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China says it has arrested 13,000 ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang as it seeks to justify internment camps for Muslims
  • But white paper does not say how many people have been detained in camps, a number UN estimates at 1 million or more.
18 Mar 2019 - 11:29PM
China says it has arrested 13,000 ‘terrorists’ in Xinjiang as it seeks to justify internment camps for Muslims
  • But white paper does not say how many people have been detained in camps, a number UN estimates at 1 million or more.
Smart toilet seats sold online in China found to be substandard, with electric shock risk

Shanghai authorities tested 28 batches of the popular product, finding nearly 40 per cent did not meet standards.

18 Mar 2019 - 12:13PM
Smart toilet seats sold online in China found to be substandard, with electric shock risk

Shanghai authorities tested 28 batches of the popular product, finding nearly 40 per cent did not meet standards.

Official head of China’s Protestant churches says religions must be purged of ‘Western influences’

Religion overseer Xu Xiaohong bangs drum for Xi Jinping’s campaign to purge faith in China of ‘subversive’ foreign characteristics.

12 Mar 2019 - 10:49PM
Official head of China’s Protestant churches says religions must be purged of ‘Western influences’

Religion overseer Xu Xiaohong bangs drum for Xi Jinping’s campaign to purge faith in China of ‘subversive’ foreign characteristics.

Tibetan religious activity slashed, Lhasa mayor confirms

Rare confirmation of extent of Beijing’s religious control ahead of sensitive 60th anniversary of Tibetan uprising.

7 Mar 2019 - 11:37PM
Tibetan religious activity slashed, Lhasa mayor confirms

Rare confirmation of extent of Beijing’s religious control ahead of sensitive 60th anniversary of Tibetan uprising.

Beijing plans to continue tightening grip on Christianity and Islam as China pushes ahead with the ‘Sinicisation of religion’

Premier Li Keqiang tells legislature the Communist Party’s religious affairs policy must be fully implemented.

6 Mar 2019 - 5:41PM
Beijing plans to continue tightening grip on Christianity and Islam as China pushes ahead with the ‘Sinicisation of religion’

Premier Li Keqiang tells legislature the Communist Party’s religious affairs policy must be fully implemented.

Riding out the storm: will China change course when its elite meet in Beijing?

Once on the rise, China has gone from strength to struggle in the past year – challenges that could mean a shift in policy at the annual gathering of the National People’s Congress.

4 Mar 2019 - 1:58PM
Riding out the storm: will China change course when its elite meet in Beijing?

Once on the rise, China has gone from strength to struggle in the past year – challenges that could mean a shift in policy at the annual gathering of the National People’s Congress.

Jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong back home after going missing on release day

Wife Jin Bianling, who lives in the US, says her husband is now with his parents in central China but is being kept under close watch by authorities.

2 Mar 2019 - 10:36PM
Jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong back home after going missing on release day

Wife Jin Bianling, who lives in the US, says her husband is now with his parents in central China but is being kept under close watch by authorities.

Chinese law books written by judge behind stolen court papers scandal recalled by publisher

Wang Linqing’s works taken off shelves and returned to warehouses prompting Beijing lawyer who followed case to say decision was a step ‘too far’.

27 Feb 2019 - 10:29PM
Chinese law books written by judge behind stolen court papers scandal recalled by publisher

Wang Linqing’s works taken off shelves and returned to warehouses prompting Beijing lawyer who followed case to say decision was a step ‘too far’.

Rising Uygur soccer player Erfan Hezim back with Chinese team after release from Xinjiang internment camp

Hezim, 20, resurfaced on social media and returned to training – with a message of ‘thank you’ to the Communist Party and Chinese government.

1 Mar 2019 - 4:27AM
Rising Uygur soccer player Erfan Hezim back with Chinese team after release from Xinjiang internment camp

Hezim, 20, resurfaced on social media and returned to training – with a message of ‘thank you’ to the Communist Party and Chinese government.

Police embedded in grass-roots Communist Party cells as security grip tightens on Beijing

Mao-era practice revived in renewed push to strengthen grass-roots management.

7 Mar 2019 - 12:29PM
Police embedded in grass-roots Communist Party cells as security grip tightens on Beijing

Mao-era practice revived in renewed push to strengthen grass-roots management.

US-China trade war among most censored topics of 2018 on WeChat

Comment also silenced on #MeToo, gene-edited babies, health scandals and disgraced public figures.

