Christian Shepherd

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1 Feb 2019 | 6:54 PM

Erik Prince had 'no knowledge' of training agreement in China's Xinjiang - spokesman

BEIJING (Reuters) - Former U.S. military contractor Erik Prince had "no knowledge or involvement" in a preliminary memorandum signed by a Hong Kong-listed company to build a training base in China's far western region of Xinjiang, his spokesman said on Friday.

1 Feb 2019 | 5:16 PM

Disappearing textbook highlights debate in China over academic freedom

BEIJING (Reuters) - A constitutional law textbook written by one China's best-known reform-minded legal scholars has been pulled from book shops, apparently the latest text to run afoul of a government campaign against "Western influence".

29 Jan 2019 | 1:52 PM

China jailing of rights website founder aimed at grassroots activism - group

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced the founder of a website that reported on human rights abuses to five years in jail for "inciting subversion" of state power, a verdict decried by a rights group as part of a campaign to bury grassroots activism.

28 Jan 2019 | 2:43 PM

China jailing of rights lawyer a 'mockery' of law, says rights group

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Monday jailed prominent rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang for 4-1/2 years for subversion of state power, a sentence denounced by Human Rights Watch as a "mockery" of Beijing's claims to champion the rule of law.

27 Jan 2019 | 4:18 PM

Spy novels, 'daigou' and democracy: the many lives of Australian writer held in China

BEIJING/SYDNEY (Reuters) - A Chinese-born Australian writer detained by authorities in Beijing for suspected espionage has long been a divisive figure among overseas Chinese dissidents and activists.

23 Jan 2019 | 4:21 PM

China detains students, labour activists in deepening crackdown

BEIJING/SHENZHEN (Reuters) - About a dozen Chinese labour activists and university students have either gone missing or been detained by police this week, sources told Reuters, amid a deepening crackdown on activists seeking improved rights for factory workers.

21 Jan 2019 | 5:18 PM

At a top Chinese university, activist "confessions" strike fear into students

BEIJING (Reuters) - In late December, on the leafy streets of China's prestigious Peking University, a handful of students held up banners to protest against a takeover of the campus Marxist society by the Chinese Communist Party-affiliated Student Association.

16 Jan 2019 | 1:08 PM

China anti-corruption hunt catches 'tiger' official

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's anti-graft watchdog has launched an investigation into the former top official of the central province of Shaanxi, the latest "tiger" to be ensnared in President Xi Jinping's crackdown on corruption.

14 Jan 2019 | 11:13 PM

China court sentences Canadian to death as diplomatic row deepens

BEIJING/OTTAWA (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Monday sentenced a Canadian man to be executed for drug smuggling, prompting Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to accuse China of using the death penalty arbitrarily.

14 Jan 2019 | 7:24 PM

China blocks Western diplomats from trial of 'cyber-dissident'

BEIJING (Reuters) - China on Monday blocked Western diplomats from attempting to attend the trial of a well-known Chinese activist who ran a website reporting alleged rights abuses, amid U.N. concerns about his health.