Hong Kong Marks Protest Anniversary as Pro-Democracy Camp Feels 'Hope'
The umbrellas were coordinated to open simultaneously at 5.59 p.m., when the first tear gas canister was fired on crowds of protesters who came out onto the city's streets in rejection of Beijing's proposals for pre-approved slates of electoral candidates on Sept. 28, 2014.
Hong Kong and the Realities of China’s Rise
Hong Kong was handed over to China after 156 years of British rule 10 months before I returned. In an ingenious stroke designed to reassure the international community and Hong Kong people, China’s paramount leader, Deng Xiaoping, devised the “one country, two systems” arrangement: Beijing would assume sovereignty, but Hong Kong would keep its rule of law and capitalist ways for 50 years.
Political 'Guilt' Still Linked to Family Bloodlines in Today's China
This idea, based on a throwaway political slogan, had already led to the automatic persecution of immediate relatives of those judged by late supreme leader Mao Zedong's Red Guards to be "class enemies."
Chinese Police Press Father in Effort to Silence Exiled Wukan Activist Son
Zhuang Liehong, who lives in New York after fleeing China for the United States in 2014,  told RFA's Cantonese Service on Tuesday that he got a phone call from Lufeng Police Department in Guangdong.  After the police officer confirmed if it was Zhuang, they handed the phone to his father, Zhuang Songkun.
Nearly 200 Killed in Chemical Accidents in China So Far This Year
The group's "Chemical Accident Counter" run by its East Asia branch counted 232 chemical accidents between January and August this year, resulting in at least 199 deaths and 400 injuries, although Greenpeace said the list isn't exhaustive.
China Plans 'Very Detailed' Controls Over Religious Activities
Earlier this month, the State Council released a draft set of draconian rules setting out measures aimed at eliminating unofficial Christian worship, "separatists" among Tibetans and Muslim Uyghurs.
China Gives Police Powers to Monitor Social Media Friends, Chat Groups
From Oct. 1, Chinese police will have the right to use information about a person's social media contacts list, including friends circles on popular smartphone chat apps, as evidence in criminal investigations, the ministry of public security said in a statement on its official website.
For Mocking a Martyr, Chinese Blogger Runs Afoul of Beijing Court
The offender is Sun Jie, a blogger who has attracted more than nine million followers with his often-sarcastic social commentaries. In 2013, he wrote a post on Weibo that mocked the story of the unwavering Mr. Qiu.
Chinese Court Gives Panyu Labor Activists Suspended Sentences
Zeng Feiyang, founder of the Panyu Migrant Workers Center, was given a three-year sentence, suspended for four years, which means he would go to jail if he is convicted of offenses during that period. The two other organizers, Tang Huanxing and Zhu Xiaomei, were sentenced to 18 months in prison with two-year suspensions.
South China Sea Claimants Blur Lines Between Military, Civilians
Collin Koh Swee Lean, a maritime scholar at Singapore’s S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies, said that’s because most countries with overlapping claims in the region believe their military buildups there are justified.
China Rights Defenders, Dissidents Invited to German Embassy Party
Among the guests were activist Hu Jia, the wife of one of the lawyers who disappeared in the July 2015 round-up of hundreds of rights defenders, and  journalist  Gao Yu, who is on medical parole from a five-year jail term. Gao, 71 or 72, was sentenced to a seven-year jail term in 2015 for "leaking state secrets overseas,”but the sentence was cut on appeal to five years by the Beijing High People's Court last November.
Music of Pro-Democracy Cantopop Star 'Disappears' from China Online Platforms
Ho, the first Hong Kong celebrity to be arrested at the 79-day Occupy Central campaign for universal suffrage in the former British colony, has been called a "poison of Hong Kong" by state media linked to the ruling Chinese Communist Party and banned from performing across the internal border in mainland China.
Beijing-Linked Phoenix TV Seeks Hong Kong License as China Extends 'Soft Power'
Phoenix has applied for free-to-air licenses to run a 24-hour Cantonese-language entertainment channel and an English channel that shuts down overnight, a government document published on Friday showed.The station's founder and CEO Liu Changle is a member of China’s top political advisory body, the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC).
Rule by Law or Power? Lawyer’s Conviction Stirs Online Debate in China
Xia, whose clients included dissident artist Ai Weiwei, was found guilty of defrauding several people out of at least 10 million yuan ($1.5 million) to pay off gambling debts. He is the latest of several rights activists, particularly defense lawyers, to be sentenced under the administration of President Xi Jinping, who has justified the crackdown on civil society as part of a broader campaign to boost security and stability.
Sidelined at the U.N., a Frustrated Taiwan Presses On
But during a week of political pageantry that features high-minded paeans to universal rights, Ms. Ou and her colleagues at Taiwan’s de facto consulate in New York can only watch the proceedings from afar, their frustration mounting with every rousing speech about justice and global inclusiveness.
Foreign Reporters in China Face More Restrictions Now, Report Says
A report released on Thursday by PEN America, a writers’ group based in New York, tries to quantify how difficult it has become for journalists to get the facts out of China. Its conclusion: The estimated 700 foreign journalists in China from 50 countries “face more restrictions now than at any other time in recent history.” The report also highlighted several instances of what it said were foreign media companies compromising editorial standards to do business in China.
