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02.27.2015

Are China and Russia Forging a New Ideological Bloc?

Jacqueline N. Deal, Wu Jianmin, Pamela Kyle Crossley, Julia Famularo, Edward Wittenstein

With evidence of ties strengthening between Beijing and Moscow—over energy contracts, the handling of the Ukraine, and their diplomats’ stance toward outside interference in internal affairs, especially if it’s perceived as coming...

Media

02.23.2015

Five Predictions for Chinese Censorship in the Year of the Sheep

Blocked websites, jailed journalists, and nationalist rhetoric have long been features of the Chinese Communist Party’s media control strategy. During the Year of the Horse, which just ended on China’s lunar calendar, President Xi Jinping...

Viewpoint

02.19.2015

Beijing Touts ‘Cyber-Sovereignty’ In Internet Governance

Scott D. Livingston

It has been a difficult few weeks for global technology companies operating in China.

Conversation

01.29.2015

Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?

George Chen, Charlie Smith, Steve Dickinson, David Schlesinger, Xiao Qiang, Rogier Creemers, David Wertime

With Astrill and several other free and paid-subscription virtual private networks (VPNs) that make leaping China’s Great Firewall possible now harder to use themselves after government interference “gummed” them up, the world wide web...

Media

01.13.2015

This Culture Has Not Yet Been Rated

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

It all started with plunging necklines. After the sudden withdrawal and subsequent sanitizing of a popular Chinese show, viewers in China have renewed longstanding calls to strip government censors of their power, using one simple solution...

Caixin Media

01.06.2015

In Praise of Hu Feng

Sheila Melvin

Hu Feng (1902-85) is a name that most students of P.R.C. history have undoubtedly encountered at one time or another. I remember reading it for the first time years ago in Jonathan Spence’s “The Search for Modern China.” It stuck in my...

Reports

01.01.2015

The Politburo’s Predicament

Drawing on an analysis of hundreds of official documents, censorship directives, and human rights reports, as well as some 30 expert interviews, the study finds that the overall degree of repression has increased under the new leadership....

Sinica Podcast

12.26.2014

Regulating the Fourth Estate in China

Kaiser Kuo

The explosion of the commercial media sphere in China over the last decade hasn’t been particularly subtle, especially if you’re anything like us and walk past multiple Chinese newsstands in the morning.

Reporting & Opinion

12.23.2014

China in 2014 Through the Eyes of a Human Rights Advocate

Yaxue Cao

This time last year, volunteers and I were busy writing and translating articles to prepare for the New Citizens Movement trials.

Media

12.08.2014

On First Annual Constitution Day, China’s Most Censored Word Was ‘Constitution’

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

On December 4, China’s first annual Constitution Day, Communist Party mouthpiece People’s Daily posted the complete text of the Chinese constitution to its Weibo microblogging account, accompanied by the upbeat hashtag: “Let’s all read the...

Conversation

12.03.2014

Can China Conquer the Internet?

David Bandurski, Jeremy Goldkorn, Rogier Creemers, Xiao Qiang, Jason Q. Ng

Lu Wei, China’s new Internet Czar, recently tried to get the world to agree to a model of information control designed by the Chinese Communist Party.

Environment

11.26.2014

The People’s Republic of Chemicals

chinadialogue

The name of China is almost obscured by a grey smudge on the title page of The People’s Republic of Chemicals, and this image proves to be apt.  This book examines the crisis caused by toxic smogs that periodically choke vast regions of...

Sinica Podcast

11.25.2014

Internet Wrangling in Wuzhen

Kaiser Kuo, Rogier Creemers

Kaiser Kuo hosts alone this week as we turn our attention to the World Internet Conference (English site) last week, when a last minute attempt by Chinese organizers to foist the so-called Wuzhen Declaration on participants provoked an...

Viewpoint

11.21.2014

“Getting Pantsed” by the “Central People’s Court”

Hu Yong

In December of last year CCTV producer Wang Qinglei wrote a post on his Weibo account criticizing the Chinese government’s campaign-style attacks on prominent social media figures and arguing the media had also been drawn in and was “...

Viewpoint

10.14.2014

On Dealing with Chinese Censors

Joseph W. Esherick

It was a hot afternoon in June in the East China city of Jinan. I was returning to my hotel after an afternoon coffee, thinking of the conference I had come to attend and trying to escape the heat on the shady side of the street. My cell...

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