U.S. government’s One-China Policy not the same as Beijing’s One-China Principle, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee says

On May 13 the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives reiterated its support for Taiwan and rejected the idea that the U.S. government’s “One-China Principle” is equivalent to the “One-China Principle” advocated by the People’s Republic of China (PRC). In a series of tweets the Committee rebutted an article published by China‘s … Continue reading U.S. government’s One-China Policy not the same as Beijing’s One-China Principle, U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee says

Taiwanese government says some local media work with China, send content to Beijing for approval

Last year Taiwanese President Ts’ai Ing-wen warned of rampant Chinese interference in the country’s elections through the dissemination of “fake news” (假消). Now Taiwan’s National Security Bureau has revealed that Beijing is working together with Taiwanese media outlets to spread Beijing’s propaganda. On May 2 the deputy director of Taiwan’s National Security Bureau Ch’en Wen-fan … Continue reading Taiwanese government says some local media work with China, send content to Beijing for approval

Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

China is … a despotic state, whose principle is fear. Perhaps in the earliest dynasties, when the empire had not so large an extent, the government might have deviated a little from this spirit; but the case is otherwise at present. (Charles De Secondat Montesquieu, The Spirit of Laws) During the Manchu dynasty … [t]he … Continue reading Freedom or despotism? – Autocratic governance and laissez-faire in Imperial China

Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

On April 29 James Soong (宋楚瑜), a Taiwanese politician and chairman of the People First Party (親民黨), told China’s state-run news agency Xinhua that he supports the 1992 consensus and the one-China policy. Soong travelled to Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China to hold talks with local politicians. “[B]oth sides agree on the one-China principle … Continue reading Pro-Beijing Taiwanese politicians seek rapprochement with China

Abducted Hong Kong bookseller has fled to Taiwan to avoid extradition to China

In 2015 Lam Wing-kei (林榮基), the founder of Hong Kong-based bookstore “Causeway Bay Books,” which published salacious books critical of the Chinese Communist leadership, went missing after he travelled to mainland China. Lam was accused of trying to overthrow the Chinese Communist government by mailing illegal books to the mainland. He was one of five … Continue reading Abducted Hong Kong bookseller has fled to Taiwan to avoid extradition to China

China’s national security more important than Hong Kong’s autonomy, says director of Beijing’s liaison office

Wang Zhimin (王志民), Director of the Liaison Office of the Central People’s Government in the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR), and a member of the Communist Party Central Committee, welcomed the guilty verdict of 9 democracy activists and claimed that China’s national security supersedes Hong Kong’s high degree of autonomy. Wang made the remarks … Continue reading China’s national security more important than Hong Kong’s autonomy, says director of Beijing’s liaison office

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. The poem … Continue reading China’s army deletes poem by ‘traitor’ Wang Jingwei

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

China’s Ministry of Education tells students they must “listen to the Party”

Chen Baosheng (陈宝生), Minister of Education of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), has called on colleges and universities to become a “powerful front in support of the Party’s leadership” and has urged professors and students to “listen to the Party.” On February 22 the “China Discipline Inspection and Supervision Daily,” a newspaper controlled by … Continue reading China’s Ministry of Education tells students they must “listen to the Party”

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