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China Wants Your DNA! Historically Has Never Done Well With Ethnic Difference!

The National Counterintelligence and Security Center said American companies needed to better secure critical technologies as Beijing seeks to dominate the so-called bioeconomy.

Chinese gene firm BGI Group in Beijing developed a neonatal genetic test with the Chinese military that had enabled it to collect information from millions of people around the world. Photo Credit Unsplash

"According to CNN reporter Jessie Yeung "China has been pouring billions of dollars into its efforts to become the preeminent force, with experts claiming its massive population of 1.4 billion people can provide a treasure trove of data. Vast amounts of this data already exists in biobanks and research centers around the country – but the government is now launching a “national genetic survey” to collect information about and assert more oversight over these resources, say experts.

In recent years, authorities have also been tightening controls around foreign access to this data – in contrast to the many Western nations that have pledged to open up information for global sharing.The national survey and restrictions on foreign access are part of new regulations on China’s genetic resources, which came into effect in July."

The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state.

They have swept across the country since late 2017 to collect enough samples to build a vast DNA database, according to a new study published on Wednesday by the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, a research organization, based on documents also reviewed by The New York Times. With this database, the authorities would be able to track down a man’s male relatives using only that man’s blood, saliva or other genetic material.

An American company, Thermo Fisher, is helping: The Massachusetts company has sold testing kits to the Chinese police tailored to their specifications. American lawmakers have criticized Thermo Fisher for selling equipment to the Chinese authorities, but the company has defended its business.

The project is a major escalation of China’s efforts to use genetics to control its people, which had been focused on tracking ethnic minorities and other, more targeted groups. It would add to a growing, sophisticated surveillance net that the police are deploying across the country, one that increasingly includes advanced cameras, facial recognition systems and artificial intelligence.

The Boxer Rebellion was an uprising against foreigners that occurred in China about 1900, begun by peasants but eventually supported by the government. A major proponent of this rebellion were the melanated Black Chinese that were practically wiped out as they were the masters of Kung Fu and martial arts so-called (by the European foreign drug dealers who had addicted half the country to opium), Boxing styles.

Boxer Rebellion, officially supported peasant uprising of 1900 that attempted to drive all foreigners from China. “Boxers” was a name that foreigners gave to a Chinese secret society known as the Yihequan (“Righteous and Harmonious Fists”). The group practiced certain boxing and calisthenic rituals in the belief that this made them invulnerable. It was thought to be an offshoot of the Eight Trigrams Society (Baguajiao), which had fomented rebellions against the Qing dynasty in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Their original aim was the destruction of the dynasty that profited from the suffering of the people and also of the Westerners who had a privileged position in China. The banishment of practicing martial arts in Shaolin was instated by the Chinese government during the Qing Dynasty. The government was afraid that the Shoalin monks would rebel against them. All of the monks practiced martial arts secretly during this time to keep the essence and tradition of Shaolin martial arts alive.

Bruce Lee in his TV creation Kung Fu tried to tell the story of this era and some believe that is why he was silenced so early in life and why the show Kung Fu was stolen from him and credit for his intellectual property never given. In fact the name Master Po who the hero in Kung Fu is mentored by has significance in Bruce's own life. Po, in Chinese Daoism, the seven earthly human souls as distinguished from the three heavenly hun souls. The distinction is based on the Chinese concept of yin-yang, the inescapable dual nature of all things. When the souls of a person are joined in harmonious union, health and life flourish; separation causes sickness and death. When China lost the rebellion many of the Na Khi which means "Black Man" one of the oldest ethnic groups whose remnants still remain near the Himalayas were rounded up or executed.

By the end of the 19th century, Western nations and Japan had forced China’s ruling Qing dynasty to accept wide foreign control over the country’s economic affairs. Throughout the Opium Wars of 1839-42 and 1856-60, popular rebellions and the Sino-Japanese War, China had fought to resist the foreigners, but it lacked a modernized military. In fact it was the greed of the west and its lust for the money of the opium trade that created the impetus for the rise of the Communist party and the anti west sentiment. Written accounts by early Chinese historians tell us that the Tonkin region and its adjacent areas were once a hotbed of various non-Han Chinese peoples!The Qing Dynasty, which ruled in China from 1644 to 1912 once controlled by the foreigners began the erasure of an array of individuals with unique cultures. In September 1901 the Qing government, represented by Li Hongzhang, was forced to sign the Boxer Protocol. The Protocol was, in effect, a costly peace treaty to atone for Boxer uprising.

