‘What’s So Wrong with Splitting up?’

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It reads like an Orwellian threat to all Scots: “The English government needs to immediately commence political thought education, and Scotland needs to be ruled by someone patriotic. Strike hard against separatist forces! Let every …

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The Flame of Chinese Nationalism

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September 18 will mark 83 years since Japanese troops crossed into northeastern China, beginning the last chapter in China’s self-described “national humiliation” at the hands of foreign powers. Memories of  war with Japan remain raw …

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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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