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China has tried to calm the dispute about dam-building and water resources management along the Mekong with a number of conciliatory gestures, but observers say it faces an uphill struggle to win over its neighbours.The move follows efforts by the US to build a strategic partnership with other countries that share the waterway, an intervention that highlights the challenges China faces in winning over the five Southeast Nations after serious droughts, according to one diplomatic observer.On Monday, Luo Zhaohui, the foreign vice-minister responsible for Asian affairs, accused external powers of interfering in China’s dispute with the countries and instead appealed to Vietnam, Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia to side with Beijing to “build and safeguard our common home”.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.“Some countries outside the region have used the Mekong’s water resources repeatedly for political purposes to spread rumours and exaggerate China’s threats, in a bid to sow discord and undermine cooperation between countries in the region,” he said, without naming the United States and its allies. China promises Mekong neighbours access to Chinese Covid-19 vaccineAround 60 million people rely on the waterway, but last year saw devastating droughts that had a devastating impact on farmers and fishermen downriver.Luo was speaking as China launched a website to share year-round hydrological data about the upstream Mekong – known as the Lancang in China – and said the Mekong should be “a stage for common development, not a battlefield for geopolitics”.The countries downstream have been asking China to provide data for years, and it has now started sharing information from two hydrological stations on the Lancang.Beijing’s lack of transparency and series of dams built along the river in Yunnan province since the 1990s have long been a source of tension in the other countries that share the river, especially Thailand and Vietnam.Tensions resurfaced early this year after a Washington-funded study by the research and consulting firm Eyes on Earth accused China of causing serious droughts along the lower Mekong by holding back large quantities of water.Although the intergovernmental Mekong River Commission rejected the allegations amid concerns about alienating China, the most important trading partner for Southeast Asian countries, the spat quickly escalated into a war of words between Beijing and Washington and its regional allies.In an apparent bid to curb Beijing’s expanding influence in the region, Washington launched a new Mekong-US partnership in September, pledging investment of over US$150 million and greater support to ensure water and environmental security. Are Chinese dams on the Mekong the next US-China battleground?Zhang Mingliang, a Southeast Asian affairs specialist at Jinan University in Guangzhou, said Luo‘s remarks underlined Beijing’s growing wariness about the controversies being politicised.“It is not surprising that China and the US have intensified their competition in the region and turned a cross-border water management issue into a geopolitical battle. China is clearly aware of its vulnerabilities over the construction of those big dams, which has constantly put China at odds with its downstream neighbours, environmentalists and international media and fuelled anti-China sentiments,” he said.Zhang said the renewed tensions over Mekong also underlined the challenges China faced in managing its already strained relations with Vietnam, which is one of the countries worst hit by droughts and is also engaged in a prolonged territorial dispute with Beijing over the South China Sea.“While Beijing can boast of its ties with other Mekong countries, Vietnam is an exception and its strategic mistrust and hostility poses the biggest headaches for China among Southeast Asian countries,” Zhang said.While steps such as water data sharing were commendable, Zhang cautioned, “it is quite unrealistic to expect regional countries to edge closer to China considering the glaring trust deficit and misperceptions.”Xu Liping, a specialist in Southeast Asia at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, also said that it would be hard for Beijing to stop other countries from seeking external support.For instance, Vietnam may want to benefit from tensions over the Mekong to gain an advantage in the South China Sea dispute with the help of the US, Japan and other external powers.“The move to share water data is a step in the right direction, which hopefully will help ease concerns among the downstream countries. But it’s going to be a long and difficult journey to win support from our neighbours in the US-China rivalry,” he said.More from South China Morning Post: * ‘Let’s build a digital Silk Road’: Xi Jinping looks to cement China’s ties with Asean * China starts diplomatic drive to win over Southeast Asian countries * China’s dams did not cause our drought, Mekong nations say – but they ask for transparencyThis article China faces uphill struggle to win over Mekong neighbours first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Israel warned Thursday of an increased threat against its citizens abroad following Iran's call to avenge last week's assassination of its top nuclear scientist.
