China Rolls Out Facial Recognition Scans on Guangzhou Subway

By Qiao Long, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in The Radio Free Asia on 29 October 2018
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Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have installed facial recognition equipment at several subway stations in the provincial capital Guangzhou in recent weeks, residents said Continue reading “China Rolls Out Facial Recognition Scans on Guangzhou Subway”

Chinese dissident Badiucao’s Hong Kong show cancelled over ‘threats’

An exhibition by a dissident Chinese-Australian cartoonist in Hong Kong has been cancelled by its organisers over what they said were threats from China.

By BBC

This article first appeared in BBC on 3 November 2018
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Badiucao’s work focuses on rights abuses and satirises President Xi Continue reading “Chinese dissident Badiucao’s Hong Kong show cancelled over ‘threats’”

The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: White Elephant in the Pearl River

The bridge will never recover its costs. Hardly anyone can drive on it. So why was it built?

By Martin Sebena, The Diplomat

This article first appeared in The Diplomat on 20 October 2018
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At the end of October, after several months’ delay, a new bridge connecting the former British colony of Hong Kong with Macau and the Chinese city of Zhuhai will officially open.

The 55 kilometer long bridge crosses the mouth of the Pearl River, in the Continue reading “The Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge: White Elephant in the Pearl River”

Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official

By Wong Lok-to, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 5 October 2018
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Authorities in Hong Kong have rejected the visa renewal application of a Financial Times journalist who chaired a speaking event Continue reading “Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official”

Is China threatening Hong Kong’s freedoms?

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Pro-democracy activists say China is silencing dissent in Hong Kong. DW’s Conflict Zone asks Horace Cheung, VP of the largest pro-Beijing party in the territory, whether he is willing to allow China to curtail rights. Continue reading “Is China threatening Hong Kong’s freedoms?”

Thousands of Chinese Army Veterans March Over Police Beatings

By Wong Siu-san and Lau Siu-fung, Radio Free Asia

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 8 October 2018
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Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have sealed off a city after thousands of People’s Liberation Army (PLA) veterans converged there over a weekend of protests and clashes over police  Continue reading “Thousands of Chinese Army Veterans March Over Police Beatings”

China tightens grip on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement

Following the ban of Hong Kong’s pro-independence party last month, residents now fear further erosion of the city’s civil liberties. Activists say the democracy movement needs to refresh its message to win new support.

By William Yang (Taipei), DW

This article first appeared in DW on 4 October 2018
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China’s annual National Day on October 1 is marked in Hong Kong with everything from official celebrations to protests against Continue reading “China tightens grip on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement”

Hong Kong’s controversial high-speed rail link to China opens

Another costly white elephant project with sinister political implications

By Adam N. Lee

This article first appeared in Chinaworker.info on 26 September 2018
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It has been dubbed by some as the “Trojan train” because for the first time it legitimises the presence of Chinese police and security officials in the heart of Hong Kong. Continue reading “Hong Kong’s controversial high-speed rail link to China opens”

Why China won’t let people compare Xi Jinping with an imperial predecessor

By Isabella Jackson
This article first appeared in The Conversation on 5 March 2018
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The Chinese Communist Party’s legitimacy is largely based on a supposed contrast between its “enlightened” leadership and the despotism of “Old China”. Any hint that the party is creating a new emperor must therefore be quashed. But the Chinese public know their history, and history is a potent political force Continue reading “Why China won’t let people compare Xi Jinping with an imperial predecessor”

China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life”

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Lifting of presidential term limits plunges China and its autocratic regime into unchartered territory

The news from Beijing is historic – nothing less than a political earthquake with repercussions around the world. At its upcoming “parliamentary session” (the National People’s Congress, NPC, which starts next week), China will remove the two-term limit for the presidency and vice presidency. This confirms Continue reading “China: It’s official – Xi Jinping aims to be “Dictator for life””