Sophie Beach

Sophie Beach is CDT's Executive Editor. She lives in Berkeley, California.

Petition for Jiang Yanyong

An online petition demanding Jiang Yanyong’s release is now available (in Chinese) here. More than 400 people – many of whom appear to be inside China, including the Tiananmen Mothers – have reportedly signed. Via Peking Duck.

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China’s premier issues Aids alert

Premier Wen Jiabao has issued an urgent appeal to the public and government to make fighting AIDS a top priority. According to the BBC, Wen acknowledged that, “These last few years, Aids has spread very quickly over a vast area, causing serious epidemics in some parts… The epidemic is currently spreading from high risk groups […]

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Armed crackdown on Guangdong land protest, shots fired

Radio Free Asia has reported that riot police fired shots while quelling a protest in Guangdong Province. The villagers were protesting the transfer of public land to the local government, which then sold it to a public developer for a huge profit. A local official told a RFA reporter: “The police dispersed the protesters with […]

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Exposé of Peasants’ Plight Is Suppressed by China

The New York Times has published a piece about the important book published last year, “An Investigation of China’s Peasantry” (Zhongguo Nongmin Diaocha), which was banned for revealing too much about the plight of China’s underclass. The authors are now being sued for libel. One of the authors, Chen Guidi, is quoted as saying: “We […]

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