• What Is The Benefits Of Galvanized Steel?
    In recent years, with the emphasis on dust suppression in China, the application of dust suppression networks has increased. Basically, the wind and dust suppression nets are mainly made of high quality GL galvanized steel coils. It has also been mentioned that rust prevention of galvanized sheets is also mentioned. Better performance and the need for galvanized sheets for wind and dust screens. So which of these two materials is better?

    The difference between the two is the difference in surface
    The difference between hot sale galvanized steel coil and high quality GL Galvanized Steel Coil is mainly due to the difference in coating. The surface of the galvanized sheet is evenly distributed with a layer of zinc material, which has an anodic protection effect on the substrate, that is, the zinc material replaces the substrate to corrode and rust. The metal is protected and the internal substrate is damaged only when the zinc is completely corroded.

    The surface of the aluminum zinc steel coil in stock is about 55% aluminum, 43.5% zinc and a small amount of other elements. Under the watch, the surface of the galvanized layer is a honeycomb structure, and the “honeycomb” made of aluminum is wrapped with zinc. In this case, although the aluminum-zinc plating also functions as an anode protection, on the one hand, since the zinc content is reduced, on the one hand, the zinc material is wrapped with aluminum, and electrolysis is not easily generated. Therefore, the effect of the anode protection is greatly reduced, so once the galvanized sheet is cut and substantially loses protection at the cutting edge. In this case, it will rust quickly, so the galvanized sheet should be cut as little as possible.

    Galvanized Steel Coil made in China is the metal materials we often use. Galvanized sheets for wind and dust screens are hot dip galvanized sheets. The hot dip galvanizing treatment will cover the surface layer of the steel sheet having a thin zinc layer. Effectively prevents air and moisture from entering and prevents internal substrate from rusting.

    In cities where the air is humid and the rain is abundant, once a certain point of the galvanized sheet is rusted, if the measures are not taken in time, the rust will become larger and larger until the entire surface; and the high quality GL galvanized steel coil will rust evenly and will not cause diffusion.

    After comparing the two, it can be seen that the Galvanized Steel Coil made in China is superior in terms of service life and corrosion resistance, and the price of the galvanized sheet is also lower than that of the galvanized sheet. Therefore, it is recommended that you choose windproof and dustproof. The material of the mesh should be galvanized as much as possible.

  • GRAIN — The Belt and Road Initiative: Chinese agribusiness going global

    One of the world’s biggest e-commerce companies, Beijing-based, says it will soon be able to deliver fruit from anywhere in the world to the doorsteps of Chinese consumers within 48 hours. It takes highly integrated global infrastructure—connecting farms to warehouses to transportation to consumers—to achieve a goal like this. China’s new mega-infrastructure plan, the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), will help make’s vision a reality. It will also increase the concentration of global food production and distribution, potentially pushing small-scale farmers, fisherfolk, forest peoples and rural communities further to the margins. There are also serious concerns that BRI could worsen land grabs, human rights abuses, indebtedness, and environmental and health impacts in target countries.

    Pas encore regardé #obor #BRI #Chine #commerce #agroindustrie #route_de_la_soie #nouvelle_route_de_la_soie

  • China grinding disc manufacturer talk about the problem of poor grinding disc processing?
    Some manufacturers in the production of grinding discs, although seemingly simple process, but in the production process, if not careful enough, there will still be many problems in the later stage. Today, China grinding disc manufacturer will tell you about the problems that the grinding discs are not handled well.
    There are three main aspects that are common:
    1) Bridge, which is a film. When the grinding disc is running at high speed, the trajectory cannot be straight, and the direct result is that the material after cutting has a skew, which may not meet the processing requirements.
    2) Shock. When the grinding disc is running at a high speed, the vibration is severe when the handle is held, the cutting efficiency is lowered, and waste is caused. The reason is caused by the imbalance of the grinding disc.
    3) Crack, broken. Due to the inferior quality of the mesh, the amount of the bonding agent is too small or expired, the temperature of the kiln is too low, etc., the grinding disc may be cracked at high speed, and the crushing and wounding may occur in severe cases.

