Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in ‘Mulan’ credits

By Ben Westcott and Selina WangCNN Business

Updated 0357 GMT (1157 HKT) September 9, 2020

Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in 'Mulan' credits
Disney hit by backlash after thanking Xinjiang authorities in 'Mulan' credits

Hong Kong (CNN Business)Disney has publicly thanked a Chinese government agency accused of human rights abuses in Xinjiang for its help in making “Mulan” — a revelation that has provoked a storm of criticism online.Disney (DIS) acknowledges several Chinese government bodies in the credits for the live-action remake of the 1998 animated picture of the same name, but a few in particular have raised red flags: The Xinjiang government’s publicity department and the Public Security and Tourism bureaus for Turpan, a city of about 633,400 people just outside Xinjiang’s capital Urumqi.Disney did not respond to a request for comment from CNN Business to its media inquiry line, and to US press officers about the film and the credits. It’s not clear how much of “Mulan” may have been shot in Xinjiang, though people who worked on the movie have said on social media and in interviews that they scouted and filmed locations there.The US State Department estimates that since 2015 as many as two million of the Muslim-majority Uyghurs and other Turkic minorities have been imprisoned in enormous re-education camps in Xinjiang.The Turpan Public Security Bureau has been listed by the US government as an organization involved in “human rights violations and abuses” in the region.Beijing has long defended the crackdown in Xinjiang as necessary to tackle extremism and terrorism, and said it is in line with Chinese law and international practice, calling accusations of mass detentions a “groundless lie” and “sensational rumor.” A spokesperson for the country’s foreign ministry on Tuesday reiterated its defense of what it calls its Xinjiang “vocational skills education and training centers.” CNN Business has reached out to the Xinjiang government and Turpan’s tourism bureau, but Turpan’s Public Security bureau could not be reached for comment.

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Pope Francis’s Silence on Xinjiang Speaks Volumes

A pope dedicated to human rights has said nothing on China, thanks to a secret deal with Beijing.

BY BENEDICT ROGERS | JULY 29, 2020, 11:33 AM FP

Pope Francis leaves the window of the Apostolic Palace overlooking St. Peter's Square in Vatican City after the Sunday Angelus prayer on July 22, 2018.

This month, the president of the Board of Deputies of British Jews wrote a most courageous letter to the Chinese ambassador in London.

Van der Zyl is just one of many faith leaders to speak out against the atrocities being committed in Xinjiang. But one voice has been strangely absent—that of Pope Francis, ordinarily a powerful advocate for the oppressed. His silence speaks to the dangers of the deal made with China by the Vatican—and demands that others in the church speak out.

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Lựa chọn của Hy Lạp

Thái Bình Thứ Bảy,  2/9/2017, 08:12 (GMT+7)

Du khách Trung Quốc trước trụ sở Quốc hội Hy Lạp. Ảnh: NYT

(TBKTSG) – Những đồng tiền đầu tư của Trung Quốc vào Hy Lạp – quốc gia Nam Âu, thành viên của Liên hiệp châu Âu (EU) mấy năm gần đây bị khủng hoảng kinh tế trầm trọng – đã bắt đầu sinh lợi nhuận, không chỉ tính bằng tiền bạc mà cả bằng ảnh hưởng chính trị ngày càng tăng của Bắc Kinh ở Hy Lạp và cả khối EU.

Trong cơn khủng hoảng kéo dài, Hy Lạp phải cầu xin sự trợ giúp của “bộ ba”, gồm EU, Ngân hàng Trung ương châu Âu (ECB) và Quỹ Tiền tệ quốc tế (IMF). Để được vay tiền cứu nguy, Hy Lạp phải thực hiện các biện pháp khắc khổ như tăng thuế, giảm trợ cấp xã hội, giảm biên chế và giảm lương công chức, tư nhân hóa tài sản quốc gia… dù phải đối mặt với làn sóng phẫn nộ của dân chúng. Giữa cảnh khốn quẫn đó, có một bàn tay chìa ra mà Hy Lạp khó mà từ chối: Trung Quốc. Tiếp tục đọc “Lựa chọn của Hy Lạp”

Người trẻ Trung Quốc cho rằng thảm sát Thiên An Môn đã quá là chuyện cũ của năm 1989

English: China’s Youth Think Tiananmen Was So 1989

Cẩn trọng với bất cứ điều gì dính líu tới chính trị, giới trẻ tinh hoa ở Trung Quốc đang giúp chính phủ loại bỏ vụ thảm sát Thiên An Môn ra khỏi ký ức.

