Tuesday, April 03, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

最高检:检察院可指派聘请有专门知识的人参与办案 (New guide from Supreme People's Procuratorate allows Procuratorates to hire “persons with specialized knowledge" to participate in case handling activities)
Beijing News, April 3, 2018
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/2018-04-03/doc-ifyteqtq3080900.shtml

Chinese police threaten wife of incommunicado lawyer with subversion charge
余文生妻子许艳再被以涉嫌“煽颠罪”传唤
Radio Free Asia, April 1, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/threaten-04022018105237.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf-04012018124122.html

Tibetan monk jailed five years on charges “related to self-immolation” protest
Radio Free Asia, March 30, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/monk-03302018145246.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Man Booker prize criticized for changing Taiwanese author's nationality
The Guardian, April 3, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/apr/03/man-booker-prize-criticised-for-changing-taiwanese-authors-nationality

China cracks down on spoofs of “Communist heroes”
Agence France-Presse, April 3, 2018
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-cracks-down-on-spoofs-of--communist-heroes--10099082

China's short video platforms face backlash over "vulgar content"
Technote, March 29, 2018
https://technode.com/2018/03/29/chinas-short-video-platforms-have-become-the-breeding-ground-for-vulgar-content/

Cut sleeve, cut scenes: Gay films have a real hard time in China
Sixthtone, March 29, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001997/cut-sleeve%2C-cut-scenes-gay-films-have-a-real-hard-time-in-china

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Environmental whistleblower sues police for unlawful detention
Sixthtone, March 31, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001981/Environmental%20Whistleblower%20Sues%20Police%20for%20Unlawful%20Detention

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s state-owned banks told to stop lending to local governments as debt crackdown intensifies
South China Morning Post, April 3, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2139975/chinas-state-owned-banks-told-stop-lending-local-governments-debt

中國內遷製造業工廠振興鄉村 (Chinese factories migrate inland, seek growth in the countryside)
Financial Times, April 3, 2018
http://big5.ftchinese.com/story/001077010

China “environment census” reveals 50% rise in pollution sources
The Guardian, March 31, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/31/china-environment-census-reveals-50-rise-in-pollution-sources

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

Taipei, Beijing spar over Taiwan premier's independence remarks
Retuers, April 3, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2140042/taipei-beijing-spar-over-taiwan-premiers-independence

Related:
Beijing's message for young Taiwanese: We mean business
The Christian Science Monitor, March 29, 2018
https://www.csmonitor.com/World/Asia-Pacific/2018/0329/Beijing-s-message-for-young-Taiwanese-We-mean-business

China saw 16-fold increase in returning jihadists in 2017, analyst says
South China Morning Post, April 2, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2139983/china-saw-16-fold-increase-returning-jihadists-2017

Hong Kong (香港)

Nine Hong Kong student organisations slam Baptist University for "suppressing freedom" by suspending duo over protest
South China Morning Post, April 3, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2140026/nine-hong-kong-student-unions-slam-baptist-university

As China tightens squeeze, soul searching for Hong Kong's democracy movement
Reuters, April 3, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-hongkong-democracy-insight/as-china-tightens-squeeze-soul-searching-for-hong-kongs-democracy-movement-idUSKCN1HA0L3

民主派議員發佈建議書 倡改革懲教署改善囚權 (Pro-democracy lawmakers issue recommendations, urge correctional services to improve inmates’ rights)
Inmedia, April 3, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1056150

Can Benny Tai be prosecuted for independence remarks under Hong Kong law? No, experts say
South China Morning Post, April 2, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2139884/beijing-making-example-out-me-curb-freedom-speech-hong-kong

A Hong Kong newspaper on a mission to promote China’s soft power
《南華早報》會變成北京的宣傳工具嗎?
The New York Times, July 15, 2017
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/31/world/asia/south-china-morning-post-hong-kong-alibaba.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180402/south-china-morning-post-hong-kong-alibaba/zh-hant/

Commentary (评论)

從批鬥戴耀廷看到比2003年草案更惡的23條立法可能 (Intense criticism of Benny Tai shows signs of tougher Article 23 legislation in future)
Inmedia, April 3, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1056135

中國推行「基本收入」,可能嗎?應該嗎? (Can and should China implement universal basic income?)
The Initium, April 3, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180403-opinion-hsu-ubi-in-china/

著迷與警惕:我這一代日本人眼裡的習近平 (Fascination and vigilance: How my generation of Japanese view Xi Jinping)
The New York Times, April 3, 2018
https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180403/kato-how-does-xi-play-in-japan/zh-hant/

Related:
What Xi Jinping’s power grab means for Canada
The Conversation, April 2, 2018
https://theconversation.com/what-xi-jinpings-power-grab-means-for-canada-94258/

Why Carrie Lam’s Youth Development Commission will do nothing for youth development
Hong Kong Free Press, April 2, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/04/02/carrie-lams-youth-development-commission-will-nothing-youth-development/

China’s communist party is abandoning workers
中國共產黨正在拋棄工人
The New York Times, April 2, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/02/opinion/china-communist-party-workers-strikes.html?_ga=2.234079134.1247620360.1522736327-1992318097.1513151646
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/opinion/20180403/china-communist-party-workers-strikes/zh-hant/