Wednesday, February 28, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Interview: “The Chinese Communist Party wants to stay in power forever”
专访鲍彤:中共高层当年为何废除终身制?
Radio Free Asia, February 27, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/interview-the-chinese-communist-party-wants-to-stay-in-power-forever-02272018095543.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/zhengzhi/ql2-02272018094553.html

With Xi’s power grab, China joins new era of strongmen
习近平掌控下,中国加入全球威权回归趋势
The New York Times, February 26, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/world/asia/china-xi-jinping-authoritarianism.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180227/china-xi-jinping-authoritarianism/

全国政协委员朱征夫建议:按搜查程序约束扣查嫌疑人手机行为 (CPPCC’s Zhu Zhengfu suggests procedures and guidelines for mobile phone search and seizure)
Procuratorate Daily, February 27, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2011500

Access to Information (信息公开)

Uyghur student in US faces down Chinese threats to “turn him in”
Radio Free Asia, February 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/threats-02272018150624.html

Ce*sored! China bans the letter N from the Internet as Xi Jinping extends grip on power
The Guardian, February 28, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/28/china-bans-the-letter-n-internet-xi-jinping-extends-power

国务院办公厅印发《关于推进社会公益事业建设领域政府信息公开的意见》 (General Office of State Council issues opinions to promote open government information in 7 public interest areas, including poverty alleviation, education, disaster rescue, and public culture)
Xinhua News Agency, February 26, 2018
http://www.gov.cn/xinwen/2018-02/26/content_5268894.htm

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Disagreement between Chinese celebrities sparks online accusations of gender inequality
China Film Insider, February 28, 2018
http://chinafilminsider.com/disagreement-between-chinese-celebrities-sparks-online-accusations-of-gender-inequality/

著名報人李大同發公開信反對修憲 「我都這把年紀了,還怕什麼」 (Renowned Chinese journalist Li Datong defies constitutional amendment in open letter, claiming he is too old to be afraid)
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 27, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-43209195

Related:
Xi term limit proposal sparks rare public dissent in China
Associated Press, February 27, 2018
https://www.apnews.com/3abb380a71614cd7bf291a85dda9eebe

关于非营利组织免税资格认定管理有关问题的通知 (Ministry of Civil Affairs issues notice on tax exemption for nonprofits, disqualifying those involved in “illegal political activities”)
Ministry of Civil Affairs, February 27, 2018
http://www.mca.gov.cn/article/zwgk/tzl/201802/20180200007943.shtml

中國的「後89一代」:凝視深淵,抑或忘記大象——誰是「後89」? (“Post 1989” Chinese activists: Who are they, how is their activism different from their predecessors?)
SOS Reader, February 26, 2018
Part 1: https://sosreader.com/ n/user/@achilleszhao/article/5a93e8fdfd8978000175d811
Part 2: https://sosreader.com/n/user/@achilleszhao/article/5a9552bcfd89780001674166

Government Accountability (政府问责)

违反八项规定 20多名官员死在酒场上 (More than 20 officials violate party disciplines and die of alcohol poisoning at dinner table)
China Youth Daily, February 27, 2018
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/zs/2018-02-27/doc-ifyrwsqi9884219.shtml

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

About to break the law? Chinese police are already on to you
The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-said-to-deploy-big-data-for-predictive-policing-in-xinjiang-1519719096

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

Xi Jinping extends power, and China braces for a new Cold War
習近平推進大國議程,中美或迎來新冷戰
The New York Times, February 27, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/27/world/asia/xi-jinping-china-new-cold-war.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180228/xi-jinping-china-new-cold-war/zh-hant/

Taipei faces a tougher Beijing if Xi Jinping stays in power, analysts warn
South China Morning Post, February 27, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2134967/taipei-faces-tougher-beijing-if-xi-jinping-stays-power

Hong Kong (香港)

Plenty for Legco by-election hopefuls to chew over in New Territories East despite familiar look to race
South China Morning Post, February 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134936/plenty-legco-election-hopefuls-chew-over-new-territories

朱偉聰:經歷半年監禁,更毋容置疑不認罪 (On bail after spending 6 months in jail, David Chu, political prisoner from N.T. East protest says he would never plead guilty)
Inmediahk, February 28, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055420a

Taiwan and HK fear China’s harder line after Xi Jinping power play
Financial Times, February 28, 2018
https://www.ft.com/content/c577bb4a-1b94-11e8-aaca-4574d7dabfb6

香港团体抗议习近平欲「恢复帝制」 (Hong Kong groups protest against Xi’s “revival of monarchy”)
Radio Free Asia, February 27, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/cp2-02272018094838.html

Commentary (评论)

「終身制」與中國夢 (Indefinite rule and the Chinese Dream)
Apple Daily, February 28, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/daily/article/20180228/20317417

Xi Jinping dreams of world power for himself and China
The New York Times, February 27, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/27/opinion/xi-jinping-power-china.html

Reform of Labor Contract Law unlikely at this year’s National People’s Congress
China Labor Bulletin, February 27, 2018
http://www.clb.org.hk/content/reform-labour-contract-law-unlikely-year%E2%80%99s-national-people%E2%80%99s-congress

Xi Jinping’s power grab demands a clear western response
Financial Times, February 27, 2018
https://www.ft.com/content/c826a386-1af6-11e8-956a-43db76e69936

Xi Jinping's latest power move, in context
The Diplomat, February 27, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/xi-jinpings-latest-power-move-in-context/

Globalization has created a Chinese monster
Foreign Policy, February 26, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/26/globalization-has-created-a-chinese-monster/

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Lawyer’s death at Chinese military hospital raises questions
Associated Press, February 26, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/lawyers-death-at-chinese-military-hospital-raises-questions/2018/02/26/410f850a-1b61-11e8-98f5-ceecfa8741b6_story.html

除了取消任期限制,习氏修宪还将带来哪些深远影响? (What impacts will Xi’s Constitution amendments bring other than removing term limits?)
The Initium, February 27, 2017
https://theinitium.com/article/20180227-mainland-constitutional-revision/

Related:
中国军方也表态了 “坚决拥护”修宪建议 (Chinese military pledges “resolute” support to amend Constitution)
Voice of America, February 27, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/china-military-term-limit-20180227/4272140.html

法工委:正会同有关方面对个人信息保护立法进行研究论证 (Legislative Affairs Commission of NPC Standing Committee researches legislation to “protect personal information”)
The Paper, February 26, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2010284

最高检出台《规定》进一步规范强制医疗决定监督工作, 坚决防止和纠正“假精神病”“被精神病” (Supreme People’s Procuratorate issues regulation to further standardize supervision of medical decisions to prevent healthy individuals from being “falsely” diagnosed or “subjected” to compulsory mental health treatment)
Supreme People’s Procuratorate, February 26, 2018
http://www.spp.gov.cn/xwfbh/wsfbt/201802/t20180226_367788.shtml

