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·         China Will Soon Have All Tools Needed For Taiwan Invasion, Say Analysts

China will also resort to non-military options to achieve its goal

 

·         Japan Finds Chinese Ships Moving Equipment For Gas Exploration In East China Sea, Files Protest

The work is happening on the west of the median line between the countries

·         China accessed data of US TikTok users repeatedly, report says

TikTok's parent company is required to share data with the Chinese government

 

·         Residents say China used health tracker for crowd control

… a woman surnamed Ai said shortly after she checked into a hotel in Zhengzhou, she was questioned by a group of police who asked her why she was there. She replied that she wished to withdraw money from the bank. Shortly after, she found her health code had turned red even though she had a negative COVID-19 test result in the previous 48 hours. She was immediately taken to a quarantine hotel by a pandemic prevention worker…

 

 

 

China Will Soon Have All Tools Needed For Taiwan Invasion, Say Analysts

 

    China will also resort to non-military options to achieve its goal

    Taiwan said 10 Chinese warplanes flew into Tits ADIZ Sunday

    Beijing will try to integrate Taiwan economically into China

 

By Meera Suresh, International Business Times 

06/20/22

 

As China mounts pressure on Taiwan, defense analysts have predicted that Beijing will double down on its tactics to take over the island nation.

 

The observations come as the ruling power recently reiterated its determination to "reunify" Taiwan at the Shangri-La Dialogue conference. Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe had made it clear at the meeting that Beijing would fight any efforts to make Taiwan independent at all costs.

 

According to Ridzwan Rahmat, a principal defense analyst at Janes, the chance of an armed conflict between Beijing and Taiwan is significantly higher now than it was five years ago.

 

"This is because the PLA will soon be equipped with the tools needed to mount an invasion force across the Taiwan Strait. Given this ability, we can expect Beijing to exhibit a lot more assertiveness when it comes to dealing with Taiwan," Rahmat was quoted by South China Morning Post.

 

Other analysts too believe that the emerging superpower will use more gray zone tactics in Taiwan. Zeno Leoni, a defense studies lecturer at King's College London, told  DW  that military involvement in Taiwan will be too risky. "Because of all of this, they tend to use gray zone tactics [against Taiwan], and we could see more and more of that in the future. These are ways to exert pressure on Taiwan without upsetting the United States and triggering any reaction from the West," he added...

 

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https://www.ibtimes.com/china-will-soon-have-all-tools-needed-taiwan-invasion-say-analysts-3545232

 

 

Japan Finds Chinese Ships Moving Equipment For Gas Exploration In East China Sea, Files Protest

 

    Japan claims China is carrying out new construction work for gas field exploration

    The work is happening on the west of the median line between the countries

    Japan regards the median line as the demarcation line while China counters it

 

By Meera Suresh, International Business Times 

06/20/22

 

The relations between Japan and China have worsened after Tokyo filed its protest against the alleged unilateral resource development work carried out by Beijing in the disputed waters of the East China Sea.

 

Senior diplomats from Japan and China will meet this Thursday to discuss Tokyo's allegation that Beijing was setting up gas field exploration platforms on the west of the equidistance line between the countries, reported Kyodo News.

 

The work is reportedly being done in the East China Sea, where no official border between the two countries exists. The meeting is the first one since last November, and will have Takehiro Funakoshi, head of the Asian and Oceanian Affairs Bureau at the Foreign Ministry, representing Japan. China will field Hong Liang, who is in charge of boundary and ocean affairs.

 

According to the Japanese government, the Japan Maritime Self-Defense Force found Chinese ships transporting what would be the "foundation" of a new structure on the west side of a Tokyo-proposed median line separating the countries' exclusive economic zones in the sea. While Japan regards the median line as the demarcation line, China says its EEZ extends much further.

 

"It is extremely regrettable that China is proceeding with its unilateral development activity, even though it is on the west side of the equidistance line between Japan and China," the ministry said in a statement.

 

Japanese Navy also found another area of ongoing construction by China in nearby waters. Tokyo claims it is aware of 18 structures developed by Beijing on the Chinese side of the median line in the sea.

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Earlier this month, the Japanese Foreign Ministry officials claimed the Chinese ship was spotted releasing what was likely observation equipment into the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zone near the southern prefecture of Okinawa. The research vessel was spotted by a Japanese coast guard patrol boat about 73 kilometers north of Ishigaki Island… 

 

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https://www.ibtimes.com/japan-finds-chinese-ships-moving-equipment-gas-exploration-east-china-sea-files-3545289

 

 

China accessed data of US TikTok users repeatedly, report says

TikTok's parent company is required to share data with the Chinese government

 

By Anders Hagstrom, Fox News

June 19, 2022

 

The Chinese parent company of TikTok had access to American users' data for months even while U.S. employees did not have access themselves, according to leaked audio.

 

The audio, obtained by BuzzFeed News, covers more than 80 internal meetings at TikTok between the months of September 2021 and January 2022. It showed that U.S. employees were not permitted to access user data and instead relied on Chinese employees to do so, according to BuzzFeed.

 

TikTok's parent company, ByteDance, is required under Chinese law to share its data with the Chinese Communist Party whenever requested...

 

... Former President Donald Trump signed an executive order banning the app from the U.S. in 2020, but President Joe Biden prevented the ban from taking effect soon after entering office...

 

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https://www.foxnews.com/tech/china-accessed-data-us-tiktok-users-repeatedly-report

 

 

Residents say China used health tracker for crowd control

 

By Huizhong Wu, Associated Press

June 17, 2022

 

TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Angry bank customers who traveled to a city in central China to retrieve their savings from troubled rural banks have been stopped by a health app on their cellphone.

 

Chinese residents are required to have the health app, which displays a code indicating their health status, including possible exposure to COVID-19. A green code is required to use public transportation and to enter locations such as offices, restaurants and malls. But some depositors at the banks in central Henan province said their codes were turned red to stop them.

 

The incident has started a national debate on how a tool designed for public health was appropriated by political forces to tamp down controversy.

 

The issue started in April, when customers found they could not access online banking services. They tried to report the banks and get their money back, but didn’t get replies.

 

Thousands of people who had opened accounts with the six rural banks in Henan and Anhui provinces began trying to withdraw their savings after media reports that the head of the banks’ parent company was on the run. The majority shareholder of several of the banks, Sun Zhenfu, was wanted by authorities for “serious financial crimes,” according to the official media outlet The Paper...

 

... In one since-deleted account on the social media app WeChat, a woman surnamed Ai said shortly after she checked into a hotel in Zhengzhou, she was questioned by a group of police who asked her why she was there. She replied that she wished to withdraw money from the bank. Shortly after, she found her health code had turned red even though she had a negative COVID-19 test result in the previous 48 hours.

 

She was immediately taken to a quarantine hotel by a pandemic prevention worker.

 

Sixth Tone interviewed over a dozen people who said their health codes turned red after they scanned a QR code in the city... 

 

... With a red health code, it’s impossible to go to any public venues, or even to board a train.

 

One bank customer, who gave her last name as Liu, said she saw that many people were reporting their health codes had turned red after arriving in Zhengzhou.

 

Liu, who did not go to Zhengzhou herself, said she tested the code change after others reported it in their shared group chat. After scanning the QR code from a photo someone had shared in the group, Liu found that her health code also turned red.

 

Another bank customer told Sixth Tone that he got a red code after scanning in at the train station in Zhengzhou and was taken into police custody. A few hours after police officers made him leave Zhengzhou, his health code turned green...

 

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https://apnews.com/article/covid-technology-health-government-and-politics-7b1ea828f10f76e8190410457a05286f