Christian Shepherd

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17 May 2018 | 11:19 PM

China's LGBT community treads cautiously amid intolerance

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's LGBT advocates cautiously organised awareness-raising events across the country to celebrate International Anti-Homophobia Day on Thursday amid concern of growing intolerance towards LGBT causes.

16 May 2018 | 9:07 PM

Writers urge China to end house arrest of Liu Xia, wife of Nobel laureate

BEIJING (Reuters) - More than two dozen writers, poets and artists on Wednesday called for the release of Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winner Liu Xiaobo, who has been under house arrest in China since her husband died in custody last year.

11 May 2018 | 3:07 PM

Chinese censorship of Eurovision prompts LGBT community outcry

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese broadcaster's censorship of gay-themed content during this week's Eurovision Song Contest has fuelled an outcry among the country's LGBT community and prompted the European Broadcasting Union to halt its relationship with the channel.

4 May 2018 | 1:59 PM

No regrets - Xi says Marxism still 'totally correct' for China

BEIJING (Reuters) - The decision of China's ruling Communist Party to stick with the political theories of Karl Marx remains "totally correct", President Xi Jinping said ahead of the 200th anniversary of the German philosopher's birth on Saturday.

3 May 2018 | 4:10 PM

Back to the future - Rejuvenating China pushes Marxism as 'true path'

BEIJING (Reuters) - With chat shows claiming "Marx was Right" and cartoons of his wild youth, China has gone to great lengths to show that the theories of German philosopher Karl Marx are still relevant today, ahead of the 200th anniversary of his birth on Saturday.

16 Apr 2018 | 8:19 PM

Families of Chinese activists face house arrest, harassment from 'smiling tigers'

BEIJING (Reuters) - When a team of Chinese state security agents picked up Li Wenzu and then prevented her from leaving her own home last week, she was scared but not surprised.

11 Apr 2018 | 5:22 PM

Wife of detained Chinese rights lawyer placed under house arrest, friend says

BEIJING/HONGKONG (Reuters) - Chinese authorities are holding the wife of a detained Chinese rights lawyer in her Beijing home after they cut short her protest march aiming to force authorities to explain his arrest, a friend said on Wednesday.

11 Apr 2018 | 4:01 PM

China keeps delaying talks on letting Liu Xiaobo’s widow leave the country – source

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is repeatedly postponing discussions with Western governments on the possibility that Liu Xia, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo, be allowed to leave the country, according to a source with direct knowledge of the case.

4 Apr 2018 | 6:18 PM

Wife of detained Chinese lawyer begins 100-km march to press for answers

BEIJING (Reuters) - The wife of a detained Chinese lawyer set off on Wednesday on a march of more than 100 km from Beijing to Tianjin city, where she believes her husband is being held incommunicado, in a bid to force authorities to explain his arrest.

4 Apr 2018 | 7:23 AM

Vatican deal a new trial for one Catholic village in north China

YOUTONG VILLAGE, China (Reuters) - Choosing a church can be complicated in China under the rule of the officially atheist Communist Party - especially in Youtong village, where roughly half the 5,000 residents are Catholics.