Beijing’s flagship foreign policy initiative, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), has been mired in controversy since its inception, with critics warning that Beijing’s infrastructure projects place developing countries under a “debt trap” by offering unsustainable loans, while exploiting their natural resources to drive the Chinese economy.
Now, two letters from the South Pacific nation of Samoa have revealed how one Chinese construction project—being overseen by the government of Huizhou city in southern China—has been mired with quality problems and work practices that could harm the environment.
Sent by a trusted source, The Epoch Times received the letters and a set of internal documents which were sent from the Huizhou government showing that the Guangdong provincial government ordered the city to build projects in Samoa, which fit into Beijing’s political agenda. Huizhou is a municipal-level city in Guangdong Province.
The Military and Security Developments Involving the People’s Republic of China 2020 Annual Report to Congress, which was released by the US Department of Defense in early September, discloses the so-called "Military-Civil Fusion (MCF) Development Strategy" of the Chinese military's modernization and how private companies have become the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s military companies to help build its military strength.
The Report points out that from the perspective of research and development, the CCP has adjusted its research institutions in the military field, paying special attention to MCF development Strategy.
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The Trump administration has introduced countermeasures against the CCP's policy of Military-Civil Fusion. On Apr. 28, the US Commerce Department issued a new ban to prevent advanced technology from being diverted by the CCP for military use. On Aug. 17, the Commerce Department further blocked Huawei, cutting off its access to chips. On Jun. 20, the Pentagon identified 20 Chinese companies as owned or controlled by the CCP military. On Aug. 28, another 11 Chinese companies were added to the list.
Chinese poet Wang Zang and his wife Wang Liqin were charged with the so-called "inciting subversion of state power". Their cases were recently transferred to the Chuxiong Prefecture Procuratorate in Yunnan Province for review and prosecution. On September 17, Wang Zang met with a lawyer for the first time. According to a report, on the morning of September 17, Sichuan lawyer Lu Siwei and Beijing lawyer Zhang Lei met with Wang Zang at the Chuxiong Detention Center. Wang Zang was very grateful for their solidarity and support, but after learning that his wife was arrested, he was extremely sad and very worried about the life, studies, and safety of his four children (including two young children). It’s reported that the authorities accused Wang Zang of inciting subversion of state power for his public remarks, interviews, written poetry articles, and performance art after he was released in 2015.
Wang Zang’s 4 children are 11-year-old, 8-year-old and 4-year-old twins. Insiders said that due to financial difficulties and other factors, the twins could not go to the kindergarten. The 8-year-old girl is picked up by the police every day to and from school. Moreover, the grandparents were guarded at home by many police, and the local relatives were threatened by the National Security Council not to visit them.