The image on the left is the only known photograph of the Panchen Lama, Gedhun Choekyi Nyima. He has not been seen since Chinese authorities took him into custody when he was six years old, shortly after he was chosen as the 11th reincarnation of the Panchen Lama, a top lama in Tibetan Buddhism. This week is the Panchen Lama’s 30th birthday. RFA cartoonist Rebel Pepper has conjured an image of what he might look like now.
The Chinese telecom giant is arguing that the US Congress violated the Constitution when it banned government agencies from buying Huawei equipment. The US government alleges that Huawei equipment could be used to spy on Americans.
President Xi Jinping faces economic threats on all sides as China opens its annual legislative sessions.
The U.S. is urging allies to exclude Huawei from 5G networks. But Western countries disagree on the security threat posed by the use of equipment from the Chinese telecom giant.
In the article, Angela Gui described a meeting with Sweden’s ambassador to China Anna Lindstedt during which Gui was told not to speak about the case of her father Gui Minhai. Sweden says the meeting was unauthorized. Hong Kong-based publisher Gui Minhai, who has Swedish citizenship, has been detained in China for more than three years on suspicion of “leaking state secrets overseas.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fired his ambassador to China, John McCallum, after McCallum said it would be “great” if the U.S. dropped its extradition request for top Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou. Meng is wanted for questioning by U.S. investigators over alleged bank fraud.
China and Russia back Venezuelan leader Nicolas Madura in a political standoff with self-proclaimed president Juan Guaido, supported by the United States and many European Union nations.
Under the rule of President Xi Jinping, China’s economic growth has slowed to its weakest pace in nearly 30 years.
Chinese authorities sentenced outspoken Uyghur professor Ilham Tohti to life in prison on charges of promoting separatism.
Chinese authorities detain a former Canadian diplomat just days after police in Canada arrested Meng Wanzhou, CFO of China’s Huawei Technologies. Meng was arrested at Washington’s request.
China has demanded that Canada release Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies. Canadian authorities detained her on suspicion of evading U.S. trade sanctions with Iran. Meng could face extradition to the United States.
Late leader Deng Xiaoping said Communist China must experiment with capitalism by “feeling for stones” in the river. China’s current leader Xi Jinping is faced with a new dilemma in his trade war with the United States, and is also trying to feel his way across the river.
Vietnam’s law, which takes effect on Jan. 1, 2019, tightens control of the internet and global tech companies operating in the Communist-led country. Opponents say the law could cause economic harm and stifle online dissent.
Vietnam’s legislature is considering a proposal that would allow some prisoners to remain in cages at home. Families would be required to feed the inmates, but authorities would keep the keys to the cages. The move is aimed at reducing overcrowding in Vietnam’s prisons.
Kim Jong Un has visited the Samjiyon tourist district, near North Korea’s border with China, three times in 2018 to check on its progress. Kim mentioned the project, which includes more than 400 new buildings, in his 2018 New Year’s address.
A report by a congressional panel, the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission, found a steady erosion of Hong Kong’s autonomy under the leadership of Chinese President Xi Jinping. The report said Beijing’s statements and actions have alarmed the territory’s legislators, civil society groups and legal community.
Now that the midterm elections are over, U.S. politicians from both parties may turn their attention to political and economic disputes with President Xi Jinping’s China.
The College Entrance Examination Bureau in the Chinese megacity Chongqing created a firestorm when it suggested that students who fail a political examination would not be eligible for college admission.
United Nations human rights experts in Geneva are assessing China amid a global outcry over the mass incarceration of an estimated one million Uyghurs and other minority ethnic Muslims in “re-education camps” in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
The human rights group Freedom House reports that countries are embracing China’s model of digital authoritarianism.
Experts have blamed growing social tensions, a widening gap between rich and poor, and associated mental health problems for recent attacks on school children in China.
Outspoken Uyghur economics professor Ilham Tohti turns 49 today. In 2014, a Chinese court sentenced him to life in prison on charges of promoting separatism. Tohti regularly highlighted Beijing’s religious and cultural persecution of the mostly Muslim Uyghur ethnic minority in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region.
Chinese President Xi Jinping is trying to chart a difficult path between economic liberalization and tight political control.
Rights groups estimate that as many as 1 million Uyghurs have been held in re-education centers across northwest China’s Xinjiang region.
In a recent speech, Vice President Mike Pence promised renewed resistance to Beijing’s “authoritarian expansionism.” He said previous U.S. administrations chose engagement with the aim of encouraging greater freedom in China. “But that hope has gone unfulfilled,” he said.
China is celebrating the October 1 National Day, marking the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.
The agreement has caused confusion and criticism of Pope Francis. Some Catholics are concerned that he is selling out to the Chinese government.
Severe pollution problems jeopardize China’s rapid economic growth and threaten its neighbors…and the rest of the planet.
RFA Cartoonist Rebel Pepper channels Leonardo da Vinci for his latest work – a look at China’s ongoing repression of Christianity. Earlier this week, police raided four churches in the central Chinese province of Henan. Police cordoned off the area and began tearing crosses down from the walls.
As China’s Communist Party celebrates the 40th anniversary of Deng Xiaoping’s landmark economic reforms, much of the government-controlled media coverage focuses on President Xi Jinping’s economic credentials.