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A billionaire on the run

  Billionaires in trouble In the last days of January this year, media reported on two intriguing stories about politically connected Chinese…

Pioneering medical treatments in Xinjiang

The spectacular highlands of Tibet, Qinghai, and Xinjiang are home to nomadic herders, their yaks and goats, and also a kind of tapeworm…

Will India attend the New Silk Road Summit?

China will host its “biggest diplomatic event of the year” next month with its friends and allies involved in the “One…

American businesses complain of worst barriers in decades in China

On April 18, the American Chamber of Commerce in China (AmCham) released its 2017 annual report (paywall), finding that more of its…

No porn on WeChat for government officials

Dear reader, I am delighted to announce that the veteran China correspondent John Pomfret has joined SupChina as editor-at-large and will be a regular…

Who is Anna May Wong? Hollywood’s first Chinese-American icon

Anna May was born on January 3, 1905, in Los Angeles to second-generation Chinese-American parents. At 17, she landed…

Accomplishing what they could not at home: The bond between American and Chinese women

On a clear morning in May 1865, Adele Fielde landed in the British colony of Hong Kong after a stormy 149-day voyage…

‘Swords drawn’ over North Korea

North Korea: Military parade and failed missile test Tensions remain high in northeastern Asia. Xinhua News Agency says (in Chinese) that “swords…

Anti-gay banner at Wuhan university

On April 16, a photo of two women holding up a blatant anti-gay banner appeared on social media accounts (in Chinese) of…

Fugitive billionaire’s corruption claim of questionable significance

The New York Times has investigated (paywall) claims made by Miles Kwok — aka Guo Wengui 郭文贵, the billionaire fugitive from…

Anbang abandons deal in the U.S., but Ant Financial pushes ahead

Anbang Insurance Group, one of the highest-profile Chinese companies proposing acquisition deals in the U.S., will abandon its $1.6 billion offer for U.S. annuities…

Theft and sidewalk congestion plague China’s bike-sharing companies

Though China’s latest bike-sharing frenzy hasn’t shown any signs of slowing down, problems are piling up like the shared bikes are doing…

The drums of war in northeast Asia

Earlier this week, CNN reported that a U.S. naval flotilla is making its way to the waters around the Korean peninsula. Xinhua News…

One billion yuan investment in private healthcare for Shenzhen

The South China Morning Post reports that a Hong Kong consortium led by the territory’s former finance minister Antony Leung Kam-chung 梁锦松 plans…

China courts tiny countries

China successfully woos São Tomé and Príncipe, gives guns to Laos As geopolitical tensions ratchet up in the Pacific Ocean (see Politics section…