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Video of Beatings Amid Demolition in China Leads to Official Reprisals

Austin Ramzy
New York Times
Officers wearing law enforcement uniforms brandishing clubs, striking women and children cowering at the foot of a wall.

Depth of Field

04.29.16

April’s Best Chinese Photojournalism

Yan Cong, Ye Ming & more from Yuanjin Photo
Over the past few weeks, the publications Sina, Tencent, Caixin, China Youth Daily, and the publishing duo Sixth Tone/The Paper published photo stories on the intimate, the industrial, the private, and the political. Journalists Yan Cong and Ye Ming...

Ilham Tohti, Uighur Scholar Jailed in China, Is Nominated for Rights Award

Nick Cumming-Bruce
New York Times
He was chosen by the Martin Ennals Foundation for trying to promote dialogue in the troubled Xinjiang region of China.

China Close to Passing Strict Law on Foreign Groups

Edward Wong
New York Times
A new law that would strictly control thousands of foreign nongovernmental organizations in China is on its way.

China Homeowners Live in Legal Limbo

James Areddy and Esther Feng
Wall Street Journal
Wenzhou case underscores uncertainty over land leases in country where government owns all the land.

The Spy Who Loved Me? Chinese Warned Off Dating Foreigners

Vivian Kam, Anna Kook and Georgia...
CNN
A poster widely displayed across Beijing tells the story of a female civil servant who is wooed by a foreign spy posing as a visiting scholar.

China Internet Star Papi Jiang Promises 'Corrections' after Reprimand

BBC
One of China's biggest internet stars Papi Jiang has promised to "correct" herself, following warnings from government officials...

China Prepares To Widen Global Campaign Against Taiwanese Fraudsters

Ralph Jennings
Forbes
On Friday 52 more people on deck to return home to Taiwan from Malaysia had come under the same pressure from Beijing.

Sinica Podcast

04.19.16

Public Opinion with Chinese Characteristics

Kaiser Kuo & Jeremy Goldkorn from Sinica Podcast
The immense popularity of social media has afforded China watchers a terrific window onto public opinion in China. In recent years, a slew of English-language websites have emerged to interpret the various trends and phenomena, discourse, and...

China’s Real Estate Conundrum: The Big Property Bubble vs. Ghost Towns

Duncan Hewitt
International Business Times
China is suffering from a glut of real estate development, the result of a massive boom in construction.

China Bans Rich Kids From TV So They Can’t Embarrass Their Parents or the State

Hannah Beech
Time
Their hedonistic antics of some younger members of China's elite are thought to have no place amid a national austerity drive...

Caixin Media

04.18.16

Chinese Electric Vehicle Manufacturer BYD’s Image Hurt by Scandal Involving Dealer’s Suicide

China’s largest electric vehicle manufacturer, BYD Auto Co., is under intense scrutiny following the death of a Nanjing auto dealer who accused the company of bilking a government subsidy program and a Caixin probe suggesting the charge may have...

Books

04.18.16

China’s Future

David Shambaugh
China’s future arguably is the most consequential question in global affairs. Having enjoyed unprecedented levels of growth, China is at a critical juncture in the development of its economy, society, polity, national security, and international relations. The direction the nation takes at this turning point will determine whether it stalls or continues to develop and prosper.Will China be successful in implementing a new wave of transformational reforms that could last decades and make it the world’s leading superpower? Or will its leaders shy away from the drastic changes required because the regime’s power is at risk? If so, will that lead to prolonged stagnation or even regime collapse? Might China move down a more liberal or even democratic path? Or will China instead emerge as a hard, authoritarian, and aggressive superstate?In this new book, David Shambaugh argues that these potential pathways are all possibilities—but they depend on key decisions yet to be made by China’s leaders, different pressures from within Chinese society, as well as actions taken by other nations. Assessing these scenarios and their implications, he offers a thoughtful and clear study of China’s future for all those seeking to understand the country’s likely trajectory over the coming decade and beyond. —Polity Press{chop}

Media

04.15.16

A ‘Lost’ Daughter Speaks, and All of China Listens

A woman in her mid-40s cradled a scrap of blue cloth checkered with red. “Have you seen this before?” she asked. “Do you recognize this pattern?”I held it up to the light and noticed the cotton edges had frayed and tattered over years. “We already...

Millennials Shake Up China’s Tech Cultures

Li Yuan
Wall Street Journal
Companies find that traditional approaches don’t work for younger employees.

China’s New Security Challenge: Angry Mom-and-Pop Investors

Chuin-Wei Yap
Wall Street Journal
As they watch their nest eggs dwindle, some hit the streets in protest.

British Academic Hilary St John Bower Killed in China

Tris Pan and Kevin Dai
Reuters
A 60-year-old British man who went missing for several weeks in late March, was confirmed to have been killed in China.

