Category Archives: History 历史

The “Oh How did we go wrong?” Question

However Did Our China Crystal Balls Fail Us? I have been noticing some people asking the question “How did we get China wrong?” My thinking is that engagement by western people and western government with Chinese people has been very … Continue reading

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Father Murdered in Cultural Revolution, Liu He Now PRC Vice Premier

During my ten years in China, many people told me stories of barely imaginable cruelties that took place during the political campaigns of the 1950s and 1960s. I knew Environmentalist Tang Xiyang. Tang told me how his wife, a middle … Continue reading

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Kong Lingping’s Rightist Memoir Excerpt: Sun Mingquan Avenges Himself

Another excerpt from Kong Lingping’s memoir Bloody Chronicles 血纪 which I continue translating. Thus far, I am two-thirds of the way through my translation of this 900-page book. I knew Kong Lingping while serving at the U.S. Consulate General in … Continue reading

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CSIS II: The Taiwan Relations Act at Forty and U.S.-Taiwan Relations

I went to listen to all-day panel discussions “The Taiwan Relations Act at Forty and U.S.-Taiwan Relations” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, DC on April 9th. I even got a free lunch and caught … Continue reading

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Did Revealing PRC Secret Lead to Prof Yu’s Weibo Account Suspension??

On April 9th, the South China Morning Post reported that the 90-day suspension of the Weibo account of renowned expert on Chinese grassroots activism (and sometime advisor to top Communist Party leaders) Chinese Academy of Social Sciences Professor Yu Jianrong. … Continue reading

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2009: Censored — Tang Xiyang’s A Green World Tour

It can be so very hard to imagine what it could have been like to live in a totalitarian state. While I worked in the S&T section at U.S. Embassy Beijing in China, I knew the Chinese environmentalist Tang Xiyang.   … Continue reading

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Party Honors One Hundred on 40th Anniversary of Reform

One hundred people have been nominated as exemplars of China’s forty-year-old policy of reform and opening up by Chinese Communist organizations throughout China and finally by a special Leading Group of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China. … Continue reading

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