Canadian’s Appeal of Drug Charges to See Public Hearing

Chinese state media reported Thursday that a Chinese court will this weekend hear a Canadian citizen’s appeal for drug smuggling charges in China. A public appeal hearing will be held on Saturday in Dalian, Liaoning amid already strained relations between the two countries after Canadian authorities in Vancouver arrested Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou on a U.S. extradition request earlier this month. Chun Han Wong at The Wall Street Journal reports: The high court in China’s northeastern province of Read More …

Rights Lawyer Wang Quanzhang Tried in Closed Hearing

Rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang was put on trial in Tianjin on subversion charges Wednesday, after being held in incommunicado detention for almost three and a half years. No verdict has been announced. Wang was the last remaining lawyer to be held without trial as part of the 2015 “Black Friday” crackdown in which more than 100 lawyers and activists were detained. Wednesday’s trial was closed to the press and diplomats, and Wang’s wife Li Wenzu Read More …

CDT Editors’ Picks: The Best of 2018

Editors at CDT have provided their personal recommendations of readings about China – from CDT and elsewhere on the web – from 2018. Happy New Year! Dong Ge, Executive Editor (CDT Chinese): 萧瀚:中国2018,何处是归程? (Xiao Han: China 2018: Where is the Return Journey?) This article profoundly analyzes the way power works in Xi Jinping’s era and the harm the CCP is doing to global politics. China’s Bizarre Program to Keep Activists in Check, by Jianying Zha Read More …

Michael Kovrig Denied Access to Lawyers

Bloomberg is reporting that Canadian Michael Kovrig, who was detained in Beijing on suspicion of threatening China’s national security, has not been allowed to see a lawyer or his family and is permitted one meeting with a consular official per month: The conditions are among the first details of Michael Kovrig’s detention since the International Crisis Group senior adviser was taken into custody by China’s spy agency on Dec. 10. The case — along with Read More …

Sinopsis: The CCP’s Model of Social Control Goes Global

The following article is reposted from Project Sinopsis, with permission: The CCP’s Model of Social Control Goes Global And an academic disclosing the mechanism gets caught in its crosshairs by Martin Hála and Jichang Lulu One of the most striking aspects of Xi Jinping’s “New Era” is the rapid externalization of systems and policies previously only applied, for the most part, domestically. This external activism is of course a reflection of the CCP’s new effort Read More …