to a Dutch frigate in the East China Sea. The Dutch claimed that the incident happened in international airspace and that the vessel was overseeing the implementation of a UN Security Council resolution on North Korea sanctions. Beijing debunked these claims, explaining that the helicopter assigned to the Tromp-class frigate of the Royal Netherlands Navy entered its airspace east of Shanghai. The statement came in response to Amsterdam saying that one People's Liberation Army helicopter and two fighter jets had approached a helicopter assigned to a Dutch frigate in the East China Sea. It is the Netherlands not China who created the dangerous situation," Zhang underlined. "Dutch statements and activities have a malevolent nature, we condemn them and we've sent a demarche," he stressed, adding that China will take decisive countermeasures on any future violations or provocations.

June 11, 2024, 11:47 a.m.
China just showed how easily one of its massive drills around Taiwan could escalate into something worse
China just showed how easily one of its massive drills around Taiwan could escalate into something worse
['Taiwan', 'China', 'military', 'blockade', 'exercise']

Through regular military drills around the island, China can maintain the element of surprise and quickly form a blockade or quarantine.

China just showed how easily one of its massive drills around Taiwan could escalate into something worse

Last month, China conducted large-scale military exercises around Taiwan with the intent to send a message. As elements of the Chinese joint force surrounded the island democracy for the two-day event, it became clear how easily one of these massive drills could escalate into conflict, giving China the ability to launch a blockade or quarantine of the island with little to no warning. The latest exercise came with almost no warning, suggesting China can continue conducting such drills surrounding Taiwan at its leisure and prepare for and launch them with minimal notice. Think tanks have played out war games of different Taiwan invasion scenarios, some of which have resulted in heavy losses for US, Japanese, and South Korean forces, as well as China's military. "The exercise really highlights the vulnerability of Taiwan to a lot of other scenarios than just invasion," Shugart said, noting that regardless of when or if one of these large drills transitions into a blockade, the most concerning issues are how easily that could occur and how China continues to use its military presence to create a new normal in the area. Per a report published last month by war experts from the American Enterprise Institute and the Institute for the Study of War, an aggressive Chinese coercion campaign - short of war and more likely than a full-scale invasion - would involve boosting the Chinese military presence and pressure around Taiwan and possibly even a blockade or quarantine. The report asserted that the US is ill-equipped for such an event, instead overly preoccupied with preparing for a potential amphibious assault, and that "Taiwan is strategically vital to the larger US-led coalition to contain" China, arguing that a "US-friendly Taiwan links America's allies in the northwestern Pacific with US partners and allies to the south."

June 11, 2024, 11:20 a.m.
Taiwan arrests former Chinese navy captain over illegal speedboat arrival
Taiwan arrests former Chinese navy captain over illegal speedboat arrival
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The 60-year-old claimed he wished to defect, but Taiwanese officials suspect espionage.

Taiwan arrests former Chinese navy captain over illegal speedboat arrival

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June 11, 2024, 10:50 a.m.
China urges greater BRICS role as Western sanctions mount
China urges greater BRICS role as Western sanctions mount
['apps', 'data', 'click', 'advertising', 'privacy']

China has urged the BRICS bloc of nations to take on greater responsibilities and establish itself as being inclusive to the world, Foreign Minister Wang Yi ...

China urges greater BRICS role as Western sanctions mount

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June 11, 2024, 10 a.m.
China's Chang'e 6 mission carried a stone flag to the moon's far side
China's Chang'e 6 mission carried a stone flag to the moon's far side
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The Chinese flag that the Chang'e 6 mission brought to the moon's far side is made primarily of basalt, a volcanic rock that's plentiful on the lunar surface.

China's Chang'e 6 mission carried a stone flag to the moon's far side

Flag deployed from China's Chang'e-6 lander/ascender in far side sampling scenery. Weighing only 11.3 grams, the far side flag is similar in size to the flag carried by the earlier Chang'e-5 lunar lander that spot-landed on the Moon's near side in 2020. Cao Genyang, professor, Wuhan Textile University; member, Chang'e-6 national flag development team. Wang Yunli, professor of Wuhan Textile University, and a member of the Chang'e-6 national flag development team, added that the flag's printing and dyeing process involved specialized approaches. "Our pigments and formulas are specially developed to adapt the flag to the extreme conditions on the Moon and the conditions during orbiting and landing," Wang said, and makes use of "cutting-edge" textile technology. Wang Yunli, professor, Wuhan Textile University; member, Chang'e-6 national flag development team. "After that, we proceeded with laser cutting, trimming, and sewing until a national flag was made," Wang said, later becoming the first flag of any country to fly on the far side of the Moon.

