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The Watch

Hai Zhang
On a trip back to China in 2011, photographer Hai Zhang came across a crowd in the People’s Square of Wushan, a town outside of Chongqing. People had gathered to watch a gala sponsored by a local real estate developer to promote his new residential...



China’s Bottled Water Industry to Exploit Tibetan Plateau

from chinadialogue
Tibet wants to bottle up much more of the region’s water resources, despite shrinking glaciers and the impact that exploitation of precious resources would have on neighboring countries.This week, the Tibet Autonomous Region’s government released a...

Chinese Farmer Burns to Death in Dispute over 'Nail House'

Katie Hunt
Land seizures, driven by soaring prices and a push for urban expansion, have been a major source of popular discontent in China, often resulting in violent stand-offs between officials and the public.



Rich Man, Pu’er Man

Christina Larson
“These men always have machetes,” shouts the driver. Through trees along an unpaved road, he spots a ramshackle hut, slows down, and warns his passengers: this is a checkpoint. It’s the only way to enforce rules in this part of the jungle, at the...



China's Boom Has Hurt Wetlands, Threatens Extinction of Rare Birds

from chinadialogue
The destruction of China’s wetlands, which are critical stopping points for birds migrating as far away as the Arctic or the South Pacific, threatens mass extinctions of species across East Asia, new research has found.Besides providing shelter and...

China Micromanages Tibet, Floods It With Money to Woo Locals

Nearly 6,500 civil servants have been dispatched to manage hefty budgets and shape Tibet's modernization...

Suicide Bombings in China: Beyond Terrorism

Shannon Tiezzi
A suicide bomber attacked a park in Heze in China’s Shandong province, killing two (including the bomber) and injuring 24, with three people receiving “relatively severe” injuries.

China May Adopt 'Two-child Policy, Demographic Timebomb Looms

Tom Phillips
China could be on the verge of introducing a two-child policy, under which all Chinese couples would be allowed to have two children.

Myanmar Gives 153 Chinese Life in Jail for Illegal Logging

Aye Aye Win
A court in Myanmar sentenced 153 Chinese nationals to life in prison on after convicting them of illegal logging in a case that has already strained relations with Beijing.

China Probes Senior Xinjiang Security Official For Graft

Ben Blanchard
A deputy regional security chief and former head of the prison system, Xie Hui, in Xinjiang has been put under investigation for suspected corruption.

Chinese Police Seize Ashes of Tibetan Monk Tenzin Delek Rinpoche

Dan Levin
Chinese police forcibly seized the ashes of a prominent Tibetan monk whose death in prison set off public demonstrations.

This Instagram Account Offers a New Perspective on China

Some photographs show the surprisingly mundane moments in the life of regular Chinese, such as Albertazzi’s image of a group of men playing cards in their swim shorts on a hot summer afternoon in Beijing; others are images from long-term documentary...

Biggest Ever Winged Dinosaur is Found in China

Ian Sample
An ancient feathered creature dug up in northeastern China is the largest winged dinosaur ever found, researchers say.

China Detains South Africans, Britons Accused of Viewing 'Terror' Videos

Megha Rajagopalan
China detained nine foreign tourists including South Africans, Britons and an Indian national.