Britain’s intelligence agencies, including MI6 and MI5, have allegedly banned the use of computers manufactured by Chinese company Lenovo due to concerns that the machines come hardwired with a vulnerability to hacking. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on July 31, 2013
Posted by Author on May 21, 2013
- Chen Guangcheng is in UK to receive award for exposing ‘gendercide’
- But request to meet with the Prime Minister has been snubbed
- Human rights campaigner says David Cameron is kowtowing to Beijing
A blind anti-abortion activist forced to flee China after suffering years of torture and persecution has accused the British government of running scared from Beijing. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Author on February 26, 2013
The BBC has “strongly condemned” the “deliberate and co-ordinated” jamming of the BBC World Service by authorities in China.
On Monday the corporation issued a statement after receiving reports that its shortwave frequencies were being blocked in China. Read the rest of this entry »
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Posted by Author on March 13, 2010
Amsterdam / Holland; Bruges / Belgium; Frankfurt, Dresden / Germany; Lausanne / Switzerland; Lyon, Paris / France; Bregenz, Vienna, Wien /Austria; Dublin / Ireland; Aarhus / Denmark; Stockholm,Linköping/ Sweden; Oslo/ Norway;Brno / Czech Republic; Cardiff / United Kingdom
Here’s a review video of Shen Yun Performing Arts’ show in Europe in 2009. Video length: 11’21”
Vodpod videos no longer available.
– (video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (1)- USA: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in North America 2009 (2) – Canada: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (1)- Korea, Japan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
– (video) Shen Yun in Asia 2009 (2)- Taiwan: Reviews, Comments and Feedback from Audience
Posted by Author on February 25, 2010
Shen Yun, the state of arts classical Chinese dance and music show is traveling in about 100 cities around the world and will go to USA, Canada, Korea, Japan, Taiwan and many European cities in March 2010. Here’s a brief schedule:
Feb 25 – Mar 1
Mar 5 – 7
Mar 5 – 7
|Cincinnati, OH, USA||
|Louisville, KY, USA||
|Indianapolis, IN, USA||
Mar 9 – 10
Mar 9 – 10
Mar 12 – 14
|Kansas City, KS, USA||
Mar 13 – 14
|Ogden, UT, USA||
Mar 16 – 18
Mar 19 – 25
|Portland, OR, USA||
Mar 20 – 21
Mar 20 – 21
|Seattle, WA, USA||
Mar 23 – 24
Mar 23 – 24
|Vancouver, BC, Canada||
Mar 25 – 28
Mar 27 – 28
Mar 30 – 31
|Calgary, AB, Canada||
Mar 30 – Apr 1
For details please check Shen Yun Performing Arts’ official website.
Following is a highligh HD video for Shen Yun 2010 show
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Posted by Author on February 5, 2010
Shen Yun, a show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, ”first class”, “the best”, “the top”, “perfection”, “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.
Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/
Shen Yun show featuring:
– strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
– stunning costumes
– 3D digital backdrops
– live orchestra
More Shen Yun videos
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Posted by Author on February 5, 2010
Shen Yun, a classical Chinese dance and music show that has been called by professionals as “State of the arts”, “mind-blowing”, “first class”, “the best”, “the top”, “perfection”, “out of the world” and “beyond all-beyond”, now is traveling in about 20 countries, 100 cities around the world.
Shen Yun Show schedules can be found from official website: http://shenyunperformingarts.org/
Shen Yun show featuring:
– strong expressive technique of classical Chinese dance
– stunning costumes
– 3D digital backdrops
– live orchestra
More Shen Yun videos
– Video highlight (2): Shen Yun show 2010
– Collection of Shen Yun 2010 Show Promotion Videos (HD)
– Review (video): Shen Yun Performing Arts’ Chinese Dance and Music Show
– Shen Yun Review, by Senior Manager for the Grammy Awards, Feb 5, 2010
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Posted by Author on January 31, 2010
The Times, Jan 31, 2010-
THE security service MI5 has accused China of bugging and burgling UK business executives and setting up “honeytraps” in a bid to blackmail them into betraying sensitive commercial secrets.
A leaked MI5 document says that undercover intelligence officers from the People’s Liberation Army and the Ministry of Public Security have also approached UK businessmen at trade fairs and exhibitions with the offer of “gifts” and “lavish hospitality”.
