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China’s still building detention camps in Xinjiang — and they’re getting even bigger

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China appears to be expanding its network of secret detention facilities for Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang, despite official claims that all detainees have been released from the camps.

China forces 500,000 Tibetans into labour camps

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China is pushing hundreds of thousands of Tibetans into forced labour camps, mirroring a program in the western Xinjiang region, as the International Olympic Committee is urged to strip Beijing of the Winter Olympics.

Disgrace! ‘Mulan’ Has a Message: Serve China and Forget About the Uighurs

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The film was put together by a team of Western scriptwriters who seem to have done very little homework, resulting in a jumbled mess whose absorption of China’s nationalist myths is largely unconscious.

Trump administration weighs accusing China of ‘genocide’ over Uighurs

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The United States is weighing formally labeling China’s brutal repression of ethnic Muslim minority Uighurs a “genocide,” two Trump administration officials said.

Courageous coronavirus scientist who has defected to the US reveals how she fled her...

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When Li-Meng Yan was asked to pop into her boss’s office on the final day of last year, she had no idea such a routine summons might be the start of events that would lead to her fleeing her family, her work and her country in fear for her life.

Why is China repressing the Uyghurs in Xinjiang?

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Like its counterparts in the West, the Chinese government is using the pretext of fighting "Islamic extremism" to expand its repressive powers and gain a geostrategic advantage.

Chinese village sealed off after death from bubonic plague

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Authorities in the Chinese region of Inner Mongolia have sealed off a village after a resident there died from bubonic plague, a centuries-old disease responsible for the most deadly pandemic in human history.

Yore takes on the unholy alliance of the Vatican and Communist China

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“Why aren’t we putting all of these faces of people who are going missing up there?” Yore said about those who disappear in China for practicing their religion. “I don’t know if there’s even a list up in the Vatican.

In China no child is allowed in church; they are banished children of President...

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The assault on religion is widespread, comprehensive, and brutal in China. The Xi government has demolished religion from cradle to grave. 

How the US could take to help Uighurs in China

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China has imprisoned millions of Uighur Muslims in concentration camps. Here’s what the Trump administration could do right now to help stop it.

Current and former Chinese Communist Party members explain their motivations for joining

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Wang Yao sought asylum in Australia after the Chinese Communist Party imprisoned her. The majority of the CCP's 92 million members are workers, farmers and professionals.

21st Anniversary of the PRC Government’s Persecution of Falun Gong

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Since 1999, the Communist Party of China (CCP) has sought to eradicate Falun Gong, a spiritual practice originating in China, and its peaceful practitioners and human rights defenders who have fought for their right to practice their beliefs. 

‘It was dehumanising’: Jessica Shuran Yu condemns training abuse in China

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A world championship figure skater has urged the International Olympic Committee to do more to protect vulnerable young girls after detailing how she and others suffered abuse inside the Chinese system.

UK accuses China of ‘gross’ human rights abuses against Uighurs

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UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has accused China of "gross and egregious" human rights abuses against its Uighur population and said sanctions against those responsible cannot be ruled out.

How one woman’s stolen identity exposed a system of exam fraud

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This week around 10 million students across China have sat the Gaokao - a college entrance exam which determines their entire future.

Pope scraps prepared remarks on China’s security law in Hong Kong, raising concerns: report

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Pope Francis skipped any mention of Hong Kong during his weekly address Sunday, even though the issue was reportedly included in his prepared remarks.

China forcing birth control on Uighurs to suppress population, report says

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China is forcing women to be sterilised or fitted with contraceptive devices in Xinjiang in an apparent attempt to limit the population of Muslim Uighurs, according to new research.

China’s hidden partner in suppressing the Muslim Uighurs – the US

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It’s been revealed that Trump encouraged the mass internment of Uighurs. But the US complicity goes back to 9/11.

Exclusive: Trump held off on Xinjiang sanctions for China trade deal

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In an Oval Office interview on Friday afternoon, President Trump told me that he held off on imposing Treasury sanctions against Chinese officials involved with the Xinjiang mass detention camps because doing so would have interfered with his trade deal with Beijing.

Inside the pro-China network targeting the US, Hong Kong and an exiled tycoon

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Channels in these clusters behaved in a coordinated manner while primarily uploading spammy non-political content, although a small subset posted primarily Chinese-language political content, similar to those described in a recent Graphika report.

YouTube automatically deleted comments that criticized China’s Communist Party

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YouTube has admitted that it automatically deleted comments that criticized China’s ruling Communist Party (CCP). 

Inside the Early Days of China’s Coronavirus Coverup

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As the outbreak began to slow down in mainland China, the government remained cautious in filtering out any information that might contradict the seemingly unstoppable trend of recovery.

How China is ruthlessly exploiting the coronavirus pandemic it helped cause

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The coronavirus pandemic that rages across the globe is a fire China helped light. And now, while Beijing grasps a fire hose with two hands, it’s also planting a boot on the world’s neck.

China’s cover-up

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As the Chinese coronavirus has ravaged the United States, upending nations in Europe, infecting nearly every single country on the face of the earth, one thing has been noticeably absent from the global conversation: China’s role in spreading this disease.

