N.B.A.’s Warriors Disavow Part-Owner’s Uyghur Comments

The Golden State Warriors distanced themselves from a minority stakeholder, Chamath Palihapitiya, who said “nobody cares” about the Uyghurs, the ethnic group that has faced a deadly crackdown in China.

#basketball, #china, #golden-state-warriors, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #national-basketball-assn, #palihapitiya-chamath, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group

China’s Olympics App for Athletes Has Security Flaws, Study Says

Researchers said the app, which will store sensitive health data on participants at the Winter Games, has serious encryption vulnerabilities.

#china, #citizen-lab, #computer-security, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #mobile-applications, #olympic-games-2022, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government

China’s Births Hit Historic Low, Barely Outpacing Death Rate

China’s population, the world’s largest at 1.4 billion, may soon start shrinking, according to new data. Some experts say it already has.

#census, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #population

China’s Economy Slowed Late Last Year on Real Estate Troubles

Economic output climbed 4 percent in the last quarter, slowing from the July through September quarter. Growth has faltered lately as home buyers and consumers become cautious.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #communist-party-of-china, #consumer-behavior, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #international-monetary-fund, #international-trade-and-world-market, #kaisa-group-holdings-ltd, #national-bureau-of-statistics-china, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

Supply Chain Woes Could Worsen as China Imposes Covid Lockdowns

American manufacturers are worried that China’s zero-tolerance coronavirus policy could throw a wrench in the global conveyor belt for goods this year.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #international-trade-and-world-market, #ports, #ships-and-shipping, #supply-chain, #united-states-economy

Britain’s Security Agency MI5 Warns Lawmakers of China’s Political Interference

An unusual alert by the agency named a Chinese lawyer who was “knowingly engaged in political interference activities” on behalf of Beijing in the U.K. Parliament.

#british-secret-intelligence-service, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #great-britain, #politics-and-government

For the Climate, Biden Must Be More Aggressive in Ending New Truck and Bus Emissions

To meet his climate goals, the president must clean up these carbon-spewing vehicles. 

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Chinese Activists Face Subversion Charges for Weekend Gathering

A weekend get-together in 2019 offered Beijing a chance to deliver a blow to the “rights defense” movement. Now, two key participants face the prospect of years in prison.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #ding-jiaxi, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #political-prisoners, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping, #xu-zhiyong

Chinese Rover Finds Moon Cube Is Just Rabbit-Like Rock

A blurry image that China’s space program had called the “mystery hut” was a result of camera angle, light and shadow.

#china, #geology, #moon, #space-and-astronomy

North Korea Says It Will Skip Beijing Olympics Because of the Pandemic

The country also blamed “hostile forces” for its decision not to send a delegation to China, its closest ally.

#beijing-china, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #international-relations, #kim-jong-un, #north-korea, #olympic-games-2022, #south-korea, #united-states

Xi’an Is China’s Biggest Covid Challenge Since Wuhan

Xi’an, a city of 13 million people, has been on lockdown since Dec. 22, the longest in the country since the early days of the outbreak in Wuhan.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #hospitals, #quarantines, #shortages, #wuhan-china, #xian-china, #zhang-wenmin

As Beijing Takes Control, Chinese Tech Companies Lose Jobs and Hope

The crackdown is killing the entrepreneurial drive that made China a tech power and destroying jobs that used to attract the country’s brightest.

#china, #computers-and-the-internet, #entrepreneurship, #iqiyi-com-inc, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #social-media, #unemployment, #xi-jinping

The Impact of Jan. 6 Is Still Rippling Throughout the World

The attack on Congress marked a significant decline in American global power and influence.

#china, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #republican-party, #storming-of-the-us-capitol-jan-2021, #trump-donald-j, #united-states

2022 Beijing Winter Olympics: Answers to Some Big Questions

How will the Olympics deal with the coronavirus? What happens if athletes protest China? Will there be boycotts? Here’s what we know.

#beijing-china, #china, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022

With Property Sales Plunging, China Evergrande Faces More Protests

The developer has tried for months to signal that its $300 billion debt problem was under control. But the challenges keep mounting.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #credit-and-debt, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #foreign-investments, #guangzhou-china, #hainan-island-china, #hong-kong-stock-exchange, #real-estate-commercial

How Beijing Has Muted Hong Kong’s Independent Media

Citizen News, a small but aggressive online publication, is the latest outlet to fold amid relentless pressure from the authorities.

