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Gay dating app Grindr to IPO — Kunlun Group Grindr is a gay dating app that launched in 2009 in West Hollywood, California. Grindr pioneered the use of mobile location services to allow users who are physically nearby to find each other — a feature that is now common to all dating apps. Beijing-based Kunlun Group   bought 61.5 percent of the company  in January 2016 for $93 million. It was Grindr’s first outside investment. Earlier this year,  Kunlun took full control of the company. The headquarters remain in California. Now  Kunlun has announced plans for Grindr’s initial public offering (IPO) in a  filing to the Shenzhen stock exchange (in Chinese). You read more about the Grindr IPO on the  BBC ,  CNBC , and  Bloomberg  (porous paywall).  Kunlun Group’s website is here . —Jeremy Goldkorn

CHINA: Institutions of Influence Operations

Excepts from testimony in US Congress The CCP’s organization of influence operations flows down from the Politburo StandingCommittee to the grassroots levels of the party. This is not an area in which we can say theCCP leadership does not know or that rogue actors are driving policy. United front andpropaganda work have been and continue to be key elements of the party’s day-to-dayoperations. Three layers exist in this system, including the responsible CCP officials, theexecutive/implementing agencies, and supporting agencies tha t ✔ On the first level, several CCP officials oversee the party organizations responsible forinfluence operations. They sit on the Politburo Standing Committee (PBSC) and thePolitburo. The senior-most united front official is the Chinese People’s Political ConsultativeConference (CPPCC) chairman, who is the fourth-ranking PBSC member. The other two arethe Politburo members who direct the United Front Work Department (UFWD) and thePropaganda Department. Thes

Five Eyes to name nations responsible for interference The “Five Eyes” is a term for the traditional cooperation between the intelligence services of Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. The Australian  reports  (paywall): In a joint statement,  senior officials from the Five Eyes countries “said foreign governments, actors, and their proxies were involved in ‘coercive, deceptive and clandestine activities’ to ‘sow discord, manipulate public discourse, bias the development of policy, or disrupt markets.’” The Five Eyes countries  agreed: “In the event of a severe foreign interference incident within our sovereign nations, we agreed the five countries would coordinate on appropriate responses and  attribution ” (emphasis added).

Trade war, day 56: Trump ties North Korea to trade, again At this point, U.S.-China trade relations seem  locked in to a tense state  for months to come, with only a stalemate or further escalation seeming likely at least through November. But now, Donald Trump reminded us of a third option: the dispute could also become more complicated and wide-ranging. Last evening, he tweeted out a White House statement yesterday evening: “President Donald J. Trump feels strongly  that North Korea is under tremendous pressure from China because of our major trade disputes with the Chinese Government,” the  statement began , going on to say, “As for the U.S.-China trade disputes, and other differences, they will be resolved in time by President Trump and China’s great President Xi Jinping. Their relationship and bond remain very strong.” There are a couple things to note about this statement: This isn’t the first time  Trump has connected the North Korea issue explicitly to the U.S.-China trading relationship. In December 2017,  he  told

Balochistan cabinet members assigned portfolios

By  Our Correspondent Published: August 30, 2018 Balochistan cabinet minsiters take the oath on August 27, 2018. PHOTO:EXPRESS QUETTA:  The Balochistan Chief Minister’s office issued a notification on Thursday announcing portfolios for ten provincial ministers and one advisor to the CM.   Mir Mohammad Arif Mohammad Hassani was given finance portfolio Noor Mohammad Dumar was given public health engineering Sardar Sarfaraz Chakar Domki was assigned culture, tourism and archives portfolio Nawabzada Tariq Khan Magsi was given the portfolio of communication and works Engineer Zamrak Khan given Agriculture and cooperatives portfolio Zahoor Ahmed Buledi assigned portfolio of information Mir Zia Ullah Langov was assigned the portfolio of forest and wildlife Mir Naseebullah Marri given provincial health portfolio Sardar Mohammad Saleh Bhootani was assigned food, law and parliamentary affairs Saleem Ahmed Khosa was given the portfolio of home and tribal affairs Mitha Khan Kakar

