Umbrellas, Activists Banned as China's President Visits Macau
The authorities are 'very nervous' over the visit, which marks the 15th anniversary of the 1999 handover to China.

Chinese Authorities Tear Down Cross, Wall Up Church Ahead of Christmas
Protestant congregations are mounting a round-the-clock guard on their churches amid an ongoing demolition campaign.

Demand for Solar-Powered Light Grows in North Korea
North Koreans are buying solar power systems from a Chinese border town for home installation.

Guangdong Political Activist Injured During Release From Detention
Li Biyun says she has broken at least one rib after being thrown down at the side of a road on her release.

Espionage: Chinese Android phones contain in-built hacker 'backdoor'
Chinese smartphones on sale in Britain and the US have a major security flaw that lets hackers steal private data By Samuel Gibbs Smartphones from a major Chinese manufacturer have a security flaw that was deliberately introduced and allows hackers full control of the device. The “CoolReaper” backdoor was found in the software that powers at least 24 models made by Coolpad, which is now the world’s sixth-biggest smartphone producer according to Canalys. The flaw allows hackers or Coolpad itse...

China's Hard Power
Air rage and emergency exits: Two stormy weeks in Chinese aviation By Maggie Hiufu Wong A fight broke out over a crying baby on a plane this week, one of several inflight incidents involving Chinese passengers in recent days. Déjà vu ? Yesterday's news? Nope, it's just another series of air dramas involving disruptive Chinese air travelers. It hasn't been the most peaceful fortnight in the aviation industry -- we've seen the aftermath of a Korean Air exec's "nut rage" and R&B singer Jerem...

Central Asia Stuck Between A Sinking Russia And A Dominant China
By Paul Coyer Central Asia, stuck between Russia, the dominant power of yesterday, whose cultural influence in the region remains strong even as its economy implodes and its political clout increasingly plays second fiddle to China, and China, the dominant power of tomorrow, whose targeted economic power is increasingly shaping the choices of Central Asian leaders and reshaping the region as a whole, is seeking other options.  A story that is being lost in the attention paid to the new “...

China's Assertiveness
Four Chinese women start brawl on Air China flight to Hong Kong, almost forcing it to turn back The Straits Times An epic fight between four Chinese females broke out on an Air China flight to Hong Kong. A FLIGHT from Chongqing to Hong Kong was almost forced to turn back on Wednesday when a violent fracas involving four women from China's mainland erupted in the cabin, reported Hong Kong's media. In the latest incident involving mainland people on a plane, cabin crew on Air China flight CA433...

Hacked emails reveal China’s elaborate and puerile internet propaganda machine
By Nikhil Sonnad Beware what you read. “NOTICE: We request every internet commenter carry out the following task today,” begins an email from the supervisor. It’s just another day in the propaganda department of Zhanggong, a district in southeast China’s modestly sized city of Ganzhou. Employees and freelancers are paid to post pro-government messages on the internet, part of a broader effort to “guide public opinion,” as the Chinese Communist Party frequently puts it. The details of these di...

Cambodia's Hun Sen Calls For Probe Into Mass HIV Infection
He urges villagers to remain calm while experts review suspected cases.

A Thousand Retired Chinese Teachers Protest Over Lack of Pensions
The teachers say they have nothing to live on in retirement and no health care coverage.

China Tightens Security Ahead of Christmas, New Year in Xinjiang
Fresh volunteers and police are being deployed to busy locations and mosques ahead of the holiday season.

Evil Masters
'Anyone but the Chinese': Madagascar workers demand new masters AFP Morondava, Madagascar -- Workers at a Chinese sugar refinery in Madagascar, where a long-simmering labour dispute boiled over into deadly riots last week that left at least four dead, are unequivocal about what it would take to get them back to work. " We don't want the Chinese. We do not want to work with the Chinese ," Leon Clement , a workers' representative at Sucoma, said. "In front of government ministers they promise t...

Dalai Lama says his role should cease after his death but Tibetans, not China, should decide
Reuters "There is no guarantee that some stupid Dalai Lama won't come next": Dalai Lama. The Dalai Lama says he thinks his traditional religious role should cease with his death rather than a "stupid" successor replace him and disgrace himself. Tibet's exiled spiritual leader told the BBC in an interview on Wednesday the Tibetan people should decide whether to continue the spiritual line, which dated back to the 15th century. "The Dalai Lama institution will cease one day," he told the BBC. "...

