A food safety factory shutdown has Americans hunting for baby formula. Readying themselves for a covid-19 lockdown, Chinese in Beijing emptied store shelves. Emerging from lockdown, some in Shanghai are visiting well-provisioned markets. U.S.-China agricultural trade is booming, but many are still being left hungry. Food security, sustainability and safety remain issues.
Video: Teng Biao on human rights in China
Legal scholar and well-known human rights activist Teng Biao gave a talk at USC on the state of human rights in China.
Teng Biao 滕彪 is a legal scholar and well-known human rights activist. Currently the Grove Human Rights Scholar at Hunter College, City University of New York, Teng Biao earned a doctorate in law from Beijing University and taught at China University of Political Science and Law for twelve years. In addition to his teaching, Teng took on a number of human rights cases, including high profile ones such as the Sun Zhigang, Chen Guangcheng and Hu Jia cases. Teng’s outspoken advocacy led to him being detained by various authorities on several occasions. Living primarily in the U.S. since 2012, Teng has criticized companies and organizations in the U.S. which have changed marketing materials or avoided topics the Chinese government deems “sensitive.” In his forward for the book, The People’s Republic of the Disappeared, Teng wrote: “Those holding unchecked power often seek to hide their cruelty behind euphemisms… Residential surveillance at a Designated Location is the latest euphemism.”
Tensions evident in the recent European Union-China virtual summit reflect the increasing skepticism in Europe toward China and the worries over Ukraine and economic ties as well as human rights and environmental issues.