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Chinese Pressure From Beijing to Berlin On Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death

This week brought both the first anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, and the sudden release from house arrest of his widow, Liu Xia. If the latter was in part a coalition-building maneuver by China in its mounting trade conflict with the United States, it was also the produc...

Liu Xia Leaves China After Years of House Arrest: Reactions

Liu Xia left Beijing for Berlin on Tuesday morning, ending the years of extralegal house arrest that followed her husband Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize award in 2010. She is said to be physically frail but in good spirits, in contrast with her reported despair earlier this year. She may atten...

Three Years After “Black Friday,” China’s War on Law Continues

Monday was the third anniversary of the beginning of the "709" or "Black Friday Crackdown," in which hundreds of rights lawyers and others were detained. While most were swiftly released, others were accused, in a state media blitz featuring several televised forced confessions, ...

Academic’s Dismissal Stokes Fears of Party Influence

Financial Times’ Emily Zeng reports that the University of Nottingham Ningbo—the first Sino-UK joint venture university in China—has removed a British academic from its management board, in alleged response to an article he had written criticizing the Chinese government. The academic, Stephen ...

Calls for Attention to Chinese Repression, Freedom for Liu Xia

At The Nation, Rian Thum and Jeffrey Wasserstrom write that people in the West "should pay more attention to Beijing’s repressive actions" such as its treatment of the late Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia, its construction of re-education camps in Xinjiang, its eros...