The musical, called the Wings of Songs, featured three main characters from three different ethnic community, is a clear attempt by #Beijing to present its version of "ethnic unity" in a very forceful way.
I cited the prominent phrase used in Chinese official documents and state media, describing the ethnic unity as "the seeds of a pomegranate," to highlight #Beijing's insistence to claim that all ethnic groups in #China live harmoniously together.
If convicted, Lai could be sentenced to up to seven years in jail. However, it won't be the first jail term that Lai will have received. Last month, he was handed 14 months in prison for participating in an unauthorized assembly in August 2019.
Wong, who is already imprisoned, was handed an additional 10 months for unauthorized assembly and participating in the Tiananmen Square vigil, held on June 4, 2020. Three others were sentenced to four to six months in the same case.
... increase vaccination rates with the lack of #COVID19 vaccine options. The new #COVID19 case and the low vaccination rate have increased the anxiety here in #Taiwan, as both the government and the public becoming more vigilant about pandemic prevention.
Then I touched on the motion that the NZ parliament passed yesterday, which they unanimously declared #China's persecution of #Uyghurs in #Xinjiang as a serious human rights violation and concern.
" Tursunjan Mamat, a practicing Muslim in western China’s Xinjiang region, said he’s fasting for Ramadan but his daughters, ages 8 and 10, are not. Religious activity including fasting is not permitted for minors, he explained."
“My children know who our holy creator is, but I don’t give them detailed religious knowledge,” he said, speaking through a translator. “After they reach 18, they can receive religious education according to their own will.”
Just in: #China's Xinhua News agency reported that #Beijing announced that it will indefinitely suspend all activities under the #China - Australia strategic and economic dialogue.
More from @XinhuaBrisMUN: "Recently, some Australian Commonwealth Government officials launched a series of measures to disrupt the normal exchanges and coopertaion between China and Australia out of Cold War mindset and ideological discrimiation."
"Based on the current attitude of the Australian Commonwealth Government toward China-Australia cooperation, the National Development and Reform Commission of the People’s Republic of China decides to indefinitely suspend ...
Sober and great piece by @KathrinHille on the current state across the #Taiwan Strait. "To start a war — which would likely draw in the US and its allies — Chinese leader Xi Jinping would have to be either pushed into a corner ...
Strong and clear statements regarding #Taiwan’s participation in @WHO from the G7 Foreign Ministers: “We support Taiwan’s meaningful participation in World Health Organisation forums and the World Health Assembly.”
“The international community should be able to benefit from the experience of all partners, including Taiwan’s successful contribution to the tackling of the COVID-19 pandemic.”
“We underscore the importance of peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, and encourage the peaceful resolution of cross-Strait issues.”
After #HongKong government banned former pro-democracy legislator Wu Chi-Wai from leaving the prison to attend his father's funeral, he said he wouldn't accept the government's "arrangement" for him to attend the funeral through video call. cna.com.tw/news/acn/20210…
Wu is one of the 47 pro-democracy politicians who have been arrested and detained by #HongKong police under the #NSL for participating in the pro-democracy camp's primary last year. When Wu applied to see his father in the hospital for one last time early last month, ...
... his application was not approved due to the process and timing, which prevented him from seeing his father one last time before he passed away. After he passed away, Wu applied to attend the funeral but the application was rejected again.
As tension in the South #China Sea continues to rise, the Philippines has rejected the summer fishing ban imposed by #China this year, as Filipino officials declared that the fishing ban doesn't apply to Filipino fishermen. reuters.com/world/asia-pac…
The taskforce opposed China's imposition of the ban over the areas within the territory and jurisdiction of the Philippines, adding "our fisherfolk are encouraged to go out and fish in our waters in the WPS (West Philippine Sea)"
The Philippines' South China Sea taskforce said it spotted seven "Chinese Maritime Militia" at the Sabina shoal in the disputed Spratly archipelago on April 27, which dispersed after being challenged by the Philippine coast guard.
Blinken said he resisted “putting labels on most relationships including this one, because it’s complex”. “This is not about initiating a cold war, this is all about doing our part to make sure that democracy is strong, resilient, and meeting the needs of its people," he said.
“We’re not asking countries to choose [between the US and China],” Blinken added in remarks at the FT Live event on Tuesday, which were broadcast after G7 countries opened their meeting with a session on China.
Scoop from @Reuters: #China has drawn up plans to upgrade an airstrip and bridge on one of Kiribati’s remote islands about 3,000km southwest of Hawaii, lawmakers told Reuters, in a bid to revive a site that hosted military aircraft during World War Two. reuters.com/article/us-chi…
The plans, which have not been made public, involve construction on the tiny island of Kanton (also spelled Canton), a coral atoll strategically located midway between Asia and the Americas.
