August 12 2020

Asia

India Pulls The Plug On Another 47 Chinese Apps Over Data Privacy & Security

India has banned another 47 Chinese apps just weeks after the country blocked 59 others over national security and privacy concerns.

US Officials Raid Chinese Consulate in Houston Believed to be Spy Hub

US officials pried open the doors of the Chinese consulate in Houston Friday, taking over the building shortly after Chinese officials vacated the facility.

China orders US to close Chengdu consulate in apparent retaliation for Houston shutdown order

China orders closure of US consulate in Chengdu, apparent retaliation for the Trump admin closing China’s Houston consulate over accusations of espionage.

China Harboring Military-Linked Biologist Fugitive at San Francisco Consulate, FBI Says

FBI: Chinese consulate in San Francisco is harboring biology researcher who falsely denied connections to Chinese military to obtain visa, gain access to US

China Threatens Retaliation After US Serves Eviction Notice to Chinese Consulate in Houston

China condemns what it called an “unprecedented escalation" by the US & threatened to retaliate after it was ordered to close Chinese consulate in Houston.

Chinese Government Orders Low-Income Families to Abandon Their Christian Faith or Lose Financial Aid

In the Chinese government's continuing persecution of Christians, poor families are now being told to renounce their faith or lose welfare benefits.

China Flooding Death Toll Rises as Surging Waters Trigger New Alerts, Dam Blasted

Torrential rainfall, expectations for further flooding led China to raise flood alert on river to 2nd-highest level; dam blasted to release surging waters

China: 600,000 People in Hong Kong May Have Violated Security Law by Voting

Hong Kong primary held for pro-democracy legislative candidates might have violated the “national security” law China imposed on Hong Kong in July.

Hong Kong Protester First to be Charged Under New Security Law is Denied Bail

A man caught carrying a sign with the message “Liberate Hong Kong” became 1st person charged under controversial new security law; Man was denied bail.

Report: China Forcibly Extracted Citizen DNA for Police Database During Pandemic

CCP forcibly collect Chinese citizens’ DNA samples en masse –part of its “world’s largest” police-run DNA database – during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Landslide at Myanmar Jade Mine Triggers ‘Muddy Wave,’ Killing Over 160

Myanmar Fire Service Dept said at least 162 bodies were recovered after the landslide, the center of world’s biggest & most lucrative jade mining industry.

Trump: I’m Getting More & More Angry at China When Seeing COVID-19

President Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that as he watches “the Pandemic spread its ugly face all across the world” he gets “more and more angry at China.”

FCC Designates Huawei, ZTE National Security Threats

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday designated Chinese telecommunication giants Huawei and ZTE as national security threats.

India Bans TikTok, Dozens of Other Chinese Apps

Indian gov't bans 59 apps developed by Chinese firms over concerns the apps were engaging in activities that threatened national security & defence of India

Pastor Beaten by Mob, Church Set on Fire as Violent Christian Persecution Escalates in India

India has seen a sudden increase in attacks on Christians as more people are circulating since the COVID-19 lockdown was lifted.

Report: Apple Caught China-Owned TikTok Spying on Millions of iPhone Users

Report published suggests the China-owned TikTok was spying on users through a vulnerability in the latest version of Apple’s iOS smartphone firmware.

Satellite Imagery Shows China Building Up Military Presence in Galwan Valley Days After Deadly Clash with India

satellite imagery from disputed border area of the Himalayas between China and India shows evidence China has been building up its military presence.

Hong Kong Pastors Face Arrest, Extradition to China with New Security Laws: Watchdog

China’s blueprint for national security in Hong Kong puts pro-democracy activists, including pastors, at risk of being extradited & tried in mainland China.

China FURY: World on brink as India taunts Beijing over secret deaths

BEIJING has deleted online news detailing the real death toll from the deadly clash with India in the Galwan Valley, censoring comments by India's PM Modi.

Indian Troops Given ‘Fire At Will’ Orders Against Chinese Troops If Threatened, Enraging Beijing

Beijing enraged over Indian media reports its Army was given orders to shoot or use "complete freedom of action" in hostile engagements with Chinese forces.

