Beijing-based publisher and film producer Geng Xiaonan was detained along with her husband and business partner Qin Chen on September 9 for suspected "illegal business operations." Geng had been an outspoken advocate...
by Samuel Wade | Sep 25, 2020
Recent months have seen increasingly sharp reprisals against prominent critics of Xi Jinping’s leadership. Law professor Xu Zhangrun was fired by Tsinghua University in mid-July after a brief detention and his earlier...
by John Chan | Sep 22, 2020
Outspoken former property tycoon and longtime Party insider Ren Zhiqiang was sentenced to 18 years in prison on Tuesday. Ren had disappeared in March and was reported to be under investigation, shortly after he wrote and shared...
by Samuel Wade | Aug 23, 2020
The New York Times’ Chris Buckley reports on a new campaign against corruption and disloyalty in China’s public security machinery: Officials in China’s law-and-order apparatus have been ordered to “drive the blade...
by Josh Rudolph | Aug 19, 2020
In 2020, CDT Chinese editors launched the CDT Censorship Digest series. The series will collect and quote from news and online speech that was censored by Chinese authorities during the previous month, as well as summarize...
by Samuel Wade | Apr 9, 2020
Outspoken property tycoon Ren Zhiqiang went missing nearly four weeks ago, soon after the online circulation of an essay attributed to him which sharply attacked the official handling of the COVID-19 epidemic and especially the...
by Josh Rudolph | Mar 13, 2020
Real estate tycoon turned commentator Ren Zhiqiang, known as “the Cannon” for his online outspokenness, was one of the few liberal “Big V” microbloggers remaining on Weibo after a 2013 rumor crackdown...
by Cindy | Mar 18, 2016
The New York Times’ Javier C. Hernandez reports that prominent Chinese journalist Jia Jia...
by Samuel Wade | Mar 4, 2016
A number of reports from the ongoing political assemblies in Beijing describe an air of tension...
by Samuel Wade | Mar 2, 2016
This week sees the start of the annual “Two Sessions” of the advisory Chinese People’s...
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