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Confucius Institutes in Australia Face Probe

The Sydney Morning Herald’s Fergus Hunter reports that four Australian universities hosting Chinese government-funded Confucius Institutes have signed contracts explicitly stating they “must accept” Beijing’s authority over the teaching centers. The Institutes, which are...

15 Countries Sign China-led Regional Trade Deal

Fifteen countries in the Asia-Pacific region on Monday signed the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), one of the largest free trade agreements in history. Inspired by the 10 member states of the Association of...

Taiwan Again Denied Invitation to WHO Meeting

Despite its considerable success in defeating COVID-19 and widespread calls from the U.S. and Europe for its inclusion, Taiwan has again been denied an invite to a key World Health Assembly meeting, the second time it has been...

Minitrue: Avoid Content on U.S. Election Results

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online.  Baidu internal notice: The general election in the United States has been determined to be a highly...

Weekend of Diplomatic Spats Ends in Cake Fight

A series of diplomatic spats over the weekend have renewed attention towards Beijing’s increasingly aggressive foreign policy. Disputes included threats by the Chinese Foreign Ministry towards the Canadian and U.S. governments...

Vatican Moves To Extend Secret Deal With Beijing

The Vatican has decided to extend a secret 2018 agreement with Beijing that governs the appointment of bishops in China. The 2018 Sino-Vatican deal, signed in the midst of crackdowns on religious expression, is believed to give...

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