Chinese law

“Good Morning, Class! I Am Not a Spy.”

A photo of an American teacher introducing himself to a Chinese university class with a slide presentation proclaiming, “I am not a spy” has gone viral, eliciting much mirth online. It also highlights an increasingly tense...

Former Chinese Bookseller’s Wife Held Under “Exit Ban”

The wife of a prominent former Chinese bookseller is being prevented from leaving China until her husband returns to the country to answer questions about his alleged political writings. Yu Miao ran Shanghai’s famed liberal...

Chinese Joke About Lawyers Turns Out To Be All Too True

There’s a Chinese joke about lawyers that goes like this:  “You know you broke the law, right?” “Which law?” “Why, teaching the law is illegal!” [Editor’s note: It reads better in the original Chinese] The joke became reality...

Prof Reluctantly Apologizes for Rape Comment

Already a member of the cohort of privileged elite adolescents that often breed disdain in China due to his past misbehavior, Li Tianyi, son of decorated PLA singer Li Shuangjiang, was arrested for suspicion of involvement in a...

Zhang Wen: Lawyers Need Obey Nothing But the “Law”

Writer/blogger Zhang Wen (章文), former head of the editorial department of Xinhua’s Globe magazine, is now an active advocate for political reform. Here is one of his recent blog posts, translated and summarized by an anonymous...

ProState in Flames Attacker Charged with Intentional Injury

The man who in February 14 stabbed blogger Xu Lai at a book reading in February has been formally charged with intentional injury.  Danwei translates this article from the Mirror (Chinese): There are new developments in blogger...

Six Months Later: What’s Next for Liu Xiaobo?

As reported earlier on CDT, the lawyer representing Liu Xiaobo has called on authorities to either release the Charter ’08 co-author or formally charge him.  The Dui Hua Human Rights Journal has compiled a list of...

Facing Counterfeiting Crackdown, Beijing Vendors Fight Back

The Silk Street Market in Beijing is famous among locals and tourists alike as a massive mall of fake designer goods.  Now Silk Street vendors of counterfeit bags and clothing are protesting a crackdown on their stalls by the...

New Round of Judicial Reform

Caijing reporter Qin Xudong writes on the urgent need for legal reform in China and the problems ahead. But certain protocol common in developed court systems might be in store. A subtle re-orientation can be sensed in the...


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