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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

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

Canada’s Miss World entry claims China is trying to block her from final


Canada’s China-born Miss World entry has accused Chinese officials of harassing her father and trying to block her from taking part in the contest’s final, being held in the country, after she spoke out about human rights abuses. Anastasia Lin, an actor who was crowned Miss World Canada in May, said unlike other contestants she … 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

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

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

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 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

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

China teaches its 100 million tourists some travel etiquette


This year may go down in history as the moment when the global balance of economic power shifted dramatically towards China, after Beijing humiliated Washington over the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank. But let’s face it, tectonic shifts in the global economic order go largely unnoticed by ordinary mortals. Not so tectonic shifts in the global … Continue reading

What it means to be Chinese – nationalism and identity in Xi’s China


What does it mean to be Chinese? A strong tradition in premodern China held that it meant thinking, behaving, and living in a society in accord with heaven-sanctioned principles exemplifying the best way to be human. Other peoples could learn this Chineseness, and they could also become civilised, but they could never rival China in … Continue reading

China’s and India’s charity in Nepal has a hidden political agenda


Perched atop the Himalayas, and wedged between the world’s most populous nations, Nepal has always been of strategic importance that belies its small size. Home to one-third of the Himalayan mountains, also known as Asia’s water tower thanks to the rivers that flow down both sides of the range, Nepal has served as a buffer … Continue reading

China tells it citizens to stop hiring funeral strippers


In China, friends and family of the deceased may have to do without a special form of funereal entertainment: strippers. According to a statement from the Ministry of Culture on Thursday, the government plans to work closely with the police to eliminate such performances, which are held with the goal of drawing more mourners. Pictures … Continue reading

China’s dilemma: How to discipline 90 million people


China’s extensive crackdown on government corruption, which has already ensnared hundreds of thousands of officials in the People’s Republic, is now spilling over the country’s borders. The State Department recently confirmed that China’s legal authorities had provided a list of 150 corrupt Chinese officials believed to be hiding in the United States, and vowed cooperation … Continue reading

Mass suicide bid by 30 Chinese cabbies in Beijing was caused by government indifference


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Hong Kong’s Singtao Daily and SCMP both carry a report on petitioning taxi drivers conducting a mass suicide attempt last Friday, in a busy street in Beijing, in protest of local despotism in their hometown Suifenhe City, Heilongjiang Province. Those cabbies are all self-employed taxi operators … Continue reading

South China now favoured way out of country for IS recruits


China’s southern seaboard has replaced the mountainous and tightly guarded western frontier as the preferred route for Islamic extremists to slip recruits out of the country, according to a leading expert on terrorism. Rohan Gunaratna, the head of the International Centre for Political Violence and Terrorism Research at Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University, claimed that “over … Continue reading

NGO weighs legal action after Chinese police raid its offices


An anti-discrimination civic group said on Friday it was considering legal action over a police raid on the group’s offices that was apparently prompted by its advocacy for five women’s rights activists whose detentions have drawn international scrutiny. Beijing Yirenping Centre head Lu Jun said he was still seeking more information about Tuesday’s pre-dawn raid … Continue reading

Tug-of-war between China, Turkey over suspected Uighurs in Thailand


Jiang Zemin was wise to allow Fang Lizhi, Wang Dan and others to leave China, while Hu Jintao was wise to allow Chen Guangcheng to leave China. It is hoped that Xi Jinping is as wise to allow the Uighur Muslims to leave China for Turkey, as long as Turkey is able to prevent them … Continue reading

China used threats of invasion to stop United Kingdom giving Hong Kong independence and democracy since 1950s


By September 29 2014, peaceful protesters had been clogging Hong Kong’s downtown for less than a day, but to the Chinese Communist Party this already smacked of ingratitude. Here’s an excerpt from an editorial that ran that day (link in Chinese) in the People’s Daily, the party’s official mouthpiece, entitled “No one cares more about … Continue reading

China’s No. 3 leader warns Hong Kong activists against ‘crossing a line’


China‘s third-ranked leader warned advocates of Hong Kong independence on Friday that they were “crossing a line”, local media reported. Zhang Dejiang, the chairman of the National People’s Congress (NPC), made the comment during a closed door meeting, Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK reported, quoting NPC Standing Committee member Rita Fan. Zhang said that such calls … Continue reading

China to tighten control of Hong Kong?


In monitoring developments in China, one has to be very careful about any minor change in wording, as it may have quite serious meaning. We Hong Kong citizens are quite worried by the omission of the two key phrases “Hong Kong people governing Hong Kong” and “high degree of autonomy” in the Chinese People’s Political … Continue reading

‘Terrorist attacks’ against Myanmar being launched from China


China should cooperate with Myanmar to prevent “terrorist attacks” being launched from Chinese territory, a Myanmar official said on Thursday after 10 days of fighting between the Myanmar military and insurgents. Fighting broke out on Feb. 9 between the army and a rebel force in the Kokang region of northeast Myanmar, on the border with … Continue reading

After long struggle for freedom, Tibetans still seeking justice for Tibet


Over 1.2 million Tibetans died between 1949 and 1979. China still claims that what occurred during this period was the “peaceful liberation” of Tibet. But the whole world must know that there are so many unanswered questions about how these mass murders occurred and who is really responsible. Tibet known as the ‘roof of the … Continue reading

Twice as many expatriates leaving China than arriving, as China loses its appeal


For years, China was a promised land for expanding multinationals and manufacturers, drawing hordes of expatriate employees eager to capitalize on the country’s billion-plus consumers. Could those days be over? A new study by UniGroup Relocation, which moves over 260,000 families per year worldwide for work, suggests they might be. According to the company’s customer … Continue reading

