Tag: China

China Detains Xu Zhangrun, Law Professor Who Criticized Xi Jinping

The police in Beijing on Monday detained Xu Zhangrun, a law professor and one of China’s most prominent and scathing critics of the Communist Party’s expanding control, his friends said. Professor Xu, 57, had long taught at Tsinghua University, a prestigious school in Beijing, but the university banned him from teaching and research in 2019 […]

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‘Strategic Empathy’: How Biden’s Informal Diplomacy Shaped Foreign Relations

President Barack Obama had a China problem. His national security team knew the Chinese Communist Party was getting ready to anoint a new leader. But his aides wanted to better understand the man they expected to assume power, Xi Jinping. It seemed like a job for Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. Mr. Xi was […]

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China Dominates P.P.E. Manufacturing

BEIJING — Alarmed at China’s stranglehold over supplies of masks, gowns, test kits and other front-line weapons for batting the coronavirus, countries around the world have set up their own factories to cope with this pandemic and outbreaks of the future. When the outbreak subsides, those factories may struggle to survive. China has laid the […]

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Hong Kong Security Law Redraws Lines, Making Some Ideas Dangerous

HONG KONG — A barge draped with enormous red banners celebrating China’s new security law was sailing across Hong Kong’s famed Victoria Harbor only hours after the legislation passed. The police now hoist a purple sign warning protesters that their chants could be criminal. Along major roads throughout the city, neon-colored flags hailing a new […]

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With Beijing’s Military Nearby, U.S. Sends 2 Aircraft Carriers to South China Sea

WASHINGTON — Two American aircraft carriers sailed to the South China Sea on Saturday for what Navy officials described as a freedom-of-navigation operation while China’s military conducts exercises nearby. The carriers — the Ronald Reagan and the Nimitz — deployed “in support of a free and open Indo-Pacific,” according to a statement by the Navy’s Seventh […]

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New Trump Appointee Puts Global Internet Freedom at Risk, Critics Say

WASHINGTON — When Michael Pack, a conservative filmmaker and ally of Stephen K. Bannon, recently fired the heads of four U.S. government-funded news outlets, many became alarmed that he would turn the independently operated organizations, as well as the Voice of America, into “Trump TV.” But Mr. Pack, the new chief executive of the U.S. […]

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How Largely Hidden Trends Are Shattering the Global Trade System

Yves here. We’ve been pointing out since virtually the inception of this website, that for many and perhaps most companies, the case for outsourcing and offshoring was weak, particularly if you took risks seriously, assuming the goal was profit. However, the most important effect of moving important activities to areas where labor is cheaper is […]

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Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, it’s worth taking stock of the state of freedom — and of our attitudes toward it — at home and around the world. In Russia, Vladimir Putin just won a “plebiscite” ratifying his right to stay in power until the year 2036. In Hong Kong, a new security law came into […]

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Reading Orwell for the Fourth of July

This Fourth of July, it’s worth taking stock of the state of freedom — and of our attitudes toward it — at home and around the world. In Russia, Vladimir Putin just won a “plebiscite” ratifying his right to stay in power until the year 2036. In Hong Kong, a new security law came into […]

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17 Developers Are Testing Coronavirus Vaccines on Humans. Here’s What You Need to Know About Them.

Want the best of VICE News straight to your inbox? Sign up here. Editor’s note: This story was last updated on 7/3. Please check back for new information. The race to develop the first widely distributed coronavirus vaccine might be the most hotly pursued scientific frontier since the space race. At least 147 potential COVID-19 […]

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Severe Floods in China Leave Over 106 Dead or Missing

Weeks of abnormally intense rains have swept away buildings and ruined homes across southern China, leaving at least 106 people dead or missing and affecting 15 million residents in the worst flooding that parts of the region have seen in decades. Heavy rains this time of year often swell China’s rivers and cause its reservoirs […]

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Hong Kong Law Opens Door to China’s Hulking Security State

China’s state security apparatus has largely worked in the shadows while the Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, expanded it over recent years into a bulwark against threats to party rule, public order and national unity. Hong Kong could change that low profile. Under a national security law that went into force this week, China will […]

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Hong Kong Law Opens Door to China’s Hulking Security State

