The human rights situation in China has "never been better," China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang told reporters in Beijing on Thursday, a day after the US issued a report criticizing human rights violations in the Asian country. "We hope the US will remove the colored lenses and discard the Cold War mentality," Lu said, adding that he hoped Washington would "stop interfering in China's internal affairs with human rights as a pretext." Read more: China rejects claims of Uighur mass detention centers China in a 'league of its own' On Wednesday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo accused Beijing of boosting its repression against Muslims "to record levels" in the course of last year. "Today, more than 1 million Uighurs, ethnic Kazakhs, and other Muslims are interned in reeducation camps designed to erase their religious and ethnic identities," he said. "The [Chinese] government also is increasing its persecution against Christians, Tibetans, and anyone who espouses … [Read more...] about China hits back at US over human rights violations
China asean international college
China released a video of Uighur poet and musician Abdurehim Heyit late Sunday in an attempt to disprove reports of his death in custody. The unverified video, published by China Radio International's Turkish service, comes after Turkey's Foreign Ministry reported Heyit's death in a statement on China's detention of Uighurs and other Muslim minorities. Read more: What does China want to achieve by 'modifying' Islam? What the video shows In the 25-second video a man identified as Heyit introduces himself and the date as February 10. "I'm in the process of being investigated for allegedly violating the national laws," he says directly to the camera. He then says, "I am now in good health and have never been abused." Turkey speaks out: In a statement on Saturday, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said it's "no longer a secret" that China has detained more than 1 million Uighurs in "concentration camps." He said … [Read more...] about China releases video of Uighur musician to ‘disprove his death’
Video PlayerClose BEIJING, Nov. 19 (Xinhua) -- China on Tuesday urged the United States to earnestly respect China's sovereignty and stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs and interfering in China's internal affairs. "Hong Kong affairs are purely China's internal affairs. No foreign government, organization or individual has the right to interfere," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press briefing, in response to U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's remarks Monday that "the United States is gravely concerned about deepening political unrest and violence in Hong Kong." The recent comments on Hong Kong by the U.S. side exposed its ulterior motive of attempting to meddle in Hong Kong affairs as well as its double standards on violent crimes, Geng said, adding that confusing Hong Kong police's law enforcement acts to end violence and chaos with radical forces' violent crime profanes the rule of law and human rights. In response to Pompeo's remarks on the Sino-British Joint … [Read more...] about China urges U.S. to stop meddling in Hong Kong affairs
A small, private higher-education institution in Massachusetts long known as Lasell College recently underwent a subtle but significant transformation: It changed its name. Now the school goes by Lasell University. Its longtime president, Michael B. Alexander, described the new name as “aspirational.” He thinks it better reflects the breadth of the school’s offerings, and hopes the university designation will make it seem more appealing, particularly to international students.Many colleges—often obscure ones of middling selectivity—have converted to universities in recent years, seemingly in the hopes of raising their profiles. But whether there’s a material distinction between a “college” and a “university” depends on whom you ask—and many people don’t know the difference.Read: The surreal end of an American collegeFor those who work in higher education, a college and a university are by definition different … [Read more...] about Are a College and a University Two Different Things?
Google's secret effort to develop a censored version of its search engine for China has sparked hundreds of employees to sign a letter in protest, according to The New York Times. "Google employees need to know what we're building," reads the letter, which has been circulating on the company's internal message boards. The letter demands that Google adopt a new "transparency and oversight" process on company products. This includes setting up a review system staffed by employees that can assess the ethical ramifications of Google projects and share the findings across the company. "We urgently need more transparency, a seat at the table, and a commitment to clear and open processes," the letter adds. According to The Times, over 1,000 employees have signed the document. News of Google's work on the censored search engine was first reported earlier this month by The Intercept, which noted that only a few hundred staffers out of Google's 88,000 employee workforce were aware of the secret … [Read more...] about Google Employees Protest Censored Search Engine For China