China tightens regulation of religion to 'block extremism'

  • Fri, 09/08/2017 - 16:19

China’s cabinet on Thursday passed new rules to regulate religion to bolster national security, fight extremism and restrict faith practiced outside organizations approved by the state.

China’s Internet Crackdown Is Another Step Toward ‘Digital Totalitarian State’

  • Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:23

President Bill Clinton once mocked attempts by China to limit free speech online. “Good luck,” he said. “That’s sort of like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall.”

Pro-democracy activists held portraits of the detained Chinese human rights lawyers Jiang Tianyong, background left, and Wang Quanzhang at a protest in Hong Kong this summer. Credit Tengku Bahar/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

China’s Rights Crackdown Is Called ‘Most Severe’ Since Tiananmen Square

  • Wed, 09/06/2017 - 16:00

China is systematically undermining international human rights groups in a bid to silence critics of its crackdown on such rights at home, a watchdog organization said on Tuesday. The group also faulted the United Nations for failing to prevent the effort, and at times being complicit in it.

China’s Quiet Drive to Normalize Repression

  • Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:27

Leaders in Beijing have avoided opprobrium for appalling actions on their behalf.

Students at a primary school in Shanghai last year.

New Chinese Textbooks: Now With More 'Socialist Core Values'

  • Tue, 09/05/2017 - 15:24

The Chinese Ministry of Education revised national liberal arts textbooks to cultivate love for the Communist Party.

Activists in Hong Kong protest on behalf of Liu Xia, widow of dissident Liu Xiaobo, who remains incommunicado seven weeks after her Nobel laureate husband's death, Aug. 30, 2017.

Rights Groups, Victims' Families Call For Action Over China's Enforced Disappearances

  • Thu, 08/31/2017 - 15:10

Peaceful dissidents, lawyers and rights activists are frequently held incommunicado under laws governing "matters of state security."

The censorship controversy that hit Cambridge University Press sent a chill along the stands staffed by publishers from nearly 90 countries at the Beijing International Book Fair. Photo: Xinhua

At Beijing book fair, publishers admit to self-censorship to keep texts on Chinese market

  • Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:14

Just days after the world’s oldest publisher briefly caved in to Chinese censorship demands, international publishing houses are courting importers at a Beijing book fair, with some admitting they keep sensitive topics off their pages.

People walk past the Cambridge University Press (CUP) stall at the Beijing International Book Fair in Beijing, China, August 23, 2017.

Blunt instrument? What a list of banned articles says about China's censors

  • Thu, 08/24/2017 - 16:12

An old review of an academic monograph on agrarian revolutionaries in 1930s China is hardly a political third rail in Beijing today, even by the increasingly sensitive standards of the ruling Communist Party.

Cambridge University Press limits access to articles in China

  • Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:56

Academic publisher under fire for caving in to pressure from Beijing

Tillerson testifies on Capitol Hill in 2010. (Reuters photo: Joshua Roberts)

Remarks on the 2016 International Religious Freedom Annual Report

  • Tue, 08/15/2017 - 15:27

We are releasing today the 2016 International Religious Freedom Report. This report is a requirement pursuant to the International Religious Freedom Act of 1998 – legislation that upholds religious freedom as a core American value under the Constitution’s First Amendment, as well as a universal human right