The Beijing News reports (in Chinese) that the country’s first class action lawsuit against an employer that discriminated against pregnant women is in progress.
- The plaintiffs are three women who, after becoming pregnant, had their pay docked, and then were fired by China Railway Logistics from their jobs as data center manager, customer service manager, and customer service director.
- The first of the three women has had her case heard. The court ordered China Railway Logistics to pay her salary in arrears and additional compensation (the Beijing News does not say how much).
- The three women are also going to “further apply for unemployment compensation according to the law.”
Diamer-Bhasha – What’s going on, and what does it mean for Pakistan and China? / China-US Focus
Some context about Pakistan dropping its bid to have the Diamer-Bhasha Dam financed as part of the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In brief: Pakistan would prefer not to be too dependent on China, but may have no choice.
Dealing with the injustices of the past
Taiwan votes to erase Chiang Kai-shek’s authoritarian legacy with new law / SCMP
A new “transitional justice bill” mandates the renaming of streets and schools, and “paves the way for a full investigation into Chiang’s ‘White Terror’ — a purge of his political opponents between 1947 and his death in 1975.”
Soft power efforts gone wrong
Duterte, Hun Sen nominated for 2017 Confucius Peace Prize / Asian Correspondent
China’s Central Commission for Discipline Inspection’s new online campaign: ‘anti-corruption” GIFs and video / What’s on Weibo
Thailand pushes for high-speed rail link with China to be used for freight / SCMP
China scolds Australia over its fears of foreign influence / NYT (paywall)
Beijing urges caution over Trump plan for Jerusalem embassy / SCMP