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Mexican Radio to Beam Chinese Propaganda

U.S. probes links between buyer of Tijuana station and China's Phoenix TV BY:  Bill Gertz   August 13, 2018 5:00 am A large Spanish-language radio station in Mexico will soon begin broadcasting in Chinese in a deal critics say will bring Beijing propaganda to Chinese Americans throughout Southern California. A Federal Communications Commission filing on the sale of radio station XEWW AM 690 radio near Tijuana reveals the buyer has ties to Phoenix Satellite Television US, a subsidiary of Hong Kong's pro-Beijing Phoenix TV. According to government sources, signs that Phoenix is involved in the purchase of the radio station prompted the Trump administration last week to begin an investigation into the national security implications of the sale. Phoenix TV has been identified by U.S. intelligence agencies as a major overseas outlet used to spread propaganda and promote the policies of the communist government in Beijing. The Hong Kong television station also has close ties

Chinese fishermen wage hybrid ‘People’s War’ across Asia’s seas

Asia Times Online A file photo shows Japanese coastal guard vessels repelling fishing boats using water cannons. Photo: AFP/Getty Images CHINA'S FISHING FLEET HYBRID WAR A weaponized fishing fleet provides Beijing a new asset for low-intensity maritime confrontations, and a forward screen for its growing naval force. By  TODD CROWELL AND ANDREW SALMON SEPTEMBER 8, 2018 1:11 PM (UTC+8) 239 3 It is a force that is massive in scale – but does not appear on an official order of battle. It is easy to locate – but difficult to combat. And it is highly deployable – but largely deniable. Meet what is emerging as the third element of China’s maritime forces: a weaponized fishing armada. The dailyReport Must-reads from across Asia - directly to your inbox While the world focuses on China’s expanding blue-water naval portfolio, such as its aircraft carriers, a fleet of less technically impressive, but more deployable vessels is making itself known. Seen in action off disputed mariti

Re-Education Camps In China’s ‘No-Rights Zone’ For Muslims: What Everyone Needs To Know Re-Education Camps In China’s ‘No-Rights Zone’ For Muslims: What Everyone Needs To Know LUCAS NIEWENHUIS AUGUST 22, 2018 7 Adem yoq  — “Everybody’s gone.”  A human rights atrocity is unfolding in western China, where the “entire culture” of Uyghur Muslims is being effectively criminalized, scholars say. Arbitrary detentions in “transformation through education” centers have reportedly reached up to 1 million Muslims in the Xinjiang region. Let us explain.   Contents  (click to jump to section): Overview Timeline of recent reporting, from October 2017 to present Re-education camps: What we know “Crimes” and punishment • Prominent Uyghurs detained • UN Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination China’s response “There is no such thing as so-called ‘re-education camps’ in Xinjiang” Why now? Chen Quanguo • Belt and Road • “Stability” The bigger story: Global significance Uyghurs abroad • Experimental surveillance • International response • Journali

Pakistan’s Army Reverses the Great Game: The Oxus Meets the Indus

Pakistan’s Army Reverses the Great Game: The Oxus Meets the Indus Kamal Alam Newsbrief , 7 September 2018 In 1947, Pakistan’s army inherited the default position and strategy of British India in opposing Russian influence and inroads into Afghanistan and Central Asia. Now, for the first time in 200 years, they have reversed the old British policy of confronting the Russians for control over Central Asia. Pakistan’s army now sees the Russians as their strategic partners.   Download the article (PDF) In his book  Russia in Central Asia in 1889 and the Anglo-Russian Question,  George Curzon, former Viceroy of India,  predicted  that the Russians were unlikely to invade India for another hundred years. While analysing the two top Russian military officers, General Grodekoff and General Skobeleff, both of whom had been fighting the British in Crimea and then in charge of the Russian advance in Central Asia, Curzon noted in his book that the Russian decision-makers observed Central Asia