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China’s security law: London based rights organisation forced to shut
China, Conflict, Opinion, Politics

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
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.
An illegal protest from last year put 7 Hong Kong activist behind bars
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An illegal protest from last year put 7 Hong Kong activist behind bars

Hong Kong: Seven activists from Hongkong has been imprisoned for 12 months for taking part in protest China’s new national security law from last year by a Hong Kong district court. Figo Chan, a convenor of the now defunct Civil Human Rights Front, was given the toughest sentence for playing a leading role in the July 1 protest, the Hong Kong broadcaster RTHK said. Former lawmaker Wu Chi-wai and ex-district councilor Tsang Kin-shing were each handed a 10-month jail term, given their social status, while the rest received six to eight months. The illegal demonstration was called a day after China imposed security rules on the former British colony to punish subversion, secession and terrorism. It coincided with the 23rd anniversary of Hong Kong’s handover.
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
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
The Saturday Debate: Has Canada’s relationship with China become too damaged?
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The Saturday Debate: Has Canada’s relationship with China become too damaged?

“It is important to emphasize that the capture of (Michael) Kovrig and (Michael) Spavor was not a mere bump in the road in our relationship with China,” writes J. Michael Cole. “Business as usual with China will make us complicit in creating a world where the space for human rights, liberty, and democracy is narrowed.” On the other side, relations between Canada and China are at their lowest in 50 years, yet 61 per cent of Canadians believe “Canada can engage economically with China while maintaining a hard line on areas of disagreement,” writes Sarah Kutulakos. “Relationship repair depends on two things: Pursuing Canada’s interests and resuming channels of communication.” J. Michael Cole Senior fellow with the Macdonald-Laurier Institute and the Global Taiwan Institute YES The return la
Should we invest in China or not?
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Should we invest in China or not?

Is BlackRock’s entry into China a “blunder” as George Soros claimed in a recent op-ed? Or are critics misconstruing China’s recent regulatory crackdown, as Ray Dalio would like us to believe? Both Soros and Dalio are highly respected and very successful global macro investors. BlackRock, the world’s largest fund management group with close to $10 trillion under management, recently launched a set of mutual funds for the Chinese consumer. It raised $1 billion from more than 100,000 investors, making it the first foreign-owned fund group in China. Soros believes this move was a mistake that will not only lose money for BlackRock clients, but also imperils the national security interests of the U.S. He believes that the current regime regards all Chinese companies as instruments of the one-
New Delhi would like to re-visit the level of ambition that it has set for the partnership with the South East Asian bloc, said External Affairs Minister
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New Delhi would like to re-visit the level of ambition that it has set for the partnership with the South East Asian bloc, said External Affairs Minister

New Delhi, India: The Foreign Minister S Jaishankar said that the COVID-19 pandemic has provided the backdrop for how most countries approach both their economic policies and have even shaped our way of life. “From the prolonged crisis of the last two years, four areas have come into sharp focus for international business cooperation: resilient and reliable supply chains, health security, digital for development and green and sustainable recovery.” Jaishankar stated that Covid-19 has brought out many inadequacies in the global health system. “Meaningful partnerships, sharing of advanced technologies, collaboration in vaccine and pharmaceutical production, capacity building and transparency in health information are all part of the answers. And in all of this, the role of businesses
COVID-19: Beijing’s vaccine diplomacy fails as countries look to the West
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COVID-19: Beijing’s vaccine diplomacy fails as countries look to the West

Beijing, China: As the Chinese vaccine is not reliable anymore, the countries which once trusted and approaching western countries for jabs.On the parallel lines, countries that earlier relied on Chinese vaccines have now started to opt for vaccines from other countries after the Western stranglehold on mRNA supplies has loosened. “Basically people took what they could get” informed City University of Hong Kong associate professor Nicholas Thomas, who is an expert in the field of foreign policy and public health. “But as this has gone on, general populations, rather than just medical practitioners, have become more educated about the differences,” Thomas said adding that people have realised that not all vaccines are equal in terms of protection. This ‘turn away’ from the Chinese
Hong Kong’s security bureau stresses criminal liability after anti-China organization decides to disband
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Hong Kong’s security bureau stresses criminal liability after anti-China organization decides to disband

Hong Kong: A security bureau spokesman made the remarks in response to media enquiries concerning the decision of the Hong Kong Confederation of Trade Unions, an anti-China organization, to disband on Sunday. The Hong Kong police will spare no efforts in pursuing the legal liabilities of any organization and person suspected of violating the national security law in Hong Kong or other laws in Hong Kong, the spokesman said. "We will conduct thorough investigations in respect of those local organizations which have received donations from foreign political organizations," said the spokesman, adding that the security bureau will request them to provide information or take other necessary measures as required pursuant to the implementation rules under the national security law in Hong K...