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Tuesday, August 28, 2018
CHINESE COLLUSION: CHINA LOOKING TO DOMINATE U.S. FROM WITHOUT, AND FROM WITHIN~GOOGLE'S CHINESE CENSORSHIP PROJECT "DRAGONFLY"
US Bars Pentagon From Funding China-Backed Confucius Institutes
The Department of Defense has been barred from funding Chinese Communist Party-backed Confucius Institutes located at universities across the United States. When President Donald Trump on Aug. 13 signed the defense budget bill for the next fiscal year, the measure included a provision added by Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) that bars the Pentagon from using any funds on Chinese-language programs offered by Confucius Institutes. “Sen. Cruz is very concerned about China’s ongoing efforts to infiltrate American higher education, and worked to secure an amendment to the NDAA [National Defense Authorization Act] that prohibits universities from using Pentagon money for Confucius Institutes, which Communist China uses as propaganda arms on American campuses,” a spokesman for Cruz’s office said in an email to The Epoch Times. The provision further prohibits funding for Chinese-language programs at universities that even host a Confucius Institute. These programs, though not directly affiliated with the institute, may be influenced by it. The endorsement of the provision was the first action taken to address the issue both for Congress and for the White House, after years of warnings about the institutes being an extension of the Chinese Communist Party’s soft power and intelligence-gathering operations, Since 2004, China has installed a vast number of Confucius Institutes at universities around the world. In the United States, 107 universities and colleges host branches of the organization. Meanwhile, the program’s high school equivalent, Confucius Classrooms, has spread to more than 500 primary and secondary schools in the United States as of April 2017, according to a report by the National Association of Scholars. The Confucius Institutes describe themselves as language and cultural exchange programs. But their true purpose isn’t benign, according to the CIA, FBI, lawmakers, and experts. Teachers at Confucius Institutes are employed by China and are subject to Chinese laws, including tight restrictions on speech. As a result, American students are taught a sanitized version of Chinese history that omits the communist regime’s human-rights abuses and atrocities. The programs present Taiwan and Tibet as undisputed territories of China, and American professors teaching on campuses hosting Confucius Institutes have reported pressure from the institute’s faculty to self-censor. Similar to the Chinese Communist Party, the Confucius Institutes’ operations and finances are secret. Hiring practices and funding arrangements have rarely been made public, and host universities have gone to great lengths to keep the information secret. Though no public financial disclosures exist, it is known that American universities benefit from the programs and are reluctant to close them as a result. The CIA issued a classified report in March on China’s influence operations in the United States.
CHINESE COLLUSION: CHINA LOOKING TO DOMINATE U.S. FROM WITHOUT,
China’s de facto fascist regime already has its “Confucius Institutes” in our schools, its censors influencing our movies, and its government stealing our technology. Now comes word that Beijing is funding Washington think tanks and pressuring Chinese-descent Americans into doing its bidding. Add to this news that China’s military is joining Russia for war games involving simulated nuclear attacks, and painted is a clear picture of what China actually is: our primary and most dangerous geopolitical foe.
One of the tragedies of our leftists’ fretting and propagandizing over Russia — a land they took no issue with when it was the Marxist Soviet Union — is that it serves as misdirection causing us to take our eye off China. Note that China’s economy is approximately 10 times the size of Russia’s economy, the latter of which is actually $400 billion smaller than that of Texas. This is significant because military power follows economic power.
So it’s noteworthy that China will be joining Russia for war games next month. As the Washington Free Beaconreports:
The People’s Liberation Army will send more than 3,200 troops, 900 pieces of military equipment, and 30 aircraft to Russia for the exercise known as Vostok-18, or East-18, the Chinese Defense Ministry said, noting the exercises will involve practicing maneuver defense, live firing of weapons, and counterattack.
… A Pentagon official said the Vostok war games will be closely watched by U.S. intelligence agencies because they are expected to include the simulated use of nuclear weapons. “It’s their strategic messaging,” the official said of both Russia and China.
“For nearly 20 years Vostok has been the Russian proving exercise for developing its new ‘escalate to de-escalate’ tactical nuclear doctrine involving the use of new, very small nuclear weapons fired mainly by artillery,” said Rick Fisher, senior fellow at the International Assessment and Strategy Center.
Russia's new doctrine of rapidly escalating future conflicts by resorting to nuclear arms shortly after the outbreak of hostilities is a major concern for the Pentagon.
… Fisher said the training will “allow the PLA to learn a great deal about the Russian state of the art in combined warfare tactics, which is now an intense focus for PLA strategy development to prepare for war against Taiwan and the United States.”
The Beacon also reports that China is developing new, small nuclear arms as well — and that the United States is following suit in response to this Russia-born doctrine.
Perhaps more worrisome, however, is what’s largely unseen: China’s efforts to conquer us from within. As to this and the think-tank manipulation, the Beaconinforms in a different article, relating a congressional commission report’s findings:
The influence operations are conducted by the United Front Work Department, a Central Committee organ that employs tens of thousands of operatives who seek to use both overt and covert operations to promote Communist Party policies.
The Party’s United Front strategy includes paying several Washington think tanks with the goal of influencing their actions and adopting positions that support Beijing’s policies.
