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Is Xi’s Anti-Corruption Campaign a Purge of Opposition?

Is Xi’s Anti-Corruption Campaign a Purge of Opposition?

The anti-corruption campaign that Chinese President Xi Jinping launched in 2012 has become a pillar of his presidency. As of 2016, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) had arrested or convicted more than 100 high-ranking officials. More than 100,000 others had been indicted for corruption. Xi had pledged to set his net across “tigers and flies,” […]

China Investing in U.S. AI with Military Implications

China Investing in U.S. AI with Military Implications

Chinese firms owned by the government and its leaders have been investing billions of dollars in United States startups producing products that could have military implications such as artificial intelligence for defense robots, a recent New York Times article reports. A CB Insights blog post reported that China pumped $9.9 billion into Silicon Valley firms […]

Chinese Judge Ranks Jailing of Human Rights Lawyer Greatest Achievement of 2016

Chinese Judge Ranks Jailing of Human Rights Lawyer Greatest Achievement of 2016

2016 was one for the books. In China, one prominent judge recalled the year in justice and declared a victory for human rights, by praising the arrest of a human rights lawyer. He specifically called out Zhou Shifeng and commended his “severe punishment” for “endangering state security.” Known for taking politically sensitive cases and defending dissident […]

Pokemon Go Gets the Red Light in China

Pokemon Go Gets the Red Light in China

Wanna catch ‘em all? Not in mainland China, you won’t. The ruling Communist Party’s top media watch dog has officially put Pikachu to sleep, saying the augmented reality game will never see the light of day there. The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT) announced Pokémon Go and similar games won’t get […]

New Pollution Tax Could Reap in More than 50 Billion Yuan

New Pollution Tax Could Reap in More than 50 Billion Yuan

China may be on the verge of unleashing its most aggressive environmental-protection tax to date. The new law passed through the National People’s Congress is designed to reduce the contamination of air, soil and water. It targets factories, power plants and other emitters of pollutants such as sulphur dioxide. Some analysts say the tax could […]

Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Chinese President Xi Jinping is ‘Using Torture’ in his Anti-Corruption Campaign

Human Rights Watch Report Reveals Chinese President Xi Jinping is ‘Using Torture’ in his Anti-Corruption Campaign

China’s President Xi Jinping rose to power using the promise to “combat corruption” as a major platform during his election campaign – and he has stood by that stance in the four years he has led the Communist Party. Fighting corruption must mean something entirely different to President Xi than it does to the rest […]

Second Draft of Controversial Chinese Cybersecurity Law Presented to Parliament

Second Draft of Controversial Chinese Cybersecurity Law Presented to Parliament

In a further push toward absolute control and censorship of online activities, Chinese parliament held a second reading of draft rules for a potential and controversial new cybersecurity law Monday. The Chinese government’s dominance over its citizens has much to do with its stringent control of media outlets; from going through people’s personal emails and […]

China Says Any Crisis Will be Blamed on Taiwan

China Says Any Crisis Will be Blamed on Taiwan

Taiwan’s incoming independence-leaning pro-democratic government is creating more contention from mainland China. On Wednesday, Beijing made a bold statement saying the island’s new government “will be to blame for any crisis with China that erupts once it assumes office.” In what was a pivotal point in Taiwan’s reign, the liberal-thinking Tsai Ing-wen and her Democratic […]

China Arrests Prominent Civil Rights Lawyer for Speaking Out Against Chinese Leaders Online

China Arrests Prominent Civil Rights Lawyer for Speaking Out Against Chinese Leaders Online

Political and civil rights activism is all too rare in China – a nation internationally known for its human rights violations, especially the suppression of any free-speech. In yet another example of the cruel actions the Chinese government takes against any who speak out against them, they carried out a midnight arrest of a prominent […]

Golf Ban Lifted for Chinese Communist Party

Golf Ban Lifted for Chinese Communist Party

Enjoyed by business and political leaders around the globe, this sport became an illegal thrill for some of China’s ruling elite. Last year, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party banned its more than 88 million members from playing golf. Last September, more than 60 state employees were punished for violating that rule by spending […]

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