WorldViews: China


Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 04/15/2014

A cheesy FBI video hopes to stop U.S. students from becoming Chinese spies

Meet Glenn Duffie Shriver.

By Adam Taylor  |  11:30 AM ET, 04/15/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  C.I.A., China, fbi, Glenn Duffie Shriver, Spies

Posted at 11:07 AM ET, 04/14/2014

A new play addresses the growing fear for journalists in Hong Kong

One reporter says that the absurdity of the play might make people laugh, but those who face that absurdity every day couldn’t laugh.

By Xu Yangjingjing and Simon Denyer  |  11:07 AM ET, 04/14/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Hong Kong, Press freedom

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 04/09/2014

No more shark fins, whiskey and Prada: The strange signs of China’s corruption crackdown

President Xi Jinping, when he came to power, said it was time for his colleagues to “take baths” to purify themselves from greed.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:44 PM ET, 04/09/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, corruption, Xi Jinping

Posted at 04:44 PM ET, 04/07/2014

Conflicting reports of potential Flight 370 pings shows China’s confused status in investigation

China’s “pings” not being investigated for now.

By Adam Taylor  |  04:44 PM ET, 04/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Australia, China, MH370

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 04/04/2014

Why Chinese Christians are camping out to save their church and cross from demolition

Local officials express concern about a growing religion.

By Xu Yangjingjing  |  10:21 AM ET, 04/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Christianity

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 03/28/2014

This is why Germany doesn’t want China anywhere near Berlin’s holocaust memorial

Why Germany doesn’t want China anywhere near a holocaust memorial

By Adam Taylor  |  11:39 AM ET, 03/28/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Berlin, China, Germany, Japan, World War II

Posted at 12:09 PM ET, 03/27/2014

China is believed to execute thousands of people every year, but no one seems quite sure how many

A state secret.

By Adam Taylor  |  12:09 PM ET, 03/27/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 02/25/2014

The important thing missing in this video of Xi Jinping walking Chinese streets

“Breathing together, sharing the fate.“

By Adam Taylor  |  12:35 PM ET, 02/25/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China Pollution, Smog, Xi Jinping

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 02/21/2014

China is angry about Obama meeting the Dalai Lama. But the U.S. shouldn’t worry.

This isn’t the first time a sitting U.S. president would meet the exiled Tibetan leader.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:28 AM ET, 02/21/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Obama

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 02/18/2014

Chinese soldiers are getting too big for their tanks

A study by the People’s Liberation Army says Chinese waistlines have grown two inches.

By Max Fisher  |  12:13 PM ET, 02/18/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:48 AM ET, 02/13/2014

Russian climbers took this amazing video while illegally scaling China’s tallest building

The pair climbed an ancient pyramid at Giza last year.

By Max Fisher  |  10:48 AM ET, 02/13/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014

2013 was the year of cybersecurity

An hour-long discussion with Peter Singer and Allan Friedman of Brookings.

By Max Fisher  |  12:07 PM ET, 01/07/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, North Korea, NSA, Syria

Posted at 06:55 PM ET, 12/18/2013

Why Sen. Max Baucus is a strange choice for U.S. ambassador to China

The 72-year-old senator has relatively little obvious China experience.

By Max Fisher  |  06:55 PM ET, 12/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013

North Korea is more accessible to foreign journalists than Tibet is

A Tibet scholar points out that there are more journalists in North Korea, a revealing fact.

By Max Fisher  |  03:03 PM ET, 12/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea, Tibet

Posted at 09:57 AM ET, 12/12/2013

China crafts a pro-Beijing image for Nelson Mandela

State media is attempting to shape a friendly legacy for the South African leader.

By Simon Denyer  |  09:57 AM ET, 12/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, South Africa

Posted at 04:03 PM ET, 12/03/2013

Asia’s rise could be held back by corruption, report says

Transparency International scores more than half of Asia Pacific countries at less than 40 on its scale from 0 (highly corrupt) to 100 (very clean).

By Terri Rupar  |  04:03 PM ET, 12/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 11/29/2013

Why did China impose an ‘air defense zone’ that was so likely to fail?

The most plausible case may be that Beijing wanted to boost its internal legitimacy.

By Max Fisher  |  12:12 PM ET, 11/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 01:08 PM ET, 11/20/2013

The five craziest moments from Gary Locke’s tenure as U.S. ambassador to China

The last two-plus years have seem some dramatic moments in U.S.-China relations.

By Max Fisher  |  01:08 PM ET, 11/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 11/16/2013

China’s rules for when families can and can’t have more than one child

These are the nine exceptions to the one-child policy

By Max Fisher  |  10:09 AM ET, 11/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:13 PM ET, 11/15/2013

Why China’s one-child policy still leads to forced abortions, and always will

This may be the one thing that Americans most misunderstand about China’s birth restriction.

By Max Fisher  |  12:13 PM ET, 11/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:16 AM ET, 11/08/2013

Why 140,000 Chinese people want to kick out CNN

A CNN.com op-ed has sparked national outrage in China.

By Li Qi  |  09:16 AM ET, 11/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 11/05/2013

Want to move abroad? This map shows the best and worst countries to be an expatriate.

China and Thailand are the best for expats, a new study finds.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 11/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Maps, Thailand

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 10/31/2013

Chinese officials produce a lot of badly forged photos, but this might be the worst

Why do Chinese officials keep getting caught releasing fake photographs?

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 10/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013

You may never eat street food in China again after watching this video

Black market dealers turn garbage or sewage into cooking oil. It’s gross.

