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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 02.06.2023

The next Chinese tech threat is already here

In recent years we’ve had fierce debates about the safety and security of Huawei, 5G, TikTok, semiconductors, ChatGPT and artificial intelligence. All of which may have given you technological indigestion. Let me add something even more threatening to the mix of the threat from China: the security of cellular (internet of things) modules. Unlike the mythical urban rat, you really are never more than a few feet away from a cellular module. If semiconductors are the bricks with which the new industrial and lifestyle revolutions are being built, cellular modules are the doors and windows.

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A Chinese Alternative to Bloomberg Terminals Quietly Limits Information Overseas

A Chinese data provider has for years been an essential resource for banks,securities firms and money managers. It has started to limit international users’ access to some information, making it harder for them to analyse how the world’s second largest economy is performing. Software made by Wind Information, a private Shanghai-based company, is widespread in mainland China and popular with financial analysts, investors and economists overseas. Butas the Chinese government takes a series of steps to clamp down on information-gathering by foreign firms.

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Interested in Vera and what next? The Czechs want more from Taiwan's sensitive support

Diplomatic ties between the Czech Republic and Taiwan continue to strengthen. On Friday, the Taiwanese Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs spoke in Prague. Czechs on the island strive for a stronger representation - both at the political and business level. The Czech-Taiwanese diplomatic adventure did not end with the recent trip of the Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Markéta Pekarová Adamová (TOP 09).

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Holocaust Museum hosting conversation on persecution of the Uyghur people in China

On June 1, the St. Louis Kaplan Feldman Holocaust Museum will host “Modern Day Genocide: Uncovering the Horrors of Atrocities Against the Uyghur People,” with featured speaker Rushan Abbas. Abbas is an Uyghur American activist whose sister, Gulshan Abbas, was taken by the Chinese government six days after her first public speech on the persecution of the Uyghurs in 2018. Abbas has not seen her sister since. This lecture is the museum’s Rabbi Philip and Ruth Lazowski Lecture on Holocaust and Genocide, sponsored by the Feigenbaum-Pepose Family.

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Erin O’Toole: China targeted me in election, says 2021 rival to Canada’s Trudeau

Ex-leader of Conservatives says Canadian Security Intelligence briefed him on a ‘Chinese-orchestrated campaign’ to manipulate the vote Canada’s spy agency told former Conservative party leader Erin O’Toole that China campaigned to discredit him and suppress votes ahead of the 2021 election he lost to Justin Trudeau’s Liberals, O’Toole has said. In a briefing on Friday, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (Csis) informed O’Toole about intelligence saying Beijing had targeted him in 2021, when he was Conservative leader and running to defeat Trudeau.

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Suspected Chinese spies, disguised as tourists, tried to infiltrate Alaskan military bases

Chinese citizens posing as tourists but suspected of being spies have made several attempts in recent years to gain access to military facilities in this vast state studded with sensitive bases, according to U.S. officials. In one incident, a vehicle with Chinese citizens blew past a security checkpoint at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, several soldiers told USA TODAY. The vehicle was eventually stopped, and a search found a drone inside the vehicle. The occupants claimed they were tourists who had gotten lost.

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Bipartisan China panel issues a blueprint to address Taiwan and Uyghur mistreatment

The new House select committee on China, which has shown rare bipartisanship on Capitol Hill, made its first policy recommendations Wednesday. The bipartisan House select committee on China adopted its first set of policy recommendations Wednesday, focused on how to prevent a military conflict in Taiwan and end the mistreatment of Uyghurs by the Chinese government. The pair of reports, approved unanimously by the House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party, are intended to serve as a blueprint for action in the 118th Congress.

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