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Last Updated: June 21, 2016

Sobering News Out of China, Part 4 Million

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Chronicles of a country walling itself off.

The Abject Misery of Flying in China

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On Friday, irate passengers forced open the emergency door of their airplane as it sat on a snowy runway. That was only the latest sign of trouble in Chinese air travel.

The Hong Kong Protesters Who Won't Negotiate

Matt Schiavenza
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Pro-democracy protests took a violent turn in Hong Kong, as police officers clashed with demonstrators in the territory's Mong Kok neighborhood...

Your 3-Letter Guide to the Latest News From China

James Fallows
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Those three letters are B, A, and D.

Happy and Unhappy in China

James Fallows
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The new video “Happy in Beijing,” shot over the past few days of worse-than-ever airpocalypse in Beijing, is worth noticing for several reasons.

How Andy Warhol Explains China’s Attitudes Toward Mao

Julian Gewirtz
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The sheer number of Warhol’s screen prints of Mao’s face—at once persistent and reinvented—that captures, with unusual clarity, the attitude of China’s leaders today toward Mao, coloring and recoloring this legacy within an enduring outline.&...

How China Profits From Our Junk

Adam Minter
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The son and grandson of scrap metalists, reporter Adam Minter traveled throughout the world to investigate how what we discard—and reuse—helps drive the global economy. 

Why Are Hundreds of Harvard Students Studying Ancient Philosophy?

Christine Gross-Loh
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Professor Michael Puett uses Chinese philosophy as a way to give undergraduates concrete, counter-intuitive, and even revolutionary ideas, which teach them how to live a better life, putting ancient Chinese thought in the context of contemporary...

China’s Coal Supply Will Soon Weigh 40 Percent More Than Earth’s Population

Gwynn Guilford
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The country's excessive past investments in coal have produced a surplus, and today, lowered prices mean mining barons are struggling to pay off loans. ...

Today’s Alarming Japan-China Charts

James Fallows
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Due to a variety of factors, the amount of Japanese people who dislike China and the amount of Chinese people who dislike Japan are on the rise, while those with positive feelings about the other country descends, according to recent polls.

Why China’s Farms Are Failing

Tom Philpott
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In the process of emerging as the globe’s manufacturing center, China has severely damaged its land and water resources, compromising its ability to increase food production for a wealthier population that’s demanding ever-more meat. 

Why Aren’t Chinese People Reading Books Anymore?

Helen Gao
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China’s once-robust trade in serious literature has withered under an increasingly materialistic, results-oriented society.

Where Is China’s Gorbachev?

Matt Schiavenza
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Why China hasn't had—and isn't likely to have—a political reformer in the mold of the former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev...

Is the Shark-Fin Trade Facing Extinction?

Chris Horton
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China’s embrace of conspicuous consumption has manifested itself at the dinner table. One item, more than any other, has possessed the power to confer face and status upon the host: shark fin soup.

The Chinese Communist Party Has Embraced the Internet—For Public Polling

Adam Pasick
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Beijing has started to glean political intelligence from the same systems they restrict access to.