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..
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..
How does academic freedom in Hong Kong reflect on its future? I’m part of a ChinaFile conversation. The whole debate is here. My contribution is: What is it that makes a place work? What is it that separates a world city from a second- or third-tier city? More specifically, what is it that has made..
I’m part of a China File discussion about China’s increasing restrictions on the internet, called “Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?” The full discussion is here. And my contribution is reproduced below: What matters today is not whether the Great Wall kept the barbarians out. In fact it did not; eventually they entered in..