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· August, 2014

Stories about China from August, 2014

31 August 2014

China Will Let Hong Kongers Vote for Their Next Leader — But Only If a Pro-Beijing Committee Selects the Candidates

"We urge all Hong Kong citizens to stand up and speak out. The fact that they refuse to hear us does not mean that we don't exist."

28 August 2014

From a “Gaza Stripper” in Texas to Chinese Migrants in Egypt, Kim Badawi Photographs Intercultural Encounters

In this interview, photographer Kim Badawi discusses his work on cultural encounters, and on the role of social media when mainstream news fails to report stories that matter to communities.

25 August 2014

China Insists That Hong Kong Should Only Have Pro-Beijing Candidates — for National Security

China's Basic Law Committee Li Fei said that "the person who governs Hong Kong must be a patriot" or the city risks turning into an independent political entity.

China Blocks Beijing Independent Film Festival

Leaked Documents Reveal How the Chinese Communist Party Channels Public Opinion

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What exactly do China's online "opinion analysts" do? A recent scandal at Peking University sheds light on the question.

20 August 2014

Ignoring Pro-Democracy Protests, China's Media Trumpets Pro-Beijing March in Hong Kong as the ‘Majority’

China has promised Hong Kong a direct vote for the next chief executive, but insists that a committee approve the candidates. Pro-democracy protesters want the right to choose the candidates.

19 August 2014

Pro-Government Protesters in Hong Kong Were Reportedly Rewarded With Cash and Free Food for Showing Up

Pro-Beijing groups have been eager to match the level of mobilization shown by the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong.

12 August 2014

Local Chinese Government Bars Hijabs, Long Beards and Other ‘Abnormal Appearances’ From Public Transport

Some think the temporary measure will become permanent in Karamay, Xinjiang, home to many ethnic Uyghur Muslims. Tensions have at times resulted in deadly clashes between Uyghur activists and authorities.

11 August 2014

When Red Cross China Needs a PR Boost, Propaganda Authorities Have the Embattled Charity's Back

CCTV aired a confession from Guo Meimei, who impersonated a Red Cross executive, the evening after a deadly earthquake. Many speculated it was to help the charity's calls for donations.

8 August 2014

China Tightens Its Control of Popular Messaging App WeChat With Real-Name Registration

WeChat has grown popular since 2012 and now has almost 400 million active users. It was subject to a crackdown earlier this year, with 100 public accounts shut down.

Chinese Soldiers Are Dancing to Viral Hit ‘Little Apple’ to Convince People to Enlist

Some media have called "Little Apple" China's answer to Korean K-pop's "Gangnam Style."

7 August 2014

A Weibo Spat Hints at the Battle Brewing Over Journalism's Future in China

Lin Zhibo's appointment as dean of journalism school at Lanzhou University pitted the country's leftist nationalists against liberals pressing for more media freedom.

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