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From porn surfer to freedom fighter: How Zhang Kun became a democracy activist

Like most young people today, Zhang Kun has spent a lot of time hanging out at internet cafes. The 26-year-old from Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, liked watching online porn as a teen, until one day he stumbled on a video link that prompted him to search for the truth, and eventually transformed him into a campaigner for civil society.

16 Feb 2014 - 12:53PM
From porn surfer to freedom fighter: How Zhang Kun became a democracy activist

Like most young people today, Zhang Kun has spent a lot of time hanging out at internet cafes. The 26-year-old from Xuzhou, Jiangsu province, liked watching online porn as a teen, until one day he stumbled on a video link that prompted him to search for the truth, and eventually transformed him into a campaigner for civil society.

Beijing demolition to curb population won't work, say opponents

Xie Zhongchao, a dealer at an open-air scrap market on the northern outskirts of Beijing, is at a loss when asked what he will do after the site is soon demolished.

26 Jan 2014 - 5:35AM
Beijing demolition to curb population won't work, say opponents

Xie Zhongchao, a dealer at an open-air scrap market on the northern outskirts of Beijing, is at a loss when asked what he will do after the site is soon demolished.

Ex China premier Wen Jiabao states innocence in letter to Hong Kong columnist

Former premier Wen Jiabao has insisted on his innocence and integrity in a letter to a Hong Kong newspaper columnist in a bid to contain damage from claims that his extended family accumulated massive wealth during his tenure at the top.

19 Jan 2014 - 1:43PM
Ex China premier Wen Jiabao states innocence in letter to Hong Kong columnist

Former premier Wen Jiabao has insisted on his innocence and integrity in a letter to a Hong Kong newspaper columnist in a bid to contain damage from claims that his extended family accumulated massive wealth during his tenure at the top.

Chinese man caught with dead Siberian tiger in car
Veteran general promoted to head Beijing Garrison as Xi Jinping consolidates military control
Death raises concerns over railway firm's debt

The sudden death of China Railway Group's president has triggered investor concerns over the heavy debt burden of the nation's railway builders, which analysts say will be hard to shake off in the near term.

14 Jun 2018 - 6:03PM
Death raises concerns over railway firm's debt

The sudden death of China Railway Group's president has triggered investor concerns over the heavy debt burden of the nation's railway builders, which analysts say will be hard to shake off in the near term.

President of China Railway Group commits suicide - reports
Joint command reform not begun, paper says

The Ministry of National Defence denied that the PLA was already moving ahead with plans to set up a joint command headquarters to improve co-ordination between different military branches, state media reported.

6 Jan 2014 - 3:59AM
Joint command reform not begun, paper says

The Ministry of National Defence denied that the PLA was already moving ahead with plans to set up a joint command headquarters to improve co-ordination between different military branches, state media reported.

Hengyang case shows graft widespread in China's 'flawed' legislative system

The massive vote-buying scandal that has already decimated the local people's congress in one Hunan city exposes deep-rooted problems in the country's legislative system, analysts said.

31 Dec 2013 - 4:52AM
Hengyang case shows graft widespread in China's 'flawed' legislative system

The massive vote-buying scandal that has already decimated the local people's congress in one Hunan city exposes deep-rooted problems in the country's legislative system, analysts said.

Sichuan political adviser Li Chongxi investigated

Li Chongxi, the chairman of the provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is the third senior Sichuan official to fall under suspicion this year in what analysts describe as a widening investigation into Zhou Yongkang (inset) and his supporters.

30 Dec 2013 - 9:37AM
Sichuan political adviser Li Chongxi investigated

Li Chongxi, the chairman of the provincial committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, is the third senior Sichuan official to fall under suspicion this year in what analysts describe as a widening investigation into Zhou Yongkang (inset) and his supporters.

Legends of the Great Helmsman keep growing bigger in his home town

The sight of a bust of Mao Zedong being worshipped alongside deities at shrine in local homes and restaurants is a startling reminder to visitors that they are in Shaoshan , birthplace of the late Chinese leader still affectionately referred to as Chairman Mao 37 years after his death.

23 Dec 2013 - 5:29PM
Legends of the Great Helmsman keep growing bigger in his home town

The sight of a bust of Mao Zedong being worshipped alongside deities at shrine in local homes and restaurants is a startling reminder to visitors that they are in Shaoshan , birthplace of the late Chinese leader still affectionately referred to as Chairman Mao 37 years after his death.

