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China’s Two-Child Policy Goes into Effect

China’s Two-Child Policy Goes into Effect

China’s New Year’s Resolution may be coping with a baby boom. As of Jan. 1, 2016, the government has abolished the One-Child policy, which limited Chinese couples to having one child or face penalties such as a birth control taxes. According to China’s Health and Family Planning Commission, more than 90 million couples will qualify […]

Giant, Gold Statue of Mao Appears on Chinese Countryside

Giant, Gold Statue of Mao Appears on Chinese Countryside

A giant statue of Communist leader Mao Zedong has been erected at the same Chinese province where his policies led to famine in the 1950s. The 37-metre-high statue is painted gold and it sits on farmland in Tongxu county, Henan Province. The project was made possible by local businessmen who paid nearly 3 million Yuan […]

Xi’s Power Struggle Could Prove Disastrous for China

Xi’s Power Struggle Could Prove Disastrous for China

In the last two years of his presidency, Xi Jinping has unleashed onto China the biggest anti-corruption campaign in Communist Party history and the most intense crackdown on free speech in decades. Now, new disciplinary rules are aiming to crush internal dissent within the party. These rules already have led to the firing of a […]

2015 Proves Dismal for Chinese Economy and New Normal Policy

2015 Proves Dismal for Chinese Economy and New Normal Policy

2015 has not been a very bright year for China’s economy and many analysts are pointing the finger at government intervention, which has included a crackdown on some of China’s biggest business leaders. The purge, which some are calling a witch hunt, was sparked by last summer’s stock-market meltdown. Among the targets were some of […]

Filipino Activists land on Island in South China Sea

Filipino Activists land on Island in South China Sea

To China’s outrage, a group of 47 Filipino activists descended Saturday onto an island at the center of the disputed South China Sea. The Philippines calls this island Pagasa, while China claims it as Zhongye. The protestors who posted a picture of themselves on the island via Facebook are from the Kalayaan Atin Ito group, according […]

Pu is Found Guilty of “Inciting Ethnic Hatred” and Gets Suspended Sentence

Pu is Found Guilty of “Inciting Ethnic Hatred” and Gets Suspended Sentence

Internationally renowned Chinese human-rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang was released from detention and sentenced to three years in prison on Tuesday. However, the court said the sentence would be suspended. Pu is now under “residential surveillance” and he has 10 days to appeal the conviction, according to his lawyers. Pu may avoid jail time, but he […]

Having the “Wrong” Map in China Could Land you in Jail

Having the “Wrong” Map in China Could Land you in Jail

In most places, having the right map can mean getting to the right destination on time. In China, it could mean avoiding a large fine or even jail time. Starting next year, the government will enforce new laws governing the production and distribution of maps for both print and online. Maps with content “that endangers […]

Lax Zoning Laws Could be Linked to China Mudslide

Lax Zoning Laws Could be Linked to China Mudslide

The mudslide that devastated an industrial complex in the city of Shenzhen on Sunday may be linked to lax enforcement of zoning laws and an unstable dumpsite, according to officials investigating the disaster. The mudslide sent a wave of rock, mud and other debris into the Guangming New District toppling at least 30 buildings, dormitories […]

Vietnam’s Military is on High Alert as Tensions Escalate in the South China Sea

Vietnam’s Military is on High Alert as Tensions Escalate in the South China Sea

Key units of Vietnam’s armed forces are on high-combat readiness as the country accelerates a decade-long modernization of its military — Hanoi’s largest such push since the height of the Vietnam War. Senior officers tell Reuters the country is heightening defenses to deter China, and to make sure Hanoi can “defend itself on all fronts,” […]

Pu Trial Could Define Free Speech in China

Pu Trial Could Define Free Speech in China

Several Chinese Internet users have been keeping close eyes on the trial of civil-rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, who is accused of making seven criminally-offensive posts on Weibo, a Twitter-like platform in China. Pu is facing charges of “inciting ethnic hatred” and “picking quarrels and provoking trouble.”  He faces up to eight years in prison if […]