2020 JUL 02 Everyone’s Life Matters; UMass Nursing Dean Fired For Saying this.

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Remarks: Everyone’s Life Matters; UMass Nursing Dean Fired For Saying this. Its official insanity has taken hold of the Administrations of Higher learning as they have fallen victim to PC Syndrome. I did say “EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS” FULL STORY HERE: https://4cminews.com/?p=53415

**ALL LIVES MATTER; YOUR SKIN COLOUR HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT!**

Luke 15 English Standard Version (ESV)

The Parable of the Lost Sheep

vs.1 Now the tax collectors and sinners were all drawing near to hear him. vs.2 And the Pharisees and the scribes grumbled, saying, “This man receives sinners and eats with them.

vs.3 So he told them this parable: vs.4 What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? vs.5 And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. vs.6 And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.vs.7 Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.


UMass Nursing Dean Fired For Saying “Everyone’s Life Matters”

We have been discussing the growing fear of professors and students over the loss of free speech on campuses for years, but recently those concerns have been greatly magnified with the investigation or termination of professors for expressing opposing views about police abuse, Black Lives Matter movement or aspects of the protests following the killing of George Floyd.  There is a sense of a new orthodoxy that does not allow for dissenting voices as campaigns are launched to fire faculty who are denounced as insensitive or even racist for such criticism.  The most recent controversy involves the recently installed University of Massachusetts-Lowell Dean of Nursing Leslie Neal-Boylan. Dr. Neal-Boylan had only been in her position for a few months when she was fired. 

The reason, according to many reports, is that she sent an email on June 2 to the Solomont School of Nursing on the recent anti-racism demonstrations across the country that include the words “everyone’s life matters.”

The reason, according to many reports, is that she sent an email on June 2 to the Solomont School of Nursing on the recent anti-racism demonstrations across the country that include the words “everyone’s life matters.”

Dr. Neal-Boylan was heralded last September as a “visionary leaderby the university in taking over the deanship.  Her writings include strong advocacy for those with disabilities in the nursing field. Those writings show tremendous empathy and concern for inclusivity in the profession.

This controversy began when Dr. Neal-Boylan wrote the email which started with the following words:

Dear SSON Community,” the email provided to Campus Reform begins.

“I am writing to express my concern and condemnation of the recent (and past) acts of violence against people of colour.

Recent events recall a tragic history of racism and bias that continue to thrive in this country.

 I despair for our future as a nation if we do not stand up against violence against anyone.

BLACK LIVES MATTER, but also, EVERYONE’S LIFE MATTERS.

No one should have to live in fear that they will be targeted for how they look or what they believe.”

One can understand that many felt that the statement detracted from the need to focus on the treatment and loss of black lives. 

However, one can also read these words as a nursing dean expressing opposition to all violence.

However, The Email Was Immediately Denounced In A Tweet as  “Uncalled For” and “Upsetting”  by “Haley.”  The university quickly responded to Haley and said

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“Haley – Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The university hears you and we believe black lives matter. See the letter the chancellor sent out Monday.” 

The letter is a statement in support of Black Lives Matter.  Soon thereafter the University reportedly fired Dr. Neal-Boylan.

University spokesperson Christine Gillette issued a statement to the site Campus Reform Wednesday that stated 

“The university ended the employment of Dr. Neal-Boylan on June 19 after 10 months in her role as dean of the Solomont School of Nursing. As with all such decisions, it was made in the best interest of the university and its students.”

What is particularly concerning is a June 19 letter referenced on the site that was allegedly written by Neal-Boylan and sent to Provost Julie Nash. The letter states

“It is important to point out that no one ever gave me an opportunity to share my views of how the college and school were interacting nor explain myself regarding the BLM email. My meeting with you, [Dean] Shortie [McKinney], and Lauren Turner was clearly not intended to give me an opportunity to defend my actions. I was condemned without trial.”

The statement from the university does not state what specifically is “in the best interest of the university and its students.”  However, the failure to specifically state the grounds and the process used to reach the decision is alarming.  The University let the public record stand — and the view that Dr. Neal-Boylan was fired for expressing the view that “Black Lives Matter, but also Everyone’s Life Matters.”

What is “in the best interest of the university and its students” should include free speech and due process.  The mere fact that we do not know if Dr. Neal-Boylan was afforded either right is chilling.  If there were other grounds against her, the university should state so.  Instead, the clear message to faculty is that the dean was fired for expressing concerns over the loss of lives across the country in these protests.

I can understand the sensitivity to those who feel that the inclusion of other lives tends to take away the focus on the need for action on the treatment of African-Americans in our society.  However, it is possible that, as a leading health care figure, Dr. Neal-Boylan was speaking out to seek to end all violence in the protection of human life.  Medical and health care professionals tend to oppose all loss of life and violence.  The question is whether an academic should be able to express such a view and, equally importantly, whether there is a process through which a professor can defend herself in explaining the motivation and intended meaning of her words.

The uncertainty over the process used in this case creates an obvious chilling effect for other faculty members. In 30 years of teaching, I have never seen the level of fear among faculty over speaking or writing about current events, particularly if they do not agree with aspects of the protests.  Not only is there a sense of forced silence but universities have been conspicuously silent in the face of the destruction of their own public art and statues. Even New York Times editors can be forced out for simply publishing opposing views.

As we have previously discussed, chilling effects on free speech has long been a focus of the Supreme Court.  Free speech demands bright line rules to flourish. The different treatment afforded faculty creates an obviously chilling effect on free speech.  Avoiding the chilling effect of potential punishment for speech is a core concern running through Supreme Court cases.  For example, in 1964, the Supreme Court struck down the law screening incoming mail. A unanimous court, Justice William Douglas rejected the law as “a limitation on the unfettered exercise of the addressee’s First Amendment rights.” It noted that such review “is almost certain to have a deterrent effect” on the free speech rights of Americans, particularly for “those who have sensitive positions:”

Obviously, many of these school are private institutions but freedom of speech and academic freedom have long been the touchstones of the academy. What concerned me most was that I could not find a university statement on a matter that resulted in the canning of one of its deans — just an ominous note that the page of Dr. Neal-Boylan can no longer be found.

Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 JUL 02 | Time-stamped: 21:15 | Author: Tyler Durden - Authored by Jonathan Turley | Article Title: UMass Nursing Dean Fired For Saying "Everyone's Life Matters" | Article Link: zerohedge.com


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2020 JUN 23 NZ Elections 2020; Billy Te Kahika, 90 Days to go. is NZ standing at the brink of plunging into Socialistic Global Communism

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All evidences show that NZ has less than 90 days to change the direction it has been hijacked to, How? By voting at the next election to change direction from Socialistic Global Communism back to a true democracy and to fix current corrupt governmental system – Kiwi you must act. 

Vote …


Billy Te Kahika, Open Letter/Facebook Post1)SEE URL: https://www.facebook.com/billy.tekahika/posts/10157889664327663

Morena, (Good morning) Everyone: I got up extra early this morning because I woke up with buzzing energy but also with real clarity about our situation in NZ and the world..

I thought Id write about it.

This election is the most important, pivotal election I think NZ will ever have.

Why?

Because this is the election that will either protect us or condemn us to a life of control & misery that we freedom loving, critical thinking people will be forced to endure.

Many are not yet awake to this – many ‘political’ people are not yet awake to this reality.

Our job is to ‘calmly’ but urgently let people know that our freedoms are greatly at risk and threatened beyond what any foreign invasion force could do to us.

Why?

Because this threat emanates from our very own government.

‘They’ believe that what ‘they’ are doing is right – but the issue, and the most important issue is – what ‘they’ consider is ‘right’ is evil at it’s core. And that’s the issue.

Evil in a sense that the entire pretence of the COVID 19 crisis is founded upon now proven lies (fact), that this crisis looks extremely like the opportunity to destroy freedom and democracy across the globe and that this is the very real, tangible plan to control all nations through the establishment of the UN Agenda 302)Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development ‘sustainable’ control program. SEE N1529189.pdf URL: https://www.un.org/ga/search/view_doc.asp?symbol=A/RES/70/1&Lang=E

You see, freedom is not to be tolerated, or permissively given by a Government — it is the God given right of everyone human on our planet – it’s already ours.

We have forgotten that we the public have put the Government into power.

We have seen that our Government and all parties in it are untrustworthy and it is time we the public take the power back.

I have had people debate me that what we are seeing is not democracy being destroyed but something else.

I have had people tell me that the fact a military commander now manages the quarantine aspect of the COVID 19 Health Response act is not Military Law and that ‘they’ cannot enter your homes…

I have had people who believe this law is about our safety.

I quietly listen or read and then I pick their position apart with logic and facts.

Its a weary process it really is – but an important one as they have the right to believe what they will but they also have the right to be presented information without it being spun or twisted by this Government that has the Master Certificate of Dishonest and Deceptive behaviour.

We now have less than 90 days to change things by voting at the next election to get this government out and to fix the corrupt system – so we must act.

Billy Te Kahika

As you all know, I have spoken with the minor political parties about uniting under the NZPP banner.

As you also know this movement that you the public started is massive in it’s appeal, support and the broad policy program we have that is focused number 1 on protecting our freedoms.

Aside from this nothing else will mean anything because if we do not have our freedoms and have a true democracy…

We will never stop 1080, medical criminality, economic disaster, loss of National sovereignty, further loss of our environmental sovereignty and the list goes on – but defending our freedom, real government accountability and creating the constitutional framework to protect all NZ citizens has to be the most important issues envelope.

None of the parties I have spoken with have understood this – and I say, have truly understood this and that worries me.

I have tried with all of my heart to invite the other parties to come into your movement that you have put me in front of so that we can end the tyrannical behaviour that we are seeing from this Government.

I have one intent and focus only – and this is to serve us all and get into Parliament to fix this.

Aside from my faith and whanau – nothing else matters. I have simply the best people in my immediate team that have achieved so much in such a short time at such a high level – this should give you confidence that we know what we are doing.

I also have the most incredible people across New Zealand that have risen up to help NZPP do the incredible things we are doing – it truly is a people’s movement….and it is on this basis that I invited parties that have a niche profile to join us so that we help them to go into parliament with us – together.

It remains to be seen if anymore will join us. It was not a dictatorial invitation. I have not seen in any one party anything that gives me confidence enough to know that their policies and capacity of their organisation will get them into parliament and it is with this view that I protect what we have all achieved in just 10 days.

NZPP as a broad based movement cannot be absorbed into very narrow, niche parties – this would ultimately destroy our chance to reach the slowly awakening masses and this is a great concern if we are to get the massive voting numbers I believe we can.

Most minor parties are polling well under 1% – combined they would not have 5%.

If just 35% of the people who have engaged in our message voted for NZPP we would have 10% of the house – that is huge.

So why would we marginalise NZPP into these other parties? We wouldn’t.

I’m pragmatic and one in intent and that is to work for you all to change things and actually win the result we desperately need – you have given me the mandate -this mandate and our policies are not something I dreamed up alone to talk a voting public into… it is how we all genuinely feel and what you have pushed for – because this makes sense and what is most important.

In closing, this is much longer than I intended… but it is important that we clear the decks so we can all move forward together and work like we never have before as we count down to the election. And yes we will have something exciting to announce shortly about completing our ‘registration process’.

So now my day starts..busy as I prepare to meet you all in person and present NZPP to you…have a great day and keep spreading the message that is more truer each day – that the New Zealand Public Party is Your Voice, Your Power and Your Party.

Take care dear all.


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2020 JUN 07 Vatican Archbishop to Trump: ‘Children of Darkness’ Oppose You

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, Apostolic Nuncio of the United States, reads the Apostolic Mandate during the Installation Mass of Archbishop Blase Cupich at Holy Name Cathedral, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014, in Chicago. Cupich was named in September by Pope Francis to succeed the retiring Cardinal Francis George. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, Pool)

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Influential Vatican Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, the former Papal Nuncio to Washington, D.C., has written to President Trump, praising his leadership during a critical juncture in his presidency as he faces harsh criticism for his handling of the coronavirus and the George Floyd protests.  FULL STORY HERE: https://4cminews.com/?p=52966

Children Of Darkness
Deep State
COVID Emergency
Social Engineering
Global Synchrony “Civil Disturbances”
Right To Life

Vatican Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

In a June 7 letter addressed to President Trump and obtained by Newsmax, Viganò writes that the President’s enemy is “the children of darkness – whom we may easily identify with the deep state which you wisely oppose and which is fiercely waging war against you in these days . . .”

The Archbishop indicated that the “COVID Emergency” will likely be viewed in the future as a “Colossal Operation Of Social Engineering.”

