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Vatican to Renew Deal With China on Bishops After ‘Friendly Consultations’

The Vatican on Thursday announced it would renew a controversial deal with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) over the running of the Catholic Church in China. "The Holy See considers the initial application of the agreement – which is of great ecclesial and pastoral value – to have been positive, thanks to good communication and cooperation between..

Propagandist Who Purged Cutting-Edge Chinese Media Edits People’s Daily

The ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has appointed a propagandist who sparked protests in the southern city of Guangdong in 2013 editor-in-chief of its official newspaper, the People's Daily. Tuo Zhen, 61, was the presumed author of a New Year front page editorial in the cutting-edge magazine Southern Weekend that prompted a strike by jour..

Lawyers For ‘Hong Kong 12’ Turned Away by Detention Center in South China

Lawyers hired to represent some of the 12 Hong Kong activists detained by the China Coast Guard as they tried to flee to the democratic island of Taiwan by speedboat on Aug. 23 have once more been denied permission to visit their clients in detention. The activists, aged 16 to 33, are being held in Yantian Detention Center in the southern Chinese c..

‘Music is a Very Good Way to Bring Attention to This Issue’: French Artist...

In recent months, the number of celebrities in the fields of the arts and sports publicly advocating for the Uyghur cause has grown. On Oct. 1, in France, movie star Laeticia Hallyday, model Marine Lorphelin, and singer Matt Pokora (commonly known as M. Pokora), among other celebrities, participated in a day of action on behalf of Uyghurs by changi..

US-Sanctioned Hong Kong Shipping Lines Linked to Single Shanghai Resident

Four Hong Kong shipping companies sanctioned this week by the U.S. Department of State for doing business with an Iranian state shipping line have been traced to a single name, purportedly belonging to a person based in Shanghai, an RFA investigation has revealed. The U.S. on Monday named Reach Holding Group (Shanghai), Reach Shipping Lines, Deligh..

‘People Are Increasingly Likely to Take Action’: Benny Tai

Former Hong Kong University law professor Benny Tai, who was among the instigators of the 2014 Occupy Central pro-democracy movement, has warned that the ruling Chinese Communist Party has ushered in a new era of semi-authoritarian rule with the imposition of a draconian national security law on the city from July 1. Speaking in an interview with ..

Two Missing Tianjin University Students Confirmed Detained in Xinjiang

Two Uyghur students missing from their university in northeastern China’s port city of Tianjin have been confirmed detained by police in their hometown in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), according to a school official. RFA’s Uyghur Service recently received a tip from a source with knowledge of the situation that two young Uyghur men..

Detained Chinese Poet ‘Under Pressure to Confess’ in Yunnan

Authorities in the southwestern Chinese province of Yunnan are stepping up pressure on detained dissident poet Wang Zang to confess to "subversion" charges, after his wife Wang Li was sent to hospital from a police detention center. Police in Yunnan's Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture have applied for indictments of poet Wang Zang and his wife..

Thousands Held in Inner Mongolia As Crackdown on Language Protesters Continues

Chinese authorities in the northern region of Inner Mongolia have detained at least 8,000 ethnic Mongolians amid regionwide resistance to plans to phase out the use of the Mongolian language in schools. "An estimated 8,000–10,000 [ethnic] Mongolians have been placed under some form of police custody since late August," the New York-based Southern M..

Myanmar Workers Detained in China After Motorcycle Rally For Aung San Suu Kyi

More than 900 Myanmar migrant workers in China were detained for 12 hours by local police after they staged a motorcycle rally Friday to demand that they be allowed to vote for leader Aung San Suu Kyi’s ruling party in national elections next month, a Myanmar state government official said. Police in Ruili, a Chinese border town across the Shweli ..

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