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Could one call it the 'thinking man's communism' ?
 

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But in a system as large as China, let alone the whole world or a galactic empire, there's always going to be a bit of 'the left hand doesn't know what the right hand is doing' when it comes to the details of administration on a smaller scale.
Not a problem...
 

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Indeed. It's similar to the phenomenon of mass shootings at US schools.
This is a major escalation then:

Chemical attack at kindergarten in China injures 51 children
By Julia Hollingsworth, CNN
Updated 0959 GMT (1759 HKT) November 12, 2019

Fifty-one children and three teachers were injured at a kindergarten in southwest China when a man attacked them with a corrosive chemical, state media reported Tuesday.

According to state-run news agency Xinhua, a 23-year-old suspect surnamed Kong climbed into the school in Kaiyuan city, Yunnan province, on Monday afternoon and sprayed caustic soda on a room full of students and teachers.

Two of those hit were seriously hurt, although their injuries are not life-threatening, the report said.

The suspect was detained about an hour after the attack. He allegedly sprayed the chemical as an act of revenge on society, Xinhua quoted police as saying.

Caustic soda -- also known as sodium hydroxide -- is used in the manufacturing of a number of common products, including soap, paper, and various dyes.

A little more on how this is the latest in a dreadful trend:
https://edition.cnn.com/2019/11/12/asia/china-corrosive-liquid-kindergarten-intl-hnk/index.html
 

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An interesting development if the guy is the genuine article.

A man claiming to be a Chinese spy has applied for asylum in Australia, media reports say.

Wang "William" Liqiang has reportedly given authorities information about operations in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Australia, saying he was "personally involved" in espionage work. Mr Wang is now in Sydney and says he fears execution if he returns to China. Police in the Chinese city of Shanghai say Mr Wang is an unemployed fugitive who was convicted of fraud.

Australia's Treasurer Josh Frydenberg told reporters Mr Wang's case was "in the hands of the appropriate law enforcement agencies", adding that his accusations are "very disturbing".

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-australia-50528831
 

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Very Well.

What is he doing wanting to go to a country who are well known to hate the Chinese?
 

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That low?

They still hate them thogh
 

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Isn't that part of the point? If you're a spy looking to defect, you want to go talk to the people looking to get the upper hand on China. They're the ones who will value the information you have.
 

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That low?

They still hate them thogh
16% of Australians are of 'asian' ancestry, 5% are Chinese. They're still Australians. So obviously at least 5% of Australians don't hate Chinese Australians. For comparison, 4.4% of people in Britain are Muslims of any race.
 

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Was reading in the paper today that China is holding almost a million Muslims in cultural brainwashing camps against their will. A million! It sounds like science fiction. Or horror.
 

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Best of luck to them brainwashing that lot.
 

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Was reading in the paper today that China is holding almost a million Muslims in cultural brainwashing camps against their will. A million! It sounds like science fiction. Or horror.
This was the story featured on Panorama last night - now available on BBC iPlayer.

*Warning* "It's horrific.
 

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A lengy but interesting article regarding the camps.

Dormitory doors, corridor doors, and floor doors must be double-locked, and must be locked immediately after being opened and closed.”

“Strictly manage and control student activities to prevent escapes during class, eating periods, toilet breaks, bath time, medical treatment, family visits, etc.”

The quotes are from instructions issued by a top security official in the Xinjiang province of China, where since 2017 more than a million people from Uighur and other ethnic minority groups are being kept in camps. The Chinese authorities, who at first denied the camps existed, then said they were there to provide “educational training” to “students” in centres that had a “boarding school” type of management.

“It is strictly forbidden for police to enter the student zone with guns, and they must never allow escapes, never allow trouble, never allow attacks on staff, never allow abnormal deaths.”

Contained in a telegram called “New Secret 5656”, the instructions were written in 2017, when the policy of incarcerating people from ethnic minorities in Xinjiang was being put into effect on an industrial scale.The telegram is among a small cache of secret documents, being called the China Cables, that were leaked to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), and have been shared with 17 media partners, including The Irish Times, the BBC, Le Monde, Süddeutsche Zeitung and the US TV network, NBC. The leak puts to rest attempts by the Chinese government to portray the facilities in the western province of Xinjiang as anything other than internment camps.

https://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/asia-pacific/china-cables-the-largest-incarceration-of-a-minority-since-the-holocaust-1.4089726
 

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A long running "lost treasure" scam

Police in eastern China have detained five people on suspicion of carrying out a scam that aimed to convince people to part with their money in return for a share of trillions of US dollars that have been frozen since the defeated Nationalist forces fled the mainland at the end of the civil war.

Officers found fake army uniforms and a number of forged documents when they detained the three women and two men at a hotel in Shandong province last week, the Yimeng Evening News reported.
The gang is accused of promising investors a share from a fund worth trillions of US dollars that they said had been established by the Nationalists 70 years ago and claimed they were working for special task forces established by the UN and China’s Central Military Commission to unlock the assets.

