Category Archives: China

Internment camps for Muslim Uighurs make their lives ‘colourful’, Chinese governor claims

Shohrat Zakir, governor of Xinjiang, a northwestern province home to Chinese Muslims, said in a rare interview with Chinese state media that the government offered “hands-on training” to teach Uighurs Mandarin, “the country’s common language, legal knowledge, vocational skills, along with de-extremisation education.”


Leak chips away at Google’s secrecy on China

Last month, at Google’s 20th anniversary event, the company’s head of search quickly shut down my question about the firm’s ambitions in China.

We’d heard, thanks to a slew of credible leaks, that the firm was developing a search engine for the country, one that would toe Beijing’s line on censorship.

“Right now all we’ve done is some exploration, but since we don’t have any plans to launch something there’s nothing much I can say about it,” Ben Gomes said.

He was repeating the company line on the project, codenamed Dragonfly, which was made public thanks only to various leaks, some high profile resignations and a petition signed by hundreds of Google employees protesting against the idea.


For Chinese, no escape from government control even when six feet under

Elaborate private funeral rites, which can last days with chanting monks, dancing strippers, and wailing mourners, are now banned in parts of Wenzhou, a southeastern coastal city of nine million.

Starting this week, wakes must be state-sanctioned. Families can choose from luxury, mid-range or discount government funeral packages. Even the number of floral wreaths in each mourning hall are now capped at five, and a new 24-hour funeral consulting service has launched for help on all things death-related, such as body transport and storage.


China Trying to ‘Rewrite the Bible,’ Force Churches to Sing Communist Anthems

The Rev. Bob Fu, a former Chinese house church leader who immigrated to the United States in 1997 and founded the persecution watchdog organization China Aid, provided great detail during a House hearing Thursday about a plan enacted by leading state-sanctioned denominations in China to “Sincize” Christianity.


Swedish satirical show’s toilet jokes spark ‘diplomatic crisis’ with China

An episode of a Swedish show, mocking Chinese tourists and advising them not to ‘poop’ in public places, has angered Beijing. After China’s furious statement, the host said that his show might have sparked a “diplomatic crisis.”

The Svenska Nyheter political satire program, broadcast last week by Swedish national broadcaster SVT, struck a nerve with the Chinese, as the show featured a ‘guidebook’ of ‘do’s and don’ts’ for Chinese visitors.


Hanson: China is a greater threat than Russia

With all the talk about Russia these days, one might forget that there are other countries that pose a threat to the United States — a far greater threat, perhaps.

That’s the point Victor Davis Hanson, a visiting scholar from the Hoover Institution, made last Thursday during the Alexander Hamilton Society’s first event of the year. Hanson spoke about the future trends of Chinese-American policy to more than 50 Hillsdale College students, faculty, and guests in the Heritage Room in Mossey Library. He made the case that China’s threats to the U.S. economy and national security are far more concerning than anything Russia has done thus far.


Videos show ‘escalation’ of church closures in China

Every week now, new videos surface showing churches in China’s central Henan province being shut down by the authorities. The images are shared online by rights organisations and by Chinese pastors who are based outside of the country, and therefore not subject to censorship. They denounce the government’s intensifying pressure on religious groups.

Gee, I don’t think I’ve heard a word about this from Chinaphile Justin.


US imposes new tariffs on $200bn of Chinese goods

The US is imposing new tariffs on $200bn (£150bn) of Chinese goods as it escalates its trade war with Beijing.

These will apply to almost 6,000 items, marking the biggest round of US tariffs so far.

Handbags, rice and textiles will be included, but some items expected to be targeted such as smart watches and high chairs have been excluded.

The Chinese commerce ministry said it had no choice but to retaliate but is yet to detail what action it will take.