Media

10.01.14

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...

Reports

10.01.14

‘Not an Idea We Have to Shun’

Christopher D. Yung and Ross Rustici with Scott Devary and Jenny Lin
Institute for National Strategic Studies
China’s expanding international economic interests are likely to generate increasing demands for its navy, the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN), to operate out of area to protect Chinese citizens, investments, and sea lines of communication. The...

Not Even the Great Firewall Can Shut Out News About Hong Kong’s Protests

Christina Larson
Businessweek
Sometime late Sunday, Instagram was blocked in mainland China, presumably to stop images from the tear gas-filled streets of downtown Hong Kong from being shared on the popular social network.

China’s Decision to Expel Journalists to Hong Kong is Now Blowing Up in its Face

Max Fisher
Vox
Hong Kong has one of the highest rates of Western journalists per capita of any non-Western city in the world, including a number of the best foreign correspondents in the business.

Censors in China Keep Mainlanders in Dark about Hong Kong Protests

Los Angeles Times
A near-complete information blackout by Chinese censors has blocked most people in mainland China from seeing sriking photos, videos and news about Hong Kong’s ongoing democracy protests.

Viewpoint

09.25.14

How Bad Does the Air Pollution Have to Be Before You’d Wear a Face Mask?

Stephanie Ho
“Mommy, why don’t I wear a face mask?” asked my nine-year-old daughter Maggie nearly every day during the first few weeks of school. Two of her expat classmates had been in Beijing less than a year, but it seemed as if they wore theirs all the time...

China Surpasses EU in Per-Capita Pollution for First Time

Stefan Nicola
Bloomberg
If pollution continues at the current rate, the limit for carbon will be reached in 30 years, the scientists concluded in a report issued on the eve of a United Nations summit designed to step up the fight against climate change.

China Clamps Down on Web, Pinching Companies Like Google

Keith Bradsher and Paul Mozur
New York Times
China's government has draped a darker shroud over Internet communications in recent weeks, a situation that has made it more difficult for Google and its customers to do business...

Beijing’s Rising Smear Power

Murong Xuecun
New York Times
Chinese dissidents are constantly subject to all sorts of harassment, including a vicious online smear campaign.

Report Says The iPhone 6 Won’t Be In China Until 2015

Jay Yarow
Business Insider
There was a brief post on Apple's website that said the devices would be available in China on September 26th, but that post has since been removed...

Caixin Media

09.16.14

Grappling with Ammonia in China’s Haze

Chicken farmers and auto designers follow different career paths, but soon both may be changing how they do their jobs as part of a campaign to clean up China's polluted air.Emissions from poultry waste and auto engines alike can contain...

China, the Climate and the Fate of the Planet

Jeff Goodell
Rolling Stone
If the world's biggest polluter doesn't radically reduce the amount of coal it burns, nothing anyone does to stabilize the climate will matter...

Media

09.10.14

iPhone 6: Designed in California, Leaked in China

David Wertime
China’s cyberspace is bursting with anticipation for the iPhone 6—never mind that it promises to cost more than most citizens make in a month. Apple, the U.S.-based company that designs and sells the iPhone, had scheduled a major announcement about...

Alibaba Begins Wooing Wall Street

Michael J. De La Merced
New York Times
On Monday, Ma, the company’s executive chairman and co-founder, told a crowd of more than 800 potential investors gathered for the first big marketing pitch for Alibaba’s initial public offering, that he was back to ask for a little more money.

The Jack Ma Way

David Barboza
New York Times
At Alibaba, the founder Is squarely in charge ahead of the e-commerce giant's U.S. initial public offering...

As Its Initial Offering Nears, Alibaba Gets Ready for a Splashy Debut

Michael J. De La Merced
New York Times
The Chinese Internet commerce giant's whirlwind tour, which will encompass 100 meetings in 10 days, will begin not in Hong Kong but in New York, where shares of the company are expected to begin trading on Sept. 19...

China to Limit Foreign TV Shows on Video-Streaming Sites

Lillian Lin
Wall Street Journal
Regulators expected to cap amount of imported television content at 30 percent.

Caixin Media

09.03.14

Beijing Must Address Claims of Anti-Foreign Bias

Once mocked as a “toothless tiger,” China’s anti-monopoly law is finally demonstrating some bite, six years after it took effect.The three agencies responsible for enforcing it—the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC), the Ministry of...

China’s Supersonic Submarine? Not Gonna Happen

Jeffrey Kluger
Time
To hear Chinese military sources tell it, the country is on its way to developing a submarine that can travel 6,100 mph—which is why you should never listen to Chinese military sources.

Chinese Gadgets Signal New Era of Innovation

Paul Mozur
Wall Street Journal
Baseball Bat Sensors, Smart Bathroom Scales.

