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Changing place names to ‘better reflect Chinese culture’ in Ningxia, and ‘wonderful’ Xinjiang “China’s Muslim detention camps spark protests  in Islamic world” reads the headline of  this Wall Street Journal article  (paywall) by Jeremy Page, Eva Dou, and Saeed Shah in Islamabad. The piece cites protests  among “Muslim groups in India and Bangladesh,” a movement in Kazakhstan where “hundreds of people have lobbied their government for help, following the detention of several Kazakh citizens and many more ethnic Kazakh Chinese nationals in the camps,” and the fact that Hizb ut-Tahrir, an Islamist group that claims it has a million members across 40 countries, has “called on Muslims this month to be wary of Chinese investment and to oppose Chinese rule in Xinjiang.” The family of a Uyghur man  detained in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) “have expressed concern that he will be deported to China,”  reports Al Jazeera : “ Emirati police officers  arrested Abudujilili Supi on Thursday after he left afternoon prayers at the Abdullah bin Rawaha mosque in Sharjah, where he

Tech Firms Are Boosting China’s Cyber Power

   Cooperation, often mandatory, carries risks as well as benefits. by Sarah Cook  Last fall, the Chinese Communist Party declared its goal of turning China into a “cyber superpower,” with improved capabilities and influence in areas ranging from domestic censorship to global internet governance. The regime has made important progress since then, often with the help of Chinese and foreign corporations. But these gains come with a cost, not only to human rights and internet freedom, but also to the cooperating technology firms’ profits and reputations. Cutting-edge censorship and surveillance  Some aspects of the government’s innovation drive have clear public benefits. In August, for example, state-owned China Unicom successfully launched and tested its first high-speed 5G mobile network in Beijing, which it plans to roll out across the city by next summer.  But other advances are more problematic. An August 14 report by the Toronto-based Citizen Lab revealed two forms of image c

Why foreign students along the belt and road are jostling to enrol in China’s universities

SOCIETY Squeezed out of college places in their home countries and drawn by Chinese scholarships, students from nations along the route of Beijing’s massive infrastructure plan are pouring into China, reshaping regional educ ation Simone McCarthy UPDATED : Thursday, 27 Sep 2018, 7:49PM  16 When she began applying for admission to universities in pursuit of a master’s degree, Pakistan native Maira Tahir aimed high and far, sending out applications across a huge swathe of the globe. Her requests to be considered for a spot at a top school landed on the desks of admissions officers in the United States, Finland – and China. In the end, she accepted an offer of admission from Shanghai Jiao Tong University, an old public research university in China known as “The MIT of the East”. What helped Tahir make her decision was not just the school's reputation and tradition – it was founded in 1896 at the edict of the 10th emperor of the Qing dynasty (1644-1912) – but something more tan

TRIVIUM CHINA: The Tip sheet, know china better

TRIVIUM CHINA HEARD IN BEIJING "Protectionism is on the rise and is forcing us to take the path of self-reliance. It’s not a bad thing." - Xi Jinping , CCP General Secretary Some context:  Xi said that during his trip to Heilongjiang this week. He’s obsessed with the idea of making China self-reliant. The trade war with the US is only helping to make his case – so he welcomes the challenge.  Help us make the case that the Tip Sheet is an essential daily read on Chinese politics, policy, and economics. Forward it to friends and colleagues who can  click here to subscribe.   And while you're at it – be part of our conversation. Send us your comments, questions, tips, and complaints, so we can continue improving the Tip Sheet. THE TIP SHEET DRIVING THE DAY 1. Xi’s self-reliance message in Dongbei Xi Jinping was up in Heilongjiang Province on Tuesday and Wednesday. On his itinerary were visits to state-owned farms and equipment manufactures. He used the visits as

Does India endorse a US-led regional order?

23 September 2018 Author: Jagannath Panda, IDSA Despite US President Donald Trump’s cold approach, the strategic partnership between India and the United States is deepening. The civil nuclear agreement signed in October 2008 marked a new beginning. And both the 2016 Logistics Exchange Memorandum of Agreement and the 2018 Communication, Compatibility, Security Agreement have strengthened the relationship further. The US decision to rename the Pacific Command the Indo-Pacific Command also gave a symbolic nod to India’s centrality in the region. With this momentum, it is natural to assume that India sees the United States as a strong partner in the future, both militarily and strategically. But this should not be misconstrued as an endorsement of a US-led regional order. The US vision for the regional security order is based on anti-China tendencies, contradicting India’s vision for a regional order which is ‘inclusive’. Though China is viewed by India as an adversary in some respe

Middle Eastern Black Swans Dot China’s Belt And Road – Analysis

 September 23, 2018   James M. Dorsey    2 Comments By  James M. Dorsey f any one part of the world has forced China to throw its long-standing foreign and defense policy principles out the window and increasingly adopt attitudes associated with a global power, it is the greater Middle East, a region that stretches from the Atlantic coast of Africa to north-western China, a swath of land populated by the Arab, Turkic and Persian worlds. It was a series of incidents in 2011 during the popular Arab revolts that drove home the fact that China would not be able to protect with its existing foreign and defence policy kit its mushrooming Diaspora and exponentially expanding foreign investments that within a matter of a few years would be grouped as the infrastructure and connectivity-driven Belt and Road initiative linking the Eurasian landmass to the People’s Republic. Policy principles of non-interference in the domestic affairs of others, an economically-driven win-win approach as a

China almost has Australia surrounded. But its debt-trap diplomacy has been exposed

Jamie SeidelNews Corp Australia Network September 25, 2018 4:23AM TOPICS World News Asia CHINA’s island-grabbing campaign is getting close to home. It’s muscling in on tiny nations from the Indian to the Pacific Oceans. But Australia’s begun pushing back. Ceylon. Savo Island. Coral Sea. Guadalcanal. Gilbert and Marshall Islands. Tarawa. Truk. Guam. These were names plucked from obscurity by bloody battles against Japan during World War II. They were battles fought because these seemingly insignificant islands — some little more than coral atolls and volcanic outcrops — are important. They are remote outposts, rare landfalls in vast oceans. They sit astride shipping lanes that carry the lifeblood of South-East Asia’s and Oceania’s economies. Those controlling these specks on the map potentially have an impact on world affairs seemingly out of all proportion. Not since the darkest days of World War II has Australia begun to feel the pressure of isolation and constraint. Germany