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Ensuring happier lives”: Chinese media defends move to make Xi Jinping all powerful
The Guardian, February 27, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/27/ensuring-happier-lives-chinese-media-defends-move-to-make-xi-jinping-all-powerful

Xi Jinping Thought explained: A new ideology for a new era
习近平思想:为巩固和加强权力而生的中国政治蓝图
The New York Times, February 26, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/26/world/asia/xi-jinping-thought-explained-a-new-ideology-for-a-new-era.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180227/xi-jinping-thought-explained-a-new-ideology-for-a-new-era/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

世界人权团体致函联合国人权理事会成员国问责中国人权 (Human rights groups urge UN Human Rights Council in open letter to hold China accountable for violations)
Voice of America, February 27, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/news-human-rights-groups-call-on-states-to-hold-china-accountable-at-the-un-human-rights-council-20180226/4271139.html

Related:
Human rights groups call on States to hold China accountable at the UN Human Rights Council
International Federation for Human Rights, February 26, 2018
https://www.ishr.ch/sites/default/files/article/files/26feb_press_release_china_final.pdf

海外民主人士发联署声明 反对习近平可永续延任 (Chinese dissidents overseas launch signature campaign against Xi’s indefinite rule)
Radio Free Asia, February 26, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/statement-02262018065716.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China defends controversial detention measure of new anti-graft ministry
Reuters, February 27, 2018
https://goo.gl/WTaydL

自然保护区最大执法行动问责千余人 关停企业2460家 (Ministry of Environmental Protection holds over 1,000 people accountable, shuts down 2,460 companies in 5 months joint sweep)
Legal Daily, February 27, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2018-02/27/c_1122457192.htm

Who is “Uncle He?” The man in charge of China’s economy
The Wall Street Journal, February 27, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/blessed-by-xi-jinping-the-new-captain-of-chinas-economy-1519688592

China urges regions to take responsibility after Yangtze smog surge
Reuters, February 27, 2018
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-urges-regions-to-take-responsibility-after-yangtze-smog-surge-9995262

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China is using big data to repress its Muslim Uyghur population, a rights group says
Associated Press, February 26, 2018
http://time.com/5176992/china-data-uighurs-repression-xinjiang/

Related:

China: Big data fuels crackdown in minority region
中国:大数据助长对少数民族地区镇压
Human Rights Watch, February 26, 2018
EN: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/26/china-big-data-fuels-crackdown-minority-region
CH: https://www.hrw.org/zh-hans/news/2018/02/26/315418/

Hong Kong (香港)

KMB bus driver alliance suspends labor action after talks with company achieve “preliminary success”
Hong Kong Free Press, February 27, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/27/kmb-bus-driver-alliance-suspends-labour-action-talks-company-achieve-preliminary-success/

Legco by-election rivals on Hong Kong Island urge “safeguarding the rule of law” … but whose way will win votes?
South China Morning Post, February 27, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134672/legco-election-rivals-hong-kong-island-urge-safeguarding

“I am a troublemaker”: Hong Kong Baptist University denies contract extension for staff union chair
Hong Kong Free Press, February 27, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/27/i-troublemaker-hong-kong-baptist-university-denies-contract-extension-staff-union-chair/

Chinese-language help for Hong Kong’s ethnic minority pupils lacks transparency, NGO finds
South China Morning Post, February 27, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2134792/chinese-language-help-hong-kongs-ethnic-minority-pupils

Commentary (评论)

民主運動的第三條路 (Third path of democratic movement)
Apple Daily, February 27, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/daily/article/20180227/20316389

Repression & Resilience: Annual Report on Situation of Human Rights Defenders in China (2017)
Chinese Human Rights Defenders, February 26, 2018
https://www.nchrd.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/CHRD-2017-Annual-Report-of-Situation-of-HRDs-in-China_Feb-2018.pdf

Xi Jinping may be president for life. What will happen to China?
The New Yorker, February 26, 2018
https://www.newyorker.com/news/daily-comment/xi-jinping-may-be-president-for-life-what-will-happen-to-china

Related:
China’s stability myth is dead
Foreign Policy, February 26, 2018
https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/26/chinas-stability-myth-is-dead/

President Xi’s strongman rule raises new fears of hostility and repression
“超级主席”习近平:强人政治引发的忧虑和危险
The New York Times, February 25, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/25/world/asia/xi-jinping-china.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180226/xi-jinping-china/

Monday, February 26, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China moves to let Xi stay in power by abolishing term limit
中共提议修宪,取消国家主席任期限制
The New York Times, February 25, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/25/world/asia/china-xi-jinping.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180225/china-xi-jinping/

Related:
“Dictator for life”: Xi Jinping's power grab condemned as step towards tyranny
The Guardian, February 26, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/26/xi-jinping-china-presidential-limit-scrap-dictator-for-life

“I miss her so much”: Australian man pleads for wife's release from Chinese prison
The Guardian, February 25, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/feb/25/i-miss-her-so-much-australian-man-pleads-for-wifes-release-from-chinese-prison

为母报仇张扣扣首见律师 就私刑报复民间舆论撕裂 (Zhang Koukou, veteran who kills 3 in revenge, meets with lawyer and bursts into tears when asked about mother's death)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/revenge-02242018112313.html

余文生事件株连家人 妻许艳拟到香港遭拒出境 (Wife of rights lawyer Yu Wensheng banned from leaving China)
Radio Free Asia, February 24, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/wife-02242018102727.html

Police in China's Jiangsu criminally detain “outspoken” human rights activist
徐秦被以涉嫌寻衅滋事罪刑拘 好友透露当局大规模搜罪证
Radio Free Asia, February 23, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-detention-02232018124655.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/dissident-02242018100436.html

中共中央印发《中央党内法规制定工作第二个五年规划(2018-2022年)》 (CPC to strengthen leadership, claims new party regulation plan)
Xinhua News Agency, February 23, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/2018-02/23/c_1122443711.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

China pushes back against criticism of plan for Xi to stay in power
Reuters, February 26, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-politics/china-pushes-back-against-criticism-of-plan-for-xi-to-stay-in-power-idUSKCN1GA040

Hurt feelings: How foreign brands are proving to be a soft target as China wields its power
Hong Kong Free Press, February 25, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/25/hurt-feelings-foreign-brands-proving-soft-target-china-wields-power/

北京依法责令新浪微博、凤凰网等6家网站限期整改 (Beijing authorities slam Sina Weibo and others for failing to censor vulgar contents)
Xinhua News Agency, February 24, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/legal/2018-02/24/c_1122448785.htm

在微博上“辱骂”中共武汉市委书记陈一新的丁文婷女士今转为刑事拘留 (Woman criminally detained for criticizing city party secretary on Weibo, asking him to “get out of Wuhan”)
Weiquanwang, February 24, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/blog-post_62.html

Related:
网上说话不要有口无心 郑州一网民因辱警被拘14日 (Man detained for 14 days in Henan after “insulting” police online)
People.com.cn, February 22, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-02/22/content_7477771.htm

