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Hong Kong ‘Getting Darker’ as Security Chief Promoted to Second-in-Command, Says China Expert

The communist Chinese regime is changing the semi-autonomous financial hub of Hong Kong into another mainland Chinese city as Beijing installed security officials as the city’s senior leader, according to a Chinese academic. Chen Kuide, a China scholar and editor-in-chief of the magazine China in Perspective, said the communist regime was replacing officials “incongruous with the hard-line

Beijing Weaponizes Health Care and Mobile Apps to Target Individuals: Expert

The communist regime in China uses health care and mobile apps as weapons against political dissent, according to an expert on China and the Indo-Pacific. Cleo Paskal, an associate fellow at Chatham House, said that lessons could be learned from China’s neighbors—particularly India and the Solomon Islands—in understanding the threats posed by the Chinese Communist

‘Brutalizing Its Own Population Was Hardwired Into the CCP’s Core DNA’: Bipartisan Resolution Condemns 100 Years of CCP’s Atrocities

As the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) gears up to celebrate its 100th anniversary this week, bipartisan lawmakers introduced a resolution on June 25 condemning a century of gross human rights abuses perpetrated by the regime against its own citizens. The resolution, led by Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-Wis.), lists more than 30 atrocities committed by the

Death of Free Press Spells the End of a Free Hong Kong: Jimmy Lai Advisor

After decimating Hong Kong’s free press by forcing the closure of pro-democracy outlet Apple Daily, the Chinese communist regime will face little resistance in its bid to completely take over the city, warned the newspaper’s senior executive Mark Simon. “Once you’ve let the genie out of the bottle, it’s not going to sit there, they

The CCP Turned China Into the World’s Enemy, Not Competitor

Commentary A competitor is someone with whom you play a game of tennis. Or, someone who makes a widget just like yours that you both try to sell to the same client, who wants to buy just one. After a competition, you relax over beers and laugh about the game. President Joe Biden infamously called

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

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