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Samuel Wade is CDT's deputy editor, based in Vancouver.
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The Rise & Decline of Internet Bars in China

chinaSMACK translates a NetEase photo gallery documenting the rise and fall of China’s Internet cafés, or wangba, together with some reader comments. Wangba played a critical role in extending the Internet’s reach in China but were subject to escalating government restrictions, particularly after 25 people died in a Beijing internet café fire in June 2002. The real

August 11, 2014

Confusion Over Demolition of Beijing Newsstands

Global Times’ Cao Siqi reports on the mysterious demolition (or relocation, according to local authorities) of 72 newsstands in Beijing’s Chaoyang district since July 31st. Operators claim that authorized stands have been removed without explanation or details about compensation, and that some of their number have been detained. Since July 31, 72 newsstands have

August 11, 2014

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