By Max Fisher  |  04:57 PM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 10/28/2013

Incredible photos of Tiananmen Square shut down after bizarre car crash

This is what it looks like when a car careens into China’s most politically sensitive spot.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 10/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 10/24/2013

China’s bystander problem: Another death after crowd ignores woman in peril

Why do Chinese bystanders so often ignore people in peril?

By Max Fisher  |  02:19 PM ET, 10/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 10/18/2013

Clinton reveals U.S. role in high-level 2012 incident with China

The stand-off over Wang Lijun set off China’s biggest political scandal in decades.

By Max Fisher  |  01:35 PM ET, 10/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Chinese censors crack down on cartoon violence

And you thought American cartoons were bad.

By Simon Denyer  |  11:13 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:32 PM ET, 10/14/2013

Calm down, Washington: China doesn’t really want to ‘de-Americanize’

Beijing hates the shutdown, but its threat to “de-Americanize” the world is a bluff.

By Max Fisher  |  01:32 PM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 10/10/2013

This surprising chart shows which countries own the most U.S. debt

It also proves that China is not really "America's banker."

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 07:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013

China is worried about the U.S. shutdown. And it should be.

By Max Fisher  |  07:02 AM ET, 10/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 10/08/2013

As the U.S. endures an artificial debt crisis, China just weathered a real one (and came out even richer)

That may explain why Beijing is so impatient with Washington's shutdown and possible default.

By Max Fisher  |  03:04 PM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013

This is what happens when Tibetan villages refuse to fly the Chinese flag

Thousands of troops reportedly flooded into Driru when locals defied a law requiring the flag hang from every home.

By Max Fisher  |  02:45 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Tibet

Posted at 01:57 PM ET, 10/04/2013

How the shutdown is hurting U.S. foreign policy

The U.S. is missing another opportunity in Asia, this time because Obama must stay home to deal with Congress.

By Max Fisher  |  01:57 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 03:55 PM ET, 10/03/2013

You have to be careful about using the word 'struggle' in China

Almost four decades after the Cultural Revolution, it's still a touchy but untouched subject.

By Max Fisher  |  03:55 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:00 AM ET, 09/23/2013

‘In China, it’s never like this’: An interview with Peter Hessler

What the New Yorker’s long-time Beijing correspondent learned on relocating to Cairo.

By William Wan  |  10:00 AM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Egypt

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 09/16/2013

Former NSA director’s view of the Internet looks a lot like China’s

Michael Hayden’s speech sounded eerily reminiscent of the sort of argument one might hear here in China.

By Simon Denyer  |  10:19 AM ET, 09/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 08:42 AM ET, 08/22/2013

At Bo Xilai's trial, searching for clues in his first photo in 17 months

The fallen Communist Party star looked haggard, but was that a smirk on his face?

By William Wan  |  08:42 AM ET, 08/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:22 AM ET, 08/21/2013

Chinese petitioners see opportunity in reporters gathered for Bo Xilai trial

Eager for an audience, protesters from far and wide are seeking out the idle journalists waiting for Bo's trial to begin.

By William Wan  |  10:22 AM ET, 08/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Wikipedia largely alone in defying Chinese self-censorship demands

Wikipedia is available in China and opposes the government's censorship requirement.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:46 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:41 AM ET, 08/08/2013

Jailed Chinese activist releases defiant video calling for democracy, citizens' rights

Xu Zhiyong, after a month in prison, urges fellow citizens to "promote democracy, rule of law and justice together."

By Simon Denyer and Zhang Jie  |  10:41 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 08/08/2013

Chinese state media fooled by satirical story on Washington Post sale

Xinhua and People's Daily Online reported, as fact, a story titled "Amazon Founder Says He Clicked On Washington Post By Mistake."

By Max Fisher  |  08:45 AM ET, 08/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:49 PM ET, 08/05/2013

Is China's vast Web monitoring actually helping to grow democracy?

Authorities are now mining Web discussion to see what people are saying and what they think.

By Max Fisher  |  03:49 PM ET, 08/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:27 AM ET, 08/02/2013

Meet the seven imprisoned Chinese activists whom the U.S. brought up in Beijing this week

In recent years, China appears to have grown less responsive to U.S. calls to release dissidents.

By William Wan  |  11:27 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:00 AM ET, 08/02/2013

China's first lady beats out Michelle Obama for best-dressed list, to cheers on the Chinese Web

After decades of presidential wives who stay in the background, Peng Liyuan makes a splash.

By William Wan and Zhang Jie  |  09:00 AM ET, 08/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:17 AM ET, 07/30/2013

China grapples with understanding spate of random violence

A string of bizarre murders has prompted national soul-searching.

By Simon Denyer  |  10:17 AM ET, 07/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:19 PM ET, 07/29/2013

More good-bad news on China's slowdown: Auditing local governments

The move is sort of the best and worst of the Chinese political system.

By Max Fisher  |  05:19 PM ET, 07/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/26/2013

Chinese army-designed video game lets players fight Japan for the Diaoyu Islands

Players will "use their weapons to tell the Japanese that 'Japan must return our stolen territory!'" according to a press release.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 07/22/2013

A revealing map of how the world views China vs. the U.S.

The U.S. is more popular in most countries, but there are some big exceptions.

By Max Fisher  |  09:46 AM ET, 07/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Maps, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Tibetan musician releases music video honoring self-immolations

The emotional song and professional-looking music video praise Tibetans who have self-immolated in protest of Chinese rule.

By Max Fisher  |  09:02 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/18/2013

Satellite images show entire Tibetan villages 'relocated' under controversial Chinese program

China's program to move families into "New Socialist Villages" is eroding Tibetan culture.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:59 PM ET, 07/16/2013

Stephen Colbert explains what was really wrong with KTVU's fake Korean pilot names

"If you're going to do a racist joke, at least get the ethnicity right."

