Protesters warn of Chinese authoritarian expansion ahead of PRC National Day — Radio Free Asia

Lee Ming-Cheh, a Taiwanese pro-democracy activist, detained by Chinese authorities in late March 2017, delivers a speech during a protest against China on human rights on the eve of China's National Day in front of the Bank of China in Taipei, Taiwan, Sept. 30, 2022. Credit: AP

Hundreds of protesters took to the streets of democratic Taiwan on Friday in a warning over Beijing’s authoritarian ambitions and territorial claims on Taiwan, ahead of China’s Oct. 1 National Day holiday. Activists from more than 20 Taiwanese rights groups stood outside the Bank of China branch in Taipei with banners that read: “Don’t give

China ends live-fire missile testing near Taiwan early amid protests from Japan, US — Radio Free Asia

The Rocket Force under the Eastern Theatre Command of China's People's Liberation Army (PLA) conducts conventional missile tests into the waters off the eastern coast of Taiwan, from an undisclosed location in this August 4, 2022 handout released on August 5, 2022. Credit: Eastern Theatre Command/Handout via Reuters

UPDATED at 6:30 p.m. EDT on 2022-08-05 China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) appeared to have ended live-fire missile tests around Taiwan after just a few hours, amid international criticism and disappointment on domestic social media on Friday. The missile tests were part of an intensive round of PLA military exercises around Taiwan scheduled from Aug.

Pelosi visit renews debate in Taiwan over best approach to greater self-determination — Radio Free Asia

A U.S. military aircraft with US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on board prepares to land at Songshan Airport in Taipei on August 2, 2022. Credit: AFP

Lawmakers in Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan expressed cross-party support for U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit, rejecting threats from Beijing amid an ongoing debate on the democratic island about the strength of its ties with the United States. Opposition Kuomintang lawmaker Chiang Wan-an said Beijing, which announced live-fire military exercises on the eve of

China steps up threats amid reports of unofficial Taiwan visit by Nancy Pelosi — Radio Free Asia

Singapore's Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong (R) shakes hands with U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi at the Istana Presidential Palace in Singapore during a visit to the Asia-Pacific region, Aug. 1, 2022. Credit: Singapore's Ministry of Communications and Information / AFP

China warned on Monday that any visit by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who is currently leading a congressional delegation on an Asian tour, to the democratic island of Taiwan would lead to “very serious developments and consequences.” While Taiwan wasn’t on Pelosi’s official four-country itinerary, RFA sources and sources cited by local media and

Hong Kong's one-horse leadership poll marks end of city's special status: analysts

Chan Po-ying (2nd R) of the League of Social Democrats waits as police question two of her colleagues before they hold a protest against the selection process of the city's chief executive in Hong Kong , May 8, 2022. Credit: RFA.

Hong Kong’s one-horse leadership poll, which selected former security chief John Lee — the only candidate — for the city’s top job at the weekend, has wiped out any distinction between the city and the rest of mainland China, commentators said on Monday. Lee, a former police officer who oversaw a violent crackdown on the 2019

Musk’s Twitter acquisition prompts renewed fear of Chinese influence, infiltration — Radio Free Asia

A Tesla model 3 is seen during the 19th Shanghai International Automobile Industry Exhibition in Shanghai, April 19, 2021. Credit: AFP.

Elon Musk’s Twitter takeover has sparked fears that the platform may now be more vulnerable to Beijing’s influence, amid an ongoing overseas influence and infowar campaign by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Musk’s recent U.S.$44 billion acquisition of the social media platform was questioned by Amazon founder Jeff Bezos soon after it was finalized, with

China’s Politburo promises stimulus, employment measures to boost COVID-hit economy — Radio Free Asia

People line up to be tested for Covid-19 coronavirus outside a supermarket in Beijing on April 26, 2022, the day the Chinese capital  launched mass coronavirus testing for nearly all its 21 million people. Credit: AFP

The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on Friday promised a slew of measures to help the country’s COVID-battered economy. The CCP’s Politburo met on Friday to discuss economic growth, which is targeted to reach 5.5 percent this year, an unlikely target in the absence of further stimulus given the supply-chain havoc caused by the pandemic and risks linked to

Shanghai warns people against ‘rumor-mongering’ as online pleas for food grow — Radio Free Asia

People wear personal protective equipment (PPE) as they transfer daily food supplies and necessities for local residents during the Covid-19 lockdown in Shanghai, April 5, 2022. Credit AFP

Authorities in Shanghai on Friday warned the city’s 26 million residents not to post ‘rumors’ online amid growing public anger over food shortages amid a citywide COVID-19 lockdown. “The Cyberspace Administration of the municipal [ruling Chinese Communist] Party Committee reminds social media group chat members and moderators that … it is especially necessary in the current situation

China ramps up pro-Russian propaganda at home but stalls petrochemical talks — Radio Free Asia

Students view a display showing the Chinese Communist Party's official line on the war in Ukraine being taught in schools in China. The lectures follow Russian and Chinese state media output on the war, which is being blamed on eastward expansion by NATO, rather than on the Russian decision to invade, and contains what critics say is significant disinformation. Credit: Chinese netizen.

Bogus Russian motion China ideological campaign in your home came as Beijing chose a draft resolution by Russia tabled at the United Nations Security Council calling attention to the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine however stopping working to discuss its role as the invading power. The motion was defeated after getting only 2 votes: Russias and

Chinese Christian group anxiously awaits asylum decision on South Korean island — Radio Free Asia

Chinese Christian group anxiously awaits asylum decision on South Korean island — Radio Free Asia

,” he stated. I took these believers out of China, so now Im believed of trafficking or smuggling them.” ” If we do not get asylum approved, we will have 14 days to remain in the nation legally, and after that we will be here illegally,” Pan said. “It is really likely that the South

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