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UK Carrier Strike Group to Embark on 6-month Indo-Pacific Deployment
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UK Carrier Strike Group to Embark on 6-month Indo-Pacific Deployment

      Britain will send a Carrier Strike Group to the Indo-Pacific region next month in a massive show of force aimed at countering the security challenges posed by the Chinese regime. The Carrier Strike Group, which will be led by the new aircraft carrier HMS Queen Elizabeth, will be the “largest concentration of maritime and air power” in the UK, said the Ministry of Defence (MoD) in a press release.
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      The most dangerous place on Earth

      The most dangerous place on Earth

      America and China must work harder to avoid war over the future of Taiwan. May 1st 2021 The test of a first-rate intelligence, wrote F. Scott Fitzgerald, is the ability to hold two opposing ideas in mind at the same time and still retain the ability to function. For decades just such an exercise of high-calibre ambiguity has kept the peace between America and China over Taiwan, an island of 24m people, 100 miles (160km) off China’s coast. Leaders in Beijing say there is only one China, which they run, and that Taiwan is a rebellious part of it. America nods to the one China idea, but has spent 70 years ensuring there are two.
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      The most dangerous place on Earth

      Global microchip shortage has China eyeing Taiwan

      One hundred miles off the coast of China is the largest and most sophisticated microchip maker in the world – Taiwan. These chips power the world's cars, phones, and computers. China consumes more than half of them and wants more as its economy grows and is increasingly casting an eye to their island neighbor to the east to get them – some worry by military force one day.
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      ‘We will defend ourselves to the very end’: Taiwan minister’s vow as China ‘prepares final assault’

      ‘We will defend ourselves to the very end’: Taiwan minister’s vow as China ‘prepares final assault’

      China is "preparing for its final military assault" on Taiwan, the island's foreign minister has told Sky News, as he vowed to "defend ourselves to the very end". In an exclusive interview, Joseph Wu said that China had "been conducting misinformation campaigns, hybrid warfare, and recently they have increased their grey zone activities against Taiwan".
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      Activists fear HK immigration bill will allow arbitrary travel bans

      Activists fear HK immigration bill will allow arbitrary travel bans

      An immigration bill on Hong Kong’s legislative agenda for Wednesday would give authorities virtually unlimited powers to prevent residents and others entering or leaving the former British colony, lawyers, diplomats and rights groups say.
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      Beijing calls Hong Kong bar association chief an ‘anti-China politician’

      Beijing calls Hong Kong bar association chief an ‘anti-China politician’

      Authorities lambast British-born Paul Harris for criticising treatment of pro-democracy campaigners. Beijing and Hong Kong authorities have accused the British-born head of Hong Kong’s bar association of being an “anti-China politician” after he criticised jail sentences imposed on pro-democracy activists.
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      Scotland’s advocate group demands action on Chinese sanctions and urge international action

      Scotland’s advocate group demands action on Chinese sanctions and urge international action

      The Faculty of Advocates for Scotland have signed a letter condemning the sanctions issued by the Chinese Government against barristers. Other groups signing the letter include the Bar Council of England and Wales, the Bar of Ireland, and the Bar Council of Northern Ireland.
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      Interview: Luke de Pulford on U.K. Parliament’s genocide resolution

      Interview: Luke de Pulford on U.K. Parliament’s genocide resolution

      The British government can't make taking action on genocide dependent on international courts, Luke de Pulford, London-based coordinator for the Inter-Parliamentary Alliance on China (IPAC), tells Axios in an interview. Why it matters: China's enormous sway at the UN and the lack of jurisdiction of international courts over China's actions in Xinjiang make it more difficult for the international community to take measures to stop the atrocities there.
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      Europeans reassess the double-edged sword of trade with China

      Europeans reassess the double-edged sword of trade with China

      EU exports to China have grown at a double-digit pace since the pandemic struck a year ago, a rare bright spot in Europe’s otherwise bleak economic landscape. But China’s actions in places such as Xinjiang and Hong Kong have made it clear to European companies that trade with China can be a double-edged sword, prompting some to reassess their links to the world’s second-largest economy and call on their governments to take a harder line with Beijing on human rights and unfair competition.
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      Canadian Nationals: Living in Xinjiang Like Being in a ‘Huge Penitentiary’

      Canadian Nationals: Living in Xinjiang Like Being in a ‘Huge Penitentiary’

      Two Canadians who lived in China’s Xinjiang Autonomous Zone for almost a decade have stepped forward to speak about how they witnessed the region’s transformation to a security state as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP’s) Uyghur genocide ramped up.
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      An Appeal for Freedom Outside Chinese Embassy in UK

      An Appeal for Freedom Outside Chinese Embassy in UK

      On April 25, Falun Gong practitioners stood opposite the Chinese Embassy in London to mark the 22nd anniversary of the historic Zhongnanhai appeal, a peaceful demonstration held by 10,000 Falun Gong practitioners outside the Chinese leadership compound in Beijing.
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      Alleged Cooperation Between Chinese Military and Wuhan Lab

      Alleged Cooperation Between Chinese Military and Wuhan Lab

      The controversial virology lab in Wuhan, China, may have collaborated with the Chinese military on virus research. A Chinese regime agency funding the research says it has seen great progress.
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      Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission Chairman Has Significant Ties to Communist China

      Lancet’s COVID-19 Commission Chairman Has Significant Ties to Communist China

      Jeffrey Sachs, chairman of medical journal Lancet’s Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Commission, has extensive ties to organizations associated with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), including China-United States Exchange Foundation (CUSEF), the China Energy Fund Committee (CEFC), and Huawei, according to The National Pulse.
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      EU accuses Russia and China of Covid vaccine disinformation war

      EU accuses Russia and China of Covid vaccine disinformation war

      Russia and China are trying to undermine trust in western coronavirus vaccines while promoting their own jabs and using tensions with Britain over vaccines to sow division, an EU report has found.
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      EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation Around the COVID-19 Pandemic (UPDATE DECEMBER 2020 – APRIL 2021) – EU vs DISINFORMATION

      EEAS SPECIAL REPORT UPDATE: Short Assessment of Narratives and Disinformation Around the COVID-19 Pandemic

      The objective of this report is to provide a snapshot overview of the current trends and insights into disinformation activities related to COVID-19/Coronavirus. The report builds on the findings of previous EEAS special reports on this subject, notably the update covering May-November (2020)[i]. In the period of this period, it became clear that yet another type of information manipulation had manifested itself; an aggressive promotion of one type of vaccines and state strategy while denigrating others.
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      China’s Belt Road Initiative has turned into DEBT Road Initiative. Montenegro is the newest victim  – Sharon’s Straight Talk ​

      China’s Belt Road Initiative has turned into DEBT Road Initiative. Montenegro is the newest victim – Sharon’s Straight Talk ​

      Montenegro, a small and beautiful Balkan state, is in trouble. The country is deep in debt, over 100% of its GDP. Experts would tell you, for a less developed economy, 40% of GDP is the limit. One-quarter of that debt, nearly 1 billion US dollars, is owed to China. A debt that Montenegro is struggling to repay. How did it get into this mess? And Why did China get involved? Is it really a Debt Trap?
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      Cracks appear in China’s New Silk Road | DW | 01.05.2021

      Cracks appear in China’s New Silk Road | DW | 01.05.2021

      Australia has canceled infrastructure projects that were meant to boost trade with Beijing. The move is a loss of face for Chinese President Xi Jinping and could prompt other countries to back away from similar deals.
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