By Max Fisher  |  07:59 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, South Korea

Posted at 02:23 PM ET, 07/16/2013

An interactive map of the world's best and worst airports for flight delays

Japan's airports are the most reliable, China's the least, the U.S. does pretty well and the big surprise is in India.

By Max Fisher  |  02:23 PM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India, Japan, Maps

Posted at 06:32 AM ET, 07/16/2013

The amazing, surprising, Africa-driven demographic future of the Earth, in 9 charts

The world is poised to change dramatically over the next century, and in ways that you might not expect.

By Max Fisher  |  06:32 AM ET, 07/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, China, India, Nigeria

Posted at 11:46 AM ET, 07/15/2013

China's economy is slowing. Here's the case for and against freaking out.

The era of breakneck Chinese growth may finally be over. Is that good news, bad news or very bad news?

By Max Fisher  |  11:46 AM ET, 07/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:45 PM ET, 07/11/2013

A hidden political significance to graffiti on China's D.C. embassy

Many have interpreted the tag as a protest against China's controversial "land grabs."

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:45 PM ET, 07/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:30 PM ET, 07/10/2013

Here's the creepy wax statue of Kim Jong Il that was a formal gift from China

The Chinese Communist Party got North Korea a very unnerving present to mark the Korean War anniversary.

By Max Fisher  |  05:30 PM ET, 07/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 10:23 AM ET, 07/09/2013

Chinese state media: Egypt proves that no one should ever protest again

The Global Times makes a strange argument about the lessons of Egypt's turmoil

By Max Fisher  |  10:23 AM ET, 07/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Egypt

Posted at 01:56 PM ET, 07/01/2013

Snowden's mission, ideals have been subsumed by international politics

The same idealism that led Snowden to release U.S. secrets may have landed him in Moscow and under Putin's thumb.

By Max Fisher  |  01:56 PM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Ecuador, Iceland, Russia

Posted at 11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2013

Obama wants to curb Africa's ivory trade. Here's what he's up against.

Elephants and rhinos are being pushed toward extinction by poachers.

By Max Fisher  |  11:29 AM ET, 07/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, China, environment, obamainafrica

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 06/24/2013

Believe it or not, China likely allowed Snowden's exit as a favor to the U.S.

In the absence of a solution that would satisfy Beijing, Hong Kong and Washington, the Snowden problem was simply jettisoned

By Max Fisher  |  04:14 PM ET, 06/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:37 PM ET, 06/20/2013

China's economy is freezing up. How freaked out should we be?

Thursday may have marked the beginning of the end of 20 years of rapid economic growth.

By Max Fisher  |  01:37 PM ET, 06/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Chinese hackers referencing PRISM to lure e-mail victims

The e-mail scam purports to share a secret list of U.S. cyber snooping targets.

By Max Fisher  |  04:06 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 06/13/2013

Prominent law professor disputes NYU 'booted' Chinese dissident Chen Guangcheng

Jerome Cohen on the New York Post story: "No political refugee, even Albert Einstein, has received better treatment by an American academic institution."

By Max Fisher  |  12:40 PM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:09 AM ET, 06/12/2013

Chinese newspaper: Edward Snowden staying in Hong Kong, despite many reasons to flee

The NSA leaker has every reason to flee to a country that can offer him asylum but, strangely, hasn't.

By Max Fisher  |  10:09 AM ET, 06/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013

Is Snowden right that there's no distinction between U.S. and Chinese hacking?

The NSA leaker argued as much in justifying his leaks, but it's not clear that he's right.

By Max Fisher  |  08:01 AM ET, 06/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013

'This is the definition of heroism': Snowden lauded in China

Web users in the country seem to see him as both a fellow activists against corruption and a repudiation of Western lecturing.

By Max Fisher  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, National Security

Posted at 11:21 AM ET, 06/05/2013

Did Michelle Obama just set back U.S.-China diplomacy a tiny bit?

The first lady's odd decision to skip the California summit with Xi Jinping is already discouraging Chinese political scientists.

By Max Fisher  |  11:21 AM ET, 06/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:11 PM ET, 06/04/2013

'Fool's errand': Why China censors rubber duckies on Tiananmen anniversary

The Chinese government's refusal to address the questions that opened the 1989 protests has lasted 24 years.

By Max Fisher  |  12:11 PM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 06/04/2013

This is the song of Tiananmen: 'Blindfold my eyes and cover the sky'

Cui Jian's "Nothing to My Name" became the anthem of both the protests and the massacre that followed.

By Max Fisher  |  10:44 AM ET, 06/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:32 PM ET, 06/03/2013

Why it's good news for the U.S. that China is snapping up Iraq's oil

Iraqi petroleum is increasingly flowing east, but that's not such a bad thing.

By Max Fisher  |  03:32 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Energy, Iraq

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 06/03/2013

China's constitution debate hits a sensitive nerve

New rules restrict educators from discussing the touchy subject.

By Li Qi and William Wan  |  09:46 AM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:35 AM ET, 05/29/2013

Study: China's 'Great Firewall' may not actually isolate Internet users

A new study argues that most Chinese Internet users would never go to the Web sites the government blocks, anyway.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  10:35 AM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:09 PM ET, 05/28/2013

The U.S. weapons systems that experts say were hacked by the Chinese

According to a report prepared for the Pentagon, cyber-spies breached the designs of important military aircraft and missile-defense systems

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:09 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013

88 percent of Chinese say the economy is doing well

That's despite reports of China's economic slowdown, and opposite the pessimistic outlooks in most advanced economies

By Caitlin Dewey  |  12:12 PM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:27 PM ET, 05/23/2013

'A society discovering itself': The amazing, subversive rise of Chinese documentary film

A new art exhibition showcases some of the best of China's growing and often-powerful documentary movement.