#china, #freedom-of-the-press, #hong-kong, #news-and-news-media, #shutdowns-institutional

China Evergrande Halts Its Shares in Hong Kong

The world’s most indebted property developer provided no details on the suspension, but it suggested an announcement “containing inside information” would come soon.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #foreign-investments, #hong-kong-stock-exchange

China Moves to Overhaul Protections for Women’s Rights, Sort Of

The proposed revisions to a women’s rights law would be the first major changes in nearly 20 years. But many women are skeptical that real progress will follow.

#metoo-movement, #china, #discrimination, #sexual-harassment, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights, #zhou-xiaoxuan

China’s Ban on ‘Sissy Men’ Is Bound to Backfire

The masculinity campaign is a way for the Chinese Communist Party to distract from its inability to address economic and social issues.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #men-and-boys, #xi-jinping

What Default? With Confetti and Fanfare, Evergrande Says It’s Ready to Build.

Weeks after signaling it could no longer go on, the troubled Chinese property developer has pledged to start paying its workers and completing projects again. Buyers are skeptical.

#china, #china-evergrande-group, #jiangxi-china, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #shandong-province-china, #xu-jiayin

Chinese Police Hunt Overseas Critics With Advanced Tech

Authorities in China have turned to sophisticated investigative software to track and silence obscure critics on overseas social media. Their targets include college students and non-Chinese nationals.

#censorship, #china, #chinese-americans, #computers-and-the-internet, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #politics-and-government, #social-media

China Keeps 13 Million in Xi’an Under Strict Lockdown

The severe measures in Xi’an have prompted concern, as residents complain on social media of having trouble ordering food online.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #olympic-games-2022, #shutdowns-institutional, #xian-china

China upset about needing to dodge SpaceX Starlink satellites

Image of a rocket launch.

Enlarge / A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in May 2021 carrying the 29th batch of approximately 60 satellites as part of SpaceX’s Starlink broadband Internet network. (credit: SOPA Images / Getty Images)

Earlier in December, the Chinese government filed a document with the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space at the United Nations. The body helps manage the terms of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, more commonly known as the Outer Space Treaty. In the document, China alleges that it had to move its space station twice this year due to potential collisions with Starlink satellites operated by SpaceX.

The document pointedly notes that signatories of the treaty, which include the US, are responsible for the actions of any nongovernmental activities based within their borders.

The document was filed back on December 6, but it only came to light recently when Chinese Internet users became aware of it and started flaming Elon Musk, head of SpaceX.

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#china, #policy, #science, #space, #spacex, #starlink

Jonathan Spence, Noted China Scholar, Dies at 85

His classes at Yale and well-regarded books explored China’s vast history through details that illuminated bigger pictures and themes.

#books-and-literature, #china, #deaths-obituaries, #spence-jonathan-d

In China, Bragging About Your Wealth Can Get You Censored

Online posts by users showing off their receipts, over-ordering food or scattering money have been deemed vulgar. Regulators say such content leads young people astray.

#beijing-kuaishou-technology-co-ltd, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #douyin-bytedance, #dujiangyan-china, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Why Bragging About Your Wealth In China Can Get You Censored

Online posts by users showing off their receipts, over-ordering food or scattering money have been deemed vulgar. Regulators say such content leads young people astray.

#beijing-kuaishou-technology-co-ltd, #blogs-and-blogging-internet, #china, #computers-and-the-internet, #douyin-bytedance, #dujiangyan-china, #income-inequality, #luxury-goods-and-services, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming

Intel apologizes for banning use of components from Xinjiang

Photo taken on Aug. 2, 2019 shows the booth of CPU chip manufacturer Intel at China Digital Entertainment Expo and Game Expo in Shanghai, China.

Enlarge / Photo taken on Aug. 2, 2019 shows the booth of CPU chip manufacturer Intel at China Digital Entertainment Expo and Game Expo in Shanghai, China. (credit: Future Publishing |Getty Images)

Intel has apologized for a ban on using components from Xinjiang in response to attacks from Chinese nationalist media over the policy, becoming the latest multinational to become embroiled in China’s battle with the US over human rights issues.

