RFA Closes Phnom Penh Bureau Amid Crackdown by Hun Sen
Radio Free Asia has decided to close its nearly 20-year-old bureau in Cambodia’s capital Phnom Penh amid a relentless crackdown by Prime Minister Hun Sen’s authoritarian regime on independent media ahead of critical polls next year, RFA President Libby Liu announced Tuesday. Using a pretext of tax and administrative violations, the Cambodian authorities have recently closed independent radio stations carrying reports from RFA and its sister US government-funded radio station, the Voice of America, as well as the Voice of Democracy station, and forced the closure of the American-owned Cambodia Daily newspaper.
China Banks Fear US North Korea Sanctions
Stephen McDonnell, BBC
China’s big banks have been quietly but surely weaning themselves off North Korean money. This is not particularly about their troublesome neighbour. It is because of a fear of US repercussions. Bank branches near the North Korean border have told the BBC they’ve been instructed not to open any new accounts for that country’s citizens and businesses. It is an attempt to head off further US measures targeting Chinese banks which are accused of doing sanctions-busting business with North Korea.
China Runs Regionwide Re-education Camps in Xinjiang for Uyghurs And Other Muslims
Thousands of Uyghurs and other Muslim ethnic minorities are being held in re-education camps without contact with their families under a policy designed to counter extremism in the northwestern Chinese region of Xinjiang, local officials told RFA’s Uyghur Service. The camps are now formally referred to as “Professional Education Schools,” after being called “Socialism Training Schools” and other names since their early 2017 inception as “Counter-extremism Training Schools,” the official said.
Three Hundred Tons of Diseased Pig Carcasses—The Latest Example Of China’s Pollution Crisis
Tom Phillips, The Guardian
Stomach-churning symbols of the environmental calamity facing China have never been in short supply: exploding watermelons, toxic running tracks, rivers that flow the color of blood. Now, the world’s number one polluter brings you: porcine mass graves. Reports in China’s state-run media suggested locals had spent years complaining about a rancid and mysterious stench that lingered around their homes. But word of the problem appears only to have reached the environment ministry’s ears last month.