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

中国版MeToo:性骚扰者被解雇後,她们想建立制度保护 (MeToo in China: Sexual harassment victims to set up protection mechanism after dismissal)
The Initium, February 26, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180226-mainland-metoo/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

教育部:中小学教师诱导或逼迫学生参加校外培训等 可取消教师资格 (Ministry of Education threatens to dismiss primary and middle school teachers who “lure or coerce” students to join extra-curriculum tutoring)
The Beijing News, February 26, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/02/26/476954.html

China’s new super graft-buster will outrank courts and prosecutors
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2134656/chinas-new-super-graft-buster-will-outrank-courts-and

Related:
Date set for decision day on China’s next top government line-up
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2134568/date-set-decision-day-chinas-next-top-government-line

Top Chinese cabinet official Yang Jing’s sacking “linked to missing billionaire Xiao Jianhua”
South China Morning Post, February 24, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2134592/top-chinese-cabinet-official-yang-jings-sacking-linked

China wants to lead the climate-change fight. It better solve its milk problem.
Quartz, February 24, 2018
https://qz.com/1215017/china-wants-to-lead-the-climate-change-fight-it-better-solve-its-milk-problem/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s authoritarian state has an edge in artificial intelligence development
The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-authoritarian-state-has-an-edge-in-artificial-intelligence-development-1519560000

Apple moves to store iCloud keys in China, raising human rights fears
Reuters, February 24, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-apple-icloud-insight/apple-moves-to-store-icloud-keys-in-china-raising-human-rights-fears-idUSKCN1G8060

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

Chinese military drone sales hover over Middle East
Associated Press, February 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2134680/chinese-military-drone-display-united-arab-emirates

Hong Kong (香港)

Who cares about popularity? Rita Fan unapologetic as she calls time on 34 years of Hong Kong politics
South China Morning Post, February 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134120/who-cares-about-popularity-rita-fan-unrepentant-she-calls

Woman who led KMB drivers’ strike suspended from work
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2134645/woman-who-led-kmb-drivers-strike-suspended-work

Creative posters and big names part of campaign for Kowloon West hopefuls in Hong Kong by-election
South China Morning Post, February 25, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134626/creative-posters-and-big-names-part-campaign-kowloon-west

Commentary (评论)

中國維權律師關注組:以惡法治國 (China Human Rights Lawyers Concern Group: Rule the country with evil laws)
Inmediahk, February 26, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055379

修宪回避不了的接班人问题,毛时代动荡会否重现? (Amending Constitution can’t solve problem of who will become successor. Will turbulent Mao Era reappear?)
The Initium, February 26, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180226-opinion-baixin-successor-ccp/

一切荒诞都已经荒诞过了——由小说《大典》说起 (The Ceremony - Wang Lixiong’s new novel)
The Initium, February 26, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180226-opinion-wang-lixiong/

“Just the way things are”: What will future generations make of Hong Kong’s inequality?
Hong Kong Free Press, February 26, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/26/just-way-things-will-future-generations-make-hong-kongs-inequality/

Responsible media should not act as Beijing’s pawns when reporting on staged, forced confessions
Hong Kong Free Press, February 24, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/24/responsible-media-not-act-beijings-pawns-reporting-staged-forced-confessions/

As PyeongChang Olympics close, countdown to Beijing begins
平昌冬奥会落幕,北京倒计时开始
Human Rights Watch, February 24, 2018
EN: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/24/pyeongchang-olympics-close-countdown-beijing-begins
CH: https://www.hrw.org/zh-hans/news/2018/02/24/315427

Friday, February 23, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

EU efforts to free detained bookseller Gui Minhai to be doubled – not abandoned – after “interview,” MPs say
Hong Kong Free Press, February 23, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/23/eu-efforts-free-detained-bookseller-gui-minhai-doubled-not-abandoned-interview-mps-say/

张扣扣案:陕西汉中中院对当年案件再合议 (Shaanxi court reviews 22 years old case after veteran Zhang Koukou slays 3 in revenge)
Radio Free Asia, February 22, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-02222018103229.html

中国人权观察成员徐秦证实遭刑事拘留 (Xu Qin, member of China Human Rights Watch, confirmed of under criminally detention)
Weiquanwang, February 22, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/blog-post_27.html

司法行政机关信访工作办法修订:检举材料转给被检举人将追责 (New Letters and Visits regulation bans leaking whistleblower's identity to the accused)
The Paper, February 22, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2004888

北京离监探亲罪犯戴电子手环,每天向民警发在家过年照片视频 (Beijing inmates allowed to visit family at home during Lunar New Year, send photos and videos to police everyday)
Legal Daily, February 22, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2004352

国际特赦组织报告:中国人权状况继续恶化 (Amnesty International: Human rights conditions in China continue to deteriorate)
Radio Free Asia, February 22, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/hc-02222018103845.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

China's funeral strippers facing crackdown on “vulgar performances”
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 23, 2018
http://www.smh.com.au/world/china-s-funeral-strippers-facing-crackdown-on-vulgar-performances-20180223-p4z1hs

China rules out arson in fire at Tibetan Buddhism’s holiest temple, as authorities accused of cover-up
Agence France-Presse, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/china-rules-arson-fire-tibetan-buddhisms-holiest-temple-authorities-accused-cover/

Chinese censorship moves into the American workplace
The Diplomat, February 21, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/chinese-censorship-moves-into-the-american-workplace/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese paper says U.S. should learn from China, restrict guns, protect rights
Reuters, February 23, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-usa-guns/chinese-paper-says-u-s-should-learn-from-china-restrict-guns-protect-rights-idUSKCN1G703W

Lessons from China’s rust belt
The Economist, February 22, 2018
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21737299-debate-about-how-revive-it-has-implications-whole-country-lessons-chinas-rust-belt

China “opposes” racism but dismisses criticism of CCTV blackface skit
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2134350/china-opposes-racism-dismisses-criticism-cctv-blackface

Related:
China portrays racism as a Western problem
The Economist, February 22, 2018
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21737283-it-has-problem-it-too-china-portrays-racism-western-problem

10 Million Catholics in China face storm they can’t control
风暴将至,中国天主教徒何去何从?
The New York Times, February 14, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/world/asia/china-catholics-vatican.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180222/china-catholics-vatican/

Related:
邢福增:下一代灵魂之争──中国未成年人还可否信教? (Fight for souls of the next generation - can underaged Chinese be religious? )
The Initium, February 23, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180223-opinion-opinion-yingfuktsang-freedom-of-religion/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Game helps players spot “fake news”
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 22, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-43154667

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

As China puts pressure on Taiwan, signs of a U.S. pushback
美台关系升温,特朗普如何重打“台湾牌”?
The New York Times, February 22, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/22/world/asia/taiwan-us-china.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180223/taiwan-us-china/

Hong Kong (香港)

