Donald Clarke

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Donald Clarke is a Professor of Law and the David A. Weaver Research Professor at the George Washington University Law School. He writes on Chinese law subjects at The China Collection blog.

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China’s Hostage Diplomacy

An obscure Chinese drug case has been pushed to the center of China’s relations with Canada—and, by implication, with the rest of the world. The case appears to reinforce the message, previously suggested by the detentions of Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor, that China views the holding of human hostages as an acceptable way to conduct diplomacy.