As Beijing Steps up Control, Hong Kong People Feel Increasingly Less Chinese

By Lam Kwok-lap

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia 21 Jun 2018
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The number of people who identify as “Hong Kongers” rather than as Chinese citizens or other possible identities stands at a 10-year high, amid complaints that the city’s autonomy is increasingly being eroded by diktats from Beijing, a new survey shows. Continue reading “As Beijing Steps up Control, Hong Kong People Feel Increasingly Less Chinese”

Tiananmen anniversary sparks protest art

This article was originally published under the headline “#TankMen2018, a global work of protest art” on 7-June-2018 by The Economist. Link to original article: HERE

To commemorate the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre, people are dressing up as the famous dissident icon.

IN 1989 Fengsuo Zhou was a student at Tsinghua University in Beijing. Like many of his classmates, he went to Tiananmen Square Continue reading “Tiananmen anniversary sparks protest art”

At least 10,000 killed at Tiananmen Square, secret cable claims

By Ben Graham and AFP

This article first appeared in news.com.au on 24 Dec 2017
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SICKENING details have been revealed in a chilling secret British diplomatic cable that has been unearthed decades later. Continue reading “At least 10,000 killed at Tiananmen Square, secret cable claims”

China Shuts Down Comedy Streaming Channel Over ‘Insult’ to War Hero

By Yang Fan

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 18 May 2018
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China’s internet regulator on Thursday shut down the account of a popular comedy streaming channel for “dishonoring” the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s revolutionary heroes and martyrs, official media reported. Continue reading “China Shuts Down Comedy Streaming Channel Over ‘Insult’ to War Hero”

China Shutters Maoist ‘Utopia’ Website, Social Media Account

By Gao Feng

This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 21 May 2018
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The ruling Chinese Communist Party has pulled the plug on a prominent Maoist website amid concerns it may boost extreme nationalist sentiment that could undermine Beijing’s trade policy with the United States, analysts said on Monday. Continue reading “China Shutters Maoist ‘Utopia’ Website, Social Media Account”

Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong

By Lam Kwok-lap
This article first appeared in Radio Free Asia on 6 March 2018
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A top Chinese official sent out a warning to Hong Kong on Tuesday that Beijing will adopt a “zero tolerance” policy towards anyone advocating independence for the former British colony, a political stance that is seen as a threat to national security. Continue reading “Beijing’s ‘Zero Tolerance’ Warning on Independence Raises Questions in Hong Kong”

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”