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Uyghur community leaders in Australia appalled and outraged the government allowed a Chinese Communist Party propaganda parade - ABC News

Uyghur community leaders in Australia appalled and outraged the government allowed a Chinese Communist Party propaganda parade - ABC News

Uyghur community leaders say Australia should be ashamed for allowing a Chinese government propaganda presentation to take place, and have called for the alleged atrocities against the minority group to be labelled a genocide. Their comments come after the Chinese embassy in Canberra held a press conference where journalists were played five propaganda videos about conditions in Xinjiang in China's far west.It has been estimated that more than 1 million Uyghurs, Kazakhs and other  in what the Communist Party (CCP) calls vocational education centres.The United Nations calls the facilities...

April 7, 2021
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China bans Clubhouse app as thousands share stories about Xinjiang and Tiananmen Square - ABC News

China bans Clubhouse app as thousands share stories about Xinjiang and Tiananmen Square - ABC News

It was an incredible moment: a Chinese woman delivering an emotional public apology to a woman from the country's oppressed Uyghur minority. I was one of more than 1,000 people there to witness it.It was last Sunday morning. I tuned into a chatroom on the new social media app Clubhouse — an invite-only audio-chat platform that can connect up to 5,000 speakers and listeners in a virtual room.A Uyghur woman told listeners her parents' story of being Then a young woman, who said she was a teenager living elsewhere in the mainland, broke her silence.The teenager broke down in tears and couldn't...

February 9, 2021
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Families of Wuhan COVID-19 victims claim China is monitoring them, as WHO expert team visits - ABC News

Families of Wuhan COVID-19 victims claim China is monitoring them, as WHO expert team visits - ABC News

Families of people who died from the coronavirus in China's former epicentre Wuhan say they have been monitored and silenced by local authorities, and are calling for a meeting with World Health Organization investigators.Multiple residents say they are desperate for answers about the origin of COVID-19 after the death of their loved ones, although Wuhan hasn't reported any new deaths from the virus since April last year.The residents also told the ABC they demanded officials who covered up the city's initial outbreaks be held to account, as their "lies and obtuseness" led to the spread of...

February 1, 2021
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Former Huawei employee speaks out on Shenzhen's '996' culture as Chinese city enforces paid leave - ABC News

Former Huawei employee speaks out on Shenzhen's '996' culture as Chinese city enforces paid leave - ABC News

For five years, former Huawei employee Zeng Meng embraced China's infamous "996" culture of working from 9:00am to 9:00pm, six days a week.Mr Zeng, a power engineer, was employed by the Chinese telecoms giant as a product manager in Shenzhen in 2012, after working for several other major technology companies in the south-eastern city widely regarded as China's Silicon Valley.The job quickly "took over" his personal life — he had no time for his family, leisure or even sleep.He said he lost interest in everything except work.Mr Zeng's situation was not uncommon. The 996 culture is prevalent...

January 1, 2021
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Hong Kong court sentences pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong to 13 months in prison - ABC News

Hong Kong court sentences pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong to 13 months in prison - ABC News

A Hong Kong court has sentenced prominent pro-democracy activist Joshua Wong to more than 13 and a half months in prison for his role in anti-government protests last year.Mr Wong, 24, has been one of Hong Kong's most prominent pro-democracy activists in the public unrest that has taken place during the past two years.He pleaded guilty to organising and inciting an unlawful assembly near the city police headquarters during the height of the demonstrations in June 2019."I know the coming days will be tougher, we will hang in there," Mr Wong shouted after the sentence was read out.Mr Wong's...

December 2, 2020
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Chinese artist behind doctored image of Australian soldier says he's ready to make more - ABC News

Chinese artist behind doctored image of Australian soldier says he's ready to make more - ABC News

The Chinese artist behind a doctored image of an Australian soldier holding a knife to the throat of an Afghan child has taunted the Australian Prime Minister, saying that he would make another artwork in response to being "scolded".The image — created to criticise Australia over — was posted on Twitter by China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian on Monday.Prime Minister Scott Morrison labelled the post "repugnant", demanding it be removed and Beijing issue an apology.Fu Yu — the political computer graphic artist behind the image, who is also known online as Qilin — responded to Mr...

December 1, 2020
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China's large-scale coronavirus tests on imported frozen foods may put more Australian exports on hold - ABC News

China's large-scale coronavirus tests on imported frozen foods may put more Australian exports on hold - ABC News

China has urged its ports to "take immediate action" to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission after it reportedly found cases it says are linked to contaminated frozen food packaging.Concerns about importing coronavirus came after packages of frozen food from more than 20 countries, including Argentinian beef, German pork, Indian cuttlefish and Saudi shrimp, tested positive for COVID-19 in more than 10 provinces, Chinese authorities said.But the World Health Organization (WHO) has previously dismissed the risk of COVID-19 infection from frozen food and food packaging, saying they are...

November 20, 2020
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Chinese personal shoppers and Australian brands devastated by the impact of coronavirus - ABC News

Chinese personal shoppers and Australian brands devastated by the impact of coronavirus - ABC News

Print contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelChristine Liu has always resisted asking her parents for money, but when the coronavirus pandemic hit, she didn't have a choice."I felt guilty … even though I can hardly make ends meet, I didn't want to ask," Ms Liu said."I think the impact of the pandemic has been enormous, and it could be a devastating blow."After recently graduating from the Australian National University, the 28-year-old has found a waitress job at a restaurant while she continues her daigou — or personal shopper — side hustle.She buys and sends...

October 16, 2020
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Coronavirus is exacerbating menstruation health risks for those living in 'period poverty' - ABC News

Coronavirus is exacerbating menstruation health risks for those living in 'period poverty' - ABC News

Print contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelThe pandemic has seen some women and girls resorting to socks and old newspapers when getting their periods as menstrual products become more expensive or harder to obtain.The ongoing economic impact of COVID-19 has plunged millions deeper into "period poverty", posing health risks for people who menstruate across the globe. It's a reality being felt first-hand by 16-year-old Annmary Raduva and her 13-year-old sister Faith in Fiji."We have received a lot of messages regarding families impacted by COVID-19 about shopping...

October 2, 2020
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Former ABC China correspondents reflect on reporting in the Communist Party-led country - ABC News

Former ABC China correspondents reflect on reporting in the Communist Party-led country - ABC News

Print contentPrint with images and other mediaPrint text onlyPrintCancelFor Helene Chung, a former ABC China correspondent who covered the Tiananmen massacre in 1989, the forced departure of two Australian journalists this week marked a significant step backwards in the progress made by foreign media in recent decades.The 75-year-old fourth-generation Chinese-Australian was posted to the Peking bureau — now known as the Beijing bureau — in the summer of 1983.Ms Chung said reporting in China back then was very different because correspondents had to be accompanied by assigned staff from the...

September 10, 2020
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