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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Dissident Physicist Fang Lizhi Dies

Astrophysicist and democracy activist Fang Lizhi has passed away in Arizona. A former professor at China’s University of Science and Technology, Fang was an eloquent and outspoken dissident who helped spearhead the democracy movement in the 1980s, which culminated in the 1989 protests and subsequent military crackdown. After seeking refuge in the U.S. embassy following

April 7, 2012 1:05 PM

Bo Xilai’s Wife at Center of Drama

The removal of Bo Xilai from his position as Party Secretary of Chongqing and potential Standing Committee member has sent shockwaves through Chinese political circles and exposed a deep divide among the party leadership. The New York Times reports that Bo Xilai’s personality and governing style played a role in intensifying the ideological divisions among the CCP ranks

April 7, 2012 12:24 AM

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