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The Weekly Brief

Just a quick update in case you missed it.

Released on 28.07.2023

'Alarming evidence' links China's Communist Party to American K-12 schools, anti-indoctrination group claims

Parents Defending Education (PDE), a grassroots organization dedicated to fighting indoctrination in the classroom, says it has uncovered disturbing evidence linking Chinese Communist Party (CCP)-sponsored financial entities to American K-12 schools. The findings are detailed in a new report dubbed "Little Red Classrooms," which was sent to 34 governors, key lawmakers and committee chairs on Wednesday. "The alarming evidence uncovered by our investigation should concern parents, educators, and policymakers alike.

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Global Survey Reports Historically High Negative Views of China

A survey examining people's views of China across 24 countries has reported that 67% of adults hold unfavorable views of the country and less than 28% of respondents speak favorably of China. In most high-income countries, negative views of China are at or near historic highs. The Pew Research Center survey published Thursday gathered opinions from more than 27,000 adults from 24 countries between February 20 and May 22 of this year, focusing on respondents' opinions on several issues related to China and their confidence in Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

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Accused of bomb threats they say they didn’t make, family of Chinese dissident detained in Thailand

When Gao Peng landed in Thailand on July 3, he was not expecting to be accused of making bomb threats, to be put on an EU travel blacklist, or to see his mother and 16-year-old sister detained and threatened with deportation back to China. But bomb threats made in his and his mother’s names against airports, luxury hotels and the Chinese embassy in Bangkok derailed the family’s plan to seek asylum in the Netherlands, where Gao Peng’s father moved three years ago.

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Top FBI officials warn of ‘unparalleled’ threat from China and AI

Director Christopher Wray said "AI will enable threat actors to develop increasingly powerful, sophisticated, customizable, and scalable capabilities." The FBI is keenly focused on threats emanating from the rapid development of artificial intelligence, particularly from China, top agency officials said Wednesday. Speaking at the FBI Atlanta Cyber Threat Summit at the Georgia Tech Research Institute Conference Center.

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China’s former foreign minister Qin Gang replaced then erased

No sooner had former Chinese foreign minister Qin Gang been replaced by his predecessor Wang Yi on Tuesday, after a mystery disappearance of a month, than he began to be erased, in a move evocative of the Mao Zedong era. During the Mao era, senior officials who fell out of favor and later purged were frequently excised from the annals of party missives – and party history. The same fate appears to have befallen Qin Gang, leaving the world to scratch its head and wonder why China, as opaque as ever, is not telling.

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A Leaked Indictment: Heavy Punishments for Uyghurs Who Tell the Truth on the Web

23-year-old Mirap Muhammet used a VPN to access Twitter. He was accused of “transferring intelligence abroad,” a very serious crime. An indictment that appeared on social media last week revealed that Uyghur youth Mirap Muhammet was tried for using a virtual private network (VPN) to bypass the Great Firewall, which blocks thousands of web sites and services in China, and “illegally transfer intelligence abroad.” Although it is unknown how he was punished, it can be easily guessed.

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Satellite data sheds light on China’s detention facilities in Tibet-China competition

Exclusive: China appears to have expanded use of high-security prisons as tool of repression in Tibet, researchers say. There has been a pattern of increased activity in recent years at high-security detention facilities in Tibet, according to a new study measuring night-time lighting usage, suggesting a potential rise in harsher imprisonments by Chinese authorities.

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