BEIJING - Hong Kong's new National Security Law will shake up digital surveillance in the city, with strict new company compliance measures that echo the mainland's years-long crackdown on anti-government content. Foreign tech companies have balked at the laws, with Facebook, Twitter and Google among those saying they would suspend requests for data pending clarification of what is required. Experts on Chinese internet laws say the legislation hews closely to mainland policies on national security in cyberspace, giving hints as to what is in store for a city long accustomed to vast digital privacy rights. The mainland laws, which in some cases share similar wording to Hong Kong's, have led to sweeping restrictions since 2013 and a sharp rise in convictions for crimes in cyberspace."To indigenise Hong Kong cyberspace, you would have to do in a very short period of time, and in a very conflictual environment, what the Chinese government was able to do in the mainland over years," said … [Read more...] about In Hong Kong national security law, echoes of China’s own cyber crackdown
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Pompeo particularly attacked Article 38 of the Law of the People's Republic of China on Safeguarding National Security in the HKSAR, which says "this Law shall apply to offences under this Law committed against the HKSAR from outside the Region by a person who is not a permanent resident of the Region." … [Read more...] about Smearing HKSAR national security law exposes double standards: experts
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By the time Mr. Modi and Mr. Xi met at Wuhan, Beijing had already begun to sink billions of dollars in the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) which covered Gilgit-Baltistan. From Beijing’s perspective, any Indian attempt to take over Gilgit-Baltistan, would wreck CPEC — the flagship of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). Mr. Xi had staked his personal prestige in the project, which would provide China with access to the Indian Ocean through the Gwadar port. It would also help reduce Beijing’s dependence on the Malacca straits, dominated by the U.S., which had declared its intent to shift its forces from West Asia and the Gulf to the Asia-Pacific, in tune with Washington’s Asia-pivot doctrine. … [Read more...] about Analysis | China’s Belt and Road Initiative fuels Ladakh standoff
Though meant to help employees, loans given to companies affiliated with politicians, celebrities or Wall Street traders aren't prohibited under the program, which was established as part of the $2 trillion Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act signed into law in March by US President Donald Trump. … [Read more...] about US loans in pandemic also go to the well-off