Samuel Wade for China Digital Times

American Exit from U.N. Rights Council a “Crushing Victory” for China?

On Tuesday, the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Like its exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and President Donald Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the development has been seen as a victory for China, whose long-runnin...

Chinese Embassy Lashes Out Over Australian TV Segment

Amid heated debate over PRC influence in Australia, the country’s edition of 60 Minutes asked "Is China taking over the South Pacific?" in its broadcast on Sunday. "Somewhat arrogantly," host Tom Steinfort noted, "Australia has always considered [the region] ‘our...

Minitrue: Hold Back on Fan Bingbing Tax Scandal

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. All websites in all areas, draft content related to tax issues involving people in the film and televis...

Minitrue: WeChat Group Controls for Qingdao Summit

The following censorship instructions, issued to the media by government authorities, have been leaked and distributed online. The name of the issuing body has been omitted to protect the source. Friendly reminder: with the opening of the Qingdao summit, backend inspection and control of WeChat ha...

Three Views on Surveillance and Privacy in China

The development of increasingly advanced and pervasive surveillance in China, and especially in the western region of Xinjiang which has become a notorious testing ground for it, continues to attract academic and media attention. At Reuters this week, Pei Li and Cate Cadell reported on a Ministry of...