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Journalists and students under surveillance
The central Chinese province of Henan wants to place journalists and foreign students under close surveillance. This is revealed by documents analyzed by Reuters. The plan is to precisely track the movement profiles of members of the two groups, among other “suspicious persons” in Henan in the future. A corresponding announcement on the provincial government’s […] continue reading →
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Arab Emirates follow China’s blueprint
The Arabian Peninsula offers companies great potential for new business relationships. But while Europeans only make money selectively, Chinese companies invest across the board in all sectors of the local economy. They provide their own information technology – and with it, the surveillance state and their own standards. continue reading →
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German support for detained blogger
In a joint effort, journalists and human rights activists have pressed for the release of Chinese Covid blogger Zhang Zhan. On Monday morning, journalists as well as Amnesty International, the authors’ association PEN, Reporters Without Borders, the German Journalists’ Union and the German Journalists Association flooded short message service Twitter with corresponding posts. The tweets […] continue reading →
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Disney censors Simpsons in Hong Kong
Streaming provider Disney+ has removed China-critical episode from cartoon series The Simpsons from its Hong Kong service. The 2005 episode is about a visit to Beijing by the bug-eyed US cartoon family and draws various satirical connections to the Tiananmen Square massacre, nation founder Mao Zedong or the occupation of Tibet. The episode, for example, […] continue reading →
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‘Zhou is not a product of Chinese scouting’
Dominic Lyncker, 49, worked for the Volkswagen Group as Motorsport Director in China for five years. His task: to find a Chinese Michael Schumacher. But the first potential motorsport prodigy from the People's Republic was recently presented by competitor Alfa Romeo. Lyncker talks about the mammoth task of establishing a motorsport culture in China and clueless track marshals. The interview was conducted by Marcel Grzanna. continue reading →
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Three and a half years in prison for activist Tony Chung
His fight for an independent Hong Kong has ended for 20-year-old Tony Chung with a years-long prison sentence for the time being. A court sentenced the activist to three and a half years behind bars after he pleaded guilty to charges of secession. Chung was the founder and chairman of the Student Localism movement. It […] continue reading →
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Peng Shuai abducted – freedom only after self-criticism?
Chinese human rights lawyer Teng Biao was detained and tortured by state security for 70 days. In an interview with China.Table, he describes the conditions under which abducted tennis player Peng Shuai is believed to be kept at present. continue reading →
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Peng Shuai: Criticism of China left to the sports federation
The German Olympic Sports Confederation claims to be "informed" about the case of the missing tennis player, but is clearly against a boycott of the Winter Games in Beijing. The German Ski Association, on the other hand, does not have the time to deal with the issue in depth. So far, only the tennis world is threatening to draw consequences in response to Beijing's crisis management, while an athletes' association is even calling for the expulsion of the Chinese Olympic Committee. continue reading →
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Hong Kong: Nearly six years in prison for “Captain America 2.0”
In Hong Kong, a democracy activist has been sentenced to a long prison term for the second time under the National Security Act. The 31-year-old was accused of shouting slogans at at least 20 gatherings between August and November 2020 and also spreading them via social media. He called for the city’s independence from the […] continue reading →
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