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The howls of China’s prisoners will haunt this royal welcome for Xi Jinping | Ma Jian

The Chinese president’s state visit coincides with the biggest crackdown on his country’s civil society in years. This fawning insults the people of both countries<p>Eighteen years ago, I stood at dawn in the driving rain and watched with dread as the tanks and trucks of China’s People’s Liberation …

China's island airstrips to heighten South China Sea underwater rivalry

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China’s apparent construction of a third airstrip on its man-made islands in the disputed South China Sea could fill a gap in Beijing’s anti-submarine defenses, complicating operations for the U.S. Navy and its allies, Chinese and Western experts said.<p>Subi Reef is shown in …

The Chinese government is censoring a documentary about mothers who love their gay kids

When content gets scrubbed from the Chinese internet, censors and hosting websites seldom offer any explanation—the removal is non-negotiable. So the upcoming court case of Fan Popo, a 29-year-old filmmaker from Beijing, stands out.<p>In 2012, Fan shot a documentary called <i>Mama Rainbow.</i> After making …

China derides 'groundless' Philippine warning of election sabotage

MANILA (Reuters) - China rejected on Wednesday a suggestion from a Philippine election official that China might try to sabotage a presidential election in the Philippines next year, saying it was “sheer fabrication”.<p>The suggestion of Chinese meddling in the May election appeared to stem from a …