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.
During a visit to Beijing, Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamed said the projects would “be deferred” until the debt-laden Southeast Asian nation can afford to pay for them. The projects, which include two gas pipelines and a railway, are part of China’s ambitious Belt and Road initiative – an international trade
Chinese authorities have detained as many as 1 million Uyghurs in internment camps in western China’s Xinjiang region. China has denied that Uyghurs are detained arbitrarily or that “re-education centers” exist. Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in political “re-education camps” throughout the Xinjiang region.
But government efforts to spark a baby boom are failing because many couples are choosing not to have more children.
German officials say the 22-year-old man was deported due to an administrative error. Chinese authorities have detained an estimated 1 million Uyghurs in political “re-education camps.”
A report from “The Internet” says the US tech giant wants to return to the world’s largest market for internet users. Google shut down its Chinese search engine in 2010, citing attempts by Chinese authorities to “limit free speech on the web.”
Earlier this week, police in the northeastern Chinese city of Changchun arrested 18 people after a major vaccine manufacturer recalled its rabies vaccine. It’s the latest in a string of tainted or substandard vaccine scandals to hit China, which is plagued with endemic corruption and profiteering in its biotech industry.
The U.S. has imposed massive tariffs on Chinese imports, and China has responded with retaliatory tariffs.
Prime Minister Hun Sen’s eldest son, Lieutenant General Hun Manet, was promoted last month to acting chief of the joint staff and commander of army headquarters. Hun Sen has been accused of trying to build a political dynasty by priming his three sons for powerful posts.
Shanghai resident Dong Yaoqiong was incommunicado on July 5 after she streamed live video social media of herself splashing ink on a poster of Chinese President Xi Jinping and declaring she did it to "oppose Xi Jinping's tyranny and dictatorship" and "oppressive brain control." Dong's act of protest drew a swift visit to her home by uniformed men, and her account and video were scrubbed by authorities, but she became an icon on social media, inspiring at least one copycat protest in another Chinese city.
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, called the council “a hypocritical and self-serving organization that makes a mockery of human rights.”
Uyghurs face discrimination, religious repression and cultural suppression under heavy-handed Chinese rule in their homeland in northwestern China.
U.S. President Trump said he “briefly” raise the issue of human rights during a summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore this week. Last year, Human Rights Watch called North Korea “one of the most repressive authoritarian states in the world.”
Cambodia’s national elections next month are widely expected to be neither free nor fair after Prime Minister Hun Sen dissolved the main opposition Cambodia National Rescue Party (CNRP) in November over its alleged involvement in a plot to topple the government.
Trump wants Kim to take concrete steps to curb North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
Chinese troops crushed massive, student-led pro-democracy protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square on June 4, 1989, killing hundreds, perhaps thousands. Because of his portly bearing, China’s current leader, President Xi Jinping, is often depicted as Winnie the Pooh.
Both sides have threatened to impose tariffs, raising fears of a trade war between the world’s two largest economies.
The meeting, scheduled for next month in Singapore, was expected to focus on North Korea's nuclear program.
Liu Xia told a friend that she may “die in my home.” She has been under house arrest since her husband, dissident Liu Xiaobo, won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2010. He died in Chinese custody in July 2017.
But analysts say questions remain about the prospects for peace.
The Panchen Lama, Tibet’s second most-senior Buddhist monk, was taken into Chinese police custody 23 years ago and held incommunicado ever since.
Beijing has repeated called for a "political solution" to the Syrian crisis, but has vetoed numerous Security Council measures aimed at addressing the conflict - including an investigation of war crimes in the country.
Vietnam’s oil drilling project was located near the U-shaped “nine-dash line” that marks the vast area China claims in the sea.
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un meets with Chinese President Xi Jinping during an unofficial visit to Beijing. The meeting came ahead of a planned meeting between Kim and U.S. President Donald Trump.
The law promotes official exchanges between Taiwan and the United States.
The death of famed physicist Stephen Hawking reminds RFA cartoonist Rebel Pepper of the passing of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, who died last year. At the 2010 Nobel ceremony in Oslo, the democracy activist was represented by an empty chair because he was serving an 11-year jail term in China for “incitement to subvert state power.”
China has detained close relatives of four U.S.-based reporters for RFA’s Uyghur service, in apparent retaliation for their coverage of the Xinjiang region. Human rights groups have condemned the detentions, and the Committee to Protect Journalists called them “a cruel, if not barbaric, tactic.”
The visit comes as China bolsters its military presence in the South China Sea.