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China Escalates War on International Media

China Escalates War on International Media

China has escalated its war on international news media with stepped-up harassment of foreign journalists and blocking of foreign news websites. This has sparked renewed discord between the United States and China on issues of press freedom and media access but no concrete action as yet from the United States. China’s record on press freedom […]

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China Imprisons Dissident Xu Zhiyong, Announces Charges Against Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

China Imprisons Dissident Xu Zhiyong, Announces Charges Against Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Over the weekend of January 25-26, the Chinese government sentenced human rights activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永) to four years in prison and announced its charges against detained Uighur scholar Ilham Tohti (Uighur: ئىلھام توختى‎, Chinese: 伊力哈木土赫提). Xu was sentenced following a one-day show trial in which in which he wasn’t allowed to call defense witnesses […]

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China Blocks Reporting on Xu Zhiyong Trial, Offshore Wealth of China’s Elite

China Blocks Reporting on Xu Zhiyong Trial, Offshore Wealth of China’s Elite

China has been on its very worst behavior this week. As prominent human rights activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永) went on trial January 22, Chinese police dragged protestors away from the scene and harassed foreign journalists attempting to report on the trial. Xu’s trial is the first in a series of trials for activists associated with […]

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Soft Power, America vs. China: America Still Wins

Soft Power, America vs. China: America Still Wins

China is engaged in a soft-power war with America and the West. America may not have noticed this, but China has. While America takes its soft power around the world for granted, China struggles to win even the “hearts and minds” of its own citizens. “Soft power” is defined by Harvard political scientist Joseph Nye […]

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China Begins Trial of Dissident Xu Zhiyong Despite International Objections

China Begins Trial of Dissident Xu Zhiyong Despite International Objections

Prominent Chinese legal scholar and human rights activist Xu Zhiyong (许志永) will go on trial January 22 on charges of disrupting public order. A founder of the pro-democracy New Citizens’ Movement (中国新公民运动) and an outspoken advocate of greater transparency in Chinese government, Xu has been detained since July 2013. Xu and his lawyers believe that […]

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U.S. and EU Speak Out on China’s Detention of Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

U.S. and EU Speak Out on China’s Detention of Uighur Scholar Ilham Tohti

Prominent Uighur economics professor and dissident Ilham Tohti (Uighur: ئىلھام توختى‎, Chinese: 伊力哈木土赫提) was detained by police in Beijing on January 15, according to multiple reports. Also detained were at least six of Tohti’s students. Tohti’s family has not been informed of his whereabouts or the nature of the charges against him. The U.S. State […]

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China Targets Western “Cultural Threats”

China Targets Western “Cultural Threats”

Western “cultural threats” will be among several types of “unconventional security threats” targeted by China’s new National Security Committee, according to an article by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) senior colonel Gong Fangbin (公方彬). Additional “threats” the committee will target include extremist groups, cybersecurity threats, and online dissent. The article follows a familiar recent pattern of […]

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Democracy in Hong Kong: A Key Asia-Pacific Issue for 2014

Democracy in Hong Kong: A Key Asia-Pacific Issue for 2014

2014 began in Hong Kong with a New Year’s Day march for democracy that drew thousands into the streets in protest against Beijing’s efforts to limit democratic rights in the former British colony. Unless demands are met for universal suffrage and open nomination rights in Hong Kong elections, July 2014 is likely to see the […]

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China’s Chen Guangbiao in New York: The Plot Thickens

China’s Chen Guangbiao in New York: The Plot Thickens

At first glance, Chinese tycoon Chen Guangbiao’s appearance in New York this week looked like little more than a Chinese soft-power effort gone terribly wrong. First came Chen’s ill-fated effort to buy the New York Times. Then came Chen’s bizarre press conference in New York featuring a patriotic singing performance by Chen, a brief foreign […]

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Chen Guangbiao’s Chinese Soft-Power Circus Comes to New York

Chen Guangbiao’s Chinese Soft-Power Circus Comes to New York

Chinese recycling tycoon Chen Guangbiao recently made headlines when he announced his “plans” to buy the New York Times. I put “plans” in quotation marks because the newspaper’s owners had expressed neither knowledge of any such deals in the works nor interest in selling it to anyone, least of all to a nationalistic Chinese businessman […]

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Chinese Consulate Fire Suspect Arrested, Depriving Angry China of Propaganda Value

Chinese Consulate Fire Suspect Arrested, Depriving Angry China of Propaganda Value

Since my previous post on this incident was submitted, a suspect has been arrested in the New Year’s Day arson attack on the Chinese consulate in San Francisco. The suspect, who turned himself in to authorities and made a full confession of guilt, is a Chinese national who claims to have set the fire because […]

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San Francisco Consulate Fire Exacerbates U.S.-China Tension

San Francisco Consulate Fire Exacerbates U.S.-China Tension

An arson attack on the Chinese consulate-general in San Francisco has exacerbated tensions between China and the United States. The attack occurred the night of Jan. 1, when someone  poured gasoline onto the front door of the consulate and set it ablaze. While the building sustained significant fire and smoke damage, there were no injuries, […]

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Nationalist Fury on Chinese Websites Following Japan Shrine Visit

Nationalist Fury on Chinese Websites Following Japan Shrine Visit

A perusal of reader comments on Chinese news websites following Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s recent visit to the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo reveals an online explosion of nationalist fury. Despite U.S. attempts to dissuade Abe from visiting the shrine and U.S. criticism following his visit, America has not been spared the anger of […]

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Japan Shrine Visit Stirs Ghosts of War in China

Japan Shrine Visit Stirs Ghosts of War in China

China and the United States were both right to condemn Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s official visit to the Yasukuni war shrine in Tokyo on Dec. 26, 2013. For once China and America are on the same page. China’s leaders will waste no time, however, in exploiting the incident to stir up anti-Japanese nationalism at […]

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Beijing Calls for Tighter Control of Media and Education

Beijing Calls for Tighter Control of Media and Education

The Chinese Communist Party has issued guidelines calling for tightened control of media and education in China, according to a report by the state-run Xinhua News Agency on Dec. 24. These guidelines were issued in the name of “bolstering core socialist values and pooling positive energy to realize the Chinese dream of national rejuvenation.” Included […]

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About the Author

Mark C. Eades
Mark C. Eades

Mark C. Eades is an Asia-based writer, educator, and independent researcher. Located in Shanghai, China from 2009 to 2015, he now splits his time between the United States and various locations in Asia. He has spent a total of seven years in China since his first visit in 1991, and has taught at Fudan University, Shanghai International Studies University, and in the private sector in Shanghai. He is also widely traveled throughout East and Southeast Asia. His educational background includes a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science and a Master of Arts in Humanities from San Francisco State University with extensive coursework in Asia-Pacific studies. His previous publications include articles on China and Sino-US relations in U.S. News & World Report, Asia Times, Christian Science Monitor, USA Today, and Atlantic Community. Twitter: @MC_Eades

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