Friday, March 30, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

傅政华:律师要自觉拥护党的领导拥护社会主义法治 做全面推进依法治国的奋斗者 (Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua: Lawyers should conscientiously embrace Party leadership and “socialist rule of law,” fight to promote ruling the country by law)
Legal Daily, March 29, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/29/content_7510204.htm?node=5955

王乐泉在中国法学会研究会工作会议上强调,高举旗帜建设中国特色新型法学社团 (China Law Society Director Wang Lequan: Hold high the banner to build a new type of law study group “with Chinese characteristics” that connects the Party with legal practitioners)
Legal Daily, March 29, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/29/content_7509106.htm?node=5955

北京锋锐所被吊销执业证 合伙律师转所遥遥无期 (Beijing Fengrui law firm’s license revoked, partners have nowhere to go)
Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf2-03292018104316.html

“709”律师王宇汇款海外受阻 银行指天津公安下指令 (Bank says Tianjin public security ordered it to block overseas money transfer by 709 Lawyer Wang Yu)
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql1-03292018104157.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

最高法:累计公开老赖信息990多万人次 (Supreme People’s Court has released personal information of 9.9 million “deadbeats,” restricted 10 million from buying flight tickets and 3.9 million from riding trains)
Legal Daily, March 29, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/29/content_7510009.htm?node=5955

China’s Communist Party tightens grip on media, message
Radio Free Asia, March 29, 2018
https://www.voanews.com/a/china-tighten-grip-on-media/4322048.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

“玫瑰团队”遭持续打压 河南国保暴力胁迫退群 (Civil rights group “Rose Team” continually suppressed and coerced by Henan domestic security)
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-03292018104355.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

国际人权组织:中国人权状况比5年前差得多 (International human rights organizations: situation in China has steeply worsened over past five years)
Voice of America, March 30, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/reports-from-human-rights-group-20180329/4323125.html

Related:
China’s Challenge to International Human Rights at UN Threatens Everyone: HRIC Submission to the Human Rights Council
Human Rights in China, March 30, 2018
https://www.hrichina.org/en/press-work/hric-bulletin/chinas-challenge-international-human-rights-un-threatens-everyone-hric

Stakeholder submission by Human Rights In China
Human Rights in China, March 2018
https://www.hrichina.org/sites/default/files/hric_china_upr_2018_submission.pdf

人权组织呼吁释放记者、提李明哲案 (Human rights NGOs urge China to release journalists, also raise Lee Ming-Che case)
Deutsche Welle, March 30, 2018
http://p.dw.com/p/2vFKj

Sweden could pressure China to release the author and publisher Gui Minhai… if it wished
Hong Kong Free Press, March 30, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/30/sweden-pressure-china-release-author-publisher-gui-minhai-wished/

The Disappeared: China’s global kidnapping campaign has gone on for years. It may now be reaching inside U.S. borders
Foreign Policy, March 29, 2018
https://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/29/the-disappeared-china-renditions-kidnapping/l

China’s Communist Party meets the world
Economist, March 28, 2018
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21739659-socialism-chinese-characteristics-explained-sort-chinas-communist-party-meets-world

India spurns the Dalai Lama’s celebration, worried about China
New York Times, March 29, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/29/world/asia/dalai-lama-india-china-.html

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

中国:VPN整治大限将至 外企忧网络封锁升级 (China: Foreign businesses fear further limit on circumvention by VPN regulations)
Radio France International, March 30, 2018
http://cn.rfi.fr/中国/20180330-中国vpn整治大限将至-外企忧网络封锁升级

China aims for near-total surveillance, including in people's homes
Radio Free Asia, March 30, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/surveillance-03302018111415.html

The Chinese unknown that’s making Africa’s phones
Bloomberg, March 28, 2018
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-28/this-chinese-phone-maker-has-taken-over-africa-for-better-and-worse

China hackers ordered to report software holes to spy agency
中国指示本国黑客不要参加黑客大赛
Financial Times, March 27, 2018
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/eaf7f080-3186-11e8-b5bf-23cb17fd1498
CH: http://www.ftchinese.com/story/001076933

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China steps up scrutiny of IP transfers to foreign firms on national security grounds
South China Morning Post, March 30, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/economy/article/2139713/china-steps-scrutiny-ip-transfers-foreign-firms-national-security

Related:
国办印发《知识产权对外转让有关工作办法(试行)》涉及技术出口外国投资者并购境内企业 (State Council new rules: cross-border intellectual property transfer to go through national security review)
Legal Daily, March 29, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/29/content_7510157.htm?node=5955

Hong Kong (香港)

港议会「一地两检」案审议遭抗议被迫中断 (Co-location case in Hong Kong forced to stop by protest)
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/cp-03282018110710.html

Commentary (评论)

China’s new surveillance state puts Facebook’s privacy problems in the shade
Washington Post, March 27, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/03/27/chinas-new-surveillance-state-puts-facebooks-privacy-problems-in-the-shade/

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Jailed Taiwan activist Lee Ming-cheh denied correspondence rights by China, wife says
Agence France-Presse, March 29, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/29/jailed-taiwan-activist-lee-ming-cheh-denied-correspondence-rights-china-wife-says/

一部电影让他失去十年青春和自由 (He lost ten years of youth and freedom for making a documentary)
Voice of America, March 29, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/tibetan-filmmaker-20180328/4321410.html

China detains “underground” bishop with role in deal with Vatican
Reuters, March 28, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-pope-china-bishop/china-detains-underground-bishop-with-role-in-deal-with-vatican-idUSKBN1H4196?feedType=RSS&feedName=worldNews

China’s supreme court calls for more leniency in air gun cases
Sixthtone, March 28, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1002013/China%E2%80%99s%20Supreme%20Court%20Calls%20for%20More%20Leniency%20in%20Air%20Gun%20Cases

Chinese police jail two women over “vehicle reversing” video clip
武汉市民因“倒车”视频遭超期羁押后获释
Radio Free Asia, March 27, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/chinese-police-jail-two-women-over-vehicle-reversing-video-clip-03282018104812.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf2-03272018103516.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Shanghai to ease restrictions on foreign law firms
Shanghai Daily, March 29, 2018
http://english.sina.com/buz/b/2018-03-29/detail-ifyssmmc0860684.shtml

When Xi met Kim: How China and North Korea depicted it
中朝媒体如何报道金正恩访华?
The New York Times, March 28, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/28/world/asia/xi-jinping-kim-jong-un-meeting-.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/asia-pacific/20180329/xi-jinping-kim-jong-un-meeting-/

台电影大陆遭封杀 国台办要禁台独艺人 (China bans a Taiwan movie, Taiwan Affairs Office says China will block actors who support Taiwan independence)
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/hcm1-03282018104725.html

有企业规定不转发单位公号文章就扣钱, 有公司要求员工二十四小时打开定位系统, 一些企业内部管理奇葩规定有侵权之嫌 (Companies demand employees to turn on GPS 24/7, repost companies’ public account articles on personal WeChat or have pay docked)
Legal Daily, March 27, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/27/content_7506291.htm?node=5955

