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North Korea Executes Couple For Trying to Escape to South During COVID-19 Emergency

North Korea Executes Couple For Trying to Escape to South During COVID-19 Emergency

||KCNA via AP“The attempt to escape at a time like this when border security is so tight due to emergency quarantine measures was an extremely dangerous and risky act,” the source said.Public executions are relatively common in North Korea.Reported by Jieun Kim for RFA’s Korean Service. Translated by Leejin Jun. Written in English by Eugene Whong.()

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May 22
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North Korean Founder Kim Il Sung Did Not Have the Ability to Teleport, State Media Admits

North Korean Founder Kim Il Sung Did Not Have the Ability to Teleport, State Media Admits

||Korean Central News Agency via AP ImagesIn North Korea, Kim Jong Un, his father Kim Jong Il and his grandfather Kim Il Sung enjoy god-like status built up by a state-driven cult of personality. Countless myths tell of their purported exploits, some of which are taught to children in school lessons. Some tales distort documented history about the eldest Kim’s early history, and his son’s birthplace.South Korean officials who analyze North Korean media say, however, that since Kim Jong Un came to power in 2011, tales of the supernatural aimed at deifying his father and grandfather have seen...

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May 22
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The Beauty and the Sorrow That I Witnessed in Xinjiang: Interview

The Beauty and the Sorrow That I Witnessed in Xinjiang: Interview

||Screen shot from videoAbu is a young man from Taiwan. In 2019, he rode on his bicycle to Xinjiang, traveled around the province for almost two months, and shared on social media what he saw and heard. In a video taken in Kashgar’s Old Town in southern Xinjiang, he shared details of his conversations with locals about what really happens in Xinjiang’s re-education camps, and this sparked further discussions online. Below is RFA reporter Jane Tang’s interview with Abu: RFA: The videos you took in Xinjiang have generated a lot of response online. Now that you are back in Taiwan, can you tell...

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May 21
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Vietnam Encourages Fishermen to Defy China South China Sea Ban

Vietnam Encourages Fishermen to Defy China South China Sea Ban

||AFPVietnam’s government on Tuesday encouraged the nation’s fishermen to keep operating around the disputed Paracel Islands despite China’s unilaterally-imposed fishing ban in the South China Sea, and directed provincial authorities to support Vietnamese fishermen at sea.ththThe Washington-based Asia Maritime Transparency Initiative had previously reported that the West Capella drillship was contracted by Petronas to search for resources until May 20.()

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May 12
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US Senate to ‘Soon’ Vote on Bill Targeting Chinese Officials Over Rights Violations in Xinjiang

US Senate to ‘Soon’ Vote on Bill Targeting Chinese Officials Over Rights Violations in Xinjiang

||AFPThe U.S. Senate is likely to soon vote to approve the Uyghur Human Rights Policy Act, which would allow for sanctions against officials deemed responsible for rights violations in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to media reports.Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Thursday that the bipartisan bill introduced by Republican Senator Marco Rubio would pressure U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to sanction “those responsible for the repression,” such as XUAR Communist Party Chairman Chen Quanguo, under the Global Magnitsky Human...

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May 8
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China Jails Journalist For 15 Years Ahead of World Press Freedom Day

China Jails Journalist For 15 Years Ahead of World Press Freedom Day

||Photo courtesy of media colleagues of Chen JierenAuthorities in the central Chinese province of Hunan handed down a 15-year jail term to a journalist who made critical comments on social media, just days ahead of World Press Freedom Day on May 3.Guiyang County People's Court sentenced journalist Chen Jieren to 15 years' imprisonment on April 30 after finding him guilty of "picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," "extortion and blackmail," "illegal business activity," and "bribery."The outspoken Chen had been fired from various state newspapers including Southern Weekend, China Youth...

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May 1
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China Inflicts Ever Tighter Information Controls Over Tibet, Long Off-Limits to Foreign Press

China Inflicts Ever Tighter Information Controls Over Tibet, Long Off-Limits to Foreign Press

||Facebook / WoeserChinese authorities in Tibet have further tightened controls over information flows in the region, arresting Tibetans last year for sharing news and opinions on social media and for contacting relatives living in exile, according to rights groups and other experts.Particular targets of censors and police were images of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama shared on mobile phones and calls for the preservation of the Tibetan language, now under threat from government orders to establish Chinese as the main language of instruction in Tibetan schools.Cedric Alviani—East...

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Police Arrest Professor Who Linked Virus to The Chinese Communist Party

Police Arrest Professor Who Linked Virus to The Chinese Communist Party

||Photo provided by a friendAuthorities in the Chinese capital have formally arrested a retired professor who called COVID-19 a "Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus," as supporters of the ruling party unleash a political backlash against its critics and the authorities investigate supporters of Wuhan Diary author Fang Fang.Beijing police formally arrested Chen Zhaozhi on April 14 for “picking quarrels and stirring up trouble," a charge frequently used to target peaceful critics of the regime, after he made comments linking the coronavirus to the CCP.Chen, a former professor at the Beijing...

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May 4
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China Raises COVID-19 Concerns As It Reopens Tibetan Tourist Sites

China Raises COVID-19 Concerns As It Reopens Tibetan Tourist Sites

Cadre 'overworked'A Tibetan activist told RFA that there were still many unanswered questions about the death of a cadre who had perished while working to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Tibet.Azi Lhundup (Azhen Nengzhou) was found dead March 15 in a waiting room at the Sichuan provice Hongyan No.1 Police Station, where he was an official, according to Chinese state media.“Months after the eruption of the pandemic, Chinese authorities have yet to provide figures for the number of Tibetan casualties. Despite this, official Chinese media reported in detail about Azi Lhundup’s Tibetan...

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Mar 23
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China's President Feeling The Pressure From Dissent in Own Party

China's President Feeling The Pressure From Dissent in Own Party

||AFPPresident Xi Jinping is under growing political pressure from within the ranks of the ruling Chinese Communist Party over his handling of the coronavirus crisis.()

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Mar 23
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North Koreans Put Out of Work by COVID-19 Resort to Drug Trafficking

North Koreans Put Out of Work by COVID-19 Resort to Drug Trafficking

||ImaginechinaA resident of North Hamgyong province told RFA’s Korean Service Wednesday that government bans on business activities are finding it difficult to make ends meet.“They could barely keep their heads above water when they could do business,” said the source.“Now the number of people going into drug trafficking is increasing,” the source said.The source said that North Korea’s rumor mill was in full swing, with drug sellers touting their wares as medicine against the virus.“Residents have always believed ice to be a cure-all drug,” said the source, referring to methamphetamine by...

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Mar 21
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