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Controversy Pursues Li Chengpeng Book Tour

A series of book signings by writer and 6.5 million-follower weibo celebrity Li Chengpeng has become a lightning rod for tensions between leftists and liberals. In an incident at a signing in Beijing on Sunday, two men threw a...

China’s Nobel Winners, Past and Possible

With the announcement this week of the 2012 Nobel Prizes, the BBC’s Damian Grammaticas revisits the situation of imprisoned 2010 Peace Prize winner Liu Xiaobo and his wife, Liu Xia. Liu Xia remains under strict house...

Report: Japan Car Giants To Slash China Production

Japanese newspaper Nikkei reported Monday that carmakers Toyota, Nissan and Honda will cut production in China by about half, a sign of the economic fallout from the ongoing diplomatic dispute between Japan and China, though...

China’s ‘New Left’ Grows Louder

The Wall Street Journal’s Brian Spegele examines China’s ‘New Left’, which combines opposition to corruption and economic inequality with support for Maoist values and its former “ray of...

People’s Daily Urges Nationalist’s Arrest

At Tea Leaf Nation, Tom Snyder covers the fallout from an incident during last month’s anti-Japanese protests: prominent nationalist Han Deqiang’s slapping of an elderly man for “disrespecting” Mao...

Murakami’s Diaoyu Message Lost in Translation

Acclaimed Japanese author Haruki Murakami voiced concern in the Asahi Shimbun last week at the storms of nationalist fervour surrounding the dispute over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. “We must be careful,” he wrote,...

Murakami on Islands Dispute, Rushdie on Ai Weiwei

Japanese novelist Haruki Murakami has commented on the tense stand-off between China and Japan over the Diaoyu/Senkaku Islands. Murakami wrote in the Asahi Shimbun that (from AFP): “When a territorial issue ceases to be a...

Gold Mooncakes Smell of Corruption

As the Mid-Autumn Festival coincides with a backlash against conspicuous luxury goods, Xinhua’s Hu Tao and Yuan Ruting note a whiff of corruption emanating from gift sets of solid gold mooncakes: One of the most favored...

Drawing the News: Evil Kungfu Panda and More

This week, Drawing the News showcases political cartoons on the anti-Japan protests, CCTV’s attempt at populism and official corruption: Artist: Rebel Pepper (via Over the Wall) Rebel Pepper comments on the vigor of recent...

Foxconn Plant Open, But Broader Issues Persist

Foxconn’s Taiyuan plant reopened on Tuesday morning after closing due to a worker riot, and the company expects little impact to production as it gets back to the business of assembling electronics for the likes of...

Chinese Patrol Ships Arrive in Diaoyu Waters

Two Chinese surveillance ships entered waters near the disputed Diaoyu Islands this morning, according to the Japanese Coast Guard, in what Chinese state media has called a “rights defense” patrol. From Reuters:...

The Dangerous Game of Protesting in China

Some observers of the recent anti-Japan protests have questioned the government's role in facilitating the demonstrations. Skeptics are pointing out that nationalistic protests provide the perfect distraction for the public...

Observations of a Protest

The following dispatch was sent to CDT by an American who was visiting Shanghai during the recent anti-Japan protests: Shanghai, September 18, 2012 – by Jane Wang On 9-18 (九一八), the anniversary of the Mukden Incident, I...

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