China to ban production of petrol and diesel cars ‘in the near future’

Announcement aimed at attacking pollution will testify a huge incentive to developing and sale of electric and hybrid vehicles

China, the world’s biggest vehicle market, is conceiving a ban on the creation and sale of fossil fuel autoes in a major elevate to the production processes electrical vehicles as Beijing seeks to ease pollution.

The move would follow similar designs announced by France and Britain to veto the sale of petrol and diesel vehicles and vans from 2040 in order to clamp down on damaging emissions.

Xin Guobin, vice-minister of industry and information technology, told a forum in the north metropolitan of Tianjin at the weekend that his ministry had started” relevant study” and is currently working on a timetable for China.

Xin said the policy would be implemented “in the near future”, according to the official Xinhua news agency.

” These amounts will promote profound changes in the environment and dedicate momentum to China’s auto industry development ,” he said in observes broadcast by CCTV state television.

” Enterprises should strive to improve the level of energy saving for conventional automobiles, and vigorously develop brand-new power vehicles according to assessment requirements ,” he said.

China produced and sold more than 28 m vehicles last year, according to the International Organization of Motor Vehicle Manufacturers.

The sale of brand-new vitality vehicles topped 500,000 in the world’s second-largest economy in 2016, over 50% more than the previous year, according to national manufacture figures.

The government introduced in June a draft regulation to obligate vehicle manufacturers to produce more electrically powered vehicles by 2020 through a complex quota system.

As the measure towers, foreign “manufacturers ” have announced plans to boost the production of electric cars in China.

Volvo will introduce its first 100% electric car in China in 2019, while Ford will market its first hybrid vehicle early next year and envisages 70% of all its gondolas offered in China will have electric options by 2025.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ nature/ 2017/ sep/ 11/ china-to-ban-production-of-petrol-and-diesel-cars-in-the-near-future

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China urges North Korea and US to step back from brink of war

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi says the region faced a precarious situation in which conflict could break out at any moment

China has urged the US and North Korea to step back from the brink of a potentially catastrophic conflict after Pyongyang warned it would not keep its arms crossed in the event of a pre-emptive strike.

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters the region faced a precarious situation in which one has the feeling that a conflict could break out at any moment.

He made his plea before an anticipated sixth North Korean nuclear test on Saturday to mark the birth of the countrys founder, Kim Il-sung.

We call on all parties to refrain from provoking and threatening each other, whether in words or actions, and not to let the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stage, Wang said, according to Xinhua, Chinas official news agency.

If a war occurs, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner. It is not the one who espouses harsher rhetoric or raises a bigger fist that will win.

North Koreas vice-foreign minister, Han Song-ryol, earlier warned it would not keep its arms crossed in the event of a pre-emptive US strike and would conduct a nuclear test when it saw fit.

North Koreas vice foreign minister blames US for tensions video

Han told the Associated Press in an interview in Pyongyang that Donald Trumps aggressive tweets aimed at the regime were causing trouble, adding that the mounting crisis on the peninsula was locked in a vicious cycle.

Experts believe Pyongyang could defy Trump by carrying out a missile launch or nuclear test to coincide with the so-called Day of the Sun on 15 April, commemorating the birth of the countrys founder. Satellite imagery has revealed signs of preparations for a possible nuclear test in a new tunnel complex at the Punggye-ri military site.

Scores of foreign reporters have been allowed into Pyongyang to cover celebrations to mark the 105th anniversary of Kim Il-sungs birth, but they have not been granted access to military-related areas. Some North Korea specialists played down expectations of a test, however, saying the regime was more likely to use the military parade in Pyongyang to showcase a new long-range missile it is developing.

What are North Korea’s nuclear capabilities?

The US vice president, Mike Pence, is due to fly to South Korea on Sunday, in what the White House said was a show of support for its regional ally. Aides said there were contingency plans for trip in case North Korea carries out a nuclear test.