Mao faithful pay respects at 'shrine' to former leader

When Mao Siping, a former rice farmer in Shaoshan in Hunan province, decided to try his luck at a local souvenir market touting memorabilia of the late Chairman Mao Zedong to tourists 20 years ago, he said at best he made 10,000 yuan (HK$12,600) a year.

23 Dec 2013 - 5:27PM
Mao faithful pay respects at 'shrine' to former leader

When Mao Siping, a former rice farmer in Shaoshan in Hunan province, decided to try his luck at a local souvenir market touting memorabilia of the late Chairman Mao Zedong to tourists 20 years ago, he said at best he made 10,000 yuan (HK$12,600) a year.

Businesses feed off growing nostalgia for Mao Zedong

From red pork dishes to badges and little red books, almost everything bearing the mark of Mao Zedong is popular on the mainland, as businesses try to make money from the man and his controversial legacy.

23 Jan 2018 - 11:45AM
Businesses feed off growing nostalgia for Mao Zedong

From red pork dishes to badges and little red books, almost everything bearing the mark of Mao Zedong is popular on the mainland, as businesses try to make money from the man and his controversial legacy.

Beijing TV station calls for boycott of comedian Guo Degang

Comedians delight in offending. What makes them different from louts is their willingness to make fun of themselves. Sanctimony, in their eyes, is the only true blasphemy. But dancing on the grave of an enemy is hard to do gracefully, as performer Guo Degang has no doubt recently realised.

22 Dec 2013 - 3:50AM
Beijing TV station calls for boycott of comedian Guo Degang

Comedians delight in offending. What makes them different from louts is their willingness to make fun of themselves. Sanctimony, in their eyes, is the only true blasphemy. But dancing on the grave of an enemy is hard to do gracefully, as performer Guo Degang has no doubt recently realised.

Will Beijing's higher education reforms bring more fairness and innovation?

The national college entrance exam, or gaokao, has been a bittersweet experience for millions of mainlanders. Those lucky enough to have passed went on to college and left with a degree which for years has been a sure guarantee of a good career.

16 Dec 2013 - 11:51AM
Will Beijing's higher education reforms bring more fairness and innovation?

The national college entrance exam, or gaokao, has been a bittersweet experience for millions of mainlanders. Those lucky enough to have passed went on to college and left with a degree which for years has been a sure guarantee of a good career.

Censorship and soft power pressure 'stifling China's arts'

Wang Yuanyuan, the director of the Beijing Dance Theatre, was traumatised when the mainland tour of her ballet production The Golden Lotus was suspended by regulators last year. She has now become much more cautious through fear of falling foul of the censors again.

8 Dec 2013 - 6:27AM
Censorship and soft power pressure 'stifling China's arts'

Wang Yuanyuan, the director of the Beijing Dance Theatre, was traumatised when the mainland tour of her ballet production The Golden Lotus was suspended by regulators last year. She has now become much more cautious through fear of falling foul of the censors again.

Choking smog over eastern provinces spreads into Beijing

The air quality index in the capital was as high as 356 at 9pm, ending a week-long streak of blue-sky days. Anything worse than 300 is considered "severe", the highest rating on the six-level rating system.

12 Jan 2018 - 2:59PM
Choking smog over eastern provinces spreads into Beijing

The air quality index in the capital was as high as 356 at 9pm, ending a week-long streak of blue-sky days. Anything worse than 300 is considered "severe", the highest rating on the six-level rating system.

Flights diverted and schools closed as China is once again cloaked in smog
United Nations warns China of need to tackle HIV risks for women

China could follow the dangerous path of several African countries where more women than men fall prey to the Aids epidemic if the country fails to enact powerful measures to tackle the problem, particularly among vulnerable groups, women's rights advocates warn.

1 Dec 2013 - 6:22AM
United Nations warns China of need to tackle HIV risks for women

China could follow the dangerous path of several African countries where more women than men fall prey to the Aids epidemic if the country fails to enact powerful measures to tackle the problem, particularly among vulnerable groups, women's rights advocates warn.

On World Aids Day, activists say stigma remains in mainland China

Wang Weijun said he felt a kick in his stomach each time he saw his daughter sitting alone in the last row of her middle school classroom. But he said he always swallowed his complaints. Wang's daughter, Kaijia, is 16 and has lived with HIV since 1999.

