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    ‘Mountain of mistrust’ blocking US-China interim trade war deal
    • Former US negotiators say lack of credibility is hampering efforts on both sides
    • Leaders from both countries should ‘take a step back’ to find the right pathway

    A lack of trust between Beijing and Washington is hampering the conclusion of an interim trade deal, with China doubting whether it can rely on any agreement made with President Donald Trump and the US unconvinced Beijing will deliver on promised reforms, according to former US government officials.

    Christopher Hill, former US assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific affairs, said that both nations recognised the need to get the “phase one” deal done, but he warned that both had “a mountain of mistrust” standing in the way of an agreement.

    “Mistrust is the most difficult thing to remove from the negotiation,” said Hill, a longtime negotiator who represented the US between 2005 and 2007 in the six-party talks to press North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapon programme.

    “China’s concerned that they can’t really reach a deal because they can’t rely on it. On the US side, there is a perception that China also has credibility problems,” Hill told the South China Morning Post on the sidelines of an economic forum in Sanya, in the southern Chinese province of Hainan over the weekend.

    “If I’m China, I would be concerned whether the deal Trump agrees to is the one he agreed to tomorrow and the next day. If I’m Trump, I would see the big problem for me is to convince China that what I offer is really what I will stand by [and] that is my word,” he said.

    Officials from the two sides are rushing to conclude negotiations before Sunday, when the US is set to impose additional tariffs on Chinese imports. While a phase-one deal is unlikely to be reached by then, sources close to the talks said they did not expect the new tariffs to come into force.

    China and the US were believed to have reached an agreement in May to end the costly trade war, which began in July 2018. But talks collapsed suddenly, with the US accusing China of backtracking on concessions and Beijing accusing Washington of flip-flopping and making unreasonable demands, such as expecting China to change its state-led economic development model.

    Former US treasury secretary Jack Lew said leaders in both countries should take a step back to find the right pathway.

    “One of the problems is, I don’t know that teams from our country speak for our president in those meetings,” he said in an address to the forum, adding that during his term as treasury secretary, from 2013 to 2017, he had the backing of then-US President Barack Obama.

    “I know when I attended these meetings I spoke with authority and we worked through whether there would be an agreement on exchange rates or agreement on information technology, or agreements on decreasing subsidies,” he said.

    “It's been a problem in these talks that our teams have gone through many rounds where it’s not clear what ultimately would be the president’s position. That makes it hard for the negotiation.”
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    Local Chinese library burns books in clean-up drive

    BEIJING (Reuters) - Government officials in a northwestern county in China face punishment after images of them burning books outside a library went viral, sparking concern on social media about the destruction of cultural and intellectual heritage.

    In recent days a screenshot of an article about a clean-up at a state-run library in Zhenyuan, a small county in Gansu province, has circulated on Chinese social media, showing two women burning what appeared to be a pile of papers and books.

    “The library has completely cleaned and quickly destroyed illegal books, religious publications, and especially books and articles with biases,” said the article, which local media said was originally posted on the library’s website, but was no longer accessible.

    In a statement on Monday, the county government said there would be “an in-depth investigation of the specific employees, who will be seriously held accountable” for their actions.

    “The employees did not seal and collectively destroy [them] according to regulations, but rather burned the 65 illegal books in the small plaza in front of the library,” it said.

    It did not say what punishments the employees would face, or give details about the books destroyed.

    In October, the Ministry of Education called on school libraries nationwide to get rid of books “that damage the unity of the country, sovereignty or its territory; books that upset society’s order and damage societal stability; books that violate the (Communist) Party’s guidelines and policies, smear or defame the party, the country’s leaders and heroes”.

    The Zhenyuan government propaganda department declined to comment on whether the book-burning was related to the national campaign and referred requests for comment to the library. Officials at the library did not respond to phone calls.

    The Ministry of Education did not immediately respond to a faxed request for comment.

    While many comments and hashtags relating to the topic could no longer be found on Weibo, China’s Twitter-like microblogging platform that is subject to official censorship, a few remained.

    Many referenced the idiomatic phrase “burning books and burying Confucian scholars”, an edict issued by China’s first emperor, Qin Shihuang, more than 2,000 years ago to destroy works he regarded as politically dangerous.

    “These so-called illegal publications or religious publications could be a record of the culture of our times,” one Weibo user said. “After being destroyed, they may never be found again.”
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    China is still working towards adopting a regional code of conduct for the SCS that takes influence and power away from the US, China is also expanding its assertive behavior to the Indian Ocean to challenge its neighbor, India.

    Recent developments surrounding the South China Sea
    BEIJING (AP) — A look at recent developments in the South China Sea, where China is pitted against smaller neighbors in multiple territorial disputes over islands, coral reefs and lagoons. The waters are a major shipping route for global commerce and are rich in fish and possible oil and gas reserves.

    JAPAN WARNS ABOUT BEIJING’S INTENTIONS

    Japanese media say officials are concerned China will seek to craft a South China Sea code of conduct with members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations that will seek to exclude countries viewed by Beijing as hostile interlopers, such as Japan and the United States.

    Specifically, the agreement could make resource extraction off limits and require its permission for military operations between ASEAN member states and those not directly party to the agreement, according to Japan’s Nikkei financial newspaper.

    It quoted an unidentified Japanese official as saying China’s goal was tie ASEAN’s hands with rules that suit Beijing and eliminate or restrict outside influence.

    Those echo comments in October by top U.S. diplomat David R. Stilwell that China holds a “repressive alternative vision” for the region that seeks to reorder it in its favor and has put Beijing “in a position of strategic competition with all who seek to preserve a free and open order of sovereign nations within a rules-based order.”

    If China uses it to “legitimize its egregious behavior and unlawful maritime claims,” a code of conduct would be harmful to the region and freedom of the seas, Stilwell said in testimony to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

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    INDIAN NAVY EXPELS CHINESE SHIP

    India’s navy says it expelled a Chinese research ship that was conducting illegal activities within Indian waters.

    The incident was reported earlier this month, although Indian reports said the expulsion took place several weeks ago.

    They said the Chinese ship Shi Yan 1 was suspected of spying near the Port Blair region in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands lying between the Indian sub-continent and the Malay Peninsula.

    China has grown increasingly active in the Indian Ocean, both as an extension of its quest to control key shipping channels and resources in the South China Sea, and in order to challenge longtime rivals India and the U.S.
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    China lecturing the US/EU on human rights, this is rich.

    Ministry 'appalled' by US, EU rights abuses
    China said on Monday it is "appalled" and "deeply concerned" by human rights violations by the United States and some European Union countries.

    Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying made the remark in a daily news conference, citing "relevant reports issued by the United Nations".

    A UN Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty report issued in November said the United States, among others, has "made extensive use" of "detention of children for immigration purposes over the past decade".

    It also said that "immigration detention of children is employed extensively" in Europe, and that such detention "may constitute a form of cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment of children".

    Human rights conditions in the United States and some European Union countries have worsened, and their wealth gaps are widening, Hua said, adding that issues of racial discrimination and xenophobia are becoming more evident. Many child immigrants have been forced into detention and separated from their parents, she said.

    "Human rights protection should not be mere talk, let alone an excuse to interfere in other countries' domestic affairs," Hua said.

    Tuesday marks International Human Rights Day.

    "We hope the US will take the opportunity to implement its human rights commitments," Hua said. She urged the US to take effective measures to protect the basic rights of underprivileged people and "do some real work for its own and international human rights causes."

    Hua also urged Western media to produce objective reports about China's efforts to tackle terrorism in the Xinjiang Uygur autonomous region.

    When asked about scant coverage by Western media of two documentaries of such efforts that aired on the China Global Television Network last week, Hua said Western media "scramble for lies" but "shun truths" on Xinjiang.
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    Looks like the "Trade War" is working as intended, pain is coming to China.

    Samsung: China smartphone factory closure leaves local community counting the cost
    • The South Korean firm closed its last smartphone factory in China in October after it had operated at the Jinxinda complex in Huizhou city for almost 30 years
    • Samsung relocated production to Vietnam and India in response in large part to the trade war between China and the United States

    Looking out over her small restaurant in Huizhou city on the north of China’s Pearl River Delta, known to be the beating heart of China’s main manufacturing industry, Li Bing can still picture the hustle and bustle of a throng of customers from a nearby factory.

    But now, as Li looks up from her sweeping brush, she is only greeted by the now familiar sight of empty tables, a scene that has been the case for the last two months, and one that is replicated around Jinxinda complex, which is located in the city in central Guangdong province.

    The reason behind the downturn is a simple one, the closure of Samsung’s complex in Huizhou, which until October was the South Korean companies’ last smartphone factory in China.

    Li’s restaurant had benefited from the thousands of migrant workers who had until recently lived within reach of the 120,000 square metre (1.2 million sq ft) facility that had also provided the life blood for many other local businesses for almost three decades.

    But after Samsung relocated production to Vietnam and India in response in large part to the trade war between China and the United States, industry insiders considered China’s changing position in the global supply chain, while businesses like Li’s were left counting the cost and wondering where to turn next.

    “Before the Samsung factory moved, our turnover could reach 60,000 yuan (US$8,500) or 70,000 yuan (US$9,900) a month, most guests were employees and suppliers of Samsung, but now we can only earn a few hundred yuan a day, only two or three tables a night,” Li said.

    Many of the employees who were forced to leave commented on social media that they had left unwillingly, with some sharing photos of the latest smartphones and watches they had been given as part of their redundancy packages.

    With no new manufacturer in sight to take up the space, at least 60 per cent of the nearby businesses have already closed, with more to follow in the coming weeks if the situation does not change.

    “Samsung is the world’s leading manufacturing enterprise. Its Huizhou factory had built an entire ecosystem of supply chains in Guangdong and nearby provinces in the past 20 years” said Liu Kaiming, head of the Institute of Contemporary Observation, which supervises working conditions in hundreds of factories in China.

    “At least 100 factories in Guangdong are going to close down. They can’t make it without the Samsung’s Huizhou factory, let alone those small shops and restaurants in the surrounding area.”

    The impact of the closure also stretches as far as the town of Changan in Dongguan city, some 100km west from Huizhou, where thousands of migrant workers and executives of a factory once owned by the Shenzhen-listed Janus Intelligent Group, a leading Chinese robotics company, have had their hours significantly reduced.

    Some have been asked to take a three-month holiday, while some are handed one or two days work a week with Samsung having been the company’s largest client since the late 2000s.

    Last year, Janus reported a 14.25 per cent year-on-year decline, or 2.86 billion yuan (US$405 million) of net losses, attributing the huge deficit to Samsung having halted orders from the fourth quarter of 2018.

    In September, Janus sold the majority of the equity in the Dongguan factory to Firstar Panel Technology. A senior executive with Firstar’s board secretary office, who refused to offer his name, confirmed the drop in production but refused to comment on plans for lay-offs in the short-term.

    “The factory no longer works on Samsung’s orders. [Employees taking holidays and days off] is part of optimising the employee programme,” he said.

    On the first working day of December, many workers were seen sitting idly near the factory on that particular Monday morning.

    “We just went to work for four hours this morning and were then told to have a day off and that there was no need to work. The managers said there were not enough production materials,” a female worker from Sichuan province said.

    Since last month, two-thirds of the factory’s workforce of more than 3,000 have been not needed to work for a variety of reasons, with most being asked to only work alternate days.

    “We feel the factory is running such a strategy that it does not need to formally lay-off staff, but lets executives take three month holidays with less than 2,000 yuan (US$283) monthly income and the production line workers work one day and then take one or two days off, so that we cannot earn a normal income and are forced to leave ourselves,” said Liu Fang from Henan province, who has worked at the factory for over five years.

    According to local labour law, workers must work 22 days a month to receive the monthly basic salary of around 1,800 yuan (US$255).

    “Many of our workers worked for only 15 or 16 days total last month. Due to the insufficient attendance, the factory even deducted our basic salary,” Liu added.
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    Have you seen China's official YouTube channel?

    it even says under all of their videos:
    "CGTN is funded in whole or in part by the Chinese government."



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    Have you seen China's official YouTube channel?

    it even says under all of their videos:
    "CGTN is funded in whole or in part by the Chinese government."



    check the comments lol
    Oh my god lol.

