China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert

Sunday, June 26, 2022

2022 Issue 25

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U.S. Restraint Has Created an Unstable and Dangerous World

by H.R. McMastervia Foreign Policy
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

After welcoming the PRC and Russian Federation into the liberal international system and hoping that they would become “responsible stakeholders,” the United States must abandon its delusions re-establish deterrence against Beijing and Moscow. 

Co-author: Gabriel Scheinmann

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The Balance of Soft Power

via Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

The PRC has had considerable success with its brand of ‘soft power’ in the Global South. Beijing’s pragmatism has resulted in significant achievements. 

by Maria Repnikova

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Four Takeaways from a Times Investigation into China’s Expanding Surveillance State

via The New York Times
Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The Chinese government’s goal is clear: designing a system to maximize what the state can find out about a person’s identity, activities and social connections, which could ultimately help the government maintain its authoritarian rule. 

by Isabelle Qian, Muyi Xiao, Paul Mozur and Alexander Cardia

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Leaked Audio From 80 Internal TikTok Meetings Shows That US User Data Has Been Repeatedly Accessed From China

via Buzzfeed News
Friday, June 17, 2022

According to leaked audio from more than 80 internal TikTok meetings, PRC-based employees of ByteDance have repeatedly accessed nonpublic data about US TikTok users — exactly the type of behavior that inspired former president Donald Trump to direct the separation of TikTok from ByteDance, which the Biden Administration failed to fulfill. 

by Emily Baker-White

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The Collapse of One China

via Center for Strategic & International Studies
Friday, June 17, 2022

As the One China policy accommodation unravels and China’s military attains a credible capability to mount a cross-strait invasion, the United States and its allies should stop hedging and adopt enhanced measures to deter Beijing.

by Ivan Kanapathy

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Farewell to Hong Kong and Its Big Lie

via The Atlantic
Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Falsehoods, gaslighting, and endless fabrications in the city are equaled only by the cowardice of the people partaking in the insulting ruse that it is still free.

by Timothy McLaughlin

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Surveillance Company, Airbnb, Covid, Superpower, Mental Health, Russia, and Banned Media Outlets

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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: TikTok, Digital Democracy Work, Censor Online Comments, and NetEase

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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: Human Rights and Power Supply Risk

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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: Transatlantic Relations, Confucius Institute, Western Education, Nexperia, Africa, Pharmaceuticals, and Brussels

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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 Forced Labor, Hong Kong Oppression, Racist Videos, Volkswagen, and Feminism

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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: Asia-Pacific Trade Framework, Wall Street, Economic War, European Firms, China IPO, Communist Party Units, and Electric Car

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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: Starlink, Taiwan, Anti-Ballistic Missile Interceptor Test, Fujian, Russia, and European Universities

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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

Article On: China Helping Russia

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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, Ukraine, Conquest, Xi Jinping, and Russia

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, June 26, 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 an OpEd by H.R. McMaster and Gabe Scheinmann about the necessity of re-establishing deterrence against Beijing and Moscow; an in-depth investigation by the New York Times into the Chinese Communist Party’s efforts to create an all-encompassing surveillance state; evidence that TikTok does in fact share sensitive U.S. user data with it’s parent company Bytedance inside the PRC where the CCP has complete access to the data; a piece by Ivan Kanapathy about the end of the ‘One China’ fantasy; and a piece in The Atlantic by Timothy McLaughlin about the ‘Big Lie’… the ruse that Hong Kong is still free.

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Articles On: Huawei and the World

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, August 18, 2019

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.

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Fake Chinese police car is spotted driving around Perth and scaring locals who fear they're being SPIED on - but cops won't do anything about it

via Daily Mail (UK)
Thursday, August 15, 2019

A Land Rover painted to look like a Chinese police car is cruising around the streets of Perth, terrifying local expats.

by Nic White

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Huawei Technicians Helped African Governments Spy on Political Opponents

via The Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, August 14, 2019

Huawei Technologies Co., the world’s largest telecommunications company, dominates African markets, where it has sold security tools that governments use for digital surveillance and censorship.

by Joe Parkinson, Nicholas Bariyo, and Josh Chin 

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Letter to World Bank President David Malpass on World Bank Loans to Support China’s Human Rights Violations

via Congressional-Executive Commission on China
Tuesday, August 13, 2019

We are writing to express our concern and receive more information about a World Bank loan for $50 million made to the Department of Education of China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) for a project titled “Xinjiang Technical and Vocational Education and Training Project.” Our concern stems from the fact that the Chinese government is interning over a million Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic Muslims in an expanding system of mass internment camps.

by James McGovern and Marco Rubio

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The Old World and the Middle Kingdom

via Foreign Affairs
Monday, August 12, 2019

Europe is beginning to face up to the challenges posed by a rising China. From the political debates roiling European capitals over the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei’s involvement in building 5G mobile networks to the tense EU-China summit earlier this year, recent events have shown that European leaders are growing uneasy in a relationship that until recently both sides saw as immensely beneficial.

by Julianne Smith and Torrey Taussig

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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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Stuck in China’s Panopticon

via NPR
Friday, July 5, 2019

Alim is a Uighur, a Muslim minority group in China's Xinjiang province. He was travelling home to see his parents after a long time away from Xinjiang. When his flight landed, he was pulled off the plane by Chinese police and questioned for hours. His blood samples were taken. Officers recorded his voice and took photos of his face from all different directions.

by Ailsa Chang and Nick Fountain

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Be water, my friend: Hong Kong protesters take Bruce Lee’s wise saying to heart and go with the flow

via South China Morning Post
Saturday, June 22, 2019

In an apparently leaderless movement, tech-savvy demonstrators moved in unexpected waves rolling from one spot to another

by Jeffie Lam, Naomi Ng, and Su Xinqi

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    The Uyghur Crisis: China's Cultural Genocide

    via Oslo Freedom Forum
    Monday, June 3, 2019

    Lawyer and activist Nury Turkel spoke at the 2019 Oslo Freedom Forum to advocate for Uyghurs undergoing genocide in the People’s Republic of China.

    by Nury Turkel

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    Airbnb listings in China are littered with racist discrimination

    via Wired
    Friday, May 3, 2019

    A piece from two years ago in Wired magazine about how Airbnb listings in the PRC discriminate against individuals of Uyghur descent.

    by Charles Rollet

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    This weekly newsletter collects articles, reports and other media from across the world to illustrate the actions and behaviors of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

    The newsletter arose from the need to provide transparency to the citizens of liberal democracies of the scope and scale of China’s sharp power initiatives and the harms those activities cause to the Chinese people and the rest of the world. 

    As Xi Jinping stressed to the Party’s leadership in late 2017, “Government, the military, society and schools, north, south, east and west – the party leads them all.”  This newsletter takes the Party’s role seriously and examines the impact on the world of the Party’s policies as they tighten their one-party rule.


    FEATURED CATEGORIES

    • Must Read / Watch/ Listen - Articles and reports that stand out as particularly illustrative of the harmful activities of the Chinese Communist Party.
    • Authoritarianism - Articles that illuminate the lack of personal freedom and political liberty under the Chinese Communist Party.
    • Cyber and Information Technology - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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.

    This publication is part of the Project on China's Global Sharp Power. It builds on the Hoover Institution's highly successful report, China's Influence and American Interests, to track the multiple ways that the Chinese Communist party-state is trying to penetrate and sway democracies and global institutions and norms.