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New burial artifacts discovered in Xinjiang

Jul 26, 2018

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These findings, which included a horse skeleton, shed light on what life was like in Xinjiang more than 2,000 years ago.

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U.S. airlines succumb to Beijing’s ‘Orwellian Nonsense’

Jul 25, 2018

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Speaking of Beijing playing dirty, a push by Beijing to get international airlines to no longer list Taiwan in a way that implied it was a separate country, described as “Orwellian nonsense” by the Trump Administration, seems to have been roundly successful. “The U.S. State Department notified China’s embassy in Washington late on Monday of the […]

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Trade war, day 19: This is not going to end soon

Jul 25, 2018

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The trenches of the U.S.-China trade war are being dug deeper, and those battle lines are unlikely to be redrawn in the near term as ideological adversity between the U.S. and China grows. First, here’s the latest economic updates from the front lines of the trade war: The Trump administration is preparing $12 billion to […]

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Is Beijing fumbling its follow-up to the vaccine scandal?

Jul 25, 2018

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The Chinese internet remains in an uproar after news that Changchun Changsheng, a vaccine producer in China’s northeastern Jilin Province, forged data and produced over 250,000 substandard vaccines. As we wrote yesterday, Chinese citizens distinctly remember the state’s series of failures in recent years to ensure the security of food and vaccines, crisis after crisis, […]

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Chinese State Drug Administration official mocked for awkward TV appearance

Jul 25, 2018

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This past weekend’s explosive vaccine scandal, when it was revealed that hundreds of thousands of substandard vaccines produced by Changchun Changsheng had been released into the market, has severely damaged the credibility of China’s State Drug Administration (SDA). In response, the agency dispatched its deputy director, Xu Jinghe 徐景和, to Monday evening’s CCTV News Broadcast (新闻联播 […]

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Yet another vaccine scandal punctures public trust in safety

Jul 24, 2018

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Over the weekend, a scandal over reports that Changchun Changsheng, a vaccine producer in northeastern China’s Jilin Province, had produced and sold hundreds of thousands of substandard vaccines devolved into nationwide outrage. The initial reports of trouble brewing happened a few days earlier: On July 15, Changchun Changsheng was first told to stop production of […]

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Fish out of the water in Taiwan

Jul 24, 2018

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Tens of thousands of fish out of water, literally.

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Fashion designer Alexander Wang on his China ambitions

Jul 24, 2018

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After publicly pulling out of New York Fashion Week, Alexander Wang, the famed Chinese-American fashion designer born in Los Angeles, showed his first Spring / Summer 2019 resort collection on June 3 at New York’s Pier 17. He said the show, which featured several Chinese models, including supermodel Liu Wen 刘雯, was to honor his […]

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Kuora: China’s dramatic fall from grace and its long road back to respectability

Jul 24, 2018

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This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 22, 2017: Why isn’t China richer than the U.S.A? What are some historical events and cultural factors that could explain the difference? This question can’t be properly answered without a considerable amount of history, really on both sides. What follows is […]

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Report: Average urban Chinese gets only 6.5 hours of sleep per night

Jul 24, 2018

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The typical day for an average Chinese working professional in an urban metropolis might look something like this: wake up at 7 or 8, commute via public transit for an hour, leave the office at 6 or 7 pm (if lucky, since 12-hour workdays are not uncommon), fight rush hour, get home at 9 pm […]

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Chinese State Council solicits advice from the people through ‘general inspection survey’

Jul 23, 2018

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Chinese Premier Li Keqiang gave instructions to “open the door for supervision and inspection” (开门搞督查), and it looks like the General Office of the Chinese State Council is heeding his words. On the official website of the PRC — gov.cn — the State Council is officially soliciting suggestions from the public through a two-month project called […]

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Friday Song: Luhan at his most vulnerable: ‘Catch Me When I Fall’

Jul 21, 2018

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When Lu Han 鹿晗 released “Catch Me When I Fall” (某时某刻 mǒu shí mǒu kè) in October 2016, it felt like a rare moment of sincerity in the pop star’s discography. As a “fresh young meat” (小鲜肉 xiǎoxiānròu) who started his career in the world-conquering K-pop boy band EXO (where his name was compressed to […]

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Viral Videos in China, July 14–July 20

Jul 21, 2018

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This week, watch what China’s watching: a woman who endangered herself for her cell phone, a daring upside-down stunt, a gas station rescue, and a young boy in danger.

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Chinese Corner: ‘Brother-assisting demons,’ the rise of moral policing, and dating shows as performance art

Jul 21, 2018

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Family love or sacrifice: How to explain the deeds of ‘brother-assisting demons’ 11个姐姐帮助弟弟结婚:是家庭和睦还是重男轻女思想下的单向索取?| 思想界 By 傅适野 | 界面文化 July 16, 2018 Last week, we covered an extremely jarring story of 11 sisters in Shanxi Province collectively funding the marriage of their younger brother, who is the only male child in their family. While one of the […]

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Sinica Podcast: Matthew Kohrman on China’s unyielding tobacco industry

Jul 20, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week on the Sinica Podcast, Kaiser and Jeremy chat with Matthew Kohrman, associate professor of anthropology at Stanford University, about his work on China’s tobacco industry – and why China isn’t doing more to curb smoking. His new book on the subject is titled Poisonous […]

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Fuzhou and Chengdu culture

Jul 20, 2018

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If you need a break from the constant trade war news (I know I do), here are a few fun reads about local culture in southern China: The southeast: Fuzhou. Silkwinds has an article about the indie rock music and culture in the provincial capital of Fujian Province, focusing on The Romp (“THE 尺口MP”), a band […]

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Is China’s new anti-corruption agency abusing its power?

Jul 20, 2018

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To expand the scope of its anti-graft campaigns, China established a super-sized anti-corruption agency called the National Supervision Commission (NSC) in March. Operating alongside the central government and above the judiciary, the new body was designed to oversee the use of power by all public personnel in the country, as a supplement to the Party’s own […]

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The trade war, two weeks in: No compromise in sight

Jul 20, 2018

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It has now been 14 days since the opening shots of the U.S.-China trade war were fired (Access paywall). As we noted yesterday, neither side seems to have any confidence that the other will negotiate in good faith — the Chinese Communist Party’s official paper called the Trump administration (in Chinese) “rude and unreasonable, selfish and headstrong” a month […]

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Mosquitoes in Xinjiang

Jul 20, 2018

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It’s summertime, and while mosquitoes feast in the United States, China has attracted some, too.

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Five-year-old boy rescued after nearly falling off 19th-floor balcony

Jul 20, 2018

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A five-year-old boy clung to the railings of a 19th-floor balcony in Dazhou, Sichuan Province, on July 13, for nearly half an hour before being rescued. He fell from the floor above when he was home alone.

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Introducing: The NüVoices Podcast! Episode 1: News assistants in China

Jul 19, 2018

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SupChina is proud to present the NüVoices podcast! In this debut episode, hosts Alice Xin Liu and Joanna Chiu interview two Chinese women who work as news assistants for foreign media in China. News assistants are sometimes dubbed “researchers,” though really are journalists who rarely get the glory of a top-of-the-page byline like foreign correspondents, despite often doing much of […]

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Air China is punished for vaping co-pilot incident

Jul 19, 2018

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Last week, an Air China flight from Hong Kong to Dalian, in northeastern China, plunged 25,000 feet (6,500 meters) in 10 minutes. The reason for the emergency descent? A co-pilot was jonesing for a puff of his e-cigarette so badly that he went to shut off the cockpit fan to conceal the vapor cloud, but […]

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China Unsolved: Road to Nowhere

Jul 19, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. In 1996, the disappearance of two young men in Urumqi left lots of questions, which remain unanswered — and unanswerable — to this day.   Images by Katie Morton   People disappear all the time in China. They change their names, jobs, run […]

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Hit movie prompts government response to drug-pricing problems

Jul 19, 2018

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Dying to Survive (我不是药神 wǒ bùshì yào shén), the hit movie that tells a real-life-based story of a Chinese leukemia sufferer smuggling drugs from India and selling them to other impoverished patients, appears to have made a substantial social impact by potentially transforming the pharmaceutical industry in China. According to a news article (in Chinese) published on the central […]

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Trade war, day 13: U.S. gives China cold shoulder at G20 as trade relations freeze over

Jul 19, 2018

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Nearly two weeks since the first round of $34 billion tit-for-tat tariffs went into effect (Access paywall), the U.S. and China seem to both be waiting for the other to make a move in the trade war. What activity exists is happening largely around the edges, as no direct negotiations or major concessions have been reported: […]

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An upside-down rope-walking stunt goes viral in China

Jul 19, 2018

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Lin Liangwang, 44, a farmer from Muyun Village in eastern China’s Fujian Province, was inspired to do this stunt after watching a video of a performer who failed at it.

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Pinduoduo, China’s ‘Facebook-Groupon mashup,’ looks to raise $1.6 billion on Nasdaq

Jul 19, 2018

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In only three years since its founding, Pinduoduo (拼多多 pīnduōduō; literally, “piece together more and more”), what Pandaily calls China’s “Facebook-Groupon mashup,” has taken China’s deal seekers by storm. Pinduoduo is now China’s second-most-popular ecommerce company, after Alibaba but ahead of JD.com, as measured by its massive user base of 344 million. The Wall Street Journal […]

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China’s continued food and drug quality problems

Jul 18, 2018

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As Chinese products gain prominence and are integrated into the global supply chain, quality assurances for products from the country have come under new scrutiny. The latest controversy was set off when the FDA announced a voluntary recall for valsartan — a generic blood pressure drug manufactured in China  — due to concerns that it contained […]

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Woman endangers herself to use her phone

Jul 18, 2018

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Whatever she was doing on her cell phone must have been good, since this woman in China continued to watch her phone even after her bicycle crashed.

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China gives ‘sewage surveillance’ a shot as part of its own war on drugs

Jul 18, 2018

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A recent Scientific American article details China’s use of wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) — the process of chemically analyzing sewage water for specific substances — in its anti-drug campaign. WBE is an established public health measure, but China is the first country using the technique to track down drug manufacturers. One arrest has already been made, in the […]

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Bringing a dumpling to life: Q&A with Domee Shi, Pixar director of ‘Bao’

Jul 18, 2018

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Domee Shi is the first female director of a short film by Pixar Animation Studios. Her piece, the recently released Bao, is a whimsical story loosely based on her own life growing up as an only child with Chinese immigrant parents in Canada. Bao is screening this summer before Incredibles 2. The film premiered earlier at the Tribeca […]

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Hong Kong moves to crush pro-independence party

Jul 18, 2018

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It has been little more than two years since the pro-independence Hong Kong National Party was founded. According to reports today, the Hong Kong government seems intent on making sure it doesn’t live to see two and a half. This morning, police officers visited the home of Andy Chan Ho-tin 陳浩天, the leader of the party, and […]

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Shenyang college accused of unfairly making Chinese students clean for foreigners

Jul 18, 2018

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A college in Shenyang, Liaoning Province is the latest institution accused of showing favoritism to foreigners, after some Chinese students complained on social media about being forced to clean dormitory buildings — including those housing international students — for the sake of earning special credits needed for graduation. That requirement doesn’t exist for foreign students. […]

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China is escalating its war on variety shows, including Saturday Night Live

Jul 17, 2018

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The Chinese version of Saturday Night Live (周六夜现场 zhōu liù yè xiànchǎng) and 真相吧!花花万物 (zhēnxiàng ba! huāhuā wànwù — roughly, “Tell me the truth! Spending money on everything”), two variety shows exclusively on the video streaming platform Youku, have recently been taken down for no apparent reason. 真相吧!花花万物, a talk show hosted by Taiwanese celebrities […]

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Gas station attendant lauded for bravery after extinguishing fire in 12 seconds

Jul 17, 2018

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A woman named Song Juanjuan 宋娟娟 probably thought she was just doing her job, putting out a fire at the gas station she worked at in eastern China’s Jiangxi Province. But surveillance footage of the incident, dated July 9 but only recently posted online, received an astounding 3 million likes on the streaming platform Douyin, making […]

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Panda in Germany celebrates 8th birthday with a beet and sweet potato cake

Jul 17, 2018

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Jiao Qing and Meng Meng, a male and female panda pair, are the only pandas in Germany. They arrived at the Berlin Zoo last June on a 15-year loan and remain wildly popular.

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Kuora: On Chinese cheating

Jul 17, 2018

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This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on May 9, 2018: Why do many forms of cheating — surrogate test taking, IP theft, answer sharing, plagiarism, use of paper mills, subversion of regulations, low-level bribery, etc. — seem to be widely considered a justifiable means to an end in […]

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‘Dying to Survive’ apologizes for ripping off Japanese anime in poster

Jul 17, 2018

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Dying to Survive (我不是药神 wǒ bùshì yào shén), a movie about cancer patients illegally importing drugs in defiance of Chinese law and a price-gouging foreign pharmaceutical company, is the surprise summer box office hit of 2018. But its marketers are somewhat ruining its shine. Earlier today, the movie’s official Weibo account posted an illustration to celebrate […]

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Raheem Sterling ‘vomits bread’ and Ozil ‘bears the wok’: Funny Chinese soccer expressions and World Cup memes

Jul 16, 2018

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…Amusing online neologisms from Chinese soccer fans who marvel at French luck, make fun of England, and despair over gambling results. Just never forget: Benzema is to blame.   The World Cup is over, and France are champions, having defeated Croatia 4-2 in an entertaining finals yesterday. The tournament was huge in China, drawing 790 million total […]

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Online press Q Daily cuts down coverage on public affairs to stay alive

Jul 14, 2018

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The government’s Internet Information Office in Shanghai has ordered Q Daily 好奇心日报, a Shanghai-based online publication, to stop reporting on a range of subjects including politics, economy, and military, foreign policy, and other public affairs. On July 13, the Shanghai Internet Information Office released an announcement (in Chinese) on its WeChat account, saying that it was illegal […]

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Chinese Corner: Used needles, Leukemia drugs, and dealing with an unexpected sibling

Jul 14, 2018

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Biowaste threat: Used needles 针头去了哪里By 袁贻辰 | 冰点周刊July 12, 2018 Despite the growing number of diabetes patients in China who use millions of syringes per year, the country still lacks a national policy for the collection of dirty needles. According to Hu Yuan 胡源, a endocrinologist in Jiangsu Province, who is interviewed in this feature […]

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Viral Videos in China, July 7–13

Jul 14, 2018

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What is China watching? This week: A crime caught on camera, a thirst for spice, makeup removal, and a dragon boat race.

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Film Friday: ‘American Dreams in China’ perfectly captures the Chinese dream

Jul 13, 2018

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Full movie on Tencent Video / Full movie on iQiyi / IMDB Hong Kong director Peter Ho-Sun Chan’s 2013 drama American Dreams in China (中国合伙人 zhōngguó héhuǒrén — literally, “Chinese partners”) begins in the 1980s, during a time when China’s idealistic, dynamic, and spirited college students dreamed of adventure, such as studying in America. The story follows three Chinese […]

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Trade war, day seven: China’s strategy comes into focus

Jul 13, 2018

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There is not much hard news amid the fallout from the latest $200 billion in tariffs, but there are several media reports that take the temperature of U.S.-China relations: China does not import enough from the U.S. to directly reciprocate tariffs on the order of $250 billion — if they come to pass — so many […]

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Sinica Podcast: China’s hydro dam ambitions and their consequences

Jul 13, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! Hydropower dams are a source of debate in the environmental and international relations communities alike. China has made use of hydropower in the past to supplement its reliance on coal and other energy forms, and in total the country has 40 percent of the world’s […]

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Opportunities for China in the trade war crisis

Jul 13, 2018

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“May you live in interesting times” is, of course, not actually an ancient Chinese curse, nor is the Chinese word for crisis really the same word as opportunity despite what cheap motivational books will tell you. Nonetheless, it seems that some people in Beijing at the prestigious Tsinghua University’s Center for China in the World Economy (CCWE) […]

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‘Where does this lunatic nonsense in the White House come from?’

Jul 13, 2018

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The Chinese Communist Party’s stodgy house journal is the People’s Daily. For most of the time that I have been browsing it — since 1995 — it has been very restrained in its language about foreign countries, whether friendly or hostile, and about domestic enemies, whether dissidents or fallen officials. During the Cultural Revolution (1966–76) […]

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Pakistani student stabbed to death by Chinese motorist in Nanjing

Jul 13, 2018

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A 26-year-old Pakistani student at Nanjing Normal University, identified by Times of Islamabad as Moiz-ud-Din, was stabbed to death after a roadside dispute on Monday, July 11, according to Nanjing police. Surveillance camera footage shows the victim standing curbside near a cigarette factory, reportedly with his girlfriend, when he is confronted by a scooterist, reportedly a 28-year-old […]

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Wanna go viral? Remove your makeup!

Jul 13, 2018

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People are sharing makeup removal videos on the popular Chinese app Douyin. These videos are gaining lots of attention because of the drastic changes in appearance.

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11 sisters help Shanxi man get married. Chinese internet says, ‘Wait, what?’

Jul 13, 2018

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A 22-year-old man in Shanxi Province recently got married, thanks to tremendous financial help from his 11 older sisters. The man, Gao Haozhen 高浩珍, is the only male child and the youngest in his huge family. To support his marriage, Gao’s 11 sisters rustled up 320,000 yuan ($48,000) to help him buy a house and […]

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Liaoning Province to retirees: Start your own business

Jul 13, 2018

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China has an aging problem: By 2030, about a quarter of its population will be over 65 years old — almost surpassing Japan as the oldest country in the world — and imposing tremendous stress on the country’s social welfare system. What are some possible solutions? Other than raising the retirement age and ending birth […]

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Chinese people don’t like smart speakers

Jul 12, 2018

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The South China Morning Post’s new publication, Abacus, has released its 2018 China Internet Report, and a short summary of it. Some highlights: China has nearly three times the number of internet users as the United States, and there’s still plenty of room to grow. With China’s 772 million users, internet penetration is only at 55 […]

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Trump targets another $200 billion — trade war update, day six

Jul 12, 2018

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The U.S.-China trade war is getting ugly, fast. Before day five of the confrontation even came to the end, Bloomberg broke the news (paywall) that American officials were drawing up lists of additional Chinese products totaling $200 billion to tax at a 10 percent rate, to be published “likely this week.” NEW U.S. DEMANDS That list was […]

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A billion-dollar coffee company and the woman behind it

Jul 12, 2018

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The hard-charging style of Chinese tech entrepreneurs has arrived in the coffee shop sector: Luckin Coffee (瑞幸咖啡 ruì xìng kāfēi), a chain of cashless, app-powered stores, has raised $200 million, according to Reuters. The founder of Luckin is the wonderfully named Qian Zhiya 钱治亚 — her surname qián literally means “money” and zhìyà means “rule […]

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Beijing closes office of liberal-leaning think tank Unirule

Jul 12, 2018

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Chris Buckley of the New York Times reports (porous paywall): An independent think tank that was one of China’s few remaining bastions for liberal-democratic ideas was shut out of its Beijing offices on Wednesday, throwing its survival into doubt. Some workers at the think tank, the Unirule Institute of Economics, found themselves briefly trapped inside when […]

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Are ‘fresh young meat’ a threat to national masculinity?

Jul 12, 2018

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In the Chinese entertainment industry, there is a cohort of men, very often middle-aged, who have some strong opinions about the massive popularity of “fresh young meat” (小鲜肉 xiǎoxiānròu), a slang term for soft-skinned, slightly effeminate, young male actors. One of the most vocal critics of fresh young meat is the award-winning director Feng Xiaogang […]

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The Chili King of Hunan

Jul 12, 2018

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Chairman Mao’s home province is known for its spicy cuisine and a crazy chili-eating contest.

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China Unsolved: The Village that Vanished

Jul 12, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. Humans, cats, dogs, livestock — all disappeared from a Shaanxi village, seemingly overnight. Was it state-sponsored? or is the story mere myth, as credible as theories of UFOs?   Images by Katie Morton   Stories of wholesale vanishings exist in many national mythologies: […]

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China tries to absorb U.S. trade punch with handouts to companies and domestic soy drive

Jul 11, 2018

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It is day five of the U.S.-China trade war. There are no signs that either side will back down or negotiate in the near term. SupChina covered the dispute’s official opening salvos and impact on U.S. industry in Access member newsletters (become a member here). The big question for today is: How is China dealing with the […]

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Angela Merkel and Li Keqiang get down to business

Jul 11, 2018

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As mentioned above, Premier Li Keqiang met German Chancellor Angela Merkel in Berlin yesterday, where Reuters says they signed “a raft of commercial accords worth some 20 billion euros ($23.5 billion)” involving German industrial giants like BASF, BMW, Volkswagen, Daimler, Siemens, and Bosch. Li and Merkel also made a bunch of friendly noises: “Angela Merkel praised […]

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Liu Xia finds freedom in Germany after Merkel presses Beijing to release her

Jul 11, 2018

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Eight years after being placed under de facto house arrest despite committing no crime, Liu Xia 刘霞 — the widow of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波 — left China on Tuesday morning, boarding an 11 a.m. Finnair flight from Beijing to Berlin. Her plane transited in Helsinki, where the above photo was […]

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Thai Deputy PM’s remark on boat disaster outrages Chinese internet

Jul 11, 2018

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Last Thursday, a tour boat carrying mostly Chinese visitors sank in a storm off Thailand’s southern resort island of Phuket. More than 40 people died and several people are still unaccounted for. On Monday, as the rescue efforts progressed, Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwon blamed the tragedy on Chinese tour operators. “The whole incident […]

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Cutting down on reality talent shows and other poison for teenagers

Jul 11, 2018

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The State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), China’s top media regulator, is deeply concerned about what TV networks have lined up for teenagers on vacation from school this summer. A notice (in Chinese) released by SAPPRFT on July 10 specifically asks online video platforms to cut down their production of reality talent […]

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The Miao Dragon Boat Festival

Jul 11, 2018

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This year’s Miao Dragon Boat Festival, which took place from July 8 to July 10, came nearly a month after the traditional Duanwu Festival.

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Liu Xia is free

Jul 11, 2018

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Eight years after being placed under de facto house arrest despite committing no crime, Liu Xia 刘霞 — the widow of 2010 Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo 刘晓波 — left China on Tuesday morning, boarding an 11 am Finnair flight from Beijing for Berlin. Her plane transited in Helsinki, where the above photo was snapped by […]

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Cross-dressing men in downtown Suzhou confronted by police

Jul 10, 2018

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On July 3, three men dressed in women’s clothes were ordered to leave a shopping area in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province, after being scolded and humiliated by some police officers on public streets. A video of the conflict shows a man in a tight dress and high heels arguing with five police officers while surrounded by onlookers. […]

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Sexual assault at Sun Yat-sen University: Professor faces accusations from multiple women [UPDATE]

Jul 10, 2018

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Zhang Peng 张鹏, an ecology professor at Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU) in Guangzhou, has been accused of sexual assault by multiple women as reported in a recent article (in Chinese) published by WeChat blog the Livings 人间. The article details an encounter between student Chen Jing 陈静 and Zhang, who reportedly made unwanted advances toward the female […]

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Kuora: Should Silicon Valley embrace China’s ‘996’ work ethic?

Jul 10, 2018

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Mike Moritz, a venture capitalist and journalist, wrote an editorial in the Financial Times on January 18 titled “Silicon Valley would be wise to follow China’s lead.” How right is he? That question sparked a lively discussion on this Quora thread; here’s Kaiser’s answer, originally posted to Quora on January 20, 2018: Is Mike Moritz correct […]

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Job not open to Beijing natives? Alibaba’s online supermarket apologizes for discrimination

Jul 10, 2018

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Type in, “Why are people from [Chinese province name]…” on Baidu, and wait for the search engine to autocomplete different regional stereotypes: Xinjiang people are “chaotic,” Shanghai people are “unfit to lead,” Henan people are “thieves,” etc. China has a long history of regional discrimination, especially in urban areas like Beijing and Shanghai, where outsiders are […]

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Reports confirm ozone-killing substance in Chinese factories

Jul 9, 2018

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A new report from the Environmental Investigation Agency, a UK-based nonprofit, has confirmed the concerns of experts that a buildup of the banned substance CFC-11 in the atmosphere is traceable to factories in China. CFC-11, also known as trichlorofluoromethane, is an ozone-depleting gas banned under the 1987 Montreal Protocol. The treaty provides a framework for […]

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Long wait on Didi? Blame Beijing’s July 1 crackdown on private taxi drivers

Jul 8, 2018

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Hailing a ride on Didi or other apps might have just gotten a little harder, after a Beijing government policy went into effect on July 1 that restricts private “taxis.” The new policy states that anyone who wants to run a “private taxi business” in the capital must be a Beijing resident with a hukou (“household […]

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Friday Song: Put a smile on your face and ‘Haha’ (from ‘Legend of the Camel Bells’)

Jul 7, 2018

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I’m sitting in a theater with three friends watching the new, critically acclaimed production Legend of the Camel Bells (驼铃传奇 tuólíng chuánqí). Set in Chang’an during the Tang Dynasty, it is a show about life and its many flavors. Poignant scenes capture the diverse range of human experience: Lovers bid farewell and reunite; men leave their […]

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Viral Videos in China, June 30 – July 6

Jul 7, 2018

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What is China watching? This week: calligraphy gets abstract, soybeans get spilled, and a new train debuts in China.

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Chinese Corner: Dead men tell no tales, and the true story of the cancer drug gang

Jul 7, 2018

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The true story of the cancer drug gang 令人生疑的“中国药神”By 靳锦 | GQ报道July 5, 2018 After textile trader Lu Yong 陆勇 was diagnosed with leukemia, he bankrupted himself by spending more than $80,000 on government-approved medication. Broke and desperate, he began smuggling a vastly cheaper substitute from India, and selling it to other patients. In 2014, […]

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China reacts to boy trapped in stool

Jul 7, 2018

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This video became viral in China: what seems to be a boy being held under his mother’s stool while she plays mahjong. People are picking sides on whether or not this is child abuse.

