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    China Promises Relaxed One-Child Policy: Will It Deliver?

    Chinese Communist party leaders recently declared in an official communiqué that the government could begin to slightly relax its infamous one-child policy. Though vague, the new plan will apparently allow certain couples to have more than one child, assuming one of the parents is an only child. But the U.S. … More

    Chen Guangcheng’s Defense of Human Rights

    Distinguished human rights activist Chen Guangcheng called on world leaders to take action on religious oppression, forced abortion, and other human rights violations by China’s Communist government last week in a lecture delivered at Princeton University. Chen became famous for opposing China’s oppressive one-child policy. His inaugural address as a … More

    Obama Budget Increases Taxpayer Funding of Abortion

    President Obama’s fiscal year (FY) 2014 budget released yesterday persists in entangling taxpayer dollars in the abortion industry. Obama’s budget includes $327 million for Title X family planning programs, a more than $30 million increase over last year’s request. Title X is one of a number of sources of government … More

    China’s Egregious Human Rights Record

    Human rights advocates stressed the importance of U.S. leadership in fighting violations of liberty in China in testimony before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee in advance of Secretary of State John Kerry’s trip to Beijing. Chen Guangcheng, a renowned human rights advocate and former prisoner in China, told Congress the … More

    Chen Guangcheng: A Profile in Courage

    The Heritage Foundation had the honor of hosting noted Chinese human rights activist Chen Guangcheng on January 30. He made several observations regarding the state of human rights in China. In Washington to accept an award from the Lantos Foundation for Human Rights and Justice, Chen then visited The Heritage … More

    Morning Bell: A Force for Liberty from China to Cuba

    On Saturday night, blind Chinese legal activist Chen Guangcheng arrived in Newark, N.J., after escaping seven years of persecution in China. With the sweet land of liberty under his feet, Chen breathed the free air and remarked, “We should link our arms to continue in the fight for the goodness in … More

    Chen Guangcheng: The Value of One Voice

    Activist Chen Guangcheng and his immediate family are out of China. This is a good thing, and the Obama Administration deserves credit for making it happen. There will be plenty of opportunity for the American political system to assess the Administration’s initial handling of the matter and what it says about its … More

    'I Cannot Be Silent': Chen Guangcheng Speaks on Abuse, Forced Abortion

    Chinese activist Chen Guangcheng called into a congressional hearing again yesterday, detailing reported abuse of his relatives and friends in the wake of his escape. When lauded for his courage and tireless advocacy for victims of forced abortion and involuntary sterilization, Chen simply remarked, through translation: “I am not a … More

    Growing Uncertainty at the Top in Beijing

    The Chinese leadership situation just became even more convoluted, as the official responsible for internal security, Zhou Yongkang, has been forced to relinquish his responsibilities. While it is impossible to be sure, one possibility is that a formal removal from office may be in the offing. Zhou, responsible for China’s … More

    Clinton Visit to Bangladesh Overshadowed by Internal Turmoil

    Leaving the drama surrounding Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng behind in China, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Bangladesh last week with plans to advocate trade, democracy, increased security, and human rights. Clinton is the first Secretary of State to visit Bangladesh since 2003—a move that further underscores the … More