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China News Roundup 10th May

China News Roundup 10th May

  • Bitcoin ruled an asset protected by law
  • China & India face off at Sikkim border
  • China offers NK help in fighting pandemic
  • Reports emerge that WeChat allegedly monitors foreign users

U.S. military tracks Chinese rocket. “Maj. Cody Chiles, a Combined Force Space Component Command spokesperson, said Friday that the U.S. Space Force’s 18th Space Control Squadron is tracking the Chinese Long March 5B rocket body. The object is approximately 20 meters squared in size, Chiles said in response to an inquiry from Spaceflight Now.”

Spaceflight Now, 10th May

China offers North Korea help in fighting pandemic. “China’s president has expressed concern about the threat of the coronavirus to North Korea and offered help. Xi Jinping was responding to a message that he received from the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un.”

BBC, 9th May

WeChat allegedly monitors overseas users. “Citizen Lab, a research center that is part of the University of Toronto, said in a report published Thursday, that “documents and images shared among non-China-registered accounts are subject to content surveillance and are used to build up the database WeChat uses to censor China-registered accounts. Tencent told CNBC it had received the report and takes it “seriously”, adding that “user privacy and data security are core values” at the company. “

CNBC, 8th May

35 state and Party organisations targeted in disciplinary inspections. “The Party organizations of 35 central Party and state institutions are the target of the latest round of routine disciplinary inspections to be carried out by the 19th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, an official statement said Saturday.”

Xinhua, 9th May

China, India face off along Sikkim border. “Scores of Indian and Chinese soldiers were involved in a tense face-off along the India-China boundary in north Sikkim on Saturday, two senior officials said on the condition of anonymity. The aggressive confrontation between the troops from the two sides happened near the Naku La sector (ahead of Muguthang), a pass at a height of more than 5,000 metres, said the first officer cited above.”

Hindustan Times, 10th May

Chinese court rules that Bitcoin is an asset protected by law. “A court in Shanghai, China, has reportedly ruled that bitcoin is an asset protected by Chinese law in a case that has dragged on for years.”, 10th May


  • Dylan MH Loh

    Dylan is the founding editor of The Politburo and is an Assistant Professor at Nanyang Technological University. Views expressed are his own and do not represent the views of his employer.

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