“For the past 30 years [the foreigners] have taken advantage of our country’s benevolence and generosity, as well as our whole-hearted conciliation to give free rein to their unscrupulous ambitions. They have oppressed our state, encroached upon our territory, trampled upon our people and exacted our wealth. Every concession made by the Court has caused them, day by day, to rely more upon violence until they shrink from nothing. In small matters they oppress peaceful people; in large matters, they insult what is divine and holy. All the people of our country are so full of anger and grievances that every one of us desires to take vengeance.”

Dowager Empress Cixi, 1900

Hoping the Boxers might drive foreigners from China, Cixi gave them her cautious support. Imperial edicts in January and April 1900 legalised the formation of civilian militias, providing a green light to Boxer recruiting. The Qing also filtered money to Boxer leaders, to support training of new members. The Boxers reciprocated by using the catchphrase “Revive the Qing! Destroy the foreigner!” By the spring of 1900, thousands of Boxer rebels were traversing north-eastern China and drawing closer to Beijing. A mood of panic swept through foreigners in the capital, who fired off reports to their home governments.

In June more than 20,000 Boxers flooded into Beijing and headed towards the capital’s diplomatic quarter, located around the Forbidden City. Foreign diplomats and officials from nine different countries, along with a small garrison of about 400 troops, heard of the Boxer advance and gathered inside the safety of a fortified compound.

were besieged for almost two months (later made famous in the film 55 Days at Peking). Just as their supplies were almost exhausted, the foreign legations were rescued by troops from the so-called Eight Nation Alliance (Britain, France, Germany, Austria-Hungary, Italy, Russia, Japan and the United States). This international force of around 20,000 soldiers entered Beijing on August 14th 1900, relieved the legations and drove the Boxers from the city. The Dowager Empress Cixi and the Guangxu Emperor both fled Beijing in handcarts and headed for the mountainous safety of Shaanxi province.

The Eight Nation expedition occupied the Chinese capital for weeks, dividing it up into areas of control. Foreign diplomats and troops were ordered to comb through Beijing, identifying and arresting suspected Boxers or Boxer sympathisers – but most just engaged in a campaign of indiscriminate looting, violence and rape. There were reports of diplomats sending home cartloads of valuables pilfered from Manchu homes. The Forbidden City was raided at least twice and stripped of priceless artefacts; there were numerous accounts of beatings, rape and street executions. The worst offenders seemed to be German soldiers!

Kaiser Wilhelm made a speech that inspired his soldiers toward their brutality "“Should you encounter the enemy, he will be defeated. No quarter (mercy) shall be given. Prisoners will not be taken. Whoever falls into your hands is forfeited (dead). Just as a thousand years ago the Huns made a name for themselves under Attila… may the name German be stamped by you in such a way that no Chinese will ever again dare to look cross-eyed at a German.”

In a costly peace treaty to atone for Boxer uprising. China agreed to pay reparations – one silver tael for each head of population (the equivalent of almost $US340 million). Anti-foreign groups were banned, military restrictions were imposed and foreign troops were permanently garrisoned in Beijing. Ten Qing government officials believed to have supported the Boxers were executed. The Qing government was forced to issue a formal apology for the death of the German ambassador and to erect a commemorative arch at the site of his death. Dowager Empress Cixi negotiated her return to Beijing and to government – but she did so without her old fire, agreeing to Western demands and later approving a program of social and political reforms that basically made her people slaves. The once fearsome ‘Dragon Lady’ spent the last years of her rule a more compliant figure, called on like a circus act by Western women for tea and photographs, while the Qing regime was just a shadow of a national government now ruled by foreigners.


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