CDT Editors’ Picks: The Best of 2017

CDT Editors’ Picks: The Best of 2017

As 2017 comes to a close, CDT editors have looked back at coverage of China over the past year and selected links that highlight some of the most important stories posted on CDT or elsewhere. Happy New Year from the CDT team!

CDT Editors’ Picks for 2017:

Sandra Fu, CDT Chinese Senior Editor:

Sophie Beach, CDT English Executive Editor:

  • Jeremy Brown: How the Party Handles Accidents – In an interview with CDT’s Samuel Wade, Simon Fraser University’s Jeremy Brown puts the recent spate of in a broader historical context by looking at the patterns of government response from the Mao era until today. The interview provides a useful frame of reference when reading news reports about the too frequent industrial accidents and natural disasters in China. “Instead of being transparent, or treating accident victims compassionately, the impulse is to cover it up, and target them for surveillance and crackdowns. Because that’s what you do to a protest, right?” Brown asks.
  • The Passion of Liu Xiaobo by Perry Link in the New York Review of Books – Link offers an eloquent and personal commemoration of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, who died in July of liver cancer while serving an 11-year-sentence. Link asks: “Two hundred years from now, who will recall the names of the tyrants who sent Mandela, Havel, and Suu Kyi to jail? Will the glint of Liu Xiaobo’s incisive intellect be remembered, or the cardboard mediocrity of Xi’s?”

Samuel Wade, CDT English Deputy Editor:

Josh Rudolph, CDT English Translations Editor:

Xiao Qiang, CDT Founder and Editor-in-chief:

CDT Chinese editors have also picked their ten top stories from the year. Look for an English translation of their list on CDT in the next few days.

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