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China Warships, Fighter Jets Deployed in Spratly Islands

China has deployed warships and sent fighter jets on a long-haul flight to bases it occupies in the disputed Spratly island chain, according to satellite imagery and state media, in the latest show of Chinese military strength in the South China Sea. That comes ahead of a major, multi-nation military exercise led by the U.S. to be held near Hawaii..

Tibetan Resistance Fighter Ama Adhe Dies in Dharamsala

Former Tibetan resistance fighter Ama Adhe, who spent more than a quarter century as a political prisoner for her role in fighting off Chinese invaders in eastern Tibet has died in Dharamsala, India, at the age of 88, Tibetan sources say. Born Adhe Tapontsang in 1932 in Nyagrong, a Tibetan-populated county in western China’s Sichuan province, Ama A..

Uyghur Women, Rarely Informed About Forced Birth Control Procedures, Suffer Lifelong Complications

Uyghur women who are forced to undergo birth control procedures in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are rarely informed about their side effects, and regularly experience lifelong health complications they believe are related to the surgeries, according to sources in exile. Several Uyghur women who were required by author..

Indonesia Presses China for Probe into Sailors’ Deaths on Fishing Boats

In talks with her Chinese counterpart Thursday, Indonesia’s foreign minister expressed “profound concerns” about deaths of Indonesian workers aboard Chinese fishing vessels, as one of her staff announced that four more sailors had died in May and June, with their bodies tossed into the sea in July. The announcement about the four deaths, which wer..

China Hits Back at Australia over South China Sea Statement

In the latest flurry of diplomatic notes to the United Nations on the South China Sea dispute, China has lashed out at Australia for declaring Beijing’s expansive maritime claims illegal, while Malaysia reiterated that it too did not accept China’s stance on the contested waters. China’s tough-worded statement, accusing U.S. ally Australia of viol..

‘People Should Not be Forgetting The Tibetans’: Author Barbara Demick

Ngaba, the main town of a Tibetan-populated region of western China’s Sichuan province, has been the scene of repeated self-immolations and other protests in recent years by scores of monks, former monks, and other Tibetans calling for Tibetan freedom, language rights, and the return of exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama. In the just..

Wife Says Rights Lawyer Ding Jiaxi Tortured in Shandong Detention Center

Concerns are growing over the fate of human rights lawyer Ding Jiaxi, with his wife raising concerns that he may have been tortured during his time in the Linshi Detention Center in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong. Ding has been denied permission to meet with either family members or a lawyer since his initial detention in the wake of a De..

Chinese Tourists Crowd Lhasa Holy Sites, Tibetans Barred From Entry

Chinese tourists are pouring into Tibet’s regional capital Lhasa in large numbers, crowding religious sites barred to many Tibetans as the city opens to outside visitors after the easing of coronavirus prevention restrictions, sources in Lhasa say Arrivals from China have quadrupled since fears have eased over the spread of COVID-19, one local sour..

Xinjiang Authorities Instruct Residents to Mislead Investigators Over Population Controls

Authorities in northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR) are preparing local residents for visits with outside “inspectors” by ordering them to disavow knowledge of “family planning” policies targeting Uyghurs that a recent report equated to genocide, according to sources. RFA’s Uyghur Service recently received information from an..

Philippines Boosts Surveillance in South China Sea

The Philippines has installed improved tracking equipment in the South China Sea to protect areas it claims, the country’s defense secretary said Wednesday, as he took a strong stand against China. Speaking at an online news briefing, Delfin Lorenzana said the Philippines would pursue a “principled foreign policy that serves our national interest,..

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