China should be proud of Wang Quanzhang - instead it persecutes him
Wang has drawn the ire of the government many times for his defence of villagers against corrupt local officials, Falun Gong practitioners and fellow rights activists such as Ni Yulan whose treatment in police custody in 2010 left her confined to a wheelchair.
A tale of two courts: How does Hong Kong compare to China?
Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow - the leaders of Hong Kong's pro-democracy Umbrella Movement - turned up at the city's Eastern Magistrates Court to cheers from supporters.They stood on the steps and made speeches into a portable PA system while a large crowd of waiting journalists surged out of the press area set aside for them and onto the court steps.
How to Counter China’s Global Propaganda Offensive
At a time when the West is struggling with the shortcomings of the democratic process, China is seizing the opportunity to promote its own system. Much more so than his immediate predecessors, President Xi Jinping views his country in an ideological competition with the West. No longer content with stopping the influence of democratic ideas at China’s borders, Chinese propaganda experts have decided they need to focus on making China’s political system attractive abroad if the Communist Party wants to stay in power.
China Postpones Activist's Subversion Trial, Wife Still Missing
Qin Yongmin, a veteran activist and founder of the short-lived, banned opposition China Democracy Party (CDP), was barred from attending the pretrial meeting at the Wuhan Intermediate People's Court, his lawyer said.
Chinese Court Sentences Ai Weiwei’s Lawyer to 12 Years for Fraud
The lawyer, Xia Lin, and his wife and supporters strongly rejected the prosecutors’ claim that he had defrauded people, and said the case was part of the government’s campaign to silence Chinese rights lawyers who have challenged arbitrary state power. There had been little doubt that the court in Beijing would declare Mr. Xia guilty: Defendants in politically sensitive cases rarely, if ever, walk free in China.
Government Fails in Bid to Jail Hong Kong Protest Leaders 'Immediately'
The city's department of justice had requested that a magistrate in its Eastern district reconsider sentences handed down to Joshua Wong, Nathan Law and Alex Chow last month for their role in the occupation of a cordoned-off public space.
Chinese Company Under Scrutiny for Evading North Korean Sanctions
The Liaoning Hongxiang Group operates six companies that allegedly sold North Korea aluminum bars and chemicals that have potential military purposes, 10 ships involved in the North’s banned mineral trade, including coal, and a hotel that allegedly is the headquarters for a group of North Korean cyber hackers.
Thousands Protest Planned Copper Smelting Plant in China's Heilongjiang
Video of the protests obtained by RFA showed a large crowd outside a government building as loudspeakers called on the crowd to disperse, as well as ranks of police in full riot gear lining streets and cordoning off a railway station.
Four Held in China's Hunan Over Bid For Independent Election Candidacy
Guan Guilin, Yu Cheng, Zhang Shixiang, and Hu Shuangqing were taken away on Monday by state security police after they accompanied Guan to register as a candidate in forthcoming elections for the Qidong county People's Congress, Hunan rights activist Ou Biaofeng told RFA.
China Threatens Countermeasures after Dalai Lama Speaks at EU Parliament
China regards the 80-year-old, Nobel Peace Prize-winning monk as a separatist, though he says he merely seeks genuine autonomy for his Himalayan homeland, which Communist Chinese troops "peacefully liberated" in 1950.
China Detains Woman for Posting News on Wukan Crackdown
The Mandarin language VOA report covers eyewitness accounts of police raids that occurred early September 13, in which sources told VOA that large numbers of armed police stormed the village, searching people’s homes and arresting more than a dozen residents. The raid triggered a series of protests in which, villagers say, police fired tear gas and rubber bullets, injuring dozens.
Exiled Chinese Writer's New Novel Penned in Secret While in Prison
The novel's provenance is clear from the dust jacket. In the background of the title, "The Reincarnation of The Ants," is an image of the tiny Chinese characters of Liao's scrawled manuscript as he served time for calling out the ruling Chinese Communist Party on the killing of civilians by the People's Liberation Army.
China Detains, Questions Activists Over Wukan Foreign Media Reports
Wu Bin, an activist known online as Xiucai Jianghu, said Huang was detained by officers from Shenzhen's Buji police station on charges of "spreading rumors" on Sept. 14 after she posted a Voice of America report on the Wukan crackdown protests to social media.
Statement Upon the Third Anniversary of the Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Group
Over the last three years, this group of lawyers has intervened in countless cases of human rights violations, making passionate appeals to the public, taking on defense cases, and persisting in legal appeals. They’ve withstood immense pressure and put their personal safety at risk in order to expose the facts and uphold the truth, demonstrating a rare and precious courage and sense of responsibility. They rejoice with the just disposal of each case, and their hearts ache at the countless human rights tragedies trapped in the black hole of the system. If these lawyers can’t be the sharp sword defending civil liberties, then they’ll be the stubborn, final thorn in the side of those who would abuse power. They’ve been ground and polished into a shining spearhead by a maelstrom of suppression. But they’re also full of warmth and affection for the people living on this land.