authoritarianism

Xi Jinping’s Wuhan Visit Completes Return to Center Stage

On Tuesday, Xi Jinping visited Wuhan, epicenter of the now global COVID-19 pandemic, in a show of official confidence that the worst of the outbreak in China has passed. For years, official rhetoric has emphasized Xi’s...

Coronavirus Censorship and Spin Draw Public Backlash

Despite the lessons thought to have been learned after the 2002 SARS epidemic, Chinese authorities have been readily using censorship and propaganda amid the outbreak of COVID-19 novel coronavirus–which some see as a...

Huang Xueqin: “To Resist Tyranny, Start Small”

Independent journalist and #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin has been in state custody for over two months, without access to friends or family. She was detained by the Guangzhou police on October 17 on charges of “picking...

Eric X. Li: A Tale of Two Political Systems

In a newly published talk from last month’s TEDGlobal 2013 conference, venture capitalist Eric X. Li reprises his defense of China’s one-party system, arguing that contrary to Western assumptions, it is characterized...

Chen: Repressive Regimes are “Doomed to Fail”

While Taiwan’s ruling Kuomintang (KMT) declined to meet with blind activist Chen Guangcheng, the head of the pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) welcomed Chen on Wednesday and praised his perseverance as a...

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