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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

China’s police given guns; irresponsible shootings result


A string of shooting incidents involving Chinese police — leaving at least four people dead — has the public wondering if its rank-and-file police force is really ready to carry guns, as mandated by new regulations. Last month, two policemen brought a loaded gun to a kindergarten show-and-tell. The handgun mistakenly went off, injuring four … Continue reading

Dating and marriage in China soon after the Communist takeover (part 1)


The following stories are first-hand recollections of life in China during the years immediately after the Communists took power (1949-1951). They are written by Chan Kai Yee, author of Tiananmen‘s Tremendous Achievements (see link in right sidebar). We would recommend this book for those interested in more first-hand perspectives of life in China, particularly the … Continue reading

Hong Kong has nothing to learn from China, but China has much to learn from Hong Kong


Perhaps the 1995 rumours of the death of Hong Kong weren’t exaggerated after all. Nineteen years ago this month, Fortune ran its infamous “Death of Hong Kong” cover. By 2007, the magazine had changed its tune, deciding, in the Mark Twain sense, that it had been “wrong” and that “reports of Hong Kong’s death have … Continue reading

Hong Kong: 600,000 defy China in ‘vote’ for democracy


Nearly 600,000 votes have been cast in three days of an unofficial referendum on democratic reforms in Hong Kong, part of a civil campaign that has been branded illegal by the former British colony and by Communist Party authorities in Beijing. Hong Kong returned to Chinese rule in 1997 with wide-ranging autonomy under the formula … Continue reading

A showdown is looming in Hong Kong, with China threatening to send in its army


For years after the return of Hong Kong to Chinese sovereignty in 1997, China’s leaders surprised the world by adhering scrupulously to Hong Kong’s unusual political set-up of “one country, two systems”. Under the terms of the handover, Hong Kong was to retain a high degree of autonomy for 50 years, an ingenious solution for … Continue reading

China threatens to remove Hong Kong’s autonomy


Macquarie Group has cautioned against investing in Hong Kong companies which are exposed to the political winds of mainland China, following an official warning that the city’s administrative “autonomy” is a privilege that can be removed at any time. Hong Kong has retained its status as the financial hub of Asia since its handover from … 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

India’s government to promote civilian settlements along border areas claimed by China


The Narendra Modi government may not only strengthen ITBP deployment and infrastructure along the India–China border, but also promote civilian settlements in border areas. Unlike the UPA regime that was reluctant to undertake aggressive deployment of troops in stretches close to the India-China border, the Union home ministry may now go for a formal survey … Continue reading

Hong Kong recalls Tiananmen killings, China muffles dissent


Tens of thousands of people held a candlelight vigil in Hong Kong on Wednesday to mark the bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protesters 25 years ago in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square, while mainland China authorities sought to whitewash the 1989 event. In Beijing, police flooded the streets around the square, scene of the worst of the violence … Continue reading

China: The world remembers Tiananmen massacre 25 years later


Here’s an uncomfortable truth confronting Chinese President Xi Jinping: It’s 2014, but the pro-democracy, pro-rights sentiments that manifested across China as demonstrations in 1989 are still alive and well. For 25 years, the Chinese government has tried to expunge the June 4, 1989, Tiananmen massacre from history to deny people inside the country any knowledge … Continue reading

China: Can 20 plus years of prosperity after suppression at Tiananmen justify the massacre?


On every anniversary of the Tiananmen Protests, one of the most infamous events in Chinese history, a government spokesman is asked by reporters about the Tiananmen Massacre, despite that they clearly know the forever repeated answer. No exception this year. “…conclusion reached long ago”, the spokesman said. But what is the conclusion? Counter-revolutionary riot or … Continue reading

The homophobia of China’s Communist Party; vilifies eChinacities owner on his own website


Disappointingly, homophobia is alive and thriving in China, and actively incited by China’s ruling Communist Party. It seems that even loyal party members are not exempt. George Xu, founder and owner of the expat website eChinacities, seems to be the latest victim. For some time, China Daily Mail has expressed concern over expat websites being … Continue reading

China’s paranoia: SWAT given ‘shoot on sight’ orders; commuters frisked as Beijing heightens anti-terror measures