  • Les #Etats-Unis, première #menace d’une #Europe divisée - Le Temps

    US poses bigger threat than Putin or Xi, say voters | World | The Times

    The US under President Trump is perceived as a greater threat to Europe’s security than China or Russia, according to an international opinion poll.

    Mr Trump’s standing has fallen so low among America’s allies that people in France and Germany are now significantly more likely to say they trust President Putin or President Xi to “do the right thing” on the global stage. A clear majority of people in eastern European countries including Poland fear that war will break out with Russia as the US-backed liberal order threatens to dissolve into an era of renewed conflict.

  • Preserving #privacy in the Age of Facial Recognition

    Public anonymity is dead. While that phrase, “public anonymity” may sound like an oxymoron, let me explain: You can no longer walk along a street, visit a store, or attend an event without the possibility that someone — a government entity, a storeowner, or a tech giant — knows that you are there and can track everywhere else you’ve been, simply by your physical appearance.In 2018, facial recognition #technology spent a lot of time in the news. Between Amazon licensing their Rekognition product to law enforcement, the presence of gender and racial bias in some of the current technology, and China’s use of facial recognition to publicly shame jaywalkers, it’s clear that society is facing moral and philosophical questions about who owns and should have access to your physical identity and (...)

    #identity-management #futurism #security

  • India Proposes Chinese-Style Internet Censorship - The New York Times

    NEW DELHI — India’s government has proposed giving itself vast new powers to suppress internet content, igniting a heated battle with global technology giants and prompting comparisons to censorship in China.

    Under the proposed rules, Indian officials could demand that Facebook, Google, Twitter, TikTok and others remove posts or videos that they deem libelous, invasive of privacy, hateful or deceptive. Internet companies would also have to build automated screening tools to block Indians from seeing “unlawful information or content.” Another provision would weaken the privacy protections of messaging services like WhatsApp so that the authorities could trace messages back to their original senders.

    Hum, pas forcément très différent de l’Article 13... quand les Le Pen (équivalent français de Narandra Modi) seront au pouvoir... Pas simple tout ça. Et puis si la Chine n’est plus la seule a devenir le repoussoir universel, où va-t-on ?

    Working independently as well as through trade groups, Microsoft, Facebook and dozens of other tech companies are fighting back against the proposals. They criticized the rules as technically impractical and said they were a sharp departure from how the rest of the world regulates “data intermediaries,” a term for companies that host data provided by their customers and users.

    In most countries, including under India’s existing laws, such intermediaries are given a “safe harbor.” That means they are exempted from responsibility for illegal or inappropriate content posted on their services, as long as they remove it once notified by a court or another designated authority.

    In a filing with the ministry last week, Microsoft said that complying with India’s new standards would be “impossible from the process, legal and technology point of view.”

    Officials have offered little public explanation for the proposals, beyond a desire to curb the kind of false rumors about child kidnappers that spread on WhatsApp a year ago and that incited angry mobs to kill two dozen innocent people. That wave of violence has since subsided.

    The coming national election has added urgency to the proposals. India’s Election Commission, which administers national and state elections, is considering a ban on all social media content and ads aimed at influencing voters for the 48 hours before voting begins, according to an internal report obtained by the news media. To buttress its legal authority to order such a ban, the commission wrote to the I.T. ministry last week asking it to amend the new rules to specifically prohibit online content that violates election laws or commission orders.

    C’est comme si ça me rappelait quelque chose...

    Et puis, le Alibaba local est dans la boucle. Y’a que les européens qui n’ont pas champion local à opposer aux GAFAM.

    One of the biggest cheerleaders for the new rules was Reliance Jio, a fast-growing mobile phone company controlled by Mukesh Ambani, India’s richest industrialist. Mr. Ambani, an ally of Mr. Modi, has made no secret of his plans to turn Reliance Jio into an all-purpose information service that offers streaming video and music, messaging, money transfer, online shopping, and home broadband services.