“We will also discover that the riots in these days were provoked by those who, seeing that the virus is inevitably fading and that the social alarm of the pandemic is waning, necessarily have had to provoke civil disturbances, because they would be followed by repression which, although legitimate, could be condemned as an unjustified aggression against the population,” Viganò wrote.

Global Synchrony – “Civil Disturbances”

The Archbishop claimed that “the same thing is also happening in Europe, in perfect synchrony.”

Viganò praised Trump as a “President who courageously defends the right to life, who is not ashamed to denounce the persecution of Christians throughout the world, who speaks of Jesus Christ and the right of citizens to freedom of worship.”

WASHINGTON ARCHBISHOP WILTON GREGORY

President Trump came under fierce criticism last Tuesday after visiting the Catholic National Shrine of Saint John Paul II in Washington.

Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory, a church liberal, publicly chastised the Shrine for hosting the President.

In a statement Gregory stated: “I find it baffling and reprehensible that any Catholic facility would allow itself to be so egregiously misused and manipulated in a fashion that violates our religious principles, which call us to defend the rights of all people even those with whom we might disagree.”

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■ LET ME GET THIS CLEAR: 

Washington Archbishop Wilton Gregory claims:
The Catholic Church (religious principles) must defend the RIGHTS of INDIVIDUALS (who or to) carry out 

RIOTING LOOTING ARSON
DEFACING PUBLIC & PRIVATE PROPERTY
VIOLENT ATTACKS ON PEOPLE

SORRY ARCHBISHOP WILTON GREGORY  not buying that one; no where in the bible do you find biblical instructions or principles that uphold the right to: Riot, Loot, and carry out Arson, Deface Public & Private Property, Carry Out Violent Attacks on People.
Archbishop Wilton Gregory Show me Scripture in the Canonised Holy Bible KJV

The President’s visit to the Shrine came shortly after he signed an Executive Order at the White House supporting religious freedom around the world. The day before the President had visited St. John Church and held a Bible up in front of a press gaggle. On Sunday night, protesters attempted to burn the historic church down.

Orchestrated Media Narratives

In his letter Viganò told Trump that the attacks were “part of the orchestrated media narrative which seeks not to fight racism and bring social order, but to aggravate dispositions; not to bring justice, but to legitimize violence and crime; not to serve the truth, but to favor one political faction.”

Without referencing Gregory by name, Viganò implied he was “aligned on the opposing side” to the President.

“They are subservient to the deep state, to globalism, to aligned thought, to the New World Order which they invoke ever more frequently in the name of a universal brotherhood which has nothing Christian about it, but which evokes the Masonic ideals of those want to dominate the world by driving God out of the courts, out of schools, out of families, and perhaps even out of churches,”

Vatican Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Viganò concluded his letter, “United against the Invisible Enemy of all humanity, I bless you and the First Lady, the beloved American nation, and all men and women of good will.”

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2020 MAR 03 Made in China 2025 – A Halftime Analysis

 

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Remarks: Five years ago, China launched an ambitious plan to become a leading global technological superpower by 2049, the centennial of the founding of the Peoples’ Republic of China. President Xi Jinping installed the strategy “Made in China 2025” (MIC25) as a nationwide guideline for China’s future. FULL STORY HERE: https://4cminews.com/?p=52418


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by Maximilian Nadicksbernd

Five years ago, China launched an ambitious plan to become a leading global technological superpower by 2049, the centennial of the founding of the Peoples’ Republic of China. President Xi Jinping installed the strategy “Made in China 2025” (MIC25) as a nationwide guideline for China’s future.1)English translation of the official policy. http://www.cittadellascienza.it/cina/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/IoT-ONE-Made-in-China-2025.pdf The strategic plan defines ten core industries, such as robotics, power equipment, and next generation IT, in which China aims to achieve breakthroughs and create globally competitive companies.

At its halftime, a series of articles appearing here, focusing on central elements of MIC2025, will take a closer look on how far this strategy has been carried out and what still needs to be done.

China is currently at a critical juncture in its endeavor to achieve the ambitious developmental targets it has set itself for 2049. Despite its remarkable economic growth over the past decades, the People’s Republic still faces major challenges. With a current GDP per capita of around 10,000 USD, China is considered an upper-middle-income country according to the United Nations (UN) classification.2)United Nations (2014). “World Economic Situation and Prospects 2014.” https://www.un.org/en/development/desa/policy/wesp/wesp_current/wesp2014.pdf Despite its remarkable success, China is still at risk of being caught in the middle-income trap. Many developing countries before had lost not only their comparative advantage due to rising wages, but also lost their ability to compete with advanced economies in terms of productivity and innovation at this stage of development.

Figure 1: Ten core industries set the basis for Made in China 2025.

Figure 1: Ten core industries set the basis for Made in China 2025.3)Wang Jianing 王佳宁 (ed.) (2016). “中共中央 国务院印发《国家创新驱动发展战略纲要》 (The State Council of the CCP Central Committee releases the “Outline of the National Innovation-driven Development Strategy”).” Xinhuanet. May 19. http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2016 05/19/c_1118898033.htm.

Made in China 2025

The “Made in China 2025” (MIC25) strategy released in May 2015 was designed to help overcome precisely this challenge. The goal of this plan is to establish a strong, national innovation system. The government is deploying a set of influential industrial policy measures that constantly strive to improve capital allocation, policy coordination, and tech-related innovation. Ultimately, the Chinese government hopes to propel China through the middle-income trap and transform the nation into a globally competitive manufacturing superpower largely independent of foreign technology.

MIC25 represents an industrial policy blueprint for building a world-class innovation system and achieving global dominance in key technologies. MIC25’s stated method is to pursue an innovation driven and talent-based approach that puts quality first, promotes green development, and supports not only future-oriented but also traditional industries. In practice, the strategy sets specific market share targets for Chinese companies and defines strategic priorities (战略任务) and support mechanisms (战略支撑) that extend far beyond the ten core industries (see Figure 1). Using smart manufacturing as the backbone, the strategy strives to turn China into a global hub for high-tech industries, absorbing and localizing entire value chains.