Shenzhen becomes first Chinese city to ban eating cats and dogs

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Shenzhen has become the first Chinese city to ban the sale and consumption of dog and cat meat.

China Concealed Extent of Virus Outbreak, U.S. Intelligence Says

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China has concealed the extent of the coronavirus outbreak in its country, under-reporting both total cases and deaths it’s suffered from the disease, the U.S. intelligence community concluded in a classified report to the White House, according to three U.S. officials.

British Mr Bean Impersonator Spreads Coronavirus Propaganda In Wuhan

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Nigel Dixon, a British Mr Bean impersonator, is reportedly being paid by the government of China to create bizarre clips praising the response of Wuhan in the face of the coronavirus outbreak.

Inside China’s high-stakes campaign to smear the United States over coronavirus

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If you listened to Chinese state-run media, you'd think President Trump went to China and released vials of COVID-19 on groups of unsuspecting men, women and children.

China credibly accused of organ-harvesting atrocity

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Last week, the Independent Tribunal into Forced Organ Harvesting from Prisoners of Conscience in China issued its final report concluding that China engages in the systematic human-rights atrocity of killing political and other prisoners and harvesting their organs.

Coronavirus: Rumors and misinformation swirl unchecked in China

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The new coronavirus has presented perhaps the biggest challenge to the Chinese government in a generation, posing a test not seen before by its strongman president, Xi Jinping.

WeChat is censoring messages about coronavirus in China

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WeChat currently has over 1.15 billion monthly active users, and censoring important information about the outbreak only puts them in more danger.

China has censored the Archive of Our Own, one of the internet’s largest fanfiction...

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The Archive of Our Own (AO3), the Hugo-winning fanfiction website, is the latest casualty of Chinese censorship, amid a continued crackdown in the country on queer content, sexually explicit content, and websites based abroad.

UN demands ‘unfettered access’ for China Uighur region visit

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Beijing has said it would welcome UN officials to Xinjiang on the condition they stay out of its internal affairs.

Coronavirus: China uses nets in drills to tackle obstructive patients

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China has warned it will take action against those who do not take all possible measures to limit the spread of the virus.

Healthy Wuhan residents say they were forced into mass coronavirus quarantine, risking infection

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While Xi has noted this week that China's battle against the coronavirus is making "visible progress," Wang, the party boss, appeared more cautious in his assessment of the reality in Wuhan.

Wuhan woman with no symptoms infects five relatives with coronavirus

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The case study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, offered clues about how the coronavirus is spreading, and suggested why it may be difficult to stop.

Don’t buy China’s story: The coronavirus may have leaked from a lab

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At an emergency meeting in Beijing held last Friday, Chinese leader Xi Jinping spoke about the need to contain the coronavirus and set up a system to prevent similar epidemics in the future.

Restrictions And Rewards: How China Is Locking Down Half A Billion Citizens

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Yet the public remains skeptical. "The collection and use of personal information (facial recognition, phone number, home addresses) during this outbreak is truly a disaster," one Weibo user wrote.

Vatican sends more than half-million masks to China amid coronavirus outbreak

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The Vatican reportedly has dispatched hundreds of thousands of masks to Hubei, Zhejiang and Fujian provinces in China amid the coronavirus outbreak that has killed over 360 people in the country.

You Can Now Go to Jail in China for Criticizing Beijing’s Coronavirus Response

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The Chinese government is ramping up its propaganda, and cracking down on criticism, as the virus spreads.

China’s government poses a ‘global threat to human rights,’ report finds

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The Chinese government increasingly poses a "global threat to human rights," according to NGO Human Rights Watch.

For China’s Pickup Artists, Sex Is the Goal and Urging Suicide Is a Tactic

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In China, teaching men the manipulative ways of the pickup artist became big business. A crackdown is revealing a curriculum of abuse.

China’s library officials are burning books that diverge from Communist Party ideology

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The founder of modern China, Mao Zedong, joked to colleagues at a 1958 Communist Party conference that he buried 46,000 scholars compared with the Qin emperor’s 460.

TikTok’s owner is helping China’s campaign of repression in Xinjiang, report finds

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Chinese tech giants including ByteDance, TikTok’s parent company, and Huawei Technologies are working closely with the Communist Party to censor and surveil Uighur Muslims in China’s western region of Xinjiang

‘The Entire System Is Designed to Suppress Us.’ What the Chinese Surveillance State Means...

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As China’s economy slows and rising wages make manufacturing less competitive, the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is turning to technology to arrest the slide. Strategic technologies such as AI are a key focus.

‘Organised cruelty’: who are the Uighurs and why does China want to ’round them...

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China's government launched a "smashing, obliterating offensive" in its western province of Xinjiang. What is happening there? And who are the Uighurs?

China’s messaging against the Hong Kong protests has found a new outlet: PornHub

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Shu Chang, a Chinese online commentator with over 3 million followers on Chinese social media platform Weibo, said in a post (link in Chinese) on Tuesday (Nov. 12)  that she and other internet users had uploaded a number of propaganda videos on PornHub after being unable to put them on YouTube.

