Mistaken Identity: Karen Mok

Chinese superstar Karen Mok recalls an exciting autograph request at the start of her career. (July16)

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As China locks up Muslims in Xinjiang, it opens its doors to tourists | AFP

From the expansive dunes of the Taklamakan Desert to the snow-capped peaks of Tianshan, Chinese authorities are promoting the western Xinjiang region as a tourist idyll, welcoming travellers even as they send locals into internment camps. The government has rounded up an estimated one million Uighurs and other mostly Muslim Turkic-speaking minorities into re-education camps in the tightly-controlled region in China’s northwest, but it has also created a parallel universe for visitors, who are only shown a carefully curated version of traditional customs and culture.

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Protesters, police standoff at latest Hong Kong anti-extradition march | AFP

Thousands take over a road on the sidelines of another huge rally in Sha Tin, a district in Hong Kong that lies between the main urban sprawl around the harbour and the Chinese border, as unrest caused by a widely-loathed plan to allow extraditions to mainland China showed no sign of abating. IMAGES

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Protest against Hong Kong cross-border traders

Several thousand people marched in Hong Kong against traders from mainland China on Saturday in what is fast becoming a summer of unrest in the semi-autonomous Chinese territory. (July 13)

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Hong Kong leader Lam says China extradition bill ‘dead’ | AFP

Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing leader Carrie Lam announces that a widely loathed proposal to allow extradititions to the Chinese mainland “is dead” — but she again stopped short of protester demands to immediately withdraw the bill. SOUNDBITE

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Chinese shadow theatre fights against dying of the light | AFP

China is renowned as the cradle of shadow puppet play, which dates back more than 2,000 years. Despite this long history, the ancient form of theatre is threatened by modernity as fewer youngsters appear ready to train in the craft.

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Tensions high while police and HK protesters separated by barriers | AFP

Hong Kong protesters rally outside a controversial train station linking the territory to the Chinese mainland. Demonstrators and police are separated by barriers with tensions running high. IMAGES

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