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Post by BlueBag 29.04.21 19:28

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So popular even the dead voted for him.
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Post by Jill Havern 03.05.21 9:15

Chinese Leader Xi Jinping Lays out Plan to Control the Global Internet: Leaked Documents


Chinese leader Xi Jinping personally directed the communist regime to focus its efforts to control the global internet, displacing the influential role of the United States, according to internal government documents recently obtained by The Epoch Times.
In a January 2017 speech, Xi said the “power to control the internet” had become the “new focal point of [China’s] national strategic contest,” and singled out the United States as a “rival force” standing in the way of the regime’s ambitions.
The ultimate goal was for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to control all content on the global internet, so the regime could wield what Xi described as “discourse power” over communications and discussions on the world stage.
Xi articulated a vision of “using technology to rule the internet” to achieve total control over every part of the online ecosystem—over applications, content, quality, capital, and manpower.

His remarks were made at the fourth leadership meeting of the regime’s top internet regulator, the Central Cyberspace Affairs Commission, in Beijing on Jan. 4, 2017, and detailed in internal documents issued by the Liaoning Provincial Government in China’s southeast.
The statements confirm efforts made by Beijing in the past few years to promote its own authoritarian version of the internet as a model for the world.
In another speech given in April 2016, detailed in an internal document by the Anshan City Government in Liaoning Province, Xi confidently proclaimed that in the “struggle” to control the internet, the CCP has transformed from playing “passive defense” to playing both “attack and defense” at the same time.
Having successfully built the world’s most sprawling and sophisticated online censorship and surveillance apparatus, known as the Great Firewall, the CCP under Xi is turning outwards, championing a Chinese internet whose values run counter to the open model advocated by the West. Rather than prioritizing the free flow of information, the CCP’s system centers on giving the state the ability to censor, spy on, and control internet data.

Countering the US

The Chinese leader acknowledged the regime lagged behind its rival the United States—the dominant player in this field—in key areas such as technology, investments, and talent.
To realize its ambitions, Xi emphasized the need to “manage internet relations with the United States,” while “making preparations for fighting a hard war” with the country in this area.
American companies should be used by the regime to reach its goal, Xi said, without elaborating on how this would be done.

He also directed the regime to increase its cooperation with Europe, developing countries, and member states of Beijing’s “Belt and Road Initiative,” to form a “strategic counterbalance” against the United States.
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is a massive infrastructure investment project launched by Beijing to connect Europe, Asia, Africa, and the Middle East through a network of rail, sea, and road linkages. The plan has been criticized by the United States and other Western countries as a conduit for Beijing to increase its political and commercial interests in member states while saddling developing countries with heavy debt burdens.
The BRI has also pushed countries to sign up to “digital silk road” projects—those involving information and communications technology infrastructure. At least 16 countries have signed memoranda of understanding with the regime to work in this area.

Three-pronged Strategy


Xi ordered the regime to focus on three “critical” areas in its pursuit of controlling the global internet.
First, Beijing needs to be able to “set the rules” governing the international system. Second, it should install CCP surrogates in important positions in global internet organizations. Third, the regime should gain control over the infrastructure that underlies the internet, such as root servers, Xi said.
Domain Name System (DNS) root servers are key to internet communications around the world. It directs users to websites they intend to visit. There are more than 1,300 root servers in the world, about 20 of which are located in China while the United States has about 10 times that, according to the website root-servers.org.
If the Chinese regime were to gain control over more root servers, they could then redirect traffic to wherever they want, Gary Miliefsky, cybersecurity expert and publisher of Cyber Defense Magazine, told The Epoch Times. For example, if a user wants to go to a news article about a topic deemed sensitive by Beijing, then the regime’s DNS server could route the user to a fake page saying the article is no longer online.

