Category: China

China Telecom uses US/Canada PoPs to Divert Internet Traffic through China

China is using its access to the North American internet system to route traffic to Beijing, rather than the shortest point of travel. Packets can then be stored, analyzed and changed before they are sent on to its destination. This exploits the openness of the West, to China’s advantage. Yuval Shavitt of Tel Aviv University and Chris Demchak of the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., published a paper recently in Military Cyber Affairs, called China’s Maxim – Leave No Access Point Unexploited: The Hidden Story of China Telecom’s BGP Hijacking. It is a really good read.

Trump POTUS Smartphone Security Measures

I am sure that the US Secret Service has this covered, but to their consternation and chagrin Trump will not follow their orders. The problem with smartphone security is that it is onerous and difficult to follow. When Trump Phones Friends, the Chinese and the Russians Listen and Learn

Problem: China and Russia are eavesdropping on Trumps’s private calls. China specifically wants to know who influences Trumps so they can influence the influencers. This is standard practice for many countries and not just China.

US Mexico Canada Agreement USMCA, Article 32.10: Non-Market Country FTA Section

The US, Canada and Mexico have signed the USMCA, to be ratified by all, but pretty much done. One of the more controversial sections is Articles 32.10: Non-market Country FTA, designed to seemingly limit all three countries from having a free trade agreement with non-market countries, unnamed but specifically China. How does this work?

The actual Article 32.10 section is below in its entirety, quoted verbatim from the USMCA. Let us get to the important points.

Summary: If any USMCA country enters into a free trade agreement FTA with a non-market economy, the other USMCA countries could turn the USMCA into a bilateral agreement.

China’s Renationalisation of Small Medium Sized Businesses

Has China’s short run of small and medium sized SME private companies come to an end? Greed has pushed private companies to over-leverage themselves, but the catalyst to this movement is the Chinese government’s tightening of credit.

China Reins in Credit
China has built huge new infrastructure, mainly financed by state and city government borrowing. This is, in part, to goose growth, jobs and therefore social harmony at any cost. This borrowing has steadily increased as the Chinese economy has slowed down. China wants to rein in and reduce this borrowing.

China’s Belt and Road Initiative BRI: Advantages and Disadvantages

China is expanding its reach with its Belt and Road Initiative. This has been going on for a number of years.

Advantages
Where third world countries could not get financing for large infrastructure projects, China is willing to provide financing and building of these huge projects. These projects are of great benefit to the host country

  • Host countries get financing for large infrastructure projects that they would not normally be able to afford
  • China has projects that employ Chinese workers and use Chinese products such as steel and equipment. This keeps Chinese workers in China employed.
  • projects get completed and are functional

Disadvantages

Provocative Art Exhibit on Chinese Life at Small US University

Art exhibition at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, a small liberal arts college. The exhibition shows modern Chinese life.

Art exhibition at Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, a small liberal arts college. The exhibition shows modern Chinese life.

To say that there is little open discussion on certain aspects of life within China is an understatement. China is and has always been heavily censored. Even online, the rebuttals are censored. It is as if the discussion did not ever take place. This is very unfortunate.

No country has a perfect past. History is made in the context of the times, where decisions at the time are justified. Today we can look back and disagree, but we should hold our tongues and think about their context.

Xi Jinping New Modern China with Socialist Characteristics: Mind Map

Xi Jingping New Modern China Socialist Characteristics Thought Study Guide 习近平新时代中国特色会主义思想学习导读

Xi Jingping New Modern China Socialist Characteristics Thought Study Guide
习近平新时代中国特色会主义思想学习导读

Xi Jingping New Modern China Socialist Characteristics Thought Study Guide 习近平新时代中国特色会主义思想学习导读

This mind map originally came from the People’s Daily WeChat account, but I could not find the source. Here is a larger image source.

Mind Maps are usually much simpler, more clearly outlining the writer’s thought. This one is so complex as to lose the reasoning for using a mind map. It will take me some time to read this monstrosity. There are 30 main points.

Chinese Housing Market: Trying to Figure it Out

Housing in China is a really hot market. Prices are skyrocketing. Yet there are some very curious trends. More farmland is being converted to tall apartment buildings, but when finished are hardly occupied. In fact at night there are few lights on, and few people live there. What is the point of all these empty apartment buildings? Meanwhile housing prices continue to rise, becoming more out of reach to the average Chinese family. Speculation abounds.

Chinese Government Influence on International Chinese Companies

China’s leader Xi Jinping, has asked Chinese people for total and utter loyalty to the Chinese Communist Party, the CCP above all else. He has pushed this philosophy in all aspects of Chinese life.

Government, the military, society and schools, north, south, east and west – the Party leads them all 党政军民学,东西南北中,党是领导一切的 2017 Oct source

The implications of this philosophy on all and including international companies is that the CCP is part of the board and an integral part of the company. A Chinese company that does not follow the lead of the CCP cannot continue to do business and will eventually fail due to government policies or an outright bad on business.Therefore when it comes to resisting CCP pressures, companies really have no choice in the matter.

Meng Hongwei, Interpol Chief from China, Disappears

Meng Hongwei, Interpol Chief’s final text to his wife, a knife. The meaning is clear that he is in terrible trouble. The Chinese says to wait for his phone call.

Meng Hongwei, Interpol Chief’s final text to his wife, a knife. The meaning is clear that he is in terrible trouble. The Chinese says to wait for his phone call.

There are few international posts that China has taken. One of the most controversial ones is assigning a Chinese person to lead Interpol. Meng Hongwei 孟宏伟, Interpol Chief, is now missing in China, whereabouts and reason for his disappearance, unknown. China is well known to have a terrible human rights record towards both Chinese and foreign people within China. There is no openness for free speech, nor is the rule of law universally applied.