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Snail noodles go viral in China during the pandemic. But the dish is a bit ... funky

Sunday, January 16, 2022

The southern specialty — snail broth, pickled bamboo, slippery rice noodles — has taken off. "A lot of people were looking for crazy, ridiculous things to eat," says food blogger Mei Shanshan.

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Why the Chinese government wants more feel-good stories posted online

Monday, January 10, 2022

In advance of global attention for the upcoming Winter Olympics, China's censors want people online to spread "positive energy" — their term for politically correct, feel-good content.

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A closed mill in Beijing no longer makes steel but it has purpose in the Olympics

Thursday, January 06, 2022

A once sprawling steel and iron mill will form the backdrop for some of the events during the upcoming Beijing Winter Olympics. And parts of the complex have been converted to snow making facilities.

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Residents of Xi'an, China, react to COVID lockdowns with outrage and humor

Wednesday, January 05, 2022

Lockdowns are so strict and so prolonged in the Chinese city that residents have taken to social media to complain and joke about a lack of basic supplies.

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China excels at the Paralympics, but its disabled citizens are fighting for access

Monday, January 03, 2022

China has dominated the medal count at the last five Paralympic Games. That's in stark contrast with the lack of disability access in Chinese society.

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Beijing cracks down on cities' land-selling model. Nanning feels the effects first

Wednesday, December 29, 2021

Selling land and building cities made China rich. It also created a lot of government debt that China now wants to reduce.

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Most hospitals in China only offer reproductive services to married women

Monday, December 20, 2021

China is liberalizing birth restrictions because it wants families to have more children. But unconventional families still find themselves constrained by social norms.

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Amid Taiwan spat, Lithuania closes embassy in China after diplomats leave

Thursday, December 16, 2021

Lithuania's embassy in Beijing evacuated all of its diplomats from China. They left because Lithuania feared China would not recognize the diplomats' immunity from prosecution in China.

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Not invited to Biden's democracy summit, China launches a propaganda blitz

Thursday, December 09, 2021

President Biden's Summit for Democracy has kicked off. China is not invited — but it's still trying to project its own narratives about democracy.

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A small lineage of artisans is reviving the ancient art of pigeon whistles in Beijing

Monday, December 06, 2021

For centuries, owners tied lightweight whistles to their pet pigeons in China. The art of making pigeon whistles almost faded away in Beijing, but a small group of artisans is bringing it back.

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A top Chinese ride-hailing company delists from the NYSE just months after its IPO

Friday, December 03, 2021

The announcement reflects the rapid reversal in Didi Chuxing's fortunes as China goes on a regulatory blitz targeting some of the country's biggest private technology firms.

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Chinese ride-hailing group to delist from New York Stock Exchange

Friday, December 03, 2021

Didi Global says it's taking its shares off of the New York Stock Exchange, after coming under massive Chinese government scrutiny. It plans to go public in Hong Kong.

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China pledges to reduce fossil fuel reliance while increasing coal use

Wednesday, December 01, 2021

Demand for coal is skyrocketing in China, which is driving new mining, coal stockpiling and widespread power cuts.

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Attempts to help China's rural residents monetize their land have hit complications

Monday, November 29, 2021

Land and urban property sales have generated vast wealth in China, but rural residents have been left out and efforts to change that have floundered.

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Chinese tennis star Peng Shuai tells Olympic officials that she's safe

Monday, November 22, 2021

Questions persist over the well-being of Peng who hadn't been seen publicly after accusing a senior Communist Party leader of sexual assault. A video and photos showed her in public over the weekend.

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In an attempt to ease tensions, Biden and China's Xi meet virtually

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

President Biden held a virtual summit with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping to go over some of the thorniest issues between the two countries. They gave no hint of Trump-era tariffs being dropped.

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Health workers in China are killing pets while their owners are in quarantine

Monday, November 15, 2021

Local health workers in some Chinese cities are breaking into people's homes and killing their pets while the owners are in quarantine, prompting outrage online.

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China's Communist Party ends its closely watched sixth plenum

Friday, November 12, 2021

China's ruling Communist Party has released what it calls a resolution on history — a banal sounding document that could decide China's political future.

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A citizen journalist who shined a light on the pandemic in Wuhan may die in prison

Thursday, November 11, 2021

"If she does not make it past the coming winter, I hope the world will remember her as she once was," Zhang Zhan's brother said. She posted videos of Wuhan in the early days of the pandemic.

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At the U.N. climate talks, China and the U.S. pledge to increase cooperation

Thursday, November 11, 2021

The U.S. and China say they'll work together to limit methane emissions. Environmental experts say the agreement has more significance for geopolitics than it does for climate change.

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