By Max Fisher  |  01:27 PM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013

Should the U.S. allow companies to 'hack back' against foreign cyber spies?

A special commission suggests allowing corporations to take the fight to hackers, but the risks could be substantial.

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 05/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Russia

Posted at 10:30 AM ET, 05/22/2013

Video: A rare glimpse inside Tibet at a time of unwelcome change

As Chinese migrants flow in and construction changes the holy city, it's "a shadow of what it once was."

By Max Fisher  |  10:30 AM ET, 05/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 05/21/2013

How Chinese hacking makes it tougher for the U.S. to stop old-fashioned spies

A 2010 attack on Google may have revealed FBI investigations into suspected foreign agents.

By Max Fisher  |  11:20 AM ET, 05/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 05/20/2013

China's culture of hacking cost the country $873 million in 2011

Cyber-espionage isn't limited to the military, with freelance hackers doing damage to internal commerce.

By Max Fisher  |  02:00 PM ET, 05/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:34 PM ET, 05/18/2013

Japanese leader revives dark memories of imperial-era biological experiments in China

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's photo op in a plane marked "731," intentional or not, infuriated former victims.

By Max Fisher  |  01:34 PM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 05/18/2013

Photos of Ai Weiwei's latest work, a response to China's baby milk scandal

In 2008, milk tainted by an industrial chemical killed six infants and sickened 300,000.

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 05/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 05/17/2013

Chinese tourists' bad manners harming country's reputation, says senior official

A vice premiere says Chinese tourists are hurting the country's image.

By Anup Kaphle  |  11:56 AM ET, 05/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Understanding China

Posted at 09:11 AM ET, 05/16/2013

A dazzling documentary about pop music in China's Muslim-majority province

What's it like to be a young musician in restive Xinjiang?

By Max Fisher  |  09:11 AM ET, 05/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 05/15/2013

Chinese petitioner, after asking White House for help, visited by Chinese police

The young woman who asked Obama to call attention to a petrochemical plant not says authorities 'scared' her.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 05/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:35 PM ET, 05/14/2013

Meet the Chinese 'censors' who watch 700 pornographic movies every week

What it's like to watch sexually explicit DVDs in the service of the state.

By William Wan  |  01:35 PM ET, 05/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:17 PM ET, 05/13/2013

Passenger captures video of Beijing airport brawl between passengers and employees

What started with delays and angry passengers climaxed with a manager lifting a metal stool over his head.

By Max Fisher  |  02:17 PM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:32 AM ET, 05/13/2013

The real roots of China-Japan tensions

A prominent historian argues that China is struggling for a post-Mao ideology and Japan is bristling against U.S. dominance.

By Max Fisher  |  09:32 AM ET, 05/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 07:32 AM ET, 05/07/2013

Map: More than half of humanity lives within this circle

About 3.6 billion of the world's 7.1 billion people live in South and East Asia.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  07:32 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:42 PM ET, 05/03/2013

The study that shows why China and India probably won't clash over border dispute

A fascinating 2005 analysis of China's resolution of border disputes might surprise you.

By Max Fisher  |  05:42 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India

Posted at 02:47 PM ET, 05/03/2013

Why it's great news that China wants to mediate Israel-Palestine talks

Don't wait for Beijing to resolve the peace process, but it says volumes about China's evolving view of its place in the world.

By Max Fisher  |  02:47 PM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Israel-Palestine

Posted at 03:43 PM ET, 05/01/2013

China's version of Google marks Worker's Day by banning discussion on Marx, 'labor,' 'strikes'

A bit of supremely ironic censorship from the world's largest ostensibly socialist state.

By Max Fisher  |  03:43 PM ET, 05/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2013

Obama's correspondents dinner speech is a big hit in China, with 25 million views

Chinese Web users are swarming to watch and discuss the video, an example of everything their political system is not.

By Max Fisher  |  12:06 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:34 AM ET, 04/24/2013

China's bird flu outbreak: 3 good signs, 3 bad signs and 3 very bad signs

Good news: China is showing unusual transparency in responding. Bad news: It's harder to track and easier to transmit than previous strains.

By Max Fisher  |  11:34 AM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:53 AM ET, 04/23/2013

Japan's no-apology diplomacy: Why a small Tokyo shrine is causing big trouble in Asia

The imperial-era shrine is infuriating Japan's neighbors, and not without reason.

By Max Fisher  |  11:53 AM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, South Korea

Posted at 04:19 PM ET, 04/18/2013

Despite harsh words for North Korea, China deepens economic ties

A shiny new bridge is going up across the Chinese-North Korean border to allow for greater trade.

By Max Fisher  |  04:19 PM ET, 04/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/16/2013

China sees the best and worst of America in Boston bombing

Chinese social media users said their country's security was better but lauded the U.S. show of transparency and cooperation.

By Max Fisher  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2013

Can the U.S. widen the gap between China and North Korea?

John Kerry offered to withdraw some U.S. missile defense if Pyongyang curbs its nuclear program, an offer that appeals more to Beijing.

By Max Fisher  |  11:52 AM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 05:03 PM ET, 04/12/2013

Is political satire rising in China?

The popularity of Daily Show clips on the Chinese web suggests a growing appetite for political humor.

By Max Fisher  |  05:03 PM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 04/11/2013

Why China loves 'The Daily Show'

A 'Daily Show' segment about the show's popularity in China is already 50 times more popular online in China than it is in the U.S.

