AP: AP Exclusive: 629 Pakistani girls sold as brides to China

LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) — Page after page, the names stack up: 629 girls and women from across Pakistan who were sold as brides to Chinese men and taken to China. The list, obtained by The Associated Press, was compiled by Pakistani investigators determined to break up trafficking networks exploiting the country’s poor and vulnerable. The […]

Taiwan News: Taiwan KMT candidate’s wife spotted with NT$146,000 Louis Vuitton handbag

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) — Lee Chia-fen ( 李佳芬), wife of Kuomintang (KMT) presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu (韓國瑜), has been spotted multiple times carrying a luxury handbag valued at over NT$146,000, further tarnishing Han’s “common folk” image. One of populist candidate Han’s main slogans is that he’s just another “common person” (庶民). To reinforce this image, […]

Taipei Times: Alliance condemns Lee’s arrest for ‘separatism’

Taiwan United Nations Alliance spokesman Tseng Tsung-kai (曾琮愷) decried the arrest of alliance member Morrison Lee (李孟居), saying that the reasons cited by the Chinese media for his arrest implied that more than half of Taiwan’s population would be unable to visit China Lee was arrested in Shenzhen, China, on Oct. 31 over his involvement […]

Taipei Times: TikTok drops ‘blunt’ bullying policy after report it hid posts

TikTok has dropped a “blunt” cyberbullying policy, the Chinese-owned video sharing app said yesterday after a report it hid posts by disabled, gay and overweight people. People deemed “susceptible to harassment or cyberbullying based on their physical or mental condition” had the reach of their posts restricted, German Web site NetzPolitik.org reported, citing leaked documents […]

Taipei Times: CCP approves Taiwan-China platform

… Long Lien Blockchain Media Technology Ltd (龍聯區塊鏈傳媒科技), which has come under scrutiny for recruiting former national security and intelligence officials, yesterday said that it is to become the first Taiwanese media company to operate in China. The firm’s online content platform, Master Chain (大師鏈), which founder Chuang Li-ping (莊立平) in October last year said […]

Taiwan News: TV still influential in Taiwan election campaign: US academic

… Speaking at a Hoover Institute seminar Tuesday (December 3) about the January 11, 2020 elections, the Stanford University expert said he was not worried about online rumors and fake news influencing the vote, as especially young Taiwanese were extremely media- and tech-savvy. However, TV stations still had a significant impact, while a certain change […]

Focus Taiwan: Taiwan rated as only Asian country open to civil rights

… In an interview with CNA, Josef Benedict, Civic Space Researcher for CIVICUS, said Taiwan has performed “so much better” than other Asian countries in the field of protecting its people’s civil rights and freedom of expression. Taiwan is a “safe space for human rights defenders” and has a critical role to play in Asia […]

Taipei Times: Gravel claims false, Kaohsiung mayor’s brother-in-law says

Kaohsiung Mayor Han Kuo-yu’s (韓國瑜) brother-in-law yesterday defended his family’s gravel business, saying that many reports about his father were “fake news” designed to defame him. “The seriously erroneous and false reports have defamed my father and I would like to urge President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文) to help put an end to such fake news, […]