Editor’s note for Thursday, September 10, 2020

A note from the editor of today's SupChina Access newsletter.

My thoughts today:

First, a correction: Yesterday, I linked to an interesting article by Shailendra Raj Mehta about China “obfuscating census data” and so covering up an impending population crisis. Apologies to Shailendra, who is, of course, a he, not a she, as I mistakenly wrote.

More bad news: Publisher Gěng Xiāonán 耿瀟男 and her husband were “seized by police on September 9,” according to CHRD. “Geng first alerted the world to Tsinghua professor Xǔ Zhāngrùn’s 许章润 detention in July” and tried to raise awareness about the disappearance of citizen journalist Chén Qiūshí 陈秋实 in Wuhan in February. Chen has not been seen since. The South China Morning Post has more details.

“In defense of diplomacy with China” is a new opinion piece by James Green, who has worked for over two decades on U.S.-China relations for the U.S. government and in the private sector. He’s not arguing that the U.S. should be soft on China, but that it is self-defeating to stop talking.

Our word of the day is naked political persecution and racial discrimination (赤裸裸的政治迫害和种族歧视 chìluǒluǒ de zhèngzhì pòhài hé zhǒngzú qíshì). See our top story for details.

—Jeremy Goldkorn, Editor-in-Chief