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03.03.2015

Why Has This Environmental Documentary Gone Viral on China’s Internet?

Angel Hsu, Michael Zhao, Deborah Seligsohn, Sam Geall, Barbara A. Finamore, Isabel Hilton, Mark L. Clifford, Ian Johnson

Our friends at Foreign Policy hit the nail on the head by headlining writer Yiqin Fu’s Monday story “China’s National Conversation about Pollution Has Finally Begun.” What happened? Well, over the weekend, the feature-length Chinese...

Environment

02.23.2015

Chinese Firms Must Act Decisively on Climate Change, Report Says

Chinese companies will need to cut direct greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions of their operations by up to 2.7% a year if China is to stay on track with the level of action required to keep global warming well below 2 degrees Celsius, says a...

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.

Caixin Media

02.17.2015

Prosperity, International Cooperation, Civil Rights Key to Defeating Terror

The global fight against terrorism has entered a new stage with the emergence of the Islamic State (IS), and the battle lines have never been so clearly drawn all over the world.On February 18, Washington will host the Summit on Countering...

Environment

02.11.2015

China’s New Environment Minister Has Work Cut Out For Him

The elevation of the president of China’s most prestigious university to the job of government minister was unexpected. It is rare to bring in an academic without a goverment background. But given the tarnished reputation of a ministry...

China: Inventing a Crime

Perry Link

In late January, Chinese authorities announced that they are considering formal charges against Pu Zhiqiang, one of China’s most prominent human rights lawyers, who has been in detention since last May. Pu’s friends fear that even a life...

Conversation

02.05.2015

What’s the Case for Heads of State Meeting the Dalai Lama?

Francesco Sisci, Robert Barnett, Dru C. Gladney, Jocelyn Ford

On Thursday in Washington, the Dalai Lama attended the annual National Prayer Breakfast hosted by President Barack Obama, angering China’s leaders in Beijing who have long called the exiled Tibetan spiritual leader a “

Viewpoint

02.04.2015

Why China Is Banning Islamic Veils

Timothy Grose , James Leibold

This week, regional authorities outlawed Islamic veils from all public spaces in the regional capital of China’s Xinjiang Uighur Autonomous Region (XUAR). The Urumqi ban, which went into effect on Sunday February 1 (coincidentally the...

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...

Sinica Podcast

01.19.2015

China and Charlie

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

First there were the terrorist attacks in Paris. And then there was the global reaction to the attacks, with its spate of frenzied free-speech cartooning. And then there was the counter-reaction to the initial reaction, which played out...

Viewpoint

01.16.2015

The Plight of China’s Rights Lawyers

Frances Eve

As the year came to a close, at least seven prominent Chinese human rights lawyers rang in the New Year from a jail cell. Under President Xi Jinping, 2014 was one of the worst years in recent memory for China’s embattled civil society.

Conversation

01.16.2015

Why Did The West Weep for Paris But Not for Kunming?

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Taisu Zhang, Zha Daojiong, Andrew J. Nathan, James Palmer, Chen Weihua, Donald Clarke

In the days since the attacks that killed 12 people at the offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo in Paris, Chinese netizens have watched the outpouring of solidarity. As our colleagues at Foreign Policy reported earlier this...

Viewpoint

01.15.2015

Chinese Lawyers to Chinese Lawmakers: Let Us Defend Our Clients

Joshua Rosenzweig

Legal Opinion on Article 35 of the Ninth (Draft) Amendment to the Criminal Law: “We are a group of legal professionals who care about the rights of lawyers and reform of the judicial system and who have taken note of the draft for the...

Environment

01.15.2015

China-Latin America Summit ‘A Missed Opportunity’ on Low-Carbon Energy

The first major meeting of Chinese and Latin American leaders agreed closer cooperation on trade, investment, and industry, but is more likely to usher in deals on oil and gas rather than renewable energy, analysts said in response to a...

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