Guo Rui

Guo Rui is a China reporter covering elite politics, domestic policies, environmental protection, civil society, and social movement. She is also a documentary filmmaker, recording modern Chinese history and social issues through film.
Guo Rui
Guo Rui is a China reporter covering elite politics, domestic policies, environmental protection, civil society, and social movement. She is also a documentary filmmaker, recording modern Chinese history and social issues through film.

Latest from Guo Rui

The high price of denial: the cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet

For 30 years the Communist Party has refused to revisit June 4, doubling down against calls to check its power. But its long-term authoritarian survival strategy raises big risks of its own.

3 hours ago

For 30 years the Communist Party has refused to revisit June 4, doubling down against calls to check its power. But its long-term authoritarian survival strategy raises big risks of its own.

The high price of denial: the cost to China of sweeping the Tiananmen crackdown under the carpet
Three more people detained as China continues to crack down on labour groups

Police in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen raid organisations that provide training and advisory services to migrant workers.

15 May 2019 - 2:11PM

Police in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shenzhen raid organisations that provide training and advisory services to migrant workers.

Three more people detained as China continues to crack down on labour groups
Chinese media told to toe party line on trade war coverage, insiders say

Companies allowed to publish only comments made by commerce and foreign ministry spokespeople, news editor says.

11 May 2019 - 8:00AM

Companies allowed to publish only comments made by commerce and foreign ministry spokespeople, news editor says.

Chinese media told to toe party line on trade war coverage, insiders say
Widow of Mao Zedong’s secretary Li Rui sues in Chinese court to demand return of diaries from Stanford University

Political veteran’s daughter, Li Nanyang, says her stepmother has filed a lawsuit in Beijing asking Hoover Institution to hand valuable historical trove over to her.

25 Apr 2019 - 2:02PM

Political veteran’s daughter, Li Nanyang, says her stepmother has filed a lawsuit in Beijing asking Hoover Institution to hand valuable historical trove over to her.

Widow of Mao Zedong’s secretary Li Rui sues in Chinese court to demand return of diaries from Stanford University
Communist Party reformer Hu Yaobang remembered in low-key ceremony

No official events held to mark 30th anniversary of his death, which sparked the 1989 pro-democracy movement and subsequent military crackdown.

16 Apr 2019 - 2:34PM

No official events held to mark 30th anniversary of his death, which sparked the 1989 pro-democracy movement and subsequent military crackdown.

Communist Party reformer Hu Yaobang remembered in low-key ceremony
China’s war on organised crime, corrupt officials sees 79,000 people detained

Nationwide effort seeks to round up gang bosses and the ‘protective umbrellas’ who allow them to act with impunity.

14 Apr 2019 - 10:33PM

Nationwide effort seeks to round up gang bosses and the ‘protective umbrellas’ who allow them to act with impunity.

China’s war on organised crime, corrupt officials sees 79,000 people detained
Kim Jong-un ‘was shocked’ by new US list of undisclosed nuclear facilities at Hanoi summit

North Korean affairs expert Zhang Liangui tells forum the talks broke down because Washington changed its negotiating position at the last minute.

26 Mar 2019 - 11:29AM

North Korean affairs expert Zhang Liangui tells forum the talks broke down because Washington changed its negotiating position at the last minute.

Kim Jong-un ‘was shocked’ by new US list of undisclosed nuclear facilities at Hanoi summit
China seeks to avoid fate of Japan in US trade war deal as heavyweight economists gather in Beijing

Mainland economists seek advice from Japanese scholars over trade war experiences after their economic stagnation of the 1990s.

20 Mar 2019 - 11:28PM

Mainland economists seek advice from Japanese scholars over trade war experiences after their economic stagnation of the 1990s.

China seeks to avoid fate of Japan in US trade war deal as heavyweight economists gather in Beijing
Trade war with the United States takes air out of Chinese art market bubble in the short term, say artists

But fleeing speculators could leave room for other buyers to collect at affordable prices, insiders say.