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China’s military has been carrying out training in the mountains of Tibet as it tries to get soldiers used to the region’s extreme conditions amid a protracted border dispute with India.Its latest exercises have been highlighted by Chinese state media, with broadcaster CCTV on Tuesday airing footage of troops on a long-distance trek in the Nyenchen Tanglha mountain range.The report showed a small group of People’s Liberation Army soldiers carrying packs and gear as they traversed a forest, crossed a river and made a steep ascent during a 30km hike.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Tian Jianmin, deputy brigade officer, told the broadcaster that they wanted troops to be better equipped to do their jobs in tough conditions.“We’ve taken advantage of the [Tibetan] plateau’s unique environment for this long-distance training session,” Tian said. “The aim is to improve the combat capabilities of reconnaissance units, train soldiers in these harsh conditions and put their combat skills to the test.”It followed another report on state television on Saturday showing an artillery brigade conducting a year-end live-fire exercise in an unfamiliar part of Tibet.Team leader Lai Bo told CCTV they had “access to every kind of howitzer” available and the drill put the unit’s combat capabilities to the test in the freezing conditions on the plateau. The China-India border dispute: its origins and impactIn addition to the high-altitude training, checkpoints along the Chinese border have also been equipped with new hi-tech surveillance gear, CCTV’s military channel reported in November.The equipment includes observation cameras mounted high up to keep watch on mountain passes and drones to help monitor the region, according to the report.Song Zhongping, a Hong Kong-based military commentator and former instructor with the PLA’s Second Artillery Corps, said the Chinese troops were preparing for all contingencies along the Tibet border.“These moves involve both physical fitness and the equipment needed in extreme cold weather – they’re preparing for possible military conflict on the plateau in the future,” Song said.China and India have been locked in a tense border stand-off in the Himalayas since early May. The dispute escalated in June when 20 Indian soldiers and an unspecified number of Chinese troops were killed in a violent brawl in the Galwan Valley in Ladakh – their most serious military clash in more than half a century.More from South China Morning Post: * China troops settle in for Himalayan winter with hotpot deliveries and oxygen on tap * China-India border dispute: are both sides breaking the deadlock in the Himalayas? * India plans Brahmaputra dam, after China unveils Tibet hydropower projectThis article China’s military trains in Tibetan plateau amid border dispute with India first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
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As the Biden administration takes the reins in Washington, the stakes have never been higher for the US relationship with China and the rest of Asia. In the fourth part of a post-US-election series, Jodi Xu Klein explores what tech policies Biden will he pursue as he faces an an emboldened China.In January, the incoming US president Joe Biden and his administration will inherit a list of White House policies that they will have to untangle – perhaps even toss out – to develop a cohesive plan to meet the challenges of a more assertive China.Chief among them is an emboldened China that has its sights set on attaining supremacy in future technologies. Four years of the Trump administration has taught Beijing the importance of self-reliance, as Huawei Technologies was cut off from its American supplier, and Chinese telecommunications companies were barred from the US market.Get the latest insights and analysis from our Global Impact newsletter on the big stories originating in China.Under President Donald Trump, the Treasury Department has restricted Chinese investments in American companies; the Commerce Department’s “entity list” has barred Chinese companies from doing business in the US; the Defence Department has kept its own blacklist of companies that are believed to be linked to the Chinese military; and the State Department has started a “Clean Network” programme to exclude apps and carriers owned by Chinese firms.These measures by the US government, which justified the actions on national security grounds, further cemented Beijing’s resolve to enhance its tech capabilities.In May, Chinese President Xi Jinping committed an unprecedented US$1.4 trillion over six years to help domestic firms develop 5G networks and artificial intelligence – support aimed at ensuring China’s expansion of regional and global tech influence.“The Covid-19 pandemic and the Trump administration action of restricting certain technology from exports to China has affirmed that China‘s indigenous innovation policy was the right one for them,” said Naomi Wilson, senior director for Asia at Information Technology Industry Council (ITIC), a trade association representing tech companies including Apple and Oracle.“The Biden administration will largely agree with the perspective of the Trump administration in terms of what the key problems are,” said Wilson, formerly the acting director for Asia Pacific at the US Department of Homeland Security.“But the tactic will be different. I do expect that there will be a more tailored approach, much more driven by established policy processes – and that hopefully includes much more coordination and consultation with outside stakeholders.”Under Biden, “there‘s less likelihood of naming-and-shaming of Chinese tech companies”, Wilson added. “The tone will be nicer and the policy will be less erratic, but policy changes may not happen immediately.” Staying tough on ChinaAn article by Biden in the March/April issue of Foreign Affairs, confirming his own standing as a China hawk, said that the United States needed “to get tough with China”.