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Photo of bridge construction sends China’s Internet community abuzz

 
A series of photos of an apartment building obstructing construction on a massive bridge in China’s southern city of Nanning has created quite a buzz amongst the country’s vast online community. Touching on the sore topic of forced evictions, Internet users quickly seized on the story, amazed that one building could halt work on an entire bridge. It seems, however, that not everything is what it appears to be. Read more…
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Wukan protests ‘won’t bring the system down’

 
After months of unrest over a heated land dispute, it looks as though calm may finally have returned to Wukan, a small fishing town in China’s wealthy south-eastern province of Guangdong. Wukan’s residents have reached a deal with local authorities, bringing an end to a high-profile standoff that lasted nearly two weeks. Despite the international attention the conflict garnered, our Observer on the ground says the issue remains a local one. Read more...

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Cut off from the world, Chinese village refuses to back down in land dispute

 
Outrage over the death of Xue Jinbo, a villager from the small fishing town of Wukan in China’s southeastern Guangdong province, has turned a longstanding land dispute with authorities into an unheard-of, nearly week-long standoff between locals and police. According to our Observer in Wukan, residents are frightened but unwilling to give in to the local government’s demands. Read more…
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AIDS in China: non-profits say there’s 'a long road ahead' in battling stigma

 
The HIV virus is spreading more quickly in China than in any other country, notably among the young and those over 60 years old. Despite the availability of free treatment, nonprofit organisations say there is much work left to be done in China. Their work is complicated by the fact that nonprofits are still officially illegal there. Read more...
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China donates bus fleet to Macedonia, sparking anger at home

 
The commute to and from school can be a harrowing experience in many parts of China. As rush hour begins, children are piled into makeshift buses with complete disregard for safety regulations. Road fatalities are not uncommon. So it comes as no surprise that Beijing’s decision to donate a number of brand new buses to the small eastern European country of Macedonia raised hackles in China. Read more...
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Video of passers-by ignoring hit-and-run victim sparks online furor in China

 
A CCTV footage showing passers-by ignoring the plight of a 2-year-old hit-and-run victim on the busy street of a southern Chinese city has sparked an uproar across the country. Read more…
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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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