Hong Kong Loses Trust in Chinese Vaccine

Five new strains of virus have been detected in Hong Kong and the authorities have identified 4 places of origins Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan and Dubai respectively, writes Jianli Yang. The fifth place of origin is unknown. From a total population of 7.5 million, the new strains have put the tally of infections to a total…

How China Has Crushed Hong Kong’s Democracy

And the worst part is, it’s not even done yet.  On March 11, an annual confab of functionaries rubber-stamped a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) plan to gut most of what is left of Hong Kong’s democratic processes, write Aaron Rhodes and Jianli Yang. At the “Two Sessions” meeting, or Lianghui, over 5,000 members of the CCP elite —…

Hong Kong: Statement by EU

The National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China adopted last week a Decision that will have a significant impact on democratic accountability and political pluralism in Hong Kong. The Decision will lead to a concentration of power and influence in the Hong Kong Election Committee, which is not a democratically elected body. The…

Human Rights Abuses in China: The World is Watching

Human Rights Abuses in China

Former Tory party leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith has called for “much tougher action” to combat human rights abuses in China, writes Philippe Lejeune. His plea comes after the EU, earlier this year, passed new laws which allows it to impose sanctions on those guilty of serious human rights abuses, including against China. The so…

Call to Boycott Winter Olympics in China

The European Conservatives and Reformists Party has sent an open letter to the Olympic Committee and has called on the international community to boycott the Winter Olympic Games scheduled to be held in Beijing in February 2022. The games are taking place against the backdrops of a growing list of human rights violations in China, from…

EU China Treaty a “Mistake”

The German weekly news magazine Der Spiegel has published an article about an Open Letter by 100 renowned China experts, researchers and human-rights activists across the globe who are calling for a suspension of the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI).  The experts are demanding an end to the EU-China investment agreement, naming serious human rights violations and the suppression of…

China’s National Security Law Raises International Concern

The text of the following statement was released by the Governments of the United States of America, Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. “We, the Foreign Ministers of Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom, and the United States Secretary of State, underscore our serious concern at the mass arrests of 55 politicians and activists in…

EU Statement on Hong Kong

We publish here in full the text of a declaration issued by the EU’s High Representative for Foreign Policy. The authorities in Hong Kong arrested over 50 people on 6 January 2021 on charges pursuant to the National Security Law (NSL). The charges in question relate to the holding in July 2020 of pro-democracy primary…

Fighting Chinese Propaganda

The US State Department continues to clamp down on propaganda from the totalitarian government of China. The Department of State has terminated five programmes, disguised as “cultural exchanges,” with the People’s Republic of China (PRC). These programmes include the Policymakers Educational China Trip Programme, the U.S.-China Friendship Programme, the U.S.-China Leadership Exchange Programme, the U.S.-China…

Raab Declares Breach of Sino-British Joint Declaration

Following the disqualification of four pro-democracy lawmakers in Hong Kong, the UK Government has declared China in breach of the Sino-British Joint Declaration British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said: “Beijing’s imposition of new rules to disqualify elected legislators in Hong Kong constitutes a clear breach of the legally binding Sino-British Joint Declaration.” “China has once…