“The minute you control the root, you can spoof or fake anything,” he said. “You can control what people see, what people don’t see.”
In recent years, the regime has made headway in advancing Xi’s strategy.
In 2019, Chinese telecom giant Huawei first proposed the idea for an entirely new internet, called New IP (internet protocol), to replace the half-century-old infrastructure underpinning the web. New IP is touted to be faster, more efficient, flexible, and secure than the current internet, and will be built by the Chinese.
While New IP may indeed bring about an improved global network, Miliefsky said, “the price for that is freedom.”

“There’s going to be no free speech. And there’s going to be eavesdropping in real-time, all the time, on everyone,” he said. “Everyone who joins it is going to be eavesdropped by a single government.”
The proposal was made at a September 2019 meeting held at the International Telecommunications Union (ITU), a U.N. agency responsible for setting standards for computing and communications issues that is currently headed by Chinese national Zhao Houlin. New IP is set to be formally debated at the ITU World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly to be held in March 2022.
Miliefsky said the plan is unlikely to gain widespread support among countries, but may be adopted by like-minded authoritarian states such as North Korea, and later by countries that signed onto BRI and are struggling to repay its loans to China.
This would accelerate a bifurcation of the internet, what analysts such as former Google CEO Eric Schmidt have dubbed the “splinternet,” Miliefsky said. “The communist net and the rest of the world.”

The Epoch Times has reached out to Huawei for comment.

Importing Talent

According to the document, Xi ordered the CCP regime to set up “three ecosystems”—technology, industry, and policy—to develop core internet technologies.
Having skilled workers was key to this plan, with Xi directing that talent should be hired from around the globe. This would be done through Chinese companies, Xi prescribed.

He told Chinese firms to “proactively” invite foreign “high-end talents,” and to set up research centers overseas and hire leading ethnic Chinese and foreign specialists to work for them.
Meanwhile, Xi asked the regime to set up a professional training system in China, which can systematically develop a highly skilled workforce in the long run.
He also directed officials in each level of government to guide Chinese companies to develop their business plans to align with the regime’s strategic goals, and encourage capable enterprises to take the lead in developing innovations in core technologies.
Enterprises were to be educated in having “national awareness and safeguarding national interests,” Xi said. Only then should the regime support and encourage their expansion.

Because talent and critical technology are concentrated overseas, the Chinese leader also ordered authorities to support the development of a group of multinational internet companies that can have global influence.

Turning the Internet Red

Xi, in his 2016 speech, described all online content as falling into three categories: “red zone, black zone, and gray zone.”
“Red zone” content refers to discourse aligned with the CCP’s propaganda requirements, while “black zone” material falls foul of these rules. “Gray zone” content lies in the middle.

“We must consolidate and expand the red zone and expand its influence in society,” Xi said in a leaked speech in August 2013. “We must bravely enter into the black zone [and fight hard] to gradually get it to change its color. We must launch large-scale actions targeting the gray zone to accelerate its conversion to the red zone and prevent it from turning into the black zone.”
Inside China, the CCP has a stranglehold on online content and discussion through the Great Firewall, a massive internet censorship apparatus that blockades foreign websites and censors content deemed unacceptable to the party. It also hires a massive online troll army, dubbed the “50-cent army,” to manipulate online discussion. A recent report found that the CCP engages 2 million paid internet commentators and draws on a network of 20 million part-time volunteers to carry out online trolling.
Freedom House, in its 2020 annual internet freedom report, labeled China as the world’s worst abuser of online freedom for the sixth straight year. Chinese citizens have been arrested for using software to circumvent the Great Firewall and punished for posting comments online unfavorable to the Chinese regime. In a now-notorious incident during the early stages of the pandemic, whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang was reprimanded by police for “rumor-mongering” after warning colleagues in a social media chat group about a SARS-like virus in Wuhan City.
In the 2017 remarks, Xi told the regime to develop a larger group of “red” online influencers to shape users’ perceptions of the CCP. He also called for an expansion of the 50 cent army to operate both inside and outside of China’s internet.
Since the pandemic, the CCP has sharply escalated its efforts to influence online opinion overseas. Using large networks of troll accounts on Twitter and Facebook, the regime has been able to propagate and amplify propaganda and disinformation on topics such as the pandemic, racial tensions in the United States, and the regime’s oppression of Uyghur Muslims in Xinjiang.
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Post by Verdi 03.05.21 13:39

I think he might find some opposition there ^^^.