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Zhang Yuqi and matriarchy: Chinese SNL delivers surprising, strong 2nd episode

Jul 6, 2018

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Chinese actress Zhang Yuqi 张雨绮 has done sci-fi movies, horror movies, family dramas, and action flicks, but at this point in her career, the most memorable moment of hers was when she appeared on a January episode of the Chinese stand-up comedy show Roast Convention 吐槽大会, in which she confessed that she has “bad taste in […]

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Guangzhou Subway considering facial recognition for security checks

Jul 6, 2018

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You walk through the door. Show the camera your face and a QR code with your identifications. A security system verifies your information and opens the gate. This was a scene from the show Prison Break. But it’s also getting closer to reality around us. On July 6, Guangzhou Daily reported that three subway stations in Guangzhou […]

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‘Dying to Survive,’ a comedy about illegally importing drugs, might be China’s best movie of the year

Jul 6, 2018

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Animal Thriller (动物世界 dòngwù shìjiè), a Chinese thriller toplined by Michael Douglas and “fresh little meat” actor Li Yifeng 李易峰, may have been the box office champion last weekend, but Dying to Survive (我不是药神 wǒ bùshì yào shén) is the movie that seems poised to become one of China’s biggest hits this summer. The comedy opened at this […]

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Belt and Road bumps in Malaysia

Jul 6, 2018

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China’s Belt and Road Initiative has been served a major setback from Malaysia, as its newly elected Prime Minister, Mahathir Mohamad, delivered an order to suspend three China-backed projects in the country, according to Reuters. US$20 billion East Coast Railway Link (ECRL) and two pipeline projects worth US$2.3 billion A Chinese firm was told to suspend […]

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Air pollution: Two steps backward, one step forward

Jul 6, 2018

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With seemingly contradictory headlines appearing on the same day, recent events are representative of China’s mixed record on climate issues: China recently scaled back a proposal to ban transporting bulk commodities in trucks, which are more polluting than alternative measures such as rail and water transport, according to Caixin (paywall). The change reportedly came after pushback from […]

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Closing down foreign education partnerships

Jul 6, 2018

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Sino-foreign partnership programs at universities and joint venture schools are under scrutiny from the Ministry of Education. Despite their popularity, Sixth Tone says such schools and programs “have been regularly criticized for poor teaching, skyrocketing fees, and chaotic management, with some even accused of cooperating with diploma mills.” The Ministry of Education has now closed “more than […]

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Sinica Podcast: Chinese hacking, explained — Kevin Collier and Priscilla Moriuchi

Jul 6, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! In this week’s episode of the Sinica Podcast, taped live in New York at the law offices of Dorsey and Whitney on June 19, Kaiser and Jeremy chat about DEF CON, the world’s premier hacker convention, which was — to the surprise of many — […]

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HNA’s chairman, Wang Jian, falls to accidental death in France

Jul 6, 2018

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Wang Jian 王健, the chairman of HNA (formerly Hainan Airlines), one of China’s largest conglomerates, died while on a tourist excursion during a business trip to France on July 3, CGTN reports. According to a statement from HNA, the 57-year-old sustained a serious injury from falling off a 15-meter-tall wall, and did not recover after […]

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Trade war: The clock is ticking

Jul 6, 2018

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“Tariffs on $34 billion of Chinese goods are scheduled to take effect at 12:01 a.m. in Washington, the U.S. Trade Representative confirmed in an email,” reports Bloomberg. China is expected to retaliate immediately, although the Wall Street Journal says (paywall) Beijing has retreated from an earlier plan to put its tariffs into effect 12 hours before […]

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Longest high-speed train debuts in China

Jul 6, 2018

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China has the world’s longest railway network, measuring about 22,000 kilometers (13,700 miles). In the past decades, it has focused on high-speed railways. This bullet train measures more than 400 meters long. It has 16 carriages, twice the number of normal bullet trains.

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Recently concluded Shanghai International Film Festival seeks international cooperation

Jul 6, 2018

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The 21st Shanghai International Film Festival (SIFF) concluded on June 25, having showcased 500 films in 30 categories across 55 countries. Out of Paradise, directed by Batbayar Chogsom, won Best Feature Film, while Ala Changso from Tibetan director Sonthar Gyal 松太加 won the Jury Grand Prix. (Gyal also won Best Screenplay, an award shared with Tashi Dawa.) As the only Chinese […]

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Taiwan ministry issues statement in simplified Chinese, to the chagrin of mainlanders

Jul 5, 2018

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The traditional, unsimplified Chinese script, for many in Taiwan, forms a basis for national identity. However, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Taiwan recently made the decision — an intentional and pointed one, observers say — to issue a statement in simplified Chinese, in response to a remark by Beijing. The remark in question was made on […]

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China Unsolved: Dead of Night

Jul 5, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. Five bodies were in the recreation room, one woman died in the kitchen, another outside; one was found in a ditch beside his motorbike on the factory road. The youngest victim was just five days shy of his 10th birthday. All of them […]

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Has China already reached peaked carbon emissions

Jul 4, 2018

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In May, Greenpeace released an analysis of China’s global warming pollution that found the country’s carbon emissions had increased at an alarming 4 percent rate in the first quarter of 2018. SupChina covered that story, though it now contains a correction that clarifies that the analysis is unrelated to projections of whether China will fulfill […]

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Guns and debt on the Belt and Road

Jul 4, 2018

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Xi Jinping’s signature Belt and Road Initiative and hype about it keeps on growing — last week, the People’s Daily even tweeted that a new direct flight between the U.K. and Chengdu is launching, “boosted by China’s Belt and Road.” But that does not mean that other Belt and Road projects are not real, even if they […]

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Shorting the yuan — trade war gloom and boom update

Jul 4, 2018

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America will be barbecuing and letting off fireworks tomorrow, so it seems unlikely that a settlement will be reached between China and the U.S. to stop the July 6 tariffs  from coming into effect. Meanwhile, Nikkei Asian Review reports  that “the 11-member Trans-Pacific Partnership  trade pact, which does not include the U.S., will prepare for […]

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Here’s what a highway of spilled green soybeans looks like

Jul 4, 2018

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A parked truck on the highway — there due to flat tires — caused an accident in Suqian, Jiangsu Province, on June 24…a very bad one for a particular soybean-carrying truck behind it. Police say the soybean-truck driver was fatigued, which contributed to the collision. Luckily, nobody was severely injured. The hundreds of kilograms of soybeans, […]

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Apolitical Chinese version of ‘Saturday Night Live’ breaks 100 million views in debut

Jul 3, 2018

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The first episode of the Chinese version of Saturday Night Live (周六夜现场 zhōu liù yè xiànchǎng) debuted on June 23 with more than 100 million views on Youku (full episode here, though paywalled). It retained recognizable elements from the original American version; the opening, for instance, will look familiar, as actress Kitty Zhang 张雨绮 (movies include The Mermaid, Legend […]

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Xiong’an: A waste of resources or urban planning’s future?

Jul 3, 2018

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With China’s mixed record and lengthy history of urban planning experiments, domestic and international observers alike have expectedly waited for developments from the city of Xiong’an, 100km southwest of Beijing. The city-by-fiat, announced last year to real estate spectators’ delight , is the latest darling of China’s push for  high-quality urbanization  in anticipation for rapid […]

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Beyond Trumpism: What is the ‘smart’ direction for U.S.-China relations?

Jul 3, 2018

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Are the U.S. and China headed into a “Cold War 2.0”? Some object to the very question. Michael Swaine, a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, balks at what he describes on Twitter as the “wholly overblown effort underway to redefine the US-China relationship as one of near Cold War adversaries.” His piece […]

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Study: Nearly two-thirds of Chinese adults read no books last year

Jul 3, 2018

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How many books did you read last year? If you’re a Chinese adult, the answer is likely — statistically speaking — zero. That’s according to a new study (in Chinese) published by Renmin University of China, which discovered that nearly two-thirds of all Chinese over the age of 18 read no books in their leisure time in […]

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‘Ink shooting,’ a new form of calligraphy?

Jul 3, 2018

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Chinese artist Shao Yan, 56, uses syringes to make a form of calligraphy. A video of him squirting ink on a paper scroll has gone viral.

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Kuora: Hong Kong and mainland China are twins separated at birth

Jul 3, 2018

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July 1 marked the 21st anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to mainland Chinese control. (And how did China ever lose Hong Kong to begin with? Read this Kuora about the Opium War and China’s century of humiliation.) This week’s column, originally posted to Quora on December 13, 2014, looks at how Hong Kongers and mainland Chinese get […]

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How China’s ‘foreign waste’ ban might spur its domestic recycling program

Jul 2, 2018

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China’s import ban on recyclables and waste has other countries scrambling. But the effects are being felt back home, too — hopefully for the better.   Chuming Li balances two plastic bottles of juice on a carton of fresh durian as he browses the crowded shelves of his university’s campus grocery store. “I buy anywhere […]

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Friday Song: ‘Your So-Called Freedom and Democracy’

Jun 30, 2018

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“Bombard the Headquarters,” or 炮打司令部 (pào dǎ sī lìng bù), was a document written by Chairman Mao Zedong during a Chinese Communist Party plenary session on August 5, 1966. Only 225 characters, this document is believed to have sent the country into turmoil, leading to the death of thousands of “class enemies” over the course of […]

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AC Milan and its uncertain future under Chinese owner Li Yonghong

Jun 30, 2018

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With tensions ratcheting up in the U.S.-China trade war, an unlikely tug-of-war target has emerged in the middle: iconic European soccer club AC Milan. It’s currently in the hands of a previously unknown Chinese businessman who’s prone to more than a little exaggeration, and — stop me if you’ve heard this one before — it’s […]

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Chinese Corner: Lamenting Chinese soccer, reality show ‘Produce 101,’ and the saga of Li Yiyi

Jun 30, 2018

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How Chinese soccer peaked in 2002 那一年,世界杯上有中国By 令孤 | 人物June 24, 2018 The World Cup is a time of great joy for Chinese football fans, but there is always a dark cloud hanging overhead that threatens to dampen the festivities. The People’s Daily bravely declares that it shouldn’t be awkward to talk about this difficult subject, […]

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Viral Videos in China, June 23-29, 2018

Jun 30, 2018

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What is China watching? This week: 3D drawings on a paddy field, a rare tornado in Shenzhen, a teenage graduation dance and a cleaning lady riding a hoverboard. What more could you ask for?

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SupChina News Quiz, June 23-29: PLA protests, World Cup, and our bipolar world

Jun 29, 2018

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What’s up in China? Test your knowledge of the news with this fun 8-question quiz, and then tweet your score @supchinanews! Check back every Friday for a new challenge.

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Sinica Podcast: Kurt Campbell, former assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs

Jun 29, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! In this episode of the Sinica Podcast, taped live at the US-China Strong Foundation’s China Careers Summit in Washington, D.C., on May 31, Kaiser talks to former assistant secretary of state for East Asia and Pacific affairs Kurt Campbell about his career, his critique of […]

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Yuan drops as Trump softens tone

Jun 29, 2018

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We’ve got your doom and gloom and boom news from various fronts of the U.S.-China trade war today: currency, tech and investment, Chinese market opening, and the effects on stock markets. Currency   CNBC reports that China’s currency hit a new six-month low against the dollar, spurring talk that trade wars could turn into a currency […]

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BYD builds biggest battery factory for electric cars

Jun 29, 2018

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China, the country that already accounts for half the world’s production and sales of electric cars, is also well on its way to dominating the global market for electric vehicle batteries. The Wall Street Journal reported (paywall) earlier this year that Chinese firms were quickly buying up supply chains of cobalt, an essential component for building […]

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Made in China 2025: The domestic tech plan that sparked an international backlash

Jun 29, 2018

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Quick facts on China’s plan to rule the high-tech world Made in China 2025 (中国制造 2025 zhōngguózhìzào èr líng èr wǔ) is a strategic plan announced by Chinese Premier Li Keqiang in May 2015, aimed at increasing China’s competitiveness in cutting-edge industries and moving the country’s manufactured goods up the value chain. China wants to cut its reliance […]

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A cleaning lady inspired by Nezha, China’s protection deity

Jun 29, 2018

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A cleaning lady became an internet sensation for riding a hoverboard to work in Zhuhai, Guangdong Province.

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Who needs pensions when that money can be given to the Chinese government?

Jun 29, 2018

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A government website based in Yichun, Jiangxi Province recently published a rather bizarre user-submitted suggestion, one that has internet users asking: Is this for real? On June 14, an anonymous person calling himself “a student from an educational institution for the elderly” posted a suggestion to the website of the Human Resources and Social Security bureau […]

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Two children dead, 2 others injured in Shanghai stabbing

Jun 29, 2018

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Two children were killed when a 29-year-old man went on a stabbing rampage near a elementary school in Shanghai on Thursday, leaving another student and a parent injured. According to (in Chinese) local police in the Xuhui district, the bloody attack occurred around 11:30 a.m. when the suspect, surnamed Huang, allegedly brandished a large kitchen knife in […]

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The SupChina Quiz: Religion in China

Jun 28, 2018

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It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was Mao’s China, 1949-1976. Today we present… Fifteen questions to test how much you know about everything from Nüwa to Confucius, Taoism to Christianity. Let us know how you did — tweet your score @supchinanews. Click here for more quizzes (Illustration by Emma Reimers)

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China should stop exaggerating its technological advancements, says state-owned newspaper editor

Jun 28, 2018

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From homegrown smartphone brands to high-speed rail, China’s desire to be a world leader in technology is no secret. But recently, a Chinese state newspaper’s editor-in-chief called upon a more realistic assessment of China’s tech sector, a comment that has provoked reflection among the Chinese public. “It’s been 40 years since Chinese economic reforms, and […]

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$9 billion spent on surveillance tech in Xinjiang in 2017

Jun 28, 2018

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Evidence of a vast system of “re-education camps” in Xinjiang  is growing even as the Chinese government continues to deny their existence. The camps are estimated to hold as much as 10 percent of the Uyghur population. They are closely related to what is probably the world’s most sophisticated citizen surveillance operation, documented last year […]

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Gloom and doom trade war update

Jun 28, 2018

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Here is everything you need to know today from the front lines of the U.S.-China trade war: Starting on July 6, U.S. soybean imports into China will have a 25 percent tariff, but there may not be enough soy elsewhere in the world for China to avoid using American beans, according to CNBC. China may […]

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China veteran protests: Is this time different?

Jun 28, 2018

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In the last few days, the news out of China that has most animated my Chinese friends — especially those with official backgrounds — is the latest protest by People’s Liberation Army (PLA) veterans. Over the last few weeks, veterans have held protests in several cities. The New York Times reported (paywall) that they were complaining about […]

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Teenage graduation dance

Jun 28, 2018

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Teenage students from Xidian University surprised the audience at their graduation with a dance in homage to a new Chinese pop idol, 25-year-old Wang Ju.

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Mattis visits Beijing as South China Sea tensions bubble

Jun 28, 2018

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Jim Mattis arrived in Beijing on June 26, becoming the first U.S. Secretary of Defense to visit China in four years. The South China Morning Post reports that he met with his counterpart, Wei Fenghe 魏凤和, with whom he had what he characterized as a “very open and honest dialogue,” and with President Xi Jinping. Xi […]

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The one person in China who can’t talk about soccer during the World Cup

Jun 28, 2018

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The World Cup is flickering across TV screens around the world, and users of Hupu, a Chinese sports forum, are having a good time debating and joking online. Except one person. A screenshot that has been making rounds on Chinese social media apparently shows that Hupu has punished one user, let’s call him X, for […]

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China Unsolved: The Man Who Knew Too Much

Jun 27, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. Two old friends meet in a hotel. One of them disappears forever.   Images by Katie Morton   Tang Xuanxuan 汤宣悬 had known Lin Jinsong 林进松 since they were teenagers. The pair hung around together and later became drinking buddies. When Lin became […]

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Xi Jinping takes up Trump’s challenge to a trade duel

Jun 27, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump announced a week ago that he was going all in with his big bet on tariffs against China, escalating the scope of threatened import taxes from $50 billion to $250 billion, or even $450 billion if the Chinese didn’t fold. A couple days later, a group of 20 mostly American and […]

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Yan Xuetong and Xi Jinping on China’s place in the world

Jun 27, 2018

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If you want to read one thing about China today, this is it: Yan Xuetong on the bipolar state of our world . It’s a translation by the David Bandurski of an interview with Yan Xuetong 阎学通, director of the Institute for International Relations at Tsinghua University and perhaps China’s most respected thinker on foreign […]

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Sexual harassment case aftermath: The depressing tale of Somebody Li from Gansu

Jun 27, 2018

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On June 20 in Qingyang, Gansu Province, a 19-year-old female student surnamed Li 李 jumped to her death after being allegedly sexually assaulted by her teacher. (Chinese media reports about crimes and accidents usually refer to both victims and perpetrators by their surnames only, often in the form 李某 Lǐ mǒu or “somebody Li.” On the […]

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Lang Lang brings Hangzhou to New Yorkers through music

Jun 27, 2018

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On June 16, world-renowned pianist Lang Lang surprised commuters passing through Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal in New York with a performance of Autumn Moon Over the Calm Lake (平湖秋月 pínghú qiūyuè). Expressing the beauty of Hangzhou’s West Lake, it was composed by Lu Wencheng 吕文成 in the late 1920s. Lang Lang’s performance was […]

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Announcing: The SupChina Photo Contest

Jun 26, 2018

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Good images tell a good story. They can transport us to another place or evoke strong emotions even as we sit at home. They can create atmosphere, mood, disposition. They help viewers understand and feel something that is happening, and can sometimes convey, in a blink, layers of complexity and nuance. We at SupChina strive to […]

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Amazing 3D drawings on a paddy field

Jun 26, 2018

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An array of 3D drawings on a paddy field in a Shenyang agricultural park has been attracting many visitors. Farmers started the annual tradition seven years ago.

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Kuora: Three common misconceptions about China

Jun 26, 2018

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This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on December 27, 2017: What are the most common misconceptions about Chinese history among Westerners? I’m not sure how “common” these misconceptions are, as I’m pretty sure the knowledge of China’s history among 90 percent of “Westerners” doesn’t even rise to the level where […]

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Friday Song: Kehlani drops some serious Mandarin Chinese in ‘Just My Luck’

Jun 23, 2018

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Last month, American R&B singer Kehlani and Chinese singer-songwriter Tia Ray 袁娅维 dropped a surprise collaboration — two versions of the same song, one in Mandarin and one in English. Kehlani was on tour in Beijing when she announced on Twitter that her song with Tia Ray was “somewhere floating on the Chinese interwebs.” According to Kehlani, […]

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WHO says gaming addiction is a disease: Will China’s dodgy internet detox clinics reap the benefit?

Jun 22, 2018

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Gaming addiction is now officially classified as a mental health condition by the World Health Organization (WHO). This is good news for China’s many digital detox camps, which have called internet addiction a disease for years. Some of these camps rely on abusive treatments to “cure” their “patients.” In the draft version of the 11th International […]

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Chinese Corner: Secrets of a female Go champion, and making money from online subcultures, or not

Jun 22, 2018

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A shamate who moves on from his glorious past 后来的“杀马特教父” | 图片故事 BY 刘有志 | 南方人物周刊 June 14, 2018 For a good chunk of the 2000s, Luo Fuxing 罗福兴 was the main man of China’s shamate (杀马特 shāmǎtè) subculture. As Sixth Tone precisely describes, shamate is a visual aesthetic characterized by “outrageous hairstyles, clothing, and makeup that […]

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Viral Videos in China, June 16-22, 2018

Jun 22, 2018

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What is China watching? This week: A 66-foot-long sticky rice dumpling, the world’s longest glass circular bridge, firefighting drones and robots, and a celebration of International Day of Yoga. What more could you ask for?

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SupChina News Quiz, June 16-22: China turns on Trump, and other news from Dragon Boat week

Jun 22, 2018

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What’s up in China? Test your knowledge of the news with this fun 8-question quiz, and then tweet your score @supchinanews! Check back every Friday for a new challenge.

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Sinica Podcast: Live from Prague with Martin Hála of Charles University

Jun 22, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week’s show was recorded in Prague, where major developments in the continuing saga of a mysterious Chinese company called CEFC, with deep ties to the Czech president, Milos Zeman, unfolded during a recent visit by Kaiser. He spoke with Martin Hála of Charles University […]

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World Cup drawing nearly 100 million primetime viewers in China

Jun 22, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. China’s national soccer team remains a disappointment, but the long-suffering fans have more than delivered during this World Cup so far, despite a viewing schedule that’s about to get […]

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Will North Korea finally take China’s offer of economic know-how?

Jun 21, 2018

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un wrapped up his two-day trip to China on June 20 — his third trip to the country in three months’ time — with an interesting pit stop. Kim inspected the Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences, which the New York Times says (paywall) was “at the forefront of introducing technology and management techniques that […]

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China celebrates International Day of Yoga

Jun 21, 2018

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From the mountains to the valleys, watch China celebrate yoga and add some zen to your day.

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Jiangxi implements new rules to prevent sex-selective abortions

Jun 21, 2018

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Jiangxi Province has introduced a new set of regulations (in Chinese) to prohibit sex-selective abortions, including requiring women who are already 14 weeks pregnant to go through extra procedures to terminate pregnancy. The guidelines were first announced and posted on the website of Jiangxi’s health and family planning commission on June 15, but the notice didn’t […]

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How do you say “maternal grandmother” in Chinese? Depends who you ask

Jun 21, 2018

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Not unlike “coke,” “pop,” and “soda” — words for the same soft drink that have divided America — the different Mandarin terms for “maternal grandmother” is also dividing China, in a manner of speaking. A viral WeChat article with more than 100,000 views recently exposed a Shanghai publisher’s removal of the vernacular term for “maternal grandmother” from an […]

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Japan’s World Cup win was “Asia’s victory,” says Chinese newspaper

Jun 21, 2018

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Japan made history on Tuesday when it defeated Colombia 2-1 in Saransk, Russia, becoming the first Asian team to ever beat a South American side in the World Cup. Chinese fans are usually happy to root for their East Asian cousins in soccer — as long as they’re not playing China — but Beijing Youth […]

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The People’s Republic of Chai-na

Jun 21, 2018

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How do artists in Beijing cope with the inevitability of eviction, demolition — 拆 (chāi)? In the past, they have been able to find more remote places to establish new colonies, moving a ring road or two out with each displacement. But it feels different this time, following the destruction of the bustling art colony […]

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Trade war update: Chinese investment in U.S. plummets, but yuan stays steady

Jun 20, 2018

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The hostilities continue between the American and Chinese governments, a day after Donald Trump prepared to go all in on his tariff-first strategy. Since then, the White House Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy, which is directed by Peter “Death by China” Navarro, ramped up the rhetoric even further with the release of a 35-page […]

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Xinhua News Agency cheers the decline of American leadership

Jun 20, 2018

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Australia’s Lowy Institute has published the results of its 2018 public opinion poll: 42 percent of the survey respondents said Trump’s presidency is a critical threat to their country — higher than foreign political interference (41 percent) and China’s growing power (36 percent). Only 30 percent of Australians “have either ‘a lot’ or ‘some’ confidence […]

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Urban management officer suspended for whipping street vendor

Jun 20, 2018

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An urban management officer (城管 chéngguǎn) in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, has been suspended after a video was posted online showing him brutally whipping a street fruit vendor in public, the Beijing News reports (in Chinese). In the footage (in Chinese), the officer can be seen chasing an elderly male vendor on the street with a […]

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Firefighting drones and robots are emerging in China

Jun 20, 2018

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Yeah, you read that right — it’s just as awesome as it sounds.

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China Unsolved: Who poisoned Zhu Ling?

Jun 20, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. A talented student, a mystery illness, an obvious suspect. Decades later, the notorious case of the poisoning of Zhu Ling — and the accusations against Sun Wei — still refuses to die.   Images by Katie Morton   It’s perhaps the most infamous […]

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Kim goes to Beijing after Singapore Summit

Jun 19, 2018

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For the third time in less than three months, Kim Jong-un has met with his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping. Here are SupChina’s reports on the first and second meetings. This time, the visit to Beijing was announced (in Chinese) by Chinese state media while it happened — the visit was reported to last from June 19 to June […]

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Trump escalates trade war, again

Jun 19, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump is preparing to go all in on his big bet on tariffs against China. China’s tit-for-tat response to the first $50 billion round of tariffs, which were announced on June 15 (tit and tat both covered on SupChina Access), disappointed Trump, who released a statement that read: Today, I directed the United States […]

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The next Chinese behemoths: Healthcare companies

Jun 19, 2018

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In October last year, China’s State Council announced new rules for approvals for drugs and medical devices, intended to speed up the process by cutting red tape and allowing the use of data from clinical trials performed outside of China. In January this year, the New York Times noted (paywall) that although Chinese medical scientists had in […]

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Quanzhou government sparks outrage for ad perpetuating gender stereotypes

Jun 19, 2018

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The municipal government of Quanzhou, Fujian Province, is in hot water over a digital billboard that highlighted sexist gender roles at home, part of a broader campaign to “practice good family rules and cultivate good family values.” The controversy was triggered by a picture shared on Weibo, which shows a digital billboard at a local bus […]

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Dare to walk on the world’s longest glass circular bridge!

Jun 19, 2018

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The glass bridge in Xinmi, Henan Province, is nine meters (29 feet) longer than the Grand Canyon Skywalk in Arizona. It’s 360 meters (1,181 feet) above the ground.

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Xi Jinping and China get the John Oliver treatment

Jun 19, 2018

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“China: the country responsible for huge technological advances, and yet it still can’t seem to get pandas to fuck.” Thus begins John Oliver’s 20-minute segment on a recent episode of HBO’s Last Week Tonight about this “gigantic and consequential country.” Much of it focuses on Xi Jinping and his two major ambitions: the Belt and Road Initiative […]

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1.9 million user accounts hacked at recruitment website 51Job

Jun 18, 2018

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Private data of more than 1.9 million users of 51Job.com, one of the largest recruitment platforms in China, were reportedly found for sale on the dark web, according to (in Chinese) The Paper. Judging from sample information provided by the hackers, the breach gave hackers access to usernames, passwords, email addresses, real names, and identity card numbers. […]

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Kuora: Mao Zedong and the archetype of the ruthless Chinese uniter

Jun 18, 2018

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This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on  August 20, 2010: Do the Chinese people currently consider Mao Zedong to be evil or a hero? “The Chinese people” are not of course of one mind on the legacy of Mao. There’s a range of viewpoints, from the unreconstructed Mao worshippers […]

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All the different zongzi one can eat during Dragon Boat Festival

Jun 18, 2018

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Today is Duanwujie 端午节 — the fifth day of the fifth month on the lunar calendar — known to English speakers as the holiday called Dragon Boat Festival. The day commemorates the death of the famous poet Qu Yuan 屈原, who lived during the Warring State Period more than 2,000 years ago, and died after jumping into […]

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Inside the Chinese censorship rabbit hole

Jun 18, 2018

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On Chinese social media, Xi Jinping, ejaculation jokes, and the Relevant Organs parody Twitter account are among the subjects which are no-gos. But what occasionally does get past the censors might surprise you.   I am an American columnist for a fairly well-known Chinese tech, business, and culture news website. Most of its readers are […]

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‘Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom’ resuscitates China’s box office

Jun 18, 2018

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Last weekend, Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom raked in a healthy $117 million in China in its first frame. While its performance wasn’t quite the $200 million opening of Avengers: Infinity War, its opening weekend gross surpasses both its predecessor, 2015’s Jurassic World, as well as Solo: A Star Wars Story, which has faced lukewarm reception in the world’s second-largest movie market […]

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Friday Song: Social Shake, the dance of the ‘society’ subculture

Jun 16, 2018

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Remember when the world was obsessed with Psy’s K-pop single Gangnam Style, which spread like a virus? Young people in China, especially in rural areas, are having a similar craze with the shehui 社会 subculture, translated literally as “society,” referring to a type of rough-and-tumble street culture. (Earlier this week, we introduced different styles of low-cost […]

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Viral Videos in China, June 8-15, 2018

Jun 15, 2018

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What is China watching? This week: A gigantic fish is caught, a delivery man guides an ambulance, a planetarium, and a BMW up in flames. What more could you ask for?

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Embezzlement, lies, and camgirls — accountant steals 9.3 million yuan to woo live streamers

Jun 15, 2018

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A male accountant in Zhenjiang, Jiangsu Province, has been sentenced to seven years in prison (in Chinese) after stealing a staggering 9.3 million yuan ($1.44 million) from his employer, a real estate company. He used the money to pay camgirls on live-streaming platforms and ask them out in real life. The theft came to light in February […]

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A 66-foot-long sticky rice dumpling

Jun 15, 2018

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It took 50 people 13 hours to make what is probably the largest zongzi this year, a traditional sticky rice dumpling, using 220 pounds of rice and 44 pounds of salt-cured meat. Just in time for the Dragon Boat Festival on June 18!

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Chinese Corner: ‘The Vagina Monologues’ and failed urban design

Jun 15, 2018

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What I know about ‘The Vagina Monologues’ at Fudan University 我所了解的复旦《阴道独白》 By 阿夏 June 3, 2018 “Lu Xun once said, ‘On seeing a woman in short sleeves, they immediately think of white arms, naked bodies, genitals, sexual intercourse, promiscuity, and bastards — Chinese people’s imagination is capable of such great advances in matters such as […]

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SupChina News Quiz, June 9-15: Summits, protests, and a love letter to Xi Jinping

Jun 15, 2018

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What’s up in China? Test your knowledge of the news with this fun 8-question quiz, and then tweet your score @supchinanews! Check back every Friday for a new challenge.