    BEE ECH20
    Dear President XI, I'm very proud of you to see you take Time and listen the chinese people...I follow and I support you , I know you do the best for your country.
    God bless you...So take Care of you Mr President...
    I'm not a chinese woman I'm black but I like very much your culture and philosophy
    Best Regards
    BEE from France

    John Smith
    Only in China this is possible. I’m fed up with the Liberal Democracy telling people lies and fake news to get votes. Go China go

    Srihari Rao
    We need leaders like him in my country India too

    HiXaM JOCULAR
    tears dropping down when we see a president of a great country like China concerned on his people's needs

    anand kumar
    Not only a great leader but also a great human, respect from India

    alot maple
    You don't see a powerful president visit poor people nowadays.

    justinee sun
    HE IS A GOOD PRESIDENT WITH A REAL HEART! FOR HIS COUNTRY!

    subham gaha mgr
    best president in the world...
    Love from Nepal

    travel tube
    I love you presented xi and love people chinese im from yemen arab
    Chinese people are really lucky to get a President like Him wish you all the best Mr President

    bangladesh52
    I love china, their thought,hard work and President XI Jinping. I am watching their development 100 time from youtube.

    Bubbles
    President Xi is humble, honest and caring and an inspiration to all. May God bless him and China.

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    Xi jimping is great leader in the world love respect from Nepal

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    Capitalism is the least democratic of the systems, 5% own 95%of everything, Socialism everybody own everything.
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    Only in China this is possible. I’m fed up with the Liberal Democracy telling people lies and fake news to get votes. Go China go

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    This is what happens to Chinese private enterprises that were propped up by loose revolving door lending and not sound business operations. Businesses that default badly enough usually get acquired or taken over by a State-Owned Enterprise.

    Chinese corporate bond defaults to surge to a record high in 2020 as government rescue is no longer guaranteed, says Fitch
    The number of new onshore issuers who fail to repay debt could rise to up to 60 next year from 51 in the first 11 months this year, according to Fitch

    Corporate bond defaults in China will reach a record high next year, with Beijing unlikely to come to the rescue of struggling companies, according to Fitch Ratings.

    The number of new onshore issuers who fail to repay debt could rise to up to 60 next year from 51 in the first 11 months this year, with the default rate jumping to 1.3 per cent, the ratings agency said. Moody’s, however, said last month that it expects new issuers who fail to meet repayment obligations to rise to as many as 50 next year.

    “We see 60 per cent of companies with debt due in the next 12 months do not have enough cash to repay their debt,” said Jenny Huang, director of China corporate research at Fitch. “Banks may cut some slack and extend the repayment date of loans to private companies, but will not save them from offering new financing to pay their debt.”

    Analysts say that Chinese regulators are now likely to tolerate an increase in defaults, as they seek to let the market play a bigger role in discerning risk. It has become increasingly clear that policymakers are not offering support to struggling borrowers, even those backed by local governments and state-owned entities.

    Hohhot Economic & Technological Development Zone Investment Development Group, a local government financing vehicle from the Inner Mongolia autonomous region, overshot a December 6 deadline to service its bond. Local media reported that the company repaid 565 million yuan (US$80.2 million) of principal and 68 million yuan interest on its 1 billion yuan note on Monday.

    State-owned commodities trader Tewoo Group on Monday proposed an unprecedented debt restructuring plan as it struggled to service a US dollar bond, while a string of private companies based in the eastern province of Shandong are also facing similar pressure with their domestic bonds.

    Since 2014, the principal amount involved in China’s onshore corporate bond defaults has risen nearly 100 times by the end of November this year. The defaulted principal amount surged to 99.4 billion yuan by 51 corporate in the first 11 months of the year compared to 1.3 billion yuan by five issuers five years ago.

    “The actual default figure is even higher if we count those off-court payments chosen by companies that do not want to be tagged as defaulters,” said Huang.

    Last month, Moody’s said that Chinese companies in most sectors will suffer a slowdown in revenue growth and contraction in profit margins next year, as the country’s economic growth continues to decelerate from its slowest pace in nearly three decades. It rated the credit conditions for China’s non-financial companies as negative in the next 12 months.

    China’s gross domestic product slowed to 6 per cent in the third quarter – the weakest pace in more than 27 years, while economists expect growth to slow below 6 per cent next year.

    “Things will get much worse before getting better,” economists at investment bank Macquarie said in a research note last week.
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    Holy shiet man read some of the more comments. It looks like Chinese government literally having conversations with their self on how great China is while trying to dispel what we say is censorship on all their citizens. wtf m8
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    Holy shiet man read some of the more comments. It looks like Chinese government literally having conversations with their self on how great China is while trying to dispel what we say is censorship on all their citizens. wtf m8
    there are so many videos on that channel and they're all like that
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    Holy shiet man read some of the more comments. It looks like Chinese government literally having conversations with their self on how great China is while trying to dispel what we say is censorship on all their citizens. wtf m8
    The 50 Cent Party, or 50 Cent Army is the colloquial term for Internet commentators, who are hired by Chinese authorities in an attempt to manipulate public opinion to the benefit of the Chinese Communist Party.It was created during the early phases of the Internet's rollout to the wider public in China. The name derives from the allegation that commentators are said to be paid ¥0.50 for every post, though some speculate that they are probably not paid anything for the posts, instead being required to do so as a part of their official Party duties. They create favourable comments or articles on popular Chinese social media networks that are intended to derail discussions that are unhelpful to the Communist Party and that promote narratives that serve the government's interests, together with disparaging comments and misinformation about political opponents and critics of the Chinese government, both domestic and abroad. It is also used as a derogatory term against people with perceived pro-CPC or Chinese nationalist views.

    A 2016 Harvard University paper found that in contrast to common assumptions, the 50 Cent Army consists mostly of paid bureaucrats who respond to government directives in times of crisis and flood Chinese social media with pro-government comments. They also rarely engage in direct arguments, and around 80% of the analysed posts involve pro-China cheerleading with inspirational slogans, and 13% involve general praise and suggestions on governmental policies.

