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How should the world treat China after the COVID19 pandemic? How will China respond to a world more cautious about its growth? We are tracking China’s excesses and abuses to the international rules-based order.

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United States declares genocide in Xinjiang

By |January 20th, 2021|

The United States has become the first country to condemn China for genocide over state persecution of the Uyghur people in the western Xinjiang province. In one of his final acts as Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, made the determination that the Chinese Communist Party has committed crimes against humanity,

Canadian companies warned not to be complicit with abuses in Xinjiang

By |January 19th, 2021|

Canada's top diplomat expressed 'grave concern' on behalf of the Canadian government concerning the ongoing human rights abuses against Uyghur ethnic and religious minorities in the Xinjiang region of northwest China.

China brings the hammer down on Hong Kong

By |July 2nd, 2020|

It didn’t take long for the new national security law, which was passed by China on June 30, to be enacted for arrests of more than 300 protesters in Hong Kong. Minutes after it was official, several pro-democracy activists quit. It came into effect 23 years after Hong Kong returned to China, as the Communist party kicks off its 100th year.

China’s hostage diplomacy meets Canada’s useful idiots

By |June 25th, 2020|

It may take nine more months for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou to learn if she’ll be extradited to the U.S. to face trial on fraud charges, but the discussion about it has recently increased. Earlier this week, Meng had both a former Canadian justice minister and former Supreme Court judge saying the country has the legal authority to give her freedom. A Canadian Senator then made the same case in Parliament.

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The countries fighting back against China

By |June 10th, 2020|

It’s been one year since the current wave of pro-democracy protests started in Hong Kong, and it was marked with flash mobs, a week after a Tiananmen Square anniversary vigil successfully defied a police ban. And while Hong Kong’s last British leader calls China’s agenda for it “Orwellian,” further preparations appear to be well underway.

China takes a harder line against protests

By |June 4th, 2020|

While the public commemorations in Hong Kong of the 1989 Tiananmen Square crackdown in Beijing were technically restricted due to COVID-19 congregation regulations, China’s planned security laws threaten the future of the annual event. Residents have been asked to light candles instead, and share their thoughts online.

Hong Kong enters a new state of crisis

By |May 27th, 2020|

Hong Kong’s chief administrator Carrie Lam thinks other countries shouldn’t interfere with China’s proposed national security legislation against so-called “terrorist activities.” However, the eruption of new protests, and how police responded to it, made it impossible for others to ignore.

China enters Hollywood with a trick of TikTok

By |May 20th, 2020|

The growing international popularity of short-video app TikTok increasingly raised concerns due to ownership control based in China. But its quest for global domination now comes with new clout: Kevin Mayer, a former top executive at Disney, was recruited to run it. His job will no doubt involve having to defend the company to US lawmakers

Shanghai Disneyland is a small world away

By |May 13th, 2020|

While cutting its maximum capacity from 80,000 to 24,000 visitors a day, along with installing anti-virus controls, the re-opening of Shanghai Disneyland told a story in pictures of how China is attempting to revive daily life after its peak of COVID-19, through symbols of American pop culture. Masked workouts have also become a new normal:

Watch how China aims propaganda at America

By |May 6th, 2020|

Xinhua News Agency’s animated video mocking the American response to the coronavirus earned enough attention that the Lego Group issued a statement denying any involvement with the sad Chinese state propaganda effort. The clip seemed to offer just another set of toys in Beijing’s approach to propagandizing social media to criticize U.S. policy.

Why is China masking useless health supplies?

By |April 29th, 2020|

Former Microsoft chairman Bill Gates defended the communist Chinese response to COVID-19 saying that the regime’s “did a lot of things right in the beginning.” He made this statement during an interview with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria and went on to say that criticizing China’s handling of the pandemic response is “a distraction.”

The state of China in the wake of coronavirus

By |April 22nd, 2020|

The lawsuit filed by the state of Missouri, alleging China lied about COVID-19, followed Wuhan raising its related death toll by 50 per cent. Beijing called for a stronger testing regime to test the coronavirus, amid re-emerging local transmissions. But at least one country is pressing to find past answers

China shows what post-pandemic life is like

By |April 8th, 2020|

whether you believe it or not. “Normal life is a distant dream” reads the New York Times headline on the story about the end of the 76-day lockdown of the coronavirus epicentre of Wuhan, amid masks everywhere. Movement requires a green symbol on a surveillance-based smartphone. And there are fears of a major relapse, even after daily COVID-19 deaths allegedly touched zero.

A week of news about China against the world

By |April 1st, 2020|

The outbreak of COVID-19 provided much insight into the workings of Chinese propaganda efforts on social media. Questions are also being raised about faulty coronavirus tests now being exported to Europe. Beijing has seemed to back off spinning conspiracy theories, which only contributed to a legacy of disinformation.

The truth and lies about life after COVID-19

By |March 25th, 2020|

The concept of “mask diplomacy” has arisen as COVID-19 spreads around the world: Chinese leader Xi Jinping has boasted of building a “Health Silk Road” around the globe—and billionaire Jack Ma joined in by sending medical supplies to Africa. But even as the original lockdown is lifted in Wuhan, a new doubt is lingering about the numbers

COVID-19 is a different issue for China today

By |March 18th, 2020|

Wuhan has become just like so many other cities in the world: requiring returnees from overseas to undergo quarantine, as the COVID-19 pandemic has gone global from its origins there. As a result, China is now among the countries that have stepped up border patrols, as the big story of 2020 circles the planet amidst plenty of ironies.

The coronavirus saga gone way beyond China

By |March 11th, 2020|

After a few days without new coronavirus cases in Beijing, reports of office work returning to normal in the capital city offset the fears sinking in elsewhere on the planet. Wuhan-based industries were also green-lit to resume operations, following a visit to the virus epicentre by Chinese leader Xi Jinping

The China Letter: March 4, 2020

By |March 4th, 2020|

Citizen Lab, a research group based in Toronto, released a report on how Chinese social media firms managed information about COVID-19. WeChat and YY were the platforms caught censoring keywords related to the outbreak. But amidst claims of a cover-up going back to December, the country is trying to promote a lack of impact:

The China Letter: February 27, 2020

By |February 27th, 2020|

VICE compiled a review of reported incidents of China probing social media for posts about the outbreak of COVID-19, and then tracking down dissenters. Expert observers note how more of it came after president Xi Jinping’s first public comments on the coronavirus on January 20. The effects have seemingly spread to news outlets.

The China Letter: February 19, 2020

By |February 19th, 2020|

Experts are predicting the coronavirus will cost the U.S. travel industry more than $10 billion over the next four years, 38 per cent of S&P 500 member earnings calls in 2020 cited its effect, Apple’s stock had 34 per cent shaved off its stock market value after the tech giant warned of its impact, and the Chinese restaurants struggle all around.

The China Letter: February 12, 2020

By |February 12th, 2020|

Friends and family of 34-year-old Chen Qiushi fear that he may have been forcibly quarantined by the government after he posted videos and messages that criticized hardship in Wuhan due to what’s been formally called COVID-19. The Committee to Protect Journalists called on authorities to reveal his whereabouts, to no avail.

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