US tech and movie ‘collaborating’ with China – Barr

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Image copyright Reuters Image caption Mr Barr is the most recent US official to criticise China US Justice Secretary William Barr has accused Hollywood and US tech corporations of “collaborating” with the Chinese authorities to do enterprise there.Companies like Disney routinely agreed to censor movies whereas Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and Apple have been “all too willing” to work with Beijing, he mentioned.Such actions risked undermining the liberal world order, Mr Barr added. His intervention is the most recent criticism of China by White House and different US officers.Tensions between the US and China have been rising over a number of points. The US this week eliminated Hong Kong’s preferential commerce standing, after China introduced in a controversial new safety regulation for the territory.President Donald Trump has additionally criticised China over its dealing with of the coronavirus pandemic in addition to its navy build-up within the South China Sea, its therapy of Muslim minorities, and big commerce surpluses.China has rejected all overseas criticism of its actions.What did Barr say about US corporations?Speaking on the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum, he warned that dependence on China for sure items risked making the US weak and mentioned US corporations have been giving up secrets and techniques and compromising values below Chinese strain.”If Disney and other American corporations continue to bow to Beijing, they risk undermining both their own future competitiveness and prosperity, as well as the classical liberal order that has allowed them to thrive,” he mentioned.The justice division had seen rising numbers of circumstances the place Chinese officers have been lobbying US bosses to favour Beijing’s insurance policies, he mentioned. He urged US corporations to defy Chinese calls for, saying: “If individual companies are afraid to take a stand, there is strength in numbers.” Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The US has eliminated Hong Kong’s preferential commerce standing, accusing China of undermining the town’s autonomy He criticised expertise firms, which he mentioned had “allowed themselves to become pawns of Chinese influence”. He additionally alleged – with out offering proof – that the Chinese authorities was capable of entry Apple telephones whereas the corporate had denied comparable entry to the US authorities, and that this was emblematic of a “double standard that has been emerging among American tech companies”.”Do you think when Apple sells phones in China, that Apple phones in China are impervious to penetration by Chinese authorities? They wouldn’t be sold if they were impervious to Chinese authorities,” he mentioned. Apple says it doesn’t have a again door into its telephones and won’t construct one.Mr Barr additionally praised Facebook, Google, Twitter, and LinkedIn for saying they might not adjust to requests for person information below Beijing’s new safety regulation in Hong Kong…. and about China?China’s actions confirmed it didn’t wish to be part of different industrialised economies however quite wished to interchange them fully, he mentioned. Beijing sought to take advantage of the “power, productivity and ingenuity” of China’s folks to “overthrow the rule-based international system and to make the world safe for dictatorship”.China was engaged in an “economic blitzkrieg” to “seize the commanding heights of the global economy and to surpass the United States as the world’s preeminent superpower”, he added. ‘A key pillar of Trump’s re-election technique’ Zhaoyin Feng, BBC Chinese, Washington DCThe Trump administration has lengthy argued that China is making the most of America in commerce. Mr Barr’s remarks ramp up the accusation, alleging that China’s final objective in doing enterprise with the US is to interchange it and to grow to be a world superpower. “Win-win in China means China wins twice,” he mentioned. Mr Barr’s remarks are amongst a collection of hard-hitting speeches by senior US officers on China, together with FBI Director Christopher Wray and National Security Adviser Robert O’Brien, with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo anticipated to comply with. All advocating for a more durable stance in opposition to Beijing, a few of these speeches have been delivered in key swing states like Michigan and Arizona. Two days in the past, President Trump voiced a variety of grievances in opposition to China throughout a Rose Garden press convention, which shortly changed into an hour-long monologue attacking his Democratic rival Joe Biden.Campaign rhetoric and voices advocating for extra hawkish insurance policies in direction of China have grow to be indistinguishable, as Mr Trump appears decided to make China a key pillar of his re-election technique. What does China say?Beijing has not but responded to Mr Barr’s criticism, however earlier on Thursday the overseas ministry accused the White House of unfairly concentrating on China.”We know that some in the US are oppressing China and bullying China. As an independent sovereign state, China must respond to the bullying practices and we must say no, we must… take reactive moves to it,” Chinese overseas ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying mentioned.She additionally responded to media reviews that the US may ban Chinese Communist Party members from visiting the US, which she mentioned have been “utterly pathetic” if true. Media playback is unsupported in your machine Media captionWill TikTok be banned?
The Communist Party is the nation’s sole, ruling political celebration. About 7% of the inhabitants are members of the celebration – loyal membership is crucial for many who wish to climb the profession ladder – and members embody e-commerce big Alibaba’s Jack Ma, telecomm firm Huawei’s founder Ren Zhengfei and actress Fan Bingbing.What else have US officers been saying?Mr Barr’s speech follows comparable warnings concerning the impression of Chinese exercise on the US by different US officers.Earlier this month FBI director Christopher Wray mentioned acts of espionage and theft by China’s authorities pose the “greatest long-term threat” to the way forward for the US.He mentioned China had begun concentrating on Chinese nationals living overseas, coercing their return, and was working to compromise US coronavirus analysis.”China is engaged in a whole-of-state effort to become the world’s only superpower by any means necessary,” Mr Wray added. Media playback is unsupported in your machine Media captionLiu Xiaoming: China is just not the enemy of the US

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