China Issues White Paper on Human Rights

Xinhua
China has made "tremendous achievements" on the "the correct path of human rights development that suits its national conditions."...

Feeling Valued

Economist
The IMF changes its tune on China’s currency.

Sale of High-Tech Battery Plants to China May Haunt Hillary Clinton

Todd Spangler
Detroit Free Press
@tsspangler http://www.freep.com/story/news/local/michigan/2015/06/05/clinton-sale-michigan-china-gop/28525387/

China in Focus as Cyber Attack Hits Millions of U.S. Federal Workers

Matt Spetalnick and David Brunnstrom
Reuters
Hacks possibly compromised the personal data of 4 million current and former federal employees.

China Is Exporting its Tiananmen Censorship, and We Are All Victims

Foreign Policy
Twenty six years after the killing of student protesters, the code of silence is spreading worldwide.

China Tries To Put A More Positive Spin On Cruise Ship Sinking

Frank Langfitt
NPR
Dozens are confirmed dead and the number is expected to pass 400.

Chinese Democracy Isn’t Inevitable

Daniel Bell
Atlantic
Can a political system be democratically legitimate without being democratic?

Ship Sinks in China’s Yangtze River with 458 Aboard

Jethro Mullen
CNN
The captain and chief engineers were among the only 15 survivors and five bodies recovered as of Tuesday night.

Will China Close Its Doors?

New York Times
The draft “Foreign NGO Management Law” is part of a package of legislation that includes strict laws on national security and antiterrorism.

China Voice: South China Sea Issue Should not Hinder China-U.S. Ties

Xinhua
A U.S. anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft flew over waters off China's Nansha Islands last month. ...

China Cares Little for Other Countries’ Territorial Claims

Steve Tsang
Guardian
Beijing’s actions in building man-made islands in the South China Sea are motivated by a desire to impose its sovereignty.

Conversation

05.29.15

Did the Game Just Change in the South China Sea? (And What Should the U.S. Do About It?)

Yanmei Xie , Andrew S. Erickson & more
As the 14th annual Asia Security Summit—or the Shangri-La Dialogue, as it has come to be known—gets underway in Singapore, we asked contributors to comment on what appears to be a recent escalation in tensions between the U.S. and China over the two...

Environment

05.28.15

Chinese Posters Warn of the Dangers of Smog

from chinadialogue
{slideshow, 16211, 4}An exhibition of smog-inspired posters is touring the polluted cities of northern and eastern China this month to draw attention to the impending environmental disaster.Created by a group of Chinese designers, the 300 posters...

Two Way Street

05.28.15

What China’s Lack of Transparency Means for U.S. Policy

Susan Shirk from Two Way Street
I am a political scientist and former diplomat who has studied China for more than forty years, and yet I still can’t answer some of my students’ most basic questions about China’s policy-making process. Where—in which institutional arena and at...

Corrupting the Chinese Language

Murong Xuecun
New York Times
The author fears Orwell’s prediciton: “If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

How America Should Respond to China’s Moves in the South China Sea

J. Randy Forbes
National Interest
U.S. military superiority is required to keep the Asia-Pacific region from getting out of hand. 

Caixin Media

05.26.15

Time for Reform Advocates to Step to the Fore

As the reform of China’s economy and society deepens, attention is turning to the people tasked with the job of spearheading and carrying out change. Thus, it was gratifying to hear the call by President Xi Jinping, made at the 12th meeting of the...

Sex Trade Goes Underground in China’s ‘Sin City’

Johan Nylander
CNN
More than 2,000 hotels, saunas and massage parlors were shut down in Dongguan. 

Paris Can’t Be Another Copenhagen

New York Times
The U.S. and China must rapidly increase collaboration on climate change both within and beyond the framework of the conference.

Chinese Stocks Surge Most Since 2008 for World’s Biggest Rally

Kyoungwha Kim
Bloomberg
Rally buoyed by optimism around government plans to boost foreign access to the nation’s markets.

