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...

Merkel in China: Berlin's Cozy New Relationship with Beijing

Merkel in China: Berlin's Cozy New Relationship with Beijing

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 29, 2012

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and much of her cabinet are headed to Beijing on Thursday for a two-day diplomatic offensive. China has quickly become one of Germany's key partners, but several heated disagreements remained to be solved. By Markus Deggerich, Ralf Neukirch and Wieland Wagner more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Chen Guangcheng: 'I'm Not Free'

SPIEGEL Interview with Chen Guangcheng: 'I'm Not Free'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 07, 2012

Blind Chinese civil rights activist Chen Guangcheng caused tension between the US and China when he sought refuge at the US Embassy after escaping from house arrest. In a SPIEGEL interview, Chen talks about the threats against his family and his desire to leave China as quickly as possible. more... Comment ]