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Seven big problems that China’s large economy can’t solve


China may have topped the U.S. as the world’s largest economy, at least according to the World Bank, but how does that help the country? Here are seven problems China faces that its top ranking will not solve: Corruption China continues to crack down on corruption involving state officials enriching themselves through bloated government projects … Continue reading

Persuading China’s communists to give up power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you it’s skin


I once said that trying to persuade the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to give up its monopoly of state power is like trying to persuade a tiger to give you its skin. It is utterly impossible. In my book “Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements,” I said: “Due to its monopoly of power, the CCP is a huge … Continue reading

China’s online crackdown prompts outrage: social media empowers environmental activism


Activists like Deng Fei demonstrate that “even the simplest Weibo message can become a movement,” writes the FT’s Leslie Hook: Earlier this year, Deng asked his followers to post photographs of polluted rivers and lakes in their hometowns. The outpouring of images prompted a series of press articles and shamed several local governments into cleaning … Continue reading

China arrests activist who campaigned about leaders’ wealth


Police have arrested one of China’s most prominent rights activists who has called for officials to disclose their wealth, his lawyer said on Friday, raising the stakes in the government’s crackdown on anti-graft campaigners. The arrest of Xu Zhiyong, who has pushed for greater civil rights, could trigger an international outcry over Beijing’s tightening grip … Continue reading

China rights scenario deteriorating says US


The United States got few answers to questions about detained activists during its annual rights dialogue with China, and believes the situation in the country continues to deteriorate, a senior U.S. official said on Friday. Uzra Zeya, Acting Assistant U.S. Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights and Labour, said she raised specific cases during … Continue reading

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