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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

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

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

Cadence Column: Asia, October 14, 2019


You can’t bring a pot to boil forever. While the conventional narrative for Hong Kong warns, “Retribution is coming,” a better understanding would be, “The Chinese are coming if Hong Kong doesn’t level up.” The protests must either “level up” or otherwise change, or else the PLA will indeed march and smash. While the situation … 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

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

Cadence Column: Asia, September 30, 2019


The Hong Kong law currently going through Congress essentially de-escalates, yet therefore intensifies the Hong Kong issue. Rather than prescribing punitive measures if China escalates Hong Kong into military conflict, the law reassesses the unique standing that made Hong Kong so special in the first place. According to these new laws, if China asserts a … 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

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

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


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


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

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

Cadence Column, Asia, July 8, 2019


China has been had. It has been had by Western freedom. It has been had by its own culture’s psychopathology. It has been had by the concept of a promise—something the Chinese can’t understand, let alone keep. It has been had by Marxist propaganda. And, it is still being had by its obsession with power. … 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

Cadence Column: Asia, November 12, 2018


Xi Jinping announced yet another new policy for China: Blaming other countries is wrong, each country must deal with its own economic and environmental issues without the problem being someone else’s fault. While this 180° new direction should be welcoming to foreign companies whose intellectual property was taken by China, along with the neighboring lands … Continue reading

Cadence Column: Asia May 29, 2017


The situation in the Western Pacific grows more precarious. Muslims have taken over some territory in the Philippines. Martial law has been declared in those areas. The Philippines’ president, Duterte, has offered to resign if he can’t keep the peace. For a long time, the Filipino people have wanted respect as a sovereign nation, hungering for … 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 clears convicted killer 21 years after his execution


A Chinese man has had his conviction for rape and murder overturned, 21 years after he was executed. Nie Shubin was killed by firing squad in 1995 at the age of 20 after being found guilty of killing a woman in Shijiazhuang, in Hebei province. The supreme court ruled that the facts used in Mr … 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

China still harvesting organs from prisoners at a massive scale


A new report claims that China is still engaged in the widespread and systematic harvesting of organs from prisoners, and says that people whose views conflict with the ruling Chinese Communist Party are being murdered for their organs. The report — by former Canadian lawmaker David Kilgour, human rights lawyer David Matas, and journalist Ethan … Continue reading

Hong Kong police should have shot rioters if necessary, says outspoken lawyer


Officers must do whatever is necessary to maintain public order, claims Junius Ho Police should have used tear gas and if necessary shot protesters during the Mong Kok riot, says outspoken lawyer and district councillor Junius Ho Kwan-yiu. Speaking on RTHK’s televised City Forum debate on the incident, Ho said law enforcement officers were “too … Continue reading

China uses foreigners’ televised ‘confessions’ to serve its own ends


For seven years, the young Swedish man had directed a nongovernmental organisation in Beijing that offered legal aid to Chinese citizens in trouble. Now he was a captive of China’s legal system, forced in police detention to speak on video about his so-called crimes. “I have violated Chinese law through my activities here,” Peter Dahlin, … Continue reading

Great Firewall rising: How China wages its war on the Internet


In April, the police came for Li Gang. It was a visit he had been dreading for almost six months, since he began working on a tool to help Chinese Internet users get around the vast censorship apparatus known as the Great Firewall. Crowded inside his apartment in a northern Chinese city, Li says the … Continue reading

China scores dead last in latest Internet freedom survey


China, the world’s most populous country, is used to superlative status. But a global study on Internet usage put the country in an unfamiliar position: last place. The Freedom on the Net 2015 report by American watchdog Freedom House found that even Internet users in Syria, Iran and Cuba had more unfettered online access than … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, October 5, 2015


A report came in: Taiwan is tied with Israel for the world’s 13th most powerful military. It will be interesting to see whether China discusses this over tea with the Britons next week. Bon Jovi had been booted from China for paying homage to the Dalai Lama when they added Taiwan to their itinerary, only … Continue reading

China praises UK chancellor for ignoring China’s human rights abuses


British Chancellor George Osborne has been praised by Chinese state media for not mentioning allegations of human rights abuses during his visit to the country. An editorial published in the Global Times English-language daily on Friday said Osborne had shown “pragmatism” during the visit, adding it hoped other diplomats would follow his example. “He is … Continue reading

Desperate China crushing its own people


During Chinese President Xi Jinping’s first state visit to the U.S., the White House, the secretary of State and Congress should duly note a grim reality — Beijing’s recent, sweeping detention of human rights lawyers and activists. China’s repressive crackdown makes both of us feel we are caught in a hall of mirrors, where the same scene is … Continue reading

Why India should reject China’s obsession with bigger, denser megacities


The world is in awe of China’s relentless capacity to produce gargantuan cities, each outdoing the most recent superlative that describes its predecessor. If Shenzhen and Shanghai are megacities, and the Pearl-River Delta a sprawling urban agglomeration, then what should we call the 130 million-strong Beijing-Tianjin-Hebei city-region the government is currently planning? A gigacity? While … Continue reading

