Tag Archives: China

China: Sparking the ‘Exile is Not Freedom’ Debate

Posted on Global Voices on 5 July 2012. You can read it in Español,  عربي, বাংলা, Malagasy, Italiano, Français. On 27 April, 2012 blind Chinese lawyer and activist, Chen Guangcheng, escaped from a remote village surrounded by security forces in the middle of the night. International media widely covered the story, and the events turned […]

China: In Bo Xilai Saga, Did Social Media Challenge Government?

Posted on Global Voices on 11 May 2012. You can read it in Català, Polski, Français, عربي, Español, srpski, bahasa Indonesia, Deutsch, Magyar. Political struggle, murder, corruption, espionage and diplomatic conflict – the downfall of Bo Xilai from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) elite ranks has turned out to be a multi-faceted story. The Bo […]

A look into China’s ‘red aristocracy’

A look into China's 'red aristocracy'

A look into China’s billionaire ‘red aristocracy’

The Stream, a social media community with a daily TV show on Al Jazeera, has put together content from different social media sources about Chinese billionaires, known as the ‘red aristocracy’ for their connections with Communist Party leadership.

Chinese blind lawyer and activist Chen Guangcheng flees house arrest


Chinese blind legal activist Chen Guangcheng has reportedly escaped from his well-guarded house in Dongshigu (Shandong) after more than a year of house arrest. Sources report he entered the US embassy in Beijing. He has put out a video on the Internet denouncing corruption, exposing abuses and expressing “extreme concern” about the consequences his flight may have for his family.

Ironical note: is his escape sponsored by Nike? Just do it?

(This video was published on Global Voices on April 27, 2012).

China: New vBlog Weibo Today


Want to know what happens on China’s social networks but don’t speak Chinese? Blogger Elle Lee has launched its new vBlog Weibo Today, a weekly online show in English where she points out the hottest topics on China’s social networks.

Published on Global Voices.

China: Dissident Artist Ai Weiwei Puts Himself Under Web Surveillance

Prominent Chinese artist Ai Weiwei has installed four live webcams at his home in Beijing as a symbolic protest against the police’s 24-hour surveillance of him. [Update: The Chinese authorities ordered Ai to turn off his webcams yesterday on April 4.] Last year on April 3 [zh], Ai Weiwei was arrested at the Beijing airport under […]

Is Facebook Trying to Re-enter China?

Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg has come back to China. Several local journalists and netizens spotted him and his girlfriend, Priscilla Chan, in Shanghai last Tuesday, March 27, and once more, rumors spread like fire through the Internet: Is the king of social media working on its reappearance in China? Although Zuckerberg alleged it was just a […]