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Post by BlueBag 06.05.21 13:29

Just voted.

Council election we had 4 candidates,
Tory, Labour, Lib Dem and Green.

I wrote "Reform UK" on it and put an X against it.

Pointless I know.

"None of the above" should be an option.
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Post by Verdi 06.05.21 14:07

The only reason the COVID restrictions are being relaxed is to sway public opinion about the incumbent ruling regime, that nice Mr Johnson who was elected in-house to lead the Conservative Party and govern the late Great Britain - in my opinion !!!

Elections 2021: What can't I do in a polling station?

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Millions of voters will elect thousands of people to power - including councillors, police commissioners, mayors - and one MP.

What are the dos and don'ts of going to vote?
How do I find my polling station?

If you've got a vote you should have received a polling card in the post.

This has your polling number and the address for where you cast your vote - your polling station.

To vote, you have to turn up at the polling station between 07:00 and 22:00 BST on 6 May.

You don't have to bring your polling card when you vote, but it can speed the process up.

If your card hasn't turned up and you don't know where your polling station is, contact your local authority's election office.

Follow live: Polls open in 2021 elections
Millions voting in bumper set of elections

Will polling stations be Covid safe?

Expect to see extra signs, plastic screens, one-way systems and, of course, hand sanitiser.

Everyone is asked to wear a face covering inside the polling station.

However, the Electoral Commission says no-one will be turned away if they refuse to wear one.

Polling stations should have some spare coverings available if you forget to bring one.

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Post by Liz Eagles 06.05.21 14:25

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:The only reason the COVID restrictions are being relaxed is to sway public opinion about the incumbent ruling regime, that nice Mr Johnson who was elected in-house to lead the Conservative Party and govern the late Great Britain - in my opinion !!!

Elections 2021: What can't I do in a polling station?

Published 1 day ago

An election extravaganza takes place on Thursday across England, Scotland and Wales.

Millions of voters will elect thousands of people to power - including councillors, police commissioners, mayors - and one MP.

What are the dos and don'ts of going to vote?
How do I find my polling station?

If you've got a vote you should have received a polling card in the post.

This has your polling number and the address for where you cast your vote - your polling station.

To vote, you have to turn up at the polling station between 07:00 and 22:00 BST on 6 May.

You don't have to bring your polling card when you vote, but it can speed the process up.

If your card hasn't turned up and you don't know where your polling station is, contact your local authority's election office.

   Follow live: Polls open in 2021 elections
   Millions voting in bumper set of elections

Will polling stations be Covid safe?

Expect to see extra signs, plastic screens, one-way systems and, of course, hand sanitiser.

Everyone is asked to wear a face covering inside the polling station.

However, the Electoral Commission says no-one will be turned away if they refuse to wear one.

Polling stations should have some spare coverings available if you forget to bring one.

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The most excited I've ever been about voting was when I was about six years old. I misheard the 'rents talking about voting, and my childhood ears heard 'boating' instead. I galloped toward the local church hall in gleeful anticipation. On entering I was bitterly disappointed and asked an official where the boats were. I must have thought they were in dry dock as we lived nowhere near any water!
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Post by BlueBag 07.05.21 7:24

miffy8 wrote:The most excited I've ever been about voting was when I was about six years old. I misheard the 'rents talking about voting, and my childhood ears heard 'boating' instead. I galloped toward the local church hall in gleeful anticipation. On entering I was bitterly disappointed and asked an official where the boats were.  I must have thought they were in dry dock as we lived nowhere near any water!
When I was six I used to think Opal Fruits were "fresh with the tang of sixpence".

