Beauty and the East: China's Plastic Surgery Boom

Laurie Burkitt
Wall Street Journal
China’s social media and selfie obsessions are creating a new vanity craze and a market for cosmetic surgery.

Growing Concern in U.S. Over China’s Drive to Make Chips

Paul Mozur and Jane Perlez
New York Times
U.S. officials blocked the proposed purchase for $2.9 billion of a controlling stake in a unit of the Dutch electronics company Philips by Chinese investors.

In ‘Communist’ China, Alibaba is Training People to Shop Online

Davey Alba
Wired
One strategy Alibaba has for trying to stem the economic slowdown is to make sure as many of China’s 1.3 billion people as possible can shop online.

See Stunning Moon Photos from China's Lunar Lander

Michael Greshko
National Geographic
The Chang'e-3 lander discovered a new type of moon rock—and took thousands of high-res photos in the process...

China Sends 6,000 Police to Quell New Year Train Station Chaos

Tom Philips
Guardian
Tens of thousands still waiting for transport at Guangzhou main rail depot.

The Social Media Search for Stolen Children in China

BBC
Hundreds of thousands of people are turning to social media in an attempt to find their missing children.

China's Nearly 700 Million Internet Users Are Hot For Online Finance

Melanie Lee
Forbes
According to data from the China Internet Network Center, in 2015, online trading in stocks and online payment were hot areas of growth.

Infographics

01.21.16

Visualizing China’s Anti-Corruption Campaign

“Catching Tigers and Flies” is ChinaFile’s interactive tool for tracking and, we hope, better understanding the massive campaign against corruption that China’s President, Xi Jinping, launched shortly after he came to power in late 2012. It is designed to give users a sense of the scope and character of the anti-corruption campaign by graphically rendering information about more than 1,500 of its targets whose cases have been publicly announced in official Chinese sources. *ChinaFile updated the database for this tool through December 31, 2016. We hope to refresh it and continuing updating it in the spring of 2017. If you would like to be notified when we refresh the tool, please e-mail editors@chinafile.com

Dictatorship and Democracy, What China's Moviegoers are Learning From Star Wars

Zheping Huang
Quartz
A Galaxy far, far away has finally arrived in the Middle Kingdom. 

Environment

01.11.16

Chinese Cities Most at Risk from Rising Sea Levels

from chinadialogue
A study by Climate Central, a non-profit news organization focusing on climate science, showed that 12 other nations have more than 10 million people living on land that would be destroyed should the earth’s temperature rise to 4 degrees Celsius.As...

Chinese Stock Plunge Forces a Trading Halt, and Global Markets Shudder

Keith Bradsher and Amie Tsang
New York Times
The aftershocks carried over to Europe and the United States, where markets fell sharply once again.

Media

01.07.16

Assessing China’s Plan to Build Internet Power

Scott D. Livingston
When the Chinese Communist Party targeted clean energy in its 11th Five Year Plan (2006-2010), the resulting investment spree upended the global clean energy market almost overnight. Now, as China approaches its 13th Five Year Plan, a new policy...

Media

01.05.16

China’s Top 5 Censored Posts in 2015

Louisa Lim
Chinese President Xi Jinping rounded off 2015 by posting his first message on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, in the form of a new year’s greeting to the People’s Liberation Army. His post received 52,000 comments, mostly fawning messages of...

China's Wanda Acquiring Controlling Stake in Legendary Entertainment

Patrick Brzesk and Borys Kit
Hollywood Reporter
Wanda aims to be a global entertainment giant, buying the No. 2 U.S. cinema chain AMC for $2.6B in 2012.

Dow Plunges After Rout in Chinese Market

Dan Strumpf and Christopher Whittall
Wall Street Journal
Weak economic data in China spurs global selloff, while Shanghai Composite declines nearly 7%.

China Selloff Sparks Gloomy 2016 Start for Stocks

Herbert Lash
Reuters
A 7 percent slide in Chinese shares, sparked by weak economic data, rekindled worries over global growth on day one of 2016 trading.

Greece-Sized China Outflows Highlight Policy Maker Challenge

Enda Curran
Bloomberg
Investors are rushing money out of China as yuan weakens to lowest point since August.

Is CES Still Relevant?

Tim Bajarin
Re/code
[T]he CES show is international, and it embraces companies from all over the world. But make no mistake, the Chinese have arrived, and they plan to disrupt the traditional CE players as much as possible and take market share away from them fast.

China Passes Controversial Anti-terrorism Law to Access Encrypted User Accounts

Dante D'Orazio...
Verge
The new rules state that telecom operators and internet service providers must "provide technical support and assistance, including decryption" to Chinese authorities to help prevent and investigate terrorist activities...

