Sunday, October 11, 2020

2020 Issue 40

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Unfavorable Views of China Reach Historic Highs in Many Countries

via Pew Research Center
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The Pew Research Center’s report shows that views of the PRC have grown significantly more negative across nearly all developed economies with a median of 78% across 14 countries saying they have not too much or no confidence that Xi Jinping will do the right thing in world affairs.

by Laura Silver, Kat Devlin, and Christine Huang

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A new cold war: Trump, Xi and the escalating US-China confrontation

via Financial Times
Monday, October 5, 2020

First in a Financial Times series on the “New Cold War” between the US and the PRC, Gideon Rachman describes that while many blame this condition on the United States, Beijing’s contribution to this cannot be ignored.

by Gideon Rachman

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‘This is a guy who is a thug’: how the US elite became hawks on Xi’s China

via Financial Times
Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Americans from across the political spectrum increasingly view Beijing with skepticism and pessimism, particularly among political and business elites. This trend started in the Obama Administration and accelerated under Trump due to actions by China’s leaders.

by Demetri Sevastopulo

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Statement of Grave Concern about the Human Rights Situation in Xinjiang and Recent Developments in Hong Kong

via Permanent Mission of the Federal Republic of Germany to the United Nations
Tuesday, October 6, 2020

The German Ambassador to the United Nations issued a statement on behalf of 39 countries denouncing the human rights situation in Xinjiang and Hong Kong, calling on the People’s Republic of China to uphold their basic responsibilities to their own citizens.

by Christoph Heusgen, German Ambassador to the United Nations

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China ramps up campaign of bribes and economic extortion in global power play

via The Washington Post
Sunday, October 4, 2020

The PRC’s campaign to control international institutions involves concerted efforts to use bribery and economic coercion to make global norms more friendly to authoritarian regimes.  The US and other like-minded powers should cooperate to prevent that.

by Guy Taylor

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Work Regulations, Face Ban, Hong Kong, President Xi, and Immigration

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Articles 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: Huawei, Covid, TikTok, AI, and Surveillance

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 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 China's borders.

Environmental Harms
Environmental Harms

Articles On: Cleaner Air, Green Belt and Road, and Clean Aluminum

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 2020

China is the world’s largest emitter of greenhouse gases and generates 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: Hollywood, German Report, South Korea's Election, Somaliland, and Chinese Discourse Power

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 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 they do abroad.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution
Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Vatican, Christianity, Former Mongolian President, Uyghur, and Child Labor

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 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: SaaS, Decoding, Minerals, Supply Chain, Stock Exchange, Stealing Technology, and Chinese Students

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 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: War, Aircraft Carrier, Cambodia, Ballistic Missiles, and Taiwan

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 2020

Articles on the comprehensive military modernization and expansion program undertaken by the Chinese Communist Party, which supports an increasingly aggressive foreign policy and threatens the safety of China's neighbors.

One Belt, One Road Strategy
One Belt, One Road Strategy

Articles On: Imperial Overreach, New Caledonia, and Iran

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 2020

The section describes how the Chinese Communist Party employs its foreign infrastructure and development program to further its strategic interests abroad and in international institutions.

Opinion Pieces
Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Democrats, American Illusion, Economic Statecraft, Indo-Pacific, China's Election, National Day, Geopolitics, and Taiwan

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 11, 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 into the various solutions that experts and leaders suggest we pursue to protect our interests.

About This Issue

This issue highlights increasingly negative opinions about the PRC, evidence of interference in South Korea’s democracy, public objections by Mongolia’s former President to the treatment of ethnic Mongols in China, and significant vulnerabilities of Huawei’s equipment.