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

现代版连坐第一案 “屠夫”父亲诉国家赔偿1千万 (Right activist “Butcher” Wu Gan’s father file court action against China for arbitrary arrest and harassment)
Radio Free Asia, March 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-03282018110616.html

China is trying to prevent the formation of a vocal Uighur diaspora
The Economist, March 28, 2018
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21739777-it-has-persuaded-friendly-countries-send-lots-them-home-china-trying-prevent

Government Accountability (政府问责)

七城市国控空气监测站点受人为干扰 相关人员被处理 (Seven cities officials are held accountable for cheating air quality monitoring station)
Chinanews.com, March 29, 2018
http://www.chinanews.com/gn/2018/03-29/8478750.shtml

第二批中央环保督察7省份共问责1048人 其中省部级3人(Central environmental inspectors scrutinized, 1048 held accountable, including 3 provincial level officials)
Beijing News, March 29, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/03/29/481108.html

China urges northern cities to shut factories as smog builds - report
Reuters, March 27, 2018
https://goo.gl/c53gNA

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

五角大楼顾问警告:中国人工智能武器不得不防 (Pentagon advisor warns of China’s “artificial intelligence weapon”)
Voice of America, March 29, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/china-ai-20180329/4321837.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter

Hong Kong privacy watchdog demands answers from Facebook on data security after Cambridge Analytica scandal
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2139340/hong-kong-privacy-watchdog-demands-answers-facebook-data

Airbnb China tells hosts it will share their data with the gov’t from Friday
Hong Kong Free Press, March 28, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/28/airbnb-china-tells-hosts-will-share-data-govt-friday/

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China academics divided over Australia influence crackdown
The Financial Times, March 28, 2018
https://www.ft.com/content/d79f10c4-3224-11e8-b5bf-23cb17fd1498

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong court rejects legal bid to disqualify pro-democracy lawmaker Au Nok-hin
Hong Kong Free Press, March 29, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/29/breaking-hong-kong-court-rejects-legal-bid-disqualify-pro-democracy-lawmaker-au-nok-hin/

Hong Kong youth commission starts work, as teenager becomes youngest adviser to the government
South China Morning Post, March 29, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2139359/hong-kong-youth-commission-starts-work-teenager-becomes

Related:

反佔中青年自薦加入成功 團體批新青年委員會「掩耳盜鈴」促全港青年民選產生 (Groups criticize Youth Development Commission choice of vocal anti-Occupy youth as advisor, urge direct election of representatives by all Hong Kong youth)
Inmedia, March 29, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1056079

Rent control, subsidies dismissed for Hong Kong – “but we’ll build more flats”, leader Carrie Lam says
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2139285/rent-control-subsidies-dismissed-hong-kong-well-build-more

Hong Kong lawmakers receive letters calling for “assassination” of election officers and justice chief
Hong Kong Free Press, March 28, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/28/hong-kong-lawmakers-receive-letters-calling-assassination-election-officers-justice-chief/

Hong Kong Baptist University student union hopeful has ‘no bottom line’, vows to continue Mandarin fight
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/education/article/2139330/hong-kong-baptist-university-student-union-hopeful-has-no

Commentary (评论)

Can Xi Jinping make use of the power he has accumulated?
The Economist, March 29, 2018
https://www.economist.com/news/china/21739770-promoting-party-expense-bureaucracy-deters-reform-can-xi-jinping-make-use

Can China's great show of unity last?
The Diplomat, March 28, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/can-chinas-great-show-of-unity-last/

Chairman Xi, Chinese idol
China File, March 14, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/library/nyrb-china-archive/chairman-xi-chinese-idol

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

RSF urges China to free citizen-journalist held at “black site” for six months
Reporters Sans Frontières, March 28, 2018
https://rsf.org/en/news/rsf-urges-china-free-citizen-journalist-held-black-site-six-months

Beijing rights lawyers prevented from sending money to son studying overseas
“709”律师王宇给海外留学儿子汇款受限
Radio Free Asia, March 27, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/overseas-03272018130235.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql2-03272018103137.html

Xinjiang authorities detain Uyghurs “wanting to travel abroad”
Radio Free Asia, March 27, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/travel-03272018162009.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

有企业规定不转发单位公号文章就扣钱, 有公司要求员工二十四小时打开定位系统, 一些企业内部管理奇葩规定有侵权之嫌 (Companies demand employees to turn on GPS 24/7, repost companies’ public account articles on personal WeChat or have pay docked)
Legal Daily, March 27, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/27/content_7506291.htm

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

“一点也不在乎习近平”:新一波海外学运观察 (“Don’t give a damn about Xi Jinping”: New wave of student movement overseas)
The New York Times, March 28, 2018
https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180328/never-my-president/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

吕梁原副市长张中生受贿10.4亿一审被判死刑 (Disgraced former deputy mayor sentenced to death penalty for accepting RMB 1.04 billion bribe)
The Beijing News, March 28, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/03/28/480925.html

China and Russia accused of waging “war on human rights” at UN
The Guardian, March 27, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/27/china-and-russia-accused-of-waging-war-on-human-rights-at-un

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Xiaomi forms AI team to develop more leading edge products
Sina English, March 28, 2018
http://english.sina.com/buz/b/2018-03-28/detail-ifysqfnh8023283.shtml

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

North Korea’s Kim Jong-un met China’s Xi Jinping on first foreign trip
Agence France-Presse, March 28, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/28/north-koreas-kim-jong-un-met-chinas-xi-jinping-first-foreign-trip/

Exclusive: Satellite images reveal show of force by Chinese navy in South China Sea
Reuters, March 27, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-defence/exclusive-satellite-images-reveal-show-of-force-by-chinese-navy-in-south-china-sea-idUSKBN1H3135

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong court urged to dismiss voter’s judicial review bid on pan-democrat’s election candidacy
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2139270/hong-kong-court-urged-dismiss-voters-judicial-review-bid-pan

Activist jailed again for desecrating flags
The Standard, March 28, 2018
http://www.thestandard.com.hk/section-news.php?id=194224&sid=4&sid=4

Former Hong Kong chief executive Donald Tsang lodges appeal against order to pay HK$4.6 million court costs
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2139189/former-hong-kong-chief-executive-donald-tsang-lodges-appeal

Is Hong Kong “ceding” land to mainland China? Fears grow after revelation joint checkpoint at rail terminus will not operate under lease
South China Morning Post, March 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2139179/hong-kong-ceding-land-mainland-china-fears-grow-after

Related:
Video: Drama at Express Rail Link meeting as democrats protest bid to move controversial bill forward
Hong Kong Free Press, March 27, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/27/video-drama-express-rail-link-meeting-democrats-protest-bid-move-controversial-bill-forward/

