Don’t expect reform from China’s new leaders

The Washington Times, 16 November 2012

With the unveiling of China’s new leadership, observers and journalists the world over are all contemplating the same question: Will the new group at the top of the Communist Party be able to engineer the reforms needed to tackle the plethora of challenges afflicting virtually every realm of policy and governance — domestic and international — in China?

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Activist dies in custody in China

Fox News, 15 November 2012

A man from the central Chinese province of Henan who traveled to Beijing “to ask for justice” on the eve of the 18th Congress of the ruling Communist Party was beaten to death in custody, China Human Rights Defenders charged on Wednesday.

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Activist Allowed to Enter US

RFA, 14 November 2012

A World Uyghur Congress official labeled a terrorist in China is allowed into the US after more than a decade.

The spokesman for the exile World Uyghur Congress, Dolkun Isa, who is on top of China’s “terrorist” list, has been allowed to enter the United States after being barred twice during the last 13 years.

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What Can Change In China? – Analysis

Eurasia Review, 14 November 2012

The 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) opened in Beijing on November 8 amid almost unprecedented security. Sale of meat cleavers and flying of pigeons for sport was prohibited. The capital was almost sanitized. In 2012, the Chinese government allocated $ 105 billion for security, a figure higher than the military budget for the year.

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The High Stakes of China’s Leadership Transition

The Atlantic, 14 November 2012

Just a little more than a week after the American presidential election, China will choose its own leaders in its own highly secretive way entirely inside the Communist Party. What’s at stake for China–and for the rest of the world–is not just who will fill which leadership posts until 2022 (two five year terms are the norm) but whether, ten years from now, the Communist Party itself will still rule China.

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Chinese petitioners claim hotel used as ‘black jail’

CNN, 14 November 2012

Shanghai (CNN) — The only souvenir that Xie Jinghua has from her stay at a Holiday Inn Express located in a vast tourism park alongside the East China Sea is a room key.

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The plight of Uyghur writers imprisoned in China

Uyghur PEN, 13 November 2012

15th November is PEN International’s Day of the Imprisoned Writer. We – the Uyghur PEN Centre would like to add our voices to this special day by urging all International PEN Centres and other international human rights organizations to pay attention to the plight of the imprisoned Uyghur writers in the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region of China, and condemn China’s escalating crackdown on Uyghur writers, journalists and webmasters.

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For China’s dissidents, a long, hopeful struggle

CNN, 13 November 2012

Dongshigu Village, China (CNN) — The memories are still raw for 78-year-old Wang Jinxiang.

In her own home, guards put her through the daily humiliation of body searches.

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