The gifts — cameras and memory sticks — have been found to contain electronic Trojan bugs which provide the Chinese with remote access to users’ computers.
MI5 says the Chinese government “represents one of the most significant espionage threats to the UK” because of its use of these methods, as well as widespread electronic hacking.
Written by MI5’s Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure, the 14-page “restricted” report describes how China has attacked UK defence, energy, communications and manufacturing companies in a concerted hacking campaign.
It claims China has also gone much further, targeting the computer networks and email accounts of public relations companies and international law firms. “Any UK company might be at risk if it holds information which would benefit the Chinese,” the report says.
The explicit nature of the MI5 warning is likely to strain diplomatic ties between London and Beijing. Relations between the two countries were damaged last month after China’s decision to execute a mentally ill British man for alleged drug trafficking.
Earlier this month the United States demanded that China investigate a sophisticated hacking attack on Google and a further 30 American companies from Chinese soil.
China has occasionally attempted sexual entrapment to target senior British political figures. Two years ago an aide to Gordon Brown had his BlackBerry phone stolen after being picked up by a Chinese woman who had approached him in a Shanghai hotel disco.
The report says the practice has now extended to commercial espionage. It says Chinese agents are trying to cultivate “long-term relationships” with the employees of key British companies: “An undercover intelligence officer may try to develop a friendship or business relationship, often using lavish hospitality and flattery.
“Chinese intelligence services have also been known to exploit vulnerabilities such as sexual relationships and illegal activities to pressurise individuals to co-operate with them.”
The warning to British businessmen adds: “Hotel rooms in major Chinese cities, such as Beijing and Shanghai, which are frequented by foreigners, are likely to be bugged … hotel rooms have been searched while the occupants are out of the room.”
It warns that British executives are being targeted in China and in other countries. “During conferences or visits to Chinese companies you may be given gifts such as USB devices or cameras. There have been cases where these ‘gifts’ have contained Trojan devices and other types of malware.”
China has repeatedly denied spying on Britain and the West. Its London embassy did not comment.
In 2007 Jonathan Evans, the director-general of MI5, had written privately to 300 chief executives of banks and other businesses warning them that their IT systems were under attack from “Chinese state organisations”.
There have been unconfirmed reports that China has tried to hack into computers belonging to the Foreign Office, nine other Whitehall departments and parliament.
Last year a report by Whitehall’s joint intelligence committee said China may be capable of shutting down critical services such as power, food and water supplies. But the latest document is the most comprehensive and explicit warning to be issued by the UK authorities on the new threat. Entitled The Threat from Chinese Espionage, it was circulated to hundreds of City and business leaders last year.
The growing threat from China has led Evans to complain that his agency is being forced to divert manpower and resources away from the fight against Al-Qaeda. His lobbying helped to prompt the Cabinet Office to set up the Office of Cyber Security, which will be launched in March.
Posted by Author on January 3, 2010
Edward McMillan-Scott, The Independent, UK, Sunday, 3 January 2010 –
The new year must see an end to ruthless regimes using human pawns in international relations. After the barbaric execution of Akmal Shaikh, the first execution of a European by China since 1951, the EU’s new role in foreign relations, which begins this week, must be shaped by a commitment to its values.
The argument against standing up to China is that we cannot afford to offend such a growing superpower, to jeopardise trade relations. But trade and politics have always been separate, and always will be.
The European experience with the monolithic Soviet Union during the Communist years was to name and shame its worst offences, and to do so with mounting intensity. This strategy worked and should now be applied to China. The “sophisticated” argument that China doesn’t respond to Western anger carries no weight. Last week’s indignant response from a Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman following Western condemnation of the execution laid bare China’s sensitivity to criticism. Our response should not be to shy away from voicing further criticism but to capitalise on that sensitivity and use it to apply pressure for change. Europe must ensure that its political priorities are heard as loudly in Beijing as at home.
The prominent Chinese dissident Wei Jingsheng cautioned in The New York Times last week: “We Chinese are intimately acquainted with this authoritarian arrogance.” He spent 15 years in various Chinese prisons for putting up a wall poster, but was released after pressure from Washington. We must seize the chance to create a more consistent, coherent and effective foreign policy, one that sets out to co-ordinate a common European stance towards a changing China, the world’s largest country and still a terror state.
