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China bars Human Rights Watch director from entering Hong Kong


Hong Kong authorities barred the head of Human Rights Watch from entering the Chinese territory on Sunday, the advocacy group said. Kenneth Roth, Human Rights Watch’s executive director, had planned to launch the organization’s annual world report in Hong Kong this week. The report’s focus is China’s efforts to “deliberately undermine the international human rights … Continue reading

China’s most populous province to loosen grip on internal migration


China’s southern province of Guangdong will relax the household registration system that restrains internal migration in all its cities except the powerhouses of Guangzhou and Shenzhen, the provincial governor Ma Xingrui announced on Tuesday. The move is part of the provincial government’s effort to “accelerate the promotion of new urbanization” and improve county-level economies, Ma … Continue reading

How Taiwan’s elections remind the world – and Hong Kong – that Chinese culture and democracy can co-exist


When the islanders on the windswept Taiwanese archipelago of Matsu go to the polls this Saturday, Lii Wen, the enthusiastic young candidate for the ruling Democratic Progressive Party, knows he has little chance of winning a seat. But he still considers his electoral race a victory. Matsu’s 13,000-strong population will make their free choice between … Continue reading

Carrie Lam vows to work with Chinese envoy, bring Hong Kong back on the ‘right path’


Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam said on Tuesday she would work closely with Beijing’s top official in the Asian financial hub to get it back on “the right path” after more than six months of pro-democracy protests. The appointment of a new head of the Chinese government’s most important office in Hong Kong, Luo … Continue reading

Police accuse Hong Kong protesters of inciting minors to commit crimes


Hong Kong police on Monday accused activists in the long-running pro-democracy movement of inciting minors to commit crimes. The claim Monday comes two days before a planned New Year’s Day march that is expected to attract tens of thousands of participants. Chief police spokesman Kwok Ka-chuen told reporters that the force was in close contact … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters tell mainland Chinese traders to leave


Police fought with protesters who marched through a Hong Kong shopping mall Saturday demanding mainland Chinese traders leave the territory in a fresh weekend of anti-government tension. The protest in Sheung Shui, near Hong Kong’s boundary with the mainland, was part of efforts to pressure the government by disrupting economic activity. About 100 protesters marched … Continue reading

The 235 days that rattled China and shook the world


They were 235 days that shook the world, rattled China’s regime and refuted the most pernicious wishful thinking since the appeasement of dictators collapsed eight decades ago. Nothing more momentous happened in 2019 than Hong Kong’s heroic insurrection. It began with the April 3 introduction by Beijing’s Hong Kong satraps of an extradition bill that … Continue reading

For China’s underground churches, this was no easy Christmas


Li Chengju glared at her prison interrogator as he pressed her to renounce her Christian church and condemn her pastor. Her captor warned she would not be so lucky as the pastor, who was locked in secret detention but at least might get a day in court. “Look at you. You sweep the floors at … Continue reading

Hong Kong protesters rally in support of Uighurs


Hong Kong riot police pepper sprayed protesters to disperse crowds in the heart of the city’s financial district on Sunday after a largely peaceful rally in support of China‘s ethnic Uighurs turned chaotic. Dozens of police marched across a public square overlooking Hong Kong‘s harbor to face off with protesters who hurled glass bottles and … Continue reading

How murder, kidnappings and miscalculation set off Hong Kong’s revolt


Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam says the plan that ignited the revolt in her city was born of a straightforward quest for justice. While on a trip to Taiwan, a Hong Kong man strangled his Hong Kong girlfriend, then returned home and confessed. The city lacked an extradition pact with Taiwan, and Lam argued the … Continue reading

China must answer for Xinjiang cultural genocide in court


International law is a vital part of fighting for the Uighur people. The substantial leaks to the New York Times and the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists of internal policy documents of the Chinese Communist Party regarding the crackdown on the Uighurs and other Muslim minorities in China’s western region of Xinjiang dramatically shift the … Continue reading

629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China


Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country’s poor and vulnerable. The list gives the most … Continue reading

US House approves bill that calls for sanctioning Chinese officials over Muslim detainment camps


The U.S. House of Representatives on Tuesday overwhelmingly approved a bill that would require the Trump administration to toughen its response to China’s crackdown on its Muslim minority, demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials and export bans. The Uighur Act of 2019 is a stronger version of a bill that angered Beijing when it passed … Continue reading

Zhu Hailun: The man who was key in China’s detention of 1 million Uighur Muslims


After bloody race riots rocked China’s far west a decade ago, the ruling Communist Party turned to a rare figure in their ranks to restore order: a Han Chinese official fluent in Uighur, the language of the local Turkic Muslim minority. Now, newly revealed, confidential documents show that the official, Zhu Hailun, played a key … Continue reading

In defence of the student protesters: Carrie Lam’s stupid mask ban, the repudiation of the Hong Kong court and the continuous necessity of the people’s struggle


On Monday, while the police were trying to dislodge several hundred hard-core protesters who had occupied the Hong Kong Polytechnic University since last week, a Hong Kong Court “found that the government’s controversial mask ban is unconstitutional.” Said ruling indeed, delivered “a fresh legal blow to an administration that is struggling to contain increasingly violent … Continue reading

University of British Columbia latest worldwide to recall all exchange students from Hong Kong


The University of British Columbia (UBC) has cancelled its second term for exchange students in Hong Kong as it works to bring those students back home from the territory over safety concerns. Hong Kong’s universities have become the latest battleground between police and protesters who have been staging increasingly violent demonstrations in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory … Continue reading

Reuters changes every paragraph, headline in article about Hong Kong protests


Reuters changed an article about the Hong Kong protests Monday, first highlighting allegations that police were threatening protesters with live bullets and later omitting any mention of that news. The original article was headlined “Hong Kong police threaten to use live bullets as standoff with protesters escalates,” according to an archived version. Published Nov. 17, … Continue reading

In solidarity to the brave Hong Kong people


I am writing as a humanist and member of the international community in order to bring to the attention of the global family of nations the cause and the struggle behind the said noble cause of the courageous people of Hong Kong. The world must come together and stand as one in rallying and embracing … Continue reading

Leaked documents reveal China’s mass incarceration of Muslim Uighurs in Xinjiang


Hundreds of internal Chinese government documents obtained by The New York Times reveals striking new details about the execution of the country’s mass detention of ethnic minorities over the past three years in the Xinjiang region. The rare leak of documents, described in the newspaper’s bombshell report as “one of the most significant leaks of … Continue reading

Chinese troops enter Hong Kong streets to “clean up” after protests


Chinese troops came out of the barracks in Hong Kong on Saturday —  not to quell protests but to help clean up. It was a move seen by many to try to normalise Chinese troops being on Hong Kong’s streets. It was a rare public appearance by the People’s Liberation Army on the streets of … Continue reading

China’s Holocaust of Children


Using the aggressively bland term “one-child policy” is a bit like saying that 1942 Germany had restrictions on Jews. You may never have thought much about how a huge nation enforces a limit of one baby per family, but the horrifying details of China’s Holocaust of children emerge in a powerful documentary told by a … Continue reading

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

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