保安上訴脫襲警罪 官斥警方過度武力不合理 (High Court acquits bar security over assaulting police charge, slams police for using excessive force)
Mingpao, March 27, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180327/s00001/1522134506328

Commentary (评论)

Is Xi flying too close to the sun?
The Diplomat, March 27, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/is-xi-flying-too-close-to-the-sun/

Li Ao, writer and political firebrand in Taiwan, dies at 82
李敖:捍卫自由的反叛“狂人”
The New York Times, March 26, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/26/obituaries/li-ao-taiwanese-dissident-who-fought-martial-law-dies-at-82.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/obits/20180327/li-ao-taiwanese-dissident-who-fought-martial-law-dies-at-82/

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

余律师案情况通报: 许艳起诉澎湃新闻 (Xu Yan, wife of rights lawyer Yu Wensheng, sues The Paper for reporting fake news)
Weiquanwang, March 26, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/03/blog-post_748.html

为获释访民接风洗尘 江苏10人以“寻衅滋事”被抓捕 (10 arrested in Jiangsu for welcoming out-of-prison petitioner)
Radio Free Asia, March 26, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-03262018112756.html

司法部召开部长办公会议 傅政华要求把习近平总书记的要求和人民的期待作为检验全系统工作的最高标准(Minister of Justice Fu Zhenghua: “Newly structured MOJ is first and foremost a political institution,” studying the important instructions of Xi Jinping should be top priority)
Legal Daily, March 26, 2018
http://www.legaldaily.com.cn/index_article/content/2018-03/26/content_7506202.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

“Call me by your name” joins an illustrious list of great films censored in China
Quartzy, March 27, 2018
https://quartzy.qz.com/1237821/call-me-by-your-name-joins-the-list-of-movies-banned-in-china/

China deletes posts about article calling on academics to resist thought control
北大元培学院副院长请辞 校方封锁消息
Radio Free Asia, March 26, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/deletes-03262018122047.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/kejiaowen/ql1-03262018111054.html

Related:
北大元培學院院長亮相闢謠 (Dean of Peking University talks to party mouthpiece and denies resignation)
Sing Tao Daily, March 26, 2018
http://hd.stheadline.com/news/realtime/chi/1175241/

Shining a cleansing light on China’s dark secrets
学者沈志华:盼共产党将隐秘历史公诸于世
The New York Times, March 23, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/world/asia/shen-zhihua-china-history-north-korea.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180326/shen-zhihua-china-history-north-korea/

Related:
专访文革研究专家宋永毅:唯有甄别史料真伪,才能认识文革性质 (Song Yongyi: Cultural Revolution can only be understood when real history is separated from the fake)
The Initium, March 26, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180327-opinion-songyongyi-cultural-revolution/

微博社区公告:关于处置发布违禁节目影片账号的公告和短视频发布重要提示 (Sina Weibo shuts down 436 and suspends 66 accounts for 30 days for posting “illegal” videos or links, SAPPRFT bans re-editing of classics)
Sina Weibo, March 23, 2018
https://www.weibo.com/1934183965/G8KNlenLe?type=comment#_rnd1522134603616

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China accuses U.S. of arrogance for Xi criticism at rights forum
Reuters, March 26, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un-usa/china-accuses-u-s-of-arrogance-for-xi-criticism-at-rights-forum-idUSKBN1H20ZA

Related:
At the U.N., China and Russia score win in war on human rights
Foreign Policy, March 26, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/26/at-the-u-n-china-and-russia-score-win-in-war-on-human-rights/

Shanghai U-turn after outcry over revoking residency rights
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138916/shanghai-u-turn-after-outcry-over-revoking-residency-rights

观海解局:最高法一审判长与律师勾结,敛财数百万 (Supreme People’s Court judge found guilty of colluding with defense lawyer, accepting bribes of RMB 3 million)
Kanfanews, March 26, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2043798

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Jaywalkers under surveillance in Shenzhen soon to be punished via text messages
South China Morning Post, March 27, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/article/2138960/jaywalkers-under-surveillance-shenzhen-soon-be-punished-text

扎克伯格刚刚登报道歉,李彦宏说中国人对隐私没那么敏感 (Robin Li, chief of Baidu, claims Chinese are not as sensitive in terms of privacy and love to trade it with convenience)
The Beijing News, March 27, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/invest/2018/03/27/480762.html

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China flies long-range bombers, fighter jets through Miyako Strait
The Diplomat, March 26, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/china-flies-long-range-bombers-fighter-jets-through-miyako-strait/

Related:
Taiwan scrambles jets as China's air force holds drill near island
The Independent, March 26, 2018
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/taiwan-china-jets-air-force-drill-island-bashi-channel-a8274571.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Carrie Lam sorry HK$30k Democratic Party donation caused “inconvenience” and “anxiety”
Hong Kong Free Press, March 27, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/27/carrie-lam-sorry-hk30k-democratic-party-donation-caused-inconvenience-anxiety/

王志民讚林鄭立場堅定 稱習近平為香港注入正能量 (Wang Zhimin, head of Liaison Office, praises Carrie Lam for being firm, claims Xi Jinping “injects Hong Kong with positive energy”)
Mingpao, March 26, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180326/s00001/1522048081536

Related:
Ex-US consul-general says Beijing’s treatment of Hong Kong serves as a warning to Taiwan
Hong Kong Free Press, March 26, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/26/ex-us-consul-general-says-beijings-treatment-hong-kong-serves-warning-taiwan/

Civil claim slapped against former Hong Kong care home warden accused of molesting mentally disabled resident
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2138990/civil-claim-slapped-against-former-hong-kong-care-home

Hong Kong families lose appeal against immigration rule denying stay of loved ones in city
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2138983/hong-kong-families-lose-appeal-against-immigration-rule

Commentary (评论)

RFA独家:热热闹闹但是毫无法律含义——续评2018人大修宪 (Bao Tong on constitution amendments: Bustling with noise and excitement, but without any legal meaning)
Radio Free Asia, March 26, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/pinglun/baotong/bt-03262018093846.html

How onscreen “losers” mirror the lives of young professionals
Sixth Tone, March 26, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001989/how-onscreen-losers-mirror-the-lives-of-young-professionals%E2%80%8B

Monday, March 26, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

中华人民共和国监察法(全文) (Supervision Law of PRC (full text))
Xinhua News Agency, March 26, 2018
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2018-03-26/doc-ifysrfff9510840.shtml

Related:
中华人民共和国国家监察委员会举行揭牌和宪法宣誓仪式 赵乐际出席并在机关干部大会上讲话 (Secretary of CPC Central Commission for Discipline Inspection at inauguration of National Supervisory Commission: It should consciously safeguard Xi Jinping’s core status and obey CPC Central Committee)
Xinhua News Agency, March 23, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2018-03/23/c_1122582879.htm

Pakistanis distressed as Uyghur wives vanish into China’s shadowy network of “reeducation centers”
Agence France-Presse, March 26, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/26/pakistanis-distressed-uighur-wives-vanish-chinas-shadowy-network-reeducation-centres/

