The United States has won new sanctions against the North Korean government following six nuclear tests by the latter. But, in order to make the sanctions palatable to China and Russia – permanent members of the United Nations Security Council – they were first weakened, making it less likely that they will have the intended […]
Cambridge University Press (CUP) has removed more than 300 academic articles (which were published in the academic journal The China Quarterly) from its website in China, in order to avoid a full shutdown. In a statement, CUP explained the pressure that they received from China: We can confirm that we received an instruction from a Chinese import agency to […]
In July, a Hong Kong court purged four pro-democracy politicians from its Legislative Council. This move comes after two other Hong Kong lawmakers were expelled from the Legislative Council earlier this year and at the same time as the recent death of Chinese political activist and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo. Add to this the growing unpopularity of Hong […]
In anticipation of the 19th Congress of the Communist Party, the Chinese government is tightening censorship and controls on the media. The ability to access the internet in China had already been curtailed by President Xi Jinping by banning VPN services, thanks to which the Chinese and multinational citizens in the country gain access to banned sites. Now […]
In a joint statement between China and Panama Monday evening, the two countries announced the establishment of formal diplomatic relations and the severing of ties between Panama and Taiwan. China has claimed Taiwan as its own since Republican forces fled there in 1949. The joint statement read, in part, “The Government of the Republic of […]
What is the truth about trade and its benefits and costs? The International Observer takes a look at some long term data.
Politicians have always lied, or, if you prefer, stretched the truth, in order to attract others to their point of view. In a well-functioning democracy there is nothing wrong with each side arguing their points and leaving out the arguments that help the opposing point of view; while leaving out important facts is intentionally misleading, […]