February 2016

China to prosecute two senior officials from Xinjiang over graft

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 20:28
 Xie Hui

China's ruling Communist Party has expelled two senior officials in the violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang for corruption and transferred them to prosecutors, an anti-graft watchdog said.

Exclusive: Major powers team up to tell China of concerns over new laws

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 20:23
Paramilitary policemen stand on a truck as they travel along a street during an anti-terrorism oath-taking rally in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in this May 23, 2014 file picture.

The United States, Canada, Germany, Japan and the European Union have written to China to express concern over three new or planned laws, including one on counterterrorism, in a rare joint bid to pressure Beijing into taking their objections seriously.

'Love the party, protect the party': How Xi Jinping is bringing China's media to heel

Mon, 02/29/2016 - 20:20
Chinese President Xi Jinping, centre, talks with editors in the general newsroom of the People’s Daily in Beijing during a high-profile tour of the country’s top three state-run media outlets. Photograph: Lan Hongguang/AP

The Communist party is in a ‘no holds barred’ battle to wrestle absolute control of all media to project a better image of China

Former foreign minister Bob Carr photograph 'raised eyebrows'

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 19:40
Bob Carr with Zhu Weiqun (also standing next to the scroll) and "living buddha" Tudeng Kezhu (in robe) in a photo which appeared in the People's Daily, the Communist Party's flagship newspaper. Photo: supplied

It was a photo that raised eyebrows among the small circle of academics who recognised the Chinese guests of former foreign minister and NSW premier Bob Carr.

While it defies U.S. government, Apple abides by China's orders — and reaps big rewards

Fri, 02/26/2016 - 18:23
China surpassed the U.S. last year as the No. 1 buyer of iPhones and could one day be the largest market for Apple Pay. Above, an Apple store in Beijing. (Wu Hong / EPA)

Apple Inc. has come out swinging in its pitched battle with the government on its home turf. But when it comes to its second-largest market, China, the Cupertino, Calif., company has been far more accommodating.

Interview: 'You Cannot Call that Terrorist Simply Because Many People Died'

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:35
Ursula Gauthier, the Beijing-based correspondent for French news magazine L'Obs, crosses the security gate at the airport in Beijing before she takes her flight back to France, Dec. 31, 2015.

French journalist expelled by China describes her fight against official manipulation of information about the troubled Xinjiang region.

Family Visit to Jailed Uyghur Scholar Put Off Until March

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:32
Ilham Tohti chats with students on June 12, 2010 after a lecture at the Central University for Nationalities in Beijing.

Ilham Tohti’s wife says she will visit him in prison next month without her children.

China's Xinjiang to use entertainment, possibly singing and dancing, in terror fight

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:28
People wearing costumes perform at a square during a celebration on the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, in Urumqi, Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region, October 1, 2015. REUTERS/STRINGER

China's violence-prone far western region of Xinjiang will use entertainment to fight terrorism, holding cultural activities - which typically involve singing and dancing - to spread its law-enforcement message, state media said on Thursday.

Amnesty International Annual Report 2015/16 - China

Thu, 02/25/2016 - 21:26

A series of new laws with a national security focus were drafted or enacted that presented grave dangers to human rights.

Brother Denied Right to Visit Ilham Tohti, Moderate Uighur Scholar Sentenced to Life in Prison

Wed, 02/24/2016 - 11:11
Chinese dissident Hu Jia (L) with jailed Uyghur scholar Ilham Tohti's two sons, in undated photo.

Ilham Tohti, the renowned Uighur scholar who was sentenced to life in prison on charges of “splitting the country” has been denied visitation by his family over the Chinese New Year.