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China Reacts to Massive Corruption Tally of a Fallen General

It took at least 10 trucks to haul off Xu Caihou's accumulated booty.

Alexa Olesen |

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China, From Within: Tibet's Drug Problem, and Taiwan's New Gambling Islands

A week of news the West missed from the world's most populous country. 

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Sex Scandals and Victim-Blaming Bedevil Chinese Universities

Professors are harassing students, then facing surprisingly light punishment.

Tom Baxter |

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Thank You, but We Prefer the Salt Monopoly

Chinese netizens fear that the end of government control will only bring more food scandals.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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A 'System Bitch' Dissents

Internet vitriol greets a Chinese state media employee who questions the party line.

Alexa Olesen |

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The Invisible Candidate in Taiwan's Elections

The island will soon choose over 11,000 local officials. Here's why mainland China will be watching.

Chris Fuchs |

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Did 'Liberal Studies' Enable Hong Kong's Youth Awakening?

Lawmakers have targeted the controversial high school subject as a possible wellspring of recent protests.

Grace Tsoi |

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Fresh Scandal at China's Most Notorious Technical School

Lanxiang is known for training beauticians, chefs -- and hackers. Now it's back in the headlines.

Alexa Olesen |

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Why Is Beijing Downplaying the Supposedly Huge Climate Change Deal?

Obama called the agreement "historic." Chinese state media yawned.

Alexa Olesen |

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The Mountains Are High and the Emperor Is Far Away

Who do Hong Kong's netizens blame for the city's distress?

Douglas Yeung |

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'Having a Second Kid Isn't as Simple as Adding Another Pair of Chopsticks'

As Beijing loosens the reins on family planning, why aren't more Chinese choosing to have a second child?

Alexa Olesen |

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Putin Hits on China's First Lady, Censors Go Wild

Russia’s Don Juan-in-chief  just got a little too friendly with Xi Jinping's wife.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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China's Silk Road Strategy

Xi Jinping's real answer to the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

Min Ye |

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'The Sky Is Really Blue, But It Isn't for Us'

Chinese netizens wonder why the air in Beijing is only clean when important foreigners come to town. 

Lotus Ruan |

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Let Them Eat Fish

How Hong Kong's fisheries and other interest groups dominate the city's Beijing-backed political system.

Suzanne Sataline |

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Don't Show Me the Money

Macau's casinos are taking a hit from China's sweeping anti-corruption crackdown.

Alexa Olesen |

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‘Indefinite Resurrection’

Who are the Umbrella Movement protesters remaining on the streets of Hong Kong? 

Ellie Ng |

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'Be in Love With Them, but Don't Marry Them'

How Jack Ma partnered with local government to make e-commerce giant Alibaba, and Hangzhou, a success.

Shujie Leng |

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Tim Cook Coming Out Has Turned China Into a Nation of 5th-Graders

Despite the Apple CEO's good intentions, Chinese netizens can't seem to stop mocking iPhones for being gay.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Foot Spas, Steamed Buns, and Midday Drinking

Chinese bureaucracy has run amok, and the country's president is trying to rein it in.

Shujie Leng |

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The Rant About Hong Kong That's Still Viral -- 14 Years Later

When it comes to Hong Kong governance, some issues don't go away.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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What China's Reading: 'Broken Dreams, USA'

Read the highlights from a now-famous essay on all that's ailing Uncle Sam.

Aimee Du (Translator) |

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Chinese People Used to Think Pandas Were Monsters

The animals were feared as metal-devouring "tapirs" who could chew the nails off a city gate.

Alexa Olesen |

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Hong Kong Is a Modern City Without a Modern Government

Beijing has franchised control to a tiny group of super-rich capitalists.

Lynn T. White III |

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The Newest 'Foreign Force' in Hong Kong: Kenny G

The popular saxophonist's impromptu visit to a protest site elicits mixed reactions in Chinese social media.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Is This the New Face of China's Silent Majority?

China's president recently lauded Zhou Xiaoping for spreading "positive energy." But many of his writings are rants against the United States.

Ning Hui |