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Stories about China

21 March 2017

Chinese Lawmakers Seek to Protect Dead Communist Heroes With New Law

Critics are worried the new 'hero law' could have a chilling effect on academic and historical inquiry in China.

11 March 2017

Some Chinese Pin Their Hopes of Lower Housing Prices on a Property Tax

"People prefer to buy property only if housing surges overtake holding costs. It’s too silly and naïve to count on a property tax to contain rising prices!"

Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)

Global Voices Advocacy

'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'

10 March 2017

In China's Shadow: Will Taiwanese Universities Sell Out Academic Freedom?

A combination of political and economic pressures at local universities are laying the ground for an unsettling compromise.

7 March 2017

Frustrated by US Anti-Ballistic Missile System, China Punishes Korean Retailer Lotte

"Which is more destructive, South Korea's THAAD or North Korea's nuclear bomb? North Korea has VX nerve agent and nuclear bombs, aren't these more threatening?"

2 March 2017

Red Paint, Stalking and Cyberattacks: Pro-Beijing Newspaper Condemns Escalated Violence

Global Voices Advocacy

These threats have led to speculation that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is fragmented and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is prepared to eradicate a powerful sector within the Communist Party.

25 February 2017

There's Talk That Beijing Could Override Hong Kong's Election Result If It Doesn't Like the Winner

“Does the election committee have any real power? What’s the point of having an election committee then?”

21 February 2017

Hong Kong Police and Pro-Beijing Groups Protest After Court Convicts Officers of Assaulting Activist

"Police misconduct is not frightening as these are single cases. What's frightening is police wrongdoing can be justified by politics."

17 February 2017

Award-Winning Hong Kong Political Cartoonist Refuses Self-Censorship

"You speculate that the government may sue the publisher, and so decide to censor the work. The whole incident goes against my principles."

8 February 2017

Deprived of Voting Rights, What Do Hong Kongers Think of the Chief Executive Race?

"It is about choosing puppets, because no matter who takes office, they will obey Beijing."

Chinese Say Authorities Are Going After the Little Guy With Curbs on Foreign Exchange

"It seems more useful to crack down on underground banks and illegal channels than to just control ordinary people’s money."

4 February 2017

‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Wins Some Japanese Hearts, Infuriates Others

The new US Defense Secretary tried hard to reassure America's Japanese ally that Trump means no harm. Some were not impressed.

China Starts Arresting Internet Users for Insulting the Police

Global Voices Advocacy

Bad taste or hate speech? Chinese law enforcement is cracking down on Internet users who mock the police and even slain officers.

24 January 2017

Popular Chinese Selfie App Meitu Prompts Privacy Fears

"I think it’s just a very shady business practice to try to gather as much data as you can without asking for permission."

23 January 2017

China Officially Outlaws Unauthorised VPNs

Global Voices Advocacy

The Chinese government has been blocking some VPN services in China since 2015, but the current policy has officially made unregistered VPN and web-hosting services illegal.

20 January 2017

China's Top Judge Warns Against the ‘Threat’ of Judicial Independence

"The speech should be the best migration service advertisement of the year."

15 January 2017

Catchy Singlish Songs Urge Hong Kong to Return Military Hardware to Singapore

"Why you have to be liddat? Give us our Terrex back!"

11 January 2017

Hong Kongers Snap Protest Selfies With Government’s Palace Museum Project ‘Exhibition’

After a cultural project proceeds without public consultation and the government spends even more money on a television series to promote it, Hong Kongers stage acts of protest through selfies.

10 January 2017

Chinese Wonder If Smog Is Blackening Their Lungs Like It Is High-Speed Trains

"I don't think I will live as long as 80. Look at the train and see what happens to our lungs. My grandpa, aunt and uncle all have lung cancer."

2 January 2017

Award-Winning Chinese Human Rights Journalist: ‘This is a Calling, Not a Career Choice’

Global Voices Advocacy

Twenty-six-year-old journalist Zhao Sile won a Hong Kong Human Rights Press Award for her 2016 story, "The Fate of Chinese Rights NGOs."

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