字幕表 動画を再生する 英語字幕をプリント On this episode of China Uncensored, The Chinese military wants a pay raise. A tragic medical affliction may be plaguing Chinese dissidents. And finally, with new Chinese tariffs, we'll see a rise in the price of tinfoil hats. This is China Uncensored. Hi, welcome to China Uncensored. I'm your host Chris Chappell. China is gearing up for another meeting of the National People's Congress. It's a time when everyone in the Chinese government vies for power. Including Chinese leader Xi Jinping. More on that later, but this is also the time when the budget for 2018 gets set. And everyone wants a piece of the pie. Especially the military. “China may have the world's largest military, but for some it's not enough. As Beijing gets ready to release its defense budget for the year, sources told Reuters that top brass are pushing for a big bump in spending, to combat modern threats.” I mean, can you blame them? It's not cheap to build your capture the flag courses out of LEGOs! China is second to only the United States on military spending. Of course, “China's defense spending is only about one-quarter that of the United States, if official figures are accurate.” Which is a big if. But still, they barely have enough to make a proper propaganda video. Look at what they rolled out ahead of the Chinese New Year. Behold the power of China's single tank. The...navy? They're even trying to reuse tanks as boats! You get the point, they need more money. Official figures from the past two years show the smallest increase in the military budget in a decade. But “Experts say the true figure is likely much higher than what is officially reported, with money for some military projects included in ostensibly non-military spending.” What? These missile launchers are totally for civilian use. Now off to Xinjiang in Western China. It's home of the much maligned ethnic Uighur population. They've had to deal with a massive security crackdown, surveillance using face recognition technology, and Minority Report style precog criminal justice. But somehow, these Western news reports keep getting out! Those meddling journalists… Well now, the Chinese regime is going after the journalists, too. Authorities have detained the relatives of four US-based reporters with Radio Free Asia who have been covering Xinjiang. First, Chinese authorities just asked the relatives to call those reporters and ask them to stop reporting on Xinjiang. But when threatening nicely didn't work, the abductions started. One reporter learned that Chinese police had arrested 20 of the her relatives because of her reporting. Another one had relatives taken to a political reeducation center called the Loving Kindness School. Don't worry. It's one of China's top political reeducation centers— along with the the Government Loves Everyone Academy, and the CCP Besties 4-Ever Institute. Of course, since we're hearing about how journalists' relatives are being detained, clearly the strategy of intimidating journalists is not working. A Chinese man was admitted to a hospital earlier this week for a minor stomach ache. Even though previously he had a clean bill of health, this turned out to be a much deadlier condition. He had contracted a case of what Chinese military doctors call, “being a rights lawyer.” A few hours after entering the hospital, the condition dramatically worsened until tragically, he bled to death. Because of a liver problem. Yeah... Some are calling rights lawyer Li Baiguang's death at the No. 81 Military Hospital a mysterious death. But Bob Fu, head of the Chinese Christian rights group, ChinaAid, calls it murder. Li Baiguang defended underground Christians in China. They're the ones who refuse to worship in state-approved churches run by the atheist Communist Party. A Twitter programer who was visiting his family in China was invited to tea by the Chinese Public Security Bureau. How friendly. First, they asked him if he did anything to “harm national interest.” And then they asked for Twitter code technology so they could monitor twitter content. For national interest. Now this may surprise you, but Radio Free Asia suspects the Chinese regime may be pressuring his family. But even if the Public Security Bureau didn't get the Twitter code they wanted, at least they have Apple's Chinese users data. Apple has officially put all their Chinese users' iCloud data on servers belonging to the state-run company, Cloud Big Data. Apple will also store Chinese iCloud encryption keys there. Just to make sure the Chinese regime has easy access. “Because of the move, the Chinese government will be able use its own legal system to ask Apple for its users' iCloud data, whereas before the government had to go through the U.S. legal system.” Now Apple has said they weren't happy about it. But in the end, what choice did they have other than to cave in? I mean, it would be practically unethical not to seek a share of that sweet, sweet China market. And finally, President Trump has said he will implement new tariffs on imports of aluminum and steel. He's complained frequently about how US manufacturing gets hurt, because Chinese companies get government subsidies and export their goods at below market prices. “So, we're bringing it back and we're going to bring it back relatively rapidly. And we're going to be instituting tariffs. Next week we'll be signing.” From the initial announcement, it looks like these tariffs will apply to all aluminum and steel imports, not just those from China. Meanwhile, the Chinese government already has plans to retaliate. “Its commerce ministry investigating imports of US sorghum, which is used to feed livestock. And officials say China could further target soybeans.” So is this the start of a trade war with China? Well, what China doesn't realize is that the US can actually survive just fine without selling soybeans to China. They really should put a tariff on iPhones. So what do you think? Leave your comments below. Thanks for watching this episode of China Uncensored. Once again, I'm your host Chris Chappell. See you next time. Well the Chinese Communist Party is certainly rotten. But you know what never goes bad? Food from Thrive Life. Thrive Life sells freeze dried meals that stay fresh. And if you order through the link in the description below, China Uncensored gets a cut. 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