Chinese Communist Party

The Great, the Good, and the ugly

Fisherman on the rocks at Sanxiantai.Will you have the power of love or the love of power? The ugly stain of authoritarian Christianity has answered that it will have the latter, and impose it on everyone. Spreading out of the US to plague countries far from its borders with its insensate hatred, in...

“Free Speech Bastion” Taiwan Faces Cross-strait Brain Drain

At The New York Times, Chris Horton and Austin Ramzy write that "Taiwan now draws the sorts of dissidents, rights groups and events that once naturally gravitated to Hong Kong" as the latter’s traditional freedom is eroded by growing mainland influence. The barring of elected pro-dem...

Carrot & Stick: How Beijing Controls its Diaspora

Since Xi Jinping became president in 2012, China has increasingly been criticized for attempting to manipulate its diaspora in order to support political objectives. Peter Mattis in War on the Rocks provides the reasoning: The CCP seeks to influence the outside world, especially the United States, f...

Li Wenzu Marches to Tianjin, Marking 1,000th Day of Husband’s Disappearance

Activist Li Wenzu has embarked on a 12-day, 60-mile walk from Beijing to Tianjin to seek information about the whereabouts of her husband, "quintessential rights lawyer" Wang Quanzhang, who was detained 1,000 days ago this week. Li is one of several wives and other relatives who have allie...

Long Arm of Chinese Law May Reach into U.S.

In January, Swedish citizen Gui Minhai was detained while traveling by train from his hometown Ningbo to Beijing for medical treatment. Gui had previously been detained in 2015 while traveling in Thailand and his whereabouts were not known until he was shown “confessing” on CCTV. The exa...

Australian Scholars Debate Chinese Influence

On March 19, over 30 leading Chinese-born Australians and China scholars, including Australian National University’s Geremie Barmé, signed an open letter criticizing Australia’s proposed bill to curb foreign political influence, particularly with regards to Beijing. The next week, on...

Australian Scholars Weigh in On Chinese Influence Debate

On March 19, over 30 leading Chinese-born Australians and China scholars, including Australian National University’s Geremie Barmé, signed an open letter criticizing Australia’s proposed bill to curb foreign political influence, particularly with regards to Beijing. The next week, on...

U.N. Rights Council Adopts Chinese Call for “Win-win Cooperation”

China has long faced accusations of interference with human rights work by and at the United Nations, including obstruction of inspections, intimidation of activists, and other suppression of civil society participation. In 2015 it mounted an unsuccessful attempt to allow countries to criticize NGOs...