On New Year’s Day, the dragon spread its wings further with the launch of a new free trade zone spanning more than 1.9 billion people. Europe’s foreign ministers, in a long-awaited new policy on the projection of democracy and human rights worldwide, declared in November that “human rights and democracy are inextricably linked”. Until now, the EU’s external priorities were listed separately: democracy, human rights, fundamental freedoms and the rule of law. Now brought together, these conditions alone should govern future relations with China.
The death penalty has been abolished in all EU member states. The European Parliament condemns capital punishment everywhere and especially as a method of control by one-party states that act as judge, jury and killer. China executes more people than any other country, with about 1,718 executions in 2008, far surpassing the 346 in Iran, 102 in Saudi Arabia, and 37 in the US, according to Amnesty International. More than 100 prisoners died under torture in China last year, too, but because they were members of Falun Gong, the banned spiritual movement, they were classed as non-persons.
China must cease persecuting those such as Liu Xiaobo, whose only crime is in arguing for democracy. His sentencing on Christmas Day to 11 years in jail by a Beijing court was designed to bury the news. Liu Xiaobo was one of more than 300 Chinese intellectuals and dissidents to author a bold call for constitutional reform on 10 December 2008 to mark the 60th anniversary of the UN’s Universal. Read the rest of this entry »
Posted by Author on December 30, 2009
JOHN GARNAUT HERALD CORRESPONDENT, Sydney Morning Herald, Australia, December 30, 2009-
BEIJING: The Chinese leadership has disregarded international opinion and allowed the execution of a British man with a reported history of mental illness.
Yesterday’s execution of Akmal Shaikh – the first death sentence carried out against a European in China in 50 years – follows the harsh sentence given to a democracy activist, Liu Xiaobo, on Christmas Day despite top-level advocacy from the United States and other Western nations.
”It’s one thing to turn your back on world opinion and put a man in prison, but another thing to execute somebody,” said Joshua Rosenzweig, head of research at the Dui Hua Foundation in Hong Kong.
Shortly after noon yesterday Beijing time, the British Prime Minister, Gordon Brown, confirmed that Shaikh had been put to death.
”I condemn the execution of Akmal Shaikh in the strongest terms, and am appalled and disappointed that our persistent requests for clemency have not been granted,” Mr Brown said.
He had personally pleaded with the Chinese President, Hu Jintao, and Premier, Wen Jiabao, to exercise leniency.
Shaikh’s family issued a statement saying they were saddened by China’s refusal to listen to their appeals. They said his execution ”was carried out … despite repeated requests for clemency and a proper appraisal of Akmal’s mental state”. Chinese authorities refused to investigate his mental health, his family said.
”China executes more people than all the other countries in the world combined,” said Mr Rosenzweig. He said the number of executions carried out this year was believed to be about 5000.
But in recent months China has shown a new willingness to ignore international opinion in pursuing its domestic and foreign policy objectives.
It dramatically upgraded ties with pariah states North Korea and Sudan, it rolled out an ice-cold welcome mat to the US President, Barack Obama, in his inaugural visit and, according to some Western observers, it systematically scuttled the prospects of reaching a more aggressive international agreement in Copenhagen to combat climate change.
In July the Australian iron ore executive Stern Hu became the most senior corporate leader to be arrested in China for stealing state secrets, before his charges were downgraded following an international outcry.
Some political observers in Beijing and overseas say a leadership succession battle can help explain how China has lurched towards old-style conservatism in the past 18 months……. (more details from Sydney Morning Herald)
Posted by Author on November 29, 2009
By Kate Mansey, The Mirror, UK, Nov. 29, 2009-
Boris Johnson’s deputy was lured into a classic honeytrap by a beautiful Chinese agent in scenes which could have come straight out of a spy novel.
Ian Clement went up to his Beijing hotel room for sex with the secret service siren… but was drugged and came round hours later to find his room had been ransacked.
The London Mayor’s No 2 discovered the woman had rifled through confidential documents and downloaded details about how the capital is run from his BlackBerry smartphone.
Clement hid the shameful episode from his boss but today he comes clean, admitting: “I fell for the oldest trick in the book.”
The £127,000-a-year politician walked into the trap during the Beijing Olympics last year, when he was on a Government mission to build contacts with potential investors for the 2012 London Games.
