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China brings the hammer down on Hong Kong

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 takes a harder line against protests

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.

China enters Hollywood with a trick of TikTok

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

COVID-19 is a different issue for China today

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 China Letter: February 27, 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 5, 2020

The first patients of Wuhan Huoshenshan Hospital were admitted on Monday, 10 days after construction began on the 1,000-bed facility designed for coronavirus patients. Chinese state media promoted the fast turnaround, which was based on experience

The China Letter: January 29, 2020

Two months after the outbreak was first identified, and a month after it was first reported from Wuhan, the World Health Organization has put the coronavirus on its global map. It’s made China a topic in more ways than ever in the social media age

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