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Kris Wu, amid sales controversy, finds peace in ‘Tian Di’

In “Tian Di”, Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu 吴亦凡 (Wú Yìfán) finds peace amid his hectic life through tradition. He explores nature, drinks tea, and has a conversation with an elderly man in an effort to break away from the pressures his fame has brought him, all while rapping about overcoming hate, which he…

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Hangzhou is now hell for dogs

Police in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, have embarked on a gruesome killing spree of dogs this week, after implementing a series of strict policies on pet ownership. The citywide campaign of violence towards dogs has sparked social media outrage, and a boycott hashtag campaign on Weibo with a lot of traction. The online protest began…

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World’s deepest hotel opens in Shanghai

The InterContinental Shanghai Wonderland Hotel is located 290 feet underground on the outskirts of Shanghai. The 18-story hotel was built on the site of an abandoned quarry.

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On China’s World Cup and Summer Olympics hosting ambitions

The China Sports Column is a SupChina weekly feature in which China Sports Insider Mark Dreyer looks at the week that was in the China sports world. A couple of stories emerged this week, with either having the potential to dramatically change the face of China’s sporting landscape. First, the South China Morning…

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Sinica Podcast: Lucy Hornby on China’s gray economy

This week’s Sinica Podcast is now live. This week on Sinica, Kaiser speaks with Lucy Hornby, the deputy bureau chief of the Financial Times in Beijing and a veteran guest on the show. She has appeared on Sinica before to discuss professional representation for women in China, the last surviving comfort women in…

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‘We don’t have to invest in the U.S.’ if trade tensions aren’t resolved, says tech investor Kai-fu Lee

Tech investor, former president of Google China, and Sinica Podcast guest Kai-fu Lee (李开复 Lǐ Kāifù) told Bloomberg that his firm Sinovation Ventures might stay away from the United States if trade tensions with China are not resolved. “We don’t have to invest in the U.S.,” Lee told Bloomberg: “Our U.S….

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15 Western ambassadors raise concerns about Xinjiang in letter

A significant development in the international response to the situation in Xinjiang: A group of 15 foreign ambassadors in China, all from Europe other than the ambassadors of Australia and Canada, signed on to a letter primarily drafted by Canada raising concerns about…

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Peking University accuses student Marxists of criminal activity

After the apparent kidnapping of two students, the campaign to crush Marxist activist organizations at Peking University (PKU) and other prestigious schools is not slowing down. Click here for a recap of the story so far. The latest: “The Peking University committee…

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Trade war, day 133: A letter from Beijing, and Peter Navarro in the naughty corner

News outlets are citing multiple unnamed sources confirming that China has presented an offer in writing in response to American trade demands, ahead of a planned meeting between Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 and Donald Trump on the sidelines of the…

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African swine fever epidemic is now ‘serious’

Agence France-Presse reports on a joint statement (in Chinese) by China’s ministries of agriculture, transport, and public security that warns, “African swine fever has spread rapidly to more than half of China’s provinces despite measures to contain it,” and that “a situation previously described…

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Beijing to let gray rhinos loose again?

Last year, the People’s Daily began warning about “gray rhinoceroses” (灰犀牛 huī xīniú), as regulators started to scrutinize overseas spending sprees by some of China’s largest companies, like Wanda, HNA, Fosun, and Anbang. The term “gray rhino” comes from the title of a

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The Red Runners of Peking University

“The earth belongs to us, the workers, no room here for the shirk, how many on our flesh have fattened!” So sang 20 students standing in a circle on a dark volleyball court. Peking University (PKU) is no stranger to “The Internationale”; 3,000 of its students…

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A Chinese girl’s mini kitchen

Let the imagination fly! In Nanjing, Jiangsu Province, a Chinese girl named Shanshan became an internet sensation for creating this mini kitchen.

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Introducing the SupChina Shop!

Looking for China-themed gifts? SupChina’s team is dedicated to helping you understand China through our daily analysis of news, plus via events, podcasts, on-the-ground reporting, and interviews with luminaries from business, journalism, politics, academia, and culture.    We also like to buy stuff! So we’ve opened a…

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Trade war, day 132: Xi feted in Papua New Guinea, as U.S. panel warns of Chinese tech dominance

General Secretary and President Xí Jìnpíng 习近平 arrived early in Papua New Guinea (PNG) before Asia-Pacific leaders gather for the APEC summit this week. “Hundreds of fluttering red flags, buses emblazoned with ‘China Aid’ logos and even a purpose-built pagoda: driving around Port Moresby, you could be…

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