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Prelude to Conflict: Asia, October 13


Hong Kong police violence was as angering as it was unusual. Hong Kong woke up, then Hong Kongers woke up the world. Beijing will neither listen nor crackdown. Instead, they make fools of themselves. No Tiananmen part deux, condolences to Western media. This week, the world learned: Neither the current Beijing government, nor the former … Continue reading

China asserts paternal rights over Hong Kong in democracy clash; tells Hong Kong it must obey


Just days before China was set to deliver its edict on electoral reform in Hong Kong, Beijing’s most senior official in the city held a rare meeting with several local lawmakers whose determined push for full democracy had incensed Beijing’s Communist leaders. The setting at the Aug. 19 meeting was calm: A room with plush … Continue reading

Hong Kong braces for protests as China rules out full democracy


Pro-democracy activists vowed on Sunday to bring Hong Kong’s financial hub to a standstill after China’s parliament rejected their demands for the right to freely choose the former British colony’s next leader in 2017. The Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress (NPC) endorsed a framework to let only two or three candidates run in … Continue reading

China’s bloggers must use real names under proposed law


New legislation governing the internet, which officials claim is aimed at combating online vigilantes and privacy breaches, is proving controversial on the mainland because it will require bloggers and bulletin board users to register using their real names. Many internet users say it is an attempt to further curb freedom of speech and have expressed … Continue reading

China: NPC passes first mental health law


SCMP reports: “After more than a quarter century of discussion, the National People’s Congress Standing Committee has passed the first national mental health law, including a ban on forced confinement. “Psychiatrists called the law, which also requires all full-service hospitals to set up psychiatric departments, a major step towards improving mental health care for millions … Continue reading

Conflicting news in China on Bo Xilai’s destiny


According to SCMP‘s report by Shi Jiangtao from Beijing today, entitled Next step this week in Bo’s fall from grace, “NPC Standing Committee may vote to remove fallen Chongqing party chief from legislature, a precursor to his expulsion from the party. “Disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai is expected to be stripped of his membership … Continue reading

China’s new entry-exit laws for foreigners


The first overhaul of Chinese immigration laws since 1986 promises to include some of the most severe punishments for unwelcome foreigners to date. Don’t panic just yet, though; these provisions won’t go into effect until July 2013, so there is plenty of time to think about getting legal and paying a visit to your local … Continue reading

China struggles as illegal foreigners increase


The following article was translated and edited from an article that appeared on the China Huanqiu news website. It remarks on the first several days of the recently announced 100-day crackdown on illegal foreigners, specifically those falling under the much-publicised “three illegal” category, referring to illegal entry, illegal residence, and illegal employment. The article emphasises … Continue reading

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