    Research indicated a "massive secretive operation" to fill China's Internet with propaganda has resulted in some 488 million posts carried out by fake social media accounts, representing about 0.6% of the 80 billion posts generated on Chinese social media To maximize their influence, such pro-government comments are made largely during times of intense online debate, and when online protests have a possibility of transforming into real life actions.

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    China hits out at United States for ‘stirring up colour revolutions and chaos’ to ‘under banner of human rights’
    A senior Chinese diplomat has accused the United States of being a “source of chaos” by trying to instigate colour revolutions – the term given to popular resistance movements that emerged in the early 2000s – to topple regimes in other countries.

    While not referring directly to the US, the comments by Chinese vice foreign minister Ma Zhaoxu at a human rights forum in Beijing on Wednesday followed advances in the US legislative process for bills on Hong Kong and Xinjiang.

    “Some countries are making colour revolutions all over the place to force regime change under the banner of human rights,” Ma said, referring to various protest movements in former Soviet bloc countries in the early 2000s.

    “This has led to conflicts and instability, and one humanitarian crisis after another. This is an important source of chaos in the world today.”


    China has accused the US of fomenting months of mass anti-government demonstrations in Hong Kong, refusing to recognise protesters’ demands for direct elections for the city’s leader and legislature.

    Beijing has also been angered by two pieces of US legislation, which it said amounted to interference in its domestic affairs.

    Earlier this month, the US House of Representatives passed a bill condemning the mass detentions of an estimated million or so Uygurs, Kazakhs and other ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

    The bill proposes sanctions against Chinese government officials deemed responsible for human rights abuses in the far western region. China claims that the vast system of detention camps is merely part of a programme to provide job skills and fight poverty and religious radicalisation.

    And in late November, US President Donald Trump signed into law legislation that could bring diplomatic action and economic sanctions against Hong Kong.

    China said it would retaliate and quickly suspended visits to Hong Kong by US military vessels and aircraft.

    Ma also indirectly attacked US trade policy at the China-sponsored South-South Human Rights Forum in Beijing on Wednesday, saying that a trade war that has engulfed the two countries for more than a year was triggered by “self-interest”.

    “Some nations are wielding ‘sanctions batons’ recklessly and stepping up economic blockades, moving to decouple science and technology and impose financial sanctions against target nations,” he said.

    “These acts not only hinder the development of the world economy, but also violate the human rights of the people of the affected countries. They must be firmly opposed and resisted.”

    Communist Party propaganda chief Huang Kunming also addressed the forum, repeating China’s rejection of the idea of a universal human rights standard.

    China insists it is up to each nation to choose its own path when it comes to human rights, and dismisses Western concepts of free speech, liberal democracy and civil rights in favour of tough authoritarian control aimed at growing the economy and raising living standards.

    “There is no universal human rights path and model in the world,” Huang said. “The development of the cause of human rights must and can only be promoted in accordance with the national conditions of each country and the needs of the people.”
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    China hits out at United States for ‘stirring up colour revolutions and chaos’ to ‘under banner of human rights’


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    China improves space-based observation of Earth
    China has greatly improved its ability to observe the Earth from space with a series of high-resolution remote sensing satellites sent into orbit over the past nine years, according to the China National Space Administration (CNSA).

    The satellites, belonging to China's high-resolution Earth observation project (Gaofen project) initiated in 2010, have formed a stable satellite remote sensing system, said Tong Xudong, chief designer of the project.

    The project has increased the resolution of China's low-earth orbit remote sensing satellites from 2.1 meters to 0.65 meter, and the resolution of China's geostationary orbit remote sensing satellites improved from kilometer-level to 50 meters, Tong said.

    The satellites, covering different observation bands, are deployed in different orbits, giving China a preliminary ability for all-weather and round-the-clock observation, said Tong:
    • Launched on April 26, 2013, Gaofen-1 can cover the globe in four days, with an observation ability of medium resolution and wide coverage.
    • Gaofen-2, sent into space on August 19, 2014, has two cameras with a resolution less than one meter, boosting China's civil-use remote sensing satellite to sub-meter level.
    • Gaofen-4, launched on Dec. 29, 2015, is China's first geosynchronous orbit high-definition optical imaging satellite.
    • Gaofen-3, launched on August 10, 2016, is China's first synthetic aperture radar imaging satellite.
    • Gaofen-5, launched on May 9, 2018, has a spectral resolution greater than 5 nanometers, and is the world's first satellite to realize hyperspectral comprehensive observation of land and atmosphere.
    • Gaofen-6, launched on June 2, 2018, has a similar function to Gaofen-1, but with better cameras, and can cover the globe in just two days.
    • Gaofen-7, launched on Nov. 3, 2019, is China's first civil-use optical transmission three-dimensional surveying and mapping satellite that reaches the sub-meter level.
    The project has helped reduce China's dependence on foreign remote sensing satellite data, replacing almost 80 percent of foreign data, said Tong.

    Data from the Gaofen satellites has been widely used in more than 20 industries across China.

    The project has also promoted China's aerospace cooperation with countries including Russia, Brazil, Egypt and India, as well as international organizations, and helped serve countries participating in the Belt and Road Initiative.

    CNSA recently announced it would make the 16-meter resolution data obtained by the Gaofen-1 and Gaofen-6 satellites available to global users.
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    China sends six satellites into orbit with single rocket

    China sent six satellites into space from the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in northern Shanxi Province at 4:52 p.m. Saturday (Beijing Time).

    They were launched by a Kuaizhou-1A (KZ-1A) rocket and have entered the planned orbit successfully.

    It was the second launch from the Taiyuan launch center in less than six hours after another KZ-1A rocket sent the Jilin-1 Gaofen 02B satellite into space at 10:55 a.m., setting a new record for China's aerospace industry.

    It also marked a breakthrough for the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in its rapid launch and emergency launch capabilities.

    The satellites HEAD-2A and HEAD-2B were the first batch of satellites for the Skywalker Constellation, which was developed by Beijing-based HEAD Aerospace Technology Co. Ltd. They will provide global users with services such as environmental monitoring, material supervision, emergency communication enhancement and information collection on global ships and aircraft.

    Developed by Spacety Co., Ltd. based in Changsha, Hunan Province, the Spacety-16 and Spacety-17 satellites are medium-resolution micro-nano remote sensing satellites that are mainly used for disaster prevention, maritime applications, agricultural remote sensing and polar environment monitoring.

