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The Trial Of The Century For Peasant Rights

Eswn has compiled several news articles about the libel trial against the authors of the ground-breaking Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查)。 Notable among these are two translated articles from Yazhou Zhoukan (Asia Weekly), including an interview with the defense lawyer, which are at the bottom of the post. Eswn also links to his earlier translations […]

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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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Beijing’s closed politics hinders ‘new diplomacy’

Also on today’s Financial Times, Minxin Pei, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace had a very good commentary piece on the recent diplomatic moves from Beijing. You need to register the FT site in order to read the whole article. Here are some of Dr. Pei’s main points: “……in recent months, […]

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Outrage prompted editor’s release

A South China Morning Post article (via Asia Media) argues that public pressure and online activism, especially from prominent lawyers and intellectuals, led to the release of Southern Metropolis News editor Cheng Yizhong. The story quotes a Sun Yat-sen University professor: “Professor Yuan said intellectuals had taught mainland leaders a lesson about contemporary society, which […]

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Libel trial ongoing for peasants’ book’s authors

The libel trial against the authors of the best-selling An Investigation into China’s Peasantry (中国农民调查) is ongoing in Anhui Province, SCMP reports: “Defence lawyer Pu Zhiqiang accused officials of using the court to suppress criticism of them. ‘In the four days of the trial, we saw the entire leadership of Linquan county under Mr Zhang,’ […]

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Cheng Yizhong freed after graft sentence

This short report is from the South China Morning Post today: “A former top editor of a reformist newspaper arrested for embezzlement this year has been released from jail, journalists said yesterday. Cheng Yizhong , former editor-in-chief of the Southern Metropolitan Daily, was arrested in March in Guangzhou on charges of embezzlement of state-owned assets. […]

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A Case Study of the Southern Metropolis News case

We were recently sent this document “A Case Study of the Southern Metropolis News case,” which is based on notes of a meeting in March attended by the newspapers’ defense lawyers . The notes were taken by Xu Zhiying, one of the lawyers for the editors there who have been imprisoned on spurious “corruption” charges. […]

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Higher Oil Prices Rattle Asia, Not China

According to Associated Press: “though China is now the world’s No. 3 oil importer, depending on foreign fuel to run its booming factories, the country’s consumption remains strong even with crude surpassing $45 a barrel. Neighboring South Korea is struggling to cope with oil’s rising price, but in China, labor is so cheap that businesses […]

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South Korea papers on hacker’s acttack.

Called it a cyberwar between the two states maybe an overstatement. But this editorial on the Korea Herald is making a serious point for their country’s computer network security. “In its initial investigation, the...

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