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Jack Hu

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16 April 2017

Chinese President's Ambitious Xiongan Dream Sparks Skepticism

"In Hebei, where people believe in the planned economy, how can they attract and embrace alternative [people] who go against the establishment?"

21 March 2017

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.

11 March 2017

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!"

8 February 2017

Chinese Say Authorities Are Going After the Little Guy With Curbs on Foreign Exchange

"It seems more useful to crack down on underground banks and illegal channels than to just control ordinary people’s money."

29 January 2017

It's Lunar New Year, and China's Young People Are Sick and Tired of It

The Chinese Lunar New Year is China's most important season for family reunions, but younger people are increasingly fleeing their relatives and the country altogether.

20 January 2017

China's Top Judge Warns Against the ‘Threat’ of Judicial Independence

"The speech should be the best migration service advertisement of the year."

10 January 2017

Chinese Wonder If Smog Is Blackening Their Lungs Like It Is High-Speed Trains

"I don't think I will live as long as 80. Look at the train and see what happens to our lungs. My grandpa, aunt and uncle all have lung cancer."

27 December 2016

China's Glass Tycoon Cao Dewang ‘Escapes’ to the US for Cheaper Taxes

"Who dares to invest when investment costs are so high and profit isn't guaranteed?"

19 March 2016

A Shocking Murder Has Chinese Wondering If Education Does Enough for Students’ Mental Health

"Within the existing education system, only focusing on scores has made students more and more selfish, lacking love and kindness."

13 March 2016

Why China's Clampdown on Ren Zhiqiang Matters

The case has become a political thermometer on Xi's attitudes towards internal ideological differences inside the party.

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.

31 October 2015

Netizens Think the Controversial Confucius Peace Prize Is Suspiciously Convenient for Chinese Authorities

The Chinese government isn't associated with the prize, which was awarded this year to Zimbabwe's President Mugabe. But that hasn't stopped censorship of critical comments or the communist party's cheerleading.

24 October 2015

​The Dark Historical Context Surrounding Chinese President Xi's Arts Speech

"Wang Shiwei told the truth and got himself killed. Then telling lies becomes a trend. Today, lie have replaced everything else."

12 October 2015

Why Some Chinese Seem to Be Gloating Over Their Country's Exclusion From the Trans-Pacific Partnership

"...are so many Chinese rejoicing over China's misfortune? No. What’s behind this is discontent over the status quo and demands for reforms."

4 October 2015

Where Will China's Anti-Graft Campaign Go?

The Chinese government's anti-graft campaign, aimed at weeding out corrupt government officials, has been criticized for hindering economic growth and seen as an excuse to crack down on political opponents.

1 October 2015

Property Tycoon Angers Ideologues by Saying China's Communism Has a Long Way to Go

"We’ve been deceived for years. The Cultural Revolution only let me know the class struggle under a proletarian dictatorship. And that there is no next generation of communism."

27 September 2015

China's State-Owned Enterprise Reform Is Missing the Point, Economists Argue

China is launching a reform of its state-owned enterprises, but economists argue the plan is too conservative and won't help address the issues of pervasive corruption and market dominance.

14 September 2015

A Joke About Refrigerators Mocks China's Trend Toward Extreme Patriotism

"Long live the motherland, who knows which company sells refrigerators that are broad and flat?"

9 September 2015

Could Privatization Clean Out the Corruption in China's State-Owned Enterprises?

Liu Shengjun, a well-know economist and opinion leader, has audaciously called for the privatization of state-owned enterprises, a taboo idea given China's commitment to the idea of collective ownership.

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.

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