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Liu Xia The Nobel Prize–winning writer Liu Xiaobo before his arrest, photographed by his wife, Liu Xia; from the exhibition ‘The Silent Strength of Liu Xia,’ which opened last fall at the Boulogne Museum outside Paris and will be on view at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies at Columbia University February 9–March 1. Liu Xia’s photographs, which were smuggled out of China, show what she calls her ‘ugly babies’: mute dolls that, according to the curator Guy Sorman, represent ‘the Chinese people, and sometimes Liu Xia and her husband.’ Better than the assent of the crowd: The dissent of one brave man! —Sima Qian (145–90 BC ) Records of the Grand Historian Truth will set you free.
Reading List An annotated Foreign Affairs syllabus on cybersecurity. An Internet cafe in Taiyuan, Shanxi province. (Courtesy Reuters) In March 2011, the U.S. computer security company RSA announced that hackers had gained access to security tokens it produces that let millions of government and private-sector employees , including those of defense contractors such as Lockheed Martin, connect remotely to their office computers. Just five months later, the antivirus software company McAfee issued a report claiming that a group of hackers had broken into the networks of 71 governments, companies , and international organizations.
The way the Chinese government censors and deletes politically-sensitive terms online has been revealed for the first time. As expected, the communists are hypersensitive to criticism of the state - but also to people slating the so-called 'Great Firewall', the network blocking technology that prevents Chinese people browsing the internet freely. The US study also shows Beijing's censorship machine works in real time - and can adapt quickly to emerging issues.
How do you have a feeding frenzy when you can’t—officially, at least—see what’s being served? This is the strange dynamic that runs through the flurry of Chinese debate this week about Facebook. In China, the site’s I.P.O, on Friday, is not simply an event; it is an existential problem—an object of admiration, envy, and, from the government’s perspective, suspicion. In Facebook’s shadow, there is also a persistent question about the weakness of Chinese innovation. In Asia, the Facebook offering is already more than twenty-five times oversubscribed, the Times reports. That is all the more remarkable because the Chinese government has blocked Facebook since July, 2009, largely on the belief that it will promote the kind of organized agitation that swept the Middle East.
To grasp the new spirit of this country, read this fresh, contrarian short fiction “Hiding in the City No. 83” (2009) by artist Liu Bolin. He uses surrealism to reflect and criticise modern China, in a manner similar to the new generation of fiction writers. In these photos, Bolin “camouflages” himself, with the help of an assistant who paints him into the backdrop Say what you like about Mao, he did make it remarkably easy to keep up with developments in Chinese fiction. Thanks to his proscriptions on creative freedom, fictional output fell precipitously during his reign.
Last Thursday, a Chinese suicide bomber killed three bystanders in a protest over the forced seizure of the bomber’s home by a local government in Qiaojia County, in southwestern Yunnan Province. According to local newspaper reports, the bomber was a woman from Pingzi, a village in the mountainous Baihetan township, who wrapped explosives in the clothes of her 15-month-old baby and detonated them while inside a government office that had demanded she sign over her land. Two of the dead were officials.
Ian Johnson This is the fourth in an NYRblog series about the fate of democracy in different parts of the world. Ian Johnson Chang Ping
Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space Comments View/Create comment on this paragraph PHILADELPHIA – A last-minute deal between the United States and China may afford human-rights lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng the opportunity to enroll in law school in New York.
It's only been a month, and 2012 is already looking bleak for the notion that peaceful criticism can exist within China. In January, a court in the central Chinese city of Wuhan sentenced writer Li Tie to 10 years on charges of subversion of state power, and prosecutors in Hangzhou charged poet Zhu Yufu with subversion for penning a poem about political reform. Prominent dissident Yu Jie, who fled China in January, explained at a press conference in Washington how Beijing policemen beat him for hours and burned him with cigarettes .
Ian Johnson Ian Johnson Ran Yunfei One of China’s most outspoken public intellectuals, Ran Yunfei was detained last year after calls went out for China to emulate the “Jasmine Revolution” protests sweeping North Africa.
Essay As the United States' relative power declines, will the open and rule-based liberal international order Washington has championed since the 1940s start to erode? Probably not.
Exit from comment view mode. Click to hide this space Comments View/Create comment on this paragraph SINGAPORE – Behind a veil of secrecy, China’s development of strategic and tactical missiles is well into its third generation of modernization. While the development of Chinese long-range missile and nuclear forces has traditionally been characterized as conservative, incremental, and slow, it has taken place against a backdrop of steadily growing official emphasis on the country’s defense-industrial complex, particularly its aerospace sector. Comments View/Create comment on this paragraph This process has been accelerated by a confluence of defense-industry reforms, comprehensive military upgrading, and integration of innovative operational concepts.
Inside Out In conversation with eminent Chinese scholars, Professor Li Weijian and Professor Ye Qing, The Majalla discusses China, the Middle East and the Arab World Transformation. Pro Assad demonstrators wave a chinese flag at a rally in Damascus
The more than half a million foreigners living in China exist in a legal and ethical gray area. Over the past 60 years, the Communist Party has often attempted to keep foreigners at a distance. In the 1980s foreigners shopped at special supermarkets in Beijing, buying goods that were forbidden to most locals. Today, expats can live in the same apartment buildings, shop in the same stores, and even get cozy with Communist Party officials, as the murder of former Bo Xilai confidant Neil Heywood revealed. Chinese police tend to be more lenient to (non-African) foreigners than to locals, wary of provoking international incidents; foreign journalists receive far more leeway to write and report than their domestic counterparts.
Like most Chinese, I was educated as an atheist. All textbooks, philosophy classes, and conferences taught us that the Christian faith is an "opiate of the people's spirit" that Westerners use to numb and neutralize the creativity of the Chinese mind. But as a student of English literature at Liaocheng University in Shandong province in 1987, my American teachers after class would sometimes pull out what we Chinese students called a "Little Red Book."