Chinese court rules against single woman who wanted to freeze eggs

A Chinese court has overruled a rare legal challenge brought by an unmarried Beijing woman seeking the right to freeze her eggs. The Chaoyang intermediate people’s court in Beijing said in a judgment that the hospital did not violate the woman’s rights in denying her access to freeze her eggs. Teresa Xu received the court judgment Friday, almost three years after she first brought the case. In China, national law does not explicitly ban unmarried people from services like fertility treatments, and simply states that a “husband and wife” can…

Chinese man executed for murder of former wife during live stream

A Chinese man has been executed after a court found him guilty of setting his former wife on fire while she was livestreaming on social media. The Ngawa Tibetan and Qiang autonomous prefecture intermediate people’s court said in a short online statement on Saturday morning that it had carried out the execution of Tang Lu. Tang set his ex-wife on fire in September 2020 while she was livestreaming on Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok run by the same parent company. The 30-year-old woman, known online as Lhamo, died of…

China braces for ‘big heat’ day with temperatures set to soar

China is set for the return of more heatwaves over the next 10 days, with temperatures set to start spiking in parts of the country on Saturday. Some coastal cities are already on their highest alert level and inland regions warning of dam failure risks because of melting glaciers. This Saturday is the day of the “big heat” in the Chinese Almanac based on the lunar calendar. The hot spell was expected to be similar in scope as heatwaves from 5-17 July, but more regions could be hit by temperatures…

China’s Military Aid Is Probably Less Than You Think

chinas military aid is probably less than you think

Advertisement The central role of Western military aid to Ukraine in its fight against Russia has highlighted military aid as a critical part of broader U.S. security cooperation efforts. Amid strategic competition with China, one might assume that Beijing would have a large military aid program as part of its own approach to winning friends and influence through military diplomacy, its somewhat analogous version of security cooperation. That might not be a safe assumption. A new RAND report explores security cooperation by the United States, China, and Russia amidst strategic competition and finds…

Weather tracker: record-breaking heat continues to scorch western Europe

Record-breaking heat continued to affect parts of western Europe during the past week, with UK temperatures exceeding 40C (104F) for the first time since records began. On Tuesday, several weather stations across London, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire broke the 40C barrier, with a top temperature of 40.3C in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. A further 39 stations across central and southern England also broke the previous highest temperature of 38.7C, which was set in July 2019. The central England temperature (CET), which is a daily temperature record dataset dating back to 1772, recorded the…

Japan sees increasing threat to Taiwan amid Russia’s invasion of Ukraine

Japan’s defence ministry has said it is alarmed at fresh threats from Russia and has growing worries about Taiwan, in an annual report that comes as Tokyo considers significantly increasing military spending. The document includes a chapter on Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which it says risks sending the message “that an attempt to unilaterally change the status quo by force is acceptable”. The paper, released on Friday, surveys the global security landscape and specific threats to Japan, and says there was concern Russia could “further enhance and deepen relationships with…

Hong Kong’s New Cybercrime Law Consultation

hong kongs new cybercrime law consultation

Advertisement This week the Cybercrime Subcommittee of the Law Reform Commission (LRC) in Hong Kong published a consultation paper on cybercrimes and related jurisdictional issues, setting in motion what will likely be a series of legislations of new laws and amendments in the reformed “patriots-ruled” territory under the People’s Republic of China. The move should come as no surprise. After all, many other jurisdictions around the world have legislated cybercrime in various shapes and forms in recent years. As technology advances, news laws try to catch up. The LRC’s Cybercrime…