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Translation: “‘Cut Off Water to HK’? Are You Concussed?”

In an interview with the People’s Daily’s Xiakedao program last week, Zheng Yongnian, former director of the East Asian Institute at the National University of Singapore, joked about cutting off Hong Kong’s water supply to end protests in the city. The interview, originally titled...

Ai Weiwei In The News Again

‘Ai Weiwei on Edward Snowden and the Excesses of Nationalism’, published on ArtInfo, the online portal of international art magazine group Louise Blouin Media, is more about the artist and his prowess than his thoughts on the...

Huawei Denies Role in Singapore Project

The Financial Times reported last week that the parents of American electronics engineer Shane Todd, who died mysteriously in Singapore just before he was due to leave his job and return to the U.S. last summer, believe he was...

Further Fallout from Wen Family Wealth Exposé

At The New York Times’ The Lede blog, David Barboza answered readers’ questions about his recent investigation into the wealth of Wen Jiabao’s family, discussing the article’s origins, timing and sources:...

Beijing to “Clean Up” Illegal Foreigners

Beijing authorities have announced the start of a 100-day campaign to “clean up” foreigners who fall into the “3 Have-Not” categories: no valid visa, no valid residence permit, or (where applicable) no...

Chinese Property Buyers Look Abroad

USA Today describes the throngs of Chinese buyers riding the gradient between the rising yuan and falling American property prices: Chinese interest in U.S. real estate began climbing during the U.S. housing meltdown, when...

Trickle-Down Economics for Chinese Officials

The acceptance of a 36% pay cut by the world’s highest paid politician, Singaporean Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong, has renewed attention to the wide disparity between world leaders’ salaries. Hu Jintao sits near the...

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...

Serious Erosion in Yellow River Basin

According to a recent report by the Yellow River Conservancy Commission, 62% of the river’s basin is severely affected by water and soil erosion. From Businessweek: The study … says the affected area covers 180,000 square...

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