2 mn read Taiwan and Hong Kong may send teams for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics to Beijing despite ongoing political tensions with China, the International Olympic Committee said on August 1. Beijing was awarded the 2022 Games in February 2015, becoming the first city to host both the Summer and Winter Games.
4 mn read “In my fathers’s dream, a little girl knocked on his door, and she looked about seven or eight years old. She asked him if she could borrow his pen. But in the dream, my father didn’t have a computer. He didn’t know how to type. All he had as a weapon to defend himself was a pen. My father said to her, ‘This is the only thing I have, and I can’t give it to you.’ And the little girl said, ‘After I’ve done with this pen, I will give it back.'” This was the dream that Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng retold 4 years ago in is his last conversation with his daughter Grace Gao.
5 mn read The withdrawal of US and allied forces from Afghanistan is proceeding faster than scheduled. At the same time, terrorist activities in Afghanistan have intensified although the Taliban are refusing to take the responsibility for the latest militia operations. The Kabul administration still controls Afghan cities and towns, while the Taliban’s grip on rural areas remains strong.
4 mn read 1 July 2021 saw the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) celebrate its 100th birthday, as well as being the 24th anniversary of the end of British Sovereignty over Hong Kong as a Crown colony, and the beginning of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region under CCP’s rule. The anniversary raises many questions in relation to the perceived identities of Hongkongers, and whether Hongkongers see themselves as Chinese, Hongkongers, or a mix of both.
4 mn read China launched the “Belt and Road” in 2014 to counter Western countries led by the United States and the European Union in an attempt to expand its international influence through infrastructure development. Kazakh exile leader Serikzhan Bilash told Eat News that many Kazakh intellectuals, including himself, suspect that the Chinese Communist Party uses state-owned enterprises to cover secretly stationing armed personnel in Kazakhstan.
4 mn read Pakistan has achieved another milestone in medical science. Local scientists have prepared an anti-corona vaccine with the title of PakVac. In the first phase, raw material is taken from neighboring friend country China under the supervision of Chinese authorities; approximately 124 thousand doses have been prepared in the first batch.
3 mn read Last week, a global summit on climate change, organised by the UK, saw 35 countries come together to discuss, in the run-up to the United Nation’s Climate Change Conference in November. But while an invitation was extended to China, its absence was clear. The UK’s ignored invite has been the latest stab in the political joust over human rights in recent weeks. Tim Summers, former British consulate-general in Hong Kong, said: “The tit-for-tat sanctions…have clearly damaged the UK-China relationship.”
6 mn read In early February, military leaders in Myanmar, located on the southwestern border with China, led a military coup against the National League for Democracy government where it was headed by Nobel Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi. Ms. Suu Kyi, President Win Myint, and other senior government and party officials were arrested. In January, Army Chief Min Aung Hlaing sent signals alluding to the possibility of a military coup and the disruption of the constitution as it happened before in 1988, following what he considered “election fraud.”
4 mn read The first high-level meeting between U.S. and Chinese officials under the new Biden administration started on March 18. Senior U.S. diplomats accused the Chinese Communist Party(CCP) of “genocide” against the Uyghurs, while Chinese diplomats counter that the U.S. has allowed a “massacre of black people.” In response, Tea Party leader and former speechwriter for U.S. President George H. W. Bush Michael Johns told Eat News, China’s allegations were “ridiculous”. He said, “I honestly was immensely offended with the Chinese delegation’s lecture of us,” and “Let’s reconvene when you’re prepared to address these issues honestly and sincerely.”
4 mn read Might you constantly think and have logic that United Nations always protect and promote human rights, civil society activists, human rights defenders, and other peace promoters worldwide? Defiantly, you thought with a firm belief that it is not possible how an un-democratic country China could control and use United Nations to counter human rights defenders.