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Censors Delete Tale of Police Overreach in Anti-Fraud Case

Last week, Weibo censors took down a post by a popular food blogger describing how all her bank accounts were frozen due to a local police department’s arbitrary and unprofessional “anti-fraud” case work. Her Kafka-esque account...

Chengyu For Xi Jinping’s New Era (Part 1)

Xi Jinping’s New Era has inspired the creation of a host of “new chengyu”: idiomatic, often four-character, literary expressions that are the kernel of a larger tale. The following New Era chengyu are all references to infamous...

Words of the Week: “Weak Spot” (软肋, ruǎn lèi)

On Chinese social media, the phrase “weak spot” (软肋, ruǎn lèi) is often used metaphorically to refer to family members—particularly children—used as leverage by public security, state security, or government authorities to...

Chinese Migrants Face Perilous Journeys En Route to the U.S.

Last week, the bodies of eight Chinese nationals were discovered off the coast of Oaxaca, Mexico, after their boat capsized along a route often used by migrants attempting to reach the U.S. This is the latest example of an...

Is Chasing Deadbeat Debtors “Picking Quarrels”?

Provincial prosecutors in Guizhou have set up a special investigative team to look into the case of a female entrepreneur who, along with members of her legal team, was detained and accused of “picking quarrels and provoking...

Buddhist Promotion Lands Tea Company in Hot Water

A tea company is in hot water after Shenzhen officials deemed its latest marketing campaign to be “borderline” illegal. Hey Tea (喜茶, xǐ chá), a popular national beverage chain, recently partnered with the Jingdezhen China...

Word(s) of the Week: “It Is a Bit Ridiculous, But You Must Obey”

Word(s) of the Week: “It is a bit ridiculous, but you must obey.” (是有点搞笑,但是你要服从, Shì yǒudiǎn gǎoxiào, dànshì nǐ yào fúcóng.) A policeman admitting that a traffic restriction “is a bit ridiculous, but you must obey”...

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