Tag: Beijing (China)

You Can’t Force People to Assimilate. So Why Is China at It Again?

The Chinese government’s campaign of internment in the northwestern region of Xinjiang is extraordinary, by dint of its scale — but also, its contradictions. Up to 1.5 million people from predominantly Muslim Turkic minorities — Uighurs, Kazakhs and Kyrgyz — have been arbitrarily detained in political re-education camps designed in part to make them renounce […]

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Hong Kong Is a Work in Progress

HONG KONG — July 1, the anniversary of the day that Hong Kong was reunified with mainland China in 1997, ought to be an occasion for celebration. It marks the establishment of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under the “one country, two systems” — the first such region in China. Yet on Monday, the […]

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A Movement, and a Country, Torn by Protests

When hundreds of thousands marched through the broiling streets of Hong Kong in recent weeks, they posed a serious challenge for the Chinese government. But when some of them stormed the Legislative Council and ransacked the chamber on Monday, they put their movement’s fragile gains at risk. What first set off the latest wave of […]

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What the Hong Kong Protests Are Really About

When hundreds of thousands of my fellow Hong Kongers took to the streets to demonstrate last month, most of the world saw people protesting provocative legislation that would allow extraditions to mainland China. But the Chinese government, which supported the extradition measure, had a much broader view of the protests. It recognized them as the […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Storm Legislature, Dividing the Movement

HONG KONG — Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in peaceful protest in Hong Kong on Monday as it commemorated its return to China in 1997, but the city was shaken by images of a smaller group of activists who broke into the legislature, smashed glass walls and spray-painted slogans in the inner chamber. The […]

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Angry Core of Hong Kong Protesters Storms Legislature, Dividing the Movement

HONG KONG — Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators marched in peaceful protest in Hong Kong on Monday as it commemorated its return to China in 1997, but the city was shaken by images of a smaller group of activists who broke into the legislature, smashed glass walls and spray-painted slogans in the inner chamber. The […]

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Hong Kong’s Protesters Are Resisting China With Anarchy and Principle

ImageProtesters surrounded police headquarters in Hong Kong on June 21.CreditPaula Bronstein/Getty Images HONG KONG — The protests that have roiled Hong Kong for weeks, combining vast marches with small guerrilla operations of civil disobedience, are not the radical development that some say. They are a natural extension of protests past — an upgrade of the […]

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Kim Jong-un Stages a Pageant in Pyongyang for Xi Jinping

For the visiting comrade from the People’s Republic of China, Kim Jong-un of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea pulled out all the stops this week, as only a supreme leader can do. Untold thousands of joyous citizens waved flags at the airport and along the route into Pyongyang, and in the evening fireworks exploded […]

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Why Xi Jinping Is Courting Kim Jong-un

ImageA picture of Mao Zedong and Kim Il-sung on a remaining section of the Hekou Broken Bridge, which connected China and North Korea before it was bombed by the United States Army during the Korean War.CreditEuropean Pressphoto Agency SEOUL, South Korea — As President Xi Jinping of China left North Korea on Friday afternoon, much […]

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Globalization Is Moving Past the U.S. and Its Vision of World Order

LONDON — If globalization were ever going to unravel, the beginning would probably feel something like this. President Trump, the leader of the country that built the world trading system, continues to disrupt international commerce as a weapon wielded in pursuit of national aims. He has unleashed trade hostilities with China, placed tariffs on steel […]

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A Muslim Family Sought Help at the Belgian Embassy in Beijing. The Police Dragged Them Out.

The last time Abdulhamid Tursun spoke to his wife, she was huddled in a Beijing hotel room with their four children, frightened after being evicted from the Belgian Embassy in the dead of night. Suddenly, plainclothes police officers burst into the room, cutting off the couple’s video call. Mr. Tursun says he has not heard […]

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Hong Kong Protesters Return to the Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology

HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up […]

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Protesters Return to Hong Kong’s Streets, Rejecting Leader’s Apology

HONG KONG — Protesters poured into the streets of Hong Kong on Sunday with renewed determination and a lengthening list of demands, rejecting the government’s retreat on a contentious extradition bill and extending the political crisis gripping the semiautonomous territory. Hong Kong’s embattled leader, Carrie Lam, shelved the bill on Saturday and followed that up […]

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In Battle for Hong Kong, the Field Has Tilted Toward Beijing

HONG KONG — An attempt by Beijing’s hand-selected chief executive in Hong Kong to push through a bill seen as a threat to civil liberties. A defiant crowd of hundreds of thousands marching against it. The deployment of the police to keep demonstrators out of the legislature. It has been a tumultuous few days for […]

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In the Battle for Hong Kong, Field Has Tilted Toward Beijing

HONG KONG — An attempt by Beijing’s hand-selected chief executive in Hong Kong to push through a bill seen as a threat to civil liberties. A defiant crowd of hundreds of thousands marching against it. The deployment of the police to keep demonstrators out of the legislature. It has been a tumultuous few days for […]

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The Hong Kong Protests Are About More Than an Extradition Law

If we are to believe Carrie Lam, the chief executive of the Hong Kong government, the hundreds of thousands of people who marched through the city’s sweltering streets on Sunday just didn’t get it. They may have thought they were protesting a proposal to allow extradition of criminal suspects to mainland China, but, in Ms. […]

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Can the People of Hong Kong Fend Off China?

If Hong Kong’s undoing comes much earlier than 2047, the year that the city’s special arrangement with mainland China formally ends, it may be because of a love story that ended in murder. On Sunday, several hundred thousand — possibly upward of one million — Hong Kong people marched to protest their government’s attempt to […]

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Trump Administration Plans to Sell More Than $2 Billion of Arms to Taiwan

PARIS — The Trump administration is proposing to sell more than $2 billion worth of tanks and other military equipment to Taiwan, American officials said on Thursday. The sale would add to tensions between the United States and China, which are already clashing over trade, communications technology and a military buildup in the Pacific region. […]

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Tiananmen Anniversary Draws Silence in Beijing but Emotion in Hong Kong

BEIJING — Thirty years after Chinese soldiers killed hundreds, possibly thousands, of demonstrators in Beijing and other cities, memories of the violence remain fraught, with China detaining activists, tightening censorship and denouncing calls for a full accounting of the bloodshed. Anniversaries of the crackdown around Tiananmen Square that began on the evening of June 3, […]

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In China, Public Talk of Sex Is Rare. Could a ‘Pleasure Community’ Change That?

BEIJING — In a room with soft lighting, decorated with fuzzy blankets and turquoise balloons, a group of 30 or so strangers gathered on a recent afternoon in Beijing to discuss a subject that is largely taboo in China: how to satisfy a woman sexually. Such a workshop would hardly be out of place in […]

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