China

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Zheng He May Not Have Been So Adventurous

One of the many aspects of the current surge in officially-guided Chinese nationalism is a focus on the seafaring achievements during the Ming dynasty. Top of the list are the voyages of the early Ming envoy Zh...
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How Ping Pong Changed the World

More than four decades after the People’s Republic of China and the United States met for the first time over an unlikely table – a ping pong one – Anglo-American author Nick Griffin is the first to explore the...
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Income Inequality Rises in Asia

Asian governments must spend more if they are to reverse the increasing income inequality that most have been showing for the past decade or more. That is the basic conclusion of an Asian Development Bank (ADB)...
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To Urbanize, China Needs More People

China is famously making an effort to spur its economy by increasing the rate of urbanization, moving as many as 250 million more people from low productivity work in agriculture to city factories and service i...
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Huxley vs. Orwell: China Today

Victor Fic, a veteran freelance journalist in Toronto,  recently interviewed Jeffrey Wasserstrom, professor at the University of California, UC Irvine Department of History and the author of China in the 21st C...
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Chinese Government Caught Flatfooted by Separatist Attack

The horrific knife attack in the city of Kunming on March 2, which took the lives of 29 and left 130 wounded, suggests that the Chinese government’s policies to counter Uyghur unrest are having unforeseen conse...
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Behind the China Sex Raids

What is really behind Beijing’s proclaimed crackdown on vices – sex, gambling and drugs? It began with an assault on the sex industry in Dongguan, the city wedged between Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Although pri...
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China’s One-Child Nonsense

For more than three decades the One-Child policy has been among the most discussed, praised and reviled aspects of post-Mao, reform-era China. But the facts of China’s demographics over the past 50 years sug...
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Hong Kongers Flee the Heat from a China Sex Raid

Baidu, the enormously popular Chinese-language version of Google, launched a “heat map” before the Lunar New Year to show trends of where Chinese travelers were heading to and coming from as hundreds of million...
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China’s Great Green Wall

After China was hit by devastating floods along the Yangtze River basin in 1998 that drowned more than 4,000 people and made 15 million homeless, government officials put in place what is by far the world’s big...