Category: Asia

China’s Repression Model: Tiananmen crackdown anniversary

     

  A Taiwanese artist has created a giant inflatable depiction of the iconic “tank man” scene to mark 30 years since China’s bloody crackdown on pro-democracy protests. The photo of… Read more »

China’s ‘Algorithms of Oppression’: weaponizing artificial intelligence

     

Since April 2017, the Chinese government has interned, imprisoned, or forcibly disappeared at least 435 intellectuals as part of its intensified assault on Uyghurs and erasure of their culture. This… Read more »

A new kind of Cold War? Facing up to China’s sharp power strategy

     

A previously unreported meeting is an example of how the Chinese government directly — and often secretly — engages in political activity in Australia, making the nation a laboratory for… Read more »

‘Global Crisis of Democracy’: a new tide of authoritarianism is gathering

     

Democracy faces a global crisis, according to a leading analyst. Over the past decade, one in six democracies has failed. Today only a bare majority of the world’s larger states… Read more »

Worst assault yet on rule of law means ‘the end of Hong Kong’?

     

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met with Hong Kong pro-democracy leader Martin Lee on Thursday, the State Department said, as Hong Kong activists seek to derail a proposed extradition… Read more »

Adversary or enemy? China is ‘unlikely to simply collapse’

     

The Soviet Union and its satellites were an apparatus of state terror, resting on an ideology of class hatred, foisted on nations that wanted no part of either. It was… Read more »

From democracy promotion to democracy attraction?

     

While democracy remains a popular aspiration around the world, “attraction” will prove more effective than “promotion” as a way to help democracy expand, says a leading analyst. A new study… Read more »

How democracy speaks, hears and works

     

In recent years, an array of challenges have threatened democracies. Resurgent authoritarianism, cultures of corruption, violent extremism, disinformation, rising inequality and more dominate the headlines. Scholars have warned of a… Read more »

Democracies in ideological competition with China – not clash of civilizations

     

China’s President Xi Jinping is now invoking cultural diversity as a pretext for opposing democracy and asserting Beijing’s sharp power, reports suggest. Xi repeated his rallying cry on Wednesday as he… Read more »

Time to implement legislation: a Strategy for the International Defense of Tibet

     

  China has been running global influence campaigns for years, analysts suggest, noting that pro-China protests ahead of the 2008 Beijing Olympics were orchestrated by Beijing’s intelligence officials and designed… Read more »