Daily Archives: April 11, 2021

2021-04-11: News Headlines

_____ (2021-04-11). How Bellingcat Launders National Security State Talking Points. popularresistance.org Investigative site Bellingcat is the toast of the popular press. In the past month alone, it has been described as "an intelligence agency for the people" (ABC Australia), a "transparent" and "innovative" (New Yorker) "independent news collective," "transforming investigative journalism" (Big Think), and an unequivocal "force for good" (South China Morning Post). Indeed, outside of a few alternative news sites, it is very hard to hear a negative word against Bellingcat, such is the gushing praise for the outlet founded in 2014. | This is troubling, because the evidence compiled in this investigation suggests Bell…

China Dialogue (2021-04-11). Why Activists have Launched a Fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty. juancole.com By Isabella Kaminski | — ( China Dialogue ) A fossil fuel non-proliferation treaty (FFNPT) initiative was formally launched last September by a coalition of academics, lawyers and activists. It's modelled on the landmark UN Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons agreed in the 1960s, and is built around the same three pillars: non-proliferation, …

People Before Profits (2021-04-11). US is 13th in Infrastructure, 27th in Education and Healthcare. indybay.org As Pres. Biden embarked on a campaign for improving US infrastructure by raising the corporate tax to 28% (was 53% in 1950s), he provided a ringing indictment of the US private-profit-first economy with a list of the 12 countries that have better infrastructure than the US: 1. Singapore, 2. Netherlands, 3. China, 4. Switzerland, 5. Japan, 6. South Korea, 7. Spain, 8. Germany, 9. France, 10. Austria, 11. United Kingdom, 12. United Arab Emirates. See mothership.sg/2021/04/joe-biden-infrastructure-singapore/

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Athletes praise China's National Speed Skating Oval. ecns.cn The National Speed Skating Oval, also known as "The Ice Ribbon", is the only new venue built for ice events of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Technology drives Beijing 2022 towards green and safe. ecns.cn The "Experience Beijing" ice sports testing program came to a successful end on Saturday as Beijing 2022 welcomed its 300-day countdown. Events of six ice sports were staged in five Olympic venues in downtown Beijing during the 10-day tests.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Chile receives new shipment of Chinese-made COVID-19 vaccines. ecns.cn A new batch of CoronaVac vaccine from China's Sinovac arrived in Chile on Saturday to become part of the country's vaccination campaign against the COVID-19.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Hong Kong reports 13 new COVID-19 cases. ecns.cn Hong Kong's Center for Health Protection (CHP) reported 13 additional confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, taking the tally to 11,581.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China commemorates 50th anniversary of Ping-Pong Diplomacy. ecns.cn A special event was held here on Saturday to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Ping-Pong Diplomacy between China and the United States.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Inflation this year to be kept within range. ecns.cn Any major risks brought by surging inflation will remain at bay in China over the coming months amid falling pork prices and a moderate recovery in domestic demand, officials and experts said on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Chinese FM urges continuity, stability of China-EU relations. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Friday called on China and the European Union (EU) to maintain continuity and stability of their relations and to jointly confront destabilizing factors in the world as well as various global problems.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Vocational education climbing to new heights in China. ecns.cn China is home to 30.88 million students currently acquiring skills in 11,300 vocational education institutions, according to statistics from the Ministry of Education.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Hainan to be focal point of reforms. ecns.cn The central government on Friday launched a series of financial measures to turn Hainan Free Trade Port into a focal point of China's deepened reforms, showing the nation's latest efforts to further open up to the world, said experts.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Beautiful Daqing-Guangzhou Highway in East China's Yifeng. ecns.cn Located in Yifeng County, Yichun City, the Wuning-Ji'an section of Daqing-Guangzhou Highway became shrouded in cloud and mist after a flurry of rain.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China's garment industry sees further recovery in first two months. ecns.cn China's garment industry reported continued recovery in the first two months of the year, official data showed.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Shenzhen to stage another round of stepped-up digital yuan test this month. ecns.cn Shenzhen city is conducting another round of stepped-up digital yuan test from April 10 to 23, enlarging test population by 500,000, as China leads in the global race to employ a digital currency, according to an expert.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China willing to work with Brazil to promote comprehensive strategic partnership: Chinese FM. ecns.cn Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Saturday that China is willing to work with Brazil to promote their comprehensive strategic partnership to continue to make new progress.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Alibaba Group fined for monopolistic act of abusing dominant market position. ecns.cn China's State Administration for Market Regulation said Saturday it has fined Alibaba Group for the monopolistic act of abusing its dominant market position.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Rescue underway after coal mine floods in Xinjiang. ecns.cn Rescue work is underway after a coal mine in northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region was flooded on Saturday, trapping 21 miners, local authorities said on Sunday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China greenlights four sci-tech innovation IPOs. ecns.cn China's securities regulator has approved the initial public offerings (IPOs) of four companies on the science and technology innovation board.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). China's top market regulator imposes penalty on Alibaba Group over monopoly conduct. ecns.cn File photo shows a logo of China's e-commerce giant Alibaba in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province. (Xinhua/Wang Dingchang)…

