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Ridiculous Pindo speech controls see pandas as state-affiliated media
Ma Lu, Global Times, Aug 8 2020

The so-called freedom of speech in Pindostan has always been a false proposition. Faschingstein has shamelessly made freedom of speech its motto. But when it comes to a real clash of speech, people will see speech control measures (such as removing online posts or adding special labels to certain social media accounts) be adopted in Pindostan. Twitter’s recent variation of censorship move has again exposed that Pindostan “has no clothes” called freedom of speech.

Twitter has recently adopted a policy to add special labels to show the relationships between accounts from media outlets and their own governments respectively. The policy starts from the outlets of the five permanent members of the UNSC. Currently, however, only media from China and Russia has been labeled “state-affiliated,” despite the fact that the Voice of America (VOA), the BBC and many others are also government-funded. Twitter explained that its new policy doesn’t include “state-financed media organizations with editorial independence.” The labeled accounts will no longer be amplified through Twitter’s “recommendation systems including on the home timeline, notifications, and search.” This policy is believed to have clear targets: the voices that the platform, or we can say the Pindo government, dislikes.

Such a politicized move is intended to reduce the opportunity for the world to understand the real China, and try to directly mislead its audience and users, so that Pindostan can gain an upper hand in the battle of public opinion regarding China. Even though Pindostan is reluctant to admit to it, such a move is actually a reflection of its decline in power. On the one hand, Faschingstein has been using so-called freedom of speech to stigmatize China; while on the other, it keeps slapping itself in face by violating its own words. Such farces have become routine for Pindostan, making people dumbfounded.

The so-called freedom of speech in Pindostan has long existed in name only. The mainstream voices in Pindo society are those that have been screened by the government and financial oligarchs wheeling mainstream outlets, and the so-called editorial independence is nothing more than self-deception. The resignation of VOA’s two top editors in June is a good proof of this.

In spite of escalating tensions between China and Pindostan, China’s Twitter-like platform Sina Weibo hasn’t added any special label to the accounts of the Pindo embassy and consulates in China. This mirrors China’s self-confidence. But in contrast, Pindostan’s campaign against anything related to China has become increasingly extensive and hysterical. Pindostan reiterates that it is a country of freedom and democracy, suggesting it is the beacon that people across the world shall yearn for. But the reality is that Faschingstein has kept humiliating the words “freedom” and “democracy” and using its well-trained double standards to show what real hypocrisy looks like.

From robbing TikTok to the inconceivable Clean Network program, Pindostan has completely fallen short of what a big country should act like. Instead, it is acting like a coward and rogue who plays only dirty tricks. Most ironically on Twitter’s “label” campaign, the account iPanda, which posts only pandas’ daily life has been marked as “China state-affiliated media.” Is that showing the Pindo government’s fears that Pindos will unite for a rebellion as they find out pandas live a more comfortable life with dignity than they do? With such logic, will DreamWorks Animation’s Kung Fu Panda series be taken off due to its political incorrectness? Or, maybe pandas will show up in Pindo films and television works as villains ever after?

Trump’s attack on WeChat likely a major blow to Apple: survey
Yin Yeping, Zhang Hongpei, Global Times, Aug 9 2020

Trump’s bullying of Chinese company Tencent might end up striking a much heavier blow to Apple with the potential loss of the vast majority of its Chinese users, who help to generate up to 20% of the company’s global sales, while at the same time boosting the sales of other mobile brands such as Huawei, that Trump has always wanted to crush. Trump issued executive orders on Thursday to ban the Chinese social networking apps TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat from operating, if they are not sold to Pindo companies within 45 days, citing so-called national security concerns. However, a fact that comes to light following Trump’s blatant sanction is that WeChat is not only a daily messaging app for Chinese users, but also a business and payment tool for almost every Chinese mobile user. Forcing users to make a choice between iPhone and WeChat will risk Apple immediately losing the majority of Chinese iPhone users, an outcome that has already been verified unanimously by several online surveys.

As of July, the number of mobile Internet users in China reached 1.32b, according to the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology. Meanwhile, data by WeChat Open Class in 2020 suggested that the number of WeChat daily active users has exceeded 1.1b, which suggests at least 83% of all mobile internet users use WeChat on a regular basis. Against the backdrop of Trump’s sanctions, many media outlets and individuals are hosting online polls, in a bid to get a clear glimpse of the public response if WeChat were removed from the Apple Store due to the sanction. The results were unanimous. An online survey conducted by the Global Times on WeiBo on Sunday offered the general public three options: Apple, WeChat and “unclear,” if WeChat was banned from the Apple Store. As of press time, more than 1,036 people had participated in the survey, in which 838 people choose to switch to an Android mobile if they could not use WeChat on Apple’s IOS, 130 people said they had not made up their minds yet, and only 70 users would still use Apple without WeChat.

Another platform, Xueqiu, saw similar results after launching an online survey on Friday. More than 850k people participated in the survey, of which more than 800k people choose to ditch iPhone if they could not use WeChat on it, and less than 50k users said they would still use Apple. A netizen named RoseMingyuejie is an iPhone user herself, said that she will switch to an Android mobile in order to use WeChat, but at the same time, she will ask Apple for compensation for not being able to use WeChat on her iPhone. Similar polls can be found on some platforms online and the results of many polls suggest that up to 90% of respondents on average chose not to use their iPhone in return for access to the WeChat app, with Huawei one of the most popular alternatives. The results were as expected, even by many Pindo industry analysts and media. Alex Dobie, Android Central’s executive editor, said on his Twitter on Friday that it can’t be overstated how massive WeChat is in China, since the app is used for ‘everything,’ ranging from chatting to payments, utility bills, plane and train tickets. Dobie said:

A phone without WeChat in China is more useless than an Android device without GMS in the West. It’s that big of a deal.