Clement, who had a partner back in Britain at the time, said: “Before I went out I had to be briefed by MI6. They told me about honeytraps and warned me that the Chinese secret service often use women to entice men to bed to get information. I didn’t think for one minute that I would fall for it.”
The 44-year-old Tory met the girl at an official party on the opening night of the Olympics. He was accompanying Olympics Minister Tessa Jowell to China and was sitiing just a few rows from then US President George Bush.
Clement confessed: “I know I’m no George Clooney, so when lots of attractive women are being particularly friendly it’s not normal.
“At the party a pretty Chinese woman came up to me, gave me her card and asked me to go for a drink. I thought nothing of it but when I got back to my hotel, she was in the reception.”
After two glasses of wine, Clement invited the girl to his room. He woke to see all his documents strewn around – and the girl disappearing.
Clement said: “I wasn’t thinking straight. I was thinking like a heterosexual bloke who is an 11-hour flight from home. I knew I shouldn’t be doing it but by then I was drunk.
“The next thing I knew I was waking up and she was dressed and leaving the hotel room. My wallet was open. She had plainly gone through it but I knew she wasn’t a simple thief because nothing was missing. I think we had sex but in truth I can’t remember. She must have drugged my drink.
“While I was in Beijing I was making planning decisions from my BlackBerry. We’re talking major, major decisions.
“They wanted to know which businesses I was courting. I think she was looking to see my plans, who I was meeting and how the new Conservative administration was working in London.”
Clement kept the squalid encounter secret from Boris Johnson. He said: “I didn’t call the office in London to tell them. I have never had a conversation with Boris about this. It wasn’t a breach of British security on a national level.
“What she had learned from me was economic information about how London is run – it wasn’t something that would put the people of the UK at risk so that was why I kept it to myself.
“But it’s right to stand up and say, ‘I’m sorry, I messed up.'”
Clement lost his job a year later when he was found to have fiddled his expenses. He resigned as Deputy Mayor in June after it was revealed he claimed £156 on meals for his girlfriend.
He had been putting personal expenses on a credit card and paying it back, but tried to claim a date was a meeting with Tory officials.
Clement was convicted and ordered to do community service painting public toilets – and is still wearing a curfew tag. He said: “I’m not bitter. The only person I’m angry with is myself.”
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Posted by Author on July 10, 2009
By Aislinn Simpson, The Telegraph, UK, 10 Jul 2009-
Major General Gerry Berragan, 51, was reportedly pickpocketed as he travelled by train and immediately notified the Ministry of Defence in London of the theft.
The BlackBerry phone and personal organiser is capable of storing and sending thousands of emails and could have revealed military secrets.
The security breach was considered so serious that the new Defence Secretary Bob Ainsworth is said to have been informed and ordered an investigation.
Married father-of-two Maj Gen Berragan, who is Director General of Army Recruiting and Training and has served in Iraq, Northern Ireland and Kosovo, is understood to be the highest ranking officer ever to have been involved in such a security breach.
The loss is the latest to afflict the MoD since it was revealed that 700 of the department’s laptops were lost in the past five years.
“Maj Gen Berragan will have had access and briefing papers on a myriad of secret defence subjects,” a security source told the Sun newspaper.
But despite concerns about China overtaking Russia in spying on the West and its military secrets, a senior MoD source told the Sun the BlackBerry theft was not thought to be suspicious.
“We do not think Maj General Berragan was targeted by Chinese agents. He was in civilian clothes and we think it was opportunistic pickpocketing,” the source was quoted as saying.
The MoD said in a statement that no sensitive information had been compromised. “We are fully investigating this incident,” the spokesman added.
Posted by Author on March 30, 2009
Multi-million pound donations from foreign governments have corrupted British universities and threatened academic impartiality, according to a new report.
By Ben Leach, the Telegraph, UK, 28 Mar 2009-
Universities are accused of a lack of transparency, with foreign donors, including regimes accused of human rights abuses, allowed to give money anonymously.
At least 10 universities, including Oxford and Cambridge, have accepted donations totalling hundreds of millions of pounds.
The report, to be published by the Centre for Social Cohesion (CSC), a think-tank, looks at the funding of Arabic, Islamic and Chinese study centres at academic institutions across the UK.
It alleges that some allow the principal donor “significant oversight” over their running, leading to the censorship of teachers and students.
Examples highlighted in the report include:
* The barring of a painting by a Saudi artist from an exhibition at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), in London, last year.
