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A Chinese engineer says he was fired from Facebook after discussing a colleague’s death and it’s caused outrage in China


Chinese social media has erupted in anger over the dismissal of a Chinese engineer from Facebook. The California-based software engineer Yi Yin’s story was circulated on WeChat and widely debated on a Chinese discussion forum, according to Bloomberg. Per Bloomberg, Yin said he received an email warning on the same day he attended the memorial … Continue reading

China paid Facebook and Twitter to help spread anti-Muslim propaganda


In China’s internment camps, Muslims are reportedly subjected to forced indoctrination, torture, and even death. Yet some paid ads on Facebook and Twitter would have you believe they’re wonderful places. The US-based social media giants have been enabling Chinese state-owned media to spread misinformation about the camps, investigations by the Intercept and BuzzFeed News revealed … Continue reading

Facebook, Twitter accuse China of running disinformation campaign against Hong Kong protesters


Twitter and Facebook have suspended numerous accounts that they say are tied to a Chinese disinformation campaign against pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong. Twitter said Monday it suspended 936 accounts likely related to the activity. The company said the disinformation campaign was designed to “sow political discord in Hong Kong, including undermining the legitimacy and … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia, December 26, 2017


This week was incredibly calm in Asia. China has some non-defined goals of grandeur, though some voices in the Western press cast their usual doubts. China’s big obstacle with becoming a tech leader is two-fold: 1. lack of measurable methods and 2. social media. Westerners use Facebook and Google to communicate with friends, family, and … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, November 16, 2015


The week buzzed about China’s currency while the US spotlight made an unusual stop on Taiwan. Marco Rubio mentioned Taiwan, something significant for an experienced Senator and presidential candidate on the campaign trail. Quartz gave a shout over Taiwanese presidential hopeful, Tsai, in her response to the negative Facebook comments from China (where Facebook happens … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, December 22


China made two well-crafted blunders which Beijing likely considers a success. China called for US arms sales to Taiwan to cease, then Xi went to Macau where democracy supporters could protest him more directly at the second inauguration of Macau’s CEO. Macau’s protest was reportedly led by Jason Chao (周庭希). Japan removed the most at-risk … Continue reading

Yin Xiangfeng, Chief Editor of China Radio International, reveals his plans for Poland


The following interview by Piotr Chodak highlights the growing importance of the relationship between Poland and China: Piotr Chodak: In recent times, we have seen more and more bold moves by the editor of China Radio International in Pland. Frequent updates are made on the Polish-language website and Facebook page. What are the next plans … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, June 16


More “Pacific Mussolini;” China finally makes the first move by appealing to the UN. No one can say there isn’t a Pacific problem any more, and most of the world will blame China. Chinese media: China will challenge the US in South China Sea Sunflower Facebook Page: A roundup of recent events …More on the increasing … Continue reading

Taiwan’s ‘White Justice’ Breeds Confusion


Reporting 250,000+ “likes” on a suspicious Facebook page and 500 affirming phone calls for a police chief, Fang Yang-ning (方仰寧), on an island of with 23 million people is not newsworthy. Yet, it is being disseminated by the government and being reported in the Taipei Times. This actually suggests that authorities possess undisclosed research data that indicates government support is … Continue reading

How to defeat the ‘Great Firewall of China’ with an iPhone


Visitors to China are often perplexed to find that they can’t access Twitter, Facebook or other sites. The reason isn’t that they don’t have access to cellular or WiFi networks; instead, it’s state censorship and surveillance courtesy of the Golden Shield Project, aka “The Great Firewall of China.” Roman Loyola at TechHive recently visited Beijing and … Continue reading

Book review – Is There Life After Facebook: Geopolitics of Technology and other Foreign Policy Essays


The following is a book review of “Is There Life After Facebook: Geopolitics of Technology and other Foreign Policy Essays” by China Daily Mail contributor Professor Anis Bajrektarevic: “Insightful, compelling and original, this book is an exciting journey through the rocky field of geopolitics. “It is also a big-thinking exploration of the least researched aspects of … Continue reading

