Thursday, July 25

China

TikTok Spied on British Journalist Through Her Pet Account to Find Whistleblower
China, News, UK

TikTok Spied on British Journalist Through Her Pet Account to Find Whistleblower

Bytedance, the Chinese company behind the hugely popular app TikTok, has admitted that four employees accessed the private data of a British journalist's cat from a TikTok account. They did that to track down some TikTok employees who spoke to the press. The journalist says she is shocked. Just before Christmas, Cristina Criddle, a British journalist who writes for The Financial Times, suddenly received a call from someone from TikTok. The account dedicated to her cat Buffy has been closely monitored since the summer by two American and two Chinese employees of Bytedance, the Chinese company behind the widespread video app. Criddle shared the story with Britain's public broadcaster BBC this weekend. As a technology reporter for The Financial Times, Criddle has often written crit...
Again Riots Against Strict Corona Measures in the South Chinese Cities
China, Hong Kong

Again Riots Against Strict Corona Measures in the South Chinese Cities

In the South Chinese industrial city of Guangzhou (Canton), he brought severe riots tonight between the police and people tired of the strict corona measures. The local government has meanwhile weakened those measures to discourage the protest. In other Chinese cities, too, it has been argued against the tight zero-covid policy of the Chinese government. This morning the Government of Guangzhou announced the cancellation of the corona reductions in large parts of the city. According to witnesses, the security services that forced people to stay in their apartments have disappeared. There would also be an end to the massive testing of people. The relaxation of the measures follows a night of severe riots in specific neighbourhoods in Guangzhou. The police attempted protected b...
Residents of the Chinese Metropolis are Violently Resisting an Extension of the Lockdown
China, News

Residents of the Chinese Metropolis are Violently Resisting an Extension of the Lockdown

Residents of Guangzhou, a major city in southern China, have clashed with police after the coronavirus lockdown was extended. Since last month, some of the 18 million inhabitants of the metropolis have been subject to travel restrictions due to an outbreak. Most positive cases are concentrated in the Haizhu district, where about 1.8 million people live. On Monday, authorities decided to extend the lockdown in place in most of the district until Wednesday evening. Videos posted online and verified by AFP show hundreds of residents protesting in the streets. In small groups, some break down the large plastic barriers used to enclose buildings or neighbourhoods. In other footage in Haizhu District, protesters attack officers in white protective suits. "We don't want any more tes...
Russian and Chinese Aircraft Fly Past Quad Summit in Japan
China, Japan, News, Russia

Russian and Chinese Aircraft Fly Past Quad Summit in Japan

While international leaders gathered in Tokyo on Tuesday, Chinese and Russian warplanes flew jointly over the Sea of Japan.   The leaders of the so-called Quad, the alliance between the United States, India, Japan and Australia, met to discuss regional security. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi reports that two Chinese bombers have joined two Russian bombers over the Sea of Japan. The planes then flew together to the East China Sea. From there, the Russian aircraft with two new Chinese aircraft moved to the Pacific Ocean. Kishi calls the flights "provocations" just as the meeting takes place in Tokyo. He has conveyed his "serious concerns" to Russia and China. For the defence minister, it is especially worrisome that China is now cooperating with Russia, at a time when Russia...
Shanghai Announces End of Lockdown: Return to Normal Life in June
China, News

Shanghai Announces End of Lockdown: Return to Normal Life in June

Good news for the people of Shanghai and the global economy: the lockdown in China's largest city will be lifted in June. Vice Mayor Zong Ming announced this on Monday.   While Covid-19 was less present than in the past two years, the mayor of Shanghai decided just over six weeks ago to go back into lockdown after several outbreaks. Shops were closed again, and people were only allowed to leave their homes for essential trips: they don't make lockdowns more strict than in China. But on Monday, there is finally good news: from June 1, the lockdown will be lifted, and normal life will be returned. Vice Mayor Zong Ming has outlined a timeline for this. It will happen in stages. "From June 1 to the end of June, as long as the risk of infection backlash remains under control, we will im...
Lockdowns in China Do Not Cause Problems With Imports Yet
Business, China, News

