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The Uber App In Beijing Has A Communist Flair

Fusion | Kashmir Hill | Posted 05.04.2015 | World

As part of its worldwide domination plan, the car-hailing service Uber launched its smartphone app in Shanghai nearly two years ago. Now it’s...

Why Are China's Leftists Embracing Confucius?

Taisu Zhang | Posted 04.27.2015 | World
Taisu Zhang

Since the 1990s, leftists have become considerably more tolerant, even accepting, of "cultural conservatism" than they were for virtually the entire 20th century. The need to accumulate additional ideological resources to combat a perceived "Western liberal" other is a powerful one.

China's New Silk Road Initiative Will Boost the Global Economy

Philipp Mißfelder | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
Philipp Mißfelder

BERLIN -- The New Silk Road Initiative will not only result in an enormous surge in growth for China. With "One Belt, One Road," President Xi Jinping is launching one of the largest development projects in history and offers new perspectives to countries such as Uzbekistan and Tajikistan threatened by terrorism.

China Needs a Strong Leader Like Xi -- but the Rule of Law Like Singapore

Zheng Yongnian | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Zheng Yongnian

SINGAPORE -- This is a rare window of opportunity for China. If Xi had not launched the anti-corruption campaign now, it would have been impossible to do so in 10 years time. By then the vested interest groups would have become too powerful. If the economic oligarchy becomes a political one, China will become the Russia of yesterday.

Meet the Chinese Lumberjack Who Slept With an Alien

Michael Meyer | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Michael Meyer

"Once, humans believed that the earth was flat," he said. "Even a decade ago, people would not believe that a cell phone could work. Humans, if we have never seen something with our own eyes, naturally doubt that it exists, or that life could be that way. I was the first to be brave enough to say: 'I saw that.'"

How Chinese Reform Is Confounding Critics

Rebecca Liao | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Rebecca Liao

HONG KONG -- In China, the fundamental political relationship is not between the individual and the state, but between the local governments and Beijing.

China's Ex-Security Chief Charged With Corruption, Leaking State Secrets

AP | Posted 04.03.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Prosecutors charged former national security chief Zhou Yongkang with corruption and leaking of state secrets, setting the stage for ...

U.S. Urges Allies To Think Twice Before Joining China-Led Bank

Reuters | Matthias Sobolewski and Jason Lange | Posted 03.18.2015 | World

By Matthias Sobolewski and Jason Lange BERLIN/WASHINGTON, March 17 (Reuters) - The United States has urged countries to t...

Top 10 China Events in 2014

China Hands | Posted 03.18.2015 | World
China Hands

The Chinese president has had quite a year and one of his most significant policies was the expansion of his Anti-Corruption campaign, which has garnered the attention of Chinese and international media in addition to the Chinese people.

How Social Media Is Taking on the Environment in China

Xiong Lei | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Xiong Lei

BEIJING -- "Under the Dome" displays the growing power of social media in China today. It is not a production of any official filmmaking companies, whose products have traditionally dominated the Chinese TV and film screens. This dominance, however, has been challenged by the rising mobile internet and social media. With an exploding 730 million user accounts of mobile Internet in 2014, more and more Chinese individuals are putting up their self-made videos on entertaining portals like youku and iQiyi,

Western Media Are Missing China's Biggest Story

Nathan Gardels | Posted 03.16.2015 | World
Nathan Gardels

BEIJING -- In the Western media, the National People's Congress -- China's legislative body -- is perfunctorily conjoined with the phrase "rubber stamp." This characterization is less and less true every year and does a disservice to understanding the most significant historic shift taking place in China today: the long march toward "rule according to law" from administrative fiat.

Only China Can Contain China

Joseph Nye | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Joseph Nye

The U.S. chose a policy that could be called "integrate and insure." China was welcomed into the World Trade Organization, but the U.S.-Japan security treaty was revived to insure against China becoming a bully. If a rising China throws its weight around, it drives neighbors to seek to balance its power. In that sense, only China can contain China.

Viral Anti-Pollution Film Disappears From China's Web

Reuters | Posted 03.07.2015 | World

BEIJING, March 7 (Reuters) - A popular documentary on China's struggles with pollution was inaccessible on the country's video sharing...