    In a filing last week, Reliance Jio said the new rules were necessary to combat “miscreants” and urged the government to ignore free-speech protests. The company also said that encrypted messaging services like WhatsApp, “although perceivably beneficial to users, are detrimental to national interest and hence should not be allowed.”

    Entre les architectures toxiques des plateformes et la toxicité des lois liberticides, on est malbarre.

    #Inde #Censure #Médias_sociaux #Article_13

  • JP Morgan Launches Its Own Digital Currency, And China’s Baidu Reveals #blockchain OS

    The State of The Market — February 15, 2019 BTC: $3,640.40 (+0.69%) ETH: $123.21 (+0.91%) XRP: $0.303646 (+0.20%)After a slow decline in the last couple of days, the #crypto market posted small gains today. While #bitcoin is still struggling to move past $3,650, the total market cap added nearly $1.5 Billion in the last 24 hours. All of the top 10 cryptocurrencies are in green right now, posting single-digit gains. A clear trend could emerge over the weekend when volumes are low. Meanwhile, Ethereum managed to defend its support at $100 this week, and Ripple has bounced back above $0.30.In other news, Coinsquare, one of the largest #cryptocurrency exchanges in Canada, has announced the acquisition of the StellarX decentralized exchange as it continues to evolve its platform. The StellarX (...)


  • Encore une #avarie_commune sur un porte-container
    (plus quelques infos sur la précédente et l’info qu’en général plus d’un container sur deux n’est pas couvert par une assurance…

    Fire-Stricken APL Vancouver Singapore-Bound After #General_Average is Declared – gCaptain

    A photo of the damage shared by APL.
    Photo credit : APL

    The fire-stricken 9,200 teu APL Vancouver is en route to a Singapore lay-by berth for inspection by surveyors, following the decision last week to declare general average (GA).

    In the early hours of 31 January, off the Vietnamese coast, a fire started in a cargo hold forward of the vessel’s accommodation block.

    The ship, in transit from China to Singapore, had to be partly evacuated during the firefighting operations and APL said that there were no reported injuries to crew members.

    The CMA CGM subsidiary declared GA on 7 February, instructing salvor Ardent Marine on Lloyd’s open form terms, but details of the average adjustors have not so far been advised.

    GA is a principle of maritime law where damages and salvage costs are shared among the cargo in proportion to its value.

    London-based marine claims firm WE Cox Claims Group said it expected cargo loss on the APL Vancouver to be “significant” after several days of water being pumped onto the ship and cargo to fight the fire. Unconfirmed reports advise that the ship, which operates on APL’s CIX (China-India Express) service, had around 4,500 containers on board.
    Elsewhere, shippers with containers on the 7,500 teu Yantian Express, which caught fire off the Canadian coast on 3 January, are now beginning to discover the status of their cargo.

    The vessel, operating on the east coast Loop 5 of THE Alliance Asia-US east coast service, arrived at its nominated safe harbor in Freeport, Bahamas on 4 February.

    Hapag-Lloyd declared GA on 25 January and the carrier, along with The Alliance partners ONE and Yang Ming have advised that there are 198 containers that are “most likely” to be a total loss to fire damage and a further 460 that were stacked in the vicinity of the fire will require inspection.

    It is the intention to discharge potentially salvageable containers this week when surveyors for the cargo interests will be invited to inspect their contents. Cargo interests for containers that survived the fire will be required to provide GA security and a separate salvage security before the boxes are released, and are also likely have to pay the cost of relay to the final destination.

    Of the expected total-loss containers, ONE has the highest number, 99, followed by Hapag-Lloyd with 68 and Yang Ming with 31.

    It is estimated that less than 50% of containers shipped globally are insured.

