Imagine if one day Jennifer Lawrence was walking the red carpet in Los Angeles and the next she vanished completely with no word about where she was.It might sound ludicrous, or terrifying, but it's the reality in China, where one of the country's most famous actresses has disappeared without a trace amid an uproar over tax evasion by celebrities.Fan Bingbing, one of China's highest-paid and most bankable stars, has appeared in both Chinese and Western films, including the multimillion-dollar X-Men franchise.Across the country, her face once adorned thousands of advertisements, her star power used to sell a galaxy of luxury brands, from Cartier to Louis Vuitton. She was a regular sight at major award shows and fashion ceremonies. In 2015, Time Magazine named her China's "most famous actress."But the film star hasn't been seen in public since early June, when, according to a post on her verified social-media account, she went to visit a children's hospital in Tibet.In an article by … [Read more...] about Fan Bingbing: Has China’s most famous actress been disappeared by the Communist party?
The Communist Party will retain absolute control over religious activities in China, wrote Beijing’s religion czar in a Communist Party journal this week, in the midst of talks with the Vatican to reestablish diplomatic relations. “There is no affiliate relationship between our country’s religions and foreign religions,” wrote Wang Zuoan, director of the State Administration for Religious Affairs (SARA), in the latest issue of the bi-monthly journal Qiushi.“Our country’s religious groups and religious matters do not accept domination by foreign forces,” he said. Mr. Wang, a hardcore atheist, has insisted on the need to keep the party completely free of religious influence given the incompatibility of Chinese Marxism with religious belief. “Party members should not have religious beliefs, which is a red line for all members,” Wang wrote in the same journal last year. “Party members should be firm Marxist atheists, obey Party … [Read more...] about China Communist Party Reasserts Absolute Control over Religion
caption Chinese commuters ride bike share through Tiananmen Square on March 29, 2017 in Beijing, China. source Kevin Frayer/Getty Images Bike sharing giant Ofo will include the role of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) within its corporate charter. Ofo will also allow its CCP committee to provide input on personnel issues and “major decisions.” The purpose of these committees, which are sometimes legally required, is to “promote and implement the Party’s line, principles and policies.” Ofo’s decision came a week after rule was proposed that would require all firms to have a Party committee before being listed on the stock exchange. Bike sharing giant Ofo will be changing its corporate charter to highlight the role of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in its operations. The company’s CCP committee will also now be able to provide input on … [Read more...] about Giant bike sharing firm Ofo is letting the Chinese Communist Party have a say in the company’s ‘major decisions’
caption New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern attends a press conference on November 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. source Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images A former CIA China expert proposed cutting New Zealand out of the Five Eyes intelligence sharing arrangement with the US, UK, Canada, and Australia. The ex-analyst said the action should be taken in response to New Zealand’s prime ministers’ denials of any influence attempts by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Both Australia and Zealand have been hosting intense discussions over CCP influence. Australian media recently confirmed a secret government report that uncovered CCP influence within all levels of politics. A former CIA analyst has raised the prospect of kicking New Zealand out of an international intelligence-sharing alliance, which includes the US. Five Eyes is the name of the intelligence alliance … [Read more...] about China’s communist party has so much power in New Zealand that western countries might stop sharing intelligence
Communist Party councillors elected to the Council of Paris have demanded that part of the Bois de Boulogne park be allocated for asylum seekers to set up a new shelter, with the support of Mayor Anne Hidalgo. The Communist Party councillors have asked for a part of the park, the former hunting grounds of French kings, be allocated for the use of migrants as the number of new arrivals continues to grow, Le Figaro reports.The site proposed for the project encompasses almost ten acres and is located near the Longchamp racecourse. It is not the first time the park has been suggested as a place to house the city’s growing migrant population, many of whom are squatting in makeshift tent camps across the city. The proposal was previously rejected due to the distance of the site to the nearest public transportation.Jean-Noël Aqua, a Communist adviser, said: “It would be nice if the whole territory, including the west of Paris, contributes to the … [Read more...] about Paris Mayor Backs Communist Party Plan to Turn Public Park into Migrant Camp