Seems The Chinese Don’t Like Trump

They would much prefer to back to business as usual. BOMBSHELL ADMISSION: Chinese State Media Claims Coronavirus Is A Tool To ‘Beat’ Trump.

China Global Television Network (CGTN) issued a nearly six-minute video entitled “Can COVID-19 beat populism?” in which the Chinese Communist Party-run network leverages the coronavirus as “another straw on the camel’s back to expose [Trump’s] hollow politics.”

In addition to attacking President Trump, the video also went after China-skeptic political leaders such as Brazil’s Jair Bolsonaro and Britain’s Boris Johnson.

It’s only to be expected that they don’t like Trump, and would like to go back to doing business with the Biden family.

China’s Treatment of the Uighurs Not Interesting to the Media

Once again the US media seems to be ignoring the misdeeds of a Communist regime. China accused of ‘egregious’ human rights abuses against Uighurs.

Amid growing tensions with Beijing, UK foreign secretary Dominic Raab accused Chinese officials of committing “gross, egregious” abuses in the northwestern Xinjiang province against the Uighurs.

China is denying and threatening action for any sanctions. Of course they are. But images of Uighurs being taken by train to camps is chilling. So of course the media is ignoring it. It cannot help them work to aid in Biden’s election.

Here is some drone footage….

And here’s the link that discusses that footage. Shocking drone footage shows Uighurs being blindfolded and herded on to trains.

Denial. It ain’t just a river in Egypt. A Chinese ambassador was confronted on live television with leaked footage appearing to show blindfolded Uighur Muslims being led onto a train in China.

The drone footage, which Marr said had been verified by intelligence agencies, has raised fresh concerns about the group’s persecution.

The ambassador said that “so-called ‘western intelligence’ keep making false accusations against China” and denied suggestions that China is carrying out a program of ethnic cleansing against Uighur Muslims.

Once Is Happenstance, Twice is Coincidence…

Three times is Enemy Action. In this case there were more than 3 times that something bad was done. Backdoor accounts discovered in 29 FTTH devices from Chinese vendor C-Data.

So there is a problem with Chinese-manufactured, Internet hardware being set up to spy on users. Color me shocked.

The researchers found seven problems with the firmware from C-Data. Each a major problem in its own right.

The vulnerabilities are as bad as it gets, but by far, the worst and most disturbing of the seven is the presence of Telnet backdoor accounts hardcoded in the firmware.

The accounts allow attackers to connect to the device via a Telnet server running on the device’s WAN (internet-side) interface. Kim and Torres said the accounts granted intruders full administrator [Command Line Interface] access.

And once in, they could retrieve the passwords of other Administration accounts on the machine, and do a host of other things.

This was not “responsibly disclosed” because the researchers don’t believe these are bugs. These are backdoors deliberately installed in the Fiber To The Home (FTTH) Optical Line Termination (OLT) devices. If your ISP offers “fiber service,” but your house is wired with copper, then there is a device like this somewhere nearby, not necessarily from C-Data, though they were a cheap solution. They also sold a lot of equipment to resellers, so it is hard to say how many of these things there are. Shodan probably knows.

One of the reasons that an organization would have purchased these things is because of cost. I understand cost-accounting as much as anyone in Information Technology and probably more than most, but there are times and places to cut costs and stuff that impacts the security of your entire network probably is not a good candidate.

World War III?

Could be. China opens another front, steps up cyberattacks that target India: Intel.

China has opened another front against India with sustained DDOS (distributed denial of service) attacks on Indian information websites and the country’s financial payments system. DDOS attacks are malicious attempts to overwhelm a network by flooding it with artificially created internet traffic. A variety of targets were zeroed in on, including government websites and the banking system including ATMs.

The 21st Century was supposed to be the Asian Century. I don’t think this is quite what people expected.

This is on top of the border clash. Fists, stones and clubs: China and India’s brutal high altitude, low-tech battle.

India and China’s militaries have some of the world’s most sophisticated modern weaponry, but their deadliest scrap in over 50 years was fought using fists, rocks wrapped in barbed wire and clubs studded with nails.