  • Safe use of China abrasive tools for metal?
    In order to ensure the safe use of abrasive tools, what problems should the operator pay attention to when using metal grinding tools? Today, let me introduce you to the safe use of China abrasive tools for metal.
    1. Hold the grinding tool by hand, turn on the power, and frequently operate the switch by hand to make the tool start frequently, and observe whether the on/off function of the grinding tool switch is reliable. At the same time, observe whether there are any abnormalities in the TV sets and fluorescent lamps on the spot. To confirm that the tool is equipped with a valid radio interference suppressor
    2. Check the nameplate and instructions of the grinding tool. The nameplate parameters should be the same as those on the 3C certificate. The manufacturer’s and manufacturer’s detailed address and contact details should be available on the instruction manual. The serial number of the product traceable should be on the nameplate or certificate.
    3. The grinding tool is energized for one minute. When holding it by hand, the hand should not feel any abnormal vibration. Observe the reversing spark. The reversing spark should not exceed 3/2. Generally, the tool is advanced. Looking inside the tuyere, there should be no obvious arc on the surface of the commutator. There should be no abnormal noise during operation.

  • Safe use of China abrasive tools for metal?
    In order to ensure the safe use of abrasive tools, what problems should the operator pay attention to when using metal grinding tools? Today, let me introduce you to the safe use of China abrasive tools for metal.
    1. Hold the grinding tool by hand, turn on the power, and frequently operate the switch by hand to make the tool start frequently, and observe whether the on/off function of the grinding tool switch is reliable. At the same time, observe whether there are any abnormalities in the TV sets and fluorescent lamps on the spot. To confirm that the tool is equipped with a valid radio interference suppressor
    2. Check the nameplate and instructions of the grinding tool. The nameplate parameters should be the same as those on the 3C certificate. The manufacturer’s and manufacturer’s detailed address and contact details should be available on the instruction manual. The serial number of the product traceable should be on the nameplate or certificate.
    3. The grinding tool is energized for one minute. When holding it by hand, the hand should not feel any abnormal vibration. Observe the reversing spark. The reversing spark should not exceed 3/2. Generally, the tool is advanced. Looking inside the tuyere, there should be no obvious arc on the surface of the commutator. There should be no abnormal noise during operation.

  • Venezuela : la Chine va-t-elle parier sur Juan Guaidó ?
    La Chine et la Russie ont cessé d’apporter des financements au gouvernement vénézuélien, elles se contentent d’allonger les moratoires de remboursements, sachant que les paiements en pétrole brut atteignent péniblement 50% des montants dûs…

    Appel à la raison du gouvernement chinois qui suppose, au passage, que la période de transition ne soit ni trop longue ni trop chaotique pour permettre un retour à une situation (au moins une extraction pétrolière normale). Considérant de plus que l’éventuel nouveau gouvernement ne pourrait probablement pas refuser grand chose aux États-Unis dont les relations avec Chine et Russie sont ce qu’elles sont…

    ¿Le apostará China a Guaidó ?

    Uno de los secretos mejor guardado es el nivel de exposición con que China llega a esta última turbulencia venezolana. Son muchos los medios y los centros de investigación que han monitoreado, a lo largo de los tiempos revolucionarios, la evolución de los empréstitos que la gran potencia le ha concedido al proyecto populista caribeño sin que nadie pueda asegurar, fuera de Pekín y Caracas, la verdadera situación del endeudamiento venezolano con sus socios asiáticos.

    Las vicisitudes que China ha debido enfrentar de unos años a esta parte no son pocas en este terreno, pero siempre elementos de carácter político y estratégico han aconsejado, a quienes toman este tipo de decisiones, ser amplios y condescendientes con sus socios en los refinanciamientos, sobre todo porque un volumen considerable de la apuesta financiera contaba con un repago en crudo y las cuentas nacionales venezolanas seguían cuadrando, aun cuando la producción petrolera se iba adelgazando consistentemente.

