Top US General to Meet With Google on China Security Worries

BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019

WASHINGTON—The top U.S. military officer will meet with Google representatives next week amid growing concerns that American companies doing business in China are helping its military gain ground on the United States.

Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said on March 20 that efforts like Google’s artificial intelligence venture in China allow the Chinese military to access and take advantage of U.S.-developed technology.

“This is not about me and Google,” Dunford told an audience at the Atlantic Council. “This is about us looking at the second and third order of effects of our business ventures in China, Chinese form of government, and the impact it’s going to have on the United States’ ability to maintain a competitive military advantage.”

Google says its AI activities in China are focused on “education, research on natural language understanding and market algorithms, and development of globally available tools.”

In a statement last week, Google said it is not working with the Chinese military.… READ MORE...

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An Unprecedented Crime: State-Directed Mass Killing of Prisoners of Conscience in China for Their Organs

BY OMID GHOREISHI, EPOCH TIMES

March 1, 2019 Updated: March 1, 2019

Editor’s note: The Epoch Times is publishing a number of articles on torture and abuse meted out against innocent prisoners of conscience in China.

A bill to curb international organ trafficking has received unanimous support from a parliamentary committee in Canada.

Parliamentarians on the Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs and International Development passed bill S-240 with amendments on Feb. 27. It will now go before MPs for final reading in the House of Commons.

It was 13 years ago, in 2006, that The Epoch Times first broke the news of systematic organ harvesting by Chinese authorities from Falun Gong prisoners of conscience.… READ MORE...

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Severe Air Pollution Spreads Across China During Lunar New Year Holiday

Air pollution made travel difficult in China during the Chinese new year of 2019. This photo was taken in Beijing on March 17, 2012. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)

BY NICOLE HAO

February 7, 2019 Updated: February 7, 2019

Amid the Lunar New Year holidays, severe air pollution in great swathes of China has caused major highways and roads to be closed due to poor visibility.

During the week-long national holiday, most factories, mines, and companies in China are closed. There are also fewer cars on the road as families spend time at home to celebrate.

But the air quality recently became worse.

China’s Ministry of Ecology and Environment released data on Feb.… READ MORE...

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Bridging Traditional Wisdom and Modern Medicine

Dr Jingduan Yang is a neurologist, psychiatrist, and expert Chinese medicine and integrative medicine. (Courtesy of Dr. Yang)

Insights gained from practicing Chinese medicine, neurology, and psychiatry

BY JINGDUAN YANG

January 18, 2019 Updated: January 18, 2019

The U.S. health care system is in crisis, with Americans at the bottom of 18 developed countries in health rankings. Unless we start conversations about the health and well-being of our country, we will never find a solution. That’s the goal of the column “ Health Talk of America.”

Family Tradition of Chinese Medicine

I was born in Hefei, the capital city of China’s Anhui province, into a family tradition of Chinese medicine.… READ MORE...

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Peter Rabbit: Why It Is Still One of the Greats of Children’s Literature

Peter Rabbit feasting in Mr. McGregor’s garden, in the 1902 edition of “The Tale of Peter Rabbit.” (Public Domain)

BY THE CONVERSATION

January 30, 2019 Updated: January 30, 2019

Since the days of Aesop, animals have been used as vehicles by which humankind has addressed its moral, ethical, and cultural identity. For some, this serves to misrepresent animals, privileging anthropomorphism at the expense of the more sensitive address of animal sentience and welfare. For others, this approach allows humans to circumvent their own social taboos to reveal not merely fresh insights into what it is to be human, but also humanity’s intrinsic relationship to animals, with animals, and as part of nature.… READ MORE...

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12 Plants For Your Bedroom to Sleep Better and Treat Insomnia

Sleep better with plants in the bedroom (Miramiska/Shutterstock)

BY RUBY MEY

January 22, 2019 Updated: January 22, 2019

If you’ve experienced even a few sleepless nights, then you know just how much of an impact lack of sleep can have on your life. There’s nothing worse than the tossing and turning throughout the night, just to wake up feeling like you only had two hours of sleep. You wake up feeling drowsy and unmotivated, and you are more likely to make poor choices throughout the day, such as overeating. Lack of sleep has a negative effect on your mood, energy, health, productivity, and overall day-to-day quality of life.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Embassy Pressured Theater to Cancel Shen Yun Performances in Spain, Investigation Reveals

BY JANITA KAN

January 29, 2019 Updated: January 29, 2019

A top-level official from the Chinese Embassy in Spain admitted in a recent phone call that he made a personal visit to the general manager of the Royal Theater in Madrid to pressure him into canceling performances of a popular traditional Chinese dance and music company slated to run there, according to a recent investigation.

The New York-based Shen Yun Performing Arts—whose mission is to revive 5,000 years of Chinese civilization through music and dance, according to its website—had booked the Royal Theater in Madrid to perform on Jan. 31 and Feb.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Shan Shui Painting Through the Yuan Dynasty

«Autumn Colors on the Qiao and Hua Mountains,» 1295, by Zhao Mengfu. Handscroll with ink on paper, 11.2 inches by 35.5 inches. National Palace Museum, Taipei. (Public Domain)

Nature reflecting the Yin-Yang of the Cosmos

BY MIKE CAI

January 14, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

Chinese landscape painting, known as shan shui (“mountain water”), can be considered one of the highest forms of expression in ancient Chinese art. But what makes this genre so unequivocally identifiable?

It begins with the fact that the ancient Chinese believed that heaven and earth exist together in harmony. Thus, ancient Chinese landscape artists sought to portray nature’s relationship with the entire cosmos.… READ MORE...

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Antibacterial Cleaners Making Dust More Dangerous, Study Finds

Researchers find chemical disinfectant contained in some unlabeled consumer products is linked with antibiotic resistant microbes. (Flickr)

Antimicrobial chemical tied to antibiotic resistance genes in dust.

BY AMANDA MORRIS, NORTHWESTERN UNIVERSITY

January 15, 2019 Updated: January 16, 2019

An antimicrobial chemical called triclosan is abundant in dust—and linked to changes in the genetic makeup of dust, according to a new study. The result is dust with organisms that could cause an antibiotic-resistant infection.

“There is this conventional wisdom that says everything that’s in dust is dead, but that’s not actually the case. There are things living in there,” study leader Erica Hartmann said, an assistant professor of environmental engineering in the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University.… READ MORE...

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China Calls Out Apple, Amazon for ‘Incorrect’ Taiwan, Hong Kong References

An electronic screen displays the Apple Inc. logo on the exterior of the Nasdaq Market Site following the close of the day’s trading session in New York City, U.S. on Aug. 2, 2018. (Mike Segar/Reuters)

BY REUTERS

January 17, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

TAIPEI/SHANGHAI—One of China’s top government-linked think tanks has called out Apple Inc, Amazon.com Inc and other foreign companies for not referring to Hong Kong and Taiwan as part of China in a report that provoked a stern reaction from Taipei.

The Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS) said in a report this month that 66 of the world’s 500 largest companies had used “incorrect labels” for Taiwan and 53 had errors in the way they referred to Hong Kong, according to China’s Legal Daily newspaper.… READ MORE...

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