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China’s Space Ambitions Shrouded in Mystery

China’s Space Ambitions Shrouded in Mystery

While China was disputing over contested land this year, it was trekking territory on another frontier: outer space. China recently completed its longest space mission with the safe return of the Shengzou-11 astronauts. The country also launched a new space lab module, put a new spaceport into operation, and erected the world’s largest radio telescope […]

WeChat Censorship Spreads Overseas

WeChat Censorship Spreads Overseas

The popular Chinese app. WeChat is censoring certain key words from messages sent by its more than 846 million users even if they register with a foreign phone number, according to a study by the University of Toronto’s Citizen’s Lab. WeChat is the fourth largest app of its kind on the planet offering additional features […]

Xi and Kissinger Talk Trump

Xi and Kissinger Talk Trump

Chinese President Xi Jinping met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger at The Great Hall of the People Friday to discuss what everyone is still talking about: President-elect Donald Trump. The former Secretary is known for paving the road for Richard Nixon’s historic visit to China in 1972. That moment opened dialogue at a […]

Child Labor a Thing of the Past? Not in China

Child Labor a Thing of the Past? Not in China

Remember learning about the Industrial Revolution? And how it was this amazing movement that changed the world as we knew it? Well, I remember too. But what is far more vivid in my memory is the implementation of child labor used to keep this “great” movement afloat. I recall images of hundreds of dirt-drenched children […]

Chinese Minister Slams Trump on Climate Change

Chinese Minister Slams Trump on Climate Change

United States President-elect Donald Trump rose to victory ahead of a fiery campaign filled with grand promises such as a pledge to protect American industries by tearing up climate-change legislation. These claims were challenged by China this week during international climate-change talks in Marrakech, where Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin told reporters that climate […]

Several Chinese Online News Sites Publish Independent Stories, Chinese Government Shuts Them Down

Several Chinese Online News Sites Publish Independent Stories, Chinese Government Shuts Them Down

China has seen a huge surge in cyber-censorship in the recent years since current president Xi Jinping took office in 2012, of which he rules on the platform of heightened control of his people under the pretense of “allegiance to the Communist Party”. This notion of invasive surveillance being in the name of “nationalism” and […]

China’s People’s Liberation Army Reveals New Weapons on State Television

China’s People’s Liberation Army Reveals New Weapons on State Television

In this tension-filled period following an international tribunal hearing in the Hague, which ruled that China has no rightful claim to almost all of the South China Sea, China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) unveiled a series of weapons for air and sea combat during a visit by prominent officers. It is uncharacteristic and rare for […]

Anti-US Protests Outside KFCs in China, State Media ‘Calling for Rational Patriotism’

Anti-US Protests Outside KFCs in China, State Media ‘Calling for Rational Patriotism’

Chinese citizens are at it again: they’ve taken expressing their anger over the unfavorable decision at an international tribunal over territorial maritime disputes in the South China Sea to a new bizarre level. Last week it was smashing iPhones. This week it’s anti-US protests at KFC outlets. Yes, you read that correctly. KFC. As in […]

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 […]

Dalai Lama, Taiwan President to Visit U.S., China Demands U.S. Must Uphold Promises to ‘Not Support Separatist Activities’

Dalai Lama, Taiwan President to Visit U.S., China Demands U.S. Must Uphold Promises to ‘Not Support Separatist Activities’

Two of China’s most sensitive political and diplomatic issues revolve around the small self-ruled island of Taiwan and the mountainous region of Tibet in China’s remote west. These issues were brought forth yet again Tuesday as China’s anxiety heightened over the revelation that the leaders of both regions are set to make visits to the […]