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Chinese companies are saving FIFA — but will it help China land a World Cup bid?

Jun 15, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. No, China’s not in the World Cup, though yes, there are an awful lot of Chinese sponsors this year. The World Cup kicked off last night from Russia, with the home side […]

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Inside a Chinese labor camp: Q&A with Leon Lee, director of ‘Letter from Masanjia’

Jun 15, 2018

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Leon Lee is a Canadian filmmaker whose documentaries focus on human rights issues in China. His debut film, Human Harvest, about China’s illegal organ trade, won the prestigious Peabody Award in 2014. His latest, Letter From Masanjia, tells the story of Sun Yi, who sent a plea for help reportedly while incarcerated in a Chinese labor […]

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U.S. Senate clashes with Trump on China’s ZTE

Jun 14, 2018

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Chinese telecom giant ZTE has had a rocky couple of months. It’s not out of the woods yet. The company nearly shut down after the U.S. Commerce Department cut off the 25-30 percent of its supply chain that comes from America on April 14, following an investigation that found it had violated sanctions on Iran […]

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Chinese drone, how do I love thee

Jun 14, 2018

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Let me count the ways. Aside from my first iPhone, the only electronic device I have ever bought that has changed my worldview — and just worked like a charm straight out of the box — is my Chinese-made drone. Manufactured in Shenzhen by DJI, there is nothing remotely like it and available to the […]

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People’s Daily ♥︎ Xi Jinping

Jun 14, 2018

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The People’s Daily website’s top story today (in Chinese) is titled “Xi Jinping and the People’s Daily — the deep passion of the last half century.” The article recounts Xi’s long relationship with the Party’s house newspaper, starting from him listening to a teacher read a People’s Daily article about Jiao Yulu 焦裕禄, the absurdly loyal cadre who […]

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Screenplay-writing insurance boss pleads guilty to bribery

Jun 14, 2018

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Xiang Junbo 项俊波 was a PLA soldier who fought with Vietnamese forces in a border war in 1979 and went on to become a television writer and producer as well as a banker and financial regulator. He became chairman of the Agricultural Bank of China in 2009 before heading up the China Insurance Regulatory Commission […]

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Sinica Podcast: Andrew Chubb on Chinese nationalism and its influence on maritime behavior

Jun 14, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week’s Sinica Podcast features Andrew Chubb, a fellow at the Princeton-Harvard China and the World Program. Andrew writes extensively on Chinese foreign policy, especially on topics related to maritime disputes in the South and East China seas, Chinese nationalism, and Chinese public opinion. Kaiser and […]

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The gods do not like your $80,000 BMW

Jun 14, 2018

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Updated: A $73,000 BMW caught fire in Yangzhou, Jiangsu Province, on June 12. It was initially reported that the fire was caused by the new driver burning incense to celebrate his good fortune. However, a surveillance video later revealed that four children could be responsible for the fire.

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China’s most prominent talk show host, Yang Lan, on media, women, and the next generation

Jun 14, 2018

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Yang Lan 杨澜, one of the most popular television personalities in China, spoke to us about the future of media in the time of AI, the next generation of youth, and her own definition of success at our second annual Women and China conference. She also shared her views on female leadership in China in […]

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China’s Red Collectors

Jun 14, 2018

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Meet the Chinese collectors preserving memories from the Mao era — and the country’s erstwhile revolutionary spirit — through posters, badges, notebooks, clothing, stamps, photographs, periodicals, everyday items…and everything in between.   Chairman Mao Zedong remains ever visible in contemporary China. He is printed on money, his image overlooks Tiananmen Square, and keepsakes from his era (or reproductions, […]

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Great food and a better economy — what is there to complain about?

Jun 13, 2018

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It’s a slow news day, so I’d like to highlight two old things for you: First, Shuge.org (书格 shūgé), a website that describes itself as a “free and open online library of ancient texts,” drew my attention (in Chinese) to the wonderful Republican-era map reproduced above. It was created by Russian cartographers, and printed by the Northern […]

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Truck driver protests censored

Jun 13, 2018

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Last week on Friday, Chinese truck drivers began a nationwide protest about a variety of grievances, including traffic laws, cutthroat competition caused by Uber-like online contracting services, high gas prices, and stagnant wages. Activists took to social media to rally “30 million truck drivers” across China, according to China Labour Bulletin and Radio Free Asia. The former reported, […]

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Didi’s Hitch service returns, but only for same-sex rides

Jun 13, 2018

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Didi Chuxing — China’s biggest on-demand transport and ride-hailing company — announced on June 13 that this Friday, it will resume late-night and early-morning service for its carpool feature, known as Hitch. However, the revamped service will only allow drivers to pick up passengers of the same sex. On May 12, Didi suspended Hitch from […]

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New images of 38,000-square-meter Shanghai Planetarium released

Jun 13, 2018

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The planetarium’s anticipated opening is set for 2020, but that doesn’t mean we can’t be excited about newly released images of its construction.

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Food delivery guy leads lost ambulance

Jun 13, 2018

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The video shows a food delivery man on a bike traveling in front of an ambulance and that he seems to prevent it from moving ahead. Actually, he was helping to direct it, since the driver was lost.

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China Unsolved: Death of a Courtesan

Jun 13, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. A bloody crime scene in Beijing, an apartment full of cash and cadres’ contact details: An orgy of evidence — with no solution in sight.   Images by Katie Morton   She was five foot-six, weighed just under seven stone, and was the […]

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Fishing guru catches massive fish found in Henan Province

Jun 13, 2018

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Famous fish guru Li Damao found this 165-pound black carp in Henan Province and released it later. The species, which is native to southern China and Vietnam, rarely exceeds 77 pounds.

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Report: Chinese university graduates’ average annual starting salary is barely $8,000

Jun 13, 2018

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A recent Chinese state media report revealed that the majority of university graduates in China have starting salaries of 4,317 yuan per month ($674), a number much lower than in developed countries. Despite China’s increasing economic prosperity and growth, labor remains cheap, even for the highly educated. According to this report published by China News Agency on […]

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China plans to open third-gen nuclear reactor in November

Jun 12, 2018

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We recently noted a Greenpeace report that suggested Chinese economic growth, unless radical measures are taken, is going to wreck the planet’s climate. Here’s the latest news about climate doomsday and the fight against it: An AP1000 nuclear reactor will begin operations in November in Zhejiang Province, according to the China National Nuclear Power Corp, Reuters reports. […]

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U.S. beefs up official presence in Taiwan

Jun 12, 2018

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On the morning of June 12, when Donald Trump went to Singapore to broker a deal with North Korea that very much furthers Beijing’s interests in northeast Asia, some American officials did the opposite in Taiwan. The American Institute in Taiwan (AIT), which serves as the U.S.’s de facto embassy (formal relations were broken off in 1979, at […]

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Internal memo reveals tighter regulations on Chinese films and television dramas

Jun 12, 2018

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Censorship of Chinese films and TV programs has been bad recently, and it’s about to get worse. That’s the takeaway from an internal document circulating in the Chinese entertainment industry. The memo (in Chinese), obtained and shared by WeChat blogger Xiaode Zhang 晓得张, is allegedly from the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (see […]

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China gets what it has been ‘striving for all along’

Jun 12, 2018

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Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 24 hours, you know that U.S. President Donald Trump met North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Singapore yesterday. They agreed that their two countries should carry on talking, and signed a joint statement promising to be nice to each other. Xinhua News Agency buried the Kim-Trump summit […]

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New list of video games banned from live-streaming, Tencent’s new game is spared

Jun 12, 2018

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Video platforms are now banned from streaming more than 20 electronic games, according to a social media post (in Chinese) from 3DMGame. The post includes a notice that appears to come from video company Bilibili and lists the newly-banned games. They include the popular Battle Royale game H1Z1, survival horror game Dead by Daylight, first-person shooter […]

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Meet rural China’s viral online celebrities

Jun 12, 2018

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While short videos have become a craze in China, it wasn’t until recently that I embraced this guilty pleasure: watching homemade skits on Kuaishou  快手, one of the China largest video platforms, branded as “Kwai” in international markets. Like many observers of the Chinese tech scene, I downloaded Kuaishou a month ago merely trying to […]

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Qingdao welcomes SCO with stunning light show

Jun 11, 2018

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A look at the grand light show in Qingdao, China, that kicked off this year’s Shanghai Cooperation Organization summit.

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Durex college exam joke does not impress Shanghai newspaper

Jun 11, 2018

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Durex China is a master of digital marketing: Have a look at its Weibo account to see how the company integrates trending topics into witty posts about its condoms (in Chinese). Durex reportedly has a 45 percent market share in China, where talking about sex in public still remains far from common. While Durex’s edgy online marketing campaigns […]

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Kuora: The many reasons for learning Chinese

Jun 11, 2018

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This week’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on November 9, 2017: Why do so many people try to learn Chinese? When one sets out to learn a language, different considerations run through one’s head, and for just about all of those considerations, China ticks a box: How many people in […]

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The decline of Aston Villa under its enigmatic Chinese owner

Jun 9, 2018

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Two years ago, Chinese entrepreneur Tony Xia bought Aston Villa, once one of the most famous English football clubs in the land. But massive overspending on player transfers and wages, plus a failure to win promotion to the English Premier League, has put the club in peril, with a tax bill finally paid this week to stave off […]

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Friday Song: The deep, dark hell of exam season

Jun 9, 2018

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It’s gaokao season, so here’s one about the copious joys of cram school and preparatory classes: the song Cram Schools Killed the Children (补习班的门口高挂我的黑白照片 bǔxí bān de ménkǒu gāo guà wǒ de hēibái zhàopiàn), by the Taiwanese band Lao Wang (老王乐队), asks grim, resigned questions about identity and conformity. Lao Wang has been creating a […]

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Chinese Corner — What China’s reading this week

Jun 8, 2018

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One of the most frequent requests I have received since I took over as editor of SupChina is for more links to and explanation or commentary on Chinese writing, including journalism, fiction, and long-form writing of all kinds. Despite censorship, long-form writing is thriving on the Chinese internet for two reasons: Many nonprofessional writers are […]

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Xi Jinping honors Vladimir Putin with China’s first-ever Friendship Medal

Jun 8, 2018

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Chinese President Xi Jinping awarded his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, the highest state honor, the Friendship Medal of the People’s Republic of China, on June 8 in Beijing. Xi presented it to Putin at the Great Hall of the People after the Russian leader arrived in China for a three-day state visit. He will attend […]

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SupChina News Quiz, June 1-7: Mystery illnesses, espionage, trade war

Jun 8, 2018

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What’s up in China? Test your knowledge of the news with this fun 8-question quiz, and then tweet your score @supchinanews! Check back every Friday for a new challenge.

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Now on Netflix: A love song to China’s Belt and Road Initiative

Jun 8, 2018

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In the scenic yet deadly high mountains of Gilgit, Pakistan, a Chinese backpacker and a Pakistani doctor are thrown together during a group-tour road trip and, in short order, improbably but inevitably fall in love. To be together, they must fight past a number of roadblocks, including language barriers, racist stereotypes, familial disapproval, and even […]

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Sinica Podcast: Bonnie Glaser talks China security, from North Korea to the South China Sea

Jun 8, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! In this week’s episode of Sinica, Kaiser chats with Bonnie Glaser in a crossover show that will appear both on Sinica and on the ChinaPower Podcast from CSIS, the Center for Strategic and International Studies. Bonnie is a well-known specialist on China’s security issues, and this week, […]

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HACKING IN CHINA: A live Sinica Podcast recording

Jun 7, 2018

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A live Sinica Podcast is coming to New York on June 19! Details in the flyer below.

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China pulls plug on solar subsidies, giving opportunity to India

Jun 7, 2018

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On May 31, the National Development and Reform Commission, Ministry of Finance, and National Energy Administration issued a surprise joint statement (in Chinese) that sent shudders through the Chinese solar industry. The government had decided that “in order to promote the sustainable development of the solar industry,” no new solar energy projects for the rest of […]

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Propaganda and finger vein recognition: China’s 2018 college entrance exams

Jun 7, 2018

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The gaokao (高考 gāokǎo) is a three-day college entrance test that covers literature, science, math, and English (see SupChina’s brief history of the exam). This year more than 9.75 million students are taking the test, according to Sixth Tone. Propaganda is big this year. Today’s morning test session was for Chinese language and literature and included an […]

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ZTE pays to play

Jun 7, 2018

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross told CNBC today that his department had struck a deal with beleaguered Chinese telecom giant ZTE to end sanctions for its business dealings with Iran and subsequent failure to comply with U.S. demands. ZTE must pay a $1 billion fine, in addition to $1.19 billion in fines paid earlier. ZTE must […]

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Firefighters rescued 20 dogs and cats from pet store fire

Jun 7, 2018

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Firefighters rescued about 20 dogs and cats from a local pet store in flames in Hefei, Anhui Province, on May 31.

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From propaganda to pollution to smartphones: A history of gaokao essay questions

Jun 7, 2018

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No other assessment test has been taken by more people than the gaokao, China’s national college entrance examination. Almost every Chinese college graduate you’ve met has at least taken it once, twice, or maybe three times (as was the case with Jack Ma, founder of tech giant Alibaba). What that means is, hundreds of millions […]

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Facebook, Huawei, ZTE — the drunken dance

Jun 6, 2018

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American and Chinese tech industries and their regulators are like a bipolar couple doing a drunken dance where they alternately kiss and try to throttle each other. Today’s dysfunctional behavior includes the latest Facebook scandal: Facebook signed agreements that “gave private access to some user data to Huawei, a telecommunications equipment company that has been […]

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Malatang restaurant blames ‘contract’ worker after viral video of feet on chopping board

Jun 6, 2018

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A worker at a chain restaurant in Guangzhou has been fired (in Chinese) after a video of him resting his feet on a cutting board while preparing food went viral on the Chinese internet. Filmed by a diner, the video shows the worker chopping raw meat on a board with his feet comfortably placed on the […]

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Not your average car towing

Jun 6, 2018

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A fearless driver drove a motor cart with a car on top of it in Huzhou, Zhejiang Province, on May 30.

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Crayfish detaches own claw to escape boiling hotpot

Jun 6, 2018

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A crayfish just won the admiration of the internet after it cut off its own claw to escape a boiling hotpot in China. The 11-second video clip, which was uploaded on Weibo by a diner named “Jiuke,” shows the crayfish using its right claw to detach the incapacitated left claw, which appears immobile after being […]

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Good Samaritan in Sichuan

Jun 6, 2018

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A traffic police officer carried an elderly man across the road on June 4 in Mianyang, Sichuan Province.

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China Unsolved: A Scientist Vanishes

Jun 6, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. Peng Jiamu found himself lost in the desert, on a former nuclear-testing site and restricted military zone, short on supplies and growing desperate — so he set off on an expedition from which he would never return. That’s the official story, anyway. […]

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U.S. accuses defense analyst of selling secrets to China for $800,000

Jun 5, 2018

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About a year ago, the New York Times revealed (paywall) that the CIA’s operations in China had been “crippled” by the Chinese government from 2010 to 2012. The Times reported that “more than a dozen” sources had been imprisoned or killed in China, and that one informant was “shot in front of his colleagues in the courtyard […]

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Shanghai Cooperation Organization — a nothingburger?

Jun 5, 2018

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The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) is an annual forum for China, Russia, and a variety of Eurasian states to discuss political, economic, and security issues. The SCO’s full members are China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, India, and Pakistan. Observer states are Afghanistan, Belarus, Iran, and Mongolia. The SCO meets this year in Qingdao on June […]

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China’s Belt and Road hits bumps in Nepal, Malaysia, and Myanmar

Jun 5, 2018

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The course of the Belt and Road, China’s “project of the century,” is not running smooth. Today’s problems include: Nepal’s finance minister said his country’s deal with a state-owned Chinese firm to build a massive dam with a price tag of $1.8 billion “would be cancelled and Nepal would fund the project itself,” according to […]

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Road test site in trouble for inviting Buddhist monks

Jun 5, 2018

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A road test site in Leiyang, Hunan Province, was ordered to make a rectification after it was found to have invited eminent monks to the location, to conduct Buddhist rituals to seek blessings for the facility. In a widely shared video (in Chinese) uploaded by an internet user on June 2, a group of five monks […]

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Brainwashing Buddhist monks and nuns

Jun 5, 2018

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Beijing is increasing its efforts to obtain political loyalty among Buddhist communities in Tibet. 35 officials recently travelled to Suzhou to learn about the Chinese Communist Party’s policies towards Tibet, and an unknown number of religious clergy attended a three-day training in Lhasa along similar lines. All of these individuals were selected for the training […]

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Pictures of the Day: A rainy-day vigil at Victoria Park, Hong Kong

Jun 4, 2018

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Thousands of people streamed onto the soccer fields — still wet from the afternoon’s rain — in Hong Kong’s Victoria Park on Monday evening to commemorate the 29th anniversary of the June 4, 1989 crackdown at Tiananmen Square. The organizers — from the Alliance in Support of Patriotic Democratic Movements of China — said that despite […]

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June 4 news roundup: National Amnesia Day in China

Jun 4, 2018

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Photo by Ilaria Maria Sala, as published on Hong Kong Free Press Note: SupChina was taken down by a DDoS attack on the afternoon of June 4, China time, and was hit again about 12 hours later. This post is backdated from June 6, 7:45 am EST.  Good morning #China and a happy National Amnesia […]

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Kuora: The unlikely confluence of events that led to the 1989 Tiananmen Square protests

Jun 4, 2018

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Photo by Ilaria Maria Sala; see more of them on Hong Kong Free Press Note: SupChina was taken down by a DDoS attack on the afternoon of June 4, China time, and was hit again about 12 hours later. This post is backdated from June 5, 9:30 pm EST.  This week’s column comes from one of […]

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Hunan vocational school takes down anti-gay message

Jun 4, 2018

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A vocational school in Xiangtan, Hunan Province, made headlines last week when a photo of an anti-gay slogan on campus went viral online. The school has now agreed to take down the banner, and pledged to make the school gay-friendly after speaking with LGBTQ rights activists in Hunan. After the photo of the banner circulated, the […]

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Fan Bingbing’s exposed contract ignites debate about celebrity salaries

Jun 4, 2018

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On May 28, TV host Cui Yongyuan 崔永元 posted on his Weibo an image of Fan Bingbing’s 范冰冰 employment contract, showing the actress would earn $1.6 million (10 million RMB) for her work, plus several other demands, such as access to luxury cars and accommodation at five-star hotels. Other terms include daily meal allowances of $233 […]

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Another fire in Daxing district, Beijing

Jun 4, 2018

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Around 7 pm on Friday, a fire broke out in Xinjian Village 新建村 in Daxing District 大兴区, Beijing, reportedly about 300 meters south of Xingzhi Road 行知路 (just inside South Sixth Ring Road), with large billows of black smoke visible from miles away. There were no reported casualties or injuries. Daxing, of course, is the district […]

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Friday Song: ‘Flowers of Freedom’ and its political implications

Jun 2, 2018

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The phrase “自由花” (zìyóu huā), or “flowers of freedom,” has appeared in several seminal moments in Chinese history. The last sentence Wang Buwen 王步文, a prominent CCP politician in Anhui province, is said to have uttered before he was executed by a Chinese Nationalist Party firing squad in 1931 was, “Let my blood water the […]

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An Africa storytelling night in Beijing

Jun 1, 2018

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“In African culture, storytelling played a really important role, and it continues to do so in transmitting histories, in transmitting knowledge and wisdom from previous generations to current generations,” says Zahra Baitie, founder of Kente and Silk and lead organizer of Africa Week in Beijing, a recently concluded program of events promoting Chinese understanding of […]

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Douban denies ‘score manipulation’ accusations of terrible film director

Jun 1, 2018

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The feud between Chinese director Bi Zhifei 毕志飞 and the movie review site Douban will not go away soon. After Bi published an open letter to China’s top movie regulator earlier this week, accusing Douban of manipulating the audience score of his movie Pure Hearts: Into Chinese Showbiz 纯洁心灵, the review-aggregating platform fired back on May […]

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‘Flying’ wedding veils become new fad

Jun 1, 2018

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In videos that have gone viral, a bride stands in the middle of an aisle while her veil is “flown” toward her before it gently drops on her head.

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China’s search for a new sports star — and one famous sporting father’s ambitions for his 8-year-old

Jun 1, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. China needs a new global sports star in a hurry. Yao Ming 姚明 and Li Na 李娜 — both comfortably retired — are still by far the two most recognizable Chinese stars […]

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Yili’s Chairman Pan: A Chinese business story

May 31, 2018

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Yili is one of China’s big two dairy firms along with Mengniu. Both companies are based in Inner Mongolia, although the former is state-controlled while Mengniu was founded in 1999 by a former Yili employee. Mengniu and Yili both escaped China’s 2008 melamine milk scandal more or less unscathed, but I believe the Chinese public remains […]

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When the cops really need a drink

May 31, 2018

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A few cops in Hunan were apparently rather slow to get Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign memo. The People’s Daily reports (in Chinese) that in June 2016, police officers of the Public Security Bureau (PSB) of the impoverished Anhua County in Hunan Province “drove police cars to Maotai, Guizhou, and and illegally purchased 600 bottles of liquor.” […]

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Is Google’s sneak back into China working?

May 31, 2018

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In December 2017, we reported that “Google had ‘tiptoed’ back into China,” as the internet giant took a new tack and opened a small artificial intelligence (AI) research center in Beijing. Of course, Google never really left China: Google ad sales teams have worked in the country nonstop since 2010, when the company withdrew its […]

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Student group at Fudan University forced to cancel annual production of ‘The Vagina Monologues’

May 31, 2018

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This year at Fudan University in Shanghai, there will not be any students talking loudly about female genitalia. Zhihe Society 知和社, an on-campus student organization committed to addressing gender issues, was forced to cancel its annual performance of the feminist play The Vagina Monologues (阴道独白 yīndào dúbái), which was set to take place on May 31. […]

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Sinica Podcast: Janet Yang — a Chinese-American woman in a Harvey Weinstein world

May 31, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week on Sinica, we bring you the recording of when Jeremy and Kaiser chatted with film industry legend Janet Yang live at our SupChina Women’s Conference on May 14 in New York City. Janet talks about trends in Chinese film, how she survived as an […]

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A 50-meter-tall vertical parking lot in China

May 31, 2018

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In Taiyuan, Shanxi Province, drivers can easily park their vehicles inside a 50-meter-tall vertical parking lot without making any effort to find a parking spot.

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Director stubbornly defends the worst film on earth

May 31, 2018

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Director Bi Zhifei 毕志飞, 39 years old, needs you to know that by no means is he getting over his debut film Pure Hearts: Into Chinese Showbiz 纯洁心灵, which was a failure, both critically and commercially. You can see nearly 50,000 negative reviews of the film on Douban.com (in Chinese), one of China’s biggest and most […]

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The SupChina Quiz: Mao’s China, 1949-1976

May 31, 2018

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It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the SupChina Foreign Relations Quiz. Today we present… Twelve questions to test how much you know about the people and events that rocked the Mao era. Let us know how you did — tweet your score @supchinanews. Click here for more quizzes (Image by […]

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Alden Ehrenreich’s ‘stiff acting’ is killing ‘Solo: A Star Wars Story’ at the Chinese box office

May 31, 2018

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Solo: A Star Wars Story was a domestic box office flop, and it hasn’t done much better across the world. Last weekend, it grossed a mere $9.6 million in China, putting it behind Chinese sci-fi comedy How Long Will I Love U (超时空同居 chāo shíkōng tóngjū) and Avengers: Infinity War. Its opening weekend gross is less than a fifth […]

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Vocational school in Hunan tells students to ‘say no to homosexuality’

May 30, 2018

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May 17 was International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia. In China, groups of college and high school students organized a series of activities to raise awareness of LGBT rights violations. Their message apparently did not reach the Xiangtan Technical Secondary School of Industry and Commerce in Hunan province. Comrade’s Voice (同志之声 tóngzhì zhīshēng — “comrade” is slang […]

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Trade war update: ‘an unfortunate sound bite’

May 30, 2018

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Peter “Death by China” Navarro, director of the White House National Trade Council, talked to NPR this morning. He remains unabashed in his China-bashing, although he calls his mission a “trade dispute,” not a “trade war.” The trade war, he says, was lost a long time ago by former presidents Obama, Bush, and Clinton. “They […]

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Is Chinese economic growth going to wreck the planet’s climate?

May 30, 2018

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Is China going to fail to meet its Paris Agreement goals? A new analysis from Greenpeace suggests that the answer is, unfortunately, yes. Based on the Chinese government’s own data on coal, oil, and natural gas demand, as well as cement production, Greenpeace researchers concluded that “China’s CO2 emissions went up 4.0% on the first quarter, […]

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Three Chinese companies and industries to watch

May 30, 2018

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Western fears about Chinese dominance of technologies have recently focused on artificial intelligence (AI). Yet there are many other industries where China is set to lead, partly because of the sheer numbers of talented and educated people available and entrepreneurial zeal, but also because of government support and light regulation. Biotech — pharma, healthcare, and […]

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Mattis signals U.S. will challenge Beijing in South China Sea

May 30, 2018

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The usually mild-mannered U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis had strong words for Beijing in response to a recent confrontation in the South China Sea, as reported by the Wall Street Journal (paywall), calling China “out of step with international law” in its militarization of claimed islands. Mattis also “recalled Chinese President Xi Jinping’s 2015 pledge not to […]

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World’s highest commercial bungee jump platform tested in China

May 30, 2018

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Some fearless bungee jump enthusiasts leaped from the world’s highest platform — which is about 260 meters above the ground — during a test run in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province, on May 26. Dare to give it a try?

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Visa restrictions and the Chinese Exclusion Act

May 30, 2018

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The Associated Press reports that the Trump administration “plans to shorten the length of validity for some visas issued to Chinese citizens” as part of a campaign “to counter alleged theft of U.S. intellectual property by Beijing.” “Chinese graduate students will be limited to one-year visas if they are studying in fields like robotics, aviation and […]

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China Unsolved: The Black Dahlia of Nanjing

May 30, 2018

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China Unsolved is a SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. More than 20 years later, police still claim to have no idea what happened to 19-year-old Diao Aiqing, whose body was chopped into more than 2,000 pieces and distributed around her Nanjing campus. Images by Katie Morton   It’s an urban myth known […]

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Is Duterte serious about a South China Sea red line?

May 29, 2018

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Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte is as mercurial as Trump: He has in the past threatened to ride a jetski to disputed islands in the South China Sea and plant a flag to keep China at bay but he also claimed to be Chinese as part of his ongoing flattery of the Chinese leadership. Today, the Associated Press […]

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The Trump and Kim show — Singapore summit is on, for now

May 29, 2018

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The planned June 12 Singapore rendezvous between Donald Trump and Kim Jong-un might yet happen. ABC reports that U.S. and North Korean officials are “laying groundwork for on-again, off-again, back-on-again summit.” This morning, Trump tweeted that Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the ruling Workers’ Party of Korea Central Committee, is “heading now to New York.” […]

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China sees trade opportunities in Iran after the U.S. drops out of nuclear deal

May 29, 2018

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Russia and China are eager to dance with Iran after U.S. President Donald Trump tore up his government’s commitment to the Iran nuclear deal. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will attend a regional summit for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in Qingdao next month, where discussions will cover economic, energy, and security cooperation throughout Central Asia. […]

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Is the trade war truce over? Trump reinstates tariffs, and China is ‘surprised, yet also not surprised’

May 29, 2018

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It was just a week ago that U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin declared, “We’re putting the trade war on hold,” and stock markets breathed a sigh of relief. Much has changed since then. Right away, as we noted in our analysis for SupChina Access members, a difference in perception was clear: The Chinese were happy […]

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State media denounces police violence against Anhui teachers protesting over low pay

May 29, 2018

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News broke out over the weekend that local police in Lu’an, Anhui province, used violence towards a group of teachers who gathered near the municipal government to demand better wages and the release of their delayed bonuses from 2016. On May 28, Guangming Daily, a state-owned newspaper, published a commentary (in Chinese), calling the brutal treatment […]

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A concert up in the sky

May 29, 2018

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A French band, Houle Douce, staged a performance on slacklines across a 1,400-meter-high cliff in Zhangjiajie, Hunan Province.

