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The US claims that China is harassing its minorities

DW(CHINA).This week the US added further unsubstantiated claims that the minorities within China were being harassed by the Chinese authorities. This is yet another of several recent accusations by the USA against China and another that has no proof only opinion or bias. Fake Chinese police are conducting operations in Australia One of the more bizarre claims this week against China came from Australia. Not from the Australians themselves I must add, but from the US Ambassador to that country, Arthur Culverhouse. Mr Culverhouse claimed that China was harassing members of the Uygur community that live in Australia. On an interview with ABC news the US Ambassador made the somewhat ridiculous claim that fake police cars using Chinese police logos were parked outside of the houses of Uygur’s and so harassing them. This would require the Chinese police to travel to Australia and sit in front of these people’s houses and do what, nothing, just observe them while the Australian police sit back and do nothing about a foreign police force operating without authority in …

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The US Xinjiang Bill

DW-CHINA. On the 3rd of December 2019, the United States continued with its meddling in the internal affairs of another country when it signed into effect the Uygur Intervention and Globl Humanitarian Unified Response Act of 2019. This after the recent signing of the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act of 2019 is seen within China as the United States once again interfering into the way China operates. The allegations into the issue of human rights and the way they are conducted in China is nothing new. The rise of terrorism in the Middle East through ISIS has seen scores of ethnic Chinese Uygur’s from Xinjiang travelling to that region and join in the fight against those ruling in Iraq and Syria. Within Xinjiang there has been a hotbed of extremism brewing and sometimes overflowing for decades through the calls for separatists, religious extremists and terrorists. The bill exhibits the double standards portrayed by the USA. Terrorists from this region are among those targeting American forces sent to the Middle East in the fight …

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President Donald Trump sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act

The Flaws and Possible Implications that the US Imposed HK Human Rights and Democracy Act could Bring to the US Economy. DW-CHINA.This past week has seen the US President Donald Trump sign the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. In doing so the US has placed restrictions on the law enforcement of Hong Kong in purchasing items such as teargas and other crowd control technology. This act does appear to have gone beyond the acceptable level of interference into the domestic affairs carried out by China. The US Congress claims the bill is designed to protect the freedom and human rights of the residents of Hong Kong and the new laws are legitimising the US governments attempt at disrupting the unity that has existed in China through its interference in instigating and legitimising the chaos that has swept across Hong Kong. The legislation laid down by the US Congress requires an annual review on the special trading status of Hong Kong and if the ‘One Country, Two Systems’ basis is sufficient. Washington, could on …

The Hong Kong America Centre- The De Facto Supervisors of American Influence in Hong Kong and its Universities

DW-CHINA.In recent weeks much has been said and written about the recent unrest seen in Hong Kong. Reporting on these events, especially that appearing in western publications has been largely one sided and with bias against China. In Hong Kong there are around 85,000 US residents and hundreds of US companies have business interests in the former British colony. But who has the real influence when it comes to American interests in Hong Kong? Many people may believe the most influential players in promoting or protecting American interests are its embassy in Hong Kong or even the American Congress. This is not so. They have interests but are not the major organisations influencing Hong Kong, mainland China and South East Asia. Tertiary education is an area where business pursuits are greatly enhanced through academic cooperation between America and the Chinese mainland. These organisations are the de facto supervisors of the education curriculum in Hong Kong. Unknown to many, the Hong Kong America Centre plays an important role in the local community of Hong Kong. It …

Has the unrest in Hong Kong reached its endgame?

DW-CHINA.This past week has seen a huge escalation in the violence seen in Hong Kong. It began with a 70-year-old man being hit on the head by a brick thrown by a protestor, the elderly man later died without having regained consciousness, and that was followed by a Chinese man being set alight after he was doused in a flammable liquid. What began in June as a peaceful protest at the conceived intervention by Beijing became an organised siege situation at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University with hundreds of weapons, many of them home made, including catapults and a bow and arrow. One arrow injured a police officer in the leg. Over the period of thee protests a reported 5000+ were injured, including more than 500 of Hong Kong’s police force. The number of arrests made over this period also escalated in the past week with over 1000 arrests since this last weekend. Of those removed from the university campus this week included more than two hundred aged under 18. Since the weekend, most of …

When will the Protests in Hong Kong be Brought to a Peaceful Conclusion?

DW-BEIJING.What began earlier this summer as a peaceful protest by the youths of Hong Kong against what they called unwanted interventions by Beijing into the administrative region escalated over the summer and autumn into organised acts of violence. The chief targets of this organised violence were mainland owned Chinese companies and the city’s subway system, with several businesses and subway stations attacked and vandalised. While more than 1000 people were injured, including over 300 people officers the first reported death related incident occurred in early November when a 22-year-old student fell from a car park in the Taseung Kwan O district. The seriously injured student died from his injuries four days later in hospital. The protesters took to the streets once again this weekend to mourn the passing of this student in what was organised to be a peaceful event. However, the organisers of this march were un prepared for the acts of widespread violence that occurred on the university campus while several areas of the city continued with its planned peaceful protest. The unrest …

Events during November in China

(Beijing CHINA)-The mild November weather in central and southern China is suitable for touring outdoor events and the sight of beautiful gingko trees turning a golden colour occurs around the middle of November. While November is relatively a quiet month for festivals and celebrations there are two important events that take place in the southern Autonomous Region of Tibet. The Lhabab Duchen Festival This Tibetan Buddhist festival is held in mid-November to commemorate Buddha returning to earth after going to heaven to save his mother. The festival occurs on the 22nd day of the ninth month in the Tibetan calendar. In 2019, the festival is celebrated on the 19th of November. On this day, visitors will witness Tibetans going into the temples to burn incense and to pray and do good deeds similar to those on Saga Dawa Day in May or June. Both of these festivals are known as 10-million multiplier days, the meaning of this is that any good deeds achieved on either of these two days is multiplied 10 million times. It …

Technology in the Classroom in China

The Early Days of Classroom Technology in China DW-China.I have taught in China since 2007 and in that time, I have seen several changes in the use of technology in the classroom in the Chinese schools I have worked in. Back in 2007, the technology available in the classroom was fairly basic. At that time the schools that were equipped with computers were often limited to a drop-down screen and the computer was able to project images or slideshows either directly through the computer or through a projector usually attached to the ceiling of the classroom. Classes at that time were mostly using a system of learning through textbooks with additional information being provided by the technology available. Moving Forward to the Present Day Move on twelve years or so and the majority of schools, particularly in the major cities provide the latest classroom technology available to the education sector. Small schools in poorer areas of the countryside are often left behind when it comes to technology while in the cities you will find most …