Environment

05.21.15

China’s Role in Illegal Trade of Toxic E-Waste Rising Sharply

from chinadialogue
Discarded smartphones and other gadgets are poisoning the environment and people in developing countries, where most of the world’s electronic waste (e-waste) is being dumped illegally and now involves criminal gangs, the UN’s environment arm warned...

HP Sells Control of China Units for $2.3 Billion to Tsinghua

Tony Robinson
Bloomberg
HP Sells Control of China Units for $2.3 Billion to Tsinghua http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2015-05-21/hp-says-tsinghua-holdings-to-buy-control-of-chinese-asset

This American VC Thinks He’s Getting Out of China Just in Time

Bloomberg
The 52-year-old began venture investing in China in 2009 and ended up putting money into 50 startups.

PLA Daily Warns of Internet's Revolutionary Potential

Song Miou
Xinhua
The military should not only safeguard traditional national sovereignty and security, but also "protect ideological and political security on the invisible battleground of the Internet"...

Liu Xiaobo Locked Up in China, Locked Out of Translation of Paul Auster Novel

Chris Buckley
New York Times
Liu Xiaobo’s arrest was cut from the Chinese translation of Auster's novel without his knowledge...

Q. and A.: Luo Yufeng, a.k.a. Sister Feng, on Life as a Manicurist in New York

Vanessa Piao
New York Times
Sister Feng, whose real name is Luo Yufeng, is an Internet celebrity with more than 4.7 million followers on Sina Weibo

Viewpoint

05.19.15

Hong Kong’s Not That Special, And Beijing Should Stop Saying It Is

Alvin Y.H. Cheung
As political wrangling in Hong Kong continues over changes to how the city’s chief executive will be selected in 2017, Beijing marks the 25th anniversary of the promulgation of the Hong Kong Basic Law—the Special Administrative Region’s...

Chinese Professors Among 6 Charged with Economic Espionage

Kevin Johnson
USA Today
U.S. federal prosecutors allege Beijing sponsored economic espionage in the alleged theft of sensitive American made radio frequency filters.

In China, ‘Breaking Bad’ is Real

Wall Street Journal
Chinese police have arrested a Chinese college chemistry professor for joining forces with a drug kingpin.

Duck-Rice, Honey Bees and Mandarins

Kathleen Buckingham
China Policy Institute Blog
There has to be a financial model which allows the farmers to see the impact of restoration on their business.

Toward a Free and Democratic China

Dan Blumenthal and William Inboden
Weekly Standard
 Overhauling U.S. strategy in Asia.

Want a Green Card? Invest in Real Estate

Julie Satow
New York Times
Developers also take the search for investors in their projects on the road, primarily to China.

Kerry Expected to Bring Up China’s Sea Claims During Visit

Andrew Jacobs
New York Times
The U.S. might send ships and aircraft to within 12 nautical miles of built-up reefs near the Philippines.

Dredging For Disaster

Foreign Policy
Beijing’s massive So. China Sea island-building is destroying the region’s irreplaceable coral reefs.

U.S., China Set for High-Stakes Rivalry in Skies Above South China Sea

Greg Torode
Reuters
Experts say it's increasingly likley that Beijing will declare an Air Defense Identification Zone in the area...

China Economy Loses More Steam in April, Further Stimulus on the Cards

Kevin Yao
Reuters
China's money supply grew at its slowest pace on record in April and investment growth sank to its lowest in 15 years...

Conversation

05.14.15

The Future of NGOs in China

Isabel Hilton, Carl Minzner & more
Last week, China’s National People’s Congress released the second draft of a new law on “Managing Foreign NGOs.” Many foreign non-profits in China have operated in a legal gray area over the years. The law [full English translation here] establishes...

China’s Economy: A Slower Slowdown

Simon Rabinovich
Economist
It's been nearly six months since China began easing monetary policy and there's little sign of a rebound in growth...

