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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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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