The lesson that Chinese netizens learnt from Jang Song Thaek’s execution

Alia | December 17th, 2013 - 5:21 am
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“To be in the king’s company is like living with a tiger.” Nothing provides a better example than North Korea that an authoritarian state won’t lead its people to prosperity.

China to ease one-child policy. But is it too late and too little?

Alia | November 15th, 2013 - 11:21 pm
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The ones that will be impacted the most by the policy change are urban Han families. How many of such families would actually have a second child, however, is a big question mark.

Chinese intellectuals disencouraged by chilling messages sent by Party journals

Alia | May 22nd, 2013 - 8:52 pm
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There have been signs that 2013 may be a chilling year for China’s intellectuals who long for reform. A series of recent articles in important Party journals and newspapers crushed whatever hope there was for constitutionalism in China.

Multiple hukou, The new symbol of status of China’s corrupt?

Alia | January 23rd, 2013 - 2:34 am
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The new hot pursuit in China’s officialdom is hukou, resident record in the country’s notorious household registration system. While hukou confines the underclass, it allows those in powerful positions the room to enjoy care-free corruption.

The Xi Jinping that you don’t know

Alia | December 26th, 2012 - 5:10 pm
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Xinhua News published a series of profile reports of the members of China’s new Politburo, including personal pictures of Xi Jinping with his family. The move is seen by many as another sign that Xi and China’s new leadership are serious about reform and changing the Party’s image.

A netizen’s snap of Xi Jinping during his “southern tour” went viral on Weibo

Alia | December 9th, 2012 - 2:40 am
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Chinee netizens were impressed by Xi’s charisma and saw new hope for China from a picture snapped by a netizen during Xi’s Deng-Xiaoping-style, traffic-control-free “southern trip” to Shenzhen

A look back at China’s National Party Congress since 1992, with different keywords

Alia | November 9th, 2012 - 6:28 am
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A look back at keywords used in opening speeches at China’s National Party Congresses since 1992 gives a refreshing view on how yesterday’s report, as well as today’s China, is different from two decades ago.

In China, Little happiness matters

Alia | October 11th, 2012 - 3:14 am
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Mengniu’s new marketing message to Chinese consumers “Little happiness matters” fails in every possible way. In a sense, Mengniu and China are facing the same challenge – people feel little happiness using Mengniu products and living in China, but happiness, however small, does matter.

Wang Yang: “I read comments on Sina Weibo every day.” Chinese netizens not buying it

Alia | May 16th, 2012 - 3:45 pm
"I read Weibo comments every day." Picture from @传媒老王

Wang Yang, newly rweelected Party Secretary of Guangdong Province, said he read comments on Sina Weibo every day. Unfortunately, Chinese netizens are not buying into the pitch.