(Approved by the Assembly of Delegates of PEN International, meeting at its 84th World Congress, in Pune, India from 25-29 September 2018)
PEN International has for many years expressed concern about serious and sweeping restrictions on freedom of expression in the People’s Republic of China (PRC), including through resolutions adopted at its annual Congresses, most recently at its 83rd World Congress in September 2017. Continue reading
The country has entered the ‘middle income trap.’ It can only escape by taking the lead in industries that depend on brains—not brawn.
David Shambaugh is certainly prolific. His informative book “China’s Future” follows closely on the heels of “China’s Communist Party” (2008) and “China Goes Global” (2013) and fleshes out arguments first showcased in “The Coming Chinese Crackup,” a much discussed op-ed published in this newspaper a year ago. The George Washington University professor’s basic claim is easy to sum up: Unless the party’s general secretary, Xi Jinping, introduces major political reforms, the economy will tank and the party will crumble. Being too careful a scholar to express certainty about the exact timing of these events, Mr. Shambaugh writes only that they will likely happen in the next decade or so. Continue reading
China has released this year’s stats for book sales, and the results are somewhat surprising. Pretty much all of the cities that made the top ten list of most literary cities were third or second-tier cities located in the south of China. Continue reading
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Tagged Changsha, China, Chongqing, Doshan, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Kuming, Ninbo, Stanley Yu, Suzhou, Zhengzhou
By Celia Hatton
2 December 2015
(Clockwise from top left) Zheng Churan, Li Tingting, Wang Man, Wu Rongrong, and Wei Tingting
The detentions came right before International Women’s Day.
Five women who all worked as activists for various feminist causes and had organised public events to raise awareness of a host of issues, from eradicating domestic violence to the need for more women’s toilets in China.
Few predicted the women would ever become targets of Continue reading
By CHRIS BUCKLEY November 29, 2015
BEIJING — The Chinese government confirmed that it had detained two dissidents who had been living in Thailand and had been given United Nations recognition as refugees, a state-run newspaper reported on Thursday.
The Thai police handed the two Chinese men, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guanping, to the Chinese police this month, although the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees had arranged for their resettlement to another country, human rights groups said last week.
Until Thursday, the Chinese government had been muted about the case, Continue reading
Jiang Yefei’s wife Gu Shuhua (1st right) and the couple’s daughter Dong Xuerui (2nd right) with activists ahead of their departure from Bangkok, Nov. 18, 2015.
Photo courtesy of an activist.
The families of two Chinese democracy activists handed over to Beijing by the Thai authorities left Bangkok en route to Canada for resettlement as refugees, Continue reading
17 November 2015
Jiang Yefei (pictured) and Dong Guangping had criticised China’s government
The United Nations has criticised Thailand for deporting two people who had been given refugee status by the organisation.
The two are thought to be the Chinese dissidents, Jiang Yefei and Dong Guangping, who had fled to Thailand with their families.
The pair had previously Continue reading
Jiang Yefei in police custody after his arrest in Thailand, Oct. 28, 2015.
Photo courtesy of Jiang’s family
Thai authorities in Bangkok have repatriated five Chinese nationals, including two veteran dissidents who had been granted refugee status by the United Nations, Thailand-based activists told RFA on Monday.
A Bangkok-based democracy activist who gave only his surname Li said Dong Guangping, Jiang Yefei and three other Chinese nationals had been sent back to China on Friday.
“I had planned to go and visit [Jiang and Dong] Continue reading