James Zimmerman

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Since China opened to the West three-and-a-half decades ago, foreigners, foreign companies, and foreign technology have oftentimes been suspect in the eyes of some government factions. Chinese reformers have had an uphill battle in overcoming these deeply rooted cultural fears.

The authorities’ paranoia is at the heart of the 1985 Chinese film “The Black Cannon Incident.” In the picture, the lead character, Zhao Shuxin, is a capable and competent German-speaking engineer in a state-owned mining company that seeks to obtain West German technology. Mr. Zhao is an avid player of Chinese chess and when he finds one of his chess pieces missing — the black cannon — he sends a telegram to a hotel that he previously stayed at requesting the hotel’s help in finding it: “Missing black cannon.…  Seguir leyendo »

As someone who has seen firsthand China’s progress over the last two decades, I have been deeply disappointed in Beijing’s treatment of Liu Xiaobo since he won the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

The China I live in is one that has increased personal freedom and accepts greater public discourse than ever before. Yet the face that China presents to the outside world does not resemble the modern and dynamic society that it is working to become.

Many of my American friends do not realize that today Chinese people are allowed to express themselves, publicly and privately, in ways unheard of 20 years ago.…  Seguir leyendo »