‘Crimes against humanity’: is China killing political prisoners for their organs?

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In China, it’s possible to pre-book an organ transplant, something that would be impossible under a voluntary donor system – raising suspicions of widespread organ harvesting.

Why you should worry if you have a Chinese smartphone

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The Chinese party state is going to take advantage of the weaknesses in liberal democracies, whether they’re legal or cultural. They take advantage of our really weak data privacy laws.

A Million People Are Jailed at China’s Gulags. I Managed to Escape. Here’s What...

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Rape, torture and human experiments. Sayragul Sauytbay offers firsthand testimony from a Xinjiang 'reeducation' camp.

Google employees are fighting over their company’s decision to ban a Hong Kong protest...

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The move has helped spark a fiery debate playing out on the search giant’s internal mailing lists.

China and Taiwan clash over Wikipedia edits

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Taiwan is itself locked in a messaging war with China, with its own geopolitical points to make and many of the misconceptions may be genuine ones, at least in the eyes of the people who edit them.

Deputy Secretary John J. Sullivan Remarks at the Human Rights Crisis in Xinjiang Event

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We will hear first-hand accounts today that separate truth from fiction when it comes to China’s brutal campaign of repression of Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, ethnic Kyrgyz, and other Muslim minority groups in Xinjiang.

Video showing hundreds of shackled, blindfolded prisoners in China is ‘genuine’

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Human rights groups say China is holding one million people, mostly ethnic Uighurs, at detention camps - a charge Beijing denies.

China Is Waging a Disinformation War Against Hong Kong Protesters

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Propaganda in the traditional sense, Mr. Pomerantsev said, would try to win over an audience, while disinformation is meant simply to sow confusion and fuel conspiracies.

Schoolchildren in China work overnight to produce Amazon Alexa devices

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Leaked documents show children as young as 16 recruited by Amazon supplier Foxconn work gruelling and illegal hours

The hidden costs of China’s rare-earth trade

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But in Guangxi, villagers protest that the state-owned companies are as bad as illegal operators, if not worse, because they can poison the ground and air with the support of local authorities.

‘All Hong Kongers are scared’: protests to widen as rural residents fight back

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Sleepy town of Yuen Long becomes battleground after suspected gangster attack on commuters

China called out over Uyghur Muslim detention by multiple countries, including Australia

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Nearly two dozen countries have called on China to halt its mass detention of ethnic Uyghurs in its north-west Xinjiang region, the first such joint move on the issue at the UN Human Rights Council.

China Is Forcing Tourists to Install Text-Stealing Malware at its Border

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The malware downloads a tourist’s text messages, calendar entries, and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files.

Map exposes the extent of China’s ‘human farms’ as tribunal slams $1b forced organ...

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More than one million people have been rounded up and jailed in torture camps with one evil purpose — to be farmed.

China social media: WeChat and the Surveillance State

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If you want to have a normal life in China, you had better not say anything controversial about the Communist Party and especially not about its leader, Xi Jinping.

‘If I disappear’: Chinese students make farewell messages amid crackdowns over labor activism

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As the number of missing students ticked up in recent months, those who still had freedom prepared “open letters” to be published in case they were seized.

China released a Uyghur mother to silence her US son – then sent her...

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Despite meeting with Secretary Pompeo this year, Jawdat said he and other American Uyghurs are losing hope that the State Department can rescue their loved ones and that it is "not doing enough."

60th Year of Suppression in Tibet Marked with More Clampdowns

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Aiming to stop the spread of Tibetan Buddhism in mainland China, CCP is tightening its grip over any religious activities or expression of traditional culture.

China Cashes in on the Cannabis Boom

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They are doing so even though cannabidiol has not been authorized for consumption in China, a country with some of the strictest drug-enforcement policies in the world.

Six Marxist students vanish in China in the lead up to Labor Day

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Tolerance of student activism is unlikely to change with less than a month to go before the 30th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, the brutal military crackdown on pro-democracy student protesters in 1989.

China’s crushing of dissent could lead to disaster

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Since the trade war erupted, China’s leaders have deliberately toned down the hype surrounding Made in China 2025, suggesting that they recognise the high cost of moving forward with the program.

A wave of Islamic countries started to stand up to China over its persecution...

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Activists and politicians in places like the US and UN regularly slam China over the crackdown. Beijing continually tells its Western critics to back off, but goes above and beyond to prevent Muslim countries from standing up for Uighurs.

Why China Silenced a Clickbait Queen in Its Battle for Information Control

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The silencing of Ms. Ma, better known in China by her pen name, Mimeng, reflects a broader campaign by President Xi Jinping to purge the public sphere of popular voices that the ruling Communist Party finds threatening, no matter how innocuous they may seem.

For single mothers and lesbians in China, accessing fertility treatment is a nightmare

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Every day during the balmy late afternoons of southern China's spring, Xiao Chen takes her twin daughters to Shenzhen's central park. Dressed in matching floral...

China database lists ‘breedready’ status of 1.8 million women

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An open database in China contains the personal information of more than 1.8 million women, including their phone numbers, addresses, and something called “BreedReady” status, according...

