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  • China retreats on the Indian border

  • The WHO's latest scandal

  • And Estonia is kicking butt!

  • That and more on this week's China news headlines

  • Welcome to China Uncensored, I'm Chris ChappellYouTube is demonetizing us all the time.  

  • But thanks to the support of viewers like  you on the crowdfunding website Patreon,  

  • I can still bring you these episodesHead over to Patreon.com/ChinaUncensored,  

  • and for as little as a dollar an episodeyou can help me continue to make the show.

  • And now, this week's China news headlines.

  • For a long time, China has been  secretly building up military camps  

  • along the Indian border. Well, not so secretly  that they can't be seen with satellites

  • Here's a bend in the river on May 22 last  year, and here's that same spot on June 23.

  • Here's another Chinese military  camp in the same region.

  • And here's yet another Chinese military camp.

  • Meanwhile, this satellite image shows  Chinese-built villages along a different  

  • section of the Indian border, made at some  point between August 2019 and November 2020.

  • But the latest satellite images show China  is actually emptying some of these camps.

  • These images from Maxar Technologies  

  • show the banks of Pangong Tso, a  glacial lake in the Ladakh region

  • Last week, China and India agreed to  withdraw troops. Wait, China is actually  

  • keeping its promise? Is that because India  is successfully staring down China? Or is the  

  • People's Liberation Army pulling back because  they have some other plan up their sleeves?

  • Last week, I told you about the World Health  Organization investigation into the origin  

  • of the coronavirus. Yesin January  the Chinese Communist Party let the WHO  

  • into Wuhan to investigateonly a year late

  • But that's not a complaint from the WHO. NoWHO investigators praised Chinese officials

  • Even though China refused  to hand over important data.

  • Get this. Apparently the WHO team  said their Chinese counterpartswere  

  • frustrated by the team's persistent  questioning and demands for data.”

  • I know, you probably think that asking  questions and looking for data is  

  • a normal part of an investigationBut not in China it isn't. In China,  

  • the government tells you upfront what  the result of your investigation will be.

  • Which is what they tried to do to the WHO team.  

  • Chinese officials urged the W.H.O. team to  embrace the government's narrative about the  

  • source of the virus, including the unproven notion  that it might have spread to China from abroad.”

  • Meanwhile, it's not surprising the US says  it still hasn't ruled out a lab accident  

  • origin for the coronavirus. Because  China hasn't been transparent.

  • Which is frankly an understatementSaying China hasn't been transparent  

  • is like saying it's a little hard  to breathe in the vacuum of space.

  • Meanwhile, more countries are voicing  support for a globalpandemic treaty.”  

  • It would require all countries to  share data about disease outbreaks.

  • Which sounds great. Until you remember  how well China honors its treaties.

  • But I wouldn't want to be too  hard on Chinese officials.  

  • Or else they might be too  hard on American officials.

  • What I mean is, “In China, some U.S. personnel  have complained about being subjected to  

  • an anal swab test for the  coronavirus by Chinese authorities.”

  • You know, the Biden Administration has talked  about reciprocity in US China relations, so,  

  • maybe Xi Jinping will have something to look  forward to on his next state visit to Washington.

  • FYI, the Chinese artist who made  that image has been arrested.

  • And coming up after the break, key  members of President Biden's cabinet  

  • had Chinese business connections.

  • Welcome back.

  • This week, the Republican Study Committee  

  • released a report criticizing members of Biden's  cabinet for Chinese business connections

  • For example, Secretary of State Antony  Blinken co-founded a company called  

  • WestExec Advisors, whichhelped U.S.  universities raise money from China  

  • without running afoul of  Pentagon grant requirements.”

  • Other Biden cabinet members who worked for the  firm include Director of National Intelligence  

  • Avril Haines, and Press Secretary Jen Psaki.

  • Now working for WestExec is  not evidence of any wrongdoing.  

  • A lot of people have had Chinese business  connections, including the previous president.

  • What doesn't look great is,  

  • when WestExec recently scrubbed all their China  work from their website. Why would they do that?

