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Why is Beijing afraid of ‘freedom of thought’?

As part of China's ongoing crackdown against academic freedom, the Communist Party changed the charter of a prominent university.
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Lavish gifts for public officials? That means jail time in the...

In books and TV shows, you might see U.S. government officials accepting lavish meals and gifts. In reality, there are strict rules against this corruption.
Illustration of dragon snaking through university building near students walking and sitting on grass (State Dept./D. Thompson)

Do Confucius Institutes threaten academic freedom?

Academics and policymakers say the Chinese Communist Party exports censorship to universities in other countries through its cultural centers.
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Who do you call when products don’t work?

When products are faulty and harmful, businesses issue a recall and work with government agencies to publicize the recall and how to get the product fixed.
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How some countries involve citizens in governing

“Open government” should never be an oxymoron. More national governments are making sure the phrase isn't one by increasing their transparency.
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Open communication key during public health crises

South Korea and the United States have kept their citizens informed of the coronavirus outbreak while China's regime withheld vital information.
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The surveillance state: Uyghur oppression in Xinjiang, China [video]

Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities face imprisonment or state surveillance in China, which forces them to renounce their religion and culture.

How science works in the U.S.

The U.S. scientific culture encourages new discoveries. It does it through collaboration, public funding, open science, peer review and outreach.
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U.S. moves to protect investors from China’s firms

The U.S. is aiming to stop China's long-standing efforts to block accurate financial disclosures. Learn how the U.S. is seeking to protect investors.