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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.

In Taiwan, is it ‘COVID-19’ or ‘Wuhan pneumonia’?

Illustration by Julia YH Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen (蔡英文 Cài Yīngwén) calls the coronavirus two different names. On her English-language…

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‘Heaviness in the stomach’: A Uyghur daughter alone in America on her birthday during a pandemic

“I started to see a sadness in their eyes. They had become sad. They didn’t know what to do, so…

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Chinese scientists in America face special scrutiny. Why?

Since the National Institutes of Health launched a campaign to root out foreign influence on federally funded research in August…

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Stargazing Before the Apocalypse

Illustration by Julia YH The coronavirus is claiming many casualties: lives and livelihoods, habits and customs. What is the purpose…

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‘Let America degenerate on its own’: Scholar implores China to take the high road vs. U.S.

Pictured: Zhao Lijian The following article, headlined “Chinese diplomatic discourse shouldn’t be self-defeating” (中国外交话语不应自废道义 zhōngguó wàijiāo huàyǔ bù yìng zì…

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CCP report on death of Dr. Li Wenliang scapegoats Wuhan police, claims him as their own

Lǐ Wénliàng 李文亮, one of the doctors censured by Wuhan police after he posted messages about the then-unknown coronavirus, died on February…

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Did the U.S. introduce a deadly virus to China? In Jack London’s fiction, sure

“The Unparalleled Invasion,” by Jack London, belongs to a Western “Yellow Peril” literary topos characterized by fear of the Chinese. The…

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China expels all American journalists at NYT, WSJ, and Washington Post

Voice of America and TIME are also included in new requirements to report “all staff members located in China, all…

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The Chinese migrant workers who power Israeli construction

All photos by Itamar Waksman The Israeli construction sector is known as one of the most dangerous in the world.…

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Sealed doors and ‘positive energy’: COVID-19 in Xinjiang

Police officers on duty during the COVID-19 lockdown in Xinjiang. Although there have only been several dozen reported cases of…

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China, Russia, and the legacy of Zhenbao Island

Tourists at Zhenbao Island (all photos by the author) Fifty-one years ago, a surprise offensive by the People’s Liberation Army…

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Why did Hong Kong arrest media mogul Jimmy Lai?

Hong Kong police arrested media mogul Jimmy Lai Chee-Ying (黎智英 Lí Zhìyīng) this morning (Friday February 28). Lai made his…

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Fault Lines in Humanity

Illustration by Derek Zheng A state’s ability to protect is simultaneously its permission to do harm. The tyranny of the…

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The coming biosecurity state

“I can see clearly now. The system is broken. I’ve got to get out.” That’s what my friend — let’s…

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Diplomats and trolling operations: How China uses social media to sell its narrative

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