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Australia rejects Beijing’s South China Sea claims, backing US

Australia has rejected Beijing’s territorial and maritime claims in the South China Sea in a formal declaration to the United Nations, aligning itself more closely with Washington in the escalating row. In a statement filed on Thursday, Australia said there was “no legal basis” to several disputed Chinese claims in the sea including those related to the construction of artificial islands on small shoals and reefs. “Australia rejects China’s claim to […]

Tensions escalate as US orders China consulate to close

By Mark Felix US-Chinese relations, already tense over the coronavirus pandemic and Beijing’s crackdown in Hong Kong, deteriorated once again on Wednesday as Washington ordered the closure of the Chinese consulate in Houston within 72 hours. China slammed the US move, which came one day after the unveiling of a US indictment targeting two Chinese […]

COMMENTARY & ANALYSIS

We need dialogue, not inward-facing conformities: How China censored my speech on the South China Sea

In spite of the restrictions on free speech in China, I’ve always had very positive experiences at academic conferences. Although Chinese academics are not always free to speak their minds, I’ve repeatedly experienced surprising levels of candour from Chinese counterparts and have always been given the opportunity to speak freely and share my views at […]

Freedom segregated: China to set up open internet zone on tourist island

By Oiwan Lam Netizens in mainland China are expressing outrage over a proposal of the Hainan government that would enable access to overseas social media platforms that are otherwise censored in China. The policy was met with firm criticism when it was released on June 21, on the provincial government website. Some described it as being “unfair” to […]

FEATURES

Feature: After ‘high seas pursuit’, Sea Shepherd urges Beijing to prosecute illegal fishing fleet

With mountains of plastic gill nets strewn across its aft deck, the M/Y Steve Irwin could be a long-distance trawler at first sight. But the catch for this camouflage-coated ship anchored off northeastern Lantau are the fishing trawlers themselves. The nets it carries are the confiscated weapons of the illegal fishers they have foiled; more spoils of war […]