China allows wife of Taiwan activist to visit him in prison
Associated Press, March 26, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/asia_pacific/china-allows-wife-of-taiwan-activist-to-visit-him-in-prison/2018/03/25/3b29c5e0-30a8-11e8-b6bd-0084a1666987_story.html

为孙子网购火柴枪 厦门男子一审获刑两年 (Man sentenced to 2 years for buying "match gun" online for grandson)
The Beijing News, March 26, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/03/26/480563.html

基督徒曹三强被判刑七年 (China jails underground Church priest and believer to up to 7 years)
Radio Free Asia, March 25, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/ql-03252018105940.html

Shanghai Public Security Bureau: No canceling of hukou for Chinese living abroad
What’s On Weibo, March 25, 2018
https://www.whatsonweibo.com/shanghai-public-security-bureau-no-canceling-of-hukou-for-chinese-living-abroad-at-this-point/

山东记者齐崇怀坐牢逾10年获释 构陷官员已升职 (Journalist spends over 10 years in Shandong prison as official that framed him gets promoted)
Radio Free Asia, March 23, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/cantonese/news/reporter-03242018112931.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

Tatt’s your lot: Chinese Football Association bans players from showing their ink during matches
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/sport/china/article/2138864/tatts-your-lot-chinese-football-association-bans-players-showing-their

Shining a cleansing light on China’s dark secrets
The New York Times, March 23, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/world/asia/shen-zhihua-china-history-north-korea.html

China bans mashups, spoofs and re-dubs of “classic literary works” in online media
中国发文禁重编经典文艺作品 网民集体炮轰
Radio Free Asia, March 23, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/china-bans-mashups-spoofs-and-re-dubs-of-classic-literary-works-03232018120018.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/shehui/yf1-03232018100249.html

China cracks down on video parodies
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 23, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43517206

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

傳北大元培學院三正副院長辭職抗議修憲 籲師生「拒做犬儒」文章幾全遭刪除 (Peking University deans reportedly resign in protest of constitution amendments, urging staff and students to “refuse cynicism”)
Mingpao, March 24, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180324/s00004/1521905456732

Related:
李沉簡:挺直脊樑,拒做犬儒 (Li Chenjian: Stand tall and refuse cynicism)
Inmediahk, March 25, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055980

关于印发《2018年民政部业务主管的社会组织党建工作要点》的通知 (Ministry of Civil Affairs: Social organizations under MCA supervision to strengthen Party building)
Ministry of Civil Affair Social Organization Administration Bureau, March 23, 2018
http://www.chinanpo.gov.cn/2351/110345/index.html

What Chinese high school students learn in America
China File, March 23, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/reporting-opinion/culture/what-chinese-high-school-students-learn-america

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China issues three-day smog alert and orders factories to cut output by 50%
The Independent, March 25, 2018
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/asia/beijing-china-smog-alert-air-pollution-environment-factories-industry-a8272791.html

Grinding poverty in China – is Xi Jinping’s alleviation campaign making any difference?
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138807/grinding-poverty-china-xi-jinpings-alleviation-campaign-making

China brings warm words to U.N., and rights activists feel a chill
中国在国际人权领域话语权渐增
The New York Times, March 23, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/23/world/asia/china-human-rights-united-nations.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180326/china-human-rights-united-nations/

China: UN experts concerned about health of jailed rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong
中国: 联合国专家对被监禁人权律师江天勇的健康状况表示关切
Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, March 23, 2018
EN: http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22890&LangID=E
CH: http://www.ohchr.org/ch/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22890&LangID=C

Related:
U.N. rights experts urge China to provide care for rights lawyer
Reuters, March 23, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-rights-experts-urge-china-to-provide-care-for-rights-lawyer-idUSKBN1GZ179

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

声纹认证技术助力我国网络身份认证建设 (China develops voiceprint recognition technologies for identity authentication online)
Xinhua News Agency, March 19, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2018-03/19/c_1122560380.htm

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

Why borrowers on China’s Belt and Road will go from Euphoria to depression
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2138499/why-borrowers-chinas-belt-and-road-will-go-euphoria-depression

Related:
“The biggest game changer in 100 years”: Chinese money gushes into Sri Lanka
The Guardian, March 26, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/26/the-biggest-game-changer-in-100-years-chinese-money-gushes-into-sri-lanka

Dutton's department denies delaying Chinese student visas for political reasons
The Guardian, March 23, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2018/mar/23/duttons-department-denies-delaying-chinese-student-visas-for-political-reasons

Hong Kong (香港)

7 protesters to plead guilty to criminal contempt over Mong Kok Umbrella Movement camp clearance
Hong Kong Free Press, March 26, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/26/7-protesters-plead-guilty-criminal-contempt-mong-kok-umbrella-movement-camp-clearance/

”How can she now say she represents us?”: Hong Kong’s poorly housed reject city leader Carrie Lam using their plight to back controversial land plans
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/health-environment/article/2138845/how-can-she-now-say-she-represents-us-hong-kongs

Philippines recalls Hong Kong labor attaché, known for his strong anti-human trafficking views, sparking outrage
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2138853/philippines-recalls-labour-attache-hong-kong-sparking

Hong Kong pro-democracy party defends acceptance of donation from city leader Carrie Lam
South China Morning Post, March 26, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2138833/hong-kong-pro-democracy-party-defends-acceptance-donation

Worker News: Hongkongers run website reporting from the grassroots side of labor disputes
Hong Kong Free Press, March 25, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/25/worker-news-hongkongers-run-website-reporting-grassroots-side-labour-disputes/

Hong Kong’s ethnic minorities: we are not a burden, but an opportunity our government is ignoring
Hong Kong Free Press, March 25, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/25/hong-kongs-ethnic-minorities-not-burden-opportunity-government-ignoring/

“Foreword to Hong Kong’s national anthem law will promote patriotic spirit”
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2138704/foreword-hong-kongs-national-anthem-law-will-promote

Commentary (评论)

陳紹銘:口說關心劏房兒童 心中更愛高球權貴 (Carrie Lam claims to care about children living in sub-divided apartments, but she loves the golf-playing elites much more)
Inmediahk, March 26, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055984

Are loving China and the Communist Party the same thing? Hong Kong and Beijing each grapple with question
South China Morning Post, March 25, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/comment/insight-opinion/article/2138802/are-loving-china-and-communist-party-same-thing-hong-kong

大學怪談﹕向大學派錢,錢往哪裏去了?(Tale of university: With all the resources allocating to Hong Kong universities, where does the money go?)
Mingpao, March 25, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20180325/s00005/1521912848774

憲法是根本大法,還是一紙空文?(Is Constitution the cornerstone of state, or merely a piece of paper?)
Mingpao, March 25, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/pns/dailynews/web_tc/article/20180325/s00005/1521912849866

Curating revolution
China File, March 23, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/library/books/curating-revolution

