state security

Words of the Week: “Weak Spot” (软肋, ruǎn lèi)

On Chinese social media, the phrase “weak spot” (软肋, ruǎn lèi) is often used metaphorically to refer to family members—particularly children—used as leverage by public security, state security, or government authorities to...

Jiang Xue (江雪): You Look Like an Enemy of the State

In an essay shared on WeChat last month, investigative journalist Jiang Xue (江雪) commented on the increasingly tight restrictions on speech amid continuing security and ideological crackdowns by the Xi administration. The essay...

WeChat, a Threat to All?

Tencent’s widely used instant-chatting mobile app WeChat has, as previously reported, been accused of putting Chinese dissidents at risk by revealing user data to the government. From Nicola Davison at the Guardian: WeChat...

The Tale of the Kidnapped Princeling

Aside from the privileges they enjoy as a result of their political and business connections, Chinese “princelings” may also be well immune to the pervasive state security apparatus. John Garnaut tells a story of how...

Chinese State Security Aide Arrested as US Spy

Reuters reports the arrest earlier this year of an aide in China’s State Security Ministry, who allegedly received hundreds of thousands of dollars to spy for the US. The official, an aide to a vice minister in China’s...

Al Jazeera: Inside China’s “Black Jails”

Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan, who last week encountered plainclothes state security police when attempting to interview a high-profile lawyer about proposed changes to China’s Criminal Procedure Law, follows a mother to...

Chatting with China’s Security Apparatus

As the National People’s Congress holds its annual session, Al Jazeera’s Melissa Chan went to the offices of lawyer Pu Zhiqiang to interview him about proposed changes to the Criminal Procedure Law. At the office,...

Hacking With Chinese Characteristics

Fast Company talks to Adam Segal of the Council on Foreign Relations about state-sponsored and “patriotic” hacking, cyberespionage and cybersecurity in China. FAST COMPANY: Could you give a short rundown of...



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