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Stories about China

18 August 2015

Tianjin Lives Up to Its ‘City Without News’ Nickname After Deadly Blasts

Netizens were shocked that local media aired Korean dramas and cartoons in the immediate wake of the disaster, then followed up with coverage dripping with praise for local authorities.

11 August 2015

Shanghai Telecom Triples Cost of Access to Overseas Websites

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If commercial restrictions on accessing overseas sites becomes common practice, the Chinese Internet could become a de facto domestic network for the majority of Internet users.

8 August 2015

After 515 Days, Discovered Debris Raises More Questions For Flight 370 Families in China

Contradictions in investigations rekindled frustration among the families of passengers on the missing plane.

7 August 2015

China Steps Up Internet Surveillance With “Cybersecurity Police Stations” at Major Websites

Global Voices Advocacy

Until now, managing online discourse has been delegated to Internet content providers on a largely ad hoc basis.

5 August 2015

Despite Millions of Recruits, Criticism of China's Online Civilization Army Mounts

China Communist Youth League has recruited approximately 18 million "civilization volunteers" to “spread positive energy” online.

3 August 2015

China Finally Opens Door to Overseas Game Consoles

China finally lifts its ban on sales of game consoles. Is this the dawn of a new age in home video entertainment?

Taiwan’s Anti-Curriculum Change Campaign Intensifies Following Student Activist's Death

"Today is Guan-Hua Lin’s birthday, July 30. He had only one hope...that we Taiwanese can receive an education based on a Taiwanese perspective. "

30 July 2015

How China's Online Civilization Army Turned a Youth Street Fight into a Patriotic Struggle

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"They just pick quarrels and fights all day long. Today vow to execute this and tomorrow execute someone else. Such patriotism is not loving one's country but hating one's country."

28 July 2015

Conspiracy Theory Blaming China's Stock Market Plunge on Foreign Forces Finds Online Support

Lin Zuoming, chairman of a state-owned aerospace and defense company called China Aviation Industry Corp., echoed the theory of foreign manipulation "aimed at breaking people’s faith in government."

24 July 2015

Japanese Media Group's Purchase of the Financial Times Shocks China

Given the bad blood between China and Japan over Japanese war crimes during World War II as well as geo-political tensions in Asia, many Chinese didn't take the news well.

20 July 2015

China Blocks Telegram Messenger for ‘Aiding Rights Advocates’

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Chinese state-run newspaper People's Daily accused Telegram of aiding human-rights lawyers and advocates, who allegedly used the app and its "Secret Chat" mode to engage in “anti-government" activity.

16 July 2015

Chinese Human Rights Lawyers Refuse to Be Silenced Despite Crackdown

"Punish by way of trampling all over the law is fundamentally destroying the legitimacy of the government...You get temporary peace, but sooner or later the volcano will erupt. "

15 July 2015

This Chinese Singer Dared to Publicly Propose to Her Boyfriend

"I have made up my mind, if you want to marry me now, just come to the stage."

13 July 2015

The Risky Roller Coaster Ride That Is China's Stock Market

"I was hoping to use the money I earn from the stock market to fly to the US to see my friends. Now I won’t be going."

10 July 2015

Legalizing the Great Firewall: China's New Cyber Security Law Would Codify Censorship, Shutdowns

Global Voices Advocacy

A new comprehensive cyber security law in China would legalize censorship, authorize network shutdowns, and make real-name registration mandatory.

8 July 2015

A Driver's-Eye View of Uber in China

Despite a crackdown on ride-hailing apps, many still see Uber as worth the risk. For drivers, the pay is high. For passengers, the fare is cheaper than similar Chinese services.

7 July 2015

China's New National Security Law Casts a Fearsome Shadow Over Hong Kong

China's new law is wide-reaching and furthers suppression of dissent. Hong Kong government officials have said the city cannot guarantee local activists' safety if they travel to the mainland.

6 July 2015

Provocative Images Depicting Differences Between Hong Kong and China Highlight Inter-Cultural Conflict

As China continues to undermine the 'One Country, Two Systems' accord, artists in Hong Kong strike back with provocative comparisons between the two territories.

1 July 2015

China Unleashes Police, Internet Censors on Anti-PX Plant Protesters in Shanghai

"Once they found out that you were a resident of Jinshan, they took you away. The Internet was blocked. The minute that photos were uploaded, they disappeared."

29 June 2015

Who Are the 5.5 Million Facebook Fans of Chinese State Newspaper People's Daily?

Communist party mouthpiece People's Daily has millions of likes on Facebook, a social media platform that is blocked in China. Chinese netizens are wondering who those fans are.

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