China clamps down on internet lending

Reuters reports that “a top-level body comprising government entities that include the central bank and the banking regulator” has issued an urgent notice…

China’s appetite for instant noodles is dwindling

Fewer Chinese people are eating instant noodles compared with three years ago, but China still topped the list of countries with the biggest…

Beijing sends art, blocks tourism to the Vatican

The Vatican and Beijing have had a rocky relationship over the decades, to say the least. The Holy See has saw fit to…

Sinica Podcast: The Doolittle Raiders, American pilots in China

This week’s Sinica episode is now live. Everyone knows, or at least recognizes, the image of the Flying Tigers (飞虎队 fēihǔduì). The shark-faced…

Foxconn takes ‘immediate action’ after investigation exposes illegal student overtime

On November 21, the Financial Times released the results (paywall) of an investigation into alleged illegal overtime during compulsory internships at Foxconn. Six high…

China launches three remote sensing satellites

China launched three Jilin-1 remote sensing satellites on November 21 in Shanxi Province. The satellites will be used to forecast and mitigate geological…

Chinese gamers draw ire for dominating world’s most popular game

Question: What’s the difference between a victory arch, and a victory arch made with misbegotten gains? Answer: None. Everything under…

Learn Mandarin from Jim Rogers’s daughters!

A video showing the two daughters of Jim Rogers speaking and singing in Chinese recently went viral.

China: This is too many bikes

There’s a Katie Melua song called 9 Million Bicycles that starts, “There are nine-million bicycles in Beijing. / That’s a fact…” IS IT? I…

Inside China’s ambitious plan to create its first national park system

When Zhu Ziyun 朱子云 first set foot in the area of Sanjiangyuan 三江源, he was taken aback by the natural beauty that unfolded…

A cyber czar falls to earth

Lu Wei 鲁炜 is a propaganda official who headed up the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) from 2013 to 2016. Lu became the…

Transgender Day of Remembrance in China, and an alarming report

Yesterday, November 20, was the Day of Transgender Remembrance. The day was first marked in 1999 to memorialize the death of

What’s next for China in Zimbabwe — and the rest of Africa?

China on November 21 blamed ongoing speculation that China had something to do with the bloodless coup in Zimbabwe on a desire to “drive…

China and Pakistan negotiate Belt and Road disagreements

“The Belt and Road seems to be faltering in its conceptual financial stage,” said financial writer Peter Guy in the SCMP after…

Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show makes history in Shanghai

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show came to Asia for the first time in its illustrious 23-year history. Monday night’s extravaganza in Shanghai saw…