By Max Fisher  |  12:43 PM ET, 04/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Report: China may be shutting down some tourism into North Korea

Foreign tourism is an important source of revenue for Pyongyang.

By Max Fisher  |  05:04 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 04/09/2013

Chinese army colonel says avian flu is an American plot against China

The senior officer accused the U.S. of infecting Chinese citizens with the disease.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:47 AM ET, 04/09/2013

In sign of Chinese frustration with North Korea, 'Daily Show' clip mocking Kim racks up 2.8 million Chinese views

Chinese Web users, eager for an outlet to criticize their ally, have made it one of the most-watched clips in the show's history.

By Max Fisher  |  10:47 AM ET, 04/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 04/05/2013

China's branding failure: only 6% of U.S. consumers can name one Chinese brand

Chinese companies have long preferred to buy up American brands, rather than trying their own push in the U.S. market

By Caitlin Dewey  |  08:01 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Why was it so easy for a Chinese citizen to pose as a senior Communist Party official?

Zhou Xiyang faked his way to special treatment, exposing the depth of China's official corruption problem.

By Max Fisher  |  12:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:20 PM ET, 03/15/2013

Video: Chinese police detain British reporter, unaware he's broadcasting live throughout

The Sky News live feed goes from Tiananmen Square to the back of a van to a surreal exchange in an empty school.

By Max Fisher  |  04:20 PM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/15/2013

Today's reads: Gay Argentines discuss Pope Francis

Also: What about Iran's fatwa banning nuclear weapons?

By Max Fisher  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Argentina, China, Iran, Today's Reads

Posted at 11:37 AM ET, 03/14/2013

Xi Jinping's election as president of China, as told in crazy statistics

Share of the Chinese population granted the franchise in this election: 0.0002156819 percent.

By Max Fisher  |  11:37 AM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 03/13/2013

Today's Reads: Eyes on Khatami, frustration in Wukan

Would the reformer Mohammed Khatami, a former president, run for the office again?

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Today's Reads

Posted at 08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013

Today's Reads: South Africa's future, Obama in Israel

Is the president's trip to the Middle East all about Iran?

By Max Fisher  |  08:41 AM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Israel, South Africa, Today's Reads

Posted at 09:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013

Today's Reads: An awkward moment in Kabul, the 'Invisible Children' comic book

Drama at the Bolshoi, cross-cultural weddings, more

By Max Fisher  |  09:24 AM ET, 03/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Afghanistan, China, Russia, Today's Reads, Yemen

Posted at 11:28 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Strangulation of infant leads to grief, soul-searching in China

A carjacking-gone-wrong in northeast China has some questioning the country's "money-crazed values"

By Zhang Jie and William Wan  |  11:28 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 02/27/2013

China is happy with John Kerry because it thinks he'll drop the 'pivot to Asia'

The new secretary of state has put less emphasis on engaging in East Asia.

By Max Fisher  |  03:42 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 08:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013

Today's reads: China's housing bubble, Palestine's third party

And the story of what happened to a South Korean man who pretended to be a pro-North Korean professor for a joke documentary.

By Max Fisher  |  08:46 AM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Israel-Palestine, North Korea

Posted at 03:33 PM ET, 02/26/2013

How China and the U.S. misunderstand one another

Beijing sees Washington as monolithic, capable, and efficient. Washington's view of Beijing isn't much better.

By Max Fisher  |  03:33 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 03:31 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Hawkish Chinese general goes a little overboard on social media

Luo Yuan, one of China's most outspoken proponents of escalating conflict with Japan, has posted calls to "speak out" and gushing praises of himself.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  03:31 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:07 AM ET, 02/26/2013

Today's Reads: Nuclear talks with Iran, a Chinese insider pushes for reform

Also, why economists are upset about Italy's election.

By Max Fisher  |  09:07 AM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Iran, Italy, Today's Reads

Posted at 05:17 PM ET, 02/25/2013

BBC blocked in China just days after reporting on Chinese hackers

Chinese troops detained some BBC journalists last week for filming outside of a suspected cyber espionage compound in Shanghai.

By Max Fisher  |  05:17 PM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 02/25/2013

China's riskiest property market just collapsed. Is this how it starts?

The collapse in east Asia's Dubai is a reminder of the danger of the Chinese real estate bubble.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 08:22 AM ET, 02/25/2013

Today's reads: Branding al-Qaeda, Palestine at the Oscars

Who counts as al-Qaeda?

By Max Fisher  |  08:22 AM ET, 02/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Al-Qaeda After Bin Laden, China, Israel-Palestine, Today's Reads

Posted at 03:41 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Video: Hilarious Chinese TV ad mocks Kim Jong Eun

Kingsoft wants you to follow Kim's example and buy their Web browser.

By Max Fisher  |  03:41 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/22/2013

Chinese state media release a map showing the spread of 'cancer villages'

A map posted on Weibo suggests China may be closer to acknowledging the link between cancer and pollution.

By Caitlin Dewey  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Maps

Posted at 08:58 AM ET, 02/22/2013

Today's reads: Anger and shame in Syria, the Fox News of China

A moving essay on Syria's psyche and other must-reads of the day.

By Max Fisher  |  08:58 AM ET, 02/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, Syria, Today's Reads

Posted at 01:49 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Of course China is building a full-size, working replica of the Titanic

The country, brushing off concerns about shoddy construction, is pursuing an interest that began with the 1997 film of the same name.

By Max Fisher  |  01:49 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013

The gaping hole in Obama's plan to stop Chinese hacking

The official U.S. strategy requires engaging Beijing in the sort of calculus-shifting diplomacy that China has resisted for centuries.