On Thursday evening, NBC News cited intelligence officials as saying the US could carry out a pre-emptive conventional strike if it got intelligence that the North Koreans were about to test, but that was strongly denied by Pentagon officials.

However, administration officials repeated on Friday that military options were under active consideration in the search for containing Kim Jong-uns nuclear aspirations.

Speaking in advance of Pences trip, a senior official said: Weve got some military options already being assessed, but well work that as we sit down in discussions with General Brooks, the commander there on Peninsula.

[Kim] continues to develop this program, the official said. He continues to launch missiles into the Sea of Japan. So with that regime its not a matter of if, its when. So were well prepared to counter that.

Writing in the Global Times, a Communist party-controlled tabloid, one Chinese scholar urged Trump against carrying out a Syria-style bombing campaign against North Korea. North Korea is not Syria. It may have the ability to strike South Korea and Japan with nuclear weapons, said Li Jiacheng, a fellow at Liaoning University in north-eastern China.

If the US makes a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, Pyongyang will attack South Korea, Japan and the US forces stationed in the two countries, Li warned. Whats more, the war will not be a blitz but a protracted one, which will require a lot of energy from the countries involved.

In the current situation, [the] possibility is still low that the US will initiate a war on the peninsula, Li added. However, because of Trumps unpredictability, it is difficult to predict his policy toward the region.

On Thursday, Trump, who has previously accused Beijing of failing to rein in its North Korean ally, said he believed China was prepared to act. I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will! he wrote on Twitter.

However, despite signs of warming ties between the US and China, experts doubt the relationship is sufficiently sturdy for definitive collaboration on North Korea.

North Korea isnt mad. Its smart

Steven Weber, an international relations specialist from the University of California, Berkeley, said: If you want regime change in North Korea then you have got to have a plan for how to manage that on the other side of the collapse and that requires a long-term collaborative relationship between the Americans and the Chinese to make sure that whatever happens, and however that reconstruction emerges, is acceptable to both sides.

I dont think we are anywhere near a place right now where either side trusts the other to a depth that you believe that you could sustain and maintain that kind of relationship for that long a period of time.

The rise in tensions came ahead of the arrival in South Korea on Sunday of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, who will also visit Japan, Washingtons other key ally in the region, early next week.

Nuclear activity, North Korea

Previewing Pences trip, a White House foreign policy adviser said: Were going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Koreas efforts to advance its ballistic missile and its nuclear programme.

Seoul and Tokyo are considered at greatest risk of a North Korean counterattack in the event of a pre-emptive strike by the US. On Thursday, Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe, warned that North Korea may be capable of attacking the country with a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas the same substance used in a deadly attack on the Tokyo subway by a Japanese doomsday cult in 1995.

North Korea appears to have resumed the use of cold war scare tactics with the radio broadcast of indecipherable code that could be used to communicate with its spies in the South. Radio broadcasts containing a combination of mysterious random numbers were picked up in South Korea on Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

Some experts in South Korea said the use of radio broadcasts a common means of issuing orders to agents during the cold war was outmoded and could instead be intended to raise tensions. The state-run Pyongyang Radio began broadcasting the messages early on Friday, with an announcer reading out a series of numbers and page numbers.

The radio announcer referred to the numbers as review works in elementary information technology lessons of the remote education university for No 27 expedition agents, according to Yonhap.

North Korea ended broadcasts of encrypted numbers after tensions with South Korea eased following a historic inter-Korea summit in 2000. Their resumption last June is seen as a reflection of how far relations have deteriorated.

Yonhap said Pyongyang Radio had made 32 such broadcasts since June last year, most recently last weekend. With agents based in the South now able to communicate with their handlers via the internet, the use of numbers, which they would then decipher using a reference book, appears outdated.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/14/north-korea-blames-donald-trumps-aggression-amid-nuclear-test-crisis

China urges North Korea and US to step back from brink of war

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi says the region faced a precarious position in which conflict could break out at any moment

China has urged the US and North Korea to step back from the brink of a potentially catastrophic conflict after Pyongyang told it would not keep its arms spanned in the event of a pre-emptive strike.

