Religious Affairs Bureau to Probe Shaolin Abbot

The abbot of Henan’s Shaolin Monastery, the Chan Buddhist institution famous for being the birthplace of China’s first institutionalized form of Kung Fu, will...

China Proposes to Keep Online Payments in Check

The South China Morning Post’s George Chen reports that China’s central bank has announced plans to limit third-party online payment services. The new draft rule,...

Can China Continue to Dictate the News Agenda Online?...

For Chatham House, Vincent Ni looks at how the Xi Jinping administration is managing to control the media message even as the media industry shifts from traditional outlets to the...

U.K. Reverses Ai Weiwei Visa Restriction

British home secretary Theresa May has reversed a decision to grant Chinese artist Ai Weiwei a restricted visa based on his alleged failure to disclose a past criminal conviction....

Beijing Wins Olympic Bid Despite Rights Concerns

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) this morning announced that China won its $1.5 billion bid for the 2022 Winter Olympics, beating out Kazakhstan on a surprisingly narrow...

Retired Military Leader Subject of Graft Inquiry

The Chinese government has expelled Guo Boxiong, the former vice-chairman of the Central Military Commission, and transferred him to military prosecutors to face corruption...