China Strikes Off Defense Lawyer in 'Steamed Buns' Presidential Nickname Case
Zhu Shengwu, who represented defendant Wang Jiangfeng after he used Xi's nickname "steamed buns" online, was summoned to a hearing run by the Shandong provincial government's justice department, which decided to suspend his license to practice as an administrative punishment.
Communist Party Writings to Count in Measure of Academic 'Excellence' in China's Zhejiang
An official who answered the phone at the propaganda office of the University of Zhejiang party committee confirmed online reports that a new set of guidelines aim at encouraging "excellence in online culture" is now being implemented at the school.
Hundreds of Police Occupy Beijing Market Amid Anger Over Closures
"There are more than 1,000 police and stability maintenance people here right now," a trader surnamed Bo said. "They are here to put pressure on us stallholders, who put in an application for a demonstration that hasn't been approved yet."
China's 'Fallen' Officials Leave Gaps, Silenced Voices in Communist Party Ranks
A popular chat show on the Hong Kong-based satellite station Phoenix TV, known for its pro-Beijing stance, was pulled off air this week, less than a month before the 19th Party Congress on Oct. 18, with scant explanation.
Chinese Officials Search Law Firm of Top Human Rights Lawyer
The search on the office of Mo Shaoping, a prominent Beijing lawyer known for defending sensitive human rights cases, was conducted by the Beijing Municipal Bureau of Justice, a source with knowledge of the case told RFA's Mandarin Service.
Analysts: Amendments to China’s Constitution to Include Xi Jinping Thought
China’s current leader is one of the most powerful the country has had in decades, analysts argue, but one way his stature could be raised even further is to have his name added to the party’s constitution.
China Cracks Down on Public Discussion of Activist's Subversion Trial
A QQ chat group was shut down by authorities after it discussed the trial of Taiwan NGO worker and democracy activist Lee Ming-cheh, who pleaded guilty to subversion charges at his trial last week, organizer and rights activist Xu Qin told RFA.
China Promotes 'Hard-Liner' Envoy in Hong Kong Ahead of 19th Congress
Zhang Xiaoming, 54, who heads Beijing's Central Liaison Office in the city, will replace Wang Guangya head the Hong Kong and Macau Affairs Office of China's cabinet, the State Council, Hong Kong's South China Morning Post newspaper reported on Monday.
China Tightens Controls on Religious Activity, Targets Ethnic Groups
The ruling Chinese Communist Party has intensified government control over religious activities ahead of a key political meeting next month, sparking fears of further human rights violations targeting religious believers and ethnic minority groups.
People in Smog-Hit Northern China Die Three Years Younger: Study
Policies implemented by the ruling Chinese Communist Party backing widespread coal-burning for central heating "is unintentionally causing people in northern China to live 3.1 years less than people in the south due to air pollution concentrations that are 46 percent higher," a recent study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences found.
'Farewell': Qiao Mu, dissenting academic, leaves China for US
“I’m leaving my country and I’ll miss it. Farewell,” Qiao, 47, announced on the social messaging service WeChat as he waited to board Air China Flight CA817 to Washington DC. He did not say when, or indeed if, he might return. 
What to Make of the Explosive New WeChat and QQ Spying Revelations?
It has long been known that due to WeChat keeping its servers inside China, the lack of legal protection of privacy data, and the control over companies by police, that WeChat data is not safe, and can, without protection, be accessed by police or other state actors more or less at will. This has naturally made people shy away from using WeChat for any more serious or political discussions.
A Comprehensive Bibliography of Liu Xiaobo’s Writings
In the absence of a comprehensive bibliography of his writings, I compiled this list of Liu Xiaobo’s texts that were found on various Chinese websites, magazines, journals and books that had mostly been published in Hong Kong and Taiwan, as part of my dissertation that provides the first comprehensive academic study in English of Liu Xiaobo’s human rights struggle from a socio-historical perspective.
‘Riding on a Dream, We Push Forward’: A Statement on the Fourth Anniversary of the China Human Rights Lawyers Group
Since the 709 Crackdown on human rights lawyers in 2015, the authorities have among other things unscrupulously employed TV confessions and imposed officially-designated defense lawyers against the wishes of family members. We embraced those who had come back after unspeakable ordeals, and we remain deeply worried about lawyer Wang Quanzhang, Wu Gan, lawyer Jiang Tianyong, and Li Yanjun, who are still in custody.
Taiwan Activist’s Subversion Case Pushes Relations with China to Another Low
A hearing Monday for Taiwanese citizen Lee Ming-che, who faces a 10 year prison sentence, and a mainland Chinese defendant, both charged with subversion of state power over promotion of multi-party democracy in China, is a reminder to Taiwanese people of a deep divide in political systems.
