America and China try to prevent military mishaps and miscalculations

america and china try to prevent military mishaps and miscalculations

On may 25th 1968, a Soviet Tu-16 bomber made several low fly-bys perilously close to the uss Essex, an American warship in the Norwegian Sea. On its final pass, the Soviet plane clipped a wave and crashed into the sea, killing the entire crew. It was one of the deadliest in a string of close encounters between American and Soviet forces that led in 1972 to the Incidents at Sea (incsea) Agreement, establishing protocols for the two sides’ ships and planes to interact safely in peacetime. Listen to this story.Enjoy…

China ponders the humans behind “virtual idols”

china ponders the humans behind virtual idols

Whether it’s for marketing or entertainment, hiring a real-life celebrity is expensive and carries risks. Several Chinese stars have been caught up in scandals recently. Some get into trouble for being out of step with the Communist Party. The party, for its part, has attacked fan culture, banning online rankings of celebrities. It wants public figures to be upstanding role models. Little wonder, then, that many Chinese firms are choosing to work with “virtual idols” instead of the human kind. Listen to this story.Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS…

How Engaged Was China at the Shangri-La Dialogue?

how engaged was china at the shangri la dialogue

Advertisement It was in 2007 that the Shangri-La Dialogue came into its own, with China and the growing importance of the Indo-Pacific at the center of its discussion. While China didn’t send ministerial-level officials, Vice Minister and Lt. Gen. Zhang Qinsheng’s presence at the 2007 Dialogue suggested that Beijing viewed the forum as an opportunity to advance its public diplomacy and demonstrate China’s ability to be more transparent and inclusive about its operations in the South China Sea and beyond. Zhang’s speech, in which he declared that China’s “peaceful development…

As Taiwan Remembers Tiananmen, Hong Kong Looms Large

as taiwan remembers tiananmen hong kong looms large

Advertisement Commemorations for the third anniversary of the 2019 Hong Kong protests and the 33rd anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests took place in Taipei in early June, spaced one week apart. A rally was held on June 4 in Liberty Plaza in Taipei to commemorate the Tiananmen Square protests. This was followed a little over a week later on June 12 by a flag-waving activity culminating in a demonstration outside the Bank of China in downtown Taipei. June 12, 2019 marked a protest march outside Hong Kong’s Legislative…

Should Brazil Ban Huawei?

should brazil ban huawei

Advertisement My home country of Canada just announced that it would ban Huawei after coming under pressure from other members of the Five Eyes intelligence-sharing community (Australia, New Zealand, the United States, and the United Kingdom) to do so. Canada justified the banning of the telecommunications giant on concerns for national security. Huawei has been associated with a number of scandals, including the notion that it operates as a tool for the Chinese security state to collect signals intelligence on millions (and potentially billions) of users through back channels. Brazil…

Beijing and Shanghai are still trying to get a grip on covid-19

beijing and shanghai are still trying to get a grip on covid 19

Since june 1st, when the authorities in Shanghai lifted a months-long lockdown, many aspects of life in the city have returned to normal. The once-deserted freeways around China’s financial hub are again full of traffic. The workers who moved into their offices during April and May have at last returned home. The number of cases of covid-19 found outside quarantine has dropped to single digits. Listen to this story.Enjoy more audio and podcasts on iOS or Android. Your browser does not support the <audio> element. Listen to this story Save…

The Steep Cost of Bachelet’s Visit to China

the steep cost of bachelets visit to china

Advertisement After several years of negotiations with the Chinese government, the United Nations’ human rights chief, Michelle Bachelet, finally made her long-awaited visit to China. The highly organized tour saw her visit two locations in Xinjiang, where Chinese authorities have faced accusations of widespread human rights abuses against the Uyghurs, Kazakhs, and other Turkic Muslims in the region. No journalists were allowed to accompany the visit, but Bachelet did hold a press conference in which she issued a statement highlighting the main outcomes of the trip. In the global context…

Africa Eye: Racism for sale

africa eye racism for sale

In February 2020 a shocking video began to circulate on Chinese social media. A group of African children are being instructed, by a voice off-camera, to chant phrases in Chinese. The kids repeat the words with smiles and enthusiasm — but they don’t understand that what they’re being told to say is ” I am a black monster and my IQ is low.” The clip ignited outrage in China and beyond. But no-one ever answered some crucial questions: why was this filmed? Where was it shot? Who made it? These…

US, China Defense Ministers Hold First Meeting

us china defense ministers hold first meeting

Advertisement U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin held his first meeting with China’s Minister of Defense Wei Fenghe on Friday, on the sidelines of the Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore. Both men are also slated to speak later at the conference, Asia’s premier security forum, which draws defense ministers from across the region and beyond. The bilateral meeting was a welcome return to direct communication between top Chinese and U.S. defense officials. Previously, the Biden administration had attempted to have Austin speak directly to General Xu Qiliang, the vice chair of…

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