Tan Zuoren

Pu Zhiqiang: How to Handle the Police

At Slate, William J. Dobson profiles renowned rights lawyer Pu Zhiqiang, a veteran of June 4th, Charter 08 signatory and friend of Liu Xiaobo, and defender of figures such as Ai Weiwei and Tan Zuoren. The profile is taken from...

Ai Weiwei (艾未未) on Citizenship and Freedom

The 1984 BBS is a private online forum that has over 7000 registered members in China. Ai Weiwei, who had just returned to his Beijing home from an international trip few days earlier, was a special guest for a one hour online...

China Sentences Quake Activist to 5 Years’ Jail

Activist Tan Zuoren, who had been investigating the deaths of schoolchildren in the 2008 Sichuan earthquake, has been sentenced to five years in prison after being tried in August. From AP: Attorney Pu Zhiqiang said activist Tan...

Video: Tan Zuoren’s Sichuan Earthquake Investigation

Documentary filmmaker Ai Xiaoming has posted a video (in Chinese) about activist Tan Zuoren’s investigation into schools that collapsed during the 2008 Sichuan earthquake. Tan has since been imprisoned and charged with...

US House Backs China Quake Activists

From AFP: The US House of Representatives on Saturday threw its support behind two Chinese activists put on trial after investigating whether shoddy construction led to children’s deaths in last year’s Sichuan...

Kerry Brown: China’s Shadow Sector: Power in Pieces

Kerry Brown is an associate fellow on the Asia programme, Chatham House. He is the author of Struggling Giant: China in the 21st Century (2007), The Rise of the Dragon: Inward and Outward Investment in China in the Reform Period...

Hong Kong: Journalists Accused of Incitement

From the Global Voices: Last Friday (Sep 4), three Hong Kong journalists were beaten up and detained by Xinjiang armed polices when they were covering the protest in Urumqi. Yesterday, the authorities in Xinjiang claimed that...

Tan Zuoren’s Defense Statement

The defense plea entered by lawyers for activist Tan Zuoren at his trial on August 12 is circulating, though it is often being quickly erased. Nonetheless, many, including Tan’s lawyer Xia Lin, continue to discuss it. CDT...



Subscribe to CDT


Browsers Unbounded by Lantern

Now, you can combat internet censorship in a new way: by toggling the switch below while browsing China Digital Times, you can provide a secure "bridge" for people who want to freely access information. This open-source project is powered by Lantern, know more about this project.

Google Ads 1

Giving Assistant

Google Ads 2

Anti-censorship Tools

Life Without Walls

Click on the image to download Firefly for circumvention

Open popup

Welcome back!

CDT is a non-profit media site, and we need your support. Your contribution will help us provide more translations, breaking news, and other content you love.