    Pero hace rato ya que ni China ni Rusia aportan financiamientos frescos al gobierno de Nicolás Maduro. Apenas se contentan con extender períodos de gracia a los empréstitos vencidos y de nada han valido los viajes a Pekín y Moscú en 2017 y 2018 para tratar de abrir de nuevo el grifo ni de uno ni de otro lado. Es que razones sobran para que, en lo que a China atañe al menos, la credibilidad, la responsabilidad financiera y la eficiencia del gobierno de Nicolás Maduro y de la estatal petrolera Pdvsa se encuentre en entredicho. Una fuente de la empresa informaba en diciembre pasado a El Nacional que no se está cumpliendo el compromiso de pagar con crudo los viejos endeudamientos chinos y rusos, sino en 50%.

    De allí que sea necesario atar esta mala coyuntura en la relación con Venezuela con el difícil momento que atraviesa la planificación económica china. Hace un par de semanas nos referíamos a la desaceleración que deberá enfrentar el gigante de Asia, a la contracción de su propio consumo interno y a los efectos mundiales del rifirrafe que mantienen con los Estados Unidos. La ortodoxia económica lo que aconseja es mantener bajo control el repago de los colosales endeudamientos otorgados a países en desarrollo, que, al igual que el resto del mundo, estarán impactados económicamente por la crisis global.

    Y es así como la sensatez deberá prevalecer en China en su futura relación con Venezuela, y cobrar lo que se le adeuda será la prioridad con mayor peso. La irreductible solidaridad política de antaño con la revolución bolivariana tendrá que pasar a un segundo plano. Cuando se perfore el secretismo que rodea la realidad de las cifras envueltas en los empréstitos y las turbias condiciones de los endeudamientos salgan a la luz, cuando del examen de los contratos y negociaciones entre las partes se evidencien elementos de corrupción que con frecuencia acompañan estos compromisos, cuando exista claridad meridiana sobre los procedimientos no cumplidos y las autorizaciones no otorgadas en cada una de las inversiones conjuntas y en los fondos que acompañaron las relaciones bilaterales, China tendrá frente a sí un problema mayúsculo a resolver. Y más le vale en ese momento, haber actuado del lado de quienes están dando por finiquitado el desorden, las ineficiencias, los “negociado_s” y el saqueo del país.

    “_Quien a buen árbol se arrima…” no es un adagio chino, estoy segura, pero no dudo de que la sabiduría milenaria que caracteriza al Imperio del Medio sabrá, desde esta temprana hora, quién es su mejor aliado en la lejana y díscola Venezuela, ahora en proceso de rehabilitación bajo la férula de Juan Guaidó.

  • Huawei tells New Zealand : banning us is like banning the All Blacks

    Chinese tech company uses full-page ads to push for inclusion in 5G rollout despite concerns it is a security risk China’s Huawei has taken out full-page ads in major New Zealand newspapers in which they equate the idea of ban on the company to a rugby tournament without the All Blacks. The advertisement reads : “5G without Huawei is like rugby without New Zealand”, referring to the upcoming nationwide rollout of the mobile technology. National telco Spark has been temporarily banned from (...)

    #Huawei #domination #lobbying

  • #china Expands Oversight Over #blockchain with New Anti-Anonymity Regulations

    China’s primary internet regulatory agency, the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), recently adopted a new policy, announced on its Website earlier this month, that would require all blockchain technology companies to collect certain identifying information from its users before offering any blockchain-related service.The new policy will be effective starting on February 15, 2019.Picture’s sourceBlockchain information service providers, defined as “entities or nodes” that offer information services and technical support to the public using blockchain technology via desktop sites or mobile applications, will be subject to the new regulations. After February 15, these companies will be obliged to register their names, domains and server addresses at the CAC within 20 days of offering (...)

    #cryptocurrency #regulation #investing

  • Stripe valued at $23 billion and has no plans to IPO, says CEO

    Startup Grind Event CoverageCollision discusses globalization of payments and his growing media empireStripe CEO John Collision opening keynote at #startup Grind GlobalStartup Grind Global kicked off this morning with opening remarks by Stripe CEO John Collision in conversation with Ashlee Vance of Bloomberg Businessweek. What follows is a summary of key insights shared:Been there, done that“People tend to think online already happened and everything that’s already been figured out has already occured, but in fact in a bunch of countries, there’s a very rapid rise in digital money. The dominant behaviors and methods are changing. Ali Pay and WePay came out of nowhere and payment players are now winning the market, in China in particular. When we started out and were pitching investors in 2010, (...)

