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Seven China stories to watch

International | Here’s a list of top China-related issues to follow as 2019 begins
by June Cheng
Posted 1/02/19, 04:28 pm

2018 was a busy year for China reporters as President Xi Jinping consolidated power, tightened control of civil society, and increased influence abroad. The new year promises a likely continuation of Beijing’s journey toward greater authoritarianism. Here are seven stories worth following in 2019.

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Protesters call for Sudanese president’s resignation

International | The unrest began over difficult economic conditions
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/31/18, 01:32 pm

Protests that began over rising prices in Sudan have grown into the largest uprising yet against the 29-year rule of Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.

The demonstrations began Dec. 19 in the eastern city of Atbara over the increasing cost of bread and fuel, and then spread to several other cities, including the capital, Khartoum. Amnesty International said last week that at least 37 protesters died over the first five days of clashes with police.

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Trial begins for Chinese human rights lawyer

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 12/26/18, 10:38 am

China on Wednesday started the closed-door trial of Wang Quanzhang, one of the country’s most prominent human rights lawyers.

Plainclothes police cordoned off the front of the Tianjin No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court to prevent anyone from entering. Authorities also detained at least five people who turned up to support him, including his sister, Wang Quanxiu.

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