“Hong Kong’s hero, Edward Leung” graffiti appears on second day of pro-independence activist’s trial
Hong Kong Free Press, February 23, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/23/hong-kongs-hero-edward-leung-graffiti-appears-second-day-pro-independence-activists-trial/

Related:
Mystery “mainland tourist” disrupts Mong Kok riot trial by taking photos, prompting judge to issue warning and assure jury
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2134439/mystery-mainland-tourist-disrupts-mong-kok-riot-trial

中聯辦領導班子倡「5個看齊」:助香港同胞樹立正確國家觀 (Liaison Office calls Hongkongers to follow Xi Jinping, have “correct views of the country”)
HK01, February 23, 2018
http://bit.ly/2opoUeC

李飛指自決就是港獨 「本質一樣」 (Li Fei, Chairman of the Basic Law Committee, claims self-determination and independence are “same in nature”)
Mingpaio, February 23, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180223/s00001/1519365075743

稱市民可自選是否搭高鐵 鄭若驊指沒把內地法強加於人 (Justice chief Teresa Cheng says Hongkongers are not forced to follow mainland laws, as they are free to choose whether to ride with high-speed train)
Mingpao, February 23, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180223/s00001/1519367711630

Pro-Beijing by-election candidate accuses rival of “smears” after ties to Henderson charity questioned
Hong Kong Free Press, February 23, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/23/pro-beijing-election-candidate-accuses-rival-smears-ties-henderson-charity-questioned/

Freedom of expression “under attack” in Hong Kong as democracy activists targeted: Report
国际特赦:香港集会及言论自由拉响警钟
Radio Free Asia, February 22, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/hongkong-amnesty-02222018124201.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/cp-02222018103544.html

“Hong Kong royal family”: Confusion as official attends press event sporting Qing Dynasty garb
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/hong-kong-royal-family-confusion-official-attends-press-event-sporting-qing-dynasty-garb/

Commentary (评论)

Why has China’s anti-corruption rating barely budged despite thousands of arrests?
South China Morning Post, February 23, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2134265/why-has-chinas-anti-corruption-rating-barely-budged-despite

China's rise and the future of liberal international order: Asking the right questions
The Diplomat, February 23, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/chinas-rise-and-the-future-of-liberal-international-order-asking-the-right-questions/

世道人生:春晚的臭腳 (Worship the stinky feet of CCTV's Spring Festival Gala)
Apple Daily, February 22, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/daily/article/20180222/20311820

China dropped its one-child policy. So why aren’t Chinese women having more babies?
开放二胎后,中国的生育率为什么没有上升
The New York Times, February 20, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/opinion/china-women-birthrate-rights.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/opinion/20180223/china-women-birthrate-rights/

Thursday, February 22, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

联合国人权专家敦促中国释放藏语保护者 (UN human rights experts urge China to free Tibetan language activist Tashi Wangchuk)
Voice of America, February 22, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/un-china-tibet-rights-20180221/4265402.html

Related:
China: UN experts denounce the criminalization of linguistic and cultural rights advocacy
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, February 21, 2018
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22683&LangID=E

Trial of Macau lawmaker fuels new wave of activism in casino hub
Reuters, February 22, 2018
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/trial-of-macau-lawmaker-fuels-new-wave-of-activism-in-casino-hub-9980960

“A very scary movie”: how China snatched Gui Minhai on the 11.10 train to Beijing
The Guardian, February 22, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/22/how-china-snatched-gui-minhai-train-beijing-bookseller-hong-kong

汉中“2·15杀人案”续:官方通报称嫌疑人对母亲被杀怀恨在心 (22 years after witnessing mother gets beaten to death, veteran, 35, knifes 3 in Shaanxi on eve of Lunar New Year)
The Beijing News, February 21, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/02/21/476652.html

Related:
“Hero” status for murderer sparks online controversy
Global Times, February 21, 2018
http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1089998.shtml

Chinese court upholds jail term amid nationwide crackdown on complaints
到北京上访 访民被控「寻衅滋事」判刑4年半
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/upholds-02212018112227.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/sentence-02212018084442.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

习近平谈家风 (Xi Jinping talks about family ethics)
People’s Daily, February 22, 2018
http://politics.people.com.cn/n1/2018/0222/c1001-29827638.html

A dance for Tibetan New Year, then 17 hours in custody
藏历新年,时报记者被拘留的17个小时
The New York Times, February 18, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/18/world/asia/tibet-china-journalists.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180222/tibet-china-journalists/

Related:
藏历新年达赖喇嘛法像遭禁供 (Qinghai bans people from worshipping picture of Dalai Lama during Tibetan New Year)
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/dz-02212018111847.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

上海46万“镇保”失地农民的81名维权代表第41次到上海市人力资源和社会保障局维权 要求享受“城保”同等待遇 (81 reps of Shanghai peasants demand urban social security after losing land rights)
Weiquanwang, February 22, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/468141.html?spref=tw

日内瓦人权民主峰会:中国政府愚弄了国际社会 (Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy: Chinese government has fooled the international community)
Radio Free Asia, February 21, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/wy-02212018111548.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Transparency International: China climbs two places in global corruption perception ranking as President Xi Jinping wages war on graft
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/world/united-states-canada/article/2134145/transparency-international-china-climbs-two-places

Blue-sky thinking: how China's crackdown on pollution is paying off
The Guardian, February 22, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/22/blue-sky-thinking-how-chinas-crackdown-on-pollution-is-paying-off

我省18700户建档立卡贫困户获赠电视机 (300,000 impoverished families to receive free TV sets from authorities to better study Xi Jinping Thought and 19th party congress)
Anhui Daily, February 21, 2018
http://epaper.anhuinews.com/html/ahrb/20180221/article_3642474.shtml

Seven years old and kicked out of Beijing
被赶出北京的7岁女孩
The New York Times, February 14, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2018/02/15/world/asia/girl-leaving-beijing.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180222/girl-leaving-beijing/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

专访政治学家韩博天:数字列宁主义下,中国将如何重塑全球秩序? (Interview with Sebastian Heilmann: How will China reshape the world under digital Leninism?)
The Initium, February 22, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180222-mainland-sebastian-heilmann-interview/

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China's soft diplomacy at the Munich security conference
The Diplomat, February 21, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/chinas-soft-diplomacy-at-the-munich-security-conference/

Hong Kong (香港)

Amnesty International decries “chilling effect” of Hong Kong’s prosecution of pro-democracy figures
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/amnesty-international-decries-chilling-effect-hong-kongs-prosecution-pro-democracy-figures/

Related:
Amnesty International Report 2016/17: The state of the world's human rights
Amnesty International, February 22, 2018
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/pol10/4800/2017/en/

Hong Kong pan-democrat sees Legco by-election slim hopes worsen over illegal structures
South China Morning Post, February 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2134151/hong-kong-pan-democrat-sees-legco-election-hopes-dim-over

Related:
Pro-democracy election candidate Au Nok-hin accuses rival of witch hunt over Basic Law burning row
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/pro-democracy-election-candidate-au-nok-hin-accuses-rival-witch-hunt-basic-law-burning-row/

