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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’s Confucius Institutes: A subversive attack on western academic freedom?


Xu Lin is an unusual kind of Chinese official. For starters she accepted a request for a BBC interview. Admittedly she came quickly to regret it, demanding that we delete a large section of our recording. But given that unelected Chinese officials do not need to court their own domestic media, let alone the international … Continue reading

Do not threaten us, India tells China


After China expressed concern over India‘s plans to build a 2,000-km road along the international border in Arunachal Pradesh, Home Minister Rajnath Singh hit back saying nobody should threaten or warn India. Addressing the 30th Raising Day ceremony of the National Security Guards in Manesar, Rajnath Singh said, “No one can give a warning to … Continue reading

Illegal fisherman from China shot dead while threatening South Korean Coast Guard


The captain of a Chinese fishing boat was killed on Friday when the South Korean Coast Guard fired shots as officers tried to impound a vessel they said was illegally fishing in South Korean waters. A coast guard official said the captain appeared to have been struck when an officer fired warning shots from a … Continue reading

China blocks Google services for Tiananmen 25th anniversary


In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre (aka. the June 4th Incident), Chinese authorities decided to begin blocking Google. It’s believed that the blockade is tied to this week’s 25th anniversary of the 1989 Tiananmen Square Massacre where the People’s Liberation Army cracked down on pro-democracy demonstrators. Each year, the Chinese … Continue reading

China uses D-Day anniversary to praise Germany, slam Japan


China used the 70th anniversary of World War Two‘s D-Day landings on Friday to praise Germany for its contrition over its wartime past and slam Japan for what Beijing views as Tokyo‘s continued denial of its brutal history. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public remorse for the Nazi regime to Japan, where repeated … Continue reading

China warns Philippines: We will never tolerate ‘occupation’ of disputed shoal


China warned the Philippines on Monday to abandon a disputed shoal in the South China Sea after Manila said it planned to challenge a Chinese naval blockade of the area by sending supplies to its troops stationed there. Last week, a senior Philippines military official said his country would send civilian supply ships to its … Continue reading

China warns Japan against stationing workers on disputed isles


China said it would not tolerate provocation after Japan’s top government spokesman said on Tuesday Japan might station government workers on disputed islands in the East China Sea to defend its sovereignty. Relations between the world’s second- and third-biggest economies have been strained over the uninhabited isles which Japan controls but both countries claim. The isles are known … Continue reading

South China Sea tension mounts near Filipino shipwreck


A wrecked navy transport ship perched on a remote coral reef could be the next flashpoint in the South China Sea, where China and five other claimants bitterly dispute territory. The Philippine government is accusing China of encroachment after three Chinese ships, including a naval frigate, converged just 5 nautical miles from an old transport … Continue reading

Rights group urges China to repeal penalties against sex workers


China should remove criminal and administrative penalties against sex workers which often lead to serious police abuses, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday. The abuses include torture, beatings, physical assaults, fines and arbitrary detentions of up to two years, as well as a failure to investigate crimes against sex workers by … Continue reading

China warns America not to get involved in South China Sea and other disputes


China warned the United States not to get involved in South China Sea territorial disputes on Tuesday as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton headed to Beijing pledging to pass on a strong message on the need to calm regional tension. The last time Clinton visited the Chinese capital, plans to highlight improving U.S.-China ties … Continue reading

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