China’s women’s movement has not only survived an intense crackdown, it’s grown

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On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, Chinese authorities jailed five feminist activists for planning to hand out stickers against sexual harassment...

China uses social credit surveillance system to ban millions from buying plane and train...

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Skipped paying a fine in China? Then forget about buying an airline ticket. Key points: Social credit points can be deducted for breaking the law...

One Man’s Desperate Battle To Free His Son From China’s Growing Police State

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An 18-month-old Australian boy is trapped in China, and his father in Sydney fears he will be taken away from his mother and sent...

As Uighurs Disappear in China, Loved Ones Overseas Demand Answers

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Many members of the Uighur ethnic group living in exile are worried that their relatives back home in China are locked up in internment...

Deepak Chopra and Friends Meet His Holiness the Dalai Lama

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Indian-born American author and public speaker Deepak Chopra and 45 close friends met His Holiness the Dalai Lama this morning. His Holiness welcomed them saying:

More than 12,000 Chinese blood plasma products recalled in HIV scare; conflicting reports emerge

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Thousands of blood plasma products sold by a Chinese state-owned pharmaceutical company were reported to be contaminated with HIV this week, although a statement...

Chinese activist Liu Feiyue given five years’ jail for ‘inciting subversion’

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The founder of a prominent Chinese civil and human rights website has been sentenced to five years in prison for inciting state subversion, according to human rights organisations.

Chinese human rights lawyer jailed for ‘subversion’

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Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was sentenced on Monday to four and a half years in prison for state subversion, sealing the...

Chinese boy scores full marks for moving essay on phone addict dad

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A nine-year-old boy in central China tugged at the heartstrings of many when his cry for attention from his phone addict father in a...

China has a special passport for its elites—and Huawei’s detained executive had one

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A recent finding about a detained Huawei executive’s passports is likely to raise more questions about the telecom giant’s relationship with the Chinese government. In...

‘I’m being watched’: Anne-Marie Brady, the China critic living in fear of Beijing

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New Zealand academic says Chinese intimidation tactics she has studied are now being used against her. It’s just gone midday at Canterbury University and Professor...

U.S. Senate revives bill that could sanction China over treatment of its Muslims

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U.S. lawmakers revived a bill Thursday that could pave the way for sanctions against China over its mass internment of Muslim ethnic...

Opinion: The Strange Silence Over China’s Muslim Crackdown

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President Trump says trade talks between the United States and China have been, "going very well." The United States put $250 billion...

One year after going viral, China’s ‘Ice Boy’ has a new home and warmer...

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Many things about Wang Fuman’s life have changed since he became an international sensation a year ago. Then, he was an 8-year-old...

China ‘to let thousands of ethnic Kazakhs leave Xinjiang’

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China is allowing more than 2,000 ethnic Kazakhs to abandon their Chinese citizenship and leave the country, the Kazakh foreign ministry has...

China passes law to make Islam ‘compatible with socialism’

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New decree seeks to 'guide Islam', as crackdown against Muslims and Islamic symbols continues. MORE ON CHINA

Chinese schools enforce ‘smart uniforms’ with GPS tracking system to monitor students

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Chinese schools have begun enforcing "smart uniforms" embedded with computer chips to monitor student movements and prevent them from skipping classes.

Leading Chinese Marxist student taken away by police on Mao’s birthday

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Chinese police detained a well-known Marxist at a top university on Wednesday, a witness said, on the sensitive anniversary of the 125th...

Prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang on trial in closed court years after...

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One of China's most prominent human rights lawyers, Wang Quanzhang, has been put on trial in a closed court three-and-a-half years after...

China Applies Xinjiang’s Policing Lessons to Other Muslim Areas

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China’s draconian policing of Muslims in its western region of Xinjiang is being replicated in other parts of the country, particularly in areas with...

Twitter allegedly subject to Chinese censorship reach through hacked accounts and deleted tweets

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When Chinese human rights activist Aizhong Wang logged into his Twitter account this week, he was shocked to find all his tweets...

China’s pre-Christmas church crackdown raises alarm

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A recent surge of police action against churches in China has raised concerns the government is getting even tougher on unsanctioned Christian...

China’s first pet cloning agency duplicates famous screen pooch Juice

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Juice is a 30-centimetre-tall canine wonder who has starred in dozens of Chinese film and television productions. Key points:

Google’s Secret China Project “Effectively ended” After Internal Confrontation

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GOOGLE HAS BEEN forced to shut down a data analysis system it was using to develop a censored search engine for China after members of the company’s privacy team raised internal complaints.

China’s Bizarre Program to Keep Activists in Check

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As part of “stability maintenance,” people the state considers troublemakers may be sent to jail—or sent on vacation. Recently,...

Detention of 100 Christians raises concerns about religious crackdown in China

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A prominent Chinese pastor and former legal scholar is one of 100 Christians detained by authorities after he was reportedly arrested on...

Bishop from China’s underground Catholic church steps down – state media

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A bishop from China's underground Catholic church will step down at the request of the Vatican to make way for a candidate...

