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Russian ties with China in the face of Western sanctions


SUMMARY Since the West imposed sanctions on Russia, in response to its annexation of Crimea and destabilisation of eastern Ukraine in 2014, the country has accelerated its ‘turn to the East’ and notably to like-minded China, in an attempt to offset its loss of access to Western financial markets and advanced technology. Three years on,… Continue reading Russian ties with China in the face of Western sanctions

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China’s ‘Magic Weapons’: Influence Operations Subverting Foreign Governments


Report says Beijing sharply increases overseas efforts to sway governments under Xi Jinping BY: Bill Gertz from the WFB // September 27, 2017 5:00 am China under supreme leader Xi Jinping is stepping up coordinated intelligence operations aimed at influencing foreign governments into backing Beijing’s anti-democratic goals, according to a new study. Chinese influence operations involve multiple… Continue reading China’s ‘Magic Weapons’: Influence Operations Subverting Foreign Governments

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Fake news: Washington Post clone emerges in China


By Lucy Hornby in Beijing and Matthew Garrahan in London The masthead said Washington Post, the Chinese-language articles credited the Post’s reporters and the news of the day mirrored the selection on the US website. The only problem? The Washington Post Chinese edition, which in a few months since launching has built up a loyal… Continue reading Fake news: Washington Post clone emerges in China

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The Rise of the Authoritarian Internet


SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 | DANIEL HOFFMAN In May 2015, Russia and China signed a “nonaggression pact” in cyberspace. They agreed not to target each other with cyber attacks and promote the idea of sovereignty in cyberspace. China and Russia are now seeking to eliminate virtual private network services (VPN’s) from their respective internet space. Russian President Vladimir… Continue reading The Rise of the Authoritarian Internet

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China employs ‘magic weapons’ in foreign influence campaigns – China’s latest political and current affairs news


By Lucas Niewenhuis Last week, a controversy erupted in New Zealand when it was revealed to the public that an important member of that country’s parliament, a naturalized New Zealand citizen originally from China called Yang Jian 杨健, had previously been a Communist Party member and taught English to Chinese spies. On September 18, Anne-Marie Brady, a scholar… Continue reading China employs ‘magic weapons’ in foreign influence campaigns – China’s latest political and current affairs news

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Hong Kong scraps 24-hour BBC World Service radio channel despite criticism


Yet CCTV is allowed everywhere. </end editorial> Hong Kong scraps 24-hour BBC World Service radio channel despite criticism James Pomfret HONG KONG (Reuters) – Hong Kong’s public broadcaster RTHK dropped a 24-hour BBC World Service channel from its airwaves on Monday, replacing it with state radio from China in what critics say is a sign… Continue reading Hong Kong scraps 24-hour BBC World Service radio channel despite criticism

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FBI: Chinese man supplied rare malware used in OPM breach


By: Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press 28 August 2017 LOS ANGELES — A Chinese man has been charged in California with distributing a type of computer malware that has been linked to attacks on U.S. businesses and to the theft of personnel records of millions of U.S. government employees, authorities said. Defendant Yu Pingan, 36, knew… Continue reading FBI: Chinese man supplied rare malware used in OPM breach