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September 16, 2017

US must stop North Korea threats, says China, as Kim Jong-un aims for military ‘equilibrium’

Chinese ambassador says America needs to do ‘much more’ to achieve cooperation as Kim Jong-un speaks of goal of equalling US military might

The United States must stop threatening North Korea’s leader if a peaceful solution to the nuclear crisis is to be found, China’s ambassador to Washington has said, as Kim Jong-un reiterated his country’s aim to reach military “equilibrium” with the US.

Cui Tiankai told reporters in Washington: “They [the US] should refrain from issuing more threats. They should do more to find effective ways to resume dialogue and negotiation.”

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July 13, 2017

Liu Xiaobo, Nobel laureate and political prisoner, dies at 61 in Chinese custody

Peace prize winner and democracy activist dies of liver cancer, after spending almost a quarter of his life behind bars in China

China is facing a barrage of international criticism for its treatment of the Nobel laureate and democracy campaigner Liu Xiaobo, who died at the age of 61 on Thursday.

Liu, who championed non-violent resistance as a way of overcoming “forceful tyranny”, had been serving an 11-year jail sentence for demanding an end to one-party rule when he was

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July 1, 2017

Beijing warns Hong Kong marchers not to challenge mainland rule

Twenty years after Britain returned its colony, China’s president provokes pro-democracy anger

Tens of thousands of pro-democracy protesters delivered a rebuke to President Xi Jinping after the Chinese leader warned that Hong Kong must not become a launchpad for challenges to Beijing’s authority.

Related: China tears up promises to UK and shows the world who is in charge

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June 30, 2017

‘We wanted democracy’: is Hong Kong’s two-systems experiment over?

As China tightens its grip on the city over which British rule ended 20 years ago, pro-democracy activists are still fighting against erosion of freedoms

For President Xi Jinping, the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to China is a moment to toast the reunification of a nation and hail its unstoppable rise. But for activists such as Eddie Chu, one of the leading lights of a new [...]

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