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People’s Daily: Chinese Facial Recognition Technology Won Seven World Championships

People’s Daily recently reported that Chinese facial recognition technology company Cloud Walk has been building on China’s cutting-edge intelligent recognition technologies and won seven world championships in global competitions, such as PASCAL VOC, IMAGNET and FERA. The Chinese government recognizes the company as a national leader and invited it to establish the Chinese facial recognition national standard, a standard for the Ministry of Public Safety, as well as the Chinese industry standard. Its facial recognition products are deployed in 80 percent of the Chinese key airports, in over 400 banks, and in 29 provincial governments. In today’s China, facial recognition is widely used in banking, payment authorizations, airport security, and criminal investigations. Many Chinese intelligent recognition companies have been exporting their products overseas with big-data analysis, which is part of the One Road One Belt strategy.

Source: People’s Daily, August 23, 2018
http://finance.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0823/c1004-30245461.html

RFA: Russia Tightening Up Import Permission on Huawei and ZTE Products

Radio Free Asia (RFA) Chinese Edition recently reported that the Russian government, following the United States, Australia, and India, is also considering tightening up the permission to import equipment from Huawei and ZTE. Various Russian media reported that multiple Russian electronic equipment industry associations have filed requests to restrict the importation of Huawei and ZTE products. The government is prepared to require all foreign manufacturers to mark the products clearly with original maker names and related information and the government will also ban “middlemen” who buy these products and resell them. Although the list of manufacturers also includes U.S. and Japanese vendors, yet China is the primary supplier of Russian communications equipment. Russian domestic communications equipment manufacturers only hold six to eight percent of the nation’s market.

Source: RFA Chinese, August 23, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/junshiwaijiao/lxy-08232018101918.html

Short Videos Need to Conform to the “Main Theme”

On August 21, the China Internet Security and Information Office got a new director, Zhuang Rongwen. New censorship is now being directed against new social media in the form of short video platforms.

Since July, the Office has been urging all major short video platforms to impose “self-censorship.” So far more than 1.1 million accounts that violated the rules have been blocked, 8.1 million instances of “harmful” short videos have been deleted and 19 short video apps have been disciplined.

The Office also called for a meeting with 36 commercial short video platforms to give them guidelines. One example is that they must ensure “socialism’s core values” are reflected in their production. The Office also encouraged government and traditional media entering this new media platform “to occupy the new frontier of propaganda actively.” As a good example, it cited the “Youth League” setting up an account in the popular “Dou Yin” platform. The Dou Yin platform was one of the most popular social media in China. It has reported having .5 billion active users globally with overseas versions in Japan, Thailand, India, and Germany, among other countries.

On Aug 21, the Office together with Public Security Ministry issued a new notice. Short videos need to use “real names.” It also started to “blacklist” those (“rule-breaking”) broadcasters.

Source: Deutsche Welle, August 24, 2018
https://p.dw.com/p/33hQ9

China Is Developing Cyberattack Technologies to Interfere in Neighboring Countries’ Politics?

Taiwan’s Central News Agency reported that China may have developed cyberattack technologies enabling it to intervene in neighboring countries’ politics. It is believed that China may have used Cambodia’s July 29 general election as a rehearsal, giving it the potential to interfere with intelligence collection and political elections in Asian countries in the future. According to the report, the practices include obtaining confidential information by illegal means, releasing false web information to manipulate voter psychology, and influencing the outcome of the elections by polarizing the target country’s public opinion and attacking the opposition camp.

The report expressed the suspicion that China set up its cyber warfare command center on Hainan Island. The evidence is an email received by Kem Monovithya, the daughter of Kem Sokha, the leader of Cambodia’s largest opposition party. The e-mail carried a virus that was capable of collecting confidential information. An Investigation showed that the server that the email was sent from is located on Hainan Island, China. Based upon the technology and hardware infrastructure, the investigation concluded that the email was undoubtedly linked to China.

This Hainan-based server, according to the report, was found to infringe frequently on Cambodian facilities. It is quite possible that China is using the Cambodian election as a drill to improve its cyber-attack technology. The ultimate goal may be to use the Internet to intervene in the politics of neighboring countries. This practice could be just treading on the heels of Russia.

Source: Radio France International, August 20, 2018
http://rfi.my/31Xx.T

China Unicom to Build 300 5G Test Stations in Beijing by Years’ End

On August 13, China Unicom’s Beijing branch officially released the “5G NEXT” plan. At the same time, it launched the first batch of 5G sites. As one of China Unicom’s 16 5G pilot cities, Beijing Unicom took the lead in rolling out 5G scale tests for commercial use. It plans to build 300 stations by the end of 2018, covering a wide range of applications such as large scale network testing, the application of ecological services, and business experience promotion.

A Beijing Municipal official said that, in the next five years, in key areas including Beijing City’s Second Center, Beijing’s New Airport, the 2019 Beijing World Expo, the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics, and Chang’an Street, there will be demonstrations of applications of automatic driving, big data health and medical care, industrial grade Internet, smart city, and ultra-high definition video.

Source: Sputnik News, August 13, 2018
http://sputniknews.cn/china/201808131026111173/

EMA Found Another China Made Antihypertensive Drug That Causes Cancer

Radio Free Asia reported that, according to a notice that the European Medicines Agency (EMA) issued, certain batches of Valsartan (the medication used for high blood pressure and heart failure treatment) that the Zhejiang Tianyu Pharmaceutical Company manufactured were found to be impure and polluted with N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA). EMA is working with other international partners to investigate the impact of Valsartan. Prior to this, the study found that, when taken on a daily basis, one in every 5,000 patients who took a high dosage of the Valsartan that the Zhejiang Huahai company (not related to Zhejiang Tianyu) manufactured had cancer. In July, there was already a recall of Valsartan, due to safety concerns. The Canadian Health Department also stated that several drug companies have recalled the Valsartan generic drug out of concern for NDMA contamination. Currently, the International Agency for Research on Cancer has listed N-nitrosodimethylamine (NDMA) as a material that causes cancer.

Source: Radio Free Asia, August 11, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/Xinwen/3-08112018123648.html

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