A ‘System Bitch’ Dissents

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A debate on Hong Kong suffrage prompted a sharp-tongued columnist for a small Communist Party newspaper in central China to unleash a pro-democracy rant on the Twitter-like Weibo social media platform on Nov. 15, drawing …

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China’s Silk Road Strategy

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As Beijing hosts this year’s Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum slated to run through Nov. 11, the United States and China are locked in behind-the-scenes competition over free trade agreements. The United States is promoting the Trans-Pacific …

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Don’t Show Me The Money

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Gambling may be legal in Macau but the odds are not looking good for Chinese high-rollers. While Beijing’s anti-corruption push has battered the sale of moon cakes and luxury spirits, even harder hit seems to be the former Portuguese …

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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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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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A Turning Point for Hong Kong

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HONG KONG — Future generations may well commemorate Sept. 28, 2014 in the history of Hong Kong as the day when the famously apolitical city turned unmistakably political. Tens of thousands of protesters, calling for “true democracy” — that …

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