China is locking up its Muslim minorities, and pushing Islamophobia to get Europe to do it too

China is locking up its Muslim minorities, and pushing Islamophobia to get Europe to do it too

China is trying to stoke Islamophobia among Europeans to justify, and even export, its model of locking up their Muslim minorities as the troubling crackdown continues to grab global attention. Beijing is waging an unprecedented crackdown on the Uighurs, a majority-Muslim ethnic minority, in the western region of Xinjiang. Many Uighurs refer to the region…

China appears to walk back on controversial decision to reopen trade in rhino and tiger bones

China appears to walk back on controversial decision to reopen trade in rhino and tiger bones

Chinese officials appear to have walked back on China’s widely panned scheme to reopen the trade on rhino and tiger bones. It came after a controversial government notice, issued last month, tossed out a 25-year ban on rhino and tiger products, enraging conservationists and wildlife groups around the world. The October notice threatened to open…

China created what it claims is the first AI news anchor — watch it in action here

China created what it claims is the first AI news anchor — watch it in action here

China’s state-run press agency, Xinhua, has unveiled what it claims are the world’s first news anchors generated by artificial intelligence. Xinhua revealed two virtual anchors at the World Internet Conference on Thursday. Both were modeled on real presenters, with one who speaks Chinese and another who speaks English. „AI anchors have officially become members of…

China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports

China gave foreign countries and journalists seminars on how to restrict online speech and unflattering news reports

China has been holding seminars for foreign countries and journalists on how to restrict online speech and write positive news about it, according to a Freedom House report published this week. The programs — which appear tailored to specific countries and regions — included courses like „socialist journalism with Chinese characteristics” and a class on…

It looks like China just laid out how it wants Google to help it persecute its Muslim minority

It looks like China just laid out how it wants Google to help it persecute its Muslim minority

Chinese regional authorities recently laid out the kind of speech suppression that Google will likely have to facilitate for the country’s persecuted Muslim ethnic minority to launch its new product in China. Authorities in Xinjiang, a region in western China, on Tuesday, passed new local laws demonstrating how officials should root out banned speech to…

Missing China actress fined $129m

Missing China actress fined $129m

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Fan Bingbing is one of the world’s highest paid actors Chinese mega star Fan Bingbing has been fined around 883 million yuan ($129m; £98.9m) for tax evasion and other offences, authorities said Wednesday. The star, who disappeared in July, posted a long apology on social media. Ms Fan, who…

China sees surge in HIV/Aids cases

China sees surge in HIV/Aids cases

Image copyright Science Photo Library Image caption The vast majority of new cases in China were transmitted through sexual activity. China has announced a 14% jump in the number of its citizens who are living with HIV and Aids. More than 820,000 people are affected in the country, health officials say. About 40,000 new cases…