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China Waging War on Christianity

Activists say Beijing is burning Bibles, shutting churches, forcing the faithful to renounce

(Newser) - China's government is ratcheting up a crackdown on Christian congregations, destroying crosses, burning Bibles, shutting churches, and ordering followers to sign papers renouncing their faith, according to pastors and a group that monitors religion in China. The campaign corresponds with a drive to "Sinicize" religion by demanding loyalty... More »

China Steps Up Crackdown on Christianity

Suppression is worst since 1982

(Newser) - Under President Xi Jinping, China's most powerful leader since Mao Zedong, believers are seeing their freedoms shrink dramatically even as the country undergoes a religious revival. Experts and activists say that as he consolidates his power, Xi is waging the most severe systematic suppression of Christianity in the country... More »

John Oliver Finds Out What Happens When You Rip on China

'Last Week Tonight' host criticized Xi Jiping, now faces scrubbing on country's version of Twitter

(Newser) - "China: the country responsible for huge technological advances, and yet it still can't seem to get pandas to f---" is how John Oliver opened Sunday's edition of Last Week Tonight . That was just the start of an episode filled with barbs aimed at the world's most... More »

Xi Has Surprise Meeting With Kim, Then a Call With Trump

Xi Jinping met a second time with Kim Jong Un

(Newser) - China says President Xi Jinping has met with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in a northern Chinese port city. The meeting, held Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, is the second between the two men in recent weeks , following Kim's March visit to Beijing, his first since taking power... More »

Trump Tweets on Comey: 'Very Sick or Very Dumb'

President also makes bold proclamation Friday: 'KOREAN WAR TO END!'

(Newser) - As Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in jump-started their "new history" together, President Trump took to Twitter to confidently crow about what Politico deems the "historic" moment currently taking place in South Korea. "KOREAN WAR TO END!" he proclaimed , noting that the summit between the North... More »

China, North Korea Aren't Describing Secret Visit the Same

Here's what we can infer from that

(Newser) - Now that North Korea and China have confirmed Kim Jong Un's first trip abroad since becoming his country's leader, the analysis has commenced. The Wall Street Journal pores over how the respective state media are covering the visit—noting such accounts "serve as official readouts for such... More »

Kim Jong Un's Secret Trip Is Confirmed

He made visit to Beijing this week

(Newser) - Kim Jong Un has made his first known trip abroad since becoming North Korea's leader in 2011—and it wasn't to Mar-a-Lago. After days of rumors sparked by the arrival of a mysterious North Korean train in Beijing, Chinese and North Korean officials have confirmed that Kim met... More »

China Clears Way for 'Leader for Life'

Eliminates term limits, enabling Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely

(Newser) - China's rubber-stamp lawmakers on Sunday passed a historic constitutional amendment abolishing a presidential two-term limit that will enable Xi Jinping to rule indefinitely, reports the AP . The amendment upends a system enacted by former Chinese leader Deng Xiaoping in 1982 to prevent a return to the bloody excesses of... More »

China's Move: Term Limits 'Not Usually Found in Dictatorships'

5 reactions to the Communist Party's proposed alteration of Constitution

(Newser) - China's Xi Jinping was set to step down in 2023, his presidency curtailed by a two-term limit. Now, with the news that China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping the clause that president and vice president "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the constitution,... More »

China to Kill Term Limits for Xi

Ruling party moves to centralize power around Xi Jinping

(Newser) - China's ruling Communist Party has proposed scrapping term limits for the country's president, reports the AP , appearing to lay the groundwork for Xi Jinping to rule beyond 2023. The party's Central Committee proposed to remove from the constitution the clause that president and vice president "shall... More »

Time Names Short List for Person of the Year

Trump, Kim Jong Un, Patty Jenkins, and Jeff Bezos are among those in the final 10

(Newser) - President Trump? Kim Jong Un? Or perhaps Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins? All three are on the short list to be Time magazine's Person of the Year. The magazine released a list of 10 names on the Today show Monday morning, in advance of the final pick Wednesday morning.... More »

Top Chinese General Kills Himself

Zhang Yang was target of corruption probe

(Newser) - A former top Chinese general under investigation for major corruption has killed himself, official media reported Tuesday, denouncing his death as a "despicable" act to escape punishment. Zhang Yang was placed under investigation in late August on suspicion of bribery, having a large amount of property that he could... More »

White House Walks Back Trump Tweet on UCLA Players

UCLA player's father says he's likelier to thank Xi

(Newser) - President Trump was merely making a "rhetorical response" to criticism when he said he should have left three UCLA basketball players in a Chinese jail , according to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She said Monday that Trump was "happy to intervene" in the case and had... More »

After Trump Visit, China Sends Top Envoy to North Korea

Xi may be seeking to reset relations

(Newser) - China dispatched its highest-level envoy to North Korea in two years on Friday in a bid to improve chilly relations, after President Trump last week urged Beijing to use its influence to convince Pyongyang to cease its nuclear weapons program. Song Tao will report on the outcomes of China's... More »

Trump Intercedes on Basketball Players' Behalf

Trump asked Chinese president to help UCLA students accused of shoplifting

(Newser) - The case of three UCLA basketball players accused of shoplifting sunglasses in China has taken on geopolitical significance, so much so that the president of the United States himself has gotten involved. The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump personally asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to resolve the case during... More »

Trump on Trade Imbalance: 'I Don't Blame China'

President gives country 'great credit' for taking 'advantage' of US, vows to fix 'imbalance'

(Newser) - President Trump has previously expressed being "disappointed" at China for "taking advantage" of the US with "one-sided" trade, as well as called the country a "currency manipulator." But speaking in Beijing on Thursday, he appeared to admire any clever exploitation of the US. "I... More »

China Pulls Out All the Stops for Trump Arrival

He received unusually lavish airport welcome

(Newser) - China pulled out all the stops for President Trump's airport arrival in Beijing: honor guard, marching band, jumping children. The ceremony accompanying Trump's arrival Wednesday afternoon was elaborate even by China's lavish standards. Heads of state are usually given a low-key reception at the airport, with the... More »

In Rare Move, China Elevates Xi Jinping to Status of Mao

Chinese leader's ideology is enshrined in constitution, will be taught in schools

(Newser) - Prepare to hear the name Xi Jinping for years to come as a main player on the world stage. China's Communist Party on Tuesday made a rare constitutional move that elevates Xi to the status of Mao Zedong and sets the stage for him to rule indefinitely. Specifically, the... More »

Xi Jinping Spoke for Over 3 Hours. Here's What He Said

China's leader wraps up 1st term, lays out goals for future

(Newser) - Xi Jinping marked the end of his first five-year term as China's leader by giving a speech that seemed nearly as long, the New York Times reports. In a nearly 3.5-hour speech to open the Communist Party Congress, Xi spoke of his accomplishments and goals, addressing the economy,... More »

North Korea: Millions Are Signing Up to Fight

Pyongyang adds to rhetoric as China urges calm

(Newser) - China's president delivered a direct message to President Trump: Ease up on the North Korea rhetoric. In a phone call with Trump Friday night, Xi Jinping said he wanted both sides to avoid "words and actions" that would make the situation worse, per the BBC , citing Chinese media.... More »

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