    Tianqi-4A and Tianqi-4B satellites developed by a Beijing-base high-tech company are low-orbit satellites. They will provide services such as global Internet of Things data transmission, emergency communications and material tracking.

    KZ-1A is a low-cost solid-fuel carrier rocket with high reliability and a short preparation period. The rocket, developed by a company under the China Aerospace Science and Industry Corporation, is mainly used to launch low-orbit microsatellites.
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    This is how the Chinese are trying to justify their supression of the Uygur muslims. They really based a lot of their current propaganda on this.

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    Originally Posted by I3igAl View Post
    This is how the Chinese are trying to justify their supression of the Uygur muslims. They really based a lot of their current propaganda on this.

    Is it propaganda or the truth?

    I find it funny youtube censors these videos. It should be no surprise since the CIA highly influences our media.

    We always want to paint China evil, but the truth is that there is a mix. China does awful chit, and China also has good chit. It's fuking China ffs, a giant country. There are horrible people and there are good people. It's not much different from the US in that regard. You should not blindly support either team. You should look at specific principles and how you feel within the context of the situation. For example, as Americans, most of us find China's oppression of free speech distasteful. On the other hand, we can all sympathize and understand the massive security threats they face due to their high population density. A lapse of security here may result in 30 people dying. The same lapse there would result in thousands dead. The stakes are higher for them. There is no denying the circumstances are different. Could China realistically have a right to bear arms and a right to free assembly with their population? I am not so sure.

    I think if they tried to run China the way the US is run, it would collapse into riots/crime and be unsustainable.

    You've even seen that as the US population has grown, there have been more restrictions on liberty here.

    It's all because of the simple fact that it only takes 1 nutjob to make an explosive that can kill everyone in an area. In a high population area, the devastation from the explosive is higher. If you have a huge population, the number of nutjobs increases. The effective deathtoll from covered area by explosives made by nutjobs becomes enormous even if the nutjobs only make up a tiny percent of the population. This means that the Chinese government is doomed to err on the side of authoritarianism.
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    one thing i just want to see is that the CCP is destroyed, unfortunately they are the most powerful government branch...they own 70% of the government parties.

    so im just glad for trump right now basically telling them to fuk off.
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    While the author is hopeful that the US & China can find some common ground to stand on to avoid this spiraling out of control, things are now in motion that cannot be undone. You cannot undo the West becoming aware of China's goal to replace the United States as the lead hegemony in every way imaginable.

    Beijing’s policies uniting US interest groups – against China, veteran diplomat Christopher Hill warns
    China’s US policies are uniting a broad range of American interests against the world’s second-largest economy, and a veteran US diplomat believes it is time for a new approach.

    Christopher Hill, former assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said China needed to start peeling back its assertive stance across the board to avoid different American interest groups coming together to back a tough policy response to Beijing.

    “It is as if China has lined up every important US constituency and decided to simultaneously upset each and every one,” he said in an interview in Sanya in the southern Chinese province of Hainan.

    “It is just striking that you have labour unions, big businesses, everybody, kind of upset with China. And I think China could manage that a little bit better.”

    Instead, the two sides could improve ties by engaging more in areas of shared common interest – such as the denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula, said Hill, who led the US negotiating team during the six-party talks between 2005 and 2007 aimed at pressing North Korea to abandon its nuclear weapons programme.

    While the widespread sentiment towards China was a domestic political issue for the United States, it could become China’s problem, too, Hill said, adding that he did not support US President Donald Trump’s China policies, but both sides needed to better understand each other’s politics.

    “They [China] have to start peeling some of this back, because they are creating a situation where a lot of major constituencies have nothing good to say about China. And it is just not in China’s interests,” he said.

    “I’d take some of the easy ones – I’ll leave it up to the government on which ones, but going after our media … you don’t take on organisations who buy ink by the bucket.”

    The career diplomat said Beijing’s hard measures against US media organisations carried significant weight in adding to negative perceptions of China.'

    In August, Beijing denied an application to renew press credentials for a reporter from The Wall Street Journal, effectively expelling the journalist, who was based in Beijing. Access has also been blocked in China to international media organisations, including Bloomberg, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, with visas no longer issued to certain journalists.

    For the past year and a half, trade tensions between the two countries have spilled over to geopolitical and technology fronts, souring people-to-people exchanges. More US tariffs are due to be imposed on Chinese goods on Sunday unless an agreement can be reached.

    Hill said he agreed with the logic that a preliminary trade deal between the US and China would be a positive step, but reiterated that both sides were not doing enough on areas of common interest.

    He urged Beijing and Washington to adopt a united position on the denuclearisation of North Korea, and the terms to achieve it, as a start to improving cooperation which would, hopefully, reduce mistrust in other areas.

    “They [North Korea] spent a lot of analytical capability looking at the differences in the US position, China position and South Korea position … they shop for different positions that are more conducive,” he said.

    “That argued for a much more robust US diplomacy with China – and not diplomacy based on telling the Chinese what we are doing and giving them an after-action report – but rather a process that results in progress whose credit can be shared between the US and China.”

    Despite calling for more consistent diplomacy, Hill gave credit to Trump’s efforts on the issue, including the February meeting with Pyongyang’s leader Kim Jong-un in Hanoi.

    But he said the meeting could have been improved with more consistency and more discussion on specific actions to be taken by North Korea.

    “The Trump administration has tried harder than anybody to show respect with a non-hostile policy to North Korea,” Hill said.

    “The North Koreans should understand they have a good opportunity to make real progress and they are not making much use of it.”
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    US-China tech war’s new battleground: undersea internet cables

    • A push to connect Pacific nations highlights a submarine struggle for dominance over the world’s technology infrastructure
    • The ambitions of Chinese tech giants like Huawei, which have laid thousands of kilometres of cable, are of increasing concern to Washington

    In the contest between the US and China for dominance over the world’s technology infrastructure, the latest battle is taking place under the Pacific Ocean.

    While the US has been upping the pressure on its allies not to include equipment made by Chinese telecom giants like Huawei and ZTE in their 5G systems, Chinese companies have gained a foothold in some of the world’s most essential communications infrastructure – undersea internet cables.