June 11, 2024, 9:26 a.m.
Four U.S. College Instructors Hurt in China Stabbing Rampage
Four U.S. College Instructors Hurt in China Stabbing Rampage
['attack', 'China', 'Iowa', 'incident', 'stabbed']

Reuters Four American college instructors were injured in a stabbing attack in a park in China on Monday, officials say.The educators from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, were hurt in the northeast Jilin province as they participated in a partnership …

Four U.S. College Instructors Hurt in China Stabbing Rampage

Four American college instructors were injured in a stabbing attack in a park in China on Monday, officials say. The educators from Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, were hurt in the northeast Jilin province as they participated in a partnership program with the local Beihua University, according to the college. China's Foreign Ministry on Tuesday described the incident as a random attack, according to Reuters. "We have been in contact with all four instructors and are assisting them during this time," Cornell College President Jonathan Brand said in a statement to CNN. He said no students from the small liberal arts school were taking part in the program. Beijing's Foreign Ministry confirmed four "Foreign teachers at Beihua University were attacked" in Jilin's Beishan Park on Monday morning. He said his brother, who was taking part in his second trip to China with Cornell, had been part of a group who were visiting a local temple when a man with a knife attacked. "I'm just extremely grateful that my brother is OK and that he survived this attack," the lawmaker told CNN. Iowa's Gov. Kim Reynolds said in a statement that she is "In touch with Iowa's federal delegation and the state department in response to this horrifying attack." "Please pray for their full recovery, safe return, and their families here at home," she added.

June 11, 2024, 9 a.m.
Dezeen Awards China 2024 returns to celebrate Chinese talent
Dezeen Awards China 2024 returns to celebrate Chinese talent
['design', 'Awards', 'Dezeen', 'China', 'Bentley']

Dezeen Awards China 2024, in partnership with Bentley, is open for entries! This regional edition of Dezeen Awards aims to showcase the very best in architecture, interiors and design from studios based in China. Bentley will continue its collaboration with D…

Dezeen Awards China 2024 returns to celebrate Chinese talent

Dezeen Awards China 2024, in partnership with Bentley, is open for entries! This regional edition of Dezeen Awards aims to showcase the very best in architecture, interiors and design from studios based in China. Bentley will continue its collaboration with Dezeen for a second year, supporting its regional awards programme which spotlights Chinese design talent on a global stage. Start your entries today to be in the running to receive the ultimate accolade for architects and designers across China. The China Designers of the Year awards will recognise six emerging and established designers or studios, working across architecture interiors and design, with names put forward by our judges. "This is the second year of our wide-ranging partnership with Dezeen and we look forward to supporting the architectural and interior design sectors as they push into a more sustainable future," Bentley's global head of marketing Steven De Ploey said. "Dezeen Awards China is a fantastic opportunity for Chinese designers to show their outstanding capabilities and creativity", added Kim Airey, managing director of Bentley Motors Chinese Mainland, Hong Kong and Macao. The annual awards programme is in partnership with Bentley as part of a wider collaboration to inspire, support and champion design excellence and showcase innovation that creates a better and more sustainable world.

June 11, 2024, 7:58 a.m.
4 US college instructors stabbed in China
4 US college instructors stabbed in China
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JILIN - The United States State Department is monitoring the situation, after four instructors from an Iowa college were attacked in a park in the northeastern Chinese province of Jilin on Monday.

4 US college instructors stabbed in China

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June 11, 2024, 7:35 a.m.
Gold is getting so expensive that even China's central bank stopped buying the precious metal
Gold is getting so expensive that even China's central bank stopped buying the precious metal
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China's central bank did not add any gold to its reserves in May after 18 straight months of purchases.

Gold is getting so expensive that even China's central bank stopped buying the precious metal

It looks like gold has gotten so expensive that even the People's Bank of China is taking a break. On Friday, official data showed China's gold holdings were unchanged in May from the prior month - which means the central bank did not buy gold. The PBOC's pause has left gold "Vulnerable to more downside pressure," wrote Ewa Manthey, a commodities strategist at ING Bank, on Monday. The benchmark spot gold price is around $2,300 per ounce - about 6% lower than its record high of nearly $2,450 per ounce on May 20. In China, people are also loading up on gold as a store of value amid economic uncertainties and a weak Chinese yuan. China's central bank gold buying had actually started to slow in April, when it bought just 60,000 troy ounces of the precious metal. According to industry association World Gold Council, China's central bank purchased 225 tons of gold in 2023.