Chinese Hackers May Be Behind Massive Marriott Data Breach, Official Says

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In the last few months, the Justice Department has filed several charges against Chinese hackers and intelligence officials. A case filed in October marked the first time that a Chinese Ministry of State Security intelligence officer was extradited to the United States for trial.

Chinese boys under pressure to become ‘real men’

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Tang Haiyan runs his school with a clear mission in mind: He will train boys to be men. There...

Chinese flaunt their wealth through weddings as Beijing cracks downs on ‘vulgar’ spending

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Just after Bo Xiao and his bride bowed to their parents at their traditional Chinese wedding ceremony to pay their respects, he handed the bride's parents a red envelope stuffed with $20,000 cash to pay her "bride price".

Uighur leaders warn China’s actions could be ‘precursors to genocide’

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Uighur leaders have called on democratic governments to confront China over its treatment of ethnic minority Uighur Muslims.

Will Trump Speak Up Against China’s Oppression?

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In Argentina, President Trump has a chance to confront Xi Jinping on human rights abuses against the Uighurs. As President Trump prepares to meet his Chinese...

China’s edge in the tech race is vast amounts of data

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The willingness of Chinese citizens to share their data with tech firms is giving China an edge. A vast number are sharing medical...

Google’s China search engine drama

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The first time many of us heard about China's use of facial recognition on jaywalkers was just this week when a prominent Chinese businesswoman was publicly "named and shamed" for improper street crossing.

More than 250 runners disqualified from Chinese half-marathon

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Shenzhen Half-Marathon organisers have vowed the 258 participants caught cheating during last weekend's race will not be able to run away from punishment for...

China halts work of gene editor He Jiankui in bid to rescue its scientific...

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In light of the global outcry against disgraced researcher He Jiankui, China's Vice-Minister of Science and Technology has confirmed his ministry has ordered a...

More than 100 Chinese scientists have condemned the CRISPR baby experiment as “crazy”

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A group of scientists in China claim that they have helped bring two genetically edited twin babies to life. The goal in doing so...

From envelopes of cash to cigarettes: The hidden agenda of China’s widespread bribery culture

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A day before Peng Zhang's father was scheduled for a complex spinal surgery in Beijing, he slipped the surgeon a red envelope filled with...

Six Chinese Stories with Morals

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Kong Rong Gave Away Bigger Pears In the Eastern Han Dynasty, there was a person called Kong Rong. He’d been smart ever since he was...

Cook Ding Cuts Up an Ox

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In the story of "Cook Ding Cuts Up an Ox", from the "Secrets for Nurturing Life" chapter, Zhuangzi famously uses the image of a...

Women in Confucian thought

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Confucianism "largely defined the mainstream discourse on gender in China from the Han dynasty onward." The often strict, obligatory gender roles based on Confucian teachings...

Zhuangzi and the Skull

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The story of Zhuangzi and the roadside skull is consistently popular with Western readers as a classic example of the strange and humorous insight...

Moral teachings of Pu Songling in his literature

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Pu Songling (蒲松齡, 5 June 1640 – 25 February 1715) was a Qing Dynasty Chinese writer, best known as the author of Strange Stories...

Human nature in the philosophy of legalism

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The second pillar of Legalist political philosophy is their view of human nature. Legalists eschew the discussion of whether or not human badness or...

The Debate on the Joy of Fish

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The story of "The Debate on the Joy of Fish" is a well known anecdote that has been compared to the Socratic dialogue tradition...

China’s Education Gap – A Surprising Factor in Rural Poverty

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Many hold China’s education system up as a symbol of excellence around the world. In fact, Shanghai high schoolers recently participated in a study of students from 65 countries, representing 80% of the world’s economy.

Zhuangzi: Drumming On a Tub and Singing

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Another well-known Zhuangzi story – "Drumming On a Tub and Singing" – describes how Zhuangzi did not view death as something to be feared. 莊子妻死,惠子弔之,莊子則方箕踞鼓盆而歌。惠子曰:與人居長子,老身死,不哭亦足矣,又鼓盆而歌,不亦甚乎。 Zhuangzi's...

Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly

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This type of argument is well known as "Zhuangzi dreamed he was a butterfly" (莊周夢蝶 Zhuāng Zhōu mèng dié): One night, Zhuangzi (369 BC)...

The song-and-exercise routines of the modern Chinese workplace have revolutionary roots

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A few weeks ago, a photo of city workers in a city in eastern China doing push-ups as punishment made the social media rounds...

Baby girl wrapped in plastic sent by courier to China orphanage

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Delivery man notices cries coming from child wrapped in bags and notifies the police. Mother held accused of abandoning the child. A mother wrapped her...

Search for universal values

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A value is a universal value if it has the same value or worth for all, or almost all, people. Spheres of human value...

Values: judge of right or wrong

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In ethics, value denotes the degree of importance of some thing or action, with the aim of determining what actions are best to do...

Han Fei: Loyalty and Filial Piety

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All-under-Heaven approve the Tao of filial piety, fraternal respect, loyalty, and obedience, but never carefully investigate the Tao of filial piety, fraternal respect, loyalty,...

