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Taiwan prosecutors say they have detained 10 people, including a former staff member of the China-friendly opposition party, and are investigating them on suspicion of falsifying documents to bring thousands of mainland Chinese to Taiwan, possibly including some who spied on the self-ruled island claimed by Beijing. The investigation comes just weeks before presidential and legislative elections in Taiwan in which Beijing has been accused of intervening in hopes of unseating independence-leaning President Tsai Ing-wen. The suspects allegedly sent letters containing false information that allowed at least 5,000 people to visit Taiwan from China between early 2017 and June this year, according to Chen Yu-ping, spokesman for the Taipei city prosecutor’s office.
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Turkey said on Wednesday it would retaliate against any U.S. sanctions over its purchase of Russian defense systems, adding that with Britain it had agreed to speed up a joint fighter jet program to meet Turkish defense needs. U.S. lawmakers will vote - and likely pass - a defense bill later on Wednesday that calls for sanctions against Turkey over Ankara's decision to procure the S-400 defenses. Turkey and the United States, NATO allies, have been at odds over the purchase.
(Bloomberg) -- Sign up for Next China, a weekly email on where the nation stands now and where it's going next.China surpassed Turkey to become the biggest jailer of journalists in the world this year, according to a press watchdog group, as Chinese President Xi Jinping steps up efforts to control the mediaChina was holding at least 48 journalists for reasons related to their work, one more than in 2018, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report on Wednesday. The group’s database shows seven of those were arrested this year, including Australian writer Yang Hengjun, and that China has “tightened its iron grip on the press.”Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a news briefing Wednesday that she couldn’t confirm the number of detained journalists, but said that “no one is above the law,” whether they are reporters or civil servants.Turkey’s jailing of 47 journalists put it second on the group’s list. Protests in the Middle East also led to a rise in the number of journalists being locked up in that region, particularly in Saudi Arabia and Egypt. The CPJ said that 98% of jailed journalists around the world were “locals covering their own country,” and that politics, human rights and corruption coverage was most likely to get reporters in trouble.At least 250 journalists were incarcerated for their work around the world this year, down slightly from 255 last year, according to the committee’s annual global survey. After China, Turkey, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, the biggest jailers are Eritrea, Vietnam and Iran.‘False News’The number of journalists charged with reporting “false news” rose to 30 from 28 last year, with Egypt leading the way under President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi. That was compared to one journalist jailed for the charge of fake news in 2012, when press freedom group started tracking the trend. Countries including Russia and Singapore have enacted laws criminalizing the publication of “fake news” in the past year, according to the report.It was the first time in four years that Turkey wasn’t the world’s top journalist-jailer, although the reduction in the number of prisoners under President Recep Tayyip Erdogan doesn’t signal an improved situation for the press, the group said.In China, the world’s most populous country, the report cited the recent case of Sophia Huang Xueqin, a freelancer who had been an investigative journalist for Chinese media. She was detained in October after writing about marching with pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong on her blog.The charges against her include “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a common allegation against critics of the ruling Communist Party, the report said.Dozens more have been arrested in relation to a crackdown in China’s western region of Xinjiang, including Ilham Tohti, according to the committee. Tohti is an economist serving a life sentence on separatism charges, and was awarded the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought by the European Parliament earlier this year.Hua, the foreign ministry spokeswoman, didn’t address the condition of local reporters in her response to questions about the report Wednesday.“You said 48 journalists were detained? I wonder if you were talking about Chinese or foreign journalists?” she said. “Nearly 600 foreign journalists are leading a happy life here in China.”(Updates with Chinese official’s remarks in third paragraph.)\--With assistance from Iain Marlow, Lucille Liu and Matt Turner.To contact the reporter on this story: Blake Schmidt in Hong Kong at contact the editors responsible for this story: Brendan Scott at , James Mayger, Colin KeatingeFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.com©2019 Bloomberg L.P.
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After the first crash of a Boeing 737 Max last year, federal safety officials estimated that there could be 15 more fatal crashes of the Max over the next few decades if Boeing didn’t fix a critical automated flight-control system. The FAA analysis was disclosed Wednesday during a hearing of the House Transportation Committee, which is investigating the FAA’s oversight of Boeing and the Max. “Despite its own calculations, the FAA rolled the dice on the safety of the traveling public and let the Max continue to fly until Boeing could overhaul its MCAS software,” said Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., chairman of the committee.