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What does China look like today? Here are some issues that are influencing Chinese economy, society, workers, and government.
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Environmental Issues

Civil Rights

  • Freedom and Human Rights in China
    This page features articles about Freedom and Human Rights in China, including commentary and archival articles published in The New York Times.
  • China's human rights record under scrutiny at U.N.
    The UN recently scrutinized China's human rights record, as reported by USA Today.
  • Article on Amnesty International's 10 Civil Rights Problems in China
    This article from 2010 presents ten civil rights problems in China by Amnesty International.
  • Human Rights in China and U.S. Policy
    This lengthy pdf article, by Thomas Lum, specialist in Asian Affairs at the Congressional Research Services, presents an overview of Chinese Human Rights and how the U.S. should shape its policies to address what is perceived as issues.
  • Article on China's Latest Attack on Free Speech
    This article from the New York Post discusses censorship and free speech issue in China.
  • Burmese girls 'sold as brides' in rural China
    Chinese police have arrested a gang accused of selling a group of women as wives in rural China, state media says. China has more men than women as a result of the one-child policy. Rural Chinese struggle to find wives, and bride-trafficking is big business.
  • U.N. Human Rights Panel Urges China to Allow Free Elections in Hong Kong
    The United Nations Human Rights Committee urged China to allow elections in Hong Kong without restrictions on who can run as a candidate.
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    Hong Kong saw prolonged street protests after Beijing ruled out open nominations for the election of Hong Kong's leader in 2017. The BBC takes a look at the controversy.
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    China's notion of rule of law differs from that in the West. The meeting comes as China's rulers seek a legal basis for government action and to enhance regime legitimacy, without permitting challenges to its authority. Yet there is also pressure to improve the court system because citizens sense they have no real recourse in a growing range of conflicts.
  • China's Veil of Civil Rights Oppression
    The Third Plenum, a gathering of Chinese Communist Party leaders to set economic policy, ended this month with a raft of economic and social reforms that were praised by Western observers: giving the market a greater hand in setting prices, relaxing the one-child policy, strengthening land rights and shoring up the social safety net.
  • China silences anti-corruption activists
    Communist Party says it wants to end corruption, but it punishes those who expose it or seek transparency in government officials.
  • The end of the Hong Kong 'dream'
    It used to be a place where anyone who worked hard, excelled in school and possessed an entrepreneurial spirit could rise above their parents' hardship to a better life. That was the Hong Kong dream.

    Today, that dream has become a mirage -- where meritocracy is seen to be supplanted by business and political connections, where good jobs and university places are keenly contested by the mainland Chinese. Young people in Hong Kong fear they are losing out as the playing field tilts increasingly towards China.

Urban versus Rural

Gap between Rich and Poor

Religious Freedom in China

  • Religious Freedom in China, undated
    A short introduction on religious freedom in China from the Berkley Center.
  • Religious Freedom in China from a Chinese Perspective, undated
    Religious freedoms in China presented from a Chinese perspective. Contrast this article with the next one from a non-Chinese perspective.
  • Religious Freedoms in China from a non-Chinese perspective, February 20, 2013
    This article, from a Christian website, discusses ways in which China does not enforce the religious freedom clauses in its constitution.
  • Negotiable Rights? China's Ethnic Minorities and the Right to Freedom of Religion, 2009.
    This article argues that in the case of China we need to expand the concept of implementation by taking into account the public discourse that accompanies the laws and policies on both religion and ethnic minorities. Local officials and intellectuals belonging to ethnic minorities in Yunnan have been successful in exploiting public discourse on 'religious freedom' and 'cultural rights of ethnic minorities' in order to revive or reinvent traditional religious practice.
  • From Protest to Movement?, November 17, 2014
    The article examines the implications of the protests in Hong Kong, known as Occupy Central, a response to moves by the government of China to limit civil participation in future Hong Kong elections. It looks into the conflicting interpretations of the Basic Law, which guarantees autonomy to Hong Kong including freedom of assembly, religion and speech. The potential effect of the Catholic Church's involvement on possible electoral reform, Christians and other religious groups is suggested.
  • World Report on Religious Freedoms - China, 2014.
    Rapid socio-economic change in China has been accompanied by relaxation of some restrictions on basic rights, but the government remains an authoritarian one-party state. It places arbitrary curbs on expression, association, assembly, and religion; prohibits independent labor unions and human rights organizations; and maintains Party control over all judicial institutions.
  • Freedom of Religion in China Under the Current Legal Framework and Foreign Religious Bodies, April 29, 2014
    China is a country with a long history of religious practice. The history of the five major religions being practiced now in China can be traced back for centuries. This paper intends to introduce the legal framework that concerns freedom of religion and the conduct and activities of foreign religious bodies in China. It intends to help readers, especially foreigners, understand the characteristics of Chinese laws and rules relating to the administration of freedom of religion and to the activities of foreigners and foreign religious bodies.
  • Pastor Zhang Shaojie’s Harsh Sentence Highlights China’s Increasing Intolerance of Christianity, November 3, 2014
    On July 4, 2014, the Nanle County People’s Court sentenced Pastor Zhang Shaojie to 12 years’ imprisonment for “fraud” and “gathering a crowd to disrupt public order” in connection with his role in a land dispute with the local government. The Puyang Municipality Intermediate People’s Court rejected Zhang’s appeal in August 2014. In October 2014, the Nanle County Court threatened to auction off Zhang’s house to pay off a court-ordered fine, demanding Zhang’s family vacate the house by October 26. Zhang’s detention and trial violated numerous provisions of international and Chinese law. His sentencing comes amid a broader crackdown on Christianity in China, including a campaign to remove crosses and demolish church buildings, and increased pressure on Christians to conform to Chinese government regulations on religion.

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