Thursday, March 01, 2018

Access to Justice (司法公正)

China detains relatives of U.S. reporters in apparent punishment for Xinjiang coverage
The Washington Post, February 28, 2018
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/china-detains-relatives-of-us-reporters-in-apparent-punishment-for-xinjiang-coverage/2018/02/27/4e8d84ae-1b8c-11e8-8a2c-1a6665f59e95_story.htm

Xi sets China on a collision course with history
习近平欲重塑威权主义,中国走向与历史相悖之路
The New York Times, February 28, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/28/world/asia/xi-jinping-china.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/china/20180301/xi-jinping-china/

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First term limits ... now Xi Jinping to shake up the state to tighten Communist Party’s grip on government
South China Morning Post, February 28, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/policies-politics/article/2135165/first-term-limits-now-xi-jinping-shake-state-tighten

A summer vacation in China’s Muslim Gulag
Foreign Policy, February 28, 2018
http://foreignpolicy.com/2018/02/28/a-summer-vacation-in-chinas-muslim-gulag/

Related:
新疆:一个露天监狱 (Xinjiang: A roofless prison)
Voice of America, March 1, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/uyghur-freedom-china-20180228/4275386.html

江西宜春四访民计划进京 未启程已被村官打昏 (4 petitioners in Jiangxi stopped and beaten by local cadres before departure for Beijing)
Radio Free Asia, February 28, 2018
https://www.rfa.org/mandarin/yataibaodao/renquanfazhi/ql3-02282018100914.html

大智立法——五年25部新法出台的背后 (NPC Standing Committee passes 25 new laws in past 5 years, counts “building the framework for a national security legal system with Chinese characteristics” among its achievements)
Xinhua News Agency, February 27, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/legal/2018-02/27/c_1122461914.htm

Access to Information (信息公开)

China's top paper says reform does not mean life-long presidency
Reuters, March 1, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-china-politics/chinas-top-paper-says-reform-does-not-mean-life-long-presidency-idUSKCN1GD3LF

China stifles critics of plan to extend Xi Jinping’s reign
The Wall Street Journal, February 28, 2018
https://www.wsj.com/articles/china-stifles-critics-of-plan-to-extend-xi-jinpings-reign-1519838066

How China’s media sold Xi Jinping’s power grab
The New York Times, February 28, 2018
https://www.nytimes.com/video/world/asia/100000005771054/how-chinas-media-sold-xi-jinpings-power-grab.html

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「抱歉,此內容違反了《規定》」──2017年微博審查回顧 (“Sorry, the content violates relevant laws and regulations”: A summary of Weibo censorship in 2017)
The Initium, March 1, 2018
https://theinitium.com/article/20180301-opinion-fukingwah-weibo/

全国律协:律师微信朋友圈发相关信息也可能被认为是业务推广 (All China Lawyers Association issues new rule on lawyers promoting business: Information on WeChat Moments to be regulated)
The Paper, February 28, 2018
http://www.thepaper.cn/newsDetail_forward_2012707

Related:
中华全国律师协会律师业务推广行为规则(试行) (Code of Conduct for Lawyers to Promote Business of the All China Lawyers Association (for Trial Implementation))
All China Lawyers Association, February 2, 2018
http://www.acla.org.cn/article/page/detailById/22483

Citizen Participation (公民参与)

两会前夕 海外中国学生学者致信全国人大反击性骚扰 (Chinese students overseas sign open letter urging NPC members to take actions against sexual harassment)
Voice of America, March 1, 2018
https://www.voachinese.com/a/chinese-anti-sexual-harrassment-20180228/4275433.html

Proposed removal of Chinese leader’s term limit meets with public resistance
China Change, February 28, 2018
https://chinachange.org/2018/02/28/proposed-removal-of-chinese-leaders-term-limit-meets-with-public-resistance/

Government Accountability (政府问责)

