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Jun 29 12 tweets 2 min read
China’s ambassador to Tonga has denied engaging in “debt trap” diplomacy in the Pacific, saying in his first press conference in two years that if the heavily indebted country cannot repay its loans. theguardian.com/world/2022/jun… Cao Xiaolin told Tuesday’s gathering in Nuku’alofa – a rare opportunity for journalists to question Chinese officials – that preferential loans from China came with “no political strings attached” and that Beijing would never force countries to repay the loans.
Jun 29 10 tweets 2 min read
“There are now more than 1,000 political prisoners languishing in #HongKong’s jails, among them activists, students, journalists and lawyers. Dozens have been jailed for a year or longer without bail in the legal limbo of “pretrial detention.””washingtonpost.com/opinions/2022/… “High school textbooks are being rewritten to emphasize protecting China’s national security and insist that Hong Kong was not actually a British colony.”
Jun 28 18 tweets 3 min read
From @Tracy_Wen_Liu: "But unlike in #China, where my friends are at best limited to posting angrily online, I at least had the chance to fight back." foreignpolicy.com/2022/06/28/sup… "And I remembered the words of one of my friends, a Ph.D. student in China. She said that she, too, wanted to leave for the West one day—but that part of her felt if she left China, she was throwing away her chance to help make China a better place."
Jun 28 15 tweets 3 min read
"... is more nuanced than in Washington or Canberra, and it points to an important lesson for the United States as it vies with #China for influence across the Pacific: You have got to show up. And the United States has not." nytimes.com/2022/06/27/opi… "We get it. The Solomon Islands is small, remote and economically insignificant. But if all countries like us are dismissed as such, #China will pick us off one by one with its promises of business projects and development aid."
Jun 28 17 tweets 3 min read
"Taking advantage of Beijing's deeper focus on trade with African countries to help reduce gaping deficits, Kenya struck an export deal with #China for fresh avocados in January after years of lobbying for market access." finance.yahoo.com/news/africas-d… Six months later, no shipments have left, Kenya's avocado society, the East African country's plant health inspectorate and Kakuzi told Reuters.
Jun 28 9 tweets 2 min read
South Korea would expect the U.S. to respond militarily to a Chinese invasion of #Taiwan, according to a South Korean official. axios.com/2022/06/27/sou… The official, who declined to be named, made the comments during a discussion of the new South Korean administration's foreign policy priorities with a small group of reporters in Seoul.
Jun 28 9 tweets 2 min read
Boris Johnson and his ministers are going into the Nato summit with fresh warnings that the Russian invasion of #Ukraine has shown the need for extra vigilance and caution over potential Chinese action against #Taiwan. theguardian.com/world/2022/jun… @trussliz was most explicit, calling for faster action to help Taiwan with defensive weapons, a key requirement for Ukraine since the invasion.
Jun 28 10 tweets 2 min read
Censors in #China scrambled to delete what appears to be a misleading quote by a senior Communist Party official published in state media Monday, which claimed the "zero-#Covid" policy would remain in place in Beijing "for the next five years." cnn.com/2022/06/27/asi… Beijing Daily, the official Communist Party newspaper for the Chinese capital, earlier reported that the city's party chief, Cai Qi, said Monday that "for the next five years, Beijing will resolutely implement Covid-19 pandemic control measures and ...
Jun 28 9 tweets 2 min read
A #Taiwan-based company said it plans to build a $5 billion factory in Texas to make silicon wafers used in semiconductors, but the deal hinges on financial incentives bogged down in Congress. wsj.com/articles/taiwa… GlobalWafers Co. on Monday said its planned factory in Sherman, Texas, would be the first U.S. silicon wafer-facility in more than two decades and create as many as 1,500 jobs, as well as helping fuel the expansion of the U.S. chip-making industry.
Jun 28 11 tweets 2 min read
Participants at an international meeting on #Tibet called on governments to do more to advance the rights of Tibetans who face repression at the hands of the Chinese government. rfa.org/english/news/t… Attendees agreed to collaborate more fully on matters related to Tibet. They also declared that the International Network of Parliamentarians on Tibet would be revived and to work to establish groups of lawmakers focused on Tibetan issues in countries where they do not yet exist.
Jun 28 10 tweets 2 min read
A new survey released Tuesday night by the Lowy Institute, a foreign policy research group, found only a slim majority of Australians supported military action in the event of a Chinese invasion of #Taiwan. bloomberg.com/news/articles/… Out of those surveyed, 51% said they were in favor of Australia using its military forces to defend Taiwan, while 47% said they were against.
