Yang Hengjun

Yang Hengjun Trial Expected Soon

Australian writer Yang Hengjun, who has been detained in China since January 2019, is expected to go on trial soon after his case was sent to the Beijing second intermediate court for prosecution. Yang’s lawyer indicated...

Australian Journalist for CGTN Detained in China

The Australian government recently announced that journalist Cheng Lei, an Australian citizen who worked for the official Chinese overseas broadcaster CGTN, has been detained. Elias Visontay and Helen Davidson report for The...

Corruption: The Goldilocks Argument

The subject of corruption and its place in Chinese culture and society has been the focus of vigorous debate. Wen Jiabao stated in March that corruption poses the “most crucial threat” to Party rule; Murong Xuecun...

Qing Censorship & Han “Confucianism”

An essay published by Caixin magazine describes the cases of two persecuted scholars, with thinly veiled allusion to contemporary China. Both men were imprisoned, accused of insanity and finally executed. Emperor...

Yang Hengjun: A Few Thoughts on my “Kidnapping”

When Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun mysteriously disappeared last month on a visit to Guangzhou, speculation was rife that he had been detained by security forces. Three days later, after he reappeared, he offered little...

Yang Hengjun’s Uncertain Whereabouts (Updated)

“Friends, this afternoon I was finally able to contact Dr Yang. He is recovering: this has all been a misundertanding, and he will able to get online in the coming two days. He asked me to wish everyone well, and express...

Yang Hengjun Free? (And Who Is He?)

Word is spreading on Twitter that Yang Hengjun has been released following his apparent detention on Sunday. His situation, however, remains unclear. When asked about his detention, Ministry of Foreign Affairs spokesperson Jiang...



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