China's Smog Drives Away World's Tourists
By Dexter Roberts Tourists on Tiananmen Square, Beijing China’s smog is scaring away visitors from abroad and damaging the country’s tourism market, according to a study released earlier this week by the China Tourism Academy, reported the China Daily today. The number of inbound tourists to China last year numbered 129 million, down 2.51 percent over the previous year, says the report, which was  released Oct. 20.  China remained the fourth most popular global destination, after Fr...

China's new Senkakus tactic? Fleets of fishermen
Chinese fishing vessels are the new weapon of China's creeping expansionism By HIROYUKI AKITA Fishing boats are seen departing from Shenjiawan port in Zhoushan, Zhejiang province towards the East China Sea fishing grounds, September 17, 2012. TOKYO -- Something funny is going on in the waters around the Senkaku Islands, and it's making Japan nervous. There has been a precipitous decline in the presence of Chinese government surveillance vessels around the group of Japanese islets in the East ...

Height discrimination
    Employers favour recruits who stand head and shoulders above their peers  The Economist WHEN two security guards in Dalian in north-east China got their first month’s pay packet earlier this year, they questioned why each received different amounts for identical work. The company responded that one man was 5cm (two inches) taller than his peer. Workers over 180cm earn more, they said, because bigger guards make people feel safer. Stature is often a desirable attribute of gu...

U.N. Human Rights Panel Urges China to Allow Free Elections in Hong Kong
“Hong Kong China should take all necessary measures to implement universal and equal suffrage in conformity with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as a matter of priority for all future elections.” -- Cornelis Flinterman By MICHAEL FORSYTHE An injured protester tried to stop a group of taxi drivers from removing barricades on Wednesday in the Mong Kok district.  HONG KONG — The United Nations Human Rights Committee urged China on Thursday to allow elections in Hon...

Cambodian Police Arrest 10 Over ‘Plot to Topple Government’
The move is criticized by a human rights group.

Mongolian Herders Forced Off Grazing Lands Under 'Ecological' Policy
The herders say they were attacked and their livestock seized after a five-year grazing ban expired.

Chinese Mining is Ordered Stopped in Tibetan Protest-Hit Dzatoe
Local authorities had proceeded with excavations without central government permission.

UN Human Rights Body Backs Hong Kong Calls For Public Nominations
A human rights panel finds that China is in breach of international rights treaties.

The Slaughter: Canadian Book Tour Raises Awareness About China’s Illegal Organ Trade
The Slaughter  gives a glimpse into the Chinese state’s secret program to get rid of arrested dissidents while profiting from the sale of their organs U.S. author Ethan Gutmann ’s new book, The Slaughter: Mass Killings, Organ Harvesting, and China’s Secret Solution to Its Dissident Problem , is a riveting inside account of China’s booming organ transplant business and gives a glimpse into the Chinese state’s secret program to get rid of arrested dissidents while profiting from the sale o...

Chinese Hacking Is Eroding U.S. Military Superiority
Countering Chinese cyber espionage must be a top priority By Mackenzie Eaglen & Charles Morrison Earlier this month, the latest cyber-attack against J.P. Morgan garnered national headlines.  And most Americans are aware of – if not affected by – last year’s Target and this year’s Home Depot data breaches. Yet many Americans know much less about the regular and sophisticated theft of many of the U.S. military’s cutting-edge weapons systems.  The cybercrime has reached the point w...

Chinese espionage: Indian Air Force warns against using Xiaomi phones
Xiaomi phones and tablets are sending data to Chinese servers without user permission Indiatoday.in Xiaomi devices send data to an agency which reports to the ministry of information industry in China. There have been privacy and security concerns around Xiaomi phones in the past but now Indian Air Force (IAF) is reportedly warning against using the devices manufactured by the Chinese company. According to a report by the Sunday Standard , the IAF has told its officers and their families not ...

Think 228, Not Tiananmen: How Identity Drives the Hong Kong Protests
Like the 228 incident in Taiwan, the Hong Kong protests could be a watershed moment in identity formation. By Thomas Vien In the recent Hong Kong protests, commentators have scrambled to use the cliché that Hong Kong could become Tiananmen 2.0 .  However, the stampede to reach for this off-the-shelf narrative has crowded out a more critical analysis of the implications of heavy-handed People’s Republic of China (PRC) policy in Hong Kong.  The Tiananmen comparison fails to capture a ...

Al-Qaeda's Unique Right Decision: War on China
Al-Qaeda has joined the Islamic State in calling for jihad against China for its Uyghur policies. By Zachary Keck Chinese occupation forces in East Turkestan Al-Qaeda central appears to have joined the Islamic State in calling for jihad against China over its occupation of East Turkestan. This week, al-Sahab media organization, al-Qaeda’s propaganda arm, released the first issue of its new English-language magazine Resurgence.  The magazine has a strong focus on the Asia-Pacific in gener...

