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Writer Yang Hengjun Charged With Spying

Seven months after being detained by Chinese authorities shortly after landing in Guangzhou, Yang Hengjun was last week formally arrested on espionage charges. At CNN, Angus Watson and Steven Jiang report: His charges were announced by the Australian government. Yang’s Melbourne-based...

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...

Yang Hengjun on Bloggers and Social Change in China

China Media Project summarizes a recent talk in Hong Kong by blogger Yang Hengjun: Mr. Yang, whose outspoken writing on public affairs has earned him the title “democracy huckster” among Chinese Web users, said in a public talk...

For Many Chinese, Literary Dreams Go Online

CNN explores what it calls an “literary renaissance” online in China. Some, like Guangzhou-based blogger and online novelist Yang Hengjun, believe that the the partnership between the Internet and literary expression...

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