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#2521 Corinthian

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Posted 16 October 2019 - 2257 PM

The influx of Chinese laborers "stealing" the jobs that Filipinos should have is an issue in this country. There was a stink of that raised a few months ago. A friend in the business process outsourcing industry told me there is a residential-commercial complex south of where I work which is full of mainland Chinese workers who live and work here.

 

A security issue is the establishment of POGOs (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators), essentially online casinos. Several POGO establishments were being erected near Camps Aguinaldo and Crame. Camp Aguinaldo is GHQ of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Crame is the Philippine National Police HQ. The POGOs are suspected to be fronts for Chinese espionage activities.

 

Also, because of the duopoly of our telecommunications industry, a third competitor is sought. Unfortunately, that third telecom agency is increasingly one with ties with Beijing. Again, there is an issue WRT security of comms. Recently, the secretary of communications signed off on the deal, saying he finds no threat to the entry of a third telecom operator from China. :rolleyes:

 

Recently, there was news that telecom towers with Chinese equipment would be built on military property. So it is suspected that these towers are actually there for COMINT/SIGINT on Philippine military and police comms. My take is that there are officers in the Philippine military and police who allowed this for money.

 

(See: https://www.rappler....mps-philippines https://news.abs-cbn...y-dict-official )

 

The Philippines is becoming a sensor island chain of defense for Beijing against the USA, thanks to Duterte's regime. Expect any military comms between USA and Philippine forces to be compromised thanks to Chinese penetration of our military comms. In the Philippine-USA-Japanese alliance, the Philippines is the weakest link.


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 2258 PM

Reassuring to hear how welcome Japanese faces are, particularly as the Philippines is on my to-visit list despite misgivings of extended family members who have had some unpleasant experiences in Manila.

 

With safety in mind, the recent news of a Republic of Chinese/Taiwanese arrested by Filipino police for her string bikini was interesting in various ways.

 

PM me if you want a meet up during your planned visit in the future.

 

Yes, that string bikini thing was hilarious. :lol: I was entertained by the social media reaction of the Filipinos to that really. A lot are still holier-than-the-Pope :lol:


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Posted 16 October 2019 - 2316 PM

Again, thanks for posting again. There re is not a lot of Pacific Rim represented from any country, and you were always a well read opinion IMO.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0036 AM

I shall crossover this from the "Because China" thread at the FFZ:

 

 

 

 


Duterte's attention to Russia has also been a little puzzling. Apparantly the Philippines will by 16 MH-17 helos.

 

 

Duterte is once again thinking that by going to Russia, he is slapping the face of the Americans. The problem is CAATSA. The purchase of these Russian helos might be a CAATSA violation, and with corresponding effects. I dunno if the purchase of these transport helos will be considered a violation of CAATSA by the USA. We already have a problem with our Department of National Defense selecting the Turkish T129 ATAK for the Philippine Air Force attack helicopter considering that Turkey purchased the S-400 and is now going after the Kurds. Apparently, because of the S-400 purchase, sale of the Made-in-the-USA engines for the T129 have been canceled due to CAATSA.

 

The more reputable Philippine defense bloggger (MaxDefense) is giving hints that the Philippine Air Force is close to declaring the F-16 as the winner of its Multirole Fighter (MRF) acquisition program (the other competitor is the Gripen). He mentioned, however, that the ink has not yet been placed on paper, as Duterte is yet to sign the relevant documents. The deadline is early December 2019. I really have doubts Duterte will sign it. I also do not doubt that Beijing is working behind the scenes to ensure the F-16 acquisition does not push through. If it does, I will be very much surprised.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0043 AM

I dunno if it has been mentioned in the previous 126 pages of this thread but anyhow...

 

FYI the Philippines is set to receive its first modern brand new frigates from SoKor sometime next year. The problem is that these ships are basically FFBNW. These will be fitted for but not with missile armament. Basically these will be glorified gunboats. The purchase of the VLS and other weapons systems will be done separately. This is so because the government deemed it wise to buy the ships without missile weapon systems to make it cheaper.

