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  1. Comment on China has imposed a massive 80 per cent tariff on Australian barley imports from today, saying the product has been imported against trade rules in ~news

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    "Corporate America loves China" China knows this very well, and will increasingly use the fact to punish, influence, and manipulate other countries to China's advantage (wouldn't the U.S. do the...

    "Corporate America loves China"

    China knows this very well, and will increasingly use the fact to punish, influence, and manipulate other countries to China's advantage (wouldn't the U.S. do the same?). While a bit of a tangent, take a look at this HN thread from just yesterday. This is a big enough topic that I was tempted to post it as its own thread here. If you think China's censorship is limited to Chinese media, think again. And expect a lot more of that.

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  2. Comment on I criticized my university’s ties to the Chinese government. Now I face expulsion in ~misc

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    Money talks. The United States has of course used this type of propaganda and intimidation in the past, and now China has the money to do it as well. This article is an illustrative read about how...

    Money talks. The United States has of course used this type of propaganda and intimidation in the past, and now China has the money to do it as well. This article is an illustrative read about how global soft power is financed through support for overseas academic institutions and specifically, in this case, the Chinese-funded "Confucius Institutes". What is more interesting is the use of Chinese nationals (often international students at universities) to provide local pressure on critics of China. This is the same at U.S. universities as well as in comment sections of popular online news publications. This strategy is only beginning.

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  3. Comment on China is committing human rights abuses in Hong Kong in ~misc

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    Since you are devolving into personal insults, I will leave this topic for now. But I do feel it is important to make one last point: you seem to be founding your comments on the assumption that I...

    The fact that this piece gets posted today and garners so many points, at a time when it has zero relevancy makes me think people care less about supporting a pro-democracy movement and more about just indulging in the media manufactured China-bashing.

    Since you are devolving into personal insults, I will leave this topic for now. But I do feel it is important to make one last point: you seem to be founding your comments on the assumption that I represent the U.K. or the U.S. or somewhere without an upstanding democratic history, and therefore cannot comment on China? This is absurd, only partly because you have absolutely no idea about my connections to China. Further, you can dismiss my concerns as "China bashing", but my focus is on rising authoritarianism generally. I firmly believe that people need to continue speaking up on this topic, continue posting on these concerns with examples from China or anywhere. I hope people (read: individuals, not representatives of a state) aren't disuaded from posting on these topics because someone says they don't have the moral authority or appropriate national identification card to do so. The world now and in the future is far too integrated for that kind of head-in-the-sand approach.

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  4. Comment on China is committing human rights abuses in Hong Kong in ~misc

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    Fair enough. I think you make very valid points. I would still urge people to avoid backing away from engagement in these issues. Instead, become more engaged, more critical, more aware, and focus...

    Fair enough. I think you make very valid points. I would still urge people to avoid backing away from engagement in these issues. Instead, become more engaged, more critical, more aware, and focus on both local action as well as solidarity with others across boarders. However, be cognizant of how governing powers will attempt to coopt your actions to support their goals (that is how I read you, @sinyavitsa).

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  5. Comment on China is committing human rights abuses in Hong Kong in ~misc

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    Well yes, it is in the Opinion piece of Al Jazeera for a reason. There is another side than simply thinking of pro-democracy intervention vs ignorance of these issues. People in all countries...

    Well yes, it is in the Opinion piece of Al Jazeera for a reason.

    There is another side than simply thinking of pro-democracy intervention vs ignorance of these issues. People in all countries should work toward solidarity across borders while we still have a chance. The point about worldwide expansion of authoritarian regimes is not just for shock value. When that advances past a certain state, we will no longer have any opportunity to support each other. Look around the world, you can see rising consciousness of how important this is -- and not just about authoritarian regimes, but also about corporate manipulation of superficially democratic regimes.

    Rather than write off Joshua Wong's opinion piece as propaganda (or maybe you don't know who Joshua Wong is?), we should be looking for ways to expand the conversation around the alarm call that he and others are raising.

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  6. Comment on China is committing human rights abuses in Hong Kong in ~misc

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    This fight is not just about Hong Kong.

    This fight is a global resistance to the worldwide expansion of authoritarian regimes.

    When the freedom and democracy of future generations are at stake, we ask the world to stand with us and join our fight!

    9 votes
  7. Comment on COVID-19 and China’s Marshall Plan. Fake aid and fake news in ~health.coronavirus

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    I won't debate that there is some conspiracy-theory to it, as there is in most current news. But to say this is mostly conspiracy theory is just ignoring the facts. Take a look at this Twitter...

    I won't debate that there is some conspiracy-theory to it, as there is in most current news. But to say this is mostly conspiracy theory is just ignoring the facts. Take a look at this Twitter post, for example: https://twitter.com/zlj517/status/1238111898828066823?lang=en And take a look at increasing reports with clear evidence that the CCP has greatly misreported the number of dead in Wuhan.

    And if you think the CCP isn't twisting this pandemic for political and geopolitical gain, then you vastly underestimate the CCP.

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  8. Comment on COVID-19 and China’s Marshall Plan. Fake aid and fake news in ~health.coronavirus

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    Funny how that happens when you're not only the party secretary, president and chairman of the military, but you've eliminated all dissenting voices and enshrined your own philosophy in the...

    Weird personification in the first section. "He" is china? Xi?

    Funny how that happens when you're not only the party secretary, president and chairman of the military, but you've eliminated all dissenting voices and enshrined your own philosophy in the constitution. While Donald Trump would certainly love to be in that position, the U.S. still has a chance to avoid driving off that cliff -- hopefully.

