Tea Leaf Nation

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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 |

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China's 'Hormone Economy': Monetizing Male Loneliness

Online hostesses are making hundreds of thousands of dollars in hard cash as men buy virtual Ferraris, flowers, and even titles of nobility to impress them.

Rachel Lu |

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Hong Kong's Inconvenient Truth

Some desire political independence, but the city looks to the mainland for most of its resources.

Violet Law |

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China's Growing Gray Market for All That's Foreign

Forget about those pesky regulations; business is booming for practitioners of "haitao."

Ana Swanson |

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'Today's Hong Kong, Tomorrow's Taiwan'

Emerging solidarity between Hong Kong and Taiwan activists promises more headaches for Beijing.

Grace Tsoi |

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Meet China's Most Famous Single Dad

With divorce rates spiraling, the biography of ancient sage Confucius resonates once again.

Alexa Olesen |

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I Can't Stop Looking at These Chinese Real Estate Ads with Malls on Aircraft Carriers

Why apartment, shopping, and office complexes keep showing up on the backs of giant, golden flattops.

Warner Brown |

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A Whistleblower Goes Public Against China's FDA

On Weibo, a provincial anti-graft official has dared to call out the current and former heads of a powerful regulatory body.

Shujie Leng |

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Some Chinese Netizens Actually Think Ebola Creates Zombies

There's also a rumor that raw onions and coffee will cure it.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

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A Controversial New TV Series Awakens China's Historical Ghosts

A miniseries on reformist Deng Xiaoping is exposing deeper divisions in Chinese society and its ruling party.

Rachel Lu |

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China Sees Islamic State Inching Closer to Home

Chinese media lights up after a Hong Kong weekly says IS aims to expand into Xinjiang.

Alexa Olesen |

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Months Later, a Cyberattack Still Lingers

Taiwan's Apple Daily, well known for criticizing the Chinese mainland, is still inaccessible to some overseas readers.

Chris Fuchs |

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It's Time to Tear Up China's 'Get Out of Jail Free' Cards

Anti-corruption efforts claimed Zhou Yongkang's career, but there is one last taboo we must break.

Luo Changping |