Anthony Kuhn http://wfae.org en After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone http://wfae.org/post/after-losing-only-child-chinese-parents-face-old-age-alone It's been nearly 3 1/2 decades since China's government started limiting most urban families to one child. The family planning policy successfully slowed the nation's population growth, but it has had some unintended consequences.<p>One is that some parents lose their only children to illness or accidents and end up with no one to care for them in their old age. Now, these parents have gotten together to demand their rights.<p>A group of parents meets at a Beijing restaurant to talk and console each other. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54660 at http://wfae.org After Losing An Only Child, Chinese Parents Face Old Age Alone Mistrust Overshadows U.S. Talks With China http://wfae.org/post/mistrust-overshadows-us-talks-china Transcript <p>STEVE INSKEEP, HOST: <p>It's MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.<p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>And I'm Renee Montagne. High-level meetings between the U.S. and China underscore a long-term problem. They have the world's two largest economies. They're likely the two most important nations on earth.<p>INSKEEP: And neither trusts the other's intentions. Because they must cooperate, Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing for talks.<p>MONTAGNE: But the point of this next story is that words may not ease mistrust. Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:04:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54598 at http://wfae.org Marchers Take To Streets Of Hong Kong To Protest Eroding Autonomy http://wfae.org/post/marchers-take-streets-hong-kong-protest-eroding-autonomy Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block.<p>ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST: <p>And I'm Robert Siegel. Tens of thousands - possibly hundreds of thousands of people gathered in Hong Kong today. People there are angry about what they call an erosion of the rights Beijing promised them when the former British colony was reclaimed by China. That happened 17 years ago today. And the massive protest came after almost 800,000 people voted in an unofficial referendum calling for more democratic elections. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54057 at http://wfae.org Democracy Protesters In Hong Kong Call For Free Elections http://wfae.org/post/democracy-protesters-take-streets-hong-kong Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>Thousands of pro-democracy protesters marched in Hong Kong today.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)<p>CHORUS: (Foreign language spoken).<p>GREENE: This comes on the 17th anniversary of the return of Hong Kong to Chinese rule. The protesters are demanding greater democracy, a bigger role in selecting leaders. China's government tries to control the political process through a nominating committee. NPR's Anthony Kuhn spoke to Renee yesterday about an unofficial referendum this week. Nearly 800,000 of the city's 7 million people voted for full democracy. Tue, 01 Jul 2014 09:21:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 54011 at http://wfae.org In Unofficial Referendum, Hong Kong Voters Demand Change http://wfae.org/post/unofficial-referendum-hong-kong-voters-demand-change Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>Residents of Hong Kong are pushing for more say over how they are governed. Results are in today on a referendum organized by democracy advocates aimed at giving Hong Kong voters power over choosing their own leader. Hundreds of thousands of residents casted ballots over the last 10 days. The vote is non-binding, but pro-democracy leaders hope it will apply pressure on China's Communist Party, which, in any event, has denounced the vote. Joining us to tell us more is NPR's Anthony Kuhn, he's in Hong Kong. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 09:08:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 53940 at http://wfae.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid http://wfae.org/post/clock-ticking-aung-san-suu-kyis-presidential-bid Time is running out for Myanmar's opposition leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, in her bid to become president.<p>The long-serving political prisoner and democracy activist is now 67. If she wins general elections next year, she could become Asia's most famous politician.<p>But, for now, <a href="http://www.economist.com/blogs/economist-explains/2014/03/economist-explains-3">the country's constitution, which came into effect in 2008, bars her from running</a>. The rule disqualifies anyone whose spouse or children are foreign nationals from holding the office of president or vice president. Fri, 27 Jun 2014 07:22:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 53774 at http://wfae.org Clock Is Ticking For Aung San Suu Kyi's Presidential Bid In Rift Over Interfaith Ban, A New Fault Line For Burmese Politics http://wfae.org/post/rift-over-interfaith-ban-new-fault-line-burmese-politics Myanmar's parliament is now considering a bill that would restrict marriages of people from different religions. Buddhist nationalists hope it will protect their religion from the spread of Islam and claim it's a way to prevent coerced conversions, but critics lambaste the proposed law as targeting the country's Muslim minority. <div class="fullattribution">Copyright 2014 NPR. Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:18:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 53574 at http://wfae.org Chinese Authorities Ensure Tiananmen Anniversary Passes Quietly http://wfae.org/post/chinese-authorities-ensure-tiananmen-anniversary-passes-quietly Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>25 years ago today, these were some of the sounds from Tiananmen Square, as Chinese soldiers used rifles and tanks to end nearly two months of pro-democracy protests.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF PROTESTS)<p>CORNISH: Hundreds are believed to have died. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 52296 at http://wfae.org 25 Years Later, Tiananmen Square Is A Forbidden Subject In China http://wfae.org/post/25-years-later-tiananmen-square-forbidden-subject-china Immediately following the crackdown, the government began a long-term campaign of suppression. Even today, many believe the government's goal is to erase the historic event from the nation's memory. Wed, 04 Jun 2014 09:11:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 52247 at http://wfae.org In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins http://wfae.org/post/buddhist-majority-myanmar-muslim-minority-gets-pushed-margins Thirteen-year-old Zomir Hussein lives with his family in a simple wooden home in a village outside the city of Sittwe, the capital of western Myanmar's Rakhine state. Not long ago, he accidentally overdosed on medicine he was taking to treat his tuberculosis.<p>Now he lies on the floor, his hands curled into claws, his eyes staring vacantly. He cries out to his parents for help. His mother cradles him, and for a moment, he seems to smile.<p>Zomir was getting treatment at the main hospital in downtown Sittwe. Wed, 28 May 2014 07:25:00 +0000 Anthony Kuhn 51794 at http://wfae.org In Buddhist-Majority Myanmar, Muslim Minority Gets Pushed To The Margins