Breaking It All Down

      This week, as President Xi Jinping commences talks with the Prime Minister of Great Britain, the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) recalls the Obama-Xi Summit. On Tuesday the 20th of October 2015, host Bob Schieffer conducted an in-depth discussion with three eminent panelists: Kurt Campbell Chairman and CEO of Asia Group, Demetri Sevastopulo Washington Bureau Chief for the Financial Times, and Chris Johnson senior adviser and Freeman Chair in China Studies at CSIS.

The Death Penalty in China as a State Sponsored Human Rights Abuse

In the past couple of decades, there has been a global shift away from use of the death penalty.1 Many nations around the world are beginning to realize that the death penalty is not only an outdated means of punishment, but also a violation of international human rights standards. The UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, for example, states that individuals may not be deprived of life. Capital punishment appears to directly violate this provision.

Ankang Psychiatric Detention Centers and China's New Mental Health Law

In most countries, mental health facilities are places of refuge for those who are mentally ill. In China, however, this is not necessarily the case. The Ankang mental health hospitals in China have long been utilized by the state to involuntarily confine those who are considered “troublemakers” by relatives, local police, and the Communist Party. In reality, the Ankang (安康) is a component of China’s vast system of arbitrary detention institutions.

12 Years Later, Margaret Thatcher's Fear About China Realized

“[L]et us be in no doubt: the world is still a dangerous place…” ~ Margaret Thatcher Margaret Thatcher, Prime Minister of England from 1970 to 1974 and former Honorary Fellow at the Hoover Institution gave a speech at the Hoover Institution on October 31st, 2000. The title of her speech was “A Time for Leadership”. Within the speech, Thatcher made startlingly accurate predictions about the rise of China in the 21st century.