Rohingya Refugees Who Returned to Myanmar on Their Own Say They Still Face Hardship

Some of the hundreds of thousands of Rohingya refugees who fled a brutal military-led crackdown in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in 2017 and sought refuge in neighboring Bangladesh say they have not been able to go back to their original villages after returning to Rakhine of their own volition. Thousands of members of the Muslim minority group were kil..

India Arrests 15 Members of Tibetan Exile Group Ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s...

Authorities in India’s Tamil Nadu state on Friday arrested at least 15 Tibetans, including the head of the Tibetan Youth Congress (TYC) exile group, as they protested an informal summit between visiting Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Police detained TYC president Gonpo Dhundup and 14 Tibetan students in severa..

Myanmar Merchants and Farmers Suffer as China Cracks Down on Illegal Cross-Border Trade

China’s recent crackdowns on illegal cross-border trade from Myanmar are causing hardship for Myanmar merchants who make their living selling goods to Chinese buyers. Prior to Beijing’s closure of the black market routes, the merchants enjoyed fairly barrier-free movement of their goods into China, but now they face taxation as high as 60 percent,..

Uyghur Language School Co-Founder Detained in Xinjiang Internment Camp

The Uyghur co-founder of a school in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) who was detained in June last year is being held in an internment camp, presumably because the school taught courses in Turkish, according to sources familiar with the case. Hesenjan Ismail, a graduate of the Dalian University of Technology in China’s Li..

North Korean Trade Workers See Through Submarine Missile Test Propaganda

North Korean trade workers who often travel into and out of the isolated country say they are not falling for propaganda reporting about Pyongyang’s recent test of a new submarine-launched ballistic missile (SLBM). The test of the Pukguksong-3 occurred Wednesday off the coast of Wonsan in the country’s southeast. “The successful new-type SLBM tes..

China Detains Brother of Top Law Professor Over ‘Terrorist’ Video

Authorities in the Chinese capital have detained the brother of a prominent legal scholar after he posted an Islamic State video to social media in protest at a recent visit to Beijing by the Taliban. He Weitong, younger brother of Peking University law professor He Weifang, is being held under criminal detention in Beijing on suspicion of "dissemi..

National Day Arrests, Forced Singing of China’s Praises Rankle Tibetans

China arrested Tibetans for sending money and forced elderly Tibetans to sing patriotic “red” songs praising the country in the run up to Oct. 1 National Day celebrations of the 70th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China, a Tibetan-American recent visitor to the region told RFA on Thursday. “The arrests began in July leading up to Oct 1st ..

Vietnam Reasserts South China Sea Claims Amid Chinese Ship Onslaught

Amid renewed tensions with China in the South China Sea, Vietnam’s Foreign Ministry asserted the country’s claim to the disputed Vanguard Bank Thursday, saying there should be no dispute at all over the westernmost reef in the resource-rich Spratly Islands. During a press conference, ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang invoked international law ..

Myanmar Rejects Rohingya Refugee Visit to Rakhine State to Inspect Conditions For Repatriation

Myanmar has rejected an offer by China to facilitate a visit by a group of Rohingya refugees to its Rakhine state to investigate the situation there ahead of a possible repatriation from temporary camps across the border in Bangladesh, a senior Myanmar foreign ministry official confirmed Thursday. Bangladesh’s Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen told r..

Five Years After Occupy Central, Street Battles Rage in Hong Kong

Five years after the Chinese Communist Party's decree ruling out democracy sparked the Occupy Central movement, black-clad protesters took on riot police in a series of pitched battles on the streets of Hong Kong. Police apparently fired at least one round of live ammunition, according to video clips posted to social media, and were repeatedl..

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