Chinese national anthem will be played every day at 7 a.m., according to new government circular promoting patriotism

On May 19 the government of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) issued a circular regarding the celebrations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Communist State in 1949. The circular stresses the importance of “holding high the great banner of socialism with Chinese characteristics,” and of “vigorously promoting the great national spirit … Continue reading Chinese national anthem will be played every day at 7 a.m., according to new government circular promoting patriotism

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

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’

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

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”

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

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

Ts’ai Ying-wen and Ma Ying-jeou take part in Lunar New Year’s prayer on Dharma Drum Mountain

On Lunar New Year’s Eve (春節除夕夜) the Taiwan’s President Ts’ai Ying-wen and her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou attended a ceremony on Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山), an influential Buddhist foundation located in Jinshan district, New Taipei City. Since 2007 Taiwanese presidents have taken part in the Dharma Bell Ringing Assembly (撞鐘祈福法會), during which believers pray for good … Continue reading Ts’ai Ying-wen and Ma Ying-jeou take part in Lunar New Year’s prayer on Dharma Drum Mountain

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