Category Archives: NEWS

US Seeks to Tamp Down China’s Electric-Vehicle Supply Chain Dominance

A staff member hooks up a charging cable to an electric vehicle (EV) at a charging station in Liuzhou, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, China on July 31, 2017. (Reuters)

By Reuters

May 2, 2019 Updated: May 2, 2019

WASHINGTON—A U.S. senator plans to introduce legislation on May 2 to streamline regulation and permitting requirements for the development of mines for lithium, graphite and other electric-vehicle supply chain minerals, part of a plan to offset China’s dominance in the space.

While Tesla Inc, Volkswagen AG and other electric-focused automakers and battery manufacturers are expanding in the United States, they are reliant on mineral imports without a major push to develop more domestic mines and processing facilities.… READ MORE...

EU Asks for Increased Efforts Against Fake News Amid Russia, China Election Interference Concerns

The flags of the European Union stand among others in the Europa building of the European Council in this file photo. (Sean Gallup/Getty Images)


April 16, 2019 Updated: April 16, 2019

BRUSSELS—The European Union has warned social media companies including Facebook they are not doing enough to stamp out fake news amid concerns foreign actors such as Russia or China will attempt to manipulate voting in upcoming EU elections.

Brussels said that the latest monthly reports it has ordered technology giants to submit on tackling disinformation showed there are “outstanding issues” over bot accounts and access for fact checkers.… READ MORE...

Founder of China’s Fanya Metals Exchange Sentenced to 18 Years for Corruption

People protest outside the office of China’s top anti-graft agency complaining they were tricked by Fanya Metals Exchange. Chinese investors who claim to have lost money on risky investments mounted a rare protest in Beijing on Sept. 22, 2015. (Fred Dufour/AFP/Getty Images)


March 22, 2019 Updated: March 22, 2019

BEIJING/SHANGHAI—A Chinese court on March 22 fined the firm behind the now-defunct Fanya Nonferrous Metals Exchange 1 billion yuan ($149.04 million) for illegal fundraising and handed its founder a lengthy prison term, the official Xinhua news agency reported.

The Kunming Intermediate People’s Court sentenced Shan Jiuliang, who founded and ran the minor metals bourse, to 18 years in prison for crimes including embezzlement, according to a Xinhua report carried on the court’s website.… READ MORE...

Rights Activists Urge Uzbekistan Not to Hand Ethnic Kazakh Over to China

People protest at a Uyghur rally in front of the U.S. Mission to the United Nations on Feb. 5, 2019 to encourage the State Department to fight for the freedom of the majority-Muslim Uyghur population unjustly imprisoned in Chinese concentration camps. (Timothy A. Clary/AFP/Getty Images)


February 8, 2019 Updated: February 8, 2019

ALMATY—Human rights activists are urging Uzbekistan to deny a Chinese extradition request for an ethnic Kazakh citizen of China who is now stuck in the Central Asian nation’s main air terminal.

Businessman Halemubieke Xiaheman, 41, from China’s Xinjiang Province, said in a video apparently recorded inside Tashkent airport building that he had been harassed by Chinese security officials to a point where his Russian and Kazakh clients were scared to work with him.… READ MORE...

US Urges China to Release Jailed Human Rights Lawyer

Wang Quanzhang was detained in 2015 and sentenced on Jan. 28, 2019. (Photo from Wang’s family)


January 30, 2019 Updated: January 30, 2019

WASHINGTON—The Trump administration is calling on China to immediately release a jailed human rights lawyer who was convicted of subverting state power.

The State Department says in a statement it is deeply concerned by the 4½-year prison sentence handed down to Wang Quanzhang. It says he had been held for 3½ years in pre-trial detention, often incommunicado and deprived of a lawyer of his choice.

The department says it was troubled by his treatment and is urging Chinese authorities to reunite him with his family.… READ MORE...

Mutual Travel Warning Issued by North America and China

A Chinese paramilitary policeman stands guard as a U.S. plane arrives at Beijing Capital International Airport on March 18, 2017. (Mark Schiefelbein/AFP/Getty Images)


January 17, 2019 Updated: January 17, 2019

The United States and Canada have issued travel warning to their citizens who intend to visit China, and likewise China has reacted with travel warnings to its citizens who wish to visit the North American countries.

The travel warnings have been issued after the arrest of Huawei’s financial chief Meng Wanzhou, and China’s retaliatory arrest of Canadian citizens.

The U.S. Department of State suggests to “exercise increased caution,” while Canada’s travel warning has remained the same since the first arrests occurred and to “exercise a high degree of caution.”

China told some state-run company employees to avoid traveling to the United States and to its allied countries—Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, and New Zealand—and to protect their devices if they did, according to a Bloomberg report on Jan.… READ MORE...

US Focuses on China Pledge to Buy More Goods as Trade Talks End

Ted McKinney (2nd R), the U.S. undersecretary for trade and foreign agricultural affairs and a member of the U.S. trade delegation to China, leaves a hotel with other officials in Beijing, on Jan. 7, 2019. (Thomas Peter/Reuters)


January 9, 2019 Updated: January 9, 2019

BEIJING/WASHINGTON—U.S.-China trade talks ended on Jan. 9 with negotiators focused on Beijing’s pledge to buy “a substantial amount” of agricultural, energy and manufactured goods and services from the United States, the U.S. Trade Representative’s (USTR) office said.

In a statement that gave no specific details on the outcome of three days of talks in China’s capital this week, USTR said that U.S.… READ MORE...

Toronto Rights Coalition Calls on China to Release Detained Canadians

Sheng Xue of the Federation for a Democratic China speaks during a rally outside the Chinese consulate in Toronto on Jan. 4, 2019. Xue was part of the Canadian Coalition Against Communism that organized the rally, attended by around 100 people. (NTD Television)


January 4, 2019 Updated: January 5, 2019

TORONTO—A newly formed coalition of rights groups held a demonstration in front the Chinese consulate in Toronto on Jan. 4 to demand the release of Canadian citizens detained in China as well as protest the Chinese regime’s rights violations inside and outside China.

The Canadian Coalition Against Communism (CCAC) organized the demonstration to call on the regime to release Canadians that have been detained since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Canada on Dec.… READ MORE...

Chinese Schools Track Students by Requiring Chip-Enhanced Uniforms

Children eat their meal at a primary school in Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province, on Feb. 27, 2017. (STR/AFP/Getty Images)


December 25, 2018 Updated: December 25, 2018

In China’s latest quest to build an all-seeing surveillance state, schools have become part of the state’s monitoring apparatus.

Students at more than 10 schools in Guizhou Province, one of China’s poorest provinces, and the neighboring Guangxi region are now required to wear “intelligent uniforms,” which are embedded with electronic chips that track their movements.

The uniforms allow school officials, teachers, and parents to keep track of the exact times that students leave or enter the school, Lin Zongwu, principal of the No.… READ MORE...

Secret Trial for Chinese Human Rights Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Ends Without Announced Verdict

Plainclothes police officers gesture to stop photographs from being taken in front of the number 2 intermediate people’s court in Tianjin on December 26, 2018, where the trial of human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang is set to begin. (NICOLAS ASFOURI/AFP/Getty Images)


December 26, 2018 Updated: December 26, 2018

The court trial for prominent Chinese human rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang commenced on Dec. 26 morning, with the public barred from attending.

The No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court in the northern city of Tianjin claimed that because Wang’s case involved “state secrets,” it would be a closed trial. Wang is accused of subverting state power, a charge often used to prosecute dissidents and rights activists.… READ MORE...