Still, WeChat remains a powerful tool for activists, even if Weibo’s promise of an open online society has been frustrated.
Ian Johnson has been coming to China since 1984 and has spent most of the past 20 years as a Beijing-based correspondent for The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, where he won the Pulitzer Prize for his China coverage. The author of a book on civil society in China (Wild Grass: Three Stories of Change in Modern China, Vintage, 2005), he is working on another book about the country’s search for values and ethical standards to replace communism.
Ian was bureau chief for the Wall Street Journal, where he won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of China. He has also won two Overseas Press Club awards for his work on China and Asian economics.