For Alibaba’s Small Business Army, a Narrowing Path

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Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans an initial public offering (IPO) on the New York Stock Exchange expected to raise approximately $20 billion as early as Sept. 18, celebration is surely in order for the company’s executives. But for millions of …

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Democracy is Contagious

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Want a simple method for understanding top-level decision-making in China? Assume that the decision was made with the end goal of keeping the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in power. While imperfect, it’s the easiest way …

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China’s Most Popular Government Feed

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The Chinese government institution with the biggest social media following goes to…the nationwide anti-vice campaign called “Strike the four blacks, Eliminate the four harms.” Da Sihei, Chu Sihai in Mandarin, the four blacks and four harms are: …

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Hong Kong’s Inconvenient Truth

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Around Hong Kong, the former British colony now subject to Chinese sovereignty, the central government in Beijing is widely, though none-too-fondly, called “Grandpa.” Implicit in this moniker is what Siu-keung Cheung, a sociologist at Shue …

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‘Today’s Hong Kong, Tomorrow’s Taiwan’

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TAIPEI, Taiwan — Two days before Hong Kong’s annual July 1 pro-democracy march, 23-year-old Chen Wei-ting hopped on a plane from Taipei in the hope of joining the rally — only to be denied entry and forced to return …

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