    #venture-capital #fintech #cryptocurrency #technology

  • New report exposes global reach of powerful governments who equip, finance and train other countries to spy on their populations

    Privacy International has today released a report that looks at how powerful governments are financing, training and equipping countries — including authoritarian regimes — with surveillance capabilities. The report warns that rather than increasing security, this is entrenching authoritarianism.

    Countries with powerful security agencies are spending literally billions to equip, finance, and train security and surveillance agencies around the world — including authoritarian regimes. This is resulting in entrenched authoritarianism, further facilitation of abuse against people, and diversion of resources from long-term development programmes.

    The report, titled ‘Teach ’em to Phish: State Sponsors of Surveillance’ is available to download here.

    Examples from the report include:

    In 2001, the US spent $5.7 billion in security aid. In 2017 it spent over $20 billion [1]. In 2015, military and non-military security assistance in the US amounted to an estimated 35% of its entire foreign aid expenditure [2]. The report provides examples of how US Departments of State, Defense, and Justice all facilitate foreign countries’ surveillance capabilities, as well as an overview of how large arms companies have embedded themselves into such programmes, including at surveillance training bases in the US. Examples provided include how these agencies have provided communications intercept and other surveillance technology, how they fund wiretapping programmes, and how they train foreign spy agencies in surveillance techniques around the world.

    The EU and individual European countries are sponsoring surveillance globally. The EU is already spending billions developing border control and surveillance capabilities in foreign countries to deter migration to Europe. For example, the EU is supporting Sudan’s leader with tens of millions of Euros aimed at capacity building for border management. The EU is now looking to massively increase its expenditure aimed at building border control and surveillance capabilities globally under the forthcoming Multiannual Financial Framework, which will determine its budget for 2021–2027. Other EU projects include developing the surveillance capabilities of security agencies in Tunisia, Burkina Faso, Somalia, Iraq and elsewhere. European countries such as France, Germany, and the UK are sponsoring surveillance worldwide, for example, providing training and equipment to “Cyber Police Officers” in Ukraine, as well as to agencies in Saudi Arabia, and across Africa.

    Surveillance capabilities are also being supported by China’s government under the ‘Belt and Road Initiative’ and other efforts to expand into international markets. Chinese companies have reportedly supplied surveillance capabilities to Bolivia, Venezuela, and Ecuador [3]. In Ecuador, China Electronics Corporation supplied a network of cameras — including some fitted with facial recognition capabilities — to the country’s 24 provinces, as well as a system to locate and identify mobile phones.

    Edin Omanovic, Privacy International’s Surveillance Programme Lead, said

    “The global rush to make sure that surveillance is as universal and pervasive as possible is as astonishing as it is disturbing. The breadth of institutions, countries, agencies, and arms companies that are involved shows how there is no real long-term policy or strategic thinking driving any of this. It’s a free-for-all, where capabilities developed by some of the world’s most powerful spy agencies are being thrown at anyone willing to serve their interests, including dictators and killers whose only goal is to cling to power.

    “If these ‘benefactor’ countries truly want to assist other countries to be secure and stable, they should build schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure, and promote democracy and human rights. This is what communities need for safety, security, and prosperity. What we don’t need is powerful and wealthy countries giving money to arms companies to build border control and surveillance infrastructure. This only serves the interests of those powerful, wealthy countries. As our report shows, instead of putting resources into long-term development solutions, such programmes further entrench authoritarianism and spur abuses around the world — the very things which cause insecurity in the first place.”

