Thailand deports Chinese dissidents
- The New York Times: Thailand Deports 2 Dissidents to China, Rights Groups Say
- dissidents who had sought sanctuary in Thailand have been sent back to China, despite winning official recognition as refugees, rights groups said Wednesday. The groups denounced the act by the Thai authorities as a betrayal of the men’s right to flee feared political persecution and torture.
- The Guardian: UN condemns Thai repatriation of Chinese dissidents
- The world body’s refugee agency, UNHCR, did not name the activists or their nationalities but said it was “deeply concerned over the refoulement of two recognised refugees from Thailand”. “This action by Thailand is clearly a serious disappointment, and underscores the longstanding gap in Thai domestic law concerning ensuring appropriate treatment of persons with international protection needs,” the UNHCR said.
- Reporters Without Borders: China pursues journalists and dissidents overseas
- The Thai police arrested the cartoonist, Jiang Yefei (姜野飞), on 28 October, held him in a prison for illegal immigrants in Bangkok for just over two weeks and finally put him on a plane chartered by the Chinese government on 13 November after denying him any contact with his family for the last eight days.
Building a better party
- The People’s Daily: 完善党领导经济社会发展工作体制（学习贯彻党的十八届五中全会精神）
- The People’s Daily: 三严三实”专题教育–党建
- Special topic on the “three stricts and three honests.”
Don’t jump to conclusions about the chengguan
- The People’s Daily: 人民网评：用理性扳正“城管=打人”的惯性思维
The crackdown continues
- China Change: Is Death Through Maltreatment Becoming Routine for Chinese Political Prisoners?
- Before the policy of “reform and opening up” in 1979, counterrevolutionaries and other political prisoners were put under strict guard and treated worse than other criminals, and it was common in those days for them to suffer abuse or die from maltreatment. For a long time after “reform and opening up,” political prisoners began to be treated a bit better relative to other criminals. But in the past few years—especially since Xi Jinping came to power—political prisoners have actually started to be singled out for abuse
- The New York Times: China Faces Sharp Questioning by U.N. Panel on Torture
- The unusual grilling of senior Chinese officials came as its ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, Wu Hailong, presented a report to the Committee Against Torture that was China’s first appearance before the panel since 2008.
Making Christianity work for the party
- The Guardian: China accused of trying to ‘co-opt and emasculate’ Christianity
- A secretive conference to examine the future of Christianity in China is due to take place in Beijing this week amid rapid growth of the religion, which many believe has more Chinese adherents than the 87-million member Communist party. An official at the government-controlled Institute of World Religions, which is helping to organise the conclave, declined to provide details of its agenda. But Yang Fenggang, director of Purdue University’s centre on religion and Chinese society, said many Chinese Christians believed the conference was part of a government push to create a more “submissive” church. “It is clear that the top leaders feel unease with Christianity,” he said.
Put down the phone for the kids, pleads state media
- People’s Daily: 人民日报人民时评：别让“心酸手机” 灼伤“爱的能力”
China retaliates for Xinjiang attack
- The New York Times: Police in China Kill 17 Linked to Mine Attack, Report Says
- The authorities killed 17 people, including several women and children, in a raid last week in the volatile Chinese region of Xinjiang, a news report said Wednesday. The people were said to have been involved in a knife attack that left 50 people dead in September at a coal mine near the border with Kyrgyzstan, said Radio Free Asia, a news agency financed by the United States government.
- China Media Project: China’s double standard
- Try to imagine a similar scenario unfolding in Paris after the recent attacks.What if the French government’s first move had been to forestall all media reporting with a stern order against any and all coverage? What if it had, with no mention whatsoever of the death toll, allowed only a trickle of official coverage about how how leaders were giving the case top priority, how they had ordered a full investigation and so on?
Hong Kong at a soccer match
- Canberra Times: Hong Kong defies China in 2018 World Cup Asian qualifying match
- Hong Kong citizens used a soccer match with China on Tuesday night to express their ill will towards Beijing, including booing and jeering the Chinese national anthem, which is also Hong Kong’s. Banners declaring “Hong Kong is not China” were unfurled.
- The Australian: Hong Kong defies China in 2018 World Cup Asian qualifying match
- The question “what is China” is being asked with increasing intensity in the country’s borderlands — coming to the fore at Hong Kong’s Mong Kok Stadium on Tuesday night, when the Hong Kong minnows held China to a 0-0 draw in a soccer World Cup qualifying game. Young fans — who are likely to have supported last year’s “umbrella movement” of protesters calling for greater autonomy for Hong Kong — brandished banners including one saying “Hong Kong is not China” .
Serializing the youth study abroad experience
- The New York Times: Review: ‘A Journey Through Time With Anthony’ Adapts a Chinese Young-Adult Novel
- This featherweight quasi romance, rife with chaste longing and adolescent sentiment, does not earn points for the insufferable presence of a tiny, bunny-eared animated creature — embodying innocence — that appears at times to comfort or entertain Anthony.