Why China’s anti-graft war may eventually fail

Alia | July 2nd, 2014 - 8:17 pm

Many people believe that the current sweeping anti-graft campaign will eventually hit a dead end: “Without reforming the political system, all anti-graft campaigns are but a redistribution of power.”

Chinese netizens on PM Li Keqiang’s visit to Britain: “History repeats itself.”

Alia | June 19th, 2014 - 10:48 pm
Li and the Queen

Many Chinese netizens called the visit “the work of the wheel of life”, with China, the once “humiliated” Middle Kingdom, and Britain, the once “sun never sets” empire, swapped their positions.

Hehe, the muffled laughter that haunts the Chinese Internet

Alia | June 11th, 2014 - 7:43 pm

What is the most effective way to express non-interest, cynicism and sarcasm on the Chinese Internet? The answer is: hehe (呵呵).

Will the Chinese government bail out real estate market if it collapses?

Alia | June 10th, 2014 - 4:10 pm

“The government will bail out you developers, but not us ordinary consumers.” Thus reads a viral response.

Type out an ideal China, Meet China’s keyboard (super)men

Alia | June 4th, 2014 - 10:15 pm
Cartoon by @辣椒二舅 on Weibo

Keyboarders are quick and enthusiastic to criticize and fight all kinds of social injustice, inequality or wrongdoing…but only when it’s behind the screen.

Murder, cult and the loss of government credibility [Graphic image]

Alia | June 2nd, 2014 - 5:31 am

Many Chinese netizens would rather believe the impossible than to believe their government. And that poses a bigger risk to Beijing than terrorist attacks or murderous cults.

Why hasn’t Beijing lifted the nationalism switch against Vietnam?

Alia | May 15th, 2014 - 5:53 pm
Protesters in Vietnam

Anti-China riots in Vietnam hit headlines around the world….except in China where state media have been surprisingly quiet about what’s happening.

Six years after Sichuan earthquake, a changed China from harmony to discord

Alia | May 13th, 2014 - 10:12 pm

“Back in 2008, many people hoped that the earthquake can shake some positive boosts of change and reform into China…but soon they realized that it was but a dream.”

“A Bite of China” serves up a positive doze of patriotism

Alia | April 30th, 2014 - 6:46 pm

“A Bite of China”, when looking back, may be the best “soft power” push by the Chinese government.

China’s most mysterious profession: Temporary worker

Alia | April 25th, 2014 - 7:12 pm
Riot in Sangnan

Temporary worker has almost become a synonym of “handy scapegoat” – whenever something bad happens, especially when the government is involved, it’s always the temporary workers’ fault.