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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 […]

Chinese Residents in Pollution-ridden China are Buying Bottles of Fresh Air from a Canadian Company

Chinese Residents in Pollution-ridden China are Buying Bottles of Fresh Air from a Canadian Company

Citizens in smog-filled China are scrambling to get their hands on bottles of air sold by a Canadian company. Vitality Air bottles their product in the Rocky Mountain town of Banff. The company tells CNN that its first 500 canisters of fresh air went on sale in China last month before selling out in two […]

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australian Military Conducting Freedom of Navigation Flights Over South China Sea

Australia is leading “Freedom of Navigation” flights over the disputed South China Sea, the BBC has learned. BBC reporter Rupert Wingfield-Hayes was on board a civilian flight from the Philippines as he investigated China’s artificial-island building in the region, when he intercepted radio communications revealing the Australian military was conducting freedom of navigation flights. Wingfield-Hayes […]

Obama Expected to Move Forward with Missile Sale to Taiwan Despite Chinese Outcry

Obama Expected to Move Forward with Missile Sale to Taiwan Despite Chinese Outcry

Despite opposition from China, the Obama administration is expected to authorize the sale of two missile frigates to Taiwan this week, according to two Congressional aides who spoke with CNBC. Taiwan said it would pay about $176 million for two frigates and it will consider seeking two more. Beijing, which still considers Taiwan its renegade […]

Pu Zhiqiang to Stand Trial in One of Jinping Administration’s Most Closely-Watched Cases

Pu Zhiqiang to Stand Trial in One of Jinping Administration’s Most Closely-Watched Cases

On Monday, the Chinese government will defend its claims against one of China’s most celebrated activists in one of the most controversial and closely-watched cases in Xi Jinping’s presidency. World-recognized political activist and civil-rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang will stand trial after spending 18 months behind bars. He is facing up to 8 years in jail […]

Fosun Group Chairman Reportedly Missing in China

Fosun Group Chairman Reportedly Missing in China

As China cracks down on corruption in the financial industry, the executive of one of the country’s biggest private conglomerates is missing, according to the financial news magazine Caixin. The magazine reports Guo Guanchang may have been arrested or detained by Chinese authorities. Since August, several Chinese executives have been detained or arrested. Others have […]

Red Alert Raises Challenges for China in its Fight Against Pollution

Red Alert Raises Challenges for China in its Fight Against Pollution

For the first time, the Chinese government on Monday sounded its air pollution red-alert warning prompting hundreds of millions in Beijing to take precautious measures until Thursday, when strong winds blew smog to the south where it became an issue for millions more. The move serves as another example of how China is becoming increasingly […]

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China Keeping Eye on Singapore as U.S. Surveillance Aircraft Flies In

China’s defense officials are keeping their eyes peeled on Singapore after the U.S. announced it was launching P8 Poseidon surveillance aircraft to the city state which is in the disputed South China Sea region. “We are paying close attention to how the relevant situation develops, and hope bilateral defense cooperation between the relevant countries is […]

China’s Chief Censor says China Doesn’t Censor

China’s Chief Censor says China Doesn’t Censor

Ahead of the World Internet Conference in the Chinese town of Wuzhen, China’s censor-in-chief told the country’s media that Beijing does not censor the Internet. Lu Wei, the leader of the Cyberspace Administration of China, instead told reporters that China “manages” the Internet. “It is a misuse of words to say ‘content censorship,’ Lu said […]