129名公职人员充当黑保护伞 猫鼠一家有多可怕 (129 government employees including police officers found of mafia involvement in Heilongjiang)
China Youth Daily, February 28, 2018
http://news.sina.com.cn/c/nd/2018-02-28/doc-ifwnpcns4436099.shtml

中国共产党第十九届中央委员会第三次全体会议公报 (The third CPC plenary session highlights key task of Party and state institutional reform to “ensure total coverage of party leadership”)
Xinhua News Agency, February 28, 2018
http://www.xinhuanet.com/2018-02/28/c_1122468000.htm

Why build Kenya’s first coal plant? Hint: Think China
肯亞首座煤電廠背後的中國煤炭擴張潮
The New York Times, February 27, 2018
EN: https://www.nytimes.com/2018/02/27/climate/coal-kenya-china-power.html
CH: https://cn.nytimes.com/business/20180228/coal-kenya-china-power/zh-hant/

ICTs and Human Rights (信息技术与人权)

别让大数据沦为侵害消费者权益的帮凶 (Don’t let Big Data become accomplice in violating consumers’ rights)
The Beijing News, March 1, 2018
http://www.bjnews.com.cn/opinion/2018/03/01/477357.html

China takes a bite out of Apple privacy claims
Deutsche Welle, February 28, 2018
http://www.dw.com/en/china-takes-a-bite-out-of-apple-privacy-claims/a-42769851

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

Is China using “divide and rule” tactics to gain influence in Europe?
South China Morning Post, March 1, 2018
http://www.scmp.com/news/china/diplomacy-defence/article/2135244/china-using-divide-and-rule-tactics-gain-influence

Senate passes Taiwan travel bill that has angered China
Reuters, March 1, 2018
https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-taiwan-china/senate-passes-taiwan-travel-bill-that-has-angered-china-idUSKCN1GD3HI

Hong Kong (香港)

UK watchdog urges fair trials for Hong Kong activists; suggests stripping Justice Sec. of prosecution power
Hong Kong Free Press, March 1, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/01/uk-watchdog-urges-fair-trials-hong-kong-activists-suggests-stripping-justice-sec-prosecution-power/

Budget 2018: Pro-democracy lawmakers say budget “perpetuates wealth gap” and offers little for the poor
Hong Kong Free Press, March 1, 2018
https://www.hongkongfp.com/2018/03/01/budget-2018-pro-democracy-lawmakers-say-budget-perpetuates-wealth-gap-offers-little-poor/

Anthony Wong: Hong Kong actor on looking for his father
黃秋生- 混血影帝笑看身世 「本來無一物,何處惹塵埃?」
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 28, 2018
EN: http://www.bbc.com/news/av/world-asia-43215669/anthony-wong-hong-kong-actor-on-looking-for-his-father
CH: http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-43040787/

Commentary (评论)

十九屆三中全會做了三件事 (Three highlights in third CPC plenary session)
British Broadcasting Corporation, February 28, 2018
http://www.bbc.com/zhongwen/trad/chinese-news-43231803

Xi Jinping's unsettling approach to governing modern China
Reuters, February 28, 2018
https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/china-president-xi-jinping-removal-term-limits-9997962

Can governments protect human rights?
Al Jazeera, February 28, 2018
https://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/insidestory/2018/02/governments-protect-human-rights-180228120714275.html

The myth of a kinder, gentler Xi Jinping
The Atlantic, February 27, 2018
https://www.theatlantic.com/international/archive/2018/02/xi-jinping-authoritarianism-china/554375/

Welcome to Xi Jinping's new era
The Diplomat, February 27, 2018
https://thediplomat.com/2018/02/welcome-to-xi-jinpings-new-era/

Xi Jinping’s abolition of the term limit ruptures assumptions of party’s adaptability and stability
任期制取消堪比皇族內閣
The Reporter, February 26, 2018
EN: https://chinachange.org/2018/02/27/xi-jinpings-abolition-of-the-term-limit-ruptures-assumptions-of-partys-adaptability-and-stability/
CH: https://www.twreporter.org/a/opinion-xi-to-stay-in-power