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Wang Lixiong and Woeser: A Way Out of China’s Ethnic Unrest?

Ian Johnson

Woeser and Wang Lixiong are two of China’s best-known thinkers on the government’s policy toward ethnic minorities. With violence in Tibet and Xinjiang now almost a monthly occurrence, I met them at their apartment in Beijing to talk about...

Beyond the Dalai Lama: An Interview with Woeser and Wang Lixiong

Ian Johnson

In recent months, China has been beset by growing ethnic violence. In Tibet, 125 people have set themselves on fire since the suppression of 2008 protests over the country’s ethnic policies. In the Muslim region of Xinjiang, there have...

Sinica Podcast

08.15.2014

Finding the ‘Essence’ of China

Kaiser Kuo, David Moser, Jeremiah Jenne

This week, Kaiser Kuo and David Moser are delighted to host Jeremiah Jenne, Director at the Hutong, Beijing’s premier cultural exchange center, for a conversation that picks apart China’s obsession with “Chinese characteristics” and asks...

Caixin Media

08.12.2014

How Tianjin’s Top Cop Built Web of Corruption Over 40 Years

Caixin

The fall of the public security chief, Wu Changshun, of the northern port city of Tianjin has rocked the local public security system and shed light on the graft network cultivated by Wu over 40 years. The Central Discipline Inspection...

Video

08.12.2014

Chinese Dreamers

Sharron Lovell, Tom Wang

A dream, in the truest sense, is a solo act. It can’t be created by committee or replicated en masse. Try as you might, you can’t compel your neighbor to conjure up the reverie that you envision. And therein lies the latent, uncertain...

Blog

08.11.2014

Simon Leys Remembered

Isabel Hilton, Perry Link, Ian Buruma, Orville Schell

Isabel Hilton: When I heard the news of the death of Pierre Ryckmans, better known by his pen name, Simon Leys, I began to hunt in my bookshelves for the now yellowing and grimy copies of Chinese Shadows and The Chairman’s New Clothes: Mao...

Environment

08.07.2014

What to Do About China’s Polluted Farmland?

chinadialogue, Caixin

While the extent of China’s soil pollution crisis is becoming clearer, the consensus on what to do next is still lacking. The results of the state soil survey earlier this year were damning: 16.1% of sampling points nationwide were in...

Media

08.07.2014

Beards and Muslim Headscarves Banned From Buses In One Xinjiang City

Tea Leaf Nation, Alexa Olesen

A city in China’s remote western Xinjiang region has temporarily banned men with beards and women with Muslim headscarves from taking public buses.

Books

08.06.2014

China’s Second Continent

Howard W. French

An exciting, hugely revealing account of China’s burgeoning presence in Africa—a developing empire already shaping, and reshaping, the future of millions of people. 

Caixin Media

08.05.2014

Top One Percent Has One-Third of China’s Wealth

Caixin

A recent academic report on wealth inequality in China shows that the top one percent of households holds one-third of total assets, while the bottom fourth holds only one percent. The report, published by a research institute in Peking...

Sinica Podcast

08.02.2014

The Rule of Law in China

Jeremy Goldkorn, David Moser, Donald Clarke

This week on Sinica, Jeremy and David are joined by Donald Clarke, a professor at George Washington University where he specializes in Chinese law, for a discussion of what is happening with the Zhou Yongkang corruption scandal, as well as...

Caixin Media

07.31.2014

Ex-Politburo Members Accused of ‘Serious Discipline Violations’ Always Face Courts

Caixin

After much speculation, the axe has finally fallen on Zhou Yongkang, the former public security chief and member of the Politburo Standing Committee, indicating the Communist Party’s campaign against corruption will grant no exceptions to...

Blog

07.31.2014

Zhou Yongkang’s Downfall

Sebastian Veg, Roderick MacFarquhar, Taisu Zhang, Richard McGregor, Zha Daojiong, Andrew Wedeman

On July 29, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection of the Chinese Communisty Party announced it was investigating ex-security czar Zhou Yongkang “on suspicion of grave violations of discipline.” Zhou, who retired from the...

Media

07.30.2014

Paper Tiger

Tea Leaf Nation, Isaac Stone Fish, Rachel Lu

For 10 months, the fate of Zhou Yongkang existed in a space of plausible deniability. Respected Western media outlets had reported that the 71-year-old Zhou, a retired official who served as China's much-feared domestic security czar from...

Media

07.30.2014

Say It Ain’t So, Zhou

Tea Leaf Nation, David Wertime

It was an exchange perfectly tailored for modern Chinese politics: alternately unscripted and cagey, chummy but laced with a hint of menace.

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