‘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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The ‘Anti-Corruption’ Campaign That Wasn’t

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What follows is an abridged translation of a personal blog entry originally published in Chinese. –The editors On July 29, the Chinese central government officially announced that former minister of state security and former member of the elite Politburo …

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What’s Wrong With This Town?

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They worked under cover of night in early June, dumping truckloads of dirt on the new highway and planting fast-growing soybean seeds in the thin soil. Then they erected a sign alerting passersby to the freshly sown …

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Why Does Everybody Hate Rui?

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He may be widely reviled in his home country, but oh, what a resume: The son of an author and screenwriter; a graduate of the prestigious China Foreign Affairs University; a Yale World Fellow; and state-run China …

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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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Lord of the Flies

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China’s hunt for “tigers,” or corrupt high-level officials, has been grabbing headlines but, meanwhile, another campaign has been quietly keeping pace: swatting “flies,” or Chinese officials who flout rules rather than breaks laws. Recent news reports reveal that …

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