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  • China’s air force quietly adds new J-16 fighter jets to ‘push the envelope’

    08/12/2018 7:50:37 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 15 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | August 12, 2018 | Kristin Huang
    China’s expanding line-up of multirole, all-weather J-16 fighter jets will help the air force to launch strikes deep into enemy territory and destroy key strategic assets like airfields and bridges, military analysts say. While it is not as advanced as the new J-20 – officially named Weilong, or powerful dragon – the Shenyang J-16 will become a key part of PLA Air Force operations and any strategy against Taiwan or to deter US military intervention, they said. China’s air force announced last week that a squadron of J-16s would soon be combat ready. Based on the Russian Sukhoi-30 fighter jet,...
  • Google reported to launch censored search engine in China, marking shift in strategy

    08/01/2018 4:33:30 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | 01 August, 2018, 7:27pm
    The US internet giant’s modified search app will blacklist sites on human rights, democracy, religion and other issues deemed sensitive by the Chinese government Code-named “Dragonfly”, Google’s Chinese search engine project has been underway for more than a year and could be introduced in the market within the next six to eight months, the report said. The Chinese Google search app will automatically identify and filter websites blocked by the country’s Great Firewall, preventing them from showing up in the results. Users will be notified that results have been removed to comply with “statutory requirements”. Shares of Alphabet, Google's parent,...
  • Five Chinese map apps ordered to stop obtaining irrelevant personal data

    07/21/2018 6:34:53 PM PDT · by vannrox · 7 replies
    China Daily ^ | 18JUL18 | editorial staff
    Three dominant Chinese map app companies announced recently they’d put a stop to requiring users to share unnecessary personal information primarily around text messages and contact lists, a privacy issue revealed in a 2018 report regarding privacy concerns on mobile map apps. The report, by Shanghai Consumer Council released on July 18, revealed that five map mobile apps, including AutoNavi, Baidu Map and Tencent Map, all seek to solicit sensitive personal data from users considered irrelevant for the apps to perform. In response, the three companies said they’d release new versions that removed requests for collecting users’ irrelevant personal information,...
  • Valsartan recall: 4 things patients should know

    07/19/2018 8:15:14 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 18 replies
    CNN ^ | Updated 4:10 AM ET, Thu July 19, 2018 | By Jacqueline Howard
    Several common drugs that contain valsartan, used to treat high blood pressure and heart failure, were recalled in the United States on Friday due to an "impurity" in the drug that poses a potential cancer risk. That impurity, N-nitrosodimethylamine or NDMA, is classified as a probable human carcinogen, based on results from lab tests. The medicines included in the voluntary recall are valsartan from Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries, as well as valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide from Solco and Teva. Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the...
  • FDA Recalls Common Heart Drug For Potential Cancer Risk

    07/18/2018 9:09:27 AM PDT · by sodpoodle · 34 replies
    CBS ^ | 7/16/2018 | Jen Christensen
    The recall of a common drug used to control blood pressure and help prevent heart failure was announced by the US Food and Drug Administration on Friday, a week after 22 other countries recalled it because the drug contains a chemical that poses a potential cancer risk. Valsartan is off patent and is used as a component of other generic medicines, but not all medicines containing the ingredient are involved, according to the FDA. The US recall includes the the versions of valsartan that are made by Major Pharmaceuticals, Solco Healthcare and Teva Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. as well as valsartan/hydrochlorothiazide...
  • FBI arrests ex-defense intelligence officer accused of spying on US for China....

    06/04/2018 3:27:56 PM PDT · by caww · 40 replies
    .washingtonexaminer ^ | 6/4/2018 | Kelly Cohen
    The FBI has arrested a former defense intelligence officer who is accused of "attempted transmission of national defense information to the People’s Republic of China” — or, espionage. According to the Justice Department, Ron Rockwell Hansen, 38, of Utah, was arrested Saturday afternoon as he was on his way to Seattle-Tacoma International Airport to board a flight to China. Hansen, who worked for the Defense Intelligence Agency, is accused of attempting to transmit national defense information to China’s intelligence service, known as PRCIS, and receiving hundreds of thousands of dollars while acting as an agent of the country. Court documents...
  • Xiaomi Mi8: the most blatant Apple iPhoneX rip-off yet, and what’s to like about it ...