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Patriotic Chinese writer draws ire after trying to enroll her kid at an American school

May 29, 2018

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Yuan Xiaoliang 袁小靓 made a name for herself by bashing democracy. In 2013, she called India a nation “raped” by democracy, and said Chinese fans of Apple products were American “slaves.” A year later, she wrote, “Despite how good America is, it is someone else’s motherland. No matter how bad a mother China is, it […]

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Why did Tencent just invest in a self-media account with a history of ‘article laundering’? [UPDATE]

May 28, 2018

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It was reported last Thursday that Tencent led a $4.1 million (30 million RMB) investment in Chaping 差评, a WeChat self-media account popular for its scathing reviews of Chinese tech companies. The move was significant because it marked the first time that Tencent Topic Fund, Tencent‘s fund for online content creators established last November, invested in an […]

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Friday Song: The jazz and hip-hop of Dabozz

May 26, 2018

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She’s alternative, free-spirited, and unpredictable. In 2016, Dabozz 大包子 resigned from her job at a state-owned financial institution to pursue music as a full-time career. Less than a year and a half later, she’s making waves in the music scenes of China’s major cities. One of her first songs after her career switch is “Jazz,” […]

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Chinese man with stage 4 cancer deported after family trip

May 25, 2018

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Yuanjun Cui, dying of stage 4 cancer, was deported to China with his wife after a weeklong cruise to the Bahamas on May 21. The couple came to the U.S. to say goodbye to their daughter and grandchildren when the incident happened.

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Dating website for sugar daddies and ‘sweethearts’ gains popularity in China

May 25, 2018

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Seeking Arrangement, an American dating website dedicated to connecting sugar daddies and younger women, is under investigation by Shanghai police after a surge in popularity in China. At the time of writing, on China’s iOS App Store, Seeking Arrangement has surpassed Tencent’s WeChat and QQ to become the most downloaded social networking app. Among all […]

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Messi congratulates Chinese mountaineer for scaling Everest

May 25, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. Chinese owners of European football clubs have had fairly mixed results as a whole this season, though Fosun-owned Wolves have been the undoubted winners, earning promotion to the English Premier League’s promised land […]

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Film Friday: Memory and desire ‘In the Heat of the Sun’

May 25, 2018

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In the film In the Heat of the Sun 阳光灿烂的日子 (yángguāng cànlàn de rìzi), Beijing is a mostly empty city. Adults are busy participating in the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution, while those who should be in college are in the countryside for “re-education,” i.e., “learning from the farmers and workers.” Beijing belongs to the teenagers — who […]

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‘The Flying Tigers’ excerpt: Roosevelt’s quest to get American fighter planes to China

May 25, 2018

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Editor’s Note: They flew missions for only less than a year, but the Flying Tigers — technically the First American Volunteer Group, consisting of 311 people, including 99 pilots — became one of the most legendary air force units of all time, thanks to impressive combat records and their now-iconic shark-faced plane art. It was headed by […]

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Sinica Podcast: Live with Yasheng Huang at MIT

May 25, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week, Zara and Hans from the terrific 996 Podcast with GGV Capital join Kaiser at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for a live recording with Yasheng Huang, professor of economics and management at MIT’s Sloan School of Management. Huang — never known for his delicate pulling of […]

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Farewell, Flappy McFlapperson

May 24, 2018

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A bird who gained fame in Beijing among nature- and science-lovers died on a migratory route back to the city, Birding Beijing sadly reports. Flappy McFlapperson was so named by students at Dulwich International School in Beijing in 2016, at which point she was fitted with a tracking device and followed online by a steadily […]

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Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop should join Weibo

May 24, 2018

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Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop “privately blamed the Australian media’s ‘negative reports’ for adversely affecting Australia–China relations during her meeting with her Chinese counterpart on the sidelines of the G20 in Argentina this week,” according to Fergus Ryan, writing for the Australian Strategic Policy Institute. Ryan argues that instead of scapegoating journalists for the two countries’ […]

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Angela Merkel in Beijing talks driverless cars and trade

May 24, 2018

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Xinhua News Agency’s home page and the top story on central state media (English, Chinese) are about German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting Xi Jinping in Beijing, where he told her, “China will work with Germany to push bilateral ties to a higher level.” This is Merkel’s 11th visit to China, and comes after several statements […]

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Q&A with Lili Zheng, first mainland Chinese female partner at Deloitte

May 24, 2018

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Lili Zheng 郑莉莉 is the first woman from mainland China to become a partner at Deloitte, one of the “Big Four” global accounting firms. She has worked in international tax planning for over 25 years in San Francisco, Tokyo, Beijing, Silicon Valley, Hong Kong, and New York. She now leads the firm’s U.S. Chinese Services Group, […]

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Trump cancels meeting with Kim Jong-un, citing ‘open hostility’

May 24, 2018

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With an oddly emotional letter to Kim Jong-un and a tweeted speech, Donald Trump upended the news cycle again by canceling his planned meeting with Kim in Singapore on June 12. Trump’s letter blames Kim for the “tremendous anger and open hostility in your most recent statement.” Here is a roundup of reactions to the news: […]

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Inside the world’s biggest cave chamber

May 24, 2018

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The Miao Room in Guiyang, Guizhou Province, is the world’s largest cave chamber, measuring 380.7 million cubic feet. One part of the cave can even fit a Boeing 747!

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More news from China on Belt and Road, the death of Utopia, Australia tensions, and trade war covfefe

May 23, 2018

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Building the Belt and Road, one cobblestone at a time The TIR Convention (Transports Internationaux Routiers) is a multilateral treaty signed in Geneva in 1975 to simplify administration of international road transport. The organization that created the TIR Convention has announced that China has become the 73rd country to join TIR. The announcement says the deal […]

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Safety tips are the last thing that Chinese women need after the Didi murder case

May 23, 2018

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Li Mingzhu 李明珠 was a 21-year-old flight attendant who was reportedly raped and murdered on May 6 after she hailed a car using Hitch, a ride-share service from Didi Chuxing, China’s biggest on-demand transport company. The Chinese internet responded to her death with a flood of safety tips for women. However, many Chinese women, including me, […]

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A noodle-pulling performance gone wrong

May 23, 2018

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A video showing a woman accidentally getting lassoed by noodles went viral on the Chinese internet.

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Chinese stock markets keep Didi, Foxconn subsidiary in orbit with planned local IPOs

May 23, 2018

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As we noted in March, the Chinese government has begun to urge its most successful companies to list on domestic stock exchanges instead of looking for capital in New York. In that month, ecommerce giant Alibaba was reported to be “working on a plan to list on a stock exchange in its home market, China,” […]

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China Unsolved: The Boy in the Red Dress

May 23, 2018

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China Unsolved is a new SupChina weekly series profiling China’s most notorious unsolved mysteries. The red dress, expert knots, the weight, the tiny mark on the forehead, the wooden beam, even the boy’s birthday and time of death — “aged 13 years and 13 days” — all supposedly adhered to certain practices associated with Taoist […]

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Mingbai: Money, money, money, China style

May 23, 2018

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人民币 (rénmínbì), “the people’s currency,” shortened RMB, measured in yuan (元), is the money used in China. This week, Mingbai explores the bills and their motifs. Paper money was in fact invented in China, dating back to the Tang dynasty (618-907). The most recently issued series of paper money comes in denominations of 1, 5, […]

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Swimming on period? Chinese celebrity Angelababy sparks online debate

May 22, 2018

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Yeung Wing 杨颖, a Chinese entertainer better known by her stage name Angelababy, has been receiving some negative feedback online in connection with her appearance in the hit reality TV show Keep Running (奔跑吧 bēnpǎoba, the same show that gave us “Are you coming to the orgy?“) last week. In the episode, contestants got on chairs […]

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The end of forced family planning?

May 22, 2018

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For years, the writing has been on the wall for China’s infamous family planning measures. Though there have always been some exceptions to the One-Child Policy, the government began a significant loosening back in 2013, when it became legal for couples where one partner is an only child to have more than one child. China […]

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China sentences Tibetan language activist to five years in prison

May 22, 2018

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In November 2015, the New York Times published a 10-minute video about Tashi Wangchuk, a Tibetan businessman, that followed him as he travelled to Beijing to advocate for the preservation of his ethnic language. In Tashi’s telling, the poor standards for Tibetan language instruction in his hometown of Yushu (Gyegu in Tibetan), Qinghai Province, and […]

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After blinking on trade war, is Trump caving on ZTE?

May 22, 2018

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Yesterday we noted (paywall) the widespread condemnation in the U.S. of the Trump administration’s deal with China to put the trade war on hold merely to return to the status quo ante, and that Xi Jinping’s special envoy and Vice Premier Liu He 刘鹤 called the result “win-win.” Today Axios has more: A piece titled “Three […]

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Man catches falling toddler with bare hands in Chongqing

May 22, 2018

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“I was scared as well. But if I failed to save her, it would be my lifelong regret,” said Zhang Yun, 42, after he saved a falling toddler on May 15 in Chongqing. The incident occurred when Zhang was answering a phone call inside his shop and heard a noise. He then saw a toddler […]

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Third suspect in two months nabbed at a Jacky Cheung concert

May 22, 2018

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Maybe criminals should stop attending Jacky Cheung concerts. For the third time in less than two months, a Chinese fugitive has been captured at a Jacky Cheung concert. For the third time, it was by facial recognition technology. The concert was Sunday in Jiaxing, Zhejiang Province. The suspect, surnamed Yu, was reportedly identified at security […]

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Till death or exam do us part: Chinese province offers ‘divorce test’

May 22, 2018

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Ongoing efforts by local governments in China to prevent couples from divorcing have reached a new level: The civil affairs bureau of Jiangsu Province recently introduced a voluntary test for divorcing couples before they make their final decision. Invented by the marriage department of the Donghai County government, the exam, according to the bureau’s official […]

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If China had superheroes…

May 22, 2018

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Who would China call on to save the day?     I may not have been an avid comic book reader as a child, but in my childhood bedroom, I still have a large tome about Spider-Man lore. It covers every version of Spider-Man, all of his villains, romantic interests, and details about Stan Lee’s […]

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Pictures of the Day: Final look at Yingxiu

May 22, 2018

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Here are 13 pictures of Yingxiu, Wenchuan county, Sichuan province, one of the towns rocked by a magnitude 7.9 earthquake 10 years ago. (See our coverage of the 10th-year anniversary here and here.) These photos were taken by Chengdu-based photographer Yang Junzhe.

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Kuora: When it comes to cultural influence, the U.S. is soundly ahead of China

May 21, 2018

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Some Americans, like FBI director Christopher Wray, have been wringing their hands about the perceived encroachment of Chinese influence in the U.S. (Wray goes so far as to warn of “espionage” in academia). But what exactly does the U.S. have to be afraid of? Perhaps it would be instructive to look at the other side of […]

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How to run the most prestigious international auction firms in China: Q&A with Caroline Cai

May 21, 2018

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In 1994, Christie’s became the first international auction house to open a representative office in Shanghai. In the years that followed, the prestigious British auction house established itself as a pioneer in the Chinese art market, which, according to a recent report, just became the second-largest one in the world, making up 21 percent of […]

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Not your average inventors!

May 21, 2018

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A collection of videos showing farmers in China creatively doing household chores went viral on WeChat, China’s most popular messaging app.

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Watch: Nicki Minaj cosplays as Chinese Street Fighter Chun-Li on SNL

May 20, 2018

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Here’s Nicki Minaj on Saturday Night Live last night trying to make herself the center of some cultural appropriation controversy. Someone wanna tell her she’s a bit late to the game? I’m more interested to see how many people will get upset at what appears to be Japanese clothing on a Chinese character. (Chinese nationalists can […]

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Disaster tourism: How China manages the act of remembrance

May 19, 2018

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Ten years after the Great Wenchuan Earthquake, the disaster is finally in Sichuan’s past — but the first draft of that history is still being written. At the Wenchuan Earthquake Epicenter Memorial Hall in Yingxiu, the Central Party’s version remains on full display.   All photos by Cassidy McDonald A group of Chinese tourists crowd […]

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Friday Song: Mao Zedong said ‘Change must come through the barrel of a gun’

May 19, 2018

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Mao Zedong didn’t say that, of course. He said “枪杆子里面出政权” (qiānggǎnzi lǐmiàn chū zhèngquán) — Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun — during his speech “Problems on War and Strategy” at a plenary session on November 6, 1938. “Whoever wants to seize and retain state power must have a strong army,” he said […]

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‘Relationship expert’ says Chinese comfort women prove gender superiority

May 18, 2018

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Yang Bingyang 杨冰阳, or Ayawawa, is a Chinese relationship expert who created a lucrative business by preaching her questionable yet popular dating theories to a legion of about 3 million fans. Guyu Lab, an online media outlet operated by Tencent, published a widely circulated article (in Chinese) today profiling the self-acclaimed “goddess of dating” and her loyal […]

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OneSpace becomes first private Chinese company to launch payload-carrying rocket

May 18, 2018

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The OS-X Chongqing Liangjiang Star rocket, developed and built by the Beijing-based private firm OneSpace, blasted off on Thursday in northwest China.

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China’s Olympic hockey dreams shaken after ‘shoddy,’ ‘embarrassing’ national tournament

May 18, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. China’s Olympic ice hockey project just shifted up a gear, with news that the International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) unanimously voted to allow both the Chinese men’s and women’s teams to automatically […]

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‘Africa Week’ in Beijing aims to dismantle Africa-China clichés

May 18, 2018

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A week of events, including panel discussions and performances, to promote understanding of Africa in China and spark dialogue.   How do Chinese perceive Africa and Africans? How do others perceive Chinese perceptions of Africa and Africans? Certain headline-grabbing events in the past year may have given people a warped perspective: an exhibition in Wuhan […]

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Sinica Podcast: China’s international relations, with Jiang Changjian, Ira Kasoff, and Anthony Saich

May 17, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! Today, we bring you a special live panel discussion from the 2018 Harvard College China Forum on China’s international relations. The panelists are: Jiang Changjian – associate professor of international studies, Fudan University; host, The Brain (最强大脑 zuìqiángdànǎo) Ira Kasoff – senior counselor, APCO Worldwide; former U.S. deputy assistant secretary […]

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Trump’s ‘best people’ bicker, as China approves business deals with the U.S.

May 17, 2018

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What happens when you put the guy who wrote a book literally titled Death by China on a trade mission to China to seek compromises with China? Well, according to Axios, it’s a foulmouthed shouting match, and a major policy rift between the top members of your trade team. Peter “Death by China” Navarro, a trade adviser […]

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China’s ‘re-education camps’ for Muslims expand, echo Cultural Revolution

May 17, 2018

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The evidence of a campaign to “re-educate” tens, or even hundreds of thousands, of Muslims in western China is building. Xinjiang Province has come to be known as one of the most heavily policed regions of the world, especially since Chen Quanguo 陈全国 was transferred from Tibet in 2016 to apply his hardline securitization strategy to […]

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Winners of the 2018 SupChina Female Rising Stars Award

May 17, 2018

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Two SupChina Female Rising Stars winners, one China-based and one U.S.-based, were announced on Monday in front of hundreds of attendees gathered in New York for the second annual SupChina Women’s Conference. This year’s China recipient of the Female Rising Stars Award was Cindy Mi, founder and CEO of VIPKID, an education technology company that […]

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LGBT events spring up on Chinese campuses

May 17, 2018

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Marking International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on May 17, college and high school students rallied on campuses across China in an effort to raise awareness of LGBT rights violations. At Beijing Foreign Studies University, student activists posed for a photo to show solidarity with those affected by homophobia. Posters advocating for LGBT […]

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Beijing high school students promote LGBT awareness with t-shirt campaign

May 17, 2018

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Students at several Beijing public high schools have joined LGBT activist groups worldwide in celebrating International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia (IDAHOT) today with campaigns to sell t-shirts and raise awareness. It began on May 13, when a student organization at Affiliated High School of Peking University (北大附中, also known as BDFZ) announced on the WeChat account of […]

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Watch this Chinese makeup artist transform herself into the Mona Lisa

May 17, 2018

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A recent video showing a Chinese makeup artist transforming herself into the Mona Lisa has gone viral on the Chinese internet. How much does she resemble Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece in the end? See for yourself.

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Worrying about China ruling the world

May 16, 2018

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Prospect magazine has published a package of China articles: Isabel Hilton, founding editor of China Dialogue and a Sinica Podcast guest in our pre-SupChina days, has written an essay on what China’s growing global influence means for the rest of the world. She concludes that democracies are in an uncomfortable situation: “Such is the weight of […]

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Trump’s Indonesian partner denies Chinese loans

May 16, 2018

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In the days leading up to President Trump’s inauguration, an Indonesian billionaire by the name of Hary Tanoesoedibjo came to New York and Washington to cozy up to the Trumps. Tanoesoedibjo, who is known in China as Chen Mingli 陈明立, posted photos of a meeting and lunch with Eric and Donald Trump Jr., who are ostensibly in charge of […]

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Sichuan Airlines makes emergency landing after co-pilot sucked halfway out of cockpit

May 16, 2018

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A Sichuan Airlines aircraft made a safe emergency landing after a windshield suddenly shattered while the plane was en route from the southern city of Chongqing to Lhasa, Tibet on Monday, causing a co-pilot to be sucked halfway out the window. Passengers interviewed afterwards called the crew “heroes.” Reuters also reports: Liu Chuanjian, hailed a […]

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No sleeping in class: Chinese high school installs cameras to monitor student facial expressions

May 16, 2018

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A network of surveillance cameras backed by facial-recognition technology has been introduced to every classroom at a high school in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province. Praised by the school’s principal as “insightful eyes,” the cameras are capable of capturing and analyzing students’ body movements and facial expressions during class, offering teachers real-time feedback on how attentive their […]

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Mingbai: Know your sports stars: The most famous female athletes in China

May 16, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. In China, as we know, it’s women who dominate the sports scene. Many female athletes have become household names, winning the […]

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The Party takes over China’s foreign affairs

May 15, 2018

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China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has long been known as one of the government’s weakest departments. This is changing: Foreign Minister Wang Yi 王毅 has been a prominent voice, and Party Secretary Xi Jinping 习近平 has visited more foreign countries and received more visiting heads of states than any other former leader of the People’s […]

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Money to follow MSCI into Chinese stock markets

May 15, 2018

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In June of last year, MSCI (formerly Morgan Stanley Capital International), a company that produces influential indices of shares that are traded on stock exchanges around the world, decided — after years of speculation — that it would finally include a few hundred mainland Chinese stocks into its listing. Today, MSCI announced that June 1, 2018, is the official day […]

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Is your English better than that of this Qing dynasty ‘princess’?

May 15, 2018

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A video showing “Princess” Der Ling from the Qing dynasty making a speech in fluent English went viral on the Chinese internet.

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The SupChina team will be drinking this Wednesday and you should join us

May 15, 2018

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Hey! We’re basically all* in New York this week, so we thought, Happy hour? Happy hour. If you’re around tomorrow — that’s Wednesday, May 16, New York time — please swing by Randolph Beer‘s DUMBO location (82 Prospect Street, Brooklyn) and say hi. Here’s a map to help you find us. Let’s say 6:30 p.m. […]

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Chinese government says no to ‘mobile theaters’

May 15, 2018

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Movies available on Smart Cinema On May 9, Beijing Digiwork Film Co. announced it was launching Smart Cinema, a app that would allow users to stream movies playing in China’s theaters. However, the company’s plans to create a “mobile theater” (移动院线 yídòng yuàn xiàn) might soon be cut short as China’s media regulators have reportedly expressed […]

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‘Avengers: Infinity War’ scores second-biggest opening in China box office history

May 14, 2018

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This past weekend, Avengers: Infinity War scored a record-breaking opening in China. The superhero film raked in $200 million (1.26 billion RMB) in the world’s second-largest market, far surpassing the opening weekend performances of other Marvel movies. Despite its huge opening, Infinity War still didn’t beat out The Fate of the Furious for No.1 opening weekend in China. Last year, the […]

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On now: SupChina Women’s Conference

May 14, 2018

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We’re live from New York! Our founder and CEO Anla Cheng has just given the welcome address at the 2nd SupChina Women’s Conference, and keynote speaker Wei Christianson, who is the managing director and co-CEO of Asia Pacific and CEO of China for Morgan Stanley, is currently at the lectern. Even if you’re not here, you […]

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Kuora: One simple lesson the U.S. can learn from China

May 14, 2018

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Today’s column comes from one of Kaiser’s answers originally posted to Quora on November 10, 2017: What if anything can American policymakers learn from China about how to maintain social cohesion amidst high socioeconomic inequality? I’m going to go with the “if anything” option in the question and suggest that China doesn’t offer anything by way […]

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Follow SupChina’s official WeChat account

May 14, 2018

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The application process took a little longer than we would have liked, but we now have an official WeChat account inside China. (WeChat accounts inside and outside China are separate, and we previously only had the latter.) Scan this Quick Response code to follow us: We’re using the platform to send weekly roundups for now, but we’ll roll […]

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Prayer flags, 5-D earthquake simulation, ruins: Yingxiu in 2018

May 12, 2018

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All photos by Cassidy McDonald YINGXIU — Today marks the 10th anniversary of the magnitude 7.9 earthquake that struck Sichuan at 2:28 pm on May 12, 2018, killing (by official Chinese estimates) 69,000 people and leaving another 18,500 unaccounted for. One of the most devastated areas was Yingxiu 映秀, a small town tucked in a […]

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The politics of (not) remembering Wenchuan’s earthquake victims

May 12, 2018

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Photo by Yang Junzhe 杨珺喆 Ten years after a devastating earthquake in Sichuan left 90,000 dead, some locals are still searching, in vain, for answers.     On April 24, 64-year-old Tan Zuoren 谭作人 sent 25 letters out by courier mail to provincial and national level leaders of the Chinese Communist Party, including Standing Committee members Li […]

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Friday Song: Leslie Cheung, ‘I Am What I Am’

May 12, 2018

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It’s very early on a Sunday morning. It’s 2006, I think. I’m in a grotty KTV somewhere beneath the streets of a third-tier city. My grimy, skinny cohorts are fading fast, clutching tepid bottles of imported beer, sweating on the pleather couches as the gaudy colored lights continue to swirl. None of us have anywhere […]

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Movie theater in China apologizes for telling women to shut their mouths while watching ‘Avengers: Infinity War’

May 11, 2018

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On May 11, Weibo user Donggu Liang Miaomiaowu 冬菇凉喵喵喵呜 went to the Tongliao Wanda Cinema in Inner Mongolia to watch Avengers: Infinity War. Before the movie started, the cinema broadcast the following message aimed especially at female audience members (audio clip in Chinese): You should do nothing but eat your popcorn silently. Don’t mess with your man […]

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Are better China-Japan relations on the horizon?

May 11, 2018

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On May 9, Chinese Premier Li Keqiang met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzō Abe during a three-day diplomatic visit to Japan. He became the first Chinese premier to visit Japan since 2011. The visit implies a thaw in the long-standing hostile relations between the two countries, which ensued from territorial disputes over East China Sea […]

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Talk show host and entrepreneur Yang Lan on China’s media future and female leadership

May 11, 2018

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Yang Lan 杨澜 is one of the most powerful women in Chinese media. She is a journalist and entrepreneur who co-founded Sun Media Group — a multiplatform empire that encompasses television, websites, and magazines — with her husband, Bruno Wu, in 1999. Since launching in that year her signature TV show, Yang Lan One on One, […]

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Film Friday: ‘A Big Deal,’ just in time for Mother’s Day

May 11, 2018

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Let’s try something. A SupChina film recommendation column, to run every Friday, called Film Friday. This could be fun. A Big Deal (特殊交易 tèshū jiāoyì), a 2013 short film by 32-year-old director Tingting Yao 姚婷婷, is an exercise in simple storytelling, featuring two lonely characters in an unsparing city who choose opposite strategies to cope with […]

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CSL update: Guangzhou Evergrande’s kit troubles, Guizhou Hengfeng’s desperation

May 11, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. I hate to pick on the easy target that is Chinese soccer — really, I do — but the frustration that comes from watching the sport endlessly generate negative publicity for itself […]

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Sinica Podcast: Live with Virginia Tan at the Yenching Global Symposium in Beijing

May 11, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! What challenges do women face in the workplace in China? What fears, motivations, and priorities do women in China have, and how are they different from men’s? How can we help women to overcome barriers and achieve success in all areas of their life? Answering […]

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Virginia Tan on women and work in China

May 10, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! What challenges do women face in the workplace in China? What fears, motivations, and priorities do women in China have, and how are they different from men’s? How can we help women to overcome barriers and achieve success in all areas of their life? […]

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Chinese public opinion turning against open trade?

May 10, 2018

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“For years,” the excellent Chublic Opinion blog says, “online opinion leaders tend to hold the view that China should open its door wider, which would benefit consumers with cheaper and better imported goods and services, and, more importantly, exert much needed external pressure on the inert state-owned sector.” But now, with state propaganda integrating economic nationalism […]

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A two-mile cake in China

May 10, 2018

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On Monday, 210 bakers spent 5 hours making the world’s longest cake in Fuzhou, Jiangxi Province.

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Police hunt for Didi driver suspected of raping and murdering a female passenger

May 10, 2018

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Police in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, are searching for a Didi driver named Liu Zhenhua 刘镇华, who abandoned his car and jumped into a river after allegedly raping and murdering a female passenger on May 6. Didi Chuxing is China’s biggest on-demand transport and car-hailing company. Didi itself today announced (in Chinese) a reward of up to […]

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Au revoir, Great Leap No. 12: Another popular Beijing bar forced to close

May 10, 2018

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If you’re a beer drinker in Beijing, I know where you’re at right now. That’s because tonight is the final night for Great Leap No. 12, the flagship location of the first craft beer brewery in Beijing, which opened five years ago (three years after its original hutong location began operations). It is closing because […]

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Suzhou Garden Chic, evolved: An ancient city embraces the new millennium

May 10, 2018

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Marco Polo called it “the Venice of the Orient,” while ancient Chinese compared it with heaven. Take a lap around this 2,500-year-old city — its dignified gardens and upstart districts — and you might understand why Suzhou is celebrated for its carefully pruned perfection.   Photos by Yi-Ling Liu Suzhou is synonymous with its gardens. […]

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The futility of American whining about China

May 9, 2018

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China is less of a “free rider” today on U.S.-led international systems than ever before, but American “whining” about China has never been greater. And it’s hurting the U.S. strategically. This is an argument made by veteran American diplomat Evan Feigenbaum in a recent piece on MacroPolo. He explains his view that the current China-bashing […]

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Trump tears up the Iran nuclear deal: How will China act?

May 9, 2018

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U.S. President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday, May 8, that he is unilaterally “terminating” American involvement in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran Deal. The Deal is the third major international commitment of the previous American administration that Trump has reneged on. Unlike the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), which would have […]

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China launches a high-resolution Earth-observation satellite

May 9, 2018

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China launched a high-resolution Earth-observation satellite, Gaofen-5, at the Taiyuan Satellite Launch Center in Shanxi Province on Wednesday. The satellite will be used to monitor air pollution and other environmental effects on Earth.

