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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China Slams U.S. “Interference” after Obama Meets Dalai Lama

The Chinese government has condemned President Obama’s meeting with the Dalai Lama, which was held despite China’s protests. From Reuters: China accused the United States on Sunday of “grossly” interfering in its internal affairs and seriously damaging relations after President Barack Obama met exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama at the

July 16, 2011 7:29 PM

Ethnic Music Tests Limits in China

The New York Times reports on how tensions between Beijing and China’s ethnic minorities play out on the music scene: A growing roster of alternative performance sites and music festivals has allowed Chinese ethnic minority musicians like the members of Hanggai to enjoy an unusual degree of financial security and cultural prominence. But in China, where the central government

July 16, 2011 7:10 PM

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