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Chinese Pressure From Beijing to Berlin On Anniversary of Liu Xiaobo’s Death

This week brought both the first anniversary of the death of Nobel Peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, and the sudden release from house arrest of his widow, Liu Xia. If the latter was in part a coalition-building maneuver by China in its mounting trade conflict with the United States, it was also the produc...

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...

Convenience vs Privacy: China’s BAT Dilemma

Although its internet penetration rate is just 55%, China has three times as many smartphone users, and eleven times as many mobile payment users as the United States. It is almost guaranteed that on each of these 717 million smartphone users’ phones is an app owned or created by the big thre...

Liu Xia Leaves China After Years of House Arrest: Reactions

Liu Xia left Beijing for Berlin on Tuesday morning, ending the years of extralegal house arrest that followed her husband Liu Xiaobo’s Nobel Peace Prize award in 2010. She is said to be physically frail but in good spirits, in contrast with her reported despair earlier this year. She may atten...

Twitter sweeps ‘locked’ accounts from follower tally

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter said on Wednesday (Jul 11) users are likely to see "follower" numbers drop as the service stops adding in potentially dubious or fraudulent accounts. The social network said it would make the change by removing from followers any accounts which have been "locked" after ......

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, ...