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China’s trial of Canadian Michael Spavor ends without verdict in case seen as hostage diplomacy

China’s trial of Canadian Michael Spavor ends without verdict in case seen as hostage diplomacy

ADCanadian businessman Michael Spavor was put on trial in China on Friday in closed-door proceedings that lasted two hours, in a case widely criticized by Western officials as a violation of international law and a .Diplomats from Canada, the United States, Britain and Australia, as well as journalists were barred from the proceedings at a court in the northern Chinese city of Dandong. No verdict was released, according to his family’s lawyer.Spavor, who lived near China’s border with North Korea and arranged cultural exchanges, was detained in 2018 along with former Canadian diplomat...

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Mar 19
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Hong Kong opposition lawmakers all quit after four members ousted

Hong Kong opposition lawmakers all quit after four members ousted

has plunged further into crisis as a new law imposed by Beijing allowing the disqualification of “unpatriotic” opposition members prompted the entire pro-democracy caucus to announce their resignation.Four sitting legislators were disqualified with immediate effect, with the move heralded as the end of political opposition in the city and “the death-knell of Hong Kong’s democracy fight”.The measure, passed by China’s highest legislative body on Wednesday, bars anyone from Hong Kong’s legislative council who supports independence, refuses to recognise Beijing’s sovereignty over Hong Kong,...

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China bans non-Chinese arrivals from UK as England enters lockdown

China bans non-Chinese arrivals from UK as England enters lockdown

People from Belgium and Philippines are also barred in ‘temporary measure taken in response to the pandemic’ in TaipeiThu 5 Nov 2020 01.19 ESTLast modified on Thu 5 Nov 2020 02.12 ESTChina has barred non-Chinese travellers from the UK, Belgium and the , imposing new border restrictions in response to the worsening Covid-19 pandemic.The Chinese embassy in the UK said on Wednesday that China’s borders were now closed to those arriving from the UK, including those with valid visas and residence permits. The measure, a reversal of recently loosened restrictions, comes as England began in an...

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Donald Trump paid nearly $200,000 in taxes to China, report claims

Donald Trump paid nearly $200,000 in taxes to China, report claims

New York Times says records reveal company bank account in China, and documents show he paid more tax there than at home in BeijingWed 21 Oct 2020 01.47 EDTLast modified on Wed 21 Oct 2020 02.04 EDTDonald Trump maintains a bank account in China where he pursued licensing deals for years, according to a report that could undermine the president’s election campaign claim that he is tough on Beijing.Tax records showed a previously unreported bank account in China controlled by Trump International Hotels Management. The account paid $188,561 in taxes in China between 2013 and 2015 in connection...

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Oct 21
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Chinese detention 'leaving thousands of Uighur children without parents'

Chinese detention 'leaving thousands of Uighur children without parents'

Thousands of Uighur children appear to have been left without parents as their mothers or fathers were forced into Chinese internment camps, prison and other detention facilities, according to evidence from government documents in .Records compiled by officials in southern Xinjiang and Adrian Zenz indicate that in 2018 more than 9,500 mostly Uighur children in Yarkand county were classified either as experiencing “single hardship” or “double hardship” depending on if one or both parents were detained.The files, part of a cache of documents downloaded in the summer of 2019 from online...

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Oct 16
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China's Xi Jinping facing widespread opposition in his own party, insider claims

China's Xi Jinping facing widespread opposition in his own party, insider claims

A former professor at China’s elite Central Party School has issued an unprecedented rebuke of the Chinese leader, , accusing him of “killing a country” and claiming that many more want out of the ruling Chinese Communist party.Cai Xia, a prominent professor who taught at the school for top officials, was expelled from the party on Monday after an of remarks she made that were critical of Xi was leaked online in June. The school said in a notice that Cai, a professor at the party school since 1992, had made comments that “damaged the country’s reputation” and were full of “serious political...

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'China is powerful now': Beijing's aggressive global stance sparks wave of nationalism

'China is powerful now': Beijing's aggressive global stance sparks wave of nationalism

As China comes under attack abroad, nationalist sentiment at home is being stoked – at the expense of other voices in BeijingFri 31 Jul 2020 00.29 EDTIn another video, widely circulated on Chinese social media, a CNN reporter attempting to broadcast is drowned out by a group belting out a patriotic Chinese song. The crowd sings cheerfully, if discordantly: “Praising our beloved motherland as it goes towards prosperity and power.”Residents noted how different the scene was to one in 1999, when thousands of Chinese protesters descended on the US embassy in Beijing, after the US bombed the...

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China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and UK

China halts Hong Kong extradition treaties with Canada, Australia and UK

China has suspended ’s extradition treaties with Canada, Australia, and the UK, in a tit-for-tat move after similar decisions by those countries over its controversial new security law.On Tuesday, China’s ministry of foreign affairs said was suspending criminal assistance agreements, including extradition, accusing those countries of “politicising judicial cooperation”. Canada, Australia and the UK cancelled extradition agreements with the semi-autonomous territory after Beijing imposed a sweeping national security law that critics fear will be used against government critics.“China has...

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Flag lowered at US consulate in Chengdu as China takes control

Flag lowered at US consulate in Chengdu as China takes control

Troops posted outside building as Chinese authorities take over diplomatic mission in BeijingMon 27 Jul 2020 03.34 EDTChinese authorities have taken over the US consulate general in Chengdu, marking the diplomatic mission’s official closure and a new low point in ties between the world’s largest economies.At dawn on Monday, the American flag outside the consulate was lowered while police held back crowds that had gathered over the weekend to watch. At 10am, the mission was closed, according to China’s foreign ministry.Chinese soldiers goose-stepped in front of the consulate while teams of...

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China researchers face abuse, sanctions as Beijing looks to silence critics

China researchers face abuse, sanctions as Beijing looks to silence critics

The Internet has become an unbearable place for Vicky Xiuzhong Xu, a 26-year-old analyst based in Australia. Over the past week, she was shocked to see her name trending on Chinese social media, with millions of views and thousands of negative comments.The flood of attacks posted and re-posted by state-media outlets and nationalist bloggers followed similar themes. Xu, part of a team documenting abuses of Uyghurs in China’s Xinjiang region last year, was a traitor, a pawn controlled by the West, or a “female demon.” Queries for her name turn up thousands of results, including videos...

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