China’s Trapped Transition


As the 18th National Congress of the Chinese Communist Party was held in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People from November 8-15, 2012, controls on information tightened across the board in China, and there were reports of violent suppression of dissidents and rights defenders — a stark contrast to the triumphal tone of the meetings. In the following cartoon, posted by artist Kuang Biao (邝飚) to Sina Weibo, China is portrayed as a faceless, bruised and bloody figure wrapped in barbed wire as it tries hopelessly to take off into the air on wings fashioned from laurel branches (symbolizing triumph through inner struggle).

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