Some fear that members of the underground church will be left more vulnerable, while others are hoping for formal diplomatic ties.
The government is 'blocking off a channel' for Chinese citizens to find news and ideas that it doesn't approve of.
Children left behind in rural areas by parents seeking work in far-off cities are particularly vulnerable, reports indicate.
The detentions follow an attempted protest on Beijing's Tiananmen Square during the China-Africa Forum earlier this month.
China's foreign ministry confirms it has been talking to the U.S. about its requirement that Xinhua and CGTN be registered as agents under lobbying laws.
Chu Ling, wife of jailed cartoonist Jiang Yefei, says her husband has sustained permanent damage to one eye while inside a Chinese jail.
Liu Zhixiang is being pursued by officials and police from Jiangxi amid growing public anger over coercive funeral reforms.
China's full-throttle diplomatic response comes after exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama visited the country earlier this month.
Five years after they set up a nationwide group to protect their interests, rights attorneys are turning to consultancy work after losing their licenses.
Political asylum seekers Wu Yuhua and husband Yang Chong had been seeking bail as part of effort to avoid return to China.
Zhu Yufu is called in for questioning over alleged 'subversion of state power' after he auctioned off his calligraphy to aid political prisoners.
Fishing boats are lost, fish-farms swamped and trees block roads as the typhoon makes landfall in southern China.
Reports indicate that Beijing may achieve its aim of unifying its 'patriotic' Catholics with unofficial worshipers loyal to the Vatican.
The salvo is the latest in a string of complaints aimed at international companies listing the democratic island, which has never been ruled by the Chinese Communist Party, separately.
Ai Wu and Yang Chong fear political reprisals if they are sent back to China, while a rights group says Beijing may be putting pressure on Bangkok to do this.
The touring production by a Berlin company is told it can't perform in Nanjing owing to 'a malfunction' at the theater, but commentators say the play has likely been censored.
Police say the chief suspect has been detained, and has a criminal record, but lawyers say his treatment by the courts was 'not normal.'