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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Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Food, Supply Chains, Religious Views, Uyghur Scholar, Buddha, Olympics, Forced Labor, Tesla, Journalist, Mongolia, Malaysia, and Covid

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 9, 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.

Foreign Interference and Coercion

Articles On: Walmart, European Union, RCEP, Lithuania, Huawei, Germany, China-Taiwan Rivalry, Intel, and Nicaragua

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 9, 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.

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Economic entanglement and systemic rivalry: Germany and China at a crossroads

via Deutsche Welle
Sunday, January 9, 2022

This video report by the German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, details how Germany pumped up its economy on business with China and how it got closer than any other western power to the leaders in Beijing. Only to wonder if all of this is a good idea. Under president Xi Jinping, China has become a darker dictatorship, one that's challenging the power and values of the West. China is not only developing, but also bit by bit exporting an authoritarian regime that is antagonistic against our belief in democracy and human rights. The US is lining up the West to take a stand for democracy in a battle of the systems that will define this century. Many want Germany to join. There's going to be pressure from within the German population, from Germany's major allies outside of Europe, pushing Germany towards a harder line.

Environmental Harms

Articles On: Environmental Catastrophe, Overfishing, ‘Green’ Winter Olympics, and Species

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 9, 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.

Authoritarianism

Articles On: Secrets, Chinese Banks, Data, Companies, Covid-19, Hong Kong, Alibaba, Denise Ho, Video Games, Taiwan, and Sequoia Capital

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 9, 2022

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

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Germany Nervously Tests the Indo-Pacific Waters

via Foreign Policy
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

·       As a new government settles in at home, Germany finds itself undertaking an awkward naval deployment in the high-tension Indo-Pacific theater. Since its dispatch in August, the German frigate Bayern has been transiting regional waterways in an exercise which has “created more questions than it has answered” and offers a strikingly appropriate encapsulation of the current crossroads facing policymakers in Berlin, argues Blake Herzinger in Foreign Policy. German officials appear unable to strike a common chord towards Beijing—and Bayern appears handicapped by this indecision. While any deployment to the Indo-Pacific raises raises eyebrows in Beijing, and Germany has stated its commitment to the “Democratic Camp,” Berlin has refused to direct Bayern through contested waterways in a stark departure from courses charted by other western naval ships. Just as this deployment appears lacking in its efficacy, so, too, are German efforts to balance an increasingly cold relationship between Beijing and its closest Western allies.

by Blake Herzinger

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As Beijing Takes Control, Chinese Tech Companies Lose Jobs and Hope

via The New York Times
Wednesday, January 5, 2022

In the midst of a campaign for ironclad market authority, the CCP appears willing to cripple the economy it is attempting to bring under its control. Nowhere is this phenomenon clearer than in the Chinese technology sector, writes Li Yuan for The New York Times. From e-commerce giant Alibaba to Didi, the flourishing ride-hailing service, few major technology firms have managed to evade the careful and ruthless gaze of government regulators. The consequences of this crackdown are far reaching—and risk undercutting a key ingredient of the economic expansion Beijing strives to sustain. Across the Chinese mainland, the government has rendered entrepreneurs timid. Increasingly, founders and executives have shunned exciting and lucrative consumer opportunities for development in industries deemed more acceptable to the CCP. In the meantime, their firms are shedding workers and casting countless employees out of jobs.

by Li Yuan

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Russia and China will threaten the peace in 2022

via Australian Strategic Policy Institute
Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Director of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute points to the efforts by Moscow and Beijing to undermine the liberal international order in 2022.

by Peter Jennings

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Where is Peng Shuai

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 2, 2022

Yale University’s student newspaper publishes an anonymous article from a Chinese student calling on the Yale endowment to end its investments in China due to the gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the Chinese Communist Party.  The editors of the student newspaper took the unusual step of granting anonymity based on the right threat they assessed that the student’s family would be under if they published it with the student’s name.

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From economic miracle to mirage – will China’s GDP ever overtake the US?

via The Guardian
Tuesday, December 28, 2021

Despite continuous repetition of the Chinese Communist Party’s mantra, “the east is rising, the west is declining,” the People’s Republic of China faces significant headwinds. George Magnus argues that far from inevitable, the Party looks increasingly likely to fail to displace the United States as the world’s dominant economic and technological power as the PRC falls victim to the middle-income trap.

by George Magnus

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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.


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  • 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.