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12 hours ago

Chinese con artists turn to the country's imperial past to scam victims

In separate schemes that promised returns from vast inheritances, one man pretended to be the 300-year-old Qianlong emperor, still alive thanks to an "elixir of life," while women have claimed they were descendants of the Qing dynasty.
via Washington Post
13 hours ago

Outspoken artist Ai Weiwei's invitation to participate in a Chinese museum's art show rescinded under government pressure

Ai, who now lives in Berlin, had planned to exhibit a sculpture made of rubble from the 2008 Sichuan earthquake at the Yinchuan Biennale in northwest China.
via The New York Times
13 hours ago

Economic stabilization reignites China's stalled reforms, including overcapacity cuts, expanded investment opportunities and improved fiscal relationships

A flurry of announcements signal a renewed commitment to complete economic reforms by 2020, though skeptics question whether there will be sufficient follow-through, and any effects are likely to be gradual.
via Bloomberg

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13 hours ago

Calls for independence from Beijing grow among Hong Kong's youth ahead of local elections

“Two years ago Hong Kong independence was a taboo. You couldn’t say that. If you said that … everybody condemned you: You’re nuts, you’re crazy," says one activist who was banned from running for a seat on the city's legislature in the Sept. 4 election because of his pro-independence stance.
via The Guardian
13 hours ago

Opinion: The chopstick-fork mashup known as the 'chork' is the perfect utensil for the hybrid Chinese cuisine found in America

"Like Panda Express and American Chinese food more broadly, the chork is inspired by Chinese elements but heavily adapted — the kind of mutant mash-up that has regularly emerged from the fires of America's melting pot," writes Ana Swanson.
via Washington Post
13 hours ago

Pot, meet kettle: Security firms see sharp increase in Chinese hacking of Russian industries

There have been 194 Chinese cyberattacks on Russian targets so far this year, compared to 72 in all of 2015, according to the Moscow-based Kaspersky Lab.
via Bloomberg
13 hours ago

Opinion: China has essentially abandoned the pretense of its ‘peaceful rise’ with its behavior in the South China Sea

"China sees its dominance as crucial because of its own development needs," writes Frank Ching. "It wants the resources in the waters as well as under the seabed."
via South China Morning Post
13 hours ago

High-ranking general who was an ally of disgraced security chief is the latest target in Xi Jinping's anti-corruption campaign

General Wang Jinping, deputy chief of the Joint Staff Department in the powerful Central Military Commission, is the first general caught in the crackdown while still in active military service.
via South China Morning Post
13 hours ago

Former head of China's statistics bureau is expelled from the Communist Party and will be prosecuted for corruption

China's anti-corruption watchdog listed a litany of charges against Wang Baoan, former chief of the National Bureau of Statistics, including extravagance, abuse of power and exchanging "power for sex."
via Reuters
14 hours ago

Photos: Western China as a 'nonstop construction project' under the spell of urbanization

“It’s almost like you’re in this nowhere place, this place where everything is in suspension, and you’re lost in this constant transition," says documentary photographer Julien Chatelin.
via TIME