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Chinese could hack data for future quantum decryption, report warns

‘Threat groups’ could target valuable secrets with aim of unlocking them when computing power allowsChinese hackers could target heavily encrypted datasets such as weapon designs or details of undercover intelligence officers with a view to unlocking them at a later date when quantum computing makes decryption possible, a report warns. Analysts at Booz...

Chinese province targets journalists and students in planned surveillance system

Tender document details plans for system that can compile files using 3,000 facial recognition camerasSecurity officials in one of China’s largest provinces have commissioned a surveillance system they say they want to use to track journalists and international students among other “suspicious people”, documents reviewed by Reuters showed.A 29 July...

Disney+ channel launches in Hong Kong, without the Simpsons Tiananmen Square episode

Streaming channel went live this month, but without an episode in which the family visit ChinaAn episode of the Simpsons in which the cartoon American family visit Tiananmen Square is absent from Disney’s streaming channel in Hong Kong, at a time when authorities are clamping down on dissent.The missing episode adds to concerns that mainland-style censorship...

Bosnian Serb leader: Putin and China will help if west imposes sanctions

Exclusive: Milorad Dodik dismisses fears Serb separatists are planning breakup of Bosnia-HerzegovinaThe Bosnian Serb leader accused of risking war by pursuing the breakup of Bosnia-Herzegovina has dismissed the threat of western sanctions and hinted at an imminent summit with Vladimir Putin, saying: “I was not elected to be a coward”.In an interview...

The Guardian view of US foreign policy: the case for democratic dominance | Editorial

China will be the ghost at the gathering of America’s allies next monthJoe Biden’s foreign policy doctrine views the future relationship between democracies and authoritarian regimes as a competitive one, accompanied by a battle of narratives. Nondemocratic regimes have become brazen in their repression and many democratic governments have regressed...

Clarks looking for reboot under new Chinese leadership

After British founding family are forced to cede control, focus of attention turns to AsiaIt began with a sheepskin slipper in 1825, but Clarks is moving out of its comfort zone in a battle for survival under new Chinese leadership.The British footwear institution, founded by Quaker brothers Cyrus and James Clark, shifted from comfort to fashion after...

The Gate to China by Michael Sheridan; The World According to China by Elizabeth C Economy – review

Two authoritative books reveal Hong Kong’s role in reviving China’s economic fortunes and Beijing’s attempts to impose its will abroadIn celebration of the sixth plenum of the 19th central committee earlier this month, the Chinese Communist party published yet another history of its own glorious achievements. Many pages were devoted to the wise, indeed...

Bee aware: do you know what is in that cheap jar of honey?

British beekeepers call for stricter labelling on supermarket blends to identify the countries of originBritish beekeepers are calling for a requirement on supermarkets and other retailers to label cheap honey imports from China and other nations with the country of origin after claims that part of the global supply is bulked out with sugar syrup.The...

Women’s Tennis Association ‘remains deeply concerned’ over Peng Shuai

Statement says Chinese player’s responses to chief of sport body were ‘clearly’ influenced by othersThe Women’s Tennis Association (WTA) has said it remains “deeply concerned” about the Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai, weeks after she disappeared following her allegations against a high-ranking Chinese former politician.The WTA said in an email statement...

Peng Shuai: the tennis star at centre of China’s biggest #MeToo allegation

Fame and adoration could not protect her when she made sexual assault claims against a Chinese officialAfter Peng Shuai and Andrea Sestini Hlaváčková won the doubles final at the 2014 Beijing Open, they went to karaoke to celebrate. The fifth-seeded duo had just beaten India’s Sania Mirza and Zimbabwe’s Cara Black, who had never lost a match in the...

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