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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Petition reforms a bid to ease social tensions

As the Chinese government plans to reform the shangfang, or petition, system, some experts believe that, despite the system’s failings, it is still necessary as the legal system cannot withstand the high levels of discontent among the population. The South China Morning Post (via China Study Group) quotes a Qinghua scholar: “”Let’s look at the reality

November 17, 2004

High tech surveillance plans underway

China is now preparing two major technological projects that will provide detailed surveillance information of the land and people. “Digital China,” which is written into China’s 10th five year plan, will create an electronic map of the entire country. “Electronic maps of the country are only the basic framework of Digital China,'” [Wu Wenzhong]

November 17, 2004

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