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Did Law Rule in Yu Huan’s Sentence Reduction?

In February, Yu Huan from Liaocheng in Shandong received a life sentence for stabbing several loan sharks—one fatally—who were harassing his mother. The case prompted a popular outcry, both over the harshness of the punishment and the alleged negligence of police officers who had previously left...

The U.S., China, and the ‘Thucydides Trap’

In his book “Destined for War: Can American and China Escape the Thucydides’s Trap,” released earlier this year, Harvard Kennedy School professor and political scientist Graham Allison coined a term to describe war deriving from the fear that an established power holds in the face ...

China Buying International Silence on Human Rights

Last week offered one demonstration of the application of China’s growing economic leverage to political ends with the transfer of diplomatic recognition by Taiwan’s longstanding ally Panama from Taipei to Beijing. (Read more on the shift in a subsequent ChinaFile discussion.) This week ...

China Detains Chairman of Anyang Amid Crackdown on Financial Industry

Anbang Insurance Group announced this week that its chairman Wu Xiaohui has temporarily stepped down due to “personal reasons.” The announcement came following domestic media reports that Wu was detained by authorities on Friday in Beijing and taken in for questioning. Wu’s detenti...

Minitrue: Watch Sources and Comments on Kindergarten Blast

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. With regard to the explosion in Jiangsu’s Feng county, pay attention to sourcing standards when p...

Does China Have What it Takes to Be a Global Climate Leader?

Following President Trump’s announcement early this month that he would be withdrawing the U.S. from the Paris Agreement on climate change—a non-binding pledge to limit carbon emissions that the Xi and Obama administrations played key, if reluctant, roles in creating—many were quick to poi...

Panama Severs Ties With Taiwan, Pledges Allegiance to China

Panama has cut its diplomatic relations with Taiwan to establish ties with Beijing in recognition of the “one China” principle. At The New York Times, Chris Horton and Steven Lee Myers report on Panama’s decision, reactions from Taipei and Beijing, and the doubt that hangs ove...

Badiucao: Selective Blindness

CDT cartoonist Badiucao comments on a recent viral video in which a woman was hit by a vehicle while crossing the road in Zhumadian, Henan, and left unaided until a second vehicle killed her. The clip drew millions of views and tens of thousands of shares and comments, rekindling widespread soul-sea...

Entertainment Accounts Closed as Party Emphasizes News Control

Dozens of popular social media accounts and apps that focus on celebrity and entertainment news have been closed on the order of web censors at the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC), who cited China’s new cybsersecurity law that came into effect this month. This comes on the heels of ...