    Almost all global data communications flow through cables under the ocean – just one per cent travels by satellite – and Chinese companies have quietly been eroding US, European and Japanese dominance over the backbone of the internet, the undersea cable market. Now, they have trained their sights on connecting one of the most virtually remote parts of the globe, the Pacific Island countries.

    Of the 378 cables currently operating worldwide, 23 are under the Pacific. But many of these cables run right by Pacific Island nations on their paths between hubs in Los Angeles, Tokyo and Singapore.

    Despite the volume of data flowing under the Pacific Ocean, just half a million of the 11 million people living in Pacific Island countries and Papua New Guinea – less than five per cent – have access to a wired internet connection and only 1.5 million to a mobile connection, according to the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for the Asia Pacific (UNESCAP), compared with 53 per cent of people in Thailand and 60 per cent in the Philippines.

    More than US$4 billion worth of cables are to come into service by 2021, continuing a trend in which US$2 billion worth of cables have come online every year since 2016, and six of these cables will connect Pacific Island countries.

    The push to connect Pacific Island nations to the latest generation of internet infrastructure has received extra scrutiny from the US and its allies like Australia over the involvement of Chinese tech companies.

    SECURITY CONCERNS

    While the US has moved to block Huawei from supplying equipment to its allies’ 5G networks, experts say Chinese tech companies could contest the US, EU and Japan’s long-standing dominance over global data traffic through investments in subsea cables.

    Chinese tech giants like Huawei have entire divisions devoted to undersea connectivity that have laid thousands of kilometres of cable, and Chinese state telecommunication companies such as China Unicom have access to many of the existing trans-Pacific cables.

    But a panel led by the US Department of Justice has held up a nearly complete trans-Pacific cable project over concerns about its Chinese investor, Beijing-based Dr Peng Telecom & Media Group.

    The project, the Pacific Light Cable Network, could be the first cable rejected by the panel on the grounds of national security – despite being backed by American tech giants Google and Facebook – setting a precedent for a tougher US stance on Chinese involvement in subsea cables.
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    Part of the United States' plan to push back against PLA assertiveness in the region - God Bless Donald Trump for doing what Obama couldn't.

    South China Sea: US stages 85 military exercises with regional allies in 2019, report says
    • Washington keen to boost the defence capabilities of its Asian partners and ‘enhance interoperability’, Peking University think tank says
    • US ‘likely to stage more drills on core combat capability … to handle the perceived regional security threat’, it says

    The United States has held at least 85 joint military exercises with its allies in the Indo-Pacific region this year as it seeks to counter Beijing’s rise, particularly in the South China Sea, according to a Chinese think tank.

    While the drills – carried out between January and November – have varied in size, their aim has been consistent: to extend America’s presence in the region and strengthen the defence capabilities of its allies, the South China Sea Strategic Situation Probing Initiative, affiliated to Peking University, said in a report.

    “Through these exercises, the US is enhancing its interoperability with other nations and making a stronger military presence to contain the rise of China as a maritime power,” it said, adding that America was “likely to stage more drills on core combat capability … to handle the perceived regional security threat”.

    Of the joint and multinational exercises staged in the period, the Philippines was involved in at least 16, Thailand nine and Singapore six, the report said.

    Although neither Singapore nor Thailand are involved in territorial disputes with Beijing in the South China Sea – the Philippines, Vietnam, Malaysia, Brunei and Taiwan are – military cooperation between the two Southeast Asian nations and the US is deepening, the report said.

    During the Pacific Griffin exercise, held from September 24 to October 10 in waters off Guam, the navies of the US and Singapore staged their first ever cooperative anti-surface drill, fired a naval strike missile, and engaged in anti-submarine and anti-air warfare manoeuvres, it said.

    “By adding new items to routine drills and focusing on things that emphasise combat readiness, the exercises are getting more professional with clearer targets.”

    Similarly, in the COPE Tiger exercise involving the US, Singapore and Thailand in March, the US used F16C fighter jets to suppress “enemy” air defences and boost the air-to-ground attack skills of the Thai air force.
    The US has also invited other allies, including Japan, India and Australia, to take part in exercises in the South China Sea, in an effort to “drag more nations into the [issue]”, the report said.

    “The participation of these allies will help the US military to be better prepared for battle,” it said.

    Tensions between China and the US are running high in the Indo-Pacific region, and especially in the South China Sea, where Washington says it is conducting freedom of navigation operations but which Beijing sees as an infringement of its sovereignty.
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    U.S. Secretly Expelled Chinese Officials Suspected of Spying After Breach of Military Base
    WASHINGTON — The American government secretly expelled two Chinese Embassy officials this fall after they drove on to a sensitive military base in Virginia, according to people with knowledge of the episode. The expulsions appear to be the first of Chinese diplomats suspected of espionage in more than 30 years.

    American officials believe at least one of the Chinese officials was an intelligence officer operating under diplomatic cover, said six people with knowledge of the expulsions. The group, which included the officials’ wives, evaded military personnel pursuing them and stopped only after fire trucks blocked their path.

    The episode in September, which neither Washington nor Beijing made public, has intensified concerns in the Trump administration that China is expanding its spying efforts in the United States as the two nations are increasingly locked in a global strategic and economic rivalry. American intelligence officials say China poses a greater espionage threat than any other country.

    In recent months, Chinese officials with diplomatic passports have become bolder about showing up unannounced at research or government facilities, American officials said, with the infiltration of the military base only the most remarkable instance.

    The expulsions, apparently the first since the United States forced out two Chinese Embassy employees with diplomatic cover in 1987, show the American government is now taking a harder line against suspected espionage by China, officials said.

    Recent episodes of suspected spying add to the broader tensions between the United States and China, the world’s two largest economies and biggest strategic rivals. That conflict is heightened by a trade war that President Trump started in July 2018 and that shows only tentative signs of abating.

    On Oct. 16, weeks after the intrusion at the base, the State Department announced sharp restrictions on the activities of Chinese diplomats, requiring them to provide notice before meeting with local or state officials or visiting educational and research institutions.