14 Mar 2019 - 2:25AM

But fleeing speculators could leave room for other buyers to collect at affordable prices, insiders say.

Trade war with the United States takes air out of Chinese art market bubble in the short term, say artists
China still facing an uphill struggle in fight against pollution, warns environment minister

Li Ganjie says that while the situation is improving, the hardest part of the challenge still has to be tackled.

12 Mar 2019 - 9:55AM

Li Ganjie says that while the situation is improving, the hardest part of the challenge still has to be tackled.

China still facing an uphill struggle in fight against pollution, warns environment minister
Nightmare in northeast China: why investors still tread warily in the country’s rust belt

One businessman’s long and costly legal battle with the city authorities who once wooed him highlights the perils of doing business in this part of China.

11 Mar 2019 - 6:01PM

One businessman’s long and costly legal battle with the city authorities who once wooed him highlights the perils of doing business in this part of China.

Nightmare in northeast China: why investors still tread warily in the country’s rust belt
United States broke WTO rules in tackling Huawei, top Chinese official says

Spokesman for China’s legislature accuses Washington of disrupting market competition with political interference in the telecom giant’s economic activity.

5 Mar 2019 - 2:52AM

Spokesman for China’s legislature accuses Washington of disrupting market competition with political interference in the telecom giant’s economic activity.

United States broke WTO rules in tackling Huawei, top Chinese official says
‘Cooperation the best way forward’ as China and US work to end trade war, Chinese official says

Chinese political advisory body spokesman Guo Weimin says a deal between Beijing and Washington would be ‘good news for the world economy’.

2 Mar 2019 - 11:17PM

Chinese political advisory body spokesman Guo Weimin says a deal between Beijing and Washington would be ‘good news for the world economy’.

‘Cooperation the best way forward’ as China and US work to end trade war, Chinese official says
Could this be the end for China’s notorious household registration system?

Senior public security official flags plan to register people and provide services to them where they live – and not where they are born. But barriers remain to change.

26 Feb 2019 - 7:00PM

Senior public security official flags plan to register people and provide services to them where they live – and not where they are born. But barriers remain to change.

Could this be the end for China’s notorious household registration system?
China will build 4 nuclear aircraft carriers in drive to catch US Navy, experts say

Beijing expected to have at least six aircraft carrier battle groups by 2035 after it prioritised modernising its navy, and will equip them with electromagnetic launch catapults similar to those of the US.

6 Feb 2019 - 11:27PM

Beijing expected to have at least six aircraft carrier battle groups by 2035 after it prioritised modernising its navy, and will equip them with electromagnetic launch catapults similar to those of the US.

China will build 4 nuclear aircraft carriers in drive to catch US Navy, experts say
Chinese navy veteran warns training, not hardware is key to military preparedness

As China expands its military might a retired naval officer points out that size is not everything in modern warfare.

6 Feb 2019 - 12:50AM

As China expands its military might a retired naval officer points out that size is not everything in modern warfare.

Chinese navy veteran warns training, not hardware is key to military preparedness
China’s fight for clean air gets more complicated after scientists link fall in PM2.5 pollutants to rise in crop-damaging ground-level ozone

Joint US-Chinese study suggests that drive to reduce most harmful particles in the atmosphere is something of a double-edged sword. Researchers say there is a ‘cause-and-effect’ relationship between a drop in PM2.5 levels and the rise in ground-level ozone pollution.

8 Jan 2019 - 12:12AM

Joint US-Chinese study suggests that drive to reduce most harmful particles in the atmosphere is something of a double-edged sword. Researchers say there is a ‘cause-and-effect’ relationship between a drop in PM2.5 levels and the rise in ground-level ozone pollution.

China’s fight for clean air gets more complicated after scientists link fall in PM2.5 pollutants to rise in crop-damaging ground-level ozone
Chinese police officers given exemption from prosecution

From February, officers will no longer be held legally responsible for damage to the property of individuals or organisations caused in the performance of their duty.

29 Dec 2018 - 10:34PM

From February, officers will no longer be held legally responsible for damage to the property of individuals or organisations caused in the performance of their duty.

