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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Hu Pledges a Peaceful, Cooperative China in 2011

In his annual New Year’s speech, President Hu Jintao vowed that China would cooperate on global issues and adhere to peaceful development, AFP reports: Hu’s annual address broadcast by state television appeared to be targeted at rising concern around the world over China’s growing political and military clout which has been fuelled by 30 years of fast-paced

December 31, 2010

Despite Anti-corruption Drive, Scandals Plague Communist Leaders in China

The Washington Post reports on various recent examples of crimes and misbehavior by the privileged and elite in China: …In July, 48-year-old Xie Zaixing, a local Communist Party chief in Zhejiang province, was sentenced to death for fatally choking his young mistress, chopping her body up and dumping her remains into a river. And on Dec. 5, Gu Qingyang, a county postmaster

December 31, 2010