The Risks of Expanding Repression in China | Freedom House

The Risks of Expanding Repression in China

By Sarah Cook, Senior Research Analyst, East Asia


In cracking down on the likes of women’s activists, the CCP risks a much larger political crisis. 

After Chinese authorities recently detained female activists who were planning a protest against sexual harassment, a well-connected journalist friend of theirs told Foreign Policy that she was shocked by the news “because detention of young feminists in China was basically unheard of.”

But the arrests should not have come entirely as a surprise. The suppression of previously tolerated activities, topics, and individuals has been a distinguishing feature of the crackdown on civil society under Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader Xi Jinping. Read more here. 

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