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Liu Xia
UN experts seek urgent release of widow of human rights activist Liu Xiaobo / Reuters via SCMP
“UN human rights experts urged China on Wednesday to release Liu Xia 刘霞, the widow of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波, and allow her to seek treatment for deteriorating health, including travelling abroad.”
China: UN experts worried about Liu Xia’s health / ACNUDH
The urgent need for stronger foreign opposition to China’s human rights violations / Blog of Jerome A. Cohen

Myanmar turns back to China
Guo Shengkun meets with Myanmar'sMinister of Home Affairs in Beijing / Xinhua
As Trump turns away, China gains in Myanmar / Asia Times
“Trump… appears to have deliberately disengaged with Myanmar. His inert diplomacy has reopened Myanmar to Chinese penetration after a brief dalliance with Western engagement. The so-called ‘China-Myanmar Economic Corridor’ is a vital part of President Xi Jinping’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).”

Bailing out Venezuela 
Venezuela says China investing $250 million to boost oil output / Bloomberg (paywall)
Venezuela’s distressed oil sector may get some much needed financing from China, Finance Minister Simon Zerpa said after meetings with officials from China Development Bank and China National Petroleum Corporation.

Japan and Vietnam in South China Sea
Facebook removes Paracel, Spratly Islands from China's map at Vietnam's request / VnExpress International
“A map used for Facebook advertising earlier wrongly showed the islands as part of China. Social network giant Facebook has complied with a request by the Vietnamese government regarding a wrongful depiction of its sovereignty.”
Japanese helicopter carrier to tour South China Sea / Reuters
Japan will send a large helicopter carrier to the South China Sea and Indian Ocean for a second straight year as it looks to bolster its presence in the strategic maritime region with annual tours, two Japanese officials said

.Anti-corruption campaign ain’t over
China's Xi Jinping warns fight against not yet over / Reuters
“The outstanding problems in the party of impure thinking, impure politics, impure organization and impure work styles has yet to be fundamentally resolved,” said Xi, adding that party must face “tough and unprecedented tests” to reform itself.

Airline Taiwan naming dispute
According to India Today’s China correspondent Ananth Krishnan, via Twitter, the Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has “lodged a formal note” with Raveesh Kumar, the official spokesperson of India Ministry of External Affairs, to protest Air India’s decision to list Taiwan as “Taipei, Taoyuan International Airport, TPE, Chinese Taipei” on its website, and calls on Air India "to promptly restore" the name of Taiwan.

Rights lawyer leaves the Party
Top Chinese rights lawyer resigns from ruling party in protest / Radio Free Asia
Wen Donghai 文东海 “announced his withdrawal from the ruling party on Tuesday after being told that the Party branch embedded in the state-backed Hunan Lawyers' Association was about to begin disciplinary procedures against him, and expected him to ‘cooperate.’" For more on Wen, see this page on ChinaChange.

Inside the Xinjiang gulags
‘It is about Xi as the leader of the world’: Former detainees recount abuse in Chinese re-education centres/ The Globe and Mail
“‘Xi Jinping is great! The Communist Party is great! I deserve punishment for not understanding that only President Xi Jinping and the Communist Party can help me,’ was one of the refrains that a Uyghur woman who was in a centre last fall, was forced to regularly repeat.”

Endangered animal trade 
Chinese police arrest 35 people over sale of US$50,000 worth of protected monkeys / SCMP
Police in east China arrested 35 people for their roles in the trade of macaques, a species that has protected status in the country.

Chinese drug factories in India?
Charcoal factory in Bengal village front for Chinese drug ring? / India Today
Were Chinese nationals using the cover of a charcoal factory in a remote town in the Bengal boondocks to manufacture methamphetamine?

Lobbying for Beijing in Brussels and beyond 
Riding China’s rise: The European politicians in Beijing’s orbit / Bloomberg (paywall)
Bloomberg offers an annotated “selection of Europe’s more prominent China advocates.” The list comprises: David Cameron, Dominique de Villepin, Jean-Pierre Raffarin, Romano Prodi, Danny Alexander, Philipp Roesler, and Rudolf Scharping

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