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    ‘My Personal Vendetta’

    An Interview with Hong Kong Publisher Bao Pu

    Ian Johnson via New York Review of Books The presumed kidnapping of the Hong Kong bookseller and British citizen Lee Bo late last year has brought international attention to the challenges faced by the Hong Kong publishing business. During a break from The New York Review’s conference on the “Governance of China,” which took place in Hong Kong earlier this month, just weeks after Lee’s disappearance, I spoke to Bao Pu, one of the Chinese-language world’s best-known publishers of books about the Chinese government.Along with his wife,... Read full story>>
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    Rescuing China’s Abused Animals

    Michael Zhao We start with a heartwarming note, which I recently heard about in a New Year’s greeting from Animals Asia, a NGO started by Jill Robinson, originally from the U.K., in Chengdu to rescue Asian bears from their torture-chamber-like cages throughout China’s bear bile farms. Read full story>>
  • Lü Xiaoquan

    Seeking Justice for China’s ‘Underage Prostitutes’

    After a Government Crackdown on Rights Activists, Child Victims of Sex Crimes Have Fewer Advocates

    Four and a half years ago in a small village on the outskirts of the coastal city of Yingkou in northern China, a woman stopped a 12-year-old girl outside the child’s school and lured her into a car. “If you don’t come with me, I will beat you every time I see you. You will not have any more good days in your life,” state media reported her saying. The woman and an accomplice allegedly used similar threats to bring seven other rural schoolgirls to a rented apartment. There, the girls were... Read full story>>
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    How Close Was the Latest Close Call in the South China Sea?

    A ChinaFile Conversation

    Julian G. Ku, Feng Zhang & more Had things in fact calmed down in recent weeks as the Chinese official press claimed, only to be stirred up again needlessly by another Freedom of Navigation sail by the U.S. Navy? Read full story>>
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    When Push Comes to Shove—Movies, China, and the World

    A Q&A with Richard Peña

    Jonathan Landreth via China Film Insider The moviemaking dance the United States is doing with China is picking up pace. The Asian giant’s audience influence is soaring as estimates show that Chinese box office returns could overtake American ticket sales this year or next. Parity in audience size is one thing, but the know-how to make movies that travel is another story. To show Chinese moviemakers some of what he calls the American “genius” that has helped U.S. films go so global for so long, Richard Peña, director emeritus of the... Read full story>>
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    Married Young

    Muyi Xiao via Tencent QQ In certain parts of Yunnan province, in China’s southwest, marriage of boys and girls as young as 13 years old is a common phenomenon, practiced without taboo despite the nation’s rule requiring women to be 20 and men 22 before they marry. Photographer Muyi Xiao traveled to villages where early marriage is commonplace to explore the lives of these young couples and the challenges they face. Read full story>>
  • Visualizing China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

    “Catching Tigers and Flies” is ChinaFile’s new interactive tool for tracking and, we hope, better understanding the massive campaign against corruption that China’s President, Xi Jinping, launched shortly after he came to power in late 2012. It is designed to give users a sense of the scope and character of the anti-corruption campaign by graphically rendering information about nearly 1,500 of its targets whose cases have been publicly announced in official Chinese sources. Read full story>>

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Simon Winchester
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Censorship and Conscience

PEN International

In this report, PEN American Center (PEN) examines how foreign authors in particular are navigating the heavily censored Chinese book industry. China is one of the largest book publishing markets in the world, with total revenue projected to exceed $16 billion in 2015 and a...



Revising U.S. Grand Strategy Toward China

Council on Foreign Relations

China represents and will remain the most significant competitor to the United States for decades to come. As such, the need for a more coherent U.S. response to increasing Chinese power is long overdue. Because the American effort to “integrate” China into the liberal...

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