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Evaluating the Urban-Rural Wealth Gap

The hukou, or household registration, system has long divided China’s urban and rural residents, by limiting where people can live and what services they can access in places they move to. The government has promised to reform the system, which has created endemic inequalities between living s...

A Tycoon’s Accusations, and the Limits of China’s Anti-corruption Campaign [Updated]

The number of prosecutions under Xi Jinping’s signature anti-corruption campaign fell last year for the first time since its inception, and commentators have noted a shift in Party disciplinarians’ focus from fighting graft to enforcing political orthodoxy. Nevertheless, Reuters Christian Shephe...

A Tycoon’s Accusations, and the Limits of China’s Anti-corruption Campaign

The number of prosecutions under Xi Jinping’s signature anti-corruption campaign fell last year for the first time since its inception, and commentators have noted a shift in Party disciplinarians’ focus from fighting graft to enforcing political orthodoxy. Nevertheless, Reuters Christian Shephe...

Tibetan Monk Reportedly Self-immolates in Sichuan

Citing Radio Free Asia and UK-based advocacy group Free Tibet, the Associated Press reports that a Tibetan Buddhist monk self-immolated in Garze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in Sichuan Province on April 15. If reports prove authentic, this would become the 148th confirmed self-immolation in prot...

Yahoo Sued Over Support Fund for Dissidents

In 2007, U.S. tech company Yahoo set up a $17 million fund to support persecuted Chinese dissidents and their families following fierce congressional criticism of its surrender of user data to Chinese authorities, which aided around 60 prosecutions. Two of the most prominent cases involved democrac...

Amnesty Criticizes China for Secrecy Surrounding Death Penalty

Amnesty International today released its global report “Death Sentences and Executions: 2016.” While the report found a global 37% decrease in executions last year compared to 2015, it notes that “these numbers do not include the thousands of executions carried out in China, where...

Badiucao: Travel Ban on Wife of Detained Taiwan Activist

CDT cartoonist Badiucao continues his series of portraits of political detainees in China with one of Taiwanese NGO worker activist Lee Ming-che, who went missing after entering China from Macau on March 19. Mainland authorities have offered little explanation of his situation beyond an eventual ack...

U.S. Views of China Improve as Economic Concerns Ease

The Pew Research Center has released new survey results showing that Americans’ perception of China has improved in recent years. The overall increase in favorable views is due in part to diminishing concerns about economic threats from China as the U.S. trade deficit with the country narrow...