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Sexist troll on Weibo says interracial marriages are a crime against the Chinese race

May 9, 2018

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A Weibo user named “Dr. Xie 88” (谢博士88) posted an infographic that says men outnumber women by 33 million in China, and commented (in Chinese): This is appalling. Considering there are millions of Chinese men who can’t find a spouse, if the authorities continue introducing large numbers of foreign students to the country or advocating interracial […]

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Mingbai: Chinese poetry of the cup

May 9, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. Whereas other cultures may, on festive occasions, whip out a vodka, a grappa, a marc, a raki, or a snaps, the […]

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China will not back down on Made in China 2025

May 8, 2018

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China’s Vice-Premier Liu He 刘鹤, a close adviser to Xi Jinping who is sometimes described as the “brain” behind China’s economic policy, will visit Washington, D.C., next week. Liu wants to talk about concrete measures to cut the U.S. trade deficit, says the South China Morning Post, and “will not back down on industrial policy” — […]

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Unintended consequences — trade war edition

May 8, 2018

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As China and the U.S. continue to slouch toward a trade war, their allies, trade partners, and rivals prepare for all contingencies: Japan, South Korea, and China hold a summit tomorrow in Tokyo: Prime Minister Shinzo Abe will host Premier Li Keqiang and President Moon Jae-in for the first such meeting since 2015. NBC says that the […]

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Xi takes a romantic walk on the beach with Kim Jong-un

May 8, 2018

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The top story on all central state media in China for most of today in English and Chinese: Xi Jinping and Kim Jong-un continued their bromance with a stroll on the beach, and tea in a garden, amid the “lush mountains, blue seas and drifting clouds” of the northeastern city of Dalian in May, when the […]

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Trump phones his ‘friend’ Xi Jinping

May 8, 2018

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At nearly midnight Beijing time today, Xinhua News Agency replaced its top story on the Kim-Xi meeting with a brief report (in Chinese) on a phone call between Xi and U.S. President Donald Trump. The report says: Xi attaches “great importance to developing bilateral relations and cherishes his good working relationship with the American president.” Xi called […]

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Suspect caught at Jacky Cheung’s concert by facial-recognition technology, again

May 8, 2018

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Someone is apparently not reading the news. Last month, police used facial-recognition cameras to identify and arrest a man at a pop music concert by Jacky Cheung 张学友 in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province. On May 5, another suspect was caught by the same technology at another Jacky Cheung concert in Ganzhou, Jiangxi Province, according to Chinese media. […]

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Kim Jong-un makes surprise second visit to China ahead of Trump summit

May 8, 2018

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a second surprise visit to China in less than 40 days on Monday and Tuesday in Dalian, Liaoning Province.

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A murky tale from Inner Mongolia — writers arrested for ‘slurs’ about dairy company

May 7, 2018

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The South China Morning Post reports on two Chinese writers who were detained and accused of “defamation and picking quarrels and provoking troubles” (诽谤罪、“寻衅滋事罪 fěibàng zuì, “xúnxìn zīshì zuì) for online “slurs” about the giant dairy company Yili. The two writers, Zou Guangxiang 邹光祥 and Liu Chengkun 刘成, were arrested at their homes in Beijing by police officers […]

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A frenzy of online consumption

May 7, 2018

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Interesting news from the Chinese internet: “WeChat drove a total of 209.7 billion yuan ($33 billion) in information consumption in 2017, an average annual growth of over 30% from 2014, representing 4.7% of China’s total information consumption,” according to TechNode. Alipay’s international transactions over the Sunday–Tuesday Labor Day holiday grew fivefold over the last year, according […]

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U.S.-China trade war rumblings update

May 7, 2018

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As we noted in our Access members’ newsletter on Friday (paywall), although neither China nor the U.S. have yet imposed the tariffs they have threatened, Beijing’s gremlins are already at work, imposing non-tariff barriers to American goods. “China’s major ports of entry have ramped up checks on fresh fruit imports from the United States, five Chinese industry […]

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No paintbrush? This Chinese artist just needs ink and his arm

May 7, 2018

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A Chinese artist is making this ink wash painting with nothing but his bare hand and arm! Ink wash painting originated in China. The technique is especially popular for landscape painting.

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U.S. Embassy bashes Chinese ‘political correctness’ on Weibo, sending the Chinese internet into a frenzy

May 7, 2018

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The U.S. Embassy in China has ignited a firestorm on Chinese social media after it posted a provocative statement (in Chinese) on its official Weibo account, lashing out against the Chinese government for imposing “political correctness” on U.S. airlines and citizens. The debate-triggering Weibo post published by the U.S. Embassy on May 7 is a […]

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A fake post purportedly from Tencent’s CEO fooled everyone, including Tencent

May 7, 2018

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A WeChat story criticizing tech giant Tencent for “losing its dream” went viral on social media in China over the weekend. But what’s attracted even greater attention is Tencent CEO Pony Ma’s “reply” — which, it turns out, was fake. The original 13,000-word story, published by a prominent blogger on Saturday, criticized Tencent for spending […]

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Kuora: China’s ideological ‘war’ with the U.S.?

May 7, 2018

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Karl Marx, whose ideas greatly shaped China (and is greatly influencing China’s top leader as we speak), turned 200 on Saturday. What better way to honor this ideologue than with Kaiser answering a question, originally posted to Quora on December 4, 2017, on the clash of ideas: When did China declare ideological war on America? If you’re […]

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Friday Song: In the spirit of May 4…

May 5, 2018

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Pi San’s darkest satire, this 2011 animation, begins as a soothing “greeting card” for the Chinese Year of the Rabbit and morphs into a nightmare of social injustices. Each of the indignities suffered by the rabbits reflects actual abuses of power that have sparked outrage on the internet. Only the ending is sheer fantasy: a […]

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A loyal dog becomes an internet sensation in China

May 4, 2018

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This 15-year-old dog, Xiongxiong, has become an internet sensation in Chongqing, China. Every day, he waits near a train station for his master to come home from work. It was adopted about eight years ago. Dogs are humans’ best friends!

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Peking University celebrates 120th anniversary after a season of scandals

May 4, 2018

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In celebration of its 120th anniversary, Peking University, one of China’s most prestigious universities, held a ceremony (in Chinese) at the school’s Khoo Teck Puat Gymnasium on May 4. It was attended by senior politicians, notable alumni, and current school faculty and students. Guests included the former chief executive of Hong Kong, Tung Chee-hwa 董建华, Thailand’s crown […]

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Snooker star Ding Junhui ousted once again on sport’s biggest stage

May 4, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. (Image: AFP) “I believe I can still win this one day. I’ll always keep up my hopes and I’ll never give up. I’m a sportsman, I can’t give up.” Those are the […]

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Sinica Podcast: Introducing TechBuzz China by Pandaily, plus Joanna Chiu on Hong Kong’s illicit wildlife trade

May 3, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! Big news: The Sinica Podcast network is expanding! Today, we introduce a new podcast: TechBuzz China by Pandaily, a weekly show about technology, innovation, and startups in China, created by Pandaily, a China-focused tech news site. The show is co-hosted by Rui Ma and […]

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Smartphone maker Xiaomi applies for massive Hong Kong IPO

May 3, 2018

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Xiaomi, the upstart smartphone company founded in Beijing in 2010, has filed an application for an initial public offering (IPO) to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange. The word xiaomi (小米 xiǎomǐ) means “millet,” but the phone brand is sometimes translated as “little rice,” which is the literal meaning of the two characters. Xiaomi is the world’s […]

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Missile deployment: ‘China is now unambiguously militarizing the Spratlys’

May 3, 2018

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Yesterday, we noted a Financial Times report that suggested this will be a “testing year” for U.S.-China relations, and that this is already conventional wisdom in Beijing. Some tensions such as the trade imbalances and the Korean nuclear issue are unavoidable. But Beijing also seems to be intentionally testing Washington’s limits in the Trump era — […]

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Trade war update — talks begin in Beijing

May 3, 2018

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The U.S. trade delegation has arrived in Beijing to talk to its Chinese counterparts about tariffs and trade imbalances. The meetings “will be constructive as long as the U.S. delegation comes with sincerity,” said the Chinese foreign ministry. “A breakthrough deal to fundamentally change China’s economic policies is viewed as highly unlikely during the two-day visit,” according to […]

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Students at National Taiwan University march to defend school autonomy

May 3, 2018

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Students at the prestigious National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei are planning a protest — dubbed the “New May Fourth Movement” — on Friday, May 4, to object to the Taiwanese government’s interference in the election of the school’s president. The organizers condemn the “government’s attempt to undermine university autonomy.” Their main complaint is that […]

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets Kim Jong-un

May 3, 2018

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Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in Pyongyang on Thursday. It was the first time since 2007 that a Chinese foreign minister visited Pyongyang.

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Beijing gets friendly with the Koreas, Chinese consumers follow

May 2, 2018

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Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi is in Pyongyang today, on a mission to “reinforce Beijing’s influence over its nuclear-armed neighbor,” the South China Morning Post reports. “China will play a role in establishing peace on the Korean Peninsula,” foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying 华春莹 declared, also today. China, South Korea, and Japan are set to […]

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Will Alibaba make investors smile in New York as trade negotiators clash in Beijing?

May 2, 2018

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Tomorrow in Beijing, Trump’s team of negotiators sits down with Xi’s men to discuss trade. Bloomberg reports that China has already stopped buying U.S. soybeans, while ZTE — the Chinese telecom manufacturer that the U.S. has just crippled with sanctions — is preparing to fight back, according to Caixin (paywall). It looks like both sides are set for a […]

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Nervous drones?

May 2, 2018

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About 1,374 unmanned drones performed in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi Province, on May 1, breaking the Guinness World Record for “Most Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) airborne simultaneously.” However, the performance didn’t go as perfectly as planned.

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In China, this truck ain’t truckin’

May 2, 2018

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Not like the do-dah man. Not to Buffalo. Not to home (probably). While we’re at these cultural references — not like Robert Crumb, either. This truck is definitely not behaving like a truck, which is to say, transporting materials in its cargo bed from one point to another at an optimal, vehicular speed. This video […]

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Mingbai: China’s famous foreigners

May 2, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. While most Westerners can only name a handful of Chinese historical figures, most people in China are aware of a great […]

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Big data and science fiction valleys in Guizhou

May 1, 2018

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China’s first virtual reality (VR) theme park opened near Guiyang, the provincial capital of Guizhou. The park features 35 virtual attractions — instead of getting on a roller coaster, you don VR goggles — but there is a spectacular physical construction, too: a 53-meter-tall, 700-ton statue of a robot. You can watch a CGTN video report on […]

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Import tariffs on cancer drugs cut to zero

May 1, 2018

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China may be about to levy huge taxes on American imports like sorghum and soy, but this week, it removed all import tariffs on cancer drugs. All types of cancer treatments, including chemotherapy drugs, alkaloid-based drugs, and imported traditional Chinese medicines used for cancer, will be exempted from import duties, according to Xinhua News Agency (in Chinese). […]

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Q&A with Debra Lodge, a major force behind RMB internationalization

May 1, 2018

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China has been pushing the internationalization of its currency for years. Debra Lodge, managing director for HSBC Global Markets, has been heading up her bank’s Renminbi Business Development in North America. With over 25 years of experience in the global financial market, Lodge has helped clients understand China’s economy, regulatory changes, and their impact on […]

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Taoist ceremony at a nuclear site betrays the ‘spirit of science’

May 1, 2018

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The Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), the country’s most established scientific institution, apologized (in Chinese) on Monday, April 30, for hosting a Taoist ritual at the foundation ceremony for a nuclear power station in Wuwei, Gansu Province. CAS also announced the suspension of two employees who were in attendance but failed to terminate the religious ceremony. The […]

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The mind of Fuller: UK artist creates map of Beijing unlike any you’ve seen

May 1, 2018

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“I didn’t come here because it feels dystopian. They have the opportunity here to tackle some of the things that we got wrong.”   The Wales-born artist known as Fuller is negotiating the sale of one of his artworks over WeChat. We just need to sit down and go through it. He uses the voice record […]

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Trade war rumblings: Will China say no to Trump?

May 1, 2018

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Image: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty The New York Times reports (paywall) that despite China’s public calls for flexibility, “senior Beijing officials do not plan to discuss the two biggest requests that the Trump administration has made over the past several months” when they talk to American trade negotiators later this week and are set to take a “hard line.” […]

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World’s top pilots perform at the Zhengzhou Air Show

Apr 30, 2018

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Some of the world’s best aircraft pilots showed off incredible stunts at the Zhengzhou Air Show in Henan Province from April 27 to May 1.

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Kuora: Commemorating May Fourth, that most underrated of Chinese movements

Apr 30, 2018

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Arguably one of China’s most important anniversaries is this week: May 4, marking that day in 1919 when thousands of students — led by those from Peking University — marched to Tiananmen Square, where they continued a political and cultural protest while also voicing anger at the Chinese government’s inability to protect national interests. Kaiser, […]

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Unprecedented number of ticket refunds taints box office record of romance ‘Us And Them’

Apr 30, 2018

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Last Saturday, the romance Us and Them (后来的我们 hòulái de wǒmen), a film about the ups and downs of a couple who meet by chance on a train, raked in a handsome $44 million on its debut. Not only did the movie break daily box office gross records for romantic films in China, but its presale ticket revenues […]

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Picture of the Day: Dockless, eh?

Apr 30, 2018

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The recent kerfuffle over scooters in American cities like San Francisco — “We cannot overstate the public safety hazard that operating motorized scooters pose on City sidewalks,” the City Attorney declared in a hilarious overstatement — got us thinking about the tech innovation upon which these scooters owe their existence, i.e., the public safety hazard […]

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Viral phenomenon Peppa Pig banned from short video app Douyin

Apr 30, 2018

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On April 28, news broke that British cartoon character Peppa Pig had been banned by Douyin (抖音), one of China’s most popular short video streaming apps. Searches for the porcine character on Douyin now yield no results, despite the fact that only a few days ago, more than 30,000 videos could be found on the […]

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Friday Song: Forward, forward! Sing into the night

Apr 28, 2018

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I was scootering past Guangqumen Bridge just southeast of Beijing Railway Station tonight when I encountered the scene above, a plaza of mostly retirees enjoying the warm evening with a brass band led by one rather enthusiastic conductor. Singing voices poked out from the encircled crowd, which was several rows deep. We were in the […]

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5 highlights of the historic meeting between North and South Korea

Apr 27, 2018

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A long-awaited handshake over the Korean Military Demarcation Line became a reality on April 27. Here are five highlights of the historic meeting between North and South Korea.

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Q&A with Mei-Mei Tuan, private equity pioneer

Apr 27, 2018

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Mei-Mei Tuan founded Notch Partners in 2002. It was the first company set up specifically to connect talented entrepreneurs and CEOs with private equity firms and institutional global investment funds. Tuan’s company has grown to be the industry leader bearer in a business niche that Notch Partners created but that is now highly competitive. Tuan […]

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Xi to Modi: Let’s work together for the ‘revival of Eastern civilization’

Apr 27, 2018

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General Secretary Xi Jinping’s “informal” summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi began in Wuhan on April 27. Here’s the latest news, reaction, and analysis from Wuhan: “China and India are both countries with a splendid history and culture,” and they should “together work for the revival of Eastern civilization” (共同致力于东方文明复兴), Xi told Modi as the pair […]

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Seven students dead, 12 injured in stabbing attack in Shaanxi Province

Apr 27, 2018

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Seven middle school students were reportedly stabbed to death and 12 more were injured by a knife-wielding man in an attack outside a school in Mizhi County, Shaanxi Province, on April 27. According to a statement (in Chinese) released by the authorities of Mizhi, the tragedy occurred on Friday at around 6:10 p.m. local time when students […]

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Liaoning wins first CBA championship, while Iniesta’s China saga drags on

Apr 27, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. The latest never-ending transfer saga involving a high-profile foreign player and the Chinese Super League will, unfortunately, now drag on into the summer. When news first filtered out of Spain that Barcelona […]

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‘Make Americans call us daddy’: Nationalist Chinese rap provokes Penn State CSSA response

Apr 27, 2018

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At this year’s Lantern Festival Gala in February organized by Penn State University’s Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA), a young man named Wang Yifan 王伊凡 performed an original Chinese-language rap song called We Are Penn State. As requested by the organizer, Wang then carried out an improvised freestyle rap: “CSSA gala is so lit, one day […]

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China’s tech war with the U.S. heats up as Xi urges self-reliance

Apr 26, 2018

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If it’s imported from the U.S. and has electric wires in it, China wants no more of it. While largely agricultural tariffs and fees have featured prominently in the U.S.-China trade tiff so far, the overall arc of what may yet become a full-scale trade war will likely be highlighted by a years-long cutthroat competition in technology. “In […]

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Xi Jinping and Narendra Modi plan quality time together in Wuhan

Apr 26, 2018

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi “will have an ‘informal and heart-to-heart’ two-day summit with the ever-powerful Chinese President Xi Jinping in Mao Zedong’s favorite holiday spot on Friday,” reports India Today’s Ananth Krishnan from Wuhan, Hubei Province. “Xi leaving Beijing to meet a foreign leader is being seen as an unprecedented gesture,” according to Krishnan. The two […]

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Sinica Podcast: Gao Yutong on the Chinese student experience in America

Apr 26, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week on Sinica, Kaiser is live at the Princeton US-China Coalition Global Governance Forum, where he speaks with Gao Yutong (Tony Gao) about the wunderkind entrepreneur’s experience as a Chinese student in the U.S. from age 16 to his present 23. Gao is […]

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PR in the PRC: Q&A with Dr. Kathy Bloomgarden

Apr 26, 2018

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Dr. Kathy Bloomgarden is the CEO of Ruder Finn Inc., one of the world’s largest independent global public relations agencies. She has worked with an extensive list of big-name clients, including L’Oréal, LVMH, Microsoft, and Cartier. Under Bloomgarden’s leadership, Ruder Finn opened one of the first global communications offices in China about 25 years ago […]

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Yue Xin back at school, surveillance cameras up on Peking University campus

Apr 26, 2018

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The scandal at Peking University (PKU), in which the prestigious school attempted to silence student Yue Xin 岳昕, who was demanding transparency about a sexual misconduct case from the 1990s, seems to have ended without too many tears. On April 25, Yue, who endured harassment and intimidation from the school authorities due to her advocacy […]

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‘Mouse tail’ found in a Popsicle

Apr 26, 2018

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A customer in Huai’an, Jiangsu Province, allegedly found a mouse tail inside a Popsicle. The incident is being investigated by the State Food and Drug Administration.

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The SupChina Foreign Relations Quiz

Apr 26, 2018

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It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the SupChina Literature Quiz. Today we present… Twelve questions to test how much you know about China’s relationship with other countries near and far, past and present. Let us know how you did — tweet your score @supchinanews. Click here for more quizzes (Image […]

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Huawei takes another punch to the gut in D.C.

Apr 25, 2018

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The Wall Street Journal has a scoop today (paywall): The Justice Department is investigating whether Huawei Technologies Co. violated U.S. sanctions related to Iran, according to people familiar with the matter—opening a new avenue of scrutiny amid wider national-security concerns over the Chinese cellular-electronics giant. Huawei is the leading Chinese telecom equipment and mobile handset manufacturer […]

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Is Huawei in big trouble?

Apr 25, 2018

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Days after the U.S. imposed a seven-year ban on the sale of American technologies to China’s second-largest telecommunications supplier, ZTE, Huawei, China’s biggest telecom company, is under criminal investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice for allegedly violating Iran sanctions.

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#MeToo at Shanghai Jiaotong University: Deputy dean steps down

Apr 25, 2018

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Xie Yungeng 谢耘耕, deputy dean of the School of Media and Design at Shanghai Jiaotong University, has been reportedly dismissed from his position after five students accused him of sexual harassment and groping. The university hasn’t publicly announced the decision, but people close to the matter published a report on Zhihu (in Chinese) that reveals that […]

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Mingbai: Lu Xun, ‘father of modern Chinese literature,’ the doctor of souls

Apr 25, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. Lu Xun 鲁迅 — the pen name of Zhou Shuren 周树人 — was the most influential fiction writer in modern Chinese history. Today, […]

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Controversial rapper PG One makes a low-key comeback. Weibo doesn’t buy it

Apr 24, 2018

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When Wang Hao 王昊, a.k.a. PG One, one of China’s best-known rappers and probably its most controversial, mysteriously deleted all of his Sina Weibo posts on April 21, a few days before his birthday, and changed his profile picture to a boy version of himself, we had every reason to believe he was up to […]

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Xi Jinping emphasizes the importance of the Communist Manifesto

Apr 24, 2018

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If you thought Communism was dead, Xi Jinping would like to remind you that it is very important to study the Communist Manifesto. Xinhua News Agency reports: The purpose of reviewing the Communist Manifesto is to understand and grasp the power of the truth of Marxism and write a new chapter of socialism with Chinese […]

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‘Financial services is a people business’: Q&A with Wendy Cai-Lee, partner at Oenus Capital

Apr 24, 2018

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As a partner at Oenus Capital, a real estate debt-and-equity fund that provides tailored investment solutions, Wendy Cai-Lee is a rare elite female banker who took the leap and started her own firm. She had been the executive vice president at East West Bank and co-founded a point of sales (POS) software company. She was […]

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Is this the world’s largest mosquito?

Apr 24, 2018

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This could be the world’s largest mosquito, with an approximately 4.4-inch wingspan. Chinese entomologist Zhao Li caught this mosquito last August during a field inspection on Qingcheng Mountain. It is now on display at the Insect Museum of West China in southwest China’s Sichuan Province. Zhao said the insect belongs to a species called Holorusia […]

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Peking University vs. Yue Xin: The fight continues as Chinese censors go into overdrive

Apr 24, 2018

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Preparing to celebrate two round-year anniversaries — 120 years since its founding and 40 years since the return of gaokao, the national college entrance exam — Peking University (PKU) probably wanted nothing more than for the scandal to go away. But after trying to stifle a student activist, Yue Xin 岳昕, from pursuing the truth […]

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Rampant sexist job ads in China ‘do not reflect our values,’ say apologetic tech companies

Apr 24, 2018

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On April 23, Human Rights Watch released a bombshell report exposing widespread sexism in job ads from nearly all of China’s largest tech companies, including Alibaba, Tencent, Baidu, and Huawei. It’s not just tech: Ads for teachers and delivery people and even the government’s own 2018 national civil service exam were found to advertise jobs with […]

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‘Are you coming to the orgy?’ Check out the hoodie Michael Chen wore on the Chinese reality show ‘Keep Running’

Apr 24, 2018

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Here’s a bit of fun from usually staid Chinese television: Keep Running (奔跑吧 bēnpǎoba), adapted from South Korea, is a reality TV show currently showing on Zhejiang TV in which celebrities compete in silly contests and do generally silly things, and in last week’s episode — the second episode of Season 2 — audiences were treated […]

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18 dead after fire in Guangdong karaoke bar, arson suspect arrested

Apr 24, 2018

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At least 18 are dead and five injured in the southern Chinese city of Qingyuan 清远, Guangdong province, after a fire ripped through a small karaoke bar just after midnight last night. CCTV reports that the fire was started by a man who had gotten into an altercation earlier that evening. He reportedly blocked the […]

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Chinese state media parrots Russian claim that ‘White Helmets staged chemical attack video’

Apr 24, 2018

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In the video above, Chinese state broadcaster CCTV reports, uncritically, on a Russian television story that claims the April 7 chemical attack in Douma, Syria was staged. Citing a Russian source, the “White Helmets [a Syrian volunteer organization] used food to lure children into participating in its fake videos,” the news anchor says. This news clip […]

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Kuora: The origin of ‘baizuo’ (白左) — the Chinese libtard, or ‘white left’

Apr 23, 2018

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We recently published a piece about Jordan Peterson and China’s “white left.” What exactly is the white left? Let’s let Kaiser explain, from an answer posted to Quora on April 19, 2018: Why did “white liberals”(白左)become so hated in China? First, the question should clarify what’s actually meant by baizuo (白左) in the Chinese context. The bai appears to […]

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Peking University student to school: Stop trying to gag me on rape case!

Apr 23, 2018

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Peking University (PKU) authorities are reportedly trying to silence Yue Xin 岳昕, a student who is demanding full disclosure of an investigation into a sexual harassment and suicide case dating back to the 1990s. Shen Yang 沈阳, a literature professor at PKU in the 1990s, has been accused of raping and sexually harassing his student […]

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17 killed in dragon boat race training in southern China

Apr 23, 2018

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Seventeen people were killed after two dragon boats capsized during a practice run in Guilin, Guangxi, on April 21. Fifty-seven people fell into the Taohuajiang River. The cause of the accident remains unknown at this time. Two organizers were detained.

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India and China aim to ‘properly settle disputes’ with a bilateral summit. Will it work?

Apr 23, 2018

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It has not been an easy year for India-China ties. Troops on a contested border had a months-long standoff. Soldiers threw stones (literally). Chinese state media aired racist caricatures. Travel warnings were issued. Business deals were frozen. And now… A potential thaw? Per Xinhua news: Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold an informal meeting with […]

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Picture of the Day: Bring on Thanos

Apr 22, 2018

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It’s Plastic Man! Iron Man’s slightly useless live-streaming sidekick. Sanlitun SOHO, Beijing; Avengers: Infinity War is scheduled to open on May 11 in China.

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Friday Song: ‘The Empty Chair,’ performed by Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra

Apr 21, 2018

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Gonna let this Beijing jazz band play us out. Here’s Ah-Q Jazz Arkestra, featuring Matt Roberts on trombone, Liu Xiaoguang on saxophone, Da Zhong 大中 on bass, Scott Silverman on drums, and the David Moser on keyboards. This guy: Sinica Podcast: David Moser and Jess Meider riff on jazz in China Chao Hotel, Beijing, March […]

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Chinese air force releases a propaganda film in Hokkien

Apr 20, 2018

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The Chinese air force released a propaganda video in Hokkien, a dialect spoken in Fujian Province, Taiwan, and other parts of Southeast Asia.

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Jaywalkers, prepare to get sprayed!

Apr 20, 2018

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Recently, jaywalkers have been facing a new punishment in Daye, Hubei Province! Anyone who tries to cross the street when the light is red gets sprayed with a jet of water from this device. It also shoots laser light that warns people against jaywalking.

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Zhou Qi scored in an NBA playoff game (!), and ‘The Process’ is coming to China

Apr 20, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. The Process is coming to China. No, it’s not a rock band on tour, but Philadelphia 76ers All-Star Joel Embiid — nicknamed “The Process” in reference to a former executive’s mantra about […]

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Is there no room for freaks in the Chinese Dream?

Apr 20, 2018

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Image created using a photo by Elvin Ruiz   All of China’s genuine diversity — and more — is represented within its expansive LGBTQ tent. It’s a damn shame we aren’t allowed to see it.     When Sina Weibo chose to sweep its platform for violent, pornographic, and “homosexual” content last Friday, it incurred massive backlash […]

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Boarding school owner in Jiangsu suspected of raping 11-year-old girls

Apr 20, 2018

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A man in Yanchen city, Jiangsu Province, surnamed Zhang, was arrested by local police on April 16 on suspicion of raping two girls multiple times in an educational facility that he owned. According to Xiandai Kuaibao, the allegations surfaced after an 11-year-old girl, who has been studying and living in the educational center since third grade, […]

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Three types of snake oil

Apr 19, 2018

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1. Three types of snake oil Recent Chinese media reports have debunked the claimed health benefits of various “nutritional” supplements like caterpillar fungus, a.k.a. Himalayan Viagra (冬虫夏草 dōngchóngxiàcǎo), and donkey-hide gelatin (阿胶 ējiāo), and Chinese customers’ skepticism toward “traditional” cures is growing. Here are three dodgy medicaments that have been examined critically online and in […]

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Public restrooms for dogs!