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters the region faced a precarious position in which one has the be thought that fuelling conflict could break out at a few moments.

He saw his request before an anticipated sixth Northern korean nuclear test on Saturday to recognize the birth of the countrys founder, Kim Il-sung.

We call on all parties to refrain from prompting and menacing one another, whether in words or actions, and not to give developments in the situation get to an irreversible and unmanageable stagecoach, Wang told, according to Xinhua, Chinas official news agency.

If a battle follows, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no winner. It is not the one who accepts harsher rhetoric or parent a bigger fist that will win.

North Koreas vice-foreign minister, Han Song-ryol, earlier cautioned it would not keep its limbs swept in cases where there a pre-emptive US strike and would conduct a nuclear experiment where reference is verified fit.

North Koreas vice foreign minister blames US for tensions video

Han told the Associated Press in an interrogation in Pyongyang that Donald Trumps vigorous tweets aimed at the existing regime were stimulating fus, adding that the mounting crisis on the peninsula was locked in a vicious cycle.

Experts imagine Pyongyang could refuse Trump by carrying out a missile open or nuclear test to coincide with the so-called Day of the Sun on 15 April, celebrating birth certificates of the countrys founder. Satellite imagery has disclosed signs of planning for a possible nuclear exam in a brand-new passageway composite at the Punggye-ri armed site.

Scores of foreign reporters have been allowed into Pyongyang to cover festivities to recognize the 105 th anniversary of Kim Il-sungs birth, but they have not been granted access to military-related areas. Some North Korea specialists played down promises of a test, however, replying the regime was more likely to use the military parade in Pyongyang to showcase a brand-new long-range weapon it is developing.

What are North Korea’s nuclear abilities ?

The US vice president, Mike Pence, is due to fly to South Korea on Sunday, in what the White House enunciated was a show of support for its regional ally. Aide-de-camps said there were contingency plans for tour in case North Korea carries out a nuclear test.

On Thursday evening, NBC News cited intelligence officials as saying the US could carry out a pre-emptive conventional strike if it got knowledge that the Northern korean were about to research, but that was strongly was rejected by Pentagon officials.

However, administration officials echoed on Friday that military alternatives were under active consideration in the quest for containing Kim Jong-uns nuclear aspirations.

Speaking in advance of Pences expedition, senior government officials added: Weve got some military alternatives already being assessed, but well cultivate that as we sit down in discussions with General Brooks, the commandant there on Peninsula.

[ Kim] continue developing this programme, the official said. He continues to launch weapons into the Sea of Japan. So with that regiman its not a matter of if, its when. So were well prepared to counter that.

Writing in the Global Times, a Communist party-controlled tabloid, one Chinese scholar urged Trump against carrying out a Syria-style bombing campaign against North koreans. North koreans is not Syria. It may have the ability to ten-strike South Korea and Japan with nuclear weapons, added Li Jiacheng, a colleague at Liaoning University in north-eastern China.

If the US makes a pre-emptive strike on North Korea, Pyongyang will attack South Korea, Japan and the US powers stationed in the two countries, Li counselled. Whats more, the struggle will not be a blitz but a interminable one, which will require a lot of energy from the countries involved.

In the current situation,[ the] possibility is still low that the US will initiate a crusade on the peninsula, Li added. However, because of Trumps unpredictability, it is difficult to predict his policy toward the region.

On Thursday, Trump, who has previously accused Beijing of is inadequate to rein in its North Korean ally, said he believed China was prepared to act. I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North koreans. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its friends, will! he wrote on Twitter.

However, despite signs of warming ties between the US and China, experts doubt the relationship is sufficiently sturdy for definitive collaboration on North Korea.

