China Nears Limit on Central Asian Gas Monday, June 25th, 2018

As China struggles with natural gas shortages, its pipeline system from Central Asia is rapidly running out of capacity. Plans call for utilizing more than 93 percent of the Central Asia-China Gas Pipeline (CAGP) system's capacity this year with increased supplies from Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and..

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China Questions Husband of Rights Activist Who Fled to Taiwan Saturday, June 23rd, 2018

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong have hauled in the husband of a rights activist who fled torture and official harassment in China, to seek political asylum on the democratic island of Taiwan. Huang Yan, a former torture victim who spoke out publicly in support of rights..

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Funeral of Chinese Activist Canceled Amid Doubts About Death Friday, June 15th, 2018

Authorities in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong on Friday canceled the funeral of a rights activist who died in police custody in 2015, after his family members had arrived at the funeral home. Zhang Liumao died while in custody at the Guangzhou No. 3 Detention Center on Nov. 4, 2015,..

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‘The Most Painful Part of Losing My Mother’ Thursday, June 14th, 2018

Dolkun Isa, the president of the Munich-based World Uyghur Congress exile group, recently learned from a close family friend that his mother, Ayhan Memet, died in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) on May 17 at the age of 78. Isa, who has lived in exile since 1994, last..

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Hong Kong Court Jails Localist Politician Over Mong Kok Riots Tuesday, June 12th, 2018

A court in Hong Kong on Monday handed down a six-year jail term to Edward Leung, a prominent localist politician who advocated "separation" between the former British colony and mainland China, after finding him guilty of "rioting" during 2016 unrest in Mong Kok. Hong Kong's High Court also..

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China Crimps Energy Supplies Amid Shortages

As China's economy charges ahead, it appears to be bumping into energy constraints on all sides. After a rough winter for its plan to replace more coal with natural gas, the government has continued to struggle with shortages. A new push to expand gas storage facilities is already showing signs of..

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‘I Still Have Flashbacks to That Night’ Tuesday, June 5th, 2018

Zhang Shijun is a former People's Liberation Army (PLA) soldier who was sent into Beijing in 1989 at the start of martial law after several weeks of student-led protests on Tiananmen Square. Diplomatic archives recently declassified by the U.K. government said the troops of the PLA's 27th army were..

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China’s Steelmakers Push Back on Downsizing Monday, June 4th, 2018

China's steelmakers may be trying to push back their timetable for cutting excess production capacity, three months after the government promised to speed it up. The shifting of target dates and production totals appears to be an attempt to preserve China's overwhelming share of the global steel..

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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..