China: CCP impedes independent political candidates although affirms the opposite

China 12/21/21, 16:45

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) stated it has reached a “full-process people’s democracy,” but independent candidates alleged it was a plain lie. Chinese leader Xi Jinping on December 8th said the CCP always “respects and protects human rights” ahead of the Democracy Summit hosted by the U.S. Multiple CCP officials later ...

Evergrande officially defaulted, Chinese creditors file lawsuits

China 12/21/21, 16:19

China Evergrande, the former real state giant, is officially confirmed defaulted on Dec. 17th by credit rating agency Standard & Poor's Global as it failed to pay its bond payments earlier this month. S&P said Evergrande had requested the rating to be withdrawn following a downgrade to 'selective default'. Rating companies ...

CCP Media reporters spy on Starbucks after applying for jobs there

China 12/21/21, 05:48

Starbucks is facing a stream of criticism in mainland China after a journalist for state-owned media spied on its stores as an employee there. Beijing News on Dec. 13 alleged that two Starbucks stores were using expired ingredients. The paper credited the findings to its reporters who worked there after passing ...

China: Zhejiang epidemic is getting worse

China 12/21/21, 04:57

According to the Epoch Times, as of 4:00 pm on Dec. 16, the Zhejiang government said that 50 more COVID-19 cases were detected within the past 24 hours in three areas: Ningbo, Shaoxing, and Hangzhou. By Dec. 6, there were 342 cases of COVID infections.  Zhenhai District of Ningbo City has ...

Former Wall Street banker missing in China amid financial misconduct probe

China 12/21/21, 02:13

According to financial magazine Caixin, the founder of a Chinese private equity fund and former Wall Street banker has gone missing after Chinese authorities launched an inquiry into alleged financial wrongdoing at his firm. Wang Chaoyong, 56, widely known as the "The Golden Boy of Wall Street," last appeared at Chinaequity ...

China: Almost 25% of teenagers suffer from depression

China 12/21/21, 02:05

The Epoch Times cited a Chinese government report from 2020, stating that the depression rate among Chinese teenagers is 24.6%. The number of young people with mild depression is 17.2%, and the rate of major depression is 7.4% In December 2019, China acknowledged that mental health, especially among children and adolescents, had ...

Microsoft Bing turns off features at Chinese government’s behest

China 12/21/21, 01:57

Microsoft's Bing Search Engine announced on Dec. 17 that "Bing China" has suspended the search auto-suggest function for 30 days at the request of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). As a global search platform, Bing clarifies that it will continue to respect legal principles and users' privacy rights. Significantly, it would help customers ...

US Lawmakers call on NBC to address China’s human rights abuses during Olympics coverage

China 12/20/21, 21:50

U.S. Lawmakers are calling on NBCUniversal, a news and entertainment network to honor their broadcasting roles that include providing background coverage of the Chinese regime's human rights abuses. Senator Jeff Merkley and Representative James McGovern, the chair and co-chair of the Congressional-Executive Commission on China (CECC), a bipartisan and bicameral committee ...

Xi Jinping’s wife making shock waves in Xi’s art propaganda campaign

China 12/20/21, 21:34

On Dec. 14, the CPC National Federation of the 11th National People's Congress and General Secretary of the Tenth National People's Congress was held in Beijing. When Chinese leader Xi Jinping appeared, Peng Liyuan, Xi's wife, also was shown by CCTV cameras. On the same day, Xinhua News Agency also published ...

China’s Central Bank progressively under Beijing dictates

China 12/20/21, 21:34

China's Central Bank is increasingly under Beijing's mandates and losing its special economic status as its policies become affected by political pressures, a Vision Times analysis published on Dec. 18 concluded.  To support that argument, the analysis brought about the recent example of contradictory mandatory reserve policies of the People's Bank ...

CCP media excludes Xi Jinping as it praises party’s success

China 12/20/21, 16:29

Chinese state-run media ignored Xi Jinping in a propaganda article praising the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) on December 9th. The piece entitled "Reform and Opening is the great awakening of the China Communist Party" was reposted on prominent news agencies in mainland China such as the People’s Daily and Qiu Shi. According ...

Beijing asks Evergrande to solve problem of unpaid salary to migrant workers 

China 12/20/21, 15:22

The Chinese government asked Evergrande to prioritize on settling payments for migrant workers and contractors of its real estate projects before the Lunar New Year, Bloomberg reported.  Evergrande's progress in rolling out new-built houses and completing their projects is slower than expected, so the salary payment to employees is dragging on.  On ...

Multiple provinces in China cut civil servants’ salaries due to tight budget

China 12/20/21, 14:47

Many civil servants in Jiangsu, Zhejiang, Guangdong, Fujian, and Guangdong provinces have had their salaries trimmed since December 2021 with the rate cut between 20% to 30%, the Epoch Times citing local sources reported. Accordingly, Shanghai has been considering a salary cut and Shaoguan has mainly reduced payrolls.   One female official in ...