Pro-Beijing election hopeful Bill Tang apologizes for mailing pamphlet with inadequate postage
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/pro-beijing-election-hopeful-bill-tang-apologises-mailing-pamphlet-inadequate-postage/

Proposed changes to media ownership rules may have “little impact” on mainland investment trend, Hong Kong lawmaker says
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/proposed-changes-media-ownership-rules-may-little-impact-mainland-investment-trend-hong-kong-lawmaker-says/

Prosecutors accuse Hong Kong activist Edward Leung of inciting crowd on first day of Mong Kok riot trial
South China Morning Post, February 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2134148/prosecutors-accuse-hong-kong-activist-edward-leung-inciting

民建聯再倡於廣東設「香港村」 (DAB suggests, again, to build “Hong Kong village” in Guangdong)
Mingpao, February 21, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180221/s00001/1519204974728

Commentary (评论)

Mapping the Silk Road: State propaganda and the race against history
Hong Kong Free Press, February 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/22/mapping-silk-road-state-propaganda-race-history/

Stronger vetting system needed for Hong Kong officials
South China Morning Post, February 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2134176/stronger-vetting-system-needed-hong-kong-officials

Easing concerns of Hong Kong helpers should start with mandatory code
South China Morning Post, February 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2134177/easing-concerns-hong-kong-helpers-should-start-mandatory

China’s detention law: CCP curbs courts
The Diplomat, February 21, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/chinas-detention-law-ccp-curbs-courts/

The limits of quiet diplomacy with China
Taiwan Sentinel, February 14, 2018
https://sentinel.tw/limits-quiet-diplomacy-china/

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Tibetan writer handed three-year prison term for “inciting separatism”
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/inciting-02202018150053.html

Related:
青海同仁县歌手夏吾扎西刑满获释 (Tibetan singer in Qinghai released after 5 years in prison for spreading news about self-immolations)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shaoshuminzu/dz-02202018102448.html

Xinjiang university president purged under “two-faced” officials campaign
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/university-president-02202018173959.html

Related:
Battleground Malaysia: China extends crackdown on Uyghurs across borders
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/geopolitics/article/2133964/battleground-malaysia-china-extends-crackdown-uygurs-across

Access to Information (信息公开)

Chinese supermodel Liu Wen slammed on Instagram for referring to “Lunar New Year”
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2133954/chinese-supermodel-liu-wen-slammed-instagram-referring-lunar-new

Chinese state media launch “hold your mother’s hand” campaign with Xi Jinping at forefront
What’s On Weibo, February 20, 2018
https://www.whatsonweibo.com/chinese-state-media-launch-hold-mothers-hand-campaign-xi-jinping-forefont/

Chinese man detained for 10 days after calling top Chinese nuclear submarine scientist “unfilial”
Hong Kong Free Press, February 20, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/20/chinese-man-detained-10-days-calling-top-chinese-nuclear-submarine-scientist-unfilial/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

人权活动人士日内瓦发言,呼吁关注王全璋、桂民海 (Human rights activists call for release of rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang and bookseller Gui Minhai at Geneva Summit for Human Rights and Democracy)
Voice of America, February 21, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/human-rights-20180220/4263493.html

Academics protest China’s censorship requests
The Scientist, February 20, 2018
https://www.the-scientist.com/?articles.view/articleNo/51854/title/Academics-Protest-China-s-Censorship-Requests/#.Woyc3ejsvtk.twitter

Government Accountability (政府问责)

深圳国际教会聚会点被以“消防不合格”查封 (Church shut down in Shenzhen for failing fire safety inspection)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/ql3-02202018110518.html

Related:
意大利媒體:教宗已同意中梵協議 最快下月簽署 (The Pope reportedly agrees to ink agreement with China as soon as next month)
Corriere della Sera, February 19, 2018
http://bit.ly/2GxkDgu

网络时代的小镇:欲望、赌博和“贷款鲨鱼” (Small town in the Internet era: lust, gambling, and loan sharks)
The Initium, February 19, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180219-mainland-gamble-loanshark/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中国“大数据”四问:官商民集体狂欢的背后,“数据利维坦”正在降临? (Mainland big data frenzy under microscope: Is the “data Leviathan” coming?)
The Initium, February 21, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180221-mainland-big-data/

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

Chinese warships enter East Indian Ocean amid Maldives crisis, indebted Pacific nations alarmed
Australian Broadcasting Corporation, February 21, 2018
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-02-21/chinese-warships-enter-east-indian-ocean-amid-maldives-tensions/9469836

China undermining us “with sticks and carrots”: Outgoing German minister
The Sydney Morning Herald, February 19, 2018
http://www.smh.com.au/world/china-undermining-us-with-sticks-and-carrots-outgoing-german-minister-20180218-p4z0s6.html

Hong Kong (香港)

指有愛國愛港人士「睇唔過眼」田北辰稱兩會提案促解釋軟禁劉霞 (Lawmaker Michael Tien pledges to call for Liu Xia’s release during upcoming NPC and CPPCC sessions)
Apple Daily, February 21, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/daily/article/20180221/20310536

Oxfam Hong Kong loses 715 donors – worth HK$1 million annually – following Haiti scandal at UK affiliate
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/21/oxfam-hong-kong-loses-715-donors-worth-hk1-million-annually-following-haiti-scandal-uk-affiliate/

Gov’t finds “no breach of tenancy terms” at legislative by-election candidate Paul Zimmerman’s Sai Kung home
Hong Kong Free Press, February 21, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/21/govt-finds-no-breach-tenancy-terms-legislative-election-candidate-paul-zimmermans-sai-kung-home/

Commentary (评论)

Enough forced confessions, China – free bookseller Gui Minhai now!
PEN International, February 21, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/21/enough-forced-confessions-china-free-bookseller-gui-minhai-now/

串謀違憲 (Martin Lee: SAR government conspires with “ruler of Hong Kong” and politically screens candidates)
Apple Daily, February 21, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/daily/article/20180221/20310669

Blackface skit on TV gala a sign that rising China needs to combat racial and ethnic stereotyping
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2133905/blackface-skit-tv-gala-sign-rising-china-needs-combat-racial

Hong Kong police force must take criticism on the chin and get on with the job
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2133987/hong-kong-police-force-must-take-criticism-chin-and-get-job

蔡寶琼:語言、文化與身分——普通話考試風波的宏觀脈絡 (Language, culture, and identity amid Mandarin test saga)
Mingpao, February 20, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20180220/s00012/1519063087658

Related:
香港的大学生不喜欢普通话吗? (Do university students in Hong Kong dislike Putonghua?)
CNPolitics, February 12, 2018
http://cnpolitics.org/2018/02/does-the-students-in-hongkong-dislike-mandarin/

Waking up to China’s infiltration of American colleges
The Washington Post, February 19, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/global-opinions/waking-up-to-chinas-infiltration-of-american-colleges/2018/02/18/99d3bee8-13f7-11e8-9570-29c9830535e5_story.html

