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Taiwan is “capable and willing” to cooperate with every country to combat the spread of the coronavirus, President Tsai Ing-wen said Monday, following a kerfuffle over the weekend in which a World Health Organization (WHO) official appeared to dodge a question about granting the democratic island membership. On Friday, Hong Kong’s RTHK interviewed WHO assistant
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Whistleblowing Wuhan doctor Ai Fen is currently incommunicado, believed detained after giving media interviews about her initial concerns over the coronavirus, according to an Australian media report. “Just two weeks ago the head of Emergency at Wuhan Central Hospital went public, saying authorities had stopped her and her colleagues from warning the world,” flagship investigative
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A Uyghur high school chemistry teacher is being detained in an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), official sources have confirmed. Recently, a Facebook user by the name of Uyghuriye Alip posted information that Memettursun Daim, who taught at the No. 4 High School in Aksu (in Chinese, Akesu) prefecture’s Kuchar (Kuche)
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Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian, lionized as a defender of China by its tightly controlled state media, has recently taken to Twitter to promote the claim that the coronavirus didn’t originate in China — a move which analysts said is part of a broader overseas disinformation campaign being waged by Beijing. Since joining the foreign ministry spokesperson team on
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Property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang is under investigation by the ruling Chinese Communist Party after he apparently penned an article highly critical of President Xi Jinping. A source in Beijing told RFA that Ren is under investigation by the municipal branch of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection (CCDI), which has far-reaching powers to detain ruling
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The Myanmar Army raided the headquarters of an offshoot of the rebel Kachin Independence Army (KIA) in northern Shan state on Thursday, seizing illegal drugs, interrogating leaders, and confiscating about 1,000 weapons, an officer in the militia told RFA’s Myanmar Service. When soldiers from Myanmar’s 99th Light Infantry Battalion invaded the Kaungkha militia headquarters in
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Two state-backed Chinese lawyers have brought lawsuits against the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other U.S. departments, alleging that they “covered up” the emergence of the coronavirus. The claims are in line with Beijing’s attempt to change the narrative internationally about how the pandemic started. Wuhan lawyer Liang Xuguang filed one lawsuit with the Wuhan Intermediate
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As Thailand’s economy shuts down due to government efforts to stop the spread of the coronavirus, migrant workers from neighboring Southeast Asian countries Cambodia, Myanmar and Laos have found themselves suddenly unemployed and scrambling to go home. While some who remain in Thailand are struggling financially, others are trying to return to their home countries
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The coronavirus epidemic may never have gone pandemic if journalists had been allowed to do their jobs rather than adhering to ruling Chinese Communist Party propaganda directives, a Paris-based press freedom group said on Wednesday. “Without the control and censorship imposed by the authorities, the Chinese media would have informed the public much earlier of
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Authorities in the Chinese capital have indicted an Australian academic and writer for espionage after holding him incommunicado for seven months with no access to a lawyer or family visits, prompting sharp criticism from Canberra. Yang Hengjun, an outspoken Australian writer and political commentator who formerly held Chinese nationality, was taken to Beijing by state
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Lawmakers from both chambers of the U.S. Congress introduced resolutions Tuesday condemning China’s handling of the outbreak of coronavirus, with the Senate version calling for an international investigation to hold Beijing accountable for allowing the deadly virus to become a global pandemic. “Since day one, the Chinese Communist Party intentionally lied to the world about
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Three United Nations human rights experts have expressed “grave concern” over the fate of three human rights lawyers forcibly disappeared by the Chinese authorities after attending an informal meeting of dissidents in the southeastern port city of Xiamen in December. Ding Jiaxi, Zhang Zhongshun and Dai Zhenya are currently being held without access to family
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High school graduates in northern Myanmar’s Kachin state saw their prospects for higher education and good jobs disappear when armed conflict between government forces and a rebel ethnic army resumed about nine years ago. Seeking autonomy for the northernmost state on Myanmar’s borders with China and India, Kachin insurgents had fought government forces since 1961
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