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China bank protest stopped by health codes turning red, depositors say
A protest planned by hundreds of bank depositors in central China seeking access to their frozen funds has been thwarted because the authorities have turned their health code apps red, several depositors told Reuters. The depositors were planning to travel to the central province of Henan this week from across China to protest against an almost two-month block on accessing at least $178 million of deposits, which has left companies unable to pay workers and individuals unable to access savings.

China is becoming a hermit kingdom
The second element of China’s zero-Covid policy is the continued closure of its borders. This has been less noticed until now. Yet the slow but steady reopening of some of the most cautious major economies, such as Australia and Japan, along with the reopening of borders in the US, Canada, India and Europe with minimal bureaucracy, means China’s border policy is now a global outlier. It has also attracted international criticism: Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the World Health Organisation, said recently that China’s zero-Covid policy is ‘not sustainable’, sparking a furious backlash from Beijing.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ brings back the Taiwan flag after controversy
Initially, the film’s trailer in 2019 had shown otherwise. During the preview, the patches on Cruise’s jacket, which originally bore flags that represent Taiwan and Japan, appeared to have been swapped out and replaced with two ambiguous symbols in the same color scheme. That omission had angered some critics, prompting speculation that the change was made to appease Chinese censors and the film’s Chinese backer, Tencent (TCEHY). At the time, Tencent (TCEHY) Pictures, a subsidiary of the Shenzhen-based tech giant, was an investor of the highly anticipated sequel to the 1986 classic.

‘Smash to smithereens’: China threatens US with ‘war no matter the cost’ over Taiwan
China’s defense minister threatened all-out war while discussing Taiwan’s independence during a meeting between top Chinese and American military officials. The threats were made on Friday during the first face-to-face meeting of U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Chinese Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe.

China able to take on Taiwan, allies by 2027: MND
The Chinese military would be capable of fighting against Taiwan and allied forces by 2027, a Ministry of National Defense (MND) report said yesterday. China has set a goal of modernizing its warfare capabilities by that year, which is to mark the 100th anniversary of its army’s founding, and it might by then be able to act more aggressively toward Taiwan, said the report, which the ministry submitted to the Legislative Yuan for review. The ministry did not cite any evidence that China was planning to invade Taiwan by 2027 or provide any intelligence that Beijing had given up on its vow to achieve “peaceful unification.”

‘Smash to smithereens’: China threatens all-out war over Taiwan
China will “not hesitate to start a war” and “smash to smithereens” any Taiwan independence efforts, its defence minister warned his US counterpart in the pair’s first face-to-face talks. “If anyone dares to split Taiwan from China, the Chinese army will definitely not hesitate to start a war no matter the cost,” Defence Minister Wei Fenghe said during a meeting with Lloyd Austin on Friday.

Google and YouTube Pushing China’s COMMUNIST Propaganda
Have you ever searched for something about China and some of the top search results are from websites like CGTN, China Daily or the Global Times? In this episode of China Uncensored, we look at a study on how YouTube, Google and Bing push Chinese propaganda to the top of its search results.

The US Military Is Almost Completely Dependent On China For Key Mineral Used In Ammunition: REPORT
“China in particular does a remarkably good job of hoarding these materials,” Massachusetts Democratic Rep. Seth Moulton, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, told Defense News. “China clearly has a comprehensive global strategy to corner the market on these materials and we’re behind and we’re playing catch-up.” In 2020, approximately half of the antimony mined originated in China, Russia and Tajikistan, according to Britannica.

Michelle Bachelet’s Failed Xinjiang Trip Has Tainted Her Whole Legacy
The United Nations’ high commissioner for human rights is one of the world’s custodians of justice, civil liberties, and accountability. Navi Pillay initiated a U.N. inquiry into crimes against humanity in North Korea. Zeid Raad Al Hussein called for an International Criminal Court probe into atrocities committed against Rohingyas in Myanmar. In contrast, Michelle Bachelet, who has just announced she won’t stand for a second term as high commissioner, whitewashed the crimes of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) against ethnic minorities in Xinjiang.

China Surpasses US in Eyes of Young Africans, Survey Shows
A survey conducted by the Ichikowitz Family Foundation found that 76% of 4,507 young Africans across 15 countries named China as a foreign power with a positive influence on their lives, compared with 72% for the US. In 2020, when the inaugural study of 18-to-24-year-olds was conducted, 83% of respondents saw the US’s influence as positive while the figure for China was 79%.

Fanfare as first major road bridge connecting Russia and China opens – video
Russia and China have opened a cross-border bridge linking the Russian city of Blagoveshchensk to the Chinese city of Heihe across the Amur river. According to the RIA news agency, the bridge is just over a kilometre long and cost 19bn roubles ($342m). The two countries hope it will further boost trade as Moscow reels from western sanctions imposed over its invasion of Ukraine

Reuters reported Chinese authorities thwarted a protest planned by hundreds of bank depositors seeking access to their frozen funds in Henan province. They did that simply by flipping the health code apps on the phones of the protesters from green to red. Reuters noted that without a green code, Chinese citizens are denied access to public transport and spaces such as restaurants and malls. And they no longer are allowed to travel across the country. “They are putting digital handcuffs on us,” a depositor from Sichuan province surnamed Chen told Reuters.

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