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Sunday, October 25, 2020

2020 Issue 42

Must Read | Watch | Listen
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The Importance of Being Candid: On China’s Relationship with the Rest of the World

via Policy Exchange
Friday, October 23, 2020

The U.S. Deputy National Security Advisor, Matthew Pottinger, gives a speech on the role that reciprocity and candor play in the American approach to the PRC.

by Matthew Pottinger

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'Xi Thought' Is Creeping Into Everything From Chinese Sci-Fi to Company Filings

via Bloomberg
Monday, October 19, 2020

As “Xi Thought” nears elevation alongside “Mao Zedong Thought” in the pantheon of the CCP’s Marxist-Leninist ideology, companies and other elements of society jockey to shape their decisions and actions to match the Leader’s slogans.

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Statement by the Subcommittee on International Human Rights Concerning the Human Rights Situation of Uyghurs and Other Turkic Muslims in Xinjiang, China

via Parliament of Canada
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Quote from the Canadian Parliament’s Subcommittee statement: “Based on the evidence put forward during the Subcommittee hearings, both in 2018 and 2020, the Subcommittee is persuaded that the actions of the Chinese Communist Party constitute genocide as laid out in the Genocide Convention.”

by Subcommittee on International Human Rights

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How China Threatens American Democracy

via Foreign Affairs
Wednesday, October 21, 2020

In this Foreign Affairs article, the U.S. National Security Advisor describes how the United States has shone a “spotlight of transparency on the CCP” and encourages others not to ignore the ideology that animates the Party.

by Robert C. O'Brien

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In China, Not All Triple-A-Rated Bonds Are Created Equal

via The Wall Street Journal
Thursday, October 22, 2020

Serena Ng of the WSJ details how, triple-A corporate bond ratings inside the PRC have risen from 37.5% of the total in 2015 to 57% today… while in the United States and other countries, triple-A ratings are rare and represent only the best debt issuers.

by Serena Ng

Authoritarianism
Authoritarianism

Articles On: Dairy Company Fined, Hong Kong Protestors, Chinese Scholars, Violent Attack, Banks, and COVID-19 Vaccines

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: Cyberattacks, Hackers, 5G, Telecoms Ban, and Supply Chain

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: The Mekong River, China's High-Carbon Plans, and Fishing Fleet

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: Hostage Diplomacy, Swiss Secret Deal, Threats, Fear, Taipei, Elections, Information Warfare, and Australian Writer Detained

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: Sanctions, Xinjiang, Qiao Collection, Geng Xiaonan, Detainment, Forced Labor, Bishops, and Protester Held In China

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: Currency, Law Protecting Tech, China's Economic Statecraft, Investment, and German Firms To Diversify

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: Hypersonic Missiles, Malabar Drill, Japan And Vietnam Defense, India Frees Soldier, Africa Security, and Venezuelan Navy

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: Zambia Debt Crisis, Highways, China's Global Push, and Italy

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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: China, Covid, Alliance, France, Taiwan, Foreign Media, Transatlantic Agenda, and PRC-Africa Relations

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, October 25, 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

In this week’s issue, the Canadian Parliament calls Xinjiang a genocide; the CCP threatens Canadian citizens; the U.S. National Security Advisor describes the PRC’s threat to American democracy; the Wall Street Journal publishes a piece on the disparity of Triple-A rated bonds inside the PRC and how those same bonds are often rated as junk outside the PRC.

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Opinion Pieces

Articles On: Europe, House Armed Services Committee, Cold War, Russia, and Huawei

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 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.

Military and Security Threats

Articles On: Threats, Aircraft Carriers, Nuclear Arms, and Biotechnology

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 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.

Industrial Policies and Economic Espionage

Articles On: Dark Web, Global Innovation, Industrial Espionage, European Union, Guilty Scientist, Tech War, Chinese Mafia, Art Heist, and Counterfeit

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 2020

This section highlights articles and reports on the harmful impacts of the commercial and economic policies employed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Human Rights and Religious Persecution

Articles On: Church, Religious Group, Journalist, Muslims, and Labor Market

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 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.

Foreign Interference and Coercion

Articles On: Protesters, Africa, Czech, Internet, Norwegian Library, Switzerland, Japanese Communist Party, Chinese University

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 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.

Cyber and Information Technology

Articles On: 5G, Beijing, and Huawei

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 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.

Authoritarianism

Articles On: Power, Threats, Data, Tweets, Virus, and Pollution

via China Global Sharp Power Weekly Alert
Sunday, January 26, 2020

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

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Coronavirus Exposes Core Flaws, and Few Strengths, in China’s Governance

via The New York Times
Saturday, January 25, 2020

It was the initial news reports that first suggested China’s political system might be getting in the way of its ability to confront the coronavirus outbreak.

by Max Fisher

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No way to Huawei: Britain can find its own route to 5G

via Reaction
Friday, January 24, 2020

The Prime Minister is on the cusp of a momentous decision. Should this government allow Britain’s next-generation “5G” networks to be built with equipment from Huawei?

by Declan Ganley

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US concern at Huawei isn’t bluff or bluster

via The Telegraph
Monday, January 20, 2020

[Subscription Required] If you had a neighbour who came over and rummaged through your garage tools every day, occasionally slipping silverware from your kitchen, would you trust him to redo the locks on your house? How about to install a state-of-the-art new security system? Of course not.

by Marco Rubio

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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.