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Posts published in September 2019

Zhejiang University Steals/Copies Boston Dynamics Technology. Marco Rubio Pushes TAIPEI Act. Continuing Protests in Hong Kong.

While not denying that it happens, this writer has sometimes thought that the talk of China stealing much of their technology from the U.S. and other countries has been overblown. China certainly has plenty of smart engineers and scientists, so do they really need to steal that much technology? But after seeing this video, it certainly looks like some well-known technology was stolen, or at least copied, from the U.S. company Boston Dynamics.

Now look at a short clip of Boston Dynamics’ Spot Mini that will be for sale commercially soon – one of a series of similar robots that the company has developed:

The similarities are unmistakable. Was Zhejiang University’s robot technology stolen or copied? We can’t say. But it is certainly not original.

After the Solomon Islands switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to mainland China, it has been facing backlash, most prominently from Senators Marco Rubio and Cory Gardner (both Republicans). They are pushing for passage of the TAIPEI Act, which promotes diplomatic recognition of Taiwan by other countries and sanctions countries that switch diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to mainland China. The bill has bipartisan support, but did not pass the Senate in 2018. Given recent events in Hong Kong and elsewhere, we would not be surprised if the bill gains more support this year.

This Taiwan News article has more details: https://www.taiwannews.com.tw/en/news/3778287

The protests in Hong Kong continued today, with the Hong Kong police once again demonstrating that they are completely out of control and lawless, and the leadership denying that there is any problem at all. First of all:

And then, of course, Hong Kong police spokespeople saying they don’t see any problem:

There are none so blind as those who will not see. The most deluded people are those who choose to ignore what they already know.

Increasing Violence in Hong Kong; Entering Category 2 Phase of Insurgency?

Sadly, but predictably, there seems to be more and more violence in Hong Kong. The CCP has decided to use a tactic of more direct confrontations with the protests. This has happened just in the past couple of days, In the past, there were frequent confrontations between protesters and Hong Kong police, but not many between pro-Beijing people and pro-democracy demonstrators. Now, there are more and more confrontations between pro-democracy demonstrators and pro-Beijing elements, presumably triad gang members and possibly People’s Armed Police agents and agitators. Since there were few direct confrontations between pro-democracy people and pro-CCP people, it is likely that many or most of the pro-CCP people are paid agitators and provocateurs.

War correspondent Michael Yon has been on the scene in Hong Kong for some time with first-hand reporting and video. His Facebook page has many videos and first-hand observations and opinion on the situation there.

In a Facebook post from September 4th, Yon describes five phases of insurgency:

Hong Kong: Category 1 phase of insurgency — will it go beyond this? I do not know. And so I keep watching and…

Posted by Michael Yon on Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Yon describes category 2 insurgency as “Economic damage increases. Dehumanization increases in preparation for economic, political, and physical combat. Killing begins.” Is Hong Kong nearing category 2 insurgency? This video, of protesters beating a pro-Beijing man unconscious make this writer think that perhaps it is.

The CCP’s pet media, like Global Times, is playing this as much as possible to turn public opinion away from the pro-democracy movement. Because it is such a violent attack, the CCP’s propaganda may work to some degree. (Note that pro-CCP agitators have been seen wearing blue shirts recently).

On the other side, pro-CCP goons attacked and beat pro-democracy demonstrators at an MTR station:

These clashes are looking more and more like rival gang battles. With the backing of the Hong Kong establishment, government, and police, and possibly People’s Armed Police agents, the pro-Beijing gang would seem to have an advantage, but the pro-democracy demonstrators have the advantage of numbers, passion, support of most residents of Hong Kong, and international support (whether or not international support makes any difference remains to be seen). These are perilous times in Hong Kong. If a police officer is killed, that may be the trigger (the trigger Beijing has been looking for?) to unleash a bloody crack down on the pro-democracy movement. Let us all hope that it doesn’t come to that.

Beijing Ramping Up Violence in Hong Kong

Several media sources are reporting on clashes between pro-democracy demonstrators and pro-CCP agitators in Hong Kong.

SCMP Post on Twitter
Tom Grundy of Hong Kong Free Press

Pro-CCP agitators attacked random passers-by – it appears just about any young person – and when Hong Kong police arrived, none of the blue-shirted agitators was arrested. The Hong Kong police appear to be cooperating with pro-Beijing thugs (triad gang members?). Note also that some of the police are in plain clothes and are not carrying identification. When asked by reporters to show identification, as they must according to Hong Kong law, they threatened the reporters. Are they actually Hong Kong police, or are they mainland China People’s Armed Police that have infiltrated the Hong Kong police?

Kids as young as 11 years old were arrested by the Hong Kong police.

All of this happened in the past day, and it is intentional.