Rights groups target police, spy chiefs globally under new U.S. law
The law, which then-President Barack Obama signed in December 2016, expands the scope of 2012 legislation that froze the assets of Russian officials and banned them from traveling to the United States because of their links to the 2009 death in prison of a whistleblower, Sergey Magnitsky.
China Probes Defense Attorney in Case of President's Banned "Steamed Buns" Nickname
Zhu Shengwu, who represented defendant Wang Jiangfeng after he used Xi's nickname "steamed buns" online, said he has been told he is under a disciplinary investigation, meaning that his license to practice law could be revoked at a hearing on Sept. 21.
Group Seeks U.S. Sanctions On Chinese Police Over 'Torture' of Activist
The Chinese Human Rights Defenders (CHRD) network, which collates and translates reports of human rights violations from groups inside China, said it wants Washington to use its powers under Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act to take action against those responsible for detaining and torturing Cao.
China Trial of Taiwanese Activist Highlights Discrepancy in Democratization, Rule of Law
But analysts outside China denounced it as “a farce” or “another show trial,” saying Hunan’s court hearing has highlighted nothing but a huge discrepancy in the level of democratization and rule of law between Taiwan and China.
Wife of Detained Taiwan Activist 'Silenced' After His Trial in China's Hunan
Lee, the first foreign national to be held under new laws governing NGO activity in China, stood trial  on Monday alongside Chinese national Peng Yuhua at the Intermediate People's Court in Hunan's Yueyang city, where he "confessed" to charges of "incitement to subvert state power."
Detained Taiwan Democracy Activist ‘Confesses’ During Subversion Trial
Lee, the first foreign national to be tried under new laws governing NGO activity in China, stood trial at the Intermediate People's Court in Hunan's Yueyang city alongside Chinese national Peng Yuhua. Both were accused of "incitement to subvert state power."
Next Stop for the Steve Bannon Insurgency: China
Next week, he plans to travel to Hong Kong to deliver a keynote address at an investor conference, where he will articulate his call for a much tougher American policy toward China. CLSA, the Hong Kong brokerage firm that invited Mr. Bannon, is owned by a politically connected Chinese investment bank, Citic Securities.
Facebook Is Said to Seek a Shanghai Office
Facebook’s plans are tentative, the people said, and would depend on approval from the Chinese government. But if successful, it would be a symbolic victory for the social network, which has long worked to get into China despite being blocked there for nearly a decade.
Activists Send Postcards in Support of Detained Chinese Anti-Censorship Campaigner
Zhen Jianghua was taken away from his home in Guangdong's Zhuhai city on the night of Sept. 1 on suspicion of "incitement to subvert state power," fellow activists told RFA. His home was searched and several devices including computers, mobile phones, cameras, and other items were confiscated.
Rights Lawyer Gao Zhisheng, Missing for Weeks, Now in Police Custody in Beijing: Brother
“We finally made contact with the government. They said he has been brought back to Beijing.  I learned this information from the government office two days ago,” Gao Zhisheng’s U.S.-based wife Geng He quoted Gao’s elder brother Gao Zhiyi, as saying by telephone from Shaanxi.
Student union asks Chinese University to explain how Hong Kong independence banners are ‘illegal’
On Tuesday, the secretary for the Staff-Student Centres Management Committee sent a letter to the president of the student union, saying that the discussion of independence “violated Hong Kong’s laws and also violated the school’s constant stance of absolutely opposing Hong Kong independence.”
Independence Banners on Hong Kong University Campuses Spark Free Speech Row
Executive councillor and barrister Ronny Tong said students who put up large black banners reading "Independence for Hong Kong" on the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) campus could have "broken the law."
Man Jailed in China's Guangdong For Selling Software to Scale The 'Great Firewall'
Deng Jiewei was handed the jail term by a court in Guangdong's Dongguan city after he allegedly set up a website in October 2015 to sell software helping users to scale the complex system of blocks, filters, and human censorship known collectively as the Great Firewall.
UN: China Blocks Activists, Harasses Experts
“China engages with the UN on human rights but often with the goal of aggressively silencing criticism and eroding access for activists who work on China,” said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. “China is not the only country that acts terribly at the UN, but its Security Council membership, global influence, and fierce crackdown on civil society at home make it a model of bad faith that challenges the integrity of the UN rights system.”
Chinese Police Detain Another Dissident Over Seashore Memorial For Liu Xiaobo
Zhuo Yuzhen, who hails from the southeastern province of Fujian, was formally arrested by police from his hometown and has been sent back to Guangdong to face investigation and prosecution.His wife, who declined to give her name, said he was detained at the railway station in his hometown of Putian city.