IP protection is crucial to the Belt and Road Initiative

Liang Haiming Editor's note :  Liang Haiming is the chairman and chief economist at the China Silk Road iValley Research Institute. The article reflects the authors' opinion, and not necessarily the views of CGTN. The 2018 High-Level Conference on Intellectual Property for Countries along the Belt and Road was held in Beijing on August 28 and 29. The conference is aimed at promoting cooperation in intellectual property (IP) rights between countries along the Belt and Road and for facilitating the formation and implementation of tangible projects in IP rights. According to the statistics, in the past, in the process of overseas investment, Chinese companies lost their ownership of hundreds of trademarks because they were snapped up first by foreign companies every year.  Chinese State Councilor Wang Yong addresses the High-Level Conference on Intellectual Property for Countries along the Belt and Road and reads a congratulatory letter sent by Chinese President Xi Jinping

Ghana-China relations: forging ahead in the spirit of Belt and Road

By Edward Boateng Source:Global Times Published: 2018/8/30 Edward Boateng, Ghanian ambassador to China Photo: Courtesy of the Embassy of Ghana The forthcoming Forum for African China Cooperation, (FOCAC) takes place at a critical time in the geopolitical dynamics of the world; when the East is seen widely as taking over from the West in the economic leadership of the world.  I have just completed my first year in China as the representative of the Republic of Ghana, that beautiful, hospitable country in the West of Africa; and I feel very privileged to have had a front row seat and to have witnessed firsthand the changes taking place in China in particular and the East in general.  Ghana, the first African country to break the yoke of colonization and whose founding president, Dr. Kwame Nkrumah, was the father of Pan-Africanism sits deeply in the conscience of Africa and Africans.  Dr. Kwame Nkrumah forged a strong alliance with then Chinese leader, chairman Mao Zedong as the co

China's Belt and Road Initiative reshaping Africa

CGTN Gu Liping CGTN Photo China and Africa have been deepening ties under the Belt and Road Initiative in trade, investment and aid programs. How has been the cooperation during the past three years? What does Africans think of China's investment in the continent? What changes have been made? As an important region in the Belt and Road initiative, the vast Africa continent is seeking more investment and trade opportunities as well as  aid programs.  During the China-Africa Cooperation Forum in Johannesburg in 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed ten major cooperation plans over next three years in areas such as manufacturing, agriculture, public health and people-to-people exchanges. ✔ China planned to invest 60 billion US dollars. By 2020, this number is expected to reach 100 billion dollars.  Africa has witnessed rapid industrialization. Today, over 30 China-invested industrial parks are in operation and another 70 are under construction. Both China and African cou


HEARD IN BEIJING "In the wake of the US defining China as a 'strategic competitor,' Sino-US relations will undergo a profound readjustment." -   Long Guoqiang , Vice President of the Development Research Center Some context:  Long said that in a People’s Daily op-ed on Wednesday. Chinese leaders increasingly believe that China and the US are engaged in a mulit-dimensional struggle akin to the Cold War. More in the Tip Sheet below.  THE TIP SHEET DRIVING THE DAY 1. China prepares for Cold War On Wednesday,  the People’s Daily ran an important op-ed by Long Guoqiang – deputy head of the State Council’s in-house think tank, the Development Research Center. Long voiced what is quickly becoming the consensus view on American motivations for a trade war: Long believes it's all a bid to contain China, just as the US did to the Soviet Union. Yep, that's right – Long sees this as the beginning of a new Cold War. Long also reiterated China’s basic game plan. D

