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Stories about China

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.

27 June 2015

The Puzzle Surrounding a Father's Day Photo of Jailed Chinese Politician Bo Xilai and His Son

"The father is forever the father, whatever he was, a so-called political figure, now he has been put in prison. The son is forever the son."

26 June 2015

Pictures of Chinese People Scanning QR Codes

The Bridge

Apart from mobile boarding passes and the occasional event ticket, in many countries QR codes have never quite caught on. In China, however, they're everywhere.

US-Listed Chinese Firms Flock Home to Take Advantage of Bull Market

"In China, if you have enough money, they don't have to face these problems. They can't survive overseas and come back to cheat their relatives."

24 June 2015

Hong Kong's Legislature Went Off Script, and the Pro-Beijing Establishment Is Not Happy

After Hong Kong's legislature vetoed China-backed electoral reform, a pro-Beijing news outlet warned the city's autonomy could be in jeopardy if voters don't kick out pan-democrats in next year's elections.

17 June 2015

The Deaths of Four Siblings Shines a Harsh Light on China's 60 Million ‘Left-Behind’ Children

"How can CCTV deny [the government’s] responsibility? Isn't society accountable for four children choosing suicide by drinking pesticide?"

15 June 2015

Local Chinese Authorities Use Internet Slang ‘Ziganwu’ in Their Propaganda Recruitment

Global Voices Advocacy

'Ziganwu' are Internet commenters not officially affiliated with authorities but who nevertheless ardently defend the government. China's Sichuan education office has adopted the term as part of recruitment efforts.

13 June 2015

If Online Comments Are Any Evidence, China Has an Anti-African Racism Problem

"Many will spew hate online to feel better about themselves but will genuinely be excited to meet a black person in real life."

5 June 2015

What Drives a Single Mother in China to Starve Her Daughter to Death?

Xiang Heping wept in an interview that she tied up her 9-year-old daughter and deprived her of food and water for six days as punishment for doing poorly in school.

3 June 2015

China's Internet Police Launch ‘Speech Inspections’, Chill Critical Voices

Global Voices Advocacy

The launch of the "Internet Police Inspection and Law Enforcement" program implies a more coordinated effort in the incrimination of online speech.

2 June 2015

What a ‘Mischievous Blonde Woman’ Dalai Lama Could Look Like

The Dalai Lama said that he may return as a ‘mischievous blonde woman’ or he might not be incarnated at all. His comments inspired Hong Konger and Taiwanese comic artists.

31 May 2015

Women Entrepreneurs Are Blossoming Amid China's E-Commerce Boom. But Can They Peg Back Patriarchy?

"What I see is Ma’s fear as a male leader of increasing female power, having already made so much money from women."

29 May 2015

Chinese Authorities Leap to Discredit Detained Citizens’ Rights Activist

Global Voices Advocacy

"Now wicked people have taken control and good people are in jail."

27 May 2015

Why a Meme Compares China's Flood of Retail Investors to a Pig at Slaughter

After months of touting for rising prices, the Communist Party newspaper People's Daily posted a cautionary note this month, warning that stock trading is “high risk.”

Robot Commenters Accidentally Expose Themselves on China's Weibo Platform

Global Voices Advocacy

Patrick Wong contributed to this post. Chinese netizens are having a good laugh over the mechanized missteps of government-controlled robot commenters, who have been criticizing messages sent by their own...

25 May 2015

Leaked Emails Reveal Details of China's Online “Youth Civilization Volunteers”

Global Voices Advocacy

'Speak out in a timely way and positively guide mistaken opinions and thoughts in order to grow mainstream thought and sentiment on the Internet.'

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