Tag Archives: Xi Jinping

China Detains Jilin Activist For Wearing Anti-Xi Jinping T-Shirt


Kwon Pyong is shown wearing T-shirt criticizing Chinese president Xi Jinping, Sept. 30, 2016. Photo courtesy of Kwon Pyong’s Twitter account

Chinese authorities have secretly detained a graduate of a U.S. university who supported human rights and pro-democracy campaigns after he told friends he would wear a T-shirt merging the name of President Xi Jinping with Hitler’s. Continue reading

Joyce Huang: Detained Lawyers’ Families Send Open Letter to China’s Xi Jinping


China Lawyers Crackdown: In this Wednesday, July 6, 2016 photo, Yuan Shanshan, the wife of detained Chinese lawyer Xie Yanyi, holds an official notice of Xie’s detention from the Tianjin Public Security Bureau in their apartment in Miyun, on the outskirts of Beijing.

As China hosts high-level political meetings in Beijing, the families of five jailed human rights lawyers have written President Xi Jinping an open letter, urging the top leader to stop a controversial nationwide crackdown of lawyers. Continue reading

Karishma Vaswani: China plenum: Looking for clues on China’s economy


Food for thought? What comes out of China’s Communist Party plenums is often limited.

China’s top Communist party officials are in Beijing for a four-day, behind-closed-doors meeting this week.

The plenum kicks off a big year for China, building up to next year’s party congress, a twice-a-decade event. Continue reading

China’s Censors Scramble After Xi’s G-20 Speech

Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the G-20 Summit

China’s President Xi Jinping speaks during the opening ceremony of the G-20 Summit in Hangzhou in eastern China’s Zhejiang province, Sept. 4, 2016.

Censors in China are working overtime to scrub the Internet and social media of any mention of a slip-up made by Chinese President Xi Jinping made during a speech in Hangzhou before the Group of 20 Nations leaders’ summit. Continue reading

Ma Jian: A Son of Cultural Revolution

Fifty years ago this month, Mao Zedong launched China’s Cultural Revolution – a decade of chaos, persecution, and violence, carried out in the name of ideology and in the interest of expanding Mao’s personal power. Yet, instead of reflecting on that episode’s destructive legacy, the Chinese government is limiting all discussion of it, and Chinese citizens, focused on the wealth brought by three decades of market-oriented reforms, have been content to go along. But at a time when President Xi Jinping is carrying out ruthless purges and creating his own cult of personality, burying the past is not cost-free. Continue reading

Chinese website publishes, then pulls, explosive letter calling for President Xi’s resignation


Chinese President Xi Jinping speaks with media in a press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani after their meeting at the Saadabad Palace in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Two weeks after China’s President toured state media offices and called for absolute loyalty from the press, a website with links to the government published an explosive letter asking him to resign “for the future of the country and the people.” Continue reading

Tienchi Martin-Liao: Horsetrading With Abduction


From left to right: Chang Ping, Tienchi Martin-Liao, writer Ye Fu, and a friend, in Amsterdam in 2012. Image courtesy of the author.


China stretches out its hand to control the international media over the authorities’ abduction of a journalist’s family.

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China Issues, Deletes Article Defending President Over Panama Papers

Identity documents from the Panama Papers

Identity documents from the Panama Papers. Clockwise from top left: Patrick Henri Devillers, Jia Liqing, Hu Dehua, Deng Jiagui and Li Xiaolin.

China’s Internet censors deleted a favorable blog post analyzing the links between relatives of the country’s president, Xi Jinping, and papers leaked from the Panama-based Mossack Fonseca law firm. Continue reading