China Cracks Down on 'Western Values' in Textbooks, but Embraces Hollywood's 'Captain America'

Mike Medavoy | Posted 04.26.2015 | World
Mike Medavoy

The Cultural Revolution days of an autarkic closed information loop when the Communist Party could dictate a narrative for an isolated and impoverished society are over for China. To believe otherwise is to undermine the very links to the rest of the world that have enabled China to become the ever-more prospering world power it is today.

Does East Asian Stability Still Depend On America?

The European | Ben Hill | Posted 02.17.2015 | World

The 21st century will be Asia’s century: what happens in the East will affect the stability of the globe, says Robert D. Kaplan. He spoke with B...

Why China's Leaders See Corruption as a Mortal Threat

Daniel A. Bell | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Daniel A. Bell

BEIJING -- Corruption in a democracy doesn't mean the political system is not democratic. In contrast, China prides itself on being a political meritocracy that selects and promotes leaders with superior ability and virtue. The value of meritocracy is central to Chinese political culture. The higher the level of political corruption, the less meritocratic the political system. Hence, the regime will lack legitimacy if its leaders are seen to be corrupt.

The Myth of a Valueless China

Chandran Nair | Posted 04.13.2015 | World
Chandran Nair

HONG KONG -- Despite its media portrayals as a spiritual and cultural wasteland, China is home to more than 200 million people who are either "Buddhists, Taoists or worshippers of legendary figures such as the Dragon King and God of Fortune." China also has 36,000 mosques, 45,000 imams and over 21 million Muslims. By 2030, it will have a Muslim population larger than Saudi Arabia's today and a Christian population larger than any other country in the world. The world's largest publisher of Bibles, Amity Printing Company, is located in the Chinese city of Nanjing.

Incredible Photos Of China's Eagle Hunters Keeping An Ancient Tradition Alive

The Huffington Post | Charlotte Alfred | Posted 02.11.2015 | World

In parts of China, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia, men have been using birds to hunt for meat and fur for centuries. China's ethnic Kazakh minority i...

We Are Not All Charlie: A Chinese View on the West's Free Speech Debate

Shen Dingli | Posted 04.06.2015 | World
Shen Dingli

To be a responsible Charlie might be more important than to be a mere Charlie, which stresses an abstract concept of freedom. Appreciating the right of liberty, while being sensible of each other's culture, brings more benefit and less harm than otherwise. The truth is neither "We are all Charlie," nor "We are not Charlie," but "We are not all Charlie."

How the Vacuum Left by America Bolsters China's 'Asia for Asians' Strategy

Yoon Young-kwan | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Yoon Young-kwan

SEOUL -- With the U.S. economy yet to recover fully from the global economic crisis, and American politics increasingly dysfunctional, there is a global power vacuum that China, with shrewd diplomacy and economic might, hopes to fill -- beginning in Asia. This may not yet mean Asia for only the Asians; but it could mean a reduced regional role for the U.S. -- especially as America turns inward during the presidential election season that starts this year.

How the Internet Empowers China's Citizens to Monitor Local Officials but Trust Beijing

Han-Teng Liao | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Han-Teng Liao

The role of Internet has been instrumental in centralizing control by the central government so that the fragmented and decentralized local powers can be monitored and disciplined.

A Courageous Peking U. Professor Has This to Say About China's Crackdown on 'Western Values'

Donald Clarke | Posted 04.04.2015 | World
Donald Clarke

BEIJING -- Just when you start getting depressed about the way things are going in China, along comes Shen Kui (沈岿), an associate professor and vice dean at Peking University Law School, to show that at least some of China's thinking people are not going to take the government's policy of intellectual anesthesia in higher education lying down.

China Punishes Communist Officials In Tibet For Helping Dalai Lama

AP | LOUISE WATT | Posted 01.28.2015 | World

BEIJING (AP) — Investigators have found that 15 Communist Party officials in Tibet joined underground Tibetan independence organizations, provided i...

Watching China From Cyberspace

Sophie Beach | Posted 03.22.2015 | World
Sophie Beach

China's censors are well trained and equipped to identify content that poses a potential challenge to the Chinese Communist Party's social and ideological control. We have consistently found that the most interesting stories are those which propaganda officials handpick to censor, but which Internet users feel compelled to discuss anyway, often using coded or cryptic language.

China Just Shut Down 50 Websites And Social Media Accounts

Reuters | Posted 03.15.2015 | Media

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has closed 50 websites and social media accounts for violations ranging from pornography to "publishing political news witho...