In a surprising response to public protests, the Chinese government recently prohibited police from publicly shaming criminal suspects through such devices as parades, used most controversially for parades of prostitutes.
A recent incident in central China dramatizes the severe contradiction between the government’s overriding concern for maintaining social stability and the anger of increasingly rights-conscious citizens.
China's 20 million Muslims face an uncertain future. In Ningxia, Islam has thrived for centuries, but a fading interest in the next generation of Hui Muslims is creating anxieties. For the Uighurs of Xinjiang, ethnic unrest has brought local mosques unwanted attention.
The balance of power in Asia is expected to change significantly in the next few decades, as China increases its military capabilities. Last year's Defence white paper made it clear the Australian government is worried China and the US might end up in an "escalating strategic competition" laden with potential for "miscalculation".
China’s rapid emergence as a financial super power may challenge the US less than some opponents of President Barack Obama and a few independent analysts would have us believe. In fact, Beijing’s financial ascendancy is a paper tiger and its wider economy could become a responsible friend.
The WUC and UHRP have jointly submitted an alternative report to the United Nations Committee Against Torture (CAT) for consideration during the 56th session of the Committee from November 9 to December 9, 2015 in Geneva, Switzerland.