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#81 JasonJ

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Posted 23 November 2019 - 0510 AM

How about that, defection can go the other way too.
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#82 BansheeOne

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Posted 25 November 2019 - 1010 AM

More Chinese spies in Oz.

Australia investigates alleged Chinese plot to install spy MP

25 November 2019

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison says allegations of a plot to plant a Chinese spy in Canberra's parliament are "deeply disturbing".

The allegations - first aired by local network Nine - assert that a suspected Chinese espionage ring approached a Chinese-Australian man to run as an MP.

The 32-year-old man has since died in unexplained circumstances.

China has denied the allegations, which Australia's domestic spy agency has confirmed it is investigating.

In a rare public statement, the agency said it was taking the allegations seriously.

Mr Morrison said he found the reports troubling, but warned against "leaping to conclusions".

What are the allegations?

On Sunday, Nine's 60 Minutes programme reported that suspected Chinese agents approached a luxury car dealer, Nick Zhao, ahead of Australia's general election - which took place in May.

They allegedly offered him A$1m (£520,000; $680,000) to fund his run for a Melbourne seat as a candidate for the ruling Liberal Party, of which Mr Zhao was already a member.

He was found dead in a hotel room in Melbourne in March. Police have not been able to establish how or why he died, and his death has prompted a coroner's inquiry.

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https://www.bbc.com/...tralia-50541082

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#83 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 27 November 2019 - 0853 AM

the Chinese are a lovely people, aren't they?


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Posted 07 December 2019 - 0518 AM

Date 06.12.2019

 

Author Wesley Rahn

 

German petition on Taiwan forces government to justify 'one China' policy

 

After a petition submitted by an ordinary German citizen made its way to the Bundestag, the German government will have to explain why it doesn't have diplomatic relations with democratic Taiwan.

 

With transparent institutions, free elections and a free market economy, Taiwan positions itself as an island of democracy off the coast of an authoritarian People's Republic of China (PRC)

 

Germany is one of Taiwan's most important European partners, with a robust trade relationship and strong bonds between companies and institutions. But Berlin does not have any formal diplomatic relations with Taipei.

 

However, after a petition started by a German pensioner received more than 50,000 signatures in only a few weeks, the German government will now have to explain why it doesn't recognize Taiwan in a hearing set for Monday, December 9.

 

Michael Kreuzberg is a retired German marine biologist from the eastern city of Rostock.  After he visited Taiwan in 2018, he was "inspired by the people there fighting for their democracy." 

 

Kreuzberg said he lived under a dictatorship in the former communist East Germany, and feels empathy for Taiwan.

 

"I know what these dictatorships are like. I have been angry for a long time that Taiwan is not recognized by the West, and meanwhile all Western countries curry favor with a regime like that in the People's Republic of China, which cannot be considered a democracy," Kreuzberg told DW.

 

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre in June 2019, Kreuzberg decided to make a statement for "small, courageous Taiwan."

 

He filed a petition with the German Parliament, the Bundestag, calling for Germany to establish formal diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

 

According to German law, everyone has the right to submit a petition with requests or complaints to the parliamentary petition committee, which then decides whether to publish the petition for the public to consider supporting. If a petition is published, and then receives over 50,000 signatures, it is discussed publicly during one of several annual meetings of the petition committee.

 

In Kreuzberg's case, the committee rejected his request and said it would not publish the petition on its website.

 

According to a copy of the rejection letter seen by DW, the German Foreign Ministry advised the committee not to publish Kreuzberg's petition because it risked contradicting Germany's "one China policy" and doing "damage to international relations or intercultural dialogue" with China.

 

Not to be deterred, Kreuzberg appealed the decision, arguing that there were already China-critical essays on the government website. He turned to the center-left Green party for help.

 

A few weeks later, Kreuzberg received notice that the petition committee would publish the Taiwan petition.

 

"I told a few friends about it who signed it, and I thought if I can get a few hundred signatures, then it would be a success," said Kreuzberg. "I never counted on actually reaching the minimum level of votes for a hearing," he said.

