Link has translated many Chinese stories, writings and poems into English. Along with Andrew J. Nathan, he translated the Tiananmen Papers, which detailed the governmental response to the 1989 democracy protests. In 1996, China blacklisted Link, and he has been denied entrance ever since. In 2001, Link was detained and questioned upon arriving in Hong Kong because of his involvement in the Tiananmen Papers. After roughly one hour, he was allowed to enter Hong Kong, where he spoke at the Hong Kong Foreign Correspondents Club.
Perry Link's publications include Evening Chats in Beijing (W.W. Norton, 1994), The Uses of Literature: Life in the Socialist Chinese Literary System (Princeton University Press, 2000), and Banyang suibi 半洋隨筆 (Notes of a Semi-Foreigner; in Chinese) (Taipei: Sanminchubanshe, 1999). He also translated the Charter 08 manifesto in January 2009. He has also written an article entitled "Legacy of a Maoist Injustice", which was published on July 18, 2007 by many major newspapers, including the Washington Post. He translated Fang Lizhi's memoir.