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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

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

Earthquake in Taiwan


Saturday morning I awoke at 4:00 am to my apartment shaking. I had a feeling nothing would fall. So, I went back to sleep. I was right, about my own apartment, that was. In fact, I was right about most people who also had woken up. Honestly, and I’m somewhat ashamed to confess, though it … 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 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

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

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

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

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

Taiwan’s leader uses term “Republic of China” to mainland China’s leader Xi Jinping, despite threats by China to invade Taiwan if they ever use that name


The following is based on a translation from Chinese media: Taiwan’s United Daily News says in its report on the meeting between the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping and Taiwan’s KMT leader Eric Chu today that Zhu mentioned the “Republic of China” in the face of Xi Jinping. There is a strict understanding that Taiwan … 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 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 risks social conflict if war on pollution lags, researchers warn


Any failure to tackle China’s huge pollution problems in the coming years could stoke public discontent and create “social conflicts,” government researchers warned, underlining political concerns driving Beijing’s war on smog. With pollution identified as a major source of unrest, China’s ruling Communist Party has promised to tackle a host of environmental problems brought about … 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

China’s Xi Jinping comes up with a new political doctrine, the ‘Four Comprehensives’ – a strategic blueprint for China’s future


The following is partly a translation from Chinese media, with commentary: Jiang Zemin put forth his Three Represents, and Hu Jintao put forth his Scientific Outlook on Development. Both are regarded as the legacy guidelines they left for the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to follow. Now it is Xi Jinping’s turn. He put forth his … Continue reading

United States succeeds in pitting India against China


Some people regard the territorial disputes between India and China as a major issue to exploit in pitting India against China. In fact, the disputed areas give neither China nor India advantage to attack the other as their geological layout facilitates defence. The two countries deploy heavily armed troops there for defence instead of attack. … 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

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 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

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

The Thugs of Mainland China


Last Friday, as the Occupy Central protests convulsed Hong Kong, James Bang, a twenty-eight-year-old digital-strategy consultant, found himself holding down the front line in the district of Mong Kok, his arms linked with other young protesters as they fended off surging groups of attackers. The assailants shoved the protesters, spat in their faces, and shouted, … Continue reading

Hong Kong pops the China bubble; the “China Dream” is a hoax


The Hong Kong protesters know that what’s hailed in the West as ‘the China dream’ is a hoax. Whatever comes next with the demonstrations in Hong Kong, they’ve already performed a historic service. To wit, they remind us of the silliness of the China infatuation so prevalent among pundits and intellectuals who don’t live in … Continue reading

China warns of ‘unimaginable consequences’ if Hong Kong demonstrations continue


China’s Communist Party has warned of “unimaginable consequences” if demonstrations by pro-democracy campaigners in Hong Kong continue. The threat, made in the party-run People’s Daily, came as China’s government appeared to be losing patience with the protesters, who have threatened to occupy government buildings unless the city’s chief executive, Leung Chun-Ying, resigns by the end … Continue reading

An open letter to the Chinese Communist Party regarding the Hong Kong protests


Recent events in Hong Kong present the Chinese Communist Party with an unprecedented opportunity to consolidate power in the territory. After the teargas used on the first night backfired, figuratively and at least once, literally, it’s time to reassess your options. The “guerilla strategy” of occupying many locations simultaneously to spread out the police, combined with … Continue reading

Protests in Hong Kong caused by China failing to honour its promises


If China had honoured the political commitments it made before taking control of Hong Kong from Britain in 1997, it is likely there would be no protests in the city streets and no crackdown over the weekend by riot police using tear gas, pepper spray and batons against pro-democracy demonstrators. Instead, the government in Beijing, … Continue reading

Is China’s basic education a success, or does it destroy the morality of society?


Chinese educators and education experts believe China has extraordinary basic education. They think this education gives millions of students solid knowledge and basic skills, which is the point why our education is good. The experts think the only failure of Chinese education is at university level. They criticise the poor higher education system as the … Continue reading

Observations from Tibet: Part 2 Chinese rule


The Chinese invaded Tibet in 1950 with the Dali Lama fleeing in 1959: I am not going to go into the rights and wrongs of China‘s involvement in Tibet other than to state the Chinese have had cultural and political links with the area for centuries. As the post implies these are observations from my recent trip. … Continue reading

Japanese people hate China more than ever


People in Japan overwhelmingly have a poor opinion of China and vice versa, according to new polls, although Chinese views of Japan have become slightly less chilly. The percentage of Japanese respondents who said they had a negative impression of China increased to 93% from 90% a year earlier, according to a poll by Genron NPO, … Continue reading

Do the Chinese love China?


