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
After a CCP virus outbreak in Qingdao city, eastern China, authorities are scrambling to contain infections by locking down neighborhoods and requiring COVID-19 testing for all residents. On Oct. 12, the government locked down residential compounds where diagnosed patients live. It also designated the neighborhood where the Qingdao Chest Hospital is located as a “medium-risk region” for virus spread. Six million residents who
Commentary Big news in recent Chinese media headlines is an “SOS letter” being circulated online, allegedly written by the Chinese real estate giant Evergrande Group to the Chinese government to plead for support. Chinese media titled the news as “Evergrande’s SOS Shaking Real Estate Industry: Save Me or I’ll Show You How I Die.” As
According to the latest phone survey conducted by the Hong Kong Institute of Asia-Pacific Studies (HKIAPS), Hong Kong citizens attached a record low score of 49.6 to Hong Kong’s livability, reflecting a substantial decline from 54.4 in September last year. It is also the lowest score since the livability index was first released in 2007.
Analysis Chinese investment in Southeast Asia, its biggest trading partner, has given the small oil-rich sultanate Brunei a major economic shot in the arm, particularly as it looks to take on the chair of ASEAN in 2021. Trade between the two countries jumped a staggering 108 percent in the first eight months of the year
TAIPEI, Taiwan—China reacted with hostility after Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen extended an olive branch for cross-strait talks during her National Day speech on Oct. 10. Taiwan celebrated its 109th National Day, which marks the start of the Wuchang Uprising in 1911, which overthrew the Qing Dynasty emperor and established the Republic of China (ROC)—which is
Remarks made by Vice President Mike Pence during Wednesday night’s vice presidential debate that were critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, appeared to be censored in China. The debate between Pence and challenger Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) was broadcast in China on U.S. broadcaster CNN, which, according
Commentary At a time when China is in desperate need of solutions to many internal and external challenges, the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) top leaders were summoned on Sept. 28. What was on the itinerary? A “study session” on archaeology for the Party’s elite in the Politburo. Archaeology suddenly is entitled with political significance. Presiding
Recent Chinese media reports revealed that Beijing was seeking to export COVID-19 vaccines at extremely low prices, while selling them at considerably higher rates—more than 22.5 times in one case—inside China. As countries race toward developing a safe vaccine, the Chinese regime has aggressively pushed for Chinese manufacturers to export their doses to foreign countries.
Chinese authorities recently arrested the mother of a Chinese virologist who has accused the regime in Beijing of a coverup of the COVID-19 pandemic. Yan Limeng confirmed her mother’s arrest to The Epoch Times on Oct. 5, but declined to provide further details. Yan, who fled Hong Kong and sought asylum in the United States in April, recently released
On the afternoon of Oct. 2, He Fangmei, mother of a child who was injected with a faulty vaccine, splashed ink on the door plates of her local county government to express frustration at the authorities’ refusal to hold the vaccine manufacturers accountable. He is from Hui county, Henan Province. She was arrested by local
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has a longstanding custom of compiling “internal references,” known as “nei can“ in Chinese, for top officials. These publications vary by degree of confidentiality and are available to different levels of leaders, from the Party’s upper echelons down to county-level governments. They are only allowed to be seen by Party
The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) will lay down the outline of the 14th five-year plan, which covers China’s guiding economic and political strategies for 2021 to 2025, by the end of October. Analysts say that Chinese President Xi Jinping’s ‘internal circulation’-centric economic strategy may be fixed as a key policy for the next five years.
Beijing has revved up its rhetoric and military drills surrounding the Taiwan Strait in recent weeks, in its boldest display of aggression toward the self-ruled island of Taiwan. The Chinese regime considers Taiwan a part of its territory, despite the island being a de-facto nation state with its own democratically-elected government, military, and currency. Beijing has threatened to
China’s plans to divert two trans-Himalayan rivers that sustain millions in downstream regions in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh are adding to India’s burgeoning concerns, experts say, at a time when tensions along the China–India border continue to simmer. The experts say India should establish an “international multilateral framework” to deal with China’s plans, which include
Commentary The arrogant and domineering Chinese Communist Party (CCP) cannot tolerate differences of opinion. In its eyes, independent thought is a threat to its rule. For the convenience of ruling the country, the CCP deprives the Chinese people of their rights to a free economy, participation in politics, and independent thinking. Instead, the CCP has
Commentary Western media recently reported that China’s largest chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corporation (SMIC) may suffer trade sanctions from the United States. How severe is the situation? Let me put it this way: the U.S. sanction on SMIC will kill the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) ambitious plan to develop the chip industry. Not only will
Commentary China is facing a food shortage crisis. On Sept. 7, during the CIFTIS (China International Fair for Trade in Services) annual meeting in Beijing, a forum was held to discuss hot topics, such as maintaining the country’s food supply chain. At this meeting, the National Food and Strategic Reserves Administration (NFSRA) signed production and