China Gets Even Colder for Reporters
The Communist Party characterizes Western reporters as ‘‘hostile foreign forces’’seeking to subvert single-party rule. By ANDREW JACOBS  A police officer gestured as she asked reporters to leave the vicinity of the courthouse in Beijing where the journalist Gao Yu was put on trial on Nov. 21. Many foreign correspondents say it is increasingly difficult to carry out their work in China.  For foreign journalists in the Chinese capital, the end of the year brings the usual swirl of hol...

Beijing's South China Sea objective is clear: To extend control
Competition or lack of coordination among Chinese government agencies is not incompatible with the existence of an over-arching strategy.  By Jingchao Peng Within China's bureaucratic system, sometimes it is in an agency's interest to compete with others, rather than coordinate, in order to advance its own bureaucratic power and receive more funding. Linda Jakobson 's recent Lowy Report, China's Unpredictable Maritime Security Actors , highlights this phenomenon between maritime agencies...

Xi Jinping Wants to Change the International Order
By Claire Groden  Last month, China showed its cooperative side to the international community.  It struck an ambitious climate deal with the U.S. that Xi Jinping announced alongside President Obama.  It took a seat at the P5+1 talks in Vienna to negotiate a path forward for Iran’s nuclear program.  And it responded to the United Nation’s call for aid to Ebola-ravaged West Africa by sending an elite unit of People’s Liberation Army troops and aid workers.  “That’s glo...

Myanmar Government and Armed Rebel Groups to Resume Peace Talks
The two sides will meet on Dec. 22 to try to reach a deal on a nationwide cease-fire.

Uyghurs Face Seizure of Land, Personal Property Under Tough New Rules
Failure to respond to police summons could lead to a string of forfeitures under fresh crackdown in Hotan county.

Another Tibetan is Jailed For Discouraging Worship of a Controversial Deity
Tibetans should follow the wishes of exiled spiritual leader the Dalai Lama, he said.

HIV Infections Climb Past 100 for Cambodian Villagers
Health officials say the virus has spread to young and old alike.

Suspected North Korean Government Agents Assault Refugee in Denmark
He had applied for asylum in Denmark after escaping a political prison camp.

China Falun Gong Trial Lawyer Hits Out at Police Security Cordon
Police detain at least two people who showed up in support of four practitioners accused of public order charges.

Mongolian Dissident Calls For Help to Leave China With Family
Hada says his family has no income, is vulnerable to retaliation and subject to police "conditions."

Tibetan Man Dies After Self-Immolation in Protest of Chinese Rule
by Kunsang Tenzin Sangye Khar, in an undated photo. A Tibetan man set himself on fire and died in Gansu province on Tuesday in the first self-immolation protest in three months against Beijing’s rule in Tibetan-populated areas in China, sources said. Sangye Khar , 33, set himself ablaze between 9:00 and 10:00 a.m. in front of a police station in Amchok township in Sangchu county in the Kanlho (Gannan) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, a local source told RFA’s Tibetan Service. Khar died “in prot...

The Expanding Assault on China’s South China Sea Claims
China can claim and attempt to enforce what it wants, but it will be increasingly clear that it is doing so in contravention of international law. By: Scott Cheney-Peters Undated photo of ships of the China’s People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) in 2012.  China’s ambiguous claim to the South China Sea, approximately demarcated by a series of hash marks known as the “nine-dashed line,” faced objections from an expanding number of parties over the past two weeks.  While a challenge fr...

China No. 1 for Jailed Journalists
China’s media is returning to its Mao-era role as a mouthpiece, not a watchdog.  By James T. Areddy A policeman asks a foreign journalist (L) to leave the area near the Peace Cinema in Shanghai, 2011. Xi Jinping used a New Year’s Day address last January to call on society to burnish the nation’s image and cited mass media among those holding a duty to display the country’s charm to the world. But 2014 was anything but charming for the mass media in China where more journalists were inca...