No vote rigging, rumors, or porn on WeChat for government officials

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Xinhua News Agency and various state-run accounts on the social media and messaging app WeChat have laid out rules for government officials in an article (in...

Zhuangzi

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Zhuang Zhou, often known as Zhuangzi ("Master Zhuang"), was an influential Chinese philosopher who lived around the 4th century BC during the Warring States period,...

China’s ‘sissy pants phenomenon’: Beijing fears negative impact of ‘sickly culture’ on teenagers

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Applying foundation, nose contouring and filling in eyebrows are standard practice for many women getting ready to head out. Key points: Xinhua says the portrayal...

The Gaokao Exam: A Tough Test for China

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This weekend close to 9.4 million students will sit for China’s gaokao exam, the grueling (and intensively competitive) nation-wide exam that determines collage placement for China’s high school seniors.

Di Zi Gui

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Di Zi Gui (弟子规 or Ti Tzu Kui, Standards for being a Good Pupil and Child) was written in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of...

Wang Yangming

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Wang Yangming (1472-1529), also known as Wang Shouren (Wang Shou-jen), is one of the most influential philosophers in the Confucian tradition. He is best known for his theory of the unity of knowledge and action.

Doctrine of the Mean

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The Doctrine of the Mean (中庸; pinyin: Zhōng yōng) is both a doctrine of Confucianism and also the title of one of the Four...

Ancient China’s “Virtuous” Women

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by Sun Jiahui "Female virtue schools” have been known to make headlines in China’s media. In the name of spreading Chinese traditional culture, they promoted...

One in three Chinese children faces an education apocalypse. An ambitious experiment hopes to...

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Glasses askew and gray hair tousled, Scott Rozelle jumps into a corral filled with rubber balls and starts mixing it up with several toddlers....

What do Americans think of China?

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Joseph Lemien: Studied at Kalamazoo College, Speak Chinese, and live in China. My impression is this: regular Americans think that China is a communist state...

The Great Learning

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The Great Learning(《大学》)was one of the "Four Books" in Confucianism. The Great Learning had come from a chapter in the Classic of Rites which formed one of the Five Classics.

China’s WeChat, Weibo and Baidu under investigation

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China says it is investigating its largest social media platforms - Weibo, WeChat and Baidu Tieba - for alleged violations of cyber security laws.

The practice of letting go

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By Ajahn Brahm, the abbot of Bodhinyana Monastery in Western Australia. 1.      Throw things away Things are only heavy when you hold onto them. Is holding a stick...

Confucian ethics

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Confucian ethics are described as humanistic. This ethical philosophy can be practiced by all the members of a society. 

Chinese Birthday Customs for the Elderly

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Traditionally, Chinese people do not pay a lot of attention to birthdays until they are 60 years old. The 60th birthday is regarded as a very important point of life and therefore there is often a big celebration.

Confucian Analects

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The Analects (論語; literally: "Edited Conversations"), also known as the Analects of Confucius, is a collection of sayings and ideas attributed to the Chinese philosopher...

Dao De Jing

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The Dao De Jing consists of 81 chapters. It can be read from the first to the last chapter as a typical book but...

Origins of Taoism

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Laozi is traditionally regarded as the founder of Taoism and is closely associated in this context with "original" or "primordial" Taoism. Whether he actually existed...

Plymouth professor studies Asian spitting behaviour

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A professor from Plymouth is to travel round Asia studying differing cultural attitudes towards spitting in public. Ross Coomber, who is a professor of sociology...

Rebirth in Buddhism

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Rebirth refers to a process whereby beings go through a succession of lifetimes as one of many possible forms of sentient life, each running...

How students cheated in exams to get into China’s imperial civil service

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Tiny book on display in Changsha gives glimpse of the underhand methods used by some trying to enter China’s bureaucracy during Ming and Qing...

‘Honest’ primary school sex-education textbook in China slammed for going too far

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A series of primary school textbooks about sex has triggered debate on the Chinese mainland over what sort of content is appropriate to teach...

What Is Filial Piety?

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Filial piety (孝, xiào) is China's most important moral and entails a strong loyalty and deference to one's parents. Because the family is the...

Book of Rites

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The Book of Rites or Liji(礼记), literally the Record of Rites, is a collection of texts describing the social forms, administration, and ceremonial rites of the Zhou dynasty as they were understood in the Warring States and the early Han periods.

In China, the people who barely exist

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I watched the old man for about an hour before I approached him. He sat on a dirty blanket on the street corner, bent like a sextant with age, rats scuttling in the gutter below his feet.

Female Chinese galamseyers blackmailing powerful men with sex videos

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Some Chinese women in the business of galamsey have become untouchable because they hold secret recordings of sexual escapades with 'big men' in Ghana. Senior...

Racism is a moral issue

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In my job as Race Discrimination Commissioner I am often asked how you should respond to an incident of racism. Imagine being at work...

How a little brown book can keep China’s lovers worlds apart

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In China, a household-registration system called hukou decides migrants’ social status, where they can afford to live – and who they marry. Nathan VanderKlippe...

