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    China presents itself as rival to democracy and plays UK, says Labour / TheGuardian · 7 days ago - 08:02

Foreign policy spokesman Stephen Kinnock says UK needs to stand up to Chinese economic intimidation

China’s authoritarian rulers are presenting themselves as a viable rival to democracy and have played the UK economically, Stephen Kinnock, the party’s foreign policy spokesman on China, has said.

In a significant hardening of Labour’s stance towards China, he also described David Cameron’s golden era of engagement with China as “an abject failure”, adding the UK has been naive about China’s intentions. Kinnock called for what he described as a “respect-based realism” towards China, and said he feared at present the UK had insufficient strategic independence from China to stand up to the country’s intimidation.

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    China begins massive effort to test 11 million people for COVID-19 in 10 days / ArsTechnica · Friday, 15 May - 21:49

Medical workers take swab samples from residents (L) to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in a street in Wuhan in China

Enlarge / Medical workers take swab samples from residents (L) to be tested for the COVID-19 coronavirus, in a street in Wuhan in China's central Hubei province on May 15, 2020. - Authorities in the pandemic ground zero of Wuhan have ordered mass COVID-19 testing for all 11 million residents after a new cluster of cases emerged over the weekend. (credit: Getty | STR )

Chinese officials have begun an unprecedented attempt to test 11 million people for COVID-19 in just 10 days.

Plans for the gargantuan feat came about earlier this week after officials in Wuhan—the capital city of China’s central Hubei province where the pandemic first began in January— identified a cluster of six new cases over the past weekend . The cluster included an 89-year-old symptomatic man and five asymptomatic cases, all of which lived in the same residential community.

The six cases were the first detection of new infections in more than a month in the hard-hit city—and government officials aren’t taking any chances when it comes to thwarting a dreaded second wave of infections. They quickly announced a plan to test all residents of the city, which number roughly 11 million.

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    '10 days of battle': Wuhan draws up ambitious Covid-19 testing plan / TheGuardian · Wednesday, 13 May - 09:49

Districts must submit plans to screen all citizens after cluster of new cases this week

Chinese authorities are preparing to test 11 million people in Wuhan after a small outbreak this week.

The city in Hubei province, where the virus is believed to have originated with the first recorded cases, had reported few daily cases since early March and none since early April, until a cluster of six was confirmed at the weekend .

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    Missouri attorney general tries suing China to recoup COVID-19 losses / ArsTechnica · Wednesday, 22 April - 20:33 · 1 minute

St. Louis, Missouri, back before everything was cancelled due to coronavirus.

Enlarge / St. Louis, Missouri, back before everything was cancelled due to coronavirus. (credit: Tetra Images | Henryk Sadura | Getty Images )

The pandemic is a challenge for all of us. The economic knock-on effects of the health crisis are, themselves, another crisis. Many people, as humans tend to do, are wildly casting about not just for solutions, but for someone to take the blame. It's hard to take it out directly on the SARS-CoV-2 virus, of course; whether or not one regards a virus as a living thing, it is most certainly not a legal person in any sense.

The office of Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt has apparently decided that, in the absence of any way to sue a virus, the next best course of action is to take the entire nation where the disease originated to court. To that end, Schmitt's office said yesterday it had filed a lawsuit against "the Chinese government, Chinese Communist Party, and other Chinese officials and institutions" for the COVID-19 pandemic.

The complaint ( PDF ) first confirms that as of Monday, there were more than 5,800 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Missouri, from which at least 177 persons had died. It then claims that "the virus unleashed by the Communist Party of China and the Chinese govenrment has left no community in the world untouched," adding that the pandemic "is the direct result of a sinister campaign of malfeasance and deception" carried out by all of China's leadership.

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    Report: Apple’s Chinese contractors cut hours as iPhone demand falls / ArsTechnica · Tuesday, 21 April - 14:57

A man stands in front of a closed Apple Store in Tokyo.

Enlarge / A man stands in front of a closed Apple Store in Tokyo. (credit: Viola Kam/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Chinese companies that manufacture iPhones for Apple are cutting back hours and have laid off some workers, the Financial Times reports .

Multiple workers told the FT that manufacturing giant Foxconn has paused hiring at its massive plant in Zhengzhou, Henan province. According to the paper, Foxconn "has also begun to cut some of the temporary workers it hired in large numbers in February as it ramped up production after a long pause."

Foxconn has limited overtime hours and encouraged workers to take time off, the FT says.

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Some players have used the game to create politically sensitive images and slogans which they share on social media

The Nintendo Switch game, Animal Crossing: New Horizons, has been removed from sale on websites in China, after it was used by Hong Kong activists to spread pro-democracy messages.

The popular island-life simulation game disappeared from China’s eBay-equivalent, Taobao, last week.

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Guangzhou authorities accused of discriminating against black people with Covid-19 measures

A senior Chinese official has acknowledged accusations of authorities discriminating against black people in the city of Guangzhou as “reasonable concerns”.

Amid an increased focus on people with coronavirus arriving in mainland China from overseas , health authorities in Guangzhou have been accused of racially targeting Africans, including with forced evictions, repeated testing for Covid-19 without providing the result, and refusing service or business.

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Китай разрабатывает на замену TCP/IP протокол, который деанонимизирует пользователей
По словам разработчиков, куда входит Huawei, новый протокол «лучше соответствует актуальному состоянию интернета»

Министерство промышленности и информационных технологий Китая, компания Huawei и китайские операторы China Unicom и China Telecom совместно предложили внести изменения в современное состояние интернета. Как сообщила газета Financial Times, Международному союзу электросвязи (International Telecommunication Union, ITU) поступило предложение заменить протокол TCP/IP на новый — New IP.

По мнению разработчиков, New IP «лучше соответствует современному состоянию интернета» и представлениям о его развитии, чем стек TCP/IP, разработанный почти полвека назад. В частности, адреса New IP позволят устройствам в разных сетях напрямую взаимодействовать между собой, что должно повысить скорость и надежность, полнее удовлетворяя потребности таких растущих направлений как самоуправляемые автомобили и интернет вещей.

Как сообщает CNews, в New IP реализован специальный алгоритм «отключения» (killswitch), позволяющий блокировать все данные, поступающие из сети на определенный адрес или с него в сеть. Делать это можно будет в любой момент времени, и это означает, что регуляторы интернета смогут не только моментально отключать неугодные ресурсы, но и блокировать доступ к интернету конкретных людей, в буквальном смысле вычисляя их по IP-адресу.

По мнению источников Financial Times, переход на New IP также может потребовать авторизации и аутентификации как новых интернет-адресов, так и людей, связанных с ними.

Другими словами, New IP подразумевает полное отсутствие анонимности и приватности в интернете и напоминает глобальную версию «Великого китайского файервола», блокирующего жителям КНР доступ ко многим международным ресурсам.

ITU рассмотрит предложение КНР по стандартизации New IP в рамках конференции, проведение которой предварительно назначено на ноябрь 2020 г., если в планы не вмешается распространение коронавируса. Существует вероятность, что большинство участников конференции проголосуют против стандартизации китайского протокола, и в этом случае обсуждением вопроса вне конференции займутся другие представители всех стран-членов ITU, количество которых на момент публикации материала превышало 190.

New IP уже встретил неодобрение одного из участников голландской делегации. По его мнению, своему успеху современный интернет обязан именно своей «открытой природе», базирующейся на TCP/IP.

По словам представителя Huawei, новая технология «открыта для ученых и инженеров по всему миру» и предназначена исключительно для удовлетворения технических требований меняющейся цифровой сферы, а не для обеспечения контроля.