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Five years in prison for selling VPNs

The use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to get around China’s internet censorship came under increased scrutiny in…

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A South Korea detente derailed?

Only a week ago, South Korean President Moon Jae-in visited Beijing and pledged a “new start” after over…

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Beijing leaves Mugabe out in the cold

After nearly 40 years of close relations between China’s leaders and Robert Mugabe, Beijing was strangely quiet as the…

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Top news searches in China, 2017

China’s biggest search engine, Baidu, released a report (in Chinese) on Monday, highlighting the most significant news,…

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Artist who filmed Beijing eviction aftermath detained, then released on bail

Hua Yong 华涌, the artist who documented the destruction and social turmoil that resulted from Beijing’s migrant…

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The hammer and sickle in Nepal

In Nepal this week, a coalition of two Beijing-friendly Communist parties led by former prime ministers won a majority…

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South Korean journalists beaten in Beijing despite ‘new start’ with China

South Korea has issued a demand for a formal apology after security guards at a trade event blocked a group…

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A second fire claims five more lives as turmoil continues in Beijing

Less than a month after a devastating fire in a southern Beijing migrant neighborhood

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Just how long will it take to erase Bo Xilai’s ‘poisonous’ legacy?

Nearly two decades after his departure from Dalian politics, Bo Xilai’s influence continues to “poison” the northeastern Chinese city…

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‘Beijing is livid’ over ‘racist’ criticism from Australia

The latest in the growing Australian backlash to Chinese influence: Australian PM Malcolm Turnbull…

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The growing Australian backlash against Chinese influence

Will a Confucius Institute become the next point of contention in Australia-China relations? The Guardian says the former…

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You want clean air or a warm house?

What’s on Weibo translates a social media posting that has been widely circulated in China complaining that in many…

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Women fired for being pregnant win first victory in court

The Beijing News reports (in Chinese) that the country’s first class action lawsuit against an employer that discriminated against…

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Tensions with China simmer Down Under

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s government has decided to pursue legislation against espionage and improper foreign influence…

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China has issued three veiled threats to Australia to get an extradition treaty passed, reports say

China is lobbying hard for Australia to pass a long-awaited extradition treaty, which was signed in 2007 and set…

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