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  • Two US Navy aircraft carriers, the USS Nimitz and USS Ronald Reagan, are in the South China Sea, where, according to a Navy statement, they “conducted several tactical exercises designed to maximize air defense capabilities, and extend the reach of long-range precision maritime strikes from carrier-based aircraft.”
  • It’s the first time two US carriers have operated together in the location since 2014, and the latest show of military might from Washington as it pushes back against China’s sweeping claim to much of the contested region. The carriers arrived just as China was wrapping up its own set of naval exercises near the Paracel Islands, known in China as the Xisha, a chain also claimed by Vietnam and Taiwan.
  • The timing of the US arrival wasn’t lost on Beijing’s state media, which carried reports boasting of the country’s readiness to repel any American attempt to challenge its claims. US-China relations have continued to deteriorate this year.
  • Meanwhile, Washington has steadily increased its operations in the South China Sea, including staging Freedom of Navigation operations close to Chinese-held islands, performing overflights by Air Force heavy bombers, and conducting joint naval operations with partners such as Japan and Singapore. (CNN)
  • How China’s Communist Party has used US protests to its advantage (SupChina) & Beijing detains one of Xi Jinping’s most prominent critics (SupChina) Daily Pnut is fond of SupChina and believes it is the very best publication when it comes to covering news from China. SupChina is a USA based company that provides a thoughtful-nuanced-balanced-factful-honest view of what is happening in China. Full disclosure, Daily Pnut’s Tim is on their advisory board.

Beijing Gets FaceBlocked: PNUTs Newsletter

Beijing Gets FaceBlocked

  • In a rare public questioning of Chinese policy, Facebook announced Monday that it is temporarily suspending Beijing’s requests for user data in order to review the government’s sweeping new national security law targeting Hong Kong. The company said its assessment of the law, which has already been used to arrest people calling for Hong Kong’s independence, will include human rights considerations.
  • Facebook’s decision raises questions about how the security law will be applied online in Hong Kong, where the internet is not censored like it is in the rest of China. Google and Twitter have also paused processing data requests from Hong Kong authorities, and the popular messaging app Telegram said it would suspend the provision of user data until a consensus was reached on the new law.
  • After Facebook’s announcement, Hong Kong officials released new rules giving the police powers to take down internet posts and punish internet companies that do not comply with data requests. (NYT)
  • Daily Pnut commentary: welcome to the nationalization-balkanization of the internet. Increasingly the internet is being regulated and countries are bending the internet’s laws to fit their national goals. Facebook is out of control. If it were a country it would be North Korea (Guardian)
  • Additional reference: Splinternet (Wikipedia)
  • Exclusive: TikTok says it will exit Hong Kong market within days (Reuters)
  • Pompeo says U.S. looking at banning Chinese social media apps, including TikTok (Reuters)

Seasoned Nuts Quotable via PNUTs Newsletter

SEASONED NUTS: QUOTABLE

“All the evidence of history suggests that man is indeed a rational animal, but with a near-infinite capacity for folly. . . . He draws blueprints for Utopia, but never quite gets it built. In the end he plugs away obstinately with the only building material really ever at hand–his own part comic, part tragic, part cussed, but part glorious nature.”

“I want to say, and this is very important: in the end, we lucked out. It was luck that prevented nuclear war. We came that close to nuclear war at the end. Rational individuals: Kennedy was rational; Khrushchev was rational; Castro was rational. Rational individuals came that close to the total destruction of their societies. And that danger exists today.” [Additional read: Bill Perry Is Terrified. Why Aren’t You? How an 89-year-old cold warrior became America’s nuclear conscience. (Politico)]

“Rationality will not save us.”

“Be prepared to re-examine your reasoning”

― Robert S. McNamara

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