China

Demise of Liu Xiaobo: a case of lose-lose for China

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China’s treatment of its Nobel Peace Prize laureate, writer, literary critic, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo, raises difficult and penetrating questions, writes Kerry Brown The loss of Liu Xiaobo is a tragedy. For him, a personal tragedy but there are far wider ramifications. The final decade of his life was spent in jail. The […]

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China’s new celebrity politicians

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China’s politicians are beginning to shed their staid image for the limelight of social media, notes ELAINE JEFFREYS The emergence of commercial entertainment and sports stars as an elite stratum in China is a relatively recent phenomenon. Nonetheless, celebrity has entered the terrain of governance along with the growth of commercial popular culture, the loosening […]