Emily Parker

“The visa question has insidious ways of sowing the seeds of self-censorship,” Dorinda Elliott, the global affairs editor at Condé Nast Traveler, wrote on ChinaFile last month. “I am ashamed to admit that I personally have worried about the risk of reporting on sensitive topics, such as human rights lawyers: what if they don’t let me back in?” Elliott is a longtime China hand who worked as Newsweek’s Beijing bureau chief in the late 1980s.

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“Hong Kong has a strong tradition of free speech.” That's how Edward Snowden, the 29-year-old leaker who slammed National Security Agency surveillance as an "existential threat to democracy," described his decision to flee to China. 

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The crime that Chinese social media just won't forget.

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When Chen Guangcheng departed the U.S. Embassy in Beijing on Wednesday with apparent guarantees that he would lead a safe and productive life in his native land, it seemed that a major international crisis had been averted. In a startlingly short period of time, American and Chinese officials had hammered out an agreement that seemed to protect Chen, while preserving the bilateral relationship.

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This book can be read in two ways. Historians will likely delight in the details and the diagrams provided by Robert Darnton, who tips his hat to the

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Chinese Wheels

“Country Driving” is defiantly anti-sound bite: China is not a threat, rival or strategic ally, nor is it an economic juggernaut or a bubble waiting t

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