China’s Social Media Underground

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The date was June 4, 2014. In Hong Kong, tens of thousands of residents would soon be converging to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the crackdown on anti-government protests in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square that may have killed hundreds …

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Love Country = Love Party?

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China’s ruling Communist Party has a message for Chinese citizens: You are for us, or you are against us. That’s the takeaway from a widely discussed Sept. 10 opinion piece in pro-party tabloid Global Times, in which …

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Check Out the Communist Party’s Account on WeChat

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HONG KONG — It’s a growth story that would make many Silicon Valley venture capitalists swoon: a once-tiny, secretive group of 13 members blooming into a network of around 86 million, plus a killer app that no other competitor …

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Months Later, a Cyberattack Still Lingers

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Upon hearing that a major gas explosion had ripped through the southern Taiwan port city of Kaohsiung on August 1, killing at least 22 and injuring 270, many of the more than 1.8 million overseas Taiwanese instinctively turned to …

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L’affaire Guo Meimei Captivates China Once Again

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GUANGZHOU — On August 4, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake viciously struck Ludian County, a township in the southwest province of Yunnan, with a death toll surpassing 400. The news swiftly hit Chinese headlines, and images of the devastation circulated widely on Weibo, …

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Say It Ain’t So, Zhou

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It was an exchange perfectly tailored for modern Chinese politics: alternately unscripted and cagey, chummy but laced with a hint of menace. At a Beijing press conference following a Chinese Communist Party meeting in early …

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The New Website That Has China Buzzing

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The chief executive officer of The Paper, a slick new state-funded Chinese media site at thepaper.cn, launched his venture in a most unusual fashion: with a nostalgic confessional about a drunken night during his senior year in college in …

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