Arab Spring

Charges Dropped in Violinist’s Inciting Subversion Case

Prosecutors have dropped charges of inciting subversion against Chen Pingfu, a former teacher who became a street musician in order to pay medical bills. Chen subsequently wrote more than 300 online articles about abuses by...

79th Tibetan Self-Immolation Reported

Exile news site Phayul reports the tenth self-immolation in Tongren (Rebkong) this month, bringing the overall total since 2009 to 79. The Dharamshala-based site also claims that Chinese officials have been ordered to deter...

The Children Devour the Revolution

As many Chinese high officials send their kids overseas, some stability-obsessed Party members warn that those children might undermine the “red regime”. From John Garnaut at Foreign Policy: The Arab Spring that...

Law, Stability and Sliding Reform

New York University law professor Jerome Cohen argues that China’s efforts to build soft power are doomed to failure by its use of the criminal justice system as an instrument of political repression. This tendency seems...

As Western Media Contract, China Daily Expands

The Globe and Mail’s Mark MacKinnon reflects on Jeremy Webb’s “terrifying” observation that “China Daily is the only English-language paper available at my hotel in Milan”: Fourteen words that...

Al Jazeera Expulsion Still Unexplained

A Foreign Ministry spokesman’s non-answers about the expulsion of Al Jazeera English correspondent Melissa Chan this week have prompted widespread mockery. When the official transcript of the press conference appeared, it...

Beijing Leaders Feared Arab Spring Could Infect China

When protests broke out in the Arab world in 2010, leading to revolutions in some countries, Chinese leaders took note. Their concerns that rampant corruption and inequality could threaten the Party’s legitimacy is being...

McCain: “Arab Spring Coming To China”

During a security conference in Munich over the weekend, United States senator John McCain cited recent tensions with Tibetans in southwest China in warning Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun that “the Arab Spring is...

Russia, China Veto U.N. Resolution on Syria

In Syria, violence has escalated in an uprising against the government of Bashar al-Assad, including a recent shelling by Assad’s forces in Homs that reportedly killed up to 300 people. In response, the U.N. Security...

Activist Sentenced as Crackdowns Continue

A Chinese court sentenced writer Li Tie to 10 years in prison for subversion on Wednesday after he wrote essays urging people to defend their rights, according to a relative. From Reuters: The court in Wuhan in central China...

Beijing and Moscow: Accidental Allies

Dmitri Trenin writes in Foreign Policy about how developments in the Middle East and North Africa, from the Arab Spring to the ongoing unrest in Syria, have brought China and Russia together as a calculated counterbalance to...

Is China Threatened by a More Open Burma?

As Burma prepares to welcome US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and shows increasing signs of drifting out of China’s orbit, Global Post’s Kathleen McLaughlin asks whether the balance of these changes is positive...



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