Tôi vẫn còn nhớ lần đầu tiên tôi nói chuyện về sự kiện Thiên An Môn với bạn cùng phòng của mình. Đó là đêm trước lần kỷ niệm thứ 20 của ngày 4 tháng 6.

“Này, các cậu có biết ngày hôm nay là ngày gì không?”

“Ngày 4 tháng 6.”

“Còn gì nữa?” “Tao biết mày muốn nói gì,” bạn nằm ở giường dưới tôi nói. “Đó là ngày kỷ niệm. Nhưng chúng ta có thể làm gì được?”

Sự thụ động đó không phải là ngoại lệ trong giới trẻ ngày nay ở Trung Quốc. Thật là một ý nghĩ thời thượng để hy vọng rằng lớp người trẻ và có học ở Trung Quốc muốn giữ ngọn lửa cháy của những sinh viên biểu tình và kêu gọi cải cách dân chủ vào mùa hè năm 1989, chỉ để hứng chịu cuộc đụng độ chết chóc với quân lính ở quanh Quảng trường Thiên An Môn Trung tâm Bắc Kinh vào ngày 4 tháng 6. Nhưng từ tất cả những gì tôi thấy và nghe được, giới trẻ có học và lớp tinh hoa của Trung Quốc không quan tâm đến việc giữ ký ức về thảm sát Thiên An Môn, mà báo chí chính thống không đề cập đến và đảng Cộng sản cầm quyền gần như xóa bỏ hoàn toàn khỏi những diễn văn hay bài viết công khai. Tuổi trẻ của TQ chỉ muốn tập trung vào việc kiếm tiền và tránh xa những rắc rối. Tiếp tục đọc “Người trẻ Trung Quốc cho rằng thảm sát Thiên An Môn đã quá là chuyện cũ của năm 1989”

Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong

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The protest outside China’s liaison office in Hong Kong saw scuffles as demonstrators charged barriers and police used pepper spray to drive them back AFP/Anthony Wallace

Concerns are growing that the semi-autonomous city’s freedoms are under threat from Beijing, fuelling calls from some groups for greater autonomy or even a complete split from China.

Pro-independence activists Yau Wai-ching and Baggio Leung were arrested and charged Wednesday over causing chaos in the legislature after being barred from taking up their seats as lawmakers last year. Tiếp tục đọc “Police arrest nine more democracy activists in Hong Kong”

Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims

BEIJING: A Chinese official who allegedly declined to smoke in front of Muslims in Xinjiang has been demoted for taking an “unstable political stance,” a state-run newspaper reported on Tuesday (Apr 11).

Xinjiang, home to China’s Muslim Uighur ethnic minority, restricts religious practises – such as growing beards, wearing headscarves, and fasting during Ramadan – that are seen as symbols of “Islamic extremism”. Tiếp tục đọc “Chinese official demoted for not smoking in front of Muslims”

Amnesty criticises ‘rogue state’ China as global death penalty toll falls

Rights group calls on Beijing to publish figures to allow informed debate about use of capital punishment

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An execution chamber in Texas. The US last year carried out its lowest number of death sentences since 1991. Photograph: Pat Sullivan/AP

Amnesty International has sharply criticised China for continuing to conceal the number of people it sentences to death, as the human rights group reported a fall in executions globally last year. Tiếp tục đọc “Amnesty criticises ‘rogue state’ China as global death penalty toll falls”

China confirms arrest of Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che

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Beijing says the activist is being investigated on suspicion of ‘pursuing activity harmful to national security’.

Chinese authorities said Lee Ming-che was being investigated on ‘pursuing activities harmful to national security’ [AP]

China has confirmed it is detaining Taiwanese pro-democracy activist Lee Ming-che, who went missing last week.

