Philippines Arrests Nearly 300 Chinese Suspects in Online Fraud Racket

In one of the biggest busts in recent years, Philippine police arrested nearly 300 Chinese nationals suspected of being part of a ring that targeted people in China through an online investment scam, immigration officials in Manila said Friday. The Bureau of Immigration, in coordination with other Philippine law enforcement agencies and the Chinese..

Myanmar Hopes Talks Can Shore Up Cease-fire With Northern Alliance

The Myanmar government on Friday stressed the importance of an upcoming meeting between its peace negotiators and the Northern Alliance group of ethnic armies to try to end escalated hostilities in northern Shan state, and warned of possible negative consequences should the talks fail. Tun Tun Oo, vice chairman of the National Reconciliation and P..

Pro-China ‘Activists’ at Hamburg Rally Spark Fears Over Spies in Germany

Germany's government has identified attempts by the Chinese government to intimidate demonstrators in Germany following a rally in support of the anti-extradition movement in Hong Kong in the Hanseatic port of Hamburg, a German newspaper reported. The country's Green Party has called for the expulsion of any non-German nationals found to ..

Uyghur Teacher Dies While Presumed Detained in Xinjiang Internment Camp

A Uyghur teacher of Mandarin Chinese, who is believed to have been detained in an internment camp in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), has died, according to his wife and officials. In comments posted to social media in August, a woman named Muyeser said her husband Arslan had died recently, but did not provide further det..

Northern Alliance of Ethnic Armies Declares One-Month Cease-fire With Myanmar Forces

Three ethnic armies from the Northern Alliance declared a conditional one-month ceasefire in northern Shan and Rakhine states on Monday, saying they want to try to build trust with Myanmar forces amid hostilities that have displaced thousands of civilians and disrupted trade with China. The three groups — the Arakan Army (AA), the Ta’ang National ..

Hong Kong Journalists Protest Over Being Pepper-Sprayed by Police

A Hong Kong journalists' association on Monday hit out at the city's police force after special-force officers sprayed a number of reporters with pepper spray, injuring several, during a protest in Kowloon's Mong Kok district at the weekend. "Around 10.30 pm Saturday (Sept 7), police officers were charging to drive away protesters a..

Tibetan Monk Gets Three-Year Prison Term After Being Held For More Than a Year

A Tibetan monk missing since he was detained by authorities more than a year ago in western China’s Sichuan province has been sentenced to three years in prison, Tibetan sources say. Lobsang Dorje, 36, was taken from his room in Ngaba county’s Kirti monastery by police in July 2018, and was incommunicado until now, Kanyag Tsering—a monk at Kirti’s ..

Philippine Leader Rejects China’s Call for Total Ban on Online Gambling

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte said he would not ban online casinos despite China’s request for a total ban by Manila, saying that shutting down online gaming would severely hurt his country’s economy. In a news conference late Wednesday, Duterte said he told his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping, while visiting Beijing last week that he would..

Wife of Lawyer Under House Arrest Pens Appeal to Merkel Ahead of China Trip

The wife of prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong has called on the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to put pressure on Beijing to allow him to leave China during her trip there this week. Jiang's U.S.-based wife Jin Bianling has repeatedly expressed concern for her husband's health after he was tortured by cellmates durin..

Relentless protests take a heavy toll on HKSAR’s economy and stature

Relentless protests take a heavy toll on HKSAR's economy and stature Updated: 2019-09-04 07:18 (HK Edition) Clearly, there are mixed motivations involved in bringing hundreds of thousands, perhaps even millions, of our citizens onto Hong Kong's streets to protest. Some, of a more anarchist frame of mind, are simply seeking pitched battles with the police. But likely for most of the more-peaceful of them - which is the majority - their a..

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