 

Now, there is another issue WRT those frigates. Apparently, after awarding the contract to the SoKor shipbuilder, the Koreans and people in our Department of Defense and Navy did some hocus-pocus things that resulted to a further degrading of the ships. IOW, we are paying for ships that are not according to the specifications, with money for ships specified in the contract. IOW, we are paying for less capable ships for the same money for the original, more capable ships. Corruption is involved, and it is linked to a close advisor of the President, now Senator  (Bong Go). So much for the President saying "No corruption!"....


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0137 AM

 

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Yet another way the Chinese are surpassing the US - their tourists are far more annoying than ours!

Both Americans and Chinese pale compared to the one and only true horror among tourists - British.

 

 

We feel we have a reputation to upkeep.

 

Henry V's Chevauchee across Northern Europe has been widely misinterpreted in history. It was actually the first 18-30 club holiday.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0348 AM

Haven't heard much of Japanese/Yakuza issues in the Philippines. Defense-wise, the Japanese have been more active with the Philippines as it recognizes the threat China poses. Recently, a couple of JMSDF ships arrived. Generally, JMSDF personnel have behaved well. I recall many many many years ago seeing them at a mall near-ish the harbor. Judging from their attire, they were a group of officers. They all behaved properly and quietly.

 

The newest casino here is Okada of Kazuo Okada, which is just one of many new casinos located in the city I live in. Many of the petty crimes (alarms and scandals, acts of lasciviousness, unjust vexation, theft) emanate from that area. ISTR there is a big legal stink with it, involving the son of the current Secretary of Justice who is a high ranking manager of that casino/hotel, but seems nothing much has happened since. Of course, with casinos come organized crime, and I have no doubt the Yakuza are involved.

 

AFAIK, the Yakuza have operated quietly here in the country. Unlike the Chinese triads and Korean mafia, the Yakuza do not seem to be involved in the drug trade. I think they are too busy laundering money :lol: I do not recall any sensational crimes involving Japanese here in recent memory.

 

Despite WW2 experience, Japan and Japanese are welcome in the country. Japanese and Filipina marriage happen quite commonly (I handled a divorce case involving one such couple, the divorce seems amicable). There have been no protests or rallies against visiting Japanese military personnel, or the acceptance of Japanese military equipment donated to our military.

 

Ok great thank you for that. Things will be going into the long haul so I hope such a relation manages to remain.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0350 AM

The influx of Chinese laborers "stealing" the jobs that Filipinos should have is an issue in this country. There was a stink of that raised a few months ago. A friend in the business process outsourcing industry told me there is a residential-commercial complex south of where I work which is full of mainland Chinese workers who live and work here.

 

A security issue is the establishment of POGOs (Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators), essentially online casinos. Several POGO establishments were being erected near Camps Aguinaldo and Crame. Camp Aguinaldo is GHQ of the Armed Forces of the Philippines. Crame is the Philippine National Police HQ. The POGOs are suspected to be fronts for Chinese espionage activities.

 

Also, because of the duopoly of our telecommunications industry, a third competitor is sought. Unfortunately, that third telecom agency is increasingly one with ties with Beijing. Again, there is an issue WRT security of comms. Recently, the secretary of communications signed off on the deal, saying he finds no threat to the entry of a third telecom operator from China. :rolleyes:

 

Recently, there was news that telecom towers with Chinese equipment would be built on military property. So it is suspected that these towers are actually there for COMINT/SIGINT on Philippine military and police comms. My take is that there are officers in the Philippine military and police who allowed this for money.

 

(See: https://www.rappler....mps-philippines https://news.abs-cbn...y-dict-official )

 

The Philippines is becoming a sensor island chain of defense for Beijing against the USA, thanks to Duterte's regime. Expect any military comms between USA and Philippine forces to be compromised thanks to Chinese penetration of our military comms. In the Philippine-USA-Japanese alliance, the Philippines is the weakest link.

