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Tea Leaf Nation

Democracy is Contagious

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

Isaac Stone Fish |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Most Popular Government Feed

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

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Inconvenient Truth

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

Violet Law |

Tea Leaf Nation

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

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

Ana Swanson |

Tea Leaf Nation

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

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

Grace Tsoi |

Tea Leaf Nation

Meet China's Most Famous Single Dad

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

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

Some Chinese Netizens Actually Think Ebola Creates Zombies

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

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

ChinaFile

'Whoever Talks About China Talks About Himself'

Remembering Sinologist Pierre Ryckmans. 

Ian Buruma |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's Bizarre Fixation on a 23-Year-Old Woman

Guo Meimei is being used to represent all that's wrong with Chinese charities -- and maybe China itself.

Lotus Yuen |

ChinaFile

For Chinese Power Game, a Changing Equation

How the fall of Zhou Yongkang may upend the "unwritten rules" of elite leadership.

Sebastian Veg |

Tea Leaf Nation

Exclusive: Hackers Infiltrate Chinese TV Station

Messages denouncing the "Communist Party bandits" parade across Chinese televisions in Wenzhou.

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian |

Tea Leaf Nation

China Is Ending Its 'Apartheid.' Here's Why No One Is Happy About It

Ending the divide between urban and rural residents will seemingly please neither.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

What's Wrong With this Chinese Town?

Officials in Sihong County appear out of control, and Chinese media is starting to smell blood.

Alexa Olesen |

Tea Leaf Nation

Paper Tiger

How China's once-feared top security chief Zhou Yongkang became just a sad old man.

Isaac Stone Fish |

ChinaFile

Can Chinese Journalists Still Push Boundaries?

What new regulations might mean for China's beleaguered reporters. 

David Schlesinger |

Tea Leaf Nation

China's 'Stinky Meat-Gate'

A recent muckraking report is a black eye for McDonald's and KFC, but also for the country's regulators.

Rachel Lu |

Tea Leaf Nation

All Hail 'Fatty Kim the Third'

Chinese netizens love mocking North Korea's portly dictator. But it masks a deeper disdain.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

Lord of the Flies

Just how many low-level officials is Xi Jinping going to expel from the Chinese Communist Party? 

Alexa Olesen |

ChinaFile

The Debate Over Confucius Institutes in the United States

A ChinaFile conversation on the promises and perils of partnering with Beijing on education. 

Stephen I. Levine |

ChinaFile

'A Lot of Active Cooperation Going On'

Should you have been paying attention to the recently concluded Strategic and Economic Dialogue?

William Adams |

Tea Leaf Nation

Changing the Chinese Embassy's Address to Liu Xiaobo Plaza Is a Silly Idea

It's a distraction. Besides, there are better ways to support human rights in China.

Isaac Stone Fish |

ChinaFile

How the Mighty Have Fallen

An interactive timeline of recently ousted high-ranking officials in China.

David Barreda |