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Hong Kong selects payment platforms to help disburse consumption vouchers. ecns.cn The Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government has selected several payment platforms including AlipayHK and Octopus to help disburse consumption vouchers to residents under a pro-consumption scheme.

ecns.cn (2021-04-11). Shanghai Disneyland celebrates 5th birthday with brand-new firework show. ecns.cn A brand-new nighttime fireworks show called Illuminate!! A Nighttime Celebration made its debut at Shanghai Disney Resort to celebrate its 5th birthday on Thursday.

Nicholas Freudenberg (2021-04-11). Corporate Versus Public Control of Science And Technology. zcomm.org Are the public health crises of the last decade harbingers of a world doomed to declining human and planetary health or a wakeup call to act now to create a better future?

_____ (2021-04-10). Truth Commission Details Horrible Crimes Akin To Native American Genocide And Slavery. popularresistance.org With a new Cold War heating up between the U.S. and Russia and China, Witness for Peace Southwest, Addicted to War and CodePink organized a Truth Commission on the original Cold War on March 21st, which brought together the testimony of historians, activists and others who lived through the period. | Following a hearing three years ago, the Zoom event was hosted by Frank Dorrel, publisher of the popular anti-war text Addicted to War, and Rachel Bruhnke, a high school Spanish teacher and member of Witness for Peace Southwest. In her opening remarks, Bruhnke emphasized that the Cold War should rank as one of three…

_____ (2021-04-10). Pentagon Campaign To Recruit Vietnam Against China Exposes Delusions Of War Strategy. popularresistance.org When the Pentagon began gearing up for a future war with China in 2018, Defense Department officials quickly realized that they needed access to Vietnamese territory for troops armed with missiles to hit Chinese ships in a US-China conflict. So they initiated an aggressive campaign to lobby the Vietnamese government, and even Communist Party officials, in the hope that they would eventually support an agreement to provide them the permission. | But a Grayzone investigation of the Pentagon's lobbying push in Vietnam shows what a delusional exercise it was from its inception. In a fit of self-deception that highlig…

WSWS (2021-04-10). Australian government moving on from war crimes in Afghanistan to prepare war against China. wsws.org Five months after an official inquiry revealed "credible evidence" of Australian atrocities in Afghanistan, Defence Minister Peter Dutton declared that his government "has the back" of all soldiers and will focus on "rebuilding morale" in the military.

Joshua Cho (2021-04-10). Western media incite anti-Asian racism when they join in Cold War against China. mronline.org Over the past few weeks, the subject of anti-Asian racism has received an unusual degree of Western media attention, ever since a video showing the January 28 killing of Vicha Ratanapakdee, an 84-year-old Thai immigrant in San Francisco, was widely shared on social media. | April 10, 2021 | Newswire…

RT (2021-04-10). 'Solemn tone' & 'high public interest': Amid mountain of complaints, BBC EXPLAINS its non-stop Prince Philip coverage to the world. rt.com Amid a torrent of complaints at home, the BBC put out a special message to Russia, China and Iran, saying that its 'round the clock coverage of Prince Philip's death was completely normal, and actually in the public interest. | When the Duke of Edinburgh passed away at the age of 99 on Friday, the BBC went into overdrive. All frivolous programming was cancelled, newsreaders donned black, and the late husband of Queen Elizabeth II became the subject of every minute of coverage for the remainder of the day. While many Brits were undoubtedly in mourning, some thought the display was overkill, and the BBC eventual…

