China says more people can speak national language

  • Tue, 09/13/2016 - 21:25

China has managed to raise the proportion of the population which can speak the national language, Mandarin, but still faces difficulty in remote areas and places where ethnic minorities live, state media said on Tuesd

An usher gestures as China’s President Xi Jinping arrives to deliver his closing statement at the G20 summit in Hangzhou last week. Under Mr Xi, China has seen increased persecution of human rights lawyers and civil society reformers, with tighter control of the internet and the media. Photograph: Johannes Eisele/AFP

China claims rights progress despite crackdown on dissent

  • Mon, 09/12/2016 - 00:00

Beijing defends improvements to legal system in government White Paper

President Obama and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping, in Hangzhou, China, on Saturday, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit. Credit Pool photo by How Hwee Young

Pressing Asia Agenda, Obama Treads Lightly on Human Rights

  • Thu, 09/08/2016 - 20:27

SEPT. 7, 2016

Obama: Consequences if China violates rules and norms

  • Tue, 09/06/2016 - 18:45

The United States welcomes China's rise -- but there will be consequences if Beijing violates international rules and norms, says U.S. President Barack Obama.

Nine representatives from China’s Tibetan, Uyghur and Han ethnic groups visit the White House to discuss religious freedom in China with U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice in Washington, Aug. 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of Bob Fu

Frustration Mounts Over China's Rights Record Ahead of G20 Summit

  • Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:34

A prominent rights activist and website founder is missing and presumed detained in the central province of Hubei

China's President XI Jinping and President Barack Obama in Washington D.C. in 2015.

CHINA: President Obama – Raise Religious Freedom on G20 Trip

  • Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:16

Religious freedom conditions in China have deteriorated under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.  

A G20 summit billboard in Hangzhou, China. © 2016 Reuters

China: G20 Leaders Should Urge End to Crackdown

  • Thu, 09/01/2016 - 21:07

Nongovernmental Groups Given Limited Access to Hangzhou Meeting

Human rights lawyer Teng Biao says China is experiencing its worst human rights crackdown since the Tiananmen massacre in 1989. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Chinese dissidents urge Obama to press Xi Jinping on human rights at G20

  • Wed, 08/31/2016 - 22:03

Activists say Chinese president has presided over dramatic offensive against Communist party’s opponents since taking power

Hostels in southern China told to refuse guests from five Middle Eastern and Asian nations

  • Thu, 08/25/2016 - 18:16

Nationals from Afghanistan, Turkey, Iraq, Syria and Pakistan won’t be allowed to stay in smaller facilities in Guangzhou starting from this week ‘to reduce security risks’

China: “Poverty alleviation needs to be accompanied by accountability” – UN expert on extreme poverty and human rights

  • Tue, 08/23/2016 - 20:37

BEIJING / GENEVA (23 August 2016) – China has made huge progress in poverty alleviation, but it also needs to put in place meaningful accountability mechanisms that citizens can use when their righ