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by Viola Zhou in South China Morning Post, July 25, 2017
China’s popular and lucrative video-streaming websites are censoring their content and offering Communist Party propaganda as they brace for even tighter controls on the internet.
Video and live-streaming sites have been a major target of Beijing’s sweeping efforts to “clean up” the internet, with more than 70 shut down and more than 50 million users comments pulled since January, according to official figures.
Other sites have withdrawn material to comply with Beijing’s demand to promote “socialist values”. Earlier this month, nearly all …

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by Jane Cai in South China Morning Post, July 25, 2017
Chinese police will strike hard against shady financial schemes because of the risk of social unrest from such fundraising ploys, according to the Public Security Ministry. The warning came a day before a rare gathering of thousands of protesters in Beijing on Monday. They were members of Shanxinhui (Kindness Exchange), a fundraising scheme declared illegal by the Chinese authorities over the weekend.
“There are huge risks in new types of financial crime in this era of the internet … we must …

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By Li Yincai in Global Times, July 24, 2017 at 20:58:39
The author is an assistant research fellow from the Institute of International Relations at Shanghai Academy of Social Sciences.
There have been remarkable changes in China’s neighborhood diplomacy in recent years. Taking active steps, China has endeavored to guide and shape the environment around it. But it faces increasing risks and challenges.
Over the past two years, China has seen significant fluctuations in its relations with neighboring countries, in particular the Philippines, South Korea and North Korea. The ruling of the South …

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by Minnie Chan in South China Morning Post, July 25, 2017
China’s biggest annual war games, at Asia’s largest military training base, will have a special guest on August 1 to mark the 90th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA).
Sources close to the PLA, the world’s largest army, have told the South China Morning Post that President Xi Jinping will make his first known visit to the Zhurihe Combined Tactics Training Base, 400km northwest of Beijing in Inner Mongolia, to observe war games involving cyberwarfare, special troops, …

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By THOMAS ERDBRINK in the NY Times, JULY 25, 2017
NEYSHABUR, Iran — When Zuao Ru Lin, a Beijing entrepreneur, first heard about business opportunities in eastern Iran, he was skeptical. But then he bought a map and began to envision the region without any borders, as one enormous market.
“Many countries are close by, even Europe,” Mr. Lin, 49, said while driving his white BMW over the highway connecting Tehran to the eastern Iranian city of Mashhad recently. “Iran is at the center of everything.”
For millenniums, Iran has prospered as a …

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PTI report in the Times of India, | Jul 25, 2017, 10:10 AM IST
WASHINGTON: China is increasingly resorting to “coercive, assertive practices” to achieve its goals in the Asia-Pacific region, as seen in the disputed South China Sea, a senior official of the US foreign intelligence service said.
The remarks from Michael Collins, deputy assistant director at the Central Intelligence Agency’s East Asian Mission Centre, came as the Pentagon on Monday said that a US Navy surveillance aircraft was intercepted on Sunday by two Chinese J-10 fighters in an “unsafe” manner …

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by Tahseen Ali in bdnews24.com, July 24, 2017
The western media and several otherwise well-intentioned nongovernmental organizations routinely criticize Bangladesh for taking actions against leaders of the country’s main opposition party, the Bangladesh Nationalist Party, or BNP. They assume that accusing opposition party members with crimes is automatically undemocratic and undermines the rule of law.
In fact, the opposite is the case, and a top court in Canada recently provided proof.
Earlier this year, Judge Henry S. Brown in the Federal Court of Canada, acting in an immigration case, concluded that the BNP …

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by Tanvir Sohel and Riadul Karim in Prothom Alo, Jul 25, 2017
Field-level officials of the election commission (EC) are in favour of deploying defence personnel as regular law enforcement to create confidence among voters during the next general elections.
They came up with these recommendations as their opinion was sought in order to amend 14 laws, rules and directives ahead of the 11th parliamentary polls.
Reinsertion of the provision for ‘No’ option in the ballot paper is another of the 58 recommendations the officials submitted to the law section of the EC …