South Korea, US and Chinese authorities have scrambled for confirmation of the test, however officials in Seoul have cast doubt on the claim it was a hydrogen bomb saying no radiation had been detected. If confirmed, the explosion marks a major step forward in the country’s nuclear development. The surprise test was personally ordered by North Korean leader Kim Jong-un and came just two days before his birthday :::: Read the full article »»»»
Many financial analysts have rushed to describe the current global stock market turmoil as a historic event, unprecedented, a bloodbath, however its evolution has so far been quite traditional. The correction, if that’s what this is, has been building since 2011/12 when many analysts began to question the numbers attached to Chinese growth, peaking earlier this year when markets reached new optimism, April marked historic highs for global indices. And while markets around the globe rally to retake losses, China remains the question on everyone’s lips.
Globally this current selloff started as a repricing of growth outlooks, in the main based on believable or unbelievable numbers out of China over the past 5 years, mounting evidence of economic weakness in the worlds second largest economy, coupled with persistent low growth in Europe and Japan, made it hard for markets to ignore the impact on earnings and profitability of what looked suspiciously like a global slowdown :: Read the full article »»»»
A popular but controversial documentary on China’s struggles with pollution was inaccessible on China’s video sharing websites on Saturday, sparking concern from Chinese Internet users it had been censored within a week of its launch.
Under the Dome, a film by journalist Chai Jing that explains air pollution in straightforward terms, spurred a national debate after its release last weekend and quickly garnered hundreds of millions of views on streaming video sites :: Read the full article »»»»
China-tech watchers are saying China has all but blocked the last remaining ways for people to access Gmail, Google’s email service.
They say Gmail traffic in China was shut down last week after Chinese authorities apparently plugged the third-party applications that allowed users to get around existing hurdles. Only a trickle of emails have got through since.
Gmail is the world’s biggest email service and has been largely inaccessible from within China since the run-up in June to the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators.
But users could still access the service by using third-party mail applications, rather than the webpage. Gmail users could access emails downloaded via protocols like IMAP, SMTP and POP3, allowing users to communicate using Gmail on apps like Apple iPhone’s Mail and Microsoft Outlook :: Read the full article »»»»
A Chinese court has sentenced one of China’s most prominent rights advocates to four years in prison after he campaigned for the rights of children from rural areas to be educated in cities and for officials to disclose their assets.
The Beijing Number 1 intermediate people’s court found Xu Zhiyong guilty of “gathering a crowd to disturb public order”, the court said on its official microblog. Xu was tried on Wednesday.
Xu’s jailing will send a stark warning to activists that the Chinese Communist Party will crush any challenge to its rule, especially from those who seek to organise campaigns.
It also diminishes hopes for meaningful political change, even as China pledges to embark on economic reforms :: Read the full article »»»»
A prominent scholar has been arrested in China just weeks after criticising the government in an interview with Australia’s ABC, Ilham Tohti’s family say around 30 police came to his home to take away the Beijing based ethnic Muslin Uighur, he is now being held in an unknown location.
China’s foreign ministry spokesman, Hong Lei, says Mr Tohti is “suspected of breaking the law” computers have been removed from his home, but no further details would been given.
Mr Tohti’s supporters fear his detention is part of a wider crackdown on dissent coming out of the far-Western Xinjiang province following an apparent car fire suicide attack at Tiananmen Gate.
Ilham Tohti is well known for his research on Uyghur-Han relations and is a vocal advocate for the implementation of regional autonomy laws in China, Mr Tohti, a prominent blogger, was the host of Uyghur Online, a website that discusses Uyghur issues. Tohti was previously detained shortly after the 2009 Ürümqi riots by the authorities :: Read the full article »»»»