China investigates top local social media sites in push to control content

  • Fri, 08/11/2017 - 17:44

China is investigating its top social media sites, including WeChat and Weibo, for failing to comply with cyber laws, the latest step in the country's push to secure the internet and maintain strict Communist Party control over content.

Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks during a ceremony to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday. Photo: Reuters

Xi says no ‘individual, political party or group’ will be allowed to hurt China’s territorial integrity

  • Tue, 08/01/2017 - 16:03

China will not be an aggressor, but will defend Hong Kong and all its territories from any threat, president says

Software made by foreign companies to help users skirt China’s internet filters has vanished from Apple’s app store on the mainland. Credit Ng Han Guan/Associated Press

Apple Removes Apps From China Store That Help Internet Users Evade Censorship

  • Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:38

China appears to have received help on Saturday from an unlikely source in its fight against tools that help users evade its Great Firewall of internet censorship: Apple.

China Escalates Efforts to Shut Down Unauthorized VPNs

  • Tue, 07/25/2017 - 17:50

In spite of an earlier denial, the Chinese government has tightened its grip on the Internet, stepping up efforts against netizens’ access to unsupervised connections, including those via virtual private networks (VPNs) halfway through its 14-month-long crackdown nationwide.

China’s ‘Great Firewall’ Now Deletes Messages in Real Time

  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:47

There is more than irony in the fact that Nobel Laureate Liu Xiobao’s death coincided with Beijing’s massive effort to clamp down on internet communication. It’s the end of an era.

A memorial to Liu Xiaobo in Hong Kong this week. In mainland China, attempts to pay tribute to Mr. Liu, a Nobel Peace laureate, have met with censorship and arrests. Credit Vincent Yu/Associated Press

In China, Despair for Cause of Democracy After Nobel Laureate’s Death

  • Thu, 07/20/2017 - 19:44

For years, the fiery band of activists pushing for democracy in China looked to Liu Xiaobo, the jailed Nobel Peace laureate, as a source of inspiration. They created social media groups devoted to his iconoclastic poetry. They held up his photos at rallies, demanding justice and transparency.

Tibetan Buddhist monks chanting at the memorial for Liu Xiaobo held at the Taiwan Center in Flushing on July 15. (Photo via World Journal)

Chinese Shed Tears for Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo

  • Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:43

Liu Xiaobo, the Chinese Nobel Peace laureate who died on July 13, has had some critics among exiled radical Chinese dissidents. But the Taiwan Center in New York was overflowing with his “comrades” and admirers at a memorial held for him on July 15.

China users report WhatsApp disruption amid censorship fears

  • Tue, 07/18/2017 - 16:16

Users of WhatsApp in China and security researchers have reported widespread service disruptions amid fears that the popular messaging service may be at least partially blocked by authorities in the world's most populous country.

Chinese President Xi Jinping shakes hands with Hong Kong Chief Executive Carrie Lam after the inaugural ceremony in Hong Kong, on July 1. (Photo by Nozomu Ogawa)

Xi Jinping may come to rue his strong-arm tactics

  • Mon, 07/03/2017 - 16:30

The denizens of Beijing and Shanghai could also turn feisty

China is Demoting Human Rights at the UN

  • Fri, 06/30/2017 - 18:27

China is using its growing influence not only to isolate Taiwan from the United Nations, but also to combat the organization’s general work on human rights. Increased Chinese funding and determination could redefine the very concept of human rights, with devastating consequences for democratic countries.