Deer in the headlights

 

Aggressive moves by the Xi Jinping government have sensitized the world to skullduggery, lying, theft, and threats to foreigners in their own country by Chinese organizations in business and government. Infiltration of politics and government in Australia and New Zealand has become a recurring story. 

Unfortunately, such actions can bias some people against Chinese everywhere.  So - what to make of Gladys Liu?

China censorship by extortion in London

There cannot be anyone who still thinks "peaceful rise" is a metaphor for China's relations with the world. But the real fear is not what we see in the papers. The real fear is not China's military, or trade power, or isolating Taiwan, or OBOR, or votes and influence at the UN and in other international bodies.  In a sense, not even IP theft, although that is the only current trade concern of real import. 

What the world should fear over the next ten or twenty years is export of business and government practices conducted via cheating, extortion, threats to innocent parties, arrests under false pretenses, no rule of law, no free press, prison torture, and police and government action with impunity. 

The latest example is threats to a theater performance in London.

Videos of police extremism in the Hong Kong subway
 
In case you've not been watching.  No need for further comment on this. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
If you can get this from the New York Times, it is a chilling video of a student
protester talking about his actions.  He seems to treat the protests as an
extracurricular activity.  Not to doubt his sincerity, but he really could be killed
in this confrontation, and I doubt that has sunk in.  A bit like Tian'anmen or
Kent State.
 
 
 
 
Update:  The anthem, written hastily but embraced by those in the streets, in Cantonese, pointedly not in Mandarin -
 
Glory to Hong Kong
 
A version with English subtitles
 
 
 
 
 https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/1167867063097946112?s=20
 
https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/1167867063097946112?s=20

Chinese Officials Threaten Mainland Parents of Student Attending Australian Protest

It is important to remember what we are dealing with.  Let's review -

From the Sydney Morning Herald, August 7 - Chinese authorities approached the family of an international student who participated in high-profile protests at an Australian university and warned his parents of the potential consequences of political dissent.

SFSU kills Confucius Institute Program

In May, 2019, San Francisco State University (SFSU) announced it was closing its Confucius Institute program that had been in operation since 2005.

Closure was not due to concerns about academic freedom, freedom of speech, or even any suspicion of ulterior motives on the part of the teachers sent from China.  In the SFSU case, the National Defense Authorization Act of 2019 denied federal funds for an intensive Chinese language programs if a university also hosted a Confucius Institute, and SFSU has an excellent DOD funded language program.

Sure, DOD can kill Confucius Institutes.  But DOD has nothing on me. I helped kill another SFSU Chinese program ten years earlier.  That was not on the basis of politics, but solely academic rigor.

Let's remember what we are dealing with ...

 News reporting is so uneven.  No mass shooting in the US is censored information in China - in fact, the news is prominently featured.   From China Xinhua News on Twitter -

China Xinhua News

@XHNews

 Shootings this weekend at a Texas Walmart and a bar in Ohio have left 30 people dead. Retail employees are taking to social media to say they're terrified to go to work. Workers fear getting shot at their workplace

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  • Deer in the headlights

    Deer in the headlights

     

    Aggressive moves by the Xi Jinping government have sensitized the world to skullduggery, lying, theft, and threats to foreigners in their own country by Chinese organizations in business and government. Infiltration of politics and government in Australia and New Zealand has become a recurring story. 

    Unfortunately, such actions can bias some people against Chinese everywhere.  So - what to make of Gladys Liu?

    Read more ...  
  • China censorship by extortion in London

    China censorship by extortion in London

    There cannot be anyone who still thinks "peaceful rise" is a metaphor for China's relations with the world. But the real fear is not what we see in the papers. The real fear is not China's military, or trade power, or isolating Taiwan, or OBOR, or votes and influence at the UN and in other international bodies.  In a sense, not even IP theft, although that is the only current trade concern of real import. 

    What the world should fear over the next ten or twenty years is export of business and government practices conducted via cheating, extortion, threats to innocent parties, arrests under false pretenses, no rule of law, no free press, prison torture, and police and government action with impunity. 

    The latest example is threats to a theater performance in London.

    Read more ...  
  • Police extremism in the Hong Kong subway

    Videos of police extremism in the Hong Kong subway
     
    In case you've not been watching.  No need for further comment on this. 
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    If you can get this from the New York Times, it is a chilling video of a student
    protester talking about his actions.  He seems to treat the protests as an
    extracurricular activity.  Not to doubt his sincerity, but he really could be killed
    in this confrontation, and I doubt that has sunk in.  A bit like Tian'anmen or
    Kent State.
     
     
     
     
    Update:  The anthem, written hastily but embraced by those in the streets, in Cantonese, pointedly not in Mandarin -
     
    Glory to Hong Kong
     
    A version with English subtitles
     
     
     
     
     https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/1167867063097946112?s=20
     
    https://twitter.com/tictoc/status/1167867063097946112?s=20
     

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