Xi’s Boldest Critic Is the Latest Target of China’s Crackdown on Dissent

A man walks past a large video screen showing Chinese leader Xi Jinping speaking in Beijing, June 30, 2020 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).
A man walks past a large video screen showing Chinese leader Xi Jinping speaking in Beijing, June 30, 2020 (AP photo by Mark Schiefelbein).
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Editor’s Note: Every Wednesday, WPR Newsletter and Engagement Editor Benjamin Wilhelm curates the week’s top news and expert analysis on China. Chinese police on Monday detained prominent legal scholar Xu Zhangrun, one of the few academics in China who still dared to openly criticize Xi Jinping’s leadership. Xu’s arrest is further evidence that under Xi, times have changed for well-known intellectuals who were once spared detention for airing measured grievances about the government. Xu first drew widespread attention in 2018 when he denounced Xi’s hard-line policies in an essay that The New York Times described as a “rare rebuke” of […]

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