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    By Huizhong Wu | Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan — Huang Xueqin, who publicly supported a woman when she accused a professor of sexual assault, was arrested in September. Wang Jianbing, who helped women report sexual harassment, was detained along with her. Neither has been heard from since. Meanwhile, several other women’s rights activists have faced smear campaigns on social media and some have seen their accounts shuttered. When tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view this month after accusing a senior Chinese politician of sexual assault, it caused an international uproar. But back in China, Peng is just one of several people — activists and accusers alike — who have been hustled out of view, charged with crimes or trolled and silenced online for speaking out about the harassment, violence and discrimination women face every day. When Huang helped spark a grassroots #MeToo movement in China in 2018, it gained fairly wide visibility and achieved some measure of success, including getting the civil code to define sexual harassment for the first time. But it was also met with stiff...
    TAIPEI, Taiwan (AP) — Huang Xueqin, who publicly supported a woman when she accused a professor of sexual assault, was arrested in September. Wang Jianbing, who helped women report sexual harassment, was detained along with her. Neither has been heard from since. Meanwhile, several other women’s rights activists have faced smear campaigns on social media and some have seen their accounts shuttered. When tennis star Peng Shuai disappeared from public view this month after accusing a senior Chinese politician of sexual assault, it caused an international uproar. But back in China, Peng is just one of several people — activists and accusers alike — who have been hustled out of view, charged with crimes or trolled and silenced online for speaking out about the harassment, violence and discrimination women face every day. When Huang helped spark a grassroots #MeToo movement in China in 2018, it gained fairly wide visibility and achieved some measure of success, including getting the civil code to define sexual harassment for the first time. But it was also met with stiff resistance from Chinese authorities, who...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Few issues are more important to Beijing than food security. For centuries, ruling governments have grappled with the challenges of feeding a large, expanding population. Droughts, floods and famines feature prominently throughout Chinese history — and rebellions launched by starving peasants toppled numerous imperial dynasties.But the government's latest attempt to head off concerns about pricing and supply appears to be spiraling out of control. A missive about stockpiling food from China's Ministry of Commerce sparked panic buying among the public and frenzied online speculation this week. At first glance, the notice doesn't seem too different from the typical directives the Chinese government has sent in the past stressing the need to shore up supplies. This one orders local authorities to ensure that their citizens have an "adequate supply" of essentials this winter. It also instructs those governments to keep food costs stable — a point of concern in recent weeks, as extreme weather, energy shortages and Covid-19 restrictions threaten supply. Read MoreChina is urging families to stock up on food as supply challenges multiplyBut Monday's directive has...
    Chinese authorities have squelched virtually all online discussion of sexual assault accusations apparently made by a Chinese professional tennis star against a former top government official, showing how sensitive the ruling Communist Party is to such charges. In a lengthy social media post that disappeared quickly, Peng Shuai wrote that Zhang Gaoli, a former vice premier and member of the party's all-powerful Politburo Standing Committee, had forced her to have sex despite repeated refusals following a round of tennis three years ago. Her post also said they had sex once seven years ago and she had feelings for him after that. Peng is a former top-ranked doubles player, taking 23 tour-level doubles titles, including Grand Slams at Wimbledon in 2013 and the French Open in 2014. The Associated Press could not verify the authenticity of her post, which was made late Tuesday night by her verified account on Weibo, a leading Chinese social media platform. The post was removed soon after, and a search on Weibo for Peng's account now turns up no results. Neither she nor Zhang could be...
    Hong Kong (CNN)A girl wearing a green varsity jacket sits with her feet up inside a shopping cart in an empty parking lot; a group of friends in sunglasses hold up pizzas and cokes; another girl in a baseball cap poses on a lawn at dusk, looking back at her long shadow on the grass.These photos, which are trending on Chinese social media, all have one thing in common -- a big "Costco wholesale" logo featured prominently in the background, often against a deep blue sky.The American retailer, which opened its first China store in Shanghai to massive crowds in 2019, has become an unlikely destination for Chinese influencers. But it's not the store's discounted bulk items that attracts them; instead they are drawn to what they consider to be its "California vibe." For nearly two years, most people in China have been unable to travel abroad, due to the country's stringent and unrelenting Covid-19 border restrictions: outbound flights are limited, quarantine upon reentry is harsh and lengthy, and Chinese authorities have ceased issuing or renewing passports for all but...
    Apple removed two religious apps from the Chinese Apple Store. Apple watchdog website Apple Censorship reported the Chinese App Store took down one of the most popular Quran apps after receiving a request from Chinese officials. The Quran Majeed, which boasts 35 million users worldwide and 1 million users in China, had its app taken down by Chinese officials on Oct. 8. "According to Apple, our app Quran Majeed has been removed from the China App Store because it includes content that requires additional documentation from Chinese authorities," app developer PDMS told the BBC . "We are trying to get in touch with the Cyberspace Administration of China and relevant Chinese authorities to get this issue resolved." BIG TECH COZYING UP TO CHINA AND RUSSIA UNDERMINES ARGUMENT AGAINST BREAKING THEM UP The Bible App by Olive Tree was also removed that same day. "Olive Tree Bible Software was informed during the App Store review process that we are required to provide a permit demonstrating our authorization to distribute an app with book or...
    A Chinese whistleblower who helped expose the Wuhan Covid outbreak has reappeared 18 months after he was feared abducted. Chen Qiushi, in his mid-30s, vanished in early February last year as the virus spread around the world. He had not been heard from since, although reports suggested he was allowed to return to his parents in Qingdao, northern China, by September last year. But the citizen journalist and former human rights lawyer has now resurfaced in a YouTube livestream with martial artist Xu Xiaodong. During the 30-minute clip Mr Qiushi said, according to the Wall Street Journal: 'Over the past year and eight months, I have experienced a lot of things. Some of it can be talked about, some of it can't. I believe you understand.'  He is one of three whistleblowers who disappeared in the early days of the pandemic after trying to warn the world about the outbreak in Wuhan. Li Zehua, in his mid-20s, was chased and then abducted in Wuhan on February 6 after posting videos claiming the Wuhan Institute of Virology was the source of...
    Local government authorities in the Chinese city of Harbin euthanized three pet cats on Tuesday against their owner’s wishes after both she and the cats tested positive for coronavirus, China’s state-run Global Times reported Wednesday. The pets’ owner tested positive for the Chinese coronavirus on September 21. Local health officials ordered the woman to leave her apartment that same day and enter a state hospital to begin a mandatory self-isolation period. Before leaving her home, the woman left food and water out for her three pet cats. “Shortly after, a community worker carried out tests on the cats and all three cats tested positive for the virus twice, prompting authorities to take action,” the Independent relayed on Thursday, citing a September 28 report by the state-backed Beijing News site. “Despite appeals from the cat owner, the three cats were put to sleep in what has been viewed as a harsh and extreme measure by Chinese authorities to control the disease spread,” the newspaper revealed. Three cats living with a confirmed #COVID19 patient in Harbin, NE China’s Heilongjiang, were euthanized in accordance...
    Visitors walk on the Bund in Shanghai, China, on Friday, February 12, 2021.Qilai Shen | Bloomberg | Getty Images BEIJING — Foreign companies are trying to hold on to lucrative opportunities in China, even if new regulations and the pandemic have made international operations harder. As these businesses watch a crackdown on domestic tech giants, the Chinese government has continued to promote the world's second-largest economy as opening further to overseas capital. In just the last few weeks, local authorities in the cities of Beijing and Shenzhen have followed those in Hainan — an entire island province that is becoming a free trade zone — in announcing new benefits for foreign capital in special development districts. Similar business-friendly policies have been rolled out in the past, with mixed results. "The main difference is it's much more targeted than it was before," said Adam Dunnett, secretary general at the EU Chamber of Commerce in China. "Now you've really got to show you've got something that China wants, or China doesn't feel is a competitor to its own interest and needs," he...
    Comic and animation fans in China were in for a nasty shock this weekend as authorities turned their crackdown on the entertainment industry to yet another target. The National Radio and Television Administration, the country’s broadcasting authority, announced late Friday that it would ban cartoons and other TV shows primarily produced for children that contain any mention of violence, blood, vulgarity or pornography. TV channels must “resolutely resist bad plots,” and instead only broadcast “excellent cartoons with healthy content and promote truth, goodness and beauty,” said the authority in a statement on its website. “Children and adolescents are the main audience groups of cartoons,” the authority said, adding that broadcast organizations should set up special TV channels for children that create a good environment for “the healthy growth of young people.” The new regulation applies to all cartoons broadcast on television as well as those streamed online — and though the authority did not name any specific shows, networks wasted no time in enforcing it. “Ultraman Tiga,” a hugely popular Japanese series about a superhero who protects Earth from monsters...
    Hong Kong (CNN Business)Comic and animation fans in China were in for a nasty shock this weekend as authorities turned their crackdown on the entertainment industry to yet another target. The National Radio and Television Administration, the country's broadcasting authority, announced late Friday that it would ban cartoons and other TV shows primarily produced for children that contain any mention of violence, blood, vulgarity or pornography.TV channels must "resolutely resist bad plots," and instead only broadcast "excellent cartoons with healthy content and promote truth, goodness and beauty," said the authority in a statement on its website."Children and adolescents are the main audience groups of cartoons," the authority said, adding that broadcast organizations should set up special TV channels for children that create a good environment for "the healthy growth of young people."The new regulation applies to all cartoons broadcast on television as well as those streamed online — and though the authority did not name any specific shows, networks wasted no time in enforcing it. Read MoreWhy is the Communist Party clamping down on Chinas biggest stars and fan clubs?"Ultraman...
