In Ecuador, cameras across the country send footage to monitoring centers to be examined by police and domestic intelligence. The surveillance system’s origin: China.
Melissa ChanYou know we read so much about China’s sales of surveillance equipment to places like in Latin America we finally decided to get our arses over — to Ecuador. And this is our story that took us all the way right into the country’s intelligence bunker
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Ai Weiwei and two of the film's producers say the Chinese dissident artist's section was cut to protect access to distribution and funding in China.
Melissa ChanAaaand my first story ever in @latimes! I speak further with @aiww on why his contribution to "Berlin, I Love You" was cut. With comments from the producers and organizers of the Berlin Film Festival.
President Xi Jinping of China told Taiwan that Hong Kong’s “one country, two systems” model shows unification with China works. But many in Taiwan see Hong Kong as a warning.
Melissa ChanSo much flurry over what Xi said; but not really a surprise. To me the big thing is Americans need to realize that in our lifetimes the US will likely need to make a military choice over this that will have massive regional, if not world war, consequences.
Melissa ChanI'm reading this by a US resident of a Minnesota town (HT @meddynyt) where Der Spiegel reporter Claas Relotius fabricated a 7,000+ word story and it is insane. Including turning the local UPS guy into a coal miner.
Weighing into Germany's debate about its ties with China, former chancellor...
Melissa ChanReading @noahbarkin's interview with ex-chancellor Schroeder. His take on China not a surprise given his take on Russia. But the 🤷🏼♂️ "who knows what's happening" attitude on concentration camps in Xinjiang — especially for a German — IS REALLY UNSETTLING.
Laissez-faire economics has left firms bending the knee to Beijing.
Melissa Chan"A deeply conservative Pence sounded like liberal stalwart Sen. Elizabeth Warren in arguing the Chinese are using America’s own short-term-oriented financial system against it. Companies, he was saying, have moral obligation above shareholder value."
The Berlin-based troupe has been stopped from performing a Henrik Ibsen play about the manipulation of truth. At Beijing performances of An Enemy of the People, audience members openly criticized government censorship.
Melissa Chan"The Berlin-based troupe has been stopped from performing a Henrik Ibsen play about the manipulation of truth. At Beijing performances of An Enemy of the People, audience members openly criticized government censorship."
Several Cuban-Americans in Florida say they have been visited by agents and asked about their contacts with Cuban government officials.
Melissa Chan"Some of those contacted said they feared that they were being targeted as part of President Trump’s moves to curtail travel to Cuba and roll back new openings with Havana that had been enacted by the Obama administration."
The strong suspicion that Russia was behind the alleged attacks is backed by signals intelligence, meaning intercepted communications, say U.S. officials.
Melissa ChanThis is the first significant development on the "sonic attack" mystery out of Cuba via @NBCNews: "The suspicion that Russia is likely behind the alleged attacks is backed up by evidence from communications intercepts."
The success of the new champion, daughter of a Haitian-American father and Japanese mother, is helping to challenge the country’s notions of racial purity.
Melissa ChanSo much chatter about gender following the Naomi Osaka-Serena Williams game. But there's also a race issue here - and front and center isn't the United States, but Japan. Really good story by @motokorich