June 11, 2024, 5:03 a.m.
4 American college instructors injured in stabbing attack in China
4 American college instructors injured in stabbing attack in China
['China', 'Chinese', 'attack', 'US', 'Foreign']

Four American instructors from a small Iowa college were injured in a stabbing attack while on a teaching trip to China, their school and U.S. officials said.

4 American college instructors injured in stabbing attack in China

HONG KONG - Four instructors from a small Iowa college were injured in a stabbing attack while on a teaching trip to China, their school and officials in both countries said. The rare attack on foreigners in the powerful security state comes as China is trying to repair ties with the United States and revive tourism to help boost a sluggish economy after three years of isolation amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The U.S. Ambassador to China, Nicholas Burns, said in a post on X that he was "Angered and deeply troubled by the stabbing of 3 US citizens + a non-citizen resident of Iowa in Jilin, China." Prominent Chinese commentator Hu Xijin, former editor-in-chief of the state-backed nationalist tabloid Global Times, said Tuesday that he hoped it was an isolated incident that would not "Negatively impact the exchange of personnel between China and other countries." Iowa State Rep. Adam Zabner confirmed that his brother, David Zabner, was among the victims of the attack on Monday, which was a public holiday in China. The attack took place as the U.S. and China, the world's two largest economies, promote people-to-people exchanges as part of an effort to improve bilateral relations. During a visit to the U.S. last November, Chinese President Xi Jinping - who has a longstanding personal connection to Iowa, since he first traveled there in 1985 as part of an agricultural delegation - said Beijing was ready to invite 50,000 young Americans to China on exchange and study programs in the next five years.

June 11, 2024, 4:50 a.m.
Four Cornell College tutors stabbed in China park attack: US officials
Four Cornell College tutors stabbed in China park attack: US officials
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The group, on a visit to a partner university in northeast China's Jilin province, were attacked while visiting a temple

Four Cornell College tutors stabbed in China park attack: US officials

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June 11, 2024, 4:37 a.m.
Four US college instructors teaching at Chinese university attacked at a public park
Four US college instructors teaching at Chinese university attacked at a public park
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Details on the extent of the instructors' injuries and whether the attack was targeted or random were unclear Monday. Cornell spokesperson Jen Visser said in an email that the college was still gathering information on what happened.

Four US college instructors teaching at Chinese university attacked at a public park

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June 11, 2024, 4:35 a.m.
4 US college instructors teaching at Chinese university attacked at a public park
4 US college instructors teaching at Chinese university attacked at a public park
['China', 'Foreign', 'College', 'U.S.', 'American']

Four instructors from Iowa's Cornell College teaching at Beihua University in northeastern China were attacked in a public park, reportedly with a knife, officials at the U.S. school and the State Department said.

4 US college instructors teaching at Chinese university attacked at a public park

BEIJING - U.S. officials worked Tuesday to bring home four injured instructors from Iowa's Cornell College who were stabbed in the northeast Chinese city of Jilin, where they were teaching. The instructors from Cornell College were teaching at Beihua University, officials at the U.S. school said. Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds and several members of the state's congressional delegation posted on social media that they were working with officials to assist in any way possible, including in bringing the instructors home. Cornell College President Jonathan Brand said in a statement that the instructors were attacked while at the park with a faculty member from Beihua, which is in an outlying part of Jilin, an industrial city about 1,000 kilometers northeast of Beijing. Nicholas Burns, the U.S. ambassador to China, posted on the social media site X that he was ''angered and deeply troubled by the stabbing'' of three U.S. citizens and one non-citizen resident of Iowa. The attack happened as both Beijing and Washington are seeking to expand people-to-people exchanges to help bolster relations amid tensions over trade and such international issues as Taiwan, the South China Sea and the war in Ukraine. Chinese President Xi Jinping has unveiled a plan to invite 50,000 young Americans to China in the next five years, though Chinese diplomats say a travel advisory by the U.S. State Department has discouraged Americans from visiting China.

June 11, 2024, 3:56 a.m.
China's 6th Generation and Upcoming Combat Aircraft: 2024 Update
China's 6th Generation and Upcoming Combat Aircraft: 2024 Update
['PLA', 'J-20', 'project', 'J-XD', 'future']

A look at where the PLA’s cutting-edge aircraft programs – from the J-XD to J-20 upgrades and the mysterious H-20 stealth bomber – stand.