    Share this: ON THIS DAY IN 1937, the Brooklyn Daily Eagle reported, “SHANGHAI (A.P.) — Because of the increasing peril to neutral shipping from Chinese and Japanese bombs and shells, United States authorities today closed the Port of Shanghai to all vessels flying the American flag other than warships. The order from Admiral Harry E. Yarnell, commander in chief of the Asiatic fleet, and Consul General Clarence E. Gauss was the direct result of the bombing yesterday by Chinese planes of the Dollar Liner President Hoover and the killing of one of her seamen. The effect of the action was to maroon some 2,000 Americans, including 500 women and children, in this war-shattered city. Twelve miles north of the city, heavy guns were crashing out the prelude to Japan’s major push to drive the Chinese armies from the area. The Japanese army presented an ultimatum to the civil authorities ordering all Chinese civilians evacuated by nightfall from the Yangtsepoo and Wayside areas in the northeastern zone of the International Settlement. That order from the highest ranking naval and civil officers...
    Residents of Wuhan city in China's Hubei province queue to take nucleic acid tests for Covid-19 on August 3, 2021.STR | AFP | Getty Images China is facing pockets of resurgence in major cities from Beijing to Wuhan, and authorities have imposed mass testing and widespread travel restrictions in some areas. Daily Covid-19 cases are rising again as the delta variant spreads across the country. China's National Health Commission said it confirmed 96 Covid cases on Wednesday — the third straight day it reported 90 cases and above. Of the newly confirmed cases, 71 were locally transmitted, said the health commission. Economists are concerned that a strict government clampdown on movements could hurt the economy — the only major economy to grow last year. "China has shown before that it is willing to take tough action to control Covid, and we don't doubt that it will do so again this time," Robert Carnell, regional head of Asia-Pacific research at Dutch bank ING, said in a note on Wednesday. "Tough restrictions on movement and travel already in place will likely bring...
    BEIJING (AP) — Chinese authorities announce large jump in death toll in recent floods to more than 300 people. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    (CNN)China's hardline "zero Covid strategy" is facing a fresh challenge from the rapid spread of the Delta variant, amid concerns over the efficacy of Chinese vaccines against the highly contagious strain.The Delta variant, which appears to cause more severe illness and spreads as easily as chickenpox according to an internal document from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), has wreaked havoc across the world. Now, it is causing China's worst outbreak in months.China reported 328 local Covid-19 infections in July, close to the total from the previous five months, according to the National Health Commission. Although that's only a fraction of the cases reported in countries like the United States and the United Kingdom, it is perceived as a serious threat in China, where authorities attempt to keep local infections at zero.The latest outbreak started two weeks ago in the eastern city of Nanjing, where nine airport cleaners were found to be infected during a routine test. Since then, the cluster has spread to at least 26 cities across China, including a tourist hot spot in the...
    Shanghai (China), Jul 30 (.) .- The technology company Didi, known as the “Chinese Uber”, denied the information published in the international press that it is considering going public after the investigations opened by Beijing. “Rumors that Didi would be delisting on the stock market are false information. Currently, the company is actively and comprehensively cooperating with cybersecurity investigations” initiated by the Chinese authorities, the company said in a short message posted on its official account. of the social network Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter. The American newspaper The Wall Street Journal yesterday published an article in which it assured, citing “sources close to the matter”, that Didi would be considering this operation to “appease” the Chinese authorities and offset the losses of investors. The company debuted in New York on June 30, raising about $ 4.4 billion (about 3,703 million euros) and placing its market valuation at about $ 80 billion (about 67,333 million euros). However, since then its stock market value has plummeted more than 30% following the cybersecurity investigation announced by the Chinese authorities just two...
    In this article DIDITraders work during the IPO for Chinese ride-hailing company Didi Global Inc on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) floor in New York City, U.S., June 30, 2021.Brendan McDermid | ReutersChinese ride-hailing company Didi denied a Wall Street Journal report saying it could go private to appease Chinese authorities scrutinizing its business. The original Journal report sent Didi's stock soaring nearly 40% during premarket trading Thursday, though it pared gains after the company's denial. The stock is still up more than 18% before the market open. Didi listed its shares on the New York Stock Exchange in June with a modest pop in share price. But days later, Chinese authorities announced a cybersecurity review of the business, sending the stock down. Chinese authorities had also opened an antitrust probe into Didi, Reuters reported. China has recently tightened its grip on tech companies. Earlier this month, officials announced measures to increase regulation of cross-border data flows, adding scrutiny to companies wishing to list shares in a foreign country. Last fall, Ant Group delayed its IPO in Shanghai and...
    BEIJING (AP) — Roadblocks were set up to check drivers and a disease-control official called Thursday for increased testing of workers at Chinese ports after a rash of coronavirus cases traced to a major airport rattled authorities who thought they had the disease under control. The 171 new cases of the more contagious delta variant in the eastern city of Nanjing and surrounding Jiangsu province are modest compared with India and some other countries. But infections traced to Nanjing Lukou International Airport have spread to at least 10 cities. Nanjing, a city of 9.3 million people northwest of Shanghai, has ordered tens of thousands to stay home and is carrying out mass testing while experts look for the source of the virus. The earliest cases were among employees and people who passed through Nanjing’s airport, which serves 30 million passengers a year. Officials cited by Chinese media say airport employees might have been infected from improper handling of trash but did not say how the virus might have gotten there. “We should take special measures on high-risk groups, such...
