Sunday, May 29, 2022

2022 Issue 21

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Biden Says U.S. Would Intervene Militarily if China Invaded Taiwan

via The Wall Street Journal
Monday, May 23, 2022

President Biden said the U.S. would respond militarily to defend Taiwan if China tries to take it by force, sparking uncertainty over whether the U.S. was moving away from its longstanding policy of “strategic ambiguity” as the White House looks for ways to check Beijing’s growing clout in Asia.

by Andrew Restuccia, Ken Thomas and Josh Chin

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The Volunteer Movement Enraging China

via The Atlantic
Saturday, May 21, 2022

A loosely associated network has been translating publicly available speeches, articles and social-media posts from inside the PRC’s information ecosystem… demonstrating just how much the Chinese Communist Party seeks to exploit Russia’s invasion of Ukraine to undermine the United States and Europe.  Unsurprisingly, Beijing is upset that anyone would dare to illuminate the Party’s hypocrisy. 

by Timothy McLaughlin

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WAY BACK MACHINE – Economists share blame for China’s ‘monstrous’ turn

via Financial Times
Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Investors worldwide are enthusiastic about investing in China. In their eyes a stable dictatorship is a more secure environment than a wobbly democracy. Luckily other capitalists have more active consciences, and are motivated by human solidarity.  Everyone should think twice before helping China make devices which can be used in physical or digital warfare. The gates of universities should be open to Chinese students — except when they are seeking to learn how to build an arsenal for modern war.

by Janos Kornai

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The Xinjiang Police Files

via Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation
Friday, May 27, 2022

Unprecedented evidence from internal police networks in China’s Xinjiang region proves prison-like nature of re-education camps, shows top Chinese leaders’ direct involvement in the mass internment campaign.

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Trove of damning Xinjiang police files leaked as U.N. rights chief visits China

via The Washington Post
Wednesday, May 25, 2022

A cache of leaked documents detailing draconian surveillance and reeducation practices in Xinjiang has shed fresh light of the scale of Beijing’s multiyear crackdown on ethnic Uyghurs in the region and cast a shadow over a highly orchestrated six-day trip to China by the U.N. high commissioner for human rights, Michelle Bachelet.

by Lily Kuo and Cate Cadell

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Covid, Russian, Young Chinese, Foreign Investors, Lockdowns, Tencent, and Weibo

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: China’s Huawei and ZTE

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: Russian Coal and China Carbon Market

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: China’s Overseas Repression, South Korea, and China’s 16+1 Group

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: Hacked Data, Uyghurs Detention Camps, Organs, Hong Kong Catholic Churches, and Legal Funds for Protesters

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: Chinese Industrial Policy Spending, Bonds, US Growth, Chinese Economy, Stocks, Airbnb, and Audit Deal with U.S.

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: Taiwan, Pacific, and Russia

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: East Timor and Sri Lanka

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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: Biden, Taiwan, Ukraine, Indo-Pacific, Geopolitics, Private Sector, Education, and Cardinal Zen’s Arrest

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, May 29, 2022

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 the Issue:

This week’s issue contains reports on President Biden’s efforts to deter the PRC’s military attacks against Taiwan; a trove of data on the continuing genocide in Xinjiang; and an article by the economist Janos Kornai from 2019 on how economists, like himself, bear responsibility for what the PRC has become.