China’s encroachment on Hong Kong’s democratic freedoms and its interference in the city’s independent judiciary are threatening to diminish Hong Kong’s appeal for international investment and trade. In his open letter to United States’ President Donald Trump the Hong Kong National Party’s convener, Andy Chan urged Trump to “suspend the differential treatments between Hong Kong […]

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As the Group of Twenty (G-20) annual summit opens this year in Buenos Aires, one meeting above all others is being anticipated. The American and Chinese presidents are expected to sit down together. The outcome of their discussion will have a significant impact on what the assembled leaders are in Argentina to talk about in […]

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Written by Vicki Cann. November 21, 2018, marks the 46th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between Jamaica and China. Ten years after gaining its independence from Britain, Jamaica was among the first countries in the English-speaking Caribbean to recognise the ‘One China’ policy in 1972. Beijing responded in kind by setting up its […]

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Written by Emily Weinstein. 2018 has seen a significant shift in the positioning of North Korean (DPRK) leader Kim Jong-un. Once known for touting his country’s military prowess, Kim is seemingly moving away from his previous national priorities, choosing instead to dedicate time and publicity efforts to his country’s economy. However, with the United States […]

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Any Shuangjinger with a sweet tooth is sure to be satisfied by Freak Shake. The newly opened dessert shop in the southern neighborhood’s Viva Mall has a menu featuring twenty-odd sugary, frothy and fun milkshakes, along with a number of other creamy sweet drinks, ice creams, and cakes. Freakshakes – gigantic milkshakes loaded up with baked goods, […]

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China’s harsh Xinjiang policy — particularly the mass detentions of Muslim minorities in so-called “vocational education and training centers” — has brought about increasingly strong outcry from the world community in recent weeks. However, China appears to be holding fast to its hard stance despite the global rebuke. On November 26, a total of 278 scholars in […]

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Written by T.Y. Wang. In less than a week, millions of Taiwanese voters will go to the polls to vote in one of the most complicated elections in Taiwan’s electoral history. Dubbed as the “9-in-1” local elections, voters will select candidates in 9 different races, including mayors of 6 special municipalities, 16 county/city commissioners, council […]

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In this Wudaokou Watch column, we’ll profile a different Beijing-based student from abroad each week to hear about their life in China’s capital. What is your name and where do you come from?My name is Mahir Hussain and I come from the Himalayas. My place of birth, in Nepal, was also once home to Gautama Buddha and the one-horned […]

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Taiwan’s November 24 regional elections delivered a decisive victory for the opposition Kuomintang (KMT), along with a setback to supporters of marriage equality. The results leave the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) reeling ahead of the 2020 re-election campaign of President Tsai Ing-wen, who stepped down as party chairperson after her side’s disappointing performance in Saturday’s […]

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