“If China has its way, it will keep robbing the United States and American companies of their technology and intellectual property,” Biden wrote, echoing complaints Trump and his officials had made. “It will also keep using subsidies to give its state-owned enterprises an unfair advantage – and a leg up on dominating the technologies and industries of the future.” Biden may be biggest risk to Chinese economy next year, analyst saysBiden’s Foreign Policy piece suggested several areas in which his administration would continue Trump policies. Those include further strengthening governmental reviews of Chinese investments in US tech assets; cracking down on intellectual property theft; and pushing China to level its domestic markets’ playing field through structural reforms – a goal that has proven elusive for numerous US administrations.Policies will continue to focus on key technology sectors such as 5G, artificial intelligence and semiconductor production to ensure the US maintains or regains leadership through increased federal financing in research and development, analysts said.The Biden administration will also continue to exclude Huawei equipment from US telecommunications networks and focus on finding alternatives with allies. Repairing alliancesThe best way to confront Beijing is by forming a “united front” with allies, Biden wrote.“When we join together with fellow democracies, our strength more than doubles. China can’t afford to ignore more than half the global economy.”Such alliances, however, have been set aside during the Trump administration and its “America First” theme. Aside from the recent US boycott effort against Huawei that brought on board Britain, Australia, New Zealand and Japan, most of the administration’s actions have been taken unilaterally.Under Trump, relations with allies have been strained, with the US withdrawing from international organisations and slapping tariffs on trading partners including France, Germany, Spain and Britain.“Even though president-elect Biden is extremely well known and well respected among foreign leaders, the Trump administration‘s negative enforcement actions towards allies is going to be difficult to recover from,” said Wilson.To repair at least some of the damage, analysts said, the Biden administration will need to start at home by crystallising a cohesive strategy toward China’s tech industry, a message the Trump administration never spelled out. Refining the strategyTrump has largely singled out Chinese companies, claiming they are security threats, giving the impression that the US has targeted firms primarily on the basis of national origin.That began in 2018 when the Commerce Department put the Chinese telecoms company ZTE on its entity list. Today, more than 450 Chinese tech companies are listed, which essentially bars them from doing business in the US because of national security concerns.In a separate list at the Pentagon, 31 Chinese companies are prohibited from having American investors because they are deemed to be linked to the Chinese military. China tightens export rules for sensitive techLast month, the Trump administration was reportedly close to announcing restrictions on another 89 Chinese companies also said to have ties to the military.While some military linkages are clear, like the state-owned China Aerospace Science and Technology Corporation, many are not, according to China tech policy watchers.President Trump even signed two executive orders in August labelling two popular Chinese-owned apps – ByteDance’s TikTok and Tencent’s WeChat – as national security threats, contending the companies could be forced by Beijing to hand over American user data, allegations the companies have denied.For starters, Biden’s team will not pursue individual companies like Trump has, said Paul Triolo, global tech policy lead at Eurasia Group and a former US government analyst focused on China’s science, technology and cyber power.“Biden will probably roll back what the Trump administration did late in the game and was not very well thought out,” Triolo said.Prohibiting Americans from investing in Chinese companies because of suspected associations with the People’s Liberation Army, for example, “is the kind of thing that can be easily rolled back because the restrictions are vaguely worded”, he said.“You can also see a situation where the Biden team comes in and rolls back some of these executive orders, particularly on WeChat and TikTok,” Triolo said. Trump’s last movesIn its remaining weeks before January 20, the departing Trump administration is likely to announce more regulations aimed at Chinese tech companies. These last-minute regulations will add to the ill-coordinated policies that a Biden administration will have to sort out.“The Trump administration was particularly bad at interagency coordination in all areas,” said Anja Manuel, director at the Aspen Strategy Group in Washington and a former State Department official.“The White House, sometimes coming directly from the president and his closest advisers, put out executive orders that were not coordinated at all with any other agency. “So you would have the administration shout loudly and carry a small stick. Behind the scenes, there was a lot of lobbying to water it down. And often it did get watered down.“That is exactly the opposite of what you want to do,” said Manuel.“Not all technologies are national security issues. There is a small subset of tech that is at the intersection of national security. I would hope that the Biden administration defines this portfolio of national security technology as relatively narrow,” Manuel said.The White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy traditionally advises the president on tech policy and coordinates interagency efforts – but it does not have the authority to hold agencies accountable.“That’s why you are seeing Treasury doing something different from the executive orders, from what Commerce is doing, from what State is doing,” Manuel said.“That’s a very difficult thing to get right. But it’s something that a new Biden administration will have to start thinking carefully about.”More from South China Morning Post: * US and EU should join forces to check China’s influence in Africa, Indo-Pacific, Republican senator proposes * How might China test the new Joe Biden administration? * Joe Biden presidency could reopen a window of opportunity for China: analystsThis article As Joe Biden faces a China emboldened in its race to tech supremacy, what policies will he pursue? first appeared on South China Morning PostFor the latest news from the South China Morning Post download our mobile app. Copyright 2020.
Two companies that were involved in the 2018 Spize mass food poisoning incident were fined a total of $32,000 after being convicted of 14 related charges.