    #surveillance #surveillance_de_masse #rapport

    Pour télécharger le rapport “Teach ’em to Phish: State Sponsors of Surveillance”:

    ping @fil

  • CryptoMap: #china — The Many Faces of China’s Enthusiasm Towards #blockchain

    CryptoMap: China — The Many Faces of China’s Enthusiasm Towards BlockchainHappy Chinese New Year! to celebrate this amazing holiday, we’re going to visit a country with an immense density of crypto miners and traders, where cryptocurrencies are viewed as a valuable asset and a means of safe investment. China is one of the main exchange markets and home to some of the biggest #bitcoin ‘mining pools’ in the world. Unfortunately, the ban on cryptocurrencies from Chinese Government had a negative effect on the whole industry. Despite this fact, there are plenty of reasons to stay optimistic!Let’s go sightseeing!Government & RegulationIn 2016, blockchain technology development was added into the 13th Five-Year Plan — the plan for national development over 2016–2020 — thus making China one of the (...)

    #cryptocurrency #fintech

  • Foreign Policy’s #Venezuela “Global Scorecard” map wrongly lumps Caribbean nations with Russia and China · Global Voices

    #Maduro ou pas Maduro

    Foreign Policy has published an infographic that purports to depict global allegiances in the Venezuela crisis. The infographic, curiously, singles out three CARICOM nations—St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Dominica and Suriname— and mentions them in a table in the accompanying story, placing them in the “Backs Nicolás Maduro” camp alongside powers such as Russia, China, Iran and Turkey.

    Here’s how the world is split on Maduro vs. Guaido, in Venezuela’s political crisis:

    — Robbie Gramer (@RobbieGramer) February 6, 2019

  • Pay Attention, Confused Foreigners: ’Wan’ (卍) is Not a Nazi Symbol | What’s on Weibo

    Japan’s official map-making organization wants to get rid of the Buddhist manji symbol (卍) that marks the location of temples on city maps, as foreigners associate it with the Nazi swastika. In China, where the symbol is known as the ‘wan’ character, some netizens seem to find the controversy entertaining.

    The difference between the Buddhist swastika symbol and the Nazi swastika symbol | NORIO HAYAKAWA

    In Japanese Buddhism, the Manji is an ancient and important spiritual symbol.

    The Manji (Sanscrit: Svastika) represents the harmonious interplay of the many opposites in life – – heaven and earth, day and night, etc.

    The horizontal line unites light and darkness, while the perpendicular line symbolically connects heaven and earth; and these two combined, form a cross representing the universe in harmony beyond the limits of time and space.

    From this harmony comes the power that creates and nurtures all things.

    The ‘trailing’ lines at the ends of the cross represent the truth that the universe and all things in it are in a perpetual state of flux.
    The evil Nazis, twisting the true meaning of the “Ura Manji”, adopted it and tilted the Manji symbol at an angle of 45 degrees (corners pointing upwards and invariably in black). Here is the much-hated Nazi swastika:

    #nazis #cartographie #Japon #bouddhisme

  • Retail Giants like #walmart, #carrefour and Auchan Adopting #blockchain #technology

    Large retailers putting groceries on the blockchain to optimize their supply chainWhen going to the supermarket, do you ever wonder where those products you put in your trolley come from? I live in a first world country where one usually assumes all products come from honest farmers and factories.Lately, however, more and more stories surface of animals in slaughterhouses that are being treated horribly, before they are brutally killed and their meat is shipped off to meat factories for further processing. Do we actually know what type of pesticides farmers use? Are those harmful to us, human beings?Over the years, various food scandals made headlines, ranging from 700,000 contaminated eggs that flooded the supermarket shelves to a deadly milk contamination scandal in China, which (...)


  • 7 mistakes #b2b startups make when expanding abroad

    7 Mistakes B2B Startups Make When Expanding Abroad7 mistakes B2B #startup founders make when expanding abroad“How do I expand abroad?” is a frequent question we get asked by early and growth stage B2B startups. This question is particularly important for European startups and companies operating from emerging markets, such as LatAm, India, Russia, and South East Asia. If your home base is not a huge domestic market (like the USA or China) and you have high growth ambitions, international expansion becomes very important very soon.The list of mistakes below is based on successes and failures we’ve seen across more than hundred B2B companies of all stages and sizes, and is complemented by the best management practices and patterns noticed by the top VCs. Avoiding these 7 mistakes in your (...)