Apr 19, 2018

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Earlier this month, these cage-like public restrooms for dogs were opened in Taiyuan, Shanxi Province. Each one is 9 square feet and has a base covered with sand. The reason for these restrooms is to give dogs a designated area and create a clean city environment free of dog poop. However, some citizens say that […]

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Searching for jazz in Shanghai

Apr 19, 2018

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Photo by Zheng Kaimin   “I just follow music and do what I want.”   Midnight passes, and the lights are turning out. Morning’s arrival is early and respected here. Still, the city wouldn’t be itself without its velvet lounges unscathed by sunlight, inconspicuous as they may be until entered. The restless of Shanghai are […]

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Sinica Podcast: David Moser and Jess Meider riff on jazz in China

Apr 19, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! On March 13, the Sinica Podcast returned to the city where it all began — Beijing — for a live show as part of the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival. It was good to be home: You’ll notice the prolonged and decidedly raucous cheer at […]

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Telecom wars update — Global Times staff are all ZTE tonight!

Apr 18, 2018

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Earlier this week, the U.S. Department of Commerce banned American companies from selling components to ZTE, one of China’s big two telecom hardware companies. The saga continues: The ZTE ban may affect more than hardware: ZTE may not be able to use the Android operating system in its phones, “a source familiar with the matter said,” […]

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Sorghum wars update — massive food price inflation coming?

Apr 18, 2018

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Yesterday, we noted that China will require a 178.6 percent deposit on American sorghum imports in anticipation of anti-dumping tariffs, starting today. “Most U.S. sorghum is grown for the Chinese market,” according to the Washington Post, and I said that sorghum is used for animal feed and to brew baijiu 白酒 — strong Chinese liquor. A reader […]

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Edible birds’ nests: Nutritional delicacy or overpriced hoax?

Apr 18, 2018

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Recent Chinese media reports have debunked the claimed health benefits of various “nutritional” supplements like caterpillar fungus, a.k.a. Himalayan Viagra (冬虫夏草 dōngchóngxiàcǎo), and donkey-hide gelatin (阿胶 ējiāo), and Chinese customers’ skepticism toward these products is growing. Edible birds’ nests, another traditional Chinese medical treatment, are at the center of a new debate regarding their alleged health benefits. On […]

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Taiwan Strait: Live fire in the sky

Apr 18, 2018

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The People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) carried out live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait earlier today. State media have not promoted news about the exercises heavily, but you can see official video footage on Xinhua News Agency’s website. The drills come after last week’s naval parade in the Taiwan Strait, the largest ever by PLAN. “Cheap […]

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Q&A with Lulu C. Wang, a veteran investor who is passionate about giving back

Apr 18, 2018

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“If you have to use one word to describe me, that is I’m very grateful,” Lulu C. Wang, founder and CEO of Tupelo Capital Management, told SupChina in a recent interview. “I am grateful for all that I have been able to achieve and I’ve chosen to give back to society in ways that I […]

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China warns Taiwan and the U.S. with live-fire drills

Apr 18, 2018

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On April 18, China conducted live-fire drills in the Taiwan Strait. It was the first time that the Chinese navy has held exercises with live ammunition since 2015. Tension has been escalating between mainland China and Taiwan. In March, the U.S. angered Beijing by signing the Taiwan Travel Act, which encourages “visits between officials of […]

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Mingbai: Know your Chinese emperors

Apr 18, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. China has had quite a number of emperors. Few are easily forgettable (they were, after all, emperors), but some of them […]

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National Security Education Day in China puts emphasis on ‘foreign infiltration’

Apr 18, 2018

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Xinhua commemorated National Security Education Day on April 15 with an animated video (in Chinese, also embedded above), and the Ministry of Education released a document (in Chinese) that recommends “national security education” become part of curricula from primary schools to universities. What exactly is National Security Education Day (全民国家安全教育日 quánmín guójiā ānquán jiàoyù rì)? The occasion was […]

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Trade war rumblings: Sorghum and phones in play

Apr 17, 2018

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Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Commerce banned American companies from selling components to ZTE, one of China’s two big telecom equipment manufacturers along with Huawei. The stated reason for the ban was what Reuters calls “ZTE’s violation of an agreement on punishing employees that was reached after it was caught illegally shipping U.S. goods to Iran.” However, […]

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China welcomes 300,000 Filipino workers, Chinese internet not impressed

Apr 17, 2018

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With improved ties between China and the Philippines, the two countries have struck a bilateral agreement that loosens Beijing’s restrictions on the hiring of Filipino workers, laying the ground for employment of about 300,000 Filipinos in the country, said Philippines Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, according to Gulf News. The labor deal is one of six […]

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China builds world’s first ultra-high-voltage transmission project

Apr 17, 2018

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China completed the world’s first 1,100-kilovolt ultra-high-voltage direct current transmission project in Anhui Province on April 15. It has a transmission capacity of 12 million kilowatts.

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The Legacy of the Black Panther Party in China: Q&A with Tyson Amir

Apr 17, 2018

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“China is trying to figure out who China is…I think they’ll have their own ideas about superiority and inferiority, but it won’t look like the West’s ideas.”     Poet, rapper, and activist Tyson Amir is motivated to use words to dismantle systematic injustice. He was in Beijing last Friday to promote his book and […]

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From toilets to soy — Japan and India smile at China

Apr 16, 2018

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“The Quad,” or Quadrilateral Security Dialogue — a meeting of officials from India, Japan, Australia, and the U.S. — was initiated in 2007, accompanied by joint military exercises. Unspoken target: China. The Quad members did not meet again as a foursome until last November, but not much of substance happened. The Quad gets together again […]

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A brave crow steals panda fur for a nest

Apr 16, 2018

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Another crow is caught stealing panda fur to build a nest!

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Kuora: The Opium Wars and China’s Century of National Humiliation

Apr 16, 2018

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The Opium Wars and the humiliation that the Chinese endured at the hands of foreign powers remain a source of shame and anger for many today. Let’s explore a bit more with two questions that Kaiser answered on Quora: one originally answered on December 10, 2014, and the other one from March 20, 2017: What was the […]

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Is Xi Jinping ‘personally opposed’ to lifelong rule?

Apr 16, 2018

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On February 25, the Chinese Communist Party proposed to remove term limits on its president and vice president, essentially ensuring that — when the time came to vote, which it did the following month at the National People’s Congress — Xi Jinping would clear the path for himself to be president for life, if he […]

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Balloon cake pranks in China

Apr 16, 2018

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Chinese netizens are obsessed with these balloon cake prank videos.

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The People’s Daily, just before Weibo revokes gay content ban: ‘Homosexuality is not a mental illness’

Apr 16, 2018

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A rare piece of good news for freedom of expression in China: Sina Weibo, confronting a colossal backlash from the public following its ban on homosexual content issued last Friday, announced today that it had reversed the decision, limiting the cleanup campaign to only pornographic and violent comics and games. “We won’t target gay content […]

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Friday Song: Chen Li remains unextinguished, inextinguishable

Apr 14, 2018

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She has been called China’s “first artist of the folk world” (“民谣界第一位”), but it would be somewhat inaccurate to simply brand Chen Li 陈粒 in this way — or indeed, in any other. The intrigue of Chen Li lies in her uniqueness: her distinctive, expressive voice that is serene yet rough at the same time, and […]

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Unmanned street sweeper on a test run

Apr 13, 2018

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A fleet of unmanned street sweepers conducted a test run on empty streets in Shanghai on April 11. If they passed the test run, such vehicles could replace millions of sanitation workers in China.

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When it comes to sports success in China, it’s all about the women

Apr 13, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. The oft-used phrase in China about women holding up half the sky might seem like empty rhetoric if you look at certain sectors — high politics, for instance — but sports is […]

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‘Have a Nice Day,’ a Beijing Film Festival selection, is an unsparing portrait of urban China at the margins

Apr 13, 2018

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The Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF), which begins Sunday and ends on April 22, has never been particularly cutting edge. Co-founded in 2011 by the Beijing Municipal Government and the State Administration of Radio, Film and Television (still called SARFT back then), the festival has been criticized for forsaking innovative and exciting films in favor of […]

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Education-themed Bollywood film ‘Hindi Medium’ strikes a chord with China’s anxious parents

Apr 13, 2018

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Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One may be dominating China’s box office at the moment, but Bollywood film Hindi Medium has been quietly making a splash in the world’s second-largest market. In its first week, the movie grossed over $21.5 million (135 million RMB). Its opening in China is the second-best for Bollywood films, behind only Secret Superstar and ahead of Dangal, currently the highest-grossing […]

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Sinica Podcast: On cons, swindles, scams

Apr 13, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week on Sinica, Kaiser chats with Christopher Rea and Bruce Rusk, both professors at the University of British Columbia, about their translation of Book of Swindles: Selections from a Late Ming Collection (骗经 piànjīng), by Zhang Yingyu 张应俞, a book that disappeared for about 400 years before […]

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Xi reviews massive naval parade, live-fire drill in Taiwan Strait announced

Apr 12, 2018

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Today’s top stories are numbered below, with the usual collection of links beneath. 1.Xi reviews massive naval parade, live-fire drill in Taiwan Strait announced “The Central Military Commission [CMC] holds a grand naval parade in the territorial waters of the South China Sea” is the top story (in Chinese) on China’s Ministry of Defense website. CMC […]

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Incredible moments of exploding ice on the Amur River

Apr 12, 2018

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Incredible moments of exploding ice on the Amur River on April 7 in Daxing’anling, Heilongjiang Province.

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Jokes app Neihan Duanzi shuttered by China’s media regulator for ‘vulgarity’

Apr 12, 2018

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It seems like Jingri Toutiao (今日头条), one of China’s most popular news aggregators, just can’t catch a break these days. On Monday, as part of the government’s growing control over online content, the State Administration of Radio and Television (SART*) ordered the temporary removal of several news apps, including Toutiao, from Chinese app stores. And on […]

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Bytedance: Celebrating innovation while apologizing for its political crimes

Apr 11, 2018

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Dear reader, Three things for you today, with the usual bunch of links at the bottom of the newsletter: 1. Bytedance: Celebrating innovation while apologizing for its political crimes Founded in 2012, Bytedance is a Chinese tech company that came out of nowhere to become one of the world’s most-talked-about startups: In December 2017, it […]

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WeWork to buy Chinese office space startup for $400M

Apr 11, 2018

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WeWork’s China unit will acquire the local office space startup Naked Hub for $400 million. It’s another aggressive push into the Chinese market after WeWork launched its first space in Shanghai in 2016. The co-working company has locations across China, including Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong, with an average occupancy rate of 90%. Naked Hub, […]

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Beijing event promotes black visibility, community building in China

Apr 11, 2018

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Video by Cassidy McDonald Poets, activists, authors, and observers packed the Beijing venue The Bookworm on Friday night for a spoken-word event called Culture Shock, organized by BLK GEN (short for “Black Genius”). It was highlighted by a performance by Bay Area poet/rapper/activist Tyson Amir, whose work investigates structural racism, intergenerational trauma, addiction, incarceration, and […]

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Mingbai: Some businessmen are more fun than others

Apr 11, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. You may imagine top businesspeople as cold, suit-wearing calculators, hands clasped behind their backs as they gaze out of their glass […]

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Some love and some meh for Xi’s speech on trade and tariffs

Apr 10, 2018

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Below are the five top stories worth your time today. For more on today’s news from elsewhere, see our collection of links at the bottom of the newsletter. 1. Love and meh for Xi’s speech on trade and tariffs Speaking at the Boao Forum for Asia on Hainan Island, Xi Jinping vowed “to open the […]

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Xi Jinping jabs Donald Trump and U.S. over ‘trade war’ at Boao Forum for Asia

Apr 10, 2018

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At the Boao Forum for Asia in Hainan Province on April 10, President Xi Jinping announced plans to further open up the country’s economy and lower tariffs on imported cars.

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Man arrested at concert by facial recognition cameras

Apr 10, 2018

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Police used facial recognition technology to identify and arrest a criminal suspect at a pop music concert by Jacky Cheung 张学友 in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, on April 7. The arrest was made around 7:38 p.m., not long after the concert kicked off in a stadium that seats around 70,000 people at its full capacity. “He […]

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Jordan Peterson and China’s ‘white left’

Apr 10, 2018

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Jordan Peterson, author of 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos, is a clinical psychologist and professor of psychology at the University of Toronto. His musings on white privilege, high heels, and pronouns — among other subjects — have earned him a huge following, and endeared him to anti-progressives, those opposed to political correctness, and the […]

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‘China is open’ set pieces at Boao to dominate the news

Apr 9, 2018

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Five things you should pay attention to today: 1: ‘China is open’ set pieces at Boao to dominate the news This week, we can expect plenty of speeches and pageantry at the Boao Forum for Asia (BFA), the Davos-like gathering organized by China every year on Hainan Island since 2001. Xi Jinping speaks tomorrow: Xi […]

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Nanjing University professor suspended over sexual misconduct 20 years after his student’s suicide

Apr 9, 2018

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Shen Yang 沈阳, a Nanjing University literature professor, has been accused of sexual misconduct dating back to the 1990s. One victim, Gao Yan 高岩, studied under Shen at Peking University (PKU); her friends say she was driven to suicide after he sexually harassed and raped her. Her suicide and the accusations of sexual harassment received […]

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Missing daughter in China reunites with family after 24 years

Apr 9, 2018

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An emotional family reunion after 24 years went viral both at home and abroad. The daughter, Kang Ying (born Wang Qifeng), now 28, went missing when she was 3 years old. Her parents, who are fruitsellers, simply lost track of her on the street one day. Wang Mingqing and his wife, Liu Dengying, underwent an […]

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Kuora: The An Lushan Rebellion and the fall of the Tang

Apr 9, 2018

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Dynastic struggle is a favorite subject of many China historians and scholars. Kaiser, who has always been a historian and a scholar at heart, answered the following question about a pivotal moment in Chinese history — it was bloody, of course — originally posted on Quora on May 12, 2015: How did the Tang dynasty lose […]

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Friday Song: Life is unpredictable and love fades

Apr 7, 2018

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情歌 (qínggē), “Love Song,” by Malaysian singer Fish Leong 梁靜茹, is a song about lovers and the memory of love, but not like you’d expect. It’s a song about love growing distant with the passing of time, but cherished all the same. In the end, it’s about being able to let go. Literary references are […]

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Chefs showing off their incredible cooking skills!

Apr 6, 2018

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Check out these stunning cooking skills from chefs in China!

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Gale-force wind rips off a rooftop

Apr 6, 2018

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Watch the terrifying moment when a strong gust of wind ripped the roof off a market in Dezhou, Shandong Province.

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Zlatan’s $100 Million China Offer and Man U’s Chinese ‘Fans’…? Don’t Believe Everything You Read

Apr 6, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. It pays to be skeptical in China — and that’s as true in sports as it is in economics. The so-called “Li Keqiang index,” a term originally coined by The Economist after it […]

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Sinica Podcast: China and North Korea are not as close as you think

Apr 6, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! The dominant narrative in the U.S. about China’s relationship with the small northeastern neighbor is relentlessly one-sided. For decades, American officials have referenced Mao Zedong’s famous (though slightly mistranslated) description that North Korea and China are as close as “lips and teeth.” This perception has continued […]

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People’s Daily online exhorts China to ‘stab at the heart of the snake’ in response to U.S. tariffs

Apr 5, 2018

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Xinhua News Agency is in ethno-nationalist myth-making mode, heavily promoting a ceremony paying homage to the ur-ancestor of all Chinese, the Yellow Emperor (黄帝 huángdì). Meanwhile, the People’s Daily, the Communist Party’s in-house newspaper, has a sober front page (in Chinese), with only one measured story dedicated to the unseemly business of the Chinese response to the proposed […]

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Graduate student’s suicide raises questions about the professor-student power dynamic on Chinese campuses

Apr 5, 2018

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The suicide of a graduate student at the Wuhan University of Technology’s School of Automation two weeks ago has sparked a discussion online about the relationship between mentors and mentees at Chinese universities. Tao Chongyuan 陶崇园, a graduate student at Wuhan University of Technology’s School of Automation, jumped off the sixth floor of his dormitory building […]

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What is the Qingming Festival?

Apr 5, 2018

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Today is the Qingming Festival, or the Tomb-Sweeping Festival, which falls on April 5 this year. It commemorates ancestors and deceased family members. People visit their graves, burn incense, leave food and flowers for the departed, and burn paper money. The festival is ancient, but it only became a statutory public holiday in China in […]

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Anheuser-Busch InBev and the fight for China craft brewing

Apr 5, 2018

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Illustration by Katie Morton   AB InBev’s purchase of Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery last March was only one step in the conglomerate’s plan to dominate the China beer market. But it faces resistance led by one very serious local contender.   “If you want to see Great Leap, Slow Boat, and guys here locally continue […]

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Gay romance ‘Call Me By Your Name’ pulled from Beijing International Film Festival

Apr 5, 2018

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Chinese fans hoping to see gay romance Call Me By Your Name will be sorely disappointed as last week it was reported that the film has been pulled from the Beijing International Film Festival. Although neither Sony Entertainment nor the festival have offered any comment on this sudden withdrawal, it is suspected that the movie’s LGBTQ theme […]

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China announces retaliation for Trump tariffs

Apr 4, 2018

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This morning, the Chinese government announced its planned retaliation for the Trump tariffs. Xinhua News Agency says that China has “unveiled a list of products worth $50 billion imported from the United States that will be subject to higher tariffs, including soybeans, automobiles, aircraft and chemical products.” Other products included are sorghum, beef, orange juice, and […]

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China’s biggest food delivery app buys China’s biggest on-demand bike service

Apr 4, 2018

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Dianping.com is a Chinese restaurant review website that was founded in 2003, a year before Yelp was started, and four years before the launch of the iPhone. After a merger with China’s dominant group buying website (similar to Groupon), it is now known as Meituan-Dianping. The company’s main product is an app that offers a […]

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Chinese student who bought semi-automatic rifles to be deported from U.S.

Apr 4, 2018

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As America struggles to make sense of yet another mass shooting — on Tuesday, at YouTube’s headquarters in San Bruno, California, where three people were reportedly injured — a student from the PRC and a student from Taiwan are both in trouble in the U.S. for gun possession. Last week, police at the University of Central […]

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China fires back again in a trade skirmish with the U.S.

Apr 4, 2018

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On Wednesday, China announced $50 billion in tariffs on 106 U.S. products. Most of them are agricultural products, including pork, soybeans, cotton, and wheat. The tariff may make it difficult for Republicans to remain in control of Congress after midterm elections this fall, as some of the products are primarily produced in states where Republicans […]

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Understanding the Trump-China trade tangle: What happens next?

Apr 4, 2018

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If there is one fact upon which the majority of economists can agree, it is that trade between nations makes the world better off. And yet, both the U.S. and China seem hell-bent on doing the opposite. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum on March 22 to impose taxes on $50 billion worth of imported Chinese […]

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Mingbai: What is your Chinese zodiac animal, and how did it do in the race?

Apr 4, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. 十二生肖 (shíèr shēngxiào), the 12 animals of the Chinese Zodiac, are ever-present in Chinese art and pop culture, as well as in […]

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A new type of Chinese free trade port for Hainan?

Apr 3, 2018

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The Boao Forum for Asia (博鳌亚洲论坛 bó’áo yàzhōu lùntán) is an annual meeting of powerful people at Bo’ao on Hainan Island, and this year it is scheduled for April 8 to 11. It was founded in 2001 and modeled on the World Economic Forum at Davos. Xi Jinping has attended Bo’ao twice as Party secretary […]

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Are China’s drug price controls failing?

Apr 3, 2018

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Last year, regulators in China began an ambitious program to reduce the cost of drugs in the country: A policy to eliminate the 15-20 percent surcharges on medicine common in Chinese hospitals was tested at 3,600 hospitals in Beijing in April, expanded to 338 other cities in May, and given the authority of the Ministry […]

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Kuaishou takes down hundreds of videos featuring teen moms

Apr 3, 2018

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Kuaishou, one of the biggest short video platforms in China, apologized (in Chinese) today after criticism of the company’s failure to censor content featuring teenage mothers. The phenomenon of young moms seeking fame online was exposed on April 1 by state broadcaster China Central Television (CCTV), which criticized a few video services, including Kuaishou and Huoshan, for […]

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The power of makeup

Apr 3, 2018

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This 18-year-old girl became an internet sensation for her imitation makeup. She studied makeup techniques for 3 years and was encouraged to create more imitation makeup after her success with Katy Perry’s look. Now she can look like any celebrity!

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Q&A with Janet Yang, a Hollywood producer with a keen eye on the Chinese film industry

Apr 3, 2018

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A prominent Hollywood producer with deep roots in China, Janet Yang has an extensive list of film and TV credits, including The Joy Luck Club, The People vs. Larry Flynt, Dark Matter, Indictment: The McMartin Trial, Zero Effect, Shanghai Calling, and High Crimes. Born in New York, Yang launched her career in the entertainment industry […]

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Journalists worry about the South China Morning Post

Apr 2, 2018

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In 2015, Chinese ecommerce giant Alibaba announced that it would purchase the South China Morning Post, often called Hong Kong’s English-language paper of record. The deal brought a huge infusion of cash to the venerable newspaper, but also many questions about whether the new owners would maintain the SCMP’s editorial independence from Beijing. This past weekend, […]

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China fires back in trade war with Trump, but global face-off in tech is just getting started

Apr 2, 2018

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China has done away with its tentative approach to combating U.S. President Donald Trump on trade, and issued a full tit-for-tat retaliation for the steel and aluminum tariffs that went into effect a week and a half ago. As we reported in our email to SupChina Access members on March 23, the Ministry of Commerce had announced a […]

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Tit-for-tat in trade: China hits U.S. with $3 billion in tariffs

Apr 2, 2018

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On Monday, Beijing imposed $3 billion worth of tariffs on 128 U.S. products, mostly targeting agricultural products. This is retaliation after Donald Trump announced that he would impose tariffs on metal imports from China, and later, at least $50 billion worth of tariffs on Chinese goods, focused on tech products, following an investigation into complaints […]

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Hong Kong university to punish students protesting Mandarin test

Apr 2, 2018

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A little over two months after a group of students from Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) stormed the school’s language center to demonstrate strong objection to a compulsory Mandarin-language proficiency test, the university announced today that the two leading students in the protest would receive punishments, local newspaper On.cc reports (in Chinese). According to Mai Yunwei 麦筠玮, […]

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Kuora: Genetics and diet: why northern Chinese people are taller than southern Chinese

Apr 2, 2018

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Northern Chinese are taller than their southern counterparts, but why? That’s the question Kaiser originally answered on Quora on November 6, 2014. First, let’s establish that what the question assumes is really true: Yes, in fact, Northern Chinese are indeed generally taller. A 2010 study looked at mainland Chinese population groups and found, for men, the […]

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Lost in Beijing: Forgotten wastelands of China’s capital

Apr 2, 2018

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Beijing is a shiny metropolis, but below the gleaming skyscrapers and busy thoroughfares are desolate amusement parks and abandoned neighborhoods, remnants of a different place, reminders of a recently forgotten past.   Another version of this story appeared on Danwei.com on January 25, 2013 under the headline “Wastelands of Beijing.” The Homko Club had everything […]

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Friday Song: Here’s Helen Feng of Nova Heart

Mar 31, 2018

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Helen Feng, the Queen of Beijing Rock, the “Blondie of China,” has been making waves in the Chinese music scene for almost two decades. Here she is, above, with her Beijing-based electro-pop trio Nova Heart, with the multilayered song My Song 9. Try to watch that video without looking away — I haven’t been able […]

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Traffic jam? Time for dancing!

Mar 30, 2018

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A group of women began to dance after being stuck in a highway traffic jam in Yunnan Province on March 25.

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Tattoo ban latest humiliation for China’s beleaguered soccer team

Mar 30, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. If only Chinese footballers could shoot the ball in the net as consistently as Chinese football shoots itself in the foot. Shortly after last week’s column about China’s 6-0 hammering by Wales in […]

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Sinica Podcast: Orville Schell on China’s unexamined, unreconciled past

Mar 30, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! “Can a society which has not…come to terms with its own past go on to have a successful future, or do the sins of the past somehow…come back to haunt it and re-express themselves in some mutant form?” This is a question that seasoned historian […]

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Point and click and buy a house in Sydney or Vancouver

Mar 29, 2018

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Juwai.com, a website that markets residential properties around the world to mainland Chinese customers, has announced a partnership with JD.com, China’s second-most-famous ecommerce company. The tie-up “will enable JD’s 292.5 million customers to research and buy property online more easily, by allowing them to browse and view real estate listings for properties from the US, Australia, […]

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Petroyuan: China seeks to break dollar dominance in oil trading

Mar 29, 2018

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China is the country with the highest volume of oil imports, and is one of the top 10 oil-producing countries, yet until this week, Chinese currency — known as either the renminbi (RMB) or the Chinese yuan — had little to do with the purchase of the world’s most traded commodity. The U.S. dollar remains the […]

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High-rise building demolished in 10 seconds

Mar 29, 2018

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Watch this decades-old exhibition center in Chengdu torn down in 10 seconds!

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No tattoos at the 2018 Strawberry Music Festival in Hangzhou

Mar 29, 2018

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In January, we reported on China’s ban on hip-hop artists with tattoos appearing on television. The ban now seems to extend to live music performances: The Strawberry Music Festival in Hangzhou, scheduled for April, reportedly asked performers to cover their tattoos with stickers, head scarves, or bandages. In a screenshot taken from a WeChat group chat, […]

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Finishing cotton candy in the blink of an eye

Mar 29, 2018

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Look at this female TV host finishing cotton candy in the blink of an eye!

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The SupChina Literature Quiz

Mar 29, 2018

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It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the SupChina Modern Chinese History Quiz. Today we present… Fourteen questions to test how much you know about China’s authors, books, poets, etc. Let us know how you did — tweet your score @supchinanews. Click here for more quizzes

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The fearsome foursome: Xi and Peng dine with Kim and Ri

Mar 28, 2018

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Yesterday, just after we hit “send” on our newsletter that discussed Kim Jong-un’s unannounced visit to Beijing, Chinese and North Korean state media confirmed the visit had taken place and circulated photographs of Xi Jinping 习近平 and Kim Jong-un 金正恩 meeting, Kim looking at impressive stuff, and the two leaders enjoying a banquet with their […]

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Surveys: 60 percent of Chinese men cheat on partners, domestic violence cited in 15 percent of divorce cases

Mar 28, 2018

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More than 70 percent of Chinese divorce cases in the past two years were filed by women, and most of those couples split three years into their marriages, a new report (in Chinese) by the Supreme People’s Court revealed. The report, released on March 23, analyzes divorce statistics in 2016 and 2017 and finds that over […]

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Photos: Kim Jong-un meets Xi Jinping in Beijing

Mar 28, 2018

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Kim Jong-un made his first known diplomatic trip outside of North Korea on Monday, arriving in Beijing via a 90-carriage armored train that made its way back the following day. It was a surprise trip, ahead of Donald Trump’s planned (though as yet unscheduled) meeting with Kim, with China’s foreign ministry spending Tuesday saying it had […]

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China makes new strides in fighting air pollution

Mar 28, 2018

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China has battled severe pollution in recent years due to its ambitious industrialization. Skies have often been smoggy and gray, but it looks like the worst may be over. Since the Chinese government declared a “war” on pollution in 2014, drastic measures have been taken to slow down air pollution. Now it is clear that […]

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Mingbai: Traditional Chinese medicine lives on at Tong Ren Tang — and in soft drinks

Mar 28, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. If you ask many young Chinese people today, you might think traditional Chinese medicine is on its way out; fungi, roots, […]

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A Yi’s ambition — and his ruin: One writer’s search for roots in a rootless time

Mar 28, 2018

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“Their paranoia, their psyches and phobias, are a reflection of reality.”   It was on an ordinary night in the police office of a small town in Jiangxi Province that A Yi, then a twentysomething police officer, saw the future. He was playing mahjong with the deputy chief, who was in his thirties, and the […]

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Kim Jong-un visits Beijing

Mar 27, 2018

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“May you go on vacation during interesting times” is the editor’s version of the fake ancient Chinese curse, and it certainly applied to me during the last week. While I’ve been ignoring my phone and computer and getting bitten by ticks in the backwoods of Tennessee, the world has turned. For the latest on Trump’s […]

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‘Modern Chinese intellectuals are spineless’: Peking University vice dean reportedly resigns after provocative essay

Mar 27, 2018

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Li Chenjian and Cai Yuanpei Rumors are flying (in Chinese) at Peking University that Li Chenjian 李沉简, vice dean of the school’s Yuanpei College 元培学院, has resigned as vice dean after circulating an essay that rebukes his colleagues and Chinese intellectuals in general for rampant “shamelessness and cynicism,” and becoming increasingly “spineless” in fear of suppression from […]

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Chinese officials scramble to avert trade war

Mar 27, 2018

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Stock traders breathed a collective sigh of relief yesterday, March 26, as U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin confirmed that he was negotiating with Chinese counterparts and that he was “cautiously hopeful we reach an agreement.” The Dow Jones industrial average shot up 669 points, or 2.8 percent, nearly as much as it sank upon Trump’s […]

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A monkey with a human face

Mar 27, 2018

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At a zoo in Tianjin, a black-capped capuchin has become an internet sensation due to the shape of its face.

