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Politics & Current Affairs

The top news stories, headlines, news roundups, and related content from the world of Chinese politics and current affairs — part of the daily SupChina newsletter, a convenient package of China’s business, political, cultural, and society news delivered to your inbox for free. SupChina is your premier source for China news.

Huawei in hot water at home for hypocrisy

985, 996, 251, 404. Just random numbers? Not quite. They’re what internet users posted — before they were deleted —…

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Is Xinhua shifting focus of Hong Kong message to domestic audience?

Pictured: Carrie Lam, December 3 (Xinhua) As far as I know, yesterday was the first time in the last six…

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Diplomats and state media screech on Twitter as China loses friends

This note is excerpted from our SupChina Access daily newsletter. As far back as 2009, it has been noticeable that…

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A Xinjiang scholar’s close reading of the China Cables

“Never allow escapes, never allow trouble, never allow attacks on staff, never allow abnormal deaths…” Darren Byler analyzes the 25…

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Responses to rising sinophobia: Statements of concern over the targeting of ethnically Chinese people

Since early 2018, the American immigration and justice system has appeared to target Chinese students and ethnically Chinese researchers with paranoid…

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After the champagne, a long road ahead: How Hong Kong’s pan-democrats can capitalize on their election wins

Sunday’s District Council elections saw sweeping victories for Hong Kong’s pro-democracy camp, but the fact remains that a large portion…

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Is Hong Kong in its ‘death throes’?

Photo: Lam Yik Fei, New York Times Two months into the Hong Kong protests this year, the respected lawyer Dan…

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Feroza Aziz and TikTok’s censorship problem

TikTok — the short-video app owned by a Chinese company that has become popular among young Americans — has been…

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Talking to my mother about Hong Kong

I wonder how much my mother has been projecting our tortured relationship onto the events in Hong Kong over the…

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Hong Kong landslide for pro-democracy candidates

Hongkongers showed up to the polls in unprecedented numbers on November 24 to deliver a strong rebuke to the government…

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How the Chinese internet turned ‘Hong Kong independence’ into a smear

Fang Kecheng, a widely renowned commentator and former journalist at the Chinese newspaper Southern Weekly, is currently teaching at the…

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Desperate Trump sidelines Hong Kong

On Thursday, we noted that the U.S. Senate unanimously passed the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act, sending the bill closer…

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One murder, two storms

A murder case was cited by the Hong Kong government for the extradition bill that sparked paralyzing protests over the…

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Former British consulate worker Simon Cheng says China tortured him

Simon Cheng Man-kit (郑文杰 Zhèng Wénjié), a former employee of the British consulate in Hong Kong who was detained by…

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Hong Kong might survive the protests, but will the Greater Bay Area?

The Greater Bay Area surrounding Hong Kong is China’s richest region, home to mega-cities reinventing themselves as tech hubs. This…

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