Trial Updates Offer Little in the Way of Justice

In the span of a week, court cases targeting individuals from a variety of backgrounds have demonstrated the repressive and arbitrary nature of the Chinese judicial system. Journalists, activists, intellectuals, and monks from...

China’s New Left Thinkers Embrace Nationalism And Xi

While various manifestations of China’s deepening authoritarianism have been well documented, the ideological frameworks underpinning it have tended not to receive as much attention as the thinking of those at odds with the...

Translation: “Social Death by Imperial Order”

In July 2019, the philosopher and popular writer Byron Chen Chun went to Hong Kong to observe protests against proposed amendments to the Hong Kong extradition law which raised serious concerns that residents and even those...

Zheng Yefu: “For Whom is the Country Being Defended?”

Retired Peking University sociology professor Zheng Yefu is known for his outspoken political views. In a recent essay that went viral on Chinese social media, Zheng argues that the Party’s attempts to protect and...

Person of the Week: Liu Xia

CDT is expanding its wiki beyond the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon to include short biographies of...

Jonathan Spence: As Luck Would Have It

Kate Whitehead at South China Morning Post gives a detailed profile of Jonathan Spence, the prominent China scholar and Yale history professor: The way Spence tells his life story, luck played a big role in his success, too....

Three Self-Immolations Amid Crackdown, Debate

Three Tibetan self-immolations have taken place in recent days, according to exile media, amid vigorous discussion of the protests and a continued crackdown by Chinese authorities. From Dharamsala-based Tsezung Kyab,...

Red Tide

In Time, Jeffrey Wasserstrom reviews the new book by Zha Jianying, Tide Players: The Movers and Shakers of a Rising China, which he says, “covers all the bases” for someone trying to understand contemporary China:...

Opening of a campaign against public intellectuals?

Here is an article criticizing public intellectuals from the November 25  People’s Daily after first appearing in Liberation Daily ten days earlier. The South China Morning Post also reported last week that the Propaganda Bureau had banned news reports about “public intellectuals.” David Cowhig summarized the recent People’s Daily article in English: “The very concept […]



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