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Liberal Beijing-based Institute Announces Closure

This week, the Beijing-based Unirule Institute of Economics announced that it would close after years of official pressure including the deletion of social media accounts and an eviction last summer during which the doors of its offices were welded shut, temporarily trapping staff inside. The...

Liberal Peking University Professor Faces Expulsion

Liberal Peking University economics professor Xia Yeliang, a vocal supporter of free speech and a friend of the imprisoned Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, told the South China Morning Post on Monday that his peers will vote...

Why China’s Riches Won’t Bring It Freedom

At Bloomberg View, Pankaj Mishra examines China’s challenge to the advance of liberal democracy and its relationship with economic growth. “Development is the only hard truth,” Deng claimed. “If we do not develop, then we...

In New Research, A More Cynical Urban China

Patrick Boehler of the South China Morning Post reports that new research by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences showed that conservatives outnumber liberals in Chinese cities: Some 38.1 per cent of those surveyed held more...

Bo Supporters Drawing Battle Lines Within the CCP

With Gu Kailai’s murder trial and conviction yesterday, leftist allies of disgraced former Chongqing party chief Bo Xilai remain adamant that he and his wife are victims of a conspiracy to curb his political rise and have...

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