North Korea isnt mad. Its smart

Steven Weber, an international relations specialist from the University of California, Berkeley, remarked: If you want regime change in North koreans then you have got to have a plan for how to cope that on the other side of the downfall and that requires a long-term collaborative relationship between the Americans and the Chinese to make sure that whatever happens, and nonetheless that reconstruction develops, is acceptable to both sides.

I dont think we are anywhere near a situate right now where either surface relies the other to a depth that you believe that you could sustain and maintain that kind of relationship for that long a period of time.

The rise in tensions called ahead of the entrance in South Korea on Sunday of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, who will also visit Japan, Washingtons other key friend in the region, early next week.

Nuclear activity, North koreans

Previewing Penny journey, a White House foreign policy adviser answered: Were going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Koreas efforts to advance its tomahawk missile and its nuclear programme.

Seoul and Tokyo are considered at greatest gamble of a North Korean counterattack in the event of a pre-emptive ten-strike by the US. On Thursday, Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was indicated that North koreans may be capable of criticizing the two countries with a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas the same essence used in a destructive attack on the Tokyo subway by a Japanese doomsday faith in 1995.

North Korea appears to have resumed the use of cold war scare tactics with the radio broadcast of indecipherable system that could be used to communicate with its spies in the South. Radio broadcasts containing a combination of strange random multitudes were picked up in South Korea on Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

Some experts in South Korea said the use of radio broadcasts a common means of issuing orderings to agents during the cold war was outmoded and could instead be intended to raise frictions. The state-run Pyongyang Radio began broadcasting the contents early on Friday, with an announcer reading out a series of numbers and page numbers.

The radio announcer referred to the numbers as evaluate works in elementary information technology lessons of the remote education university for No 27 jaunt agents, according to Yonhap.

North Korea objective broadcasts of encrypted quantities after tensions with South Korea eased following a historic inter-Korea summit in 2000. Their resumption last June is seen as a thinking of how far relations have deteriorated.

Yonhap responded Pyongyang Radio had manufactured 32 such programs since June last year, most recently last weekend. With agents based in the South now able to communicate with their handlers via the internet, the use of numbers, which they would then decipher utilizing a reference book, seems outdated.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ macrocosm/ 2017/ apr/ 14/ north-korea-blames-donald-trumps-aggression-amid-nuclear-test-crisis

China urges North Korea and US to step back from brink of war

Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi says the region faced a precarious position in which conflict could break out at any moment

China has urged the US and North Korea to step back from the verge of a potentially catastrophic conflict after Pyongyang forewarned it would not keep its limbs crossed in the event of a pre-emptive strike.

Speaking in Beijing on Friday, the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi, told reporters the region faced a precarious position in which one has the feeling that fuelling conflict could break out at any moment.

He drew his request before an anticipated sixth Northern korean nuclear experiment on Saturday to label birth certificates of the two countries founder, Kim Il-sung.

We call on all parties to refrain from causing and menacing one another, whether in messages or activities, and not to let developments in the situation get at an irreversible and unmanageable stagecoach, Wang articulated, according to Xinhua, Chinas official news agency.

If a conflict appears, the result is a situation in which everybody loses and there can be no win. It is not the one who espouses harsher rhetoric or heightens a bigger fist that will win.

North Koreas vice-foreign minister, Han Song-ryol, earlier forewarned it would not keep its limbs crossed in the event of a pre-emptive US strike and would conduct a nuclear experiment where reference is watched fit.

North Koreas vice foreign minister blameds US for tensions video

Han told the Associated Press in an interrogation in Pyongyang that Donald Trumps vigorous tweets aimed at the regime were inducing bother, adding that the mounting crisis on the peninsula was locked in a vicious cycle.

Experts belief Pyongyang could defy Trump by carrying out a missile open or nuclear experiment to coincide with the so-called Day of the Sun on 15 April, celebrating birth certificates of the countrys founder. Satellite imagery has discovered clues of planning for a possible nuclear experiment in a new tunnel composite at the Punggye-ri armed site.