U.S. slaps hefty duties on solar goods from China, Taiwan
BY KRISTA HUGHES A worker inspects solar panels at a solar farm in Dunhuang, 950km (590 miles) northwest of Lanzhou, Gansu Province September 16, 2013. The United States on Tuesday confirmed steep import duties on solar products from China and Taiwan, in a decision that could inflame trade tensions between the two countries. Anti-dumping duties for Chinese goods were set as high as 165.04 percent as the U.S. arm of German solar manufacturer SolarWorld AG seeks to close a loophole that let Chi...

Asia Isn't Ready for a China Crash
China’s neighbors can no longer put off the task of rebalancing their own economies -- away from dependence on China’s. By William Pesek As China's first full year of rebalancing draws to close, how has Xi Jinping done?   Reasonably well, it seems.  Growth appears to be moderating gently, stocks continue to soar and most economists still foresee a soft landing rather than market-shaking meltdown for the world’s second-largest economy. Next year, however, Xi's team will have to get t...

More Than 80 Cambodian Villagers Test Positive For HIV/AIDS
A health official suggests contaminated needles are to blame.

Ex-Navy commander sentenced to 15 years for serving as Chinese spy
    By Joseph Yeh Chang Chih-hsin 張祉鑫, a former manager at the Naval Meteorological & Oceanographic Office (METOC), was given the severe punishment after spying for the Chinese government during his tenure as a senior R.O.C. Navy official, according to the Supreme Court verdict.  METOC is responsible for mapping the maritime areas surrounding Taiwan.  During Chang's tenure as head of METOC between November 2008 and May 2012, he participated in three free trips to the P...

How the 'Internet with Chinese Characteristics' Is Rupturing the Web
By Amy Chang China is openly undermining the United States' vision of a free and open Internet.  Motivated by maintaining the fragile balance between information control, social and political stability, and continued modernization and economic growth for an online population of over 600 million, the Chinese government is attempting to alter how nations understand their role in Internet governance through a concept called "Internet sovereignty." Internet sovereignty refers to the idea tha...

Francis’s China Problem
By Jonathan Mirsky David Levine The Dalai Lama China-watchers, friends of Tibet, and admirers of Francis were amazed and disappointed last week when the Pope announced he would not be meeting the Dalai Lama during the Tibetan leader’s visit to Rome.  The Dalai Lama was there with other winners of the Nobel Peace Prize, who—ironically—had gathered in Rome after a planned meeting in South Africa did not take place because Pretoria refused to grant the Dalai Lama a visa.  In the end, t...

Why 'Made In China' Typically Means Slave Labor, Religious Persecution
By Elise Hilton All of us own something that says, “Made in China.”  As the world’s largest economy, China churns out everything from tourist trinkets to sophisticated software.  The People’s Republic is “ on track to produce $17.6 trillion of goods and services this year ,” according to Josh Gelernter at National Review Online.  While that may be good news for the global economy, Gelernter says it’s very bad news for many Chinese.  They are slaves. China’s Communist dicta...

Q. and A.: Bill Hayton on Growing Rivalries in the South China Sea
"China’s 'historical' claim to the Spratly Islands utterly lacks verifiable evidence before Dec. 12, 1946. That’s why the U.S. and the claimants to the sea need to put more emphasis on challenging the evidence that China uses to justify its claim." By JANE PERLEZ Bill Hayton , a longtime journalist with the BBC, has spent much of his career chronicling events in Southeast Asia and observing the growing rivalries in the region.  His first book, “Vietnam: Rising Dragon” (Yale University Pr...

Challenges Mount to Beijing's South China Sea Claims
By Simone Orendain Chinese ships chase Vietnamese vessels, not shown, after they came within 10 nautical miles of a Chinese oil rig in the South China Sea, July 15, 2014. MANILA — Monday is the deadline for China to submit a counter-argument in the Philippines arbitration case that questions China's sweeping claims in the South China Sea.  But China shuns arbitration and will not respond, while challenges to its position continue to mount. Just days before the December 15 deadline, ...

China is twisting its history to justify military buildup and aggressions
“China uses folklore, myths and legends, to bolster greater territorial and maritime claims and create new realities on the land and water.” -- Mohan Malik By Wyatt Olson Reporters and other visitors gather to inspect the bow of the Haikou, a Chinese destroyer that arrived in Honolulu in June 2014 for participation in the annual Pacific Rim exercises. This was the first year China sent ships to the exercise from its navy, which the country has dramatically modernized and expanded during the p...