    RABAT, Morocco (AP) — Moroccan authorities have arrested a Uyghur activist in exile based on a Chinese terrorism warrant distributed by Interpol, according to information from Moroccan police and a rights group that tracks people detained by China. Activists fear Yidiresi Aishan will be extradited to China, and say the arrest is part of a broader Chinese campaign to hunt down perceived dissidents outside its borders. Morocco’s General Directorate for National Security said Tuesday that a Chinese citizen was arrested after landing at Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca on July 20, upon arrival from Istanbul. He “was the subject of a red notice issued by Interpol due to his suspected belonging to an organization on the lists of terrorist organizations,” the Moroccan police agency said. The red notice — the equivalent of being put on Interpol’s most-wanted list — was issued at the request of China, which is seeking his extradition, the agency said. It said Moroccan authorities notified Interpol and the Chinese authorities about the arrest, and the Chinese citizen was referred to prosecutors pending the extradition procedure....
    Hong Kong (CNN)As record heat waves hit western North America and deadly floods swept Germany, the growing risks associated with climate change have grabbed headlines, and prompted widespread discussions in the West.Scientists have been warning for years that the climate crisis would amplify extreme weather, making it deadlier and more frequent — and the latest catastrophes are seen as a timely reminder the threat could hit much closer to home than some might think.But this week, with much of China's central Henan province devastated by record rains, there were few mentions of any connection to the broader climate crisis by Chinese officials, scientists or state media.The silence is all the more conspicuous given how much Chinese authorities have emphasized the extremeness and rarity of the weather. At one point, the provincial capital of Zhengzhou was pelted by nearly 8 inches (20 centimeters) of rain in an hour. In just three days, it had 24 inches (61 centimeters) — or nearly a year's worth — of rainfall, according to the Zhengzhou meteorological station.Zhengzhou's weather station called it a "once in a...
    Children cool off in the water at a park as a heat wave hits the city on July 16, 2021 in Shenyang, Liaoning Province of China.VCG | Visual China Group | Getty Images BEIJING — Families in China can now have as many children as they like without facing fines or other consequences, the Chinese government said late Tuesday. The announcement ended, in practice, decades of restrictions on the number of children each household could have, as authorities attempt to encourage births in the face of a rapidly aging population. Births dropped 15% last year, a fourth-straight year of decline. China began loosening its strict one-child policy about six years ago after imposing it in the 1980s.VIDEO2:3002:30Here's where PwC is investing $3 billion, says its Asia-Pacific chairmanSquawk Box AsiaThat meant for more than three decades, local authorities seeking to meet population targets often took harsh measures such as forced abortions and sterilization. Families' preference for boys, especially in rural, farming areas, resulted in a large gender imbalance. Families violating the one-child, and later two-child, policy faced hefty fines and difficulty...
    KYIV, Ukraine (AP) — A teenager who says he’s a U.S. permanent resident and his fiancée are once again on the run from the threat of extradition to their homeland, China, in a sign of Beijing’s lengthening reach over perceived dissidents abroad. Chinese officials had sought Wang Jingyu, a 19-year-old student, over his online comments about deadly border clashes between Chinese and Indian forces last year. He was arrested by plainclothes police in Dubai while transferring for a flight to the U.S. in early April and was held for weeks, in a case that the U.S. Department of State has described as a human rights concern. He said Chinese authorities in Dubai took away his green card. Wang was freed May 27, just hours after The Associated Press asked about him. He fled first to Turkey and then to Ukraine, as a temporary safe place that was open to Chinese passport holders without COVID-19 entry restrictions. But on Thursday, the AP has learned, Wang received a warning via email that Chinese officials knew he was hiding in Ukraine, and...
    More On: ride sharing China investigates Didi over cybersecurity days after its huge IPO ‘Chinese Uber’ Didi valued at $80B in US IPO as shares soar ‘Chinese Uber’ Didi targeting $60B valuation in US IPO amid antitrust concerns Revel says it will launch ‘Tesla taxis’ in spite of NYC ban China’s cyber-watchdog on Friday announced an on-site cybersecurity investigation of ride-hailing service Didi, stepping up scrutiny after earlier criticism of Didi’s handling of customer information caused the company’s New York-traded shares to tumble. The on-site inspection comes two weeks after the regulator said it would probe the ride-hailing company over concerns about national security and data security. That came days after Didi raised $4.4 billion and went public on the New York Stock Exchange. According to a statement released Friday by the Cybersecurity Administration of China, other Chinese government departments involved in the on-site investigation include the Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Natural Resources, Ministry of Transport, State Taxation Administration and the State Administration of Market Regulation. The Cyberspace Administration of China gave no other details. Didi earlier...
    Chinese authorities locked down a city bordering Myanmar on Wednesday, shutting most businesses and requiring residents to stay at home as a fresh outbreak of COVID-19 expanded. Another 15 cases were found in Ruili in the last 24 hours, on top of six in the previous two days, health authorities in southwestern Yunnan province said. In addition, two people without COVID-19 symptoms have also tested positive for the virus. The lockdown shut down all businesses and public institutions except hospitals, pharmacies, and essential shops such as grocery stores, according to a notice posted online. It affects the urban part of Ruili, which like most Chinese cities includes surrounding rural areas in its jurisdiction. JD VANCE ACCUSES GOOGLE OF ‘CONSPIRING WITH’ CHINESE GOVERNMENT, SHIRKING US In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, a medical worker collects a swab sample for nucleic acid test in Ruili City of southwest China's Yunnan Province, on July 5, 2021. (Wang Guansen/Xinhua via AP) Myanmar is battling a large outbreak with limited resources to contain it. The Southeast Asian nation reported 3,602...
