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China Primer: Human Rights

The U.S. Department of State describes the People’s Republic of China (PRC, or China) as an “authoritarian state in which the Communist Party of China (CPC) is the paramount authority.” Some analysts argue China has been moving in a totalitarian direction, as it is characterized by a leadership that is dominated by one person, CPC General Secretary Xi Jinping, increasing enforcement of ideological conformity, and greater party-state control over society, enhanced by the use of digital technologies. In October 2022, the 20th Central Committee of the CPC selected Xi to serve a norm-breaking third, five-year term.

This paper explores the various U.S. government policy tools used to support human rights in China.

 

  • Author(s):
  • Thomas Lum
  • Michael A. Weber
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China Primer: Human Rights
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Publisher:Congressional Research Service
Published:January 6, 2023
License:Public Domain

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