‘She Can’t Make Public Appearances’ Saturday, July 21st, 2018

Cologne-based Tienchi Martin-Liao, president of the Independent Chinese PEN Center, recently met up with Liu Xia, the widow of late Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, after her arrival in Germany following eight years of house arrest. She spoke to RFA's Mandarin Service about how Liu Xia is finding..

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Beijing to Probe Law Firm Founded by Top Human Rights Attorney Friday, July 13th, 2018

Authorities in Beijing are investigating a law firm linked to a top human rights attorney who recently defended jailed democracy activist Qin Yongmin, who was jailed earlier this week for subversion. The Ruiqi law firm, founded by rights lawyer Lin Qilei, is under investigation by judicial..

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China Exposes Rampant Data Fraud in Provinces Monday, July 9th, 2018

After a decade of crackdowns on statistical fraud, the accuracy of China's economic data has gotten no better and may be getting worse, official findings suggest. A report presented to China's top legislature on June 20 found an astonishingly high incidence of false economic data provided by local..

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‘No New Flowers of Thought Are Blooming’ Saturday, July 7th, 2018

Wang Dan, a former leader of the 1989 student-led democracy movement in China that ended when the People's Liberation Army (PLA) opened fire on unarmed civilians with machine guns and tanks, recently founded a think-tank to research democratic reform in the country called Dialogue China. Wang, who..

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UN Rights Experts Call on China to Release Liu Xia Wednesday, July 4th, 2018

Human rights experts at the United Nations have called on Beijing to release the widow of late Chinese Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo, amid growing fears for her mental health. Liu Xia has been held under house arrest and residential surveillance ever since her husband's Nobel Peace Prize was..

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Two Children Die in Shanghai Primary School Knife Attack Friday, June 29th, 2018

Two pupils at an elementary school in Shanghai died on Thursday in a stabbing attack by a man who said he had "lost all hope," and wanted revenge on society, state media reported. Two students at the Shanghai World Foreign Language Primary School died when the attacker stabbed them just outside..

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Chinese Rights Lawyer ‘Forcibly Medicated’ in Prison: Family Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Jailed Chinese human rights lawyer Jiang Tianyong is being forced to take an "unidentified medicine" in prison, according to his U.S.-based wife. Last week, Jiang's father Jiang Lianghou visited his son in the Henan No. 2 Prison, where he is serving a two-year jail term imprisonment after pleading..

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Eyeing the White House: The Democratic Field Tuesday, January 22nd, 2019

Not so much hunting season as declaratory season in US politics. The US presidential candidates from the Democratic side are making promises spiced with forced..