“The [Chinese Communist Party] has sought to influence academic discourse on China and in certain instances has infringed upon — and potentially criminally violated — rights to freedoms of speech and association that are guaranteed to Americans and those protected by U.S. laws,” the report says.
Think tanks greased with Chinese money include the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, “the Brookings Institution, Atlantic Council, Center for American Progress, EastWest Institute, Carter Center, and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace,” the Beacon further relates.
Think tanks are targeted because they produce ideas, which can influence establishment (pseudo)elites and then filter down to the wider society. Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) “has said the collusion between American groups and United Front Work Department operatives is the Chinese party using Americans to ‘unwittingly promote CCP [Chinese Communist Party] ideology’ in a ‘countering voice’ in debates over China,” the Beacon also tells us.
Moreover, “Chinese intelligence agents also work with the United Front Work Department to recruit students who are then called on to curtail universities’ discussion of China,” writes the Beacon.
“China targets students through 142 Chinese Students and Scholars Associations (CSSA) in the United States,” the site continues. “The associations ‘routinely coordinate with the Chinese government and … have been involved in the suppression of free speech and the harassment, intimidation, and surveillance of Chinese student activists,’ the report said, noting ‘Chinese intelligence officers posted in diplomatic facilities are the primary point of contact for CSSA members.’”
Also wielding soft-power influence — in more than 100 American colleges and approximately 400 K-12 schools — are Chinese Ministry of Education entities known as Confucius Institutes. As I reported in the past, they endeavor to replace legitimate China scholarship with propaganda, using money, unsurprisingly, to buy access (video below).
Of course, American youth are more focused on entertainment than academics, and China has this covered, too. As I reported in 2014 and 2018, the regime’s State Administration of Radio, Film and Television censors American movies, with denial of access to the huge Chinese market being the punishment for failure to “cooperate” (video below).
Then there’s China’s economic manipulation and habitual theft of American technology, as Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) outlines in the video below:
Of course, stealing U.S. secrets and seeking to defeat us culturally — capturing Americans’ minds and hearts — are much like what the Soviet Union did in bygone days. But the USSR is gone and the “1980s are now calling to ask for their foreign policy back,” as Barack Obama might say. So will anyone stand up and proclaim that, now, China is the new evil empire? _____________________________________________________________
HUMAN RIGHTS COALITION DEMANDS GOOGLE END CHINESE CENSORSHIP PROJECT
‘Google would be actively participating in those violations for millions of internet users in China’
A group of leading human rights organizations are calling on Google to end its plan to develop a censored version of its search engine for the Chinese government.
In a letter to Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the 14 groups, which include Amnesty International, the Committee to Protect Journalists, the Electronic Frontier Foundation and Human Rights Watch, urge the tech company to call of the controversial project codenamed “Dragonfly.”
“Like many of Google’s own employees, we are extremely concerned by reports that Google is developing a new censored search engine app for the Chinese market,” the letter begins. “The Chinese government extensively violates the rights to freedom of expression and privacy; by accommodating the Chinese authorities’ repression of dissent, Google would be actively participating in those violations for millions of internet users in China.”
The letter goes on to support “the brave efforts of Google employees” who leaked news of the plan, while accusing the company leadership of “an alarming capitulation” on human rights.
“The Chinese government runs one of the world’s most repressive internet censorship and surveillance regimes,” the letter adds. “Human rights defenders and journalists are routinely arrested and imprisoned solely for expressing their views online.”
According to The Intercept, who first revealed the existence of Dragonfly earlier this month, Google’s own documents show how the project would give the Chinese government unprecedented power over its citizenry.
“The censored search engine would remove content that China’s ruling Communist Party regime views as sensitive, such as information about political dissidents, free speech, democracy, human rights, and peaceful protest,” Ryan Gallagher writes. “It would ‘blacklist sensitive queries’ so that ‘no results will be shown’ at all when people enter certain words or phrases…”
While Google did launch a censored search engine for China back in 2006, the project ended in 2010 after the company said the Chinese government not only attempted to limit free speech but tried to hack Google’s computer systems as well.
“We are calling on Google to publicly commit to protect whistle-blowers in the company and to take immediate steps to address the concerns employees have raised about Project Dragonfly,” the letter continues. “As it stands, Google risks becoming complicit in the Chinese government’s repression of freedom of speech and other human rights in China. Google should heed the concerns raised by human rights groups and its own employees and refrain from offering censored search services in China.”
Google has thus far declined to publicly comment on Project Dragonfly, refusing to remark on “speculation about future plans.”
Hundreds of Google employees have signed a protest letter over the company''s reported work on a censor-friendly search engine to get back into China.
Dragonfly, Privacy Issues Keep Google in the Headlines
Google has been in the headlines recently, and the news was not good. The technology company left the Chinese market eight years ago to protest Beijing's censorship, but now appears ready to return with a new search engine. But the project is shrouded in secrecy, even as Google's employees demand transparency. Meanwhile, the company tries to defend itself against accusations it has been invading user's privacy, despite claiming it doesn't. Faiza Elmasry has the story. Faith Lapidus narrates.
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Google and the communist Chinese government have been in cahoots building a system that will censor anything deemed negative by the ruling party. Make no mistake, this may just be China today, but this will go global as the cabal aim to kill free speech everywhere.