13 Feb 2019 - 2:27PM
US-China trade war among most censored topics of 2018 on WeChat

Comment also silenced on #MeToo, gene-edited babies, health scandals and disgraced public figures.

China releases video of ‘dead’ Uygur poet Abdurehim Heyit but fails to silence critics

Muslim poet and musician is understood to be serving eight-year prison sentence for one of his songs.

11 Feb 2019 - 10:30PM
China releases video of ‘dead’ Uygur poet Abdurehim Heyit but fails to silence critics

Muslim poet and musician is understood to be serving eight-year prison sentence for one of his songs.

The complex reality of China’s social credit system: hi-tech dystopian plot or low-key incentive scheme?

A dozen or so cities are test beds for carrot-and-stick programmes to encourage businesses and individuals to comply with existing rules. The schemes have been criticised as Orwellian, but experience varies for those on the ground.

19 Feb 2019 - 10:41AM
The complex reality of China’s social credit system: hi-tech dystopian plot or low-key incentive scheme?

A dozen or so cities are test beds for carrot-and-stick programmes to encourage businesses and individuals to comply with existing rules. The schemes have been criticised as Orwellian, but experience varies for those on the ground.

Xi Jinping tells judiciary and law enforcement agencies to ‘scrape away the poison’ amid investigation into missing documents for US$56 billion coal mine

Warning comes amid investigation into missing Supreme People’s Court documents relating to ownership dispute over US$56 billion coal mine.

17 Jan 2019 - 10:40PM
Xi Jinping tells judiciary and law enforcement agencies to ‘scrape away the poison’ amid investigation into missing documents for US$56 billion coal mine

Warning comes amid investigation into missing Supreme People’s Court documents relating to ownership dispute over US$56 billion coal mine.

China corruption watchdog’s big catch Zhao Zhengyong linked to string of scandals

Former party chief’s arrest foreshadowed by state television documentary on corruption in Shaanxi province.

18 Jan 2019 - 4:56AM
China corruption watchdog’s big catch Zhao Zhengyong linked to string of scandals

Former party chief’s arrest foreshadowed by state television documentary on corruption in Shaanxi province.

Huawei fires Chinese sales director arrested in Poland on spying charges, says case not related

Company says decision was taken to sack Wang Weijing because the incident ‘brought Huawei into disrepute’.

14 Jan 2019 - 6:49PM
Huawei fires Chinese sales director arrested in Poland on spying charges, says case not related

Company says decision was taken to sack Wang Weijing because the incident ‘brought Huawei into disrepute’.

Over 100 babies and toddlers given expired polio vaccines in China, months after last crisis

Case came to light when hospital worker took child to be immunised at local health centre and discovered oral vaccine was nearly a month out of date.

10 Jan 2019 - 11:45AM
Over 100 babies and toddlers given expired polio vaccines in China, months after last crisis

Case came to light when hospital worker took child to be immunised at local health centre and discovered oral vaccine was nearly a month out of date.

China says UN officials can visit Xinjiang as long as they ‘avoid interfering in domestic matters’

All visitors welcome provided they obey Chinese law and follow the procedures, foreign ministry says.

7 Jan 2019 - 11:36PM
China says UN officials can visit Xinjiang as long as they ‘avoid interfering in domestic matters’

All visitors welcome provided they obey Chinese law and follow the procedures, foreign ministry says.

What do we actually know about China’s mysterious spy agency?

Unlike the CIA or MI6, the Ministry of State Security doesn’t have an official website or any publicly listed contacts. So what is known about the sprawling espionage operation?

22 Dec 2018 - 10:21PM
What do we actually know about China’s mysterious spy agency?

Unlike the CIA or MI6, the Ministry of State Security doesn’t have an official website or any publicly listed contacts. So what is known about the sprawling espionage operation?

This is what Xi Jinping says can help save China from ‘terrifying tidal waves and horrifying storms’

Communist Party rule is key to weathering ‘unimaginable’ perils and dangers, according to the Chinese president. But his one-and-a-half hour speech sheds little light on future reforms, to the chagrin of those wanting economic liberalisation, and doesn’t mention US trade war or slowing economy.

19 Dec 2018 - 12:27PM
This is what Xi Jinping says can help save China from ‘terrifying tidal waves and horrifying storms’

Communist Party rule is key to weathering ‘unimaginable’ perils and dangers, according to the Chinese president. But his one-and-a-half hour speech sheds little light on future reforms, to the chagrin of those wanting economic liberalisation, and doesn’t mention US trade war or slowing economy.

Lee Kuan Yew among foreigners honoured for helping China to open up

Beijing recognises statesmen, engineers, entrepreneurs and diplomats whose skills played a vital part in reforming economy and elevating country to powerhouse status.

18 Dec 2018 - 11:10PM
Lee Kuan Yew among foreigners honoured for helping China to open up

Beijing recognises statesmen, engineers, entrepreneurs and diplomats whose skills played a vital part in reforming economy and elevating country to powerhouse status.

Xi Jinping: China to stick to Communist rule and its own path to cope with ‘unimaginable’ perils

Chinese president avoids specifics for the road ahead as audiences at home and abroad need convincing that reforms started 40 years ago will continue.

18 Dec 2018 - 6:54PM
Xi Jinping: China to stick to Communist rule and its own path to cope with ‘unimaginable’ perils

Chinese president avoids specifics for the road ahead as audiences at home and abroad need convincing that reforms started 40 years ago will continue.

Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

The official gained international notoriety following his defence of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Chinese capital in June 1989.

18 Dec 2018 - 1:00AM
Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

The official gained international notoriety following his defence of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Chinese capital in June 1989.

‘Crushing victory’: what’s next for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s war on corruption?

The Communist Party says a milestone has been reached but assessments vary on just what it all means.

14 Dec 2018 - 11:23PM
‘Crushing victory’: what’s next for Chinese President Xi Jinping’s war on corruption?

The Communist Party says a milestone has been reached but assessments vary on just what it all means.

China’s dilemma in trade war talks with US: making concessions without looking weak

Beijing is walking a tightrope around its messaging, aware that concessions could cause domestic controversy and buffeted by the winds of nationalism it kicked up early in the trade war.

14 Dec 2018 - 1:50AM
China’s dilemma in trade war talks with US: making concessions without looking weak

Beijing is walking a tightrope around its messaging, aware that concessions could cause domestic controversy and buffeted by the winds of nationalism it kicked up early in the trade war.

Where is China’s missing photographer Lu Guang? Hong Kong press club calls for answers

Foreign Correspondents’ Club is ‘deeply concerned’ over award-winning documentary photographer’s disappearance who was last heard from on November 3 in troubled Xinjiang region

29 Nov 2018 - 7:44PM
Where is China’s missing photographer Lu Guang? Hong Kong press club calls for answers

Foreign Correspondents’ Club is ‘deeply concerned’ over award-winning documentary photographer’s disappearance who was last heard from on November 3 in troubled Xinjiang region

Xi Jinping targets grass roots in push to extend Communist Party control

New rules spell out how branches should be run and add commercial buildings to list of places that must have cells.

29 Nov 2018 - 11:27PM
Xi Jinping targets grass roots in push to extend Communist Party control

New rules spell out how branches should be run and add commercial buildings to list of places that must have cells.

China’s top 100: local cadres beat tech titans to dominate Communist Party reform honours list

Authorities put spotlight on obscure, low-ranking party cadres who spent decades working in either the countryside or state-owned industries.

26 Nov 2018 - 11:30PM
China’s top 100: local cadres beat tech titans to dominate Communist Party reform honours list

Authorities put spotlight on obscure, low-ranking party cadres who spent decades working in either the countryside or state-owned industries.

Fugitive Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui ‘has US$1.1 billion of assets frozen by Hong Kong court’

Court order ‘prohibiting sales of Haitong International shares’ reported on day of New York press conference at which Guo vowed to reveal ‘truth’ about HNA Group founder Wang Jian’s death.

21 Nov 2018 - 12:13AM
Fugitive Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui ‘has US$1.1 billion of assets frozen by Hong Kong court’

Court order ‘prohibiting sales of Haitong International shares’ reported on day of New York press conference at which Guo vowed to reveal ‘truth’ about HNA Group founder Wang Jian’s death.

Film director at centre of Taiwan political storm stands by Golden Horse remarks

Documentary maker Fu Yue ignited controversy on the mainland when she declared her hope for the island to be ‘regarded as an independent entity’.

20 Nov 2018 - 3:05AM
Film director at centre of Taiwan political storm stands by Golden Horse remarks

Documentary maker Fu Yue ignited controversy on the mainland when she declared her hope for the island to be ‘regarded as an independent entity’.

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