More than a year after the National Security Law (NSL) came into effect, dozens of people in Hong Kong have been detained while they haven’t been formally sentenced. Eric Lai, the Hong Kong law fellow at Georgetown University’s Center for Asian Law, says the NSL not only imposes a huge amount of pressure on Hong Kong’s judicial system, but it also seriously threatens the rights that defendants used to enjoy.

DW: On September 7, the Stand News in Hong Kong analyzed the data of those who have been arrested and detained by Hong Kong police after the NSL came into…


After arresting her on September 8 along with Lee Cheuk Yan and Albert Ho from the Hong Kong Alliance, Hong Kong police have raised the charges against Chow Hang Tung to “inciting subversion of state power.” Her fiance Ye Du said the crackdown on her is a clear case of political manipulation.

DW: How do you view the Hong Kong government’s move to raise the charges against Chow Hang Tung and two other leaders of the Hong Kong Alliance as “inciting subversion of state power?”

Ye Du: Everyone knows very well that it is political manipulation, and the shocking part…


After Taiwan confirmed a new local coronavirus cluster case caused by the highly contagious Delta variant on September 8, public health expert Chi Chunhuei says Taiwan needs to make necessary adjustments to its pandemic-curbing tactics in order to avoid another major local outbreak.

DW: Taiwan identified another local cluster case caused by the Delta variant on Wednesday. What are the major challenges that the highly contagious variant will bring to Taiwan’s strategies for combating the pandemic?

Chi Chunhuei: The local outbreak caused by the Alpha variant in May was the first time that Taiwan had to cope with a large-scale…


Overseas Tibetan groups revealed that more than 100 Tibetans have been arrested by police in China’s Sichuan province in recent days after they were suspected of saving images of Dalai Lama and having contact with overseas Tibetans.

According to information shared by Tibet Watch, an organization focusing on the development in Tibet, more than 100 Tibetans have been arrested by authorities in China’s Sichuan province in recent days. The arrests happened in the town of Dza Wonpo, which is an autonomous region for Tibetans within the Sichuan province.

According to sources, those who were arrested were suspected of keeping images…


A PhD student at the University of Hong Kong’s sociology department has reportedly been taken away by national security personnel in China’s Nanning City in Guangxi Province. His father sent out a plea on WeChat, claiming that his son Fang Ran has been put under “residential surveillance at a designated location” (RSDL) under the charge of “subversion of state power.”

Fang Ran, a PhD student at the University of Hong Kong’s (HKU) sociology department, has been reportedly put under RSDL in the name of “subversion of state power” on August 26. Fang has been focusing on labor issues in China…


After being in exile in Europe for almost two years, Chinese dissident Liu Bing could be deported back to China on August 26. Since several dissidents who joined that gathering that he participated in have been arrested and detained, human rights organizations worry that Liu could face the same fate if he were deported back to China.

After attending a gathering in China’s Xiamen City to talk about politics in May 2019, Chinese dissident Liu Bing fled China to seek political asylum in Europe. …


Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan, who has been sentenced to four years for reporting about the situation in Wuhan during the initial stage of the coronavirus outbreak, is now experiencing malnutrition after she continues to stage a hunger strike in prison. Her weight has dropped below 40 kilograms and a human rights lawyer who used to handle her case thinks that the Chinese government won’t ease their control over her due to her poor health.

Chinese citizen journalist Zhang Zhan continues her hunger strike in the prison after she was sentenced to four years last December, and her ongoing protest…


A few days after China’s Henan province experienced a record-breaking amount of rainfall, which caused the provincial capital Zhengzhou and several other cities to experience serious and life-threatening flooding, rescuers have now towed out more than 200 cars from a flooded tunnel in Zhengzhou.

Water in the tunnel reached 13 meters deep at some point and an unknown amount of cars and individuals were reportedly trapped inside the tunnel. While rescuers have towed out more than 200 cars by Saturday, the actual amount of casualties remain unknown.

Chinese media reported that on July 20, the tunnel was submerged in the…


After the US announced the timeline to withdraw troops from Afghanistan, many countries in the region are focusing on what role will China play once the US pulls out of the country. Some experts think as the Taliban is likely going to reclaim control over Afghanistan, China will carefully assess the best strategies to defend its interests in Afghanistan.

After US President Joe Biden announced that the US will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by August 31, the news was followed by some changes in the country and the surrounding regions. …


After Taiwan’s TSMC and Hon Hai closed the deal to acquire 10 million doses of BioNTech vaccine for Taiwan, Taiwan’s representative to Germany and the Presidential office revealed some political obstacles and maneuvering throughout the months-long negotiation process. Experts think the success in acquiring 10 million doses of vaccines can reduce the pressure that the Taiwanese government has been experiencing due to the lack of vaccines in the country.

All sides begin to pay attention to the political maneuvering behind the negotiation between BioNTech and two of Taiwan’s biggest tech companies after they signed the deal last weekend.

On Tuesday…

William Yang

William Yang is a journalist based in Taiwan, where he writes about politics, society, and human rights issues in China, Taiwan, and Hong Kong.

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