The following are the views of a Chinese netizen: Do the Chinese love China? For this question, the answer is easy – no! Perhaps you are shocked by seeing my answer because you may think the Chinese are really united and they often refute the criticism from other countries, especially western countries. But I am … Continue reading

China’s new education reform will fail again


China‘s Education Department published the new rules of the college entrance examination. Shanghai and Zhejiang provinces are going to be the experimental regions of the new system. Unfortunately, no matter how the Chinese government acts on the education system, all reforms are sure to be failures. The government is still unaware of the lack of … Continue reading

The Uighur people: In defence of the minority, their identity and autonomy


I am writing to bring to the attention of the world the horrible condition of the Uighur people and to highlight the persecution and oppression that they are undergoing under the Chinese Empire. Who are the Uighurs? According to the BBC report of the same title, April 30, 2014: “China’s western Xinjiang region has a … Continue reading

Pope tells Asia’s communist nations not to fear Christians


Pope Francis, in remarks clearly intended for communist-ruled countries such as China, North Korea and Vietnam, said on Sunday that Asian governments should not fear Christians as they did not want to “come as conquerors” but be integral parts of local cultures. Francis made his comments, some of them unscripted, in an address to about … Continue reading

China: Rich man walks free after killing a pretty girl in a joke


According to Guangdong popular daily Xinkuaibao, a rich owner of two property companies, He Feng, 35, is fond of playing jokes on people. Judging by the report, he is certainly rich enough to enjoy such pranks. Perhaps due to his wealth and love to enjoy fun with his friends, he has quite a few rich … Continue reading

Stop spreading hatred between Chinese and Japanese people!


I described the prospects of a thaw in Sino-Japanese relations in a previous post due to Japanese Prime Minister’s verbal message to Chinese President Xi Jinping expressing his hope for a summit meeting with Xi in Beijing in the period of the APEC meeting. I regard it as a very good piece of news though … Continue reading

Chinese people’s bad behaviour causes poor image in Africa, negative international rating


It’s perhaps coincidence, but Reuters’ report on China’s Xi Jinping not making global impact comes on the same day when Hong Kong newspapers SCMP and Ta Kung Pao report on China’s poor image in Africa due to Chinese people and companies’ behaviour there. Ta Kung Pao says in its report as an increasing number of … Continue reading

The battle against China for Hong Kong’s soul


Hong Kong was regarded as a goose that laid gold eggs when it was handed back to China. The “One Country Two Systems” policy aims at maintaining the goose’s ability to lay golden eggs for China. It has never been aimed at allowing the goose independence to fly away from China. Having this basic in … Continue reading

Chinese government’s further attack on Islam as Ramadan fasting is banned


A number of government departments in China’s Xinjiang province have banned Muslim staff from observing the fast during the month of Ramadan in yet another attack on the rights of the country’s religious minorities. Activists have accused Beijing of exaggerating the threat from the country’s Muslim Uighur separatists to justify a crackdown on the religious … Continue reading

China’s last foot-binding survivors


Foot binding, the cruel practice of mutilating the feet of young girls, was once pervasive in turn-of-the-century China, where it was seen as a sign of wealth and marriage eligibility. For a millennium—from the 10th to 20th centuries—the practice flourished on and off, deeply ingrained in Chinese society. Even after it was outlawed in 1912, … Continue reading

On day of Hong Kong mass protests, China shows military strength by opening barracks to public


As tens of thousands gathered in Hong Kong on Tuesday to demand greater democracy and freedom from Beijing’s control, China’s military garrison stationed in the freewheeling capitalist hub launched its own offensive – to charm them. The People’s Liberation Army (PLA), the armed forces of China‘s ruling Communist Party, offered visitors a rare glimpse of … Continue reading

Huge crowds turn out to call for democracy in Hong Kong


Tens of thousands of Hong Kongers have joined pro-democracy protests on the streets of the Chinese territory in a massive show of defiance against Beijing’s vision for the city’s political future. Pro-democracy protests on July 1 — the anniversary of the 1997 handover of the former British colony to China — are an annual event … Continue reading

Top China official met by protests in Taiwan, called “communist bandit”


China’s top official in charge of relations with self-ruled Taiwan said on Friday that he understood and respected the choices of its people, as he was met by noisy protests in the traditionally anti-China far south of the island. Zhang Zhijun, director of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, is making the first trip by the head … Continue reading

Prelude to Conflict: Asia, June 30


A Chinese “big wig” visited Taiwan this week, sent from the TAO (Taiwan Affairs Office). The visit met strong opposition. Police were accused of warrantless searches of the protestors. More professors, scholars, political delegates with experience, and former Sunflower leaders are speaking out about too many things in too many locations to list them all. … Continue reading

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