    At the time, a senior State Department official told reporters that the rule, which applied to all Chinese Missions in the United States and its territories, was a response to Chinese regulations imposed years ago requiring American diplomats to seek permission to travel outside their host cities or to visit certain institutions.

    The Chinese Embassy said in October that the new rules were “in violation of the Vienna Convention.”

    Two American officials said last week that those restrictions had been under consideration for a while because of growing calls in the American government for reciprocity, but episodes like the one at the base accelerated the rollout.

    The base intrusion took place in late September on a sensitive installation near Norfolk, Va. The base includes Special Operations forces, said the people with knowledge of the incident. Several bases in the area have such units, including one with the headquarters of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six.

    The Chinese officials and their wives drove up to a checkpoint for entry to the base, said people briefed on the episode. A guard, realizing that they did not have permission to enter, told them to go through the gate, turn around and exit the base, which is common procedure in such situations.

    But the Chinese officials instead continued on to the base, according to those familiar with the incident. After the fire trucks blocked them, the Chinese officials indicated that they had not understood the guard’s English instructions, and had simply gotten lost, according to people briefed on the matter.

    American officials said they were skeptical that the intruders made an innocent error and dismissed the idea that their English was insufficient to understand the initial order to leave.

    It is not clear what they were trying to do on the base, but some American officials said they believed it was to test the security at the installation, according to a person briefed on the matter. Had the Chinese officials made it onto the base without being stopped, the embassy could have dispatched a more senior intelligence officer to enter the base, the theory goes.

    The Chinese Foreign Ministry and Chinese Embassy in Washington did not reply to requests for comment about the episode. Two associates of Chinese Embassy officials said they were told that the expelled officials were on a sightseeing tour when they accidentally drove onto the base.

    The State Department, which is responsible for relations with the Chinese Embassy and its diplomats, and the F.B.I., which oversees counterintelligence in the United States, declined to comment.

    Chinese Embassy officials complained to State Department officials about the expulsions and asked in a meeting whether the agency was retaliating for an official Chinese propaganda campaign in August against an American diplomat, Julie Eadeh. At the time, state-run news organizations accused Ms. Eadeh, a political counselor in Hong Kong, of being a “black hand” behind the territory’s pro-democracy protests, and personal details about her were posted online. A State Department spokeswoman called China a “thuggish regime.”

    So far, China has not retaliated by expelling American diplomats or intelligence officers from the embassy in Beijing, perhaps a sign that Chinese officials understand their colleagues overstepped by trying to enter the base. One person who was briefed on reactions in the Chinese Embassy in Washington said he was told employees there were surprised that their colleagues had tried something so brazen.

    In 2016, Chinese officers in Chengdu abducted an American Consulate official they believed to be a C.I.A. officer, interrogated him and forced him to make a confession. Colleagues retrieved him the next day and evacuated him from the country. American officials threatened to expel suspected Chinese agents in the United States, but apparently did not do so.

    China is detaining a Canadian diplomat on leave, Michael Kovrig, on espionage charges, though American officials say he is being held hostage because Canada arrested a prominent Chinese technology company executive at the request of American officials seeking her prosecution in a sanctions evasion case.

    For decades, counterintelligence officials have tried to pinpoint embassy or consulate employees with diplomatic cover who are spies and assign officers to follow some of them. Now there is growing urgency to do that by both Washington and Beijing.

    Evan S. Medeiros, a senior Asia director at the National Security Council under President Barack Obama, said he was unaware of any expulsions of Chinese diplomats or spies with diplomatic cover during Mr. Obama’s time in office.

    If it is rare for the Americans to expel Chinese spies or other embassy employees who have diplomatic cover, Mr. Medeiros said, “it’s probably because for much of the first 40 years, Chinese intelligence was not very aggressive.”

    “But that changed about 10 years ago,” he added. “Chinese intelligence became more sophisticated and more aggressive, both in human and electronic forms.”

    For instance, Chinese intelligence officers use LinkedIn to recruit current or former employees of foreign governments.

    This year, a Chinese student was sentenced to a year in prison for photographing an American defense intelligence installation near Key West, Fla., in September 2018. The student, Zhao Qianli, walked to where the fence circling the base ended at the ocean, then stepped around the fence and onto the beach. From there, he walked onto the base and took photographs, including of an area with satellite dishes and antennae.

    When he was arrested, Mr. Zhao spoke in broken English and, like the officials stopped on the Virginia base, claimed he was lost.

    Chinese citizens have been caught not just wandering on to government installations but also improperly entering university laboratories and even crossing farmland to pilfer specially bred seeds.

    In 2016, a Chinese man, Mo Hailong, pleaded guilty to trying to steal corn seeds from American agribusiness firms and give them to a Chinese company. Before he was caught, Mr. Mo successfully stole seeds developed by the American companies and sent them back to China, according to court records. He was sentenced to three years in prison.

    The F.B.I. and the National Institutes of Health are trying to root out scientists in the United States who they say are stealing biomedical research for other nations, China in particular. The F.B.I. has also warned research institutions about risks posed by Chinese students and scholars.

    Some university officials say the campaign unfairly targets Chinese citizens or ethnic Chinese and smacks of a new Red Scare.

    Last month, Jerry Chun Shing Lee, a former C.I.A. officer, was sentenced to 19 years in prison, one of several former American intelligence officials sentenced this year for spying for Beijing.

    His work with Chinese intelligence coincided with the demolition of the C.I.A.’s network of informants in China — one of the biggest counterintelligence coups against the United States in decades. From 2010 to 2012, Chinese officers killed at least a dozen informants and imprisoned others. One man and his pregnant wife were shot in 2011 in a ministry’s courtyard, and the execution was shown on closed-circuit television, according to a new book on Chinese espionage.

    Many in the C.I.A. feared China had a mole in the agency, and some officers suspected Mr. Lee, though prosecutors did not tie him to the network’s collapse.