U.S. Gambit Risks Conflict With China

Andrew Browne
Wall Street Journal
Option to challenge Beijing in South China Sea is fraught with danger.

China Lashes Out Over U.S. Plan on South China Sea

Eva Dou and James Hookway
Wall Street Journal
Pentagon proposal to use aircraft and Navy vessels in region prompts swift response: ‘We are severely concerned’.

Two Way Street

05.12.15

We Need to Stay Coolheaded

Zhu Feng from Two Way Street
In recent years, a noticeable change has occurred in China-U.S. relations. The “problem areas” where the two countries tend to clash are increasing in both number and scope, and there has been a greater degree of hostility in judgments about the...

Caixin Media

05.12.15

The Urgency of Continuing with Reform

Concern about the middle-income trap has grabbed public attention again. The minister of finance, Lou Jiwei, recently said at Tsinghua University that China had a “50-50 chance” of sliding into it in the next five to 10 years. However, many...

U.S. Military Proposes Challenge to China Sea Claims

Adam Entous, Gordon Lubold, and Julian...
Wall Street Journal
Moves would send Navy planes, ships near artificial islands built by China in contested waters.

Fatal Police Shooting Under Investigation: Ministry

Xinhua
There are clear rules on the carrying and use of fire arms by police officers, and it will take time to confirm whether police had opened fire legally in the case.

Obama’s Quiet Nuclear Deal with China Raises Proliferation Concerns

Steven Mufson
Washington Post
Beijing could buy more U.S.-designed reactors and pursue a facility or the technology to reprocess plutonium. 

Wang Qishan Highlights Party Discipline in Anti-Corruption Effort

Xinhua
Wang pledged to enhance institutional innovation and let discipline take the lead in the anti-graft campaign.

China Pulls Out Stops to Avoid Lay-Offs as Economy Cools

Kevin Yao and Koh Gui Qing
Reuters
Some businesses are even enticed into hiring despite the slackening economic growth.

China Issues Guideline for Eco-Friendly Development

Xinhua
Safeguarding the environment lags China’s economic status—limited resources and severe pollution preventing sustainable growth.

Features

05.06.15

Invasion of the Body Snatchers

Yaqiu Wang
On the morning of March 16, 48-year-old Huang Shunfang went to her local hospital located in Fanghu Township in the central Chinese province of Henan. Her doctor diagnosed her with gastritis, gave her a dose of antacids through an IV, and sent her...

The Urgency of Continuing with Reform

Hu Shuli
The best way to side step the much-discussed middle-income trap is to forge ahead with changes to the growth model.

Calls to Punish China Grow

Josh Rogin
Bloomberg
Some in Washington are calling for President Obama to cancel China’s invitation to the largest maritime military exercise in the world.

China’s Xi Highlights “Big Picture” in Reform Drive

Xinhua
Authorities must place scientific and technological innovation at the heart of the drive to reform. 

Buffett Bullish on China

Qian Ruisha
Global Times
Warren Buffett predicts a two-to-three-year boom in Mainland markets. 

The U.S.-China Disconnect on Trade Deals

Bob Davis
Wall Street Journal
Obama cautions on Beijing’s rise as he pushes TPP at home; a look at key differences in how the U.S. and China approach trade expansion.

Q. and A.: Francis Fukuyama on China's Political Development

New York Times
Stanford historian argues an effective political system has to balance state capacity against rule of law and democracy.

China and South Korea Criticize Japanese Prime Minister’s Speech in US

Justin McCurry
Guardian
Shinzo Abe denounced for not repeating previous PMs’ apologies for Japan using sex slaves during second world war.

Obama Accuses China of Flexing Muscle in Disputes with Neighbors

Matt Spetalnick and Nathan Layne
Reuters
Obama said a strong U.S.-Japan alliance should not be seen as a provocation to China.