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Activist in China's Guangdong confined in psychiatric hospital with “no sign of illness”
广州维权人士张起“被精神病”
Radio Free Asia, February 19, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/confined-02192018124530.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-02162018101952.html

余文生被刑拘一个月 住所六次遭搜查 (Yu Wensheng’s residence searched 6 times since start of his month-long criminal detention)
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-02192018093311.html

重庆维权人士集会抗议被精神病
Protesting evictees in China’s Chongqing locked up in psychiatric facilities
Radio Free Asia, February 20, 2018
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-02202018103021.html
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/evictees-02202018104700.html

Anti-pollution activist held over Chinese New Year in China’s Jiangsu
Radio Free Asia, February 16, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/activist-02162018124040.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

How China’s multi-pronged crackdown on dissent took aim at citizen journalists and rights defence websites
Financial Times, February 16, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/16/chinas-multi-pronged-crackdown-dissent-took-aim-citizen-journalists-rights-defence-websites/

”Gotta find a way”: Chinese rap in crisis after Communist Party crackdown
Agence France-Presse, February 17, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/17/gotta-find-way-chinese-rap-crisis-communist-party-crackdown/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

刘晓波遗孀刘霞孤独过年出国治疗毫无音信 (Liu Xiaobo’s widow, Liu Xia, spends New Year alone, no news on oversea medical treatment)
Voice of America, February 18, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/liu-xia-detention-20180218/4259584.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

3秒之内识别网上在逃人员:昆明一线民警配备高科技智能眼镜 (Police in Kunming City equipped with smart glasses can identify fugitives within 3 seconds)
The Paper, Feb 15, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2000687

我国网络直播用户规模达4.22亿 行业监管力度不断提升 (As number of China’s Internet livestreaming users reaches 422 million, regulatory bodies steadily increase supervision)
Xinhua, Feb 20, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2018-02/20/c_1122431272.htm

台湾华硕不愿屈服低头将云端服务撤出大陆 (Asus Taiwan refuses to compromise, withdraws cloud services from mainland China)
Radio France Internationale, February 18, 2018
http://cn.rfi.fr/港澳台/20180218-台湾华硕不愿屈服低头将云端服务撤出大陆

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China’s Hui Muslims fear education ban signals wider religious crackdown
Reuters, February 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133641/chinas-hui-muslims-fear-education-ban-signals-wider

Xinjiang “separatists” and Tibet’s “Dalai cliques” – targets in China’s latest organised crime crackdown
South China Morning Post, February 20, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133824/xinjiang-separatists-and-tibets-dalai-cliques-targets

Hong Kong (香港)

香港众志年宵产品遭政治审查 (Hong Kong government subjects Demosisto's Lunar New Year Fair merchandise to political screening)
Radio Free Asia, February 15, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/cp-02152018114938.html

Commentary (评论)

Democracy in Hong Kong would do wonders for China’s global reputation
South China Morning Post, February 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2133468/democracy-hong-kong-would-do-wonders-chinas-global

The problem with China’s latest anti-Mafia crackdown
Hong Kong Free Press, February 17, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/17/problem-chinas-latest-anti-mafia-crackdown/

春节、春晚和愚人 (Spring Festival, CCTV New Year's Gala, and fools)
The Financial Times, February 18, 2018
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001076382?full=y

Thursday, February 15, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

警方要求构陷隋牧青 杨霆剑拒绝遭殴 (Activist Yang Tingjian beaten by police after refusing to frame rights lawyer Sui Muqing)
Radio Free Asia, February 14, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf2-02142018100943.html

Related:
律师联署 吁尊重保障律师执业权利 (Lawyers in China join signature campaign urging protection of their rights to practice)
Radio Free Asia, February 14, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-02142018102735.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Ai Weiwei: The artwork that made me the most dangerous person in China
The Guardian, February 15, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesign/2018/feb/15/ai-weiwei-remembering-sichuan-earthquake

China’s online quiz shows must not promote greed, extravagance, media regulator says
Reuters, February 15, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133495/chinas-online-quiz-shows-must-not-promote-greed

Chinese government gave money to Georgetown Chinese student group
Foreign Policy, February 14, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/14/exclusive-chinese-government-gave-money-to-georgetown-chinese-student-group-washington-china-communist-party-influence/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

北京卫计委:北京血液供应可满足临床需求 将配合公安打击“血头血霸” (Beijing health authority bans people from donating blood to family members, pledges to work with police to crack down on underground blood dealers)
The Beijing News, February 15, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/02/15/476469.html

Chinese migrant workers call on Xi Jinping to see them get wages and holidays back
Voice of America, February 15, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/chinese-migrant-workers-at-beijing-railway-station/4255521.html

Related:
“Come back to scold me, Mum”: China’s “Ice Boy” Wang Fuman’s Lunar New Year wish
South China Morning Post, February 15, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2133315/come-back-scold-me-mum-chinas-ice-boy-wang-fumans-lunar-new-year

For China’s Catholics, state-controlled Church is “like a tree with no roots”
The Wall Street Journal, February 14, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/chinas-catholic-parishes-rattled-by-prospect-of-more-control-from-beijing-1518652580

Related:
On Ash Wednesday, China Catholics mull Vatican-Beijing ties
Agence France-Presse, February 15, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/15/ash-wednesday-china-catholics-mull-vatican-beijing-ties/

習近平:推動「中國號」巨輪駛入新水域 (Xi Jinping claims to drive giant ship of “China” into uncharted waters)
Mingpao, February 14, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180214/s00004/1518611498429

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s AI agenda advances
The Diplomat, February 14, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/chinas-ai-agenda-advances/

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China has built seven new military bases in South China Sea, US navy commander says
Kyodo, February 15, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2133483/china-has-built-seven-new-military-bases-south-china

A beam, a bomb and a burning question: could China be rebooting a nuclear doomsday device?
South China Morning Post, February 14, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2133385/beam-bomb-and-burning-question-could-china-be-rebooting-nuclear

Hong Kong (香港)

特首高官齊賀歲 瑞犬護香江 安居樂同行 (Carrie Lam and other senior officials send Chinese New Year wish: As auspicious dogs watch over Hong Kong, let‘s walk together and live peacefully)
Wen Wei Po, February 15, 2018
http://paper.wenweipo.com/2018/02/15/YO1802150001.htm

兩警質疑認人證供 上訴庭受理上訴 (Court of Appeal grants two police officers charged with assaulting Occupy activist to appeal their sentences on basis of allegedly questionable testimony)
Apple Daily, February 15, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/local/realtime/article/20180215/57836037

Education University “strictly” handled discipline for two students in poster row, but refuses to reveal details
Hong Kong Free Press, February 15, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/15/education-university-strictly-handled-disciplinary-two-students-poster-row-refuses-reveal-details/

