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China Reacts To Morsi’s Fall

The widespread democracy protests in Egypt that accompanied the ousting of Mohammed Morsi from presidential office will both harden Beijing’s grip on power  as well as draw its focus on economic interests in the Middle...

Word of the Week: Take a Walk

The Word of the Week comes from China Digital Space’s Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and frequently encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online...

Al Jazeera Expulsion Still Unexplained

A Foreign Ministry spokesman’s non-answers about the expulsion of Al Jazeera English correspondent Melissa Chan this week have prompted widespread mockery. When the official transcript of the press conference appeared, it...

The Year in Review 2011

The year that just passed was an especially busy one for China watchers and journalists. We have put together a slideshow of some of the top stories from 2011, from the CCP’s lavish 90th birthday celebrations to the siege...

Han Han on Freedom, Democracy and Revolution

Superstar blogger and race car driver Han Han has written three essays on the topics of freedom, democracy and revolution, which have stirred up debate in Chinese cyberspace. The New York Times blog explains: While urging the...

China’s Jailed Nobel Laureate One Year Later

One year ago, writer and activist Liu Xiaobo won the Nobel Peace Prize from his jail cell. Since then, he has only been allowed out of prison once to mourn the death of his father. His wife, Liu Xia, has been held under house...

Arab Spring, Chinese Winter

At The Atlantic, James Fallows recounts the aftermath of calls for an Egyptian- and Tunisian-inspired Jasmine Revolution in China earlier this year. He recalls the arrests and disappearances, and the sealing-up of longstanding...

Meet China’s Other Dissidents: Wang Lihong

At New Matilda, The Beijinger’s Dan Edwards highlights the continuing detention of activist Wang Lihong: Although the high profile Chinese artist Ai Weiwei finally resurfaced after more than 11 weeks in detention on 21...

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