China Claims ‘Dwindling’ Investment in Zimbabwe amid Mugabe Chaos

Chinese state media, which have routinely promoted its ties to Zimbabwe, published a story on Monday arguing that the Chinese government had long ago began divesting from Zimbabwe as the operation to remove 93-year-old dictator Robert Mugabe continues to generate world headlines.


China: Communists, Not Western ‘Crusaders,’ Value Human Rights

The Chinese state media outlet Xinhua published a blistering condemnation of Western “crusader” human rights ideals on Thursday, arguing for the superiority of Chinese “human rights,” defined as “roof over the head” and “food in the belly.”

In this Oct. 16, 2017 photo, residents pass by a board with the words "Welcome the 19th Congress" on the streets of Beijing, China. Extraordinary security measures are being imposed ahead of the party congress, in addition to the typical security forces, thousands of deputized citizens patrol the streets, and …

China to Cut Army in Half to Under One Million Troops

The Chinese state-run People’s Daily newspaper reported Wednesday that the nation’s military will reduce its army to under one million troops in an effort to do away with “the old military structure.”

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Chinese Propaganda Declares ‘Strongman’ Xi Jinping the New Mao

Chinese state-run media outlets have taken to comparing President Xi Jinping to communist dictator Mao Ze Dong, arguing that China needs a “strongman” to propel it to the status of global superpower as Xi prepares to assume the title of “core” Communist Party leader.


China Lands Two More Planes in Disputed South China Sea Following Outcry

Chinese state news outlet Xinhua is reporting that the government has landed two more planes on a landing strip illegal constructed in the Spratly Islands of the South China Sea, days after Vietnam and the Philippines filed a formal complaint over a similar incident.

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China Amps Up PR Campaign Extolling ‘Two-Child Policy’

The Communist Party-run Xinhua News Agency is bombarding readers with reasons why China’s two-child population policy is beneficial for the country and the world, while completely ignoring the core complaints of human rights activists who say that the policy changes little or nothing.

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China: Journalist ‘Confesses’ to Causing Panic by Reporting on Stock Market

Chinese journalist Wang Xiaolu has been arrested and has “confessed” to causing the stock market to crash in what the nation is calling its “Black Monday” last week. State media outlet Xinhua reports that nearly 200 others were also arrested for “causing panic” by “spreading rumors” in publications or on social media.

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China Publishes ‘Blacklist’ of 120 Forbidden Pop Songs That ‘Harm Social Morality’

The Chinese Ministry of Culture, through state media outlet Xinhua, has published a “blacklist” of 120 songs banned from being played or sold in China for their “obscenity, violence, crime” or potential to “harm social morality.” Anyone caught trafficking in this music will receive “severe punishment,” the government says.

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Six Missing After Massive Crackdown on Human Rights Lawyers in China

After a mass roundup of hundreds of human rights attorneys and employees at a human rights law firm, reports suggest at least six individuals are unaccounted for, believed to have been taken into Chinese police custody for interrogation and, some fear, torture.


Report: China Official Visits Baghdad to Discuss Larger Role in Counterterror

Chinese officials visited Baghdad this weekend to vow cooperation with the Iraqi government in eradicating the Islamic State and rebuilding the oil-rich Iraqi economy. Outlets differ on the sparse details, though the message of resolve to participate in the fight against ISIS appears throughout.

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China Mulls Anti-Terror Law Defining ‘Speech’ as Terrorism

In light of escalating terrorist activity in its western Xinjiang region, the Chinese legislature is considering its first terror-specific criminal code—which, in its current form, would make any speech the government deems to “undermine public security” a criminal violation.

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Chinese Media: Egypt-Russia Deal a ‘Rejection of U.S. Hegemony’

Most experts observing the meeting in Cairo between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Egyptian President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi this week are interpreting it as Egypt’s way of letting the Obama Administration know there are other super-power fish in the sea. Judging by the report published in the State-run Xinhua press, China thinks something a bit more serious is going on: sunset for America’s status as the premiere world power.

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