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Stories about China

26 December 2015

Even Santa Can't Escape Toxic Smog in China

During Christmas toxic smog spread from the northern provinces to central China.

23 December 2015

On Taiwan, Facebook and the Politics of Trolling on the Chinese Internet

Global Voices Advocacy

When Facebook became accessible in mainland China, trolls descended on a Taiwanese politician. What might happen if Facebook were to become permanently accessible in China?

16 December 2015

Fears for Hong Kong's Press Freedom Follow Alibaba's Purchase of the South China Morning Post

Journalists in Hong Kong worry that the newspaper, which has already been criticized for a pro-Beijing stance in recent years, will become a mouthpiece for China's government.

15 December 2015

China's 2nd World Internet Conference Will Focus on ‘Rule of Law’, But Not Free Expression

Global Voices Advocacy

"These conferences have had no credibility ever since the first one, whose real aim was to ensure that Internet companies wanting to operate in China fall into line."

13 December 2015

How the Michelin Star Became the Kiss of Death for Hong Kong’s Street Food

The Michelin Star has turned out to be the kiss of death for several small restaurants in Hong Kong, as landlords raise rents to profit off anticipated earnings boom.

11 December 2015

Chinese Authorities Think Internet Companies Should Reward Netizens Who ‘Spread Good News’

Global Voices Advocacy

China's State Internet Information Office spokesman urged Internet companies to allocate charity funds to those who "spread good news." But netizens don't completely agree with government's idea of good news.

2 December 2015

‘Cloud’ Jokes Aplenty After China Blamed for Australian Meteorology Bureau Hack

Accusations that China has hacked Australia's Bureau of Meteorology have brought swift online responses down under.

Beijing's ‘Airpocalypse’ Hits Record Levels as Toxic Smog Chokes City

"Major skyscrapers and landmarks disappear overnight. I cannot for the life of me see what color the traffic lights at the opposite end of the road are."

Fears of a Political Purge Grow in China as Editor and Professor Are Sacked for ‘Improper Discussion’

"So the question is: who defines what is improper or not? Who is the judge?"

25 November 2015

Chinese Netizens Have Their Own Version of Thanksgiving: Fried Rice With Egg Day

"Sixty-five years ago, a plate of fried rice with egg changed the fate of China. We would have become North Korea without this dish (although the two are becoming alike)."

21 November 2015

Taiwanese Netizens Make the Most of Chinese Users’ Brief Facebook Visit

"This is so counterproductive I almost died laughing. This whole thing simply helps Tsai Ing-wen's campaign"

19 November 2015

China and Hong Kong's 0-0 Draw in World Cup Qualifier Is Steeped in Symbolism

Some Hong Kongers silently booed during the Chinese national anthem. Others saw a parallel between their football team's performance against China and efforts to combat Beijing's increasing intervention.

17 November 2015

When China Briefly Unblocked Facebook, Trolls Rushed In

Global Voices Advocacy

"I wish this precious experience can help our 'new friends' see a full picture of Taiwan's democracy, freedom and diversity. Welcome, all of you, to the world of Facebook!"

16 November 2015

Facebook Sees Sharp Spike in Hong Kong Government's Requests for User Data

Global Voices Advocacy

"...it is quite obvious that the public have no way to know about the truth at the moment. We don’t know whether the reasons provided by the government are justified..."

14 November 2015

As UN Climate Talks Approach, a Look at What's Changed Since Copenhagen

Is the world better suited for a climate change agreement than it was in 2009, when the last important negotiations took place?

12 November 2015

Airpocalypse Strikes Again in China's Northeast

Hazardous smoke shrouds the city of Shenyang, where air quality has set a new record low, testing 130 times above levels considered safe by the World Health Organization.

11 November 2015

China Has a Few Walls to Climb If It Wants World-Class Universities

A columnist stoked debate about the openness of Chinese universities after he found himself having to literally scale the wall of Xiamen University to gain access to the campus.

7 November 2015

It May Be Legal Now, But Many Chinese Say They Can't Afford a Second Child Anyway

China announced at the end of October that it was scrapping its infamous one-child policy. Many Chinese netizens didn't exactly greet the news with cheers.

6 November 2015

Taiwanese Netizens Aren't Exactly Thrilled With the Upcoming China-Taiwan Meeting

"What sort of outcome is hoped to be accomplished with the Ma-Xi meeting? Are the expectations of the Ma government the same as those of the Taiwanese people?"

Why Is Taiwan President Ma Ying-Jeou Ending His Presidency With a Cross-Strait Summit?

An eleventh-hour meeting between Chinese President Xi Jinping and Taiwanese President Ma Ying-Jeou two months before presidential elections in Taiwan suggests that something very, very unusual is going on.

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