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· May, 2012

Stories about China from May, 2012

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Taiwan: When News is Sold to the Chinese Government

  24 May 2012

In recent years, more and more Taiwanese media workers have been worried that press freedom has been eroding. In addition to the "embedded marketing" practice which cloaks advertising as news, the mainland China government has extended influence on the Taiwan public sphere through news industry acquisitions.

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China: Campaign to Clean ‘Foreign Trash’ Out of Beijing

  23 May 2012

A campaign to rid Beijing of illegal foreign residents has created controversy in China, with Chinese people expressing widely differing viewpoints on social media. A famous television host has labelled a reporter for Al-Jazeera as 'foreign trash' and invited police to run background checks on the blogger who has criticised his xenophobic remarks.

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Philippines, China: Scarborough Shoal Dispute Goes Online

  22 May 2012

Tension rose in the past month between the Philippines and China when the governments of the two nations accused each other of illegally occupying the territorial waters near the disputed Scarborough Shoal. It sparked nationalist sentiments in both countries and the ‘word war’ has gone online.

The Future of Sino-US Relations: Ask Andrew Nathan

  19 May 2012

Xiaomi (twitter: xiaomi2020) is organizing an interview with Andrew Nathan, an internationally renowned expert on US-China relations from Columbia University. Submit a question or vote on a question that's already been asked here. Xiaomi is one of the organizers of Yizhe, a group which translates western journalism on China.

China, Singapore: Reaction on Ferrari Crash

  17 May 2012

Recently a rich Mainland Chinese man killed three persons (including himself) in a Ferrari car crash in Singapore because of drunk driving. The incident has resulted in anti mainland Chinese sentiment in Singapore, Peter Barefoot from ChinaSMACK translated netizens’ reaction from China.

China: Motor-Powered Breakfast Crepes

  16 May 2012

The Presurfer shares a video where we can see how the Beijing Jianbing is made. This large breakfast crepe is made possible thanks to a very steady hand and a motorized wheel that allows a really large and thin crepe to be evenly cooked.

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China: Propaganda Against U.S. Ambassador Backfires

  15 May 2012

Since the escape of blind civic rights activist Chen Guangcheng into the U.S embassy, the U.S Ambassador Gary Locke has become the major target for media attack in Bejing. However, so far each piece of political propaganda has resulted in a backfire.

China: Mother's Day

  14 May 2012

David Wertime from Tea Leaf Nation blogs about Weibo users’ expression of love towards their mothers in May 13 mother's day.

China: Domestic Violence

  14 May 2012

Shards of China blogs about the problem of domestic violence in China. Even though the government has acknowledged the problem, little has been done to protect abused wives.

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China: In Bo Xilai Saga, Did Social Media Challenge Government?

  11 May 2012

Political struggle, murder, corruption, espionage and diplomatic conflict - the downfall of Bo Xilai from the Chinese Communist Party’s (CCP) elite ranks has turned out to be a multi-faceted story. It is also a good example of the disruptive role that social media plays in today’s China.

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China: Al Jazeera's Beijing Correspondent Expelled

  9 May 2012

For the first time since 1998, an accredited foreign journalist has been expelled by the Chinese government. Highly respected by her peers, Melissa Chan's expulsion has provoked reactions all the way down to the microblogs.

South Korea Seized Infant Flesh Capsules Made in China

  8 May 2012

South Korean authorities had confiscated tons of dried flesh of dead infants that was being capsuled and smuggled out of China. Whilst almost every blog and media responded to this horrendous news with pure disgust and accusation against Chinese high abortion rate, one PR and communications agency defined this case ‘a sad story...

About our China coverage

Oi wan Lam is the North East Asia editor. Email her story ideas or volunteer to write.


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