Category Archives: Society

Why values matter in Australia’s relations with China

John Fitzgerald Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy, Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne Returning to Australia last year after five or six years away I had a Rip Van Winkle moment. Back in 2007 Wall St. was awash with cash, Europe was booming, and China was humming along. Today China is still humming and

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In the shadow of Tiananmen, LinkedIn succumbs to China’s censorship

Peter Cai, Fergus Ryan China Spectator The tentacles of Chinese censorship have extended to the US professional social media network LinkedIn on the eve of the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Massacre. The reach of Chinese censorship is far wider than previously thought, and includes the international version of LinkedIn as well as people who

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Reflections on Tiananmen

Michael Sainsbury Today, June 4, 2014, is the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen massacre in and around Beijing’s central square where troops from the People’s Liberation Army rolled their tanks into the city to mete out a lesson both to the unlucky that were there and to others protesting in 80 cities across the country. It

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The Aussie artist nabbed by China’s secret police

Michael Sainsbury Australian-Chinese artist Guo Jian has been detained by China’s feared State Security Bureau on the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. Tony Abbott must call for his immediate release. On Sunday afternoon, a friend of Australian-Chinese artist Guo Jian in Beijing received a text message from the 52-year-old saying he had been

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