Hong Kong museum dedicated to 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown vandalized

Hong Kong's June 4 Memorial Museum, which commemorates the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown, was vandalized days before its scheduled re-opening. On April 7 at around 10 a.m. workers entered the museum, which is located in Hong Kong's busy district of Mong Kok, and found that the lock was missing, chairs, cardboards, power sockets, main switches … Continue reading Hong Kong museum dedicated to 1989 Tiananmen Square Crackdown vandalized

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Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

A Chinese university professor has been reportedly denounced by student informants for "opposing the (Chinese Communist) Party and violating the constitution" (反党违宪) amid a growing crackdown on free speech on Chinese campuses. According to media reports, Lü Jia (吕嘉), associate professor at the School of Marxism of the prestigious Tsinghua University, in China's capital Beijing, … Continue reading Chinese university professor denounced by students for ‘opposing the Party and violating the constitution’

Chinese court sentences activists who sold liquor commemorating 1989 Tiananmen crackdown to three years in prison

Two Chinese activists who in 2016 sold liquor commemorating the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown have been given suspended jail sentences. Chengdu Intermediate People’s Court found Fu Hailu (符海陆) and Zhang Juanyong (张隽勇) guilty of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble" (寻衅滋事), a catch-all phrase used by the Chinese Communist regime to crack down on activists … Continue reading Chinese court sentences activists who sold liquor commemorating 1989 Tiananmen crackdown to three years in prison

China’s army deletes poem by ‘traitor’ Wang Jingwei

The Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) has deleted from its official Weibo account a poem by Wang Jingwei, a revolutionary leader and politician who collaborated with the Japanese during World War II. According to media reports, on March 28 the PLA published a poem by Wang Jingwei on Weibo, China's Twitter-like microblogging platform. Wang Jingwei, … Continue reading China’s army deletes poem by ‘traitor’ Wang Jingwei

China forced Taiwanese representative in the Czech Republic to leave economic conference

On Wednesday a Taiwanese diplomat was expelled at China's request from a meeting held by the Czech Republic’s Ministry of Trade and Industry. Wang Chung-I (汪忠一), director of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Prague, the de facto embassy of Taiwan in the Czech Republic, was requested to leave the meeting, to which he … Continue reading China forced Taiwanese representative in the Czech Republic to leave economic conference

Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu detained by police in front of US embassy in Beijing

(Image by 张瑜 via Wikimedia Commons) Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu (王宇) was detained by police in Beijing in front of the embassy of the United States on Wednesday. According to media reports, Wang had been invited to attend a seminar on domestic violence that took place on the evening of March 27 inside … Continue reading Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Yu detained by police in front of US embassy in Beijing

Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

On March 11 Ling Yu-shih (凌友詩), a 57-year-old Taiwanese national, gave a speech at a meeting of the annual Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), advocating for Taiwan's unification with China. “Standing with all of the other CPPCC members in bearing the mission of rejuvenating China, our motherland, I can say that I have managed … Continue reading Taiwanese-born Communist cadre opposed Beijing’s rule as a student, Hong Kong writer says

Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

On the evening of 17 May 1966 Deng Tuo, one of China's most prominent Communist propagandists, committed suicide by overdose of sleeping tablets as an act of protest against charges levelled against him during the Cultural Revolution. Following the tradition of Chinese political suicides, which dated back to the loyal minister Qu Yuan in the … Continue reading Brainwashing the people – Mao Zedong, the Chinese Communist Party and the politics of thought control

Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

On April 17, 1952, the newspaper Guangming Daily published a "confession" written by professor Jin Yuelin (金岳霖, also spelled Chin Yüeh-lin). The confession, entitled "Criticism of my idealistic bourgeois pedagogical ideology" (批判我的唯心論的資產階級教學思想), was made during the "thought reform campaign" launched by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) under Mao Zedong's leadership in 1951-52 (Chen 1960, p. … Continue reading Professor Jin Yuelin’s confession and self-criticism during China’s 1951-52 thought reform campaign

China removes from school textbooks story of first anti-government uprising during the Qin Dynasty

The Ministry of Education of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has reportedly removed from middle school textbooks references to the Dazexiang Uprising (209 BC), also known as the Chen Sheng Wu Guang Uprising (陳勝吳廣起義 / 陈胜吴广起义). Previously the national unified middle school textbooks on Chinese language and literature, compiled by the Ministry of Education … Continue reading China removes from school textbooks story of first anti-government uprising during the Qin Dynasty