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A timeline of Hong Kong’s anti-government protests


Hong Kong police shot and wounded one protester on Monday as chaos erupted across the city a day after officers fired tear gas to break up demonstrations that are entering their sixth month. Following is a timeline of the key dates around a now-abandoned extradition bill and the protests it triggered: February 2019 – Hong … Continue reading

State-sanctioned organ harvesting in China


Having hepatitis C may very well have saved Jennifer Zeng’s life. In February 2000, she was arrested for being a Falun Gong practitioner and interrogated intensely about her medical history at a Labor Camp in China’s Da Xing County, she said. Zeng’s blood was drawn and she told them she had hepatitis C before she took … Continue reading

The Chinese threat to American speech


China’s assertive campaign to police discourse about its policies, even outside of its borders, and the acquiescence of American companies eager to make money in China, pose a dangerous and growing threat to one of this nation’s core values: the freedom of expression. The Communist state is becoming more and more aggressive in pressuring foreign … Continue reading

Hong Kong protests show no signs of slowing down


Hong Kong pro-democracy activists plan a rally on Monday evening after another weekend of unrest that saw protesters hurl petrol bombs and police reply with tear gas and rubber bullets, as violence in the Chinese-ruled city shows no signs of letting up. Activists said they planned to gather at Chater Garden in Admiralty district near … Continue reading

Xi Jinping warns that attempts to divide China will end with ‘crushed bodies and shattered bones’


Chinese President Xi Jinping on Sunday said that any attempts to drive a wedge between China and its territories will “end in crushed bodies and shattered bones.” Xi made the remarks during a state visit to Nepal on Sunday. “Anyone attempting to split China in any part of the country will end in crushed bodies … Continue reading

China’s political correctness: one country, no arguments


The Communist Party has spent decades preparing the people to defend a united homeland. Hong Kong’s protests show it has paid off. Hong Kong’s protests have disrupted Yang Yang’s family life. Though the 29-year-old lives in mainland China, he was inspired by the demonstrations to write a song about freedom and upload it to the … Continue reading

Dealing with China isn’t worth the moral cost


The People’s Republic of China is the largest, most powerful and arguably most brutal totalitarian state in the world. It denies basic human rights to all of its nearly 1.4 billion citizens. There is no freedom of speech, thought, assembly, religion, movement or any semblance of political liberty in China. Under Xi Jinping, “president for … Continue reading

Hundreds gather outside Hong Kong’s high court to demand release of activist


Hundreds of masked protesters yelling “Revolution Now!” crammed the sidewalk in front of Hong Kong’s High Court and spilled onto the street in an impassioned show of support Wednesday for an activist appealing a six-year prison sentence for his part in a violent nightlong clash with police. As a prison service bus with mesh-covered windows … Continue reading

China accused of genocide over forced abortions of Uighur Muslim women


The women have found refuge from Chinese authorities across the border in Kazakhstan, their ancestral homeland. But they remain haunted by the stories of abuse they carry with them. Some said they were forced to undergo abortions in China’s Muslim-majority province of Xinjiang, others that they had contraceptive devices implanted against their will while in … Continue reading

China’s new weapon of choice is facial recognition


As China seeks ever more control over its population, it’s turning to one tool of particular note: people’s faces. On Sept. 27, the nation’s information-technology ministry announced that telecom carriers, from December, must scan the face of anyone applying for mobile and internet service. Using facial-recognition technology, the companies will verify that the applicant is … Continue reading

Fears of China’s reach fuel Hong Kong protesters’ use of masks


Sportswear exporter Dennis Chan and his friends don’t use the word “protest” when messaging each about when and where they’ll next meet to join the massive anti-government demonstrations that have shaken Hong Kong and faith in its future. Instead, the 40-somethings with successful careers and families to protect use code-words — “shopping,” ″dreaming” — to … Continue reading

Hong Kong leader imposes colonial-era law to ban masks at protests


Defiant masked protesters rampaged, police fired tear gas, and a teen was wounded by gunfire hours after Hong Kong’s embattled leader banned masks at rallies, invoking rarely used emergency powers to quell four months of anti-government demonstrations. Challenging the ban, which went into effect Saturday, thousands of protesters crammed streets in the central business district … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters say they’re prepared to fight for democracy ‘until we win or we die’


