Author: Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach lives in Berkeley, California. She previously served as senior research associate for Asia at the Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York-based press freedom organization. She received her master's degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. Her writing about China has been published in the Los Angeles Times, the Asian Wall Street Journal, the South China Morning Post, The Nation magazine, and other publications.
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Sons of Detained Canadian Christians Defend Parents

The sons of Kevin and Julia Dawn Garratt, two Canadian citizens in Dandong who have been detained on suspicion of “espionage and stealing state secrets,” have defended their parents, calling the accusations “absurd.” Ben Blanchard from Reuters reports: A second son, Peter Garratt, who lives in Dandong with his parents, said in an email to Canada’s

August 5, 2014 2:27 PM

398 Killed in Yunnan Earthquake

Heavy rains and inaccessibility have hampered rescue efforts following a 6.1 magnitude earthquake near Wenping, Yunnan, the strongest temblor to hit the region in 14 years. So far 398 people have been reported killed and at least 1800 injured, with People’s Liberation Army rescue teams delayed in reaching the epicenter. Tania Branigan and Jonathan Kaiman at The Guardian

August 4, 2014 2:22 PM

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