Jun 28 6 tweets 2 min read
G7 leaders urged #China on Tuesday (Jun 28) to uphold the principle of peaceful settlement of disputes by pressing Russia to stop its invasion of Ukraine and dropping its "expansive maritime claims" in the South China Sea. channelnewsasia.com/world/g7-china… China should pressure Russia to withdraw troops from Ukraine immediately and without conditions, the G7 said, pointing to an International Court of Justice ruling that Moscow suspend its military operation, and related UN General Assembly resolutions.
Jun 27 5 tweets 1 min read
The foreign minister of Tuvalu pulled out of the United Nations Ocean Conference opening in Portugal on Monday after #China blocked the participation of three Taiwanese included in the tiny Pacific island nation's delegation list. reuters.com/world/asia-pac… Tuvalu Foreign Minister Simon Kofe withdrew from the conference after China challenged the accreditation of three Taiwanese delegates included in Tuvalu's delegation, Radio New Zealand reported on Monday.
Jun 27 14 tweets 3 min read
What was meant to be a simple errand, a daughter driving her aging father to the hospital to pick up his medicine, has pulled a small city on #China's border with North Korea -- and its nearly two-month Covid-19 lockdown -- into the national spotlight. amp.cnn.com/cnn/2022/06/27… Video of the scene shows a confrontation between the driver, identified by police as a 41-year-old woman surnamed Hao, her father and a local police officer, who stopped Hao at a security checkpoint because she did not have proper clearance.
Jun 26 8 tweets 2 min read
“Ultimately, to stabilize bilateral relations, #China would have to be prepared to tolerate a large degree of continuity in Australia’s suite of China-related policies,” said Richard Maude, a former Australian foreign policy official. nytimes.com/2022/06/24/wor… “Both sides are likely to proceed cautiously,” Mr. Maude wrote in emailed comments. “Even a less hostile relationship will be inherently volatile and hostage to any number of fundamental differences and disputes.”
Jun 26 12 tweets 2 min read
“The world’s wealthiest democracies on Sunday announced a $600 billion global infrastructure initiative to counter #China’s push to exert political and commercial influence through massive investments across emerging economies.” politico.eu/article/g7-unv… Biden declared that “our nation and the world stand at a genuine inflection point in our history,” and added that the choices made in developing countries today would gird them against future shocks from climate change and pandemics and prepare them for the digital age.
Jun 26 7 tweets 2 min read
Interview with Chris Patten on #HongKong: “They’ve broken their word, as I’m afraid they do regularly. They (#China) break their word. They break international treaties whenever it suits them. And I think that’s happening again this time.”rfa.org/english/news/c… “I have never been an advocate of independence of Hong Kong because I was part of a diplomatic effort to ensure Hong Kong could return to China, retaining its way of life for 50 years after 1997.”
Jun 26 11 tweets 2 min read
“Their feelings of helplessness, isolation and despair. The mounting anxiety over basic needs such as food and safety that felt like an echo from #China’s past.” wsj.com/amp/articles/s… “cascading mental health concerns; the urge to escape the city; and the risk of new lockdowns should the virus return.”
Jun 20 8 tweets 2 min read
A Chinese filmmaker wanted by Malawi as part of an investigation into allegations of racism and child exploitation has been arrested. bbc.com/news/world-afr… Lu Ke was a Malawi resident when he was exposed by BBC Africa Eye, which reported he had used local children to film personalised greetings videos, some of which included racist content.
Jun 19 4 tweets 2 min read
"#China unveiled on Sunday (June 19) a list of #HongKong government officials in the new administration of incoming leader John Lee, set to be sworn in on July 1." straitstimes.com/asia/east-asia… Lists from the official Xinhua news agency and the Hong Kong government showed finance secretary Paul Chan retains his post, while Mr Paul Lam replaces Ms Teresa Cheng as justice secretary, and Mr Eric Chan becomes the new chief secretary, or No. 2 official.
Jun 19 17 tweets 3 min read
"What Li and his fans didn't know at the time was that the sweet, creamy tank-like ice cream cake had triggered #Beijing's special censorship system tailored for the 1989 Tiananmen Square anniversary on June 4." abc.net.au/news/2022-06-1… "Now all of Li's fans are waiting to see if he re-emerges later tonight.

He is scheduled to appear in one of the three annual big e-commerce sales in China on June 18."