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Thu, 12 Dec 2019 19:40:40 GMT

China rebuffs CPJ report of detaining highest number of journalists in world
A top Chinese official on Wednesday rebuffed CPJ's report that Beijing imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, saying China was a country where the rule of law prevailed and no one was above the law. The CPJ found that at least 250 journalists have been jailed, with the largest number held in China, the report said.

China imprisoned more journalists than any other country in 2019: Watchdog
China imprisoned at least 48 journalists in 2019, more than any other country, displacing Turkey as the most oppressive place for the profession. At least 250 journalists were imprisoned worldwide this year. The total last year was 255, said the report by the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists.

Indonesia arrests 85 Chinese nationals in alleged phone scam
Jakarta police chief Gatot Eddy Pramono says the suspects were arrested Monday in several raids in Jakarta and Malang following a tip-off from Chinese police. Pramono said Tuesday that most of the targets appear to be fellow Chinese who were called over the internet in an effort to trick them into transferring money to them. He said the gang collected at least $2.5 million in the scam over the past year.

China's diplomatic push in Asia sees mixed results: Study

Everyone in Xinjiang camps has 'graduated': China
People who were at vocational training centers in China's far west Xinjiang have all "graduated" and are living happy lives, an official said Monday. But Uighurs and other predominantly Muslim ethnic minorities from the region say their family members continue to be arbitrarily detained in camps and prisons.

China's top diplomat tells Pompeo US should stop interfering in China's internal affairs
China's top diplomat Yang Jiechi told US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a phone call on Saturday that the United States should stop interfering in China's internal affairs, according to a report by state TV.

China imposes 'reciprocal' restrictions on US diplomats
Foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said China had notified the US embassy of the new measures on Wednesday, which she said were a "countermeasure" to Washington's decision in October to restrict Chinese diplomats.

China warns US over Uighur bill, raising doubts over trade deal
Approval by the US House of Representatives of the Uighur Act of 2019, which still requires passage by the Senate before being sent to Trump, has angered Beijing and further strained an already testy relationship.

Chinese diplomat visits South Korea to re-set ties
Making his first visit to the South Korean capital in more than four years China's State Councillor Wang Yi, who also serves as foreign minister, met South Korean Foreign Minister Kang Kyung-wha and was set to meet with President Moon Jae-in on Thursday.

Chen Quanguo: Official heading China's Xinjiang crackdown

US House approves Uighur bill demanding sanctions on senior Chinese officials
The Uighur Act of 2019 is a stronger version of a bill that angered Beijing when it passed the Senate in September. It calls on President Donald Trump to impose sanctions for the first time on a member of China's powerful politburo, even as he seeks a deal with Beijing to end a trade war buffeting the global economy.

Nato recognises China 'challenges' for first time
Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said China's growing military capabilities — including missiles that could hit Europe and the United States — meant the alliance had to tackle the issue together. The leaders of Nato's 29 member states will sign off a joint summit statement on Wednesday acknowledging the "opportunities and challenges" posed by China's rise.

US navy visits to Hong Kong suspended by China
While the nature of the sanctions remained unclear, the move appeared to back up Chinese threats that the US would bear the costs of the decision. ​​“China urges the US to correct its mistakes and stop any words and deeds that interfere in Hong Kong and China’s internal affairs,” said China foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying.

China sanctions US NGOs over Hong Kong unrest
Sanctions will apply to NGOs that had acted "badly" over the recent unrest in Hong Kong including the National Endowment for Democracy, Human Rights Watch and Freedom House, foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said at a regular press briefing.

Protests send Hong Kongers to Taiwan in search of new lives
Taiwan has long attracted Hong Kongers seeking an alternative to their city's frenetic pace and sky-high rents. But the number granted short-term and permanent residency in Taiwan rose nearly 30 percent to over 4,000 between January and September from a year earlier, with investment from Hong Kong almost doubling.

Australian foreign minister says China is holding citizen in 'unacceptable' conditions
Yang Hengjun, a former Chinese diplomat turned online journalist and blogger, was arrested in August on suspicion of espionage, seven months after he was originally detained in the southern city of Guangzhou.

China makes face scans must for phone users
In September, China’s industry and information technology ministry issued a notice on “safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online”, which laid out rules for enforcing real-name registration.

China dressed up in celebratory red for 70 years of PRC
From streets to museums, Chinese cities are suffused with celebratory red, commemorating the 70 years of the foundation of the People's Republic of China, as the country remains soaked in the festive mood. On October 1, 1949, legendary Communist leader Mao Zedong from Beijing's Gate of Heavenly Peace, had proclaimed the founding of the PRC after a bloody civil war.

China introduces mandatory face scans for phone users
In September, China's industry and information technology ministry issued a notice on "safeguarding the legitimate rights and interests of citizens online", which laid out rules for enforcing real-name registration. The notice said telecom operators should use "artificial intelligence and other technical means" to verify people's identities when they take a new phone number.

Denmark: China mixing science & military in Arctic

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