China & India troops dance together at joint military exercises

Indian and Chinese soldiers looked to have hit it off in their first joint exercises since a dangerous standoff in 2017, with videos released by the Indian military showing them dancing and playing football.

Official: China may have detained 2nd Canadian

(12 Dec 2018) Canadian Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland raised the possibility that a second Canadian citizen may have been detained in China, as a Chinese tech executive remains free on bail at a home in Vancouver. (Dec. 12)

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Chinese fishing deal makes waves for Madagascar’s fishermen

In Anakao, a traditional fishing community in southwest Madagascar, the community known as Vezo — meaning — “rowing strength” — have fished for generations. But the arrival last year of six fishing trawlers off the coast has complicated their livelihood.

Road out of Libreville full of potholes and problems

Covered in mud, vehicles make the slow and arduous journey out of Libreville on the only road leading from the capital to the country’s interior. The state is attempting to distribute improvement works among various companies, including one Chinese company.

China’s “Social Credit System” Can Create More Than Just Public Shaming (HBO)

China is testing a new plan to urge its citizens to do more good and be more trustworthy – the Social Credit System. It’s kind of like the American credit score, except it tracks far more than financial transactions. It tracks good — and bad — deeds.

Part of the system is a neighbor watch program that’s being piloted across the country where designated watchers are paid to record people’s behaviors that factor into their social credit score. A high score could bring you lower interest loans and discounted rent and utility bills, but if your score is low, you can be subjected to public shaming or even banned from certain kinds of travel, life gets hard.

China’s economy has exploded over the past decades, economic reforms required banks to be able to evaluate individuals looking to borrow money to buy houses or start new businesses. Fraud and excess borrowing were rampant because most people didn’t really have much of a credit history. To measure its citizens’ trustworthiness, in 2014, The State Council laid out a plan that aims to build a centralized database to evaluate individuals and organizations based on their financial and social behaviors.

The program is scheduled to be nationwide by 2020, which means every Chinese citizen will be tracked, scored, and receive perks and restrictions accordingly.

VICE News went to a village in one of the first pilot cities to see how the local office funnels the behaviors of 3,000 residents in this neighborhood into social credit scores.

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AP Top Stories December 12 A

(12 Dec 2018) Here’s the latest for Wednesday December 12th: British PM May faces no confidence vote; Former Trump lawyer Cohen to be sentenced; Manhunt after France shooting; Chinese executive arrested in Canada out on bail.

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AP: extradition hearing could be next for Meng

(12 Dec 2018) A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States’ request. Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou is accused of selling equipment to Iran. She must stay in or around Vancouver. An extradition hearing could be her next legal step. (Dec. 12)

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Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou gets bail

(12 Dec 2018) A Canadian court granted bail Tuesday to a top Chinese executive arrested at the United States’ request. Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei, has to wear an ankle bracelet and stay in Vancouver and its suburbs. (Dec. 12)

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Protests outside Chinese tech official’s hearing.

(11 Dec 2018) Protesters supporting a jailed Chinese technology company official appeared outside a Vancouver courtroom Monday as the husband of Huawei chief financial officer Meng Wanzhou joined her in the courtroom. (Dec. 10)

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Expert asks will China keep it’s cool on Huawei?

(10 Dec 2018) China is upping the pressure on the United States and Canada as a bail hearing resumed Monday for a top Chinese technology executive in a case that has fueled U.S.-China trade tensions and roiled financial markets. (Dec. 10)

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