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Katja Drinhausen – A spotlight on the remnants of debate culture

Katja Drinhausen, Program Manager at Merics.

In 2018, Katja Drinhausen decided to leave China for good. At the time, she already lived in the country for twelve years, but then everything fell apart. “The room for debate has narrowed more and more since Xi Jinping took office,” says the current Program Manager at the Merics research institute. By contrast, in the late 2000s, discussions on the Chinese Internet virtually exploded.

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