Monthly Archives: 十月 2015

Xi’s Visit to Britain Highlights Broader Shift in Concerns About China

23britain-web-articleLargeBy STEVEN ERLANGER October 23, 2015

Prime Minister David Cameron of Britain welcoming President Xi Jinping of China to 10 Downing Street in London on Wednesday.
Suzanne Plunkett/Reuters

The visit to Britain by President Xi Jinping of China is underscoring how European nations are de-emphasizing human rights and security concerns as they compete to benefit from China’s growing economic might.

Prime Minister David Cameron and his chancellor of the Continue reading

Hong Kong Bookstores Display Beijing’s Clout

20hongkong-web2-articleLarge (1)By MICHAEL FORSYTHE and CRYSTAL TSE October 21, 2015

The 1908 book store, which specializes in banned Chinese language books, has seen business fall off substantially in part because mainland tour groups are told by their guides that they are not allowed to bring banned books and magazines home.
Lam Yik Fei for The New York Times

HONG KONG — The tiny book stall next to the popular Star Ferry terminal in Hong Kong does a brisk business catering to the thousands of visitors from mainland China who pass by every day.

About half of its books are political, including titles about Continue reading

Tibetan voices on China’s control

20 October 2015
The first thing that strikes you about the monasteries clinging to the side of the mountains on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau is their beauty.

Small, isolated communities of a few hundred monks, seemingly unperturbed with their white and gold stupas and prayer flags set against the almost impossible blue sky.

But anyone who stops to ask a few questions (although they are the kind of Continue reading

Critics Slam U.K. Government For ‘Selling Out’ to China on Rights

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As Chinese President Xi Jinping clinched investment deals worth some U.S.$30 billion on his state visit to the United Kingdom on Wednesday, rights activists hit out at the British government for going back on its own principles and ignoring the ruling Chinese Communist Party’s ongoing crackdown on rights lawyers and ethnic minorities.

“If the U.K. Continue reading

China Holds Top Reporter on ‘State Secrets’ Charges

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Southern Metropolis Daily journalist Liu Wei in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of an RFA listener

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Jiangxi are holding a top investigative journalist on suspicion of “obtaining state secrets,” his newspaper has reported.

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David Cameron should speak out on China human rights in both public and private

An open letter from NGOs to the Prime Minister
Dear Prime Minister,

As organisations that are working to improve human rights in China and around the world, we are writing to you regarding the state visit by President Xi Jinping on October 20-23, 2015. We are deeply concerned with the continuing deterioration of human rights since President Xi Jinping Continue reading

Family of Late Ousted Premier Denied Permission For Beijing Burial

8fcf5420-374e-4477-83c0-d47d8310183bA memorial to Zhao Ziyang and his wife at their family residence in Beijing, in an undated photo.
Photo courtesy of a family member

Authorities in China’s capital have turned down an application for a burial plot for the ashes of late ousted premier Zhao Ziyang and his wife, as dozens of activists and ordinary Chinese marked his birthday at the weekend.

Well-wishers gathered on Oct. 17 at Zhao’s Beijing residence to remember a Continue reading

Ma Jian: The howls of China’s prisoners will haunt this royal welcome for Xi Jinping

The Chinese president’s state visit coincides with the biggest crackdown on his country’s civil society in years. This fawning insults the people of both countries
Chinese flags fly side by side with union flags on the Mall ahead of Xi Jinping’s state visit. Photograph: Lauren Hurley/PA

Eighteen years ago, I stood at dawn in the driving rain and watched with dread as the tanks and trucks of China’s People’s Liberation Army rolled into Hong Kong, reclaiming sovereignty over the British colony. It was clear at once that Hong Kong’s fledgling democracy was doomed. To escape Big Brother’s gaze and retain the freedom to think and write, I moved to London. Continue reading