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The limits of a Russia-China partnership that claims to have none

Three weeks before Russian tanks rolled into Ukraine last year, President Vladimir Putin traveled to Beijing for the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympics hosted by Chinese President Xi Jinping – an event shunned by Western leaders. In a 5,300-word joint statement issued the same day, Xi and Putin said their friendship had “no limits”…

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Hong Kong vows to pursue wanted overseas activists ‘to the end’

Hong Kong on Friday vowed to pursue overseas pro-democracy activists on its national security wanted list “to the end,” amid calls from U.S. Congress members for sanctions linked to transnational repression by the Chinese Communist Party. National security police on Thursday issued arrest warrants for former British consular employee Simon Cheng, who co-founded the advocacy…

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Chairwoman and 85 accomplices indicted in high-profile corruption case

Vietnam on Friday issued an indictment against the principal suspect and 85 alleged accomplices in the high-profile Saigon Joint Stock Commercial Bank embezzlement case, state media reported. Van Thinh Phat Group’s Chairwoman Truong My Lan and her alleged accomplices are charged with accepting bribery, violating banking regulations and embezzlement.   From Feb. 9, 2018, to Oct….

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Third time a charm?

Scores of high-level officials and experts from multiple countries have nominated jailed Uyghur academic Ilham Tohti to receive the 2024 Nobel Peace Prize. Tohti, 53, was shortlisted for the Peace Prize in 2020 and 2023. He is serving a life sentence, with no contact with his family for years, on separatism charges for what supporters…

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