November 2015

On China's fringes, cyber spies raise their game

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:40

Almost a year after students ended pro-democracy street protests in Hong Kong, they face an online battle against what Western security experts say are China-sponsored hackers using techniques rarely seen elsewhere.

Notes on the China I’m Leaving Behind

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:29
An advertisement for an e-commerce website in Beijing. Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

I GOT together at a restaurant the other night with some Chinese and expatriate friends. While bossa nova played in the background, we sipped French merlot and snapped iPhone photos of one another making goofy faces.

French journalist in China 'intimidated by state newspapers'

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:24

Fellow correspondents register ‘deep concern’ about treatment of reporter

How China's 'Great Green Wall' is poor quality and will have a limited impact on climate change

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 14:16

Ahead of Monday's Paris climate change summit, China's actions to limit their impact on greenhouse gas emissions may yield little results on the growing problem

EU/China: Rights Dialogues Without Benchmarks Lack Impact

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 13:25
Gerhard Sabathil (L), director for East Asia and the Pacific in the European External Action Service (EEAS) and Li Junhua, director general for International Organizations and Conferences, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China hold a joint press conference after the 33rd human rights dialogue at the headquarters of the EEAS in Brussels on Dec. 8, 2014.

EU and its 28 Member States Should Hold China to Human Rights Standards

We’re not having this discussion

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 12:11

Over the weekend, a post on the official Weibo account of the United Nations said its Committee Against Torture had questioned China insistently over its record on such issues as judicial independence and its use of “black jails.”

CHINA SECURITY: How China is using the Paris attacks to promote the persecution of Uyghurs

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 18:29

The Chinese regime wasted no time after the Nov. 13 terrorist attacks in Paris to call on the world to support its own brand of “counterterrorism” by helping it suppress the Uyghur minority group in Xinjiang, also known as East Turkestan.

China: Allow Independent Investigations Into Xinjiang Violence

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:27
Chinese paramilitary forces taking part in the manhunt for the militants who attacked a mine in Xinjiang two months ago. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Deadly Counterterror Raid Increases Excess Force Concerns

China Cuts Mobile Service of Xinjiang Residents Evading Internet Filters

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:23
Urumqi, in China’s Xinjiang region. The area has long been home to experiments in Internet surveillance and censorship. Credit Goh Chai Hin/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

The Chinese government is shutting down the mobile service of residents in Xinjiang who use software that lets them circumvent Internet filters, escalating an already aggressive electronic surveillance strategy in the country’s fractious western territory.

China's Own 'Double Standard' on Terrorism

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 18:19
Image Credit: Kashgar moqsue image via Pete Niesen /

China continues to lump terrorist groups and peaceful activists together — and to censor media coverage of both.