China news roundup / Nachrichten 2020-01-02/03

in #china2 months ago

English news:

How United Front Manipulates Relations Between China and Switzerland

"Switzerland appears to be a textbook case of United Front activities."

--- Which means that this is their normal approach trying to spread Chinese influence. They are working similarly in every country with a larger Chinese diaspora.

"The United Front operates [...] through the control of a myriad of associations organizing the Chinese living in Switzerland
[...] to promote and infiltrate associations of businesspersons"

--- Esp. the business community is a major target of influence operations. Which is one of the reasons why so many business people want a soft approach vs. China. Another reason is moronic naiveté:

Elon Musk on why China has been good to him and how it’s ‘better’ than US

"whenever he has met with Chinese government officials they’ve always been concerned about people’s happiness"

--- Because the CCP is friggin' afraid of the people.
(& regarding actual happiness, just watch some of the videos showing shiny happy people dancing in the concentration camps. Perhaps also something Musk has in mind. After all, these shiny happy people are also a very cheap labour force.)

"China rocks in my opinion."

--- Until you criticise the CCP for something. Just ask Jack Ma.

Ericsson’s CEO: If the ban on Huawei continues, Ericsson will leave Sweden

"Ericsson’s CEO, Börje Ekholm, said in a text message to the Swedish Minister of Commerce, Anna Hallberg, that the company would leave Sweden unless the (Swedish government) lifted its complaint against Huawei and ZTE"

--- A truly patriotic Swedish company.
You could think that this is just because they are afraid of repercussions for their business in China, but:

"Public information shows that Ericsson has tried to hire lawyers to help Huawei in litigation"

--- That's going a bit farther than simply pandering to CCP sensitivities. You have to wonder how much influence the CCP already has.

China warns of retaliation for NYSE’s delisting of companies

"China opposes the Americans from abusing national security by listing Chinese companies into the so-called ‘Communist China Military Companies’ list and will take the necessary countermeasures to resolutely safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of Chinese companies"

--- The legitimate rights being whatever the CCP likes.

The Observer view on how the west should deal with rising China

"Some analysts say there is more than a whiff of calculated cold war “reds under the bed” scaremongering in western behaviour. They have a point."

--- Maybe. But the fact is that in many countries, the United Front is already in the bed, not under it.

"The west simply cannot afford a second cold war. It must find ways to work with China, not fight it."

--- That largely depends on the behaviour of China, I suppose. Sometimes you just have to fight a war, whether you can afford it, or not.

Hong Kong Activist Agnes Chow Moved to Top Security Prison: Report

"transferred to the Tai Lam Women's Correctional Institution, a Category A facility
[...] Category A prisoners, of whom there are only a few hundred in a city of seven million, are often people who have been convicted of murder or drug trafficking"

--- A girl uttering harmless criticism of government policies is on the same level as a murderer. Welcom to China, HK.

Video News:

--- China Uncensored: "China’s Dangerous New Warfare Against Taiwan"

Deutsche Nachrichten:

Wie glaubwürdig sind Chinas Zusagen?

""Die EU hat ein großes strategisches Interesse daran, die Zusammenarbeit mit China, einem der wesentlichen Akteure dieses Jahrhunderts, aktiv zu gestalten", sagte die Bundeskanzlerin"

--- Aktive Gestaltung, indem man chinesischen Versprechungen einfach so glaubt, ohne jede realistische Sanktionsandrohung? Lächerlich.

"Der Chef der China-Delegation im Europarlament hält es für falsch, dass die EU keine Garantien eingefordert hat gegen die Zwangsarbeit."

--- Nicht nur gegen die Zwangsarbeit. Es scheint keinerlei Garantien zu geben. Nur chinesische Versprechungen. Wie immer.


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