Brewing Conflict: Protests in Hong Kong Unlikely to Yield Results

Brewing Conflict: Protests in Hong Kong Unlikely to Yield Results

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 15, 2019

Resistance to a planned extradition law has enlivened the opposition in Hong Kong after several years of placidity. But the danger of confrontation with Beijing is real and neither side seems ready for compromise. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

A German Prisoner's Account: Forced Labor and Torture in a Chinese Jail

A German Prisoner's Account: Forced Labor and Torture in a Chinese Jail

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2019

Robert Rother spent almost eight years in a Chinese prison after being convicted of financial fraud. Now that he's out, he told DER SPIEGEL about the forced labor and torture he witnessed while behind bars. By Jürgen Dahlkamp, Gunther Latsch and Jörg Schmitt more... Comment ]


The Disappeared: An Inside Look at China's Reeducation Camps

The Disappeared: An Inside Look at China's Reeducation Camps

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 13, 2018

A million Muslims are being held in reeducation camps in northwestern China, where they are forced to learn Mandarin and sing communist songs. Ex-prisoners who have escaped across the border to Kazakhstan talk about their imprisonment. By Katrin Kuntz more... Comment ]

China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

China's Xinjiang Region: A Surveillance State Unlike Any the World Has Ever Seen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2018

In western China, Beijing is using the most modern means available to control its Uighur minority. Tens of thousands have disappeared into re-education camps. A journey to an eerily quiet region. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


'Nobody Has Endless Strength': Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

'Nobody Has Endless Strength': Ai Weiwei's New Life in Europe

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 13, 2015

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei was finally given his passport back and immediately left the country to join his family in Germany. But he is unsettled by his newfound freedom and he is searching for a new role. SPIEGEL caught up with him in Munich. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

A Man in Full: To Hell and Back in the Chinese Healthcare System

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 28, 2015

When a farmer and migrant worker got thrombosis in his legs, China failed him. In the end, he had to saw off his own rotting leg in order to survive. Zheng Yanliang's story is an allegory of the struggle to modernize the Chinese healthcare system. By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]


Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: 'The State Is Scared'

Interview with Chinese Artist Ai Weiwei: 'The State Is Scared'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 20, 2015

In a SPIEGEL interview, Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, 57, discusses the continuing repression faced by civil rights activists in China, why he believes progressive change in the country is inevitable and shameful human rights violations in the United States. Interview Conducted By Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

Fahrenheit 1989: China Erases Memories of Tiananmen

Fahrenheit 1989: China Erases Memories of Tiananmen

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 06, 2014

Twenty-five years ago, the Chinese army violently suppressed protests on Tiananmen Square. To this day, Beijing uses pressure, censorship and money to stifle all attempts to commemorate the seminal incident in an up-and-coming China. By Bernhard Zand in Beijing more... Comment ]


Bürgerrechtler Xu Wangping: China lässt Dissidenten nach neun Jahren Haft frei

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 30, 2014

Unter strengen Auflagen hat die chinesische Regierung den Bürgerrechtler Xu Wangping vorzeitig aus dem Gefängnis entlassen. An seinen Überzeugungen habe die neunjährige Inhaftierung nichts geändert, sagte Xu. mehr... Forum ]

The Unrelenting Ai Weiwei: Show Evokes Danger and Urgency of Art

The Unrelenting Ai Weiwei: Show Evokes Danger and Urgency of Art

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 02, 2014

A major exhibition opens in Berlin this week of the work of Ai Weiwei, China's most famous artist. Events like this are the very thing that protect him against further repression at home. The show is packed with moving works that are critical of the regime. By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]