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· August, 2013

Stories about China from August, 2013

China's Decision on Cultural Reform

China's current crackdown on online rumors is consistent with the official decision [zh] released after the Sixth Plenum of the 17th Party Congress in October 2011. Oxford scholar Rogier Creemers from China...

China Detains Prominent Online Critic on Prostitution Solicitation Charge

Web users are speculating that the charge against Charles Xue is part of a scheme by authorities to control influential liberals online.

Chinese Social Web Shines Spotlight on Illegal Rooftop Structures

Authorities have been slow to do anything about the elaborate and illegal constructions, including one rooftop villa in Beijing that resembles a lush green mountaintop.

Leaked Chinese Document Warns Against the Evils of Western Values

The directive reaffirms President Xi Jinping's political conservatism despite his economic reforms and tough stance on corruption.

Which Flavor of China's Wildly Popular WeChat Will You Get?

Tencent offers two versions of WeChat, a "sanitized" one for mainland Chinese and an uncensored one for international users, yet some Chinese language accounts registered from overseas also encounter censorship.

Mike Tyson Challenged China's Urban Law Enforcement Officers

Former world heavyweight champion Mike Tyson asked in Sina Weibo, China's most popular social media platform, “Who is the best fighter in China?”. A follower said Cheng-guan, China's urban law...

School Teacher Becomes Target of Political Prosecution in Hong Kong

Pro-Beijing groups and the Hong Kong government are going after a school teacher who swore at police officers as they allowed a group of Falun Gong protesters to be harassed.

China: Egypt's Bloody Crackdown Brings Back Memories of Tiananmen

Egypt’s bloody crackdown on August 14 reminded many Chinese of the Tiananmen massacre in 1989. Many condemned the violent crackdown and applauded the courage of the Egyptian people to fight...

China Gives Internet Celebrities a Guide for Self-Censorship

The guideline set boundaries not to be crossed when it comes to discussion of law, socialism, the state's interests, the rights of the people, and morality.

China: Revenge or Justice?

A recent sex scandal involving two top Shanghai judges was exposed by a businessman Ni Peiguo who believes one of the judges was unfair in a ruling of a corporate...

China: WeChat Spy

China Digital Times has collected another case on the spying of WeChat message, a smartphone messaging application and is now the world’s fifth most popular one. The latest case shows...

Explaining Chinese Tourists’ Assault on Wildlife

Sophie Lu from Tea Leaf Nation joined the discussion about the recent controversy over mainland Chinese Tourists’ destructive and illegal behaviors when diving in Paracel Islands.

People's Daily: “Constitutionalism” Essentially Is a Weapon of Public Opinion War

The People's Daily, the mouthpiece of China's Communist Party published a piece arguing that socialist China must renounce constitutionalism, using the collapse of the Soviet Union as example. China Copyright...

China Blocks Wall Street Journal's Chinese Version

Wall Street Journal's Chinese-language edition has been blocked in China since Aug 3, 2013. It was not clear why the whole website was blocked. The English-language version of the site remains...

Pregnant Woman, Husband Charged in Teen's Brutal Murder in China

Hu Yixuan, a 17-year-old student nurse, was allegedly lured to her death by a pregnant woman asking for help.

China's State-Run Media Invokes Specter of USSR Collapse

A front page article by Xinhua news agency points the finger at the former Soviet Union as an example of the consequences of democratic reforms.

China's ‘Foreign Forces’ Propaganda, Redefined

China's political term "foreign forces" has been reimagined by Chinese netizens to criticize domestic corruption rather than foreign intervention.

Italian Appeals Court Upholds Guilty Verdict in Historic Eternit Asbestos Case

An appeals court in Turin, Italy has affirmed Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of cement manufacturer Swiss Eternit Group, is responsible for nearly 3,000 asbestos-related deaths.

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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