China: ‘Extremely Dangerous for India’ to Boycott Chinese Products

China says Indians’ demands to boycott Chinese entities following a deadly clash between the two countries’ on Monday are “extremely dangerous for India”

North Korea Blows Up South Korea Liaison Office: Seoul

South Korea said Tuesday that North Korea’s military demolished an inter-Korean liaison office building just north of the tense Korean border.

Kim Jong Un’s Sister Threatens Military Action Against South Korea, Promises ‘tragic scene’

The sister of North Korea leader Kim Jong Un bashed South Korea and has threatened military action after a recent decline in relations.

Mike Pompeo Assails China’s ‘Decades-Long War on Faith’

Pompeo blasted China’s egregious violations of religious liberty, telling journalists the CPP has been waging a “decades-long war on faith.”

Chinese Churches Can Reopen… If They Preach Party Doctrine

While coronavirus restrictions may be lifting for state-approved churches in China, many find themselves facing an even more dangerous situation...

Deadly flooding in China forces Hundreds of thousands into Shelters

Hundreds of thousands of people were forced from their homes in south and central China after major flooding caused destruction throughout the region.

China Claims Hong Kong Protesters Show ‘Obvious Signs of Terrorism’

Senior Chinese official dismissed the Hong Kong pro-democracy movement, as supporters of “terrorism” who had “gone too far” in remarks on Monday.

Pompeo on D-Day Says he See’s Parallels Between Nazi Germany & Communist China

Pompeo said in an interview with the Daily Caller that understanding the lessons from D-Day is important in today’s global environment.

Pakistani Christian Couple’s Death Sentence Hangs in the Balance

A Pakistani Christian couple sentenced to death on blasphemy charges has had their conviction appeal postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Pompeo says US considers welcoming Hong Kong people, entrepreneurs

The United States is considering the option of welcoming people from Hong Kong in response to China's push to impose national security legislation.

US to Introduce Bill Banning Investment in Firms Tied to Chinese Military

Republican lawmakers plans to unveil legislation this week to keep Americans from investing in foreign defense companies with ties to China's military.

‘China Has Total Control’: Trump says US will Terminate Relationship with WHO

Trump said Friday that he would terminate the relationship between the US & the WHO immediately, accusing the organization of taking directives from China.

North Korea Nuclear Fuel Plant Still Operational Despite US Pressure to End Program, Report Says

North Korea is pushing forward with work at a nuclear fuel plant despite calls from the U.S. to wind its program down, a report says.

US Indicts North Koreans, Accuses State-Owned Bank of Evading Sanctions

US Justice Dep. accuses North Korea's state-owned bank of evading sanctions and charging 28 N. Koreans in largest crackdown on country's Sanction violations

Pompeo Officially Declares Hong Kong ‘No Longer Autonomous,’ Slams China Intervention

Pompeo: “Beijing’s disastrous decision is only the latest in a series of actions that fundamentally undermine Hong Kong’s autonomy and freedoms"

The United States Prioritizes Stopping Chinese Involvement in Israeli 5G

The US argues that Chinese companies will use their involvement in building 5G networks for espionage or possibly sabotage of communications infrastructure.

“Like It Was Designed To Infect Humans”: COVID-19 ‘Cell Culture’ Theory Gains Steam

A scientific study which found COVID-19 may have been a "cell-culture" uniquely adapted for transmission to humans (more so than animals), is gaining steam.

China’s Top Diplomat: ‘The Issue of Globalization Needs to Be Solved with Globalization’

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi urged the world to “champion” global governance and globalization in light of the ongoing Chinese coronavirus pandemic.

180 Arrested in Hong Kong Protests Against China’s ‘National Security’ Takeover

Thousands of protesters filled the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday to denounce Beijing’s plan to impose a draconian national security law.

China Deploys Two New Aircraft Carriers to Stoke Tensions with US After Warning of a ‘New Cold War’

CHINA is reportedly set to deploy its two new aircraft carriers off the coast of Taiwan as it warns the US of a “new cold war”.

Pompeo: China Measure a ‘Death Knell’ for Hong Kong Autonomy

Pompeo condemns China’s effort to take over national security legislation in Hong Kong, calling it “a death knell" for the autonomy that Beijing promised.

China to Impose Sweeping National Security Law in Hong Kong, Bypassing City’s Legislature

CCP will impose sweeping national security law in Hong Kong, criminalizing "foreign interference", secessionist activities and subversion of state power.