Posts Tagged ‘ China ’

China: Apple loses patent case over Siri functions

July 10, 2014
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CNet News    

"Shanghai-based Zhizhen Internet Technology won its patent-infringement case against Apple on Monday when Beijing's First Intermediate Court ruled that Apple's virtual personal assistant Siri was infringing a speech-recognition patent Zhizhen holds. ... The Zhizhen patent case doesn't take issue with how Siri works necessarily, but rather the way in which a person's speech is recognized and analyzed." (07/09/14)

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China: Regime forbids civil servants, students from Ramadan fasting

July 2, 2014
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Fox News    

"Government workers, teachers and members of the ruling Communist Party in China's Muslim northwest have been prohibited from taking part in traditional fasting during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan. Statements posted Wednesday on the websites of government agencies and schools in the Xinjiang region warned employees not to participate in fasting or religious activities for Ramadan, which began Saturday." (07/02/14)

http://tinyurl.com/pg26oy8  

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Hong Kong: Crowds rally for democracy

July 1, 2014
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"Tens of thousands of protesters are taking part in what organisers say could be Hong Kong's largest pro-democracy rally in more than a decade. The annual rally, marking the day Hong Kong was returned to China in 1997, is to demand full electoral freedom. It comes after an unofficial referendum on how to choose Hong Kong's next chief executive drew close to 800,000 votes. China says it will introduce universal suffrage for the 2017 vote -- but wants the final say over who can run." (07/01/14)

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-28102644  

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US alliances encourage Asian allies to be more antagonistic toward China

May 29, 2014
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Ivan Eland Independent Institute
by Ivan Eland  

"President Barack Obama's 'pivot' to Asia is directed at strengthening U.S. Cold War era alliances to tacitly contain a rising China. However, that means that even minor disputes between American allies and China could drag the United States into a shooting war with a nuclear weapons state. Unfortunately, those minor quarrels are occurring now." (05/28/14)

http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=4985  

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China’s ascent in world transport

May 22, 2014
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Heartland Institute Heartland Institute
by Wendell Cox  

"After years of closing the gap with the United States, China built enough freeways in 2013 to amass the greatest length of freeways in the world. Between 2003 and 2013, China expanded its national expressway system, with interstate (motorway in Europe) standard roadways from 30,000 to 105,000 kilometers (18,000 to 65,000 miles). This compares to the 101,000 kilometers (63,000 miles) in the United States in 2012. China’s freeway system is also longer than that of the European Union, which was 70,000 kilometers in 2010 (43,000 miles) and Japan (8,000 kilometers or 5,000 miles) as is indicated in Figure 1 (Note 1). The ascent of China is evident across the spectrum of transport data, both passenger and freight." (05/22/14)

http://blog.heartland.org/2014/05/chinas-ascent-in-world-transport/  

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Russia, China sign historic $400 billion gas deal

May 22, 2014
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The Telegraph [UK]    

"Russia's President Vladimir Putin has pulled off a major political coup by securing a landmark $400bn (£236bn) gas agreement with China, a move that will come as a blow to US efforts to isolate the Kremlin. ... The deal is a coup for Mr Putin as he seeks to open up new markets for Russian gas as the US prepares to begin exporting to Europe, currently Russia's main market. It also sees Russia move closer to Beijing at a time when the Kremlin is a loggerheads with the US over the political situation in Eastern Ukraine following its annexation of Crimea." (05/21/14)

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China: Marketplace bombing kills 31

May 22, 2014
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Houston Chronicle    

"Assailants in two SUVs plowed through shoppers while setting off explosives on a busy street market in China's volatile northwestern region of Xinjiang on Thursday, the local officials said, killing 31 people and injuring more than 90. The attack in the city of Urumqi was the bloodiest in a series of violent incidents that Chinese authorities have blamed on radical separatists from the country's Muslim Uighur minority." (05/22/14)

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Idiot US prosecutors charge Chinese regime officials in cyberspying case

May 20, 2014
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KRQE 13 News    

"In a landmark case alleging international economic spying, the United States announced on Monday unprecedented cyber espionage charges against five Chinese military officials accused of hacking into U.S. companies to gain trade secrets. The hackers targeted big-name makers of nuclear and solar technology, stealing confidential business information, sensitive trade secrets and internal communications for competitive advantage, according to a grand jury indictment. ... The indictment says that five hackers -- members of the People’s Liberation Army -- worked from a building in Shanghai to steal proprietary information from the companies and the labor union, including communications that could have helped Chinese firms learn strategies and weaknesses of American companies involved in litigation with the Chinese government or Chinese firms." [editor's note: Like this isn't the kind of thing the US government's own hackers do on a daily basis? - TLK] (05/19/14)

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How one might climb over the Great Firewall

May 19, 2014
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David Friedman Ideas
by David Friedman  

