TAIPEI, Taiwan—About 3,000 people took part in a march in downtown Taipei on Oct. 25 afternoon, voicing support for 12 Hongkongers who have been held by mainland Chinese authorities for over 2 months. Among those taking part were a Hong Kong couple surnamed Wong and their two sons. Mrs. Wong told the Taiwan branch of
The Chinese regime considers popular social media platforms as key tools for promoting its agenda. The regime refers to these platforms as “convergent media”: forms of media that combine the functions of radio, television, and the internet. Internal government documents that The Epoch Times recently obtained reveal that local governments have been paying these private apps considerable
Commentary China’s official mouthpiece Xinhua News Agency revealed on Oct. 11 that Chinese leader Xi Jinping would be visiting Shenzhen city to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Special Economic Zone. Shenzhen is an industrial hub in China’s southern Guangdong Province that links Hong Kong to the mainland. Crisis of Losing the People’s Trust The
Two Chinese citizens are seeking to hold officials from the country’s initial virus epicenter accountable over their handling of the CCP virus outbreak. Yao Qing, a petitioner from the hard-hit city of Wuhan, filed lawsuits on Oct. 22 against the city government, saying that some of its virus rules had violated their rights. The city entered
A series of internal documents from China’s censorship authorities has revealed how internet trolls are deployed during times of bad publicity to manipulate public opinion in favor of the Chinese regime. Records from the Luoyang city division of the Cyberspace Administration—China’s chief internet censorship agency—show that authorities hired online trolls to write social media posts
Japan’s military has agreed to create a framework for protecting Australian Defense Force assets as the two countries forge stronger bilateral ties amid rising tensions in the Indo-Pacific. Japanese Defense Minister Nobuo Kishi announced the transition on Oct. 19 in a joint statement with Australian Defense Minister Linda Reynolds, who visited Tokyo for bilateral discussions with her
After a cluster of COVID-19 cases recently emerged in Qingdao, the Chinese regime began a campaign to test all of the city’s residents, about 11 million people, within five days. On Oct. 17, authorities claimed they found no new infections. Exulting the all-negative results, Chinese state media reports praised authorities for combating the outbreak and
Commentary In less than eight years, Xi Jinping has established himself as the core leader and his political ideology is enshrined into the Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s constitution. This not only places Xi above his predecessors Jiang Zemin, Hu Jintao, and Deng Xiaoping, but he is also catching up with Mao Zedong’s legacy. However, now that the CCP is accelerating
As Xi Calls on Troops to Prepare for War, Chinese City Orders Residents to Prepare Emergency Supplies
The southern Chinese city of Shenzhen ordered all residents to prepare emergency supplies in 72 categories, such as enough food and water for 72 hours and a fire blanket, on Oct. 13. China’s Emergency Management Ministry and several municipal governments, such as Beijing and Tianjin, issued similar orders last month, but the news didn’t attract
China’s northern city of Qingdao tested nearly 11 million local citizens after a local outbreak of the CCP virus and claimed that there were no positive cases. But the authorities’ claim failed to assuage concerns about the true scale of the health crisis. The latest outbreak in Qingdao was confirmed by authorities on Oct. 11 when the municipal health
Chinese leader Xi Jinping returned to the capital shortly after delivering a speech in southern China on Oct. 14, during which he was continually coughing. Xi’s coughing, coupled with the unusual harried departure, triggered speculation among overseas Chinese-language media about his health condition and whether he could have had COVID-19. Leaving Quietly Xi visited Guangdong
Ahead of Major Political Meeting, a Question Looms Large: Will Chinese Leader Xi Appoint a Successor?
By Wang He Commentary Infighting runs throughout the history of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). But the infighting seen in today’s CCP is fundamentally different from that of the past, as the Party sees that its worst nightmare—its demise—has become a tangible reality. The CCP needs a strong “core leader” and a method of securing
In the Chinese regime’s clampdown on internet speech, authorities have been targeting the “Big Vs”: social media influencers with more than 500,000 followers on Sina Weibo, a Chinese microblogging platform that’s similar to Twitter, according to a series of government documents recently obtained by The Epoch Times from a trusted source. At the same time, authorities have
Ever heard of police bribing school children to brainwash them to report on their parents and neighbors? This is one of the many unscrupulous ways the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) employs to repress people of faith and entice others to show their loyalty to the regime. Since it came to power, the CCP has launched
Chinese authorities see U.S. consulates as “hostile forces” that conduct “infiltration and sabotage” activities on Chinese soil and have ordered officials to monitor key U.S. diplomats, according to a leaked document obtained by The Epoch Times. At a time when bilateral relations hit a historical low, the document from Leizhou city of China’s southeastern Guangdong
New Japan Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will visit Indonesia and Vietnam from 18 to 21 Oct to hold talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc. The trip will be Yoshihide Suga’s first visit after assuming office. Experts believe that Suga’s visit is largely to show support for the geopolitical
Internal government documents reveal that the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will stage a rescue operations drill this month near the Paracel Islands, a disputed archipelago in the South China Sea—which could escalate tensions in the disputed waters. According to a notice issued by the Hainan Province Development and Reform Commission and obtained by The Epoch Times from a trusted
As the world reels from the pandemic, the Chinese regime has become the leading force in suppressing internet freedom and censoring critical views that challenge the official narrative, according to a report by a U.S.-based think tank. Freedom on the Net, an annual report by Freedom House that assesses digital surveillance in 65 countries, named
Commentary The Chinese Communist Party (CCP)’s 13th Five-Year Plan is going to conclude this year. For the first time, quantum communications was part of the plan, and it was even listed as the second largest strategic emerging industry and a government-sponsored R&D project. But the project is likely to fail and is going to be a big
A series of leaked documents shows that patients in China with symptoms similar to COVID-19 were hospitalized months before the regime’s official timeline, throwing into question when exactly the CCP virus began spreading in Wuhan, China’s epidemic ground zero. At least one patient with COVID-19-like symptoms was treated in September 2019, according to hospital data
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