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China’s latest tech darling is selling a treasure trove of fake goods

China’s latest tech darling is selling a treasure trove of fake goods

In many ways, Pinduoduo is an impressive Chinese tech startup. The three-year-old company, which offers an eponymous online shopping platform, raised about $1.6 billion in…
For all its economic dynamism, China’s income mobility is bad and getting worse

For all its economic dynamism, China’s income mobility is bad and getting worse

The decline of poverty in China is perhaps the greatest economic story of the past half-century. From 1981 to 2013, the share of Chinese people…
Chinese students increasingly return home after studying abroad

Chinese students increasingly return home after studying abroad

Chinese students blanket the world, making up the largest group of foreign students in every popular study-abroad destination, including the US and UK. But a…
China tried to crush #MeToo, but it’s making a comeback

China tried to crush #MeToo, but it’s making a comeback

In China, it’s rare for people to speak out about their rights—when they do, authorities, eager to maintain public order and security, are swift to…
China’s next internet giants are getting big by serving the country’s poor

China’s next internet giants are getting big by serving the country’s poor

This is a big year for Chinese tech IPOs. Smartphone maker Xiaomi just completed one of the largest listings ever on Hong Kong’s stock exchange,…
China’s war on drugs has a new weapon: sewage water

China’s war on drugs has a new weapon: sewage water

As illegal drug use continues to grow in China, police there have turned to a new weapon to combat the problem—analyzing sewage water to find…
Why Berlin is the favorite city of Chinese dissidents

Why Berlin is the favorite city of Chinese dissidents

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, marked a new beginning of Liu Xia’s life, just days shy of the first anniversary of her husband’s death in Chinese…
Liu Xia, widow of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo, might be free at last—thanks to Germany

Liu Xia, widow of Nobel winner Liu Xiaobo, might be free at last—thanks to Germany

It’s been almost a year since Nobel peace prize winner, writer, and human rights activist Liu Xiaobo passed away of liver cancer in custody in…

The source of the mysterious ozone-killing emissions is confirmed: China

There is often very little good news about the environment. The Montreal Protocol, signed in 1987, is considered an exception. The protocol bans the use…
China’s next box office hit? A dark comedy about smuggling in cancer drugs from India

China’s next box office hit? A dark comedy about smuggling in cancer drugs from India

“Over the years since I became ill, the drugs have cost me my home and bled my family dry. Sir, can you tell me which…
China’s testing some of its most liberal ideas on this palm-fringed tropical island

China’s testing some of its most liberal ideas on this palm-fringed tropical island

Forty years ago, the architect of China’s economic reforms Deng Xiaoping adopted the philosophy of “crossing the river by feeling the stones” in his approach…

China’s “debt trap” is even worse than we thought

An egotistical president, an influx of foreign cash, and a massive pile of debt led to Sri Lanka handing over an entire port to China…
A book about Steve Jobs put Xiaomi founder Lei Jun on the road to a $6 billion IPO

A book about Steve Jobs put Xiaomi founder Lei Jun on the road to a $6 billion IPO

Some successful tech entrepreneurs can pinpoint the exact moment they realized they wanted to start a company. For Lei Jun—whose company Xiaomi is gearing up…
There has never, ever been a company exactly like Xiaomi

There has never, ever been a company exactly like Xiaomi

At least, according to Xiaomi. Just ahead of its massive IPO, the Chinese tech company’s founders echoed a common refrain at a Saturday press conference…

The world will finally have to confront its massive plastic problem now that China won’t handle it

Since the 1950s, when the world was first introduced to the flexible, durable wonder of plastic, 8.3 billion metric tons of it has been…
Here’s a t-shirt you could wear everywhere in East Asia without upsetting anyone

Here’s a t-shirt you could wear everywhere in East Asia without upsetting anyone

Last week, US clothing retailer Gap apologized for printing a t-shirt that didn’t include China’s claimed territories, including Taiwan, South Tibet, and islands in the…

Don’t expect a baby boom just because China ends its two-child policy

People in China may soon be free to have any number of kids they want after four decades of strict limits. Yet makers of diapers,…
Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions now include nuclear-ready bombers

Beijing’s South China Sea ambitions now include nuclear-ready bombers

This is a video of a nuclear-ready Chinese bomber aircraft landing on an island in the South China Sea. It marks the first time Chinese…
Four of the top 25 Github projects are written in Chinese, six contain no code

Four of the top 25 Github projects are written in Chinese, six contain no code

The language of code is English. Though, a quick glance at the top projects on code-sharing site Github this week might have made you think…
China, where Facebook is banned, could make $5 billion for the company this year

China, where Facebook is banned, could make $5 billion for the company this year

China is very much in business with Facebook. According to a new report by Pivotal Research analyst Brian Wieser, almost 10% of Facebook’s global ad…