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China’s superpower ambition faces energy, water supply constraints

Lost in the clamor about China’s rise is the fact that the country has serious resource needs that will become…

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The world is backsliding toward autocracy. Is China to blame?

This week’s Kuora comes from one of Kaiser’s recent answers originally posted to Quora on September 10, 2019: Why have many Quora users,…

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We watched South Park’s ‘Band in China’ with Chinese nationals

The longevity and cultural impact of South Park, which debuted on Comedy Central 22 years ago, has been truly remarkable. For…

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Why Chinese people don’t hate their government

It may seem counterintuitive to many Westerners, but many Chinese people, including — and perhaps especially — younger people, seem…

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Chinese commentary: ‘The NBA incident has the entire nation acting crazy’

In China this past week, discussions about the NBA have run rampant. At first, the state was happy to allow…

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A modern myth — and a story of modern China

The “hidden character stone” in Guizhou — a prehistoric tribute to the Chinese Communist Party, so the story goes —…

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‘Song at Midnight’: China’s brilliant take on Phantom of the Opera

We’re commencing the countdown to Halloween with a series of film columns about Chinese horror flicks. This week: Song at…

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Adam Silver’s introduction to Chinese politics

The NBA supports its constituents’ speech rights in precisely the way that the Communist Party, which actually has constituents, does…

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The NBA’s operations in China, explained

The NBA is wildly popular in China, with about 800 million Chinese watching games last season, and many basketball players…

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China has played itself

By attacking the NBA, China exposed the more unsavory aspects of its authoritarian ways to a wider segment of the…

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Water rabbits and logs: The nature of Sun Tzu’s war, reexamined

Sun Tzu’s The Art of War is one of China’s most excerpted pieces of text, cited by everyone from Bill Belichick…

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French fans, angry at early start time, protest with massive Tibet flag

The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the…

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‘Love on Delivery’: Stephen Chow’s early comedy is breezy, surreal, and funny

Looking for a China-related film? There’s an untapped treasure trove on Netflix of all genres, from documentaries like American Factory…

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Xinjiang education reform and the eradication of Uyghur-language books

The “bilingual” education system introduced over the past decade in Xinjiang is better characterized as an attempt to transform minority…

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China is not a technology superpower. Stop treating it like one

It’s a common argument in the debate about how to respond to China’s technology rise: Beijing is intent on “catching…

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