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Scientists object to DNA collection from Uyghurs

Photo credit: SupChina illustration by Derek Zheng As part of the Orwellian project of surveillance and control of Muslim ethnic minorities like Uyghurs in  Xinjiang , Chinese authorities have  systematically collected vast amounts of DNA samples  and other biometric data.  Witness accounts  of this collection process indicate that it is coercive. Why did Beijing want all that biometric data?  The  New York Times has revealed  at least one compelling reason: “Chinese scientists are trying to find a way to use a DNA sample to create an image of a person’s face.” Here are the details on the early stages of the futuristic technology: The technology “can produce rough pictures  good enough only to narrow a manhunt or perhaps eliminate suspects.” Similar technology is being developed “in the United States and elsewhere.”     In China, labs  run by China’s Ministry of Public Security are running some of the research. Some of the work is based on DNA samples collected from

Chinese diplomats take Twitter lessons from Trump Chinese diplomats take Twitter lessons from Trump Photo credit: SupChina illustration by Derek Zheng Critics of U.S.-China engagement often complain that China has not learned very much in the way of cultural and political norms from America. But at least one cultural norm exemplified by a particularly influential American seems to have caught on in Beijing: the Trump-style tweet. What is happening:  Despite the fact that Twitter is banned in China, the Chinese Foreign Ministry has made  its own Twitter account  and is publishing surprisingly Trump-esque tweets full of insults, typos, and ALL-CAPS denials of well-documented facts (see this  Washington Post article ). It’s also deploying masterful  whataboutism  ( click here  for a good example), a classic propaganda technique that is particularly well suited for the social media age. Is it working?  Probably not. Countries that have recently had diplomatic tiffs with China, like  Canada  and  Australia , now have rec

CHINA: Party Watch Weekly

Weekly Report 3|9 11.30.2019-12.6.2019 David Gitter, Julia Bowie, Jake Eberts, Brock Erdahl, Sandy Lu, Daniel Shats, and Connor Swank Highlights The Politburo met to discuss economic work for 2020 and improving the construction of “clean party politics” (see Senior Leaders section).     People’s Daily  ran two series of commentator articles condemning the United States Congress for passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act and the House of Representatives for passing the Uighur Human Rights Policy Act of 2019, respectively (see Propaganda Work section).    The Central Military Commission (CMC) released opinions on strengthening its work with retired military cadres (see CMC section).  Senior Leaders Xi Jinping: Maintain, Improve, and Develop the National Governance System and Legal System of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics Quishi   11.30   Quishi  published a speech that Xi Jinping gave during a Politburo collective study session on 24 September. Xi made

China’s public diplomacy spending in South and Central Asia quantified and evaluated

Chinese official finance:  For the period 2000-2017, AidData uncovered $126 billion in committed, implemented or completed projects in the SCA region by official Chinese agencies and banks. Of this, some $120 billion is in infrastructure investments. Eighty-five percent of infrastructure investments go to new construction projects, and two countries in particular captured half of Beijing’s financial diplomacy investments: Pakistan — an early signatory to the Belt and Road Initiative — and Kazakhstan.  Courtesy of AidData by Alex Wooley, AidData |  December 10, 2019 AidData, a research lab at William & Mary, today released new  data and analysis  capturing the results of China’s strategic public diplomacy efforts in 13 countries of South and Central Asia (SCA).  Based on primary data collection (through AidData’s  “TUFF” methodology ) and secondary data synthesis, the quantitative research includes new numbers on China’s total investment in financial diplomacy in the region for

How is Belt and Road being viewed by Asian elites?

Updated 2019.12.08 16:05 GMT+8 CGTN A man takes photo of a sign promoting the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation in Beijing, China, April 22, 2019. /VCG Photo Editor's Note:   Ji Xianbai is a research fellow with the International Political Economy Program of S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. The article reflects the author's opinions, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. In September 2013, Chinese President Xi Jinping pronounced China's international economic cooperation vision, as incarnated in what was later termed the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), in Kazakhstan. Six years on, how is the BRI being perceived in BRI partner countries? Our research team at Nanyang Technological University led by Associate Professors Pradumna B. Rana and Chia Wai-Mun, and funded by Singapore's Ministry of Education, conducted  an online perception survey  among Asian opinion leaders on various aspects of

Pakistan is not implementing its Constitution and Magna Carta of Humanity.

Author: Kachkol Ali Today  the famous 'Universal Declaration of Human Rights' was promulgated on 10th December, 1948 by the General Assembly of the United Nations. There are thirty Articles in the Declaration inscribed political, civil, social, economic and cultural rights of the peoples. Including  four freedoms expressed by the American president Franklin D Roosevelt : a) Freedom of speech and expression. b) Freedom of belief and religious activities. c) Freedom from want and d) Freedom from fear. The Declaration is exemplary and advisory in nature. It prescribes normal standard of the Human Rights to be provided to all men of the world by their states, after making appropriate legislation. For this purpose necessary clauses and Article to be included in their constitutional documents. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is only inspiring and recommendatry. Since this Declaration is not binding under international law on the signatories, therefore, the General

Human Rights situations in Balochistan: Report.

Dec 10, 2019 (Current Balochistan) Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December, every year, the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR): a milestone document proclaiming the inalienable rights which everyone is inherently entitled to as a human being regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world. Human Rights Day is celebrated annually across the world on 10 December every year. While in Human rights situation in Balochistan has set alarm bells ringing for human rights activists as enforced disappearances and extrajudicial killings continue for the last many years. International media and human rights bodies have been denied access to the affected areas while increasing number of former victims are coming out to blame Pakistan’s milit