There is an understanding between the nuclear-armed neighbours that despite their decades-old failure to demarcate their huge border, their troops in the disputed and inhospitable region will not use firearms.

My guess is that agreement will last until someone gets a decided advantage in some part of the conflict, and then all bets will be off.

Chinese Masks Are Not “Hospital Grade”

Another reason to keep manufacturing of critical items in a place where quality matters more than quantity. Countries are returning masks imported from China: Here’s why.

At a time when countries around the world are facing a severe shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and coronavirus testing kits, Finland has become the latest country to publicly blame China for selling masks that don’t meet its requirements.

On Wednesday, Finland discovered that the first shipment of 2 million surgical masks and 230,000 respirator masks it received from China did not meet the required standards of protection against the coronavirus for use in medical environments.

Still in love with Globalization?

Your Smartphone Was Probably Built with Slave Labor

Because that’s just how China does things. Gadgets for tech giants made with coerced Uighur labor.

The connection between OFILM, the supplier that owns the Nanchang factory, and the tech giants is the latest sign that companies outside China are benefiting from coercive labor practices imposed on the Uighurs, a Turkic ethnic group, and other minorities.

Hat tip to Earth-bound Misfit, who notes

If you are contemplating buying any tech product that is made in China, whether in whole or in part, you should know that it may have been produced using concentration-camp labor. Which won’t bother the people running those tech companies one frigging bit.

I don’t think it will bother the American people either; they will continue to blindly buy tech. The latest phone (even though the one they have is fine) new Bluetooth speakers, whatever.

Coronavirus

Do we still say “that much ink has been spilled?” There’s no ink anymore, or not much, just electrons. But even though it is easier to find information, most of it is probably wrong. Some of it – early on – was wrong by the design of the Chinese government. I still can’t get a read on what the mortality rate of this virus is, though it is clear that it spreads fairly quickly. Anyway, here is some info that probably isn’t fake news.

Are we surprised that a government coverup/screw-up is probably at the heart of this? WaPo – Early missteps and state secrecy in China probably allowed the coronavirus to spread farther and faster.

So leading up to the Chinese/lunar new year, there was a festival in Wuhan, but people went because…

The government says it’s not a problem, there are no cases anymore.

Faced with a potential pandemic, the Chinese government wanted to put on a good show of “We’re in control; there’s nothing to fear.” So how’s that working out?

An analysis of those early weeks — from official statements, leaked accounts from Chinese medical professionals, newly released scientific data and interviews with public health officials and infectious disease experts — reveals potential missteps by China’s overburdened public health officials.

It also underscores how a bureaucratic culture that prioritized political stability over all else probably allowed the virus to spread farther and faster.

“It’s clear that a much stronger public health system could save China lives and money,” said Tom Frieden, former director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Medical professionals who tried to sound an alarm were seized by police. Key state media omitted mention of the outbreak for weeks. Cadres focused on maintaining stability — and praising party leader Xi Jinping — as the crisis worsened.

And those Chinese .gov functionaries who arrested some doctors for trying to get the truth out… 8 people were dealt with according to law because of spreading false information about Wuhan Viral Pneumonia online. How much pain, suffering and death will they ultimately be responsible for, no one can say at this point. But they surly didn’t work to stop the spread of the disease. (That’s a Google Translate of the original article. I wish I had notes on who directed it to me, but I can’t find anything other than a mention in Twitter.)

For the details on what is happening, see NY Times – Coronavirus Live Updates: Vietnam and Australia Curb Access to China as Death Toll Passes 250.

Travel restrictions. Canceled flights. Quarantine. Welcome to the pandemic.

Chicago’s New “L” Cars Built With Child Labor

Is anyone surprised? Chicago is corrupt on a good day; on a bad day you can add stupid into the mix. L Cars made in China? Another decision made by short-sighted idiots.

CTA officials have asked the Chinese manufacturer of new L cars coming to Chicago for answers about the materials it’s using after NBC News reported children as young as 4 are mining minerals in Africa that might be used in their production.