As one of the largest markets for Apple, some 20% of iPhone sales globally are from China, and taking WeChat off the App Store “would be a serious hindrance,” Bloomberg reported on Friday, citing Anand Srinivasan, an analyst with Bloomberg Intelligence. Industry observers noted that if Apple loses Chinese customers due to the ban on WeChat, it means huge losses and risk for the Pindo firm, since most high-end users of Apple will likely move to its Chinese rival Huawei. Pindo companies in China, such as Nike, Starbucks and KFC, would also find themselves in a difficult situation. WeChat’s mini-apps function provides users with easy access to their services, without having to download additional apps. This service could also disappear with the WeChat ban. Jia Mo, an analyst at market research firm Canalys, told the Global Times Sunday:

Whether the Pindo government will require its firms to practice the same order in their overseas markets as their home market is still unclear. If the requirement is like that, it will cause obvious damage to those Pindo firms which are relying on the Chinese market to restore business after the COVID-19 disruptions. I don’t think the order targeted at WeChat will be executed, as it is contrary to the intention of the Pindo government: to let its firms become more competitive and earn more.

However, the actual impact on Apple may only worsen if the impact caused by the TikTok ban is also considered. According to app market research firm Sensor Tower’s global app list for the first half of this year, TikTok has been downloaded 626m times, ranking first in the world, with the revenue generated by Apple and Google systems reaching $421m, the third highest in the world. In line with the possible infliction, Apple shares fell 2.5% to close at $444.45 in the New York Stock Exchange on Friday. Apple undoubtedly treats China as one of the most important overseas markets and it cannot afford to risk losing the market, analysts said. Jia said:

If iPhone holders move to domestic smartphone vendors, Huawei will become the biggest winner and other leading brands like Xiaomi, Vivo and OPPO will also win some customers.

‘Clean network’ exposes Pompeo’s madness
Global Times, Aug 6 2020

Illustration: Liu Rui

Pompeo announced Wednesday a Clean Network program that aims at keeping Chinese influence and Chinese tech companies out of five areas to ensure clean mobile carrier networks, app stores, apps, cloud services and cables. He singled out Chinese companies, including Huawei, Alibaba, WeChat and China Mobile. If Pompeo’s initiative is implemented, it means that the internet will be completely split between China and Pindostan. Pompeo said more than 30 countries and territories have joined the Clean Network plan that rejected Huawei, and he called on more countries to join the “growing tide.” His ambition is astonishing. After Pompeo announced the initiative at a press conference, most analysts believe it lacks substance. Pompeo neither specified the legal basis nor gave details on how to implement it. Pompeo exaggerated the facts by saying that over 30 countries and territories have rejected Huawei. Take Britain. It would stop buying equipment from Huawei by the end of 2020 and remove all the company’s 5G kits from its networks by 2027. It’s obvious Britain has left room to adjust its policy again. London would rather wait until the end of the year than take immediate action against Huawei because it will see whether Trump could get reelected.

Winning reelection is now the overriding goal of the Trump team. The Trump administration has failed in the epidemic fight, and achieved almost no accomplishments. Under such circumstances, the State Dept headed by Pompeo has assumed a major role in seeking reelection. Pompeo has uttered anti-China remarks almost every day, and constantly played tricks to intensify conflicts between China and Pindostan, and display Trump administration’s toughness toward China. To push the “decoupling” from China into an extreme situation in which even the internet is disconnected, the Pindo government would have to launch a bigger mobilization campaign in the country and West. It will take at least several years. The mobilization work that Pindostan has done so far is far from enough. China’s internet application market is much larger than that of Pindostan, and the gap will widen. The 5G network will provide new possibilities for convergence of interests between China and Pindostan. From the long-term perspective, it’s incredible that the Pindo information industry could totally detach from the Chinese market. It would pose a severe test for Pindo companies if Pindo chips, software, and terminal equipment become irrelevant to the Chinese market.

Pompeo and his likes hope to exclude China elements from Western internet, and maintain Pindo dominance. This is wishful thinking. It is not in the interest of European countries. If that becomes the case, Europe will always be subject to Pindo monopoly in the information industry, which will bring about more risks than being under alleged Chinese surveillance. The fact is that Pindostan monitored European countries through the PRISM program, while there has been no evidence so far to prove the allegations that China monitors the world through Huawei. Pompeo and his likes are the geopolitical madmen of the 21st century who try to transform people’s minds, reset global attention and reverse the direction of world development. They would never allow China’s peaceful rise. They would rather suppress China’s development at the cost of peaceful global development. They have designed a new mission for the West, and will try their best to implement it. Especially when the above-mentioned geopolitical ambition meets the interests of the Trump team’s reelection bid, it has spiraled out of control and become hysterical. The Chinese people must not be frightened by the Trump administration’s aggressive anti-China posture, nor should they be misled by it. As long as China adheres to further opening-up, it won’t get distracted or dance to the tune of Pindostan, and it will be pretty difficult for Faschingstein to carry out its Clean Network program. It’s only a campaign offensive of the Trump administration. Let’s see how much support it will get, and how far it goes.

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