China Policy Institute Blog

On Ilham Tohti

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Can anyone produce a genuine, verified statement by Ilham Tohti supporting independence for Xinjiang or advocating violence by Uyghurs? The answer is no, because he has never done so. The guilty verdict against respected Uyghur economist and writer Ilham Tohti was a foregone conclusion, and holding the trial in Xinjiang when …

Speechless: The silencing of Gao Zhisheng is a warning to other lawyers and activists

Written by Jackie Sheehan. Gao Zhisheng left Shaya Prison in Xinjiang on 7 August 2014. He left prison; he is not free. During the additional year of deprivation of political rights which he must serve, he has no freedom of speech, association, assembly, procession or demonstration, as well as being unable to vote, stand for …

Redefining Hong Kong SAR

Written by Daniel Garrett. While undeniably the most extensive authoritarian and arguably violent crackdown by the SAR government since  the Handover, the local regime’s actions on July 2nd are best understood at this early point as a case of “killing a few chickens” to dissuade participation in OCLP and to dispel demands for civil nomination …

Xi trains his sights on the PLA

Written by Samantha Hoffman. On 31 March, state media reported that General Gu Junshan, former deputy director of the People’s Liberation Army (PLA) General Logistics Department, had been charged with “suspicion of corruption, bribery, embezzlement and abuse of power”. This gives Gu the distinction of becoming the highest-ranking PLA official to be publicly charged in the …

Using Model Cases to Guide the Chinese Courts

Written by Susan Finder. One of the initiatives of the Supreme People’s Court (hereafter the Court) highlighted in its October 2013 judicial reform plan is “to expand fully the important role of leading cases and cases for reference”. Stanford Law School has a project devoted to translating and analyzing “leading cases”, which are cases so …

Xi Jinping’s Tiger Hunt

Written by Andrew Hall Wedeman. The Communist Party of China has been grappling with corruption almost from its birth. It has waged major anti-corruption campaigns repeatedly and routinely prosecutes substantial numbers of officials. Between 1997 and 2012 the Supreme People’s Procuratorate reported that it indicted 550,000 individuals on either corruption or dereliction of duty charges, …

Kunming massacre sparks media war

Written by J. Michael Cole By now we’ve all heard about Saturday night’s bloodbath at the Kunming Railway Station, where a dozen individuals wearing black uniforms descended upon innocent civilians and slashed away at them with long blades, killing 29 and injuring more than 130. The targeting of civilians is a terribly worrying development. The reaction …

Xinjiang Dreams: Worrying about ethnicity

Written by David Tobin. The ethnically targeted violence of July 2009 in Ürümchi overshadowed the lead-up to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the PRC. Uyghurs and Han were both victims and perpetrators and official figures claimed 197 people were killed (See here, here and here). The violence suggested that ethnic relations remain an important …

Beijing’s Uyghur Policy is Not Just Counter-Productive, it’s Disastrous

Written by Julie Yu-Wen Chen. When it comes to Uyghur-related incidents in China in recent years, the information we as observers can get is mostly based on speculations. The same applies to the recent “Tiananmen Square incident.” While I do not feel comfortable to join the speculative discussion of the potential cause and Uyghur linkage …

Bo Xilai and the meaning of life

Written by Jackie Sheehan. He still doesn’t get it, does he? The last top CCP figure to be removed from a courtroom shouting defiance was Mao’s widow Jiang Qing at the Gang of Four’s show trial in 1980, but her parting shot was “To rebel is justified!”, which had a little bit more substance to …