Catfight between China and the US over air quality reveals deeper war over “soft power”

Alia | June 7th, 2012 - 3:09 am

The US effortlessly (though there may be a lot of strategic planning at the back end) turned its embassies in China into textbook of how to achieve “soft power.”

US to send back Confucius Institute teachers, Chinese netizens think it’s well deserved

Alia | May 24th, 2012 - 9:21 pm

A new US government rule that may significantly impact the operations of the many Beijing-sponsored Confucius Institutes affiliated with US universities stirred up heated discussions on Sina Weibo about China and its promotion of soft power.

To Patriots: Confession of a Patriot-used-to-be

Alia | May 12th, 2012 - 5:24 am

A long post explaining the journey of how a patriot-used-to-be grows into a patriot-no-more got viral on Sina Weibo and stirred up heated debates about the need and the right way to be patriot in a country like China.

Chinese netizens, “Corruption is Mr. Locke’s only way to gain favor in China”

Alia | May 8th, 2012 - 4:35 am

The case of China’s escaped blind human rights activist Chen Guangchen has brought Gary Locke, US ambassador to China, to the center of media bashing from Beijing. Chinese netizens come to Mr. Locke’s rescue and find him a solution – corruption.

US court dropped charge of tampering, citing bribery as China-US cultural difference, Netizens agreed

Alia | April 23rd, 2012 - 11:57 pm

County Attorney at Iowa dropped tampering charge against Chinese parents, citing bribery as culture difference. Chinese netizens responded with a bitter agreement and overwhelming sense of shame.

Chinese students studying abroad bring change to China…but what kind?

Alia | April 8th, 2012 - 6:14 am

There will be shifts in values. That’s for sure. The question is…shift to where. More patriotic or more pro-West?