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Post by PeterMac 07.05.21 8:08

Fascinating result in Hartlepool.
What is hilarious is that the Left are already saying that Labour was not Left enough to win.
Difficult logic to follow, though we hear it every time someone mentions Cuba or Venezuela, or the USSR, or any other failed Socialist state.
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[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fascinating result in Hartlepool.
What is hilarious is that the Left are already saying that Labour was not Left enough to win.
Difficult logic to follow, though we hear it every time someone mentions Cuba or Venezuela, or the USSR, or any other failed Socialist state.
They have provided zero opposition to the Government under Starmer except "we would have done it quicker".

That and they are pro-mass immigration, pro-EU, pro-globalism, anti everything white and British is the reason.

They do not represent ordinary British working people in the slightest.
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Post by Tony Bennett 08.05.21 12:35

[You must be registered and logged in to see this link.] wrote:Fascinating result in Hartlepool.
What is hilarious is that the Left are already saying that Labour was not Left enough to win.
Difficult logic to follow, though we hear it every time someone mentions Cuba or Venezuela, or the USSR, or any other failed Socialist state.

The major parties have grievously underestimated the patriotic spirit of the British working class.

Many still have fathers and grandfathers who perished in World War II.

They understand, much better than the ruling classes, their country's history and its qualities.

It has been said that "The British wear their patriotism lightly". This is true. There is no nation that I am aware of that waves its flag less than we do. But deep down, we have a sense of what our nation has achieved. 

Magna Carta and the establishment of an early form of Parliamentary democracy. The heroic resistance by Protestant martyrs to the Roman Catholic heresy-hunters who burnt them at the stake. The jury who were put in the cells for three days and fed only on bread and water for refusing to find religious meetings unlawful. The Bill of Rights in 1688 which finally curtailed the absolute powers of the monarchy. Offering a home to the Huguenot refugees, cruelly expelled from France in the 1700s. The ending of slavery not only in this country but worldwide. The defence of Belgium against German expansionism in 1914. Standing up against German expansionism and Nazi genocide again by committing British lives to the defence of Poland's borders. It would be very hard for any country on earth to match a record like that.  

Nigel Farage and the tiny UK Independence Party grasped all this back in the 1990s, and founded te U.K. Independence Party.

Fortunately for us, as we are now an independent nation once again, Boris Johnson realised this in 2015 and helped us win the EU Referendum on 23 June 2016. I recall an incident from the campaign where he was campaigning in a market in a working-class town, right by a clothing stall, and was asked his opinion of the EU. He pondered for a moment, said: "er...um..." and then said: "How shall I put it, knickers to the EU!" This went down very well with the crowd around him and was much replayed on TV during the following 48 hours.

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Post by Verdi 13.05.21 1:55

Just as communism is built on hypocrisy, as with all political regimes, so China is built on controversial political and living standards.  I make his study because it has occurred to me for many a while that living standards in China appear to be at variance with the bog basic communist regime, to falling in line with western social status depending on income and professional standing.

I have never lived, nor even visited China, so I can't speak with any authority but I can say through personal experience, you have to live in a specific domain for a length of time before being able to understand the underbelly of any given country.  Not the tourist glitz and glamour, nor the negative destructive media propaganda but the real beating heart of the indigenous people.

In short, by all appearances life in China is not all about squalor and poverty and disease and oppression but more about progress and improved living standards for it's people.  Of course, as with every subject open to research, there is so much conflicting information to digest - especially since the advent of the internet.  You can always find something out there to reinforce personal views without too much effort so once again, it's a personal journey of discovery.

What triggered my interest in China is frequent reports and images of opulence, style and world influence.  Not something you would expect from a quasi communist regime.

Without further ado..

CHINA TODAY

China's Quality of Life — What It's Like in China

By Candice Song Updated Mar. 18, 2021

China's economic prosperity is spreading. Riding the upsurge of economic success has improved the lives of millions. From more comfortable living standards to staggering raises in salary, life for the average Chinese citizen outclasses many Western nations, and has had a massive impact on the lives of foreign visitors to China.

The amount of things to do and see have increased ten-fold, safety standards have shot through the roof, and the overall level of comfort is rivaled by few. All to say, China's quality of life has improved, and improved for us all.

