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Twitter gets lift from uptick in user numbers

WASHINGTON: Twitter shares surged on Wednesday (Apr 26) after its quarterly update showed improving growth in user numbers, offsetting concerns over a decline in revenue and another net loss for the social network. The first quarter results came in better than most forecasts for Twitter, which has ...

Rights Lawyer Xie Yang’s Trial Postponed

Rights lawyer Xie Yang, one of the few still awaiting trial after the 2015 “Black Friday” or “709” crackdown, was expected to stand trial on Tuesday for inciting subversion and disrupting court order. As AFP’s Joanna Chiu reports, however, the trial was indefinitely postponed without notic...

The International Publicity War Between Beijing and Guo Wengui

In interviews with New York-based Mingjing News last month, Chinese real estate tycoon Guo Wengui levied unproven allegations suggesting that the corruption targeted by Xi Jinping’s ongoing CCP anti-graft campaign is more serious and pervasive than previously disclosed. Guo, also known by ...

A Tycoon’s Accusations, and the Limits of China’s Anti-corruption Campaign [Updated]

The number of prosecutions under Xi Jinping’s signature anti-corruption campaign fell last year for the first time since its inception, and commentators have noted a shift in Party disciplinarians’ focus from fighting graft to enforcing political orthodoxy. Nevertheless, Reuters Christian Shephe...

A Tycoon’s Accusations, and the Limits of China’s Anti-corruption Campaign

The number of prosecutions under Xi Jinping’s signature anti-corruption campaign fell last year for the first time since its inception, and commentators have noted a shift in Party disciplinarians’ focus from fighting graft to enforcing political orthodoxy. Nevertheless, Reuters Christian Shephe...