Scores of foreign reporters have been allowed into Pyongyang to cover fetes to label the 105 th anniversary of Kim Il-sungs birth, but they have not been granted access to military-related areas. Some North Korea specialists played down anticipations of a test, nonetheless, telling the regime was more likely to use the military parade in Pyongyang to showcase a new long-range missile it is developing.

What are North Korea’s nuclear capabilities ?

The US vice president, Mike Pence, is due to operate to South Korea on Sunday, in what the White House articulated was a show of support for the various regional ally. Aide-de-camps said there were contingency plans for errand in case North Korea carries out a nuclear test.

On Thursday evening, NBC News cited intelligence officials as telling the US could carry out a pre-emptive conventional impres if it went intellect that the Northern korean was just going to experiment, but that was strongly denied by Pentagon officials.

However, administration officials recurred on Friday that armed alternatives were under active consideration in the quest for containing Kim Jong-uns nuclear aspirations.

Speaking in advance of Pences errand, senior government officials articulated: Weve got some armed alternatives already being assessed, but well labor that as we sit down in talks with General Brooks, the officer there on Peninsula.

[ Kim] continue developing this program, government officials articulated. He continues to launch rockets into the Sea of Japan. So with that regime its not a matter of if, its when. So were well prepared to counter that.

Writing in the Global Times, a Communist party-controlled tabloid, one Chinese scholar urged Trump against carrying out a Syria-style bombing campaign against North Korea. North Korea is not Syria. It may have the ability to impres South Korea and Japan with atomic weapon, articulated Li Jiacheng, a friend at Liaoning University in north-eastern China.

If the US makes a pre-emptive impres on North Korea, Pyongyang will assault South Korea, Japan and the US thrusts stationed in both countries, Li forewarned. Whats more, the conflict will not be a blitz but a interminable one, which will require a lot of energy from the countries involved.

In the current situation,[ the] possibility is still low that the US will initiate a conflict on the peninsula, Li contributed. Nonetheless, because of Trumps unpredictability, it is difficult to predict his plan toward the region.

On Thursday, Trump, who has previously alleged Beijing of failing to rein in its North Korean ally, said he believed China was prepared to act. I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its friends, will! he wrote on Twitter.

However, despite signs of warming ties between the US and China, experts disbelieve such relationships is sufficiently sturdy for definitive partnership on North Korea.

North Korea isnt mad. Its smart

Steven Weber, an international relations specialist from the University of California, Berkeley, articulated: If you miss regime change in North Korea then you have got to have a plan for how to cope that on the other side of the collapse and that requires a long-term collaborative relationship between the Americans and the Chinese is responsible for ensuring that whatever happens, and nonetheless that reconstruction emerges, is acceptable to both sides.

I dont think we are anywhere near a place right now where either line-up relies the other to a profundity that you believe that you could hold and maintain that kind of relationship for that long a period of time.

The rise in tensions passed ahead of the entrance in South Korea on Sunday of the US vice-president, Mike Pence, who will too visit Japan, Washingtons other key ally of the states of the region, early next week.

Nuclear activity, North Korea

Previewing Pences errand, a White House foreign policy adviser articulated: Were going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Koreas efforts to advance its tomahawk missile and its nuclear programme.

Seoul and Tokyo are considered at greatest probability of a North Korean counterattack in the event of a pre-emptive impres by the US. On Thursday, Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was indicated that North Korea may be capable of assaulting the two countries with a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas the same substance used in a deadly attack on the Tokyo subway by a Japanese doomsday sect in 1995.

North Korea appears to have resumed the use of cold war frighten tactics with the radio broadcast of indecipherable code that could be used to communicate with its agents in the South. Radio broadcasts containing a combination of strange random digits were picked up in South Korea on Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

Some experts in South Korea said the use of radio broadcasts a common means of issuing prescribes to agents during the cold war was outmoded and could instead be intended to raise strains. The state-run Pyongyang Radio inaugurated broadcasting the meanings early on Friday, with an announcer reading out a series of numbers and page numbers.