China's 6th Generation and Upcoming Combat Aircraft: 2024 Update

The J-XD is virtually guaranteed to incorporate new generation subsystems and technologies in propulsion, sensors, computing and networking, and is likely to operate alongside future unmanned combat aerial vehicles or collaborative combat aircraft. Unsurprisingly, more granular rumors or estimates regarding the subsystems, weapons, and characteristics of the J-XD remain elusive even among the PLA watching community; however, it is widely accepted that the J-XD ranks among the most important upcoming projects for the PLA. In context of this, U.S. Air Force senior officers have reasonably alluded to viewing Chinese sixth-generation efforts as an underway competitor. Before the J-XD emerges, there are still a number of active and vigorous fifth-generation fighter types in active development and production for the PLA. The fates of these fighters will also relate to the outcome and trajectory of the J-XD, in terms of the procurement scale and timeline of each respective type. This would give China the ability to annually equip three frontline PLA Air Force brigades, which also tracks with the number of new J-20 units being converted in recent years. It is unclear how a notional "J-31" may fit in context of PLA procurement of J-20 family aircraft that is occurring at relatively large scale, not to mention the future J-XD and expectant UCAVs/CCAs. The future trajectory and shape of PLA high end UCAV and CCA procurement remains one of the major unknowns of tracking future PLA combat aircraft. The overall level of advancement somewhat complicates projections of upcoming PLA combat aircraft projects, due to lack of existing comparable platforms that can guide public speculation.

June 11, 2024, 3:41 a.m.
China reports growing exports in semiconductors, implying overcapacity
China reports growing exports in semiconductors, implying overcapacity
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Official data from the Chinese government showed that semiconductor exports from China rose at a faster pace in the first five months of the year, as the country, particularly SMIC, is facing intensifying competition from its counterparts in China in mature n…

China reports growing exports in semiconductors, implying overcapacity

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June 11, 2024, 3:32 a.m.
Quote of the Day: "Not So Much 'Lying Down' as Finding It Impossible to Get Ahead"
Quote of the Day: "Not So Much 'Lying Down' as Finding It Impossible to Get Ahead"
['percent', 'Down', 'Majority', 'work', 'Minority']

Today’s quote of the day derives from netizen backlash to the Communist Youth League’s (CYL) recent video broadside against “lying down”—referring to the much-discussed phenomenon of people slacking off, quietly giving up, or dropping out of the rat race as a…

Quote of the Day: "Not So Much 'Lying Down' as Finding It Impossible to Get Ahead"

Today's quote of the day derives from netizen backlash to the Communist Youth League's recent video broadside against "Lying down"-referring to the much-discussed phenomenon of people slacking off, quietly giving up, or dropping out of the rat race as a means of coping with a hyper-competitive society that treats workers as "Huminerals" to be relentlessly exploited and ultimately discarded. The video, widely circulated on the Chinese internet, was titled "CYL Central Committee: 'Only a Tiny Minority Are Truly Lying Down, While the Vast Majority Are Working Tirelessly.'" This was followed by an online survey that asked viewers to choose whether they were among the "Tiny minority who lie down" or "The vast majority who work tirelessly." To the amusement of many online observers, and at odds with the propagandistic tone and intent of the video, fully 93 percent of respondents confessed to being among that "Tiny minority" of slackers, while only seven percent identified themselves as card-carrying members of the "Vast majority" of indefatigable workers. Today's so-called "Four Won't Youth"-those who won't date, get married, buy homes, or have children-aren't so much "Lying down" as finding that it is impossible to get ahead, mired as they are in a struggle to financially support themselves. According to data recently released by Zhaopin. com, only 43.9 percent of college students graduating with bachelor's degrees received job offers. Among recent postgraduates, the number who received offers was as low as 33 percent. These two groups combined account for 62.1 percent of China's total population, an absolute majority. In contrast, only 10.8 percent of the population earns more than 5,000 yuan monthly, which makes them a clear minority.