 

But within two weeks, the petition received over 30,000 signatures. Two weeks later, it cracked the 50,000 mark — enough to require the petition committee to publicly debate Kreuzberg's request for diplomatic recognition of Taiwan during its next session on December 9.

 

Getting the German government to publicly discuss diplomatic recognition of Taiwan was an unexpected victory for Kreuzberg, and it caught the attention of the head of Taipei's Representative Office in Berlin, Jhy-Wey Shieh.

 

Shieh said it was remarkable that a German citizen, "out of his own desire for justice" decided to stand up for Taiwan, which is an "established democracy that is being threatened."

 

"It wasn't our initiative. It was started by a former citizen of East Germany who simply did not want to accept that Taiwan is not recognized as a democracy, while a Chinese dictatorship enjoys diplomatic recognition only because it is a major economic power," Shieh told DW.

 

Although it is difficult to determine where all of the signatures came from, Shieh said that news of the petition spread quickly on social media, and among Taiwanese living in Germany and Taiwan. English and Chinese versions of the petition also quickly found their way online.

 

According to the petition committee, anyone, regardless of nationality, can support or submit a petition to the Bundestag from anywhere in the world.

 

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https://www.dw.com/e...licy/a-51558486


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Posted 08 December 2019 - 1922 PM

EU/Germany deserves credit if they actually end up being the first major entity to officially recognize Taiwan.
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Posted 11 January 2020 - 0724 AM

Maybe better here than in the general elections thread.

 

January 11, 2020 / 1:09 AM / Updated 3 minutes ago

 

Taiwan president takes early lead in election closely watched by China
 
 
TAIPEI/KAOHSIUNG, Taiwan (Reuters) - Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen took an early lead on Saturday in vote counting for a presidential election that will be closely watched by Beijing, which claims the democratic island as its own, in the shadow of anti-government protests in Hong Kong.
 

One hour after polls closed at 4 p.m. (0800 GMT) Tsai led her main opponent Han Kuo-yu from the opposition Kuomintang party by more than 500,000 votes, according to an initial vote tally by three Taiwanese television stations.

 

Final results are expected by early Saturday evening. Tsai is due to hold a news conference at 8 p.m. (1200 GMT).

 

China and the Hong Kong unrest have become major elements in the election as Beijing has ramped up efforts to get Taiwan to accept its rule, both through military intimidation and an offer of the “one country, two systems” model.

 

“I saw what’s happening in Hong Kong and it’s horrible,” said first-time voter Stacey Lin, 20. “I just want to make sure I have the freedom to vote in the future.”

 

Speaking in Taipei, the capital, Lin said she had voted for President Tsai Ing-wen of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party. “She is the best among all the candidates to protect our democracy,” Lin added.

 

Both Tsai and Han, whose party favors close ties with China, have rejected the “one country, two systems” model, which provides for a high degree of autonomy, much as Beijing uses in Hong Kong.

 

Tsai, voting in Taipei, spoke briefly to reporters after casting her ballot, saying she hoped everyone exercised their right to vote and the process would be smooth.

 

Tsai says only Taiwan’s people have the right to decide its future, and has denounced China for seeking to sway the election with misinformation and gestures such as sailing its newest aircraft carrier through the Taiwan Strait just before the vote.

 

China denies interfering.

 

Han says he will reset ties with China to boost Taiwan’s economy, but will not compromise on defending its democracy.

 

He did not speak to reporters after voting in the southern city of Kaohsiung, where he is mayor.

 

People queued in long but orderly lines at many polling stations to cast their votes, with good weather likely to boost turnout.

 

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https://www.reuters....a-idUSKBN1ZA009


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#87 JasonJ

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Posted 11 January 2020 - 2140 PM

Tsai wins the presidential election with a solid 57%.

 

PRC responds with threat on independence and stresses the one-China policy.

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https://www.taiwanne...en/news/3855535
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Posted 11 January 2020 - 2150 PM

DPP also maintained its majority in the legislative election part. Good result.

