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China Freezes Couple’s Bank Account as Punishment for Illegal Third Child

China seems to be preparing to scrap its curbs on family size

China’s authoritarian government has been sending mixed signals about population control to the populace. On one hand, the government admits it faces a demographic crisis that can only be solved by increased fertility rates and large families, sending signals to the public that having two or three children is now their patriotic duty. On the other hand, a couple from the eastern province of Shandong is suffering steep fines and persecution for the crime of birthing a third child.


In this file image from undated video footage run by China's CCTV via AP Video, Muslim trainees work in a garment factory at the Hotan Vocational Education and Training Center in Hotan, Xinjiang, northwest China. A U.S. company that stocks college bookstores with t-shirts and other team apparel cut ties …

Turkey Touts U.S. Support in Challenging China’s Muslim Internment Camps

Turkey’s state-run Anadolu news agency touted United States support in defending the rights of Chinese Uighur Muslims, noting Friday that America’s embassy in Ankara expressed solidarity with the country for challenging the Communist Party’s mass internment of the ethnic minority.

The Associated Press

Pakistan P.M. Imran Khan to Host Talks Between Taliban, U.S. Envoy

Pakistan confirmed on Thursday that it would host the next round of peace talks between the Afghan Taliban and the United States on February 18 as part of efforts by U.S. President Donald Trump’s administration to end the more than 17-year-old war with a political settlement.

China seems to be preparing to scrap its curbs on family size

China Freezes Couple’s Bank Account as Punishment for Illegal Third Child

China’s authoritarian government has been sending mixed signals about population control to the populace. On one hand, the government admits it faces a demographic crisis that can only be solved by increased fertility rates and large families, sending signals to the public that having two or three children is now their patriotic duty. On the other hand, a couple from the eastern province of Shandong is suffering steep fines and persecution for the crime of birthing a third child.

Iran's revolution: Political quake still shaking Middle East

World View: India’s Open Magazine: The West Gets Constantly Surprised by Iran

Contents: India’s Open Magazine: The West gets constantly surprised by Iran; Effects of 1979 Islamic Revolution on the Mideast and the world; Iran and India vs Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and China; Massive terror attack on Iran’s IRGC; Coming soon: World View: The Conflict between China and Japan, by John J. Xenakis

Pakistani men protest against Valentine's Day celebrations in Karachi on February 12, 2017

Top Pakistani Court Confirms Ban on Haram Valentine’s Day

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) in Muslim-majority Pakistan on Tuesday sustained its decision to outlaw Valentine’s Day celebrations and the promotion of the February 14 Christian holiday across the country, ordering authorities to take action on revelers.

Philippines arrests Duterte critic journalist Maria Ressa

Philippines Arrests Time Person of the Year on ‘Cyber Libel’ Charges

Police in the Philippines arrested Maria Ressa, the CEO of the major online publication Rappler, and former Rappler reporter Reynaldo Santos, Jr., on Wednesday on charges of “cyber libel” for an article quoting a government intelligence report accusing a wealthy businessman of having ties to drug trafficking.

India's navy currently uses the French-designed Chetak model helicopter, but will purchase 111 new multi-utility aircraft

India Launches Program to Replace 111 Soviet-Era Helicopters

India this week asked foreign companies to bid for a nearly $3 billion deal to manufacture 111 military helicopters on Indian soil in collaboration with domestic firms to replace the navy’s aging Soviet-era aircraft, the country’s defense ministry announced.

Australia bans politically connected Chinese billionaire

Chinese Billionaire Protests Expulsion, Calls Australia a ‘Giant Baby’

In an interview with China’s state-run Global Times on Monday, billionaire developer Huang Xiangmo decried Australia’s cancellation of his residency papers and dismissed allegations of influencing Australian politics on behalf of Beijing as “prejudiced and groundless.”

North Korea's Kim visits China ahead of expected Trump summit

U.S. Military: North Korea an Immediate Threat Unlikely to Give Up Nuclear Weapons

WASHINGTON, DC— North Korea does not intend to give up all its nuclear weapons or production facilities and remains the “most immediate” menace in the Indo-Pacific area for the United States, the top U.S. commander in the region told lawmakers on Tuesday, echoing a recent assessment from the American intelligence community.

China says the USS Hopper, center in this 2009 file photo, was involved in a close encounter near a Chinese island in the South China Sea this week. File photo by Michael A. Lantron/U.S. Navy/UPI

Top Commander: China ‘Eroding’ U.S. Military Advantage in Asia

WASHINGTON, DC — China’s “massive effort to grow and modernize” the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) is “eroding” the United States’ “relative competitive military advantage” in the Indo-Pacific region, the top American commander in the area warned on Tuesday, stressing that Beijing’s communist leaders are sensing “weaknesses.”

Turkish nationalists holds placards reading 'Turkey save your Brother-China get out from east Turkhistan' and hold a Chinese flag, during a protest to denounce China's treatment of ethnic Uighur Muslims, in front of the Chinese consulate in Istanbul, on July 5, 2015. Turkish media reported restrictions on Muslim Uighurs worshipping …

China Issues Travel Warning for ‘Irresponsible’ Turkey After Uighur Defense

The Chinese government issued a warning to its citizens Tuesday urging them to “be wary and pay attention to their personal safety” while in Turkey, a response to the Turkish government’s condemnation of Beijing imprisoning up to two million of its Muslim citizens in internment camps.

US delays UN approval of aid for North Korea

Study: North Korea Produced Fuel for Seven More Nuclear Bombs

A study published Monday by Stanford University’s Center for International Security and Cooperation (CISAC) estimated that North Korea produced enough fissile material last year to construct seven more nuclear bombs, even as it was negotiating denuclearization with the United States.

Taliban spokesman Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai said the insurgents did not want a monopoly on power.

Taliban Rejects Afghanistan Offer to Open Political Office Within Country

Taliban narco-jihadis turned down Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s offer on Sunday to open a political post in Afghanistan, including in the group’s opium-rich birthplace of Kandahar, saying they want international recognition of their existing political office in the Qatari capital of Doha instead.

Abdurehim Heyit

China Denies Report of Uighur Poet’s Death in Re-Education Camp

China on Sunday responded to reports of noted Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit’s death in prison by posting a video of a man who claimed to be Heyit declaring himself to be in “good health.” The man was also suspiciously enthusiastic about being under investigation by Chinese authorities.

China launches anti-halal crackdown in Xinjiang city

‘Great Shame for Humanity’: Turkey Condemns China’s Muslim Internment Camps

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a stern condemnation of China’s policy of using internment camps to torture and “re-educate” Uighur nationals and other Muslims into communist atheist ideology and Han culture on Saturday, triggering an outraged response from Beijing Monday accusing the Turks of human rights violations against Kurdish citizens.

The Associated Press

Report: North Koreans Give Each Other Crystal Meth for Lunar New Year

The Chinese holiday of Lunar New Year is widely observed in both Koreas, albeit in very different ways. For example, North Koreans are reportedly giving each other crystal meth and other controlled substances as gifts to ring in the Year of the Pig.