Share this on Twitter Share this on Facebook Share this on LinkedIn Share this on Sina Weibo Share this on Wechat Share this on LinkedIn Illustration by Tim Marrs Several years ago, a University of Michigan PhD student who had spent years living and researching in China, attended a U.S.-based event commemorating the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square massacre. But she was worried about speaking at the event. She knew that if she criticized Chinese soldiers gunning down unarmed protesters, students could report her to the Chinese authorities, which could jeopardize her research, her access to interview subjects, and even her entire academic career. Even though it bothered her to do so, she kept quiet. A few years later, the student, who asked to remain anonymous, found herself keeping quiet again, on what seemed like a much more trivial matter. In September 2017, she opened Facebook and learned that Chinese customs agents had banned the import of certain soft European cheeses, like Brie and Gorgonzola. The customs agents blamed “too much bacteria,” but because Chinese companies could legally make the same cheese, European tradeSubscribe or login to read the rest. Subscribers get full access to: Exclusive longform investigative journalism, Q&As, news and analysis, and data on Chinese business elites and corporations. We publish China scoops you won't find anywhere else. A weekly curated reading list on China from David Barboza, Pulitzer Prize-winning former Shanghai correspondent for The New York Times. A daily roundup of China finance, business and economics headlines. We offer discounts for groups, institutions and students. Go to our Subscriptions page for details.