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China’s Mercantilist Threat to Southeast Asia

Commentary A number of Southeast Asian states are being bullied. The mercantilist threat posed by the Chinese regime can’t be emphasized enough. This is an uncontroversial point to make. However, Christian Bachheimer, a researcher with an interest in “unpacking, exploring and expanding the traditional concept of hedging in international relations as applied to Indonesia and Asean,” begs to differ.

Suspected Chinese Hacker Group Targets Media and Government in India, Report Says

A suspected Chinese state-sponsored hacking group has infiltrated three entities in India—a media conglomerate, a police department, and a government agency holding personal information of over a billion locals—according to a new report. The Insikt Group, a threat research arm of U.S.-based cybersecurity company Recorded Future, published the report on Sept. 21, saying China had a “growing

Beijing Unleashes Sweeping Bid to Remold Society

China’s tech behemoths are handing months of profits to the regime in Beijing to demonstrate loyalty to the Communist Party. Popular actors have been erased from internet history with their devoted online fan groups disbanded. Young gamers now are allowed no more than three hours of playtime per week. Across Chinese classrooms, 147,000 newly minted inspectors have

Chinese Version of TikTok Limits App Use for Children Under 14

The Chinese version of TikTok, called Douyin, on Sept. 18 announced that it had placed limits on youth usage of the app of up to 40 minutes a day. Douyin said in a statement that all authorized users under 14 years old will now access the app in a “youth mode.” The move is part of a

China May Impose an ‘Economic Blockade’ on Taiwan to Force Submission: Experts

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has ramped up its threats to Taiwan as the United States reportedly considers a measure favorable to the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. The Financial Times recently reported that the Biden administration is “seriously considering” allowing the island to change the name of its de facto embassy in Washington to include the “Taiwan.” The

Heavily Indebted Chinese Developer Sees Investors Crowd Headquarters in Protest

Thousands of disgruntled investors besieged the headquarters of the world’s most indebted property developer in China to demand repayment of loans and financial products on Sept. 13. Evergrande first warned in August of liquidity and default risks if it fails to raise cash and resume construction. On Sept. 8, investors found the company had suspended payments to

China Initiates Development of mRNA Vaccines

While the efficacy of Chinese inactivated vaccines is in doubt, the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine is still blocked on the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) approval process, and not allowed in mainland China. Meanwhile, state-owned Sinopharm announced it will develop an mRNA vaccine. On Sept. 6, state-owned First Financial said that the National Pharmaceutical Group Co., Ltd. (Sinopharm) has begun developing

11-Year-Old Vaccinated in China Without Parents’ Knowledge or Consent

A Chinese father is furious that his 11-year-old son was forcibly vaccinated against COVID-19 without his knowledge, only learning roughly three weeks later that it had happened. Chen Jianxiong, a resident of Chibi, Hubei Province, posted online alleging that people in the community had forced his son to get vaccinated by taking advantage of the father’s

Chinese Film Producer Gives Inside Story Behind the CCP’s Purge of Entertainment Stars

Beijing’s crackdown on celebrities in the entertainment industry has resulted in Chinese social media such as Weibo, as well as major film and television websites, removing relevant content of the purged artists. Authorities posted on Chinese social media Weibo, a list of so-called “inferior artists” on Aug. 26, 2021, which went viral. The post requested that an

China’s Global Ambitions: Invest in Strategic Ports to Control the World

China has invested in, built, or rented ports in over 60 countries over the past decade, some of which are key locations for maritime trade and military presence. These ports are not only in developing countries but also in the developed world. In June, China’s largest state-owned shipping and logistics services supplier, China Ocean Shipping

CCP Says Western Forces Launching Cyberattacks on China: Internal Document

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has warned of cyberattacks launched by “Western anti-China forces” in a leaked internal document. The leaked document (pdf), titled “Cybersecurity Risks, Challenges, and Countermeasures,” was issued by a municipal agency of Tieling city in the northeastern province of Liaoning. The document was dated June 19, 2020, three-and-a-half months before the CCP’s centenary.

Report on China’s Use of Soft Power in India a ‘Wake-Up Call:’ Expert

China has managed to obtain extensive influence in India, including in the South Asian nation’s film industry, universities, media, and its tech industry, according to a report by an Indian think tank. In the years following World War II, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has utilized journalists and members of other organizations, especially those with Marxist tendencies,

Hong Kong Actor Renounces Canadian Citizenship in Bow To Beijing

Hong Kong actor, singer, and TV host Nicholas Tse told China’s state-run broadcaster CCTV on Sunday that he had applied to renounce his Canadian citizenship. Tse’s action follows a rumor that the Chinese regime might ban foreign citizens from being movie actors in China. China’s state-controlled media recently listed over 40 famous movie directors and actors who have

Chinese Branch of US Company Issues Fake Reports Triggering Product Recalls in South Korea

A Chinese branch of a U.S.-based multinational electronics testing company has been issuing fake reports for China-made goods entering the South Korean market for eight years, Korean media reported as a massive recall of products was announced. The recall impacted 1,696 products sold by 378 companies in South Korea, Korean media reported. The top three companies with

China’s Celebrity Fan Culture in Hot Water as Beijing Widens Internet Crackdown

For months, Chinese authorities have been cracking down on the country’s powerful internet sector, targeting an array of companies over issues from anti-trust to data security. Now, online celebrity fan clubs are the latest to feel the heat. The regime’s top internet regulator, in a bid to rein in what it described as China’s “chaotic”

Ian Easton: An Invasion of Taiwan Would Be Nothing Like We’ve Seen in Modern Warfare

How does an island the size of Maryland defend itself against the Chinese military? As a new focus, we discuss Taiwan’s defense strategy—especially following China’s aggressive show of power.  Taiwan’s conquest is a central mission of the Chinese regime, the Chinese Communist Party.  Joining me to discuss the defense of Taiwan is Mr. Ian Easton,

Harris Rebukes China for Coercion and Intimidation in South China Sea

Vice President Kamala Harris called out Beijing for undermining international rules-based order in the South China Sea on Aug. 24 in a speech on U.S. forign policy in the Indo-Pacific region. She delivered the speech in Singapore, the first stop of her Southeast Asia visit that will also include a trip to Vietnam. Her visit

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