Tiananmen Square massacre: The thing you will never read about in China

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You won't read this in China where the 1989 massacre of student protesters simply didn't happen. It has been erased from history and from...

Chinese Beliefs

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In premodern China, the great majority of people held beliefs and observed practices related to death that they learned as members of families and villages, not as members of organized religions.

China: debt crisis, state repression and the prospects for workers’ struggle

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In 2016, there were 2,663 strikes in China, according to the Hong Kong-based NGO China Labour Bulletin. For the first time, the combined numbers of...

A Buddhist view on life

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“Where do I come from?” This is a question most children would ask their parents. But few could provide a true answer. As we grow...

Five Practices for Nurturing Happiness

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By Thich Nhat Hanh We all want to be happy and there are many books and teachers in the world that try to help people be...

The media’s biased reporting on China serves the rich and powerful

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This month, a leading newspaper ran a column bashing China by two former U.S. intelligence officials. The piece claimed that the United States loses $600 billion...

Harmony: One of the Most Precious Elements in Chinese Traditional Culture

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In the long history of Chinese civilization, harmony has always been a highly valued virtue. Chinese people have always put an emphasis on harmony....

China from the inside: Women of the Country

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"There's a saying among men, 'Marrying a woman is like buying a horse: I can ride you and beat you whenever I like.'" --  Xie Lihua,...

Pilot ‘Gaokao’ Reforms Only Pile On the Pressure

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ZHEJIANG, East China — At the stroke of noon on a recent Saturday outside a high school in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province,...

The guilty secret: Chinese crime writer arrested for four cold-case murders

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In the introduction to his novel The Guilty Secret, Chinese writer Liu Yongbiao revealed he had already started work on a follow-up he hoped...

Dad, when I die, you’ll be happy: Chinese ‘left-behind’ boy, 15, writes in suicide...

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Unnamed child kills himself by drinking pesticide on Lunar New Year’s eve ‘after years of misery’ because of neglect and abuse at hands of...

Liao-Fan’s Four Lessons

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The first lesson shows how to create destiny. The second lesson explains the ways to reform. The third reveals the ways to cultivate kindness and the fourth discloses the benefits of the virtue of humility.

Beyond Stereotypes: China’s Top High Schools

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Contrary to popular conceptions, students at China’s best high schools have colorful lives and dreams. When Toni Xiong was finally back home on her couch...

Beijing park dispenses loo roll using facial recognition

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A park in Beijing has installed toilet paper dispensers with facial recognition to stop visitors from taking too much loo roll, media reports say. Machines...

VPN users in China megacity Chongqing face fines

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People in the Chinese megacity Chongqing could be fined for using VPNs to jump over the country's "Great Firewall" that blocks access to forbidden...

Confucius: the meaning of life

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Confucius (551–479 B.C.E.) was one of several intellectuals who started questioning the meaning of life, and the role of the gods and the spirits....

‘Yellow fever’ fetish: Why do so many white men want to date a Chinese...

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Chinese writer Yuan Ren lifts the lid on so-called 'yellow fever': a well-peddled myth that Asian women make better sexual lovers than other women,...

Chinese textbooks’ reinvention of Thomas Edison raises education concerns

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It is a story familiar to any Chinese student: Thomas Edison, as a boy of seven, came up with an invention that saved his...

Women-Only Trains for City That Blocked Anti-Harassment Ads

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The Guangzhou subway announced Friday that it will begin trials for female-only cars. The move comes after the city earlier this year rebuffed a...

Teen’s death at Chinese internet addiction camp sparks anger

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A Chinese teenager has died days after he was sent to an internet addiction treatment centre, reigniting criticism of these controversial institutions. The 18-year-old had...

“Beijing Has 20 Million People Pretending to Live Here”

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On July 23, Chinese blogger Zhang Wumao (real name Zhang Guochen) posted a humorous yet sharp essay criticizing the status quo of life in...

Universal Declaration of Human Rights

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) is a milestone document in the history of human rights. Drafted by representatives with different legal and...

Youth gangs in rural China

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Some of the poorest areas of China’s countryside are plagued by gangs. Small rural towns like Nayong are home to thousands of children left behind...

Pets, not food: Taiwan to ban eating, selling of dog and cat meat

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Taiwan has moved to explicitly ban people from eating dogs and cats, after its parliament approved a bill to punish those who consume and...

‘Your only right is to obey’: lawyer describes torture in China’s secret jails

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By Tom Phillips On day one of his detention Xie Yang claims he was shackled to a metal chair and ordered to explain why he...

China moves to protect sanctity of religious sites

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China is exploring numerous means, including information disclosure and lawmaking, to tackle the increasing commercialisation in places of worship across the country, according to...

Chinese Christian churches targeted in religious crackdown

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International Christian NGOs say there’s a renewed crackdown against religion in China. It follows a boom in people turning to Christianity - many of...

Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU

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The peoples of Europe, in creating an ever closer union among them, are resolved to share a peaceful future based on common values. Conscious of...

Mortality, Childbirth

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Until the late twentieth century, and then only in developed countries, the mortality risks associated with childbearing were substantial. Although there are risks to...

