Sunday, September 13, 2020

2020 Issue 36

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Press Statement: The Hypocrisy of the PRC’s Propaganda System

via U.S. Department of State
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Today, the Chinese Communist Party’s main propaganda newspaper, the People’s Daily, refused to run an Op-ed written by our Ambassador in Beijing, Terry Branstad, citing a litany of grievances. Ironically, the Op-ed called for more positive relations between our two countries and asked to “build relationships through unrestricted engagement and uncensored discussion.” The People’s Daily’s response once again exposes the Chinese Communist Party’s fear of free speech and serious intellectual debate – as well as Beijing’s hypocrisy when it complains about lack of fair and reciprocal treatment in other countries.

By Michael Pompeo

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Resetting the Relationship Based on Reciprocity

via People's Daily (China)
Tuesday, September 1, 2020

We have long said we want a constructive, results-oriented relationship with China, and that view has not changed. A constructive relationship means that we are honest and candid not only about our shared interests, but also about the issues that divide us. We need not just endless reaffirmations of our respective interests, but concrete outcomes that truly benefit our peoples.

By Terry Branstad 

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Response to and Rejection of Ambassador Branstad’s OpEd

via People's Daily (China)
Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in China: Your letter has been received. First, we appreciate that Ambassador Branstad values the People’s Daily. We have always taken a positive and open-minded attitude toward requests by Ambassador Branstad, among other friends from countries around the world who hold objective and fair views on China, to publish submitted articles on the People’s Daily.

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China turns into wolf warrior at the world’s door under Xi Jinping

via The Australian
Saturday, September 12, 2020

What is China trying to achieve by its sudden lurch to a bullying, “wolf warrior” global stance? For all the billions of dollars of intelligence hardware and software pointed at Beijing right now, the reality is that Xi Jinping’s strategic thinking is a black box.

By Peter Jennings

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How My Mother and I Became Chinese Propaganda

via The New Yorker
Monday, September 7, 2020

In many cases, and particularly in instances when Beijing was threatening businesses, the reality is that the coercion worked.

by Jiayang Fan

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Erasing History, Hong Kong, U.S. Diplomats, Australian Reporter

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Friday, September 18, 2020

Materials that illuminate the lack of personal freedom and political liberty under the Chinese Communist Party.

Cyber and Information Technology
Cyber and Information Technology

Articles On: Data-Security and Tech Cold War

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 13, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party seeks to control information technology as a means to shape and censor the communications and opinions of its own people, as well as the communications of individuals beyond their borders.

Environmental Harms
Environmental Harms

Articles On: Politics on Environmental Problems and China's Fishing Fleet

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 13, 2020

As the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and enormous pollution and environmental degradation, this section highlights the activities carried out by entities controlled by the Chinese Communist Party that harm our environment.

Foreign Interference and Coercion
Foreign Interference and Coercion

Articles On: Education, Racism, Pandemic, TikTok, and Foreign Affairs in Australia, India, and the US

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Friday, September 18, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party wages a series of foreign interference and coercion campaigns and this section provides articles and reports explaining those actions, as well as the damage this does to those countries.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution
Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Disney's Mulan, Tibet, War on Uighur Women, Mongolian, Australian and Canadian Detainees

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Friday, September 18, 2020

This section documents the myriad abuses that the Chinese Communist Party commits against its own people in violation of its commitments under the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage
Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage

Articles On: Railroads, China's Economic Strategy, Digital Silk Road, and Chinese Films

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Friday, September 18, 2020

This section highlights articles and reports on the harmful impacts of the commercial and economic policies employed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Military and Security Threats
Military and Security Threats

Articles On: National Security, Himalayan Boarder Tensions, US-Japan Alliance, Drills in Taiwan, and Mysterious Air Base

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Friday, September 18, 2020

The Chinese Communist Party, through its control of the People’s Liberation Army and the intelligence services, has undertaken a comprehensive military modernization and expansion program that threatens the safety of its neighbors as the Party pursues an increasingly aggressive foreign policy.

Opinion Pieces
Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Peace, Europe, Hong Kong Dissidents, Concentration Camps, the Vatican

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, September 13, 2020

This section collects opinion pieces from across the world commenting on the harms caused by the activities of the Chinese Communist Party and provides insight to the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

Other
Other

Articles On: Activism

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Friday, September 18, 2020

Additional articles that provide further insight into China's Global Sharp Power.

About This Issue

This issue highlights efforts by CCP officials to censor American diplomats in China, particularly the U.S. Ambassador. There is also coverage of Sino-Australian relations, the CCP’s pandemic propaganda, and efforts by the PRC to influence global cybersecurity and technology standards. There is also coverage of recent PLA maneuvers and human rights violations against Uighur Muslims and residents of Inner Mongolia.