A Meme Too Far? Weibo Bans Content about Imaginary University

Less than a month after the conclusion of China’s hypercompetitive annual university entrance examination (“gaokao”), a satirical meme about an imaginary university has been banned on Weibo. The meme and its censorship reveal...

China Resources Probe Brings New Scrutiny to SOEs

State-owned conglomerate and Fortune 500 company China Resources is under investigation after state media journalist Wang Wenzhi accused senior executives of corruption and wrongdoing last month from his Sina Weibo account....

New Studies Link Pollution to Birth Defects

For Bloomberg Businessweek, Christina Larson writes that several recent studies have firmed up the link between pollution and birth defects in China and beyond: Tong Zhu, now a Princeton Global Scholar, together with research...

Dam Breach in Shanxi Leads to Flooding, Evacuation

Chinese state media reports that a dam in Shanxi has collapsed causing the shutdown of a highway. This comes amid criticism of the Shanxi government’s cover up of a water contamination incident due to an industrial aniline...

Water Shortages: Desalination vs. Conservation

Seawater desalination may offer a promising supplement to diversion of freshwater to China’s dry north-east, especially as severe droughts in the south place the latter’s basic logic in question. Critics argue,...

Widening Discontent Among the Party Faithful

The New York Times’ Edward Wong connects several of the year’s major stories so far, including the Southern Weekly anti-censorship protests and cases of severe air and water pollution in Beijing and elsewhere. Each...



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