søndag 11. november 2018

Beijing Bars Independent Intellectuals From Attending Harvard Events on China’s Reform and Opening

While Chinese leaders vow to deepen reform and opening-up, the Chinese government seems to be doing the opposite. On November 5, China opened its first six-day International Import Expo (CIIE) in Shanghai. In his keynote speech delivered at the opening ceremony, Chinese President Xi Jinping repeatedly mentioned China’s commitment to reform and opening-up over the past 40 years, vowiing to “push for a new round of high-level opening-up.”

On the same day, the Fairbank Center at Harvard University — one of the most prominent academic institutes for Chinese Studies in the world — also initiated a week of public events marking 40 years of China’s opening and reform. However, a group of Chinese intellectuals who had been scheduled to attend the Harvard events were barred from leaving China.