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China's Confucius Institutes: Self-promotion or cultural imperialism?

The rationale behind Confucius Institutes -- an international chain of academic centers run by an arm of the Chinese government -- is understandable.<p>With extraordinary economic growth in the past three decades, China is again center stage in the international community.<p>In the early years of reform, …

Who's who in the Hong Kong protests?

Protesters have occupied major districts in Hong Kong to demand full universal suffrage for the city, a culmination of decades of frustration among the city's democracy activists. But as protests in this city enter a stubborn eighth week, there hasn't been any real breakthrough.<p>Protesters continue …

10 artworks that will change the way you see China

Updated 30th June 2015

On Alcatraz, Ai Weiwei raises a voice on dissent

It's no coincidence that Ai Weiwei's latest exhibition is located in Alcatraz, a former jail that sits on an isolated island off the San Francisco coast.<p>The Chinese artist and activist explores themes of imprisonment, featuring prisoners of conscience from around the world. It's also familiar …

Like, OMG!! Zuck speaks Mandarin?!!

So, Mark Zuckerberg apparently speaks Mandarin.<p>The Facebook founder posted a video this week of himself participating in a 30-minute question-and-answer session, mostly in Chinese, at Beijing's Tsinghua University. And online writers -- especially the tech bloggers -- just freaking <i>love</i> this …

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