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“Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the…



“Zhou Youguang, known as the father of Pinyin for creating the system of Romanized Chinese writing that has become the international standard since its introduction some 60 years ago, died on Saturday in Beijing, Chinese state media reported. He was 111. In recent decades, with the comparative invincibility that he felt great age bestowed on him, Mr. Zhou was also an outspoken critic of the Chinese government.”

For more on Zhou Youguang’s life and work, see Margalit Fox, “Zhou Youguang, Who Made Writing Chinese as Simple as ABC, Dies at 111,” The New York Times (14 Jan 2017)

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“China detained a total of 20 people following the publication…



“China detained a total of 20 people following the publication of a letter calling on President Xi Jinping to resign, the BBC has learned.The letter was posted earlier in March on state-backed website Wujie News.Although quickly deleted by the authorities, a cached version can still be found online.”

For more, see John Sudworth “China ‘Detained 20 over Xi Resignation Letter’” at BBC.com (25 March 2016). Further detail and context can also be found at China Digital Times.

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