Την ίδια ώρα, στην Κίνα...

Chinese AI calls Communist Party 'incompetent' (ΝΗΚ World)

Hong Kong media reported that when a user posted a message saying, "Hurray for the Communist Party," the AI character responded, "Are you sure you want to hurray to such corrupt and incompetent politics?"

The media also say that when asked about President Xi Jinping's "Chinese Dream" slogan, the AI responded that it means "immigrating to the United States."
Party First, Country Second: Xi’s Parade Breaks Flag Law (China Digital Times)

One expression of this was a procession of vehicle-borne flags: first the Party’s, then the nation’s, and finally the PLA’s. The display drew particular attention because it appeared to contravene Article 15 of the 1990 National Flag Law, which states that "the National Flag, when raised or carried in a procession with another flag or flags, shall be in front of the other flag or flags."

Beijing-based scholar Zhang Lifan told RFA’s Chinese service that the breach was reflective of China’s current situation, in which the authorities “say one thing and do another” regarding rule of law. The Party, he suggested, basically regards the country as spoils of war which, after their victory in 1949, they are now free to do with as they please. (The Party has dismissed any conflict between its actions and the rule of law, asserting that "Party leadership and Socialist rule of law are identical.")

On Twitter, Australia-based scholar Qiu Yueshou highlighted a 1944 Xinhua editorial describing nationalization of the armed forces as a fundamental policy of the then prospective "New China." Xinhua reportedly described a Dǎngwèijūn 党卫军 (or "Party-Protection Army," a Chinese term used to refer to the Nazi SS) as a hallmark of fascism and the Communists’ rival Chiang Kai-shek.
The Left-Handed Kid
Jamie Fisher / London Review of Books

The Chinese Typewriter: A History by Thomas S. Mullaney
MIT, 504 pp, £27.95, September 2017, ISBN 978 0 262 03636 8

Nominally a book that covers the rough century between the invention of the telegraph in the 1840s and that of computing in the 1950s, The Chinese Typewriter is secretly a history of translation and empire, written language and modernity, misguided struggle and brutal intellectual defeat. The Chinese typewriter is ‘one of the most important and illustrative domains of Chinese techno-linguistic innovation in the 19th and 20th centuries … one of the most significant and misunderstood inventions in the history of modern information technology’, and ‘a historical lens of remarkable clarity through which to examine the social construction of technology, the technological construction of the social, and the fraught relationship between Chinese writing and global modernity’. It was where empires met.
Συγγνώμη, ισχύει αυτό που διαβάζω, ότι οι μουσουλμάνοι Ουιγούροι διώκονται στην Κίνα αυτή τη στιγμή;

U.N. Panel Confronts China Over Reports That It Holds a Million Uighurs in Camps
GENEVA — United Nations human rights experts expressed alarm on Friday over what they said were many credible reports that China had detained a million or more ethnic Uighurs in the western region of Xinjiang and forced as many as two million to submit to re-education and indoctrination.

In the name of combating religious extremism, China had turned Xinjiang into “something resembling a massive internment camp, shrouded in secrecy, a sort of no-rights zone,” Gay McDougall, a member of the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, said in the opening session of a two-day review of China’s policies in Geneva.

Accounts from the region pointed to Muslims “being treated as enemies of the state solely on the basis of their ethno-religious identity,” Ms. McDougall said, citing reports from activists and scholars that many had disappeared and that even the most commonplace religious practices had become grounds for punishment.

Raising questions about the fate of Uighur students who had returned to Xinjiang from overseas, Ms. McDougall said that more than a hundred had disappeared, some had been detained and others had died in detention.
Ο Κινέζος πρέσβης όταν ερωτήθηκε έκανε τον... Κινέζο. Απάντησε η κυβέρνηση της Κίνας ή όχι ακόμη; Τι ισχύει τελικά;

‘We’re a people destroyed’: why Uighur Muslims across China are living in fear
Gene A Bunin has spent the past 18 months talking to Uighur restaurant workers all over China. These conversations reveal how this Muslim minority feel the daily threat of arrest, detention and ‘re-education’.

Muslims forced to drink alcohol and eat pork in China's 're-education education’ camps, former inmate claims
'The psychological pressure is enormous when you have to criticise yourself, denounce your thinking,' says detainee.
Είναι πάμπολλα χρόνια αυτή η ιστορία, απλώς η καταστολή με τον νυν πρόεδρο έγινε πιο έντονη. Αλλά είχαν γίνει χοντρές ταραχές και παλιότερα, καθώς και τρομοκρατικές ενέργειες σε άλλα μέρη της Κίνας από Ουιγούρους (αυτοκίνητο που όρμηξε στο Χαν πλήθος κττ.)
Από τον συγγραφέα Yu Hua ("Brothers")



“If you were to stick all of today’s officials in a line and shoot every one of them, that would be unfair to some. But a lot would slip through the net if you only shot every other one.”

 A friend of mine told me her father had been a professor at the start of the Cultural Revolution, while her mother was a housewife. Her father, born to a landlord’s family, became the target of attacks, but her mother, from a humbler background, was placed among the revolutionary ranks. Pressed by the radicals to divorce her father, her mother outright refused – and not only that: every time her father was hauled off to a denunciation session, she would make a point of sitting in the front row and, if she saw someone beating her husband, she would rush over and start hitting back. Such brawls might leave her bruised and bleeding, but she would sit back down proudly in the front row, and the radicals lost their nerve and gave up beating her husband. After the Cultural Revolution ended, my friend’s father told her, with tears in his eyes, that had it not been for her mother he might well have taken his own life.

 It is commonplace for successful men to keep a mistress, or sometimes multiple mistresses – which people often jokingly compare to a teapot needing at least four or five cups to make a full tea set. In one case I know of, a wealthy businessman bought all 10 flats in the wing of an apartment complex. He installed his legally recognised wife in one flat, and his nine legally unrecognised mistresses in the other flats, one above the other, so that he could select at his pleasure and convenience on which floor of the building he would spend the night.

In China today, Buddhist temples are crowded with worshippers, while Taoist temples are largely deserted. A few years ago, I asked a Taoist abbot: “Taoism is native to China, so why is it not as popular as Buddhism, which came here from abroad?” His answer was short: “Buddhism has money and Taoism doesn’t.”

Even Chinese beggars have to keep up with the times: sometimes they too have a QR code handy, and they will ask passersby to scan it and use the mobile payment platform to dispense some spare change.