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Sharper Eyes: Surveilling the Surveillers (Part 1)

“The people have sharp eyes.” (“群众的眼睛是雪亮的.”) This Communist Party slogan was heavily used during the Cultural Revolution, an era in which citizens were incentivized to spy on and even falsely accuse family and neighbors of being disloyal to authority. More than 50 years after that tumultuous era...

Translation: Socialist Core Value Humor

CDT has translated a selection of Chinese political jokes that have been making the rounds on social media. These jokes all poke fun at China’s so-called core socialist values, a set of 12 words used by the CCP to promote...

How Technology Became a “Trap” in Xinjiang

Xinjiang has been the site of a mass detention program where an estimated 1.5 million Uyghurs have been or are being held in a series of internment camps. The camps are part of a longer-running anti-terror campaign in the...

Revisiting Tibetan Self-immolations

Two recent articles refocus attention on Tibetans who have self-immolated to express protest against Beijing’s policies in Tibet. A total of at least 155 Tibetans have set themselves on fire since 2009; most of them have...

Academic Censorship, At Home and Abroad

A comprehensive new report from Scholars at Risk looks at various facets of academic censorship and control in China, and around the world at the Chinese government’s behest. The report examines threats to scholars and...

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