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Inequality, Wealth, and Happiness in China

At Bloomberg Businessweek, Dexter Roberts reports on economist Gan Li, his study of and concerns about inequality in China, and his “mission to depoliticize statistics.” Gan conducts a biennial survey on household finances across the country, and begins work on the next edition in July. The now ...

Person of the Week: He Weifang

CDT is expanding its wiki beyond the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon to include short biographies of public intellectuals, cartoonists, human rights activists, and other people pushing for change in China. The wiki is a work in progress. 贺卫方 He Weifang has argued that the Chinese Communist Party...

Mixed Fears for Rights Protections in New Civil Code

On Wednesday, the National People’s Congress took a step towards the creation of China’s first unified civil code. The project, due to be completed in 2020, has stirred fears in some quarters that individual rights will be inadequately protected, and in others that they may be dangerousl...

Secretary Tillerson Pressed to Talk Human Rights on Asia Trip

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson embarked on his first diplomatic trip to Asia this week, where he will attend meetings in Japan, South Korea, and finally China. The infamously elusive secretary and former Exxon CEO was criticized for his recent absence at the launch of the State Department&...

Chinese Labor Camp Prisoner Who Wrote S.O.S. Letter Escapes China

Sun Yi was anxious. The polluted haze of a December morning in Beijing blended with his uneasiness and apprehension as he approached the airport departure passport check. He knew the odds against him. At any moment the border official could tear his passport to pieces, together with his chance for ...