Guerrilla ideology
厉害了,中国之声
Deutsche Welle, March 22, 2018
EN: http://chinamediaproject.org/2018/03/26/guerrilla-ideology/
CH: https://goo.gl/fjtFEm

Friday, March 23, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Detained Chinese lawyer “at risk of torture” in China's Jiangsu: rights group
律师要求见余文生再遭拒绝 家属在徐州遭全程监控
Radio Free Asia, March 22, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/yuwensheng-torture-03222018150114.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf1-03222018101242.html

Xinjiang authorities targeting Uyghurs under 40 for re-education camps
Radio Free Asia, March 22, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/1980-03222018155500.html

台湾李净瑜获签证将赴大陆探监 (Wife of Taiwanese activist Lee Ming-che granted mainland entry to visit husband after many attempts)
Radio Free Asia, March 22, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/gangtai/hcm-03222018114423.html

遭羁押的徐秦罪名又加“煽动颠覆国家政权罪” 不准会见 (Human rights activist Xu Qin charged with subversion and denied access to legal counsel)
Weiquanwang, March 22, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/03/blog-post_78.html

任全牛律师:甄江华被捕近7个月 律师要求会见 被告知仍处于指定监居 (Human rights activist Zhen Jianghua remains under residential surveillance at designated location for 7 months)
Weiquanwang, March 22, 2018
http://wqw2010.blogspot.hk/2018/03/7.html

中国社科院发布司法透明度指数: 呈两极化,文书公开待完善 (Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Report on 2017 Rule of Law in China shows 60-point gap in judicial transparency extremes, Tibet High Court and Xinjiang Urumqi Intermediate Court at bottom)
The Paper, March 22, 2018
https://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2037308

Access to Information (信息公开)

国家新闻出版广电部门:网站不得擅自重新剪辑经典文艺作品 (SAPPRFT bans re-editing, re-dubbing, re-subtitling of classic and original audio and video programs)
Xinhua News Agency, March 22, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/2018-03/22/c_1122577762.htm

Related:
China tightens scrutiny over online videos, bans illegal downloads and remakes
China Film Insider, March 22, 2018
http://chinafilminsider.com/china-tightens-scrutiny-online-videos-bans-illegal-downloads-remakes/

西藏网信办研究部署网络正能量传播工作 (Tibet Internet Information Office deploys online propaganda on “positive energy,” upholds principle of “Party controlling the media”)
Cyberspace Administration of China, March 20, 2018
http://www.cac.gov.cn/2018-03/20/c_1122563720.htm

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Why are Shenzhen police regulating labor relations in the food delivery business?
China Labor Bulletin, March 23, 2018
http://www.clb.org.hk/content/why-are-shenzhen-police-regulating-labour-relations-food-delivery-business

U.N. rights experts urge China to provide care for rights lawyer
Reuters, March 23, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-rights-un/u-n-rights-experts-urge-china-to-provide-care-for-rights-lawyer-idUSKBN1GZ179

Related:
China: UN experts concerned about health of jailed rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong
OHCHR, March 23, 2018
http://www.ohchr.org/EN/NewsEvents/Pages/DisplayNews.aspx?NewsID=22890&LangID=E

Shanghai orders citizens to give up their local residence rights if they have a foreign green card
South China Morning Post, March 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/2138437/shanghai-orders-citizens-give-their-local-residence-rights-if

上班期间冲饮功夫茶 广东揭阳27名公职人员被处理 (27 public servants punished in Guangdong for drinking kung fu tea at work)
The Beijing News, March 22, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/news/2018/03/22/480112.html

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

First China ambassador calls for calm in influence debate
The Sydney Morning Herald, March 22, 2018
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/first-china-ambassador-calls-for-calm-in-influence-debate-20180322-p4z5r0.html

China should prepare for military action over Taiwan: Chinese paper
Reuters, March 22, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-taiwan-usa/china-should-prepare-for-military-action-over-taiwan-chinese-paper-idUSKBN1GY015

Hong Kong (香港)

JUST IN: Hong Kong gov’t announces HK$4,000 cash handouts to around 2.8 million eligible residents
Hong Kong Free Press, March 23, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/23/just-hong-kong-govt-announces-hk4000-cash-handouts-around-2-8-million-eligible-residents/

Court rejects activist Raphael Wong’s appeal to overturn Occupy jail sentence
Hong Kong Free Press, March 23, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/23/court-rejects-activist-raphael-wongs-appeal-overturn-occupy-jail-sentence/

Should Hong Kong’s national anthem law specify the responsibility of schools to teach the song?
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2138506/should-hong-kongs-national-anthem-law-specify-responsibility

Related:
數十團體聯署要求政府就《國歌法》立法進行公眾諮詢 (Dozens of groups launch signature campaign demanding public consultation of local legislation of National Anthem Law)
Radio Television Hong Kong, March 23, 2018
http://news.rthk.hk/rthk/ch/component/k2/1387521-20180323.htm

Hong Kong police officer fired two gun shots to save stricken colleague’s life, Edward Leung riot trial hears
South China Morning Post, March 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2138477/hong-kong-police-officer-fired-two-gun-shots-save-stricken

Hong Kong’s new human trafficking action plan – a rhetorical maneuver or reason for hope?
Hong Kong Free Press, March 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/22/hong-kongs-new-human-trafficking-action-plan-rhetorical-manoeuvre-reason-hope/

【浸大炒工會主席】黃偉國評估表現「very good」學校話唔夠「outstanding」 (Baptist University refuses to renew contract with assistant professor Benson Wong claiming he is “very good” but not “outstanding”)
Inmediahk, March 22, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055922

Commentary (评论)

Hong Kong justice seen to be done with two more foreign judges
South China Morning Post, March 23, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2138525/hong-kong-justice-seen-be-done-two-more-foreign-judges

各就各位 思想審查開步! (On your marks and march toward censorship of thought!)
Mingpao, March 23, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180323/s00022/1521725153052

How democracy can survive big data
The New York Times, March 22, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/22/opinion/democracy-survive-data.html

Is democracy dying?
Foreign Policy, March 22, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/22/is-democracy-dying/

一個年代就在一個星期裏匆匆終結 (An era in Hong Kong ends with red capital replacing local capital, pro-establishment replacing pan-dems, and unification replacing diversification)
Mingpao, March 21, 2018
https://m.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180321/s00022/1521536966921

Nobody knows anything about China
Foreign Policy, March 21, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/21/nobody-knows-anything-about-china/

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

余文生遭刑拘律师求见 国际特赦紧急救援 (Rights lawyer Yu Wensheng denied access to legal counsel under detention. Amnesty urges international community to take actions)
Radio Free Asia, March 21, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/gf2-03212018095915.html

Related:
China: Further information: Human rights lawyer detained incommunicado: Yu Wensheng
Amnesty International, March 21, 2018
https://www.amnesty.org/en/documents/asa17/8106/2018/en/

