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China Diary
Opinion  /  Published 03.08.20

Post-Covid China: The common shades are stark

Last month, a professor of jurisprudence and constitutional law at Beijing’s prestigious Tsinghua University, and a long-time critic of Xi Jinping’s one-man rule, was arrested for allegedl...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 09.12.19

Spare no effort to paint a picture

The passing of the Uighur Intervention and Global Humanitarian Unified Response Act by Congress in the United States of America has sent the Chinese press into a tizzy. Articles critical of the US hav...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 06.01.20

A serious malady without a cure

She was to spend the day with her son who had come home from Yale during his Christmas vacation. But early that morning, the 51-year-old doctor was stabbed to death at her hospital in Beijing by her p...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 04.12.18

Wrongful detention in China

Last week, a 50-year-old man on crutches walked out of court a free man after 23 years. It had taken three retrials for Jin Zhehong’s innocence to be established. Meanwhile, his wife had remarried. ...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 05.08.19

China's global citizens: wings in the world

She is 29, dines at the most expensive restaurants, sometimes returns home past midnight and sees no reason to change her life. The problem is, she is Chinese, way beyond the ideal marriageable age, a...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 06.04.20

Apology now, but at great cost

On Saturday, as flags flew at half-mast and people stood in silence at 10 am in memory of the 3,335 dead — this was the official figure — in the coronavirus outbreak, an ironic scene unfolded in W...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 05.07.19

Gaokao, the exam that makes traffic go silent

A stressful time for millions of Chinese just got over. The gaokao, China’s university entrance exam, was held in early June and the results are just out. This year, more than 10.31 million students...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 02.04.19

In China, students spy on other students

India has the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad. China has its “cyber monitors”. In a move reminiscent of the most dreadful aspects of the Cultural Revolution, one of China’s oldest universitie...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 05.03.19

Uighurs in China: Which reports are fake?

What is real and what is fake in news coming out of the Muslim-dominated province of Xinjiang is difficult to find out. Through January and February, diplomats and journalists from 30 countries, inclu...
By Neha Sahay in

Opinion  /  Published 01.06.20

Finally, telling the truth

So the mighty Communist Party has finally admitted that the coronavirus pandemic has wreaked havoc on the livelihoods of ordinary Chinese people. For weeks, the official media carried only positive re...
By Neha Sahay in


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