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10.7.15 An International Victory, Forged in China’s Tumultuous Past
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
On October 5, a share of this year’s Nobel Prize in medicine went to 84-year-old Chinese pharmacologist Tu Youyou for her discovery, decades ago, of the anti-malarial drug artemisinin. Tu and her team made the discovery during the Cultural Revolution, a...
Health, History, Media, Science
09.30.15 Less Snow in Tibet Means More Heatwaves in Europe
Recent summer heatwaves in Europe and northeast Asia have caused massive water shortages and a large number of deaths. But the mechanism behind these extreme weather events is not fully understood.Scientists at China’s Nanjing University of Information...
Energy, Environment, Health, Politics, Science, Technology
09.22.15 Can the U.S. & China Make Peace in Cyberspace?
Charlie Smith, Rogier Creemers, Li Shengjiao
Chinese President Xi Jinping arrives in the United States today on his first state visit. Xi will address a group of American business leadersin Seattle. High on their list of concerns about trade with China is cyber hacking, cyber espionage and...
History, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Science, Technology
07.15.15 Scientists Call for More Emission Cuts
It is still possible to limit average global temperature rise to two degrees Celsius (2˚C) and avoid catastrophic climate change, but the remaining global carbon budget—the amount of carbon that can be safely released into the atmosphere if this limit is...
Energy, Environment, Science
07.8.15 Are China’s Limits on Greenhouse Gas Emissions Meaningful?
Barbara A. Finamore, Sam Geall, Angel Hsu, Joanna Lewis, Li Shuo, Michael Zhao
Last week, Premier Li Keqiang said China would cut its “carbon intensity”—the amount of carbon dioxide emitted per unit of GDP—to 60-65 percent of 2005 levels by 2030. Visiting Paris, the site in September of the United Nations Climate Change Conference...
Energy, Environment, Science, Technology
03.5.15 Beijing Says Panda Population Up 17%, But Experts Doubtful
China's claims that its population of wild giant pandas rose around 17% in just over a decade are being disputed by some experts, who point out that the latest census was over a much wider area than the previous one.The giant panda, a global emblem of...
Education, Environment, Politics, Science
12.30.14 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 and who appears...
Arts, Business, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Health, History, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Religion, Rural Life, Science, Society, Technology, Urban Life
11.10.14 Popular Mental Health Treatment Has No Benefits, Experts Say
A widely used and expensive mental illness treatment that many patients have turned to for help is in the spotlight due to suggestions it offers little help.A college student name Xiaolei and his father travelled more than 500 kilometers from the...
Business, Health, Science, Technology
10.16.14 ‘Paranoia’ and Public Opinion
Sam Geall
When permits for Chinese researchers to grow genetically modified rice and corn expired this summer, there was concern. More so, given there was little indication that the Ministry of Agriculture would renew them.The certificates, issued in 2009,...
Business, Environment, Rural Life, Science
10.1.14 They Can Take Our Freedom, But They Will Never Take Our Instagram
Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
When thousands of Hong Kong protesters clashed with police on Sunday, September 28, many residents of the city immediately took to the photo-sharing platform Instagram. There, they uploaded images of police violence and demonstrations that shocked the...
Media, Politics, Science, Technology
09.3.14 China Air Daily
Michael Zhao
Beijing’s air pollution regularly makes international headlines. But exactly how bad is the air in the Chinese capital, home to more than 21 million people? That’s the question China Air Daily strives to answer—in pictures we take every single day from...
Environment, Politics, Science, Technology
07.17.14 China Faces Long Battle to Clean Polluted Soil
This is the third of a special three-part series of investigations jointly run by chinadialogue and Yale Environment 360 with the support of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. You can also read parts one and two.Luo Jinzhi is 52 and lives in the...
Energy, Environment, Health, Law, Politics, Science
06.10.14 A Jesuit Astronomer in a Qing Emperor’s Court
Sheila Melvin
Of the 920 Jesuits who served in the China mission between 1552 and 1800, only the Italian Matteo Ricci (Li Madou) remains well known. This is understandable—it was Ricci who first gained permission for the Jesuits to live in Beijing and who established...
History, Politics, Religion, Science
02.14.14 It’s Hard to Say ‘I Love You’ in Chinese
Roseann Lake
“We didn’t say ‘I love you,’” said Dr. Kaiping Peng, Associate Professor of Psychology Emeritus at the University of California at Berkeley. I’d ventured over to his China office on the campus of Beijing’s mighty Tsinghua University to talk to him about...
History, Science, Society
01.23.14 Out of the Dark Room
Sharron Lovell
Photographers document China’s breakneck development in fractions of a second every single day. Yet the work of Chinese photojournalists remains largely unseen outside their homeland. Of the thousands of images of the country illustrating the pages of...
Arts, Media, Science, Society
12.26.13 2013 Year in Review
The Editors
As the year draws to a close, we want to take a moment to look back at some of the stories ChinaFile published in 2013. We hope you’ll find something that interests you to read—or watch—over the holidays.It’s hard to remember a recent year that didn’t...
Arts, Business, Economy, Education, Energy, Environment, Health, History, Law, Media, Military, Politics, Religion, Rural Life, Science, Society, Technology, Urban Life
09.11.13 Beijing’s Air in 2013 or Ground Zero’s After 9/11: Which Was Worse?
Emily Brill
When I moved to Beijing from New York in February to study Chinese, a question began to haunt me: Could Beijing’s air in 2013 be more dangerous than the toxic brew produced by the 9/11 attacks on New York City’s World Trade Center, which hung over Lower...
Environment, Health, History, Science, Society
09.4.13 China’s Shale Gas Development Goals Just Pipe Dreams
China wants to reap the benefits of a shale gas revolution similar to the one in the United States, but there are many obstacles to this happening, experts say.In the first half of 2013, fifty-six shale gas wells were in the exploratory phase in the...
Business, Economy, Energy, Environment, Politics, Science, Technology
06.20.13 China’s GM Soybean Imports Stir Up Controversy
Sina Weibo, the Chinese equivalent of Twitter, has been awash with criticisms of the Ministry of Agriculture’s decision to green light imports of three more strains of genetically modified (GM) soybeans. A picture of mice with swollen...
Environment, Health, Law, Science
06.6.13 Bad Medicine
Kathleen McLaughlin
In 1967, as the United States sank into war in the jungles of Vietnam and China descended into the cataclysm of the Cultural Revolution, Chinese soldiers secretly fighting alongside the North Vietnamese also battled swarms of malarial mosquitoes. Showing...
Business, Health, Science