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Harvey Stockwin: Lively politics worries China

From The Japan Times Online: Although Taiwan’s lat est constitutional reforms preclude any declaration of formal independence for the foreseeable future, they do strengthen Taiwan’s democratic development. The latest changes were ushered in as the National Assembly of the Republic of China on Taiwan was elected one last time May 14 and then voted out […]

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David Cowhig: Yu Jianrong’s Writing on Rural Associations

On the same issue of rural associations, China analyst David Cowhig introduced another China scholar’s work. Here is the email from David: Yu Jianrong of CASS also says that peasants organizing themselves to represent their own interests is the only way they will be able to solve their problems. Yu suggests that China should let […]

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Taiwan’s Chen Wins Poll, Boost On China Stance

From Reuters, via The New York Times: Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian‘s Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) won an election on Saturday, securing a fresh mandate to pursue an independence-leaning policy toward rival China. Although the National Assembly poll was held for the sole purpose of ratifying constitutional reforms already approved by parliament, relations with China dominated […]

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Myth and Mistake of the “Chinese Model:” Promoting Social, Economic, Cultural Rights at the Expense of Civil-Political Rights?

At the conference “China: European and American Democracies Face the Challenge,” held on February 24 – 25, 2005, in Prague, Czech Republic (organized by the Czech Civic Center and the Project for New American Century), this author argues that “China’s economic growth has not been translated into meaningful protection of each and every Chinese citizens’ […]

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Bao Tong: Remembering Zhao Ziyang

Bao Tong, Zhao Ziyang’s aide during the 1989 democracy movement, has written an essay titled, “Remembering Zhao Ziyang”: For genuine and long-term stability, Zhao proposed reforms that ultimately aimed at the legalization and systemization of democracy. He wished to establish the kind of democratic politics that could support and nurture a healthy market economy. Although […]

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Fong Tak-ho: China’s rule of law in theory, not practice

From Asia Times Online: “The rule of the constitution” is one of the political ideals that reform-leaning Chinese President Hu Jintao has been chanting vigorously ever since he acceded to the throne in early 2003. Pursuant to Clause 37 of the country’s amended constitution, “A citizen of the People’s Republic of China is entitled to […]

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Feng Liang: Political hero Zhao’s ‘burial’ of disgrace

From Asia Times Online: “The death of a political figure, particularly an acknowledged hero, often provides propagandists enormous opportunities. Not so in the case of disgraced former premier and Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Zhao Ziyang, who had initiated political and economic reforms – but supported the pro-democracy protesters in Tiananmen Square – and was […]

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China’s Slashdot-like political forum closed by authorities

Yitahutu (一塌糊涂), a familiar domain name for hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and alumni in Chinese universities, has disappeared from Chinese cyberspace. On September 13, The Beijing Communications Administration issued a notification that Yitahutu (YTHT) BBS is permanently closed. In the meantime, many Chinese BBS sites announced that it is forbidden to discuss YTHT […]

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A List of Censored Words in Chinese Cyberspace

It is an open secret that all Chinese Internet hosting services, including wireless and instant messenger services, filter user communication through key word blocking mechanisms. But overly vague and broad Chinese internet laws...

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