China’s state security apparatus has largely worked in the shadows while the Communist Party leader, Xi Jinping, expanded it over recent years into a bulwark against threats to party rule, public order and national unity. Hong Kong could change that low profile. Under a national security law that went into force this week, China will […]

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Senate Sends Trump a Bill to Punish Chinese Officials Over Hong Kong

WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday unanimously passed legislation to impose sanctions on Chinese officials trying to stamp out political dissent in Hong Kong, sending the measure to President Trump’s desk for his signature. The passage of the bill, spearheaded by Senators Patrick J. Toomey, Republican of Pennsylvania, and Chris Van Hollen, Democrat of Maryland, […]

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Amid Fears Over a New National Security Law, Taiwan is Seizing on an ‘Opportunity’ to Attract Hong Kongers

Chen Ming-tong (L), Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, and Katharine Chang, Chairwoman of Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council, unveil a sign during a launch ceremony of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchange and Services in Taipei on July1, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP Taiwan on Wednesday officially cut the ribbon on a […]

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Amid Fears Over a New National Security Law, Taiwan is Seizing on an ‘Opportunity’ to Attract Hong Kongers

Chen Ming-tong (L), Minister of Taiwan’s Mainland Affairs Council, and Katharine Chang, Chairwoman of Taiwan–Hong Kong Economic and Cultural Co-operation Council, unveil a sign during a launch ceremony of the Taiwan-Hong Kong Office for Exchange and Services in Taipei on July1, 2020. Sam Yeh / AFP Taiwan on Wednesday officially cut the ribbon on a […]

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U.K. Grants Asylum to Ex-Consulate Worker Who Told of Torture in China

HONG KONG — A former employee of the British Consulate in Hong Kong who said he was tortured by the authorities in mainland China last year has been given asylum in Britain. The disappearance last year of the consulate worker, Simon Cheng, during the height of pro-democracy demonstrations in Hong Kong highlighted the issues that […]

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Here are Some of the Most Controversial Points of Hong Kong’s Dreaded Security Law

Riot police detain a man after they cleared protesters taking part in a rally against a new national security law in Hong Kong on July 1, 2020. DALE DE LA REY / AFP After weeks of speculation and concern surrounding the contents of Hong Kong’s national security law, Beijing on Tuesday night finally unveiled the […]

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Hong Kong’s Security Law Brings the Beijing Treatment

After the Chinese legislature unanimously passed the national security law that would curb free speech and protests in Hong Kong, my initial thought was, “Is Hong Kong just like Beijing now?” The first time I felt that Hong Kong was becoming like Beijing was in the spring of 2017. I had been invited to lunch […]

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Byton Falls Victim To Covid-19, Suspends Most Operations To Seek More Funds

Byton is suspending most operations, including production at its factory in Nanjing, China, from July 1 to raise new funds and issue cost-cutting measures in a bid to deal with the heavy blow from the coronavirus pandemic. The EV start-up company, which has reportedly furloughed half of its US-based employees since April, is faced with […]

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Who Wants to Go to Fashion School in a Pandemic?

LONDON — Conner Ives had big dreams for his master’s degree show at Central Saint Martins, the renowned art and design school in London. The equivalent of a designer’s final exam, the graduate shows each May are not only an academic rite of passage, but also an opportunity to build a profile, make industry contacts […]

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Hong Kong Security Law Sends a Chill Over the City

HONG KONG — A museum that commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre is rushing to digitize its archives, afraid its artifacts could be seized. Booksellers are nervously eyeing customers, worried they could be government spies. Writers have asked a news site to delete more than 100 articles, anxious that old posts could be used against […]

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As China Strengthens Grip on Hong Kong, Taiwan Sees a Threat

TAIPEI, Taiwan — China’s leader, Xi Jinping, has long tried to convince Taiwan that unification was a historical inevitability, alternately enticing the democratic island with economic incentives while bluntly warning that any move toward formal independence would be answered with military force. Now, the incentives are gone and the warnings seem more ominous following Mr. […]

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China’s Software Stalked Uighurs Earlier and More Widely, Researchers Learn

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Before the Chinese police hung high-powered surveillance cameras and locked up ethnic minorities by the hundreds of thousands in China’s western region of Xinjiang, China’s hackers went to work building malware, researchers say. The Chinese hacking campaign, which researchers at Lookout — the San Francisco mobile security firm — said on Wednesday […]

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