Hong Kong protests: Activists share secrets at Oslo Freedom Forum
The ideas was to use non-violent action as a "weapon of mass destruction" to challenge the Chinese government. By Laura Kuenssberg The forum is taking place while protests continue in Hong Kong Where might you find a North Korean defector, a self-confessed Serbian troublemaker, a Tiananmen Square protester and members of punk group Pussy Riot in the same room? While Hong Kong's students continue their protests and stumbling negotiations with the territory's authorities, democracy activists fr...

Finding Light in China’s Darkness
Yan Lianke on Writing in China By YAN LIANKE BEIJING — China ’s efforts to promote socialism in the late 1950s and early 1960s resulted in what is euphemistically known as the three years of natural disasters, during which more than 30 million people starved to death.  One evening when I was a young boy, not long after the catastrophe, I followed my mother as she went to dump garbage outside the wall that surrounded our village, a poor and isolated town in central China. Holding my hand,...

Myanmar’s Military Lawmakers Refuse to Give up Veto Power
A parliamentary committee has submitted a report on proposed constitutional amendments to lawmakers.

China Executed More Than 2,000 People Last Year: Rights Group
A similar number is expected next year as death penalties rise in the troubled region of Xinjiang.

'No Decision' Made Yet on Cambodia Loans: World Bank
Cambodian press reports had said loans would resume in December.

Hong Kong Students Call For Direct Talks With Beijing Officials on Democracy
Occupy Central supporters say the government's offers aren't concrete and that protests will continue.

Vietnam blogger jailed for posts about China deported to US
Nguyen Van Hai, known online as Dieu Cay, freed from prison after being jailed in 2012 for ‘anti-state propaganda’ By Kate Hodal in Phnom Penh Freed Vietnamese dissident Nguyen Van Hai arrives at Los Angeles International Airport.  One of Vietnam’s best-known dissidents has been released from prison and deported to the US, where he has promised to fight to return to his home country. Blogger Nguyen Van Hai , 62, known online as Dieu Cay , was jailed in 2012 for 12 years for dissemin...

Freed Vietnamese Dissident Arrives in US, Vows to Continue Fight
Nguyen Van Hai says he will work from abroad to free jailed dissident writers in Vietnam.

On TV, Hong Kong Openly Debates Democracy
By MICHAEL FORSYTHE and ALAN WONG Thousands of protesters in Hong Kong watched a live broadcast of a debate between leaders of their movement and city officials.  HONG KONG — After weeks of protests that have shaken this financial hub of 7.2 million people, residents thought they had seen it all.  Then, on Tuesday night, something even more extraordinary happened, on live television: a polite debate between earnest students wearing black “Freedom Now” T-shirts and top Hong Kong lead...

Kenny G Stirs Controversy With Visit to Hong Kong Protest
By DAN LEVIN  Suivre Kenny G Compte certifié ‏ @ officialkennyg in Hong Kong at the sight of the demonstration. I wish everyone a peaceful and positive conclusion to this situation Répondre Retweeter Favori Plus RETWEETS 646 FAVORIS 392 . 01:15 - 22 oct. 2014 BEIJING — It seemed innocuous enough on the surface: The smooth-jazz musician Kenny G paid a surprise visit to a  Hong Kong protest site on Wednesday, posing for photos with residents who are demanding the right to free electio...

China’s Great Leap Backward
By Xia Yeliang WASHINGTON, DC – This week, Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders are meeting in Beijing for a plenary session centered on one topic: the rule of law.  Yet, in recent days, several groups on WeChat (a popular Chinese social network) have described the arrests of nearly 50 Chinese activists who support the protests in Hong Kong.  Others have reported on an official order to ban the publication or sale of books by authors who support the Hong Kong protests, human-rights...

Estimated 2,400 Executions Last Year Put China Far Off Peak
By DIDI KIRSTEN TATLOW  Jiang Jiatin, accused of leading a criminal gang, listened as he was sentenced to death in a court in Kunming, Yunnan Province, in 2009. The Chinese government regards how many people it puts to death each year a state secret, making it difficult to gain an exact understanding of the scale of capital punishment in a country long thought to execute more people than the rest of the world combined. But according to estimates by the San Francisco-based human rights gr...

Urinary Bladder with Chinese Characteristics
Tempest Over a Chamber Pot as Taiwan Scrutinizes Chinese Tourists’ Manners By AUSTIN RAMZY  A Taiwanese television story on the incident reported at the Din Tai Fung restaurant in the Taipei 101 skyscraper. Reports of Chinese tourists letting their toddlers urinate in public in Taipei have set off fresh debate about the manners of mainland visitors and whether they’re being unfairly stigmatized. Parents allowing their children to relieve themselves over trash cans, pieces of paper or som...

