MI5 spy dubbed ‘Director K’ says Russian agents are like an unpredictable storm threatening Britain

The MI5’s head of hostile states counterintelligence has called for the 100-year-old Official Secrets Act to be brought up to date and for the British public to play their part in an unpredictable storm of threats. The senior intelligence officer, who can only be publicly identified by her title, Director K, said there is ‘increasingly … Read more

Taiwan fears Chinese reunification could lead to similar fate to Hong Kong

Taiwanese pro-democracy leaders have warned China’s intention to forcefully reunify the island nation will lead to similar anti-democratic crackdowns seen in Hong Kong. “We must prepare, the threats from China are escalating and require a serious level,” says the leader of Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement Lin Fei-Fan. Source link

Biden administration pushed Congress to water down anti-China bill: report

A top State Department official urged a key senator earlier this year to tamp down the language in a bill meant to prevent the importation of goods from China that are made using Uyghur forced labor, according to a new report. The Washington Post, citing Biden administration officials, reported Thursday that Deputy Secretary of State … Read more

Peng Shuai’s Sexual Assault Allegations Roil China and the Tennis World. Here’s What to Know

A Chinese tennis star accused a former high-ranking government official of sexual assault, setting off a #MeToo crisis in the sports and political worlds. The athlete, Peng Shuai, has largely disappeared from public view, her tennis colleagues are worried and the International Olympic Committee is under criticism for its response. Here’s a look at the … Read more

Twitter removes nearly 3,500 ‘state-backed’ propaganda accounts

Most of the accounts were linked to the Chinese Communist Party’s narrative over its treatment of Uighurs in Xinjiang. Twitter says it has removed 3,465 accounts operating as “state-backed information operations” that it linked to six countries: China, Mexico, Russia, Tanzania, Uganda and Venezuela. Most of the erased profiles – 2,048 – “amplified Chinese Communist … Read more

Busting the Merkel Myth

Press play to listen to this article BERLIN — In an age of us-versus-them politics, soon-to-be ex-German Chancellor Angela Merkel might be the only prominent international leader the global demos can actually agree on. From Poland to Peru, clear majorities profess a favorable view of the East German physicist-turned-politician, whose 16-year tenure running Europe’s largest … Read more

Why the Women’s Tennis Association rallied for Peng Shuai

A prominent Chinese citizen associated with a major international organisation disappears, then a letter is sent stating all is well. The organisation appears to accept the letter at face value although questions remain before the citizen emerges months later under duress. The circumstances are different but there is a similar thread to the disappearance of … Read more

Athletes or politicians? MPs want Canada to boycott Beijing Winter Olympics — but can’t agree on how

OTTAWA—All three official opposition parties are pressuring the Liberal government to diminish Canada’s presence at the upcoming Beijing Olympics, as Ottawa talks behind the scenes with other countries about how to participate in the Winter Games hosted by an economic superpower with an abysmal human rights record. The Bloc Québécois is taking the hardest line, … Read more

Women’s Tennis Association suspends all tournaments in China over Peng Shuai concerns

THE WOMEN’S TENNIS circuit is suspending all tournaments in China over concerns about the safety of Chinese player Peng Shuai, WTA Tour chairman Steve Simon has said.  The WTA had planned 11 events in China this year before Covid-19 forced them to be relocated or cancelled. “I am announcing the immediate suspension of all WTA tournaments … Read more

Analysis: China’s birthrate just hit another record low. But the worst is yet to come

The birthrate, which has now fallen to single digits, is the latest troubling sign of China’s worsening population crisis, as the country of 1.4 billion people begins to lose its youthful edge. The country’s once-a-decade national census revealed in May that just 12 million babies were born last year — an 18% plunge from 14.65 … Read more