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China’s Official Growth Figures Are Impossible, Says Economist
The Chinese government on Oct. 18 released its third-quarter GDP growth statistics, claiming that the economy had grown by 6.0 percent, 0.1 percent lower than expected by a Reuters analysis.  But according to an academic...
Hong Kong Officially Withdraws Extradition Bill
After over 20 weeks into massive protests that have rocked the semi-autonomous city of Hong Kong, the extradition bill that set off the unrest has finally been withdrawn. This spring, Hong Kong authorities proposed a...
Chinese Netizens Arrested for Expressing Politically Incorrect Opinions About Communist ‘National Day’
In the days following communist China's 70th-anniversary National Day on Oct. 1, authorities have detained multiple people after they made statements criticizing or satirizing the Chinese Communist Party's rule.  In the eastern province of Shandong,...
Prague, Czech Republic, Ends ‘Sister City’ Relationship With Beijing
The capital of the Czech Republic is cancelling its sister city agreement with Beijing after disagreements about Prague’s relationship with Taiwan remained an impasse.  On Oct. 4, Prague Mayor Zdeněk Hřib announced that the relationship...
Hong Kong Protesters Allegedly Died in Clashes With Police
The protests in Hong Kong may have turned lethal at the end of August, when police officers clashed with demonstrators in the Prince Edward subway station, striking people indiscriminately with batons and raiding trains to...
German Legislators Back Falun Gong’s Resistance Against Persecution in China
Three members of Germany’s parliament, the Bundestag, have expressed condemnation of Beijing’s 20-year-long campaign against Falun Gong, a Chinese spiritual practice.  Michael Brand, Spokesperson for the Human Rights Committee of the center-right Christian Democratic Union...
Employee of British Consulate in Hong Kong Detained While in China
Simon Cheng Man-kit, a Hong Kong resident working as a consultant for the UK Consulate, went missing Aug. 8 while attending a business meeting in Shenzhen, the southern Chinese city that borders Hong Kong. Cheng...
Police in China Arrest the ‘Spiritually Japanese’
Several people have been recently jailed by the Chinese authorities for being “spiritually Japanese,” including a young woman who drew more than 300 cartoons deemed to have “humiliated China.”  Zhang Dongning, a 22-year-old college student...
Hong Kong Protesters Unyielding as Threat of Military Crackdown Looms
More observers warn of a possible violent crackdown by the mainland Chinese authorities in Hong Kong as millions of residents continue to resist what they see as the dismantling of their city’s autonomy and rule...