June 11, 2024, 3:22 a.m.
Lula Confirms Brazil's Position on Ukraine Conflict in Conversation With Putin
Lula Confirms Brazil's Position on Ukraine Conflict in Conversation With Putin
['Ukraine', 'Brazil', 'Brazilian', 'Lula', 'President']

MEXICO CITY (Sputnik) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Lula reiterated his country's position on a peaceful settlement in Ukraine involving both sides t…

Lula Confirms Brazil's Position on Ukraine Conflict in Conversation With Putin

Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva reiterated his country's position on a peaceful settlement in Ukraine involving both sides to the conflict. "Lula reiterated his support for peace talks involving both sides of the conflict, according to a document signed by [Brazilian] presidential adviser Celso Amorim and Wang Yi," the presidency said in a statement. The phone conversation was held at Putin's initiative, who expressed solidarity with the victims of floods in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the statement said. In May, China and Brazil issued the document "The Common Understandings Between China and Brazil on Political Settlement of the Ukraine Crisis" that advocates dialogue and negotiations as the only viable solution to the Ukraine crisis and expresses support for an international peace conference, recognized by both Russia and Ukraine. Brazil china peace conference, brics alliance, peaceful settlement in ukraine, brazilian president luiz inacio lula da silva, lula da silva and putin talks. MEXICO CITY - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva on Monday held a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which Lula reiterated his country's position on a peaceful settlement in Ukraine involving both sides to the conflict, as set out in a joint Brazil-China document, the Brazilian presidency said. 25 May, 12:16 GMT. The phone conversation was held at Putin's initiative, who expressed solidarity with the victims of floods in Brazil's southern state of Rio Grande do Sul, the statement said.

June 11, 2024, 2:35 a.m.
Hong Kong court liquidates Chinese developer, Dexin
Hong Kong court liquidates Chinese developer, Dexin
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A Hong Kong court ordered the liquidation of Chinese developer Dexin on Tuesday, according to a report, making it the latest firm to be hit with such an order as the sector struggles with a long-running debt crisis. The decision comes as Beijing tries to shor…

Hong Kong court liquidates Chinese developer, Dexin

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June 11, 2024, 1:36 a.m.
Taiwan takes 'pragmatic' approach to keep formal allies amid China pressure
Taiwan takes 'pragmatic' approach to keep formal allies amid China pressure
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Taipei chooses pragmatism over ideology in relations with its diplomatic allies, but it might not be enough.

Taiwan takes 'pragmatic' approach to keep formal allies amid China pressure

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June 11, 2024, 1:27 a.m.
Mini China parts probe expanded by US Senate panel
Mini China parts probe expanded by US Senate panel
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The Senate Finance Committee wants answers from BMW over its use of banned Chinese components by 21 June.

Mini China parts probe expanded by US Senate panel

The head of the US Senate Finance Committee has expanded an investigation into BMW after the car maker was found to have imported vehicles into America that contained banned Chinese parts. In a letter to BMW North America, Senator Ron Wyden, asked the firm for more details about its supply chain, including whether it had now stopped importing banned components. BMW Group did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Last month, BMW said it had "Taken steps to halt the importation of affected products". It came after a two-year long investigation by Senator Wyden's staff revealed at least 8,000 BMW Mini Cooper cars with banned parts had been imported into the US. The report found that the cars contained components made by Chinese firm Sichuan Jingweida Technology Group. "Is BMW certain that it is not currently importing vehicles containing components produced by JWD?", Senator Wyden's letter said, asking for answers by 21 June. The legislation is aimed at preventing the import of goods from China's north-western Xinjiang region that are believed to have been made by people from the Uyghur minority group in forced labour conditions.

June 11, 2024, 12:51 a.m.
A Kuchean shift in terminology from Indo-Iranian to Tocharian
A Kuchean shift in terminology from Indo-Iranian to Tocharian
['Tocharian', 'Origin', 'Kucha', 'linguistic', 'art']

Sino-Platonic Papers is pleased to announce the publication of its three-hundred-and-forty-eighth issue: "A Historical Perspective on the Central Asian Kingdom of Kucha," by Angela F. Howard. http://www.sino-platonic.org/complete/spp348_kucha.pdf ABSTRACT The…

A Kuchean shift in terminology from Indo-Iranian to Tocharian

Given the centrality of the Tocharian language to the Sarvāstivādin Buddhist school associated with Kucha's monasteries and the relative stylistic independence of Kucha from India, the author recommends adopting the term "Tocharian style" rather than "Indo-Iranian style" to describe artistic production in Kucha prior to the Tang. "The origins and affinities of Tocharian" "The geographical, archeological, genetic, and linguistic origins of Tocharian". "Tocharian love poem" "The sound and sense of Tocharian" "The Tocharian A word for 'rug' and Old Sinitic reconstructions" "The Tocharian A word for 'rug' and Old Sinitic reconstructions, part 2" "Tocharian C: its discovery and implications" "'Tocharian C' Again: The Plot Thickens and the Mystery Deepens". "The importance of archeology for historical linguistics" "University of Texas Linguistics Research Center" "Archeological and linguistic evidence for the wheel in East Asia" "Horses, soma, riddles, magi, and animal style art in southern China" "Of armaments and Old Sinitic reconstructions, part 6" - particularly pertinent, and also draws on art history as well as archeology. "The Discovery of the Xinjiang Mummies and Studies of the Origin of the Tocharians". Wei, Lanhai, Hui Li, and Wenkan Xu. "The separate origins of the Tocharians and the Yuezhi: Results from recent advances in archaeology and genetics". The origin of the Tocharians and their relationship to the Yuezhi have been debated for more than a century, since the discovery of the Tocharian language.