    A number of Chinese state-run media outlets blasted U.S. senators for their stopover in Taipei, Taiwan, one calling it a “treacherous move” Monday. Democratic Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth, Republican Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan and Republican Delaware Sen. Chris Coons flew to Taipei for a brief visit Sunday, announcing that the U.S. will donate 750,000 vaccines to the country struggling with its first serious outbreak since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, The Guardian reported. In adversity we see true friendship. Thank you USA for supporting Taiwan’s urgent vaccine needs,and thank you @SenDuckworth @SenDanSullivan @ChrisCoons for bringing the good news. pic.twitter.com/5v9EGrMH3W — Bi-khim Hsiao 蕭美琴 (@bikhim) June 6, 2021 The senators traveled on a U.S. Air Force C-17 Globemaster III, which marked the first landing of an American military plane in Taiwan in more than four decades, according to Newsweek. China’s Xinhua News Agency said Washington was “once again challenging Beijing’s red line over the Taiwan question.” The piece accused the U.S. of an attempt to “stage an anti-China political farce and offer some symbolic support for the current Taiwan...
    More Uyghur Muslims exiled from their home country of China said that they were tortured and forced to undergo late term abortions, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The publication spoke with three Uyghurs who were forced to flee from China’s Xinjiang region, including one woman who said that Chinese authorities forced her to abort her unborn baby 6 1/2 months into her pregnancy. “I was 6 1/2 months pregnant … The police came, one Uyghur and two Chinese. They put me and eight other pregnant women in cars and took us to the hospital,” the woman said.  More Uyghur Muslims exiled from their home country of China said that they were tortured and forced to under go late term abortions, the Associated Press reported Thursday. The publication spoke with three Uyghurs who were forced to flee from China’s Xinjiang region, including one woman who said that Chinese authorities forced her to abort her unborn baby 6 1/2 months into her pregnancy. The AP also spoke with a man who said that Chinese soldiers imprisoned him and tortured...
    More On: uighurs Budapest names streets at planned Chinese university after Uighurs, Hong Kong Chinese authorities order video denials by Uighurs of abuses Pelosi calls for diplomatic boycott of 2022 Olympics in China Mosques disappear as China strives to ‘build a beautiful Xinjiang’ ISTANBUL — Three Uighurs who fled from China to Turkey have described forced abortions and torture by Chinese authorities in China’s far-western Xinjiang region, ahead of giving testimony to a people’s tribunal in London that is investigating if Beijing’s actions against ethnic Uighurs amount to genocide. The three witnesses include a woman who said she was forced into an abortion at 6 1/2 months pregnant, a former doctor who spoke of draconian birth control policies and a former detainee who alleged he was “tortured day and night” by Chinese soldiers while he was imprisoned in the remote border region. They spoke to The Associated Press of their experiences before testifying by video link to the independent UK tribunal, which is expected to draw dozens of witnesses when it opens four days of hearings on Friday. The...
    Mutant strains of the Chinese coronavirus allegedly imported from India are responsible for a recent surge in new cases of the disease in China’s southern city of Guangzhou and neighboring cities, local government authorities claimed Sunday. “Guangzhou completed its first round of nucleic acid testing for 2.25 million residents on Saturday [May 29], with 20 people found to be infected with COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] as of 2:00 pm on Sunday,” Chen Bin, deputy director of Guangzhou’s municipal health commission, told reporters at a press briefing on May 30. Guangzhou’s new cluster of Chinese coronavirus infections was “contracted with a fast-spreading virus strain detected in India according to genome sequencing results,” according to Chen. The latest coronavirus outbreak in Guangzhou, capital of Guangdong province, began on May 21 and has since spread to the nearby cities of Foshan and Maoming, according to the Chinese state-run Global Times. Local media outlets have described the “rate of spread” of Guangzhou’s virus outbreak as “alarming,” the South China Morning Post noted Monday. Guangzhou is home to one of the world’s busiest international airports and its new coronavirus outbreak forced...
