Josie Liu

Josie Liu is a journalist from China who once worked for the South China Morning Post and other newspapers in Beijing. She currently writes the “China in Transition” blog.

Josie Liu: Chinese Netizens “Tomb Digging” to Comment on Urumqi Riot

Not surprisingly, online comments regarding Sunday’s violence in Urumqi, Xinjiang, have been closely watched by China’s Internet censors. But Chinese netizens have their way of going around the censorship. On other popular public discussion websites such as, netizens are using a practise called “tomb digging,” in which they dig up posts about Xinjiang or Urumqi originally posted in the past–back to as far as 2006–and add comments about the July 5 incident.

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Josie Liu: Some Thoughts on China’s Environment

It is just sad that Chinese people are seeing their lands, lakes, forests—that is, the physical body of the country—being destroyed piece by piece due to relentless industrial development, lack of environmental regulation and blind pursuit of profits at the price of long term significance of environmental protection.People around the world praise the beauty of their motherland as the common reason for themselves, and others, to love their country. Sadly, it seems that Chinese people are running out of beautiful places to boast and appreciate.

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