By Max Fisher  |  11:39 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, Diplomacy, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 08:45 AM ET, 02/21/2013

Today's reads: Japan's growing militarism, how Saudi Arabia staves off revolution

The first of a new, daily feature on the articles I'm reading and why they matter.

By Max Fisher  |  08:45 AM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013

Someone found a college recruitment notice to join China's alleged military hacker team

Unit 61398 asked Chinese computer science grad students to join up back in 2004.

By Max Fisher  |  01:30 PM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 02:01 PM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hackers outed themselves by logging into their personal Facebook accounts

The hackers may have gotten lazy about logging out of "attack" servers before accessing U.S.-based social media.

By Max Fisher  |  02:01 PM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Chinese hacking: Obama admin. signals it will elevate issue with Beijing

The U.S. says it will raise its opposition to hacking within the already-complicated U.S.-China relationship.

By Max Fisher  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 09:39 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Video: Chinese grannies do the Harlem Shake

These two older women from mainland China are definitely in on the joke.

By Max Fisher  |  09:39 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:25 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Fascinating video tracks a real Chinese hacker in action

The video, released by a U.S. security form, purports to show the hacker breaking into real, unsuspecting systems.

By Max Fisher  |  09:25 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 03:21 PM ET, 02/14/2013

China's state newspaper slams Valentine's Day for causing 'debauchery of decadent cadres'

People's Daily says the Western holiday is to blame for recent Communist Party corruption scandals. Really.

By Max Fisher  |  03:21 PM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:58 AM ET, 02/12/2013

Why China still supports North Korea, in six little words

It's as much a policy as a mantra, and it explains more than you might think: "No war, no instability, no nukes."

By Max Fisher  |  11:58 AM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013

The surprising Chinese origins of common English phrases

Why ketchup is called ketchup

By Olga Khazan  |  11:31 AM ET, 02/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013

Eric Schmidt, in new book: China could contribute to fracturing the Internet into pieces

The Google CEO reportedly warns that web censorship and hacking could lead states to deliberately break it apart.

By Max Fisher  |  06:00 AM ET, 02/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Cyber Security

Posted at 02:25 PM ET, 01/31/2013

Hacking the Times: China's reach, and its rules, push beyond its borders

Are we all playing by Beijing's rules, whether we want to or not?

By Max Fisher  |  02:25 PM ET, 01/31/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:41 AM ET, 01/28/2013

Police hound Chinese blogger who exposed political sex scandal

Zhu Rufeng is using social media to attract popular attention to his case and, he hopes, chasten the police.

By Wang Juan  |  09:41 AM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2013

Kim Jong Eun surgery rumors force open a sliver of daylight with China

Pyongyang condemned a Chinese media report that Kim had gotten plastic surgery, a rare show of disagreement between the two allies.

By Max Fisher  |  12:10 PM ET, 01/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 10:26 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Big news in China: 'Mythbusters' blew up a Chinese popcorn maker

A brief American TV segment on the traditional street food is generating wide interest in China.

By Max Fisher  |  10:26 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China, Food

Posted at 04:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013

China's latest restriction for Tibetans: no passports

Authorities have not granted a new passports to any Tibetan individuals in almost a year, according to rights groups.

By Max Fisher  |  04:04 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:50 PM ET, 01/15/2013

Unbelievable photos of how bad Beijing's air has gotten

Why Beijing can't breathe.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:50 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 04:25 PM ET, 01/14/2013

Video: China's plainclothes police stuff man into unmarked van for speaking to reporters

After a young man offers his support for a censored newspaper, some plainclothes police swoop in to pack him away.

By Max Fisher  |  04:25 PM ET, 01/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013

Who loves and hates America: A revealing map of global opinion toward the U.S.

The world, from Europe to Africa to Asia, has a more favorable opinion of the U.S. than you might think.

By Max Fisher  |  11:14 AM ET, 01/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Africa, America in Context, China, Global trends, Maps, Turkey

Posted at 12:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013

The anti-Americanism of Jackie Chan

The Hong Kong-born movie star called the U.S. the "most corrupt country in the world," reflecting complex Chinese attitudes toward America.

By Max Fisher  |  12:27 PM ET, 01/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 12:36 PM ET, 01/04/2013

Why Chinese workers are enduring an eight-day work week

It's all about economics, but the official holiday decree has some workers scratching their heads.

By Max Fisher  |  12:36 PM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:05 AM ET, 01/04/2013

Chinese tourism: The West strains to understand a new, $85 billion-a-year industry

Western countries are trying to cash in, but Chinese palettes are finicky and their expectations very, very high.

By Max Fisher  |  11:05 AM ET, 01/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013

The political cartoons that maybe got their artist shut down on Chinese social media

Kuang Biao's powerful drawings satirize the Chinese government, maybe more than censors were willing to tolerate

By Max Fisher  |  02:30 PM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:38 AM ET, 01/03/2013

A fascinating interview with China's biggest rock star

Cui Jian, a cultural giant since the 1980s, reflects on Chinese culture, politics, and freedom.

By Max Fisher  |  10:38 AM ET, 01/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Music

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 01/02/2013

'Running' yellow lights is illegal in China now

Yellow and red lights are now functionally the same in the world's most populous country.

By Max Fisher  |  04:53 PM ET, 01/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 02:58 PM ET, 01/01/2013

The surprising shopping habits of China's growing middle class

Single's day, Warrior Shoes and Chinese foodies.

By Olga Khazan  |  02:58 PM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Understanding China

Posted at 12:40 PM ET, 12/28/2012

China's government is blogging more, even as it tries to control blogging

What the new Chinese Internet restrictions mean for Weibo users

By Olga Khazan  |  12:40 PM ET, 12/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 12/25/2012

Is Bill Clinton responsible for China's saxophone Santas?

