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Throwing labor activists in jail won’t solve China’s structural problems

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Structural problems like industrial restructuring, relocations, and downsizing cannot be removed by repressing civil society," says Chris Chan, a sociology professor at the City University of Hong Kong. The crackdown on workers’ rights activists is the subject of a recent complaint filed by the International Labor Organization.
7 months ago
Sky Canaves
By Sky Canaves
Sky Canaves previously reported for The Wall Street Journal in Beijing and Hong Kong, where she covered media, culture, social issues, and legal affairs, and served as the founding editor and lead writer of the WSJ’s China Real Time site. Prior to becoming a journalist, Sky worked in the China corporate law practice of Baker & McKenzie, and she has also taught journalism and media law at the University of Hong Kong. She speaks Mandarin and has accumulated more than a decade's experience living, studying and working in China.
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