China: Scaling The World’s Highest Innovation Peaks

Vikram Jandhyala
TechCrunch
The word “innovation” was mentioned 71 times in a communiqué after the Chinese Communist Party’s recent plenary meeting. 

Chinese Official Vows Punishment Over Shenzhen Landslide

Chris Buckley
New York Times
Ma Xingrui expressed remorse during a televised news conference five days after dirt and waste smothered buildings and buried 75 people.

China and Russia’s Orwellian attacks on Internet freedom

The Editorial Board
Washington Post
Xi Jinping’s recent speech suggests that China won’t give up nudging global Internet governance toward the “sovereignty” model.

Use by Iraqi Military May Be a Boon for China-Made Drones

PATRICK BOEHLER and GERRY DOYLE
New York Times
Soldiers used the Chinese drone on Dec. 6 to destroy an ISIS position amid efforts to retake the city of Ramadi.

Books

12.10.15

Pacific

Simon Winchester
Following his acclaimed Atlantic and The Men Who United the States, New York Times bestselling author Simon Winchester offers an enthralling biography of the Pacific Ocean and its role in the modern world, exploring our relationship with this imposing force of nature.As the Mediterranean shaped the classical world, and the Atlantic connected Europe to the New World, the Pacific Ocean defines our tomorrow. With China on the rise, so, too, are the American cities of the West coast, including Seattle, San Francisco, and the long cluster of towns down the Silicon Valley.Today, the Pacific is ascendant. Its geological history has long transformed us—tremendous earthquakes, volcanoes, and tsunamis—but its human history, from a Western perspective, is quite young, beginning with Magellan’s sixteenth-century circumnavigation. It is a natural wonder whose most fascinating history is currently being made.In telling the story of the Pacific, Simon Winchester takes us from the Bering Strait to Cape Horn, the Yangtze River to the Panama Canal, and to the many small islands and archipelagos that lie in between. He observes the fall of a dictator in Manila, visits aboriginals in northern Queensland, and is jailed in Tierra del Fuego, the land at the end of the world. His journey encompasses a trip down the Alaska Highway, a stop at the isolated Pitcairn Islands, and a trek across South Korea and a glimpse of its mysterious northern neighbor.Winchester’s personal experience is vast and his storytelling second to none. And his historical understanding of the region is formidable, making Pacific a paean to this magnificent sea of beauty, myth, and imagination that is transforming our lives. —HarperCollins{chop}

Conversation

12.09.15

Is China a Leader or Laggard on Climate Change?

Isabel Hilton, Li Shuo & more
As ongoing climate talks wind down at COP21 this week, participants in and observers of the summit in Paris wrote in to share their assessment of the message coming from the official delegation from China, currently the world’s largest emitter of...

Luis Ho Pushes China Into World Astronomy Club

New York Times
Luis Ho, 48, is the director of the Kavli Institute for Astronomy and Astrophysics and a professor at Peking University in Beijing.

Top 10 China Dependent Countries

Kenneth Rapoza
Forbes
A list of the top 10 countries exporting to China and the year-to-date performance of their corresponding exchange traded funds.

Beware of China's Safety Record

Murong Xuecun
New York Times
Chinese people have paid heavily for a flawed system. Now that Chinese-style construction and management are going global, what price is the world prepared to pay?

Media

11.27.15

‘Personal Media’ in China Takes a Hit From Pre-Publication Censorship

Hu Yong
Observers have long thought that Chinese authorities censor the media depending on type: the censorship of traditional media is primarily conducted in advance, with a thorough inspection of news and discussion before publication; new media, in...

China Shuts Down Service For Some Phones With Foreign Messaging Apps

Colin Lecher
Verge
As mobile users try to evade censorship in China through software, the government appears to be trying a new technique to head off such attempts.

Environment

11.20.15

China Remains a Rocky Road for Electric Cars

from chinadialogue
Recent revelations about Volkswagen’s emissions have focused attention on the environmental damage caused by the auto and fuel industries—and the need for a decisive shift towards genuinely green transport that can cut smog in the world’s major...

China Aims to Build Its Own Secure Smartphones

EVA DOU and JURO OSAWA
Wall Street Journal
State-owned and private tech firms team up to cut cord to U.S. suppliers.

Morgan Stanley: Here's What We Like in China

Leslie Shaffer
CNBC
China's economic slowdown isn't spooking Morgan Stanley, which has its eye on the mainland's "new economy."...

China Is Becoming a Supercomputing Powerhouse

Robert McMillan
Wall Street Journal
China is experiencing a supercomputing boom.