Beijing subjected rush-hour passengers to an extra layer of security checks and gave orders allowing SWAT teams to shoot terrorists on sight, as it ramped up policing after a string of attacks on the mainland. This morning, hundreds of passengers queued up in security lines outside nine key subway stations in Beijing, where metro staff … Continue reading

Seven big problems that China’s large economy can’t solve


China may have topped the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, at least according to the World Bank, but how does that help the country? Here are seven problems China faces that its top ranking will not solve: Corruption China continues to crack down on corruption involving state officials enriching themselves through bloated government projects … Continue reading

Blasts kill dozens at market in China’s restive Xinjiang region


A series of explosions tore through an open-air market in the capital of the volatile western Chinese region of Xinjiang on Thursday, killing dozens of people and wounding many more, state media reported. China’s Ministry of Public Security said the attack in the heavily policed city of Urumqi was “a serious violent terrorist incident” and … Continue reading

Vietnam mobs set fire to foreign factories in anti-China protest


Thousands of Vietnamese set fire to factories and rampaged in industrial zones in the south of the country after protests against Chinese oil drilling in a part of the South China Sea claimed by Vietnam, officials said on Wednesday. The brunt appears to have been borne by Taiwanese companies in the zones in Binh Duong … Continue reading

The mystery shrouding China’s Communist Party suicides


Being a government official in China is not for the faint of heart, the thin-skinned or the fragile of mind. A recent state media report has reverberated online and in the Communist Party press by revealing that at least 54 Chinese officials died of “unnatural causes” in 2013, and that more than 40 percent of … Continue reading

Taiwan: Sunflower movement demonstrators face persecution


In addition to retaliation from the police (and possibly from the judiciary), persecution and character assassination of those associated with protests has taken on many forms. Those following our fan page and recent events in Taiwan will no doubt be aware of the abuse of power by police. The arrest, interrogation and subsequent release of … Continue reading

China points to suicide blast in Urumqi attack


Chinese authorities say that two religious extremists carried out a terror attack at a train station in far-western Xinjiang region by detonating explosives, in an apparent suicide bombing that also killed one other person and wounded 79. The strike late Wednesday in Urumqi was the third high-profile attack in seven months blamed on Xinjiang extremists … Continue reading

Taiwan demonstrations continue: western media forgets


As the Sunflower Movement stated upon leaving Taiwan‘s legislative chamber, they would return. The movement never had “tunnel vision”, but was focused on a long list of grievances. The secret “black box” trade negotiation between China and US Military ally Taiwan was only the one straw on the camel’s back. In this recent round of government … Continue reading

China’s secret WWII documents surface mysteriously; hidden and never mentioned since 1950s


China has released what it claims are previously confidential Japanese wartime documents, including some about comfort women forced to serve in military brothels during World War Two, Chinese state media reported. The publication comes during a fraught period in Japan-China relations. Last week, Japan’s Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Ltd paid about $29 million for the release … Continue reading

China claims “terrorism” threats in apparent bid to get tougher on ethnic minorities


Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Saturday that China faces increasing threats to national security and warned of the dangers of terrorism in a speech indicating that Beijing could impose tougher controls on its ethnic minorities. Xi told a study session of the party’s decision-making Politburo “to resolutely stamp out the brazenness of the terrorists,” … Continue reading

‘Sunflower’ students change history


Read the new eBook about the last 21 hours of the Sunflower Movement occupancy. The Sunflower movement made history this month. As Taiwan’s government was deviating from the will of its people, unarmed students disrupted the legislature by occupying it for three weeks. An unplanned, flash-mob protest met outside the legislature on March 18. Both the students … Continue reading

China tries to stop Hong Kong building Tiananmen Square Museum


The world’s first permanent museum dedicated to China’s Tiananmen Square massacre is hoping to open – sparking tensions in host city Hong Kong. The planned opening comes ahead of a key anniversary of the bloody crackdown, which saw hundreds killed when Chinese troops opened fire on pro-democracy protesters, on June 3/4, 1989. But the bid … Continue reading

Taiwan’s Jiang could face international trial for using force on ‘Sunflower’ movement protesters; executive-legislative conflict indicates rising dictators


After keeping their promise to Taiwan Legislative Yuan Speaker, Wang Jin-pyng (王金平), the students in the “Sunflower” movement who had occupied the nation’s legislature since March 19 demonstrated evidence that contradicts a long-standing, worldwide precedent in court rulings, police action, and decisions made by executive heads of state. This incident may be history’s first evidence, … Continue reading

