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China Neican: 27 September 2020

China Neican: 27 September 2020 Ethnic minorities, Big Cannon Ren, Global Data Security Initiative, climate change China Neican Sep 27 China Neican is a  weekly column  on the  China Story blog  edited by Yun Jiang and Adam Ni from the China Policy Centre in Canberra. Neican 内参 or “internal reference” are limited circulation reports only for the eyes of high-ranking officials in China, dealing with topics deemed too sensitive for public consumption. But rest assured, everyone is welcome to read what we write. You can find past issues of Neican  here . Thanks to our contributor this week:  John Lee  (data security) 1. Ethnic policies: melting into the Han Research this week has revealed more about China’s programmes towards ethnic minorities in Xinjiang, Tibet, and Inner Mongolia. The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) launched the  Xinjiang Data Project . The project uses satellite imagery, which has become an important and necessary data source, as there are severe restricti

Covid hits China’s Belt & Road Initiative

Indrani Bagchi | TNN  |  Updated: Sep 28, 2020, 03:12 IST TNN NEW DELHI: China may be one of the first countries to emerge from the Covid pandemic, but it promises to fundamentally change China’s biggest geo-political/geo-economic project, Belt & Road Initiative (BRI). Two new reports point to an ongoing recalibration of the BRI, and specifically its flagship project, CPEC Andrew Small of the  German Marshall Fund  (GMF) in his study says “even before the coronavirus pandemic, CPEC had stalled. Not only are the figures commonly cited for the total package of projects under this framework since its launch in 2015—which run as high as $62 billion—no longer accurate, investments of that magnitude are not under consideration either.” He quotes a Chinese official describing the downsizing of their CPEC vision from “rocks” to “peanuts”. Anoter detailed report by Manoj Kewalramani and Agastya Bhatia in Takshashila Institution says China has, in response to the pandemic and global geopolit

EU injects €5m for basic health service provision in Sindh, Balochistan

ISLAMABAD:  The European Union (EU) has mobilized €5 million for UNICEF to ensure availability of basic health care services for women and children in Sindh and Balochistan in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This support will be provided through the EU’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid (ECHO) department and reach over 1.25 million individuals in three districts in Sindh (Karachi East, Larkana) and Balochistan (Jafarabad). The EU is working to strengthen Pakistan’s primary healthcare system and improve resilience to emergencies and disasters. The EU’s support will allow continuation of life-saving basic services and infection prevention and control measures, including increased access to water and sanitation, to mitigate the adverse impact of Covid-19. In addition, frontline health workers will receive PPE’s to continue carrying out their duties. There will also be greater efforts for community mobilization & awareness, and to increase access to safe severe acute malnutriti

Communist China’s influence operations: India’s think-tanks, politicians, intellectuals, academia, media are targets

Abhinav Pandya Published September 26, 2020, Such ‘influence-operations’ include fully-funded media conferences, academic conferences, paid trips of intellectuals and civil society members to China, and scholarships to students.   New Delhi:  India’s strategic experts, intelligence apparatus, political leadership, and the majority of the academic community failed and did so rather abysmally in understanding and preventing China’s penetration in India’s innards, i.e., our social, political, educational, and a plethora of other institutions. The consequent internal sabotage was evident in full steam during the ongoing India-China standoff. When China with its deceit and treachery in full bloom, was intruding into Indian territory, one could witness an entire brigade of security analysts, think tank community, academicians, politicians and media organisations promoting and protecting Chinese strategic interests with passionate zeal and fervour, which could only come if there is an uninter