Ma Xiaoguang, spokesman for China’s Taiwan Affairs Office, said Lee was being investigated on suspicion of “pursuing activities harmful to national security”.

Lee disappeared on March 19 after clearing immigration in Macau. He never showed up for a planned meeting later that day with a friend across the border in China’s city of Zhuhai. Tiếp tục đọc “China confirms arrest of Taiwan activist Lee Ming-che”

Punches, Kicks and the ‘Dangling Chair’: Detainee Tells of Torture in China

Xie Yang with his wife, Chen Guiqiu. Mr. Xie, a human rights lawyer who has been detained since July 2015, gave detailed accounts of torture in interviews transcribed by his attorneys. Credit China Human Rights Defenders

BEIJING — Perched unsteadily on a stack of plastic stools in an isolated room, Xie Yang, a Chinese lawyer, was encircled day and night by interrogators who blew smoke in his face, punched and kicked him, and threatened to turn him into an “invalid” unless he confessed to political crimes, he has said.

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Wife of Detained Chinese Rights Lawyer Seeks Angela Merkel’s Help

Protesters in Hong Kong demanding the release of the rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong in December. Mr. Jiang has been in custody since November, but the Chinese authorities have not disclosed where. Credit Tyrone Siu/Reuters

BEIJING — Last Sunday was the 19th wedding anniversary of Jin Bianling and her husband, the rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong. As usual, the couple spent it apart. Ms. Jin has not seen Mr. Jiang since 2013, when she and their daughter moved to California from China seeking safety from the state harassment that came along with Mr. Jiang’s work.

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Pro-democracy Hong Kong lawmaker condemns ‘violent attacks’

Chinese Propaganda Video Warns of West’s ‘Devilish Claws’

Joshua Wong, a student leader, delivering a speech in 2014 during protests in Hong Kong calling for greater democracy. A video spreading widely online in China depicts the city as a base for Western subversion, whipped up by figures like Mr. Wong. Credit Carlos Barria/Reuters

BEIJING — The ominous images in the video pile up, set to darkly urgent music. Refugees fleeing failed uprisings in the Middle East. Western diplomats and politicians cast as puppet masters of subversion in China. Chinese lawyers abjectly confessing to subversion in show trials. Protests erupting in Hong Kong.

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Lost lives: China’s invisible children fight to recover their missed years

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Lost lives: China’s invisible children fight to recover their missed years

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Thomson Reuters Foundation Dec 16, 2016

Living in Beijing for 23 years, Li Xue has never attended school, not even for a day.

China provides a free, nine-year education to every child but Li was not included. For the past 23 years, she has had no access to any form of social welfare. She has not been allowed to get married, find a job, or open a bank account.

Li was the second child born to her parents. Due to the nation’s one-child policy that ran from around 1978 until 2015 to curtail population growth, she didn’t exist in the Chinese government’s database. Tiếp tục đọc “Lost lives: China’s invisible children fight to recover their missed years”

Pageant Silences Beauty Queen, a Critic of China, at U.S. Contest

Anastasia Lin in Toronto last year. The Chinese authorities later blocked her from attending the Miss World pageant in China. Credit Ian Willms for The New York Times

After the Chinese authorities blocked the Canadian beauty queen Anastasia Lin from attending the 65th annual Miss World pageant in China last year, the event’s British organizers offered her a consolation prize, of sorts: They promised to allow her a chance to compete in the 2016 finals, which are currently underway in suburban Washington.

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3 Chinese Rights Activists Disappear in Apparent State Crackdown

HONG KONG — Three prominent Chinese rights activists appear to have been detained in recent weeks by the police, part of a continuing crackdown on groups operating outside the umbrella of the state, advocacy groups say.

The three men, Jiang Tianyong, Huang Qi and Liu Feiyue, all disappeared within days of each other in November, each in a different province. The police have charged only Mr. Liu with an offense. Rights groups say he was detained on Nov. 17 or 18 in the central province of Hubei on suspicion of subverting state power, which can carry a sentence of life in prison.

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