China recruits ‘guardian angels’ to protect embattled doctors


China’s capital Beijing is taking a novel approach to protecting doctors from growing levels of violence from angry patients: volunteer “guardian angels”. The campaign will recruit students, medical workers and other patients to act as middlemen between doctors and those in their care to defuse disagreements and smooth over tensions, the official Xinhua news agency … Continue reading

The real China housing collapse: Actual buildings


They don’t build ‘em like they used to, and when it comes to housing in China, that’s probably a good thing. According to the official Xinhua news agency, the price behind the breakneck pace of China’s construction boom since the reform and opening is becoming clear, with buildings collapses frequently involving those constructed in the … Continue reading

Mass protests in Taiwan explode into Executive Parliament: Has “Asian Spring” begun?


The following article reflects the views of the author, and not necessarily those of China Daily Mail. Hundreds of students bypassed the barbed wire and fences surrounding the Executive Yuan building and seized control of yet another crucial arm of the Taiwanese government. Following president Ma’s unsavoury answer – “Students, stop this illegal sit-in so … Continue reading

A Chinese blogger’s view: China is too sensitive about other countries’ actions


For many years, the Chinese government has been unstable about its diplomatic direction. A slight change from another country will make a huge difference about the attitude of the Chinese government toward that country. The same  slight action will also cause huge movement amongst the Chinese people and politicians. Thus, though many years have passed, … Continue reading

Taiwan legislature “occupied/retaken”: USA media ignores


Students have taken over Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan meeting chamber for over 106 hours. 12:00pm Friday marked the deadline the student-led mass gave to Taiwan’s dominant party, the KMT, to acknowledge and respond positively to their demands. The unarmed assortment of young Taiwanese took action in the wake of the pending Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA), after a … Continue reading

From his Pakistan hideout, Uighur leader vows revenge on China


Entrenched in secret mountain bases on Pakistan’s border with Afghanistan, Uighur fighters are gearing up for retribution against China to avenge the deaths of comrades in Beijing’s crackdown on a separatist movement, their leader told Reuters. China, Pakistan’s only major ally in the region, has long urged Islamabad to weed out what it says are … Continue reading

China humiliates itself with racist attack on outgoing US ambassador


A few days ago in Beijing, as Gary Locke wrapped up his tenure as United States ambassador to China, he was lambasted in a Chinese state media editorial. The piece called Locke a “guide dog.” It said he had stirred an “evil wind.” Worst of all, it called him a “banana.” As in yellow on … Continue reading

China seeks WWII focus on Japan during visit to Germany, but Germans feel uncomfortable about it


China wants to make World War Two a key part of a trip by President Xi Jinping to Germany next month, much to Berlin’s discomfort, diplomatic sources said, as Beijing tries to use German atonement for its wartime past to embarrass Japan. China has increasingly contrasted Germany and its public contrition for the Nazi regime … Continue reading

Obama’s meeting with Dalai Lama irks China


The US leader vowed “strong support” for the protection of Tibetans’ human rights in China during the encounter. China had urged the US to cancel the meeting, saying it would “seriously impair China-US relations“. Beijing described the Dalai Lama as a separatist, while the spiritual leader said he only advocates greater autonomy for Tibet, not … Continue reading

China says it will win West over to its view on Tibet, Xinjiang


China has “time on its side” to win over Western opinion to its point of view on the restive regions of Tibet and Xinjiang, a senior official wrote on Wednesday, vowing with unusually strong language to ignore foreign pressure on human rights. Zhu Weiqun, chairman of the ethnic and religious affairs committee of the top … Continue reading

A rare visit with Ai Weiwei, China’s loudest rebel


The subject of the smartphone photo was one of the most prosaic imaginable: a cat, drinking from a stone trough. The man behind it, however, was Ai Weiwei, one of the world’s most famous artists. Only after the picture has been successfully uploaded to Instagram, without a hint of irony, does Ai become fully aware … Continue reading

Hong Kong: Justice for Erwiana Sulistyaningsih


I refer to the report of Joanna Chiu, “Indonesian maid at centre of ‘torture ordeal’ row could sue Hong Kong government”, South China Morning Post, January 20. Said article concerns an “Indonesian helper who says she was abused for eight months by employer” and that she “considers a case claiming city violated its ‘duty of … Continue reading

Government reforms making Chinese society dangerous


As a Chinese person, I support the reforms taken by President Xi Jinping. He has planned to suppress corruption, which is the core of his reform. In addition, to consolidate the stand of China in the world, he is trying to make the Chinese government have strong attitudes towards other countries, especially Japan and Southeast … Continue reading

Can China stop organ trafficking?


