In an exclusive interview with AFPTV, Chinese film star Gong Li, whose films have occasionally angered the Chinese authorities, says the country's growing film industry success could help bring about more openness.
As part of the Guardian Open Weekend, Will Hutton, columnist and former editor-in-chief of the Observer speaks about his prediction of the political and economic future of China and the pubic uprising to come within five years time.
The Wall Street Journal Digital Network's Deborah Kan speaks with Beijing based reporter Josh Chin, who has been monitoring outspoken blog sites on what Chinese people are saying about the Bo Xilai scandal.
The Guardian reports that exiled poet and essayist Bao Lin has criticized the London Book Fair for inviting only state-approved Chinese writers during next months event, saying its omissions are as glaring as if 'a book fair hosting Britain failed to invite Salman Rushdie.'
By Kelsang Gyaltsen [Tibet Envoy, Europe] - The Tibetan struggle: A case of exemplary non-violent struggle for freedom
For over five decades, under the leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the Tibetan freedom struggle has remained strictly non-violent. After the devolution of his political authority to the democratically elected leaders of the Central Tibetan Administration, the Tibetan political leadership in exile has made clear that it will continue to abide by the path of non-violence and not seek separation from China or independence for Tibet. The Central Tibetan Administration will continue to strive for genuine autonomy for the Tibetan people within the framework of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) through dialogue and negotiations. Thus, the Tibetan freedom struggle is not only an exemplary non-violent movement but is also a model for political moderation, democracy and the spirit of dialogue and reconciliation.
Sharon LaFraniere [New York Times] - Even at 106 years old, Zhou Youguang is the kind of creative thinker that Chinese leaders regularly command the government to cultivate in their bid to raise their nation from the world’s factory floor.
By Alicia Campi [China Brief] - The mid-November 2011 surprise four-day visit to Mongolia of the 14th Dalai Lama reignited simmering Chinese worries about how the Tibetan Buddhist spiritual leader is using and is being used by its northern neighbor and important mineral trade partner.