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June 7, 20134 Comments

No red-carpet faceoff? Michelle Obama won’t meet China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan

This is a moment that Chinese have long been waiting for – China’s First Lady Peng Liyuan shake hands with her U.S. counterpart Michelle Obama, with the rest of the world sizing them up, chattering about which one is more graceful and has a better red-carpet look. “Now that we finally have a presentable First [...]

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June 7, 2013No Comments

Pic of the day: Best iPhone product placement

Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan at Chichen Itza in Mexico. Best Apple product placement. Guess CCTV won’t have the gut to smear iPhone any more.

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January 21, 2013No Comments

Viral love diary of mistress ends career of Yi Junqing, senior propaganda official

Five weeks after a lengthy chronicle of his sexual encounters with a woman went viral on the Chinese Internet, Yi Junqing, a high-ranking official, was fired for “improper lifestyle,” according to a terse news dispatch from the state-run Xinhua News Agency on January 17. Yi Junqing, director of the Central Compilation and Translation Bureau, has [...]

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November 16, 2012One Comment

Chinese instantly like their new leader, Xi Jinping

(Note: for the full video of the new leadership debut with Chinese to English interpretation, go to Youku) The results of the selection, oops, election of Chinese new leadership were finally revealed. There was no suspense as to who will be the next president and premier, but educated guesses over the rest five spots on [...]

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November 2, 2012No Comments

Beijing’s paranoia before Communist Party congress, aka ‘Sparta,’ drives netizens crazy

The political struggles at the top echelon of the Chinese leadership are getting increasingly intense as the 18th Party Congress, where the next generation of the country’s leaders will be announced, approaches. Anything that goes wrong before the political dust settle may bode ill for the regime, which sees stability as the top priority, even [...]

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September 14, 2012No Comments

Shanghai defines mentally ill patients, hunts down accordingly; One netizen cued

Caixin magazine reports that Shanghai will inquire into its residents and detect mentally ill patients. According to the news story, Shanghai Municipal Bureau of Public Health has recently issued a new guideline on mental disease diagnosis and treatment and instructed local communities to find out odd behaviors of their members and report cases. Among the [...]

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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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April 28, 20113 Comments

Centennial celebration of Tsinghua University turns arena of politics, meets criticism from and controversy over its alumni

Last Sunday, Tsinghua University, one of China’s most prestigious institution for higher education, celebrated its 100th birthday. Tsinghua University is famous even around the global as a factory for engineers and scientists, many of whom head directly towards the United States after graduation. Often called “the MIT of China,” Tsinghua ranked the first on the [...]

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