They’re dressed in an all-black uniform, faces distorted behind gas masks, using umbrellas as shields, and following a sophisticated set of hand motions that act as their form of communication. For more than three months, millions of civilians have been protesting the Hong Kong government. What began as a rally against legislation that would have … Continue reading

4 dead, 2 missing in Taiwanese bridge collapse


Taiwanese authorities say four bodies have been found and two people are missing after three fishing boats were hit by an oil tanker truck that fell off a collapsing bridge. The National Fire Agency said Wednesday that two of the victims were Indonesian and another was Filipino. The fourth body has not been identified. Taiwan’s … Continue reading

China’s crimes are against humanity, not U.S. economy


Everyone has heard about China as an economic superpower bent on world domination. Its trade surplus with the world, especially with the United States, is vulgar. And for some time, China has been the fastest growing economy in the world, with some authorities referring to it as the world’s second largest economy. But there is … Continue reading

China is accused of live harvesting tens of thousands of organs from Falun Gong


Barely two months after Han Junqing, from Beijing, was imprisoned for practicing the spiritual discipline of Falun Gong, he died in captivity. When his family was briefly allowed to see his body, more than a month after he died, his daughter says they discovered it had been sliced open. “There were stitches at the throat … Continue reading

‘Horrific campaign of repression’: U.S. slams China’s treatment of Muslims


The United States led more than 30 countries on Tuesday in condemning what it called China’s “horrific campaign of repression” against Muslims in the western region of Xinjiang at an event on the sidelines of the annual UN General Assembly that was denounced by China. In highlighting abuses against ethnic Uighurs and other Muslims in … Continue reading

New limits on rail travel as Hong Kong braces for airport protest


Hong Kong announced new curbs on rail travel on Sunday ahead of the latest in a series of planned protests targeting the airport after a night of widespread violent street clashes in the Chinese-ruled territory. Anti-government protesters have targeted the airport before, occupying the arrivals hall, blocking approach roads and setting street fires in the … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters burn Chinese flag, clash with police as protest continues


Protesters in Hong Kong burned a Chinese flag and police fired pepper spray Saturday in renewed clashes over grievances by the anti-government demonstrators. Police accused some protesters of throwing gasoline bombs after a march by several thousand people in Tuen Mun, an outlying district in the northwest of the Chinese territory. The event was relatively … Continue reading

China’s National Day fireworks cancelled in Hong Kong due to protests


An annual fireworks display in Hong Kong marking China’s National Day on Oct. 1 was called off Wednesday as pro-democracy protests show no sign of ending. The city issued a terse statement saying the show over its famed Victoria Harbour had been cancelled “in view of the latest situation and having regard to public safety.” … Continue reading

Foreign citizens banned from leaving China so they can be used for political leverage


Two young Americans, Victor and Cynthia Liu, are “trapped” in China, increasingly desperate and despondent because Chinese authorities have blocked them from leaving for more than a year. “They are trapped. They are alone. They are desperate to come home,” David Pressman, the siblings’ New York-based attorney, told USA TODAY. “They are literally breaking down.” … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters ask for Britain’s help in pressuring China


Hong Kong protesters are expected to rally outside the British Consulate on Sunday demanding that the former colonial power ensures China honours its commitments to the city’s freedoms. The Chinese-ruled territory has been rocked by weeks of sometimes violent pro-democracy protests, with demonstrators angry about what they see as creeping interference by Beijing in their … Continue reading

Pro-China protestors clash with democracy protestors in Hong Kong mall


Skirmishes broke out Saturday at a shopping mall in Hong Kong between supporters of the ongoing protests for democratic reforms in the semiautonomous Chinese territory and people backing the central government in Beijing. Hundreds of pro-Beijing demonstrators sang the Chinese national anthem, waved red flags and chanted slogans at Amoy Plaza in the densely packed … Continue reading

Photographer behind the iconic Tiananmen Square image had to wrap the film up and stash it in the toilet in order to hide it from Chinese security


