Li Xiaorong

China yanks books about ties with Japan

From The Japan Times: Two books on Sino-Japanese history and modern political relations have been pulled from shelves in China for undisclosed reasons, after selling about 50,000 copies apiece. “Ambiguity’s Neighborhood” and “Iron and Plough,” both by author Yu Jie, disappeared from major bookstores in late December after four months of normal circulation, Yu said […]

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Lecturer sacked from Beijing University

The Age and the BBC reported on the recent dismissal of journalism professor Jiao Guobiao from Beijing University. In a press release, Reporters Without Borders today condemned the sacking of Jiao Guobiao and called on the government to restore him to his post and stop restricting Internet discussion forums.

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Jim Hoagland: Tiananmen’s Legacy

From the Washington Post: Nearly 16 amazing years have passed since Chinese soldiers slaughtered thousands of their fellow citizens protesting corruption and misrule. The Soviet empire, wars in the Balkans and in Iraq, and a flood of dot-com billionaires and paupers have come and/or gone in that busy time. So it came as no great […]

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Human Rights Group Urges Beijing to Annul Anti-secession Law

According to a report by the Central News Agency: The Frankfurt-based International Society for Human Rights (ISHR) has urged China to unconditionally rescind its recently enacted Anti-Secession Law targeting Taiwan. In an open letter signed by ISHR Chairman Karl Hafen March 21, the organization described the law as a “war-authorizing bill” against Taiwan and called […]

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Mark John: EU’s Chinese arms ban end faces delay

According to a Reuters article: China’s tougher stance on Taiwan has threatened to derail European Union efforts to boost ties with Beijing and delay lifting the EU’s arms embargo. New tensions on Taiwan would likely put off an end to the ban, which Washington wants kept in place, diplomats said. China urged the EU to […]

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