 

I recall seeing some recent articles about a bust on those POGOs or whatever online gambling/gaming activities going on in which a 100 Chinese were arrested or something like that. So I hope those Chicoms continue to get busted and kicked out

 

I recall seeing some articles awhile about the Philippines looking for a 3rd telecom company in which there were a number of candidates, one of which was Japanese, I forget which one. But haven't heard about the winner, that's an unfortunate result. In the past, when people have talked about China's military rise and how China could never match US military might so in other words, stop yapping about it, is the thing has always overlooked the various kinds of settle avenues that change the underlying situation. So then all of a sudden the carpet can be pulled right out from beneath the US military's feet and cause it to fall out of the Asia-Pacific. One could accuse the Philippines for not doing enough. Or one could accuse Japan for not breaking trade with China enough. And so on. But that's what happens when China gets treaty open access into the global market in which open market forces take prominence. And then all of a sudden, the country that has 1.3 billion population becomes the biggest trade partner for most countries in the world. That gives them tremendous leverage. Your post is unfortunate developments but at least there are some positives. One in particular is that the PRC has not started reclamation work like it once threatened to do at Scarborough Shoal. So it might just be that conceding a little can't be helped..


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0433 AM

I shall crossover this from the "Because China" thread at the FFZ:

 

 

 

 


Duterte's attention to Russia has also been a little puzzling. Apparantly the Philippines will by 16 MH-17 helos.

 

 

Duterte is once again thinking that by going to Russia, he is slapping the face of the Americans. The problem is CAATSA. The purchase of these Russian helos might be a CAATSA violation, and with corresponding effects. I dunno if the purchase of these transport helos will be considered a violation of CAATSA by the USA. We already have a problem with our Department of National Defense selecting the Turkish T129 ATAK for the Philippine Air Force attack helicopter considering that Turkey purchased the S-400 and is now going after the Kurds. Apparently, because of the S-400 purchase, sale of the Made-in-the-USA engines for the T129 have been canceled due to CAATSA.

 

The more reputable Philippine defense bloggger (MaxDefense) is giving hints that the Philippine Air Force is close to declaring the F-16 as the winner of its Multirole Fighter (MRF) acquisition program (the other competitor is the Gripen). He mentioned, however, that the ink has not yet been placed on paper, as Duterte is yet to sign the relevant documents. The deadline is early December 2019. I really have doubts Duterte will sign it. I also do not doubt that Beijing is working behind the scenes to ensure the F-16 acquisition does not push through. If it does, I will be very much surprised.

I dunno if it has been mentioned in the previous 126 pages of this thread but anyhow...

 

FYI the Philippines is set to receive its first modern brand new frigates from SoKor sometime next year. The problem is that these ships are basically FFBNW. These will be fitted for but not with missile armament. Basically these will be glorified gunboats. The purchase of the VLS and other weapons systems will be done separately. This is so because the government deemed it wise to buy the ships without missile weapon systems to make it cheaper.

 

Now, there is another issue WRT those frigates. Apparently, after awarding the contract to the SoKor shipbuilder, the Koreans and people in our Department of Defense and Navy did some hocus-pocus things that resulted to a further degrading of the ships. IOW, we are paying for ships that are not according to the specifications, with money for ships specified in the contract. IOW, we are paying for less capable ships for the same money for the original, more capable ships. Corruption is involved, and it is linked to a close advisor of the President, now Senator  (Bong Go). So much for the President saying "No corruption!"....

 

Yeah, MaxDefense, I remember that you recommended that blog quite a while ago and since then, I bookmarked it and check it once in awhile.

 

With attack helicopters, a recent MaxDefense article argues that the AH-1 Viper is the best choice and that the T129 ATAK only won the competition for being less expensive. Going with AH-1 Vipers in the end may have an additional benefit in that throughout the JGSDF, the attack helicopter situation is not so good with only about 13 flying Apaches D models and around 55 flyable Cobras. Attack helicopters has been one of the few items getting the short end of the stick as far as funding priorities go towards the JGSDF. There's debate as to whether or not to develop domestically a new attack helicopter or buy abroad. If being abroad, the AH-1 seems to be the most favorable helicopter. So in the end, if both countries go with the Viper, it might present some additional interoperability between the JGSDF and PAF.

