China-U.K. Relations Fracture Amid Hong Kong Crackdown

As the Hong Kong government’s crackdown on pro-democracy activists continues unabated, relations between Beijing and London have become increasingly frayed. Areas that have previously highlighted Hong Kong’s...

Ghana Begins Releasing Detained Gold Miners

Ghana has released 124 of the Chinese gold miners it arrested for immigration violations, according to the Chinese embassy, with immigration authorities promising to release the remaining 45 detainees on Monday. From Mimi Lau of...

China Remembers Margaret Thatcher

The Chinese government expressed condolences this week for the death of former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher on Monday. Thatcher, said Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesman Hong Lei, “was a prominent stateswoman...

Self-Censorship, Academia, and Beijing’s Visa Regime

Though his own experiences have been positive, The Diplomat’s James R. Holmes laments the “chilling effect” that Beijing has on the scholarly community by denying visas and valued access to potential critics:...

Foreigners to Face Stricter Regulations

The South China Morning Post reports that the National People’s Congress Standing Committee is drafting a law that would, among other things, tighten visa restrictions by halving the minimum stay for foreigners working in...

Congress Apologies for Anti-Chinese Immigration Laws

Following a similar motion passed by the Senate last year, the U.S. House of Representatives has issued an apology for discriminatory laws which targeted Chinese immigrants in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From The Los...

Foreigners in China: Villains and Heroes

In the wake of controversial comments made last month by CCTV host Yang Rui about Beijing’s campaign to “clean up” foreigners entering, living or working illegally in China, and previous comments he has made...

TV Host Applauds “Cleaning Out Foreign Trash”

Since 2000, Yang Rui has been the host of English-language CCTV 9’s ‘Dialogue’ talk show and as such, in James Fallows’ words, part of “the face the government wants to present to the outside...


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