Abdulnasser Gharem wanted to show a work depicting a cracked bridge with “Al-Siraat” (“the path”) scrawled across it, but the curators chose an alternative work by the artist instead.
SOAS said the decision was taken “to avoid causing unnecessary offence” to Muslims.
* The stifling of a discussion at the Saudi-funded Oxford University Middle East Centre (MEC).
When one academic questioned a Saudi participant about terrorist funding at a conference last year, Dr Eugene Rogan, director of the MEC, asked the academic to restrain his language and to “bear in mind what is appropriate to say in the venue where you might be going beyond what would be comfortable for everyone to hear”.
* The revelation that Chinese study centres, known as Confucius Institutes, hosted at several UK universities have members of the Chinese government sitting on their advisory board.
According to the study, the institutes’ curriculum and teaching standard are set in China with their host universities required to accept “operational guidance” from Beijing.
The report argues that the institutes are a “tool for Chinese propaganda” espousing a one-dimensional view of the country, in particular its relationship with Tibet.
Last year Cambridge and Edinburgh universities were jointly given £16 million to establish an Islamic studies centre. The donor, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal of Saudi Arabia, is allowed to pick appointees on the management committees at both centres.
The report also argues that foreign donors are viewing British universitites as diplomatic tools and “cultural arms of their government abroad”.
In 2001, the Oxford University MEC received a £1 million grant from the King Abdul Aziz Foundation for Research and Archives, based in Saudi Arabia and named after the nation’s founder.
In 1999, SOAS reportedly received £180,000 from the Islamic Centre of England, an organisation with close links to the Iranian government.
SOAS later hosted an event in tribute to the way Ayatollah Khomeini, Iran’s former leader, “modernised” Islamic thought.
Robin Simcox, a research fellow at CSC and author of the report, said there was “a real problem” in UK universities that needed to be addressed.
He said: “Universities across the UK are taking huge amounts of cash from regimes with appalling records on human rights. This clearly needs to be addressed. The country’s finest universities are in bed with some of the world’s worst human rights abusers.
“The concept of foreign funding itself is not the problem. However, too often the donation is not for impartial academic research, but a public relations exercise aimed at altering perceptions of certain nations and subjects.”
Diana Warwick, chief executive of Universities UK, said: “All academic programmes in the UK, including Islamic Studies, are subject to the UK’s rigorous and independent quality assurance procedures, which ensure openness and high standards.”
An Oxford spokesman said: “The University categorically denies any allegations that funders influence or bias the methods, outcomes, or political stances taken in research and teaching at Oxford.”
The spokesman said that in the incident highlighted in the report, Dr Rogan only intervened “to stop one member of the audience directing a personal attack on another member of the audience”.
– The Telegraph (UK): Foreign donors threaten academic freedom at UK universities
Posted by Author on February 3, 2009
AFP, Jan. 2, 2009 –
CAMBRIDGE (AFP) — A protester Monday threw a shoe at Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao as he was giving a speech at Britain’s Cambridge University, just missing him.
“This is a scandal” he shouted before security staff bundled him out of a concert hall at the university, where Wen was speaking on the last day of a five-nation tour of Europe.
The protester, a young Western-looking man in a T-shirt, added: “This dictator here, how can you listen to the lies he’s telling? You are not challenging him.”
“How can the university prostitute itself with this dictator?”, he added.
Echoing the incident in December when an Iraqi journalist hurled two shoes at US President George W. Bush in Baghdad, he threw the well-worn trainer from near the back of the auditorium.
It landed about a yard (metre) from the Chinese premier, but did not hit him.
Security officials went on to the stage and kicked it off and a Chinese official took it away under his jacket.
The protester also blew a whistle. As he was bundled out, he said: “Stand up and protest.” Audience members retorted: “Shame on you, shame on you.”
Wen said after the interruption: “This despicable behaviour cannot stand in the way of friendship between China and the UK.”
He received a round of applause from the audience, who were apparently mostly Chinese students.
The premier appeared unruffled by the incident and resumed his speech before taking questions.
Pro-Tibet protesters questioning China’s human rights record have demonstrated throughout Wen’s three-day visit to Britain.
Wen was to return home later Monday at the end of a trip that has also taken him to the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, and to Germany, the EU headquarters in Brussels and Spain.
– AFP: Cambridge throws shoe at Wen in Britain