 

There was another blog post not long ago about Philippine air surveillance and warning radar installations procurement as part of Horizon 2. In which it is looking likely that Mitsubishi will get it although with a reduction from 5 sites to 4 sites unfortunately. If Mitsubishi gets it, then I think it'll mark the first actual purchase of Japanese military equipment unlike previous donated equipment such as the five C-90 aircraft.

 

Well if the F-16s don't get though, at least it'll be Gripens and not something like JF-17s.

 

About a couple of weeks ago, Japan and the Philippines held an inaugural defense industry forum for the purpose of exploring defense development and procurement between the two countries. Sometimes meetings like these can be just for show with little concrete steps (like RCEP meetings IMO) but if concrete things do occur, there are several Japanese military equipment that could probably be handed down to the Philippines. One I recall getting named in some articles a few years ago are P-3Cs as they are replaced by P-1s. I hope good defense relations and activities continue to develop from it. The Philippines of course I would expect would want such exchanges to provide the Philippines some tech benefits that help develop some of their own defense industry rather then just being stuck buying from abroad.


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Posted 17 October 2019 - 0904 AM

PM me if you want a meet up during your planned visit in the future.

 

Yes, that string bikini thing was hilarious. :lol: I was entertained by the social media reaction of the Filipinos to that really. A lot are still holier-than-the-Pope :lol:

 

With pleasure, and that is regarding both statements  :D


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Posted 30 October 2019 - 0631 AM

Just saw an article on Chinese police officers patrolling in European countries, most recently Serbia (obviously very small numbers, based upon individual agreements), and find this is the subject of a current question in the European Parliament. Of course within the EU it's not uncommon to have even long-term agreements among neighboring members allowing officers to work on each other's territory, particularly in cross-border pursuits, at major multi-national events like soccer games or, as with the Chinese, in tourist hotspots; and there's always individual exchanges between agencies throughout the world. Obviously China strikes people a little different, probably not least due to the current Hong Kong situation; the article on Serbia also pointed out Chinese investment into the country's overall security sector by camera system from Huawei etc.

Chinese police officers go on patrol in Venice for the first time
 
By Nick Squires, Rome

31 May 2018 12:13pm
 
Seven centuries after the Venetian explorer Marco Polo set out on the Silk Route for Cathay, Venice has for the first time invited Chinese police officers to patrol its canal banks and winding alleyways.
 
Two Chinese police officers one from near Shanghai, the other from the region around Beijing will spend the next three weeks conducting joint patrols in the lagoon city with their Italian counterparts.
 
Unlike the Italian police, the Chinese officers will be unarmed.
 
The unusual sight of officers from the Peoples Republic attracted crowds of selfie-snapping tourists when they appeared in St Marks Square, on the Bridge of Sighs and on a police launch on the Grand Canal on Wednesday.
 
The idea is that they will assist the growing number of Chinese tourists who descend on Venice, whose lack of Italian or English means they are often vulnerable to being ripped- off, especially in over-priced restaurants.
 
They will assist the large number of tourists from China in any dealings with the local authorities, the Carabinieri, Italys paramilitary police force, said in a statement.
 
"Italy and China were the biggest and longest-lasting empires in the ancient world," one of the officers, Zhanghai Lin, 28.
 
"The reciprocal attraction between them, founded on commercial ties and an exchange of knowledge, still represents today a profound connection between the West and the East."

It is the first time that Chinese police officers have been deployed on the beat in Venice, but not the first time that it has been tried in Italy.
 
In 2016 and 2017, Chinese officers took to the streets of Milan and Rome in similar joint patrols, liaising between the Italian police and Chinese visitors. They will do so again this year. A similar scheme was trialed in Paris in 2014.
 
Chinese police will also be deployed this year to the city of Prato in Tuscany, a major textile-producing hub that has a large Chinese population.
 
For the third consecutive year well see Chinese police officers at work on the streets of several Italian cities, the Italian state police said in a statement.
 