The radio announcer referred to the numbers as evaluation works in elementary information technology assignments of the remote education university for No 27 jaunt agents, according to Yonhap.

North Korea intention programs of encrypted digits after tensions with South Korea eased following a historic inter-Korea summit in 2000. Their resumption last-place June is seen as a thought of how far relations have deteriorated.

Yonhap articulated Pyongyang Radio had shaped 32 such programs since June last year, very recently last weekend. With agents based in the South now able to communicate with their handlers through the internet, the use of numbers, which they would then read utilizing a reference book, sounds outdated.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ world-wide/ 2017/ apr/ 14/ north-korea-blames-donald-trumps-aggression-amid-nuclear-test-crisis

North Korea blames Trump’s ‘aggression’ amid nuclear test crisis

Vice foreign minister responds Pyongyang will conduct nuclear experiment where reference is examines fit as China pleas to US to avoid pre-emptive strike

North Korea has accused Donald Trump of elevating strains in the region and was indicated that the regime would conduct a nuclear experiment where reference is examines fit, as China problem a plea to Washington not to use pre-emptive military action.

In an interrogation with the Associated Press in Pyongyang, North Koreas vice foreign minister, Han Song-ryol alleged Trumps vigorous tweets aimed at the regime were causing hassle, adding that the mounting crisis on the promontory was now locked in a vicious cycle.

Han was indicated that North Korea would not keep its arms crossed in the event of a US pre-emptive strike.

China problem a plea against military action in North Korea before an expected sixth nuclear experiment on Saturday to mark the birth of the two countries founder, Kim Il-sung.

Speaking in Beijing, Chinas foreign minister, Wang Yi, alleged a return to the negotiating table was the only space to avert a crisis. Armed power cannot resolve the issue, he alleged, according to Reuters. Whoever prompts the situation, whoever continues to make trouble in this plaza, they will have to presume historical responsibility.

Lu Kang, a spokeswoman for the foreign ministry, said the region was now facing a complex and sensitive time and advocated North Korea and the US to avoid precipitate one another or adding ga to the fire.

Experts accept Pyongyang is preparing to defy Donald Trump by carrying out a missile opening or nuclear experiment to coincide with the so-called Day of the Sun on 15 April. Scores of foreign reporters have been allowed into Pyongyang to cover festivities celebrating the1 05 th commemoration of Kims birth, but they have not been granted better access to military-related sites.

North Korea isnt mad. Its smart

Writing in the Global Times, a Communist party-controlled tabloid, one Chinese scholar urged Trump against carrying out a Syria-style bombing campaign against North Korea. North Korea is not Syria. It may have the ability to impres South Korea and Japan with nuclear weapon, Li Jiacheng, a comrade at Liaoning University in north-eastern China, said.

If the US makes a pre-emptive impres on North Korea, Pyongyang will criticize South Korea, Japan and the US troops stationed in the two countries, Li forewarned. Whats more, the war will not be a onslaught but a interminable one, which will require a lot of energy from the countries involved.

In the current situation,[ the] possibility is still low that the US will initiate a war on the promontory, Li contributed. Nonetheless, because of Trumps unpredictability, it is difficult to predict his programme toward the region.

On Thursday Trump, who has previously alleged Beijing of is inadequate to rein in its North Korean ally, said he believed China was now prepared to act. I have great confidence that China will properly deal with North Korea. If they are unable to do so, the US, with its allies, will! he wrote on Twitter.

However, despite signs of warming ties between the US and China, experts disbelieve the relationship is sufficiently sturdy for definitive partnership on North Korea.

Steven Weber, an international relations specialist from the University of California, Berkeley, alleged: If you want regime altered in North Korea then you have got to have a plan for how to oversee that on the other side of the breakdown and that requires a long-term collaborative relationship between the Americans and the Chinese is responsible for ensuring that whatever happens, and nonetheless that reconstruction emerges, is acceptable to both sides.

