Netizen Voices: Financial Disclosure and Selective Integration

After calling for the public disclosure of officials’ assets last spring, New Citizens’ Movement founder Xu Zhiyong was handed four years in prison for  “gathering crowds to disturb public order” in January, and two of his...

Still Waiting for Human Rights Progress Under Xi

At Global Post, Human Rights Watch’s Maya Wang assesses the first hundred days of Xi Jinping’s presidency, and catalogs a series of discouraging episodes on the human rights front. It’s probably unrealistic to expect...

Activist Detained in Jiangxi for Urging Asset Disclosure

Reuters reports that Chinese authorities have detained another activist, this time in Jiangxi Province, for urging government officials to disclose details of their financial holdings: Police from Xinyu, in the southern province...

Can Xi Jinping Really Fight Corruption?

With the detention of four activists in Beijing for publicly expressing support for official financial disclosure, The New York Times’ Andrew Jacobs reports that new president Xi Jinping’s push to curb corruption...

Activists Held Over Beijing Anti-Corruption Display

Authorities in Beijing have detained at least three activists who held up banners in a public square demanding that top government officials publicly declare their family assets, according to one of the detainees’ lawyers....

Some Officials Open to Requiring Asset Declarations

In his work report at the opening of the 18th Party Congress, President Hu Jintao spoke out about corruption at the highest levels of government. The official China Daily quotes his speech: “Leading officials at all...

China Gains Key Assets In Spate of Purchases

China is on an asset buying spree. From The Washington Post: The deals have allowed China to lock up supplies of oil, minerals, metals and other strategic natural resources it needs to continue to fuel its growth. The sheer...



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