Politics

Chinese Regime’s Honors for Sihanouk Annoy Netizens

A convoy taking the body of Norodom Sihanouk to Beijing's airport en route back to his homeland, on Oct. 17, 2012. (Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images) Many Chinese netizens were outraged at the Communist Party’s display of honors for the deceased Cambodian ruler Norodom Sihanouk, who died on Oc...

‘The Evil Party Treated Us Worse Than Animals’

The Chinese characters say 'Renounce the Chinese Communist Party.' (The Epoch Times) Editor’s note: The Epoch Times publishes here direct translations of statements made by Chinese people who renounced the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and its subordinate organizations. Statements such a...

Grandfather of Tibetan Religious Figure Self-Immolates

An exiled Tibetan holds a photograph of Sangay Gyatso during a candlelight vigil in solidarity the 27-year-old's self-immolation that resulted in his death. Another Tibetan man set himself on fire in Gansu Province over the weekend. (STR/AFP/GettyImages) An elderly Tibetan man who is the grand...

Violent, Forced Evictions in China on the Rise: Report

Chinese men carry sticks as they stand guard while workers demolish houses which are claimed illegal by local government in Wuhan, central China's Hubei province on May 7, 2010. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) Local officials in the Chinese Communist Party have violently and forcefully evicted people f...

Chinese Veterans Beaten for Petitioning

The petitioners from Hunan who lost their houses during illegal demolitions. (China's Jamine Revolution website) During the week of October 1, China’s national holiday, Beijing police arrested two separate groups of petitioners from Changsha, the capital of Hunan Province. Both groups w...

Chinese Use Microblogs to Withdraw From Party

Some employees of the Jiannanchun Group Ltd. submitted a statement with their signatures and thumbprints to quit the CCP. (The Epoch Times) The scandal triggered by former Chongqing police chief Wang Lijun’s attempted defection to the U.S. Consulate in Chengdu in February has added fuel to a mov...

Tibetan Writer Dies in Self-Immolation Protest

A woman looks at an exhibition showing portraits of reported self-immolation victims in Tibet, presented by Amnesty International's Taiwan branch in Taipei in late June. (Mandy Cheng/AFP/Getty Images) A Tibetan writer died after he set himself on fire to protest against Chinese Communist Part...

Newlywed’s Marriage Treated as Political Crime in China

Qin Yongmin and Wang Xifeng are pictured at their marriage on May 13 in Wuhan. Wang's 12-year-old son holds a sign that reads "a good marriage lasting 100 years." (Provided by Wang Xifeng) On May 13 the well-known dissident Qin Yongmin married Ms. Wang Xifeng in front of 70 of their...

After Bo Xilai’s Purge, Web Searches for ‘Organ Harvest’ Suddenly Allowed

Posts on popular microblog websites in China forward and comment on the fact that searches for "live harvest" and similar terms were unblocked. The terms, related to organ harvesting in China, were apparently uncensored for searching soon after it was announced that Bo would be expelled f...

Foreign policy in the 2012 election: The geopolitical rival that really fires up Mitt Romney

THIS week's print edition carries a supplement on the issues underpinning the presidential contest, jointly written by The Economist's team of American correspondents and editors.While researching an article that I wrote, on foreign policy, I heard lots from Republican advisers and aides to Mitt Rom...