1 Dec 2013 - 6:22AM
On World Aids Day, activists say stigma remains in mainland China

Wang Weijun said he felt a kick in his stomach each time he saw his daughter sitting alone in the last row of her middle school classroom. But he said he always swallowed his complaints. Wang's daughter, Kaijia, is 16 and has lived with HIV since 1999.

Parents, professors doubt party's renewed pledge to end elite schools
Top family planning official plays down relaxation of one-child policy

Wang Peian, the deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said that allowing couples to have a second children when only one parent was an only child represented a minor change. He even disputed using the word "relaxation" to describe it.

2 Nov 2015 - 4:11PM
Top family planning official plays down relaxation of one-child policy

Wang Peian, the deputy director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, said that allowing couples to have a second children when only one parent was an only child represented a minor change. He even disputed using the word "relaxation" to describe it.

Official homes for cadres would stem China graft: third plenum proposal

Communist Party leaders across the country could eventually move into official residences as part of a plan to tackle official corruption, although experts said the change would mean little without greater disclosure of officials' wealth.

17 Nov 2013 - 5:39AM
Official homes for cadres would stem China graft: third plenum proposal

Communist Party leaders across the country could eventually move into official residences as part of a plan to tackle official corruption, although experts said the change would mean little without greater disclosure of officials' wealth.

State media defend China's meagre aid for Philippine typhoon victims

Beijing's initial US$200,000 donation to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines fell far short of both China's economic clout and its ambitions to be a major world player.

17 Nov 2013 - 8:23AM
State media defend China's meagre aid for Philippine typhoon victims

Beijing's initial US$200,000 donation to the typhoon-ravaged Philippines fell far short of both China's economic clout and its ambitions to be a major world player.

Harder than ever to find prized civil service job in China

Many college students felt despair as they size up their chances of landing a government job. Despite positions in the civil service remaining as highly sought after as ever, with thousands often vying for a single opening, a growing number of vacancies are proving hard to fill.

20 Jul 2018 - 2:53PM
Harder than ever to find prized civil service job in China

Many college students felt despair as they size up their chances of landing a government job. Despite positions in the civil service remaining as highly sought after as ever, with thousands often vying for a single opening, a growing number of vacancies are proving hard to fill.

Uygurs in Beijing fear backlash over Tiananmen Square vehicle attack

Beijing's Uygur communities fear the fallout from this week's suspected terrorist attack in Tiananmen Square could disrupt their daily lives, damage their businesses and increase mistrust with members of the capital's Han majority.

1 Nov 2013 - 5:01PM
Uygurs in Beijing fear backlash over Tiananmen Square vehicle attack

Beijing's Uygur communities fear the fallout from this week's suspected terrorist attack in Tiananmen Square could disrupt their daily lives, damage their businesses and increase mistrust with members of the capital's Han majority.

Victims of Tiananmen Gate car crash still being treated in hospital
Sanya in Hainan covered in smog, to shock of resort residents and visitors

An unusual bout of smog in Sanya has alarmed locals and tourists alike. They fear the resort city's reputation as a haven from the country's worsening air pollution may be at risk.

27 Oct 2013 - 5:42AM
Sanya in Hainan covered in smog, to shock of resort residents and visitors

An unusual bout of smog in Sanya has alarmed locals and tourists alike. They fear the resort city's reputation as a haven from the country's worsening air pollution may be at risk.

Reaction cool to CCTV criticism of Starbucks' prices

China Central Television has been rallying behind President Xi Jinping's "mass line" movement in recent weeks by turning its attention to issues likely to get a rise out of the average mainlander.

27 Oct 2013 - 4:59AM
Reaction cool to CCTV criticism of Starbucks' prices

China Central Television has been rallying behind President Xi Jinping's "mass line" movement in recent weeks by turning its attention to issues likely to get a rise out of the average mainlander.

Ningxia man arrested over fatal knife attack on wife and six relatives

Frustration over their troubled relationship drove a man to kill his pregnant wife and six of her relatives - including a child and a 8toddler - police said yesterday after arresting him for the deadly rampage.

20 Oct 2013 - 7:03AM
Ningxia man arrested over fatal knife attack on wife and six relatives

Frustration over their troubled relationship drove a man to kill his pregnant wife and six of her relatives - including a child and a 8toddler - police said yesterday after arresting him for the deadly rampage.