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https://www.taiwanne...en/news/3855186
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Posted 12 January 2020 - 0006 AM

"Tsai says Taiwan is already an independent country called the Republic of China."

 

Fascinating and illustrative of their mindset in various ways.


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Posted 12 January 2020 - 0551 AM

Mainland Chinese unsurprisingly unamused.

 

January 12, 2020 / 2:42 AM / Updated 14 minutes ago

 

China says will not change position on Taiwan after landslide election
 
 
TAIPEI (Reuters) - China will not change its position that Taiwan belongs to it, Beijing said on Sunday, after President Tsai Ing-wen won re-election and said she would not submit to China’s threats, as state media warned she was courting disaster.
 

The election campaign was dominated by China’s efforts to get the democratic island to accept Beijing’s rule under a “one country, two systems” model, as well as by anti-government protests in Chinese-ruled Hong Kong.

 

“No matter what changes there are to the internal situation in Taiwan, the basic fact that there is only one China in the world and Taiwan is part of China will not change,” China’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

 

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‘POLICY TOOLBOX’

 

China’s official Xinhua news agency said Tsai won by deploying dirty tricks, hyping the China threat and colluding with Western forces.

 

“Whether it is to curb Taiwan independence secessionist activities or to benefit Taiwan compatriots, the mainland has a full ‘policy toolbox’,” it said.

 

“Tsai and the DPP must be aware that they should not act wilfully because of a fluke.”

 

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo congratulated Tsai and lauded her for seeking stability with China “in the face of unrelenting pressure”.

 

Japan’s Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi also sent congratulations, referring to Taiwan as a “precious friend”.

 

China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Saturday it would continue promoting the “one country, two systems” model for Taiwan, which Beijing uses to run Hong Kong with a high degree of autonomy.

 

Many in the former British colony fear promises made under the system are not being kept.

 

On China’s internet, there was unusual criticism for the Taiwan Affairs Office’s failure to win over the island, especially as Tsai’s win followed a landslide for pro-democracy candidates in Hong Kong’s local elections in November.

 

“What have you been doing?” wrote one user on China’s Twitter-like Weibo. “All the money you have spent and all you have done is give succor to hypocrites and traitors.”

 

The criticism follows a denunciation of the Taiwan office on Friday by the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog for not following the party line enthusiastically and being too bureaucratic.

 

https://www.reuters....n-idUSKBN1ZB018


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Posted 25 January 2020 - 1634 PM

China accused of buying influence after Czech billionaire funds PR push

Prague security services say the regime poses major threat as loan firm launches propaganda campaign to burnish Beijing's image

Robert Tait

Sun 5 Jan 2020 03.02 EST

The Czech Republic's richest man is at the centre of a suspected foreign influence campaign by the Chinese government after one of his businesses financed an attempt to boost China's image in the central European country.

In a development that has taken even seasoned sinologists aback, Home Credit - a domestic loans company owned by Petr Kellner that has lent an estimated £10bn to Chinese consumers - paid a PR firm to place articles in the local media giving a more positive picture of a country widely associated with political repression and human rights abuses.

Home Credit also funded a newly formed thinktank - headed by a translator for the Czech Republics pro-Chinese president, Milo Zeman - to counteract the more sceptical line taken by a longer-established China-watching body, Sinopsis, linked with Prague's Charles University, one of Europe's oldest seats of learning.

Experts say the moves, revealed in an investigation by the Czech news site Aktualne, bear the hallmarks of a foreign influence campaign by China that highlights its aggressive attempts to gain access to former communist central and eastern European countries through its ambitious "belt and road" initiative, under which it offers to fund infrastructure projects in those states.

According to analysts, the Czech Republic has been more open to Chinese influence than most other European countries, a situation that has coincided with the burgeoning commercial relationship between China and Kellner's sprawling PPF group, which boasts an estimated £40bn in assets, including Home Credit. PPF began accumulating its vast wealth in the mass privatisation of state assets that followed the fall of communism in the former Czechoslovakia in 1989.

