Anthem gaffe goes viral as stadium plays Hong Kong pro-democracy theme song

Anthem gaffe goes viral as stadium plays Hong Kong pro-democracy theme song Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Was it intentional or a simple mistake? In a scene that went viral on social media in Hong Kong, the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong’s 2019 pro-democracy protests was blared over the sound system before a rugby match between Hong Kong and South Korea played just outside of Seoul on Sunday. The song, “Glory to Hong Kong,” which calls for democracy and liberty, rose to prominence during the widespread protests in Hong Kong in 2019 against increasing encroachment on civil liberties by mainland Chinese…

Analysis: Biden-Xi summit delivers calmer tone, reminders of US-China fault lines

Analysis: Biden-Xi summit delivers calmer tone, reminders of US-China fault lines Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Highly anticipated yet viewed with low expectations, the summit Monday between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping improved the tone in bilateral contacts after years of tensions while underscoring how Taiwan looms over efforts to keep a strategic rivalry from spiraling into conflict. After three hours of talks at a resort hotel on the Indonesian island of Bali on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit, Biden said he and Xi were “very blunt with one another,” while a Xi spokesperson…

Biden gets political boost on eve of key meeting with Xi

Biden gets political boost on eve of key meeting with Xi Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Leaders of half the world’s population gathered in Phnom Penh on Sunday but for the traveling White House press corps the big news was breaking half a world away as President Joe Biden’s Democrat Party re-secured control of the Senate in mid-term elections. That provided a political boost to Biden ahead of Monday’s face-to-face meeting in Bali, Indonesia, with China’s President Xi Jinping, which the American leader predicted would be defined by straight-talking between leaders of two rival powers. While the Democrats are still expected…

Biden steps up engagement with ASEAN amid China rivalry and global conflict

Biden steps up engagement with ASEAN amid China rivalry and global conflict Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com UPDATED AT 06:15 p.m. ET OF 11-12-2022 U.S. President Joe Biden offered rare praise for Cambodia’s authoritarian premier as he encouraged diplomatic support for ending the war in Ukraine and bringing peace to Myanmar at a summit with Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday. Although the control of U.S. Congress lies in the balance back in Washington, Biden signaled commitment to the region by attending an annual gathering of leaders of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. His appearance in Phnom Penh, a day after…

Well-heeled Chinese plan to flee amid COVID lockdowns, economic shift

Well-heeled Chinese plan to flee amid COVID lockdowns, economic shift Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com A growing share of wealthy and middle class Chinese are making plans to leave the country, citing the government’s stringent zero-COVID policies and a perceived return to the planned economy of the Mao era under leader Xi Jinping, according to online data and Chinese nationals with experience of the phenomenon. The WeChat Index, which publishes search statistics from the social media giant, on Thursday showed around 38.3 million searches using the keyword “emigration.”  While the #emigration hashtag wasn’t blocked on Weibo on Thursday, the number of…

Putin confirms he won’t travel to Bali for G20 summit

Putin confirms he won’t travel to Bali for G20 summit Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Russian President Vladimir Putin officially confirmed he won’t be coming to Bali to attend the G20 summit next week, a senior official of host country Indonesia said Thursday, adding the decision was for “the best for all of us.” Minister Luhut Pandjaitan was echoing analysts’ comments that Putin’s presence could cause tensions with Western leaders who oppose Russia’s war in Ukraine. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov will go to Bali in Putin’s place, said Luhut, the coordinating minister of maritime and investment affairs “We have been…

Tibetan monk dies after years of ill health following release from prison

Tibetan monk dies after years of ill health following release from prison Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com A Tibetan monk jailed for six years for opposing Chinese rule in Tibet has died after suffering failing health following his release from prison in 2018, RFA has learned. Geshe Tenzin Palsang, a resident of Draggo (in Chinese, Luhuo) county in Sichuan’s Kardze (Ganzi) Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture, died in September after his condition suddenly worsened, according to a source inside Tibet. “This was due to the torture he suffered in prison and lack of medical care after his release,” RFA’s source said, speaking on…

Uyghur Canadian leaders urge Trudeau to acknowledge ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang

Uyghur Canadian leaders urge Trudeau to acknowledge ‘genocide’ in Xinjiang Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Uyghur community leaders in Canada asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau why his administration has not followed Canada’s parliament in recognizing the situation in China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region as genocide. Trudeau met with about 10 community leaders on Monday in Montreal to discuss a wide range of topics related to Xinjiang, including the possibility of banning imports of products produced by forced labor.  “He said he was aware of it and looking into it. He said Canada was considering banning forced labor products coming into Canada,”…

Xinjiang party secretary visits areas where COVID lockdown protests occurred

Xinjiang party secretary visits areas where COVID lockdown protests occurred Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Xinjiang’s Communist Party secretary on Monday visited districts in the capital Urumqi in northwestern China where rare protests against severe coronavirus lockdown measures occurred last week.  Local police officers confirmed the demonstrations and authorities punished three Han Chinese men for spreading rumors about the highly contagious respiratory infection. Ma Xingrui visited districts and counties in Urumqi (in Chinese, Wulumuqi) hit by the recent wave of COVID-19 that struck Xinjiang in early August and impacted by the protests His visit included the Tianshan, Shayibak, Shuimogou, High-tech Zone,…

China imprisons 2 Tibetan monks for sending donations to Dalai Lama

China imprisons 2 Tibetan monks for sending donations to Dalai Lama Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com Chinese authorities in Tibet have sentenced two monks from the Kirti monastery in Sichuan province to prison for sending prayer offerings to the Dalai Lama and the abbot of their monastery, both living in exile in India, Radio Free Asia has learned. The two monks, Rachung Gendun and Sonam Gyatso, had both sent the donations to Tibet’s foremost spiritual leader and Kirti Rinpoche, sources said.  In both cases, details surrounding their trials and sentencing are not known in detail, but Chinese authorities consider it illegal…

Cambodia’s publicity shy king forced into center of political fracas

Cambodia’s publicity shy king forced into center of political fracas Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com As he approaches two decades on a powerless throne, Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni has found himself caught in a political fight between the country’s long-time strongman and a former opposition leader forced into exile. The dispute, which began with a public mudslinging between Prime Minister Hun Sen and his political nemesis, Sam Rainsy, over who had betrayed the nation, has put a spotlight on the European-educated former dance instructor, who as king has preferred to remain in the shadows.   “I believe that King Norodom Sihamoni did…

German leader broaches human rights in China, but activists wish he went further

German leader broaches human rights in China, but activists wish he went further Investigative Journalism at Ij-Reportika.com German Chancellor Olaf Scholz briefly addressed human rights while in Beijing on Friday for a meeting with Chinese leaders, but Uyghur and other rights groups said he didn’t go far enough. Meeting with Communist Party leader after Xi Jinping, who last month began his third five-year term in office, Scholz urged China to stand up for the international order and put pressure on Russia to end its war against Ukraine, according to a report by Politico Europe. At a joint press conference Friday…