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Striving for Freedom in the Chinese New Year

At The Washington Post, Perry Link and CDT founder Xiao Qiang point out a hollow in Xi Jinping’s “China dream”, between individuals’ material wishes and the “spiritual” goals of the state....

Forced Silence Amplifies Li Chengpeng’s Voice

At The Economist’s Analects blog, Sascha Matuszak profiles liberal writer and microblogger Li Chengpeng, from his exposure of corruption in Chinese soccer to his recent book tour dogged by enforced silence and political...

Scholars Cautiously Urge Political Reform

An open letter released on Christmas Day seeks to sway the new Party leadership towards renewed political reform, encouraged by Xi Jinping and others’ strong words against corruption and bureaucratic excesses. From...

Pu Zhiqiang: How to Handle the Police

At Slate, William J. Dobson profiles renowned rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a veteran of June 4th, Charter 08 signatory and friend of Liu Xiaobo, and defender of figures such as Ai Weiwei and Tan Zuoren. The profile is taken from...

From Virginia Suburb, Yu Jie Continues His Mission

The New York Times’ Edward Wong talks to writer Yu Jie, who left China for the United States last month, about the experiences that drove him to leave, his Christian faith and his plans for the future. … He began thinking...

The Nobel Crackdown

Beijing’s far-reaching efforts to keep Chinese supporters of Liu Xiaobo from attending the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo reveal an increasingly anxious undercurrent in China.  Please read the article in Foreign Policy...

David Kelly: Liu Xiaobo and Universal Values

David Kelly, a Professor of China Studies at the China Research Centre, University of Technology, Sydney, counters arguments that Liu Xiaobo’s activism represents undue influence from the west and not homegrown Chinese...

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