    For three decades, China did have a mole in the C.I.A., Larry Wu-Tai Chin, considered among the most successful enemy agents to have penetrated the United States. He was arrested in 1985 and convicted the next year, then suffocated himself with a trash bag in his jail cell.
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    They've been doing this for years and no one gave a sh!t, you go to any trade show and you can spot them a mile away. Taking pictures and hell even measurements right in the open...
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    I prefer new individual threads regarding china and when they run its course then put the actual links to the stories here to library them, preferably without other posters comments clogging it up.
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    Energy Control = Influence & Power

    China realizes that the United States has a majority of the 1st world by the balls, so it's targeting 2nd/3rd world countries to build its own international community that will be centered around China. This works for China because they don't care about human rights and neither do a lot of the countries they do business with lol.

    Chinese utility buys 49% of Oman power grid
    BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese state-owned utility says it has bought 49% of the power distribution grid in the Gulf nation of Oman.

    State Grid Corp. described the purchase as part of China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road initiative to build trade-related infrastructure across Asia to Europe.

    State Grid released no financial details but said its tie-up with the Omani State Grid Corp. is the biggest Chinese investment to date in Oman.

    The company, which operates most of China’s power distribution system, said it would draw on its technology and experience to improve the Omani grid.

    State Grid is the world’s biggest utility but has made few investments abroad.

    The Belt and Road Initiative calls for expanding trade by building ports, railways, power plants across an arc of more than 60 countries from the South Pacific through Asia and the Middle East to Africa and Europe.

    The initiative has become an umbrella for Chinese development initiatives. Companies and Chinese government entities try to link new projects to Belt and Road to earn favor with the ruling Communist Party and secure official financing and other support.
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    Full steam ahead.

    China university revises charter boosting Communist control
    BEIJING (AP) — Controversy has erupted after a leading Chinese university revised its charter to remove a reference to “free thinking” and adding a new stress on adhering to the leadership of the ruling Communist Party, Marxism and socialist theories of education.

    The changes at Fudan University in Shanghai were revealed earlier this week and reflect the atmosphere of increasing academic control and conservatism under the administration of party leader and head of state Xi Jinping.

    Online criticism of the move was quickly scrubbed by censors, but reports said some students and at least one professor had come out against the decision, actions that could have a serious impact on their future academic prospects and careers.

    Since assuming control of the party in 2012, Xi has emphasized the need to guard against Western liberal democratic theories such as freedom of speech and academic inquiry, asserting that all power and authority accrue to the party.

    That has resulted in the purging or imprisoning of academics who advocated for political reform or minority rights. Texts have also been revised to emphasize the party’s leading role and some local governments have even reported burning books considered politically unacceptable.

    People who answered phones at Fudan’s office of propaganda on Thursday said no one was immediately available to comment on the revision or incidents on campus.

    However, the changes to the charter were widely disseminated on social media sites including Twitter, which is blocked in China.

    In a tweet, Fudan professor of modern Chinese history Sun Peidong said the move was in line with enduring party attempts to assert control over academia.

    “As a professor of the PRC history at Fudan University, I am surprised by people’s astonishment towards the bylaws‘ amendment by deleting ‘academic independence and freedom of thought’ and pledging the loyalty to (Chinese Communist Party) leadership,” he wrote.
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    Florida cancer center officials resign over China ties
    TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — The CEO, a vice president and four researchers abruptly resigned their positions at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center on Wednesday over a controversy that linked them to possible exploitation of American-funded research by China.

    Dr. Alan List, the CEO and president of the center, resigned under pressure, the Tampa Bay Times reported. The departures came during a time of heightened scrutiny by federal officials of foreign attempts to take advantage of American-backed medical research.

    The National Institutes of Health, one of the world’s largest funding sources for medical research, is among the investigating agencies.

    The center’s internal compliance office began investigating last summer and found several “compliance violations” in the hospital’s partnership with China, the newspaper reported. Most were linked to employees’ personal involvement in China’s “Thousand Talents” program, which recruits researchers and experts from American and European universities and companies.

    List, Vice President Thomas Sellers and others were found to have violated conflict of interest rules through their work in China, officials said.

    “Our compliance team spent countless ours reviewing the findings of the investigation in this unfortunate circumstance,” said Timothy McAdams, Moffitt’s board chairman, who has assumed operational duties at the center.

    A nationwide search is underway for a new CEO.
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    China has focused a lot of resources on being able to disable or destroy the US satellite networks that provide us with the ability to stay networked anywhere around the world. They see this as one of our weaknesses as there is nothing in space that can defend against various types of attacks. That's why the recent stand-up of the US Space Force is important, the US military wants to have a concentrated effort to protect itself in that domain and rightfully so.

    China attacks US Space Force as threat to outer space peace

    BEIJING (AP) — Rising space power China on Monday attacked the newly created U.S. Space Force as a “direct threat to outer space peace and security.”

    Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang told reporters that China is “deeply concerned about it and resolutely opposed to it.”

    “The relevant U.S. actions are a serious violation of the international consensus on the peaceful use of outer space, undermine global strategic balance and stability, and pose a direct threat to outer space peace and security,” Geng said at a regular briefing.

    China’s space program has advanced rapidly since its first crewed mission in 2003. In a report last February, the Pentagon asserted that China and Russia have embarked on major efforts to develop technologies that could allow them to disrupt or destroy American and allied satellites in a crisis or conflict.


    China in 2007 conducted an unannounced missile strike against one of its own defunct satellites, creating an enormous amount of space debris.

    Geng dismissed such concerns, calling them “unfounded counter charges” that merely provided the U.S. with a justification for its own actions. China, he said, has consistently opposed the weaponization of space and believes international treaties on arms control in outer space need to be negotiated.

    “We hope that the international community, especially the major powers concerned, will adopt a cautious and responsible attitude to prevent outer space from becoming a new battlefield and work together to maintain lasting peace and tranquility in outer space,” he said.

    The establishment of the Space Force is seen by the U.S. military as a recognition of the need to more effectively organize for the defense of U.S. interests in space — especially satellites used for navigation and communication. The Space Force is not designed or intended to put combat troops in space.

    Space has “evolved into a war-fighting domain of its own,” Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters Friday.

    Space has become increasingly important to the U.S. economy and to everyday life. The Global Positioning System, for example, provides navigation services to the military as well as civilians. Its constellation of about two dozen orbiting satellites is operated by the 50th Space Wing from an operations center at Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado.

    China has established a similar, independent network, the BeiDou Navigation Satellite System, assembled from 42 separate satellite launches.
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