China gives Communist Party more control over policy and media
中国公布改革方案,加强党对文化外交等领域控制
The New York Times, March 21, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/21/world/asia/china-communist-party-xi-jinping.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180322/china-communist-party-xi-jinping/

(两会受权发布)第十三届全国人民代表大会第一次会议主席团关于《中华人民共和国宪法修正案(草案)》审议情况的报告 (Report of NPC Presidium on Constitutional amendments: Deputies unanimously endorse changes to Party leadership, term limits and Supervision Commission)
Xinhua News Agency, March 21, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/politics/2018-03/21/c_1122572188.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

When reform means tighter controls
China Media Project, March 22, 2018
http://chinamediaproject.org/2018/03/22/when-reform-means-tighter-controls/

Australian critic of Beijing refused entry to China and deported
The Guardian, March 22, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/22/australian-critic-of-beijing-refused-entry-to-china-and-deported

Sensitive word of the week: King Sager
China Digital Times, March 21, 2018
https://chinadigitaltimes.net/2018/03/sensitive-word-of-the-week-king-sager/

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Separated Souls: Uyghur journalist’s unbreakable resolve to help her detained family
分离的灵魂:维族女记者帮助家人获释的坚定决心
Amnesty International, March 16, 2018
EN: https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/uighur-journalists-unbreakable-resolve-to-help-detained-family/
CH: https://zh.amnesty.org/more-resources/uighur-journalists-resolve-help-detained-family/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

China’s forced labor problem
The Diplomat, March 21, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/chinas-forced-labor-problem/

南京一公务员非法泄露他人信息82万余条,获刑四年 (Nanjing public servant sentenced to 4 years in prison for leaking 820,000 pieces of personal information)
Chinanews.com, March 21, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2036521

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Campaign targets Apple over privacy betrayal for Chinese iCloud users
Amnesty International, March 22, 2018
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/apple-privacy-betrayal-for-chinese-icloud-users/

China activists fear high-tech crackdown in Xi's “new era”
Agence France-Presse, March 21, 2018
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-activists-fear-high-tech-crackdown-in-xi-s--new-era--10063418

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

US lawmakers seek to force Confucius Institutes to register as foreign agents
South China Morning Post, March 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/article/2138313/us-lawmakers-seek-force-confucius-institutes-register-foreign-agents

China’s Trojan Horse human rights resolution
The Diplomat, March 22, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/chinas-trojan-horse-human-rights-resolution/

It’s the mysterious department behind China’s growing influence across the globe. And it’s getting bigger
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2138196/its-mysterious-department-behind-chinas-growing

習近平:台獨「注定受到歷史懲罰」 台灣外交部:別國不該說三道四 (Xi Jinping claims Taiwan independence “destined to be punished by history”. Taiwan MFA refutes “other country shouldn’t make irresponsible remarks”.)
Local Press, March 21, 2018
http://www.localpresshk.com/2018/03/taiwan-independence-xi-jinping/

Related:
辽宁舰现身台湾海峡 台媒:解放军舰机绕台极大化 (China sails aircraft carrier through Taiwan Strait)
People’s Daily, March 22, 2018
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/gat/2018-03-22/doc-ifysnuae7316693.shtml

Hong Kong (香港)

Chief Exec. Carrie Lam hails “historic moment” as Hong Kong set to welcome first female judges to top court
Hong Kong Free Press, March 22, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/22/chief-exec-carrie-lam-hails-historic-moment-hong-kong-set-welcome-first-female-judges-top-court/

Hiring more ethnic minority staff a “win-win” scenario in Hong Kong workplaces, leaders say
South China Morning Post, March 22, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/community/article/2138290/hiring-more-ethnic-minorities-win-win-scenario-hong-kong

Hong Kong launches action plan on human trafficking but critics say more must be done
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2138273/hong-kong-launches-action-plan-human-trafficking-critics

Hong Kong’s new top Basic Law official: the bureaucrat involved in drafting recent amendments to China’s constitution
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2138288/hong-kongs-new-top-basic-law-official-bureaucrat-who-drafted

Commentary (评论)

收威權政府三萬元的代價 (Price to pay for accepting 30,000 dollars from the authoritarian government)
Inmediahk, March 22, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055925

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Chinese rights activists fearful as policeman takes charge of legal affairs
Reuters, March 21, 2018
https://goo.gl/ozEfPJ

Related:
Chinese dissident and official trade barbs at UN human rights meeting
The Guardian, March 20, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/20/chinese-dissident-and-official-trade-barbs-at-un-human-rights-meeting

China sets up state monitoring agency with sweeping powers to detain
新《国家监察法》威胁中国基本人权
Radio Free Asia, March 20, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/powers-03202018151434.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/nu-03202018105808.html

Tibetan man detained after villagers protest Chinese mine plans
Radio Free Asia, March 20, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/tibet/mine-03202018170709.html

陕西安康一男子篡改歌曲讥讽交警并发到微信群,被行政拘留 (Shaanxi man detained for remixing a song to satirize police in WeChat)
The Paper, March 20, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2035367

西安网警:一公众号发文歪曲事实损害警察形象,两人被罚款 (Xi’an public account administrator fined for publishing article that “damages” police image)
The Paper, March 20, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2034855

Access to Information (信息公开)

A Beijing bookstore where George Washington is on the shelves
一家門口掛著《獨立宣言》的北京書店
The New York Times, March 20, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/world/asia/beijing-bookstore-allsages.html
CH: https://goo.gl/dLjvjJ

今天起,电影管理工作划入中共中央宣传部 (Publicity Department of Communist Party to oversee China’s film sector)
Chinafilm.com, March 20, 2018
http://www.chinafilm.com/xyfx/4136.jhtml

Related:
China tightens grip on media with regulator reshuffle: Communist Party document
Reuters, March 21, 2018
https://goo.gl/s2pwDt

China approves giant propaganda machine to improve global image
Bloomberg, March 20, 2018
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2018-03-20/china-to-open-manufacturing-cut-tariffs-and-taxes-premier-says

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Professor accused of sexual abuse to resign, says University
Sixthtone, March 21, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001927/Professor%20Accused%20of%20Sexual%20Abuse%20to%20Resign,%20Says%20University

Tibet and India’s China policy
The Diplomat, March 20, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/tibet-and-indias-china-policy/

Xi Jinping: How China's president got ahead, in hats
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 20, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43480624

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

Yunnan to open first Biobank for ethnic minorities
Sixthtone, March 21, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001937/Yunnan%20to%20Open%20First%20Biobank%20for%20Ethnic%20Minorities

闯红灯,个人信息被当场曝光!网友吵翻,交警回应… (Shenzhen police release jaywalkers’ photos and personal information online, netizens debate right to privacy versus public safety)
China Youth Online, March 20, 2018
http://news.cyol.com/content/2018-03/20/content_17035552.htm

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China trials unmanned tanks in latest modernization push
Reuters, March 21, 2018
https://goo.gl/ye9AGS

