The fall of China’s ex-security chief from “You know who” to “Comrade no more”

Alia | July 30th, 2014 - 9:39 pm

For a very long time, Zhou was practically China’s Lord Voldemort, the “You know who.” But the taboo to utter his name was broken yesterday.

What food safety? When in China, Do as the Chinese do

Alia | July 21st, 2014 - 10:25 pm
Full list of brands impacted by the scandal

“If KFC, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut, Subway, Burger King and Starbucks all have food safety issues in China, and only in China, then there must be something wrong with China.”

The “wisdom” of China’s corrupt

Alia | July 13th, 2014 - 7:13 pm

In China, hypocrisy always goes hand in hand with corruption.

Microsoft’s chatbot Xiaobing, banned on Wechat, makes a viral comeback on Weibo

Alia | June 25th, 2014 - 7:46 pm

Posting questions to Xiaobing by @ing her on Weibo has become a viral game. Chinese netizens seem to be very much amused by the way she speaks.

Chinese netizens question officials’ sincerity at self-criticism sessions

Alia | June 24th, 2014 - 2:56 am
Televised self-criticism

“As an ordinary citizen, I’d rather see officials have legal education sessions to learn about the country’s laws, rather than superficial criticism and self-criticism meetings.”

Chinese netizens call Beijing’s recent crackdown on Google “a digital seal-off”

Alia | June 18th, 2014 - 8:04 pm

Chinese netizens equal Beijing’s recent crackdown on Google with a digital seal-off policy, saying that the country is moving backwards.

Will stashed bribes under the mattress create a shortage of cash in China?

Alia | May 29th, 2014 - 4:06 am

1.15 ton, or 2 cubic meters, of cash was found in an official’s home earlier this month. And this is just one of hundreds of cases where corrupt officials in China prefer their money under the mattress.

Chinese netizens call for “eye for an eye” retaliation after deadly blasts in Urumqi

Alia | May 22nd, 2014 - 7:41 pm

Many Chinese netizens demand their government to counter terror with terror. Such calls are not unheard of before. What’s new this time is the number of people who actually agreed.

To get friend out of jail, two dudes from Hunan pretend to be UN peacekeeping officers

Alia | May 20th, 2014 - 3:38 pm
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One of the guys was shown, on an ID with the army emblem of the People’s Liberation Army, to work at the “general headquarters” for “the United Nations Peacekeeping troops” located in a “No. 18 compound” in Beijing.

Game of Pawns: China’s version

Alia | May 8th, 2014 - 5:05 am

In response to FBI’s microfilm “Game of Pawns: The Glenn Duffie Shriver Story”, Beijing releases its own Shriver stories of Chinese college students being recruited by foreign intelligence agencies for espionage activities.