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John Bolton’s book: China likes it because it’s embarrassing Donald Trump, but not the part about Xi Jinping

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John Bolton's book: China likes it because it's embarrassing Donald Trump, but not the part about Xi Jinping

This is also true In China, where state media are happy to play with many details from Bolton’s presentation. However, not every part of “The Room Where It Happened” is considered very good behind the Great Firewall.
When it came to Bolton’s accusation that Trump asked Chinese President Xi Jinping for re-election assistance and voiced approval for mass detention camps in Muslim-majority areas in Xinjiang, Chinese media remained largely silent. The country’s diplomats were muted, with Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian only commenting to say that China “has no intention” to interfere in US elections and that the Trump administration “clearly understands” Beijing’s position in Xinjiang.
The statements were made at a press conference on June 18, in response to questions from CNN, but were mainly missing from the official transcript of the event. published by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. MOFA transcripts often leave questions about sensitive matters.
The only coverage of Bolton’s allegations about Xinjiang and election interference in the mainstream Chinese media appeared in the English-language Global Times, a state-supported nationalist tabloid aimed at foreign hearings. Paper the accused Bolton became an “anti-China hardliner” who tried to “tarnish” Beijing and “further cloud the waters of US domestic politics.”

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The limits on Bolton’s disclosure in China go beyond not covering the problem: there is evidence of book discussions that were censored on the two biggest platforms on the Chinese internet.

Users on Weibo – services like Twitter – complain they can’t comment on books or share parts of it, while on WeChat, China’s largest messaging application, posts about Bolton appear to be hidden or deleted. CNN can upload a book cover screenshot to WeChat, but no contact can see the post that was generated.

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It is unclear what actually triggered censorship, because several posts about the book, including reports in Chinese media, were permitted.

Yan Duan, an office worker in Beijing, said he was locked up from a WeChat account after sharing the PDF of the book in a group message. He received a notice: “Because this WeChat account is suspected of spreading false information, logins are currently disabled.”

“A friend of mine expressed interest in the book, so I thought I could immediately forward the file,” he said, after receiving it from other contacts on WeChat himself. “It looks like there is a censor window. The file can be shared beforehand. But after that, I heard many incidents where messages were hidden or the sender was kicked like me.”

Representatives for Sina and Tencent, who each operate Weibo and WeChat, did not respond to requests for comment.

‘Ask US’

Great Firewall – and Chinese sensors in general – are black boxes, and the exact purpose of any particular block can be difficult to ascertain, whether it’s the work of individual sensors or top-down commands to control coverage.

This is especially true for topics where some discussion is permitted, but certain elements are forbidden.

According to Tetsushi Takahashi, head of the Chinese bureau for the Nikkei newspaper, a report on Japanese public broadcaster NHK about Bolton was blacked out in China. Foreign television channels, including CNN, are often censored this way.

“I think the book, released on Tuesday, benefits China. After all, Bolton described Trump as unfit for the presidency,” Takahashi write this week. “The bait was interrupted when they showed Trump at the US-China Summit in June 2019, when he asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to buy more American agricultural products. There is something Xi wants to hide: According to Bolton, the Chinese leader said he wanted to work with Trump for another six years, assuming he will be re-elected. But Xi’s second term as president ends in March 2023. ‘Six more years’ means that Xi is already relying on an extension. ”
It seems clear that China prefers discussion to remain focused on Trump, not Beijing. In one response to a question about Bolton that the Foreign Ministry has been published onlineZhao’s spokesman said: “You may need to ask the US for what is mentioned in the book.”

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Portuguese historical films will premiere on 29 December.

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Method Media Bermuda will present the documentary FABRIC: Portuguese History in Bermuda on Thursday, December 29 at the Underwater Research Institute of Bermuda.

A spokesperson said: “Method Media is proud to bring Bermuda Fabric: Portugal History to Bermuda for its 5th and 6th showing at the Bermuda Underwater Observatory. In November and December 2019, Cloth: A Portuguese Story in Bermuda had four sold-out screenings. Now that Bermuda has reopened after the pandemic, it’s time to bring the film back for at least two screenings.

“There are tickets Ptix.bm For $ 20 – sessions at 15:30 and 18:00. Both screenings will be followed by a short Q&A session.

Director and producer Milton Raboso says, “FABRIC is a definitive account of the Portuguese community in Bermuda and its 151 years of history, but it also places Bermuda, Acors and Portugal in the world history and the events that have fueled those 151 years.

“It took more than 10 years to implement FABRIC. The film was supported by the Minister of Culture, the Government of the Azores and private donors.

Bermuda Media Method [MMB] Created in 2011 by producer Milton Raposo. MMB has created content for a wide range of clients: Bermuda’s new hospital renovation, reinsurance, travel campaigns, international sports and more. MMB pays special attention to artistic, cultural and historical content.

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CRISTANO RONALDO CAN MAKE UP A GIANT IN CARIOCA AND PORTUGUESE TECHNICIAN SAYS ‘There will be room’

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

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Maestro de Braga is the first Portuguese in the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba.

Maestro Filipe Cunha, Artistic Director of the Philharmonic Orchestra of Braga, has been invited to conduct the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra, as announced today.

According to a statement sent by O MINHO, “he will be the first Portuguese conductor to conduct this orchestra in its entire history.”

In addition to this orchestra, the maestro will also work with the Lyceo Mozarteum de la Habana Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts will take place on 4 and 12 March 2023 at the National Theater of Cuba in Havana.

In the words of the maestro, quoted in the statement, “these will be very beautiful concerts with difficult but very complex pieces” and therefore he feels “very motivated”.

From the very beginning, Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2 will be performed by an Italian pianist (Luigi Borzillo), whom the maestro wants to bring to Portugal later this year. In the same concert, Mendelshon’s First Symphony will be performed.

Then, at the second concert, in the company of the Mexican clarinetist Angel Zedillo, he will perform the Louis Sfora Concerto No. 2. In this concert, the maestro also conducts Tchaikovsky’s Fifth Symphony.

“This is an international recognition of my work. An invitation that I accept with humility and great responsibility. I was surprised to learn that I would be the first Portuguese member of the Cuban National Symphony Orchestra. This is a very great honor,” the maestro said in a statement.

“I take with me the name of the city of Braga and Portugal with all the responsibility that goes with it, and I hope to do a good job there, leaving a good image and putting on great concerts. These will be very special concerts because, in addition to performing pieces that I love, especially Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky, I will be directing two wonderful soloists who are also my friends. It will be very beautiful,” concludes Filipe Cunha.

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