    #b2b-sales #b2b-startup #global-market-expansion

  • She Fled China’s Camps—but She’s Still Not Free – Foreign Policy

    Sayragul Sauytbay sits inside a defendants’ cage during a hearing at a court in Zharkent, Kazakhstan, on July 13, 2018.
    Ruslan Pryanikov/AFP/Getty Images

    Sayragul Sauytbay, the only person to have worked inside an internment camp in Xinjiang and spoken publicly about it, now faces an uncertain future in Kazakhstan.

    ALMATY, Kazakhstan—Speaking to a packed courthouse in eastern Kazakhstan in August 2018, Sayragul Sauytbay—an ethnic Kazakh Chinese national—provided some of the earliest testimony about Beijing’s vast internment camp system for Muslim minorities in its western Xinjiang region. As a former instructor at a camp, Sauytbay had crossed the border illegally into Kazakhstan four months earlier, as she feared internment herself, and now stood on trial with prosecutors in the Central Asian country vying for her deportation back to China.

    Sauytbay’s lawyers argued that she would be arrested or even killed for having shared knowledge of the camps, where between 800,000 and 2 million members of traditionally Muslim ethnic groups have been detained since 2017, according to U.S. State Department estimates. Despite Kazakhstan’s strong ties to Beijing, the court declined to send Sauytbay back to China. The ruling was seen as a rebuke of Kazakhstan’s powerful neighbor, and as Sauytbay was ushered out of the courtroom, she was greeted by a mob of supporters, who chanted, “Long live Kazakhstan!

    Then the previously outspoken Sauytbay went silent, engaging in a media blackout shortly after her trial. Now, six months later, the summer celebrations atop the courtroom steps look premature, with her future in Kazakhstan uncertain and pressure from China for her extradition growing.

    In an interview with Foreign Policy, Sauytbay, 42, said she fears that she may be sent back to China and that despite the August court ruling, her status in the country remains in limbo. Facing a growing set of obstacles—from attempts to ensure her silence to absent legal representation to having been repeatedly denied asylum status by the government—she said her time in Kazakhstan, where her husband and two children are both citizens, could be coming to an end.

    I am an inconvenient witness. I saw everything [in the camps],” Sauytbay said in a late January interview. “I can’t say that [China is] afraid of me, but they want me to keep silent.

    As the only person to have worked inside an internment camp in Xinjiang and spoken publicly about it, Sauytbay remains a particular liability for Beijing as it seeks to curb the mounting international criticism around its mass internment system.

    I’d love nothing more than to get asylum in Kazakhstan and be a happy mom with my children,” Sauytbay said. “But I don’t know if that is possible anymore. I can’t exclude pressure from the Chinese side on the government of Kazakhstan.

    Sauytbay said she remains conflicted about what to do. She is still committed to finding a way to have her status formalized in Kazakhstan, but she also feels a sense of duty to keep speaking out about the abuses she witnessed. Sauytbay reiterated claims she made during her hearing in August that she was granted access to classified documents that offered new insights about the inner workings of the network of camps in Xinjiang but refused to disclose any details.

    I don’t want to talk about that until I have some kind of protection,” she said. “I’d prefer that protection to come from Kazakhstan, but I might need help from other countries.

    Beijing made efforts to ensure Sauytbay’s silence. As first reported by the Globe and Mail, she received news that members of her family still in Xinjiang had been arrested and possibly sent to a camp by Chinese authorities during her trial in Kazakhstan. Sauytbay said she believes the arrests were in retaliation for her releasing information about the internment system in China and that a few months after her post-trial silence, she received word from contacts in Xinjiang that her family had been released and were now back home.

    Sauytbay also said a small group of people, unknown to her, came to her house after the trial and told her to keep silent. The small group of Kazakh-speaking men spoke in vague terms about the Chinese government’s policies in Xinjiang and said there would be consequences for her and her family if she spoke out again.