Now partly this is the way mica is sourced.

It’s funny how very few people take Apple or Tesla to task for the way Lithum or Cobalt is mined. But then it is easy to pick on the CTA, and they deserve it. (No one in America builds subway cars?)

But hey, public transportation is good for the environment. (As long as you don’t look at the effects of lithium mining.)

Rounding Up a Despised Minority and Herding Them Into Camps

It sounds familiar somehow. But wouldn’t the press, UN, and others be up in arms over it? No, Impeachment is more popular. ‘Absolutely No Mercy’: Leaked Files Expose How China Organized Mass Detentions of Muslims.

But then the Media, the West generally were quiet during The Cultural Revolution, which was similarly hard on minority communities in China.

More than 400 pages of internal Chinese documents provide an unprecedented inside look at the crackdown on ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region.

“Ethnic Minorities,” in this case, is NYSlimes weasel-wording for Uighur Muslims.

So what did these minorities do? They dared to think thoughts that were not approved by the party.

And if anyone dared to ask where their family members had gone…

The guide recommended increasingly firm replies telling the students that their relatives had been “infected” by the “virus” of Islamic radicalism and must be quarantined and cured. Even grandparents and family members who seemed too old to carry out violence could not be spared, officials were directed to say.

But you could substitute “Conservatism” for “Islamic radicalism” and the folks behind Antifa would be happy to unleash the same thing in this country.

Hat tip to The American Conservative, and Instapundit, who says, “I EAGERLY AWAIT COLIN KAEPERNICK AND THE NBA’S FORCEFUL CONDEMNATION OF THIS.” Me? I’m not holding my breath.

Molotov Cocktails, Water Cannon and Gunfire in Hong Kong

Because communists hate freedom in any form, the Chinese are turning nasty in Hong Kong. And the citizens of Hong Kong are turning nasty right back at them. Hong Kong: Shot fired, water cannon deployed after petrol-bomb attack.

Tens of thousands of protesters rallied peacefully during heavy rain at a sports stadium in the Kwai Chung area of the city on Sunday. A hardcore group then took over a major road in the neighboring Tsuen Wan district, erecting makeshift roadblocks and digging up bricks from the pavements. Some also threw petrol bombs at the police.

And since I don’t think the government of the People’s Republic of China cares much how they look in the western press (when the media isn’t fawning over them anyway) I expect that the body count will be quite large.

Sounds Like Red China Is Determined to Invade Taiwan

At least at some point in the future, and they are pissed that The United States is interfering. China cries foul at US Abrams, Stinger sale to Taiwan.

Shortly after news broke on Tuesday (July 9) that the U.S. State Department has approved US$2.2 billion worth of Abrams tanks, Stinger missiles, and other equipment, the Chinese government has cried foul at the deal, saying it represents “outside interference” with the “Taiwan question” and urged the U.S. to immediately cancel the deal.

Taiwan is not “internal” to Red China, no matter how much they say otherwise.

This Prediction Didn’t Take a Crystal Ball

China has been acting like they have ambitions for a long time. Retired Japanese general predicts China will invade Taiwan by 2025, Okinawa by 2045.

A former Japanese military officer recently made waves after saying he believes China plans to invade and annex Taiwan by 2025 and Okinawa by 2045.

The comments by retired Lt. Gen. Kunio Orita, a 35-year veteran of the Japan Air Self-Defense Force and a former commander of the 301st Tactical Fighter Squadron and 6th Air Wing, appeared last month in the English-language Taiwan News.

I guess we will see if there is anyone in the world who can (and is willing to) stand up to them, because I doubt we will.

I Bet You Didn’t Know US Taxpayers Underwrite Shipping From China

Because a 144 years ago, conditions were different. Trump launches process to quit 144-year-old postal treaty.

I would love to blame this on the Useless Nitwits at the Untied Nations, but they just took over the postal treaty.

Lower rates are designed to help poorer countries manage the costs.

