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Stories about China

7 November 2017

Insulting the National Anthem Is Set to Become Illegal in Hong Kong

"People will follow out of fear, but not out of respect. The anthem law can't force people to respect."

3 November 2017

China's Twitter Community Is Polarized Over Corruption Allegations by Fugitive Billionaire Guo Wengui

"When struggling with the CCP, one has to be cunning and wise -- borrowing power from one authority to crack down on the other one."

12 October 2017

China's Sina Weibo Hires 1,000 Supervisors to Censor ‘Harmful Content'—Including Women's Legs

Global Voices Advocacy

"Male users are less likely to be reported, while female users’ selfies, leg photos or waist photos that show off the success of their workouts are subjected to reduced scores."

10 October 2017

Hong Kong Anti-Communist Magazines Cease Publication After Four Decades

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wanted to write something but found myself speechless. In an era like this, what can I say?"

8 October 2017

To Fight Against Smog, China Bans Coal in 28 Cities

Could a ban on coal help improve China's pollution problem? Or could the hastiness of its implementation backfire?

3 October 2017

Russians Get Territorial After Chinese Newspaper Tweets Photos of the Remote Altay Region

RuNet Echo

China Daily regularly tweets promotional photographs from Chinese regions, but this time it caused a backlash from Russian users who thought China was claiming parts of Russia as its own.

2 October 2017

As China Restricts Home Sales, Netizens Ask If This Serves the People's Needs

China has imposed a ban on property sales in 50 cities to curb the overheating market. But many netizens think it harms the welfare of home buyers.

29 September 2017

A 20 Billion Dollar Trade Agreement Between China and Guinea Raises Concerns

"Will this be a mutual agreement? At the moment, we are hanging on the government's every word as they negotiate this without providing many details."

26 September 2017

Despite Censorship, a Former Chinese Soldier Brags of His War Crimes Online

Global Voices Advocacy

On WeChat, Zhang boasted of killing a woman and raping her teenage daughter in the Sino-Vietnamese War.

20 September 2017

Speaking of Independence Is Getting Harder for Hong Kongers

Global Voices Advocacy

"The universities can say they don’t support Hong Kong independence, but students and teachers should have the freedom of speech to discuss Hong Kong independence."

13 September 2017

Taiwanese Activist Was Forced to Confess on Camera to ‘Smearing the Chinese Government,’ Allies Say

Global Voices Advocacy

"...if you see Lee Mingche confess against his will in court....please forgive him. This is just another drama staged by the Chinese government."

China Makes Chat Group Administrators — i.e. Regular Users — Criminally Liable for Unlawful Messages

Global Voices Advocacy

Chat group administrators are becoming a key human resource in China's internet control infrastructure.

7 September 2017

Chinese Are Questioning the Government's Response to Pyongyang's Nuclear Tests

"Maintaining [social] stability is more important than human life?"

6 September 2017

In Quest for ‘Ideological Security’, China Pushes to Extend Communist Party Influence Inside Tech Firms

Global Voices Advocacy

Until recently, companies had no obligation to participate in Communist Party activities. But now informal political pressure to do so is getting stronger and stronger.

1 September 2017

The Complicated Morality of a Mixed Martial Arts Fight Club for Impoverished Chinese Boys

"Letting the kids be trained to participate in underground combat and to entertain the gamblers, this is the right path? My god!"

Macau Journalists Told to Write More Positive Stories in Wake of Deadly Typhoon

Global Voices Advocacy

"...we only saw the government busy clearing the noise, using ridiculous reasons to refuse entry to outside journalists; and [compelling] multiple local outlets to conduct self-censorship..."

30 August 2017

The Evolution of China's Great Firewall: 21 Years of Censorship

Global Voices Advocacy

Technically speaking, circumvention technologies have outwitted the Great Firewall. Yet the new legal regime has changed the rules of the game.

28 August 2017

Chinese Tech Firms Are at the Cutting Edge of Artificial Intelligence — But at What Cost?

Global Voices Advocacy

China has a more open attitude toward new technology, but is their success built upon a lack of awareness of individual rights?

27 August 2017

China to Ban Anonymous Online Comments, Blacklist Users

Global Voices Advocacy

"With or without real name registration, they know who you are. What they intend to do is to make you fearful."

25 August 2017

Chinese Police Arrested a Man for Complaining About Hospital Food. Netizens Say It’s Police Abuse.

Global Voices Advocacy

Even state-affiliated media outlets are criticizing police actions against a man who publicly complained about the price and quality of food at a state hospital.

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