Thailand, and the world, got a close-up view last week of what a truly censored society looks like. The lesson came from China, where the death of a "dissident" set off near panic and controlled frenzy in the many...
Nobel Peace Prize-winning dissident Liu Xiaobo is no more, but his writings and his ideas will survive. "Liu Xiaobo? Yeah, I know who Liu Xiaobo is," the airport security guard at the Shenyang airport told us as we made our...
There has been controversy over the funeral of the late Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo, whose ashes were scattered in the sea after a ceremony seemingly orchestrated by the Communist Party. Supporters were also angry about...
In mainland China, any attempt to the mourn the death in custody on July 13 of democracy activist Liu Xiaobo has been quickly snuffed out. After China announced the imprisoned dissident had died of liver cancer, the country’s microblog...
Nearly three years after sweeping pro-democracy protests filled the streets of Hong Kong, a local court delivered the struggling movement a severe blow on Friday, removing four legislators from office and assuring China greater influence over the city's government. The...
Liu Xiaobo’s case makes innovators wonder where’s the line between ‘subversive’ inventiveness and politically correct thought that keeps you out of the gulag. Imagine powerful images of rows of mindless, obedient subjects at a Chinese Communist Party Congress being brainwashed...
ext week Donald Trump and the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, travel to Europe for a G20 summit in Hamburg. Who do you think will attract the most protests? Very probably Trump. But what about attitudes towards the Chinese leader,...
When Hong Kong was handed over to China in 1997 after more than 150 years of British rule, the Bauhinia flower was chosen as the symbol of the new Chinese special administrative region. A giant golden statue was gifted to...
If you want to know why the European Union has shied from challenging China on its human rights record, look no further than what happened the last time a European country crossed Beijing. In November 2013, a Spanish court ordered...
The Chinese Communist Party exercises sovereignty over 1.4 billion people. In doing so, it suppresses free speech, regulates political activity and exercises a pervasive program of propaganda in education, the arts and the news media. There are no elections...
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On a warm Sunday summer evening a few years ago, two officials from the Chinese consulate in Sydney travelled to Melbourne to send a...

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