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Tea Leaf Nation

In China, Law Isn't Winning

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

Yeliang Xia |

ChinaFile

What Does China Mean by 'Rule of Law'?

It's more Confucianism than constitutionalism.

Carl Minzner |

ChinaFile

How I Dealt With China's Book Censors

One Western author shares his struggle to keep a text true to history.

Joseph W. Esherick |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

'A New Era for Hong Kong'

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

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

'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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

Hong Kong's Wild Protest Art

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

Alexandra A. Seno |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

ChinaFile

How Will the Standoff in Hong Kong End?

Protesters and authorities both hold their ground, amid hopes of civil awakening -- and fears of another Tiananmen.

Nicholas Bequelin |

Tea Leaf Nation

In China, Shrugs and Sneers for Hong Kong Protesters

The mainland has had a rocky relationship with the special city for years -- and it's showing.

David Wertime |

Tea Leaf Nation

No Umbrellas for China's Las Vegas

 A pro-Hong Kong student rally attracts hundreds, but Macau won’t risk angering Beijing.

Alexa Olesen |

ChinaFile

'May the Flame You Carry Illuminate Your Way'

A Hong Kong professor's open letter to her boycotting students expresses hope -- and fear -- for their future.

Denise Y. Ho |

Tea Leaf Nation

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

A Taiwan youth protest leader reacts to events rocking China's island city.

Lin Fei-fan |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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

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

Grace Tsoi |

Slide Show

Hong Kong's Protest, in Memes

A selection of the most powerful remixed images coming from the island city.

Shujie Leng |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

ChinaFile

'The Government Wouldn't Fund Something Like This'

Watch: China's privately-funded Jianchuan Museums are a warning to future generations.

Joshua Frank |

ChinaFile

What's Wrong With Hong Kong?

Three reasons why China's laboratory for ideas now faces a murky future.

Nicholas Bequelin |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |

Tea Leaf Nation

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 |