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How the Victoria and Albert Museum in China signals a new design for Shenzhen

<b>(CNN) —</b> The first thing anyone tells you about Shenzhen, the city in southern China that borders Hong Kong and has a population of at least 12 million, is that it was once a sleepy fishing village.<p>As with its neighbor, which began British colonial life as an unpromising rocky outcrop in the South …

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China detains prominent human rights lawyer and Xi Jinping critic

Rights lawyer Yu Wensheng has been detained by Chinese authorities, hours after circulating a letter calling for constitutional reforms. His wife …

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European Union

Xenophobic populists hostile to human rights shaped politics even when they failed to win at the ballot box, and European governments seemed …

Rights & Freedoms

PEN America to Honor Thrill Master Stephen King for Lifelong Contributions to Literature and Commitment to Free Expression - PEN America

• Home<br>• PEN America to Honor Thrill Master Stephen King for Lifelong Contributions to Literature and Commitment to Free Expression<p><i>May 22 Literary Gala</i> …

Literature

Just Can't Get Enough

Four UK-based museum directors and curators, and a Turner Prize-winning artist, select the shows they are looking...<p>The best films, books and shows …

Abu Dhabi

China turns soft power into a sharp tool

<i>Joseph Nye is a professor at Harvard and author of</i> The Future of Power.<p>China has invested billions of dollars to increase its "soft power," but it has recently suffered a backlash in democratic countries. A new report by the National Endowment for Democracy argues that we need to re-think soft …

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China's Strategy to Psych Out the West Is Paying Off

SHANGHAI—To those it seeks to influence, the Chinese Communist Party can be an intimidating presence.<p>The China scholar Perry Link once called the party “the anaconda in the chandelier.”<p>Just by hovering, it induces self-censorship and subtle behavioral changes. This has long been the case within …

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China shuttered 128,000 sites during 2017 internet crackdown

China has been tightening controls over internet content and last year shut down 128,000 so-called harmful websites.<p>China shut as many as 128,000 …

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Danger! Writers at work

<i>“The time when the writer was dangerous has passed. It must come back.”</i><p>— Novelist and activist Arundhati Roy, speaking on the KCRW “Bookworm” …

Journalism

Push China to improve human rights situation, HRW urges Macron

Emmanuel Macron. Reuters<p>FIR against Tribune reporter over Aadhaar data breach story<p>Padmavat gets a release date, set to clash with Akshay Kumar's …

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A Chinese Empire Reborn

I am the son of two empires, the United States and China. I was born in and raised around Washington in the Nixon-to-Reagan era, but my parents grew up in villages in southern China. My father was a member of the People’s Liberation Army in the 1950s, the first decade of Communist rule, before he …

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China experiments with sweeping Social Credit System

China wants to introduce a Social Credit System to rate its citizens’ trustworthiness. Unconcerned about privacy protection, the government is …

World News

China’s social media giants want their users to help out with the crushing burden of censorship

China’s social media giants are ramping up efforts to get their users to turn in people circulating taboo content, as the Communist Party further tightens its grip on the country’s internet.<p>On Monday (Jan. 1), China’s tech giant Tencent said it was hiring (link in Chinese) 200 content reviewers to …

Censorship

China uses Trump to plot its own rise

There has been a huge wave of media attention for Michael Wolff’s new book <i>Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House</i> about the Trump …

China

Making China Great Again

As Donald Trump surrenders America’s global commitments, Xi Jinping is learning to pick up the pieces.<p><i>Audio:</i> Listen to this story. To hear more feature stories, download the Audm app for your iPhone.<p>When the Chinese action movie “Wolf Warrior II” arrived in theatres, in July, it looked like a …

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Japan eyes aircraft carriers to counter North Korea, China

Concerns over N. Korea's unpredictable regime and China's expansionist policies have forced Japan to seek reinterpretation of parts of the …

North Korea

Why they mattered

There may have been an unusual number of celebrity deaths in 2016, but 2017 saw the departure of no shortage of notables. As we do each year, …

Ali Abdullah Saleh

2017’s best books: big-name writers returned to spotlight, and Liu Xiaobo’s untimely death casts a shadow | Post Magazine | South China Morning Post

It can be argued that 2017 was a good, if not great, year for literature. No single author or work dominated international bestseller lists or review …

Books

Artists who died in 2017

They left a gap, be it in music, film or literature. In 2017, Roger Moore, Al Jarreau, Liu Xiaobo and many others departed. We recall them in this …

Culture

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World<p>Caeleb Dressel and Katie Ledecky were honored as USA Swimming's top male and female athletes of 2017 at the Golden Goggles awards on …

Johnny Hallyday

Opinion | The clarity and courage of Wu Gan

The sweeping campaign by China against human rights defenders took another grim turn this week when a court sentenced Wu Gan to eight years in …

Big personalities we lost in 2017

A collage of big personalities that died in 2017. Source: Befunky collage Photo: eNCA<p>PARIS - From German political colossus Helmut Kohl to rock …

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A Chinese dissident takes on the dictatorship — and pays the price

THE SWEEPING campaign by China against human rights defenders took another grim turn on Tuesday when a court sentenced Wu Gan to eight years in prison. The accusation was subversion, but his real offense was to dramatize the absurdity of the Chinese police state. Using social media and outlandish …

Opinion

Lives lost in 2017: From tireless advocates to artists and political leaders

Canadians, in different ways, were impacted by the lives of Gord Downie and Allan MacEachen<p>It is impossible in any year to take note of all the …

Gord Downie

Liu Xiaobo: China’s Poet-Dissident

1955-2017<p>At a ceremony in Oslo on December 10, 2010, the Nobel Peace Prize rested on an empty chair. The awardee—Chinese poet, writer and activist Liu Xiaobo—sat in a prison cell in northeast China, serving an 11-year sentence for “inciting subversion of state power.” On July 13 of this year, after …

Politics

In Memoriam 2017: How 11 Notable People Were Remembered This Year

<i>Since the magazine’s very first issue, TIME has noted recent deaths and other important events of the week in the Milestones section. From</i> …

Entertainment

The year in obituaries

EACH week, our obituaries editor captures the essence of a life in fewer than 1,000 words. As the year draws to a close, we look back at the ten …

Economics

Glavin: A dismal, dreary year – unless you were Putin, Assad, Xi …

When Islamic State marauders roared across Iraq’s Nineveh Plains in July, 2014, they burned the churches, desecrated shrines, toppled crosses and …

UN General Assembly

For China, Christmas is the best time of year to put human-rights activists on trial

Not only is China is not a big fan of Christmas, but the holiday season appears to be the perfect time for authorities to put human-rights activists on trial.<p>Yesterday (Dec. 26), a Chinese court sentenced activist Wu Gan to eight years in prison on charges of subverting state power. Better known by …

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Why China jails activists at Christmas

<b>Hong Kong (CNN) —</b> The trial of Chinese human rights activist Wu Gan, who was sentenced to eight years in prison on Christmas Day, has again shed light on China's practice of sentencing high-profile activists during the holiday period in order to avoid international scrutiny.<p>The week between …

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