The HRIC Daily Brief is a daily selection of news stories and commentary related to human rights in China, drawn from Chinese- and English-language news and online media sources that we monitor daily. In addition to headlines and source links, HRIC also provides English translation of Chinese headlines.

Monday, April 18, 2022

China's Reach (中国:内控与外扩)

Why Shanghai’s Covid crisis could have wider political implications
South China Morning Post, April 17, 2022

China’s Economic Trends Hint at Cost of Zero Covid Strategy
The New York Times, April 17, 2022

China’s economy pays a price as lockdowns restrict nearly a third of its population.

The New York Times, April 15, 2022

Will China’s zero-Covid policy bring the world’s factory grinding to a halt?
The Guardian, April 15, 2022

上海封城:舆论控制与呼唤自由(Shanghai lockdown: Controlling public opinion vs. calling for freedom)
Deutsche Welle, April 17, 2022

中国祭出军演恫吓 美重量级国会议员访团展现对台支持(China stages military exercises in show of force as U.S. heavyweight lawmaker delegation visits Taiwan to show support)
Voice of America, April 16, 2022

China conducts major military drills as US lawmakers visit Taiwan
Radio Free Asia, April 15, 2022

美高官本周出访所罗门群岛 力争废止已草签的中所安全协议(Top U.S. officials to visit Solomon Islands this week to try to scrap its draft security pact with China)
Voice of America, April 18, 2022

七成针对中国:去年日本战机紧急升空达一千多次(Last year, Japanese fighter jets scrambled more than a thousand times—70% of them against China’s military aircraft)
Radio Free Asia, April 16, 2022

China’s ‘Mighty Dragon’ stealth fighter stretches its wings over a wider area
South China Morning Post, April 14, 2022

专访:中国红利让穆斯林国家甘愿迫害维吾尔人(Interview: China's payout makes Muslim countries willing to persecute Uyghurs)/a>
Deutsche Welle, April 15, 2022

How private Chinese companies are winning in Africa
SupChina, April 15, 2022

China says it is on the ‘right side of history,’ following US criticism over Russia-Ukraine war stance
Agence France-Presse, April 14, 2022

Human Rights Defenders & Civil Society (人权捍卫者与公民社会)

Shanghai lockdown: How angry netizens test China's 'Great Firewall'
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 15, 2022

理大終止承認學生會 要求7.15前遷出校園(HK Polytechnic U. stops recognizing student union, asks it to move out by July 15)
Initium Media, April 15, 2022

Taiwanese activist jailed in mainland China returns home
South China Morning Post, April 15, 2022

被关押1852天的李明哲获释感言:愿中国人权受侵犯者有解脱的一天(Taiwan’s human rights worker Lee Ming-che, detained for 1,852 days, says on his release: May Chinese human rights victims be free one day)
Radio Free Asia, April 15, 2022

Law & Policy (法律与政策)

Chinese security official orders risk elimination drive ahead of key Communist Party congress
South China Morning Post, April 18, 2022

China doubles down on zero-Covid policy ahead of Communist Party congress
South China Morning Post, April 18, 2022

中国卫健委:反对“病毒共存” 巩固防疫成果迎中共二十大(China’s National Health Commission: Oppose "coexistence with virus," consolidate achievements of epidemic prevention to welcome CPC’s 20th National Congress)
Radio Free Asia, April 18, 2022

TikTok under US government investigation on child sexual abuse material

Financial Times, April 15, 2022

China moves to make reporting of trafficking mandatory under changes to women’s rights law
South China Morning Post, April 14, 2022

鄭若驊:煽動行為同屬危害國安 指國家安全概念好闊(HK Secretary for Justice, Teresa Cheng: Incitement is also endangering national security, as concept of national security is very broad)
Initium Media, April 16, 2022

Current Topics (热门话题)

China tries to cover lockdown strains on Shanghai’s front-line workers
The Washington Post, April 18, 2022

Shanghai records first official Covid deaths since lockdown imposed
The Guardian, April 18, 2022

Covid China: Elderly deaths contradict Shanghai figures
British Broadcasting Corporation, April 16, 2022

China’s Covid death data obscure real impact of Omicron, experts say
The Financial Times, April 16, 2022

上海人的忍耐已经到了极限(Shanghai people's patience has reached the limit)
Radio France Internationale, April 17, 2022

Inside Shanghai quarantine centres with 24-hour lights and no hot showers
Associated Press, April 18, 2022

‘Too smelly to sleep’: Thirteen days in a Shanghai isolation facility.
The New York Times, April 15, 2022

Shanghai’s covid siege: Food shortages, talking robots, starving animals
The Washington Post, April 15, 2022

More Chinese cities tighten controls as Shanghai COVID-19 cases rise
Channel News Asia, April 17, 2022

China's Xi'an imposes temporary, partial lockdown to fight Omicron flare-up
Channel News Asia, April 16, 2022

Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: John Lee’s manifesto to ‘centre on housing, civil service reform’ with less focus on national security
South China Morning Post, April 18, 2022

Who is John Lee? 12 quotes from Hong Kong’s unopposed leadership hopeful
Hong Kong Free Press, April 17, 2022

Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: why did Beijing pick John Lee to be the city’s next leader?
South China Morning Post, April 15, 2022

FactWire: John Lee’s sons have business links with Hong Kong chief executive electors, investigation reveals
FactWire, April 14, 2022

Hong Kong chief executive election 2022: John Lee calls financial industry double-edged weapon, legal system ‘polluted by politics’
South China Morning Post, April 14, 2022

Commentary & Analysis (评论与分析)

China’s Costly Exceptionalism
The Atlantic, April 18, 2022

What Exactly Is America’s China Policy?
Foreign Policy, April 14, 2022

Shanghai’s brutal lockdown a defining moment for China’s logistics sector
South China Morning Post, April 18, 2022

Shanghai Lockdown Diary
The Diplomat, April 14, 2022

China’s Transnational Repression Gets Saudi Backing
Foreign Policy, April 15, 2022

Faced With a Changed Europe, China Sticks to an Old Script

The New York Times, April 15, 2022