    Bitcoin's price tumbled Friday following an intensified call from Chinese authorities to crack down in mining of the cryptocurrency. In a statement from Chinese Vice Premier Liu He and the State Council, authorities said tighter regulation is needed to protect the financial system. The statement, released late Friday in China time, said it is necessary to "crack down on Bitcoin mining and trading behavior, and resolutely prevent the transmission of individual risks to the social field." Bitcoin slid more than 6.5% as news of the statement circulated, part of a broader plunge that has seen the digital currency tumble more than 40% from its peak. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
    More On: uighurs Pelosi calls for diplomatic boycott of 2022 Olympics in China Mosques disappear as China strives to ‘build a beautiful Xinjiang’ John Kerry says Xinjiang solar panel production presents ‘problem’ for US climate strategy Blinken says US does not have ‘the luxury of not dealing with China’ URUMQI, China — China has highlighted an unlikely series of videos this year in which Uighur men and women deny US charges that Beijing is committing human rights violations against their ethnic group. In fact, a text obtained by the AP shows that the videos are part of a government campaign that raises questions about the willingness of those filmed. Chinese state media have published dozens of the videos praising the Communist Party and showing Uighurs angrily denouncing former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for declaring genocide in the far west Xi,njiang region. The videos, which officials have insisted are spontaneous outpourings of emotion, have also featured prominently in a series of government news conferences held for foreign media. But the text obtained by AP is the first concrete...
    Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt on Tuesday said he officially served the Chinese Communist Party and several other groups over the role they allegedly played in the COVID-19 outbreak. "I filed this suit to hold the Chinese Communist Party and Chinese authorities accountable for their role in the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken lives, ruined businesses, destroyed economies, and more. Serving these entities is an important step in that process," Schmitt said in a statement. "Despite China’s stonewalling, my Office remains determined to hold the Chinese authorities accountable for unleashing the COVID-19 pandemic." In addition to the Chinese Communist Party, the Wuhan Institute for Virology and the Chinese Academy of Sciences were served in Schmitt's lawsuit. In a press release, Schmitt detailed the lengths his office had to go to in order to serve the groups in question, a process that has played out over the course of months. He is also undergoing the necessary process to serve the People’s Republic of China through diplomatic channels. Schmitt also notified President Biden on Tuesday that the affected parties had been served. The...
    (CNN)"Truth! Truth! Truth," shouted the dozens of people gathered outside a Chinese high school on Tuesday in a video widely circulated online. Holding white flowers, they demanded to know why a 17-year-old boy had suddenly fallen to his death on campus that weekend.Within minutes, the video -- which hasn't been independently verified by CNN -- showed police breaking up the protest, another example of how China's government under President Xi Jinping has doubled down on quashing organized dissent in recent years.But the matter didn't end there. Online, outcry was growing over the death of Lin Weiqi, a sophomore at the city's No.49 High School in Chengdu, southwestern China.On Sunday afternoon, which was Mother's Day, Lin's mother dropped him at school. An hour later, he fell to his death from a building on campus. Lin's mother said she wasn't notified by the school until two hours later, when her son's body was at a funeral parlor, or allowed on campus to speak with his classmates or teachers. And school officials initially rejected her request to check footage from security cameras. Read...
    COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Missouri authorities say they found remains they believe are the body of a Chinese woman missing since October 2019. Copyright © 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, written or redistributed.
    Asia S.Vt. Subscribers Published on 03-19-21 at 7:16 am – Updated 03-19-21 at 7:16 am © Amnesty International Amnesty International is publishing a report on Friday illustrating how the Chinese Communist repression is shattering Uyghur families. Parents who had left China before the intensification of the crackdown on Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities did not imagine that their children would be barred from joining them.
                      by Chuck Ross  The Chinese government maintained tight control of a World Health Organization investigation in Wuhan into the origins of the coronavirus, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, which said that Beijing was granted veto power over which scientists were allowed to take part in the mission. According to the Journal, the constraints placed on the WHO team rendered the scientists unable to conduct a thorough investigation into the virus’ origins. A team of more than a dozen scientists, including one American, visited Wuhan last month, where they met with Chinese authorities and scientists to figure out how the coronavirus first infected humans. A report of the investigation is expected to be released next week, after Chinese authorities have had a chance to review it and make edits, according to the Journal. Some members of the WHO team, including Peter Daszak, the lone American on the mission, have dismissed one prominent theory that the virus originated from an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which...
    The Chinese government maintained tight control of a World Health Organization investigation in Wuhan into the origins of the coronavirus, according to a report from The Wall Street Journal, which said that Beijing was granted veto power over which scientists were allowed to take part in the mission. According to the Journal, the constraints placed on the WHO team rendered the scientists unable to conduct a thorough investigation into the virus’ origins. A team of more than a dozen scientists, including one American, visited Wuhan last month, where they met with Chinese authorities and scientists to figure out how the coronavirus first infected humans. A report of the investigation is expected to be released next week, after Chinese authorities have had a chance to review it and make edits, according to the Journal. Some members of the WHO team, including Peter Daszak, the lone American on the mission, have dismissed one prominent theory that the virus originated from an accident at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which studies coronaviruses. Most of the scientists have said that they believe that the...
    A CHILDREN'S book about coronavirus has been banned in China because it claims "the virus came from China and has spread from there all over the world." The German storybook has been taken off the market after ruffling Beijing's feathers by citing the country as the source of the pandemic - a claim it has vehemently denied. ???? Read our coronavirus live blog for the latest news & updates... 5The book was intended to educate children and help them understand the changes in the world due to the pandemic 5Chinese authorities demanded the publishers cease printing of the book and banned itCredit: Alamy The book, which title translates as "A Corona Rainbow for Anna and Moritz" was written by author Constanze Steindamm and illustrated by Dorothea Tust, and was greeted with huge controversy from across the globe. Despite aiming to educate youngsters and provide "the most important tips for daycare centers and elementary schools on how to behave properly during coronavirus pandemic," Chinese authorities demanded publishing to be ceased. Publishers Carlsen-Verlag, based in Hamburg, were threatened with legal action and criminal charges...