Hong Kong’s domestic workers share stories of ill-treatment, poor living conditions and rights abuses
South China Morning Post, February 15, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2133421/hong-kongs-domestic-workers-share-stories-ill-treatment

Bar Assoc. says Hong Kong introduced equivalent of “political screening behind closed doors” for election candidates
Hong Kong Free Press, February 14, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/14/bar-assoc-says-hong-kong-introduced-equivalent-political-screening-behind-closed-doors-election-candidates/

Related:
Statement of the Hong Kong Bar Association on Disqualification
Hong Kong Bar Association, February 14, 2018
http://bit.ly/2Ew2y63

Hong Kong gov’t lagging behind in surveillance laws and routine disclosure, HKU researchers say
Hong Kong Free Press, February 14, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/14/hong-kong-govt-lagging-behind-surveillance-laws-routine-disclosure-hku-researchers-say/

香港支联会年宵摊位悼念六四抗中共威权 (HK Alliance sets up booth at Victoria Park during Chinese New Year to commemorate June Fourth in defiance of CPC’s authoritarian rule)
Radio Free Asia, February 14, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/cp-02142018105917.html

Commentary (评论)

吳凱宇:香港選舉已被全面操控 (Elections in Hong Kong under total control)
Inmediahk, February 15, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055200

李立峯﹕什麼使青少年開始看新聞?數碼時代的新聞使用社會化 (What makes the young people start reading news: Socialization of news consumption)
Mingpao, February 15, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20180215/s00012/1518630778354

China: Release human rights lawyers
Human Rights Watch, February 15, 2018
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/15/china-release-human-rights-lawyers

Looking back to look ahead: National identity at the 2008 Beijing Olympics
China Film Insider, February 14, 2018
http://chinafilminsider.com/9416-2/

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

国际律师协会呼吁中国尊重律师工作权利 (International Bar Association urges China to respect lawyers' right to practice)
Voice of America, February 14, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/china-lawyer-20180213/4252312.html

Related:
IBAHRI open letter calls on President Xi Jinping to end persecution of legal professionals in China
International Bar Association, February 12, 2018
https://www.ibanet.org/Article/NewDetail.aspx?ArticleUid=57098790-0ba1-46ad-97ff-afd0a14cf866

广东公安:黑恶势力3月1日前自首可依法从轻处罚 (Guangdong police pledges to show mercy if the "black and evil powers" turn themselves in before March 1st)
Guangdong Satellite TV, February 14, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1998734

程海律师:北京悟天律师所被非法强制注销经过和初步维权情况 (Law firm in Beijing forced to shut down as founder fights back)
Weiquanwang, February 13, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/blog-post_29.html

Chinese police hold outspoken head of human rights campaign group
中国人权观察徐秦失联 或遭刑拘
Radio Free Asia, February 13, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-police-hold-outspoken-head-of-human-rights-campaign-group-02132018093858.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf1-02132018111337.html

春节临近郝志全被取保,嵇书龙由指定监视居住改逮捕 (Environmental activist Ji Shulong arrested before Chinese New Year shortly after her partner Hao Zhiquan gets released on bail)
Weiquanwang, February 13, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/blog-post_16.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

“You are our lucky star”: Chinese media in overdrive on Xi Jinping's New Year tour
The Guardian, February 14, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/feb/14/lucky-star-chinese-media-overdrive-xi-jinping-new-year-tour

China’s united front work: propaganda as policy
The Diplomat, February 14, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/chinas-united-front-work-propaganda-as-policy/

网络表演市场专项整治行动开展 (Ministry of Culture launches campaign to regulate Internet live-streaming market and shut down platforms with “vulgar” content and “deviant values”)
Legal Daily, February 13, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-02/13/content_7475543.htm?node=5955

Related:
国家网信办依法查处一批严重违规网络直播平台和主播 (Cyberspace Administration of China investigates and takes actions against live-streaming platforms and hosts that seriously violate laws)
Cyberspace Administration of China, February 13, 2018
http://www.cac.gov.cn/2018-02/13/c_1122415948.htm

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

China’s Catholics rue church’s slide as powers debate control
The New York Times, February 14, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/14/world/asia/china-catholics-vatican.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Chinese businesswomen “detained in fallout from graft investigation into former Communist high-flyer Sun Zhengcai”
South China Morning Post, February 14, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2133249/chinese-businesswomen-detained-fallout-graft

Former China Internet regulator accused of corruption
The Wall Street Journal, February 13, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/former-china-internet-regulator-accused-of-corruption-1518528434

Where is rural rejuvenation leading China?
The Diplomat, February 13, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/where-is-rural-rejuvenation-leading-china/

中央纪委:扫黑除恶专项斗争中重点查处这三类问题 (Central Commission for Discipline Inspection pledges to focus on fight against abuses of power and corruption)
Xinhua News Agency, February 13, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/2018-02/13/c_1122415668.htm

非法社会组织冠国字号招摇撞骗 民政部再公布42家 (Ministry of Civil Affairs bans another 42 “illegal” social organizations from carrying out activities)
Ministry of Civil Affairs, February 13, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_1998600

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

India hopes to become an AI powerhouse by copying China’s model
Quartz, February 14, 2018
https://qz.com/1198182/modi-government-pushes-for-artificial-intelligence-like-china-but-is-india-ready-for-it/

不交出用户资料 华硕霸气关闭中国资料中心与云储服务 (Asus shuts down data center and stops cloud service in refusal to comply with mainland Cybersecurity Law and hand over users' data)
China Times, February 14, 2018
http://www.chinatimes.com/cn/realtimenews/20180212001968-260412

农村“雪亮工程”首次纳入中央一号文件, 专家分析公共安全视频监控如何实现全覆盖 (CPC, State Council unveil rural vitalization strategy that includes “total coverage” public security video surveillance project)
Legal Daily, February 13, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-02/13/content_7474994.htm

As China marches forward on A.I., the White House is silent
中国拥抱人工智能之际,美国日渐沉默
The New York Times, February 12, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/technology/china-trump-artificial-intelligence.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180213/china-trump-artificial-intelligence/

Hong Kong (香港)

"Inaccurate” to assume landmark ruling means Agnes Chow will win appeal against by-election ban, Hong Kong Executive Council member says
South China Morning Post, February 14, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2133321/inaccurate-assume-landmark-ruling-means-agnes-chow-will-win

Related:
陳浩天選舉呈請敗訴 「法院站在中共威權一方」 (High Court dismisses Chan Ho-Tin’s election petition as Chan claims “court stands by the CPC autocracy”)
Inmediahk, February 13, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055176

Ming Pao staff assoc. urges police to follow up on assault against reporter during 2016 Mong Kok unrest
Hong Kong Free Press, February 14, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/14/ming-pao-staff-assoc-urges-police-follow-assault-reporter-2016-mong-kok-unrest/

12萬月薪聘無人權經驗好友 陳章明否認用人唯親 (Equal Opportunities Commission chief Alfred Chan hires friend with no human right experience to top job, as Chan denies accusation of “cronyism”)
Stand News, February 14, 2018
https://goo.gl/cvTZyQ

