Since the beginning of this year, popular short-video social media app Douyin has been reportedly punishing users for “flaunting wealth” in their videos on the platform. That crackdown came to a head this week after...
by John Chan | Apr 5, 2021
Two weeks after the U.S.’ and China’s foreign ministers met for face-to-face dialogues for the first time under the Biden administration, relations between the two governments remain solidly frosty. But as both sides...
by John Chan | Jan 27, 2021
In China’s northern provinces, health authorities are contending with the most severe domestic spread of coronavirus since the initial outbreak more than one year ago. To the south, Hong Kong has been struggling to contain...
by Joseph Brouwer | Jan 21, 2021
During a January 20 press conference, China’s National Health Commission stated that all hoping to return to countryside homes for next month’s Spring Festival must first get tested for COVID. The following day, Xinhua News...
by Samuel Wade | Jun 8, 2020
The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All previously posted content on...
by Samuel Wade | May 1, 2018
The 1998 suicide of Peking University student Gao Yan after her alleged rape by a professor has...
by Natalie Ornell | Mar 18, 2014
At The New York Times, writer Yu Hua describes how Chinese people today avoid the language of...
by Sophie Beach | Jun 28, 2012
Following two nights of rioting after a fight between a migrant teenager and a local boy in Shaxi, Guangdong, riot police have been brought in to restore order. BBC reporters visited Shaxi: We kept a low profile on the streets...
by Wu Nan | Mar 16, 2007
From the Washington Post: On a recent Sunday night in an old neighborhood near the South Railway Station, not far from several government departments, a string of shacks and tents shielded hundreds of peasants who had recently arrived in the capital to see the authorities. In theory, it was a day of rest, since the […]
by Sophie Beach | Jan 23, 2007
On the Guardian website, John Gittings reviews The Writing on the Wall by Will Hutton: Will Hutton’s new book on China – The Writing on the Wall – has been welcomed for taking a fresh and critical look at a country which attracts too much hyperbole. It is one of a new genre of China […]
Durable Inequality in China: Legacies of Revolutions and Pitfalls of Reform – Ching Kwan Lee and Mark Selden
by Sophie Beach | Jan 22, 2007
From Japan Focus: Since the early 1980s, China has been hailed as the poster child of post-socialist transition, shifting its revolutionary course via a reform that has generated the world’s most dynamic growth in GNP and trade over a quarter of a century and elevated it to the forefront of nations attracting foreign investment. Often […]
by Mo Ming | Oct 25, 2006
From The Christian Science Monitor: Local government abuses have created an underclass of petitioners who seek redress in Beijing. They arrive from distant villages and towns in groups of five or less, eyes downcast as they approach the entrance to the walled compound. Many wear the drab bulky clothes of China’s hardscrabble countryside, and their […]
by Mo Ming | Sep 24, 2006
A two-month old blog attracted more than 150,000 clicks and over 3,000 comments. Its daily visitors reached as many as 5,000. This is not a blog about sex or private lives. It’s about social problems, economic reforms and bureaucracy, and it’s written by a motorcycle taxi driver who never went to college, and whose business […]
CDT in the News
- VOA – China Media Directives Reveal Granular Detail of State Censorship
- The Jamestown Foundation – Early Warning Brief: Factional Strife Intensifies as Xi Strives to Consolidate Power
- Politico – China’s crypto ban fuels new U.S. wedge issue
- RFA – Meng Wanzhou Arrest, Return Used as Patriotic Talking Point in Chinese Schools
- Colombo Gazette – Digital autocracy in China: An appraisal