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Victims of Communism — Memorial Foundation

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March 22nd, 2017

CHINA Criticized for Torturing Lawyers, China Lashes Out at Canada and Other Countries THE GLOBE AND MAIL China has lashed out at Canada and 10 other countries whose embassies questioned its treatment of human rights lawyers, saying a diplomatic letter calling for an investigation into torture allegations violates “the spirit of rule of law.” This […]

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March 21st, 2017

CHINA China Begins Opening Up $9 Trillion Bond Market VOA China, the world’s third-largest bond market, accounting for $9 trillion in debt instruments, has started the process of opening up to foreign investors. Two major investment banks, including Citigroup, have announced plans to join the fray and several others are expectantly watching the unfolding situation. […]

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March 20th, 2017

CHINA China Arrests More Than a Dozen North Korean Defectors Elizabeth Shim, UPI China may have arrested as many as fourteen North Korean defectors in the last two weeks, according to multiple sources. An activist of an unidentified nationality who works with refugees reported that Chinese “traffic police” in the northeastern city of Shenyang detained […]

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March 17th, 2017

CHINA China Pushes Legal Overhaul That Would Bolster State Power Javier C. Hernández and Owen Guo, THE NEW YORK TIMES For six decades, Chinese leaders have tried to put in place a sweeping civil code to explain the law on some of China’s most contentious issues, including property rights, migrant workers, defamation and divorce. And for […]

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March 16th, 2017

CHINA China Detains Two South Korean Pastors for Helping North Korea Defectors Jack Kim, REUTERS Chinese authorities have arrested two South Korean Christian pastors, accusing them of helping to smuggle North Korean defectors out of China. The arrests come amid tension between South Korea and China over the latter’s vociferous objections to the deployment in […]

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March 15th, 2017

CHINA China’s Panchen Lama Calls for Patriotism, Says Greed Taints Tibetan Buddhism Christian Shepherd, REUTERS Patriotism is the “mission” of religion in China, but greed is tainting Tibetan Buddhism, says the government-appointed second-highest spiritual leader of the faith, who was chosen by Beijing to win the hearts and minds of Tibetans. Although officially atheist, China […]

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March 14th, 2017

CHINA China Lawmakers Add Defaming Party Heroes to Civil Code Offenses Christian Shepherd, REUTERS Lawmakers introduced amendments to China’s nascent civil code to make defaming “heroes and martyrs” of the ruling Communist Party a civil offense, as the leadership moves to strengthen its grasp on the history of the People’s Republic. China’s ongoing National People’s […]

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March 13th, 2017

CHINA China’s Xi Calls for “Great Wall of Iron” to Safeguard Resistive Xinjiang John Ruwitch, Michael Martina, and Christian Shepherd, REUTERS Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called for a “great wall of iron” to safeguard the restive western region of Xinjiang after a top official said Islamist separatists pose the “most prominent” challenge to […]

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March 10th, 2017

CHINA China’s Three-Year Run of Monthly Trade Surpluses Hits Surprising Wall Mark Magnier, WALL STREET JOURNAL China posted its first trade deficit in three years last month. The deficit is driven by higher commodity prices, an unexpected drop in exports, and the effect of the Lunar New Year holiday. February’s $9.15 billion deficit surprised analysts […]

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March 9th, 2017

CHINA China Defends HK Law Interpretation to “Firmly Oppose” Secession Ben Blanchard and Clare Jim, REUTERS A controversial interpretation by China’s parliament of Hong Kong’s mini-constitution that effectively bars pro-independence lawmakers from taking office showed Beijing’s resolve to prevent secession, a Chinese leader said on Wednesday. Chinese leaders are increasingly concerned about a fledgling independence […]

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