Xi Jinping

China Aims For AIIB Founding By Year-End

Initially proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit held in Bali last October, the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is reportedly likely to be established with an operating capital of $100 billion within the year. The AIIB was a hot topic of ...

HK Protest Leaders Given 6-8 Month Prison Sentences

Three young democracy campaigners were each given prison sentences for taking part in an “unlawful assembly” of Hong Kong government headquarters that marked the beginning of the 79-day “Umbrella Movement” protests of 2014. The three sentenced were Alex Chow, Nathan Law, and...

Theatrical Activist ‘Super Vulgar Butcher’ Wu Gan Tried for Subversion

Activist Wu Gan, also known as Super Vulgar Butcher, stood trial for subversion in Tianjin on Monday. Wu was detained and pilloried in state media in May 2015 in a precursor to that July’s "Black Friday" or "709" crackdown on rights lawyers and activists, including many fro...

Journalism, Propaganda, Censorship, and the 19th Party Congress

At Deutsche Welle, Sabine Peschel talks to Audrey Jiajia Li, a former TV journalist who has turned to social media and foreign media outlets as the media climate within China grows ever frostier. Li discusses self-censorship and social media blocks, her hopes for journalism in China, unpromising rec...