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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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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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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