Xi Jinping tries to rally support for Chinese dream in nationalist speech
South China Morning Post, March 20, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2138112/xi-jinping-tries-rally-support-chinese-dream

Related:
China sends carrier through Taiwan Strait after Xi Jinping warning against separatism
Reuters, March 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2138165/china-sends-carrier-through-taiwan-strait-after-xi

We are helping, not infiltrating other countries, says Chinese premier
The Sydney Morning Herald, March 20, 2018
https://www.smh.com.au/world/asia/we-are-helping-not-infiltrating-other-countries-says-chinese-premier-20180320-p4z5b0.html

Hong Kong (香港)

Exco member Regina Ip upstages new lawmakers by chanting slogans at Legco swearing-in
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2138145/exco-member-regina-ip-upstages-new-lawmakers-chanting

Related:
Advocates of ending “one-party dictatorship” cannot serve in Hong Kong legislature, says Chinese official in Macau
Hong Kong Free Press, March 20, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/20/advocates-ending-one-party-dictatorship-cannot-serve-hong-kong-legislature-says-chinese-official-macau/

Hong Kong’s top court clears the way for 13 land protesters to appeal
Hong Kong Free Press, March 21, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/21/hong-kongs-top-court-clears-way-13-land-protesters-appeal/

林鄭出席黨慶捐3萬 民主黨尹兆堅:不滿施政就拒邀請是極端 (Carrie Lam donates 30k to Democratic Party’s Gala, leader says “it would be too extreme" not to invite her)
Inmedia, March 21, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055904

66 per cent discount on land fees for Hong Kong’s elite sports clubs draws fire, but minister defends plan
South China Morning Post, March 21, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/economy/article/2138177/66-cent-discount-land-fees-hong-kongs-elite-sports-clubs

Commentary (评论)

一黨專政 (One Party dictatorship)
Mingpao, March 21, 2018
https://news.mingpao.com/ins/instantnews/web_tc/article/20180321/s00022/1521563522911

補選後的香港民主派統合困局 (The political quagmire of Hong Kong's democratic camp post by-election)
The Initium, March 21, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180321-opinion-mangok-311-hong-kong/

What the West doesn’t get about Xi Jinping
西方世界沒有讀懂習近平
The New York Times, March 20, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/20/opinion/xi-jinping-china-west.html
CH: https://goo.gl/L7gzZB/

China: New Supervision Law a systemic threat to human rights
Amnesty International, March 20, 2018
https://www.amnesty.org/en/latest/news/2018/03/china-new-supervision-law-threat-to-human-rights/

Xi Jinping: How China's president got ahead, in hats
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 20, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43480624

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

Xi Jinping tells parliament China must not be complacent
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 20, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43466685

最高法:案件当事人婚姻登记等信息被纳入查询范围 (Supreme People’s Court and Ministry of Civil Affairs to share social credit information including marriage status, social organization registration, individual income, and a “blacklist of dishonest people or groups”)
The Paper, March 19, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2033629

专访:用李明哲案件恐吓整个台湾 (China use Lee Ming-Che case to scary Taiwan)
Deutsche Welle, March 19, 2018
https://goo.gl/1uPXmg

Xinjiang authorities up detentions in Uyghur majority areas of Ghulja city
Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/english/news/uyghur/detentions-03192018151252.html

China improves social credit system
Xinhua News Agency, March 19, 2018
http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/a/201803/19/WS5aafcebea3106e7dcc14292d.html

浙江发布首起对编外人员使用监察留置措施案件 (Zhejiang Provincial Supervision Commission unprecedentedly “retains in custody” (liuzhi) a worker who is neither a Party member nor public servant)
Xinhua News Agency, March 16, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/local/2018-03/16/c_1122548541.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

Soldiers put on social credit blacklist for leaving service
Sixth Tone, March 19, 2018
http://www.sixthtone.com/news/1001938/Soldiers%20Put%20on%20Social%20Credit%20Blacklist%20for%20Leaving%20Service

India: Chinese hackers spying on Indians using WhatsApp, warns army
Deutsche Welle, March 19, 2018
http://www.dw.com/en/india-chinese-hackers-spying-on-indians-using-whatsapp-warns-army/a-43042013

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Detained Chinese environmental worker released after public outcry
环保人士调研广东信宜非法开采排污遭拘留
Radio Free Asia, March 19, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/release-03192018105728.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/huanjing/ql1-03192018103305.html

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Five important takeaways from China’s national people’s congress
The New York Times, March 19, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/03/19/world/asia/china-national-peoples-congress-xi-jinping.html

China's radical plan to limit the populations of Beijing and Shanghai
The Guardian, March 19, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2018/mar/19/plan-big-city-disease-populations-fall-beijing-shanghai

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

Xi Jinping warns he is ready to “fight bloody battles” against China's enemies
The Guardian, March 20, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/20/xi-jinping-warns-fight-bloody-battles-chinas-enemies

The Taiwan travel act in context
The Diplomat, March 19, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/the-taiwan-travel-act-in-context/

Hong Kong (香港)

Hongkongers may be barred from elections over “end one-party dictatorship” slogans, says top Beijing delegate
Hong Kong Free Press, March 20, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/20/hongkongers-may-barred-elections-end-one-party-dictatorship-slogan-says-top-beijing-delegate/

Related:
Hong Kong election disqualification for those who lobby against one-party rule a “betrayal” to city values
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2137916/hong-kong-election-disqualification-those-who-lobby-against

Hong Kong’s Chinese national anthem law “shouldn’t include rule for schools”, legal scholar says
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2137863/schools-clause-national-anthem-bill-will-undermine-law-warns

Related:
Insult China’s national anthem at your peril
Human Rights Watch, March 19, 2018
https://www.hrw.org/news/2018/03/19/insult-chinas-national-anthem-your-peril

年輕大狀陳偉彥:大律師本應無畏無懼 (Young Barrister Joe Chan says “Barrister should be fearless”)
Standnews, March 19, 2018
https://goo.gl/6sFjNA

Two Hong Kong activists admit roles in anti-Beijing protest, where crowds thronged liaison office and charged at officers
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/law-crime/article/2137923/two-hong-kong-activists-admit-roles-anti-beijing-protest

Commentary (评论)

The voters speak, and surprise: Democrats no longer do “better than expected”
Hong Kong Free Press, March 20, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/20/voters-speak-surprise-democrats-no-longer-better-expected/

習近平會做「終身領導人」嗎? (Will Xi rule for life?)
The New York Times, March 20, 2018
https://cn.nytimes.com/opinion/20180320/deng-yuwen-forever-xi-jinping/zh-hant/

Xi reforms will tighten his control over China
中國通過機構改革加強行政管控
Financial Times, March 19, 2018
EN: https://www.ft.com/content/bf2a315a-2b6b-11e8-9b4b-bc4b9f08f381
CH: http://big5.ftchinese.com/story/001076807

Monday, March 19, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

When China’s top lawmakers don’t go by the Communist Party’s playbook
South China Morning Post, March 19, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137742/when-chinas-top-lawmakers-dont-go-communist-partys