The ten core industries of MIC25 are not all pursued with the same intensity (see Figure 2). Chinese companies from more traditional high-tech sectors like aerospace, machine tools, or software engineering face the challenge of catching up with foreign competitors. They do not prioritize the development of top-notch products and global leadership and are content to overcome existing technology gaps by building up sufficient (as opposed to state-of-the-art) domestic expertise leveraging its large domestic market to emerge as a serious global competitor. One example is the production of passenger jets: both the single-aisle C919 and wide-body CR929 are set to take market share from Airbus and Boeing. The Chinese state manufacturer Comac has commitments from 28 mostly Chinese buyers for 815 airplanes, and will become increasingly active on the global market over the next ten years.4)Bloomberg (2017) https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/china-s-jet-challenge

Figure 2: MIC25 policy plans prioritize digital and emerging industries – reflected in number of national-level action and development plans.5)MERICS; https://www.merics.org/de

Smart Manufacturing, Digitalization, and Emerging Technologies

In smart manufacturing, digitalization, and emerging technologies, China wants to leapfrog and leave its foreign competitors behind. Technology gaps in these fields are more fluid, and China sees the opportunity to assume a leading position right from the start. The tables have already started to turn. The government pushes the development of future technologies by providing financial support and by artificially increasing demand through, for instance, beneficial regulations or tax incentives to quickly turn ideas from niche industries into products that are suitable for mass consumption. China has forged ahead in fields such as next-generation IT (companies like Huawei and ZTE are set to play a major role in the deployment of 5G networks), high-speed railways and ultra-high voltage electricity transmissions. More than 530 smart manufacturing industrial parks have popped up in China. Major focus is the creation of the “Industrial Internet” enabled by deployment of technologies like AI/robotics (47 percent), big data (32 percent) and cloud computing (20 percent).6)Deloitte (2018). “China’s smart manufacturing: a steady push for the long term” https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/cn/Documents/energy-resources/deloitte-cn-eri2018-china-smart-manufacturing-report-en-190403.pdf

Green Manufacturing

Recently, green manufacturing was given special emphasis in policy documents, underpinning President Xi Jinping’s vision of creating an “ecological civilization” that thrives on sustainable development. China boasts a strong position in areas such as new energy and intelligent energy saving vehicles. The electric vehicle (EV) battery market is a powerful example of how quickly such dynamics may unfold and global value chains are absorbed. In 2017, seven of the top ten EV battery companies were Chinese, accounting for 53 percent of the global market share. The expansion of China’s battery manufacturing capacities is in the pipeline and could amount to three times that planned in the rest of the world.7)MERICS (2018). “China’s battery industry is powering up for global competition.” https://www.merics.org/en/blog/chinas-battery-industry-powering-global-competition

However, the comprehensive and adaptive nature of MIC25 makes it inherently difficult to evaluate the strategy’s efficiency and success as a whole. The dependency on foreign core components is still a major bottleneck for China’s national tech ambitions. Its industry has considerable weaknesses in mastering foundational technologies essential for developing an advanced high-tech sector in certain areas, especially for the digital economy. This vulnerability is most evident in the fields of new materials, semiconductors and key components for advanced machinery and machine tools. Chinese tech firms have already experienced considerable difficulties when they were cut off from access to chips or other high-tech components from abroad, as illustrated by the US trade measures against companies like ZTE and Huawei.

Figure 3: China’s high-tech innovation relies on foreign components – a strong dependence results in negative trade balance (in bn USD).8)KONEMA, China: Science and Technology – Imports and Exports of High-tech Products https://knoema.de/NBSCN_A_A0N10/china-science-and-technology-imports-and-exports-of-hightech-products-manufactured-goods-and-primar

Synthesizing the core takeaways, it becomes clear that China has not at all abandoned its goal of catching up with Western industrialized countries – MIC25 serves as the backbone to overcome the middle-income trap. A plethora of individual targets set as part of MIC25 demonstrate ambition, but also indicate that not all technologies are emphasized equally: China is determined to dominate smart and emerging technologies as namely AI robotics or cloud computing. However, foreign tech dependency is China’s Achilles heel.

Progress assessments of MIC25 will thus vary greatly depending on the chosen parameters and individual sectors. They are industry- or tech-specific and fluctuate between highly aggregated or exceedingly detailed levels. Examples include market share targets for Chinese technology, target quotas for smart equipment usage, a certain number of patents per 100 million CNY in revenue, and the development of several quality brands. Thus, a critical in-depth analysis of each sector has to be done in order to achieve transparency on how far China’s strategy can be coined a success.

Therefore, stay tuned for the following topics to be covered soon:

• Next-generation IT-companies like Huawei and ZTE are set to play a major role in the deployment of 5G networks

• China’s 530+ Smart Manufacturing Industrial Parks – big data (21 percent), new materials (17 percent) and cloud computing (13 percent) projects to be watched

• Green Manufacturing and new energy (hydrogen)- thriving sustainability and circular economic approaches

• “Industrial Internet” and Artificial Intelligence (AI) – delayering the broad range of interconnected fields that span virtually everything from hardware to software and tech applications such as facial recognition or interconnected vehicles


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ARTICLE TITLE: Made in China 2025 – A Halftime Analysis
Article Link: chinatechblog.org
Date-stamped: 2020 MAR 03
Author: Maximilian Nadicksbernd

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↑ 1. English translation of the official policy. http://www.cittadellascienza.it/cina/wpcontent/uploads/2017/02/IoT-ONE-Made-in-China-2025.pdf
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↑ 4. Bloomberg (2017) https://www.bloomberg.com/quicktake/china-s-jet-challenge
↑ 5. MERICS; https://www.merics.org/de
↑ 6. Deloitte (2018). “China’s smart manufacturing: a steady push for the long term” https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/cn/Documents/energy-resources/deloitte-cn-eri2018-china-smart-manufacturing-report-en-190403.pdf
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↑ 8. KONEMA, China: Science and Technology – Imports and Exports of High-tech Products https://knoema.de/NBSCN_A_A0N10/china-science-and-technology-imports-and-exports-of-hightech-products-manufactured-goods-and-primar

2020 MAY 29 CDC Admits COVID-19 Antibody Tests Are Wrong Half The Time & Virus Isn’t That Deadly

The mainstream media is ignoring the fact that the CDC has admitted the death rate for COVID-19 is actually lower than the flu. This is happening as the media admits that the antibody tests are wrong 50% of the time!

The scamdemic fear-mongering is ongoing and the propaganda is getting worse daily, even as their OWN DATA shows otherwise. Instead of giving the public the facts, the media continues to push for an extended lockdown, freedom trampling regulations, mass surveillance, and our permanent enslavement for their political overlords.

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The CDC just came out with a report that should be earth-shattering to the narrative of the political class, yet it will go into the thick pile of vital data and information about the virus that is not getting out to the public.

For the first time, the CDC has attempted to offer a real estimate of the overall death rate for COVID-19, and under its most likely scenario, the number is 0.26 percent.

Until now, we have been ridiculed for thinking the death rate was that low, as opposed to the 3.4 percent estimate of the World Health Organization, which helped drive the panic and the lockdowns. Now the CDC is agreeing to the lower rate in plain ink.

Plus, ultimately we might find out that the IFR is even lower because numerous studies and hard counts of confined populations have shown a much higher percentage of asymptomatic cases. Simply adjusting for a 50 percent asymptomatic rate would drop their fatality rate to 0.2 percent – exactly the rate of fatality Dr. John Ionnidis of Stanford University projected.

More importantly, as I mentioned before, the overall death rate is meaningless because the numbers are so lopsided. Given that at least half of the deaths were in nursing homes, a back-of-the-envelope estimate would show that the infection fatality rate for non-nursing home residents would only be 0.1 percent or 1 in 1,000. And that includes people of all ages and all health statuses outside of nursing homes. Since nearly all of the deaths are those with comorbidities. -The Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity

This is something most people have known relatively early on, as the government continued to inflate the numbers and call every death a COVID-19 casualty so they could commit economic terrorism on the entire planet. And those antibody tests the ruling class wants us all to take before can even think about coming off house arrest? Those are only right half the time.  How did CNN spin this into more fear porn and propaganda?

CHECK IT OUT:

Serologic test results should not be used to make decisions about returning persons to the workplace.

Health officials or health care providers who are using antibody tests need to use the most accurate test they can find and might need to test people twice, the CDC said in the new guidance. –CNN

So, you can’t be free, which is your birthright, because their tests are inaccurate. It’s actually quite shocking people are even agreeing to these tests in the first place, all to pad the numbers for this scamdemic that has been little more than a hoax since day one. This has become so blatantly ridiculous that it’s actually hard to believe there’s anyone out there still supporting the government and their puppets in the mainstream media. They want you to still be afraid.  They need you in fear.  Do not comply.


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2020 MAY 24 More Countries May Fall Into China’s Debt Trap With COVID-19

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A Chinese worker carrying materials for the first rail line linking China to Laos, a key part of Beijing's 'Belt and Road' project across the Mekong, in Luang Prabang, on Feb. 8, 2020. (AIDAN JONES/AFP via Getty Images)

2020 A LOOMING DEBT CRISIS

Through its Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), China has poured billions of dollars in loans into low-income countries to help build their massive infrastructure projects. And now with the COVID-19 pandemic, concern about a looming debt crisis has increased in developing nations, as most of them are already bent under massive Chinese debt.

Launched in 2013, China’s BRI, also referred to as “One Belt, One Road” or the “New Silk Road,” is one of the world’s most ambitious and controversial development programs. In recent years, the initiative has been perceived as a “debt trap,” due to Beijing’s predatory lending practices.

The BRI has contributed to the substantial external debt buildup in many low-income countries, according to a recent report by the Institute of International Finance (IIF).

Over the past two decades, China has become a major global lender, with outstanding debt exceeding $5.5 trillion in 2019—more than 6 percent of global gross domestic product, the IIF report stated.

Largest Creditor To Low-Income Countries: BEIJING
($730 billion – 112 countries)
50 percent of Chinese loans are “hidden”

The BRI has played an important role in driving China’s lending activity in recent years, making Beijing the world’s largest creditor to low-income countries. Since its launch, the initiative directed more than $730 billion to overseas investment and construction projects in over 112 countries, according to the report.

Among the BRI countries, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Laos, the Maldives, and Tajikistan are rated at “high risk of debt distress” by the International Monetary Fund (IMF), meaning they are likely to default or face problems servicing their massive debt.

In addition, a recent academic study published by the Kiel Institute for the World Economy suggests that the Chinese overseas loans may be higher than reported. The study says that up to 50 percent of Chinese loans are “hidden,” as they’re not reported to the IMF or World Bank. China’s non transparent lending practices amplify debt vulnerabilities in poor countries.

Amid a looming financial crisis, Sri Lanka is currently piling on more Chinese debt. Although the debt-ridden country must make $4.8 billion in loan repayments this year, it has reached an agreement with China for at least $1 billion in additional lending, according to Nikkei Asian Review.

Sri Lanka is often cited as a clear example of becoming trapped in Chinese debt and being forced to hand over strategic assets to China.

CCP, B.R.I. DEBT TRAPS:
Target Key logistics Assets to .

PROVIDING UNCHECKED:

CCP Commercial (and or) Military use for MOVEMENTS of:

i: PERSONNEL Civilian or Military 

ii: EQUIPMENT Commercial or Military

Already Debt Defaults has seen Chinese state-owned firm take control of:

Sri Lanka – Port of Hambantota.

Djibouti – Port of Doraleh.

A Chinese state-owned firm took control of Sri Lanka’s southern port of Hambantota in 2017 on a 99-year lease after the country defaulted on its loans.

“Ports have dual use in almost every country—for civilian use as well as for military use,” Bonnie Glick, deputy administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, told The Epoch Times’ American Thought Leaders program.

“And the way China has mapped out the globe, it has been very strategically looking at the most valuable ports first and approaching those countries accordingly.”

The same thing happened in the East African country of Djibouti, she noted, where China built a concessionary port. The country is located at the entrance to the Red Sea, where the United States has strong defense interests. Nearly 10 percent of the world’s oil exports and 20 percent of all commercial goods navigate through the Suez Canal, passing close to Djibouti.

“Djibouti defaulted on its loan, and China ultimately controls operations in the port in Djibouti,” Glick said, calling the BRI “One belt, one road, one-way trip to insoluble debt.”

DEBT RELIEF

Both the World Bank Group and the IMF have urged the G-20 economies including China to provide debt relief to the world’s 76 poorest countries and allow them to redirect funds toward fighting the pandemic.

China is a signatory to the debt service suspension initiative agreed to by the G-20 nations, which provides a freeze of debt repayments for the poorest nations upon request. The suspension will run from May 1 through the end of 2020.

According to Glick, the initial Chinese response to debt forgiveness was positive.

But later, “they started putting all kinds of conditions on what type of debt would be considered for debt forgiveness, carefully trying to thread the needle to keep bilateral debt owed” to China off the table, she said.

BRI’s massive construction projects are financed mainly through a wide range of Chinese local government and state-controlled institutions.

The Trump administration has voiced a hard line against China’s ambitions to grow its footprint in emerging markets, and the pandemic has amplified these concerns.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the whole world is waking up to the challenges posed by the Chinese Communist Party.

