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The Quantified Country

China is the quantified country. It has long constructed metrics and set targets, tying numbers into both the engineering of…

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The ‘debt-trap diplomacy’ debate: Are China’s loans predatory?

China has poured mountains of cash into infrastructure projects abroad, leading smaller countries to worry about exploitation. But while there…

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Eight PR firms decline to work with Hong Kong government

Has the Hong Kong government damaged its image beyond repair? Public relations firms — professional image-repairers — seem to think…

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What to do when you get tear gassed in Hong Kong

Photo: Kin Cheung, AP In media industry jargon, “service journalism” refers to useful information provided to make the reader’s daily life…

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Hongkongers write their own anthem, ‘Glory to Hong Kong’

It’s no secret that many Hongkongers, especially young people, are no fans of the Chinese national anthem. The proposal of…

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China Daily conflates Hong Kong protests with 9-11 terrorist attack

China Daily Hong Kong posted a shocking photo on Facebook of the World Trade Center in New York in flames on…

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Plastic restrictions coming to China? And other ‘reforms’

“Xí Jìnpíng 习近平, general secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), presided over the 10th…

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Hong Kong protests: Three future dates to watch

A day after Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥 Lín Zhèng Yuè’é) announced that she would formally withdraw the extradition…

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‘Release Meng,’ Beijing says to Canada’s new ambassador. No response

On Wednesday, Canada nominated Dominic Barton — former global managing director of consulting firm McKinsey & Co — as its…

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Extradition bill to be formally withdrawn, but too little, too late?

Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam (林鄭月娥 Lín Zhèng Yuè’é) announced yesterday that the much-detested extradition bill that kicked off…

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How companies profit from forced labor in Xinjiang

Factories of Turkic Muslim internment, part of China’s reeducation camp system, are subsidized and directed by the state, and employ…

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Xi Jinping channels Mao, calls on country to prepare for ‘struggle’

Taking a page out of an early predecessor’s playbook, General Secretary Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 has been using the word struggle (斗争 dòuzhēng)…

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Carrie Lam denies wanting to resign, despite saying so on tape

“For a chief executive to have caused this huge havoc to Hong Kong is unforgivable. It’s just unforgivable. If I have…

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Clothing retailer Zara apologizes again, denies supporting strikes in Hong Kong

Fast fashion giant Zara, which apologized last year for listing Taiwan as an independent country on its website, has again found…

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WSJ reporter ejected for report on Xi’s cousin

Pictured: Ming Chai (image via The Age) In late July, the Australian 60 Minutes TV show and the newspapers The Age and the Sydney Morning…

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