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China’s Former Interpol Chief ‘in Secret Bribery Probe’ After Resignation

The former head of Interpol, Meng Hongwei, is being held for investigation for corruption at a secret location "on the outskirts of Beijing" after the international police body accepted his resignation "with immediate effect" on Sunday, RFA has learned.

Thousands of Chinese Army Veterans March Over Police Beatings

Authorities in the eastern Chinese province of Shandong have sealed off a city after thousands of People's Liberation Army (PLA) veterans converged there over a weekend of protests and clashes over police beatings of their former comrades-in-arms, local activists and residents told RFA on Monday.

Myanmar Leader Hit With Rakhine Protests in Tokyo, Vows More Transparency on Rohingya Crisis

About 70 ethnic Rakhines protested outside the Myanmar embassy in Tokyo on Monday, calling on State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi to release a Rakhine nationalist leader and a social activist arrested earlier this year and charged with treason.

China And Russia Eye Mongolian Gas Route

Warming relations have renewed prospects for delivering Russian energy supplies through Mongolia to China as rising demand competes with historical mistrust.

Vietnamese Activists Given Long Prison Terms After One-Day Trial

Five Vietnamese activists were sentenced Friday in a Ho Chi Minh City court after being found guilty in a one-day trial of involvement in a political group that authorities deemed to have challenged Vietnam’s Communist one-party system.

Interview: ‘We Give Them a Warning Before Ordering Them to Stand as Punishment’

Beginning in April 2017, Uyghurs accused of harboring “strong religious views” and “politically incorrect” ideas have been jailed or detained in re-education camps throughout northwest China’s Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (XUAR), where members of the ethnic group have long complained of pervasive discrimination, religious repression, and cultural suppression under Chinese rule.

Cambodia to Lose Preferential Trade Status With EU Amid Worsening Rights Record

The European Union on Friday informed Cambodia that it will lose preferential trade status unless it makes “clear and demonstrable improvements” to its rights record, as dictated by a tariff-free export scheme the country benefits from when sending goods to the bloc, according to media reports.

Journalists Hit Out At Visa Denial to Foreign Correspondents’ Club Official

Authorities in Hong Kong have rejected the visa renewal application of a Financial Times journalist who chaired a speaking event featuring a pro-independence politician at the Foreign Correspondents' Club (FCC) in August, effectively barring him from working in the city.

Pence Speech Marks ‘Major Political Milestone’ in US-China Ties: Analysts

A speech by U.S. vice-president Mike Pence outlining the Trump administration's "new approach" to China may not herald a new cold war, but is a belated recognition of the intentions of President Xi Jinping's administration, Chinese commentators said on Friday.

Peace Accord Signatories to Hold Talks With Myanmar State Counselor, Military Chief

Myanmar State Counselor Aung San Suu Kyi, the country’s military chief, and representatives from ethnic armed groups that have signed the government’s nationwide cease-fire accord will discuss basic principles for a future federal system of governance and a one-army policy when they meet on Oct. 15, leaders who are involved in the process said Friday.

North Korean Military Sees Increase in Officers Seeking Discharge

As their elite status begins to wane, many of North Korea’s high-ranking military officers are now trying to exit the military, according to an RFA Korean Service source.

Former Myanmar Government Minister Calls For Retrial of Jailed Reuters Reporters

Myanmar’s outspoken former information minister on Thursday called for a review and retrial of a case involving two Reuters reporters sentenced to seven year in prison for breaching a law on state secrets, in a ruling that human rights groups and media advocates have strongly condemned as a sham and a blow to press freedom.

Former CNRP Lawmaker Calls For Release of Party Members Still Held in Jail

Former Cambodian opposition party lawmaker Ou Chanrath called on the government on Wednesday to free all members of the Cambodia National Rescue Party still held in the country’s jails, saying their release will pose no threat to national security.

Myanmar’s Peace Body Wants Armed Groups to Meet With Aung Sang Suu Kyi, Military...

Myanmar’s Peace Commission wants government officials, military officers, and ethnic armed groups that have signed the country’s nationwide ceasefire agreement (NCA) to meet with top national leaders on Oct. 15 to iron out unresolved issues in the slow-moving peace process, a leader from one of the organizations said Wednesday.

Chinese Actress Makes Public Apology For Tax Evasion After ‘Disappearance’

Chinese actress Fan Bingbing, who had been missing from the public eye for nearly three months, has been fined nearly U.S.$130 million for tax evasion, and posted a statement of "remorse" to social media.

Vaccine Campaigner Detained on Tiananmen Square After Protest of ‘Despair’

Authorities in the Chinese capital detained the mother of a child left with severe health problems following a faulty vaccine after she ran towards the national flagpole in Tiananmen Square in a bid to self-harm in protest at the lack of redress.

Cambodian Exile Denies Link to Arms-Smuggling Case

Eight persons arrested in Cambodia last week and accused of smuggling arms are not members of the Khmer National Liberation Front despite government claims, a KNLF leader told RFA’s Khmer Service on Tuesday.

China Curbs Teachers’ Overseas Travel, Recalls Passports ‘Nationwide’

China is issuing an effective travel ban to teachers in its elementary and secondary schools, recalling their passports in some locations ahead of the National Day holiday this week, RFA has learned.

Chinese Journalist’s Arrest Shows State Media Fight For Ruling Party

The recent arrest of a Chinese state TV journalist on suspicion of assault on the fringes of a U.K. political event highlights Beijing's expectation that its journalists act as a "shining sword" for the ruling Chinese Communist Party, analysts said on Tuesday.

Jailed Vietnamese Dissident Denied Family Visit For Not Confessing ‘Guilt’

Vietnamese political prisoner Tran Thi Nga was refused permission to see her husband and children on Saturday when her family came to visit, a move intended to punish her for refusing to “follow prison rules,” her husband told RFA’s Vietnamese Service.