Chinese government hackers target Apple's iCloud users
BY JIM FINKLE, GERRY SHIH AND BEN BLANCHARD Apple CEO Tim Cook looks at a new IMac after a presentation at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, California October 16, 2014. Apple Inc's iCloud storage service in China  was attacked by hackers trying to steal user credentials, a Chinese web monitoring group said, adding that it believes the Beijing government is behind the campaign. Using what is called a "man-in-the-middle" (MITM) attack, the hackers interposed their own website between ...

Apple’s iCloud Storage Service Is Aim of Attack by China
The attacks are hosted from iCloud China's servers to which only the Chinese government and state-run telecommunications companies have access.  By PAUL MOZUR, NICOLE PERLROTH and BRIAN X. CHEN A woman setting up her new iPhone 6 last week in Beijing. IPhone 6 users are thought to be the target of the attack. HONG KONG — For Apple in China , trouble seems to be the new normal. Cybersecurity monitoring groups and security experts said on Monday that people trying to use Apple ’s online da...

Two Cambodian Reporters Charged With Extorting Villagers
Their newspaper publishers say they were investigating illegal logging.

Women Bear The Brunt of Abuse in China's 'Black Jails': Report
Report calls on the international community to put pressure on Beijing to release all detainees and pursue those responsible.

North Korea Frees One of Three Detained U.S. Citizens
The Swedish government through its embassy in Pyongyang helps obtain his release.

Clashes in Myanmar's Shan State Leave Two Government Soldiers Dead
Fighting between Ta’ang rebels and government forces ensues in Namsang township.

No Breakthrough in Dialogue Between Hong Kong Government, Students
Protesters remain in occupation at Central and Mong Kok sites, as officials extend an olive branch to student leaders.

Hong Kong's Dampened Umbrella Revolution Shows Beijing's Creative Limits
The wishful thinking that China can conquer Silicon Valley, Madison Avenue, Japan and European tech hubs without freedom of speech and press amounts to Mao Zedong’s Great Leap Forward in 1958, a dream of industrial progress that fell flat. By Paul Glader After studying China’s attempt to move beyond manufacturing and into the lucrative creative industries of technology, advertising and culture last May, I returned to the US, logged into my IRA and sold all my shares in a China-focus...

Jailed Prominent Vietnamese Blogger Dieu Cay Freed, on Way to US
He has been in jail for more than six years.

Chinese eating exotic pangolin into extinction
For middle-class Chinese, consuming black-market pangolins is now considered a sign of wealth and status By Sebastian Strangio MONG LA, Myanmar — "It's delicious," the Chinese waitress says, pointing at the three metal cages on the pavement. Inside each is a pangolin — an odd-looking creature that, over the past decade, has become the most heavily trafficked wild mammal in the world, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). At the moment, each pangolin resembles...

Is Hong Kong China's Future?
By William Pesek Hopes that Hong Kong would one day transform China in its own image now seem foolish and futile. Beijing appears intent on making the former British colony look more like the mainland -- with a closed political system dominated by the Communist Party.  For Xi Jinping , however, the future may look a lot more like Hong Kong's present than he'd like to admit. Mainland leaders have downplayed hopes of any concessions in talks between student leaders and government officials...

The Hong Kong Protests Are Creating a More Ethnically Unified City
Many members of Hong Kong's non-Chinese community have been swept up in the Umbrella Revolution By Rishi Iyengar / Hong Kong Members from Hong Kong's South Asian community take part in a protest for democracy on October 9, 2014 in the Central district of Hong Kong. Jeffrey Andrews , a 29-year-old social worker of Indian origin, got a call from a Pakistani friend on the night of Sept. 28, when thousands of Hong Kong people, many of them students, had begun to occupy the streets to demand ...

Chinese state attacks Apple's iCloud
Apple’s cloud service facing a ‘man in the middle’ attack in China, with the state implicated By Alex Hern A Chinese man talking on his smartphone walks into an Apple store in Beijing. iCloud users in China are the target of a “man in the middle” attack run by the Chinese state on connections passing into and out of the country, surveillance experts say. The attack on the storage service began on Monday, the same day the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus were released in China for the first time. ...

China is hacking every iPhone user in the country
The scale of the data breach is immense By Heather Timmons Apple users in Beijing pick up their new iPhone 6's.  Chinese authorities just launched “a malicious attack on Apple” that could capture user names and passwords of anyone who logs into the iCloud from anywhere in the country, the well-respected censorship watchdog GreatFire.org reports .  With that information, a hacker can view users contacts, photos, messages and personal information stored in the cloud. China has an esti...

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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