    Regardless, while the CCP plays a game where criticism of the Party is re-labeled as criticism of China or of the Chinese people. It's a nice internal propaganda trick, don't you think? But this article is describing actions of the Chinese government, not the people.

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  9. Comment on COVID-19 and China’s Marshall Plan. Fake aid and fake news in ~health.coronavirus

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    Here’s another perspective on Chinese geopolitical strategy unfolding amidst the drama of the coronavirus pandemic. Let no good disaster go to waste. I know my cynicism about the CCP war on...

    Here’s another perspective on Chinese geopolitical strategy unfolding amidst the drama of the coronavirus pandemic. Let no good disaster go to waste.

    I know my cynicism about the CCP war on liberal democracy is not popular on Tldes. Still I hope the article will be insightful for those of you who think there is still a window of opportunity for people to right the listing ship of democracy.

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  10. Comment on Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation in ~news

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    It would be great if we could rely on media to ignore or cut through the propaganda, but that seems very unlikely (for most mainstream news organizations). Instead, we the people need to leverage...

    It would be great if we could rely on media to ignore or cut through the propaganda, but that seems very unlikely (for most mainstream news organizations). Instead, we the people need to leverage user-generated content media like Tildes to call out intentionally-biased news.

    While Trump's disinformation campaign has been a regular topic of Tildes discussions, there has been no time like this COVID-19 pandemic to highlight the clear and present danger of the assault on real news. China's CCP suppressed news about the initial outbreak, delaying a chance to get out in front of it; and Trump's Whitehouse called it a hoax and ignited a spread of bad medical advice that still ripples around today (chloroquine poisoning anyone?).

    Sorry if I sound alarmist or sensationalistic, but I believe this is a big deal. Be vigilant, and study the both the facts and sources, and how they are reconfigured by mainstream news. Don't expect these propaganda and disinformation campaigns to be ignored by the media. The mainstream news parroting government and corporate propaganda is not on your side.

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  11. Comment on Blame game escalates between US and China over coronavirus disinformation in ~news

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    Propaganda has always been part of geopolitics, and “blame” for the COVID-19 pandemic will be no exception. New to the game though is extension of China’s normally inward-facing propaganda to...

    Propaganda has always been part of geopolitics, and “blame” for the COVID-19 pandemic will be no exception. New to the game though is extension of China’s normally inward-facing propaganda to rewrite reality for the rest of the world. The current effort is to deny the Wuhan origin of COVID-19 with a fiction that says it was created by the U.S. and planted in Wuhan, thereby absolving Xi Jinping’s government from any blame for initial mishandling of the outbreak.

    It will be an interesting forecast for future events if news media from around the world can all be convinced to buy the story from China’s propaganda department.

    Free and independent journalism is absolutely critical for the health of free society, and this is a new chapter in which we should all raise awareness about the the threats it faces.

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  12. Comment on Chinese scholar and outspoken critic directly blames Xi Jinping for severity of viral outbreak in ~health.coronavirus

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    And now, ladies and gentlemen, watch in amazement as Xi Jinping waves his fingers and causes Xu Zhangrun to disappear right before your very eyes!

    And now, ladies and gentlemen, watch in amazement as Xi Jinping waves his fingers and causes Xu Zhangrun to disappear right before your very eyes!

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  13. Comment on Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of 'crushed bodies' in ~news

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    You’re correct that the U.S. and some other “Western” countries deserve a lot of serious criticism, but that’s a sorry reason to ignore what is happening in China right now. And, taking the U.S....

    The hyper focus on China when there are plenty of other countries doing this, this instant, is extremely strange and IMO shows massive anxiety in Westerners.

    You’re correct that the U.S. and some other “Western” countries deserve a lot of serious criticism, but that’s a sorry reason to ignore what is happening in China right now. And, taking the U.S. as an example, there is still an opportunity for people to organize, rein in corporate influence on politics, and steer the government toward the principles and values it claims to stand on. There is no such option in China.

    So I do agree with you that China is not the only country with blood on its hands. But I disagree that this is a reason to simply look the other way. In fact, quite the opposite — Hong Kong’s Lady Liberty should be seen as a symbolic reminder that citizens of democratic countries have been irresponsible in taking their freedoms for granted. It is time to organize, to educate, to support each other (yes, even across borders), and speak up when democracy is being extinguished.

    It's honestly astonishing that the media has been dominated by the Hong Kong story but not a peep about Haiti, Ecuador, and the US-KSA genocide in Yemen...

    I absolutely agree with you here. The reckless irresponsibility of citizens in many democratic counties have allowed these things to happen. Just as with Hong Kong, we need to demand that people pay attention and work to prevent such shameful events in the future.

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  14. Comment on Hong Kong protests: President Xi warns of 'crushed bodies' in ~news

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    Touché. My meaning was that the dark new chapter would be the expansion of everything you just mentioned into Hong Kong. And that would be a prelude to the Chinese Communist Party’s increasingly...

    Touché. My meaning was that the dark new chapter would be the expansion of everything you just mentioned into Hong Kong. And that would be a prelude to the Chinese Communist Party’s increasingly aggressive assault on the geopolitical supports for democracy and human rights. With America’s Trumpian retreat from the world stage, China will feel yet further empowered to assert itself outside its borders. Hong Kong is falling now (yes, technically inside China’s borders) and China’s sights will next be set on Taiwan. I do have a glimmer of hope that people in the rest of the world will join voices and denounce this dark version of the future. But it will take a lot for that glimmer to ignite.

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