June 10, 2024, 11:01 p.m.
Why the EU might be about to make Chinese electric cars more expensive
Why the EU might be about to make Chinese electric cars more expensive
['Chinese', 'tariff', 'China', 'manufacturer', 'European']

Brussels is widely expected to introduce tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles coming to Europe.

Why the EU might be about to make Chinese electric cars more expensive

With China accused of selling electric cars at artificially low prices, the European Union is widely expected to hit them with tariffs this week. Earlier this year, the Alliance for American Manufacturing warned that the introduction of cheap Chinese cars could be an "Extinction-level event" for the US auto industry. The Biden administration raised its tariff on imports of Chinese battery-powered cars from 25% to 100%. Sales of Chinese-made EVs in the US are currently negligible; with the new tariffs, they are likely to stay that way. "Global markets are now flooded with cheaper Chinese electric cars," she said. "If the EU imposes tariffs of no more than 25%, it will be more about levelling the playing field, and evening out the 30% cost advantage Chinese manufacturers have." Secondly, although European makes have invested heavily in production in China in recent years, in partnership with local manufacturers, a number of them still export high-value models to Chinese markets. Ola Källenius, chief executive of Mercedes-Benz has gone a step further, publicly calling for tariffs on Chinese EV imports to be lowered rather than raised, to encourage European companies to do a better job.

June 10, 2024, 10:02 p.m.
Taiwan nighttime dragon boat racing puts modern twist on ancient tradition
Taiwan nighttime dragon boat racing puts modern twist on ancient tradition
['race', 'Chinese', 'boat', 'row', 'dragon']

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Across the Chinese diaspora, racing in dragon boats has been a tradition reaching back thousands of years.  But change is afoot, most recently in central Taiwan where the races were switched to the evening to take advantage of cooler temper…

Taiwan nighttime dragon boat racing puts modern twist on ancient tradition

Across the Chinese diaspora, racing in dragon boats has been a tradition reaching back thousands of years. Change is afoot, most recently in central Taiwan where the races were switched to the evening to take advantage of cooler temperatures, a refreshing breeze and the sight of the boats lit up with LED lights running the length of the low-lying watercraft. "This dragon boat race allows us to meet, exchange and take part in something," Lin said Monday following qualifiers the previous night. Daytime racing means dealing with the intense central Taiwan sun reflecting off the river, leaving you feeling unwell, said Chen Ta-tzung, a 28-year-old machinery maintenance specialist. Dragon boat races are also being held in Hong Kong and Macao, as well as around mainland China, where lax safety standards have occasionally led to deadly accidents. At least one person was killed after a dragon boat capsized in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing on Sunday, the local government reported. "Dragon boat is a team sport. It's important we share a team spirit," said Andy Ng, the coach of a local team.

June 10, 2024, 9:50 p.m.
Flattop Amphibious Assault Ship To Be Pummeled With Weapons In RIMPAC Wargames
Flattop Amphibious Assault Ship To Be Pummeled With Weapons In RIMPAC Wargames
['ship', 'RIMPAC', 'Tarawa', 'Navy', 'amphibious']

Sinking the ex-USS Tarawa will give the U.S. and its allies experience attacking a carrier-like ship and data on the punishment it can take.

