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· January, 2020

Stories about China from January, 2020

How Zimbabwe's biometric ID scheme — and China’s AI aspirations — threw a wrench in elections

Some citizens were told that if they didn't register and submit their biometrics, they might be barred from voting.

For Taiwan, the Wuhan coronavirus is also a diplomatic battle

Taiwan is one of the most vulnerable places for the spread of the virus after the PRC.

Hong Kong medical workers frustrated at government indecision about blocking mainland visitors

Medical professionals in Hong Kong have urged the government to close Hong Kong-China border checkpoints to limit the spread of the Wuhan coronavirus into Hong Kong.

The Wuhan coronavirus is also an economic plague for China 

When an epidemic coincides with the spending spree that traditionally accompanies the Chinese New Year festivities, a country's economic health also comes under strain.

Citizens from Chinese city on lockdown roar ‘Beijing has abandoned Wuhan!’

Over 11 million residents in Wuhan, China, are now in a state of shock and panic, given the lack of appropriate medical response and credible information regarding the coronavirus epidemic.

A sea of red: Celebrating the Chinese New Year

The 2020 Lunar New Year, which began at midnight on January 24, will last for several days.

Kazakh family of writers and musicians caught in the Xinjiang vortex

The Oralbai family had a happy and productive life in China before a state purge targeting ethnic minorities tore them apart.

In preparation for the Lunar New Year mass migration, China finally gets serious about the Wuhan coronavirus

Initial rumors of a new form of coronavirus are being confirmed globally and, albeit reluctantly, by Beijing.

Is Russia getting its model for digital authoritarianism from China?

On the surface, China and Russia share much when it comes to digital governance. But their crackdowns on cyberspace also have important differences, says professor Maria Repnikova

The meaning of Tsai Ing-wen's 8.17 million votes in the Taiwan presidential elections

Some analysts have attributed Tsai Ing-wen's landslide victory in Taiwan's recent presidential to the Hong Kong protests and encroachment by Beijing. But that's only part of the story.

How ‘fake news’ and disinformation were spread in the run-up to Taiwan's presidential elections

Puma Shen, director of DoubleThink Labs, shares his observations on the ways in which fake news and disinformation were disseminated prior to Taiwan's January 11, 2020 presidential elections.

Taiwan presidential election: Tsai Ing-wen re-elected with record-breaking votes

Tsai said: 'I want to once again call upon Beijing authorities to remind them that peace, clarity, democracy and dialogue are key to positive cross-strait interactions and long-term development.'

The impact of Hong Kong protests on Taiwan’s presidential election and cross-strait relations

The axis of Taiwan’s political dynamics has shifted from the country's economy and administration to China factor and cross-strait relation.

Is Taiwan an unrecognized country?

"While today the international community is happy to maintain the current status-quo when dealing separately with Taiwan and China, certain political forces in both places are advocating for a change." 

Ahead of Taiwan's presidential election, KMT accuses DPP of ‘green terror’ and Beijing echoes

The political label “green terror” is also circulating widely on mainland Chinese state-affiliated media and social media outlets.

Beijing’s new top man in Hong Kong says he hopes city will return to ‘the right track’

The new director of Beijing’s Liaison Office in Hong Kong reiterated Chinese President Xi Jinping's expressed desire for "a harmonious and stable environment".

Chinese propaganda slogan ‘unifying Taiwan by force’ is losing its threatening edge

Ahead of Taiwan's 2020 presidential election, mainland Chinese propaganda has started to downplay the “unifying Taiwan by force” narrative.

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