"One minor irritation on my recent trip to China was discovering that Facebook and Google+, where I normally waste time arguing with people, were both blocked, as was blogspot and hence my own blog—the reason this post is only going up now, from Hong Kong. I gather that locals have ways of evading the restrictions but do not know the details. Which lets me try to figure out how I would do it." (05/18/14)

http://tinyurl.com/k4vxucy  

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North Korean nightmare

May 7, 2014
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Justin Raimondo Antiwar.com
by Justin Raimondo  

"While the US still has troops stationed in South Korea -- some 30,000 -- and the Pyongyang elite use this as a pretext for their 'military first' policy -- which is bringing the country beyond the brink of starvation -- the idea that Washington and Seoul are about to restart the Korean war (which never officially ended) is beyond absurd. The real threat to the regime comes from within -- and from China’s influence in the WPK. That’s what Taek’s execution -- and the subsequent purge of his intimates -- was all about. And therein lies the opportunity: US policymakers have a chance to triangulate the impending crisis and instead use it as a means to bring the Korean conundrum to a long-delayed close." (05/07/14)

http://original.antiwar.com/justin/2014/05/06/north-korean-nightmare  

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China: Six wounded in train station attack, blamed on Muslim Uighurs

May 6, 2014
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The Australian [Australia]    

"people were wounded in a knife attack at a Chinese train station, after a series of violent episodes at transport hubs authorities blame on 'terrorists' from the restive region of Xinjiang. Chinese media reports said there were as many as four attackers in white caps -- often donned by Muslims -- at the station in the southern city of Guangzhou. But police said later that there was only one and did not offer any details on attire. The suspect was shot and taken to a hospital, Guangzhou police said on their official account on Sina Weibo, a Chinese version of Twitter." (05/07/14)

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Obama to back Japan in China islands dispute

April 23, 2014
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USA Today    

"President Obama is due in Tokyo Wednesday where he will kick start a trip to Asia aimed in part at renewing the U.S.'s security commitment to the region. Ahead of his arrival in Japan he confirmed that America's mutual security treaty with Japan applies to the islands at the center of a territorial dispute between China and Japan. ...The U.S. is obligated to protect Japan from attack, but has sought to avoid taking a stand on sovereignty over the islands." (04/23/14)

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Manila raises stakes with Beijing, seeks arbitration over South China Sea

March 27, 2014
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Reuters    

"The Philippines will file a case against China over the disputed South China Sea at an arbitration tribunal in The Hague next week, subjecting Beijing to international legal scrutiny over the increasingly tense waters for the first time. Manila is seeking a ruling to confirm its right to exploit the waters in its 200-nautical mile exclusive economic zone (EEZ) as allowed under the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS), its team of U.S. and British lawyers said. A ruling against China by the five-member panel of the Permanent Court of Arbitration could prompt other claimants to challenge Beijing, experts said. But while legally binding, any ruling would effectively be unenforceable as there is no body under UNCLOS to police such decisions, legal experts said." (03/27/14)

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China: Knife attack in market kills three, wounds one

March 14, 2014
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USA Today    

"One person was shot dead after a knife attack that left at least three people dead in a Chinese market Friday, state media said, in the second such attack in two weeks. ... The attack comes two weeks after 29 people were killed in a knife attack at a train station in southwestern China that the government blamed on separatists from the far west Muslim region of Xinjiang." (03/14/14)

http://tinyurl.com/nej54de  

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Washington’s dilemma with China: Security vs. economics

February 27, 2014
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Ted Galen Carpenter Cato Institute
by Ted Galen Carpenter  

"Beijing’s recent, highly assertive behavior toward its neighbors regarding territorial disputes in both the South China Sea and the East China Sea has strengthened the argument that the United States needs to adopt countermeasures to curb China’s power and ambitions. Although proponents rarely use the term 'containment' to describe their proposed strategy, the features are similar to the doctrine that was applied to the Soviet Union. But unlike the relationship with the USSR, the United States has extensive, vital economic ties with China." (02/26/14)

http://tinyurl.com/n782dxn  

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China: Regime blames Internet outage on hacking attack

January 22, 2014
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PC World    

"Tuesday’s Internet outage in China is dividing experts over what caused the networking error, with authorities calling it a hacking attack, and others blaming it on the country’s censorship systems. The outage briefly crippled the Internet in China, with many local websites inaccessible to users. User traffic was mysteriously redirected to a U.S.-based IP address belonging to a company that has hosted software capable of circumventing China’s online censorship. The networking error, which only lasted a few hours, affected at least two-thirds of China’s websites, according to Qihoo 360, a software security vendor in the country." (01/22/14)

http://tinyurl.com/lc3q6hn  

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China: Regime steers on to Bloomberg’s Nicotine Nazism path

December 31, 2013
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MarketWatch    