Flattop Amphibious Assault Ship To Be Pummeled With Weapons In RIMPAC Wargames

The ex-USS Tarawa, a decommissioned U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship, is set to be sunk off the coast of Hawaii at the upcoming 2024 Rim of the Pacific exercise. Five of the seven Iwo Jima class amphibious assault ships, which preceded the Tarawas in Navy service, were also used in other RIMPAC SINKEXs. Not only has it been a very long time since the Navy used an amphibious assault ship of any kind for the RIMPAC SINKEX, but is the largest ship of any kind to be used in more than a decade. The ex-USS Durham, a Charleston class amphibious cargo ship sunk at RIMPAC 2020, and one of the biggest ships used for the SINKEX in recent years, displaced 18,322 tons with a full load. Decommissioned Oliver Hazard Perry class frigates and smaller amphibious warfare ships have more typically been used in the past few RIMPACs. On top of all this, the Navy has no real options for conducting live-fire exercises or destructive testing against anything larger and with a similar degree of protection than a Tarawa class amphibious assault ship. "The theme of RIMPAC 2024 is 'Partners: Integrated and Prepared.' To promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, Exercise RIMPAC is the premier joint and combined maritime exercise, utilizing and preserving a world class maritime training environment," according to a press release the Navy's Pacific Fleet, which is leading the exercise, put out in May. "With inclusivity at its core, RIMPAC fosters multi-national cooperation and trust, leverages interoperability, and achieves respective national objectives to strengthen integrated, prepared, coalition partners." At the same time, China's People's Liberation Army Navy is significantly expanding the size of its own amphibious assault ship fleets, which would be top targets for U.S. forces.

June 10, 2024, 9:06 p.m.
Taiwan arrests Chinese man who took speedboat into Taipei harbor
Taiwan arrests Chinese man who took speedboat into Taipei harbor
['Taiwan', 'coast', 'vessel', 'guard', 'Taipei']

TAIPEI — Taiwan has arrested a Chinese man who sailed a speedboat into a harbor at the mouth of a river leading into Taipei for illegal entry, the Taiwanese coast guard said Monday.  Taiwan keeps a close watch on its waters and air space, given tensions wit…

Taiwan arrests Chinese man who took speedboat into Taipei harbor

Taiwan has arrested a Chinese man who sailed a speedboat into a harbor at the mouth of a river leading into Taipei for illegal entry, the Taiwanese coast guard said Monday. Taiwan keeps a close watch on its waters and air space, given tensions with China, which views the democratically governed island as its own territory, a claim Taipei rejects. Taiwan's coast guard said a suspicious vessel was spotted on Sunday morning six nautical miles off the coast of Tamsui in northern Taiwan. After entering the Tamsui River, which leads to downtown Taipei, the boat collided with other vessels at a ferry terminal. A lone Chinese man on the vessel was arrested on suspicion of violating Taiwan's entry and exit laws, the coast guard said.

June 10, 2024, 8:12 p.m.
The US military has a plan to turn the Taiwan Strait into an 'unmanned hellscape' if China invades, top admiral says
The US military has a plan to turn the Taiwan Strait into an 'unmanned hellscape' if China invades, top admiral says
['Taiwan', 'plan', 'defense', 'drone', 'Hellscape']

To stop a Chinese invasion of Taiwan, the US plans to employ thousands of unmanned drones and ships, the top US admiral in the Pacific said.

The US military has a plan to turn the Taiwan Strait into an 'unmanned hellscape' if China invades, top admiral says

If China invades Taiwan, it may face a large, lethal drone force meant to make its military "Miserable." At least that's the plan, according to the top US admiral in the Pacific, who said the "Hellscape" strategy is designed to distract China and buy the US time to respond. "I want to turn the Taiwan Strait into an unmanned hellscape using a number of classified capabilities," Adm. The plan involves launching thousands of unmanned systems, from surface vessels and submarines to aerial drones, to fight Chinese invading forces as soon as they begin to cross the Taiwan Strait, effectively acting as a kind of first line of defense. Last summer, Hicks said Replicator aimed to counter China's "Biggest advantage," which is its mass: "More ships. More missiles. More people." She said that "We'll counter the mass with mass of our own, but ours will be harder to plan for, harder to hit, harder to beat." The previous INDOPACOM commander said last year that US unmanned capabilities "Will be an asymmetric advantage." He said "Operational concepts that we are working through are going to help amplify our advantages in this theater," adding, "There's a term, hellscape, that we use." While the exercise showed Taiwan and the US how quickly and easily China could employ a blockade, it was also a learning opportunity for the US military.

