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Taiwan calls for global defence against Beijing’s ‘intensifying military threat’

Taiwan’s foreign minister Joseph Wu urged the international community Wednesday to help defend his country and region against “expansionist” Chinese moves, saying Taipei feared Beijing would resort to force. Taiwan was “on the front line defending democracies from being taken over by the communist China” and needed help from other countries, he told the France […]

President Tsai says Taiwan ‘on front lines of freedom’ after Hong Kong crackdown

By Amber Wang Taiwan stands on the front lines of freedom and democracy, President Tsai Ing-wen said Thursday, as Beijing clamps down on Hong Kong and ramps up military activities in the region. In a video speech to an Australian think tank, Tsai called for like-minded countries to protect Taiwan, pitching the self-ruled democracy as […]

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 […]