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China’s security law: London based rights organisation forced to shut
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China’s security law: London based rights organisation forced to shut

Hong Kong: London based rights organisation to shift its two offices from Hong Kong to Asia-Pacific region because of the China’s security law.“Amnesty International will close its two offices in Hong Kong by the end of the year … The local ‘section’ office will cease operations on 31 October while the regional office – which is part of Amnesty’s global International Secretariat – is due to close by the end of 2021. Regional operations will be moved to the organization’s other offices in the Asia-Pacific,” the rights group said in a statement. Anjhula Mya Singh Bais, chair of Amnesty’s International Board, said that this decision has been driven by Hong Kong’s national security law, which has made it effectively impossible for human rights organizations to work freely and without fear
US helping Taiwan amid the Chinese Taiwan tension
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US helping Taiwan amid the Chinese Taiwan tension

US and Taiwan discussing the Taiwan’s meaningful participation in UN. Taiwan, using its formal name the Republic of China, held the Chinese seat at the UN until 25 October 1971, when it was voted out as representative of the country in favour of the People’s Republic of China, whose communist forces had won a civil war in 1949 and forced the republican government to flee to the island. China says that Taiwan is one of its provinces, and so it has the sole right to represent Taiwan internationally. The democratically elected government in Taipei says only it has that right. In a statement late on Saturday, the US state department said US and Taiwanese officials had met virtually on Friday for a “discussion focused on supporting Taiwan’s ability to participate meaningfully at the U
Taiwan plane crashed in Chinese land
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Taiwan plane crashed in Chinese land

TAIPEI: A picture of the wreck posted in the Taiwanese military enthusiast Facebook group “New 27 unit military discussion” shows the nose of the plane visibly destroyed, while the rest of its airframe remains intact with seemingly no damage at all. Neither the Henan Provincial Government nor the PLA Air Force have commented on this incident. The J-10 is a multi-role fighter aircraft developed by the Chengdu Aircraft Industry. It can carry air-to-air missiles such as the PL-8, P-11, or PL-12, and can be outfitted with laser-guided bombs and anti-ship missiles, according to Airforce-Technology.
Taiwan suspecting over China about testing hypersonic missiles, Beijing denies
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Taiwan suspecting over China about testing hypersonic missiles, Beijing denies

Taiwan’s defense ministry spokesperson Shih Shun-wen said that the military will find ways to deal with this threat after the Chinese hypersonic missile test. White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Monday declined to comment on a report claiming that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile in August. "I'm not going to comment on the specific report," Psaki said when asked if she could confirm the report that China tested a nuclear-capable hypersonic missile this summer that surprised US officials. Psaki reiterated Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin's earlier statement about the matter, underscoring US concerns about China's military capabilities it continues to pursue. Moreover, Psaki said the United States welcomes stiff competition but does not want that competition
Harvard University summer language program relocated to Taiwan
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Harvard University summer language program relocated to Taiwan

Taipei, Taiwan: The relations between China and Taiwan do not tend to settle amid which the Harvard University is relocating its summer language program from China to Taiwan.Harvard’s study abroad program that allows US students to explore the Chinese capital while improving their mandarin, will move to Taipei’s National Taiwan University (NTU) next year, Taiwan Focus reported. The publication stated that 60 Harvard University students will attend the eight-week program at NTU next summer. According to NTU, the program is also planning to arrange field trips to tourist attractions in northern Taiwan, as well as a series of cultural activities such as Chinese calligraphy, Chinese Chess and making dumplings. This decision was made “due to a perceived lack of friendliness from the h
Do not give land to Chinese farmers: Laos farmers
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Do not give land to Chinese farmers: Laos farmers

Vientiane, Laos: Chinese farmers were given land in the off season in Laos, but the people of Laos have urged the local government to not to lease the Chinese farmers their land in off-season. This came as the NAMPheung company has been leasing at least 180 hectares of land in Ngeun district to the Chinese farmers who grow watermelons on this land from December to April and then returns it to the villagers before the rice-planting season, Radio Free Asia reported. "The land is damaged, when they return the land to us for rice planting, yields are down and of lesser quality," a farmer informed. "The Chinese investors dig into the land so deep so the farmers have to fill up the land before planting. It's a waste of money labour and time," the villager said, adding that the villager...
Chinese billionaire Wang Xing got its antitrust investigation of Meituan closed by govt
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Chinese billionaire Wang Xing got its antitrust investigation of Meituan closed by govt

Beijing: Chinese government has again slammed a big businessman from their estate. The businessman blocked his 18,000 public posts days before government issued him a fine of a US$533 million on him.    Wang Xing founded the Chinese group-buying site Meituan in 2010. Meituan was hugely successful and merged with Dianping in 2015. Online checks made by the South China Morning Post found that Wang has hidden from the public all of his 661 posts on popular Chinese microblogging service Weibo and 17,105 posts on Fanfou, a now-obscure microblogging platform that he launched in 2007 during his early days as an entrepreneur. Fanfou has served as Wang’s de facto online fan club, where he has posted about three times a day on average for 14 years, reporter Coco Feng wrot
Reunification with Taiwan peacefully: Xi Jinping
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Reunification with Taiwan peacefully: Xi Jinping

Beijing, China: Chinese president has said to resolve the issue with Taiwan peacefully and objected the foreign interference in the matter.His remarks come amidst the rising tensions between Beijing and Taipei after nearly 150 Chinese military aircraft breached the airspace of Taiwan over a period of four days. “The Taiwan issue is exclusively an internal affair of China, and any external interference is inadmissible,” Chinese President Xi Jinping said during his address to mark the 110th anniversary of the Xinhai Revolution. The leader warned against underestimating the Chinese people’s “firm determination, unshakable will and significant ability” to defend state sovereignty and territorial integrity, adding that the historic task to complete reunification of the homeland must and
Taiwan applies to join trade deal days after China
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Taiwan applies to join trade deal days after China

Taiwan applies to join trade deal days after China Taiwan has applied to join the Asia-Pacific region's biggest free-trade pact. (AFP photo) TAIPEI: Taiwan has applied to join a major trans-Pacific trade deal, officials confirmed Thursday, days after China said it also wanted to become a member of the agreement. Signed by 11 Asia-Pacific countries in 2018, the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is the region's biggest free-trade pact and accounts for around 13.5% of the global economy. "Most of [the CPTPP's] member countries are Taiwan's key trade partners, accounting for over 24% of Taiwan's international trade," cabinet spokesman Lo Ping-cheng told reporters. "Taiwan can't be left out in the world and has to integrate into the regional econ...
Tiananmen Massacre statue Pillar of Shame to be removed
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Tiananmen Massacre statue Pillar of Shame to be removed

Hong Kong: The pillar of shame, an artwork which pays tribute to victims of Beijing’s 1989 crackdown organisers have been approached by University of Hong Kong to remove the pillar. The Hong Kong Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China and its liquidators Richard Tsoi and Elizabeth Tang said that they received a letter from the university issued on Thursday, asking the defunct group to remove the statue by next Wednesday at 5:00 pm, reported Hong Kong Free Press. The letter stated that if Alliance fails to remove the sculpture before the deadline, "the sculpture will be deemed abandoned". "And the University will not consider any future request from you in respect of the sculpture, and the University will deal with the sculpture at such time and in such man