These are not, for the most part, random Hong Kong people that are “pro-Beijing.” They are paid agitators, triad gang members, perhaps even People’s Armed Police agents, and the Hong Kong police are cooperating with them. Despite all of their rhetoric about returning Hong Kong to normal, stopping the violence, and so on, Beijing is ramping up the violence on purpose. They want to violently crack down on the pro-democracy movement, but they also don’t want to be seen as overtly doing so, so they resort to covert tactics like these to give themselves plausible deniability. Arresting and beating children and teenagers, even when they aren’t taking part in any protest, is intended to scare these kids and their parents from participating in demonstrations or supporting the pro-democracy movement. Using triad gang members and plainclothes People’s Armed Police agents as provocateurs and shock troops allows Beijing and the HK government to deny responsibility for the violence. But it is Beijing and the Hong Kong government and police that are responsible. At this point, we are speculating that the Hong Kong government may have entirely lost control of the Hong Kong police. The police no longer care about the law; they are openly beating people in the streets, violating Hong Kong law, arresting people for no reason whatsoever, and even arresting young children. Has someone from Beijing taken direct control of the Hong Kong police?

China’s Gulag

At China Daily News, we’ve focused much of our attention on the ongoing pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong. Because Hong Kong is still (for now) open and accessible, we hear much more about it, and the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement is technically and media-savvy, so it is adept at drawing people’s attention.

Arguably, however, what is happening to the Uyghurs in Xinjiang province is a much larger humanitarian and human rights crisis. According to reports, as many as one million Uyghurs have been rounded up and sent to “re-education” (read “concentration”) camps. [Human Rights Watch report here] [UPDATE: This Financial Times article says 1.5 million Uyghurs have been sent to the camps.]

Of course, the CCP does its best to keep this out of the news and minimize whatever reporting does come out about it. Fortunately, there are prominent leaders in the U.S. that have been paying attention.

Senator Rubio, Florida Republican, has been urging the U.S. Congress to pass the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and for President Trump to sign it into law. Today, it passed the U.S. Senate, and next will be taken up by the House of Representatives, where it is also very likely to pass.

We completely agree with Senator Rubio’s statement, but would add that it is long overdue that the democracy and freedom-loving people of the whole world start standing up to the CCP’s oppression and bullying, not just of other countries, but of its own people – whether they are Xinjiang Uyghurs, Tibetans, the people of Hong Kong, or the everyday people – the laobaixing -living throughout China. Human rights are human rights – and even if someone happens to live in China, those rights still exist. The CCP may violate and oppress people’s rights, but they cannot take them away – they are inherent in being human.

We urge the full U.S. Congress to pass the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act and the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act as quickly as possible, and for President Trump to sign them into law, irrespective of the status of any trade negotiations taking place with China.

No Hong Kong Protests out of Respect for 9/11

We posted an article on September 10th, 2019 on China Daily’s disgusting and offensive use of images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City. China Daily claimed that the Hong Kong protesters were planning massive terror attacks in Hong Kong. Of course, like so much that the CCP’s media lapdogs reports, it was complete and utter nonsense (stronger words come to mind, but we like to keep out articles free of profanity).

Today, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong proved that it was nonsense and also that it is a group with morals and conscience. They released a statement that there would only be peaceful protests on 9/11 – non confrontations with the police. The Hong Kong Free press reports:

As an American, this writer truly, truly appreciates this gesture. Watching the second jetliner crash into the WTC tower was one of the most horrifying events I have ever experienced – perhaps the most. Watching people – my fellow Americans – make the terrible choice to commit suicide by jumping out of the tower, rather than be burned alive was unimaginable and heartbreaking.

The contrast here (to continue a theme for today) shows the character of the CCP versus that of the protesters. The CCP’s media lapdogs continually try to smear the protest movement as violent, and even as sex abusers, but in actual fact, it is the CCP and its supporters who are devoid of morals, abusers of the natural rights of all humanity, thieves of others’ property, and a danger to the entire world. We have said it before – the Chinese people deserve a much better government than they have.

A Study in Contrasts

Hong Kong people singing the Chinese national anthem at a mall in Hong Kong:

Hong Kong people in a mall singing the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong, “Glory to Hong Kong”:

Does anything more need to be said about the popularity of the pro-democracy movement versus the popularity of the CCP in Hong Kong? We think not.

Carrie Lam Echoes Beijing Line on U.S. “Meddling;” Hong Kong Executive Council Member Throws Wild Accusations at Protest Movement

In a clear sign that Carrie Lam, chief executive of Hong Kong, is controlled by the CCP from Beijing, and echoing the typical CCP rhetoric, she said today that it was unnecessary for the U.S. to intervene in the affairs of Hong Kong by passing the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act.

The South China Morning Post quotes Lam as saying:

Any form of interference from foreign congresses is extremely inappropriate,” Lam said. “I hope no more local figures, particular those in certain positions, will ask proactively for the American congress to pass the act.

