The arbitrary detention of the two Canadian Michaels – former diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor – in China has made headline news around the world. But few have heard of the case of American businessman Kai Li...

China’s hostage diplomacy has got a whole lot more threatening. An increasingly hostile China continues to target foreigners from countries that have angered it with arbitrary arrests, handing down death sentences, and expanding upon a recent trend - stealing the citizenship of former Chinese passport holders.

13 July 2020. 10 NGOs urge Vietnam to reverse its expanding crackdown on civil society, media institutions and journalists, and ensure the safety and legal protections of citizen journalists like Pham Doan Trang.

Full statement as PDF with co-signatories here:

今日(2020年7月6日),英国电视监管机构(Ofcom)以广播“强迫电视认罪”为由,认定中国环球电视网(CGTN)违规,并可能吊销其英国广播执照—— 由于伦敦是CGTN在欧洲的总部,此举将使其耗资不菲且正在推进中的欧洲业务陷入混乱。

UK’s TV-regulator Ofcom finds China Global Television Network (CGTN) guilty on all counts concerning an investigation launched after a complaint by the UK's Peter Humphrey concerning the extraction and broadcast of several TV confessions he was forced to make. Both broadcasts were anchored by James Chau. 

As China wages a political influence campaign overseas on Covid-19, at home it has intensified control of the spread of information, media and free speech.

In recent years, under Xi Jinping, China has increasingly used hostage diplomacy, threatening, torturing, and disappearing citizens of other countries to bully its way in the international arena.

How low will tech companies go to do the CCP's bidding? Zoom seems intent to show just how far.