Facebook and other banned sites to be accessible in China free trade zone


Facebook, Twitter and other websites deemed sensitive and blocked by the Chinese government will be accessible in a planned free-trade zone (FTZ) in Shanghai, the South China Morning Post reported on Tuesday. Citing unidentified government sources, the Hong Kong newspaper also said authorities would welcome bids from foreign telecoms firms for licences to provide Internet … Continue reading

Cracks appear in the Great Firewall of China


The South China Morning Post exclusively reported Tuesday (24th Sept. 2013) that the Chinese government is to allow a partial hole to be created in what has been dubbed the ‘Great Firewall of China‘. Residents of a specific portion of Shanghai are to be allowed virtually unrestricted access to the internet, including sites that have … Continue reading

For China, a new kind of feminism


If you want to Lean In in Chinese, you “Take One Step Forward.” That’s how the title of Sheryl Sandberg’s contemporary feminist manifesto, “Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead,” has been translated here. And you do it with gusto, judging from the reactions of about a thousand students and businesspeople at two … Continue reading

Hong Kong survivors of Manila bus hijacking suing the Philippines


Survivors of a 2010 bus hijacking in Manila are suing the Philippine government in Hong Kong, a move that comes on the third anniversary of the incident that left eight dead. According to Hong Kong-based solicitor John Clancey, two survivors of the hijacking who suffered bullet wounds, as well as the mother of slain victim … Continue reading

IT giants admit to being hacked by China


Cyberwarfare has been making it into the news quite a bit of late. From the international cyber-spying virus known as “Red October”, to China‘s hacking of the New York Times and Bloomberg L.P., to intrusions into major software companies and social utilities. It seems no one is immune or unassailable in the digital age. What’s … Continue reading

Great Firewall upgrade hits China’s web users


Chinese internet users who are skilled at evading the country’s online blocks have suddenly found they are again being denied access to some websites. In China, if you want access to forbidden websites including Facebook or Twitter, one of the easiest ways is to use a virtual private network (VPN). But in recent days VPNs … Continue reading

Chinese leadership transition; don’t hold your hopes too high


“Inside the party, there are many problems that need be addressed, especially the problems among party members and officials of corruption and taking bribes, being out of touch with the people, undue emphasis on formalities and bureaucracy and other issues,” said Mr. Xi, the new Chinese leader who will be ruling China for another ten … Continue reading

Will Facebook be Trumped by Giant China IPO?


Facebook’s $16 billion initial public offering could pale in comparison to this upcoming one from China. As Dow Jones Newswires reports Wednesday, China National Nuclear Power Co. is planning to raise money in a Shanghai IPO to fund five projects worth 173.5 billion yuan (US$27 billion). The company didn’t disclose the amount it plans to … Continue reading

China tells IPO bankers to “like” Facebook


China’s internet censors have a dim view of Facebook, but that has not stopped it from being a model of sorts for the country’s securities regulator, IFR reported on Saturday. At a regular training seminar last week, the China Securities and Regulatory Commission (CSRC) urged IPO bankers to learn from the risk disclosures in Facebook’s … Continue reading

Wall comes down briefly for Facebook users


Some mainland internet users were able to gain access to Facebook, the world’s largest online social network, for more than seven hours yesterday. Having been blocked by the authorities for nearly three years, internet users in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangdong and some cities in central China said they were able to visit the site from early … Continue reading

Chinese Consumers Won’t Pay for Smart Phone “Crap Apps”


In the following article, the author draws on the recent news of Facebook‘s billion dollar acquisition of iPhone photo app company Instagram, to argue that a domestic (Chinese) Instagram “success story” is not currently possible due to China‘s inferior and shoddy app development, the prevalence of jail-broken and pirated iPhone apps, the consumer mistrust of … Continue reading

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