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Graffitist Marks Chinese Embassy for Demolition

On Wednesday, as the U.S.-China Strategic and Economic Dialogue got underway in Washington D.C., the Chinese character 拆 chai was found spray-painted on the gateposts of the Chinese embassy there. The graffiti has been...

‘Wukan: After The Uprising’ Premieres On Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English premiers a four-part documentary series, Wukan: After the Uprising, taking an in-depth look at the village’s experience of grassroots democracy following protests over illegal government land grabs in...

“Little Hu” Thrown into the Guangdong Fire

Mimi Lau of the South China Morning Post reports that despite his reformist credentials, new Guangdong party chief Hu Chunhua has held his cards close to the vest while navigating a series of early tests: His low-profile, opaque...

Battle Continues Against Henan’s Tomb Razers

Global Times’ Liang Chen revisits the “seesaw battle” over grave demolitions in Henan, which began last year with a heavy-handed campaign of land reclamation. Locals suspected that this was to make way for...

Shine Has Worn Off Wukan’s Early Triumphs

While a disputed land sale has sparked protests and demands for democracy in the Guangdong village of Shangpu, Reuters reports that “spring is over” in the nearby village of Wukan, which made headlines last year for...

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