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Owen Guo

Storyteller and writer. Contemplating life and the world in Toronto, Canada, after reporting on China for seven years.

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In China, Protests Against the South China Sea Ruling Skip the Streets for Cyberspace

"On my way home, I tweeted: 'Police have cordoned off the Philippines embassy in Beijing in anticipation of protests. No sign of protests yet.'"

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."

How One Woman Reacted to China's Terrible Smog

"I have to stand out and do something, and I will do it right now, right here, in the very moment where I am. I am the change."

Chinese Web Users Are Skeptical as China and Japan Resume Official Dialogue

The two nations are at odds over a set of islands in the East China Sea. Beijing is also angry about Tokyo’s unwillingness to fully recognise its WWII atrocities.

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.

China's State Media Reveals Unapproved Genetically Modified Rice Is on the Market

A deteriorating environment and decreasing arable land threaten China’s ability to feed the world’s biggest population. The country is looking into GMO technology, but rice remains in a research stage.

Expired Meat Was on the Menu at McDonald's, KFC and Other Fast Food Restaurants in China

It's the latest food safety scandal to hit China, which has seen a spate of issues in recent years, including a 2008 milk contamination that killed six infants.

Malaysia Airlines Crash in Ukraine Brings on Heart-Wrenching Déjà Vu for Chinese Families Still Waiting on MH370 Answers

Memories are still fresh for Chinese families who don't know what happened to their loved ones after airliner MH370 vanished from radar screen in March.

China Detains Star News Anchor Rui Chenggang Amid Widening Anti-Corruption Campaign

Authorities led him away from the TV studio on Friday just before his show went on air.

If You're an Artist in China Who Wants to Perform Abroad, Your Life Just Got More Complicated

China is targeting its arts groups' organised performances on foreign soil as part of a push for austerity.

77 Years Ago, a War That Killed Millions Began Between China and Japan

Chinese President Xi Jinping spoke on the anniversary, as relations between Beijing and Tokyo have chilled over issues ranging from island disputes to the growing nationalism in both countries.

Government Jobs Remain a Sweet Retirement Deal in China Despite Clamor to Reform Pensions

"Iron rice bowl" jobs promise free pensions, a liability for the Chinese government in recent years as it struggles with a looming pension deficit amid changing demographics.

Cancer-Causing Chemical Pollutes Chinese City Lanzhou's Water Supply

Benzene, a highly carcinogenic chemical, has been detected in the city's water supply, at one point measured at a level 20 times what is considered to be safe.

Shanghai Eclipses Beijing as Top Destination for Chinese University Graduates

The report also revealed that many Chinese companies are becoming more popular with would-be university graduates.

Maoming Residents in China Rally Against PX Chemical Plant

Photo posted on social media showed protesters bleeding after apparent scuffles with police.

‘Sleeping Lion’ China Awakened, Says President Xi Jinping

Evoking Napoleon during his visit to France, Chinese President Xi Jinping said his country is an awakened lion that is “peaceful, pleasant and civilized”

Obama Meets the Chinese President in Netherlands as the US First Lady Continues Her Soft Diplomacy in China

US First Lady Michelle Obama paid a visit to China roughly at the same time her husband traveled to the Netherlands for a nuclear summit, also attended by China's president.

Smog Insurance China's Latest Air Pollution Band-Aid

Smog insurance, the first of its kind, is targeting travelers and local residents of seven cities in China. Some cities have been plagued by smog for years.

China Dismisses WWI Comparison Amid Tense Relations With Japan

“2014 is neither 1914 nor 1894, it’s better for [Japan] to regard post-war Germany as a role model than make a fuss about Germany before WWI.“

China to Test Drones to Combat Smog Problem

"I am afraid this method does little to tackle the problem. Throughout history, China has only been met with failure when it tried to combat nature."

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