Judge in China Rules Gay Couple Cannot Marry

Edward Wong and Vanessa Piao
New York Times
It was ruled on Wednesday, and it was China’s first court case addressing the issue of same-sex unions.

Her Search For Her Mother Touches An Entire Chinese City

NPR
In order to find her birth parents, Jenna Cook met with 50 families who had abandoned a girl in the same street in Wuhan.

Scalped: At China's Creaking Hospitals, Illegal Ticket Touts Defy Crackdown

Adam Jourdan
Reuters
Those tickets will get a patient in front of a doctor in two days, compared with a wait that can be up to a fortnight.

Court to Hear China's First Transgender Labor Discrimination Case

Emily Rauhala
Washington Post
A transgender man who claims he was fired for wearing men’s clothing to work will get his day in court.

China's 'Leftover Women': What It's Really Like Being Unmarried at 30

Yuan Ren
Telegraph
I want to enjoy going to a wedding without hearing "and when will you be getting married?”...

Labor Unrest Grows in China, Even in the Historic Heartlands of Revolution

Hannah Beech
Time
The coal mining regions of Jiangxi, made famous by socialist propaganda, are today riven with labor disputes.

Pork Shortage in China Leads to Soaring Prices, Rush to Import

Lucy Craymer
Wall Street Journal
U.S. pig industry benefits from boost in exports to pork-loving China.

A Portrait of Youth and Camaraderie in China (Video)

Nadine Ajaka
Atlantic
Xiong Di, this short film by Enric Ribes and Oriol Martínez, is a beautiful ode to friendship among young factory workers in China.

‘China’s Worst Policy Mistake’?

Nicholas D. Kristof from New York Review of Books
Perhaps no government policy anywhere in the world affected more people in a more intimate and brutal way than China’s one-child policy. In the West, there’s a tendency to approve of it as a necessary if overzealous effort to curb China’s population...

China to Donald Trump: You’re Hired!

Melinda Liu
Trump appeals to many Chinese youth who are spending more, traveling more, and thinking more independently than their parents ever dreamed of doing.

Video of Attempted Abduction of Woman Causes Outrage in China

Neil Connor
Telegraph
Almost two million people have joined in an online debate, with many voicing anger at the lack of help from others.

China Reverts to ‘Grid Management’ to Monitor Citizens’ Lives

Lucy Hornby
Financial Times
The aim is to reinstate the idea of upholding the party’s leadership.

Depth of Field

04.03.16

Meet ‘Depth of Field’: The Month’s Best Chinese Photojournalism

Yan Cong, Ye Ming & more from Yuanjin Photo
Welcome to ChinaFile’s inaugural “Depth of Field” column. In collaboration with Yuanjin Photo, an independent photo blog published by photographers Yan Cong and Ye Ming on the Chinese social media platform WeChat, we will highlight new and...

No April Fooling Please, We’re Chinese

Austin Ramzy
New York Times
Chinese state news agency Xinhua warned against people using “Fools’ Day” to start or spread rumors online.

Rights Activist Ni Yulan 'Barred from Leaving' China

BBC
Ni Yulan planned to travel this week to the U.S. to accept the International Women of Courage Award, but she was refused a passport.

Other

03.30.16

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 Documentary...

China to Survey Children Left Behind by Migrant Workers

Emily Feng
New York Times
The move comes after a series of reports on those children, who are often put in the care of older relatives or are sometimes abandoned.

Yi Fuxian, Critic of China’s Birth Policy, Returns as an Invited Guest

Didi Kirsten Tatlow
New York Times
"I can go to Boao because the Chinese government isn’t against me anymore!"...

Viewpoint

03.24.16

German President Joachim Gauck’s Speech at Tongji University in Shanghai

from Der Bundespräsident
On Wednesday, March 23, German President Joachim Gauck addressed an audience of university students in Shanghai. Among many views not typically aired in public in China, Gauck, a former Luterhan minister and anti-communist organizer, told the crowd...

China Aims to Tighten Its Borders Against Foreign Place Names

Austin Ramzy
New York Times
Names that “damage sovereignty and national dignity” or “violate the socialist core values and conventional morality” would be targeted.

Caixin Media

03.23.16

Fall of Shanghai’s Utilities Chief Unravels Web of Corruption

A graft probe into the head of a state-run utilities firm in Shanghai put investigators on the trail of two top local government officials, people with knowledge of the matter say.Feng Jun, the former general manager of State Grid Shanghai Electric...

A Growing Corner of China’s $2 Trillion Mortgage Market Looks a Lot Like the U.S. Subprime Bubble

Zheping Huang
Quartz
“If China allows high leverage in the housing market, it could lead to a financial disaster.”