Kiribati opposition lawmaker Tessie Lambourne said she was concerned about the project, and wanted to know whether it was part of #China’s Belt and Road Initiative.
Another horrible attack against Asians in New York City and this time, the victim is a woman from #Taiwan in her early 30s. She had to get 7 stitches to her head and she has now decided to return to Taiwan for the time being.
The attacker is an African-American woman who seemed to be drunk at the time of the attack. She walked passed the Taiwanese woman and her friend, and began to shout at her and ask her to take off her mask.
Then, she took out a hammer and began to hit the Taiwanese woman's head. Then she turned around to attack the Taiwanese woman's friend. She was only stopped after her hammer was wrestled away.
Former @rthk_enews freelance producer @Baochoy decided to appeal the court case. She admitted that this is not an easy decision and said she has no right to be optimistic, given the changing political atmosphere...
... and the shrinking space for freedom of expression in #HongKong. "More and more voices are disappearing and Hong Kong people seem to have become accustomed to being afraid of speaking up or being unable to speak up," she wrote.
"This is not an impulsive decision and regardless of winning or losing the case, the case may go all the way up to the Court of Final Appeal. I've already been mentally prepared. As a journalist, I've always been reporting about truth, ...
New Zealand's parliament unanimously declared that "severe human rights abuses" are happening in #China's #Xinjiang. The statement called on the Government “to work with all relevant instruments of international law to bring these abuses to an end”. stuff.co.nz/national/polit…
“The New Zealand Government, in concert with others, will continue to call upon China in the strongest terms … We call on China to uphold its human rights obligations,” Foreign Minister Nanaia Mahuta said, in a speech in Parliament.
On Tuesday, the Labour Party watered down a parliamentary motion that would have MPs label Beijing’s abuse of the Uyghur minority as “genocide”.stuff.co.nz/national/polit…
"Talum, 62, was one of the hundreds from his Bunun tribe taking part last week in Mala Hodaigian, an annual festival that honours both hunters and wild game. But a shadow hung over this year's festivities because of a landmark court ruling set for Friday."
At stake is both Talum's freedom -- and whether the current hunting limitations placed on Taiwan's Indigenous communities are discriminatory and unconstitutional.
US policy coordinator for Indo-Pacific, Kurt Campbell, on Tuesday said there are significant downsides for the US to make a clear statement of its willingness to defend #Taiwan in the event of a Chinese attack. todayonline.com/world/signific…
He said it was appropriate to be concerned about the situation over Taiwan, the self-ruled democratic island that has come under mounting military pressure from #China, which considers it a renegade province.
However, Campbell said he believed there was appreciation in both the United States and #China that maintenance of some degree of status quo over the island was in the best interests of both countries.
"What we are trying to do is to uphold the international rules-based order that our countries have invested so much in over so many decades to the benefit, I would argue, not just of our own citizens, but of people around the world - including, by the way, #China," said Blinken.
A senior US official said after Tuesday's session that there had been "no real disagreement of any meaning" within the G7 on #China or other issues.
Top EU economic officials said on Tuesday that a diplomatic spat between #China and the EU has jeopardized the highly expected investment deal between the two sides. dw.com/en/eu-china-in…
EU Commission Vice President Valdis Dombrovskis told AFP news agency that efforts to win approval for the deal were effectively on ice. "We now in a sense have suspended ... political outreach activities from the European Commission side," Dombrovskis said in an interview.
"It's clear in the current situation with the EU sanctions in place against China and Chinese counter sanctions in place, including against members of European Parliament (that) the environment is not conducive for ratification of the agreement," Dombrovskis said.
“In 2019, I participated in the protest through a different role and in November 2019, I became one of the last batch of district councilors elected by Hong Kong people,” he wrote in his Facebook statement.
Lee said the reason that prompted him to leave Hong Kong was the mass-arrest of the 47 pro-democracy figures at the end of February for participating in the legislative council’s primary held by the pro-democracy camp in Hong Kong.
Last week, Australian academic Jane Golley claimed that an anonymous academic paper "debunked" the estimated number of #Uyghurs detained in #Xinjiang as well as the evidence of forced labor in the region. She reflected on that incident: smh.com.au/world/asia/anu…
"The anonymous 18-page document took aim at work by Australia’s Strategic Policy Institute but primarily focused on the work by German academic Dr Adrian Zenz, a senior fellow in China studies at the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation who was recently sanctioned by China."
"Several of Zenz’s key works have been peer-reviewed by Xinjiang scholars. By contrast, the report attempting to discredit his work has not been peer-reviewed."