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Chinese soldiers undergo training in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region. Defense spending in the Asia Pacific region is likely to increase due to China's military growth and territorial tensions. Photographer: ChinaFotoPress

China Tensions Fuel Acceleration in Military Spending in Asia

  • Mon, 02/22/2016 - 18:25

China’s military growth combined with heightened territorial tensions is likely to propel the Asia Pacific region to the top rank of military spending by the end of the decade, according to a report by IHS Jane’s.

Beijing is banning all foreign media from publishing online in China

  • Fri, 02/19/2016 - 17:39

In the latest sign that China’s long-touted “opening up” is reversing into a “closing down,” a Chinese ministry has issued new rules that ban any foreign-invested company from publishing anything online in China, effective next month.

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UN rights chief raises concerns with China over crackdown

  • Thu, 02/18/2016 - 19:37

The U.N. human rights chief on Tuesday called on China to immediately release all lawyers it has in detention, after raising concerns with Chinese authorities over a crackdown against government critics, legal experts and advocacy groups in recent months.

Chinese dissident Liu Xuehong speaks during an interview with Reuters in Bangkok February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Jorge Silva

Dissidents fearful as Thailand, once a haven, favors China

  • Thu, 02/18/2016 - 19:33

One night last month, Liu Xuehong stood weeping outside the gates of the United Nations headquarters in Bangkok, begging the guards to let her in.

“The General and the Soldier” skit, seen in a video still, was one of many in the broadcast that carried political overtones. The annual gala stretched on for more than four hours and was watched by about a billion people worldwide.

China Injects a Heavy Dose of Ideology Into New Year’s Eve Gala

  • Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:50

“Too handsome! Aren’t they handsome,” the actor Ju Zhaojie cooed as dozens of soldiers, from an honor guard of the People’s Liberation Army, stamped off the stage, issuing earsplitting shouts.

 A man reads the Southern Weekly at a newsstand in Beijing. The once respected liberal broadsheet was forced to censor its content. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China's young reporters give up on journalism: 'You can't write what you want'

  • Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:42

The ever greater constraints placed on news reporting by Xi Jinping mean many Chinese journalists see no point in pursuing a media career

 A man reads the Southern Weekly at a newsstand in Beijing. The once respected liberal broadsheet was forced to censor its content. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters

China's young reporters give up on journalism: 'You can't write what you want'

  • Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:42

The ever greater constraints placed on news reporting by Xi Jinping mean many Chinese journalists see no point in pursuing a media career

Supporters help an accused rioter (left, in jacket) into a taxi following a court hearing in Hong Kong, Feb. 11, 2016. AFP

China Calls for Punishment for Hong Kong ‘Separatists’

  • Fri, 02/12/2016 - 18:38

City's growing pro-independence movement is arousing Beijing's ire in the wake of bloody clashes

Armed police stand guard in the popular shopping and nightlife area of Sanlitun in Beijing. Photo: AFP

China tightens anti-terrorism measures amid rush for Lunar New Year celebrations

  • Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:29

China has tightened anti-terrorism surveillance at major cities across the nation as the mass movement of mainlanders travelling home for the Lunar New Year holiday puts extra pressure on security guards keeping watch for potential attacks.

As China’s economy unravels, Beijing’s attempts at damage control are growing increasingly desperate

  • Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:50

No longer able to convince the world it’s got China’s economy under control, the government in Beijing is now trying to bully it instead.

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