A former People’s Liberation Army journalist defied a political taboo to describe the bloody crackdown in Beijing and urge a national reckoning.
Chris Buckley 储百亮“All this is built on sand. There’s no solid foundation,” says Jiang Lin, former PLA journalist who witnessed the carnage of 1989. “If you can deny that people were killed, any lie is possible.”
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Chris Buckley 储百亮A day after the closed door trial of a Chinese rights lawyer, a former vice minister of State Security was sentenced to life for corruption, forced business deals, and insider trading. His trial in August was also secret. goo.gl/GQupy8pic.twitter.com/jdPjauAZ8O
The case of Wang Quanzhang shows how Chinese officials can override legal protections. But he and his wife have also become symbols of resistance.
Chris Buckley 储百亮Nearly three and half years after Wang Quanzhang disappeared, he faced charges of subversion in a closed trial on Wednesday, capping a year when the Communist Party redoubled efforts to stifle political and religious dissent.
Chris Buckley 储百亮On Sunday a funeral was held at Babaoshan for Yuan Mu, the Chinese govt. spokesman who defended the armed crackdown in 1989. No tributes in official Chinese media, apparently jittery about mention of June 4. But as a propagandist, Yuan would understand. goo.gl/8J4jstpic.twitter.com/hjGkrY21UA
Chris Buckley 储百亮This 1968 stamp from the Cultural Revolution sold for 13.8 million yuan ($2 million) on Thursday, making it one of the world's most expensive stamps. (And showing that in China the Cultural Revolution can't be reported, except when it involves money.) goo.gl/g1v7q4pic.twitter.com/Ppwe4F1mhA
Chris Buckley 储百亮Allegory for today. Chinese runner in Suzhou marathon loses chance for first place after zealous bystanders try to thrust national flag into her hands. In the video she seems to hesitate for several seconds before dropping the red flag on the ground. goo.gl/cXhr4Hpic.twitter.com/mQVEGWQZ3I
Ahead of a showdown at the United Nations, a senior official has made China’s lengthiest defense yet of the camps in Xinjiang region.
Chris Buckley 储百亮Under mounting international criticism, China on Tuesday presented its most extensive defense yet of its sweeping campaign to detain and indoctrinate Muslim minorities.
Chris Buckley 储百亮I asked one former inmate what he thought of China's defense of indoctrination camps as fun-filled places where "students" reflect on their lives, watch movies, and pick up new skills like hat-making:
“They’re full of nonsense.”
After taking over the temple and evicting its nuns, a Taiwanese man embarked on his singular mission: “I am determined to lead the people of Taiwan province to reunify with our motherland.”
Chris Buckley 储百亮A man with an "unflinching stare" converts a Buddhist nunnery into a shrine for Maoist Communism. A local official shrugs -- no big deal. The nuns smell a financial scam. They now live in shipping containers. This must be Taiwan. Do read. @amyyqin