    06/01/2018 9:51:27 PM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 19 replies
    South China Morning Post ^ | Friday, 01 June, 2018 | Ben Sin
    When Xiaomi first began making smartphones in 2011, it took many design cues – on both hardware and software – from Apple, so much so that the Chinese company was dismissed as an iPhone copycat maker by Western tech sites. The stigma of this stuck with the company for years (at least in English-language media), even though Xiaomi had developed a nice identity of its own by 2014. It wasn’t until two years later, though, when Xiaomi wowed the industry with its pioneering bezel-less Mi Mix that it finally shed that label. Old habits die hard, however. On Thursday Xiaomi...
  • "China Communists run a Soviet style non-transparent, not trustworthy program"

    03/31/2018 5:12:22 AM PDT · by Voption · 1 replies
    The John Batchelor Show ^ | March 31, 2018 | John Batchelor/Robert Zimmerman
    China Communists run a Soviet style non-transparent, not trustworthy Space program...
  • Vatican and China ‘Ready to Sign Deal on Bishops’

    02/04/2018 4:21:10 PM PST · by marshmallow · 6 replies
    The Catholic Herald (UK) ^ | 2/2/18 | Staff Reporter
    A Vatican source says the deal would give the Holy See input on the appointment of future bishopsAn accord between the Vatican and China’s Communist government could be signed within the next few months. Reuters reports that an unnamed “senior Vatican source” said the deal would allow the Holy See to have a say on the appointment of future Chinese bishops. “It is not great agreement,” the source said, “But we don’t know what the situation will be like in 10 or 20 years. It could even be worse.” “Afterwards we will still be like a bird in a cage...
  • Upcoming Chinese Lander Will Carry Insects and Plants to the Surface of the Moon

    01/04/2018 8:37:28 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 26 replies
    Univesre TOday ^ | 4 Jan , 2018 | Mat Williams
    The mission will consist of a relay orbiter being launched aboard a Long March 5 rocket in June of 2018. This relay will assume orbit around the Earth-Moon L2 Lagrange Point, followed by the launch of the lander and rover about six months later. In addition to an advanced suite of instruments for studying the lunar surface, the lander will also be carrying an aluminum alloy container filled with seeds and insects. “The container will send potatoes, arabidopsis seeds and silkworm eggs to the surface of the Moon. The eggs will hatch into silkworms, which can produce carbon dioxide, while the potatoes and...
  • Yahoo: 3 billion accounts breached in 2013. Yes, 3 billion

    10/03/2017 4:55:13 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 12 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Oct 3, 2017 6:34 PM EDT | Matt O’Brien
    Yahoo has tripled down on what was already the largest data breach in history, saying it affected all 3 billion accounts on its service, not the 1 billion it revealed late last year. The company announced Tuesday that it’s providing notice to additional user accounts affected by the August 2013 data theft. […] Following its acquisition by Verizon in June, Yahoo says, it obtained new intelligence while investigating the breach with help from outside forensic experts. It says the stolen customer information did not include passwords in clear text, payment card data or bank account information. …
  • Former Hillary Clinton employee arrested on treason charges

    04/13/2017 7:24:32 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 100 replies
    http://mirrorspectrum.com ^ | April 13, 2017 | unknown
    Candace Marie Claiborne has become the first Clinton-era State Department employee indicted on treason charges, after a federal grand jury indicted her for conspiring to defraud the U.S. government, concealing contact with foreign spies, obstructing an official proceeding, and making false statements to the FBI. Claiborne, a veteran State Department employee who possessed a Top Secret security clearance, concealed her extensive contacts with Chinese intelligence agents, who for years lavished her with thousands of dollars in gifts as part of a pay-for-play scheme, according to a Department of Justice press release.
  • Fox Exclusive: DoD-Funded School At Center Of Federal Probes Over Suspected Chinese Military Ties

    02/26/2017 3:36:44 AM PST · by GonzoII · 3 replies
    Fox News ^ | February 25, 2017 | By Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne, Cyd Upson, Fox News
    EXCLUSIVE: Based just four miles from the Pentagon in northern Virginia is an innocuous-sounding online school for "management and technology" – which a Fox News investigation reveals has been at the center of multiple federal probes about its leadership's alleged ties to the Chinese military and whether thousands of records from U.S. service members were compromised. The University of Management and Technology in Rosslyn, Va., which opened in 1998, touts a campus in Beijing and “partnerships” with universities around the world. The U.S. taxpayer-funded school claims to have had 5,000 graduates in the last five years and to be "especially...
  • UCSD Students Protest Dalai Lama Speech,Claim Violates Schools Values of Respect, Tolerance...

