COLUMNIST TOM PLATE WRITES – The decline of the coherence and acumen of American foreign policy would appear to present Beijing with the potential for a century of anything and everything but humiliation. To be sure, historically, the U.S. has demonstrated Olympian bounce-back ability from near-death experiences (from bad economies…Full Article DEAR BEIJING: IS THIS THE BEST YOU CAN DO?
CHARLES E MORRISON WRITES — About two turbulent months ago, former Vice President Joe Biden had established a commanding lead in the Democratic nomination campaign, although his two more liberal competitors had not yet ended their efforts; and the looming coronavirus pandemic was threatening to fundamentally transform the political landscape. And…Full Article CORONAVIRUS CHRONICLES: THE ARC OF A HISTORIC CRISIS
SARA ALTUWAIJIRI WRITES — The sad saga of the Uyghur controversy proceeds apace. The Chinese government has one million Uyghurs detained in re-education camps, some of whom have been utilized for organ harvesting to treat patients who have the coronavirus. Uyghurs have been sent to industrial factories in Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangzi…Full Article UYGHUR CRY: SERIOUSLY INHUMANE
JASEM ALQINAI WRITES – The coronavirus pandemic that is currently devastating almost every country started in China. Many reports state that the virus first spread through the wet markets in the city of Wuhan. After tens of thousands of infected people died, the government felt it necessary to take strict…Full Article CHINA’S WAYS: STERN ACTION, OBEDIENT PUBLIC
SARA ALTUWAIJRI WRITES – In 2017, China’s government incarcerated one million Uyghurs, an ethnic Muslim minority, in “re-education camps.” Between 2017 and 2019 the Chinese government transferred around 80,000 Uyghurs from Xinjiang to factories across China, where they undergo forced labour in the service of 83 major international brands to…Full Article CHINA OPINION: HOW MUSLIMS IN CHINA BECOME MODERN SLAVES
ERIC ANDERSON WRITES-The Olympic Council of Asia has a mission: to promote cultural awareness, equality, respect, and clean and fair play through the latest sports and trends. The Council controls all sports in Asia and is one of five continental associations recognized by the International Olympic Committee, headquartered in Kuwait. …Full Article CHINA: FUN IN THE SUN AT SANYA 2020 OLYMPIC GAMES
EMILY CAPOUYA WRITES — According to a United Nations confidential report, North Korea has violated resolutions made with the United Nations Security Council by continuing to enhance its ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons program. Recently, a summary of the report was submitted to the UN Security Council. Six sections of…Full Article NORTH KOREA: FOOLING AROUND WITH THOSE UN SANCTIONS
RASHID AL-ARMELI WRITES—Wuhan, the capital of the province of Hubei in China, has definitely attracted close attention worldwide for a reason other than the level of its industrial development, its historical significance, or cultural appeal. The new coronavirus, which is thought to be initially transmitted from wild animals sold at…Full Article CHINA: THE GREAT ESCAPE – WUHAN TO TOKYO
MATHEW ANDROVETT WRITES — Baseball has become massively popular in Asia over the past few decades. Nationally organized leagues, such as Japan’s Nippon Professional League, have grown into massive successes; and countries such as Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea churn out big-league prospects for U.S. baseball at a consistent rate.…Full Article CHINA BASEBALL: NOT QUITE AT THE SUPERPOWER LEVEL … YET
EMILY CAPOUYA WRITES- According to Facebook’s blog post this Tuesday, facial recognition will “be off by default for all new users, and for current users who do nothing when they receive an upcoming notice about the change.” While originally popularized by Facebook as a seemingly harmless concept used to tag friends’ faces…Full Article CHINESE VERSUS AMERICAN VALUES: WHY FACEBOOK MADE THE RIGHT CALL ON FACIAL RECOGNITION
DIANA CASTILLO WRITES- Just to bring us all up to date: In Hong Kong, an extradition bill was introduced in April that could have allowed criminal suspects to be extradited to mainland China, where they could have faced unfair trials and been subjected to violence. In addition, the extradition bill…Full Article HONG KONG ON CENTER STAGE: WHY SO MUCH OF THE WORLD IS LOOKING IN
ANTONIA HORLICK WRITES—In the past decade, cosmetic surgery worldwide has become more popular than ever. With the rise of social media platforms such as Instagram, young people have become more self-conscious about their looks. They live in a self-obsessed world of Snapchat and Instagram, which both have selfie filters that…Full Article China: Plastic Surgery Industry Booms as Millions of Gen Z’s Go Under the Knife
GUEST CONTRIBUTOR LEE HONG-KOO WRITES – Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to North Korea is cleverly timed. World leaders attending the Group of 20 (G-20) summit in Osaka, Japan, a week after the visit, will be eager to discover whether China will have a forward-looking stance on the North Korean…Full Article KOREAN CONUNDRUM: IS IT TIME FOR XI JINPING TO UP HIS GAME?
TRISHA CURRY WRITES – The ongoing trade war between China and the U.S. has brought serious economic repercussions to China. A recent report issued by the National Institution for Finance and Development as well as the Institute of Economics under the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences states, “The robust and…Full Article China: Feels Backlash of Trade War with U.S. As Graduates Scramble for Jobs
FAHAD ALSUDAIS WRITES– As China and the European Union (EU) started a new round of trade talks in early April in the EU capital of Brussels, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang wrote in a column in the German business newspaper Handelsblatt that China is not attempting to weaken the developed…Full Article CHINA: China-EU Trade Talks Get Heated over Imbalances in Eastern Europe
OLIVIA AMEZCUA WRITES– There are currently eight known species of pangolins – four listed as critically endangered by International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the other four categorized as vulnerable, and all eight face declining populations. It is reported that about 300 pangolins are killed every day, meaning one…Full Article SINGAPORE: TRYING to save the Pangolins, a Most Worthy Cause