I dont think we are anywhere near a plaza right now where either area relies the other to a profundity that you believe that you could prolong and maintain that kind of relationship for that long a period of time.

The rise in tensions succeeded ahead of the entrance in South Korea on Sunday of the US vice president, Mike Pence, who will also visit Japan, Washingtons other key ally of the states of the region, early next week.

Previewing Cent trip, a White House foreign policy adviser alleged: Were going to consult with the Republic of Korea on North Koreas efforts to advance its intercontinental ballistic missile and its nuclear program.

Seoul and Tokyo are considered at greatest probability of a North Korean counterattack in the even of a pre-emptive impres by the US. On Thursday, Japans prime minister, Shinzo Abe, was indicated that North Korea may be capable of assaulting the country with a missile loaded with sarin nerve gas the same substance used in a lethal attack on the Tokyo subway by a Japanese doomsday religion in 1995.

North Korea appears to have resumed the use of cold war scare tactics with the radio broadcast of indecipherable code that could be used to communicate with its agents in the South. Radio broadcasts containing a mix of mysterious random digits were picked up in South Korea on Friday, according to Yonhap news agency.

Some experts in South Korea said the use of radio broadcasts a common means of issuing prescribes to agents during the cold war was outmoded and could instead be intended to raise strains. The state-run Pyongyang Radio began broadcasting the contents early on Friday, with an announcer reading out a series of numbers and page numbers.

The radio announcer referred to the numbers as critique works in elementary information technology readings of the remote education university for No. 27 jaunt agents, according to Yonhap.

North Korea culminated broadcasts of encrypted digits after tensions with South Korea eased following a historic inter-Korea summit in 2000. Their resumption last June is seen as a thoughtfulnes of how far closer relations between have deteriorated.

Yonhap alleged Pyongyang Radio had manufactured 32 such broadcasts since June last year, very recently last weekend. With agents based the South now able to communicate with their handlers via the internet, the use of numbers, which they would then decipher use a reference book, emerges outdated.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ nature/ 2017/ apr/ 14/ north-korea-blames-donald-trumps-aggression-amid-nuclear-test-crisis

China cracks down on VPNs, making it harder to circumvent Great Firewall

A 14 -month government cleanup of internet access business will make it harder for users to access websites that are usually censored or restricted

China has begun a crackdown on the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, moving it harder for internet users to circumvent the Great Firewall.

The commonwealth ministry of the enterprises and information technology announced a 14 -month cleanup of internet access business, including moving it illegal to control a neighbourhood VPN service without government approval.

VPN services use encryption to masquerade internet commerce so that web surfers in China can access websites that are usually curtailed or censored by the Great Firewall.

The Great Firewall is a enormous internet monitoring and content-control plan that frustrates people in China from retrieving certain websites and pages. It stymie content thats critical of the Chinese government or that covers contentious political events, such as the Tiananmen Square protest or spiritual flows such as Falun Gong.

Some 171 out of the worlds 1,000 top websites are stymie, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, according to censorship monitor Greatfire.org. In prescribe to access these sites, Chinese internet users can use VPN services, although there has to seek to clamp down on these for several years.

According to the ministry, the repression is designed to strengthen cyberspace report security management.

Chinas internet connection service market, the ministry answered, has clues of troubled growth who are in need of pressing the rules and governance.

The campaign is duration ahead of a leader revamp that takes place at the Communist party congress in late 2017.

Greatfire.orgs Charlie Smith used to say the measures predominantly affect domestic players.

Foreign ones is likely to be primarily unchanged unless they volunteer their purchasers a China server, in which instance they will probably have to register in China or drop the China server, he answered. Most of them will do the latter.

Smith is concerned that domestic VPN providers that register with the authorities concerned could share data and information pertaining to his or her customers.

