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Everything ‘Rong’: A Closer Look at China’s Whitewashing of its Role in Tibet

Everything ‘Rong’: A Closer Look at China’s Whitewashing of its Role in Tibet

Anytime “China” and “Tibet” are mentioned in the same sentence, it’s rarely a heartwarming story — Perhaps to Westerners. But some officials of China’s ruling Communist Party would beg to differ. An eulogy for Ren Rong, who briefly served as party secretary for the autonomous Tibet region in the early 70s, noted him as a […]

Major Chinese Newspaper Breaks Silence Over 50th Anniversary of ‘Cultural Revolution’

Major Chinese Newspaper Breaks Silence Over 50th Anniversary of ‘Cultural Revolution’

Yesterday marked 50 years to the day of the start of Chairman Mao Zedong and his Chinese Communist Party’s decade-long reign of terror that was The Cultural Revolution. Much to the contrary of its name, China’s “Cultural Revolution” was not a period of supreme cultural growth in China, as I had once believed. When I […]

Renown Chinese Human Rights Activist Dies at Age 79

Renown Chinese Human Rights Activist Dies at Age 79

The world lost a truly inspiring soul last month. Renown Chinese human rights activist Harry Wu died at the age of 79 while vacationing with friends. Highly regarded internationally, Harry Wu was known for his devotion to human rights in his native China. Born in Shanghai, Wu later attended the Geology Institute in Beijing. During […]

Golf Ban Lifted for Chinese Communist Party

Golf Ban Lifted for Chinese Communist Party

Enjoyed by business and political leaders around the globe, this sport became an illegal thrill for some of China’s ruling elite. Last year, the leadership of the Chinese Communist Party banned its more than 88 million members from playing golf. Last September, more than 60 state employees were punished for violating that rule by spending […]

China’s Biggest Press Conference Paints Distorted Picture of the Country

China’s Biggest Press Conference Paints Distorted Picture of the Country

Although 90 percent of China’s population is ethnic Han, the ruling communist party also represents 55 minority groups. Their delegates were present at this year’s National People’s Congress, the government’s biggest press conference. For your convenience, questions by the press are vetted beforehand. Even though the regions housing these minorities face serious issues and ethnic […]

Giant, Gold Statue of Mao Appears on Chinese Countryside

Giant, Gold Statue of Mao Appears on Chinese Countryside

A giant statue of Communist leader Mao Zedong has been erected at the same Chinese province where his policies led to famine in the 1950s. The 37-metre-high statue is painted gold and it sits on farmland in Tongxu county, Henan Province. The project was made possible by local businessmen who paid nearly 3 million Yuan […]