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Five Year Ban Imposed on New Government Buildings

Central authorities issued a directive on Tuesday banning the construction of new governmental buildings for five years. Xinhua gives details: The directive called on all CPC and government bodies to be frugal and ensure that...

Fake Minister Duped Chinese Officialdom

Both Yunnan authorities and the central government recently realized that for the last three years, they had been duped by a fake “minister”, talented impostor Zhao Xiyong. From Malcolm Moore at the Telegraph: For...

Flames Of Protest: The History Of Self-Immolation

In the week since news emerged of the 100th Tibetan self-immolation within China’s borders since 2009, four more cases have been reported. Most recently, according to Dharamsala-based Phayul.com, a pair of teenaged former...

China’s “Great Global Thinkers” for 2012

As the season of lists gets underway, Foreign Policy has released its ranking of the 100 Top Global Thinkers of 2012. Fresh from his coronation as GQ magazine’s Rebel of the Year, and leading the Chinese contingent at...

Chen Guangcheng’s Supporters Face Reprisals

While Chen Guangcheng remains under guard in Beijing’s Chaoyang Hospital, awaiting permission to travel with his family to the United States, a broad range of reprisals have been visited upon his family and supporters...

Is China’s Government Overrated?

As part of a special report on “the future of the state”, The Economist responds to the increasingly widespread view that “Beijing really gets things done”, pointing out areas like education and local...

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