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China’s National Conversation on Pollution Has Finally Begun

China’s National Conversation on Pollution Has Finally Begun

An "Inconvenient Truth"-style documentary has hundreds of millions suddenly talking.

The Word That Broke the Chinese Internet

The Word That Broke the Chinese Internet

The World Wide Web seems to be suffering from collective winter boredom.

The West: Source of All Evil, Including Chinese Scion’s Boob Joke

The West: Source of All Evil, Including Chinese Scion’s Boob Joke

It's now fashionable to blame the West for all manner of social (and personal) ills.

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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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A Recording of FP’s Interview With Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je

On Jan. 29, Foreign Policy published on its Tea Leaf Nation channel the highlights of a Jan. 20 interview between FP contributor Grace Tsoi and Taipei mayor ...

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Chinese Websites Deleted One Billion Posts in 2014, State Media Says

The final statistics from a 2014 Chinese Internet crackdown are in, and they are staggering. On Jan. 17, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, announced that Chinese websites had ...

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This Culture Is Not Yet Rated

It all started with plunging necklines. After the sudden withdrawal and subsequent sanitizing of a popular Chinese show, viewers in China have renewed long-standing calls to strip ...

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‘Where’s Our Unity March?’ China Wants to Know

The Jan. 7 terrorist attack on satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead has mostly inspired unity in the West, but the massive ...

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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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Rachel Lu (Hong Kong) | @rachel_tln
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