With the “China Spectrum” project, the Berlin-based China think tank Merics, together with the China Institute at the University of Trier, aims to make the debates within China visible and to map the broad spectrum of existing opinions in the People’s Republic. It is true that under Xi Jinping as head of state and party, censorship has increased significantly and freedom of opinion is massively restricted. However, lively debates beyond the official lines of the communist leadership continue to take place – especially in Chinese online forums and social media.
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