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Citizen Journalist Jailed in Shanghai for Speaking Out Against ‘Zero-COVID’ Policy
Chinese authorities recently arrested another activist for speaking out against abuses committed by health and police authorities as the country continues adhering to its unbending “Zero-COVID” protocols.  Shanghai-based Ji Xiaolong was arrested on April 30...
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Sudden Closure of Beijing-based Duowei News Highlights Political Struggle in China
News analysis Duowei News, a Chinese-language online media outlet that had its headquarters in Beijing yet was allowed to publish articles critical of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and current leader Xi Jinping for years,...
China’s Leading Health Advisor Criticizes ‘Zero-COVID’ Protocols, Gets Censored
In a controversial turn of events, China’s top COVID-19 expert and advisor Zhong Nanshan said his country cannot continue pursuing its unyielding “Zero-COVID” strategy, and should instead work towards “reopening to bring social and economic...
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‘Unified National Market’ Push Exposes Steep Challenge of Reforming China’s Economy
On April 10, the Central Committee of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and the Chinese government’s State Council released an opinion document on “accelerating the construction of a unified national market.”  The opinion called for...
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‘Zero-COVID’ Lockdown in Shanghai Compounds Xi’s Political Dilemma
News analysis Over the past two years, cities and entirely provinces in China implemented economically and socially destructive “zero-COVID” lockdowns and other control measures to squash the virus. Shanghai, however, stuck to a milder “precise...
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Currently Under Investigation, China’s Former Justice Minister Fu Zhenghua Is Officially Expelled From Posts
Chinese state media Xinhua on March 31 announced the expulsion of Fu Zhenghua, the country’s retired Minister of Justice and a former high-ranking police official, from his posts in the government and Communist Party. The...
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China’s Reaction to Biden-Xi Call Exposes Its Fear of International Pressure Amid Russia-Ukraine War
News analysis At a glance, the March 18 video call between U.S. President Joe Biden and Chinese leader Xi Jinping on Ukraine and other matters was a non-event. Official meeting readouts showed that both sides...
Olympic Champion Eileen Gu, Applauded by Millions in China, Returns to the US After Winning Golds
Three-time gold medalist Eileen Gu, who caused a stir by competing for the People's Republic of China (PRC) instead of her native U.S. and received much applause across the Chinese internet and state media, has...
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3 Key Takeaways From China’s ‘Two Sessions’ Meetings This Year
News analysis Delegates of the People’s Republic of China’s (PRC) rubber-stamp legislature and political advisory body met in Beijing for the annual “Two Sessions” meetings in March. At the week-long meetings of the National People’s...