Photographer Charlie Cole, who won the World Press Photo of the Year in 1999 for his iconic capture of the Chinese “tank man” who confronted military vehicles in Tiananmen Square in 1989, has died at the age of 64. Cole was one of four photographers who captured the scene, which became a defining image of … Continue reading

Protesters call on Trump to ‘liberate’ Hong Kong as violent clashes continue


Thousands of demonstrators in Hong Kong urged U.S. President Donald Trump to “liberate” the semiautonomous Chinese territory during a peaceful march to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday, but violence broke out later in the business and retail district as police fired tear gas after protesters vandalized subway stations, set fires and blocked traffic. Demonstrators flooded … Continue reading

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam formally withdraws extradition bill that sparked mass protests


Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam on Wednesday withdrew an extradition bill that triggered months of often violent protests so the Chinese-ruled city can move forward from a “highly vulnerable and dangerous” place and find solutions. The announcement, live on television, came after Reuters reports on Friday and Monday revealed that Beijing had thwarted an earlier … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters plan to disrupt travel routes to airport


Pro-democracy demonstrators planned on Sunday to choke travel routes to Hong Kong’s international airport after a chaotic night of running battles between police and masked protesters, the latest wave of unrest to hit the Chinese-ruled city. Protest organizers have urged the public to overwhelm road and rail links to the airport on Sunday and Monday, potentially disrupting … Continue reading

The people of Hong Kong will not be cowed by China


“If we burn, you burn with us.” A famous line in the movie “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay” has been given a new life in Hong Kong’s summerlong protests: It has come to represent the spirit unleashed by hundreds of thousands of protesters. As many commentators have pointed out, the massive, leaderless resistance movement here is … Continue reading

Hong Kong officials met with U.S. lawmakers about punishing China


Officials from Hong Kong flew to Montana last week for an under-the-radar meeting with U.S. lawmakers about ongoing pro-democracy protests and congressional legislation to protect freedom in Hong Kong, according to sources familiar with the meeting. The Hong Kong delegation included officials who approve of the government’s controversial extradition bill that originally kickstarted the mass … Continue reading

Hong Kong police closely following “violent incidents”


Woman in Hong Kong calls on others to speak up against radical protesters (video)


China’s Lanzhou University held a group wedding for hundreds of alumni


US Republicans look to punish Chinese leaders over Hong Kong crackdown


Trump hasn’t rushed to condemn China, but behind the scenes, senior administration officials and lawmakers are brainstorming ways to punish China for the clampdown in Hong Kong. President Donald Trump hasn’t exactly gone after China’s chiefs for cracking down on protesters in Hong Kong. Trump said earlier this month that he wanted to see the … Continue reading

Hong Kong police arrest 29 after protest in Kwun Tong turns violent (video)


Hong Kong residents to form 20-mile human chain to protest China’s authoritarian rule


Protesters in Hong Kong are looking to pay homage to a symbolic act of resistance from three decades ago that helped bring down the Soviet Union. With protests now in their 11th week, users of a prominent online forum in the Chinese territory have called for the staging of a local version of the human … Continue reading

China paid Facebook and Twitter to help spread anti-Muslim propaganda


In China’s internment camps, Muslims are reportedly subjected to forced indoctrination, torture, and even death. Yet some paid ads on Facebook and Twitter would have you believe they’re wonderful places. The US-based social media giants have been enabling Chinese state-owned media to spread misinformation about the camps, investigations by the Intercept and BuzzFeed News revealed … Continue reading

China’s soft-power failure: condemning Hong Kong’s protests


Beijing wants greater sway over global public opinion. Instead, its propaganda outlets make Chinese leaders look like bullies. As protests continue to roil Hong Kong’s streets, China’s state-led propaganda machine has gone into overdrive to persuade the world that radical Hong Kong protesters have put the city in peril. Through social media and other digital … Continue reading

Some Muslim countries shamefully joined China in defending its cultural genocide of Uighurs


At a session of the U.N. Human Rights Council this month, 22 mostly Western ambassadors joined in a letter expressing concern about China’s mass detentions in the Xinjiang region and calling for “meaningful access” for “independent international observers.” It was another tepid gesture in what has been a weak international effort to respond to Beijing’s … Continue reading

Chinese netizens’ response to the Notre Dame fire and the meaning of ‘freedom’


In China, “ … the trending Weibo hashtag #NotreDameCathedralLargeFire (#巴黎圣母院大火#) has been followed over 1.2 billion times, and over 500,000 netizens are discussing the topic ….” as reported by an April 16 article published on Thatsmags.com, most of the Chinese netizens feel sorry and sad to see the blaze and destruction to the historical building. … Continue reading

Can China recover from its disastrous one-child policy?


