Human Rights

America’s Hollow Africa Policy
China, Human Rights, Politics

America’s Hollow Africa Policy

The first Nigerian Windows on America center opened in March in Lekki, Lagos; since then, the U.S. Consulate General has established four other centers, mostly in universities. Meanwhile, China’s Confucius Institutes, created to promote Chinese language and culture, have been established at Nigerian universities for more than a decade. Chinese firms in Nigeria have recruited alumni from the institutes, further enhancing China’s socioeconomic standing. The institutes have also created a pathway for young Nigerians to go to China for studies on scholarships and to get jobs. The unstated but no less important aim of the centers is to create cultural inroads with Nigerian youth to counter China’s influence—especially the influence it exerts through its Confucius Institutes. In recent months,...
When Germany Was China
China, Human Rights

When Germany Was China

The Second Reich’s post-Otto von Bismarck foreign policy was militaristic and expansionist but unpredictable. It built a high seas fleet, armed itself, and acquired colonies, in which it committed one of the first 20th-century genocides. It cultivated the Ottoman Empire in a way broadly similar to China’s Belt and Road Initiative, funding development and building infrastructure, such as railways, through Syria and Mesopotamia and sending specialists to train in its uses. There are plenty of similarities between Beijing today and Berlin then, but whether they’re superficial or profound is a debatable question. In the late 19th century, Germany was an aggressive rising power, one that made plentiful appeals to the past but which was only a few decades old in its modern form. Its economic gr...
How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda
China, Human Rights

How Sept. 11 Supercharged China’s Propaganda

The article, citing Chinese research and experts, allege “Chinese officials worry about the prospect of Afghanistan becoming a haven for Islamist militant groups, including ETIM [or the East Turkestan Islamic Movement],” following the fall of Afghanistan back into the Taliban’s hands. That is why it was particularly puzzling when the Washington Post, which has done great and detailed reporting on the plight of Uyghurs, published a report in which they echoed the CCP’s framing of Uyghur genocide as counterterrorism policies. It’s an example of how successful oppression’s framing as counterterrorism has been not just in China but globally. Thanks to extraordinary journalistic efforts from the free media, much light has been shed on the ongoing genocide the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is ...
CCP uses 9/11 to explain their behaviour towards Uyghur
Human Rights

CCP uses 9/11 to explain their behaviour towards Uyghur

Washington, US: China’s Chinese Communist Party uses the 9/11 attack and explains the country’s less tolerant behaviour towards Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.  China’s ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) exploited the international revulsion towards terrorism sparked by the 9/11 attacks to reframe state repression of Muslim Uyghurs in Xinjiang, Politico reported.Following the attacks in the US in 2001, then-Chinese President Jiang Zemin sent a telegram to then-US President George W Bush conveying the Chinese government’s “deep sympathy and condolences.” In October, the two leaders met and Bush had praised the two countries new joint anti-terrorism focus and said he had “no doubt that [China] would stand with the United States and our people during this terrible time.” “Framing...
Two districts in China sealed due to increase in Covid cases
China, Human Rights

Two districts in China sealed due to increase in Covid cases

Beijing: Authorities have partially blocked two districts along with the tourism city of China Xiamen and an hospital after two positive cases of COVID-19 in the area. The Global Times found that local residents and people who are about to travel to Xiamen are clearly rattled over the two positive cases as two national holidays approach in a few days. Xiamen received more than 2.71 million visitors during the Mid-Autumn Festival and the October 1 National Day holidays in 2020, reports the newspaper. Xiamen's Tongan district and Siming district respectively imposed lockdowns of four streets and at least five streets in one community on early Monday. Residents living within the areas must stay indoors, reports the newspaper. China is believed to be the place from where COVID-19 ...
U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.
China, Human Rights

U.S. and China Reach Deal to Block Myanmar’s Junta From U.N.

The arrangement, which was described by multiple diplomatic sources and representatives of advocacy groups familiar with internal deliberations, has been informally endorsed by representatives of the European Union, members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, and Russia. It comes as the U.N. General Assembly plans to announce the appointment of a nine-member panel on U.N. credentials on Tuesday, which will be charged with determining the rightful U.N. representative of Myanmar. The committee will be chaired by weden and include representatives from Bhutan, the Bahamas, Chile, China, Russia, Sierra Leone, South Africa, and the United States. But the pact—which was hammered out during weeks of behind-the-scenes diplomatic negotiations—will require Myanmar’s defiant, still-serving...
CCP interference must stop, world must join ha ds to stop it
Environment, Human Rights, Politics

CCP interference must stop, world must join ha ds to stop it

The report revealed many facts about the CCP's deep penetration in India. But as a long-term researcher and reminder of CCP's global penetration, I am not surprised by what CCP did in India. Let's take a look at how severe the penetration of CCP is in very and South America. For example, parliament buildings in at least seven countries in Africa are built by CCP.  These parliamentary facilities use operating systems and data systems provided by China. China's control over them is obvious. This report is not only about the CCP’s infiltration in India. This report also drew a map of the footprint of the CCP's global penetration. It is not only a wake-up call to the world about the CCP’s in-depth penetration of the entire world but also a prescription to solve the problem. After r...
Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles
China, Human Rights, Politics

Biden Needs to Bolster the Power of Exiles

To counter this anti-democratic surge, the U.S. government needs to do more than simply support existing democracies. It needs to bolster individual democrats, many of them in hiding or on the run. Countless Afghan human rights defenders, feminists, journalists, writers, and intellectuals have risked their lives and abandoned homes and families to escape life under the Taliban. Exiles are pouring out of Myanmar, Russia, Hong Kong, and elsewhere. They all need support, and investing in them should be high on Biden’s democracy agenda. Myanmar, whose fledgling democracy was once the pride of the Obama administration, has reverted to junta rule. In Hong Kong, China has crushed the local democracy movement. In Belarus, Aleksandr Lukashenko’s regime has gone house to house targeting civil socie...
China’s data privacy law
China, Human Rights

China’s data privacy law

China has passed a major data privacy law aiming toward how data companies should handle the user’s data. The law is inspired by EU’s General Data Protection Regulation but with far-reaching setoff rules. On the surface, it seems pretty tough. In fact, the Wall Street Journal hailed the PIPL as “one of the world’s strictest data-privacy laws.” However, it will probably do less to protect Chinese users than many believe, and it might even entrench further the dominance of China’s incumbent tech giants. To be sure, the PIPL represents an important first step toward protecting the privacy of Chinese citizens. It gives regulators a new set of weapons to use in their fight against China’s mighty tech firms; it limits companies’ ability to engage in algorithmic price discrimination; ti...
Will the G-7 Recognize a Taliban Government?
China, Environment, Human Rights

Will the G-7 Recognize a Taliban Government?

If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: The G-7 nations weigh whether to sanction the Taliban in a virtual meeting, Poland and Lithuania plan to build a fence to keep out migrants entering the European Union from Belarus, and the WHO calls for a COVID-19 vaccine booster moratorium . Here is today’s Foreign Policy brief: The G-7 nations weigh whether to sanction the Taliban in a virtual meeting, Poland and Lithuania plan to build a fence to keep out migrants entering the European Union from Belarus, and the WHO calls for a COVID-19 vaccine booster moratorium. If you would like to receive Morning Brief in your inbox every weekday, please sign up here. Will the G-7 Recognize or Sanction the Taliban...