    Chinese officials rewrote the electoral process for Hong Kong to disempower opposition activists, with local authorities offering respect for “socialism with Chinese characteristics” as a way to end political crises in the region. “This socialist system with Chinese characteristics under the Chinese Communist Party is written in China’s Constitution,” Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam told reporters. "We should not do anything to undermine the system.” Chinese authorities revised the process of choosing chief executives to give Beijing’s loyalists a functional veto over high office candidacies, thereby ensuring that “patriots” maintain power in Hong Kong. The overhaul applies locally to the organizing principle of an anti-sedition law passed last year, a measure by which mainland communist officials limited the rights of dissent in the semi-autonomous district in a bid to break the protest movements that have erupted in response to Beijing’s encroachment on the former British colony’s established liberties. “This fully shows that after years of political dispute and radical social unrest, different sectors in Hong Kong have learned from its pain," the mainland regime’s Liaison Office...
    SKOPJE, North Macedonia (AP) — North Macedonia on Sunday received the first batch of 3,000 doses of Russian vaccine Sputnik V from a total order of 200,000 in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. The first shipment was delivered to the country’s main airport near the capital, Skopje, and Health Minister Venko Filipce said that the Russian vaccine is aimed at people over the age of 65, and that inoculation is expected to start from the middle of next week. North Macedonia began administering vaccinations against the coronavirus three weeks ago from a first batch of 4,680 doses of Pfizer vaccines donated by neighboring Serbia. Doctors and nurses in the main COVID-19 center at the infectious diseases clinic in the capital, Skopje, were the first to receive the shots. North Macedonian authorities also signed an agreement to procure 200,000 doses of the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, but the deal has been postponed after health authorities have decided to withdraw the advance payment in order to secure proper documentation from the Chinese company. As of Saturday, North Macedonia, a country of just...
    At this rate, the Asian giant, yet at the forefront of vaccine development, could see developed countries achieve collective immunity and reopen their borders before it – almost an affront. According to a survey by the Ipsos institute, the Chinese are among the most eager to be vaccinated (85%), far ahead of the Americans (71%), the French (57%) or the Russians (42%). But the wait-and-see attitude dominates for the moment. “I’m waiting to see if there are any side effects first,” Shirley Shi, a human resources manager in Beijing, told .. “And then the epidemic is under control in China and I do not plan to travel abroad. So I do not need a vaccine right away,” she explains. With only two deaths since May and a life that has returned to near-normal, the Chinese strategy is “very effective and gives a feeling of security to the population”, notes Mathieu Duchâtel, director of the Asia program at the Institut Montaigne in Paris. “The sense of urgency that exists in the West (…) is not present in China,” he underlines....
    Disney’s decision to film Mulan in a region of China with Uyghur concentration camps continues to be a public relations disaster for Hollywood’s biggest studio. A new poll about the Walt Disney Co. has found that the vast majority of Americans oppose the studio’s choice of locations for the live-action movie. The poll of 1,098 adults concluded that 84 percent Americans are against Disney’s decision to shoot portions of Mulan in the Xinjiang region in northwestern China, where authorities run concentration camps for Muslim Uyghurs. Just 16 percent approved of the studio’s choice. Watch below:  Disney came under fire last year after it released Mulan on its Disney+ streaming service. The movie’s end credits contained a special thanks to the Turpan Municipal Bureau of Public Security, which currently oversees the detainment of Uyghur Muslims and other minorities. As Breitbart News reported, the studio has chosen to remain silent about recent reports of rape and other human rights abuses carried out by Chinese authorities against minority women in the region. The overall poll about Disney, which was conducted online by Survey Monkey with the...
    Montana elementary school principal was killed in an avalanche in Montana on Valentines Day Cities and states begin delaying Covid-19 vaccine distribution because of winter storms People are lining up in droves after rumors spread that billionaire Jack Ma is giving out cash to Chinese seniors © Provided by Business Insider Jack Ma in China in 2019. Wang HE/Getty Images Online rumors in China are claiming that Alibaba billionaire Jack Ma is giving away money. The gifts are said to be made in honor of Lunar New Year, but authorities warn it may be a scam. Ma, through his companies, has previously given millions in LNY gifts to customers. Chinese seniors are lining up at banks across the country after rumors swirled online that reclusive billionaire Jack Ma was giving away pieces of his fortune, UPI reported, Load Error Many began lining up at banks across Fuzhou, in the Jiangxi Province, after a WeChat group claimed that Ma was giving away 200 Chinese yuan - the equivalent of $30 - to anyone 60 or older who...
