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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Could Stronger Unions Make China More Democratic?

Earlier this month, an explosion at a metal works factory in Kunshan, Jiangsu, which makes car wheels for foreign automakers, killed at least 75 people. Lax enforcement of safety regulations was blamed for the accident. In the wake of the explosion, workers and activists have joined together to write a public petition calling for greater protections of workers’ rights and

August 12, 2014 1:07 PM

25 Sentenced in Xinjiang for Terrorist Activity

A court in Xinjiang has sentenced 25 people for a variety of terrorism-related offenses, including setting up an “illegal religious group which preached jihad and other violent, extremist ideologies.” Edward Wong at the New York Times reports: The names of the 25 people sentenced indicated that they were all from the Uighur ethnic minority. […] The sentences,

August 12, 2014 11:39 AM

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