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.
China’s plan to abolish presidential term limits would put President Xi Jinping in the same category as revolutionary leader Mao Zedong, who declared the nation’s founding in 1949.
With the removal of presidential term limits, Xi Jinping has become China’s most powerful leader since Mao Zedong.
The move will pave the way for incumbent Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, as “emperor in all but name.”
It’s an alternative to China’s multibillion-dollar Belt and Road Initiative.
Analysts say the move could be Beijing’s way of consolidating power as it moves forward with militarization efforts in the South China Sea.
China’s state media said the apology “lacks sincerity and reflects the German carmaker’s lack of understanding of Chinese culture and values.” The ad quoted the Dalai Lama saying, “Look at situations from all angles, and you will become more open.”
The Vatican has agreed to recognize several bishops approved by China’s officially-atheist Communist Party.
Wang Qishan has been appointed to China’s national legislature. He used his previous position on the Communist Party’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection to enforce allegiance to President Xi Jinping.
The Mekong-Lancang Cooperation forum has sharpened longstanding concerns about environmental damage from China’s dam-building.
Swedish national Gui Minhai was detained a second time during a train trip to Beijing accompanied by Swedish diplomats.
The removal of politically sensitive content from a middle-school history textbook’s chapter on the the turbulent 1966-76 Cultural Revolution provoked controversy in China.