Alexa Olesen has a master’s degree in contemporary Chinese literature from SOAS University of London and was a foreign correspondent for the Associated Press in Beijing for eight years. She is the director of research at China Six, a New York-based consulting firm.
People visit the Bund in Shanghai
A girl waves a Chinese flag on Tiananmen Square in Beijing on October 1, 2013. China was celebrating its National Day, marking the 64th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China by Mao Zedong. AFP PHOTO / Ed Jones (Photo credit should read Ed Jones/AFP/Getty Images)
A Tibetan exile updates the Tibetan Youth Congress' Facebook page at a hospital, following reports that Tibetan Jamphel Yeshi, 27, who set himself on fire during an anti-China protest on March 26, had died earlier in New Delhi on March 28, 2012. A Tibetan exile who set himself alight two days ago in New Delhi in a protest against a visit to the city by Chinese President Hu Jintao died on March 27, doctors said. AFP PHOTO/TENGKU BAHAR (Photo credit should read TENGKU BAHAR/AFP/Getty Images)
TO GO WITH China-politics-Internet,FEATURE by Pascale Trouillaud
This photo taken on May 11, 2011 shows a Chinese young woman surfing the net at an Internet bar in Beijing. China, which employs an army of censors to police the Internet, has also deployed legions of "web commentators" to get the government's message out -- in a crafty but effective way. AFP PHOTO / GOU Yige (Photo credit should read GOU YIGE/AFP/Getty Images)
BEIJING, CHINA - MARCH 07: China's Minister of Environmental Protection Chen Jining attends the press conference of the National People's Congress on March 7, 2015 in Beijing, China. China needs to make extra efforts to battle the air pollution, the newly appointed Environmental Protection Minister said Saturday. (Photo by Feng Li/Getty Images)