CCP Turns 100, Regulating Big Tech, and Troops Leave Afghanistan #127

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Deepnews Digest #127

CCP Turns 100, Regulating Big Tech, and Troops Leave Afghanistan

Editor: Christopher Brennan
Though Digests like this one chunk up articles into different categories, the issues that they discuss often intersect. This week’s topics are the Chinese Communist Party’s 100-year anniversary, regulation of Big Tech and the departure of U.S. and NATO troops from Bagram airfield in Afghanistan. While they take place in different regions of the world, I think one of the benefits of dealing with subjects in-depth (and being able to find those articles with our algorithm) is that delving into complexity often reveals the connections between disparate strands of news.

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LA Times

As Communist Party turns 100, China’s Xi rallies his compatriots and warns his critics

He pumped a fist into the air, standing in a Mao suit at a lectern stamped with a hammer and sickle, as 70,000 spectators in Tiananmen Square clapped and cheered.

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New York Times

Pictures From a Revolution: China’s Communists Mark a Centennial

The improbable rise of a superpower that was born in the rubble of dynasty and fears it may yet meet the same fate.

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The Guardian

China’s Leaders by David Shambaugh review – from Mao to now

On a visit to the US in 2015, China’s president Xi Jinping did something passingly rare: he cracked a joke. Talking about the anticorruption campaign that had defined the first few years of his rule, he declared that it was about creating cleaner politics, not wiping out rivals. “This is not House of Cards,” he smiled, referencing the American political drama starring Kevin Spacey as crooked US president Frank Underwood.

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Asia Times

Xi Jinping’s Faustian moment

‘Only he deserves freedom as well as life who must conquer them every day’ – Goethe’s Faust

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Nikkei Asian Review

Hong Kong rally banned as China celebrates party centennial

HONG KONG — July 1 has been a public holiday in Hong Kong since 1997 to mark the handover of sovereignty from the U.K. to China, but it also has served as the day for the territory’s people to hit the streets in protest on a wide range of issues.

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London School of Economics

‘They Are Going to Eat Our Lunch’: Joe Biden’s China Challenge

President Biden and his administration have few agreements on policy with his predecessor, Donald Trump, other than on China. Richard Johnson writes that Biden has recognised that the US will be in strategic competition with China in the long term, and that some of his policy measures have put the US at odds with the European Union, which is being drawn more closely to China. But without further domestic investment in areas like infrastructure, he writes, China may soon pull ahead of the US economically and in global power.

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Indian Express

India’s superficial understanding of China will no longer do

Covid exposed the fragmented reality of US health records. Now an effort to bring together data from millions of patients is starting to show results.

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Taipei Times

No tradition of well-wishes for CCP: KMT

The Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT) does not have a tradition of sending the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) well-wishes on anniversaries of its founding, KMT Chairman Johnny Chiang (江啟臣) said yesterday.

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The Diplomat

How the CCP Uses History

History was generally thought to be important for governance because it offered lessons, insights, and analogies that a country’s leaders could use to guide policymaking. However, history, especially manufactured historical memories (disseminated via top-down mass education and mass media), is a much more powerful tool that can be used by political elites to justify policies and decisions.

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South China Morning Post

Has China’s Communist Party delivered what the people want?

Not only has the party helped transform China into a moderately prosperous society, it has delivered public goods – from raising the literacy rate to boosting life expectancy

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AFP

Facebook AI guru says regulate its use, not the tech

Artificial intelligence itself should not be targeted by regulators, but how it is used, Facebook’s top executive developing the technology told AFP.

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CNET

What the US can learn from Europe about broadband affordability (and what it can’t)

Thanks to COVID-19, the effects of the digital divide are more pronounced than ever. With broadband affordability high on the agenda, it could, at first glance, seem that Europe has all the answers. This is decidedly not the case.

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Philadelphia Inquirer

Should Congress pass sweeping bills to regulate big tech? | Opinion

An ambitious package of antitrust legislation passed the U.S. House Judiciary Committee last week, advancing the battle to rein in big tech. The six bills — including one sponsored by U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon (D., Pa.) — aim to weaken the market dominance of Amazon, Apple, Facebook, and Google.

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Forbes

How Facebook And Big Tech Wage Publicity Wars Through Close Ties With Small Businesses

When Facebook wanted to turn up the heat on Apple earlier this year in a dispute about ads and data privacy, Facebook brought some ringers to the fight. In a prominent online ad campaign, it featured several small businesses discussing how Apple’s decision to allow users to turn off data collection would not only eat away at Facebook’s trillion-dollar market cap, it would hurt the little guys, too, limiting the effectiveness of Facebook’s targeted ads.

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CNN

The FTC just took a step that could make it easier to go after Amazon

For years, the US antitrust enforcers at the Federal Trade Commission have pledged only to go after companies that have harmed consumers. Now, under its new chair Lina Khan, the FTC is expanding its approach in a move that could make it easier to go after tech companies like Amazon (AMZN) that may offer attractive prices to customers, but have also been accused of harming small businesses, workers and innovation.

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Times Now News

Exclusive | Afghan Envoy to India opens up on US troops withdrawal and close partnership with New Delhi

New Delhi: Afghanistan stands at a crossroads with the complete withdrawal of the US and the NATO troops on the horizon. The Americans have made their intentions clear to pull out troops from Afghanistan, raising questions of stability in the country by many experts who believe that the withdrawal could directly lead to the gain in the territory on part of the Taliban.

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AFP

Last US, NATO troops leave Afghanistan’s Bagram air base after almost 20 years

After nearly 20 years, the U.S. military left Bagram Airfield, the epicenter of its war to oust the Taliban and hunt down the al-Qaida perpetrators of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America, two U.S. officials said Friday.

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RFERL

Blinken Meets Top Tajik, Uzbek Diplomats, With Afghanistan In Sharp Focus

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken met with the top diplomats of Uzbekistan and Tajikistan on July 1, with Afghanistan high on the agenda as U.S. forces prepare to exit the war-torn country and Washington seeks Central Asian partners.

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Voice of America

Chinese Hackers Attacked Afghan Council Network, Cybersecurity Firm Says

As part of a cyberespionage operation targeting Central Asian countries, Chinese hackers recently sought to breach the computer networks of Afghanistan’s National Security Council, researchers at cybersecurity firm Check Point reported.

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Geo TV

Army stands by government’s decision not to give bases to US forces: Gen Bajwa

ISLAMABAD: Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa on Thursday said Pakistan will not give airbases to the US if the government has decided against it.

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