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10.20.2014

‘A Power Capable of Making Us Weep’

Hu Yong

This September, the editors of the online edition of the 21st Century Business Herald—a leading Chinese business newspaper based in Guangzhou and owned by Southern Media Group (Nanfang Baoye Jituan)—came under investigation on charges of...

Conversation

10.17.2014

Rule of Law—Why Now?

Ira Belkin, Donald Clarke, Jerome A. Cohen, Harry Harding, Li Ling, Margaret Lewis, Keith Hand

In a recent essay, “How China’s Leaders Will Rule on the Law,” Carl Minzner looks at the question of why China’s leaders have announced they will emphasize rule of law at the upcoming Chinese Communist Party plenum slated to take place in...

The Dalai Lama Forces China to Overplay its Hand in South Africa

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

Pretoria’s apparent refusal to grant Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama a visa to attend a summit of Nobel peace laureates has sparked outrage in South Africa. Critics allege the government is bowing to China, undermining South...

Media

10.15.2014

Jiang Zemin Unplugged

The Editors

Given the leadership styles of Hu Jintao and Xi Jinping, who have been China’s supreme leaders over the past twelve years, it is an almost shocking experience to look back at these two videos (the first of which circulated last week on...

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10.15.2014

How China’s Leaders Will Rule on the Law

Carl Minzner

Last week, as the world watched the student demonstrations in Hong Kong, China’s Politburo announced the dates for the Communist Party’s annual plenary session would be from October 20-23. As in previous years, top leaders will gather in...

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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...

Conversation

10.14.2014

Will Asia Bank on China?

Zha Daojiong, Damien Ma

Last week The New York Times reported U.S. opposition to China’s plans to launch a regional development bank to rival the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. If, as some say, the the launch is a fait accompli, should...

Media

10.10.2014

China Bans Law-Breaking Actors From Movies and Television

Tea Leaf Nation, Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

Amid an ongoing government campaign against drugs, prostitution, and other moral vices, a powerful government agency has reportedly issued new regulations banning actors with histories of drug use or prostitution from appearing in movies...

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10.08.2014

‘We Do Not Want to Be Persuaded’

Ilaria Maria Sala

Over the past week, it has been hard to make sense of the threats and ultimatums the Hong Kong protesters have faced. On Sunday, the South China Morning Post splashed on its front page that Hong Kong had “hours to avoid tragedy.”...

‘China Halts Arms Sales to South Sudan’ (Wait, What?)

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden

In June, China’s ambassador to Juba, Ma Qiang, publicly declared that Beijing would not sell weapons to any side of the ongoing civil conflict in South Sudan. So it was a bit of a surprise when it was discovered that $38 million of weapons...

Caixin Media

10.06.2014

Lost in Translation

Caixin

Is selective translation of news articles from the foreign media more insidious than no translation at all? The debate was sparked by a garbled translation of the cover story of the Economist headlined “What Does China Want?”

Media

10.03.2014

Under Different Umbrellas

Zhang Xiaoran

“Dozens of mainlanders were taken away by the police because they openly supported Occupy Central and at least ten of them have been detained…They are in Jiangxi, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Beijing, Chongqing, Guangzhou, etc,” Hong Kong-based...

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10.01.2014

‘The City Feels New’

Ilaria Maria Sala

Down on the streets occupied by the striking students, the city feels new: roads normally accessible only on wheels look like familiar strangers when suddenly you can walk down them. Big, immovable concrete partitions still separate the...

Media

10.01.2014

Media Portrays Hong Kong Protests as Either Inspiring or Dangerous

Tea Leaf Nation, Rachel Lu

The second and third days of mass protests to demand broader democracy in Hong Kong ended with none of the violence and confrontation seen on September 28.

Media

10.01.2014

They Can Take Our Freedom, But They Will Never Take Our Instagram

Tea Leaf Nation

When thousands of Hong Kong protesters clashed with police on Sunday, September 28, many residents of the city immediately took to the photo-sharing platform Instagram.

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