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Past articles by Nectar:

Watch Fox’s Trish Regan and CGTN’s Liu Xin trade blows in TV debate

Battle of the anchors ends with polite and restrained on-air discussion Unprecedented American audience for Beijing’s stance on trade war and economy → Read More

Watch Fox’s Trish Regan and CGTN’s Liu Xin trade blows in TV debate

Battle of the anchors ends with polite and restrained on-air discussion Unprecedented American audience for Beijing’s stance on trade war and economy → Read More

Advert depicting Tiananmen Square’s ‘Tank Man’ creates headaches for Leica Camera

Leica draws fire from online commenters and is censored on Chinese social media platform Weibo; spokeswoman says the advert was not an officially sanctioned marketing film commissioned by the company. → Read More

US-China trade war among most censored topics of 2018 on WeChat

The US-China trade war was one of the most censored topics last year on China’s widely popular WeChat app, according to research published this week.... → Read More

China releases video of ‘dead’ Uygur poet Abdurehim Heyit but fails to silence critics

China’s state media has released a video to counter claims that a prominent Uygur poet and musician had died – hours after his reported death prompted Turkey to condemn Beijing’s crackdown on the Muslim ethnic minority group as “a great shame for humanity”.... → Read More

Hi-tech dystopia or low-key incentive scheme? The complex reality of China’s social credit system

A dozen or so cities throughout the country are test beds for carrot-and-stick programmes to encourage businesses and individuals to comply with existing rules → Read More

China corruption watchdog’s big catch Zhao Zhengyong linked to string of scandals

Anti-corruption enforcers in China have caught their highest ranking “tiger” – as crooked senior officials are known – so far this year, with the arrest of a former Communist Party chief in the scandal-ridden northwest province of Shaanxi.... → Read More

Huawei fires sales director arrested in Poland on spying charges, says case not related

Huawei Technologies on Saturday said it had fired Wang Weijing, who was arrested by Poland’s counter-intelligence service on suspicion of spying. ... → Read More

Over 100 babies and toddlers given expired polio vaccines in China, months after last crisis

More than 100 children in eastern China have been given expired polio vaccines by a local health centre, according to mainland media, just months after a public health scare over faulty products.... → Read More

China says UN officials can visit Xinjiang as long as they ‘avoid interfering in domestic matters’

UN officials are welcome to visit Xinjiang as long as they obey Chinese law and follow the procedures, China said on Monday as it seeks to counter a global outcry over its mass internment programme in the far western region.... → Read More

What do we actually know about China’s mysterious spy agency?

Unlike the CIA or MI6, the Ministry of State Security doesn’t have an official website or any publicly listed contacts. So what is known about the sprawling espionage operation? → Read More

What Xi Jinping says can help save China from ‘terrifying tidal waves and horrifying storms’

Communist Party rule is key to weathering ‘unimaginable’ perils and dangers, according to Chinese president. → Read More

Xi Jinping: China to stick to Communist rule and its own path to cope with ‘unimaginable’ perils

China faces “unimaginable” perils and dangers ahead and must rely on Communist Party rule and economic reform to sail through them, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in one of the most watched speeches of his leadership in Beijing on Thursday.... → Read More

Yuan Mu, Chinese government spokesman who said no one had been killed in Tiananmen Square, dies aged 90

Official gained international notoriety following his defence of the crackdown on pro-democracy protests in the Chinese capital in June 1989 → Read More

Xi Jinping targets grass roots in push to extend Communist Party control

Commercial buildings, business districts and dedicated marketplaces in China are now required to set up Communist Party branches, joining a long list of economic and social institutions where the party is extending its reach.... → Read More

China’s top 100: local cadres beat tech titans to dominate Communist Party reform honours list

Grass-roots Communist Party cadres outnumber entrepreneurs and scientists in a list of 100 individuals commended by the party for their “outstanding contributions” to the country’s economic reform. ... → Read More

Fugitive Chinese tycoon Guo Wengui ‘has US$1.1 billion of assets frozen by Hong Kong court’

Court order on October 23 ‘prohibiting sales of 510 million shares of Haitong International’ awarded to government prosecutorsReport came on day of Guo’s press conference in New York, at which he vowed to reveal ‘truth’ about HNA Group founder Wang Jian’s death in France → Read More

Film director at centre of Taiwan political storm stands by Golden Horse remarks

The pro-independence director at the centre of a storm over Taiwan’s political status has stood by her remarks at the Golden Horse film awards, while the island’s president also weighed in to show support.... → Read More

Outcry as Chinese erotic writer jailed for more than 10 years over gay sex scenes in novel

Sentence provokes shock and outrage as critics point out many rapists face lighter sentences than pornographersNovelist fell foul of pre-internet ruling that people who sold more than 5,000 erotic books should serve more than a decade in prison → Read More

Xinjiang Uygurs: China boasts of its protection and support for cultures in white paper

Document comes as Beijing faces a backlash from foreign governments for holding up to 1 million Muslims in re-education campsGovernment says it is committed to protecting citizens’ freedom of religious belief → Read More