But the White House said China – a major global exporter – is now the biggest beneficiary of that system

The BBC is not, quite, in full-fledged pearl-clutching mode with this article. (I wish they were.) But it is hard to paint a system that gives the worlds 2nd biggest economy a boost as fair. Giving a boost to truly poor countries I could see doing. But in typical UN fashion, there doesn’t seem to have been much effort to rationalize the rates, even though in theory they can be changed every 4 years. (I mean be fair. It’s only the US taxpayer, and what do the bureaucrats at the UN care about them?)

Trump’s China Policy

If you believe the media and the Left (but I repeat myself) you would think that the China policy is a disaster. Trump has China quaking in its boots.

This week, with the successful renegotiation of a trade agreement with Mexico and Canada — the USMCA — Trump is now able to control China’s access to the entire North American market.

Beijing officials now realize, even if many in the US foreign policy establishment don’t, that they are facing a master tactician, one who is moving steadily from deal to deal, getting as many concessions as he can, and then moving on the next.

Don’t expect to read this kind of thing in the Left-wing media. (Hat tip to 90 Miles From Tyranny)

The Real Story Behind the Tariffs Aimed at Canada

It is about steel coming from China. This is the story you won’t see in the US media, and it is barely in the Canadian media. LILLEY: Feds could have avoided U.S. tariffs on steel, aluminum

China ships steel to Canada. Canada turns around and ships it to us, and pretends it is from Canada.

The Americans have long complained about something called “transshipment.” That is the practice of Chinese steel being shipped to a country, such as Canada, and then re-exported, sometimes with little to no change in the product, to the United States.

Essentially, some companies try to pass off Chinese steel as duty-free Canadian steel. Or Mexican steel, or European steel. The Americans say this has happened from many countries as China sells at below-market rates to keep its steel plants going.

And the administration first complained to Canada over a year ago. April of 2017 to be exact. The Trudeau government didn’t do anything about it until the day before the tariffs were imposed.

Why wouldn’t we have stopped this?

It’s not like allowing it to keep going was about protecting Canadian steelworkers, it protects Chinese steelworkers.

With friends like Trudeau… (Hat tip to The Road Kill Diaries)

In the Gun-free Paradise of the People’s Republic of China…

I thought without guns, the Left said there would be no crime. 7 students killed in knife attack at Chinese school – The Washington Post

China tightly restricts private gun ownership, making knives and homemade explosives the most common weapons employed in violent crimes.

Something to look forward to, I guess.

Cold War 2.0? Or is it actually heating up?

Nothing brings out aggressive behavior like a perception of weakness. Threat from Russian and Chinese warplanes mounts

I thought all the world’s countries were supposed to love Obama and we would be sitting around singing Kumbaya by now. Instead it looks like a war is heating up.

Chinese and Russian warplanes have been increasingly aggressive intercepting U.S. military aircraft and patrolling near America’s West Coast, prompting the Air Force’s top combat officer to label their provocations one of his top worries.

Of course Russian annexed a big piece of Ukraine, and we did nothing. The Chinese grabbed a big piece of the South China Sea, and really, we are doing nothing about it either.

Both countries are intent on expanding their spheres of influence — Russia in eastern Europe and the Pacific with China focusing much of its effort over the disputed South China Sea.

I wonder where the next shoe will drop. (If you look around you will find stories about how China and Taiwan are making faces at one another again. Then the Russians are pissed that NATO is deploying troops to NATO countries.)

Smart foreign policy? Not hardly. More like “Innocents Abroad.”

More on the Complete Failure of Obama’s Foreign Policy

Does anyone miss the Cold War? Guess what – you don’t have to “miss it,” because it seems to be starting up again. Japan jets scramble at Cold-War levels as Chinese and Russian incursions increase – Telegraph.

Japan’s air force said on Wednesday jet fighter scrambles had reached a level not seen since the height of the Cold War three decades ago as Russian bombers probe its northern skies and Chinese combat aircraft intrude into its southern air space.

Bets on whether anyone in the administration will make a comment about how the 80s called and they want their foreign policy back?

If you think that bad things won’t or can’t happen, well you haven’t been paying attention to either Russia, China or anywhere else that the Democrats thought they could “win over with charm.”