Editor of censored journal says China’s president is far less pragmatic about dissenting views than his predecessors, as some academics vow to boycott CUP

The censorship row involving the world’s oldest publishing house and its most powerful one-party state has exposed the increasingly authoritarian turn China has taken under Xi Jinping, the editor of the journal at the centre of the controversy has said.

Criticism of Cambridge University Press intensified on Sunday over its controversial decision to comply with a Chinese request to block access to more than 300 articles from the China Quarterly, a leading China studies journal, so as to avoid having other publications targeted by Beijing’s censors.

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