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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Badiucao: VPN Disaster

The latest drawing from CDT’s resident cartoonist, Badiucao, comments on new rules designed to limit the use of VPN services to evade government censorship of foreign websites: VPN Disaster, by Badiucao for CDT:
The VPN, depicted as a ladder to help internet users “scale the Great Firewall,” is about to be chopped down by a chainsaw-wielding Xi Jinping. As part

February 8, 2017

Unanswered Questions Over Missing Tycoon

Following last week’s disappearance of billionaire Xiao Jianhua from his hotel room in Hong Kong, his current whereabouts and other details about his circumstances remain unclear. While initial reports said he was abducted by mainland security agents, subsequent statements attributed to Xiao and his business associates claimed that he was outside China receiving

February 7, 2017

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