China’s Carbon Plans: Secrecy and Oversupply Darken Outlook

Stian Reklev and Kathy Chen
Reuters
The world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases risks repeating mistakes made in carbon trading in Europe by flooding its pilot markets with free permits...

Apple Stores User Data in China.

Jacob Axelrad
Christian Science Monitor
What does it mean for cybersecurity?

Features

08.14.14

Making It in China and the U.S.

Jonathan Landreth & Emily Parker
Emily Parker is a creator of Green Electronics: A U.S.-China Maker Challenge. The Green Electronics Challenge was an unprecedented collaboration between the New America Foundation, Arizona State University, Slate Magazine, China’s Tsinghua...

Video

08.12.14

Chinese Dreamers

Sharron Lovell & Tom Wang
A dream, in the truest sense, is a solo act. It can’t be created by committee or replicated en masse. Try as you might, you can’t compel your neighbor to conjure up the reverie that you envision. And therein lies the latent, uncertain energy in the...

China Cracks Down on Messaging Apps

Ned Levin and Min-Jeong Lee
Wall Street Journal
China says rules aim to 'Help Build a Clean Cyberspace' and safeguard national security...

China Regulator Probes Microsoft, Accenture Offices

Colum Murphy and Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
Inspection is latest move in country's antitrust investigation of U.S. tech companies...

Forget Samsung, Xiaomi is China’s New Smartphone King

Charles Riley
CNN
The upstart Chinese smartphone maker has knocked Samsung off its throne in China, shipping more units than its South Korea-based rival for the first time in the second quarter.</p

Death Toll Rises to 75 in Chinese Factory Blast

Jack Chang
Associated Press
The death toll in for an explosion at a Chinese auto parts factory has risen to 75 people, as investigators fault poor safety measures and news reports reveal that workers had long complained of dangerous levels of dust.

China Using Antimonopoly Law to Pressure Foreign Businesses

Laurie Burkitt and Colum Murphy
Wall Street Journal
Experts say Beijing seeking greater sway over prices paid by Chinese companies and consumers.

What Microsoft Has Done Right (And Wrong) In China With Xbox One

Charlie Custer
Forbes
Half a year after China lifted its console ban, allowing gaming consoles to be legally sold within the country for the first time in over a decade, China’s console gamers are yet to get their hands on anything.

The War of Words in China

Andrew Jacobs
New York Times
I didn't ask for a Wikipedia page, but a few months ago, alerted by a friend, I found that someone had created one, ostensibly devoted to my journalistic achievements, but accusing me of writing over 400 mostly negative articles on China...

What Microsoft Has Done Right (And Wrong) In China With Xbox One

Charles Custer
Forbes
Now that we have some details about the Chinese Xbox One—a price, a release date, game pricing and lineup, etc.—it’s possible to assess Microsoft’s chances of making a bigger dent in the market than gray-market consoles have.

China Harasses U.S. Tech Companies

The New York Times Editorial Board
New York Times
China has opened what appear to be politically motivated antitrust investigations into American technology companies like Microsoft and Qualcomm. Foreign companies operating in the Communist country could be in for more intense harassment than ever...

Microsoft, the ‘Guardian Warriors’ and China’s Cybersecurity Fears

Carlos Tejada
Wall Street Journal
Last year, a Chinese magazine with ties to the Communist party set its sights on eight big U.S. tech companies that have “seamlessly infiltrated China.”

Fall of Zhou Yongkang Lights Up China’s Internet

Chuin-Wei Yap
Wall Street Journal
China’s social media microblogs, the country’s de facto town square, have for more than a year seethed with oblique flecks at the fate of former security chief Zhou Yongkang. 

Conversation

07.24.14

Alibaba: How Big a Deal Is It?

David Wolf & Duncan Clark
When Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba goes public some time after Labor Day it is expected be one the largest initial public offerings in history. This week, a story in The New York Times shed light on ties between Alibaba and the sons and grandsons...

Chinese Blogger Jailed For ‘Rumor-Mongering’

Rakyat Post
A Chinese blogger known for criticizing the ruling Communist Party was sentenced on Wednesday to six-and-a-half years in jail, state media said, as authorities pursue a crackdown on online “rumors”.

Chinese Social Media Shrinks by 7% During Internet Crackdown

China Digital Times
According to China Internet Network Information Center, the number of Chinese Internet users logging on to social media websites declined by 7.4% percent in the first half of 2014 amid a year of slow Internet usage growth.

More Internet Companies Should Go Abroad

Xinhua
More Chinese Internet companies should compete internationally, as they now have the ability and can make the world’s cyber environment more balanced and just.

Alibaba Plans IPO for After Labor Day

Telis Demos
Wall Street Journal
 Chinese e-commerce giant plans robust 'roadshow' to pitch deal...