Around three million Chinese tourists visit Italy each year, with the numbers growing as the countrys middle-class increasingly aspires to holidays in Europe.
 
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https://www.telegrap...ice-first-time/

Chinese police to join Croatia tourist patrol

By Julian Shea in London | China Daily Global | Updated: 2019-07-18 00:18

Officers' visit strengthens ties between countries, supports visitors from home

Chinese tourists in Croatia could be in for a surprise when they see police from their homeland patrolling the streets this summer.
 
For the second year running, Chinese police officers will be joining their fellow professionals in the popular southern European tourist destination, on the streets of the capital Zagreb, the historic walled city of Dubrovnik, tourist resort Zadar, and Croatia's biggest county, Lika-Senj.
 
Croatia has been running the Safe Tourism Season project since 2006, when officers from Hungary became the first overseas law enforcement officials invited to take part, and since then more than 800 officers from 19 countries have come to assist their Croatian counterparts at the height of the tourist season, undergoing special localized training before starting patrols.
 
In addition to the helpful presence of familiar officers on the streets, Chinese tourists will also be able to benefit from special telephone support lines set up in the regions where Chinese police are deployed, with them answering the calls.
 
In 2018, there were six officers from China and this year there will be eight among a record 804 officers from 19 countries.

Croatia, which was part of the former Yugoslavia and is situated in southeastern Europe, on the Adriatic Sea, is proving an increasingly popular destination for Chinese visitors.
 
Already in the first half of the year, there has been a 53 percent rise in the number of Chinese visitors to the ancient Roman port of Split, and a 20 percent increase in numbers going to Zagreb.
 
"Chinese tourists are mostly interested in historical and cultural monuments and sightseeing of the Upper Town," said Zagreb Tourist Board spokeswoman Darja Dragoje.
 
International police organization Interpol has praised the Safe Tourism Season initiative as an example of the best international police practice, and China's ambassador in Zagreb, Xu Erwen, said the inclusion of Chinese police in the project confirmed traditional friendship and cooperation.
 
A generation on from the brutal war that broke out in the aftermath of the collapse of the former Yugoslavia, the countries of the Balkan region are proving to be of increasing interest to China, in a variety of ways.
 
Chinese tourists can travel visa-free to Bosnia and Herzegovina, and have become an important part of the country's tourism industry. In 2018, official statistics revealed a 118.7 percent increase in the number of Chinese visitors to the capital city, Sarajevo, and a rise of 114.5 percent in overnight stays on the previous year. Earlier this year, a museum and walking tour dedicated to the 1972 film Valter brani Sarajevo (Walter Defends Sarajevo), which is hugely popular in China, were opened.
 
A similar visa-free arrangement between China and another of the former Yugoslav states, Serbia, has seen a steep increase in the number of Chinese students choosing to study in the country's universities.
 
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August 2, 2019 / 4:48 PM / 3 months ago
 
Chinese police to help Serbia cope with its workers, tourists

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbias police will get reinforcements from China to cope with a growing number of Chinese tourists and workers, the Serbian interior minister said on Friday.
 
China includes Serbia and other Balkan countries in its One Belt, One Road plan to open trade links for Chinese companies. It has invested billions in loans to build railways, roads and power plants, mainly with Chinese workers.
 
Thousands of Chinese tourists are also visiting Belgrade and other Serbian cities.
 
Nebojsa Stefanovic, the Serbian interior minister, told reporters Belgrade and Beijing have agreed about joint police patrols which may start in October.

"Policemen (from China) ... will be helping Serbian police officers in communicating with Chinese nationals and also with their communication with Serbias state bodies", Stefanovic said.
 
Serbia and the Chinese electronics company Huawei have already begun a project called Safe City, which envisions mounting hundreds of surveillance cameras in the Serbian capital and the development of facial-recognition software.
 
