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Last Updated: June 21, 2016

Kidnapped and Sold: Inside the Dark World of Child Trafficking in China

Charlie Custer
Atlantic
American adoptive parents' general disinterest in investigating corruption and baby buying in Chinese orphanages may be part of the reason why Chinese parents like Liu Liqin are still losing their children at a rate of dozens per day...

Young Chinese People May Just Not Be That Into Western-Style Democracy

Damien Ma
Atlantic
A new study shows that the country's youth have an increasingly lukewarm attitude about democratic political systems. At a minimum, surveys like these bolster emerging Chinese public intellectuals who are championing Chinese...

Young Chinese People May Just Not Be That Into Western-Style Democracy

Damien Ma
Atlantic
A study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences found, among other things, that Chinese hold the view that the Chinese political system simply cannot be compared to that of the United States.  

Shadow Banking Threatens China's Economy. But What is it, Exactly?

Ryan Perkins
Atlantic
Last week, the Shanghai interbank offered rate (Shibor), made news around the world when it suddenly spiked at all time high. Expected to lower this rate by injecting cash into struggling Chinese banks, the People's Bank of China instead did...

On Saving China's Dying Languages

Matt Schiavenza
Atlantic
For a country so thoroughly associated with its national language, referred to in the West as Mandarin, China is remarkably rich in linguistic diversity. Unfortunately, the country's rapid development - and government mandates to use Mandarin...

China's Universities Aren't Keeping Up With the Rest of Asia

Jake Maxwell Watts, Adam Pasick
Atlantic
By the end of this decade, three out of every 10 college graduates will come from China. However, the 2013 University Rankings for Asia, out this week, are dominated by Hong Kong, Singapore, South Korea and Japan, with...

Fake Fake Drugs From China: What's Stopping a Cure for Malaria in Africa?

Kathleen Mclaughlin
Atlantic
Coupled with China's already bad rap as a producer of inferior goods such as cheap shoes, knock-off phones, and faulty condoms, the reputation of China's malaria cure is perched on a precipice. The Wellcome Trust and others...

New Idea for Sino-U.S. Relations: First-Lady Diplomacy

Julian Gewirtz
Atlantic
A potential partnership between the first ladies could go beyond forming a popular new image for the U.S.-China relationship. Obama and Peng have shown a mutual interest in areas of policy central to our shared future. 

How China Made the Tiananmen Square Massacre Irrelevant

Matt Schiavenza
Atlantic
Though recognized and observed by groups and nations all over the world, in China itself, the anniversary of the Tiananmen Square Massacre will pass without any public acknowledgement.  

Phonemica: A Quest to Save China’s Languages

Wendy Qian
Atlantic
Phonemica, or xiangyinyuan, is an innovative project that documents China’s myriad dialects and languages, many of which are slowly disappearing due to state-sponsorship of Mandarin as the national language.  

Can Rich Chinese Beach Bums Save Club Med?

Gwynn Guilford
Atlantic
To offset the fall in European spending, Club Med has been courting upscale Chinese tourists.Besides marking the rise of the Chinese tourist, the bid also signals the gathering momentum of Chinese private equity overseas.  

What Is China’s Arctic Game Plan?

Gwynn Guilford
Atlantic
China’s ambitions for the Arctic go beyond resource mining; issues like delineating territory and establishing fishing rights in large part falls to the Arctic Council as ice metls and the ocean’s size increases. China wants a hand in these...

What Is China’s Plan on the Middle East?

Matt Schiavenza
Atlantic
Xi Jinping’s meetings with Israeli and Palestinian leaders in May 2013 have as much to with  Israel and Palestine as it does with the United States whose diplomacy with these countries is not looking effective in...

Why China Executes So Many People

Zi Heng Lim
Atlantic
While anti-death penalty activists say public education is needed to get the message out, they believe change ultimately needs to come from the top -- something that they're not optimistic about at all. ...

China’s Baffling G.D.P. Figures

Yueran Zhang
Atlantic
After Q1 2013, no single province claimed a real GDP growth rate lower than the nationwide number. The contradiction between the national and provincial data is nothing more than a continuation of a long-time trend.