Tibetans say compensation for Chinese land grab is too low
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Tibetan families whose pasture land was sold to Chinese businessmen without their knowledge or consent say that compensation belatedly offered to them – 3,000 yuan, or about US$415 each – is far too low, sources familiar with the situation told Radio Free Asia. Four Tibetans who had been arrested April 10 for protesting the land grab in Markham county in Chamdo, or Changdu in Chinese, in the Tibet Autonomous Region, were released, but said they had been beaten while in detention, a source told RFA Tibetan on condition of anonymity for safety reasons. “The four of them were released on April 16 ..read more
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Uyghur butcher served 7 years in jail for urging friends not to drink alcohol or smoke
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A Uyghur butcher serving a seven-year prison sentence in southern Xinjiang for advising friends not to drink alcohol or smoke at a gathering has been released alive and returned to his family, sources with knowledge of the situation said. It marks the first time that one of the roughly 100 jailed Uyghur residents from Xaneriq village had been released alive, said an Uyghur from the area who now lives abroad, but who did not give his name for fear of retribution. Authorities freed Mahmudjan Muqeddem, 46, who hails from the Tawaqchi community of Xaneriq village, on April 11, he said. The village ..read more
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Junta forces Rohingyas to protest ethnic rebels in Myanmar’s Rakhine state
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Junta authorities in western Myanmar forced hundreds of Rohingya Muslims to protest an ethnic rebel offensive that has the military on the ropes in Rakhine state – and fining them if they didn’t participate, residents said Monday. It’s the latest bid by the junta to stoke ethnic tensions in the region, where a military clearance operation in 2017 killed thousands of Rohingyas and sent nearly 1 million fleeing into neighboring Bangladesh. Authorities have been pressing those who remain in a patchwork of villages and camps for the displaced into military service in recent weeks. A participant in ..read more
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Does this video show a military convoy in Myanmar’s Rakhine state?
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A video of tanks being transported has been shared repeatedly in Burmese-language social media posts that claim it was taken in Myanmar’s Rakhine state in March 2024. But this is false. The video was in fact filmed at a market in the southwestern part of Cambodia and began to circulate online as early as January.  The video was shared by several Facebook users on March 10, 2024, and shows what appears to be a convoy of large trucks transporting tanks adorned in camouflage patterns along a roadway.  “10/3/2024 Rakhine,” reads the headline in Burmese.  A screenshot of the Facebook ..read more
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Smuggling of used cars into North Korea rises amid post-COVID demand
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A recent surge in demand for used cars in North Korea has triggered an increase in car smuggling from China, with dozens of vehicles crossing a shallow section of the Yalu River every day, several sources told Radio Free Asia. The used vehicles include a variety of cars that are often dismantled once they reach North Korea so that their parts can be used for the repair and maintenance of other vehicles, the sources said. Trucks are also among the recent imports, raising the possibility that they’re needed on development projects emphasized by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. Cars were regularl ..read more
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INTERVIEW: ‘There's exposure across Wall Street’
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The House Select Committee on the Chinese Communist Party last week released a report detailing investments by two American financial institutions for Chinese companies “red-flagged or blacklisted” by the United States for advancing China’s military or for rights abuses. The report says two fund providers, in particular, are responsible for funneling billions of dollars invested by regular Americans in their index and retirement funds into the companies – even if it’s all legal. The first, MSCI, which it calls “the world’s foremost index fund provider,” has $3.7 billion invested in the compani ..read more
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Apple takes down WhatsApp, Threads from China app store
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Apple’s app store in China has taken down at least four chat apps that are widely used internationally, sparking concerns over the impact on the free flow of information and freedom of speech among users of its products in the country. Apple told Reuters on Friday that it had removed Meta Platforms' messaging apps WhatsApp and Threads from the China App Store on orders from the government due to "national security" concerns. The app-tracking site Apple Censorship showed that the two apps were no longer available in China, while two other encrypted messaging apps -- Telegram and Signal -- were ..read more
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China urges citizens to buy new appliances to boost consumer spending
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Got the latest washing machine? How old is your fridge? It's a little hot in here -- are you sure you don't need air-conditioning? These are all searching questions being asked by "grid workers," people hired by the local government to keep tabs on neighborhoods and report their findings. In a bid to boost flagging economic growth and weak domestic demand, the Chinese government is tapping the grid workers to ask people to trade in their old cars, washing machines and other household appliances, and even to remodel their homes. Ruling Chinese Communist Party officials once called on people to ..read more
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Philippines, US launch yearly large-scale military exercises
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Large-scale military drills between the United States and the Philippines began on Monday, with a portion of this year’s “Balikatan” exercise expected to take place for the first time in Manila’s exclusive economic zone in the South China Sea – a move that could anger Beijing.  At least 16,000 troops – 11,000 from the U.S. and 5,000 from the Philippine side – are taking part in the drills, along with hundreds of troops from Australia and France, who were invited to be direct participants in the 2024 Balikatan (shoulder-to-shoulder) Exercise. This year’s iteration will incor ..read more
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In Myanmar, paying bribes to evade the draft
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Myanmar’s military draft has created a cottage industry of corruption as administrators across the country offer eligible citizens a way out of fighting in exchange for a price, Radio Free Asia has learned. Desperate to shore up its dwindling ranks amid mounting losses to rebel groups and mass surrenders, the junta enacted a conscription law that came into effect in April, three years after the military seized power in a coup d’etat. Now anyone aged 18-35 can be forced to serve for up to five years – and local administrators in charge of carrying out the draft are enriching themselves in the p ..read more
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