The ubiquitous sax-playing Santa became popular shortly after Clinton's famous Arsenio Hall appearance.

By Max Fisher  |  01:42 PM ET, 12/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 02:21 PM ET, 12/24/2012

Eight fascinating facts about Christmas in China

For centuries, the country has absorbed foreign ideas and made them its own. Now, its Christmas is taking on Chinese characteristics.

By Max Fisher  |  02:21 PM ET, 12/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012

Why the Mayan apocalypse date is such a big deal in China

The country's religious vacuum and its history of religious rebellion make cult-like beliefs unusually popular, something the government fears.

By Max Fisher  |  12:01 PM ET, 12/20/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012

Here are the rare photos of Xi Jinping posted on a Chinese fan site

An anonymous fan site posted rare early photographs of Xi and his family members.

By Anup Kaphle  |  01:02 PM ET, 12/13/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Understanding China

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 12/11/2012

The coming realignment of world powers, foretold in charts

By 2030, three of the world's top four powers could be Asian and none of them European.

By Max Fisher  |  03:26 PM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Global trends, India, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 10:40 AM ET, 12/11/2012

Study: Income inequality skyrockets in China, now among world's highest

China's Gini coefficient could be the fifth worst in the world and the worst outside of sub-Saharan Africa.

By Max Fisher  |  10:40 AM ET, 12/11/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 12/10/2012

Chinese Web users can search for their leader's name now

A day after Xi Jinping gives a speech calling for reform, his name is unblocked on Weibo.

By Max Fisher  |  11:40 AM ET, 12/10/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012

China: Self-immolators and their abettors will be charged with murder

A new law is China's heavy-handed reaction to the wave of self-immolations in Tibet.

By Olga Khazan  |  03:36 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Understanding China

Posted at 03:38 PM ET, 12/01/2012

World AIDS Day: China's strange prejudice against AIDS patients

One paper victimized an AIDS clinics nurses, rather than its patients

By Olga Khazan  |  03:38 PM ET, 12/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 09:14 AM ET, 11/29/2012

12-year survey: Japanese view of China and Korea hits record low

The poll follows a year of tense, sometimes quite emotional nationalist disputes with Japan's two most important neighbors.

By Max Fisher  |  09:14 AM ET, 11/29/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, South Korea

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 11/28/2012

A theory for how China's state newspaper got fooled' by The Onion

The newspaper may be repeating a Mao-era habit of flipping the truth on its head something that wasn't so funny back then.

By Max Fisher  |  11:17 AM ET, 11/28/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012

Here's the Onion article on Kim Jong Eun that fooled China's state newspaper

The People's Daily trumpets The Onion's selection of the North Korean dictator as "sexiest man alive," apparently unaware of the satire.

By Max Fisher  |  09:34 AM ET, 11/27/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, North Korea

Posted at 12:44 PM ET, 11/26/2012

Here's the Chinese passport map that's infuriating much of Asia

A map on page 8 of the new passport shows disputed territory and islands, not to mention Taiwan, as part of China.

By Max Fisher  |  12:44 PM ET, 11/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India, Philippines, Taiwan, Vietnam

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 11/23/2012

India and China quarrel over their maps on passport and visa stamps

Beijing recently began issuing new e-passports showing water mark images of two regions as Chinese territory.

By Rama Lakshmi  |  10:53 AM ET, 11/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, India

Posted at 12:48 PM ET, 11/15/2012

China's party congress choreographed with tiny black stickers

It was as though all the arrangements could have been undone by some poor soul simply standing in the wrong place.

By William Wan  |  12:48 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, leadership transition, party congress, Understanding China

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 11/15/2012

Water: The next challenge for China's new leaders?

Water shortages may put an additional drag on China's slowing economy

By Olga Khazan  |  12:14 PM ET, 11/15/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 11/14/2012

Chinese netizens are using English to mock China's political climate

What "Wall-e" and "Smilence" mean to Chinese Internet users.

By Olga Khazan  |  04:05 PM ET, 11/14/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 09:10 AM ET, 11/12/2012

One of Chinas most ingenious bribery schemes: the professional poker loser

A parable of the corruption that China's leader warns could bring down the country.

By Max Fisher  |  09:10 AM ET, 11/12/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Web monitor: China takes extraordinary step of blocking Google

"Never before have so many people been affected by a decision to block a website."

By Max Fisher  |  11:10 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:08 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Video: Gangnam Style plus Tibetan independence plus bobblehead Xi Jinping

Yes, even free Tibet activists are now using the Korean viral pop hit.

By Max Fisher  |  10:08 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Gangnam Living

Posted at 09:52 AM ET, 11/09/2012

Is China better at picking leaders than the U.S.?

The world's two richest countries undergo political transitions this week. Which system is better at serving the nation?

By Max Fisher  |  09:52 AM ET, 11/09/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 10:58 AM ET, 11/08/2012

What its like to use the Internet in China

During its big leadership transition, the Chinese government keeps watch online.

By Olga Khazan  |  10:58 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Chinese Internet, internet, Understanding China

Posted at 10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2012

The creepiest sight in China? Tiananmen anti-self-immolator firefighters

The Beijing fire teams are likely meant to put out any protesters who attempt to set themselves on fire during the Party Congress.

By Max Fisher  |  10:19 AM ET, 11/08/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:25 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Are Chinese Web users discussing the U.S. election more than Americans are?

It's possible that Weibo users sent more messages about the event than U.S. Twitter users.