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A terrifying U-turn

Mar 27, 2018

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A video showing an oil tank truck making a precarious U-turn on a narrow road in Chongqing on March 16 went viral on the Chinese internet. Below the road was a steep cliff.

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How ‘self-media’ in China has become a hub for misinformation

Mar 27, 2018

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Illustration by Hannah Bae / @eatdrinkdraw   As Facebook and Twitter attempt to combat the spread of misinformation, China is having its own “fake news” problem. What can — or should — the government do about it?   Last October, two days after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history left 58 dead in […]

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Shanghai and Beijing: China’s incredible shrinking megacities

Mar 26, 2018

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What ailes China’s big cities, and what can be done to cure them? It’s a question that’s on a lot of policy makers’ minds in China, and one with incredible consequences depending on how it’s answered. The ailments of the cities — what are known as “urban diseases” (城市病 chéngshì bìng; also known as “big city […]

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Guo Shuqing comes out ahead at central bank as economic czar Liu He tends to trade

Mar 26, 2018

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The surprise shuffles at the top keep coming. Last week, when “whirlwind” Guo Shuqing 郭树清 was tapped to head up a newly combined banking and insurance regulator, we noted that he’d recently been a top contender for governor of the People’s Bank of China, a job that instead went to “low-key regulator” Yi Gang 易纲. But […]

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Kim Jong-un reportedly arrived in Beijing via train

Mar 26, 2018

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North Korean leader Kim Jong-un paid a surprise visit to Beijing on March 26, according to reports. An unusual fleet of vehicles was seen on the streets of Beijing, sparking speculation that Kim and Chinese leader Xi Jinping were about to meet for the first time.

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Badly behaved visitors anger Wuhan University students during peak cherry blossom season

Mar 26, 2018

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Spring weather has arrived in the city of Wuhan, Hubei Province, as crowds of locals and tourists were out enjoying its iconic cherry blossoms that have reached full bloom since last week. For students at Wuhan University, having hundreds of cherry blossom trees on campus can be a blessing — or a nightmare, if tourists […]

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Shanghai’s marriage market through the eyes of a ‘leftover’ woman

Mar 26, 2018

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Guo Yingguang was 34 years old when she went to the famous marriage market in Shanghai last year, in hopes of finding a partner for herself. However, the unpleasant interactions with parents shocked her. So she decided to make a statement about the experience by recording it all with a hidden camera. Guo captured some […]

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Kuora: Mastering Chinese tones with ‘the Dude System’

Mar 26, 2018

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It’s easy enough explaining the differences in the tones in Mandarin Chinese, but it’s a whole other matter for language learners trying to remember exactly how the tones sound. Kaiser can help. Here, he answers a question originally posted on Quora on December 22, 2014: How do I master Chinese tones? True story: When I […]

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Friday Song: Spring is here

Mar 24, 2018

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You might disagree if you live in the northeastern part of the United States, but spring has arrived. The birds are out in Beijing, central heating has been shut off, and it’s warmer outside than in (it’s a northern China thing, for those who have never experienced it). Here’s a song for the season — […]

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Bargaining in Beijing

Mar 24, 2018

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A video of a shopkeeper’s bargaining with an American at a counterfeit market in Beijing went viral on the Chinese internet. Though her English skills and bargaining tactics are common for shopkeepers in China’s big cities, many internet users in China were impressed.

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Heilongjiang college cracks down on student relationships

Mar 24, 2018

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A college in Heilongjiang Province is currently in hot water for threatening to expel students who live with or have sexual relationships with their partners. In a leaked group chat screenshot published by The Paper on Wednesday, March 21, teachers at an initially unidentified school were ordered to gather for an urgent meeting because a student […]

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China wins first Winter Paralympics medal, while soccer team loses 6-0 to Wales

Mar 23, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. Gareth Bale might not quite have the same star power in China as Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo, but China’s national team certainly seemed star struck last night as Bale and his […]

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Why Chinese companies crush Western tech giants in China

Mar 23, 2018

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Disclaimer: The following views are mine and not my employer Microsoft’s. While reading the news, I regularly come across articles stating that Chinese tech giants have the Chinese government to thank for their dominance within China. For example, Bloomberg published an article earlier this month titled “China protectionism creates tech billionaires who protect Xi,” with the author […]

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Sinica Podcast: The Chinese student experience in America, with Siqi Tu and Eric Fish

Mar 23, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: Listen to it now! This week, our featured topic is Chinese students overseas. There are about 800,000 of them, and according to China’s Ministry of Education, nearly 80 percent choose to return to China soon after finishing their education. This group is referred to as “sea turtles” (海龟; a pun on […]

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Trump slaps China with $50 billion in tariffs

Mar 23, 2018

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The China tariffs are here, and the number is $50 billion. At 12:45 p.m. eastern time on March 22, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a memorandum directing the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) to announce within 15 days a list of products from China to tax for at least that much, the Washington Post reports. It’s […]

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Huawei in America and Apple in China

Mar 23, 2018

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Tariffs are not the only obstacle to Chinese business in the U.S. Huawei, the world’s largest telecoms equipment manufacturer, has suffered a blow to its overseas consumer ambitions with the decision by American retailer Best Buy to stop selling its products — perhaps the result of more subtle pressures. Huawei is the world’s third-largest smartphone maker, […]

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SAPPRFT bans parodies of classic TV shows and films

Mar 23, 2018

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As we reported yesterday, China’s top media authorities, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT), is set to hand over a big chunk of its duties to the publicity department of the Communist Party of China. But this doesn’t mean that SAPPRFT will abandon all of its power in regulating the […]

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2,000-year-old booze and sword discovered in China

Mar 23, 2018

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Archaeologists have found about 10 fluid ounces of liquor inside a tomb in Xi’an, Shaanxi Province that dates back 2,000 years to the Qin dynasty, the first dynasty of imperial China. The liquor was sealed and kept inside a copper kettle. It is rare that any liquor can be preserved this long. The discovery will […]

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Chinese enrollment in America: One university’s attempt to create a better system

Mar 23, 2018

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Last week it was reported that the Trump Administration is considering limiting the number of visas issued to mainland Chinese students as part of a larger package of tariffs and trade restrictions. While details on the proposal and its motivations remain scant, some educators took to Twitter to support limiting visas to Chinese students on the grounds […]

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‘Black Panther’ struggles at Chinese box office, but not because of its ‘blackness’

Mar 22, 2018

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Left: The official Chinese poster for Black Panther. Right: The U.S. poster.  Black Panther may be the biggest blockbuster in 2018, but that doesn’t mean that audiences in China feel the same way about the superhero movie as their North American counterparts. While the Ryan Cooler-directed film has continued to hit important milestones at the box office […]

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SupChina Women’s Conference: Purchase before March 31 for an Early Bird discount

Mar 22, 2018

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Please join us on Monday, May 14, at the Harvard Club of New York for our second annual SupChina Women’s Conference, where C-suite executives will discuss China’s tech, business, financial, political, media, and consumer trends. The conference will be followed by a cocktail reception and a gala dinner honoring the SupChina Female Rising Stars of 2018: one Chinese and […]

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China gears up to better project its image abroad — and control its message at home

Mar 22, 2018

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Three separate developments, all happening on the heels of a major government restructuring plan, show that the Communist Party of China is getting serious about finding its voice and making it heard. First, it is literally publishing its voice. The Voice of China, a new merged entity of China Central Television (CCTV), China Radio International (CRI), […]

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Guo Shuqing to lead merged banking and insurance regulator

Mar 22, 2018

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Last week, we reported on the major government body reshuffling that included, perhaps most significantly, the merger of the China Banking Regulatory Commission (CBRC) and the China Insurance Regulatory Commission (CIRC). Now the powerful new organization has a boss: Guo Shuqing 郭树清, sources have told Bloomberg, Caixin (paywall), and the Economic Observer (in Chinese). Guo is “not only […]

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Exercise makes this woman ageless

Mar 22, 2018

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A Chinese woman has become an internet sensation for her ageless look. She’s 50 years old! Liu Yelin is from Henan Province. She said she’s proud of her age and is still “young.” She used to read fashion magazines and wanted to have a tan, have an S-shaped figure, and wear bikinis. Many internet users […]

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High school teacher fired after video shows him kissing student during tutoring session

Mar 22, 2018

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A high school physics teacher in Shanxi Province was fired this week after video footage surfaced of him kissing a 17-year-old female student during a private tutoring session. The incident, which reportedly took place on March 11 at the teacher’s home, was exposed in a video posted by the teacher himself on social media. According […]

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China’s education ministry to adjust bonus points in national college exams

Mar 22, 2018

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Following a notice from the Chinese Ministry of Education regarding the admissions procedures for the 2018 gaokao (高考 gāokǎo) — China’s national college entrance exam — the country’s top education authorities emphasized today that some students who had previously been beneficiaries of extra points would no longer enjoy that advantage in future exams. The national cancellation of […]

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Goodbye, SAPPRFT (but not Chinese censorship)

Mar 22, 2018

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Last Tuesday, during the National People’s Congress, China announced that it was dismantling its top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television (SAPPRFT). According to the notice, the five-year-old institution would be succeeded by a television and radio administration that would be directly attached to the State Council, or Cabinet, giving the […]

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Mingbai: What type are you? Chinese stereotypes

Mar 21, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for it at GetMingbai.com. Like anywhere, China has stereotypes of all kinds. You probably know about metalheads, valley girls, rednecks, and chavs, but do you […]

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Ink and drink: Watch this guy get a tattoo in a Beijing nightclub

Mar 21, 2018

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Token foreigner bands? Yes. Expensive champagne bottles with sparkler fireworks attached being paraded around to the most loaded clients? Classic. Tattoo artist? Hmm. Of the in-club entertainments you expect inside one of Beijing’s flashier nightclubs, this last item probably wasn’t on the list. But Beijing’s party crew was treated to a slightly different night out […]

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Xi talks tough on Taiwan at close of China’s Two Sessions political gathering

Mar 21, 2018

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After a dramatic oath-swearing ceremony in the Great Hall of the People yesterday, Xi Jinping closed out the 16-day Two Sessions political gathering and kicked off his second of likely many terms as China’s leader today with a sweeping nationalistic speech. Click here to watch it, or read the transcript in Chinese. In many ways, this speech was a […]

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Trump’s tariffs toughen up as China urges a rational approach to trade

Mar 21, 2018

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The tariffs are coming. Last week, we reported on Trump’s threat to slap up to $60 billion in tariffs on Chinese imports if China failed to cut $100 billion from its $375 billion trade surplus, in keeping with the American president’s view of trade as a “zero-sum game,” which he is obsessed with winning. It appears […]

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A pro-Xi propaganda banner on model Bella Hadid’s Instagram sends the Chinese internet into confusion

Mar 21, 2018

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American model Bella Hadid is currently in Shanghai, China, where she snapped a selfie while commuting in a car on March 20 and shared it with her 17.2 million followers on Instagram. The photo seems innocuous except for the red-and-yellow banner in the background, which reads: “Closely united around the party that has Xi as […]

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Not your average waitress

Mar 21, 2018

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A female waitress in Hunan Province can hold nearly 20 bowls of noodles at the same time.

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An oath, and tears of joy in the Great Hall of the People

Mar 20, 2018

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Xinhua News Agency reports:  Xi Jinping was elected Chinese president by a unanimous vote Saturday morning at the ongoing session of the 13th National People’s Congress (NPC). Thunderous applause reverberated in the Great Hall of the People when the election result was announced… Immediately after the announcement of Xi’s second term, he “took a public […]

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China appoints new top officials as part of largest-in-years government reshuffle

Mar 20, 2018

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This year’s Two Sessions, China’s largest annual political gathering, has been one of the most significant in years. Not only has President Xi Jinping been officially “re-elected” president and relieved of term limits, but a major government reshuffle was announced last week. As part of that government reshuffle, new top-level officials have been announced. Here […]

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Shanxi college wants to track students’ menstrual cycles to stop truancy from morning exercises

Mar 20, 2018

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One of the worst experiences of being an undergraduate at Chinese universities, at least for me and most of my classmates, is early-morning running. We had to be at the track by 6 a.m., and we tried every possible way to get out of this morning routine. One method was to find a substitute runner […]

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Kuora: The importance of engaging with China

Mar 20, 2018

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Pictured: Premier Zhu Rongji with President Bill Clinton. With the Two Sessions set to wrap up, we turn again to politics, and this question, which Kaiser very recently answered — it was originally posted on Quora on Sunday, March 18, 2018: Were Clinton-era (and earlier) engagement theorists naive to believe that economic reform would necessarily be a […]

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Xi Jinping takes an oath of allegiance to the constitution

Mar 20, 2018

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Xi Jinping became the first Chinese president to take a public oath of allegiance to the constitution on Saturday. Earlier that day, he was reelected as the Chinese president and chairman of the Central Military Commission, while his trusted ally Wang Qishan was elected vice president (even though he “retired” at the 19th Party Congress […]

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Friday Song: Hanggai — Drinking Song

Mar 17, 2018

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It’s Friday night, basketball games are on, we’re happy, and we’ve been drinking a little. Perhaps you should as well? Let Hanggai — a Beijing musical pillar at one time in the not-too-distant past, a folk music group from Inner Mongolia — be your inspiration. Here’s their festively paced “Drinking Song,” best enjoyed over a […]

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China-censored version of ‘The Shape of Water’ adds shadows to erase nudity

Mar 17, 2018

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Chinese audiences are used to censored, “clean” versions of Hollywood imports involving violence, nudity, sex scenes, or profanity. Without an age-based rating system, what Chinese moviegoers can see in theaters completely depends on the country’s top media regulator, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), […]

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Hong Kong business magnate Li Ka-shing retires at 89

Mar 17, 2018

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Li Ka-shing’s rags-to-riches story has inspired generations of people in Hong Kong and beyond. He made his first pot of gold by selling plastic flowers…

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FIFA opens Weibo account, new badminton height requirement, and yaks at Beijing Olympics?

Mar 17, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. FIFA finally got off its extremely cozy couch this week and launched an official Weibo account — approximately two World Cycles too late. Weibo launched in 2009 and quickly became a vibrant platform, […]

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‘Amazing China,’ a documentary extolling Xi Jinping, is the movie that officials want people to love

Mar 16, 2018

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“This is our great homeland. This is the new era. This is the magnificent painting of the people’s livelihood.” So it’s said in the trailer for Amazing China, a 90-minute documentary that presents the nation’s achievements over the past five years since Xi Jinping assumed office in 2012. The trailer shows clips of China’s famous […]

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Sinica Podcast: How China’s poverty alleviation program works, explained by Gao Qin

Mar 16, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: listen to it now! There is no question that China has seen a miracle of poverty reduction. According to the World Bank, since the economic reforms that started in 1978, economic growth in China has “lifted more than 800 million people out of poverty.” Chinese state media regularly reminds us […]

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Alibaba plans dual listing on mainland China stock market

Mar 16, 2018

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Alibaba is one of the world’s most successful tech companies, and the largest ecommerce company in China. Its market cap — just like that of China’s other internet service behemoth, Tencent — has skyrocketed in recent years to around $500 billion, reaching the top tier of market listings previously occupied in this century only by […]

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Former UIUC professor Xu Gang accused of decades-long sexual misconduct

Mar 16, 2018

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Xu Gang 徐钢, a former tenured associate professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (UIUC) and a prominent curator behind contemporary art exhibitions in China, lost his post as the curator of the upcoming 2018 Shenzhen Biennale on March 15 after allegations of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior emerged this month. According to an […]

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From xiaolongbao to siu mai: A primer on the Chinese dumpling

Mar 16, 2018

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Illustration by Hannah Bae / @eatdrinkdraw No question about it: Dumplings are a quintessential Chinese dish — delicious fillings stuffed into a thin shell, boiled, steamed, or fried. There are plenty of varieties — dim sum favorites har gow (steamed crystal shrimp dumpling, or 虾饺 xiājiǎo) and siu mai (open-faced dumpling, 烧卖 shāomai); 小笼包 xiǎolóngbāo (soup dumpling); […]

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Stephen Hawking’s three trips to China

Mar 16, 2018

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As the world mourns the death of 76-year-old theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking on March 14, Chinese social network Weibo saw an outpouring of emotions. Hawking visited China three times in his life, and each time was greeted by crowds of enthusiastic fans.

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Trump to China: Reduce trade deficit by $100 billion, or I’ll slap you with $60 billion in tariffs

Mar 15, 2018

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Amid rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China, the Chinese foreign ministry is urging President Donald Trump to not see trade as a “zero-sum game” (零和游戏 línghé yóuxì). Here’s ministry spokesman Lu Kang on March 14 [Chinese version here]: “What I want to highlight here is that economic cooperation does not necessarily mean two parties […]

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Chinese acting schools are rejecting applicants with plastic surgery

Mar 15, 2018

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“Did it hurt to get your nose job done?” Ma Yili 马伊琍, a famous Chinese actress with an acting career of over 20 years, reportedly said last week during her interview with a female applicant for the Shanghai Theatre Academy, one of the most prestigious drama schools in China. Some internet users criticized Ma for making harsh comments […]

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White Day fish dance

Mar 15, 2018

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White Day was started by a candy company in Japan as a follow-up to Valentine’s Day, but the festival has spread across East Asia.

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Black Panther in China: A red carpet opening night near Tiananmen Square

Mar 15, 2018

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Walking into the Tiananmen Poly International Theater felt like slipping through some protective barrier and entering Little Wakanda in Beijing.   Images courtesy of OPOPO     On Friday evening, March 9, more than 400 people gathered in the shadows of Tiananmen Square to watch a nation known for isolating itself from the outside world […]

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Mingbai: The four legendary beauties of ancient China

Mar 14, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for their newsletter at GetMingbai.com. 四大美女 (Sì Dà Meĭnǚ), the Four Great Beauties, are legendary Chinese women, all of whom have inspired idioms that are […]

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What Xi talks about when Xi talks about reform

Mar 14, 2018

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The People’s Daily tried valiantly but in vain to use rap videos to excite us about the Two Sessions, China’s biggest annual political meeting. But alas, the Two Sessions is a ritual full of set-pieces that bores many journalists to tears. Occasionally, the events are livened up by mini scandals. In 2012, China’s internet was scandalized by […]

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China announces largest government reshuffle in years

Mar 14, 2018

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A “major cabinet reshuffle” was announced at the second week of China’s annual Two Sessions political gathering, Xinhua reports. The state news agency says it is expected to be “the eighth such move in more than three decades,” and the largest in years. Many of the changes address long-standing “turf wars” between agencies, or establish new state […]

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A poster for ‘The Shape of Water’ in China unwittingly swears at the audience

Mar 14, 2018

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There are three days to go until the Chinese release of The Shape of Water, the fantasy drama film that won the 2018 Oscar award for Best Picture. A marketing campaign is in full swing, with a five-day countdown that started on March 11. The ads include digital movie posters that show movie scenes that […]

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‘Goddess’ weather reporter never ages in China

Mar 14, 2018

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A Chinese weather forecast reporter, Yang Dan, became an internet sensation recently for her young and ageless look over the course of her 22-year-long career. What’s her secret?

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‘Maximum of 10 foreigners’: A ‘Two Sessions’ security measure

Mar 13, 2018

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This picture, taken on March 10, is of a posting in front of Lush, a popular student hangout in Beijing’s Wudaokou neighborhood, which has a high concentration of universities: This notice was posted in front of Pyro Pizza, also in Wudaokou: Wudaokou, Beijing, 2018 until whenever Xi dies. pic.twitter.com/O5VNNipdRn — Nathan Attrill (@nathanattrill) March 11, […]

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‘Like it or not, Donald Trump’s policy has been remarkably successful’

Mar 13, 2018

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Xinhua News Agency reports: “Chinese President Xi Jinping and his U.S. counterpart, Donald Trump, on Friday discussed the situation on the Korean Peninsula and bilateral relations via phone.” According to the article, Trump said that Xi was proven right “to insist on a dialogue between the United States and the DPRK,” or the Democratic People’s […]

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Who are Jingri? The Chinese who consider themselves Japanese, spiritually

Mar 13, 2018

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There is a group of people in China who, despite their unquestionable Chinese national and ethnic heritage, identify themselves and want to be seen as Japanese. They have been around  long enough to earn a specific name — jingri (精日 jīngrì), meaning spiritually Japanese. Yet their existence didn’t ignite much of a stir in public […]

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China wins first battle in ‘war against pollution’

Mar 13, 2018

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For many years now, China has struggled to balance its economic development with environmental sustainability. The problem became especially unavoidable, undeniable, and irresistible for overseas media in 2013, when Beijing and its surroundings faced the “airpocalypse,” an all-encompassing blanket of smog in historic proportions. By 2014, Premier Li Keqiang vowed a “war against pollution,” a proposal […]

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Kuora: The bias inherent in American media portrayals of China

Mar 13, 2018

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The Bookworm Literary Festival in Beijing recently held its Committing Journalism panel, in which four foreign correspondents spoke thoughtfully about reporting in China. Kaiser, who was never a foreign correspondent but did plenty of reporting back in the day, counts China journalists as among his closest friends. Here, he answers a question originally posted on […]

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A self-made celebrity mom

Mar 13, 2018

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A mom has become an internet celebrity thanks to the fun stunts she produced with her son. Take a look at some of the most hilarious ones!

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China’s Olympic hockey aspirations: Q-and-A with Shirley Hon of the Kunlun Red Star franchise

Mar 12, 2018

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The Kunlun group made an ambitious entry into professional ice hockey in China in 2016 with the launch of a men’s team, Kunlun Red Star, that successfully made the playoffs in Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) in its debut year. The group then launched not one, but two professional women’s teams, which joined the Canadian […]

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Friday Song: Jess Meider, guest on Tuesday’s Sinica Live Show

Mar 10, 2018

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Jess Meider, who has been gracing jazz stages around China for 20 years, will be joining David Moser and myself for a Sinica live taping on Tuesday, March 13 at The Bookworm as part of the Bookworm Literary Festival. Here she is performing the song Light off her album Chinatown. Get tickets to Tuesday’s show here. […]

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Viral videos in China, March 5-9, 2018

Mar 10, 2018

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What is China watching? This week: An airport falls apart, a “homemade” ice rink, and more.

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Sinica Podcast: China’s authoritarian revival, explained by Carl Minzner

Mar 10, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: listen to it now! This week, we have an inadvertently timely podcast on China’s authoritarian revival. Mere days before the episode’s recording, Chinese President Xi Jinping set the stage to extend his power to rule China indefinitely. As Carl Minzner, professor of law at Fordham University, explains, the abolition […]

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Chinese social media censors Feminist Voices

Mar 10, 2018

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Yesterday evening, just after International Women’s Day ended in Beijing, the Weibo account of  influential online group Feminist Voices 女权之声 was deleted. The account’s administrators received a message explaining that the account had been suspended “over irregularities,” and that “the account needs to be reactivated to resume its normal function.” Via @Leta Hong Fincher洪理达 Following […]

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Apple users in China fear for data security

Mar 10, 2018

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In order to comply with new Chinese government policies, Apple is moving its mainland user data into China.

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I was asked to teach English at a Chinese orgy

Mar 9, 2018

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Our story last month about swinging in China reminded reader Justin Mitchell of a similar experience he had in Guangdong in 2005. He wrote about it for The Standard in Hong Kong that year under the headline “Lust in Translation: ‘Will you help me to practice my English?'” An edited version is republished here with […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly: International Women’s Day in China

Mar 9, 2018

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Dear reader, Happy International Women’s Day! Please celebrate by nominating a woman for our SupChina Rising Star Award, which will be presented at the SupChina Women’s Conference in New York on May 14. The judges are Wei Sun Christianson, CEO of China for Morgan Stanley; Zhang Xin, SOHO Group real estate mogul; Yang Lan, popular talk […]

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Trump’s trade war begins: Are targeted tariffs on China next?

Mar 9, 2018

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Donald Trump is on a warpath. A trade warpath, that is. In the first eight days of March, the American president has tweeted about trade, on average, twice every day. By our count, 14 of his 44 tweets for the month have related to the trade deficit, the American steel industry, trade with China, or other trade-related […]

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SupChina Female Rising Stars — seeking nominations

Mar 9, 2018

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We are hosting our second annual SupChina Women’s Conference in New York on May 14, 2018. It’s a conference about business, technology, finance, and Hollywood/entertainment in China with an all female lineup of star panelists. This year, we are also going to honor two SupChina Female Rising Stars: one woman from the U.S. and one […]

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Girls’ Day banners on Chinese college campuses are blatant harassment

Mar 9, 2018

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Today, March 8, is International Women’s Day, a global event to celebrate women’s achievements in all fields of life. And this year’s commemoration, in the age of the #MeToo movement, arrived with a particular sense of importance and urgency. However, while 2017 awakened women and men all over the globe to the hard reality that […]

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Are the Oscars finally breaking into China?

Mar 9, 2018

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Promotional photo of Darkest Hour, one of the Oscars Best Pictures nominees with Chinese backing. The telecast of the Academy Awards may have suffered a record ratings low last Sunday, but in China, Oscars-nominated movies are gaining more traction. Before 2010, Oscars-nominated movies were rarely granted theatrical releases in China, the world’s second-largest movie market. Even after the number […]

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Turning characters into drawings

Mar 9, 2018

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西游记 (Xīyóu jì): These three characters mean Journey to the West, which is one of the Four Great Classical Novels of Chinese literature. An artist turned each character into a vivid drawing, based on the people and plots in the original stories. The artist said that he was inspired by Western artists and wanted to […]

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One China journalist’s quest to amplify female voices in media

Mar 8, 2018

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It was a podcast episode about China in late 2016, featuring only male voices, that spurred Joanna Chiu to action. She had been a journalist in Greater China for four years — starting in Hong Kong in 2012 before moving to Beijing in 2014 — and had always been aware of the disparity in the […]

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We had a chat with Michael Szonyi on Access and you should’ve been there

Mar 8, 2018

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One of the perks of being a SupChina Access member — in addition to receiving a Friday weekly summary email and discounts for SupChina events (e.g., 100 percent discount to Tuesday’s Sinica live show in Beijing) — is getting 24/7 access to our Slack channel. For those who aren’t hip to millennial work habits, Slack […]

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Property tax in China by 2019?

Mar 8, 2018

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 If you are an ordinary Chinese person with money to invest, you don’t have a lot of choices. It’s difficult to get your money out of the country, while the stock market, wealth management products (WMPs), and new investment schemes such as peer-to-peer (P2P) lending may potentially offer great rewards but definitely bring great […]

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Will China’s next overseas port be in Djibouti?