"China hopes to put a stop to a bureaucratic tradition: smoking. China's State Council, the country's cabinet, issued rules banning government officials from smoking in government buildings, schools, hospitals, sporting venues or while on public transportation, China's Central Television said in a national broadcast on Sunday. The rules bar officials from smoking or offering cigarettes to others when performing official duties, a report from China's official Xinhua news agency said." [editor's note: Looks like China is aiming to become as brutally authoritarian as Michael Bloomberg's New York! - TLK] (12/30/13)

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China lands Jade Rabbit robot rover on Moon

December 15, 2013
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BBC News [UK state media]    

"China says it has successfully landed a craft carrying a robotic rover on the surface of the Moon, the first soft landing there for 37 years. On Saturday afternoon (GMT), a landing module used thrusters to touch down, marking the latest step in China's ambitious space exploration programme. Several hours later, the lander will deploy a robotic rover called Yutu, which translates as 'Jade Rabbit.'" (12/14/13)

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-25356603  

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China: Regime blocks uncensored version of Wikipedia ahead of Tiananmen anniversary

June 3, 2013
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Hollywood Reporter    

"In the days leading up to the 24th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre on Tuesday, the Chinese government has been closing some cracks in its system of Internet censorship, known as the Great Firewall, according to reports. On Monday, access to an uncensored version of Wikipedia was cut off in the country, according to Greatfire, an organization that monitors online censorship in China." (06/03/13)

http://tinyurl.com/lcjx3bu  

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Occupied Tibet: Two monks self-immolate

April 25, 2013
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"Two young Tibetan monks of Taktsang Lhamo Kirti Monastery in Zoege, eastern Tibet, immolated themselves in Tibet on Wednesday. The Kirti Monastery in a press release issued here said the two monks set themselves on fire protesting against China's continued occupation of Tibet. Both of them died at the site of protest. The deceased have been identified as Lobsang Dawa, 20, and Kunchok Woeser, 22." (04/25/13)

http://tinyurl.com/aaxgojx  

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China doesn’t “own” America

March 11, 2013
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Orange County Register
by Derek Scissors  

"China has fallen behind Japan as the largest foreign holder of U.S. securities. The Department of the Treasury's new numbers are good only through June 30, 2012, but it puts Japan at $1.84 trillion and China at $1.59 trillion. There are lots of things to say about this, but one stands out: The loose talk about China 'owning' America never made any sense and perhaps now can finally end. China's share of all American securities (corporate, municipal, etc.) is only about 2 percent, since the value of all U.S. securities is in the neighborhood of $70 trillion. China's direct holdings of U.S. securities fell $130 billion between June 2011 and June 2012. Did anyone notice?" (03/11/13)

http://tinyurl.com/bmorzdk  

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China: Regime claims monk incited self-immolations

December 9, 2012
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Fox News    

"Police detained a monk and his nephew in China's Sichuan province and accused them of instigating the self-immolations of eight ethnic Tibetans on the instructions of the Dalai Lama and his followers, state media said. The report in the official Xinhua News Agency did not detail what evidence police had of the exiled Buddhist spiritual leader's involvement -- which was denied by the self-declared Tibetan government-in-exile in northern India." (12/09/12)

http://tinyurl.com/b829kkn  

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Occupied Tibet: Seven self-immolations in seven days

October 29, 2012
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Hindustan Times [India]    

"The number of Tibetans who self-immolated in the last one week is now seven, rights groups have said, adding that news of two more cases that took place in [occupied Tibet] earlier this week only coming out on late Saturday. Two Tibetan men, cousins Tsepo, 20, and Tenzin, 25, set fire to themselves in a protest in their village north of Lhasa on Thursday afternoon." (10/28/12)

http://tinyurl.com/9fgblpc  

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China: Xi’s absence fuels speculation

September 11, 2012
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Bloomberg    

"Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping’s absence from public events for more than a week fueled speculation about the health of the leading candidate to succeed President Hu Jintao in a once-in-a-decade leadership change. Since speaking at the Party School of the Communist Party on Sept. 1, Xi canceled a Sept. 5 meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. After foreign journalists in Beijing were told the same day that Xi would meet Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Sept. 10, the event wasn’t included in an official agenda distributed Sept. 7. The foreign ministry said yesterday no such meeting was planned." (09/11/12)

http://bloom.bg/PmUFP8  

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China demands Japan release activists abducted over island protest

August 15, 2012
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Reuters    

"China demanded Japan immediately and unconditionally free 14 Chinese activists held over a protest landing on disputed islands on Wednesday, as tensions between Tokyo and its neighbours flared on the anniversary of the end of World War Two. The landing by the activists on an island chain in the East China Sea and their detention by Japan's coast guard came on a day of regional diplomatic jousting, underscoring how history dogs Japan's ties with China and South Korea." (08/15/12)

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