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Meet China’s Army of Grandma Block Monitors

In this undated photo,  Chinese urban block monitors take a stroll in Beijing. (Screenshot via Weibo)
In this undated photo, Chinese urban block monitors take a stroll in Beijing. (Screenshot via Weibo)

While elderly Chinese women have made foreign headlines for eccentric behavior, from gigs in front of the Louvre to poker games at international airports, for...

  • This Sept. 8, 2010 publicity photo released by Comedy Central shows host Stephen Colbert appears on "The Colbert Report," in New York. (AP Photo/Comedy Central, Scott Gries)

    The Colbert Report and 3 Other Productions Blatantly Copied in China

    China hasn’t only created knockoff versions of iPhones and Coach bags. They’ve also stolen ideas from popular TV shows and films to create substandard rip-offs... Read more

  • Winston Liu in Banff National Park, Canada, in 2011. Liu, a graduate of China’s prestigious Tsinghua University, is a party to a lawsuit against the former leader of the Chinese Communist Party, filed as the 16th anniversary of the campaign approaches. (Courtesy of Winston Liu)

    Legal Complaint Against Beijing’s Tsinghua University Highlights Campus Torture Site

    Sixteen years ago, one of the most prestigious universities in China became a forward operating base for an all out ideological war against a peaceful... Read more

  • A well-known human rights lawyer, Wang Yu has  defended many clients in politically sensitive cases, like those involving human rights activists or religious practitioners. She was forcibly taken from her home by police officers on July 9, 2015 (guonengbin/

    Canada ‘Gravely Concerned’ for Detained Chinese Rights Lawyer

    Canada’s Ambassador to China has called for the release of over 100 Chinese human rights lawyers and activists in a move some describe as a... Read more


    Worried by Arrests, Chinese Lawyers Pen Touching Letters to Family

    In a brief letter dated July 11, lawyer Xu Lin, a native of the southern China province of Guangzhou, gave his wife a set of... Read more

  • Actress Du Juan attends Prada's Iconoclasts in Beijing on April 22, 2015. (Keith Tsuji/Getty Images for Prada)

    Opportunities for Luxury Brands as Chinese Consumers Become More Discreet

    NEW YORK—The established luxury brands in China have hit the perfect storm. At a time when Chinese high net-worth consumers are tiring of status quo retailing, a government... Read more

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    Can You Spot the Difference in These 27 Chinese Knockoffs?

    Can’t afford that luxurious Gucci bag sold at the mall? Don’t worry. If you go to China, you can get a cheap knockoff at the... Read more


    Chinese Internet Users Share Theories, and Conspiracies, About ‘Casino’-Like Stock Market

    Over the last few weeks in China, the stock market has been almost the only thing on the lips of citizens—from the extraordinary hike in... Read more

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    Chinese Man Kills Wife for Stock Losses

    Even after the recent stabilization of the Chinese stock market—the benchmark Shanghai Composite Index rose for the second day in a row, closing at 3,877—the... Read more

  • Pro-democracy protesters hold yellow umbrellas during a march for democracy on Feb. 1, 2015 in Hong Kong. (Lam Yik Fei/Getty Images)

    Chinese Journalist for German Newspaper Freed After 9 Months in Detention

    BEIJING—A Chinese journalist who helped cover the Hong Kong democracy protests for a German publication was freed without charge Thursday following nine months in detention... Read more


    After Market Rout, Chinese Authorities Go After Short Sellers

    On the same day China’s shares rallied from a ten day free-fall to record the biggest daily gain in six years, the second most powerful... Read more

  • In this file photo, a Chinese policeman stands guard outside the Shandong high court building in Jinan, east China Shandong province on October 24, 2013. (Goh ChaiI Hin/AFP/Getty Images)

    Female Lawyer Is Hauled From Courtroom in Political Case in China

    A new proposed legal amendment in China, which could have the effect of criminalizing defense speeches in court, is being seen as a major threat... Read more

  • Bryan Cranston as Walter White in "Breaking Bad," season 5. (Ursula Coyote/AMC via the Associated Press)

    Another Walter White Is Found in China

    In noting the arrest of a chemistry professor-cum-drug lord recently, China’s state-run media attempted to leverage off American popular culture in its reports. The innovation... Read more

  • A slogan with the words “Bring Jiang to Justice” appear on an electricity pole in Beijing. (

    Notices Calling for Prosecution of Ex-Leader Pop Up Across China

    Since the beginning of June, the dull-colored public lamp posts and electric meters in Beijing, Changchun City, Langfang City, and Inner Mongolia have been given... Read more


    Workers in a Chinese Factory Collectively Quit the Communist Party

    Chairman Mao must be turning in his grave: days before the Chinese Communist Party celebrated its 94th anniversary, the proletariats from a factory in the... Read more


    China’s Battle Against Smog Leads to Mass Layoffs

    China’s campaign for cleaner air has come at a high cost for a city in an eastern province. On Feb. 25, inspectors from China’s environmental... Read more

  • Safeway customers shop for peaches at Safeway on July 18, 2007 in Livermore, California. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

    5 Fruits From China You Should Avoid

    “An apple a day keeps the doctor away” says the proverb—but maybe not in communist China. Due to a lack of regulation and enforcement, farmers... Read more

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