Undermining China, One Knockout at a Time

Amy Qin
New York Times
While blustering essays stoking Chinese nationalism are nothing new, Zhou Xiaoping’s piece on the “real-life war” being waged on the Internet seems to have enjoyed unusually broad circulation. 

China’s Censors Take Aim at Popular Internet TV Operators That Offer Foreign Shows

Wu Nan
South China Morning Post
Seven companies told ‘unauthorized’ content will be taken down in seven days and they could see license revoked if breach is found.

Chinese Hackers Extending Reach to Smaller U.S. Agencies, Officials Say

MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT
New York Times
After years of cyberattacks on the networks of high-profile government targets like the Pentagon, Chinese hackers appear to have turned their attention to far more obscure federal agencies.

All Aboard: China’s Railway Dream

Carrie Gracie
BBC
At Asia’s biggest rail cargo base in Chengdu in south-west China, the cranes are hard at work, swinging containers from trucks onto a freight train. The containers are filled with computers, clothes, even cars.

21st Century Fox to Sell Its Stake in China’s Bona Film Group

Clifford Coonan
Hollywood Reporter
Investment group Fosun raises its stake as Bona CEO Yu Dong buys the Fox stake, saying the move would not affect ongoing co-productions, including "Bride Wars."...

China Requires 30% of State Cars Use Alternative Energy

Alexandra Ho
Bloomberg
China is mandating that electric cars make up at least 30 percent of government vehicle purchases by 2016, the latest measure to fight pollution and cut energy use after exempting the autos from a purchase tax.

How Will Cyber Spying Impact U.S., China Relations?

Bloomberg
Bloomberg
Asia Society Senior Fellow Jamie Metzl discusses cyber spying and U.S., China relations and the re-militarization of Japan on “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

Watchdog Alleges Child Labor at Samsung Supplier Plant

Yun-Hee Kim
Wall Street Journal
A China Labor Watch reports alleges that one of Samsung's suppliers in China employs and underpays and undertrains children. Samsung says it is investigating the claims...

China Labels iPhone a Security Threat

Eva Dou
Wall Street Journal
 Report cites researchers who say tracking app could expose 'state secrets.'...

Chinese Hackers Pursue Key Data on U.S. Workers

Michael S. Schmidt, David E. Sanger and...
New York Times
Chinese hackers in March broke into the computer networks of the United States government agency that houses the personal information of all federal employees, according to senior American officials.

Conversation

07.09.14

The U.S. and China Are At the Table: What’s At Stake?

William Adams & Zha Daojiong
U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Treasury Secretary Jack Lew are in Beijing this week for the sixth session of the high level bilateral diplomatic exchange known as the Strategic and Economic Dialogue. We asked contributors what's likely...

The Untold Story of China’s Forgotten Underground Nuclear Reactor

Jeffrey Lewis
Foreign Policy
How social media and a little sleuthing turned up a Mao-era nuclear program.

County-Level E-Commerce: Next Driver of China’s Online Shopping

Chen Zulong
Huxiu
From 2003 to 2013, the number of county-level e-commerce merchants grew from tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands, and to millions.

Chinese Social Network For Moms Gets $20 Million

Steven Millward
Tech in Asia
A Chinese social network for mothers has secured US$20 million in series B funding to help it grow. LMBang already has 20 million registered users, of whom 2.6 million are daily active users.

U.S. Pushes China to Give Ground on Technology Trade Deal

Krista Hughes
Reuters
The United States on Monday urged China to give ground on a deal to eliminate duties on billions of dollars of technology products and said it would use talks in Beijing later this week to push to restart negotiations.

From Mountains, Island, Secret Town, China’s Electronic Spy Shop Watches

James T. Areddy, Paul Mozur, and Danny...
Wall Street Journal
Using Chinese government websites, academic databases and foreign security expertise, The Wall Street Journal assembled an overview of some secret operations of China's global monitoring organization, the Third Department of the People's...

China Thinks It Can Defeat America in Battle

David Axe
Week
China is wrong — and for one major reason. It apparently disregards the decisive power of America's nuclear-powered submarines...

An Online Shift in China Muffles an Open Forum

Ian Johnson
New York Times
In recent months, Chinese microblogging service Weibo has been eclipsed by the Facebook-like WeChat, which allows instant messaging within self-selected circles of followers.

Culture

07.01.14

Inside the Mind of a Chinese Hacker

Emily Parker
In May, the U.S. announced the indictment of five Chinese hackers for breaking into the computers of U.S. companies. The men went by code names like UglyGorilla and KandyGoo. A recent report revealed that the hackers, who worked for Unit 61398 of...

Caixin Media

07.01.14

China Pulling the Plug on Foreign Mainframes

E-commerce companies and banks in China are scrapping hardware and uninstalling software for mainframe servers made by American suppliers in favor of homegrown brands said to be safe, advanced, and a lot less expensive.The movement has taken special...