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David Wertime

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David is the co-founder and co-editor of Tea Leaf Nation. He first encountered China as a Peace Corps Volunteer in 2001 and has lived and worked in Fuling, Chongqing, Beijing, and Hong Kong. He is a ChinaFile fellow at the Asia Society and an associate fellow at the Truman National Security Project.

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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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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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The President that China Never Had

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An activist lawyer heroically risks everything for his beliefs. Although he fails, his brave stand against authoritarianism wins him lasting admiration and changes the fate of his East Asian nation forever. The plot may sound …

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Meet China’s Legions of Military Fanboys

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The posts read like a cross between an intelligence report, a video game, and a niche photo-sharing site. “I’ve got pictures of the Global Liberation Army’s littoral combat ships,” one anonymous Chinese Internet user boasts. Another shares …

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Mixed Signals on Xinjiang

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Chinese President Xi Jinping just spent four days that, in the heavily vetted and curated universe of Chinese state media, appeared full of smiles. But the images of harmony left behind from that visit look …

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China Confronts the Limits of Its Power in MH370 Mystery

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China’s President Xi Jinping can’t sleep, its Premier Li Keqiang pines for a “thread of hope,” and the country’s mainstream media stands flatfooted. As the mystery of Malaysian airliner MH370, which disappeared while bound for Beijing carrying 153 Chinese …

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Surprising Crackdown on WeChat

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Welcome to the big leagues, WeChat.  For the past year, the mobile chat app WeChat, or Weixin in Chinese, has been the fresh new face in China’s hyperactive social media, stealing millions of members – not to mention mojo – from …

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