Mar 8, 2018

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China’s noteworthy establishment of both ports and military bases overseas in recent years are connected. Jonathan Hillman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies explains (paywall) to the Financial Times that “port ownership opens the door to non-commercial activities like hosting military forces and collecting intelligence.” SupChina has covered the most significant and controversial port and […]

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More than 80 percent of female journalists in China face sexual harassment in the workplace

Mar 8, 2018

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On March 7, a day before this year’s International Women’s Day, the Guangzhou Gender and Sexuality Education Center and the China Women’s Film Festival released the results of an online survey that asked female journalists in China to report any sexual harassment they have experienced in the workplace. There were 416 respondents, mostly aged between 18 […]

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A ‘homemade’ ice rink!

Mar 8, 2018

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In Northeast China, some people forgot to turn off their water faucet before leaving the house. When they got home, they found this…

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‘Only sorry they got caught’: New details about LiAngelo Ball and UCLA players arrested in China

Mar 7, 2018

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Pictured: Hyatt Regency in Hangzhou and the three arrested UCLA players (from top to bottom: LiAngelo Ball, Jalen Hill, Cody Riley) One of the biggest China sports stories of the past year concerned three UCLA basketball players who shoplifted from three stores in Hangzhou in advance of a season-opening showcase game. The story went viral […]

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Mingbai: What do Chinese kids watch on TV?

Mar 7, 2018

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Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), written by Christian Føhrby and Deng Jie, is a daily newsletter that drops knowledge on things “everyone in China knows, but almost nobody outside the country knows.” Sign up for their newsletter at GetMingbai.com. If you grew up in the English-speaking world, you were probably shaped in some little way by Disney, Sesame […]

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Servers in caves in Guizhou: a new third front?

Mar 7, 2018

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Tencent, the internet giant behind WeChat, is digging caves into the mountains of Guizhou Province, where it intends to keep its servers, according to the company’s CEO, Pony Ma 马化腾 (in Chinese). In July last year, Apple announced that it would move all data associated with Chinese iCloud accounts to a server in Guizhou. In late February, the […]

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Two Sessions: Beijing budgets for international influence

Mar 7, 2018

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Yesterday, the Two Sessions, China’s biggest annual political ritual, began in Beijing. One of the points we noted in our report on the opening day was that China’s military budget is set to expand by 8.1 percent in 2018, to 1.1 trillion yuan ($173 billion). This is China’s largest military budget increase in three years, NPR reports, […]

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Can China implement a three-child policy?

Mar 7, 2018

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Last week, prior to the opening of this year’s “Two Sessions” (两会 liǎnghuì) on March 5, a proposal drafted by a deputy to the National People’s Congress (NPC), China’s top legislature, made some headlines for suggesting that a three-child policy be adopted nationwide to replace the current two-child policy. In an interview published by Jiemian — an […]

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Imitating art

Mar 7, 2018

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A group of college students in Nanjing posed in imitation of various paintings.

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The international Bookworm Literary Festival returns to Beijing

Mar 6, 2018

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After a one-year hiatus, the Bookworm Literary Festival (BLF) is returning to Beijing for its 11th edition, from March 8 to 25, and we couldn’t be happier. All the popular events are back, including the Committing Journalism panel discussion, slam poetry, a Women’s Day panel, several talks on North Korea, and much more. BLF is […]

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Two Sessions: China’s biggest annual political ritual begins in Beijing

Mar 6, 2018

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On the morning of March 5, thousands of delegates flooded into Beijing’s Great Hall of the People for the start of the “Two Sessions” (两会 liǎnghuì), an annual political ritual that this year, according to the agenda translated at NPC Observer, will last for 15.5 days. The “Two” in two sessions are: The nearly 3,000 […]

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U.S. professor accused of sexual misconduct finds new employment in China

Mar 6, 2018

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Lawrence Mitchell, a former dean at Ohio’s Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) Law School, left the school in 2014 amidst allegations of sexual misconduct. According to the Cleveland Scene, and various Chinese social media accounts, he is now teaching at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics (SHUFE) in China. In 2016, according to the Cleveland Scene, […]

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An airport falls apart

Mar 6, 2018

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Part of an airport ceiling collapsed in heavy wind in Nanchang, Jiangxi Province, on March 4.

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Kuora: Why do technocrats dominate China’s political elite?

Mar 6, 2018

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We’re turning the wayback machine all the way back to 2010 — and to one of Kaiser’s first answers on Quora, which is particularly timely now, with China’s political leaders currently gathered in Beijing for the annual Two Sessions. One quick aside: We just learned that Kaiser has been selected for the sixth straight year […]

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Friday Song: Who owns ‘Bloodstained Glory,’ the dissidents or the patriots?

Mar 3, 2018

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“Bloodstained Glory” is inconceivable: a song claimed by China’s most zealous patriots and its most ardent dissidents as representing both of their conflicting causes. The song was commissioned by the Chinese government in 1987 to commemorate the thousands of PLA soldiers who died during the 1979 Sino-Vietnamese War. It takes the form of a letter […]

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Introducing Studio Mandarin 橘子中文

Mar 3, 2018

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Dear SupChina readers, “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” — Nelson Mandela In partnership with the China Institute, we’re delighted to launch Studio Mandarin 橘子中文, a show that teaches you Chinese based […]

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First there was panda diplomacy — now could there be panda Olympics?

Mar 2, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. While most of the talk about the Olympics returning to China has centered on the 2022 Winter Games, it turns out the Summer Olympics may also be coming back to China, too. […]

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Sinica Podcast: Courts & torts: Driving the Chinese legal system

Mar 2, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: listen to it now! “Having read hundreds and hundreds of these cases, I have decided that I’m never going to drive in China.” That is what Benjamin Liebman, the director of the Center for Chinese Legal Studies at Columbia University, concluded after his extensive review of laws relating […]

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Trump announces steel and aluminum tariffs as senior Chinese official visits Washington, D.C.

Mar 2, 2018

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This morning, Axios sent its daily newsletter, with this opening sentence: “After a crazy 24 hours, sources close to President Trump say he is in a bad place — mad as hell about the internal chaos and the sense that things are unraveling.” Then Trump tweeted: “Our Steel and Aluminum industries (and many others) have been […]

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End of a dealmaking spree for CEFC?

Mar 2, 2018

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The South China Morning Post reports that “Ye Jianming [叶简明], the Fujian entrepreneur who took fewer than five years to rise from obscurity to become head of China’s fourth-largest oil conglomerate, has been detained for questioning, according to four sources familiar with the matter.” The detention was “ordered directly by the Chinese president Xi Jinping” and occurred […]

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Virtual reality technology enters a Chinese courtroom

Mar 2, 2018

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The era of virtual reality has arrived. The evolving technology has revolutionized the way we game, the way we travel, and the way we consume news. And now, Chinese courtrooms are seeing the potential of employing it to advance the practice of law. On Thursday, March 1, at a courtroom in Beijing’s No. 1 Intermediate […]

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Why the removal of presidential term limits shocked so many in China

Mar 1, 2018

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As you must be aware of by now, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) proposed a bunch of amendments to the country’s constitution, notably the removal of the two term limit on the presidency that has been in place since the transition from Deng Xiaoping 邓小平 to Jiang Zemin 江泽民. Yesterday we covered reactions […]

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As China makes economic overture, Taiwanese push for independence referendum

Mar 1, 2018

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China’s Taiwan Affairs Office announced on February 28 a package of economic policies directed at the self-governed island which the People’s Republic of China hopes to one day absorb. Bloomberg reports that “a total of 29 government agencies unveiled a plan outlining 31 measures to welcome Taiwanese investment in some of the nation’s most restricted industries, […]

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The clock is ticking at Hengshui No. 2 High School: 100 days to go until the 2018 gaokao

Mar 1, 2018

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While most Chinese people are still grappling with their post–Spring Festival blues, students at Hengshui No. 2 High School in Hebei Province have already been preparing for the 2018 gaokao (高考 gāokǎo) — the country’s national college entrance exam — which will take place in June as in previous years. On Monday, February 26, more than 3,000 […]

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Introducing: Mingbai, common Chinese knowledge for the non-Chinese

Feb 28, 2018

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Editor’s note: We’re excited to be partnering with Mingbai (明白, meaning “understand”), a recently founded daily newsletter that provides an important window into the mental storeroom of the average Chinese. As it says on the website GetMingbai.com (go there to sign up for the newsletter!): With Mingbai, you receive a short article in your e-mail inbox every […]

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Don’t talk about the constitution in China

Feb 28, 2018

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The proposed changes to the Chinese constitution that were announced over the weekend are still dominating the headlines, in China and outside. There are a number of amendments (see translation on NPC Observer), but the one attracting the most attention is, of course, the proposed removal of presidential term limits. OPINIONS IN CHINA “The broad […]

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Who is Chinese President Xi Jinping?

Feb 28, 2018

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On February 25, the Communist Party announced that it will abolish constitutional limits on presidential terms, allowing President Xi to stay in power indefinitely.

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Japanese anime studio behind smash hit ‘Your Name’ sets its new film in mainland China

Feb 28, 2018

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Following Your Name, the 2016 global blockbuster that is currently the highest-grossing anime film of all time, CoMix Wave Films, the Tokyo-based anime production studio behind the smash hit, announced its new anthology anime film, Shikioriori, on Monday, February 26. It consists of short stories set in three Chinese cities — Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Based on the […]

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Hole in the wall 2.0: How China’s food delivery industry is changing the restaurant business

Feb 27, 2018

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Ever wonder why ordering takeout is so cheap in China? While Alibaba and Tencent jostle for dominance in the waimai market, small family-owned restaurants are feeling the pinch.   It’s nearing six o’clock on a Monday night in Shanghai and Mr. Wang is working fast, grabbing brown paper bags full of steaming bowls of soupy […]

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China’s Xi Jinping set to abolish term limits, rule indefinitely

Feb 27, 2018

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On February 25, the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC) proposed a host of constitutional changes for the country. You can read all the revisions here, translated on the website NPC Observer, but here is the one everyone is talking about: “The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the […]

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China’s national medical hotline apologizes on Weibo for discrediting donkey-hide gelatin

Feb 27, 2018

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National Health 12320, the official Weibo account of China’s medical hotline operated by the country’s National Health and Family Planning Commission, apologized on Monday, February 26, after it made a since-deleted post to dispel the myths surrounding donkey-hide gelatin. Known as ejiao (阿胶 ējiāo) in Chinese, it is a popular product in China, where many people […]

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Sponsored Video: Peninsula Hotel NYC honors Year of Dog

Feb 27, 2018

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The Peninsula Hotel in New York City rang in the Lunar New Year on February 16 by hosting an hour-long lion dance. This was the 30th year that the Peninsula New York has hosted the traditional Chinese lion dance.

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Kuora: Cao Cao was a magnificently cruel bastard

Feb 27, 2018

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This week, we take our subject from one of Kaiser’s favorite things in the world, The Romance of the Three Kingdoms (listen to this episode of Sinica on this subject). In fact, we suspect his whole affect — the long hair, his new facial hair, the swords — is all about him wanting to be a […]

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EXO blew up social media during the Winter Olympics closing ceremony

Feb 26, 2018

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As a sportswriter with a particular fondness for the Olympics, I’ve been following the Pyeongchang Games closely, especially via all the various sports channels on Twitter. While most of the posts on Sunday concerned the final sporting results, Russia’s flagless contingent or Ivanka’s presence at the closing ceremony, I started to notice something else. The two […]

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‘Find the thing you love and stick with it’: Xi Jinping and the perfect meme

Feb 26, 2018

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The Communist Party of China Central Committee proposed to remove the expression that the President and Vice-President of the People's Republic of China "shall serve no more than two consecutive terms" from the country's Constitution https://t.co/B849nuc2CJ pic.twitter.com/IbR7NNS9m2 — China Xinhua News (@XHNews) February 25, 2018 Chinese internet users, being internet users, had a bit of […]

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Friday Song: MC Jin — ‘Chinese New Year’

Feb 24, 2018

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Before Bohan Phoenix, before Higher Brothers or GAI or PG One or any number of Chinese rappers, there was Miami-born MC Jin (real name Jin Au-Yeung 欧阳靖), whose rise to stardom in the rap world was stunning — and televised. As NBC News tells it: For Jin’s fans, his meteoric rise to fame is legendary. A […]

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How badly was China screwed in short-track speed skating?

Feb 24, 2018

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The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. Despite pre-Games warnings from Chinese officials that medals would be hard to come by and that it was a real possibility China could return from PyeongChang with no gold, the public had […]

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China has no problem with racism, and that’s a problem

Feb 24, 2018

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This article first appeared in Chinese on 土逗公社 (tǔ dòu gōngshè, tootopia.me) under the headline Chinese auntie and African monkey: the racism of domestic elites hits the big stage (中国大妈与非洲猴子:国产精英的种族主义登堂入室了); our original translation is published here with permission. 土逗公社’s original article on WeChat quickly racked up 50,000 views before being abruptly deleted, but versions of it […]

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Did you REALLY just ask me ‘Are Chinese girls easy?’

Feb 23, 2018

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Editor’s note: A story we published last week on how Chinese internet users interpret the ugly stereotype of the Asian “easy girl” provoked a far-ranging and spirited discussion across our channels. Yajun Zhang, who previously wrote for us about Chinese journalism, offers the following response. Fifteen years ago, when I started dating my American boyfriend (now husband), […]

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The laws that prompt motorists to kill injured accident victims

Feb 23, 2018

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On October 13, 2011, a vehicle knocked down two-year-old Wang Yue 王悦 on a narrow street in Foshan, Guangdong Province. As she lay on the ground underneath the van, the driver paused for a second, pulled forward, and ran over the little girl again. This horrifying moment was captured by a surveillance camera. But what […]

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Tencent’s biggest investor is a little-known South African media group

Feb 23, 2018

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A little-known fact: Perhaps the best foreign investment in China since the houses of Swire and Jardine made their fortune selling opium was the purchase by South African newspaper group Naspers of nearly 50 percent of Tencent for $32 million in 2001. After Tencent went public in 2004, Naspers’ stake was diluted to 33.3 percent, […]

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U.S. reinforces its relationship with Taiwan as part of a pushback on Beijing’s influence

Feb 23, 2018

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Earlier this week, it was reported that the U.S. is seriously pursuing a deepened security and economic partnership with Australia, Japan, and India in order to counter Beijing’s influence in the Asia-Pacific, or “Indo-Pacific,” region. It’s increasingly clear that part of the new U.S. strategy involves reinforcing, if not going so far as to officially deepen, […]

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Sinica Podcast: The China Questions, with Jennifer Rudolph and Michael Szonyi

Feb 23, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: listen to it now! “We hear, in the media and in comments by politicians, a lot of very glib statements that oversimplify China, that suggest all of China is one thing or one way,” says Michael Szonyi, a professor of Chinese history and director of the Fairbank Center […]

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SupChina Quiz: Modern Chinese History, Late Qing and Republican Era

Feb 23, 2018

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It’s the last Thursday of the month, which means it’s quiz time! Last month was the SupChina Geography Quiz. Today we present… Twelve questions to test how much you know about this pivotal time in Chinese history. Let us know how you did — tweet your score @supchinanews. Click here for more quizzes

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China’s box office enjoys another record-smashing Spring Festival holiday

Feb 22, 2018

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Moviegoing is a national pastime for the Chinese during Spring Festival, and this year more than ever. As of Wednesday, the movies that debuted in China’s theaters during the Chinese New Year holiday have racked up a cumulative $882 million, nearly twice as much as the box office gross during this period last year. Earnings on February […]

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Peter Wang, hero to some

Feb 22, 2018

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Peter Wang 王蒙杰 is the 15-year-old boy killed with 16 others in the school shooting in Florida on February 14. He was born in Brooklyn, but the BBC says that he “spent part of his childhood in his parents’ native China.” Wang was a member of the U.S. Army Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (JROTC), a […]

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The Quad vs. China’s Belt and Road

Feb 22, 2018

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A long-anticipated hawkish turn in American strategy directed at the region around China — what Trump administration officials call the “Indo-Pacific,” because it sounds less Chinese than “Asia-Pacific” — may finally be materializing. A central part of the new strategy involves the “Quad,” short for Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, a grouping of the U.S., Australia, Japan, and […]

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Terracotta warrior’s stolen thumb triggers outrage from China

Feb 22, 2018

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The theft of a thumb of a 2,000-year-old terracotta warrior on display in the U.S. has provoked anger from Chinese internet users and the cultural relics authority of the city of Xi’an in Shaanxi Province, which called for “severe punishment” to be imposed on the perpetrator. “In the past 40 years, we have loaned our […]

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The anxiety of Chinese influence

Feb 21, 2018

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In September 2017, Anne-Marie Brady, a scholar of China at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, published a report titled “Magic Weapons: China’s Political Influence Activities Under Xi Jinping.” Last week, Brady spoke to the Australian Parliament’s Intelligence and Security Committee, according to the New Zealand Herald. She told them that her office was broken into in December, […]

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Chinese supermodel Liu Wen in a controversy for wishing her Instagram followers ‘Happy Lunar New Year’

Feb 21, 2018

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Thirty-year-old Chinese model Liu Wen 刘雯 is under fire for not wishing her 3.7 million Instagram followers a “Happy Chinese New Year.” Instead, she wrote “Happy Lunar New Year.” The post was made on her Instagram account on February 18, along with a photo of her posing with Wendi Deng Murdoch 邓文迪. The greeting quickly […]

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Black Lives China comments on ‘Africa’ sketch in CCTV gala

Feb 21, 2018

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By Hannah Getachew and Runako Celina Bernard-Stevenson This piece was originally published on the website Black Lives China, whose mission is “to capture the full breadth of the black experience in, around, and in relation to China,” under the headline “Racism – with Chinese characteristics: How Blackface darkened the tone of China’s Spring Festival celebrations.” It […]

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U.S. Secret Service denies it tackled Chinese official during Trump visit to Beijing

Feb 20, 2018

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Dear reader, Happy yushui (雨水 yǔshuǐ) — today begins the second solar term of the traditional Chinese calendar, when the Sun reaches the celestial longitude of 330 degrees. If you’re in New York on Monday, February 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., please join us for a live recording of the Sinica Podcast on courts and torts in […]

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Sinica Podcast Live in New York: Courts & Torts: Driving the Chinese Legal System

Feb 20, 2018

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Please join us for a special live recording of the Sinica Podcast, a weekly discussion of current affairs in China, on Monday, February 26, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event features Geoffrey Sant, a partner specializing in Chinese law at the firm of Dorsey & Whitney, and Benjamin Liebman, the Robert L. Lieff Professor […]

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Watch: Three days in Beijing before Chinese New Year 2018

Feb 19, 2018

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From preparing to travel home to preparing a New Year’s Eve feast, take a look at how people in Beijing readied themselves for the new lunar year, the 2018 Year of the Dog! Of all the video highlights, we’d like to single out this cool dude at Beijing Railway Station, preparing to go home to […]

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Friday Song: Happy New Year, from a lotta good dogs

Feb 17, 2018

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新年快乐,恭喜发财,万事如意 (xīnnián kuàilè, gōngxǐ fācái, wànshì rúyì) Happy New Year, may you be prosperous in the days to come. All the best. We’ll see you after the weekend. Friday Song is SupChina’s weekly sign-off. Let us know what you thought of the week that was in the comments below, or email editors@supchina.com.

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What is Beijing’s ‘low-end population’? A video explainer

Feb 17, 2018

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Beijing is a bustling metropolis. But in the aftermath of a deadly fire last year, the government is moving out many of the migrants that help keep the city humming. The internet calls them the “low-end population” (低端人口 dī duān rénkǒu): They’re migrants at the bottom of Beijing’s social ladder, living for years in the outer rings […]

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China’s CCTV Spring Festival Gala included a truly shameless Africa skit, featuring blackface

Feb 17, 2018

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We need to talk about that Africa skit. You know the one. UPDATE: CCTV appears to have removed the skit as a standalone video from its YouTube account, though it still exists as part of its upload of the full show. I’ve swapped the embed above. Well this is new. pic.twitter.com/w8pw2dy7GJ — Anthony Tao (@anthonytao) […]

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Sinica Podcast: ‘Critical’ journalism in China, explained by Maria Repnikova

Feb 16, 2018

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This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live: listen to it now! Outside observers typically view China’s media as utterly shackled by the bonds of censorship, unable to critique the government or speak truth to power in any meaningful sense. In part, this is true — censorship and other pressures do create “no-go” zones for journalists […]

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China’s Spring Festival Gala is (still) not open to criticism

Feb 16, 2018

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Five hours prior to this year’s Spring Festival Gala, the show’s director, Yang Dongsheng 杨东升, spoke to a CCTV reporter just meters away from the main stage, vowing to put up a show better than the 2017 one, which he also directed. “My goal is to outperform myself,” he said. Last year’s show was so heavily […]

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Beijing was awfully quiet this Chinese New Year’s Eve

Feb 16, 2018

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2010 Four years ago, I wrote this about Chinese New Year’s Eve fireworks: There was a time, years ago, when Chinese New Year’s Eve in Beijing was the world’s most bombastic celebration of existence, a collective yell held for three straight hours amid concussions of light and racket. Because here we were, we declared, right here. Earth […]

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Epic brick throwing fail in China

Feb 16, 2018

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Can you fail any worse? Let’s set the scene. Two hooded dudes in China (exact location unknown), as captured on a surveillance camera on February 14, approach the front of a building, each with one brick in hand. The first person steps up and hurls a brick with all his strength at either a door […]

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The 12 most noteworthy Years of the Dog in Chinese history

Feb 15, 2018

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In Chinese myth, the dog came second to last in the race to determine the order of the zodiac — but starting tomorrow, when the lunar calendar turns, it will take pole position. What will 2018’s Year of the Dog bring, and how does it compare to dog years past? We pored through history to […]

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Happy Chinese New Year 2018!

Feb 15, 2018

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Today is lunar New Year’s Eve 除夕(chú xī), the most traditional and important holiday on the Chinese calendar, a day of celebration and reflection. It also marks a new beginning, and with that, a renewed chance for fortune and happiness. We went out to Lai Tai Flower Market in Beijing to ask some people about […]

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China ends reciprocal blood donation, exacerbating the country’s chronic blood shortage problem

Feb 15, 2018

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China is set to end its decades-long reciprocal blood donation system by the end of March, the Beijing News reports. On February 5, the municipal health bureau in Beijing and the city’s Red Cross association jointly announced they would stop such practice by February 10, while other parts of China, including Shanghai, Tianjin, and Wuhan, […]

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Another Olympics, another online trolling war between China and Korea

Feb 15, 2018

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On February 13 at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the women’s 500-meter and men’s 1500-meter short-track speed skating finals concluded in PyeongChang, South Korea. Four Chinese athletes left the field with zero medals. The bitter results were hard to swallow for Chinese sports fans, but what irritated them more was the fact that all of the four […]

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Backlash against FBI director’s statements on Chinese spies infiltrating U.S. universities

Feb 15, 2018

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At an American Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on February 13, FBI Director Christopher Wray warned of China’s growing influence in the U.S. Wray said that China has aggressively placed operatives at universities, “whether it’s professors, scientists, students,” requiring the FBI to monitor them from its 56 field offices across the U.S. “It’s every field office, not just […]

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A setback for Tesla in China

Feb 15, 2018

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Tesla, America’s biggest electric car manufacturer, “is in danger of being relegated to an expensive niche in China because Elon Musk can’t clinch a deal to open a factory there,” according to Bloomberg. In June 2017, Tesla signed a preliminary agreement with the Shanghai government to establish a factory to “ensure affordability,” hoping that local plants could […]

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‘We believers just go to church and pray’: Chinese Catholics feel removed from Vatican-Beijing tensions

Feb 15, 2018

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Ian Johnson, the veteran reporter on religion in China (interviewed on Sinica here and here), writes (paywall) in the New York Times on ordinary Chinese Catholics’ view of the ongoing Vatican-Beijing negotiations. His central conclusion, from visiting a faithful community in southeastern China: “Many are less concerned about disputes over the clergy than about a hollowing out of […]

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The great Spring Festival train stampede, 2018 edition

Feb 15, 2018

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The Spring Festival travel season, chunyun (春运 chūnyùn) in Chinese, is under way. About 2.9 billion trips are expected to be made during the travel rush from February 1 to March 12 this year.

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The fall of Lu Wei, first commander of the Cyberspace Administration of China

Feb 14, 2018

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Lu Wei 鲁炜 began his career as a Party enforcer at the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region branch of Xinhua News Agency in Nanning City. He rose through the ranks of the state media apparatus to become the deputy director of the Party’s publicity (née propaganda) department, and most famously, the head of the Cyberspace Administration of […]

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China’s AI ‘wish list,’ and how it works

Feb 14, 2018

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Matt Sheehan at Macro Polo has a must-read explanation of how China’s plan to dominate artificial intelligence technology, announced in July 2017, actually works. Most media and international observers have focused on the “strategic objectives” part of the plan, but that is little more than the introduction. The meat of the plan “lays out in mind-numbing […]

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Maldives in crisis is torn between India and China

Feb 14, 2018

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The Maldives, a small nation of little more than 400,000 in the Indian Ocean, is playing an outsize role in Chinese foreign policy. The Associated Press (AP) reports: Malé, the Maldives capital, has traditionally been close to New Delhi, but a reversal toward Beijing started with a change of power in 2013. The change in power […]

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Viral article detailing last 29 days of a flu patient shakes up Chinese internet

Feb 14, 2018

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A personal story (in Chinese) detailing the last 29 days of a 60-year-old Chinese man who was died after contracting influenza has gone viral on the Chinese internet. Titled “A middle-aged man in Beijing’s flu season,” the story was posted by a Beijing resident, Li Ke 李可, the patient’s son-in-law, on his WeChat public account on […]

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Stephon Marbury bids farewell to basketball

Feb 14, 2018

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Former NBA All-Star Stephon Marbury retired from the basketball court after winning his last game on Sunday in Beijing.

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Polyamory in the PRC: A brief history of sex and swinging in modern China

Feb 13, 2018

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Article 301 of China’s 1997 Criminal Law bans “group licentiousness,” and has been used in the past to bust would-be swingers. But why? Illustration by Katie Morton It was women who brought down Ma Yaohai 马尧海. The older, nosier kind — not the ones he liked to watch having sex. In 2010, the then-53-year-old bespectacled academic became […]

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Five thousand movie theaters across China to form a cohort of ‘People’s Theaters’

Feb 13, 2018

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China’s State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television of the People’s Republic of China (SAPPRFT), the country’s top regulator overseeing its media industry, has  released a notice announcing that 5,000 movie theaters nationwide will become “People’s Theaters,” Sina Entertainment reports. The goal is to “further utilize screening resources, increase overall attendance rate, and […]

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A little quake near Beijing as Xi Jinping visits Wenchuan

Feb 13, 2018

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At around 6:30 p.m. Beijing time today, my social media feeds lit up with reports of an earthquake in Beijing. Xinhua News Agency says it was a 4.3-magnitude quake, with its epicenter deep under Langfang in Hebei Province, just south of the capital. No casualties have been reported. Coincidentally — unless you believe he controls seismic […]

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Detained Hong Kong bookseller gives surreal interview, raising stakes for Sweden

Feb 13, 2018

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According to the Chinese government and state media, Gui Minhai is a bookselling Swedish citizen who: Does not want to receive an international publishing award. Does not want to receive consular support from Swedish diplomats in China. Acquired Chinese state secrets while under police investigation, and then chose to take those state secrets on a […]

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How China controls cobalt in the Congo, and what that means for electric vehicles

Feb 13, 2018

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“We’re realizing that the Congo is to [electric vehicles] what Saudi Arabia is to the internal combustion engine,” said a chief executive of a mineral exploration company to the Wall Street Journal (paywall). That’s because cobalt — of which the Democratic Republic of the Congo is the world’s biggest producer — is an essential ingredient in […]

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