China’s Lenovo to Remove Suspicious App but Denies It’s a Backdoor

Epoch Times / February 22, 2015

The Chinese PC manufacturer Lenovo said Thursday it will no longer pre-install on its devices the Superfish adware that has been denounced by cyber-security experts as making users vulnerable to hacking.

“Superfish has completely disabled server side interactions (since January) on all Lenovo products so that the product is no longer active,” Lenovo said in a statement Thursday. “Lenovo stopped preloading the software in January. We will not preload this software in the future.”

The Story Behind a Letter From Hell

Epoch Times / January 25, 2015

Just before Christmas in 2012 a letter that had been smuggled into a Halloween Kit sold by K-Mart made international news.

The letter, in broken English with phrases in Chinese characters mixed in, told of the mistreatment of prisoners at the Masanjia Labor Camp in China and asked for help. Julie Keith of Portland, Ore., happened upon the letter and posted it on her Facebook page. That soon triggered a conversation in media and among human rights organizations about the forced labor camp system in China.

Canadian Prime Minister Requests Release of Falun Gong Practitioner During China Trip / December 5, 2014

During his APEC trip to China, Canadian Prime Minster Stephen Harper requested that the Chinese authorities release a jailed Falun Gong practitioner. The request was recently confirmed by a Canadian government official.

The Falun Gong practitioner in question is Chen Yinghua, the daughter of Ms. Huang Jinling, a resident of Calgary. Chen has been imprisoned since March 2014 for her spiritual beliefs.

Ms. Huang and her husband contacted the Prime Minister's office last month prior to his trip to China, hoping that he could help secure her release.

Jiang Zemin’s Associates and Family Hit With Corruption Charges

Frank Fang / November 2, 2014

On the same day three corruption investigations into the family and associates of former Chinese regime paramount leader Jiang Zemin were announced. These investigations continue a focus by the anti-corruption campaign on Jiang that began this summer.

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On Oct. 29, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, the Chinese Communist Party’s anti-corruption watchdog announced on its website the visit of its 13th inspection group headed by Zhu Baochen to FAW Auto, an automobile group located in Jilin Province.

Daughter Encourages Prisoner of Conscience as He Is Taken Away to Brainwashing Center

Epoch Times / October 24, 2014

While a high-level political conclave in Beijing at which the rule of law was touted as the foundation of governance, prisoners of conscience continue to endure incomprehensible treatment.

Wang Zhiwen, a Falun Gong practitioner in China, was released on Oct. 18 after serving 15 years of his 16-year sentence. The police then abducted Wang and took him to a brainwashing center in Beijing.

“A prison is at least part of the legal system. The brainwashing centers are not. They are not even legal,” said his daughter Danielle in an interview with Epoch Times.

Senators Press Obama to Help Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Reunite With Family

Joshua Phillipp / October 19, 2014

Senators are asking President Barack Obama to “engage the Chinese government at the highest levels” to bring persecuted Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng to the United States.

Obama is scheduled to meet with Chinese leader Xi Jinping in November, and on Oct. 3, a group of 12 senators wrote an open letter urging him to request Gao’s relocation to the United States for medical attention and uniting with his family.

Beijing Uses Confucius Institutes for Espionage, Says Canadian Intelligence Veteran

Epoch Times / October 18, 2014

There was no subtlety in Michel Juneau-Katsuya’s tone when directly asking Canada’s largest school district to give the boot to its controversial Confucius Institute.

The former chief of Asia-Pacific for the Canadian Security Intelligence Service, Juneau-Katsuya has seen all too often in his several decades of service that China spares no effort in exerting its influence in other countries.

Wife of Tormented Chinese Lawyer Gao Zhisheng Seeks US Help

Matthew Robertson / September 25, 2014

Traditional Chinese medicine says that the tooth is the strongest bone in the human body. But in the case of Gao Zhisheng, the renowned Chinese rights lawyer, even the strongest bone could not resist the immense pressure and punishment inflicted by the secret police of the Chinese Communist Party.

Forbidden Terms Allowed on Major Chinese Search Engine

Guo Hui / September 5, 2014

The Internet censorship apparatus run by the Chinese authorities is notoriously strict—so when there are enormous lapses in what it blocks, especially on the main search engine in China, Baidu, people take notice.

On Sept. 2, Baidu was allowing searches on “quitting the Party,” “the truth on Falun Gong,” “Falun Dafa is good,” and a range of similar terms.

China’s White Paper ‘Unreasonable,’ Says Hong Kong Democracy Leader

Lin Yi / September 5, 2014

When two Beijing professors spoke at a lunch event about their opinions on China’s controversial white paper, Hong Kong Democratic Party founding chairman Martin Lee Chu-ming stood outside the door to protest.

The white paper, issued on June 10, declares that Hong Kong only has as much independence as the Chinese regime allows it to have. The paper infuriated many Hong Kongers who saw it as a threat to the principle of “one country, two systems” that grants Hong Kong a high degree of autonomy from the rest of China.

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