“China’s been ruled by a brutal, authoritarian regime, a communist regime, since 1949. For several decades, we thought the regime would become more like us through trade, scientific exchanges, diplomatic outreach, letting them in the WTO as a developing nation,” he told reporters on May 20.

“That didn’t happen. We greatly underestimated the degree to which Beijing is ideologically and politically hostile to free nations.”

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo

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Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 MAY 24 | Author: by Emel Akan | Article Title: More Countries May Fall Into China’s Debt Trap With COVID-19 | Article Link: theepochtimes.com

2018 NOV 14 China Luring Pacific Islands With One Belt, One Road Investments

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Australia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea

Chinese Leader Xi Jinping will showcase China’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR, also known as Belt and Road) initiative to Pacific leaders at a regional summit on Nov. 16, diplomats say, with Western countries watching warily for signs of Beijing’s growing clout.

The competition for influence between China and Western allies Australia, New Zealand and the United States, is likely to provide a strong undercurrent at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea.

“China is showing a desire for a bigger role in the region, and that is out in the open like it has never been before,” said a senior British diplomat who declined to be named as she is not authorized to talk to the media.

China has said it will announce “important measures for further cooperation” at the summit. Western diplomats believe that probably means formally extending its OBOR plans into the Pacific.

First proposed by Xi in 2013, the initiative promotes expanding land and sea links between Asia, Africa and Europe, with billions of dollars pledged for infrastructure development.

Western governments harbor suspicions that Beijing’s professed desire to spread prosperity masks an underlying intention to become a more dominant power.

Tongan Prime Minister ‘Akilisi Pōhiva is one of several island nation leaders who will meet collectively with Xi, having already been asked by Beijing to sign up to OBOR.

“We’re discussing that right now,” Lopeti Senituli, a political advisor to the Tongan premier, told Reuters.

For Pacific nations, China may offer support for much needed infrastructure and development. Xi’s vision to provide links to a bigger marketplace could also prove hard to resist for leaders of the remote, fledgling economies.

WHOSE PATCH?

For China, extending its influence into the Pacific would lessen the sense of maritime containment, and also potentially secure support from grateful, indebted governments at international forums, where numbers can count.

Three sources familiar with the matter, including the British official, said that Western nations had been informed that Vanuatu, the Cook Islands and Niue have agreed to sign onto OBOR.

Niue and the Cook Islands did not respond to an emailed request for comment, but the Cook Islands’ Finance Minister Mark Brown told Radio New Zealand last week that his government would be signing.

Vanuatu’s Prime Minister did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Foreign Minister Ralph Regenvanu said in a message on Twitter that he “did not believe” Vanuatu had committed to Belt and Road but he would check.

China’s official OBOR website reported that Fiji had made a commitment on Monday, joining the likes of Samoa and Papua New Guinea.

China’s footprint in the region has been growing in the past decade. Pacific governments now owe about $1.3 billion in concessional debt to China, raising fears in the West, that the region was becoming more susceptible to Beijing’s diplomatic pressure.

Xi’s meeting with the island nation leaders, which a U.S. diplomatic source said will be held without observers from the West, comes after a series of Western initiatives to shore up ties in the Pacific.

Australia last week declared the Pacific “our patch” as it offered A$3 billion ($2.18 billion) in cheap infrastructure loans and grants.

Original Source: Date-stamped: 2018 NOV 14 | Author: Charlotte Greenfield & Colin Packham Reuters | Article Title: China Luring Pacific Islands With One Belt, One Road Investments | Article Link: theepochtimes.com

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2018 DEC 13 Exported Tyranny; Telecom Role in the CCP’s One Belt, One Road

EXPORTED TYRANNY: 

CCP, ZTE, HUAWEI,

Huawei and ZTE are two sides of the same coin,Chinese telecom companies represent afundamental riskto National Security.

The CCP has built a vast, high-technology system to surveil the Chinese people, and it is exporting this system as part of its One Belt, One Road initiative. Two of the primary players in this push are the companies ZTE and Huawei.

Recently, Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) warned the Trump administration that ZTE was helping China export surveillance tactics to the NICOLÁS MADURO REGIME. The Chinese telecommunications giant, which has been penalized for violating trade sanctions on Iran and North Korea, may acquire additional U.S. sanctions as the company’s business with the Venezuelan government faces new scrutiny.

Rubio and Van Hollen sent a letter to the U.S. secretaries of state, the treasury, and commerce, urging an investigation into company’s activities.

“Huawei and ZTE are two sides of the same coin,” Van Hollen said in a statement, adding that Chinese telecom companies represent a “fundamental risk” to U.S. national security.

VENEZUELAN GOVERNMENT: MADURO REGIME & ZTE.

Maduro regime

MADURO REGIME

In the letter, the senators referred to a recent Reuters report stating that the Chinese telecom firm assisted the Venezuelan government in establishing control over its citizens. According to the Reuters report, ZTE helped the Maduro regime to build a database that enables the monitoring and tracking of Venezuelan citizens and, since 2016, to centralize video surveillance.

“We are concerned that ZTE, by building this database for the Venezuelan government, may have violated U.S. export controls and sanctions laws, as well as the terms of the Commerce Department’s June 2018 superseding settlement agreement with ZTE,” the senators said in the letter.

ZTE has a history of breaching U.S. government sanctions. In April, the Commerce Department found ZTE had violated a settlement reached in 2017, and blocked the company from buying crucial components and software from American technology companies. ZTE is highly dependent on U.S. suppliers like Qualcomm, Google, and Corning to manufacture its cellphones and telecom equipment.

The ban nearly brought the company to the brink of bankruptcy, prompting a rare intervention by Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

In June, ZTE reached a settlement with U.S. authorities, agreeing to pay a total of $1.4 billion in fines and to overhaul its board of directors and senior management ranks. In exchange, the United States lifted the ban.

“The Venezuelan government hired ZTE to build a database and develop a mobile payment system for a smart ID card,” the lawmakers wrote.

The project was inspired by China’s national identity card program that tracks the social, political, and economic behavior of its citizens. The program enables the government to monitor everything from a person’s personal finances to medical history and voting activity.

The system in Venezuela was built using components from Dell Technologies in the United States, which alarmed the senators.

“ZTE installed data storage units built by Dell Technologies,” the letter stated. “Though Dell’s transaction appears to have been with ZTE in China, we are concerned that ZTE may have violated U.S. export controls by misidentifying the end-user or purpose of the end use.”

