American Exit from U.N. Rights Council a “Crushing Victory” for China?

On Tuesday, the U.S. announced its withdrawal from the United Nations Human Rights Council. Like its exit from the Trans-Pacific Partnership and President Donald Trump’s recent meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the development has been seen as a victory for China, whose long-running efforts to obstruct and coopt U.N. rights work may receive a substantial boost. Chinese Human Rights Defenders’ Frances Eve made this case in an op-ed at The Guardian on Read More …

Nickname of the Week: Junior High Schooler

The Word of the Week comes from the Grass-Mud Horse Lexicon, a glossary of terms created by Chinese netizens and encountered in online political discussions. These are the words of China’s online “resistance discourse,” used to mock and subvert the official language around censorship and political correctness. chūzhōngshēng 初中生 Winnie the Pooh, a cartoon character that has been used to criticize Xi, sits under a stenciled slogan reading “after finishing junior high, I’ll go back to work.” The book that Winnie is Read More …

“John Oliver” Censored After Roast of Xi Jinping

U.S.-based British comedian John Oliver’s name has become a sensitive word on Weibo following a particularly well–researched 20-minute segment roasting Xi Jinping’s policies on his weekly HBO show “Last Week Tonight” last Sunday. At Inkstone, Alan Wong describes his unsuccessful attempts to post “John Oliver” on Weibo, and recalls some of the sensitive Chinese political issues that the late night segment focused on: On Wednesday morning, Inkstone’s attempts to post messages about the comedian or Read More …

Trump Clashes With Congress Over ZTE Rescue Deal

In April, the U.S. Department of Commerce levied a crippling $1.19bn fine and seven-year export ban on Chinese tech giant ZTE for violating Iranian and North Korean trade embargoes, and failing to punish those responsible. President Donald Trump then overruled this, tweeting a personal commitment to help the firm and lift the sanctions ahead of trade talks with China. A day after Trump tweeted his support, ZTE paid $75,000 to hire Trump Campaign manager Bryan Read More …

Translation: The Story of Ma Hu (Part 3)

Beijing-based women’s rights activist Xiao Meili recently introduced her friend Ma Hu with the first two parts of a three three-part profile. Part one told the story of Ma Hu’s childhood, and how she dealt with her gender and sexual identity in a society that offered serious pressure for conformity on both fronts. Part two told of Ma’s experiences in Beijing, where she filed a lawsuit against China Post for gender discrimination, and was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. CDT Read More …