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They Can Take Our Freedom, But They Will Never Take Our Instagram

In the wake of China’s ban on the photo-sharing service, netizens are rushing to download software that lets them scale the Great Firewall.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Are Hong Kong's Protests an Inspiration or a Danger? It Depends What You Read

Residents here are getting wildly divergent accounts of the same historic events.

Rachel Lu |

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The People Behind Hong Kong's Protests

A Christian minister, a law professor, and a 17-year-old high school student are among the figures behind a movement that has captivated the world.

Grace Tsoi |

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Benny Tai: Hong Kong Protests 'Beyond What I Imagined'

Foreign Policy interviews a key figure behind Hong Kong's recent civil disobedience.

Grace Tsoi |

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In China, the Most Censored Day of the Year

Mainland censors scrubbing news of Hong Kong protests were busier yesterday than they were on the anniversary of Tiananmen. 

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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The Revolution Will Not Be Instagrammed

Mainland Chinese felt no effects from the protests roiling Hong Kong -- until Beijing pulled the plug on another social network. 

Alexa Olesen |

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A Turning Point in the Fight for Hong Kong

Beijing remains unlikely to cave to pro-democracy protesters' demands, but it is now losing hearts and minds.

Rachel Lu |

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Chinese Researcher: 'Hostile Western Forces' Behind Great Leap Death Tolls

Anger at a government think tank's attempt to gloss over history erupts on Chinese social media.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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An Internet Where Nobody Says Anything

Ilham Tohti's unjust fate says much about the Chinese Communist Party's dark vision for the web's future.

David Wertime |

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74,338 Cadres and Counting: China's Petty Graft Crackdown, in Numbers

Low-level officials are learning the hard way to avoid big banquets, lavish floral arrangements, and long-winded speeches.

David Wertime |

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‘What’s So Wrong with Splitting up?’

Chinese netizens use the Scottish referendum to discuss democracy in their own backyard.

David Wertime |

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The Flame of Chinese Nationalism

The Communist Party can't entirely control what it's helped create. That poses a risk to China, and the world.

Jessica Chen Weiss |

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China's Social Media Underground

Fake terrorism threats, online dissidents, and smear campaigns by bogus accounts -- it's all part of Twitter's Chinatown.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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The Apple Watch, the Rolex, and Buddhist Prayer Beads

How an anticorruption crackdown might complicate the new Apple smartwatch's prospects in China.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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A New Definition of Chinese Patriotism

Communist authorities are increasingly insisting that loving the party is a precursor to loving the country.

Rachel Lu |

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For Alibaba's Small Business Army, a Narrowing Path

Angry online complaints, 'online riots,' fake sales -- why are some Alibaba e-tailers feeling so squeezed?

Rachel Lu |

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Are Chinese Donations to American Universities Unpatriotic?

Netizens want Chinese money to fund Chinese schools, but the country's billionaires have reason to hesitate.

Shujie Leng |

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iPhone 6: Designed in California, Leaked in China

Are all those online iPhone 6 videos and rumors a problem for Apple?

David Wertime |

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Gay Marriage Isn't Legal in China -- but a British Diplomat Did it Anyway

The recent Beijing nuptials of Brian Davidson are the talk of Weibo.

Alexa Olesen |

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The Fight Against Mooncake Graft Goes Digital

China's anti-corruption campaign trains its sights on online gift-giving. 

Alexa Olesen |

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Found in Translation

Netizens cry foul when a new Chinese media outlet selectively translates an Economist cover article.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Report: Hong Kong Becoming ‘Mere Second-Tier’ Chinese City

The financial center’s specialness is in ever-greater danger.

Rachel Lu |

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Democracy is Contagious

What message does civil unrest in Hong Kong send to the rest of China?

Isaac Stone Fish |

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China's Most Popular Government Feed

China's anti-vice campagin does clickbait on social media better than you think.

Alexa Olesen |

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Mahmud -- Not Just Another Mainland Tourist in Hong Kong

A Uighur jade trader gets a rare chance to visit Hong Kong and has a taste of the freedom he does not enjoy back home.

Jun Mai |

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Bloody Brawl Breaks Out During Military Training -- at a Chinese High School

Chinese social media can't agree whether to blame an out-of-control military or spoiled youth.

Alexa Olesen |

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The Chinese Communist Party Just Opened a WeChat Account

An eclectic social media debut for the world's largest political organization.

Rachel Lu |

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Chinese People Are Also Horrified by the James Foley Video

Even on the country's raucous Internet, users are mourning the journalist's death and criticizing media outlets who do not.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |