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China and Religious Freedom
Where Is the Panchen Lama?

As the Dalai Lama turns 85, the Chinese Communist Party is stepping up its plans to control the selection of the Tibetan spiritual leader’s successor. The kidnapping of the six-year-old Panchen Lama and his family 25 years ago shows how far it is prepared to go.

Liberal Arts
Surviving Prison in China with Poetry

A Tiananmen Massacre survivor and former political prisoner in China reflects on how poetry helped him endure captivity, and how art can sustain us amidst social distancing.

Frank Schwichtenberg – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0
Can the WHO Deliver?
Key Questions for the World Health Organization

If the WHO is to remain a credible international organization, it must answer these questions—publicly and in detail.

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Strategic Stalemate
Hong Kong’s Long View

The struggle over Hong Kong seems headed toward stalemate. But while the Hong Kongers can tolerate not winning in the short term, the CCP is worried that they are not losing.

Flickr via user Etan Liam
China’s Nationalist Moment
Will Hong Kong Rain on Xi’s Parade?

For China’s revanchist nationalists, the Hong Kong protests are as much an opportunity as they are a threat.

China's peripheral vision
Xi’s Hong Kong Options—and Ours

Hong Kong can show Xi Jinping that repressing freedom is a no-win proposition.

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Xi’s Worst Nightmare
Hong Kong’s Freedom Movement Won’t Stop Now, or There

The protests and the government’s backpedaling have exposed fissures running through the mainland, and even into Beijing’s ruling elite.

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