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A woman wears a mask to protect herself from a coronavirus contagion, in Guangzhou, China, on Thursday. (Alex Plavevski/PA-EFE/Shutterstock)

The Chinese Communist Party has once again proved that authoritarianism is dangerous — not just for human rights but also for public health.

Confronted with the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak, the CCP has instinctively reverted to its familiar tool kit: It immediately staged a large-scale lockdown of people and information at the expense of the public good.

You don’t have to believe me. See for yourself.

All you need to do is look at the images and words of brave citizens in Wuhan who have responded by passing on firsthand information about the epidemic to their compatriots and the outside world. They are doing this at great risk to themselves.…  Seguir leyendo »

Apple no se puede resistir a China… y a sus leyes antiprivacidad

Apple ha compartido algo muy valioso. No se trata del anuncio de la última versión del iPhone, sino de una enorme cantidad de datos personales que irán directamente al régimen autoritario más grande, y uno de los más severos, del mundo: el gobierno comunista de China.

Debido a la continua represión de los derechos humanos y de la libertad de expresión por parte del gobierno chino del presidente Xi Jinping, así como a su involucramiento cada vez más profundo en las democracias de Occidente, las políticas de Apple en China tienen implicaciones de mucho mayor alcance para todos nosotros.

El verano pasado, Apple anunció que se asociaría con Guizhou-Cloud Big Data (GCBD), una empresa propiedad del Estado relacionada con el Partido Comunista, para construir el primer centro de almacenamiento de datos de Apple en China.…  Seguir leyendo »

Apple Can’t Resist Playing by China’s Rules

Apple is selling out. It’s not about the latest version of the iPhone, but the huge cache of personal data that will be going directly to the largest, and one of the harshest, authoritarian regimes in the world: the Communist government of China.

Given the Chinese government’s continuing crackdown on human rights and freedom of speech under President Xi Jinping, as well as its deepening reach into Western democracies, Apple’s policies in China have far-reaching implications for us all.

Last summer, Apple announced that it would be partnering with Guizhou-Cloud Big Data, a state-owned company with Communist Party connections, to build Apple’s first data-storage center in China.…  Seguir leyendo »

Protesters holding portraits of Liu Xiaobo at a demonstration in Hong Kong on Saturday. Credit Sun Yeung/Pacific Press, via LightRocket, via Getty Images

One of my countrymen, the Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo, has been imprisoned for eight years for the crime of drafting Charter 08, a political manifesto calling for democracy in China.

Now, the 61-year-old intellectual and literary critic has liver cancer — and the Chinese authorities are refusing to allow him to travel to the United States for medical treatment. If Mr. Liu’s incarceration for “inciting subversion of state power” was appalling, the way China has handled Mr. Liu’s illness should give pause to any government or business seeking to form closer ties with Beijing.

No lawyer or independent medical professional has been allowed to see Mr.…  Seguir leyendo »

Lawyer Wang Yu shown in Beijing last year. (Mark Schiefelbein/Associated Press)

While Chinese media giants have made news by acquiring significant Hollywood assets over the past few months, the Chinese Communist Party has been busily producing its own video content, though the stiffness of the acting and repetitive dialogue would no doubt make any seasoned director shudder. From finance professionals forced to “apologize” for their attempts at accurate reporting on the country’s economic slowdown to the chilling “confession” this week of human rights lawyer Wang Yu, the Communist Party is clearly trying to cover up the bitter truth of its brutal rule — and, at the same time, assuage its unease and fear — by broadcasting a series of preposterous confessions on state media platforms.…  Seguir leyendo »

I recently learned that former secretary of state Hillary Clinton dedicated an entire chapter of her new book , “ Hard Choices ,” to the story of how she and her staff at the U.S. Embassy in Beijing gave me refuge and negotiated my safe travel to the United States after I escaped from illegal house arrest. I’m grateful for her decision to allow me to take sanctuary in the embassy. But I fear that my safe arrival in the United States has given the mistaken impression, as Clinton wrote, that Chinese authorities were “scrupulous” in living up to their agreement with the United States.…  Seguir leyendo »

Living in the United States, we now enjoy the right to speak freely. We are in Washington this week exercising that right by telling our stories — the stories of rights lawyers and their families who so often face persecution in the People’s Republic of China — to anyone who will listen. But we know that our voices alone will not be enough. As the Chinese government continues to punish those inside the country who stand up for the rights of others, we need the United States and President Obama to stand with us and demand that this repression end.

Our stories are flip sides of the same coin.…  Seguir leyendo »

For nearly two years, I was locked in my farmhouse by lawless thugs, unable to seek medical care and scarcely able to even imagine a day when I could feel the sun on my face again. In the month since my wife, children and I arrived in the United States from China, the extraordinary official surveillance and restrictions imposed on my family members who remain in our home village reportedly have started to abate. The county police have even begun to make amends, offering to pay my brother for some of the furniture they broke during the vengeful attack on his family after they discovered my escape.…  Seguir leyendo »

Since I arrived in the United States on May 19, people have asked me, “What do you want to do here?” I have come here to study temporarily, not to seek political asylum. And while I pursue my studies, I hope that the Chinese government and the Communist Party will conduct a thorough investigation of the lawless punishment inflicted on me and my family over the past seven years.

I asked for such an investigation while I was hospitalized in Beijing, after I had left the refuge of the United States Embassy and American officials negotiated my reunification with my family.…  Seguir leyendo »