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  • On this episode of China Uncensored,

  • The Chinese military wants a pay raise.

  • A tragic medical affliction

  • may be plaguing Chinese dissidents.

  • And finally,

  • with new Chinese tariffs,

  • we'll see a rise in the price of tinfoil hats.

  • This is China Uncensored.

  • Hi, welcome to China Uncensored.

  • I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • China is gearing up for another meeting

  • of the National People's Congress.

  • It's a time when everyone in the Chinese government

  • vies for power.

  • Including Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

  • More on that later,

  • but this is also the time when the budget

  • for 2018 gets set.

  • And everyone wants a piece of the pie.

  • Especially the military.

  • China may have the world's largest military,

  • but for some it's not enough.

  • As Beijing gets ready to release

  • its defense budget for the year,

  • sources told Reuters that top brass

  • are pushing for a big bump in spending,

  • to combat modern threats.”

  • I mean, can you blame them?

  • It's not cheap to build

  • your capture the flag courses

  • out of LEGOs!

  • China is second to only the United States

  • on military spending.

  • Of course, “China's defense spending

  • is only about one-quarter that of the United States,

  • if official figures are accurate.”

  • Which is a big if.

  • But still,

  • they barely have enough to make

  • a proper propaganda video.

  • Look at what they rolled out

  • ahead of the Chinese New Year.

  • Behold the power of China's single tank.

  • The...navy?

  • They're even trying to reuse tanks as boats!

  • You get the point, they need more money.

  • Official figures from the past two years

  • show the smallest increase in the military budget

  • in a decade.

  • ButExperts say the true figure

  • is likely much higher than what is officially reported,

  • with money for some military projects

  • included in ostensibly non-military spending.”

  • What?

  • These missile launchers are totally for civilian use.

  • Now off to Xinjiang in Western China.

  • It's home of the much maligned

  • ethnic Uighur population.

  • They've had to deal with

  • a massive security crackdown,

  • surveillance using face recognition technology,

  • and Minority Report style precog criminal justice.

  • But somehow,

  • these Western news reports keep getting out!

  • Those meddling journalists

  • Well now, the Chinese regime

  • is going after the journalists, too.

  • Authorities have detained the relatives

  • of four US-based reporters

  • with Radio Free Asia

  • who have been covering Xinjiang.

  • First, Chinese authorities just asked the relatives

  • to call those reporters and ask them

  • to stop reporting on Xinjiang.

  • But when threatening nicely didn't work,

  • the abductions started.

  • One reporter learned that Chinese police

  • had arrested 20 of the her relatives

  • because of her reporting.

  • Another one had relatives taken

  • to a political reeducation center

  • called the Loving Kindness School.

  • Don't worry.

  • It's one of China's top political reeducation centers

  • along with the the Government Loves Everyone Academy,

  • and the CCP Besties 4-Ever Institute.

  • Of course, since we're hearing about

  • how journalists' relatives are being detained,

  • clearly the strategy of intimidating journalists

  • is not working.

  • A Chinese man was admitted

  • to a hospital earlier this week

  • for a minor stomach ache.

  • Even though previously he had

  • a clean bill of health,

  • this turned out to be a much deadlier condition.

  • He had contracted a case

  • of what Chinese military doctors call,

  • being a rights lawyer.”

  • A few hours after entering the hospital,

  • the condition dramatically worsened

  • until tragically, he bled to death.

  • Because of a liver problem.

  • Yeah...

  • Some are calling rights lawyer Li Baiguang's death

  • at the No. 81 Military Hospital

  • a mysterious death.

  • But Bob Fu,

  • head of the Chinese Christian rights group,

  • ChinaAid, calls it murder.

  • Li Baiguang defended underground Christians in China.

  • They're the ones who refuse to worship

  • in state-approved churches

  • run by the atheist Communist Party.

  • A Twitter programer who was visiting his family in China

  • was invited to tea by the Chinese Public Security Bureau.

  • How friendly.

  • First, they asked him if he did anything

  • toharm national interest.”

  • And then they asked for Twitter code technology

  • so they could monitor twitter content.

  • For national interest.

  • Now this may surprise you,

  • but Radio Free Asia suspects the Chinese regime

  • may be pressuring his family.

  • But even if the Public Security Bureau

  • didn't get the Twitter code they wanted,

  • at least they have Apple's Chinese users data.

  • Apple has officially put

  • all their Chinese users' iCloud data

  • on servers belonging to the state-run company,

  • Cloud Big Data.

  • Apple will also store

  • Chinese iCloud encryption keys there.

  • Just to make sure the Chinese regime

  • has easy access.

  • Because of the move,

  • the Chinese government will be able use

  • its own legal system to ask Apple

  • for its users' iCloud data,

  • whereas before the government had to

  • go through the U.S. legal system.”

  • Now Apple has said

  • they weren't happy about it.

  • But in the end,

  • what choice did they have

  • other than to cave in?

  • I mean, it would be practically unethical

  • not to seek a share of that sweet,

  • sweet China market.

  • And finally,

  • President Trump has said he will implement

  • new tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel.

  • He's complained frequently about

  • how US manufacturing gets hurt,

  • because Chinese companies

  • get government subsidies

  • and export their goods

  • at below market prices.

  • So, we're bringing it back

  • and we're going to bring it back relatively rapidly.

  • And we're going to be instituting tariffs.

  • Next week we'll be signing.”

  • From the initial announcement,

  • it looks like these tariffs will apply

  • to all aluminum and steel imports,

  • not just those from China.

  • Meanwhile, the Chinese government already

  • has plans to retaliate.

  • Its commerce ministry investigating

  • imports of US sorghum,

  • which is used to feed livestock.

  • And officials say China

  • could further target soybeans.”

  • So is this the start of a trade war with China?

  • Well, what China doesn't realize is that

  • the US can actually survive just fine

  • without selling soybeans to China.

  • They really should put a tariff on iPhones.

  • So what do you think?

  • Leave your comments below.

  • Thanks for watching this episode of China Uncensored.

  • Once again, I'm your host Chris Chappell.

  • See you next time.

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