‘Chinese leaders are not known for tolerating dissent, but Xi Jinping is less tolerant than his predecessors.’  Photograph: EPA/WU HONG

I remember Cao Shunli’s speech during her trial. She was a brave activist who fought for land rights, documented cases of human rights abuse and parti(...)

Burma’s Commander-in-Chief Senior General Min Aung Hlaing (C) walks next to Thai army chief and junta head General Prayuth Chan-ocha (L) and the supreme commander of the military General Tanasak Patimapragorn (R). Photograph: EPA/Chanat Katanyu

These are sour times for democracy in Asia. Photographs showed Gen Tanasak Patimapragorn, supreme commander of Thailand’s armed forces, hugging Burma’(...)

Last week a well-known writer called Hao Qun, whose pen name is Murong Xuecun, had his Weibo accounts with the providers Sina, Tencent, Net-Ease, and Sohu deleted simultaneously. Photograph: Carlos Barria/Reuters

In its latest effort to muzzle dissent and steer public opinion, the Chinese government has started to shut or freeze microblogs written by pro(...)

Chinese president Xi Jinping, who has called for a crackdown on graft and warned that the problem is so extreme it could threaten the party’s survival. Photograph: Feng Li/Getty Images

Chinese police have detained activist Liu Ping on subversion charges after she called on(...)