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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Amazonian Railway Threatens Environment, Tribes

Premier Li Keqiang is embarking on a visit to several Latin American countries, with plans to discuss infrastucture investment and a railroad that will transverse the continent from the Atlantic to the Pacific oceans. From AFP: One major mooted long-term infrastructure project is a proposed Chinese-financed US$10 billion rail link stretching some 3,500 km from the key Brazilian

May 18, 2015 10:55 PM

Gao Yu: An Egg Breaking Against the Party’s Wall

In the South China Morning Post, Verna Yu profiles journalist Gao Yu, who was sentenced last month to seven years in prison for allegedly “leaking state secrets,” and talks about her work with former colleagues and professors: Ironically, Gao has become the victim of the intensified ideological controls she has reported, political observers say. Gao’s articles

May 17, 2015 9:56 PM

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