Families are now being urged to have at least two children, but it may be too late to convince parents to embrace the change. For Xu Meiru, 38, the thought of having a second child is exhausting. Her days typically begin at 5am, don’t end until 11pm, and are filled with shuttling her nine-year-old son … Continue reading

China is creating concentration camps in Xinjiang. Here’s how we hold it accountable.


China continues to see the uproar over its creation of concentration camps holding as many as 1 million ethnic Uighurs and others as a public-relations problem. In recent days, the government issued another white paper claiming it is protecting religious freedom and culture in the autonomous northwestern province of Xinjiang, despite evidence that it has … Continue reading

Would increasing Interracial Marriages help boost China’s rise?


“Interracial marriages between Chinese and Africans are on the rise as a direct result from China’s increasing investment in, and trade with Africa. More than a million Chinese migrants now work and live on the African continent, while the number of Africans in China is thought to be around half that.” Aljazeera News reported on … Continue reading

Is China really out to rule the world? The Greentown ‘Ruling Class’


Is China educating an elite class of students with the plan of seeding them into positions of power in Western democracies? In his book Silent Invasion, Professor Clive Hamilton talks about a meeting in 2004 where Chinese Communist Party Secretary Hu Jintao instructed envoys from around the world that Australia was to be brought under China’s … Continue reading

Ann Tyson, Pearl Buck and their feelings about China


When Ann Scott Tyson revisited China after three decades, she still found tons of issues she dislikes or disapproves here and there although many things have changed. Nevertheless, by the end of the trip, for “looking for her old neighborhood in eastern Beijing”, she came to Ritan Park. “I approach a familiar red-pillared pavilion on … Continue reading

China hypocritically attacks US over human rights violations


China lashed out at the United States for its “terrible human rights problems” in a report on Thursday, adding to recent international criticism of Washington on issues ranging from violence inflicted on minorities to U.S. immigration policies. The U.S. State Department‘s annual report on rights in nearly 200 countries last week accused China of torture, … Continue reading

China dismisses human rights activists’ torture claims as ‘fake news’


Chinese state media has said that a prominent Chinese rights activist had made up “fake news” of torture to grab international headlines, but his defenders said the accusations were a coordinated attempt to smear his name. State media said disbarred lawyer Jiang Tianyong, 46, was behind news reports of police torturing another detained rights activist, … Continue reading

China planned Tianamen Square massacre weeks in advance, and the UK knew about it


“Two hundred dead could bring 20 years of peace to China,” former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping was quoted as saying in recently declassified documents. His words were spoken weeks ahead of the bloody military crackdown on student protesters in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989. The UK’s National Archives released on Dec. 30 a … Continue reading

China’s interference in Hong Kong reaching alarming levels: U.S. congressional panel


A U.S. congressional panel has warned of an “alarming” rise in China‘s interference in Hong Kong, noting fears over the former British colony’s continued role as a global financial hub. In its annual report to Congress on Wednesday, the bipartisan U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission highlights the “chilling” abduction and detention of five booksellers … Continue reading

Gong or Song from China’s Hong Kong?


Following the recent abduction of five Hong Kong publishers, alleged to have edited books disclosing “inconvenient truths” about the Chinese government, thousands of people took to the streets of Hong Kong to protest and fight for their right to have Freedom of Expression, which had already been enshrined in the Fundamental Law of Hong Kong. … Continue reading

The Hague ruling against China is a moral victory for international law, but the struggle continues…


I am writing on the eve of the expected judgement to be handed by the Hague Court which various international experts, pundits and scholars had already considered to be historic. This case concerns the bold and unprecedented act of the Philippine government of suing China before an international court. Manila asked the said “tribunal of … Continue reading

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