Foot Spas, Steamed Buns, and Midday Drinking

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It may not be Monty Python’s famous “Ministry of Silly Walks,” but it’s close. The Office of Forbidding Midday Alcohol Consumption, a local government initiative in China’s southern Henan province which seeks to reduce alcohol …

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What China’s Reading: ‘Broken Dreams, USA’

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Zhou Xiaoping, a 33-year-old, selfie-snapping blogger, has quickly become the new face of Chinese patriotism — or, some would say, nationalism. On Oct. 15, Chinese President Xi Jinping held a forum in Beijing in which the president …

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Chinese People Used to Think Pandas Were Monsters

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“Rich Chinese are literally eating this exotic mammal into extinction,” read a recent Global Post expose of the devastating trade in the pangolin, a scaly anteater that Chinese consider a delicacy. According to the Post, the adorable animals …

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In China, Law Isn’t Winning

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From Oct. 20 to 23, China’s Communist Party is meeting for a plenary session focused on so-called fazhi, or rule of law, and yifa zhiguo, or rule by law. What that actually means: the party will rule …

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‘If We Lose This, We Lose Everything’

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HONG KONG — Protests rumbled across the Chinese territory of Hong Kong as police and what authorities estimated were 9,000 pro-democracy demonstrators battled to control blocks and intersections in the financial capital. As the clashes spread, pitting …

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How to Buy Banned Chinese Books on Alibaba

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On Oct. 10, rumors began to circulate on Weibo, China’s Twitter, that a new group of scholars had been banned from publishing their books in the mainland, while booksellers there would be prohibited from selling works by …

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