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Hong Kong’s Pro-Democracy Newspaper in Crosshairs of CCP’s Widening Repression Campaign

Apple Daily, an independent pro-democracy tabloid in Hong Kong known for its critical stance on China’s Communist Party, has weathered police raids and the jailing of its founder. But its 26th birthday might be its last. Hong Kong’s government, backed by Beijing, has taken aim at the newspaper. Last week, 500 police barged into the newsroom, seizing computers

American Survives CCP Detention and Torture

SANTA CLARA, Calif.—Steven Schaerer, originally from the San Francisco Bay Area, is a survivor with a harrowing story to tell. After graduating from college, he worked in Beijing for five years and founded an educational consulting firm in his 20’s. In October 2016, while still in China, he was wrongly accused of illegal employment and

Top Chinese Nuclear Power Expert Commits Suicide

A top Chinese nuclear power expert and high-ranking Chinese Communist Party (CCP) official committed suicide for unknown reasons in northeastern China’s Heilongjiang Province, according to a number of outlet reports. On June 17, Zhang Zhijian, a 58-year-old male professor of nuclear power at Harbin Engineering University (HEU), jumped off an office building and killed himself, according

Hong Kong Police Raid Newsroom of Pro-Democracy Paper, Arrests Executives

International rights groups on Thursday slammed Hong Kong authorities after local police mobilized over 500 officers in a raid on the headquarters of local newspaper Apple Daily. The raid resulted in the arrest of five directors of the newspaper under the Beijing’s draconian national security law. They were accused of violating Article 29 of the

Crackdowns and Restrictions as CCP Prepares for 100-Year Anniversary

In the run-up the 100-year anniversary of the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) founding on July 1, Beijing has imposed extensive “stability maintenance” measures, including flight bans, traffic controls, and crackdowns on petitioners. “Stability maintenance” is an often-used Chinese term for the authorities’ efforts to censor public opinion and suppress dissent, including petitioners and human rights

The CCP Is Caught in a Dilemma in Downgrading Its Response to G-7 Summit

Commentary The Group of Seven (G-7) summit communiqué (pdf) issued on June 13 reveals a tough stance against the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), unsurprisingly on issues including the origin of COVID-19, human rights, Hong Kong autonomy, and security across the Taiwan Strait and in the Indo-Pacific region. It also mentions economic and trade issues and “the

Beijing Complains US Congress Members’ Taiwan Trip Distorts Its Facts

The Chinese regime is complaining about a visit by three U.S. senators to Taiwan on a C-17 Globemaster III military transport aircraft. What the Americans said was a humanitarian visit to deliver COVID-19 vaccines, Beijing’s media mouthpiece portrayed to the Chinese-reading world as a provocation and a trick by Taipei to maintain its rule. “What [the

Massive Testing, Partial Lockdown in China’s Guangzhou City as COVID-19 Surges

As COVID-19 outbreaks continue to worsen in the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, there are signs that the local situation is much worse than Chinese authorities have admitted. Chen Xi (a pseudonym), a resident in Guangzhou’s Panyu district, says panic has set in among residents in his neighborhood of Guangzhou, a port city in southern

Hong Kong, Macao Authorities Ban Events Commemorating June 4 Tiananmen Square Massacre

Both Hong Kong and Macao authorities have banned residents from participating in events in memory of the 1989 Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests, days prior to June 4—a historic day when leaders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) ordered a massacre of anti-regime protesters. On June 1, Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam emphasized during a press briefing that all agencies, groups, media

Beijing Criticizes Chinese Youth’s ‘Do-Nothing’ Approach to Life

“I don’t want to lean in. I want to lie down,” this famous line of comedian Ali Wong describes the desire to do nothing in one’s life and career. Unexpectedly, the “lying down” approach is catching on among young people in mainland China and has caught the attention of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). The

Possible 1st Human Case of H10N3 Bird Flu Reported in China

A man in eastern China has contracted what appears to be the first human case of H10N3, a type of avian influenza, according to Chinese regime officials. The 41-year-old man, who wasn’t identified, was hospitalized in late April with H10N3 in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, located near Shanghai, according to China’s National Health Commission in a statement on its

Hong Kong Judge Draws Criticism After Court Session Involving 47 Pro-Democracy Activists

An internationally scrutinized court case unfolded in Hong Kong on May 31, when 47 pro-democracy opposition figures stood before a judge, while being charged with conspiracy to commit subversion under the city’s draconian national security law. At the West Kowloon court building, Judge Victor So ruled that the court case will resume on July 8, with

Chinese Company Hikvision Confirms It’s Controlled by China’s Military Industrial Complex

The world’s largest video surveillance company Hikvision is currently listed as a threat to U.S. national security. The company’s newly released annual report shows that a Chinese military industrial group is its controller. In the past two years, Hikvision has been blacklisted by Washington authorities because of its relationship with Chinese military and the security

Alvin Yapp, owner of award-winning museum The Intan, shares his love for Peranakan culture.(Credit: The Epoch Times)

Falling in Love with Peranakan Culture at The Intan

Sitting in the heart of Joo Chiat, The Intan is a two-storey shophouse that boasts a rich and diverse collection of elaborate antiques. I was immediately attracted by the nostalgic sight of the Tam Puis (or spittoons) and ornate tiffin carriers bursting with colours lined up along the long and narrow wooden staircase upon entering

Taiwan Health Official Speaks Out Against China Blocking Taiwan From Buying Vaccines

Dr. Twu Shiing-jer, one of Taiwan’s top public health officials, spoke out against the Chinese regime’s reported blocking of Taiwan from purchasing COVID-19 vaccines from the German biotechnology firm BioNTech in an exclusive interview with The Epoch Times on May 28. Twu, chairman of Taiwan’s Development Center for Biotechnology and former health minister of Taiwan, compared authoritarian

China’s Sand Dredgers Are Eating Into Taiwan, Vietnam, Philippines: US Coast Guard Should Step Up

Commentary China’s sand dredgers have destroyed thousands of square kilometers of ocean floor in order to build sand islands on which they put military runways and docking facilities for submarines and aircraft carriers. The construction of a single such Chinese island, Mischief Reef (5.6 square kilometers) on Philippine maritime territory, impacted 1,200 square kilometers with plumes of

Bitcoin Price Plummets After Beijing Warns of Crypto Crackdown

After increasing in value for months, cryptocurrencies, led by Bitcoin, have recently depreciated across the board. Chinese state media admitted that it’s directly related to two recent moves by Beijing financial authorities. The first major action was on May 18, when National Internet Finance Association of China, China Banking Association, and Payment & Clearing Association jointly

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