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China stories to watch

China | Seven top issues to follow in 2020
by June Cheng
Posted 1/10/20, 04:14 pm

At the beginning of 2019, I listed seven China-related stories worth following throughout the year. Some became big headlines—the Uighur detentions, the U.S.-China trade war, and Chinese influence overseas. Others are perennial issues, such as Taiwan’s relationship with China and China’s Belt and Road Initiative. Still others represented the trend of greater control in the country, such as the government crackdown on Christians and forced disappearances.

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The ‘killing’ of the Catholic Church in China

International | Conditions continue to worsen after the government’s agreement with the Vatican
by Mindy Belz
Posted 1/09/20, 03:56 pm

CHINA: Government authorities have closed more than 100 Catholic places of worship in Fuzhou, where clergy have resisted joining the government-controlled church. The Vatican in 2018 signed an agreement with the Chinese government pledging to cooperate in the selection of bishops, but the agreement also stipulated authorities would “respect” conscientious objectors.

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New Year, renewed resolve

International | Hong Kong protesters remain dedicated to their call for change
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 1/07/20, 03:58 pm

Hong Kong entered a new year with continuing demonstrations calling for democracy. On Sunday, thousands of protesters marched near the border with China to decry “parallel traders” who buy duty-free goods in Hong Kong and sell them at a profit on the mainland. Police pepper-sprayed and arrested dozens of these protesters on charges of diverting from their authorized route.

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