    02/18/2017 10:06:41 AM PST · by davikkm · 33 replies
    breitbart ^ | TOM CICCOTTA
    Students at the University of California, San Diego are protesting an upcoming speech by the Dalai Lama on the grounds that he is an “oppressive figure threatening to divide a unified China.” According to a report from Quartz Magazine, an offshoot of The Atlantic, students at the University of California, San Diego are concerned about an upcoming visit from the Dalai Lama, who they consider to be a threat to the Communist Party of the People’s Republic of China.
  • Cardinal Zen’s plea to Vatican: accepting China’s ‘fake bishops’ would ‘destroy the Church’

    11/04/2016 10:45:24 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 5 replies
    Catholic Herald ^ | November 4, 2016 | Staff Reporter
    Cardinal Zen said accepting the Vatican's plan would be a 'surrender' Cardinal Joseph Zen, China’s most senior cleric, has made an eleventh-hour appeal to the Vatican to call off its agreement with China. A deal between Rome and Beijing, in which the Vatican will acknowledge state-appointed bishops, is reported to be near. But in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Cardinal Zen calls the plan “unacceptable” and a “surrender”. The Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association (CCPA) was established under Mao Zedong as a state-run replacement for the Catholic Church. The Catholic Church was driven underground by persecution and Catholics remain...
  • Beijing issues new, harsh draft regulations on religious activities

    09/23/2016 8:11:17 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 6 replies
    Asia News.IT ^ | September 23, 2016 | Bernardo Cervellera
    Fines of up to 200 thousand yuan (27 thousand euro) for "illegal religious activities" by Catholic or other members of underground communities. "Illegal activities" include "dependence from abroad" (such as the relationship with the Vatican). The regulations preach non-discrimination, but party members are forbidden to practice their religion, even in private. Strict control of buildings, statues, crosses. Clampdown on the internet. It could be the end of the underground community. A new set of draft regulations on religious activity has been issued in China. These would replace the 2004 regulations. Compared to these, the draft is longer: there are 74...
  • Tarmac Altercation Upon Obama's Arrival In China Official Shouts "This Is Our Country, Our Airport"

    09/03/2016 10:22:43 AM PDT · by Former Proud Canadian · 89 replies
    Zerohedge ^ | September 3, 2016 | Tyler Durden
    Upon arrival on Saturday in China as part of his last visit to Asia as US Commander in Chief for the periodic photo-op that is the G-20 meeting, something unexpected happened: a very undiplomatic greeting when an unusual tarmac altercation involving Chinese and U.S. officials, including national security adviser Susan Rice, devolved into a shouting match by a member of the Chinese delegation.
  • New emails reportedly show Clinton Foundation exec, State Dept. aide discussed access to China…[tr]

    08/28/2016 4:59:35 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 18 replies
    Fox News ^ | August 28, 2016
    Recently released emails appear to further show a direct connection between the Clinton Foundation and the State Department when Hillary Clinton was secretary of state, including efforts to get foundation donors seats to an official lunch with Chinese President Hu Jintao. In emails dated December 2010, Clinton State Department aide Huma Abedin and then-top Clinton Foundation official Doug Band discussed potential guests for the lunch with the Chinese president — including three executives from groups that had donated millions to the foundation, according to an ABC News report late Saturday. Among the possible guests discussed were Bob McCann, then-president of...
  • In China-Holy See talks, silence shrouds future of underground priests [Catholic Caucus]

    08/18/2016 12:09:38 PM PDT · by ebb tide · 1 replies
    Asia News ^ | 8/18/2016 | Zhao Nanxiong
    Hong Kong (AsiaNews) – Here at AsiaNews we have received and gladly publish this urgent appeal from a priest in South China. Frequent appeals for help are arriving from the underground Catholic Chinese clergy, this year. They find themselves in a very difficult and serious dilemma: they are being forced to register by accepting the Catholic Patriotic Association with its three autonomy principles. But, it seems that nobody cares for them. The public attention of all Catholics concerned with the Church in China is drawn elsewhere: it is focused upon the possible results of the ongoing negotiations between the Holy...
  • In Appointing Bishops, the Pope Leans Toward Beijing [Catholic Caucus]

    08/14/2016 9:18:07 AM PDT · by ebb tide · 10 replies
    Chisea ^ | August 14, 2016 | Sandro Magister
    He is preparing, that is, to grant the communist authorities the privilege of selecting candidates. And he is exiling to an island in the Pacific the highest ranking Chinese archbishop in the curia, contrary to the agreement. But in China, Cardinal Zen has already taken the lead in the rebellion by Sandro Magister ROME, August 14, 2016 – In China, among the one hundred and nine Catholic bishops there are eight who have been consecrated at the behest of the communist authorities and who have never received the pope's approval, thereby incurring excommunication, a couple of them with children and...