The faked documents were said to include United Nations permits and even a gun licence issued by the last imperial dynasty, the Qing.

https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/3042186/five-held-china-over-scam-convince-people-hand-over-cash-return
 

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Little girl finds plea for help from Chinese workers in supermarket Christmas cards:
Merry Christmas

Just shows you, it's impossible to live your life this century without having a detrimental effect on at least somebody. Quite a lot of somebodies, in fact.
 

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It's not just the shaming, whatever think about pjs in public, it's the facial recognition AI.

Officials in a Chinese city have apologised for "shaming" people for wearing pyjamas in public.

Government officials in Suzhou in Anhui province released pictures of seven people wearing their nightwear, calling it "uncivilised behaviour".

The online "shaming" included the pyjama picture - caught by surveillance cameras - plus the person's name, ID card and other information.

China has seen a huge growth in surveillance in recent years.

Two years ago, the country had 170 million CCTV cameras, with another 400 million expected by the end of 2020.

Many are linked to artificial intelligence - allowing them to recognise exactly who they are filming.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-51188669
 

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China has ordered the destruction of school books which are not in line with the ideas of the communist party or that shithole Xi Jinping.
Yes, he's setting himself up to be the next Mao.
 

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Yes, he's setting himself up to be the next Mao.
Different though, Mao destroyed the economy, education, agriculture. Xi is a dictator but he's building up the national infrastructure. He's more the natural successor to Deng. Deng had blood on his hands but he was in the junior leagues in comparison to Mao.
 

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On the 07:00 news reports of a "stark warning from China" as the Coronavirus spreads and mutates.
Fears that the movement of millions of people to and from China for their New Year celebrations will turn the disease into a global pandemic.

I had a flashback to the stunning 1970s apocalyptic drama "Survivors". The intro showing a Chinese man travelling by plane and spreading the initially flu-like disease is eerily prophetic:

 

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This is a major escalation then:
Chemical attack at kindergarten in China injures 51 children
The school attacks continue ... In this case the attacker was a school security guard of the sort widely hired in the wake of school attacks years ago.
At least 39 injured in knife attack at China kindergarten

A school security guard injured at least 39 people in a knife attack at a kindergarten in southern China on Thursday morning, state media reported. The motive remains unknown.

The attack was an eerie throwback to deadly attacks at schools in China over past years that prompted security upgrades and that authorities have blamed largely on people bearing grudges or who had unidentified mental illnesses.

The local government in the Guangxi region’s Cangwu county said 37 students and two adults suffered injuries of varying degrees in the attack.

Chinese state media identified the attacker as a security guard at the school surnamed Li. The suspect had been detained while an investigation was underway, they said.

State broadcaster CCTV said 40 had been injured, three seriously, including the head of the school, another security guard and a student.

In earlier attacks, a woman wielding a knife injured 14 children at a kindergarten in the western city of Chongqing in October 2018.

Almost 20 children were killed in school attacks in 2010, prompting a response from top government officials and leading many schools to add gates and security guards.

Chinese law restricts the sale and possession of firearms, and mass attacks are generally carried out with knives or homemade explosives.
SOURCE: https://apnews.com/3f90f881330802cbc9e10da61f5f3d2c
 

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Lest we forget:

"Tiananmen Square: On the morning of June 4, 1989, many estimates of deaths were reported, including from government-affiliated sources. Peking University leaflets circulated on campus suggested a death toll of between two and three thousand. The Chinese Red Cross had given a figure of 2,600 deaths, but later denied having given such a figure.[2][3] The Swiss Ambassador had estimated 2,700.[4] Nicholas D. Kristof of The New York Times wrote on June 21 that "it seems plausible that about a dozen soldiers and policemen were killed, along with 400 to 800 civilians."[5] United States ambassador James Lilley said that, based on visits to hospitals around Beijing, a minimum of several hundred had been killed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1989_Tiananmen_Square_protests
 

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Man from China drinks beer in unusual style, breaks bricks with bare hands.
 

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Looks as if he'll get compensation.

A man in eastern China has been acquitted of murder and freed after spending 27 years in prison.

Zhang Yuhuan maintained he was tortured by police and forced to confess to the murder of two young boys in 1993. He was China's longest-serving wrongfully convicted inmate, after having served 9,778 days in the prison in Jiangxi province. Prosecutors who reopened the case said his confession had inconsistencies and did not match the original crime. He walked free after a high court found there was not enough evidence to justify his conviction.

Observers say China is growing more willing to quash wrongful convictions, but only criminal not political.

Footage on Chinese media showed Mr Zhang in an emotional reunion with his 83-year-old mother and his ex-wife following his release on Tuesday.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-53666557
 
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