…The truth is China punditry is always looking through a dark, distorted and murky glass. Here are two headlines from two good newspapers with excellent China staffs on the same day:
I wrote the following for a discussion on ChinaFile. It will be published at https://www.chinafile.com/conversation/how-should-trump-deal-china-and-how-should-china-deal-trump on November 11 U.S. time. CHINA AND TRUMP – SO WHAT ABOUT HUMAN RIGHTS By David Schlesinger Pity the Chinese human rights campaigner or intellectual who looked to the United States as a beacon, a model, a source of..
I’m part of a ChinaFile debate on the state of the South China Morning Post. The whole conversation is here. I make five urgent points I feel the newspaper needs to act on immediately: 1. Write and publish a strong code of ethics and standards making clear that news decisions are taken without regard to politics..
I’m part of a rollicking conversation on Hong Kong’s elections on China File. The full debate is here. My contribution is below: David Schlesinger: The most important message for the gerontocracy ruling China from the elections in Hong Kong is that generations are shifting, and power is moving to a group for whom the myths,..
I’m part of a ChinaFile debate on Where Is China’s Internet Headed after Cyberczar Lu Wei was replaced. The full debate is here. My contribution is: WHITHER THE INTER- INTRA-NET IN CHINA By David Schlesinger China’s internet is huge – 700 million+ users – and at only some 52% penetration of the population poised..
I’m leading off the comment in a new ChinaFile conversation. The full debate is here, and my contribution is below: What’s Driving the Current Storm of Chinese Censorship? By David Schlesinger We must look back with equal measures of humility and wonder to the time when many journalists, Chinese intellectuals, and pundits predicted—or, more accurately,..
I participated in the following ChinaFile debate: How Long Can China’s Internet Thrive if the Rest of the World Gets Shut Out? Last week, Chinese authorities announced that as of March 10, foreign-invested companies would not be allowed to publish anything on the Chinese Internet unless they have obtained government permission to publish with a..
The great thing about learning more is, of course, realizing how little you actually know for sure! I’ve spent much of my adult life thinking about China and trying to understand it. What’s clear to me is how hard it is to try to get a firm grasp on reality. In this short interview, done..
I joined a ChinaFile conversation on the SCMP deal. The entire conversation can be read here This is my contribution: Overseas is a big place, and China’s soft-power ambitions can fill a large globe.While fears for the South China Morning Post and for Hong Kong’s future of free press and free expression are very real—and..
I wrote the following for the Nikkei Asian Review. The original is here. December 14, 2015 7:00 pm JST David Schlesinger SCMP sale another step in Hong Kong’s real transition From being a place that prided itself on a distinctive identity separate from the system and influence of China, Hong Kong..