  • However, Secretary of State Blinken said  something this week that I've actually been  

  • saying on the show for a while nowthat upholding  American values is the way to counter the Chinese  

  • Communist Party. In an interview with NPR he  said, “We're in a position of strength when  

  • we actually stand up for our values, when  we don't say it's okay for China to create  

  • concentration camps for Uyghurs in Xinjiang  or to trample on democracy in Hong Kong.”

  • And you know, values are nice. But it's also  nice when values are backed up with warships

  • The Biden Administration has conducted its second  

  • freedom of navigation operation  in the South China Sea.

  • The Biden Administration has talked about working  with US allies to counter the Chinese Communist  

  • Party. Which sounds great. But the challenge isthe Communist Party's influence over those allies  

  • may be growing. China has for the first time  overtaken the US as Europe's main trading partner.

  • And as we've seen fromrecent China EU trade deal,  

  • there are times when the EU puts  profits before human rights.

  • But there is some good news. Last week  

  • I mentioned the UK would no longer  broadcast Chinese state-run CGTN

  • Well now, CGTN is going to have to stop  broadcasting in 32 countries across Europe

  • What happened is, as a spillover from  old broadcast rules from the 1980s,  

  • CGTN's UK license had also allowed it  to broadcast across Europe. But now  

  • with its UK license revoked, CGTN can't  broadcast in any European countryunless  

  • one of them decides to be stupid  and give CGTN a new license.

  • And unsurprisingly, this week the  Chinese regime decided to retaliate.  

  • By banning the BBC in China

  • Which gave my favorite state-run media the Global  

  • Times the inspiration for this  really funny political cartoon.

  • The broadcaster Radio Television  Hong Kong also blocked the BBC.  

  • Because Hong Kong is fully part of China now.

  • But don't worry, most people  in China won't even notice.  

  • In China [the BBC] is largely restricted  and appears only in international hotels  

  • and some diplomatic compounds, meaning  most Chinese people cannot view it.”

  • And while Chinese state-run TV had been  broadcast in Europe for nearly two decadesmost  

  • people in Europe won't even notice it's gonebecause they never bothered to watch it.

  • There is a growing awareness about the  threat of the Chinese Communist Party.  

  • Particularly when it comes to espionage.

  • In the past week, intelligence agencies in the  Netherlands, Finland and Canada expressed deep  

  • concern about China's espionage and  political influence in democracies.”

  • And Estonia warns of a "silenced  world dominated by Beijing".

  • Wow, good on Estonia. Estonia used to be a major  front in the Chinese Communist Party's attempt  

  • to invade Europe. But asmentioned in a recent episode,  

  • China's Eastern European strategy is failing.

  • And you may remember the ethnically  Tibetan NYPD officer who was accused of  

  • spying on Tibetans for the Chinese Communist  Party. Well, there's been an update.

  • The New York City police officer  accused of being a spy for China,  

  • has been granted a release on $2 million  bail. But Baimadajie Angwang tested  

  • positive for COVID-19 last week and may have to  wait for a negative test before he's released.”

  • My heart breaks for him.

  • And now I'll answer a question frommember of the China Uncensored 50 Cent Army.  

  • Those are the fans who support the show  on the crowd funding website Patreon.

  • Phil Morais Jr says, “I work in Fiji and the  Chinese government have part of the contract  

  • to build new roads. They build the new road and  then in 12 - 18 months they have to repave the  

  • whole thing again. Australia has the other  contract and those roads are fantastic.”

  • Ah, Phil is responding to an episode  about China's Tofu Construction.  

  • Basically, that's when things get built on  the cheap, officials skim money off the top,  

  • and the construction projects collapseOften with some devastating results.

  • And since China is building things  around the world, that's not good.  

  • But Phil, don't complain about the Chinese built  roads that need to be repaved after only a year.  

  • It's not as bad as how in Kenya, a 12 million  dollar bridge collapsed before it even opened.

  • You might want to watch out for those  new Chinese built bridges in Fiji though.

  • Thanks for writing Phil.

  • And thank you for watching. Once again  I'm Chris Chappell, see you next time.

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