ZTE is China’s second-largest telecom equipment maker. The company is publicly traded, but its largest shareholder is still a Chinese state-controlled enterprise.

VIOLATIONS

A spokesperson for the Commerce Department confirmed that it had received the senators’ letter.

“The Department of Commerce will remain vigilant against any threat to U.S. national security and continues to diligently implement the settlement agreement with ZTE. We have no further comment at this time,” stated the spokesperson in an email.

As part of the settlement deal in June, ZTE has allowed the U.S. Commerce Department to monitor the company’s behavior.

Both Rubio and Van Hollen have been vocal about ZTE’s potential violations and about retaining sanctions on the firm.

“We have not received a response to our letter at this point,” stated a spokesperson for Van Hollen.

Van Hollen co-sponsored a bill introduced in September called the ZTE Enforcement Review and Oversight (ZERO) Act. The legislation requires the Commerce Department to put ZTE out of business if it violates the current agreement with the United States.

On Dec. 1, as part of a U.S. probe, Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, the chief financial officer of Huawei, another Chinese telecom company.

The United States was pursuing Meng, the daughter of Huawei’s founder, in a criminal probe related to the violation of sanctions against Iran.

“While the Commerce Department focused its attention on ZTE, this news highlights that Huawei is also violating U.S. law,” Van Hollen said in the statement. “We need a comprehensive plan to hold the Chinese and their state-sponsored entities accountable for gross violations of the law and threats to our security.”

A PUSH INTO PANAMA

China’s top telecom firms are also making inroads in Panama. R. Evan Ellis, a professor of Latin American studies at the U.S. Army War College Strategic Studies Institute, predicts that Huawei and ZTE will be the dominant providers of telecom infrastructure and services in Latin America and the Caribbean, with a “near-monopoly status” eclipsing local providers by 2050.

Such dominance, according to Ellis, would give China “virtually limitless capability to collect business intelligence or appropriate technologies to give an unfair position to PRC-based companies,” he said for a report published by U.S. think tank Center for Strategic and International Studies on Nov. 21.

The two firms’ dominance could also compromise “virtually any military, government, or business leader in the region, to obtain from them valuable political and military intelligence,” he said.

Huawei was even recently awarded a contract for installing a street-level surveillance system with facial recognition cameras linked to a data network based in the city of Colón—allowing the Panama government to mimic China’s mass surveillance system, in which millions of cameras currently monitor citizens throughout the country and have been used to snuff out dissidents. Panama’s system would also be wired to the government offices of defense, migration, fire department, and ambulance service.

Beijing has deployed advanced surveillance technology especially in the region of Xinjiang as part of its efforts to monitor and persecute Uyghur Muslims and other ethnic minorities. The Chinese regime is now exporting its surveillance technologies to other countries.

Many governments around the world, including in the United States and Australia, have raised concerns about equipment and phones made by Huawei and ZTE. The Pentagon issued an order in May to remove all phones from these two companies sold at stores on U.S. military bases, out of concern that those devices could be used to spy on U.S. forces.

China and Panama signed multiple cooperation deals after Chinese leader Xi Jinping’s recent visit to the Central American country. However, experts are voicing concerns that the closer relationship between the two countries could be damaging to Panama’s interests, as well as those of the United States.

Xi arrived in Panama on Dec. 2 for a 24-hour visit, during which he met with Panamanian President Juan Carlos Varela. The two leaders signed 19 cooperation agreements for trade, infrastructure, banking, education, and tourism, according to Reuters. One of the agreements calls for China to provide non-reimbursable aid to Panama for carrying out the different projects; the amount wasn’t disclosed.

Additionally, Varela expressed support for Panama’s continued participation in projects under Beijing’s “One Belt, One Road” (OBOR, also known as Belt and Road) initiative, according to China’s state-run media Global Times. Beijing first announced OBOR, a bid to build up geopolitical influence through trade networks, in 2013. The initiative includes billions of dollars’ worth of investments in countries throughout Asia, Europe, Africa, and Latin America.

CORRUPTION CONCERNS

Panamanian economist Eddie Tapiero raised concerns about the relationship with China, while speaking at a news program run by Panamanian broadcaster TVN.

“It calls us to be more demanding in areas of transparency, corruption, and the law. If that doesn’t happen, the initiative [with Chinese investment] would not work out” because the money would be squandered, Tapiero said, and efforts “to boost Panama would not happen.”

While Tapiero didn’t elaborate on how corruption might take place, China’s OBOR has been known to foster corruption in countries with weak institutions, while benefiting the Chinese regime and harming local interests. One example involves Malaysia, whose newly elected Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad canceled some $23 billion worth of OBOR infrastructure projects in August after his predecessor was charged with corruption and money laundering in relation to funding for the projects.

Similar transparency concerns were voiced by Miguel Antonio Bernal, a law professor and a candidate running in Panama’s 2019 presidential election, who said, “[China has] a colonization plan and we don’t have the professional capacity to resist it. We are like an ant wanting to be friends with an elephant,” according to a Dec. 2 article by U.S.-based Spanish-language cable news channel Univision.

CHINA INVESTMENTS

Chinese companies have invested heavily in Panama in recent years. For example, in May 2017, China’s Landbridge Group, under the OBOR initiative, was awarded the contract to expand Panama’s largest port, the Colón Container Port, for about $1 billion. The firm began construction in June 2017, according to China’s state-run media.

In July 2018, China’s state-run China Communication Construction and its subsidiary China Harbor Engineering won the bid to construct a new bridge over the Panama Canal, with a $1.42 billion contract.

In an article published Sept. 21, Global Americans, a nonprofit platform that provides news and analysis on Latin America, pointed out several cases of Chinese companies being awarded public contracts under dubious circumstances.

China Harbor Engineering, for example, was awarded the bridge contract following the “unexplained withdrawal of one of the competitors from the bidding process.” Additionally, the company’s final design closely resembled one submitted by the competitor that lost the bid.

US Interests

Both the United States and China are heavily dependent on the Panama Canal for trade. According to statistics by government agency Panama Canal Authority, in the 2018 fiscal year, the United States was the top user of the canal, with about 68 percent of total trade going to or from the country. China was second, with about 16 percent.

The U.S. congressional committee China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), issued a report in October on China’s engagement in Latin America and the Caribbean, warning of the challenges posed by China’s investment in the region. The report concludes that Chinese investment would reduce the United States’ strategic influence in the region, diminish U.S. regional security relationships, and undermine U.S. promotion of international norms such as democracy and fair labor practices.

