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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When Opium Can Be Benign – Economist

The Economist reports on how local officials are finding they can benefit from the presence of temples and other religious institutions in their jurisdictions: Many local governments in rural China are mired in debt. Recent central government efforts to keep peasants happy by abolishing centuries-old taxes have not made life any easier for these bureaucracies. With their revenues

February 4, 2007

Chinese Official Publishes Rebuke of Bush – Joseph Kahn (Updated)

The New York Times reports on a rare public rebuke of President Bush by a senior Chinese official. Ye Xiaowen, director of China’s State Bureau of Religious Affairs, wrote in the overseas edition of People’s Daily: “The more they oppose terrorism, the more terror they produce,” Mr. Ye said in the article. “How many more troops will they send to die

February 2, 2007

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