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China to rebuild the Titanic

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China is constructing a life-size replica of the Titanic, which sank in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1912. The new ship will allow tourists to experience a simulation of the famous iceberg collision and sinking. It is part of a new tourist attraction at the Qijiang River of Sichuan’s Daying County.

The firm in charge of construction said that the internal design will be identical to what the ship was like in 1912, except there will be Internet access, United Daily News reports. Construction will cost roughly US$145 million and take two years to complete.

World AIDS day

India: World AIDS Day
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There are more than 650,000 HIV patients in China according to statistics from September, China’s Center of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Chinese state-run Xinhua. According to a report, 94 percent of patients had contracted the disease via sexual activity. More than 200,000 people in China died from AIDS in the first nine months of 2016.

Wang Yu (王宇), Director of China CDC, said increased interaction between people and a lack of public awareness in certain regions meant keeping the number of HIV patients under control was difficult.

Chinese immigrants face deportation from Canada for fraud

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau press conference, Ottawa, Canada - 12 Nov 2015
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More than 800 Chinese immigrants may face deportation for involvement with illegal immigration schemes, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reports. The immigrants were clients of convicted immigration consultant Wang Xun (王迅), who had approximately 1,200 clients from 2006 to 2013.

China’s olive branch to Hong Kong’s democratic parties?

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The Hong Kong government announced that China has eased regulations for legislators from Hong Kong’s democratic parties to apply for visas to enter China, CNA reports. Beijing officials aim to “improve communication” with Hong Kong pro-independence activists and members from democratic parties by allowing their Mainland Travel Permit for Hong Kong and Macau to enter China, HK01 reports. Questions have been raised on the motives behind Beijing’s move by Hong Kong’s legislators.

China ranks 141 out of 159 countries on Human Freedom Index 2016

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Canadian independent research institute Fraser Institute released its 2016 Human Freedom Index on Nov. 30. The index is made up of indicators such as rule of law, security and safety, freedom to trade internationally and absence of coercive constraint by government. The institute conducted research on 159 countries. Hong Kong ranks first, followed by Switzerland and New Zealand. Taiwan ranks number 23 and China ranks 141.

Pressure continues to mount on Hong Kong political activists


On Nov. 30, the two Hong Kong legislators who were barred from office after taking controversial oaths against China lost their appeal against disqualification, South China Morning Post reports. The Hong Kong Court of Appeal ruled the oaths by Sixtus "Baggio" Leung Chung-hang (梁頌恆) and Yau Wai-ching (游蕙禎) violated the Hong Kong Basic Law and therefore the pair lost their appeal to take office.

The two spoke to the press after the ruling and said they are ”actively considering” a further appeal to the Hong Kong’s top court. The Hong Kong government is now set to bar another lawmaker from taking office. Democracy Groundwork party, Lau Siu-lai (劉小麗) paused between every word during her oath. Lau said the act is an act of “political oppression,” UDN reports.

Editor: Edward White