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China's Human Rights To Come Under UN Scrutiny

AP | JOHN HEILPRIN | Posted 10.22.2013 | World

GENEVA -- GENEVA (AP) — Faced with a U.N. review of its human rights, China acknowledged Tuesday that it still faces shortcomings but insists it has...

Of Peasants With Pitchforks: Inside China's Villages

Tom_Carter | Posted 05.27.2013 | World

Peasants are directly responsible for China's shiny new economy. Lest we forget, it is they -- not the government who steals their land, nor the second-generation snobs residing in the skyscrapers built by them -- who are the true People of this eponymous republic.

Would Old Money Snobbery Help China Fight Corruption?

John Wagner Givens | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
John Wagner Givens

The overconsumption of ostentatious luxury goods fuels graft by forcing Chinese officials to keep up with the Zhangs. A cornerstone of combating official corruption is to make sure that civil servants receive adequate salaries that provide a secure, if plebeian, middle-class lifestyle.

Looking for Laoban

Patrick Ainslie | Posted 05.13.2013 | World
Patrick Ainslie

Chinese migrant workers are a community beyond the bottom of the economic pyramid, forced to seek employment day-by-day with no guarantees. The foundation of most migrant workers' sustenance is their relationship to a laoban.

China's Dual Personality

Daniel Wagner | Posted 09.29.2012 | World
Daniel Wagner

For now, China is having its cake and eating it too. Hopefully and presumably, once China rises to the zenith of its power in the coming years, it will mature to the point where it will no longer want to be seen as both a developing and developed country.

The Frog and the Scorpion

Conn Hallinan | Posted 06.09.2012 | World
Conn Hallinan

Global capitalism -- including in China, despite its self-styled socialism with Chinese characteristics" -- is in its most severe crisis since the great crash of the 1930s. The question is, can any country make a system with serious built-in flaws function for all of its people?

Chinglish on Broadway

Michael Levy | Posted 12.28.2011 | Arts
Michael Levy

The Western media make China's success seem too successful, and its failures seem too profound. The truth lies somewhere in between, buried in the details of real life.

Gallup: More Americans Are Struggling To Eat Than Chinese

Posted 12.12.2011 | Business

Millions of Americans are currently weathering the effects of a slow economic recovery. Many Chinese, meanwhile, find themselves struggling less to ke...

Six Months After Deadly Sichuan Earthquake, A Family Struggles For Survival | Kathleen E. McLaughlin | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

BEICHUAN, China -- When Mu Xiangui and his family lost their home and most of their town to the catastrophic Sichuan earthquake in May, it seemed lo...

The China Question: To Beg or to Blog?

Steve Posner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Posner

Mao's successors in the Communist Party are offering the Chinese people food but not freedom, and many are happy to take the deal.