The deterioration of China’s media freedom in the Xi Jinping era

On March 19, 2007, the United States Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) published a report on the development of China's media. The paper, titled "The Chinese Media: More Autonomous and Diverse--Within Limits," outlined how during the previous two decades China's print and broadcast media had expanded, diversified and commercialized. Among the factors that contributed to the … Continue reading The deterioration of China’s media freedom in the Xi Jinping era

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A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan (approximately US$73) for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela's socialist government. Last week Chinese Twitter user Xiucai Jianghu (秀才江湖, @xiucai1911) tweeted out the picture of a document allegedly filed by the Public Security Bureau of Xi'an, the capital of China's Shaanxi province. The tweet appears to have been … Continue reading A Chinese netizen was fined 500 yuan for sharing a tweet critical of Venezuela’s government

Steve Bannon, Guo Wengui warn that China might attack Taiwan, urge the West to unite against Beijing

Former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and Chinese dissident billionaire Guo Wengui claimed in a video released on February 7 that China might attack Taiwan in the coming years. In the three-hour-long video Steve Bannon argued that China will attack Taiwan to distract from domestic issues, especially its economic woes. He said that as … Continue reading Steve Bannon, Guo Wengui warn that China might attack Taiwan, urge the West to unite against Beijing

Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

University professors from Jiao Tong University vote at a polling booth during the Republic of China legislative election in Shanghai, 1948 (via Wikimedia Commons) Since the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC) in 1949, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has dominated public discourse through its control of the media and education. The CCP … Continue reading Is democracy possible in China? Democratic thought in Chinese history – Sun Yat-sen, Lin Yutang, Carsun Chang

Ts’ai Ying-wen and Ma Ying-jeou take part in Lunar New Year’s prayer on Dharma Drum Mountain

Bell ringing ceremony 2016 (photo by ROC presidential office via Flickr) On Lunar New Year's Eve (春節除夕夜) the Taiwan's President Ts'ai Ying-wen and her predecessor Ma Ying-jeou attended a ceremony on Dharma Drum Mountain (法鼓山), an influential Buddhist foundation located in Jinshan district, New Taipei City. Since 2007 Taiwanese presidents have taken part in the … Continue reading Ts’ai Ying-wen and Ma Ying-jeou take part in Lunar New Year’s prayer on Dharma Drum Mountain

Daughter-In-Law Of China’s Former Security Tsar Zhou Yongkang Slams Lack Of Rule Of Law, Apologizes To Victims Of Communist Repression

The daughter-in-law of China's former security tsar Zhou Yongkang has revealed on Twitter that she has not seen her husband for 2 months, and has criticized the Communist Party elite for not implementing a fair judicial system based on the rule of law. On January 31 Huang Wan, the daughter-in-law of Zhou Yongkang, wrote on … Continue reading Daughter-In-Law Of China’s Former Security Tsar Zhou Yongkang Slams Lack Of Rule Of Law, Apologizes To Victims Of Communist Repression