Sunday, June 19, 2022

2022 Issue 24

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The United States Can’t Afford to Stay Entangled With China

via Foreign Policy
Wednesday, June 15, 2022

A Chinese invasion of Taiwan would cause massive disruptions across the US economy given our reliance on Chinese supply chains. The solutions would be excruciatingly hard to implement in a compressed time frame, so we must begin preparing for them now. 

by Jacob Helberg and Enes Kanter Freedom

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UN human rights chief to forgo second term amid China trip criticism

via The Guardian
Monday, June 13, 2022

The UN human rights chief has announced her decision to step down. Citing 'personal reasons' the announcement comes amid weeks of speculation following her recent visit to the PRC that drew fierce criticism from activists and Western politicians. 

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Universities face sanctions if they allow Chinese influence to curb free speech

via The Telegraph
Monday, June 13, 2022

Universities will be sanctioned if they allow the Chinese Communist Party to influence what is said on campus. The British government is introducing new amendments to its Higher Education (Freedom of Speech) bill on Monday to curb foreign influence on campuses. It will require overseas funding of £75,000 or more to be declared by universities and students’ unions. 

by Mason Boycott-Owen and Juliet Samuel

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China’s Southern Strategy

via Foreign Affairs
Sunday, June 19, 2022

Xi's desire to turn the PRC into the world’s most powerful state is coupled with an inextricable corollary: the imperative of stopping what he sees as efforts by the West to contain it. A united front of developing countries led by the Chinese Communist Party could encircle and isolate the powers, just as the Party had "surrounded the cities from the countryside" during the Chinese Civil War.

by Nadège Rolland

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What’s Lost in Translation? Discrepancies in Official Translations of China’s Foreign Policy Statements

via U.S.-China Perception Monitor
Monday, June 13, 2022

Researcher Sabine Mokry analyzes the differences between the original Chinese-language documents and speeches that the Chinese Communist Party issues and their “official” English-language translations that the Party releases and that many foreign observers of the PRC rely on.  In many cases there are significant substantive differences in how the PRC Government’s official English-language translation compares to the original document.

by Sabine Mokry

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Covid, Russia, Chinese Entrepreneurs, Bloomberg, Shanghai, and Hong Kong

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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: Mobike Users, Alibaba and Tencent, and China’s Online Influence

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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: Novel Pathogens and Ecuadorian Dam

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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: Africa, Taiwan, University Campuses, 16+1 Investment Club, Chinese TV, and Rare Earths

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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: Uyghurs, Dragon Boat Festival, Women’s Safety, Sanctions, Gay People in China, and Xinjiang Rights Abuses

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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 Companies, Sanctions, Research, China-Germany Investment, Laboratory System, Xi Jinping, and Russian Energy

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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: Solomon Islands, Cambodia’s Navel Base, China’s Military, Pilots, Taiwan Strait, and International Airspace

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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: Pakistan and Uruguay

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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 In: New World Order, Digital Age, Big Tech, Xinjiang, Europe, Military, Russia, Hong Kong, and Xi Jinping

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 19, 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 includes a piece by Jacob Helberg and Enes Kanter Freedom on the need to disentangle from the PRC; details on the decision by the disgraced UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to not pursue a second term after failing to draw attention to the Chinese Communist Party’s atrocious human right record; and the effort in the United Kingdom to begin separating the UK’s institutions of higher learning from their unhealthy dependence on the PRC.