Lockdowns in China Do Not Cause Problems With Imports Yet

Although the lockdowns in China are putting even more pressure on the logistics chain for imports and exports, they are not immediately causing huge problems. That is what sector organizations for entrepreneurs and transport say after a call to the ANP.   The logistics chain was already suffering from disruptions due to the corona pandemic; the war in Ukraine was added to this, and now also the new lockdowns in China. Shanghai, among others, with the world's largest container port, has been in lockdown for weeks due to corona infections. An interest group of forwarders Fenex says that "the entire market is on the drip". "The closure of the city of Shanghai does not help," said chairman Ad Schoenmakers. According to him, the idea was that the market would stabilize at the end of thi...
Contrary to Expectations, Chinese Central Bank Does Not Tinker With Interest Rates
Business, China, News

Contrary to Expectations, Chinese Central Bank Does Not Tinker With Interest Rates

The Chinese central bank PBOC has not cut its interest rates against expectations. However, the economy in China is under pressure due to a flare-up of the corona epidemic.   Beijing is reducing the cash reserves that banks must hold. The measure will come into effect from April 25, the central bank announced on Friday. Lenders will therefore be able to provide cheaper loans to support the economy. The PBOC maintained the yield on one-year policy bonds at 2.85 percent on Friday. That was against analysts' expectations, who had expected a cut in interest rates. Growth expectations for China have already been revised downwards significantly this year. Economists are currently forecasting 5 percent growth, below the government's target of 5.5 percent.
China Denies Request to Russia Over Ukraine Invasion Delay
China, News, Russia, Ukraine

China Denies Request to Russia Over Ukraine Invasion Delay

China denies asking Russia to delay its invasion of Ukraine until after the Beijing Winter Olympics. An intelligence report on the alleged request that The New York Times has written about has been described as "fake news".   The report says senior Chinese officials requested in early February. Beijing is said to have had some knowledge of Russia's plans before invading Ukraine. According to the American newspaper, "a Western intelligence agency" collected the information". The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs has criticized the allegations. "These types of diversion that shift the blame are downright despicable," said a spokesman. Russia invaded Ukraine last week, four days before the Games' closing ceremony. Before that, Beijing rejected Western warnings and described them as ...
South Korea Angers China for Using Hanbok Dress During Olympic Winter Games
China, News, South Korea

South Korea Angers China for Using Hanbok Dress During Olympic Winter Games

There was a riot between South Korea and China over a woman in typical Korean dress performed at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. Seoul accuses Beijing of appropriating essential elements of Korean culture. Beijing says the woman was supposed to represent the Korean minority.   There is a hair in the butter between South Korea and China, and this time it has nothing to do with missiles from communist North Korea. However, with a "hanbok", a traditional dress that was worn during the opening ceremony of the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. China then presented members of the numerous minorities in traditional attire. Much importance was attached to this, largely to ward off international criticism of the oppression of minorities such as the Uyghurs, Tibet...
Putin Heads to Olympics Opening to Strengthen Ties with Xi
China, News, Russia

Putin Heads to Olympics Opening to Strengthen Ties with Xi

Russian President Vladimir Putin will fly to China this week to host the Olympic Games. He will have a face-to-face meeting with Chinese leader Xi Jinping there for the first time since the start of the pandemic.   The Kremlin reports that the leaders have a "common vision" on international security. The summit between world leaders comes at a sensitive time. In the run-up to the prestigious sporting event in China, fears are growing that Russia is preparing for an invasion of Ukraine. The Russians have gathered a large force on the border with that Eastern European country. Russia denies that it has plans for an invasion and blames the West. That would not adequately address concerns about Russia's national security. The Russian government feels threatened by the expansion of NAT...