Chinese police officers given exemption from prosecution
Chinese ‘709’ rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang stands trial as his wife is forced to stay away

After almost 3½ years behind bars, Wang is tried for subverting state power, but supporters and journalists are prevented from attending.

27 Dec 2018 - 12:15AM

After almost 3½ years behind bars, Wang is tried for subverting state power, but supporters and journalists are prevented from attending.

Chinese ‘709’ rights lawyer Wang Quanzhang stands trial as his wife is forced to stay away
‘I’ve never suffered such personal humiliation’: Chinese business chief Zhang Shiwen’s 21 days in detention

Zhang Shiwen was held in a cell with 24 other men before being allowed to walk free, but that was not the end of his problems.

26 Dec 2018 - 10:46PM

Zhang Shiwen was held in a cell with 24 other men before being allowed to walk free, but that was not the end of his problems.

‘I’ve never suffered such personal humiliation’: Chinese business chief Zhang Shiwen’s 21 days in detention
China’s ‘missing’ photographer Lu Guang arrested in troubled Xinjiang region, his wife confirms

Charges against award-winning documentary photojournalist, last heard from in early November, currently unknown but lawyer’s request for meeting denied.

14 Dec 2018 - 12:11PM

Charges against award-winning documentary photojournalist, last heard from in early November, currently unknown but lawyer’s request for meeting denied.

China’s ‘missing’ photographer Lu Guang arrested in troubled Xinjiang region, his wife confirms
Li Wenzu, Chinese ‘709’ campaigner banned from seeing detained lawyer husband, wins human rights award

Wife of ‘709’ detainee kept from accepting human rights award.

29 Nov 2018 - 11:51PM

Wife of ‘709’ detainee kept from accepting human rights award.

Li Wenzu, Chinese ‘709’ campaigner banned from seeing detained lawyer husband, wins human rights award
Chinese documentary photographer Lu Guang went missing in Xinjiang three weeks ago, family says

Whereabouts of man who captured gritty side of China unknown.

27 Nov 2018 - 6:45PM

Whereabouts of man who captured gritty side of China unknown.

Chinese documentary photographer Lu Guang went missing in Xinjiang three weeks ago, family says
The inside story of the propaganda fightback for Deng Xiaoping’s market reforms in China

Member of the inner circle reveals the deft political footwork the leader performed behind the scenes.

17 Nov 2018 - 5:25AM

Member of the inner circle reveals the deft political footwork the leader performed behind the scenes.

The inside story of the propaganda fightback for Deng Xiaoping’s market reforms in China
Where to now? 40 years after the big economic experiment that changed China

Deng Xiaoping drove the introduction of market reforms that lifted the country from one of the world’s poorest to the second-biggest economy – but how far can it go without a political overhaul?

23 Nov 2018 - 12:15PM

Deng Xiaoping drove the introduction of market reforms that lifted the country from one of the world’s poorest to the second-biggest economy – but how far can it go without a political overhaul?

Where to now? 40 years after the big economic experiment that changed China
China jails former prosecutors over tortured Hong Kong businessman Stephen Lau’s death in custody

A Tianjin court gave the men up to 13 years for intentional assault, extorting confession by torture and dereliction of duty after Stephen Lau Hei-wing died

25 Oct 2018 - 11:31PM

A Tianjin court gave the men up to 13 years for intentional assault, extorting confession by torture and dereliction of duty after Stephen Lau Hei-wing died

China jails former prosecutors over tortured Hong Kong businessman Stephen Lau’s death in custody
Chill and fear in Chinese classrooms as students are recruited to report teachers with ‘radical’ opinions

Several educators have been punished as the battle over political ideology intensifies on mainland campuses

20 Oct 2018 - 11:17PM

Several educators have been punished as the battle over political ideology intensifies on mainland campuses

Chill and fear in Chinese classrooms as students are recruited to report teachers with ‘radical’ opinions
Fears for young Marxist activist missing after police raid in China
Chinese official’s fetish for orchids and political gossip books lands him in criminal hot water