By Max Fisher  |  03:25 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 01:31 PM ET, 11/07/2012

A Chinese consolation for Romney: At least you can have multiple children

A viral Chinese comment puts the candidate's loss in a surprising context.

By Max Fisher  |  01:31 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2012

China, worried by U.S. campaign rhetoric, relieved at elections end

The election sparked wide conversation on Chinese social media, with millions of comments.

By Keith B. Richburg and Wang Juan  |  09:05 AM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, China

Posted at 10:59 AM ET, 11/06/2012

Beijing bar serving Obamas beer recipe for the election at 8 a.m.

A reminder that the U.S. presidential vote is a global event.

By Max Fisher  |  10:59 AM ET, 11/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  America in Context, Chimerica Watch, China

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 11/02/2012

Ai Weiwei sees hope for China in social media

The dissident thinks sites like Weibo are changing the dynamic of China's government, one tweet at a time.

By Olga Khazan  |  12:06 PM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 08:39 AM ET, 11/02/2012

Amazing long-exposure photos of Hong Kong in motion

A photographer captures the city's motion and light in a few frames.

By Max Fisher  |  08:39 AM ET, 11/02/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 01:01 PM ET, 11/01/2012

The secret story behind Xi Jinping’s disappearance, finally revealed?

The next Chinese leader went missing mysteriously for two weeks in September.

By Max Fisher  |  01:01 PM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:40 AM ET, 11/01/2012

First video of China’s new stealth fighter

The prototype J-31 could be a big step forward for Chinese military technology.

By Max Fisher  |  11:40 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 10:54 AM ET, 11/01/2012

Beijing lockdown: The 10 craziest new rules for taxis, toys and, yes, pigeons

New rules are already in effect in Beijing, and some of them are a bit silly.

By Max Fisher  |  10:54 AM ET, 11/01/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 10/31/2012

Photos: Halloween in Hong Kong looks awesome

The mega-city loves celebrating the American holiday, with a unique Hong Kong touch.

By Max Fisher  |  05:27 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 03:44 PM ET, 10/31/2012

China and Japan looking to the U.S. on disputed islands

A preview of the big challenges America will face in its Pacific century.

By Max Fisher  |  03:44 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan, U.S. Foreign Policy

Posted at 12:34 PM ET, 10/31/2012

The ‘developing interior’ case that China will keep growing

Can Beijing overcome the transition trap and slowing economy?

By Max Fisher  |  12:34 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:12 PM ET, 10/31/2012

China’s former leaders step into the spotlight

Their appearance is likely a signal to junior Party officials.

By Zhang Jie  |  12:12 PM ET, 10/31/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China's leadership, Understanding China

Posted at 07:41 PM ET, 10/30/2012

A surprisingly deep Chinese joke about Hurricane Sandy

Foreign policy nerds will love this.

By Max Fisher  |  07:41 PM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Japan

Posted at 10:57 AM ET, 10/30/2012

The world is watching: Global concern, boasting, jokes over Hurricane Sandy

From French concerns about global warming to extremist Saudi calls for more destruction, how the world sees America's storm.

By Max Fisher  |  10:57 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, europe, France, Middle East

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 10/30/2012

A viral, fake Hurricane Sandy photo migrates to China

"In China, it would've been cooked already."

By Max Fisher  |  08:43 AM ET, 10/30/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:59 PM ET, 10/26/2012

Abusive China teacher fired after Weibo outcry

Police arrested two Chinese teachers after a photo circulated on the country's microblogging site Weibo showing one of them lifting a student by his ears

By Olga Khazan  |  12:59 PM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Understanding China

Posted at 10:12 AM ET, 10/26/2012

New York Times case could test Chinas balancing act on censorship

Officials are moving to censor an explosive story revealing the prime minister's family's wealth.

By Max Fisher  |  10:12 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 07:52 AM ET, 10/26/2012

Chinas version of The Onion takes on Wen Jiabao story

China Daily Show picks up a sensitive report about high-level corruption.

By Max Fisher  |  07:52 AM ET, 10/26/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 11:45 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Chinas censors move with unusual speed on Wen Jiabao revelation

Web discussion was stifled almost immediately, suggesting Beijing fears a public backlash.

By Max Fisher  |  11:45 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 06:27 PM ET, 10/25/2012

Revelation of Wen Jiabao’s wealth comes at a sensitive time for China

This is a moment of political transition and economic uncertainty in the country.

By Max Fisher  |  06:27 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:22 PM ET, 10/25/2012

An expert’s video guide to cooking amazing ma po tofu

Fuchsia Dunlop walks you through one of Sichuan province's most famous dishes.

By Max Fisher  |  12:22 PM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Food

Posted at 11:17 AM ET, 10/25/2012

China’s foreign press office falls victim to hackers

China is often the target of complaints from around the world about computer hacking. But on Thursday, the government's foreign press office may have been the victim.

By Zhang Jie  |  11:17 AM ET, 10/25/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, hackers, Understanding China

Posted at 01:33 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Explaining Ai Weiwei’s ‘grass mud horse’ obsession

The Chinese artist's long-running meme helps explain his "Gangnam Style" parody.

By Max Fisher  |  01:33 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China

Posted at 12:05 PM ET, 10/24/2012

Ai Weiwei’s odd ‘Gangnam Style’ parody

The Chinese dissident artist at his most and least serious.

By Max Fisher  |  12:05 PM ET, 10/24/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China, Gangnam Living

Posted at 04:09 PM ET, 10/23/2012

Chinese protester who attacked U.S. ambassador’s car wants U.S. visa

A strange reminder of the contradictions of Chinese nationalism.

By Max Fisher  |  04:09 PM ET, 10/23/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  China