China prepares for Cold War

  So urce: TRIVIUM CHINA On Wednesday,  the People’s Daily ran an important op-ed by Long Guoqiang – deputy head of the State Council’s in-house think tank, the Development Research Center. Long voiced what is quickly becoming the consensus view on American motivations for a trade war: Long believes it's all a bid to contain China, just as the US did to the Soviet Union. Yep, that's right – Long sees this as the beginning of a new Cold War. Long also reiterated China’s basic game plan. Don’t turn up the heat.But continue to match the US action for action. Be ready to resume negotiations any time. Meanwhile, Long suggests these domestic support measures: In the short-term, offer government assistance to companies hit by the tariffs – finding new markets for exporters and substitute sources for imports.In the long-term, avoid errors made by the Soviet Union – in other words, don’t abandon the domestic agenda. Get smart:  Long’s piece appears to reflect the thinking of top of


Aug 30, 2018 4:00:am SUMMARY Introduction China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – previously called ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ - has been designed by... BY: DR. FRANK UMBACH Introduction China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) – previously called ‘One Belt, One Road (OBOR)’ - has been designed by China as its new guiding economic and foreign policy framework with a focus on its direct neighborhood at its southern and western borders, but also reaching out to the Persian Gulf, Africa and Europe, involving 65 countries and 15 Chinese provinces until 2015/16. Meanwhile, investments as part of the BRI have extended to more than 80 countries. As centuries ago during the times of Marco Polo, China views itself as the ‘Middle Kingdom’ geographically and geopolitically and, therewith, as the global center of world trade. But the BRI is not just a strategy to enhance China’s commercial, trade and other economic interests. According to official declarations by China’s president Xi Jinp

Greece to strengthen cooperation with China under Belt and Road

by  Xinhua  Aug 29, 2018 14:04  TRADE   GREECE The foreign ministers of China and Greece have signed a Memorandum of Understanding related to further cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative.  China News Service                  The foreign ministers of China and Greece have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) related to further cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative, Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said on Tuesday. The spokesperson made the remarks during a routine  press conference , saying that the signing of the MoU is significant to both bilateral relations and Belt and Road cooperation. Related Articles Piraeus deal brings China and Greece closer together The port of Piraeus can become a catalyst for even closer cooperation between China and Greece, Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his Chinese counterpart Li Keqiang said on Monday. Jul 05, 2016 10:21  Li Keqiang   Alexis Tsipras   investment trade "The signing is like inst

Three Balochistan parties back Alvi’s presidential candidature

Saleem Shahid August 30, 2018 QUETTA: Balochistan Chief Minister Jam Kamal Khan along with PTI leader Dr Arif Alvi talks to media after a meeting on Wednesday.—INP QUETTA: Leaders of the Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has succeeded in winning support of three out of six parties that are part of the coalition government in Balochistan for PTI’s presidential candidate Dr Arif Alvi. The election for president will be held on Sept 4. A delegation of the PTI leaders comprising Jahangir Tareen, Defence Minister Pervez Khattak, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail and Dr Alvi arrived here on Wednesday and held meetings with leaders of different political parties to win their support for the PTI’s presidential candidate. The three parties which backed the PTI candidate for the presidential election are Balochistan Awami Party (BAP), Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) and Jamhoori Watan Party (JWP). ARTICLE CONTINUES AFTER AD Although the Awami National Party (ANP) is part of the six-party coalition gover

Conception of new Pakistan not possible without Balochistan: Dr Arif Alvi

QUETTA: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf’s presidential candidate Dr Arif Alvi on Wednesday said the conception of new Pakistan is not possible without removing the feelings of deprivation from Balochistan’s people. He expressed these views while talking to media when on arrival at Quetta airport. Federal Minister for Defense Pervez Khattak, PTI’s Jahangir Tareen, Deputy Speaker National Assembly Qasim Khan Suri and PTI Balochistan’s leadership were also present on the occasion. Dr Alvi thanked Prime Minister Imran Khan and allies for reposing confidence in him to contest the presidential election. Dr Alvi hoped that he would win the presidential election with majority. Despite this, he was determined to converse with assembly members of all political parties and convince them for presidential vote. Presidential candidate Dr Arif Alvi said that Prime Minister Imran Khan has guaranteed to remove Balochistan''s deprivation. Balochistan National Party Mengal’s Chief Sardar Akhtar