The episode quickly became one of the most talked-about topics online in China with netizens on Twitter-like Weibo calling for the government to hit Intel with fines and other punishments.

The controversy erupted after Intel sent a year-end letter to suppliers noting that components made in the north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang should not be used in its chips. The message attracted the attention of nationalist media outlet Guancha.

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#china, #human-rights, #intel, #policy, #tech, #uighur, #xinjiang

U.S. Effort to Combat Forced Labor Targets Corporate China Ties

The Biden administration is expected to face scrutiny as it decides how to enforce a new ban on products made with forced labor in the Xinjiang region of China.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #cotton, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #factories-and-manufacturing, #forced-labor, #global-warming, #house-of-representatives, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #senate, #solar-energy, #supply-chain, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-economy, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

Fury in China After Li Tiantian, an Outspoken Teacher, Disappears

Supporters of Li Tiantian believe that local officials may have sent her to a psychiatric hospital, a longstanding way of stifling and discrediting dissent.

#censorship, #china, #freedom-of-speech-and-expression, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #hunan-province-china, #li-tiantian, #politics-and-government, #teachers-and-school-employees

Carlos Tejada, Deputy Asia Editor for The New York Times, Dies at 49

He was an editor in Asia for 13 years, including with The Wall Street Journal. One colleague said he had embodied the phrase, “Edit ferociously and with joy.”

#china, #deaths-obituaries, #hong-kong, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #pulitzer-prizes, #seoul-south-korea, #tejada-carlos-1972-2021, #wall-street-journal

How China’s CATL Became the Top Electric Car Battery Maker

Beijing gave CATL lavish subsidies, a captive market of buyers and soft regulatory treatment, helping it to control a crucial technology of the future.

#automobile-safety-features-and-defects, #batteries, #bhr-partners, #biden-hunter, #byd-co-ltd, #china, #cobalt, #contemporary-amperex-technology-ltd, #electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #factories-and-manufacturing, #general-motors, #international-trade-and-world-market, #lithium-metal, #ningde-china, #qinghai-province-china, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #robin-zeng, #stocks-and-bonds

Why the International Concern over Peng Shuai?

The tennis star’s allegation that a senior official sexually abused her ignited global concern. Her comments retracting that claim seem unlikely to end the matter.

#china, #olympic-games-2020, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #tennis, #women-and-girls

Peng Shuai, Chinese Tennis Player, Denies Sexual Assault Claim

Peng Shuai said in an interview with a Singaporean newspaper that she had been misunderstood. She also said, “I’ve been very free all along.”

#china, #peng-shuai, #politics-and-government, #sex-crimes, #tennis, #zhang-gaoli

Can a ‘Very Confident’ Carrie Lam Salvage Her Legacy in Hong Kong?

Mrs. Lam is Hong Kong’s most unpopular leader ever, blamed for mass protests and a political crackdown. Yet she now appears reinvigorated, perhaps even ready for a second term.

#china, #communist-party-of-china, #hong-kong, #lam-carrie-1957, #politics-and-government, #xi-jinping

U.S. Olympic Leader: China Must Investigate Peng Shuai’s Allegations

Olympic leaders were critical of China’s handling of the Peng Shuai case but tried not to say anything that would jeopardize the safety of the American athletes headed to Beijing.

#china, #coe-sebastian, #international-olympic-committee, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #united-states-olympic-and-paralympic-committee, #world-athletics

U.S. Cracks Down on Firms Said to Aid China’s Repression of Minorities

The Commerce and Treasury Departments put new restrictions on an array of companies and institutions that they said were misusing biotechnology.

#biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #china, #commerce-department, #defense-and-military-forces, #dji-innovations, #facial-recognition-software, #raimondo-gina-m, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #treasury-department, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #xinjiang-china

Congress Passes Ban on Goods From China’s Xinjiang Region

President Biden is expected to sign the bill, which drew a fierce corporate lobbying campaign against it.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #rubio-marco, #senate, #uighurs-chinese-ethnic-group, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity, #xinjiang-china

Hu Xijin, Chief of China’s Global Times, Will Retire

Hu Xijin, editor of the Communist Party tabloid Global Times and pioneer of the country’s fiery online posturing, is retiring from his role.