Transportation
Just a mere fifteen years earlier getting from one city to another left travelers, foreign and local alike, with very few options. Underdeveloped provinces and towns lacked basic infrastructure, even paved roads in some places. And now all of that has changed.

Taking a trip from Shanghai to Beijing? For those under the pressures of the clock, the quickest and most convenient mode of travel would be the plane. New airports have sprung up in every major and mid-tier province, opening up access to regions of China left unexplored by previous foreign travels.

But if the price of planes is a bit high or if the fear of heights gets you down, taking a bullet train is a great alternative. The bullet railway is just barely longer than the plane trip and watching city and countryside views blur across in the canvas of the window frame is an experience in itself.

And the options don't stop there, why not take the wheel yourself; nowadays car rental is easy and inexpensive. The newly paved roads are welcoming and GPS systems are just as advanced as any international locale. Take to the backroads and explore the nooks and crannies of the countryside, all of which have taken a significant jump in living standards; therefore hotel quality and other amenities have also improved.

Construction

Building a brighter future for the country sometimes means a building with a view and in top tier cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Shenzhen these buildings are the norm. Four of the world's nine tallest buildings are in China. This means more 'celestial real estate' to accommodate the Chinese population. It also means for more comfortable living for influx of foreign visitors and much more to explore as well.

Hotels have the most immediate benefit from this development. Imagine lounging on the sixtieth floor overlooking the city. Though this comes with a price tag, this type of view is far cheaper than anywhere else in the world.

Visiting sites like the Shanghai World Tower or the Guangzhou TV and Sightseeing Tower can add to any Chinese adventure. Some travelers enjoy the convenience of peering out of the Zifeng tower in Nanjing, then trekking their way to these sites on foot. For better of worse (we're leaning towards better) these constructions take China's standard of living and the standard of any visit to towering new heights.

Health Standards

Of all the improvements to China's standard of living, the most satisfying may be the cuisine. This is an improvement that visitors can actually taste. For decades China has struggled to keep their massive population fed but that was only one hurdle. The safety of the foods provided caused worries as well. Thankfully, visitors to China today will find that these issues are now becoming Chinese history.

With the improvement of standards of living, so come the stricter requirements on the foods that people eat. Controls on what fertilizers are used and bans on pork and beef steroids have made eating in Chinese restaurant far safer.

Best these improvements aren't just in quality but also in variety. The variety of foods available have taken a great leap forward from just Chinese to all of Asia. With China being the economic powerhouse of the Orient, chefs from Thailand, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries have descended in on China. The best Malaysian and Indonesian chefs now work out of Beijing and Hong Kong.

Public Safety

Along with these new improvements to standards of living, public safety has shot up.

Better laws have been put in place for issues such as violent crime, and people are now punished for not complying with more wide-reaching rules and regulations. China’s stamp down on corruptions on all levels has greatly improved the lives of the lower classes.

Improvements on cracking down on widespread corruption in China has also made it safer for tourists and business people visiting China. Generally speaking China is one of the safest countries for any tourist to visit. As long as tourists comply with the rules of the PRC, traveling to China gives you the freedom to enjoy its nightlife and rural areas with a high assurance of safety.

Better "Quality of Life" for the China Tourist...
Major improvements to living standards in China have benefited not just the local Beijinger or Shanghai resident, but have improved life greatly for visitors and expats alike. And while China has a long way to go in many ways, living in and traveling through China has never been better!

Since we at China Highlights are locals and expats living in China, are committed to corporate social responsibility, and are dedicated to showing you the best of China, we have triple the stake in making your visit of the highest quality possible. Let us improve the standard of your stay..

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Far cry from the oppressive China reported for so many decades, looks to me to be pretty decent - make up your own minds.  It fits in with many other reports I've seen over recent years about their lifestyle.

As I say I can't vouch for the veracity of this report, it might just be tourist hype - then again it might not be ....

i don\'t know

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