Gwadar Now Powered With Best-in-class 4G Services

  Umer Jamshaid   18 hours ago  Wed 29th August 2018 | In yet another landmark development, Telenor Pakistan has powered Gwadar city, historically an old fishing village that is now poised to become one of the world’s most thriving seaports, with its best-in-class 4G services ISLAMABAD (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 29th August, 2018) In yet another landmark development,  Telenor   Pakistan  has powered  Gwadar  city, historically an old fishing village that is now poised to become one of the world’s most thriving seaports, with its best-in-class  4g  services. Due to the unavailability of long-haul fiber optic to carry  traffic  in the region,  Telenor Pakistan  has usedstate-of-the-art satellite solution to deliver  4G  services to  Gwadar . Subsequently,  Telenor   Pakistan  users can now enjoy high speed data services at par with key metropolises like  Karachi ,  Lahore , and  Islamabad . Owing to its important strategic location and ongoing  CPEC  related developments wi

Mideast and Africa's road to China goes through Gwadar

By Daniel Hyatt, August 29, 2018 Photo taken on Jan. 29, 2018 shows a view of Gwadar port in southwest Pakistan's Gwadar. [Photo/Xinhua] At the center of three civilizations lies a city that came to prominence after China announced the revival of its ancient silk route under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Gwadar, a deep-sea port in southern Pakistan is offering an opportunity for the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia to re-establish their trading routes through the new global overture. As the Persian Gulf produces its abounding oil and Africa its raw materials, they transport ample consignments to China through a long and arduous route. Gwadar presents an alternative. The distance from Dubai, a major waypoint for shipping lines of the Persian Gulf, to China's Urumqi is around 8,100 miles if taken through the Strait of Malacca. Whereas the route through Gwadar is cut by more than half to 3,400 miles. Since the beginning of time, the Strait of Malacca

Planning minister directs to expedite completion of SEZs within three months

Web Desk  On  Aug 29, 2018 ISLAMABAD: Minister for Planning, Development and Reforms Makhdoom Khusro Bakhtiar has said that development of the Special Economic Zones (SEZs) under the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is the priority area of the new government to ensure creation of new jobs, achieve high economic growth and encourage exports. The minister was chairing a meeting attended by Secretary Ministry of Planning Shoaib Ahmad Siddiqui, Project Director CPEC Hassan Daud, officials from the Board of Investment and Ministry of Commerce and Industries. While reviewing progress on SEZs, the minister instructed to fast-track the processes and to enhance coordination among the line ministries to ensure early implementation of this important sector of CPEC. The minister stated that SEZs offers huge potential to create jobs which is a top priority and main commitment of the government to the people as per the vision of Prime Minister Imran Khan. He tasked all stakeholders to c

Suicide attack in Balochistan wake-up call for China and Pakistan

By  Dipanjan Roy Chaudhury , ET Bureau | Updated: Aug 30, 2018 China has been attempting to woo Baloch leaders and local political parties to safeguard CPEC, said an expert on Sino-Pak affairs, who did not wish to be identified. The recent  suicide attack  on Chinese engineers working on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor ( CPEC ) project in  Balochistan  poses a challenge to the Imran Khan government as well as  Pakistan  Army and signifies a risk that the project faces in a country where several internal conflicts are simmering. The attack by the son of a senior Baloch leader targeting a bus carrying Chinese engineers in Dalbandin, injuring three Chinese nationals, was a rare case of attempted suicide bombing by the Baloch Liberation Army (BLA), according to a keen watcher of Chinese projects in Pakistan’s biggest province. Balochistan, home to  Gwadar Port , a key pillar of the CPEC, is embroiled in a separatist movement which has now dragged  China  into the conflict because