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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 |

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In China, Law Isn't Winning

Why more Chinese don't believe in the corruption crackdown.

Yeliang Xia |

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'If We Lose This, We Lose Everything'

After thousands of pro-democracy protesters clash with police, compromise in Hong Kong looks increasingly unlikely. 

Suzanne Sataline |

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Chinese Doubt Their Own Soft Power Venture

They think Confucius Institutes are a waste of money.

Lotus Ruan |

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How to Buy Banned Chinese Books on Alibaba

Customers and vendors use an elaborate system of code words and end runs on Taobao, Alibaba's massive digital marketplace.

Shujie Leng |

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How a Video of Police Brutality Is Dividing Hong Kong

City residents are alleging censorship and misinformation after a clip of police beating a handcuffed protester went viral.

Grace Tsoi |

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Hong Kong Showdown

Pro-democracy protests enter a nasty new phase following a violent pre-dawn police raid.

Suzanne Sataline |

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The Movement That Changed Hong Kong: A Timeline

A day-by-day account of the pro-democracy protests that have turned the once apolitical city on its ear.

Shujie Leng |

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How to Take Great Photos While Surrounded by Chinese Smog

A tongue-in-cheek article from Chinese media offers tips to aspiring photographers.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Hong Kong Protesters Are Digging In

Pro-democracy demonstrators are fortifying barricades with wood, bamboo, even cement.

Suzanne Sataline |

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Where Are Hong Kong's Expats?

Most new arrivals to this diverse city are staying out of the Umbrella Movement.

Suzanne Sataline |

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'A New Era for Hong Kong'

The city government's wait-and-switch may only galvanize protesters, experts say.

David Wertime |

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Hong Kong's Sour Deal

China and Britain made a pact that's still undermining governance in the former colony.

Dalena Wright |

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'Hong Kong, What Does the Motherland Really Owe You?'

A viral Chinese article argues that Hong Kong should be grateful to the mainland -- or else.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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Hong Kong's Wild Protest Art

It's spontaneous and participatory -- and the state can't control it.

Alexandra A. Seno |

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China Bans Law-Breaking Actors From Movies and Television

A powerful regulatory agency says it's upholding "socialist culture and core values."

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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China's Vast, Strange, and Powerful Farming Militia Turns 60

The government entity, colloquially called the 'Bingtuan,' employs almost 12 percent of everyone in Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

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Why China's President Wants to Save Hong Kong, Not Destroy It

To secure his own legacy, Xi Jinping has every reason not to send tanks into the city.

George Chen |

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The Great Divide

Chinese with different views of Hong Kong's protests can't even agree on the words to use.

Ran Liu |