Singing, Dancing Ethnic Minorities: Welcome to China’s Gaudy Political Theater

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 19:14
Ethnic minority delegates pose for pictures outside the Great Hall of the People ahead of the opening session of the National People's Congress (NPC) in Beijing, China, March 5, 2016.

A profusion of ethnic dress at China's National People's Congress fails to hide the deep ethnic tensions in the country

China Says Terrorism Reduced in Xinjiang, But Offers No Statistics

Thu, 03/10/2016 - 19:11
Party Chief Zhang Chunxian

According to Xinjiang Party Chief Zhang Chunxian, terrorist activity in the region has dropped “significantly”.

'Minority Report'-style technology to predict crime in China

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 21:47

China is developing an advanced crime detection system out of its extensive surveillance network. In an effort to prevent a second Tianamen Square, the Chinese Government is creating a "pre-crime" network reminiscent of dystopian literature and film.

China says takes "distinctly Chinese approach" to national security

Wed, 03/09/2016 - 21:41

China is taking a "distinctly Chinese approach" to national security with a raft of new laws, including one on counterterrorism, the third-ranked leader said on Wednesday, offering a strong rebuttal to Western criticism.

Challenges remain for women in China’s corridors of power

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 17:40

As the world celebrates the International Women’s Day today, China is in the middle of its annual session of parliament at the Great Hall of the People in the capital Beijing.

On International Women's Day, CPJ recognizes nine female journalists jailed for their work

Tue, 03/08/2016 - 17:36
Syrians protest the killing and torture of women by President Assad's regime in 2011. The blogger Tal al-Mallohi remains in jail in Syria despite a court ordering her release. (AP/Mohammad Hannon)

Coverage of protests and riots. Revelations of official corruption and graft. Major natural disasters. Investigations into deplorable living conditions.

Read and delete: How Weibo's censors tackle dissent and free speech

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:43

The Chinese microblogging site Weibo has a huge following, with around 100 million users posting every day.

China to increase defence spending by '7-8%' in 2016 - official

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:35
Chinese soldiers take part in a parade commemorating the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender. Beijing intends to increase its defence budget by up to 8% according to a senior official. Photograph: Ng Han Guan/AP

The rise to around $150bn a year is still dwarfed by the US budget which stands at $573bn

The business of censorship: Documents show how Weibo filters sensitive news in China

Fri, 03/04/2016 - 19:30
An advertisement for Weibo in Beijing. The Chinese microblogging site uses a large team of censors to monitor users' posts, a former employee says. (Reuters/China Daily)

When journalists at the Guangdong-based Southern Weekly found that their 2013 new year editorial had been changed, without their knowledge, to exalt the virtues of the Communist Party, they took their outrage to the Chinese microblogging site Weibo.

China’s president Xi Jinping was named statesman of the year—in Pakistan

Thu, 03/03/2016 - 20:15
Together we build.	(Reuters/Faisal Mahmood)

Who was the world’s most powerful leader in 2015? The answer is Chinese president Xi Jinping, according to, apparently, the people of Pakistan.


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