Chinese Artist Zhao Zhao: 'I Try To Resist Being Tamed'

Chinese Artist Zhao Zhao: 'I Try To Resist Being Tamed'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2013

In an interview, Chinese artist Zhao Zhao, who has a new exhibition in Berlin, discusses the state harassment he has experienced, his role as a troublemaker and why, recently, he is spending more time on his art than activism. more... Comment ]

Gay in China: Suffering in a Marriage of Convenience

Gay in China: Suffering in a Marriage of Convenience

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 08, 2013

Xiao Bin is gay, but has been married to a woman for the last seven years. His fate is no different from that of up to 90 percent of gay men in China. The society is slowly changing, but pressures heaped on same-sex couples remain huge. By Stefan Schultz in Tianjin, China more... Comment ]

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: 'I Am Guilty'

Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: 'I Am Guilty'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 26, 2013

For the first time since receiving the Nobel Prize in literature, controversial Chinese author Mo Yan has consented to an interview. Many have accused him of being too close to the regime. But he rejects the charge and finds sharp words for his detractors. more... Comment ]

Rest in Peace: The Dead Children of Guizhou

Rest in Peace: The Dead Children of Guizhou

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 07, 2013

Since the discovery in mid-November of the bodies of five young boys in China's Guizhou province, the Chinese leadership has sought to distract attention from the case. Reporting on the deaths by SPIEGEL was also hindered. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

The Challenge for Beijing's New Leaders: Chinese No Longer Bow to Autocratic Rule

The Challenge for Beijing's New Leaders: Chinese No Longer Bow to Autocratic Rule

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 02, 2012

The time of autocratic rule has passed for China's Communist Party. At one time it was understood that the people would obey, and everyone would get rich in return. But economic success will no longer suffice. Now the Chinese are demanding freedom and security too. By Bernhard Zand in Beijing more...

Two Views on Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: A Controversial Choice for this Year's Literature Prize

Two Views on Nobel Laureate Mo Yan: A Controversial Choice for this Year's Literature Prize

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 15, 2012

The decision last week to award the Nobel Prize in literature to Chinese author Mo Yan has not been the cause for universal celebration. Dissidents are criticizing the choice. In interviews with SPIEGEL, award-winning Chinese writer Liao Yiwu says he is "stunned" by the choice, and German novelist Martin Walser argues the recipient's work is "extremely critical and very open". more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: 'Mo Yan Has Long Since Sided with Beijing'

The World from Berlin: 'Mo Yan Has Long Since Sided with Beijing'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 12, 2012

Beijing is elated, but critics are questioning whether the Swedish Academy sent the right message to China's regime by awarding apolitical writer Mo Yan this year's Nobel Prize in literature. German editorialists on Friday acknowledge his talent, but urge a continued focus on human rights. more...

Murder and Money: China's Communists May Emerge Stronger from Scandal

Murder and Money: China's Communists May Emerge Stronger from Scandal

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2012

The sex and corruption scandals surrounding Bo Xilai looked set to damage China's communists ahead of the upcoming transition of power. But the party moved quickly and decisively, and may have strengthened its hold on power in the process. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Interview with Ai Weiwei: 'They Are Weak'

Interview with Ai Weiwei: 'They Are Weak'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 04, 2012

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 55, discusses his struggle with the government, the silence over his case in the domestic media and designated party leader Xi Jinping, who is soon expected to become China's next leader. more... Comment ]

The World from Berlin: China's View of Germany Is 'Flattering but Dangerous'

The World from Berlin: China's View of Germany Is 'Flattering but Dangerous'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2012

During her two-day visit to China, German Chancellor Angela Merkel tried to get Beijing on board for her efforts to rescue the euro. The Chinese leadership sees Germany as leading the European fight against the crisis. German commentators warn that Berlin should not let itself be seduced by Beijing's attention. more... Comment ]

The Domesticated Chancellor: Merkel Shies Away from Direct Criticism in China

The Domesticated Chancellor: Merkel Shies Away from Direct Criticism in China

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 31, 2012

Chancellor Angela Merkel used to be unafraid of irking China. These days, though, she has become wary of openly criticizing the country's human rights record or its ongoing support of the regime in Syria. China's growing wealth and Europe's own difficulties, it would seem, have made her less assertive. A Commentary by Wieland Wagner in Beijing more...