China from the inside: spread of AIDS

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The Spread of AIDS in China: A slow acknowledgment of the "capitalism loving disease" By Meghan Laslocky Many say it took a televised handshake for China...

China from the inside: Green GDP

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Accounting for the Environment in China In September 2006, the Chinese government unveiled a long-awaited study on how to account for environmental costs during its...

Inside the 2017 Yulin dog meat festival

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WARNING: Confronting content AS FAR as I know, I’m the only Australian journalist to ever go inside the Yulin dog meat festival. From the moment I...

Why 2016 is Actually the Best Time in All of History to Be Alive

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Fuck 2016. Worst year ever, right? From Trump to Syria, Bowie to Brexit—all you have to do is flip on your Twitter feed to...

Higher Education in China

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Since the implementation of reform and opening up, the reform and development of higher education have made significant achievements.

Extreme torture: Inside China’s correctional facilities

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JINTAO Liu’s body shuddered in pain as he endured yet another day of extreme torture. He had woken to pins being pushed into his nails...

On Buddhist practice

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Today we are blessed to have the occasion to gather here, to discuss life meaning in Buddhism. Why we should practice Buddhism and how...

China’s new policy tracking Muslims’ phones adds to rise in global Islamophobia

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Citizens in Xinjiang, a Muslim-majority province, are being forced to install a mobile surveillance app or risk a 10-day jail sentence. The Chinese government has...

In China’s far west the ‘perfect police state’ is emerging

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It was Friday, the Islamic day of assembly, but outside Kashgar’s Id Kah mosque on Liberation Avenue it was the growl of diesel engines that filled the air not a muezzin’s wistful cry.

Respecting Teachers and Cherishing Virtue

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Respecting teachers and cherishing virtues are part of the traditional ethics practiced by the Chinese people. Teachers, who impart morality, knowledge, and values, teach...

China Disrupts WhatsApp Service in Online Clampdown

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The last of Facebook's major products that still worked in China was hit by government blocks on Tuesday, as Beijing broadly tightens its controls...

China’s propaganda war over dying Nobel Prize Winner Liu Xiaobo

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He is China's number one dissident, described in the press here as a criminal, for others a hero of Chinese democracy. Either way, Liu...

Face Culture in China

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Although in the West we talk about “saving face” on occasion, the concept of “face” (面子)is far more deeply-rooted in China, and it’s something...

Why are Hong Kong students committing suicide?

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With long study hours and heavy workloads, it is easy to blame the education system for a recent spate of student suicides. But experts...

Tell us why we need these new anti-terror laws

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It's not enough for our elected leaders to say that anti-terrorism legislation is "above politics" - we must insist on there being proper scrutiny...

China’s embrace of embryo selection raises thorny questions

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Fertility centres are making a massive push to increase preimplantation genetic diagnosis in a bid to eradicate certain diseases. Getting time with Qiao Jie is...

You’ll never walk alone in Beijing

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When facing the hazards of the capital’s traffic, at least there’s safety in numbers. TWO months ago, when I first stood at a junction of...

China’s quick divorces create problems in other countries

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China’s family law reform has had marked socio-economic reverberations for the Chinese and is playing out in the family law courts of Australia. Before the...

Prominent Chinese rights activist charged with subversion after being held six months

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Chinese authorities have formally charged a prominent rights activist with subversion of state power after holding him incommunicado for six months, his wife said...

China hit by financial scam ‘epidemic’

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Li Wenxing was starting a new life. In May, the young university graduate left his home in rural China on the offer of work...

China gets tough on online dating websites

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China has taken steps to clean up the online dating scene, with the issuance of guidelines governing dating websites. Government bodies will coordinate to promote...

China getting lost in crisis of pollution

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Having recently spent time travelling around China, Margaret Hickey saw first hand how smog is much worse than we realise and asks why the West isn’t more worried.

‘Electronic heroin’: China’s boot camps get tough on internet addicts

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It was around midnight when the taxi pulled up outside the prison-like compound and Xiong Chengzuo’s parents delivered him to the man they call...

The Moral Icon Lei Feng

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Léi Fēng (18 December 1940  – 15 August 1962) was a soldier of the Chinese army in Communist legend. After his death, Lei was...

China’s ‘flaunt your wealth’ challenge goes viral with people falling out of cars with...

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Photos of people lying face down on the ground — surrounded by luxury bags, shoes, and sometimes wads of cash — have gone viral...

China’s Muslim minority banned from using their own language in schools

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A majority Muslim group in China have been banned from using its language in schools. The Uighur population in the restive western Xinjiang province, are ethnically distinct from China’s majority Han population. Recent...

As Chinese honour dead ancestors, illegal practise of ghost marriages still lingers

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Villagers are willing to pay hundreds of thousands of yuan for a female corpse to bury alongside an unmarried deceased male, Xinhua reports As Chinese...

Fan Bingbing: Vanished Chinese star ‘not socially responsible’

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Chinese film star Fan Bingbing has been ranked last in a report judging A-list celebrities on how "socially responsible" they are, fuelling further speculation about the whereabouts of the actress, who has not been seen in public for more than two months.