China in three views

Books | The country is the new riddle wrapped in a mystery inside an enigma
by Marvin Olasky
Posted 4/11/19, 01:46 pm

How China Sees the World, by John Friend and Bradley Thayer (University of Nebraska Press, 2018), stresses the troubling growth of Chinese racism, which first emerged as pushback against dominance by European nations and Japan. Then Chinese intellectuals channeled Darwin and argued racial groups were “either superior or inferior, modern or primitive, with the yellow and white races more advanced and civilized and the brown, black, and red much less so.”

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‘Now we are paying the price’

China | Hong Kong court convicts nine Umbrella Movement activists of ‘public nuisance’ crimes
by June Cheng
Posted 4/09/19, 03:27 pm

On Tuesday, a Hong Kong court found nine democracy activists guilty of public nuisance for their roles in the 2014 Umbrella Movement protests, a ruling that deals a blow to civil society in the former British colony. Supporters of the activists showed up to West Kowloon Court this week carrying bright yellow umbrellas, a symbol of the 79-day protest that had called for universal suffrage in Hong Kong.

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Hong Kong pro-democracy leaders found guilty

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 4/09/19, 12:36 pm

A Hong Kong court on Tuesday convicted nine leaders of large-scale, pro-democracy protests in 2014 of public nuisance crimes, sparking renewed calls for the territory’s political freedom from China. The defendants, including Baptist Pastor Chu Yiu-ming, law professor Benny Tai, and retired sociology professor Chan Kin-man, organized the “Occupy Central” protests, also known as the “Umbrella Movement,” to demand that the semi-autonomous region elect its own leader. The demonstrations blocked Hong Kong’s financial district for nearly three months.

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