Guo Bin, a six-year-old boy from Shanxi province, in northern China, thought the sky had gone permanently dark when he woke up, one day this summer, bloody-faced and crying near his parents’ home. “We originally thought he had fallen down and smashed his face,” Guo’s father, a farmer, told a local television station. “We didn’t notice that … Continue reading

British teachers fined, jailed and deported for working illegally in China


The following is one of many stories in recent months concerning foreign nationals working illegally, or vilified as serious criminals for seemingly minor matters. After ricocheting from subject of sympathy to target of vitriol by millions of Chinese Internet users who had seen photographs of him hitting a woman pedestrian with his scooter, a foreign … Continue reading

China claims North Korea’s Jang Song-thaek execution eaten alive by dogs


According to a report from The Week First Post, Initial reports suggested Jang Song-thaek, the No.2 man in North Korea, had been shot by a firing squad after being found guilty of treason. But an account in Wen Wei Po – China’s official mouthpiece – suggests the reality was even more disturbing. According to the report, Jang … Continue reading

China rightly outraged at Japan: Moral honesty is the key for historical closure


I refer to the AFP news report, “Germany urges Japan to deal ‘honestly’ with WWII past”, December 31. To quote from the said article: “Germany said Monday it tried to deal “honestly” with its World War II past and urged Japan to do the same after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe‘s visit to a controversial war … Continue reading

Chinese doctor admits selling patients’ newborn babies


A Chinese doctor has admitted in court that she stole babies from the hospital where she worked and sold them to human traffickers, state media and a court said. Zhang Shuxia, a locally respected and soon-to-retire obstetrician, stood trial on Monday in northern Shaanxi province‘s Fuping county, according to online postings from the court. Zhang … Continue reading

The new face of Chinese propaganda


An old schoolmate of mine is now a midlevel government official. This friend, Mr. Lin, is also a member of the Chinese Communist Party. He worships Mao Zedong and often quotes Mao’s saying, “Man must have some spirit.” He once told me that when he visited New York, he most liked the Statue of Liberty, … Continue reading

With glut of lonely men, China has an approved outlet for unrequited lust


In Guangzhou, China, slack-jawed and perspiring, Chen Weizhou gazed at a pair of life-size female dolls clad, just barely, in lingerie and lace stockings. Above these silicone vixens, an instructional video graphically depicted just how realistic they felt once undressed. A 46-year-old tour bus driver, Mr Chen had come earlier this month to the Guangzhou … Continue reading

China: Xinjiang college says “approved political views” needed to graduate


College students in China’s restive western Xinjiang region will not graduate unless their political views are approved, a university official said, as the country wages what school administrators called an ideological war against separatism. Xinjiang is home to the Muslim Uighur ethnic group, many of whom resent controls imposed by Beijing and an inflow of … Continue reading

SlutWalk Hong Kong


Originating from Toronto, Canada, the SlutWalk movement has quickly become an awakening with 80 walks all over the world from London to Calcutta to Chicago and, more recently, Hong Kong. The SlutWalk movement was born in April 2011 when a Canadian police officer made a statement that “women should avoid dressing like sluts in order … Continue reading

China to ease one-child policy


China will ease family planning restrictions nationwide, the government said on Friday, allowing millions of families to have two children in the country’s most significant liberalisation of its strict one-child policy in about three decades. Couples in which one parent is an only child will now be able to have a second child, one of … Continue reading

New Chinese agency to ‘manage’ social unrest


The ruling Chinese Communist Party said it would establish an agency to “manage” growing social unrest, as part of a set of reforms largely focusing on the economy. The new “state security committee” will tackle social instability and unify other agencies in charge of increasing security challenges, both foreign and domestic, the Central Committee said … Continue reading

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