June 10, 2024, 6:47 p.m.
Key takeaways from Pakistani PM's visit to China
Key takeaways from Pakistani PM's visit to China
['Pakistan', 'Chinese', 'China', 'debt', 'Pakistani']

ISLAMABAD — Pakistani government officials are hailing as a success a recent five-day visit to China by Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif. Observers, however, say that despite the usual display of warm relations from both sides, hurdles remain in improving the ec…

Key takeaways from Pakistani PM's visit to China

Prime Minister Sharif's visit to China late last week comes as Pakistan is seeking more foreign investment and looking to boost exports to help with its economic crisis amid security concerns. "The fruits of the historic visit to China will reach the people of Pakistan," Tarar said. According to a joint statement issued at the end of the visit, China and Pakistan signed 23 agreements and Memoranda of Understanding, or MOUs, in a myriad of fields including cooperation on agriculture, infrastructure, industrial cooperation, inter-governmental development assistance, market regulation, surveying and mapping, media, and film. Experts believe China will have to restructure the debt Pakistan owes. "The Pakistani side entered these meetings with realistically low expectations about winning concessions in the form of restructuring Pakistan's outstanding debt to China. Some form of relief may yet come, but is unlikely to be significant," said Hasanain. Khan believes, even if China agrees to much-needed debt restructuring with Pakistan, it will do so quietly. The security of Chinese nationals in Pakistan is a key concern for Beijing.

June 10, 2024, 4:39 p.m.
In a world first, China installs an 18 MW offshore wind turbine
In a world first, China installs an 18 MW offshore wind turbine
['content', 'service', 'information', 'device', 'based']

China has installed an 18-megawatt (MW) offshore wind turbine – the world’s largest by power rating – in Guangdong province. more…

In a world first, China installs an 18 MW offshore wind turbine

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June 10, 2024, 4:29 p.m.
A British judge who resigned from Hong Kong's top court says the rule of law is in 'grave danger'
A British judge who resigned from Hong Kong's top court says the rule of law is in 'grave danger'
['Court', 'Kong', 'Hong', 'city', 'law']

A British judge who resigned from Hong Kong's top court last week said he stepped down because the rule of law in the city is in "grave danger'' and judges operate in an ''impossible political environment created by China.''

A British judge who resigned from Hong Kong's top court says the rule of law is in 'grave danger'

LONDON - A former chief justice of the Supreme Court of Canada is stepping down from Hong Kong's top court, city officials said Monday, the latest overseas judge to resign from the court amid concerns about judicial independence. Hong Kong's judiciary confirmed said Beverly McLachlin will complete her term as a non-permanent overseas judge at Hong Kong's Court of Final Appeal, without giving more details. After the city returned to Chinese rule in 1997, non-permanent overseas judges have consistently served on its top court. Hong Kong's leader, John Lee, doubled down in his weekly news briefing, saying the professional duty of judges is to interpret and apply law in accordance with legal principles and evidence, regardless of their political views about a certain law. Another judge, Lawrence Collins, resigned last week, telling The Associated Press that his departure was ''because of the political situation in Hong Kong. In May, a Hong Kong court found 14 pro-democracy activists guilty of conspiring to commit subversion in the city's biggest national security case to date. The Beijing and Hong Kong governments have insisted that the law has helped bring back stability following huge anti-government protests in 2019.

June 10, 2024, 3:50 p.m.
'Make Their Lives Utterly Miserable': Top US Commander Outlines 'Hellscape' Response If China Invades Taiwan
'Make Their Lives Utterly Miserable': Top US Commander Outlines 'Hellscape' Response If China Invades Taiwan
['U.S.', 'Taiwan', 'Post', 'China', 'told']

A top U.S. naval commander outlined a "hellscape" American response if China decides to invade Taiwan.

'Make Their Lives Utterly Miserable': Top US Commander Outlines 'Hellscape' Response If China Invades Taiwan

A top U.S. naval commander outlined a "Hellscape" American response if China decides to invade Taiwan in an interview with The Washington Post published Monday. Samuel Paparo, the new chief of the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command, told the Post in an interview that there is a plan to deter China by ensuring that Beijing understands the "Utterly miserable" consequences it could suffer if it does launch an incursion. China views Taiwan as a rogue territory that needs to be reunited with the mainland and condemns other countries that view the island as independent. "I want to turn the Taiwan Strait into an unmanned hellscape using a number of classified capabilities," Paparo told the Post. The U.S. has also poured billions into Taiwan and the Indo-Pacific's own defenses, most recently signing off on $8 billion in aid for America's allies in the region in April. China launched on May 23 what it called "Joint Sword-2024A" exercises, surrounding Taiwan with warplanes and navy ships and vowing "Stern punishment" of separatist forces on the island. For its part, China has been laser-focused on bolstering its military prowess and has increased armed demonstrations around Taiwan in recent years - Paparo told the Post that China's annual defense budget is likely around $700 billion, three times higher than what Beijing publicly claims.