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Human Rights, Political Control Hit PRC Soft Power

According to a yearly survey published by the consultancy Portland and the University of Southern California, China now ranks 27th in the world for soft power, falling two places since last year. China has made soft power a key policy objective, devoting between $10bn and $12bn a year to improving i...

Liberal Think-tank Unirule Evicted From Beijing Offices

On Tuesday, one of China’s last remaining liberal think-tanks, Unirule, was evicted from its Beijing offices. The leasing company even went as far as to weld the office doors shut, temporarily imprisoning the employees in an act that serves as a fitting metaphor for the increasing restrictions...

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 ...

Police Break Up Latest Veteran Protest for Welfare Rights

PLA veterans have staged demonstrations against paltry pensions and inadequate welfare support in front of government offices across China over the last few years. (the AP reported that over 50 such demonstrations occurred in 2016 alone.) In response to this trend, China opened its first Ministry of...

Trump Clashes With Congress Over ZTE Rescue Deal

In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce levied a crippling $1.19bn fine and seven-year export ban on Chinese tech giant ZTE for violating Iranian and North Korean trade embargoes, and failing to punish those responsible. President Donald Trump then overruled this, tweeting a personal commitment to...