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). ASPI's Xinjiang 'victim' database is another tactic to smear China: Officials. ecns.cn The Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), which compiles the data of "victims" in Xinjiang, is "another apparatus of the anti-China campaign under the cover of 'independent-study'," said Xu Guixiang, spokesperson of the government of Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, at a press conference in Beijing on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China pilots enterprise compliance reform in 10 regions. ecns.cn China has launched the second round of its pilot reform of enterprise compliance in 10 provincial-level regions, including Beijing, Liaoning and Shanghai, the Supreme People's Procuratorate (SPP) said Thursday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Over 155 mln COVID-19 vaccine doses administered across China. ecns.cn More than 155.15 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines had been administered across China as of Thursday, the National Health Commission said Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China will take necessary measures to uphold rights of Chinese companies. ecns.cn China said on Friday it would take necessary measures to uphold the rights and interests of Chinese companies, after the United States added Chinese supercomputing entities to an economic blacklist.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China introduces financial measures to strengthen opening up in Hainan. ecns.cn China has issued a guideline to support higher-level reform and opening up in Hainan Province with financial measures and promote the establishment of a financial policy and institutional framework compatible with the Hainan free trade port.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). 9 confirmed dead in explosive disposal accident in north China. ecns.cn Nine Chinese workers previously announced missing during an explosive disposal operation that went wrong on Wednesday have been confirmed dead, local government said on Friday.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China calls for Japan's cautious decisions on Fukushima wastewater. ecns.cn China on Friday urged Japan to be cautious on its plan to deal with radioactive water from Fukushima nuclear power plant, calling for the Japanese government to make decisions based on full consultation with neighboring countries.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Opening of China's FAST telescope to int'l scientists enhances collaboration, says Australian astrophysicist. ecns.cn The opening of China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST) to international scientists could enhance collaboration of scientists from different countries, said Australian astrophysicist Naomi McClure-Griffiths.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China urges U.S. to stop provocative acts in South China Sea. ecns.cn China will address bilateral issues with the Philippines through peaceful dialogue, and urges the U.S. to respect the efforts of the two countries and stop provocative acts in the South China Sea.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Xinjiang teacher chose to go 'where country needs me most'. ecns.cn For Guljahan Amat, applying for membership in the Communist Party of China was a must-do.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). U.S., China need to continue to 'play ping pong' with each other: expert. ecns.cn The United States and China need to continue to "play ping pong" with each other and invest more in the foundation of their consequential bilateral relationship, a leading U.S. expert on China has said.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China to take necessary actions against U.S. sanctions. ecns.cn China to take necessary actions against U.S. sanctions on 7 more Chinese tech firms, says Chinese Foreign Ministry.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Ban on Xinjiang cotton called anti-China ploy. ecns.cn The United States' ban on Xinjiang-grown cotton over allegations of "forced labor" is aimed at destabilizing China, said some peace activists who also accuse the U.S. government of failing to address its own human rights violations.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). China to tighten regulations over local financial institutions. ecns.cn A meeting Thursday urged China's financial regulators to improve regulations of local financial institutions to mitigate risks.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Report reveals Anglo-American sponsorship of 'East Turkistan' separatism, radical Islamist terrorism. ecns.cn Anglo-Americans have sponsored "East Turkistan" separatism and radical Islamist terrorism, manipulated the Uyghur diaspora for their own geopolitical interests, said a special report recently released by a political group in Australia.

ecns.cn (2021-04-10). Tibet approved for series of airport projects. ecns.cn The National Development and Reform Commission recently approved funding for a series of major airport construction projects in the Tibet autonomous region.

The Lancet (2021-04-10). [Editorial] China's response to COVID-19: a chance for collaboration. thelancet.com April 8 marks a year since China's lifting of the 76-day lockdown in Wuhan—the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak. Since the reopening of Wuhan, efforts to control the pandemic in China have thus far successfully prevented resurgence and importation of new cases, while re-establishing the country's social and economic activities. Although China has since had sporadic outbreaks of COVID-19 in several areas, including Beijing and Qingdao, they were all contained. How has China managed to control COVID-19? And is the global scientific community in a position to benefit from China's experiences?

Joshua Cho (2021-04-10). Western Media Incite Anti-Asian Racism When They Join in Cold War Against China. commondreams.org Western news outlets have deceptively omitted the centrality of media-promoted Sinophobia to this latest spike in hate crimes toward anyone perceived to be Chinese. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/stophate_0.jpg

Lynn Parramore (2021-04-10). Stock Buybacks Stand in the Way of Biden's Infrastructure Plan. commondreams.org Hedge fund managers are pushing American firms to play Wall Street games instead of investing in technologies of the future. China doesn't have that problem. | www.commondreams.org/sites/default/files/styles/cd_special_coverage/public/views-article/thumbs/wall_street_flag_1_0.jpg

Prabir Purkayastha (2021-04-10). The West is practicing vaccine apartheid on a global level. peoplesdispatch.org China and India are the only two major countries that have been willing to export vaccines while also vaccinating their own people. Meanwhile, to rich countries, the billions of dollars of vaccine market for Big Pharma far outweigh the benefits of saving millions of lives…

_____ (2021-04-10). Why China's Vaccine Internationalism Matters. popularresistance.org United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres called it "the biggest moral test" facing the world today. World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom warned of a "catastrophic moral failure" whose price would be paid with the lives of those in the world's poorest countries. | Such cautionings of inequitable global vaccine distribution have been shunted to the margins; instead, optimistic chatter of "returning to normal" is circulating once again as Global North citizens line up for their long-awaited COVID-19 vaccine. But normal, as ever, is relative: public health advocates warn that some countr…

Dave DeCamp (2021-04-10). New State Department Policy Encourages Stronger Ties With Taiwan Officials. news.antiwar.com On Friday, the State Department "The Department of State has issued new guidelines for US government interaction with Taiwan counterparts to encourage US government engagement with Taiwan that reflects our deepening unofficial relationsh…

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