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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Zhao Wei’s Detained Lawyer Writes “Apology” Letter

Legal assistant Zhao Wei, who was detained in July 2015 and charged with “subversion of state power,” has reportedly been released on bail but her current whereabouts are unknown. Zhao had worked as a paralegal for Li Heping, a prominent rights lawyer who was detained along with dozens of other lawyers in the “Black Friday” crackdown a year ago. After her

July 19, 2016 9:23 PM

China Responds to South China Sea Ruling

On Tuesday, the Permanent Court of Arbitration (PCA) announced the final decision in a case brought by the Philippines to a tribunal set up under the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea over China’s actions in the South China Sea. (See the PCA’s press release and full 405 page award document.) The tribunal offered a “sweeping rebuke” of China’s

July 12, 2016 9:01 PM

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