“In the event of my extradition, my fate will be sealed”
– If Poland surrenders me to China, I will die – says an activist of the movement fought by communist authorities of the Middle Kingdom. He is supported by the Swedish embassy of which he is a national and the Ombudsman. However, the Polish court believes that it is not about activities in the community fought by China, but about economic crimes and agreed to surrender the detainee.
China’s top diplomat Yang Jiechi warned the Biden administration not to cross Beijing’s “red line” in a half-hour speech on the evening of Feb. 1.
“The United States should stop interference in the affairs of Hong Kong, Tibet, and Xinjiang,” Yang said, calling the issues regarding the three regions China’s “internal affairs.” He made the remarks while speaking at a virtual event hosted by New York-based nonprofit the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations.
Yang added: “They constitute a red line that must not be crossed. Any trespassing would end up undermining China-U.S. relations and the United States’ own interests.”
He also told the United States that it should “strictly abide by the One China principle” with regards to Taiwan, a self-ruled island that Beijing claims is part of its territory.
China is colonizing Africa. As part of Chinese president Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road initiative, Africa is being used as a source for food, minerals, and strategic military ports. China’s first overseas military base is in Djibouti. Will US China battle for influence in Africa affect the Trade War? Joining us is Felix Agbor Nkongho, founder and director of the Centre for Human Rights and Democracy in Africa.
A Chinese court has sentenced a Canadian man to death for drug smuggling, a ruling sure to aggravate already sour relations between Beijing and Ottawa following the arrest of a senior Chinese executive in Canada.
Relations between the two nations are already strained over arrest of Huawei CFO
Schellenberg had conspired to smuggle 222kg of methamphetamine from China to Australia
Human rights organisations estimate China executions to be around 2,000 annually
Chinese authorities have reportedly detained more than 100 members of an unregistered Christian church and their high-profile pastor, as the Communist Party’s country-wide crackdown on organised religion continues.
Police raided the homes of members of the Early Rain Covenant Church in the city of Chengdu on Sunday evening, including the home of its outspoken leader, Protestant pastor Wang Yi.
The South China Morning Post reported officials blocked church members’ social media accounts during the raids, and cut off the church’s phone line.
The church said on its Facebook page more church members were detained following further raids on Monday and Tuesday morning, and accused police of physically assaulting some worshippers and stomping on their feet.
Mr Wang and his wife remain in custody, although a couple of other senior church leaders have been released but are still being monitored in their homes.
TORONTO—The Canadian government says it is aware of the detention of a Canadian citizen in China, and is discussing his case with Chinese authorities.
Michael Kovrig, who at one time served as a diplomat for Canada and helped with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s official trip to Hong Kong in 2016, has been detained by Chinese authorities. The reason for his capture has not yet been made clear.
“The Canadian government is seized with this case and will continue to speak with the Chinese government,” said Guillaume Bérubé, a spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada. “We are providing consular assistance to the family of the Canadian.”
Kovrig’s capture comes as China has warned Canada to release Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou immediately or face “grave consequences.”
Speaking to reporters, Canada’s Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said the government is “sparing no effort” to ensure Kovrig’s safety.
“We’re obviously worried about whenever a Canadian is put in a situation that puts them at some risk or jeopardy, where’s there’s no apparent or obvious cause or trigger for that,” Goodale said.
Goodale said the Canadian government is trying to find out more about the case, and also “demonstrate to the Chinese government through our diplomatic offices how seriously we view this matter.”
Kovrig is currently employed as a senior advisor with the think tank International Crisis Group.
China has been building what it calls “the world’s biggest camera surveillance network”. Across the country, 170 million CCTV cameras are already in place and an estimated 400 million new ones will be installed in the next three years. Many of the cameras are fitted with artificial intelligence, including facial recognition technology. The BBC’s John Sudworth has been given rare access to one of the new hi-tech police control rooms. Producer: Joyce Liu. Camera: Wang Xiqing.
UNITED NATIONS — Beijing’s forced repatriation of North Korean escapees came under fire Monday as a defector recounted the brutal treatment such returnees receive at the North’s detention centers.
Ji Hyeon A, who was repatriated three times by China, told the room of diplomats and civil society representatives that she was brutally beaten at detention centers and forced to undergo an abortion. She also witnessed abuses such as harsh forced labor and babies dying “without ever being able to see their mothers.”
Detainees were fed raw locusts, discarded cabbage leaves, skinned frogs and rats, Ji said.