A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan (approximately US$73) for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela's socialist government. Last week Chinese Twitter user Xiucai Jianghu (秀才江湖, @xiucai1911) tweeted out the picture of a document allegedly filed by the Public Security Bureau of Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi province. The tweet appears to have been … Continue reading A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

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Steve Bannon, Guo Wengui warn that China might attack Taiwan, urge the West to unite against Beijing

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Chinese dissident billionaire Guo Wengui claimed in a video released on February 7 that China might attack Taiwan in the coming years. In the three-hour-long video Steve Bannon argued that China will attack Taiwan to distract from domestic issues, especially its economic woes. He said that as … Continue reading Steve Bannon, Guo Wengui warn that China might attack Taiwan, urge the West to unite against Beijing

Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

University professors from Jiao Tong University vote at a polling booth during the Republic of China legislative election in Shanghai, 1948 (via Wikimedia Commons) Since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dominated public discourse through its control of the media and education. The CCP … Continue reading Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

Daughter-In-Law Of China’s Former Security Tsar Zhou Yongkang Slams Lack Of Rule Of Law, Apologizes To Victims Of Communist Repression

The daughter-in-law of China's former security tsar Zhou Yongkang has revealed on Twitter that she has not seen her husband for 2 months, and has criticized the Communist Party elite for not implementing a fair judicial system based on the rule of law. On January 31 Huang Wan, the daughter-in-law of Zhou Yongkang, wrote on … Continue reading Daughter-In-Law Of China’s Former Security Tsar Zhou Yongkang Slams Lack Of Rule Of Law, Apologizes To Victims Of Communist Repression

China Wants To Extend “One Belt, One Road Initiative” To The Korean Peninsula

The People's Republic of China (PRC) wants to extend its "One Belt, One Road Initiative" to the Korean Peninsula. Beijing's plan comes after the historic summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, which took place from September 18 to September 20 in Pyongyang. During the meeting the two sides … Continue reading China Wants To Extend “One Belt, One Road Initiative” To The Korean Peninsula

Biyun Temple In Taiwan Faces Demolition After Being Turned Into A Chinese Communist Shrine

Biyun Temple, in central Taiwan's Ershui Township, Changhua County, faces partial demolition after it was turned into a Chinese Communist shrine. In 2010 the Temple was taken over by a retired military officer and constructor named Wei Ming-jen (魏明仁), who in 2012 evicted the nuns, giving rise to a dispute that has yet to be settled. … Continue reading Biyun Temple In Taiwan Faces Demolition After Being Turned Into A Chinese Communist Shrine

Taiwan Rebuts China’s Espionage Accusations

On September 15 China Central Television (CCTV) broadcast two reports alleging that Taiwanese intelligence agents blackmailed mainland Chinese students on the island into spying on behalf of Taipei. Today CCTV aired the first part of a "Report on Countering The Work of Taiwanese Spies" (反台湾间谍工作集中报导), claiming that Taiwanese intelligence agents targeted exchange students from mainland … Continue reading Taiwan Rebuts China’s Espionage Accusations

China Has Drawn Up Legislation To Crack Down On Religious Speech Online

The government of the People's Republic of China (PRC) has drawn up new legislation which could further restrict religious freedom. On September 10 China's State Administration for Religious Affairs (国家宗教事务局, SARA) released a draft Regulation for Internet Religious Information Services (互联网宗教信息服务管理办法) for public comment. The draft law restricts the free flow of online information on … Continue reading China Has Drawn Up Legislation To Crack Down On Religious Speech Online

Chinese Government Removes References To Mao Zedong’s “Mistakes” During The Cultural Revolution From School Textbooks

The Chinese government has removed references to former Communist leader Mao Zedong's "mistakes" during the Cultural Revolution from 8th grade school textbooks. The old version of the textbook stated: "In the 1960s Mao Zedong mistakenly believed that the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party was engaging in revisionism, and that the Party and the … Continue reading Chinese Government Removes References To Mao Zedong’s “Mistakes” During The Cultural Revolution From School Textbooks

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Accuses Pro-Democracy Leader Benny Tai Of Supporting Hong Kong And Taiwan Separatism

Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying accused in a series of Facebook posts pro-democracy leader Benny Tai Yu-ting of supporting Hong Kong and Taiwan independence. Benny Tai Yu-ting is an Associate Professor of the Faculty of Law at the University of Hong Kong (HKU) and a democracy activist who initiated the 2014 Occupy Central … Continue reading Former Hong Kong Chief Executive Leung Chun-ying Accuses Pro-Democracy Leader Benny Tai Of Supporting Hong Kong And Taiwan Separatism