China’s long history of censorship and strict control over its citizens has garnered domestic and international attention. The most recent case of the disappearance of the female tennis player Peng Shuai stoked outrage amongst many, including the International Olympic Committee and the Association of Tennis Professionals. Although Peng is suspected to be under watch but physically safe, it brings into question the future of Chinese censorship on a global platform. With the BeijingWinter Olympics set to start Feb 4th, we ask how ingrained is political censorship in China? Will international factors and perspectives impact Chinese censorship? Is international outrage over Peng pushing Beijing to change? To answer these questions, joining us today on the podcast is Olivia Enos.
Olivia Enos is a senior policy analyst in the Asian Studies Center at The Heritage Foundation and focuses on human rights and national security challenges in Asia. Her research spans a wide range of subjects, including democracy and governance challenges, human trafficking and human smuggling, religious freedom, refugee issues, and other social challenges in the region. She has a bi-monthly column in Forbes where she writes on the intersection between human rights challenges and national security concerns. And, in 2014, she co-founded the Council on Asian Affairs, a group for young Asia policy professionals in Washington, D.C. We hope you enjoy this episode of the Hopkins Podcast on Foreign Affairs.