Translation: Long Lockdowns in China’s Border Towns

As China doubles down on its zero-COVID policy, Shanghai struggles through a sixth week of lockdown, and Beijing expands mass testing and targeted closures, many smaller Chinese cities and towns have endured much longer periods...

Christmas as Usual: CCP Detains Human Rights Defenders

While many look forward to relaxing during the December holiday season, the CCP typically leverages foreign distraction during this period to crack down on Chinese human rights defenders. Among those targeted in a recent wave of...

Xi’an Goes into Lockdown

Authorities in Xi’an have locked down the entire city after reporting over 100 new coronavirus cases. China has employed lockdowns, mass testing, and centralized quarantines to pursue a “zero-covid” strategy. The Xi’an...

Lockdown Voices: Ruili and Yili Speak

China’s “zero-COVID” policy has saved untold lives, but the brunt of its costs have been borne by a small few: in particular, the residents of the border towns of Ruili and Yili. Located along Yunnan’s border with Myanmar and...

The Hottest Commodity at the Chinese Border

The New Yorker’s Evan Osnos reveals the most sought-after product for Chinese visitors to bring home from Macau, following years of scandals and scares over tainted food: … Macau still runs, more or less, as a...

Exiled Author Ma Jian Banned from Visiting China

Author Ma Jian has been refused entry to China on a book-buying trip to Shenzhen. Given the country’s current political climate, he says, this was a development he had feared. From Tania Branigan in The Guardian: Citing...

Chinese Police Save 270 Crocs from Becoming Handbags – Reuters

From Reuters: Chinese police have saved 270 crocodiles from ending up as shoes or handbags after tracking a suspicious boat on a border river, Xinhua news agency said on Monday. Saturday’s seizure was the largest this year in the southwestern region of Guangxi , bordering Vietnam, where just 25 illegally captured crocodiles were discovered in […]

India: Border talks with China ‘constructive’

From China Daily: India Monday called the border talks with China “open, friendly, cooperative and constructive,” and said the talks would be continued at a later date. The discussion between Indian National Security Adviser Shri M.K. Narayanan and Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo was held on a framework for the boundary settlement on the […]

D. S. Rajan: China defines its borders – Lesson for India?

From South Asia Analysis Group: In the backdrop of the just concluded 15th Session of the China-India Joint Working Group (JWG) on the boundary issue at Beijing, the likely next meeting soon between the Special Representatives from the two sides to discuss the issue and the impending visit to India of the Prime Minister of […]

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