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Right to remain silent: A policeman yawns while standing guard outside the Beijing court where prominent Chinese legal activist Xu Zhiyong was sentenced to four years in prison for his role in organizing protests, furthering a crackdown on a rights movement he championed. | AFP-JIJI

Chinese Media Complains About ‘Clumsy, Droopy, Paunchy, Old’ Security Guards

China’s state-run Global Times published a scathing critique of Chinese security staff on Wednesday, deriding many security guards as poorly trained, out-of-shape, and too elderly for their demanding positions. Although it was only very briefly mentioned in the article, this concern was prompted by last week’s attack on a school classroom in Beijing.

Afghan Taliban militants stand with residents as they took to the street to celebrate ceasefire on the second day of Eid in the outskirts of Jalalabad on June 16,2018. - Taliban fighters and Afghan security forces hugged and took selfies with each other in restive eastern Afghanistan on June 16, …

Report: Pakistan Releases Senior Taliban Jihadi Days After Arrest

Authorities in Pakistan released a senior Taliban leader briefly detained this week to apply pressure on the narco-jihadi group to engage in U.S.-backed peace negotiations with the Afghan government, Reuters learned from the terrorist organization.

Huawei founder denies spying for China in rare interview

Huawei Founder Praises Communism, Apple Computers, Donald Trump, and Immortality

Huawei founder Ren Zhengfei spoke to foreign reporters this week for the first time since his company concluded a disastrous year of cyber-espionage suspicions, bans by the United States and other governments, and Canada’s arrest of Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou, who happens to be Ren’s daughter. Ren did some damage control for Huawei in his press engagements, striving to project optimism and stressing his corporate independence from the Chinese Communist government.

A woman prays inside the Christian Glory church in Wuhan on September 23, 2018. - The landmark deal between China and the Vatican is a win for Beijing, giving official recognition to bishops appointed by the government despite a crackdown on religion, and potentially softening the ground for full diplomatic …

Report: 245 Million Christians Facing ‘Extreme’ Persecution Worldwide

WASHINGTON, DC — North Korea remains at the top of a list of 50 countries where at least 245 million Christians are facing “extreme” persecution” this year, up 14 percent from 215 million at the beginning of 2018, the World Wide Watch List (WWL) released on Wednesday by Open Doors, a group that monitors the mistreatment of Christ followers, revealed.

This picture released on January 11, 2019 by the China National Space Administration (CNSA) via CNS shows the Chang'e-4 lunar probe, taken by the Yutu-2 moon rover, on the far side of the moon. - China will seek to establish an international lunar base one day, possibly using 3D printing …

China Announces Cotton Seeds Placed on Moon Have Sprouted

The China National Space Administration has announced a second “first-ever” in space exploration on Tuesday as tiny sprouts sprang up from cotton seeds taken on a spacecraft that made a successful maiden journey to the far side of the moon this month.

Pedestrians walk past a Huawei store in Beijing on December 28, 2018. - Chinese telecoms giant Huawei expects to see a 21 percent rise in revenue for 2018, its chairman said on December 27, despite a year of 'unfair treatment' which saw its products banned in several countries over security …

Taiwanese Institute Bans Huawei Phones for ‘Information Security’

The Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan announced on Tuesday that smartphones and computers from China’s Huawei corporation will no longer be allowed to connect with its internal network. The ban was imposed “for the sake of information security.”

Fighters with Afghanistan's Taliban militia talk with villagers in Ahmad Aba district on the outskirts of Gardez, the capital of Paktia province, on July 18, 2017. Civilian deaths in Afghanistan hit a new high in the first half of 2017 with 1,662 killed and more than 3,500 injured, the United …

Pakistan Claims Arrest of Senior Taliban Jihadi

The arrest of a senior Taliban terrorist by authorities in Pakistan prompted the leader of the narco-jihadi group to warn members to “stay alert,” BBC reported on Tuesday.

'Missed opportunity' if summits ignore N. Koreans' rights: UN official

China Pushes Communist Vietnam as Trump-Kim Summit Host

Chinese state media endorsed the idea of communist Vietnam hosting the upcoming summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, following a report by the Japanese newspaper Yomiuri Shimbun on Tuesday indicating Hanoi is under consideration as the proposed location.

A soldier from one of Taiwan's elite special operation units, salutes atop a military truck as it passes through Taipei's presidential office square 10 October 2007 during the first military parade in 16 years. Taiwan flexed its military muscles in the National Day celebrations, showing off two home-developed missiles in …

General Warns U.S.: China Will Recolonize Taiwan ‘at All Costs’

General Li Zuocheng of China’s People’s Liberation Army (PLA) echoed the sentiments of Communist Party leader Xi Jinping in remarks Tuesday urging America not to retain ties to Taiwan and that any attempt to protect it from Chinese invasion would be met with military force.

The ethnic roots of China’s Uighur crisis

Pro-Government Turkish Newspaper: China Committing ‘Genocide’ Against Uighurs

The fervently pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak published a column by its editor-in-chief Ibrahim Karagül on Saturday accusing China of “genocide” against its Muslim Uighur population, a significant deviation from the silence typical of the Muslims world in light of China’s decision to force millions of Uighurs to renounce their faith in internment camps.

US lawmakers call for sanctions over Xinjiang camps

Uighurs in Pakistan Accuse Government of Silencing Them to Placate China

Some Muslim Uighurs from China’s Xinjiang province residing in Pakistan have accused Islamabad of silencing their complaints about Beijing’s abuse of Muslims at the behest of China, the cash-strapped South Asian country’s most significant economic ally, Al Jazeera reported Monday.

US Navy sees 'period of uncertainty' in Gulf

Navy: Top U.S. Admiral Travels to China for ‘Risk Reduction’ Talks

The U.S. military’s chief of naval operations traveled to Beijing on Sunday for a four-day visit focused on “results-oriented, risk-reduction” talks between the Chinese and American armed forces amid the growing geopolitical and military rivalry between two nations, the United States Navy revealed in a statement Monday.

Flags of Canada and China are placed for the first China-Canada economic and financial strategy dialogue in Beijing, China, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (Jason Lee/Pool Photo via AP)

China Sentences Canadian Drug Smuggler to Death

The Dalian Intermediate People’s Court in China’s Liaoning Province sentenced Canadian Robert Lloyd Schellenberg to death on Monday. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau immediately condemned the sentence as “arbitrary” and said the Schellenberg case is “of extreme concern to us as a government.” Many observers speculated the swift and severe judgment is related to China’s ongoing dispute with Canada over the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou.

Egypt probes images of naked couple atop pyramid

China Launches ‘Belt and Road’ Research Center in Egypt

China on Sunday inaugurated a research center in Cairo, Egypt, affiliated with Beijing’s ambitious multi-trillion dollar Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) that the United States believes is being used as a predatory lending practices vehicle to bury nations across the continent in debt and undermine their sovereignty.

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World View: China’s Economy Destabilizes as Huawei Introduces Cheap Smartphone

Contents: Huawei plans to become world’s biggest smartphone supplier as it introduce Huawei P Smart 2019; Poland arrests Huawei employee on spying allegations; Chinese economic expert Xiang Songzuo warns that economy shows signs of crashing; Xiang’s Headline statistic: At most 1.67% GDP rate of growth; China’s Five phases of consumption; Major misjudgments about China’s economy