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Xu Zhiyong, January 1, 2020 This is the New Year’s message from a civil society leader who is, at this very moment, on the run to elude arrest by the Chinese authorities. A report on this new and ongoing wave of crackdown is forthcoming. — The Editors Enter 2020 in the march of history: another wave of crackdown against civil society is sweeping across China: NGO worker Cheng Yuan (程渊) in Changsha has been arrested; Pastor Wang Yi (王怡) in Chengdu was handed a heavy nine-year prison sentence; the last few days have seen the detentions of Ding Jiaxi (丁家喜), Zhang Zhongshun (张忠顺), Dai Zhenya (戴振亚), Li Yingjun (李英俊), Huang Zhiqiang (黄志强).   Where is China heading? Can it sail through the historical gorges and move […]
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  • Yasuhiro Matsuda: Beijing Will Feel Secure Only When Hong Kong’s Freedoms Are Completely Crushed

    Yasuhiro Matsuda: Beijing Will Feel Secure Only When Hong Kong’s Freedoms Are Completely Crushed

    Yasuhiro Matsuda, December 13, 2019 China Change transcribed and translated parts of Yasuhiro Matsuda’s recent Chinese language interview with Radio Free Asia (here and here)for his sharp insights on Hong Kong and the structural political problems in Xi Jinping’s decision making. Subheadings added by China Change for easy reading.  — The Editors Beijing Will Feel Secure Only When Hong Kong’s …
  • Why We Should Not Condemn Violence by the Hong Kong Protesters

    Why We Should Not Condemn Violence by the Hong Kong Protesters

    Chu Chia-An, December 1, 2019 Some people think that if we hold the Hong Kong police to account in using violence, we must also place the same standards on the use of violence by the protesters. I oppose this argument, and my reasoning is as follows: Saying “both sides should be equally condemned” unfairly favors the police, and ignores the …
  • As Violence in Hong Kong Escalates, the Victim-Blamers Are Coming Out of the Woodwork

    As Violence in Hong Kong Escalates, the Victim-Blamers Are Coming Out of the Woodwork

    Chang Ping, November 15, 2019 Everyone knows that if the Hong Kong government and Beijing cannot offer an affirmative response to the protesters’ demands, and if the abuse of power by the police does not end, the conflicts will only escalate and result in more violence. However, the authorities are with full knowledge allowing Hong Kong to turn into a …
  • Wang Dan: The Cold War Has Not Ended

    Wang Dan: The Cold War Has Not Ended

    Wang Dan, November 4, 2019 In 1989, during the Chinese pro-democracy movement, 20-year-old Peking University student Wang Dan (王丹) became one of the most influential student leaders. Following the outbreak of the Tiananmen Massacre, he found himself at the top of the lists of 21 wanted criminals. He was arrested and sentenced to four years in prison on the charge …
Interviews and profiles
  • Drive a Wedge Into CCP’s Iron Rule With Freedom of Speech — An Interview With Hu Ping

    Drive a Wedge Into CCP’s Iron Rule With Freedom of Speech — An Interview With Hu Ping

    This interview of Hu Ping discusses the writing of "On Freedom of Speech," a pamphlet he began writing in 1975 after returning from the countryside as sent-down youth, and the 1980 student elections at Peking University that happened at a time when China was making yet another sharp and tremulous turn in history.
  • Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview With Lü Pin (Part 3 of 3)

    Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview With Lü Pin (Part 3 of 3)

    In the final part of her interview, Lü Pin discusses the Feminist Five case, how the #MeToo movement caught on in China at a time when the feminist movement seemed to be fading, and the eventual shutdown of Feminist Voice. According to Lü Pin, while the feminist movement is facing an uncertain future, the repressive regime is far from claiming …
  • Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part 2 of 3)

    Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part 2 of 3)

    After leaving China Women News, Lü Pin began to work with women intellectuals pioneering women’s rights advocacy in the 1990s and 2000s. In 2009, Lü Pin founded ‘Feminist Voice.' Its sharp interpretation of women issues through a feminist lens attracted many young educated women. A small NGO called ‘One-yuan Commune’ was established in Beijing that quickly became a springboard for …
  • Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part One of Three)

    Feminism and Social Change in China: an Interview with Lü Pin (Part One of Three)

    Since the 1990s, Lü Pin has been a pioneering advocate for women’s rights in China as well as a prolific writer on gender issues and a mentor to a group of activists known as the “young feminist activists.” In part one of our 3-part interview of her, Lü Pin traces her upbringing, the 1989 movement, her journalism career at China …
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