Armed police stand guard in the popular shopping and nightlife area of Sanlitun in Beijing. Photo: AFP

China tightens anti-terrorism measures amid rush for Lunar New Year celebrations

  • Mon, 02/08/2016 - 19:29

China has tightened anti-terrorism surveillance at major cities across the nation as the mass movement of mainlanders travelling home for the Lunar New Year holiday puts extra pressure on security guards keeping watch for potential attacks.

As China’s economy unravels, Beijing’s attempts at damage control are growing increasingly desperate

  • Fri, 02/05/2016 - 20:50

No longer able to convince the world it’s got China’s economy under control, the government in Beijing is now trying to bully it instead.

China's Great Media Wall: The Fight for Freedom

  • Mon, 02/01/2016 - 20:13

Propaganda, censorship, surveillance, intimidation, detention without trial, sabotage of the internet, brutality in the field, and televised “confessions” were its ammunition.

Members from the pro-democracy Civic Party carry a portrait of Lee Bo (L) and Gui Minhai before they protest outside Chinese Liaison Office in Hong Kong, China January 19, 2016. REUTERS

EU slams China's on-air 'confessions' as unacceptable

  • Fri, 01/29/2016 - 18:50

The European Union on Friday delivered some of its strongest criticism yet of China's human rights record, calling the televised broadcasts of confessions by Chinese and European citizens "unacceptable".

HKFP Interview: China’s ‘regression’ a result Party infighting, says expelled French journalist

  • Thu, 01/28/2016 - 19:10

French journalist Ursula Gauthier was expelled from China at the end of last year after she wrote a report critical of Beijing’s policies in the Xinjiang region, where native Uyghurs’ resentment of China’s rule has led to years of violence.

Visualizing China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

  • Fri, 01/22/2016 - 19:54

Welcome to “Catching Tigers and Flies,” ChinaFile’s new interactive tool for tracking and, we hope, better understanding the massive campaign against corruption that China’s President, Xi Jinping, launched shortly after he came to power in late 2012.

A still image of Peter Dahlin, a Swedish co-founder of a human rights group, taken from a video shown on China Central Television on Tuesday night. Credit China Central Television, via Associated Press

China Uses Foreigners’ Televised Confessions to Serve Its Own Ends

  • Thu, 01/21/2016 - 19:37

For seven years, the young Swedish man had directed a nongovernmental organization in Beijing that offered legal aid to Chinese citizens in trouble. Now he was a captive of China’s legal system, forced in police detention to speak on video about his so-called crimes.

Ursula Gauthier, French journalist expelled from China, on his return to Paris .

Treatment of Foreigners in China a ‘Worrying Trend,’ E.U. Envoy Says

  • Wed, 01/20/2016 - 21:01

 To the list of people expressing grave concern about the recent treatment of several foreigners by the Chinese government, add the chief European Union representative in China.

Chinese democracy activist Wuer Kaixi makes a speech at the 11th World Summit of Nobel Peace Laureates in Hiroshima, western Japan, November 12, 2010. Wuer Kaixi, one of the leaders of 1989's Tiananmen Square democracy movement, took part in the summit to represent imprisoned Chinese Nobel Laureate Liu Xiaobo. REUTERS.

He fought for democracy in Beijing. Now he is running for office in Taiwan.

  • Fri, 01/15/2016 - 19:04

One of the most prominent and charismatic leaders of the 1989 protests in Tiananmen Square is running for a legislative seat in Taiwan’sgeneral election Saturday.

Rebel Pepper: Ursula Gauthier and Journalists’ Weapons

  • Tue, 12/29/2015 - 19:36

For his latest drawing, Rebel Pepper comments on recent setbacks for press freedom in China by depicting Xi Jinping as a murder victim done in by the media. In Xi’s eyes, Rebel Pepper writes, “a journalist’s tools are just as lethal as an assassin’s weapon”: