The ‘Anti-Corruption’ Campaign That Wasn’t

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What follows is an abridged translation of a personal blog entry originally published in Chinese. –The editors On July 29, the Chinese central government officially announced that former minister of state security and former member of the elite Politburo …

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What’s Wrong With This Town?

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They worked under cover of night in early June, dumping truckloads of dirt on the new highway and planting fast-growing soybean seeds in the thin soil. Then they erected a sign alerting passersby to the freshly sown …

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Why Does Everybody Hate Rui?

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He may be widely reviled in his home country, but oh, what a resume: The son of an author and screenwriter; a graduate of the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University; a Yale World Fellow; and state-run China …

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All Hail ‘Fatty Kim the Third’

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It’s North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un as the world has never seen him. In a three-minute clip that has accumulated over 200,000 views after its early July posting on Chinese video site Tudou, a crudely photoshopped …

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Lord of the Flies

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China’s hunt for “tigers,” or corrupt high-level officials, has been grabbing headlines but, meanwhile, another campaign has been quietly keeping pace: swatting “flies,” or Chinese officials who flout rules rather than breaks laws. Recent news reports reveal that …

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Why Did Xi Skip the World Cup?

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The private lives of China’s leaders have such a black box quality that when state media released a video of President Xi Jinping delivering New Year’s greetings from his office on December 31, it caused a stir. …

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Clash of the State-Owned Titans

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In a rare incidence of one Chinese state behemoth directly attacking another, China Central Television (CCTV), with access to over one billion viewers, ran a report on July 9 accusing the Bank of China (BOC), the nation’s largest foreign …

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Inside China’s Blackest Box

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In the afternoon of June 27, the most powerful man in one of China’s largest and most prosperous cities was rudely interrupted in the middle of a Communist Party meeting over which he was presiding. No reliable public …

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“Let 1.3 Billion Vote”

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Democracy, meet the smart phone. Starting June 20, hundreds of thousands of Hong Kongers have gone to virtual polls, infuriating Beijing. Occupy Central with Love and Peace (OCLP), a protest group that advocates election of the nominally …

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