China’s mentally ill yearn to step out of the shadows
05 September 2021 | 1:13 pm
For years, "Cracks" kept a deep secret: she has bipolar disorder but has been afraid to open up due to a Chinese cultural stigma against mental illness. Despite mounting stress in a fast-modernising China, mental illness is rarely spoken about publicly, forcing millions to struggle alone.
A cache of documents known as "The Xinjiang Police Files" sheds new light on human rights abuses by the Chinese government towards the region's Uyghur minority.
Whilst Russia represents an immediate threat, the long-term one China poses to the global order is more serious, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has said.
Activists slammed UN human rights chief Michelle Bachelet for her restrained criticism directed at China's leaders after her return from Xinjiang. But Bachelet noted that her visit was "not an investigation."
Beijing has accused the US of spreading "disinformation" after Secretary of State Antony Blinken warned China could try to upend the international order.
China persecutes the Uyghurs and backs Russia's war in Ukraine. That's prompting Berlin to rethink its relations with Beijing. But this "systemic rival" is also Germany's biggest trading partner.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi held a virtual meeting with counterparts from 10 Pacific nations to discuss a deal that would expand China's influence in the region.
The German car giant has claimed its presence in Xinjiang has a positive impact despite reports of ongoing human rights abuses. VW is also facing accusations of using slave labor in Brazil under the former dictatorship.
The crew will be responsible for completing the assembly of the Tiangong space station, which is expected to be complete by the end of the year.
A combination of geopolitical tensions and higher costs are pushing large firms to look for alternative production sites. Vietnam's strong economic performance in recent years has drawn the attention of European firms.
The US president has outlined a new plan for economic cooperation with Latin America amidst rising Chinese influence in the region. He is also expected to present a new plan for regional migration issues.
At a UN General Assembly meeting, China and Russia explained their vetoes of a proposal that would have imposed new sanctions on North Korea.
Wei Fenghe slammed US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin's "smearing" accusation that China was causing regional instability. He said Beijing would do whatever it takes to ensure reunification with Taiwan.
1 hour ago
Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti is the fifth European to take command of the ISS. She says the space station gives her hope for peace on Earth.
1 hour ago
France is marking the bicentenary of the deciphering of the Rosetta Stone hieroglyphs by linguist Jean-François Champollion. In Perspective, we spoke to Vanessa Desclaux, who looks after the ancient Egyptian manuscripts at France's Bibliothèque Nationale, the National Library in Paris.
1 hour ago
The Kremlin says it has not yet made any decision on closing Russia's borders although an ongoing exodus of military-age men looking to evade the Ukraine war call-up is happening. One of the countries they are fleeing to, is neighboring Georgia.
2 hours ago
Guineans hope the wait for justice will soon come to an end 13 years after a massacre that killed at least 157 people. Ex-junta leader Moussa Camara and his former lieutenants are expected to face the judge.
2 hours ago
Rampant inflation and soaring energy costs have caused German consumer sentiment to drop according to new market research, with no indication just yet that inflation will improve soon.