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China Launches a 'Civilization Code' Using Virus Tracking Data; GOP and Dems Explain US-China Policy
The local government of China’s Jiangsu Province has launched a new social control system that combines the health code program with the Party's social credit system, to create a new so-called “civilization code.” The system gives each person a civilian score, which ranks them into different levels. And this level is then used by the government to judge who gets priority, or who should be subjected to restrictions or punishments. The system appears to function as an expanded version of the social credit system. It’s being rolled out currently in Suzhou, which is a major city in the province, and will apply to everyone over 18 years old. Currently, it has two active categories to measure people by, based on a ranking system of 1,000 points. And to get a better picture of the China policies of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden, and of President Donald Trump, we've invited two political strategists. We'll be speaking with Robin Biro, a Democratic strategist who worked as a regional director on Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign; and Jason Johnson a Republican political strategist who was the chief strategist for Ted Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign. We'll be going into these topics and more in this episode of Crossroads.