    To avoid a resurgence of covid, the authorities have strongly advised against any travel. A large part of the Chinese are therefore deprived of a family reunion at the beginning of the year of the Ox. A hard blow, but the Chinese authorities ended the year with a few successes. Mood PFor the Chinese, it is the main holiday of the year: a mix of Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year. And for hundreds of millions of workers, it is the only opportunity, after a year of hard work, to return to the village, to find their children, often entrusted to their loved ones, and to feast with the family. Last year, the Lunar New Year fell on January 25, at the start of the epidemic: the covid took advantage of this great festive transhumance to spread in China, then abroad.
    On Tuesday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” World Health Organization adviser Jamie Metzl criticized the organization’s investigation into the origins of the coronavirus for not taking a serious enough look at the possibility of an accidental lab leak and saying that “the actual investigation was done by Chinese authorities. And so, the W.H.O. investigators were basically receiving reports from the Chinese officials.” Metzl said, “Well, the investigation itself was very short. It was two weeks of quarantine and two weeks of meetings, but the actual investigation was done by Chinese authorities. And so, the W.H.O. investigators were basically receiving reports from the Chinese officials.” He continued, “And as I see it, the big failure is that they outlined four possible ways that COVID could have begun. One was direct bat to human. Second, bat through an animal intermediate host. Third, through shipping or some kind of frozen food from somewhere else. And four, the accidental lab leak. As you know, Laura, for more than a year, I’ve been one of the leading advocates saying we have to...
    Republicans in Congress want to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Li Wenliang, the Chinese whistleblower doctor who warned about early coronavirus cases in December 2019, was silenced by the authorities, and soon after, contracted COVID-19 himself and died. Rep. Chip Roy of Texas was joined by other representatives in introducing a bill on Monday to honor the deceased doctor with the highest civilian honor that Congress can bestow, saying he deserved it “in recognition of his efforts to save lives by drawing awareness to COVID-19 and his call for transparency in China.” Li died just over a year ago, on Feb. 7, 2020. “Dr. Li Wenliang was the brave doctor from Wuhan, China, who first sounded the alarm about the spread of COVID-19,” Roy told the Washington Examiner. “After trying to warn his colleagues about the outbreak, Dr. Li Wenliang was detained and interrogated by the Chinese Communist Party, who tried to silence him. In the face of those intense threats, Dr. Li continued to warn others and treat Wuhan patients until he tragically succumbed to the...
    More On: COVID vaccine Feds working to set up nationwide network of COVID-19 vax sites Why you shouldn’t post your COVID vaccination selfie on social media De Blasio comment may make for awkward Valentine’s Day at Gracie Mansion Poll reveals how many Americans say they’ll never get the COVID vaccine Chinese authorities have busted more than 80 associates of a criminal group operating a fake COVID-19 vaccine ring, state media said. Police in the Beijing, Jiangsu and Shandong provinces seized more than 3,000 of the doses being sold as coronavirus vaccines, though they only consisted of saline solution, state-run Xinhua News Agency reported. The shots had been sold since September in China and abroad, the outlet reported. “China has already reported the situation to the relevant countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin said at a press conference Tuesday. It’s unclear what other countries got caught up in the scam. Wang said the government “highly values vaccine safety and will continue to take efforts to strictly prosecute any counterfeits, fake sales and illegal business, and other related actions that involve...
    BEIJING (AP) — China’s government called on Indonesia on Wednesday to treat a group of detained Chinese sailors fairly but gave no indication what their oil tanker was doing when it was found at sea transferring fuel from an Iranian ship. The Iranian-flagged MT Horse and Panamanian-flagged MT Freya were seized Sunday and are suspected of illegally transferring fuel at sea, shutting off their identification systems and other offenses. Indonesian authorities said 36 Iranian and 25 Chinese crew members were detained. Iran has sold oil on the black market since then-President Donald Trump imposed sanctions in 2018 and threatened to penalize countries that bought Iranian crude. Iranian oil tankers turn off tracking equipment to conceal their destinations. Indonesian authorities confirmed to the Chinese Embassy the crew members are “in good condition,” said foreign ministry spokesperson Zhao Lijian. The embassy asked Indonesian authorities “to investigate the case impartially according to the law, and to ensure the health, safety and legitimate rights and interests of the crew,” Zhao said. He gave no details about the Chinese ship’s owner or destination. On Wednesday,...
    More On: china Elderly joy-rider takes toy car home from work Chinese media reportedly blames US lab for COVID-19 Experts say it’ll take 15 more days to reach trapped mine workers in China Twitter locks Chinese embassy’s account over tweet China should answer for the death of a 19-year-old Tibetan monk who was brutally beaten while in police custody, a humanitarian watchdog group claims. The New York-based Human Rights Watch has called on Chinese authorities to be held accountable in the January death of Tibetan monk Tenzin Nyima, who was initially detained in November 2019 after attending a pro-Tibetan Independence protest outside a government office, officials said. “Chinese authorities have once again turned arbitrary detention into a death sentence,” the organization’s China director, Sophie Richardson, said in a statement Thursday. Nyima, who was later released in May, was taken back into Chinese custody in August for purportedly sharing news of his arrest and that of six other Tibetans — including a 16-year-old boy — with contacts in India, as well as online. Nyima’s relatives were then told to come...
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