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July 4, 20133 Comments

Students’ humiliation of Hong Kong’s chief sparks debate about free speech

Hong Kong Chief Executive CY Leung was given thumbs-down, the middle finger, ‘No’ signs and was even mooned at the commencement by students at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts last week. In return, Leung greeted each of his protesters nothing but an awkward smile. Long seen as a puppet leader installed by Beijing, [...]

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December 12, 20122 Comments

Taiwan’s Tsinghua University student scolds Taiwanese minister; Chinese netizens’ reaction

Jazza John, our contributor, is currently a student at National Chengchi University in Taiwan. Taiwanese students have been making headlines on the island off the South-Eastern coast of mainland China as they protest against Want Want China Times Group’s bid for the acquisition of Next Media Group. If the take over is permitted by the [...]

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November 8, 2012No Comments

Chinese net users and state-run media react to US presidential election, differently

As Americans eyed anxiously the election of their next president, Chinese social media sites have been abuzz over the tight race between Mitt Romney and incumbent Obama. The excitement of the online crowd rose to fever pitch after the results were announced. According to the measurement given by Sina Weibo, Chinese hybrid of Facebook and [...]

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October 30, 20123 Comments

Ningbo drops chemical project amid protests, but it is truly victory?

After days of protests over the proposed expansion of a petrochemical plant, the authorities finally gave in to swelling opposition by announcing that the environmentally sensitive project, which is expected to produce p-Xylene, or PX, will be permanently cancelled. Protesters who braved the online censorship by uploading photos of the scenes onto Chinese social media [...]

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April 16, 201212 Comments

Curious Chinese ask stereotypical questions about India; a smarty-pants answers them all

The following content comes from a discussion thread in a forum in Baidu dedicated to topics related to CBS sit-com The Big Bang Theory. (A condensed version can be found here.)The author asserted that he spent 8 months in rural India and stayed with his Indian classmate, during which he did research for his thesis [...]

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January 12, 20122 Comments

Photos: Taiwan VS China: With or without an election ballot

As the presidential election in Taiwan gathers steam, attention of people from across the Taiwan Strait is also running higher. However, despite the fanfare, mud-slinging, brouhaha and emotional speeches that give pro-government Chinese every handle to attack the election as nothing but a show, many Chinese netizens who keep a close eye on the election [...]

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November 22, 201115 Comments

Netizens claim US has hidden plot to subvert China, citing Jon Huntsman in a Republican Primary Debate

Via Sina Weibo.   A video (seen above) of a recent Republican Primary Debate has been circling the net featuring Republican Presidential Candidate and former U.S. Ambassador to China, Jon Huntsman, responding to what he would do about China as president. His quote is as follows: “…So what should we be doing? We should be [...]

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May 16, 20113 Comments

Chinese petitioner runs for election as independent candidate, harassed and detained by local gov’t and police

Liu Ping was a worker at a state-owned iron and steel plant in the city of Xinyu, Jiangxi Province. As a full-time employee, she had been enjoying the legal benefits of paid leave and overtime pay. Therefore, the company, in order to depress salary and arbitrarily fire workers like her, forced her off her post [...]

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February 23, 20116 Comments

Chinese TV praised Libyan leader Gaddafi as thinker, revolutionist

Anthony Yuen: This man, unlike what Western media demonized him to be, is a thinker. Anthony Yuen: I read the Green Book written by you. It is very admirable. Qaddafi: The people can fight for themselves. That way, they can keep the peace. Qaddafi: Now we Africans can rule the United States. We will support [...]

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January 30, 20114 Comments

Despite the taboo ‘Egypt,’ Chinese netizens echo its protests, cry out for Facebook in microblogs

Despite the fact that China has blocked the word “Egypt” from the country’s wildly popular Twitter-like service, Sina Microblog, not all Chinese shut their mouths. A picture of Egypt protest attached to one microblog post has been widely circulated in Sina’s micro-blogosphere. As Chinese censorship apparatus has rendered any attempt to key in the Chinese [...]

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