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    Xi seems to be making a concerted effort to expand his influence, particularly given the vacuum left by Trump's isolationist rhetoric and posturing and the perceived weakness of Western democracy. Apparently the CCP are looking to export the Chinese political system around the world and are now hosting regular summits in order to groom potential allies, particularly in Africa.

    https://qz.com/1225347/xi-jinping-sa...for-the-world/

    The internationalization of China’s political system is in fact well underway. Since 2014, the Communist Party has hosted an annual summit in Beijing inviting political party leaders from around the world to hear about how it governs China. In recent years, the party has also brought young African politicians to China for training, in a bid to cultivate allies.

    When asked whether China is deviating from its self-avowed policy of noninterference in other countries’ affairs, Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi said yesterday (March 8) that China will “participate more proactively” in reshaping global governance and solving international crises.

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    https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/...ooting-machine this is pretty good on Chinese influence in Africa and how it works (for example, learning from the mistakes of European colonialists and presenting a better deal to the African countries from which they want to commandeer resources) - will be slightly out of date given how quickly things move

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    I remember this article on how Obama dumped the middle east in favour of China as being very good:
    https://libcom.org/library/obamas-pivot-china

    The expats I talked to in Uganda said that there was a fair amount of the government playing western governments off against China - one of the issues being democracy, another being human rights.

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    How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control - https://www.reuters.com/investigates...venezuela-zte/

    Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond...

    Maduro is also taking steps to force the card’s adoption. The government now says Venezuelans need it to receive public benefits including medicine, pensions, food baskets and subsidized fuel. In August, retirees protested outside social security offices and complained the fatherland rule limits access to hard-won pensions.

    Benito Urrea, a 76-year-old diabetic, told Reuters a state doctor recently denied him an insulin prescription and called him “right wing” because he hasn’t enrolled. Like some other Venezuelan citizens, especially those who oppose the Maduro administration, Urrea sees the card with suspicion. “It was an attempt to control me via my needs,” he said in his Caracas apartment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by version View Post
    How ZTE helps Venezuela create China-style social control - https://www.reuters.com/investigates...venezuela-zte/

    Chinese telecoms giant ZTE is helping Venezuela build a system that monitors citizen behavior through a new identification card. The "fatherland card," already used by the government to track voting, worries many in Venezuela and beyond...

    Maduro is also taking steps to force the card’s adoption. The government now says Venezuelans need it to receive public benefits including medicine, pensions, food baskets and subsidized fuel. In August, retirees protested outside social security offices and complained the fatherland rule limits access to hard-won pensions.

    Benito Urrea, a 76-year-old diabetic, told Reuters a state doctor recently denied him an insulin prescription and called him “right wing” because he hasn’t enrolled. Like some other Venezuelan citizens, especially those who oppose the Maduro administration, Urrea sees the card with suspicion. “It was an attempt to control me via my needs,” he said in his Caracas apartment.
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/16...ore-isnt-real/

    all that black mirror kinda stuff on china is just hypocritical

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    Quote Originally Posted by yyaldrin View Post
    https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/11/16...ore-isnt-real/

    all that black mirror kinda stuff on china is just hypocritical
    Yeah, I read this the other day. It's interesting but the headline's a tad misleading, they debunked the idea of a unified social credit system then confirmed that there are several smaller ones in operation across various industries and areas which isn't really much better, especially when you consider the stuff like the ban on certain beards in Xinjiang, the forced reeducation camps, the amount of data being hoovered up and what they're doing in Venezeula.

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