China warns Hong Kong not to confront Beijing


In its report titled “Zhang Xiaoming: Dissemination of views on Hong Kong independence not tolerated”, Hong Kong’s Oriental Daily says that Zhang Xiaoming, Director of the Central Government’s Liaison Office, summed up for the first time the 79-day Occupation Movement. He stressed that Hong Kong’s high-degree of autonomy does not mean that Hong Kong was … Continue reading

China ‘has the power’ to introduce tough security laws in Hong Kong


Former Hong Kong leader Tung Chee-hwa said on Tuesday tough Chinese national security laws could be introduced in Hong Kong, stoking fears China may tighten control in its southern financial hub after last year’s pro-democracy street protests. Pro-Beijing politicians and left-leaning newspapers have called for China’s draconian national security laws – used by Communist Party … Continue reading

China has just banned the burqa in its biggest Muslim city


Chinese authorities have banned women in Urumqi, the capital city of Xinjiang—an autonomous western region where Muslims account for almost half of the population—from wearing burqas in public, according to a brief article on a government-run website, Tianshan News. Local legislators for Urumqi proposed the ban in December, and now the regional legislature has approved it. It’s not clear when … Continue reading

2014 Protests in Asia


I was in Hong Kong a few weeks before the Umbrella Movement broke out. And I made a prediction: The protests would change nothing, China would do nothing, there would be a lot of noise, then it would fizzle out and the 2017 elections would go forward as planned. It looks like I was right. … Continue reading

China to expand unemployment benefits to lure migrants to cities


Urbanisation is now one of the key issues of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s further thorough economic reform. It will greatly expand domestic market and thus boost substantial economic growth, but the resistance of vested interests is very strong in opposing the reform in China’s hukou system that prevents rural migrant workers from settling down in … Continue reading

China’s Maoist revival seeks to eliminate all western thought


They pounce on bloggers who dare mock their beloved Chairman Mao. They scour the nation’s classrooms and newspapers for strains of Western-inspired liberal heresies. And they have taken down professors, journalists and others deemed disloyal to Communist Party orthodoxy. China’s Maoist ideologues are resurgent after languishing in the political desert, buoyed by President Xi Jinping’s … Continue reading

2014 revealed the insecurity behind China’s economic might


Hong Kong protests, terrorist attacks and a crackdown on corruption by Xi Jinping characterised the year for China. On Sunday 28 September, Hong Kong exploded. Pro-democracy protesters barricaded major roads, as riot police tried in vain to disperse them with teargas. The former British colony had been tightly wound for months over Beijing’s rising influence. … Continue reading

China’s Xi calls for tighter ideological control in universities


People outside China usually regard China’s ideological control as originated from communism. That is entirely a misunderstanding. When Emperor Wudi (157BC to 87BC) of the Han Dynasty decided to adopt Confucianism as the dominant ideology, China imposed strict Confucianist ideological control until the 1911 democratic revolution. The only difference now is that the Chinese Communist … Continue reading

The things China banned in 2014, including adultery, Ramadan, and puns


In 2013, China’s Communist Party, led by Xi Jinping, silenced human rights defenders and popular internet voices, while also setting new austerity rules for party members. This year, the crackdown became even more expansive, as Xi worked overtime to oust corrupt officials and jail moderate critics. But it also started to get decidedly weird, as China rolled out restrictive new … Continue reading

China’s frenzied attacks on Christmas as a ‘foreign intrusion’


There may be no exact translation for “humbug” in Chinese, but in recent days, as popular fervour for the trappings of Western-style Christmas enveloped this officially atheist nation, the defenders of traditional Chinese culture have fought back with Scrooge-like zeal. On Wednesday, university students in the central province of Hunan held an anti-Christmas pageant with … Continue reading

China wants to isolate the Dalai Lama – and it’s working


If the Pope had met the Dalai Lama, Chinese Catholics would have been made to suffer. What a pity the Pope did not be meet the Dalai Lama when the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism was in Rome for a gathering of Nobel Laureates this past weekend. The meeting took place in Rome because the … Continue reading

China blames terrorists for deadly Xinjiang attack; 15 dead, 14 injured


The following is based on reports in Chinese media: Singtao Daily says in its report today that at 1:30pm (11:30am according to SCMP), a group of terrorists threw explosives at, and hacked with knives and axes, innocent people at Meishi (meaning tasty food) Street, Shache County, Kashgar, Xinjiang. The policemen patrolling nearby streets rushed to … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Pearl of China


Recent protests in Hong Kong caused me to reflect once more on my short stay in this Pearl of the Orient. If Hong Kong was dreading its return to mainland China in 1997 for political reasons, with the battle of Tiananmen Square less than a decade earlier still looming over its people as the threatening … Continue reading

Fears for Hong Kong democracy fighters: Do not give China an excuse to hurt you


The recent protests in Hong Kong raise fears of a repeat of the Tiananmen Massacre of 1989. I point out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements the paranoia that is the Chinese Communist Party‘s (CCP) Tiananmen Syndrome: Once Bitten by a Snake, One Is Scared All One’s Life at the Mere Sight of a Rope … Continue reading

China rejects UN call for political rights in Hong Kong


China rebuffed a U.N. call for full political rights for Hong Kong on Friday, saying that an international covenant on such rights was not a “measure for reform” in the Chinese-ruled territory. The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Thursday said residents in the former British colony, now a “special administrative region” of China with wide-ranging … Continue reading

Chinese school’s ridiculous claim of family relationship with US Nobel Prize winner


Soon after US Scientist Eric Betzig won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2014), Bangbu No. 1 Secondary School in Anhui Province, China celebrated the event and posted a conspicuous announcement of congratulation on its son-in-law winning the Nobel Prize. How can a school have a son-in-law? That is a bizarre question. How can a Chinese … Continue reading

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