China is currently constructing port facilities at both ends of the Panama Canal: Port Balboa and the Amado Cruise Terminal near the entrance connecting to the Pacific Ocean; and Panama Colón Container Port at the Atlantic Ocean entrance.

The USCC report includes comments by Navy Adm. Kurt W. Tidd, commander of the U.S. Southern Command, who stated that “increased reach to key global access points like Panama create[s] commercial and security vulnerabilities for the United States.”

The USCC report questions the economic feasibility of some of the Chinese projects, including the $167 million Amado Cruise Terminal, which is “not along any major cruise ship routes.”


This article is part of a special report published by The Epoch Times on Huawei. Click here to see all coverage.


Original Source: Date-stamped: 2018 DEC 13 | Author: by Emel Akan and Frank Fang | Article Title: Exported Tyranny: Telecom Role in the CCP’s One Belt, One Road | Article Link: theepochtimes.com

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2020 MAY 26 China Building, Bugging Government Offices in African Nations, Report Says

 

The facade of the headquarters of the African Union (AU) is pictured on March 13, 2019, in Addis Ababa. (Photo by Ludovic MARIN / POOL / AFP) (Photo credit should read LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)

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China has been building key government offices and facilities in African countries for decades and fitting them with gear that likely allows the Chinese government to spy on everyone, from presidents and prime ministers to judges and generals and beyond, according to a recent Heritage Foundation report. FULL STORY HERE: https://4cminews.com/?p=52042


More than 186 buildings constructed by China in 40 of the 54 nations in Africa house the sort of sensitive data and activity that invites surveillance, Heritage researcher Joshua Meservey found. 

The Palace of Justice in the Angolan capital of Luanda was built in 2012, while in the notorious kleptocracy of Equatorial Guinea, the Chinese erected the Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in 2015. And in Zimbabwe, where its former leader, the late Robert Mugabe, once called Chinese leader Xi Jinping “a God-sent person,” China has built the country’s National Defense College and is constructing its parliament, according to the report.

In all, “Chinese companies have built, expanded, or renovated at least 24 presidential or prime minister residences or offices; at least 26 parliaments or parliamentary offices; at least 32 military or police installations; and at least 19 ministries of foreign affairs buildings,” the report states.

That gives Beijing extraordinary access to gain insights into the most intimate workings of governments across Africa, and to the information that gives China clairvoyant-like powers to adjust its tactics to maximum advantage.

In conjunction with physical assets, China has also built 14intra-governmental telecommunication networks,” with Chinese-made systems such as those from Huawei. Meservey expects that those networks are all compromised in favour of China’s intelligence-gathering activities, giving the regime a significant advantage over not only its political and commercial competitors in Africa, but also over host-country officials who may themselves be liable for misdeeds.

The breadth and depth of intelligence coverage China has been able to achieve through its construction projects across Africa is a sign of the continent’s importance to Beijing’s geopolitical strategies, the report points out.

The Evidence

China’s Spying Breaches: African Union’s Headquarters

The suspicion that many of these facilities act as listening stations for Beijing is bolstered by two factors.

China has already been caught red-handed vacuuming up years of data from one of Africa’s most important public buildings. In 2018, first Le Monde and then the Financial Times ran stories exposing two systemic security breaches that China had hard-wired into the building it constructed and donated for the African Union’s headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The first was the discovery that the AU’s servers, also a Chinese gift, were uploading data to servers in Shanghai, nightly from midnight to 2 a.m.

The other breach at the AU was more tactile. A physical inspection of the AU building uncovered listening devices throughout the building.

Aside from the AU case, which offers direct evidence of China’s ability, and, more importantly, its willingness to spy on and compromise a friend, a second factor adds compelling circumstantial evidence to the likelihood that China is spying on Africa through the medium of its building infrastructure there.

That evidence is found in China, where for decades, apartment compounds and hotels were built that exclusively housed foreigners. In most if not all of those facilities, listening equipment was deployed to monitor conversations and movements of residents and guests, according to multiple Chinese Communist Party and foreign business and diplomatic sources. Those compounds include groups of diplomatic apartment buildings in Beijing, as well as hotels operating under major Western European and American brand names.

Indeed, even foreign students in China are known to have found microphones in their dormitories.

The Ramifications

China is using infrastructure that it builds in Africa to spy on political and business leaders and events, and the scope of surveillance isn’t limited to Africans.

The high probability that China is using infrastructure that it builds in Africa to spy on political and business leaders and events should give the United States pause, the report suggests. If the capability to spy in Africa is being used, then it means that China “has better surveillance access to Africa” than any other nation operating on the continent, Meservey writes.

Using that access and the inside knowledge it provides gives China an advantage in competitive commercial negotiations.

It also tips Beijing about who in Africa can be influenced to make decisions favourable to China’s goals, and how to exert and recruit that influence.

But the scope of surveillance isn’t limited to Africans, the report points out. Anyone in a room built or equipped by China can be the subject of Beijing’s listening capabilities, including U.S. and other foreign officials.

In addition, activities that take place in those physical locations between a host country and any other foreign nation also become vulnerable to Chinese spying, compromising “diplomatic strategies, military counter-terrorism operations, [and] joint military exercises.”

Which is why, Meservey advises, “the U.S. should try to complicate Beijing’s surveillance … as part of a strategic response to the CCP’s [Chinese Communist Party] effort to reshape the global order.”

Beijing’s Reaction

China’s Foreign Ministry

In his May 22 press conference, Zhao Lijian, spokesperson for China’s Foreign Ministry, called the Heritage report’s claims “ridiculous” and “based on nothing but lies, illusions, and ideological bias,” in response to China Daily’s request to comment on the report.

In addition, “African leaders publicly refuted such rumors on multiple occasions,” Zhao said.

The Heritage report anticipated that response.

“Expect little help—and perhaps even resistance—from some African states. Given how adroitly the CCP has built influence in Africa and the many examples of African countries fearing to defy Beijing, the U.S. should not expect these governments to offer much assistance in ameliorating America’s counterintelligence problem in Africa,” the author writes.

In fact, “some, if asked, or in an attempt to curry CCP favour, may even actively collaborate with Beijing to hinder American efforts to protect its interests on the continent.”

Original Source: Date-stamped: 2020 May 24/26 | Author: Bonnie Evans | Article Title: China Building, Bugging Government Offices in African Nations, Report Says | Article Link: theepochtimes.com

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