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China targets Europe with drone and Huawei system sales to Serbia
 
Beijing seeks to strengthen a friendly nation to boost its influence with the EU
 
JENS KASTNER, contributing writer
 October 02, 2019 13:05 JST
 
BERLIN -- As well as building rail lines, highways and bridges in Serbia as part of its flagship Belt and Road Initiative, China is looking to play a bigger role in developing defense and security apparatus in the Eastern European nation.
 
Serbia announced last month the purchase of armed drones from China -- Beijing's biggest military sale into Europe since the end of the Cold War -- and Chinese police officers have been patrolling the streets of Belgrade with Serbian counterparts since Sept. 18.
 
The police patrols are related to a security surveillance system being set up by Huawei Technologies around the Serbian capital, following a strategic partnership agreement signed between Belgrade and the Chinese tech giant in 2017. Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic, who visited China in April, went as far as saying recently that Beijing was "the most honest and trustworthy friend" of his country.
 
Serbia, a candidate for European Union membership, has previously relied on weapons made in Russia, NATO member nations and other countries of the former Yugoslavia. The imports of Chinese defense and public security systems now presents it with the opportunity to upgrade its own defense industry.
 
"The drones and Huawei bring a new security component into Serbia's BRI integration, and Serbia's position as a promising EU-membership candidate makes it a useful Chinese bridgehead for the European defense market in the future," said Vuk Vuksanovic, a Serbian-born researcher in international relations at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
 
"President Vucic has recently said that China agreed to transfer technology to the Pegasus drones that Serbia has been developing indigenously, indicating that Serbia will upgrade its own defense industry with China's help," Vuksanovic added.
 
The Pegasus drones are projected to be capable of staying airborne for up to 12 hours with an operating radius of 100 kilometers, putting much of neighboring Kosovo -- which has a tense relationship with Serbia -- into range.
 
Previous military deals entailed Chinese donations, such as of IT equipment, ambulances and rubber boats, as opposed to sales. China's Poly Group Corporation and the Serbian government discussed the possibility of manufacturing Chinese military equipment in Serbia in 2017, but no developments have since been publicized.
 
Nine Chinese Wing Loong drones will be delivered to Serbia in the next six months with a possible follow-on order of 15 more. The remotely piloted aircraft are in service in a number of Asian and African countries, including the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria, Pakistan, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan and Egypt, according to the U.S. defense daily Stars and Stripes.
 
A since-deleted post on Huawei's website earlier this year said the Chinese company has employed more than 100 high-definition cameras and intelligent video content management (VCM) systems at over 60 sites in Belgrade. The systems integrate things such as automatic license plate recognition, tripwire detection, loitering detection, abandoned object detection and behavioral analysis.
 
Huawei has been setting up similar "safe city" projects in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, and Kazakhstan. But this is the first case in the Balkans.
 
"The developments reflect that much trust has been built between Belgrade and Beijing amid a series of high-level exchanges between the two sides' militaries, including Serbian cadres training in China's military academy," said Thomas Eder, an analyst with the Berlin-based Mercator Institute for China Studies.
 
"I don't expect Serbia to gain EU membership before the middle of the next decade, but once it has, China has a friend more in the block, which could be helpful also for Huawei in a time the EU settles for a unified policy on Chinese involvement in critical infrastructure," he added.
 
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#2532 JasonJ

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Posted 30 October 2019 - 0933 AM

Go go China.
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Posted 30 October 2019 - 1457 PM

Did they have an exchange program with the Stasi back then too?
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Posted 06 November 2019 - 2138 PM

PRC company attempted to lease an island, Tulagi, in the Solomons.

Chinese Firm's Attempt To Lease Tulagi Island Shot Down By Solomons Government

There is a new battle brewing in the Pacific. Just one day after China officially established diplomatic ties with the Solomon Islands, a lease for Tulagi Island was signed , causing worries among U.S. military circles. The China Sam group signed a contract for the island, which is less than 2 square miles with a population of 1,200, for its new oil refinery.

China Sam Corporation wants to establish an oil production and refinery facility on the island. The problem with this is the fact that it will take the place of an old Japanese military installation, which was the site of fierce fighting in World War II. United States allies in the region are concerned that the Chinese are trying to establish a bigger military footprint in the area.

