Solih sworn in as Maldives president, replacing pro-China leader Sunday, November 18th, 2018

COLOMBO, (AFP) - Ibrahim Mohamed Solih was inaugurated Saturday as the new president of the Maldives after the opposition united to dislodge pro-China strongman leader Abdulla Yameen in September elections. Solih, 54, emerged as common opposition candidate as all key dissidents were either jailed..

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U.S. in China trade talks again, demands ‘change of posture’ Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

Roberta Rampton, WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump’s top economic adviser said on Tuesday that the United States welcomed the resumption of talks with China on trade, while Vice President Mike Pence warned Beijing to change its behaviour so as to avoid a new cold war with the..

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China Revokes Business License of Independent Think-Tank Unirule Monday, November 12th, 2018

Authorities in the Chinese capital have revoked the business license of a liberal economics think-tank, saying it had carried out "illegal online education activities." The move comes after a police raid sealed off the premises of the Unirule Institute of Economics in July, and after its executive..

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Repeated Blows to Free Speech Spark Outcry in Hong Kong Saturday, November 10th, 2018

A second venue in Hong Kong pulled out of hosting a literary event by dissident Chinese author Ma Jian, after immigration authorities in Hong Kong allowed him to enter the city under its visa-free visitor program. "I was let through. No problem," Ma said via his Twitter account after landing in..

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UN Experts Call For Release of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyers Thursday, November 8th, 2018

As the United Nations urged Beijing to release prominent detained rights lawyers, authorities in China's southwestern region of Guangxi raided a legal consultancy set up by attorneys struck off by the ruling Chinese Communist Party, RFA has learned. Human rights experts at the U.N. currently..

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China’s Private Companies Seek State Support Monday, November 5th, 2018

Major setbacks for China's private sector have driven many companies into the safety of state financing and control, posing problems for reform policies that could last for years. On Oct. 20, the South China Morning Post published a detailed account of the "privatization in reverse, or..

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Chinese State Media Reporter Charged with Assault After Fracas Friday, October 26th, 2018

A reporter for the Chinese Communist Party's state broadcaster has been charged with common assault after a confrontation with organizers and volunteers at a fringe event of the ruling Conservative Party conference in Birmingham last month. A video of the incident posted by the rights group Hong..

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Xinjiang Authorities Jail Prominent Uyghur Television Host Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) have jailed the Uyghur former host of a popular children’s television show, according to sources, who said he was targeted for producing a program that detailed the financial struggles of three young students. A source..

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Top Chinese official in Macau dies in fall from home: Beijing Sunday, October 21st, 2018

HONG KONG, (AFP) - China's top representative in Macau has fallen to his death from the building where he lived, authorities said Sunday. Zheng Xiaosong, 59, the Chinese government's liaison officer in the semi-autonomous former Portuguese colony, had been suffering from depression, Beijing said..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..