China and Trump – So What About Human Rights

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..

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On Censorship, Control and Sinology

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,..

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The Great Fire Wall and the Great Wall

 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..

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