Critics accuse Home Credit of currying favour with the Chinese regime in an effort to protect its interests after a series of political disputes between China and the Czechs that cooled previously warm bilateral relations.

Home Credit has acknowledged paying the PR firm, C&B Reputation Management, and backing Sinoskop, the thinktank, to try to bring "greater Balance" to debate about China.

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The revelations coincide with a recent warning by the Czech intelligence service, BIS, that Chinese influence campaigns pose a greater threat to national security than alleged meddling by the Russian government of Vladimir Putin.

"The BIS considers primarily the increase in the activities of Chinese intelligence officers as the fundamental security problem", the report says. "These activities can be clearly assessed as searching for and contacting potential cooperators and agents among Czech citizens."

Czech ties with Beijing grew closer after 2014 when the regime granted Home Credit a nationwide licence to offer domestic loans, the first foreign company to be given the right.

Experts say this would only have happened on the understanding that Home Credit would work to ensure favourable coverage of China in the Czech media and political discourse. It heralded several trips to China by Zeman, who is close to Kellner, and culminated in a state visit in 2016 by the Chinese leader Xi Jinping to Prague.

The rapprochement - which also saw the purchase of a Czech brewery, television station and Slavia Prague football club by a Chinese energy company, CEFC - reversed the policy adopted by the late Václav Havel, the Czech Republic's first post-communist president who had championed human rights, and the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader of Tibet.

But relations began to sour last year when the Czech government of prime minister Andrej Babi, acting on advice from the country's cybersecurity agency, banned Huawei phones from ministerial buildings, prompting Chinese protests and a rebuke from Zeman, who accused the security services of "dirty tricks".

They took a further turn for the worse when Prague's liberal mayor, Zdeněk Hřib, refused to abide by the One China policy - recognising China's territorial claim to Taiwan - accepted by his predecessor as part of a twinning arrangement between the Czech capital and Beijing. In retaliation, China scrapped the agreement and cancelled a planned tour of the country by the Prague Philharmonia.

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Now critics see a new threat, from PPF's recent £1.62bn purchase from AT&T of Central European Media Enterprises (CME), a company which includes the Czech Republic's most-watched commercial TV station, Nova, as well as channels in neighbouring countries. PPF has dismissed warnings about potential political interference in the station's output but some are sceptical.

"PPF negotiated this deal saying that they would never meddle in politics", said Petr Kutilek, a Czech political analyst and human rights activist. "But from the Home Credit affair, you actually see them meddling in politics."



https://www.theguard...ic-loan-company

Hainan Airlines to halt Prague flights from March: Czech authorities

(Reuters) - China's Hainan Airlines will halt regular direct flights between Beijing and Prague starting in March, the Prague Airport and the Czech Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday.

No reason was given but relations between the Czech Republic and China have deteriorated sharply in the past months following a series of diplomatic spats. Flights to China by other carriers are not affected, the airport said.

"We don't have any official information why this step was taken," Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Zuzana Stichova said. "We don't know whether this is a temporary or definitive decision and whether this step is commercially or politically motivated."

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Relations between the Czech Republic and China took a turn for the worse last year after city authorities in Prague showed support for Tibet and demanded changes to an intercity partnership agreement with Beijing over a reference to China's 'one-China' policy on Taiwan.

The agreement was eventually canceled, and Prague last week instead signed a cooperation deal with Taiwan's Taipei, further infuriating Beijing, which regards Taiwan as a renegade province.

An initial blow came in December 2018 with a warning by the Czech cyber-security watchdog over risks about using network technology provided by Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE.

An initial blow came in December 2018 with a warning by the Czech cyber-security watchdog over risks about using network technology provided by Chinese telecoms equipment makers Huawei and ZTE.

Building closer links with China had been among the priorities for Czech President Milos Zeman who visited China five times in the past seven years.

But Zeman said earlier this month he would skip a planned summit between China and central and eastern European countries in April, after planned Chinese investments failed to materialize.

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https://www.reuters....s-idUSKBN1ZL2K5

Edited by BansheeOne, 25 January 2020 - 1649 PM.

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