China's Dream Factory

Willy Shih and Henry McGee
Atlantic
The long arc of moviemaking history may not bend inevitably toward China, but it does lead away from Hollywood, whose rise and long dominance of the film industry was predicated on a series of conditions that no longer exist.

Media

11.12.15

Watch Frank Underwood Advertise China’s Black Friday

Bethany Allen-Ebrahimian
On November 11, at the stroke of midnight Beijing time, millions of Chinese sitting behind their computers or cradling their mobile phones began purchasing cell phones, handbags, and clothing at cutthroat prices. By the end of November 11, analysts...

Large Companies Game H-1B Visa Program, Costing the U.S. Jobs

JULIA PRESTON
New York Times
“I had this great American dream that got broken.”

A Chinese CEO's Mysterious Disappearance and the Startup Industry

Josh Horwitz
Quartz
Li Dongpu, CEO and co-founder of car wash startup Wo Ai Xiche, has disappeared

How Smartphones are Solving One of China’s Biggest Mysteries

Ana Swanson
Washington Post
For decades, China has been engaged in a building boom of a scale that is hard to wrap your mind around.

China Unveils Jetliner in Bid to Compete With Boeing, Airbus

Seattle Times
China is one of the biggest aviation markets but relies on Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

China Sends Armed Jets Over Disputed Waters In Response to U.S. Naval Presence

Nash Jenkins
Time
“It’s a signal China sent to the US that it is serious about its claims.”

Apple to Power its Vast China Operations With Renewable Energy

John McGarrity
chinadialogue
The US tech giant’s plans to generate over 2GW of low carbon electricity at its China operations could speed up the greening of the ‘world’s workshop’

Showing Another Side of China - via Instagram

Celia Hatton
BBC
One night last spring, two veteran photojournalists working in Beijing came up with an interesting idea.

China Ranks Last of 65 Nations in Internet Freedom

New York Times
Chinese officials will be able to impose a prison sentence of up to seven years on a person convicted of creating and spreading “false information” online.

Mark Zuckerberg Courts China With Speech on People and Perseverance

OWEN GUO
New York Times
Mark Zuckerberg knows how to court Chinese users.

Space: China Plays the Russia Card?

Kent Johnson
Diplomat
Russian engines could offer China a fast track for its ICBM capability building.

Britain Should Harness the Power of China's Red Tech Revolution

Liam Byrne MP
Telegraph
China's start-up culture means the best jobs of the future may soon be, not here, but in the East...

Environment

10.19.15

Can the South-North Water Transfer Project and Industry Co-Exist?

from chinadialogue
Sixty-two years after Chairman Mao first envisioned the South-North Water Transfer project, the Middle Route (SNWT-MR) formally began transferring supplies of water from Danjiangkou reservoir on the border of Hubei and Henan in December 2014.In the...

China's Xiaomi's Is Changing the U.S. Too

Clay Shirky
CNN
Xiaomi is the most important phone manufacturer you've never heard of...

Environment

10.14.15

U.S.-China Announcement is the Most Significant Milestone to Date for Battling Global Climate Change

from Rocky Mountain Institute
The September 25 joint announcement by President Obama and President Xi represents the second time in two years the leaders have met to make significant climate commitments. Last year’s meeting focused on setting aggressive goals that reflect each...

America’s Biggest Competitor Really Isn’t China

Ana Swanson
Washington Post
If you ask Americans who their country's biggest competitor is, many people will tell you China...

Environment

09.30.15

Less Snow in Tibet Means More Heatwaves in Europe

from chinadialogue
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...

U.S. Pulls Spies from China After Hack

Evan Perez
CNN
The U.S. suspects that Chinese hackers were behind the breach at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, which exposed the fingerprints of 5.6 million government employees.

China's Xi Says To Prioritize Energy Cooperation With Iran

Ben Blanchard
Reuters
"(We) must prioritize energy and financial cooperation."...

Six Questions for Chinese President Xi Jinping

Steven Mufson
Washington Post
Chinese President Xi Jinping does not usually conduct open news conferences, but when in America, do as the Americans do.

China's Xi Promises Better Investment Climate, Cyber War Deal Seen

MICHAEL MARTINA, ERIC M. JOHNSON AND...
Reuters
Seeking to warm bilateral ties and project a sunny climate for U.S. business, Xi Jinping vowed to cut restrictions on foreign investment.

Conflict Flavors Obama’s Meeting With Chinese Leader

David Sanger and Julie Hirschfeld Davis
New York Times
This week’s meeting between President Obama and Mr. Xi is fraught with points of conflict, and its unspoken subtext is whether the president will confront the Chinese directly, deliberately causing friction in the relationship in hopes of drawing...