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When Rugby Meets Mardi Gras, With a Dash of Davos

When Rugby Meets Mardi Gras, With a Dash of Davos

Mainland Chinese tourists are eschewing the island city for friendlier ports, but at least Hong Kong’s still got the Sevens.

Washington’s Big China Screw-up

Washington’s Big China Screw-up

U.S. efforts to oppose a $50 billion China-led infrastructure bank have backfired. Experts explain why.

Brother, Can You Spare a Renminbi?

Brother, Can You Spare a Renminbi?

China's new First World problem: deciding who's truly needy.

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What’s With All the Chinese Misogyny?

The contrast, while unintentional, could not have been more obvious. The image on U.S.-based search engine Google's front page greeting search engine users on March 8, International ...

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China’s Good Girls Want Tattoos

“It seems that Chinese men don’t want to marry a girl with tattoos,” complained one such girl on the Chinese online discussion platform Douban. She ...

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Bringing China’s Dying Villages Back to Life

On a bamboo-covered mountaintop, the mud-walled houses of Diaotan village are just barely visible through the thick fog that often shrouds this remote hamlet in ...

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In About-Face, Chinese Censors Nix Coverage of Environmental Film

  This article has been updated. Possibly spooked by overwhelming citizen reaction to a documentary about environmental pollution, Chinese authorities have just thrown their massive ...

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The Word That Broke the Chinese Internet

It might be gibberish, but it's also a sign of the times. The word duang, pronounced “dwong,” is spreading like wildfire throughout China’s active Internet ...

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From China, Love and Hate for Common’s Oscar Speech

After ascending the stage to receive the Oscar for Best Original Song along with popular crooner John Legend, the Chicago-born hip-hop artist known as Common sought to ...

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Five Predictions for Chinese Censorship in the Year of the Sheep

Blocked websites, jailed journalists, and nationalist rhetoric have long been features of the Chinese Communist Party’s media control strategy. During the Year of the Horse, ...

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Mainlander Runs for Hong Kong Student Office, Pandemonium Ensues

Affiliation with China's ruling Communist Party is a must for many young Chinese, but it's a resume-killer in Hong Kong. After a mainland student running for ...

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China’s Most Outspoken Real Estate Mogul Just Made Some New Enemies

As the focus of a growing personality cult and the architect of a sweeping crackdown on dissent, Chinese President Xi Jinping may be the strongest ...

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How Taiwan’s Ruling but Reeling Kuomintang Can Win the Future

TAIPEI, Taiwan – The Kuomintang (KMT), Taiwan’s 120-year-old ruling political party, is in the throes of reform. On Feb. 10, 54-year-old Eric Chu assumed leadership of ...

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Everyone Gets a Gold Star

Chinese parents fed up with cram schools and rote memorization are sending their kids to Montessori schools. But can a generation of free spirits hack it in modern China?

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We Read Xi Jinping’s Book So You Don’t Have To

It might be unreadable, but it’s the tome everyone cozying up to China should probably claim to have perused. The book, released in September 2014 ...

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Chinese Ask: What If the Islamic State Captured One of Us?

“I was talking with my friend today about what would happen if the Islamic State caught a Chinese person.” Provocative though the notion may be, ...

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China’s Great Firewall Is Rising

The Internet just shrank, at least from the perspective of China’s 649 million web users. After Chinese regulators blocked Astrill and several other free and paid-subscription virtual ...

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Tea Leaf Nation decodes Chinese media -- mainstream, social, local, special interest -- to illuminate the country from within.

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