SCMP article

Ironically, Lam’s remarks show exactly why passing the bill is appropriate and so urgently needed. She is echoing the typical CCP line on non-interference in China’s “internal affairs,” which just lends weight to the Hong Kong peoples’ belief that she is a puppet of Beijing.

Unfortunately, this isn’t the most egregious thing said by Hong Kong government officials today. Executive Council member Fanny Law, appearing on a radio talk show, said this:

Reacting to a listener’s email which alleged that some girls are being tasked to provide “comfort” to frontline protesters, Law said: “I think we have confirmed that this is a true case. I am so sad for these young girls who have been misled into offering free sex.”

RTHK article
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1479601-20190909.htm

Pro-democracy protesters responded at a press conference:

Speaking at the self-styled Citizens’ Press Conference on Monday evening, the protesters said Mrs Law didn’t back her claims with evidence, and called on her to report the matter to police if she has proof.

“This is another example of the state campaign against protesters and this shows the quality of the government,” said a protester who calls himself Ezra Chan.

“Without legitimately responding to our demands, they have chosen to launch a smear campaign against everyone and this is why we’re against fake news,” he said.

RTHK article
https://news.rthk.hk/rthk/en/component/k2/1479695-20190909.htm

The Hong Kong government is seriously out of touch and out of control. Flinging wild accusations without rock-solid evidence to back them just discredits the government even more.

China Daily’s Disgusting, Offensive Fake News

When you view as much of the CCP’s pet media as we do, one tends to become inured to the childish lies and propaganda that they spew every day. Most of it is obviously false and convinces only ignorant or weak-minded people. Frankly, it seems aimed more at the legions of the “50-cent army” than it does to people of democratic countries.

However, once in a while, they post something so incredibly stupid and offensive that it is almost unbelievable. Look at this Facebook post from China Daily’s Hong Kong edition:

Anti-government fanatics are planning massive terror attacks, including blowing up gas pipes, in Hong Kong on September…

Posted by China Daily Hong Kong on Monday, September 9, 2019

How anyone thought it was a good idea to use the image of the 9/11 terror attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York in this disgusting fake news post is just absolutely beyond comprehension. Just how low will the CCP sink? It is yet another reminder that the CCP is run by thugs with no moral compass whatsoever. It saddens us that China, with its long history and rich, fascinating culture is run by fools and knaves, devoid of conscience. The Chinese people deserve a much better government than they have. Support the Hong Kong people in freeing themselves from those tyrannical monsters.

Yet More Police Brutality in Hong Kong

This is insane.

Yes, we are aware that there is a longer video that shows what was happening before the police threw the tear gas grenade. It doesn’t matter. The police have no right to throw a tear gas grenade with no warning and with no idea who is in the area. In this case, the grenade struck a journalist in the head before falling to the ground and exploding. If the timing had been just a little different, that journalist could have been seriously injured or killed.

Some people claim to hear the police officers speaking Mandarin Chinese. The Hong Kong people generally speak Cantonese, which sounds quite different. This writer cannot hear what the officers are saying clearly. It does not sound like Cantonese, in any case. Many people are speculating that these officers are actually mainland China People’s Armed Police officers dressed as Hong Kong police. If so, it would explain why they are speaking what sounds like Mandarin, rather than Cantonese, and why they are so uncaring and ill-trained that they would throw a tear gas grenade directly into a group of journalists.

Given the escalation of undeniable police brutality in Hong Kong over the past few weeks, it is entirely believable that the Hong Kong police have been infiltrated, or possibly even taken over, by the People’s Armed Police or elements of the PLA. This is entirely speculation, but could the rotation of the PLA unit stationed in Hong Kong a couple of weeks ago been part of this?

Students Form Human Chains in Hong Kong

Hong Kong Free Press reports that students today formed human chains in Hong Kong in peaceful demonstrations in support of the protest movement.

Hong Kong Free Press

We posted an article on August 24th about the human chains that were formed across Hong Kong – the “Hong Kong Way” chains – to demonstrate for the rights of Hong Kong and in celebration of the “Baltic Way” chains that were part of the demonstrations that led to freedom for the Baltic countries from the Soviet Union.

These kinds of protests are effective, especially for students that are too young (in our opinion) to face the dangers of physical confrontations with Hong Kong’s increasingly violent police. Singing, holding hands in solidarity, and other non-violent demonstrations by young people can be very powerful, especially in gaining support from the older people, who naturally want to protect them.

That protection is needed, as the Hong Kong police have even resorted to beating high school students while they are at school. It’s hard to image, but unfortunately true:

Hong Kong Free Press video at YouTube

Fortunately, today’s demonstration by school students was not violent. Other protests in Hong Kong today, sadly, were.

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