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Modern-day Maoists worry Chinese authorities

 
A group of Maoists commemorating the 35th anniversary of Mao Zedong’s death in the northern Chinese city of Taiyuan was violently broken up by police. Chinese authorities have no patience for these Mao-lovers, who seem to have forgotten the former communist leader’s authoritarian streak and retained only the idyllic vision of a fairer society. One Chinese Maoist gives us his account. Read more…
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Let them take aspirin: a pharmaceutical company builds its own Versailles

 
Crystal chandeliers, gilded wall moldings, grand pianos and reproductions of the great masters… Welcome to the plush headquarters of China's state-owned Harbin Pharmaceutical Group. Read more...
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77-year-old woman strips to protest the demolition of her home

 
Desperate for justice, a 77-year old woman knelt naked in front of a Shanghai courthouse on August 18 to protest the demolition of her home. The scene was filmed and has since gone viral online. She tells FRANCE 24 why she took such drastic measures. Read more….
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Train wreck in China: Web users determined to hold authorities to account

 
Chinese web users and journalists have defied censors to unleash unusually high levels of criticism towards the government in the wake of a horrific train crash on Saturday, July 23. Many fear that in the country’s rush to modernize, human safety is being sacrificed. Read more…
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"I will never participate to the CCP’s festivity"

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Certainly I will never participate to the CCP’s festivity.I am not that fool. It’s nothing for me.
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Chinese officials win ridicule for Internet's worst doctored photo. Ever.

 
Three government officials in China’s Huili county, in the south-west Sichuan province, brought fame to their little corner of the country after publishing a doctored image of them inspecting a new road earlier this week. The image, which was poorly touched up, quickly became a popular source of Internet derision as the world’s worst-doctored photograph. Ever. See the photos...
 
 
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Chinese street vendors lash out against police tyranny

 
In early June, police abuse against a poor street vendor sparked a popular uprising…Sound familiar? The scenario is oddly reminiscent of that of the story of Mohammed Bouazizi, the young man whose death kick-started the Tunisian revolution. Only this time, the revolts took place in Southern China. Read more...
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‘Jasmine Revolution’ fails to launch

 
Inspired by the events taking place across the Middle East and North Africa, human rights activists and organisers made a call to protest across 13 cities in China. With only a couple of hundred people in attendance and a significant police presence, the protests ended two hours later. Read more…
 
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Chinese police arrest, Marx brothers style

 
The following video of an action-packed arrest by Chinese policemen seems pulled straight out of a Marx Brothers movie. Read more and watch the video…
 
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“Fried worm is not real Chinese food!”

 
Foreigners who travel to China often come back with grizzly tales of the weird and wonderful things they had to eat there: silk worms, dried seahorses or even sheep penises. But our Chinese Observer say most locals would never put such things in their mouths. Read more…
 
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