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China Party Congress Expected to Signal Next 5 Years of Maritime Policy

China Party Congress Expected to Signal Next 5 Years of Maritime Policy

Chinese leaders are expected to emerge from a party congress this month with signals on whether they will take a hard or soft stance toward the widely contested South China Sea, a region of concern from Southeast Asia to Washington. China claims nearly the entire 3.5 million-square-kilometer, resource-rich sea between its south coast and the […]

China Tells U.S. and North Korea to Chill

China Tells U.S. and North Korea to Chill

Following heightened tensions between the United States and North Korea, the Chinese propaganda machine is making a surprising move. It’s telling both parties to cool it and dial back the tone. China’s state run Global Times, which is often filled with nationalistic and pro-military rhetoric, recently ran an editorial calling for peace. It read, “Washington […]

Tibetan Potala Palace to Undergo Renovation

Tibetan Potala Palace to Undergo Renovation

The historic Potala Palace, which once served as the religious center of Tibet, is about to undergo a $1.5 million renovation, according to China’s state-run news agency Xinhua. The 13-story palace has stood for 1,300 years. It was declared a UNESCO world heritage site in 1994 and is now the most popular tourist attraction in […]

Trump Pushes Forward to Dismantle China/North Korea Relations

Trump Pushes Forward to Dismantle China/North Korea Relations

United States President Donald Trump on Tuesday thanked the Chinese government for letting his administration move forward with sanctions against Chinese banks accused of helping the North Korean regime avoid United Nations sanctions. “I applaud China for breaking off all banking relationships with North Korea, something that people would have thought unthinkable even two months […]

Xi and Modi Meet Following Border Dispute

Xi and Modi Meet Following Border Dispute

Chinese President Xi Jinping and India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi held their first bilateral meeting during the Brics summit within days after the end of the tense Doklam Border dispute. The state-run Xinhua news agency quoted Xi as saying both countries were now on the right track. The station also reported that Xi told his […]

China’s Most Diabolical Censorship Strategy: Keep ‘em Happy

China’s Most Diabolical Censorship Strategy: Keep ‘em Happy

China is known as one of the world’s leaders in propaganda and censorship. The ruling Communist Party runs mass-reaching print and broadcast media networks.  Meanwhile, it controls what its people can and can’t see online: The Great Firewall. But in the age of the Internet and mobile everything, the most influential wing of its propaganda […]

China to Ban VPNs

China to Ban VPNs

China has ordered telecommunication firms to block access to individual Virtual Private Networks (VPNs) by February 2, 2018. These VPNs provide users with encrypted connections which can block China’s vast censorship system. But that system is about to encroach even deeper into the lives of Chinese citizens. Without these VPNs, it would be virtually impossible […]

U.S. Downgrades China to List of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

U.S. Downgrades China to List of Worst Human Trafficking Offenders

The 2017 Trafficking In Persons (TIPS) report by the United States State Department lists China as one of the worst countries in acknowledging and combating human rights violations. It was grouped into the worst-offending Tier III, where it shares a spot with countries like North Korea and Iran. Last year, the State Department then led […]

Britain Looking Away as China Overcomes Hong Kong: Angela Guy

Britain Looking Away as China Overcomes Hong Kong: Angela Guy

In 1997, a Sino-British Joint Declaration created a “One Country, Two Systems” pact between China and Hong Kong. The treaty effectively solidified the protection of Hong Kong’s society and markets from Beijing until 2047. But twenty years later, many Hong Kongers believe China has encroached even further upon their community and legal system. One of […]

U.S. Losing Patience with China on North Korea

U.S. Losing Patience with China on North Korea

The United States is pressuring China to go after companies dealing with North Korea, Beijing’s single biggest trading partner. President Donald Trump had been relying on China to pressure North Korea into dialing back its aggressive nuclear and military programs in the midst of ongoing missile launches by the Hermit Kingdom. But the commander-in-chief of […]

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