The Sunday Magazine

The Crackdown on Human Rights in China

China's ruthless repression of civil society is getting worse, as President Xi Jinping battles corruption and moves to centralize power. Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Chinese President Xi Jinping at the G20 Summit in Antalya, Turkey on November 16, 2015. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Improving Canada's relations with China is high on the agenda of the Liberal government. It has launched a major internal review of the relationship. A far-reaching free trade deal is on the table, and there is talk of helping up to 100,000 Canadian students study in China. But pursuing that relationship comes with moral complications. China's ruthless repression of civil society is increasing, as President Xi Jinping cracks down on corruption and moves to centralize power. 

Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York (Elsa Ruiz/Asia Society)
To understand more about this ominous shift in China's internal politics and its implications for us all, Michael speaks to one of the world's most eminent and respected China watchers. Orville Schell is the Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at the Asia Society in New York, and author of 10 books about China. His latest is Wealth and Power: China's Long March to the 21st Century.

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