Judge quashes foreign domestic worker’s bid for change to “live-out” rule in Hong Kong
South China Morning Post, February 14, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2133296/judge-quashes-domestic-workers-bid-change-live-out-rule-hong

Hong Kong activists may face additional charges over protest against Beijing’s Basic Law intervention
Hong Kong Free Press, February 13, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/13/hong-kong-activists-may-face-additional-charges-protest-beijings-basic-law-intervention/

No space for love in Hong Kong
到時鐘酒店尋找私人空間的香港戀人
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 13, 2018
EN: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-43054984/no-space-for-love-in-hong-kong
CH: http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-43032621

Commentary (评论)

判詞暴露DQ周庭不符程序公義 政治凌駕法律 (Latest High Court decision shows disqualification of Agnes Chow falls short of procedural justice, as politics overrides the law)
Inmediahk, February 14, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055182

兩篇有關中央對港政策的新文章 (2 new articles that reflect the latest CPC’s policies of Hong Kong)
Mingpao, February 14, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180214/s00022/1518527541219

孙政才罪名诡秘 杀鸡给猴看? (Are the charges against Sun Zhengcai aimed to “kill the chicken to scare the monkeys”?)
Radio France Internationale, February 14, 2018
https://goo.gl/pBsa5g

Is this the year China gets serious about ending rural poverty?
The Diplomat, February 13, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/is-this-the-year-china-gets-serious-about-ending-rural-poverty/

Defending America means defending democracy
Foreign Policy, February 13, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/13/defending-america-means-defending-democracy-china-russia-trump/

The problem with China’s latest anti-mafia crackdown
中国最新扫黑运动的问题所在
Human Rights Watch, February 13, 2018
EN: https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/02/13/problem-chinas-latest-anti-mafia-crackdown
CH: https://www.hrw.org/zh-hans/news/2018/02/13/315072

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

市民政局:非法社会组织立即停止活动 (Beijing Ministry of Civil Affairs bans “illegal social organization” from carrying out activities)
The Beijing News, February 13, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/02/13/476326.html

纪斯尊狱中生命危在旦夕,同案的肢残人徐钟富奔波省高院申诉 (Rights defender Ji Sizun in critical conditions in jail, as disabled rights defender Xu Zhongfu appeals his sentence at top court)
Weiquanwang, February 13, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/blog-post_66.html

中国拟议的“留置”制度是种司法倒退 (The new “detention arrangement” by Supervision Commission is a deterioration of “rule of law”)
Financial Times, February 12, 2018
http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001076345

Xinjiang authorities launch anti-religion campaign through local police stations
Radio Free Asia, February 12, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/campaign-02122018154124.html

Daughter of detained bookseller Gui Minhai says “interview” he gave to selected media was likely scripted
Hong Kong Free Press, February 12, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/12/daughter-detained-bookseller-gui-minhai-says-interview-gave-selected-media-likely-scripted/

Honey, I’m home! 1,300 Chinese prisoners granted 5 days’ freedom over Lunar New Year holiday
South China Morning Post, February 12, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2133034/honey-im-home-1300-chinese-prisoners-granted-5-days-freedom-over

云南被判重刑的基督徒提出上诉 (Yunnan Christians appeal hefty sentences)
Radio Free Asia, February 12, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/ql2-02122018104137.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

China moves against anime on streaming sites
China Film Insider, February 12, 2018
http://chinafilminsider.com/china-moves-against-anime-on-streaming-sites/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

江西省弋阳县民代幼教师50多人到该县信访局上访维权 (More than 50 teachers in Jiangxi petition to State Bureau for Letters and Calls for social insurance contributions and medical care)
Weiquanwang, February 12, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/02/50.html

From policeman to lawyer to fisherman to “criminal”: The tortuous road of a human rights lawyer
China Change, February 12, 2018
https://chinachange.org/2018/02/12/from-policeman-to-lawyer-to-fisherman-to-criminal-the-tortuous-road-of-a-human-rights-lawyer/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

原重慶市委書記孫政才被天津檢察機關以受賄罪提起公訴 (Former Chongqing Party Secretary Sun ZhengCai charged with bribery)
HK01, February 13, 2018
https://goo.gl/1c7n1g

Carbon monoxide poisoning has killed over 100 in China this year
廣西頻發煤氣中毒事件,上百人死亡
The New York Times, February 12, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/12/world/asia/china-carbon-monoxide-deaths.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180213/china-carbon-monoxide-deaths/

Worries rise as Pope and China edge closer to deal on bishops
梵蒂冈与中国政府谈判引发担忧
The New York Times, February 9, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/09/world/europe/francis-catholic-china-deal-bishops.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/world/20180212/francis-catholic-china-deal-bishops/

Related:
Hong Kong Catholics step up opposition to Vatican deal with Beijing
Reuters, February 13, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-vatican/hong-kong-catholics-step-up-opposition-to-vatican-deal-with-beijing-idUSKBN1FW29P

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

从无人机到手机——中国科技对美国的“数据威胁” (From drones to cellphones – China's “digital threat” to America)
Voice of America, February 13, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/ces-drones-20180212/4250600.html

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China's Xi stresses military modernization in pre-new year visit
Reuters, February 13, 2018
https://goo.gl/CehPjK

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong Umbrella Movement trial: Court refuses to scrap "inciting others to incite public nuisance" charge
Hong Kong Free Press, February 13, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/13/hong-kong-umbrella-movement-trial-court-refuses-scrap-inciting-others-incite-public-nuisance-charge/

Related:
UK MPs express support for Hong Kong’s Umbrella Movement’s Nobel Peace Prize nomination
Hong Kong Free Press, February 13, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/13/uk-mps-express-support-hong-kongs-umbrella-movements-nobel-peace-prize-nomination/

Court rejects pro-independence activist’s case that Hong Kong election officials cannot bar people based on political views
South China Morning Post, February 13, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2133194/court-rejects-pro-independence-activists-case-hong-kong

港大:鄭若驊首次民望34.1分 歷任律政司長新低 (HKU polls finds Secretary for Justice Teresa Cheng receives lowest approval rating compared to her predecessors)
Mingpao, February 13, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180213/s00001/1518503817207

Baptist University senate groups to review controversial Mandarin graduation requirement
South China Morning Post, February 13, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2133082/baptist-university-senate-groups-review-controversial

將政治注入生命,眾志青年的青春殘酷物語 (Politics as vocation: The bumpy journey of young party members in the Demosistō)
The Initium, February 13, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180213-hongkong-demosisto/

Respect decisions by China’s top legislative body just as we did British authorities, Hong Kong minister urges
South China Morning Post, February 12, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2133062/respect-decisions-chinas-top-legislative-body-just-we-did

Hong Kong Communications Authority chief Huen Wong resigns
Hong Kong Free Press, February 12, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/02/12/just-hong-kong-communications-authority-chief-huen-wong-resigns/