Chinese authorities condemned violent weekend demonstrations in Hong Kong as “deranged acts” that marked the emergence of “the first signs of terrorism” in the semiautonomous city, vowing a merciless crackdown on the perpetrators.
Josh ChinIn dropping the T word China's gov't clearly laying the rhetorical groundwork for an escalation of force in Hong Kong. In the past that designation has only been applied non-Han groups (mostly Uighurs). Will Chinese public buy it in the HK context?
In a courtroom in Zharkent, Kazakhstan, in July 2018, a former kindergarten principal named Sayragul Sauytbay calmly described what Chinese officials continue to deny: a vast new gulag of “de-extremification training centers” has been created for...
Josh ChinFascinating essay from @JimMillward, one of the West's foremost experts on Xinjiang, shows how China's Communist Party itself long ago opened the door to the religious extremism it uses to justify its 21st Century Muslim gulag h/t @jeff
In China, making an example of someone to intimidate others into compliance is an age-old tradition with its own proverb: “Kill the chicken to scare the monkeys.” Lately, the Communist Party has used a number of high-profile disappearances to do...
Josh ChinWhat's with all these rich and powerful Chinese people disappearing? Here's a nice video explainer from @Crystal_Tai (featuring a certain bespectacled Beijing correspondent).
China for years has been pushing its economy away from inexpensive exports toward advanced factories and products. That process is now accelerating in the Pearl River Delta, the country’s manufacturing center, as companies respond to the economic...
Josh ChinOne critical aim of the Trump trade war is to undermine China's drive to challenge the U.S. in tech. @Liz_in_Shanghai and @DanStrumpf illustrate in great detail how U.S. tariffs are having the opposite effect
Xu Zhiyong, September 16, 2018 Xu Zhiyong was released from prison on July 16 after serving four years for his role in the New Citizens Movement. Xu is a seminal figure in China’s rights def…
Josh Chin"I’m back, China."
It's astonishing to think how other Chinese activists used to dismiss Xu Zhiyong as too moderate. Nothing middle-of-the-road about the hopefulness and grit that run through this retelling of his arrest and imprisonment.
Emboldened by international scrutiny, the American Uygur diaspora is increasingly willing to publicly condemn China’s re-education programmes, despite the risk to loved ones in Xinjiang
Josh Chin“Morally, we felt awful, guilty, and burdened."
UIghur poet Tahir Hamut tells @owenschurchill about his wrenching, courageous decision to talk on-the-record to @WSJ about what's happening in Xinjiang, and the harrowing consequences for his relatives.
As more 5G devices are connected, the potential dangers expand.
Josh ChinWSJ has a whole series out on 5G today, including this one from @johndmckinnon digging into the security fears.
A senior cybersecurity official told me earlier that U.S. gov "missed the boat" on this, DHS only started looking into 5G in the spring.