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Thousands Attend Pro-Government March in Hong Kong

Following the huge turnout at the July 1 pro-democracy march in Hong Kong, pro-Beijing groups organized a counter rally on Sunday to express support for the government and opposition to Occupy Central and its calls for universal suffrage. Like the July 1 march, estimates of the attendance of today’s protest widely differ. Yet while the July 1 march was attended by many young people, the demographics today ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 3 days ago, 2:16am CDT
 

The Great Chinese Exodus

At the Wall Street Journal, Andrew Browne explores the various reasons Chinese citizens choose to leave the country and live abroad. Last year, more than 100 millions Chinese crossed China’s borders, some for short tourist trips, others more permanently: To be sure, the departure of China’s brightest and best for study and work isn’t a fresh phenomenon. China’s communist revolution was led, after all, by intell ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 3 days ago, 12:43am CDT
 

Photo: Kunming, by Patrick Giblin

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Full article at: China Digital Times 4 days ago, 7:35pm CDT
 

Blurred Lines, Drawn Swords: Internet Control Under Xi

Discussing new restrictions on Chinese instant messaging services such as WeChat, Jason Q. Ng notes at China Real Time that the public accounts affected were already being censored behind a “cloak of ambiguity”: The one obvious indicator of censorship on WeChat is an error message — “This content has been reported by multiple people, and the related content is unable to be shown” – that users occasionally see when browsing public posts. While th ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 5 days ago, 3:06am CDT
 

Apple Hosting User Data on China-based Servers

Reuters’ Gerry Shih and Paul Carsten report that Apple has started storing data for Chinese users on servers within the country for the first time. The firm cites performance benefits, but the decision may also make blocking by the government less likely, at the cost of forcing the surrender of data if local law demands it. “Apple takes user security and privacy very seriously,” it said. “We have added China Telecom to our list of data centre providers to increase bandwidth an ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 5 days ago, 1:54am CDT
 

Photo: Beijing, by thisnomad

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Full article at: China Digital Times 6 days ago, 7:27pm CDT
 

This Week on CDT, August 15, 2014

A government directive, leaked online, restricts reporting on the removal of crucifixes from churches in Hangzhou and Wenzhou. These Christian symbols were dismantled from government-sanctioned churches precipitating followers to post messages of outrage to social media. The word of the week, wall-rape, is yet another example of clever netizens using the Chinese language to encode messages while at ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 6 days ago, 7:16pm CDT
 

At Least 10 Injured After Police Fire on Tibetan Protesters

At the New York Times, Edward Wang cites coverage from U.S.-funded Radio Free Asia and advocacy group International Campaign for Tibet to report on a standoff between police and Tibetan protesters in Ganzi Prefecture, Sichuan Province on Tuesday. Locals had gathered to protest the alleged detention of a village leader who expressed support for a traditional horse festival gathering, and at least ten protesters were reportedly injured by police fire: Chinese police officers opened fire on Tibet ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 6 days ago, 6:45pm CDT
 

Sensitive: Gao Zhisheng, Kidney Trafficking, More

As of August 15, the following search terms were blocked on Sina Weibo (not including the “search for user” function). Gao Zhisheng: The renowned human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng was released from prison last week after serving nearly three years for “inciting subversion of state power.” His wife, Geng He, says that Gao was tortured in prison, and is now malnourished and psychologically traumatized. 高智 ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 6 days ago, 2:20pm CDT
 

On Asia Tour, Pope Francis Reaches Out to China

The Vatican and Beijing have been on uneasy terms since the Communist Party came to power in 1949. Upon his ascension last year, Beijing warned Pope Francis I against interfering with China’s internal affairs. Ahead of the Pope’s trip to Asia this week—first papal tour of the region in 15 years—the Wall Street Journal reported on how and why Pope Francis might use his trip to repair strained relations with Beijing: Today, China has an estimated 12 mi ...
Full article at: China Digital Times 6 days ago, 2:16pm CDT
 



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