Solomon's Central Province signed "the strategic cooperation agreement" on Sept. 22 just one day after China and the Solomons officially established diplomatic relations.

As of now, an agreement for lease has been deemed unlawful as the Chinese company did not have foreign investment status in the Solomon Islands then. According to prime minister Manasseh Sogavare's office in a statement, reported in media, "the deal is unlawful and unenforceable and it must be terminated with immediate effect." This means the corporation will have to apply for foreign investor status to wrap up a deal at a later date.

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Posted 08 November 2019 - 1313 PM

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China Launches Blockchain Propaganda App That Measures Communist Party Loyalty

 

 Julian Thomas 1 week ago

 

 
 
Xi Jinping recently reiterated his blockchain-positive stance, praising the technology for its vast application. One application that the president of China did not specifically mention, but is coming to fruition, is its possibility to measure dedication to the Communist Party.
 
A new App in China has been launched that allows for members of the Communist Party to pledge their allegiance and loyalty to the ruling government by writing down and recording reasons they joined. These reasons are then stored on an immutable, but transparent, blockchain ledger.
 
China has had a double-edged relationship with blockchain. The country is in strong favor of the immutable ledger and its possibilities but actively shuns the decentralized economic system that has spawned with it. The main reason for this is the fact that they can garner more control from the technology.

 

 
 
‘Chain of Aspirations’
The platform is called Lian Shang Chuxin, which loosely translates to Chain of Aspirations. It has been likened to the now-well-known Study Xi Strong Country app — which is a tool inspired by the teachings of Chinese President Xi.
 
Unsurprisingly, this platform was launched by a branch of the ruling party, the People’s Daily — the official mouthpiece of the Communist Party. It also comes at a time when the growth of state-sponsored blockchain projects is on the rise; none more so than the People’s Bank of China’s (PBoC) own cryptocurrency, which is soon to launch.
 
This app may not be the most high-tech or advanced usage of blockchain, but it does paint a rather vivid picture of where the Chinese government envisages the technology to be utilized. With the Lian Shang Chuxin, the notion is that the blockchain can be used to store these thoughts in a virtual time capsule with the capsule being opened and viewed on the Party’s anniversary each year or the party members’ “political birthday” — the day they joined the Party.
 
China’s Blockchain Aspirations
The recent revelations from President Xi have sent the cryptocurrency and blockchain world into a spin. Having been mostly precluded from the growing blockchain ecosystem, China is now officially back on the map.
 
However, this re-entrance into the blockchain sphere has come with a stern warning that it will not be a reawakening of cryptocurrency usage in the country. Early laws saw the likes of Bitcoin and other decentralized cryptocurrencies quashed. Still, that void has allowed for the PBoC to take control of this facet of the technology with its own Chinese Digital Currency or Electronic Payments system (DCEP).
 
Blockchain is a tool for China; it is a tool for its control and state-wide vigilance over its citizens. Little use cases like Lian Shang Chuxin are insignificant in their application, but they are evidential of how blockchain will be grown and utilized in the highly-populated nation.
 
 

 

 

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#2536 Corinthian

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Posted 18 November 2019 - 2235 PM

https://www.scmp.com...kcXeFyKvK_-wgcs

 

Since the industry’s legalisation in 2016, the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corporation (PAGCOR) has licensed 56 Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators – or Pogos – and, while official figures are unavailable, these Pogos are widely estimated to employ up to 250,000 Chinese nationals.

 

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For PAGCOR alone, the Pogo industry generated 11.9 billion pesos (US$227 million) in revenue between 2016 and last year and it is looking at a further 8 billion pesosthis year.

 

That is a lot of money.


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Posted 19 November 2019 - 1042 AM

it didn't really generate wealth, it just moved it around some


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Posted Yesterday, 09:18 PM

10.12.2019, China's ambassador to Denmark threatened the Faroese prime minister by indicating that a trade agreement would be dropped if the autonomous Danish archipelago does not sign a 5G contract with technology giant Huawei:

 

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