Pastor Wang Yi Sentenced to Nine Years in Prison for Subversion

Pastor Wang Yi, the founder of the underground Early Rain Covenant Church and staunch critic of Xi Jinping’s heavy-handed policies, has been sentenced to nine years in prison for “subversion of state power” and illegal business operations. Wang was one of over 100 members of the Early Rain Covenant detained in Chengdu last December as part of a crackdown on unregistered churches, mosques, and temples–itself part of a broader campaign to “Sinicize” religion in China. Read More …

President Tsai Calls for Talks on Anti-infiltration Law Before Election

With the presidential election in Taiwan just two weeks away, President Tsai Ing-wen has called on parliament to resume discussion of a proposed anti-infiltration bill that her government says is essential to guard against Beijing’s political infiltration. The draft law had earlier been criticized by Beijing, which denies meddling in Taiwan, and also by the main Taiwanese opposition party, the Kuomintang, as an attempt at electoral gains by Tsai’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party. At Reuters, Read More …

Former Hengfeng Bank Chairman Sentenced to Death With Reprieve

A Shandong court has sentenced Jiang Xiyun, the former chairman of the embattled Hengfeng Bank, to death with a two-year reprieve for taking bribes, destroying records, and illegally issuing financial notes. Jiang’s sentence is likely to be commuted to life in prison if he isn’t found to commit further crimes. Bloomberg News reports: Jiang Xiyun was convicted for moving 754 million yuan ($108 million) worth of Hangfeng shares to his personal account between 2008 and Read More …

Charter Changes and Book Burning Underline Party Control of Education

Recent years have brought a succession of moves to tighten the reins on China’s education system. Authorities have sought to drive out “Western values” and cultivate a new focus on Xi Jinping’s signature Thought, which was enshrined in the Party and national constitutions in late 2017 and early 2018. Earlier this year, the suspension of Tsinghua law professor Xu Zhangrun became a new focus of discontent with the steadily chilling academic climate. Last month, The Read More …

Huang Xueqin: “To Resist Tyranny, Start Small”

Independent journalist and #MeToo activist Sophia Huang Xueqin has been in state custody for over two months, without access to friends or family. She was detained by the Guangzhou police on October 17 on charges of “picking quarrels and provoking trouble,” a crime punishable by up to five years in prison. On November 27, Huang was put under “residential surveillance in a designated location,” the extralegal “black jail” system notorious for torturing inmates. Before her Read More …