Stories about China from March, 2017
Hong Kongers Say Beijing and Police ‘Incited’ the 2014 Pro-Democracy Movement, Not Protest Leaders
"I am one of the Occupy protesters and I was incited by the police’s decision to fire 87 rounds of tear gas [at demonstrators]."
China's Great Firewall Gives Rise to a Robust Industry of Information Smugglers
More often than not, information smugglers prioritize things like click rates over hard-hitting public interest journalism.
Beijing's Favorite Carrie Lam Becomes Hong Kong's First Woman Leader With 777 Votes
She promised to "heal the divide" in her victory speech, but her win was met with protests by pro-democracy activists.
Hong Kong Residents Are Trolling China's New ‘Diplomacy’ Page on Facebook
When China's Foreign Ministry in Hong Kong opened an official Facebook page, it was quickly flooded with angry comments.
Chinese Lawmakers Seek to Protect Dead Communist Heroes With New Law
Critics are worried the new 'hero law' could have a chilling effect on academic and historical inquiry in China.
Some Chinese Pin Their Hopes of Lower Housing Prices on a Property Tax
"People prefer to buy property only if housing surges overtake holding costs. It’s too silly and naïve to count on a property tax to contain rising prices!"
Chinese Scientists Speak Out Against the Great Firewall (Again)
'...it takes at least 10-20 second to access a page. Sometimes it takes more than half an hour to access some university websites…'
In China's Shadow: Will Taiwanese Universities Sell Out Academic Freedom?
A combination of political and economic pressures at local universities are laying the ground for an unsettling compromise.
Frustrated by US Anti-Ballistic Missile System, China Punishes Korean Retailer Lotte
"Which is more destructive, South Korea's THAAD or North Korea's nuclear bomb? North Korea has VX nerve agent and nuclear bombs, aren't these more threatening?"
Red Paint, Stalking and Cyberattacks: Pro-Beijing Newspaper Condemns Escalated Violence
These threats have led to speculation that Hong Kong’s pro-Beijing camp is fragmented and that Chinese President Xi Jinping is prepared to eradicate a powerful sector within the Communist Party.