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By Richard A. Lyons | Epoch Times Staff

A Bloody Prelude

It was the early autumn of 1997. A young Uyghur doctor was pursuing a promising medical career in a large hospital in Xinjiang, China. One day, his instructor had a task for him. Five senior Chinese government officials required new organs. The young Uyghur was to take blood samples from the Uyghur political prisoners.

The routine was simple. The political prisoners with matching blood types and tissues would be marched to the execution ground, with vans and doctors standing by.

The victims were to receive a bullet to the right side of the chest (the heart is on the left). With a few swift and deep incisions, the livers or kidneys would be removed from the warm and convulsing bodies, and subsequently transplanted into the ailing Chinese officials. …

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Police patrol the streets as Uyghurs leave the Id Kah Mosque in the old town of Kashgar in Xinjiang, on June 26, 2017.

In August, a UN human rights panel reported that around 2 million Uyghurs and Muslim minorities have been forced into political indoctrination camps in Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region, as part of a brutal crackdown. In this series, The Epoch Times delves into the persecution of the Uyghurs in China as they try to survive amid increasing surveillance and rights violations.

By Jocelyn Neo | Epoch Times Staff

Since 1949, after China came under the rule of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP), many religious and minority groups have been targeted and persecuted. …

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Actress Fan Bingbing attends the screening of “Ash Is The Purest White” during the 71st annual Cannes Film Festival at Palais des Festivals in Cannes, France, on May 11, 2018.

According to Taiwan News, President Xi Jinping has announced plans to investigate nearly 200 other celebrities who might be entangled in tax fraud, including Taiwanese celebrities like Ethan Ruan, Wallace Huo and Mark Chao.

By June Low | Epoch Times Staff

One of the most influential actresses in Mainland China, Fan Bingbing is also the highest-paid celebrity in China over the past four years, according to Forbes. Having earned approximately 300 million yuan (S$62.5 million) in 2017, she has also acted in big Hollywood films like “X-Men: Days of Future Past” ( 2014 ), and was asked to serve on the 70th Cannes Film Festival jury in the same year. …

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U.S. President Donald Trump (R) and Chinese leader Xi Jinping (L) prepare to shake hands during dinner at the Mar-a-Lago estate in West Palm Beach, Florida, on April 6, 2017.

By Steven Chew | Epoch Times Staff

When times are good, the leader is the poster boy of success. But when times are bad, some scapegoat whose head will roll must be identified. An intense replay of this principle is currently at work in Beijing.

Since taking office in 2012, Chinese leader Xi Jinping has been heralded as China’s new leviathan for his widely propagandised deeds: his massive anti-corruption campaign, his advocacy of the China Dream, his huge economic Belt and Road Initiative, and his newly found legitimacy as “President-for-Life” (as of March 2018 )

Then came the economic backlash: US slapping tariffs on China to retaliate against its huge trade deficits with China over the years (US$335 billion in 2017 ). Initially, it was US$34 billion that came into effect in July 6, which China retaliated with dollar-for-dollar tariffs on US imports. …

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By Sebastian Sim | Epoch Times Staff

In my previous article (China’s Neo-Colonizing Bag of Tricks), I explained how China’s “build now, pay later” investment strategies have entrapped many smaller countries as China’s neo-colonies of the 21st century.

The case previously highlighted was that of Sri Lanka. The country owes China billions of dollars, and as part of Sri Lanka’s debt reduction deal, China has full operation of Sri Lanka’s S$1.53-billion Hambantota port under a 99-year contract.

In May 2018, Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government published an analysis report entitled “Debtbook Diplomacy”, detailing how China is leveraging on its new-found economic influence to exploit 16 countries worldwide. …

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This photo taken on August 1, 2017 shows Chinese People’s Liberation Army personnel attending the opening ceremony of China’s new military base in Djibouti.

By Sebastian Sim | Epoch Times Staff

In my previous two articles (China’s Neo-Colonizing Bag of Tricks and China’s Neo-Colonising Bag of Tricks: Malaysia), I explained how China’s “build now, pay later” investment strategies have entrapped many smaller countries as China’s neo-colonies of the 21st century.

The case previously highlighted was that of Sri Lanka. The country owes China billions of dollars, and as part of Sri Lanka’s debt reduction deal, China has full operation of Sri Lanka’s S$1.53-billion Hambantota port under a 99-year contract.

Then there is Malaysia, which has seen US$134 billion (S$184 billion) worth of Chinese investment in the country. Much of this has been used by Chinese developers to build towns and expensive properties, which are then sold to wealthy Chinese homebuyers. …

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Sexual promiscuity is destroying people and humanity by deconstructing the institutions of marriage.

By Jonathan Ang | Epoch Times Staff

Today, society is so hypersexualised that we can’t turn on the radio or watch a movie without being inundated with sexually suggestive songs or bed scenes.

But do you know that sexual promiscuity is destroying people and humanity by deconstructing the institutions of marriage, family and morality?

Where did all of these begin?

For the past hundreds of generations since recorded civilisation, be it in the East or West, traditions contend that a man marry a woman in a sacred matrimony, sanctioned by an ordained clergy like in the Judeo-Christian tradition, or getting down to their knees to receive the blessings of Heaven and Earth like in traditional Chinese wedding ceremonies. …

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A port city in the works for China.

By Sebastian Sim | Epoch Times Staff

In this time and age, how does a more affluent country seek control of another less-developed but sovereign country, without so much as a squeak from the latter?

Well, the affluent country can offer loans to the less-developed country to build lots of infrastructure, which the latter cannot afford or does not need.

However, this infrastructure will not be profitable immediately, or may not profit fast enough for them to pay their debts to the affluent country.

In fact, they may take more loans from the affluent country as they struggle to meet their debts. …

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For the unaware, the beaded patterns hanging in wooden frames in Robert Sng’s Little Shophouse might seem nothing more than pretty craft displays.In actual fact, those intricate pieces are designs to be made into a famous part of the Peranakan iconography — the kasut manek (beaded shoes).

At 43 Bussorah Street, Robert Sng continues to improve upon the dying art. (Tony Soh/Epoch Times)

No traditional Peranakan sarong kebaya is finished without a dainty pair of kasut manek. The detailed beading elevates the simple slipper to an understated elegance piece of status, with patterns that dance in the light as the nyonyas walked. …

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