China’s E-Cigarette Boom Lacks Oversight for Safety
By DAVID BARBOZA Ninety percent of the world’s e-cigarettes are made in China. Experts warn, however, that poorly manufactured devices can vaporize heavy metals and carcinogens alongside the nicotine.  SHENZHEN, China — In a grimy workshop, among boiling vats of chemicals, factory workers are busy turning stainless steel rods into slender tube casings, a crucial component of electronic cigarettes.  Not long ago, Skorite Electronics was a tiny firm struggling to produce pen parts.&nb...

China ‘Voids’ Hong Kong Rights
Beijing abrogates the 1984 treaty it signed with Britain to guarantee the city’s autonomy. By L. GORDON CROVITZ Before Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world, a popular way to glimpse the sealed-off mainland was by peering across the border from Hong Kong.  Decades later, that remains a great vantage point.  The 75 days of Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement protest, broken up last week, showed how far Beijing officials go to suppress demands for political accountability. Protests began ...

How China spies on Hong Kong's democrats
BY DAVID LAGUE , GREG TORODE AND JAMES POMFRET James To was growing uneasy.  When the veteran Hong Kong Democratic Party lawmaker looked in his rear-view mirror, two silver Mercedes Benz saloons kept appearing behind his grey Volvo sedan. For almost a week, one or the other was behind him on his daily commute.  When he arrived at the Legislative Council building, the following car would park nearby and wait, sometimes for hours.  With his suspicion hardening, on August 11 To co...

Saying “No” To Better Serve Patients
Commentary: The retina allows physicians to look into the vascular and nervous systems of the body. These sometimes allow the physicians to make diagnosis of neuro-vascular diseases sooner.     From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Vietnamese Singer Viet Dzung Honored With Highway Naming
Commentary: It is a rare honor that a Vietnamese American get the streets to be named after. Viet Dzung, multi-talented entertainer of the Vietnamese diaspora, who suddenly passed away last year, was honored by the California State Legislature with the … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

Promotion Ceremony of Brigadier General Viet Luong Celebrated By Vietnamese Community
This morning,  Colonel Viet Xuan Luong made history by becoming the first Vietnamese-born to get promoted to Brigadier General of the U.S. military, the world’s most powerful military. Not too long ago, Vietnamese military men’s competence and aptitude were usually questioned by … Continue reading → From: Tây Sơn News Wire

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UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights - GlobalPost
UN pledges to support Vietnam in guaranteeing human rights GlobalPost 3 (Xinhua) -- The United Nations (UN) pledged to support Vietnam in ensuring and promoting human rights through the 2012-2016 UN One Plan, said UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta on Tuesday. Addressing the launching of the Universal Periodic  ...

UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan - Global Voices Online
Global Voices Online UN Experts Condemn Detention of Vietnamese Blogger Le Quoc Quan Global Voices Online A UN group of human rights experts has found that the detention of Vietnamese blogger and human rights defender Le Quoc Quan stands in violation of his right to freedom of expression and a fair trial. Le Quoc Quan was arrested in December 2012 on  ...

Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam - Los Angeles Times
Kindness One: Motorcycle causes a heap of travel trouble in Vietnam Los Angeles Times As I tried to enter Vietnam from Cambodia, things were not looking good. I had encountered border troubles before. The Thai border guards didn't seem to know what to make of me and my bright yellow motorcycle. I spent six hours at the border trying to  ...

Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A - UPI.com
Children in Vietnamese commune received beans instead of vitamin A UPI.com CAM TRUNG, Vietnam, Dec. 3 (UPI) -- A population coordinator in a rural Vietnamese commune distributed beans to children he claimed to be vitamin A, health officials said. Parents brought their young children to a Cam Trung commune clubhouse Sunday  ...

Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital - CBS Local
Vietnam Vet Wins $12 Million Malpractice Settlement From VA Hospital CBS Local CHICAGO (CBS) — A Chicago-area Vietnam veteran will get a $12 million medical malpractice settlement from the federal government. John Johnson was a Vietnam Veteran and heart patient. He went in for oral surgery at the Hines V.A. Hospital in 2007,  ...

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