中國即將通過國家監察法 紀委「雙規」將合法化 (China to pass Supervision Law, legalizing detention of party members during investigation)
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 19, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-43451802

China anti-corruption chief Wang Qishan named Xi Jinping's deputy
British Broadcasting Corporation, March 17, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-china-43440877

Related:
Surprise choice for China’s new anti-graft watchdog signals Communist Party’s authority over the state
South China Morning Post, March 18, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137735/yang-xiaodu-surprise-choice-head-chinas-new-powerful

Detained Chinese rights group spokeswoman denied visit from defense lawyer
人权斗士徐秦被监视居住 律师会见遭拒
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/spokeswoman-isolation-03162018164533.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf-03162018103211.html

中國網絡安全法:外企為何抱有疑慮? (Why foreign enterprises worry about the China's Cybersecurity Law?)
Financial Times, March 16, 2018
http://big5.ftchinese.com/story/001076746

多部门:适当限制特定严重失信人乘坐民航火车,5月起实施 (Multiple departments issue opinions on restricting “seriously untrustworthy people” from travelling on trains and planes)
Chinanews.com, March 16, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2031193

China steps up pressure on dissidents who oppose changes to constitution
广东维权人士接受外媒采访被警方警告
Radio Free Asia, March 16, 2018
EN: https://www.rfa.org/english/news/china/pressure-03162018151240.html
CH: https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/yf3-03162018103356.html

Access to Information (信息公开)

China propaganda kicks into overdrive as “helmsman” Xi re-anointed president
Reuters, March 18, 2018
https://goo.gl/4d4AM3

Digital protectionism and national security
Financial Times, March 17, 2018
https://www.ft.com/content/112e233c-2912-11e8-b27e-cc62a39d57a0

How a viral eye roll broke the silence on China's heavily censored web
Global Voices, March 16, 2018
https://advox.globalvoices.org/2018/03/17/how-a-viral-eye-roll-broke-the-silence-on-chinas-heavily-censored-web/

最高法网络公开审判流程信息新规解读:杜绝“选择性公开” (Supreme People’s Court issues regulations to prohibit “selective” disclosure of judicial process information online)
China Court, March 16, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2031366

2017年四季度9省份名义GDP负增长 (9 provinces record negative nominal GDP growth in Q4 2017, likely resulting from correction of false data)
Nikkei, March 16, 2018
http://cn.nikkei.com/china/ceconomy/29646-2018-03-16-08-58-45.html

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

Made-in-China halal: Online discussions on “Halalification”
What’s on Weibo, March 17, 2018
https://www.whatsonweibo.com/made-in-china-halal-online-discussions-on-halalification/

Young China: How the restless generation will change their country and the world
China File, March 16, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/library/books/young-china

Related:
異鄉人——竺晶瑩:從「盛世」中出走,那些與我同行的中國年輕人 (The Stranger: Story of young Chinese and I who exit from a “Golden Age” China)
The Initium, March 16, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180316-strangers-sandi/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

Why ghost marriages live on in rural China
Sixth Tone, March 19, 2018
http://bit.ly/2ppmdLi

China widens Xi's corruption crackdown
Agence France-Presse, March 18, 2018
https://www.afp.com/en/news/23/china-widens-xis-corruption-crackdown-doc-12m7op1

China has new three-year plan to clean up environment, minister says
South China Morning Post, March 18, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2137666/china-has-new-three-year-plan-clean-environment

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

China’s new frontiers in dystopian tech
The Atlantic, March 18, 2018
https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2018/04/big-in-china-machines-that-scan-your-face/554075/

Deleted, suspended, demoted: Censorship, Silicon Valley-style
Al Jazeera, March 18, 2018
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/listeningpost/2018/03/deleted-suspended-demoted-censorship-silicon-valley-style-180317111051502.html

工业和信息化部关于做好电信业务经营不良名单和失信名单管理工作的通知 (MIIT: New credit system for telecommunications industry will blacklist/expose harmful, dishonest companies)
Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, March 16, 2018
http://www.miit.gov.cn/n1146285/n1146352/n3054355/n3057709/n3057714/c6088105/content.html

National Security & Counterterrorism (国家安全和反恐)

China urges US to “correct mistake” on Taiwan
Agence France-Presse, March 18, 2018
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/mar/18/china-urges-us-to-correct-mistake-on-taiwan

Prague opened the door to Chinese influence. Now it may need to change course.
Foreign Policy, March 16, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/03/16/prague-to-czech-chinese-influence-cefc-energy-communist-party/

Related:
“We Are Chinese”: How China is influencing Sierra Leone’s presidential election
The Diplomat, March 16, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/03/we-are-chinese-how-china-is-influencing-sierra-leones-presidential-election/

Hong Kong (香港)

Hong Kong’s proposed national anthem law deviates from common law norms, says legal scholar
Hong Kong Free Press, March 19, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/19/hong-kongs-proposed-national-anthem-law-deviates-common-law-norms-says-legal-scholar/

Related:
No need for formal consultation over law against national anthem abuse, says Hong Kong leader
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2137650/no-need-formal-consultation-over-law-against-national-anthem

專訪余英時 拒絕變順民 寄語港人:不要放棄 (Renowned Sinologist Yu Ying-shin encourages HongKongers to never give up and become docile people)
Apple Daily, March 18, 2018
https://hk.news.appledaily.com/wonder/realtime/article/20180318/57946191

最年長被告 周樹榮:公民抗命就係無畏無懼 (Oldest defender in anti-NPC interpretation protest says civil disobedience means being fearless)
Inmediahk, March 18, 2018
https://www.inmediahk.net/node/1055839

Hongkongers who lobby for end to “one-party dictatorship” run risk of election disqualification, top Beijing delegate warns
South China Morning Post, March 17, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/hong-kong/politics/article/2137638/hongkongers-who-urge-end-one-party-dictatorship-run-risk

Commentary (评论)

Never mind the partisan labels: the real loser of Hong Kong’s by-elections was our political system
Hong Kong Free Press, March 19, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/19/never-mind-partisan-labels-real-loser-hong-kongs-elections-political-system/

Youth commissions? Hong Kong should stop prosecuting and disqualifying young people to regain their trust
Hong Kong Free Press, March 18, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/18/youth-commissions-hong-kong-stop-prosecuting-disqualifying-young-people-regain-trust/

Xi’s indefinite grasp on power has finally captured the West’s attention – now what?
The Conversation, March 16, 2018
https://theconversation.com/xis-indefinite-grasp-on-power-has-finally-captured-the-wests-attention-now-what-92721

Human rights are not enough
The Nation, March 16, 2018
https://www.thenation.com/article/human-rights-are-not-enough/

Policy analysis on China’s civil society organizations
China-Europe Association for Civil Rights, March 15, 2018
http://www.chinafile.com/ngo/analysis/policy-analysis-chinas-civil-society-organizations