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Made in China : Quarterly on Chinese Rights, Labour and civil society

Vol.3, Issue 4 TO THE SOIL The Labour of Rural Transformation in China China’s four decades of reform and opening have been rooted in a fundamental socioeconomic restructuring. Contemporary China has changed from a largely agrarian society to a rapidly urbanising one, characterised by a floating populace moving back and forth between rural and urban spaces, which are in a continuous state of flux.   Going hand in hand with China’s ascent into modernity is the subordination of rural areas and people. While rural China has historically been a site of extraction and exploitation, in the post-reform period this has intensified, and rurality itself has become a problem, best typified through the ubiquitous propaganda about the need to revitalise the countryside, and ongoing attempts to reconstruct rural areas in a new image. This issue of  Made in China  focuses on the labour that these attempts to restructure and reformulate rural China have entailed, and the ways in which they hav

US and allies rebuke Chinese cyber espionage attempts

US prosecutors have charged two Chinese nationals tied to Beijing’s top spy network with stealing sensitive data from US government agencies and major global businesses. The two individuals, Zhu Hua and Zhang Jianguo, are alleged to have carried out hacking attacks on the US Navy, NASA and the US Energy Department. Sources also told  Reuters  that their operation, codenamed ‘Cloudhopper’ also targeted intellectual property and customer data of companies including IBM and Hewlett Packard, in order to pass on to Chinese companies. The hacking had been ongoing since 2006, meaning that China breached a 2015 agreement to reduce cyber espionage for commercial purposes. “No country poses a broader, more severe long-term threat to our nation’s economy and cyber infrastructure than China,” said FBI Director Chris Wray. “China’s goal, simply put, is to replace the US as the world’s leading superpower, and they’re using illegal methods to get there.” Britain, Australia, and New Zealand also

Trade war, day 168: Fresh accusations of stolen technology, but no sanctions (yet)

SupChina com The U.S. Justice Department has, for the fourth time in three months, unveiled a significant indictment ( press release here ; full  charging document here ) against Chinese actors for alleged technology thefts. Zhu Hua and Zhang Shilong  are two computer hackers, the U.S. government says, who “compromised...clients in at least a dozen countries,” and accessed computer networks in “banking and finance, telecommunications and consumer electronics, medical equipment, packaging, manufacturing, consulting, healthcare, biotechnology, automotive, oil and gas exploration, and mining.” They operated under China’s Ministry of State Security,  like the hackers in previous indictments, the Justice Department says. Their actions violate a 2015 pledge by China to not use computer hacking “with the intent of providing competitive advantages to companies or commercial sectors,” the Justice Department said. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein was very explicit  in his remarks tyin

Belt and Road and military jets in Pakistan

The New York Times has a scoop: Since Trump announced ( via Twitter , of course) on January 1 that the U.S. would “No more!” give aid to Pakistan, China has unsurprisingly swooped in to help out its “ all-weather friend .” But that help wasn’t just economic, but military-related. And it was formally identified as part of the  Belt and Road initiative , which is supposed to be purely an economic project of building roads and bridges and more harmonious trading relationships across Asia and beyond.  The Times reports  (porous paywall): According to the undisclosed proposal drawn up by the Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials at the start of the year, a special economic zone under CPEC [the  China-Pakistan Economic Corridor , officially part of the Belt and Road] would be created in Pakistan to produce a new generation of fighter jets. For the first time, navigation systems, radar systems and onboard weapons would be built jointly by the countries at factories in Pakistan. The pr

China's economic outlook for 2019

The United States and China embarked on a full-scale trade war in 2018, at a time when China's GDP growth heads for its slowest annual pace in almost 30 years. How will the Chinese leadership, under President Xi Jinping, confront these challenges? Is China still following a path of “reform and opening up?” Could the predicted slowdown worsen?   The National Committee and Peking University’s China Center for Economic Research are once again bringing together leading Chinese and American economists for a half-day conference to discuss .China's economic outlook for 2019   Topics will include:Is an agreement to end the U.S.-China trade war possible?The impacts of the trade war on the U.S., Chinese, and global marketsProgress and challenges in structural economic reformRisks and opportunities in China’s economy in 2019 and beyondCross-border capital flows and financial deleveragingExpected reforms for China in 2019 CLICK HERE TO REGISTER Keynote Speakers: Justin Yifu Lin Dir

China’s ‘Belt and Road’ Plan in Pakistan Takes a Military Turn

A Chinese rocket boosting two Pakistani satellites into orbit from Jiuquan, China, in July.CreditCreditVisual China Group, via Getty Images Under a program China insisted was peaceful, Pakistan is cooperating on distinctly defense-related projects, including a secret plan to build new fighter jets. By  Maria Abi-Habib Dec. 19, 2018 246 阅读简体中文版 閱讀繁體中文版 ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When President Trump started the new year by  suspending billions of dollars of security aid to Pakistan , one theory was that it would scare the Pakistani military into cooperating better with its American allies. The reality was that Pakistan already had a replacement sponsor lined up. Just two weeks later, the Pakistani Air Force and Chinese officials were putting the final touches on a secret proposal to expand Pakistan’s building of Chinese military jets, weaponry and other hardware. The confidential plan, reviewed by The New York Times, would also deepen the cooperation between China and Pakistan in sp

Balochistan: Another Baloch goes missing from Gwadar

December 20, 2018 Another person was abducted by Security forces from Gwadar city of Balochistan According to details received by The Balochistan Post, a person has been abducted from Naya Abad area of Gwadar. As per the locals, Pakistani forces raided a house in Naya Abad area and took away one person whose whereabouts are unknown. The abductee has been identified as, Mohammed Naveed s/o Haji Naseer. It is pertinent to mention, there has an intensity been observed in the enforced disappearance in Balochistan’s Gwadar District in last a few weeks. A number of citizens have been abducted and taken to undisclosed locations by security forces. On December 3 rd  another person Mohammed Sidique s/o Abdul Rehman was also abducted from the Naya Abad area of Gwadar, He is still missing. The term abducted is widely used in Balochistan to connote arrests made by security forces as the arrested are not presented before the court of law and instead kept in military camps. Enforced disapp