Supermicro Asks Suppliers Not to Provide Chinese-Made Motherboards

By Frank Fang, Epoch Times

May 1, 2019 Updated: May 1, 2019

Supermicro, one of the world’s largest makers of computer servers, has asked its suppliers to shift production out of China.

Security concerns surrounding the California-based tech company’s servers were sparked by an October 2018 Bloomberg report that claimed the Chinese military developed “spy chips” and had secretly planted them into motherboards manufactured in China and supplied to Supermicro.

Motherboards are the backbone of every computer and server, on which chips of different functions are mounted, such as memory, communications, and processing.

While Supermicro—and its customers Amazon and Apple—have since denied the Bloomberg allegations, the report has highlighted the vulnerabilities of relying on a Chinese tech supply chain.… READ MORE...

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Beijing Plans New Ways to Boost Economy: Move Youth to Countryside, Ease Hukou Restrictions

BY NICOLE HAO

April 14, 2019 Updated: April 14, 2019

The Chinese regime recently rolled out two new plans that look contradictory on the surface but actually serve similar purposes.

Beijing has operated a strict household registration system, known as “hukou” in Chinese, since 1949, that has restricted citizens’ movements based on where they are born. There are two primary groups: urban residents with a non-agricultural hukou and rural residents with an agricultural hukou. Each person can only have one hukou. The former usually entitles a citizen to access to better healthcare and education opportunities.

With this system, urban residents cannot work on a farm, while a rural one cannot work in the city.… READ MORE...

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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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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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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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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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China Gives Long-Awaited GM Crop Approvals Amid US Trade Talks

BY REUTERS

January 8, 2019 Updated: January 8, 2019

BEIJING—China approved five genetically modified (GM) crops for import on Jan. 8, the first in about 18 months in a move that could boost its overseas grains purchases and ease pressure from the United States to open its markets to more farm goods.

The United States is the world’s biggest producer of GM crops, while China is the top importer of GM soybeans and canola.

U.S. farmers and global seed companies have long complained about Beijing’s slow and unpredictable process for approving GM crops for import, stoking trade tensions between the world’s two largest economies.… READ MORE...

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China-Made Smartphone Weather App Stole Data From 10 Million Global Users

The TCL Mobile Communication Co. building in Huizhou City, Guangdong Province, China, on July 28, 2009. A TCL-developed weather app has been found to collect user data without permission. (LAURENT FIEVET/AFP/Getty Images)

BY NICOLE HAO

January 6, 2019 Updated: January 6, 2019

TCL, a Chinese producer of consumer electronics, has been collecting data without permission from mobile phones that have downloaded its free weather forecast smartphone app. This app has been downloaded more than 10 million times by users all around the world since it was released in December 2016.

TCL is a listed company on the Hong Kong and Shenzhen stock exchanges.… READ MORE...

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China Subjects Police to Quotas to Encourage Arrests of People of Faith

Armed police officers patrol a street in Beijing, China, on May 12, 2014. (VCG/VCG via Getty Images)

BY MIMI NGUYEN LY

December 24, 2018 Updated: December 24, 2018

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is threatening to fire police officers if they don’t arrest enough people who adhere to spiritual faiths—including Falun Gong practitioners and Christians—according to a magazine that monitors religious freedom in China.

An officer in Dalian in northeastern Liaoning Province told the magazine Bitter Winter that the police station where he works received a “quarterly performance assessment plan to combat religious belief” from the CCP’s National Security Bureau in September.… READ MORE...

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Chinese Hackers Target European Union Diplomatic Communications

BY TOM OZIMEK

December 19, 2018 Updated: December 19, 2018

The European Union is “actively investigating” a data breach after reports that hackers linked to the Chinese communist regime intercepted sensitive EU diplomatic communications.

By The New York Times alleged that for the past three years cyber-espionage operators associated with the People’s Liberation Army managed to access and download thousands of EU diplomatic cables.

The bloc’s Council Secretariat said in a statement to reporters that it is “aware of allegations regarding a potential leak of sensitive information and is actively investigating the issue.”

Thousands of Messages Intercepted

Area 1 Security, a U.S.… READ MORE...

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