China to grant rare prisoner amnesties for war anniversary


China plans to grant prisoner amnesties to mark this year’s commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War Two, only the eighth time this has happened since the Communists took power in 1949, state news agency Xinhua said on Monday. Four categories of prisoners – mostly elderly – who do not pose … Continue reading

Taiwanese athlete and art student speaks out about Ministry of Education pro-China textbook issue


As Typhoon Soudelor bears down on Taiwan, my exceptionally talented Taiwanese high school friend Yen Liao agreed to do an interview concerning the recent textbook crisis and the Ministry of Education. He also spoke about the mentality of Taiwanese parents towards their children when it comes to their studies, and the need for a change. … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, August 3, 2015


Propaganda backfired this week. Beijing wants more Internet censorship, almost to create a “Chinanet” akin to another Great Schism not seen since the Orthodox Church split from the West. TPP failed. Students in Taiwan stormed government offices to keep out China-propaganda over “minor” changes to national curriculum. An Australia-India-Japan alliance plumed out of nowhere. Taiwan … Continue reading

While Beijing repeatedly rejects Japan’s apologies, China has its own horrors to atone for


Japan’s less-than-wholehearted remorse for its World War II-era atrocities has long been an unhealed wound in its relations with neighbours. The bruise is throbbing anew with the approach of August 15, the 70th anniversary of the announcement of Japan’s surrender. China’s ambassador to Tokyo revived the topic July 23, when he pointedly advised Japanese Prime … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, July 27, 2015


Propaganda. Taiwanese students protest “rewriting” history curriculum. Taiwan’s Ministry of Education responded on cue: police to arrest protesters—as well as three reporters. Notwithstanding Mark Twain’s “Never argue with people who buy ink by the barrel”, taking action against the students will fall into the playbook MLK used in Birmingham. Had the police not responded, there … Continue reading

Cadence of Conflict: Asia, July 13, 2015


With China’s economy failing, the Chinese KMT-Nationalist party living in exile at Taiwan may have made a mistake in trying to merge the fates of the New Taiwan Dollar with the Chinese Yuan. Election time in Taiwan could mean a political “pay day”. China is in financial crisis. Weapon sales from the US to Taiwan … Continue reading

Baby gender inequality set to improve in India and China


The simple selfie stick is turning into a wand of prophetic political propensities due to untiring efforts of its major user…the present Prime Minister of India. In his latest social message to his country people, Narendra Modi, urged parents to post selfies with their daughters. This advice was to give political and social mileage to … Continue reading

China’s insatiable appetite for power


One of the defining features of communism in the Chinese experience has been the fierce determination of party leaders to maintain a monopoly on power and obliterate any competition. China’s bosses have largely abandoned communism as an economic principle and embraced capitalism, but when it comes to the levers of power, they don’t give an … Continue reading

China and the volcanic politics of Hong Kong and Taiwan


The people of Hong Kong may now have to wait years to vote after the city rejected Beijing’s offer of a castrated form of universal suffrage. By contrast, the people of Taiwan, electoral eunuchs no more after a two-decade democratic evolution, will be going to the polls again in about six months. Their choice could … Continue reading

Chinese army newspaper calls for military role in Internet culture war


An article published in the People’s Liberation Army Daily, the official newspaper of China’s military—and reprinted in part by Qiushi, the official magazine of the Chinese Communist Party—calls the Internet “the ideological ‘main front’ and ‘the main battlefield’” upon which China must fight an ideological war upon the West to defend itself from the creeping … Continue reading

China to invest $193 billion on Internet networks, but will tightening controls harm creativity and scare investors away?


China’s Internet is a place of often confusing extremes. On the one hand, this week the government announced an investment of nearly $200 billion to boost Internet connection speed with fast optical broadband in major cities and 4G networks in remote rural areas. Yet the vision of a creative new economy is being undermined, some experts … Continue reading

China’s one-child policy breeds ‘little emperors with skewed values’, writer Xinran Xue says


One of China’s most influential expat writers says the country’s one-child policy has had alarming unforeseen consequences and produced a generation of “little emperors” whose values are dangerously skewed. British-based writer Xinran Xue interviewed some of the 150 million single children who were born under the policy for her latest book, Buy Me The Sky. … Continue reading

Hong Kong’s elderly homeless sleeping at ATM centres cause alarm for customers


The following is based on a translation from a report in Chinese media: Hong Kong’s recent hot and wet weather makes it hard for the elderly homeless to sleep in the open. Fortunately, banks provide air conditioning at their ATM (automatic teller machine) centres so that their customers can enjoy bank services there comfortably. Unexpectedly … Continue reading

June 4, 1989 is not just the date of the Tiananmen massacre but of many other bloody crackdowns across China


In 1989, pro-democracy protests took place not just in Beijing but in cities across China, and they too were savagely suppressed On June 4, 1989, China’s Communist Party unleashed the People’s Liberation Army on protesters camped in and around Beijing’s Tiananmen Square to quell a seven-week-long pro-democracy movement. In one of the nation’s bloodiest crackdowns, hundreds, … Continue reading

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