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01.29.2015

Is China’s Internet Becoming an Intranet?

George Chen, Charlie Smith

With Astrill and several other free and paid-subscription virtual private networks (VPNs) that make leaping China’s Great Firewall possible now harder to use themselves after government interference “gummed” them up, the world wide web...

Features

01.28.2015

‘I Don’t Know Where Some Cadres Get Their Magical Powers’

The Editors

Earlier this month, at the close of the Chinese Communist Party’s 5th Plenum, the official People’s Daily noted on its website that as this important agenda-setting meeting came to a close it was worth paying attention to the recent...

Media

01.22.2015

Xi Jinping’s Pay Raise

Alexa Olesen

It just got slightly less difficult to be a clean Chinese official. State media reported on January 20 that Chinese civil servants had received their first pay raise in ten years, a move that includes a 60 percent bump for President Xi...

Other

01.22.2015

The Abigail Cohen Fellowship in Documentary Photography

At a moment when the world is more engaged with China than ever before, ChinaFile, a project of the Center on U.S.-China Relations at Asia Society, and the Magnum Foundation are pleased to announce the Abigail Cohen Fellowship in...

Media

01.13.2015

This Culture Has Not Yet Been Rated

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian

It all started with plunging necklines. After the sudden withdrawal and subsequent sanitizing of a popular Chinese show, viewers in China have renewed longstanding calls to strip government censors of their power, using one simple solution...

Media

01.13.2015

‘Where’s Our Unity March?’ China Wants to Know

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian, Rachel Lu

The January 7 terrorist attack on satirical French newspaper Charlie Hebdo that left 12 dead has mostly inspired unity in the West, but the massive march held in its aftermath is spurring controversy, and even some disdain, in China.

Sinica Podcast

01.12.2015

From the Interpreter’s Booth

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by Lynette Shi and William White, two globe-trotting adventurers who’ve found unconventional careers navigating the shoals of the professional interpretation circuit in China. So whether...

Media

01.08.2015

What Will Happen to Uber in China?

Tea Leaf Nation

Ride-sharing app Uber has expanded around the world at a blistering pace, launching in a new city every one or two days. At first glance, China would appear the ideal fit for the Silicon Valley startup.

Sinica Podcast

01.06.2015

The Sinica Podcast’s Second Annual Call-In Show

Kaiser Kuo, Jeremy Goldkorn

If you’ve been following all of the news and gossip involving China for the last year, join Kaiser and Jeremy as they take call-in questions and talk insider politics on everything from the ongoing anti-corruption campaign to the question...

Caixin Media

01.06.2015

In Praise of Hu Feng

Sheila Melvin

Hu Feng (1902-85) is a name that most students of P.R.C. history have undoubtedly encountered at one time or another. I remember reading it for the first time years ago in Jonathan Spence’s “The Search for Modern China.” It stuck in my...

China’s Brave Underground Journal—II

Ian Johnson

In downtown Beijing, just a little over a mile west of the Forbidden City, is one of China’s most illustrious high schools. Its graduates regularly attend the country’s best universities or go abroad to study, while foreign leaders and...

Reports

01.01.2015

The Politburo’s Predicament

Drawing on an analysis of hundreds of official documents, censorship directives, and human rights reports, as well as some 30 expert interviews, the study finds that the overall degree of repression has increased under the new leadership....

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12.30.2014

A Look Back at 2014

The Editors

It’s hard to believe, but ChinaFile is almost two years old. It’s been an exciting year for us, and, as ever, an eventful year for China. It was a year of muscular leadership from Xi Jinping, who has now been in office just over two years...

Photo Gallery

12.30.2014

Seeing China in 2014

David M. Barreda

In 2014, ChinaFile published great original work in photography. As always, we worked to look beyond stereotypical images of the country to find nuanced representations of the new and ChinaFile contributors’ commentary on it. Still, many...

Sinica Podcast

12.26.2014

Regulating the Fourth Estate in China

Kaiser Kuo

The explosion of the commercial media sphere in China over the last decade hasn’t been particularly subtle, especially if you’re anything like us and walk past multiple Chinese newsstands in the morning.

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