#censorship, #china, #communist-party-of-china, #freedom-of-the-press, #global-times, #hu-xijin, #propaganda, #social-media, #united-states-international-relations

The Island Paradise Near the Front Line of Tensions Over Taiwan

New missile batteries planned for the Japanese island of Ishigaki reflect a drastic shift in Japan’s views on China.

#china, #defense-and-military-forces, #international-relations, #japan, #taiwan, #united-states

Biden’s China Dilemma: How to Enforce Trump’s Trade Deal

The Biden administration must decide whether to enforce a Trump-era trade deal that has not fulfilled its promise.

#agriculture-and-farming, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-trade-and-world-market, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-economy

Putin and Xi Hold Video Summit

President Vladimir V. Putin and President Xi Jinping of China, meeting in a video summit, sought mutual support in their conflicts with the West over Ukraine, Taiwan and other issues.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #international-relations, #olympic-games-2022, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #territorial-disputes, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #xi-jinping

Blinken, in Indonesia, Stresses Soft Power to Counter China

The U.S. secretary of state seeks to make the case that the United States is a better bet as a partner than China, even if it’s not spending so lavishly in the region.

#assn-of-southeast-asian-nations, #blinken-antony-j, #china, #indonesia, #infrastructure-public-works, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #southeast-asia

Hackers launch over 840,000 attacks through Log4J flaw

Hackers launch over 840,000 attacks through Log4J flaw

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Hackers including Chinese state-backed groups have launched more than 840,000 attacks on companies globally since last Friday, according to researchers, through a previously unnoticed vulnerability in a widely used piece of open-source software called Log4J.

Cyber security group Check Point said the attacks relating to the vulnerability had accelerated in the 72 hours since Friday, and that at some points its researchers were seeing more than 100 attacks a minute.

Perpetrators include “Chinese government attackers,” according to Charles Carmakal, chief technology officer of cyber company Mandiant.

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#biz-it, #china, #hacking, #log4j, #security

China Turns to Olympic Committee as Peng Shuai Scandal Lingers

The International Olympic Committee’s professed neutrality has provided coverage for Beijing, which delivers big audiences and funding in exchange.

#bach-thomas, #censorship, #china, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #olympic-games, #olympic-games-2022, #peng-shuai, #samaranch-juan-antonio, #samaranch-juan-antonio-jr, #sex-crimes, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

Do You Know Where Your Sweater Came From?

Loro Piana makes some of the world’s most luxurious cashmere. Now you can trace every step of its journey from Mongolia to Madison Avenue.

#china, #fashion-and-apparel, #italy, #knitting-and-knit-goods, #loro-piana, #luxury-goods-and-services, #mongolia, #sustainable-living, #textiles, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-fashion, #your-feed-photojournalism

Across the World, Covid Anxiety and Depression Take Hold

It is still unclear how much of a threat the fast-spreading Omicron variant poses, but fear and a sudden revival of restrictions have added to an epidemic of loneliness.

#africa, #anxiety-and-stress, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #depression-mental, #europe, #johnson-boris, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Alibaba Dismisses Employee Who Accused Her Boss of Rape

After initially supporting her #MeToo accusation, the company now blames her for damaging the company’s reputation with false claims.

#metoo-movement, #alibaba-group-holding-ltd, #china, #sexual-harassment, #suits-and-litigation-civil

U.S. and Others Pledge Export Controls Tied to Human Rights

The Biden administration’s partnership with Australia, Denmark, Norway, Canada, France, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom aims to stem the flow of key technologies to authoritarian governments.

#australia, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #denmark, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #international-relations, #international-trade-and-world-market, #norway, #russia, #surveillance-of-citizens-by-government, #united-states-politics-and-government

The Censoring of Peng Shuai

China’s decision to censor a star athlete has confronted the sports industry with a dilemma — speak out on her behalf or protect its financial interests in the country.

#metoo-movement, #audio-neutral-informative, #censorship, #china, #peng-shuai, #sexual-harassment, #tennis, #womens-tennis-assn

Taiwan Loses Nicaragua as Ally as Tensions With China Rise

The nation switched diplomatic allegiance to Beijing, leaving 13 nations and the Vatican still recognizing Taiwan as a sovereign nation.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #china, #nicaragua, #ortega-daniel, #taiwan, #tsai-ing-wen, #united-states-international-relations