Conversation

03.21.16

Cracks in Xi Jinping’s Fortress?

Andrew J. Nathan, Rana Mitter & more
Two remarkable documents emerged from China last week—the essay “A Thousand Yes-Men Cannot Equal One Honest Advisor,” which appeared on the website of the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, and an open letter calling for Xi Jinping’s...

China Says It Found Ring Said to Sell Improperly Stored Vaccines

Austin Ramzy
New York Times
The police had uncovered a criminal ring suspected of selling improperly stored vaccines beginning in 2010.

On Social Media in China, Size 0 Doesn’t Make the Cut

Didi Kirsten Tatlow
New York Times
Women—and some men—are boasting that they are paper thin by posting photographs of their waists behind a vertical piece of A4 paper.

Watch: From My Lai to Ferguson, China Blasts US Human Rights Abuses in a New Documentary

Zheping Huang
Quartz
China’s state television channel CCTV broadcast a 45-minute documentary.

China’s Soccer Field of Dreams Lacks Paying Fans

Robyn Mak
Reuters
The Chinese Super League’s clubs made a combined loss of 1.5 billion yuan in 2015.

China Name and Shame Night Leaves Consumer Companies on Edge

Rachel Chang
Bloomberg
The three top areas of consumer complaints were e-commerce websites, car sales, and mobile phones.

Media

03.15.16

Taiwan’s New Direction

Eric Fish from Asia Blog
In January, Taiwan’s voters handed the traditionally pro-independence Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) a landslide victory, giving it control of both the parliament and presidency for the first time ever. The victory came at the expense of the...

Conversation

03.15.16

What’s Driving the Current Storm of Chinese Censorship?

David Schlesinger, Anne Henochowicz & more
The latest lightning flashes on China’s shifting media horizon this month took the form of the banishment from social media of a real estate tycoon who voiced support for constructive criticism, the firing of an editor at a newspaper that appeared...

China Minister Warns on Subsidies As Uber, Didi Battle

Agence France-Presse
Ride-booking services have threatened the old-style taxi sector and contributed to cab drivers' protests...

Labor Protests Multiply in China as Economy Slows, Worrying Leaders

Javier C. Hernandez
New York Times
Within a week, the authorities declared their strike illegal, threatening fines and imprisonment.

China Premier Urges More Efforts in Restive Uighur Heartland

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
China's violence-prone region of Xinjiang needs to make more efforts at development to ensure young people have "something to do and money to earn."...

China Has Unblocked Internet Searches That Refer to Kim Jong-Un as a ‘Pig’

Rishi Iyengar
Time
Experts say it may be a sign of China's displeasure with Kim's nuclear buildup...

Media

03.10.16

China’s Secret Weapon on Disputed Island: Beer and Badminton

Soldiers, ships, and military outposts are the usual tools of nations staking out their territory. But on disputed shoals in the South China Sea, Beijing may be deploying a new arsenal: soccer fields, pipelines, and tea shops.Woody Island is a...

As Economy Worsens, Chinese Migrants in Africa Confront New Challenges

Eric Olander, Cobus van Staden & more
Thousands of Chinese migrants who settled in Africa over the past 10 years now face mounting uncertainty as economic growth slows across the continent and back home in China. While there are no reliable estimates as to how many Chinese migrants...

Media

03.04.16

China’s Coming Ideological Wars

Taisu Zhang
For most Chinese, the 1990s were a period of intense material pragmatism. Economic development was the paramount social and political concern, while the various state ideologies that had guided policy during the initial decades of the People’s...

Chinese Propaganda Machine Places Hopes in Cartoon Rappers

New York Times
What's the world's largest propaganda organ to do when it can't get young Chinese to pay attention to the latest Communist Party slogans?...

Read and delete: How Weibo's censors tackle dissent and free speech

Committee to Protect Journalists
A former employee gives insight into how Weibo balances the demands of government censorship with the need to attract users.

China’s Netizens Mock Donald Trump, But They Fear Hillary Clinton

Zheping Huang
Quartz
China’s internet users view Trump as a joke, and Clinton as a tougher president to negotiate with. 

Death and Despair in China's Rustbelt

Bloomberg
The river plain once at the forefront of the Communist Party’s first attempt at a modern economy has become a valley of brutal murder, protests, and suicide.

Media

03.01.16

Why China Isn’t Hosting Syrian Refugees

The civil war in Syria, now spanning almost half a decade, and the Islamic State’s territorial advances there have led to the world’s worst refugee crisis in decades. More than 4.7 million Syrians have left their homeland, pouring into neighboring...

China Will Set Plan for Raising Retirement Age Next Year: Media

Chen Aizhu and Clark Li
Reuters
China, whose state pension fund is under pressure to break even, will formalize a plan in 2017 to raise the official retirement age.

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