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18th Party Congress Watch (1) Gao Wenqian, HRIC Senior Policy Advisor In an article published in early January 2012 in the Communist Party policy magazine Qiushi (求是), Chinese President Hu Jintao cautioned against Western culture infiltrating and subverting China. In fact, the warning is one of the...
The Kidnapping I have stayed in Northeast China for two weeks, filming during the daytime, and surfing the Internet at night. I know that after Liu Xiaobo was awarded the Nobel Prize, Beijing became very tense. After consulting with Teng Biao, 1 I decided to stay in his office in Wangjing, a suburb...
It is well known that the Chinese government’s budgetary process is a messy one. The concept of a “budget” in China includes: a formal and legal budget; an official but quasi-legal extra-budget; and an informal, occasionally illegal, extra-extra budget. The government budget is thus a complex mix...
Human Rights in China (HRIC) : You are an astute observer of China’s political landscape. Can you share with us some of the major social and political trends that you see?
On December 17, 2010, a Tunisian street peddler was mistreated by a law-enforcement officer. The incident prompted a non-violent resistance movement among citizens, which evolved into a “Jasmine Revolution.” This Jasmine Revolution not only peacefully changed the regimes of Tunisia and Egypt, but...
China’s fledgling Jasmine Revolution was barely more than a whisper on Twitter when Chinese authorities moved into action, detaining a number of prominent rights lawyers, activists, and netizens in an effort to nip the “revolution” in the bud. 1
It has been nearly two years since China’s first access to information statute took effect on May 1, 2008.
Translation by HRIC In China today, the Internet has become a territory of strategic importance. All contenders are abundantly aware of this point and have launched an intense struggle over its control. The Chinese authorities have recently taken multiple steps toward this end. First, they revised...

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