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China’s Latest Crackdown: The Liquid Lunch

As Xinhua reported (and CDT translated) last August, officials in Xinyang, Henan Province have been touting the economic and social benefits the city has accrued after banning the consumption of alcohol at official banquets. The...

Days of Liquid Lunch Are Numbered

In China, lunch meetings are often a time to conduct business over food and drinks. A year after Henan officials were banned from lunchtime libations, the province’s alcohol industry is fighting back, claiming that as a...

New Drinking Songs

Political jingles are not new in China. Even in Mao’s time, powerless people at the bottom of society used jingles to express themselves (often in the form of veiled criticism, sarcasm or anger, in reaction to the...

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