Chinese VPN users know they are accessing report the authorities concerned see inappropriate, so potentially we are able to threw themselves in danger if their service provider is working closely with the authorities concerned, he said.

David Gorodyansky, CEO of Anchor Free VPN, expressed concern that the new measures menace privacy and security.

VPNs arent merely used to access curtailed material, but too to create assure linkages for people or companies giving sensitive data, he interpreted. Business with country offices in China might use a VPN to securely connect to the internet of their US headquarters, for example.

People and companies use VPNs to protect their privacy when it comes to acts like health, capital and family, he answered. This is because VPNs shield a users IP address, moving it harder to way person or persons identity or spot. They too encrypt the web commerce. We form everything as assure as your bank site, he answered.

Despite his concerns, Smith thoughts the attention around the bulletin has created a Streisand Effect that will drive be adopted by evasion technology.

This story moved headlines in the Chinese press, which helps to generally raise awareness about circumvention tools. I would expect that some foreign VPN companies are hearing a slight uptick in brand-new customer signups from China.

Read more: https :// www.theguardian.com/ engineering/ 2017/ jan/ 23/ china-vpn-cleanup-great-firewall-censorship

China cracks down on VPNs, making it harder to circumvent Great Firewall

A 14 -month government cleanup of internet access business will make it harder for useds to access websites that are usually censored or restricted

China has begun a crackdown on the use of virtual private networks, or VPNs, manufacturing it harder for internet users to thwarted the Great Firewall.

The nations ministry of the enterprises and information technology announced a 14 -month cleanup of internet access business, including manufacturing it illegal to operate a local VPN service without government approval.

VPN services use encryption to masquerade internet traffic so that web surfers in China can access websites that are usually curtailed or censored by the Great Firewall.

The Great Firewall is a vast internet monitoring and content-control system that forecloses beings in China from accessing certain websites and pages. It blocks content thats critical of the Chinese government or that plows controversial political events, such as the Tiananmen Square declaration or spiritual pushes such as Falun Gong.

Some 171 out of the worlds 1,000 top websites are obstructed, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, according to censorship monitor Greatfire.org. In ordering to access these places, Chinese internet users can use VPN services, although there has been trying to clamp down on these for several years.

According to the ministry, the repression is designed to strengthen cyberspace knowledge security management.

Chinas internet connection service market, government ministries pronounced, has mansions of disordered exploitation who are in need of pressing regulation and governance.

The campaign is seasoned ahead of a leader overhaul that currently exists at the Communist party congress in late 2017.

Greatfire.orgs Charlie Smith said that the measures predominantly affect domestic players.

Foreign ones is likely to be predominantly unaffected unless they volunteer their customers a China server, in which instance they will probably have to register in China or remove the China server, he pronounced. Most of them will do the latter.

Smith is concerned that domestic VPN providers that register with the authorities could share data and information relating to their customers.

Chinese VPN useds know they are accessing knowledge the authorities deem unwarranted, so potentially we are able to applied themselves in danger if their service provider works closely with the authorities, he said.

David Gorodyansky, CEO of Anchor Free VPN, expressed concern that the new measures menace privacy and security.

VPNs arent only used to access curtailed content, but also to create fasten connects for beings or fellowships transmitting sensitive data, he clarified. Companionships with country offices in China might use a VPN to securely connect to the internet of their US headquarters, for example.

People and companies use VPNs to protect their privacy when it comes to thoughts like health, affluence and family, he pronounced. This is because VPNs shield a useds IP address, manufacturing it harder to track person or persons identity or orientation. They also encrypt the web traffic. We obligate everything as fasten as your banking site, he pronounced.

Despite its deep concern, Smith fantasizes the attention around the announcement has created a Streisand Effect that will drive be adopted by circumvention technology.

This story become headlines in the Chinese press, which helps to generally raise awareness about circumvention tools. I would expect that some foreign VPN fellowships are examining a slight uptick in brand-new customer signups from China.

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